Muriel Helen Blak

Muriel Newsom Blak passed away Thursday June 26 at the age of 96 at her home in Marin County, surrounded by her family. A fourth generation San Franciscan, Muriel was the matriarch of the pioneering Newsom family of San Francisco. Muriel was born on October 30,1917, the daughter of George Newsom and Elizabeth McCann. She attended Lowell High School. On June 29, 1940, she married Einar Gemmel Blak of San Francisco. They made their home in San Francisco, in San Mateo, and finally in Marin. They were long time members of the Meadow Club in Fairfax. Muriel worked as a volunteer for many years in Marin, was an avid bridge player and had many lifelong friends. Muriel is predeceased by her husband, Einar G. Blak, her brother Dr. William A. Newsom and her sister Virginia Newsom Paganini. She is survived by her three daughters Elizabeth Blak and Joanne Murphy of Marin County and Virginia Kistler of St.Paul, Minnesota and by eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, who knew her fondly as “Mimi”. A rosary will be held at Keaton’s Mortuary in San Rafael on Wednesday July 2 at 11:30. On Thursday July 3, there will be a reception at Smith Ranch Homes from 2 to 4. Private committal at Mt. Olivet in San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Hospice by the Bay, Larkspur, Ca. Arrangements under the direction of Keaton's Mortuary, San Rafael, CA.


  • Roary Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Muriel Helen Blak

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American Cancer Fund

July 14, 2014

The staff of the American Cancer Fund® at is sorry to hear of Muriel's passing. We have just received a memorial donation in her name and our sincere condolences go out to her family.

July 3, 2014

Fond memories and condolences to the family.
Betty Pfister ( Santa Cruz, CA)

Robert Newsom Jr.

July 1, 2014

We will remember her fondly. Our prayers go out to all of the family. We are thankful our daughters got to meet their Great Grand Aunt! With love,

Robert G. (Jr.), Jennifer, Maeve & Mara Newsom