Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, May 05, 2015 at 08:38:44 :
Monday, September 22, 1975
Funeral for Yvette Rugel of San Rafael, retired entertainer and singer, will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Keaton’s Mortuary.
Mrs. Rugel, 76, died Saturday at a local hospital after a long illness.
She was born in New Brunswick, N.J., and began a stage career at age 7. She appeared in vaudeville and George White’s Scandals of 1919 and Earl Carroll’s Vanities. She also sang opera in the Opera Comique in Europe and at LaScala in Milan during the 1920s and 1930s.
Prior to World War II she performed for the King and Queen of England in London.
Mrs. Rugel came to live in Oakland and Berkeley after her retirement in the 1940s and moved to San Rafael early this year.
She was the wife of John Dooley, who performed in the Ziegfield Follies. He died in 1928.
She is survived by a son, John M. Dooley of San Rafael and five grandchildren. A daughter, Mary Byrnes, preceded her in death.
Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael.
The family prefers contributions to the Heart Association.
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