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Paul William Kraus
March 29, 1945 - Feb. 12, 2017
Portola Valley, California

Tags: business

Paul Kraus, long-time resident of Portola Valley, died peacefully on February 12, 2017. Paul was born in Berkeley, California and raised in Kensington. He attended the School of the Madeleine and St. Mary’s High School. Following a year at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, he attended UC Berkeley where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and met ...

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Willie Lou Harris
March 20, 1936 - Feb. 6, 2017
East Palo Alto, California
Willie Lou “Carol” Harris, 80, a longtime resident of East Palo Alto, was born March 20, 1936, in Dyersburg County, Tennessee, to the late Lou Ella Eison and Rev. Alonzo N. Eison, Sr. She departed this life on Feb. 6 at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was united in Holy Matrimony to James E. Harris. To this union, three children were born. In addition, she had three children fro...

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Carole Kennedy
Oct. 23, 1941 - Feb. 4, 2017
Palo Alto and Mountain View, California
Carole Byberg Kennedy passed away peacefully on Feb. 4, with her daughters by her side. She was 75 years old and had battled Parkinson's Disease for six years. Carole was born and raised in Silverton, Oregon. She attended Pacific Lutheran University (1963) where she acted in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and sang in the Choir of the Wes...

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Allan Koblick
May 2, 1916 - Feb. 3, 2017
Cupertino, California

Tags: veteran, business

Allan Koblick May 2, 1916 - February 3, 2017 Born in San Francisco, he was the second son of Russian immigrants. He graduated with a business degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1938. As a young man, Allan satisfied his love of travel by joining the Merchant Marines, and worked as a waiter on a luxury cruise ship. He served in the Army during World War II and was ...

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Roger Wilson Lowther
Sept. 7, 1943 - Feb. 2, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business, sports

Roger Wilson Lowther was born September 7, 1943, in Portland, Oregon. As a young child he moved to Reedsport, Oregon, which was his home until he went to college. Roger attended Reedsport Union High School where he was outstanding both athletically and academically. In addition to being named class valedictorian, Roger earned a full National Merit Scholarship to the University of Oregon. In high ...

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John L. Henderson
March 9, 1944 - Jan. 31, 2017
Los Altos, California

Tags: veteran, business

John Henderson of Los Altos, California, died following a five-year battle with cancer on January 31, 2017. Born John Leslie Henderson on March 9, 1944 to Albert and Carolynne (nee Marlin) Henderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, he graduated from Myers Park High School, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with an Associate Degree in Mathematics, and Ohio State University with a Master...

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Marguerite Joyce Kramer Mortensen
Dec. 23, 1931 - Jan. 28, 2017
Aromas, California
Marguerite (Peggy) Mortensen passed away in her home at Rooster Ridge in Aromas on Jan. 28. Her tremendous strength of will and love of family portaged her forward through the challenges of cancer, while always remaining positive and kind. Throughout her life, Peggy's calm, compassionate and generous demeanor provided comfort, stability and safe haven to all those she loved. To her last days,...

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Arthur Paul Notthoff, Jr.
Dec. 8, 1925 - Jan. 26, 2017
Menlo Park, California
Arthur Paul Notthoff, Jr., a 62-year resident of Menlo Park, died at home January 26, 2017. He was born in Oakland, CA, on December 8, 1925, and graduated from UC Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in electrical engineering. Art was married to Carroll Whitton Notthoff, whose death preceded his in 1998. For 35 years, he worked at Dalmo Vic...

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Dale Puumala
Oct. 19, 1955 - Jan. 22, 2017
Mountain View, CA, California

Tags: veteran

Dale Puumala lived over 30 years in Mountain View, CA with his beloved wife, Ann Marie Puumala (Mrizek). He worked at Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto supporting medical oncology products and services for 30 years. Dale was born on October 19, 1955 in Cloquet, Minnesota. He was the youngest child of Dr. Reino H. Puumala and Dr. Marie Katherine Bepko. He graduated from Cloquet High Schoo...

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Thomas Bednar
April 13, 1964 - Jan. 21, 2017
Pleasanton, CA
Thomas J. Bednar passed away at home on Jan. 21 after a lengthy and bravely-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Tom was born April 13, 1964, in Burlingame, the son of Ronald and Rosemarie Bednar. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in June of 1982. He married Diana on July 21, 2000, at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol. Tom worked as a contractor for Lund Pearson McLaughlin (LPM) Fire Pr...

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Robert Litchfield Buelteman
June 23, 1921 - Jan. 20, 2017
Portola Valley, CA
Robert Litchfield Buelteman of Woodside, California, passed away at the age of 95 on January 20, 2017, after a long and extraordinary life. Born in Detroit, Michigan, on June 23, 1921, as the son of Esther Litchfield and Herbert O. Buelteman, he enjoyed a lifelong love of travel and exploration, whether it was from behind the windshield of one of his many beloved automobiles or from 35,000 fee...

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Oct. 31, 1933 - Jan. 18, 2017
Los Altos Hills, California
Jean-Louis Pellegrin, a 53 year resident of Los Altos Hills, died peacefully on January 18, 2017, holding hands with his beloved wife, Gloria. He was 83 years young. He was born 31 October 1933 in Millau, France, and lived in Montpellier, France, before moving to the Bay Area. He received his Electrical Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, a Master's ...

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Jack O’Reilly
Nov. 22, 1942 - Jan. 17, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business

John James (aka "Jack") O’Reilly, born Nov. 22, 1942, in Waterloo, England, died peacefully on Jan. 17 after a long battle with amyloidosis. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margaret, daughter Ximena, son Benet, five grandchildren, and his sister, Elizabeth Forbes, of the Isle of Man, and brother, Richard, of Blackpool, England.  Jack attended Ampleforth College and earned...

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William Edward McFadden
July 18, 1928 - Jan. 13, 2017
Palo Alto, California
William Edward McFadden, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away in his home in Grass Valley on Jan. 13, surrounded by family. He was 88. Bill was born on July 18, 1928, in Lakewood, Ohio. He received a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Antioch College in 1953 and a Master of Science degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1955, after which he achieved his dream of becomin...

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Thomas J. Matthews
June 22, 1923 - Jan. 12, 2017
Menlo Park, California

Tags: veteran

Thomas James Matthews (who liked to be called "Tom"), passed into glory, peacefully in his home in Menlo Park on January 12. He was born in Indiana. He served in the United States Navy during WW II. During this time, he met the love of his life, Tessie, and was married after being discharged at the end of his service. He then attended music and arts college in New York City and als...

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Elias Zelkha
May 4, 1950 - Jan. 8, 2017
Woodside, California

Tags: teacher/educator, business

Elias Zelkha - husband, father, friend, entrepreneur, academic, and Silicon Valley visionary - lived an extraordinary life that began in the city of Tehran in 1950, spanned much of the globe, and was defined by beauty, humor, and thirst for the best life has to offer. He passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017 in Woodside, Ca. He was 66. His personal and professional histories were intimately in...

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