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Nancy Graff
Aug. 8, 1922 - May 20, 2015
Menlo Park, California
Nancy Graff, 92, a 45 year resident of Menlo Park, died May 20, 2015. She was born in San Francisco. After retiring from her tax preparation business, she traveled the world and was an avid card game player and reader. She is undoubtedly watching Jeopardy tonight as she did every night-religiously. She is survived by her children, granddaughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren, also by her...

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Bob Bondy
April 11, 1946 - May 14, 2015
Portola Valley, California

Tags: veteran

Robert Bondy, known to most by “Bob” passed away on May 14th unexpectedly. Survived by his wife, Karol, they spend 32 of their 47 married years in Portola Valley, which they both adored. Since 2000, they spent a great deal of time outside of Santa Fe New Mexico in their second home, which was a place that they cherished together. Born in Cleveland Ohio in 1946, Bob left there at an early age ...

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Edwin Cole Daly
June 14, 1936 - May 11, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Edwin Cole Daly died of lung cancer at the Palo Alto Commons on Monday, May 11, 2015. Born in Pittsburg to Edwin Philip and Gertrude Cole Daly on Sept. 14, 1936, Ed grew up in the small southern Illinois town of Marshall. While still in high school, Ed began writing fiction at the well-known Handy Writers Colony in Marshall, where James Jones was completing "From Here to Eternity." Ed studie...

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Ronald Olmstead
June 20, 1934 - May 9, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business

Ron Olmstead, a fifth generation Californian, passed away peacefully on Saturday, surrounded by family members. Born in San Jose in 1934, Ron was proud of his heritage as a member of one of Santa Clara Valley's pioneer farm families. He was a graduate of Palo Alto High School where he played football and baseball. Ron was a member of the 1950 Paly football team that went 10-0 under legendary co...

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Thomas Nicholas Cootsona
Dec. 12, 1923 - April 29, 2015
Menlo Park, California

Tags: veteran

Thomas Nicholas Cootsona started his life in Tacoma, Washington, on December 13, 1923 and was soon to survive the Great Depression, serve in World War II, and become part of the "Greatest Generation." His father, Nicholas, emigrated from Greece in 1912 (at the age of 12), and his mother, Elizabeth née Mastel, German by ethnicity, moved from Aberdeen, South Dakota, to the Pacific Northwest. Toget...

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Jeanette Inman
Dec. 1, 1922 - April 28, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Jeanette Owen Inman, 92, peacefully passed away Tuesday, April 28, in Palo Alto. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Arthur N. Inman. Jeanette was born in San Jose in 1922, where she spent her childhood as a student of music and dance. She attended SJSC where she was active in Ero Sophian/Alpha Phi sorority, and her abilities in dance, playing piano, art, journalism and choreo...

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Alvin A. Alexandre
April 30, 1923 - April 28, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Alvin A. Alexandre, a longtime journalism teacher who provided basic training to two generations of future reporters and editors, died April 28, 2015, at a Mountain View, California, care facility two days short of his 92nd birthday. Mr. Alexandre taught journalism and English and served as the adviser to student publications at College of San Mateo, San Mateo, California, for 27 years. Many of...

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Beverly James
March 6, 1938 - April 28, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: arts/media

Beverly James was a graphic designer who dedicated her life to art and artists. She served as trustee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for nearly 20 years, and as trustee of the San Francisco Art Institute, serving a term as chairman of the board. She earned an A.B. in fine arts at San Francisco State University in 1961. Beverly was born in San Francisco in 1938 and grew up in Redwood...

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Jordi Bruguera
Nov. 10, 1923 - April 26, 2015
Aptos, California
Jordi Bruguera loved the outdoors -- hiking, backpacking and tending to his garden. An avid chess player, he also loved paella, his family and native Catalonia. He died at his Aptos home, after suffering a stroke, at the age of 91. Jordi was born in Barcelona, Spain, one of four children. During his teenage years, Spain was plunged into the chaos of the Spanish Civil War and then World War II. ...

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Jim Weersing
Feb. 13, 1939 - April 25, 2015
Pescadero, California
James Richard Weersing, 76, died surrounded by family on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in San Francisco. Born on February 13, 1939, in Los Angeles, CA, Jim received both his BA (1960) and MBA (1962) from Stanford University. A successful entrepreneur and businessman, Jim had a career that spanned more than 50 years. He served as president of JRW Technology, managing general partner of MBW Managemen...

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Nancy Cuddeback
July 17, 1927 - April 22, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Nancy Cuddeback passed away peacefully on April 22, 2015 after a long illness. She was born in El Paso, Texas, but her family moved to California soon after. Her father was in the farm machinery business which forced the family to move at least 17 times, so she was always entering a new school. By sixth grade she was attending school in Berkeley, by junior high she lived in Sacramento, and finally...

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Andrew Joseph Kruep
May 12, 1990 - April 18, 2015
Los Altos Hills, California
Andrew Joseph Kruep of Los Altos Hills, California, died instantly from injuries sustained in a car accident near Lockwood, California, on April 18, 2015. He was 24. He was a front seat passenger in a rollover accident in a rugged mountainous area of Monterey County. He is survived by his parents Donna and Randall Kruep along with younger sister Julia and younger brother Christian, all of Los A...

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William E. Frye
June 20, 1917 - April 15, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Bill Frye passed away at home on April 15 at home. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, of immigrant Swedish parents. He grew up in Danville, Illinois, and earned a B.S. degree in physics from University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from University of Chicago, where he met his future wife, Betty, on a blind date. He accepted a research position at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., the day before...

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Joseph B. Franzini
Nov. 10, 1920 - April 15, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Joseph B. Franzini -- beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend of many -- passed away peacefully on April 15, 2015, in Palo Alto. Joe was a friendly, intelligent, active man who was genuinely interested in others, always ready with a gentle chuckle and kind word. With his positive attitude, warm smile and lifelong curiosity, he could connect to people from all walks of...

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Paul M. Lufkin, Sr.
Jan. 8, 1924 - April 15, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Paul M. Lufkin, Sr., died peacefully at his Palo Alto home recently, at age 91. A classic example of "The Greatest Generation," his long, full life encompassed the Depression, World War II and the early days of the Silicon Valley, when he joined an up-and-coming company called Hewlett-Packard Associates. A devoted volunteer, in 2001 Paul was given a certificate of appreciation by the California...

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Jean Weed Bodding
April 6, 1923 - April 13, 2015
Kirkland, Washington
Jean Weed Bodding, a 36-year resident of Palo Alto, died peacefully in her sleep April 13, 2015, in Kirkland, Washington. She had just celebrated her 92nd birthday. Born in Berkeley, California, in 1923, Jean moved with her family to Woodside and later to Palo Alto. She attended Peninsula School, Jordan Junior High and Palo Alto High, where she graduated in 1940. She furthered her education at ...

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Kathryn Green
July 17, 1953 - April 12, 2015
Los Altos Hills, California
Kathryn Green, a passionate philanthropist dedicated to the arts, environment and women's issues, passed away at Stanford Hospital on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, following a tragic roadside accident. The beloved wife of Richard Partridge, senior staff scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Kathryn was a resident of Los Altos Hills since 2006, a free spirit who touched many lives. Born ...

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William Cohen
June 1, 1933 - April 11, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

William Cohen, the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford Law School, died April 11 at age 81 after living with Parkinson's disease for many years. After earning his law degree at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1956, Professor Cohen clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, whom Cohen later praised for his "easy, fluid wr...

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Jean Lewis Fox Horn
Sept. 9, 1932 - April 11, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Jean Lewis Fox Horn passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 11, at Stanford Hospital, secondary to cardiac disease. Jeanie was born on Sept. 9, 1932, in Summit, New Jersey, to John and Helen Fox. With her parents and two younger sisters, the family moved to East Hartford, Connecticut, in 1942, where she attended grammar school. Two years later, during World War II, the Fox family moved to t...

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Joanna Stedman
Dec. 20, 1920 - April 11, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Joanna Stedman, 94, died peacefully in her sleep at home on April 11. Born in Amsterdam, Joanna, along with her brother and parents, came to North America at an early age to join other relatives who had made the journey and spent three years in British Columbia before becoming United States citizens. They moved to the Bay Area, and Joanna spent the rest of her life here, spreading kindness and ...

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