Merkel TunisTuesday. October 8, 5 pm. Santa Rosa Courthouse Square.

A small group gathers to commemorate lives lost two years ago in the Sonoma Complex fire.

News director Steve Mencher sought out two women who were moving through the crowd with purpose –

Catharine Merkel seems almost serene. But she’s feeling a torrent of emotions on this anniversary. I ask if she lost her home in the 2017 fires, not knowing she lost so much more…

To find out more about the memorial that these women are helping organize, call Jessica Tunis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(Pictured: Jessica Tunis and Catharine Merkel. October 8, 2019, Courthouse Square Santa Rosa. Tunis and Merkel both lost their moms (Linda Tunis and Sharon Rae Robinson) as fires spread through Santa Rosa on October 8 and 9, 2017. Credit: Steve Mencher)

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