Henry E. Arend

January 9, 1925August 9, 2014
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Henry (Hank) Arend Sr. passed away August 9, 2014, after a long illness. He was born January 9th, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, the 3rd of 5 children. A decorated veteran of World War II, having fought both in the Pacific and European theatres, he returned home in 1946 to begin his career in the automotive repair industry. Henry married his wife Regina in 1948 and moved to San Francisco in 1952. They later moved to Novato where they raised their six children. Hank worked several years as a service manager in car dealerships in San Francisco and Marin. He opened his own business, General Auto Repair in San Rafael in 1967, and later moved it to Terra Linda. He was much loved by his customers and friends and was greatly missed when he retired in 1987. Hank enjoyed many hours boating locally and in the Sacramento Delta. He was a member of the San Rafael and Port Sonoma Yacht Clubs, and The Lions and Elks Clubs. He was a founding parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Novato and in his later years could often be seen getting his early morning walk in before Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Novato. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Regina (Jean) in 2001, and is survived by his loving children; Hank Jr. (Nancy) of Windsor, CA; Mary (David) of Louisville, KY; Geoff (Barbara) of Rohnert Park, CA; Gina (Juan) of Olympia, WA; Pat (Sue) of Napa, CA; Cathy (Rob) of Phoenix, AZ; 23 grandchildren, 11 great grand children and many nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Monday, August 18, 2014
  • Rosary Monday, August 18, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Henry E. Arend

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Jan Sanders

April 8, 2015

Hey Hank! It's Jan. Just thinking about you so thought we'd chat a moment. Geoff let me know of your passing a few days before my daughter Erin's wedding. Remembering our special times together- how you wouldn't wear your seat belt to the VA in SF, and STOP signs?! -those were for other drivers, your grand smile and great laugh, sharp wit and keen sense of humor, small glass of brandy and stories of the Battle of the Bulge, your strong arms and solid work ethic, your deep faith and love of family and friends, your beloved wife, Regina, your children, especially your grandchildren- your legacy, Hank. My heart is light when I think how you are reunited with your true love, Jean, my parents and Satch. You live on in my heart, Hank, that's forever. I pray and talk to you every day....please pray for me, my children and grandchildren. I carry you with me always. God be with you. XO
~Jan & family

Jan Sanders

April 7, 2015

Hey Hank! It's Jan. Just thinking of you, my man- good husband, wonderful father, grandfather, uncle, friend. Geoff shared the news of your passing two days before my daughter Erin's wedding, your leaving this earthly place to join your sweet Regina in glorious heaven. I smile when I think of our very special times together... your refusing to wear a seat belt to the VA in SF, STOP signs?!- those were for other drivers, ;) small glasses of brandy and Battle of the Bulge stories, your radiant smile, quick wit and dry sense of humor, your strong arms and deep faith, great work ethic and sense of values, your love of family and friends, especially those grandchildren. :) Hank, you touched my heart and will live there forever. I pray and talk to you every day, as I do my parents and Satch, and Regina, your true love. God be with you, Hank, please pray for me and for my children. Thank you and bless you always. I love you, Hank. XO
~Jan & family

Kathy Williams

August 22, 2014

Our family has fond memories of Hank being on Elsa Ave. for special occasions these past years. I'm sure he's proud of the family he helped raise! We will keep him and all of you in our prayers at this sad time. God bless you Hank! Love - Kathy Williams & Family

Nick Arend

August 18, 2014

Uncle Hank,
You were such a great part of our lives growing up, my brothers and I always loved time with you. From my earliest memories, your stops by to help or just visit with my dad. To later in our lives when a family outing on motorcycles just wasn't complete unless we stopped to see you. Your warm, welcoming smile and genuine sense of humor will be missed by so many. We love you.

S. Hill

August 18, 2014

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family at this difficult time. Please find peace in knowing that God understands your grief and that He cares.(1Peter 5:6,7)

Joyce Arend

August 18, 2014

You will be missed by so many ...your memory will live on in all our always had a smile on your face and will remember that always

Nancy Hillman

August 17, 2014

I have fond memories of Hank helping my Dad rebuild the engine in his Chevy Caprice at General Auto Repair. He was such a nice man and great mechanic.

Rob Padia

August 17, 2014


The day Cathy and I wed you called me son and have treated me as such ever since. I am forever blessed to have been put in that position. I will miss your contagious smile and your stories. I will miss you dad, I love you.

Josh Arend

August 15, 2014


You always brought a smile to my face. Some of my best memories growing up were spent with you and grandma. Family always came first and that teaching has carried on with my own children. God has taken you physically but your love and memories are always in my heart. Thank you for making me a better person, I love you.

August 15, 2014

My condolences to the family, particularly Gina and Patty. It has been a few years since we have known you. God bless you all. Tony Albini