Mountain View Voice

News - January 28, 2011

Obituaries

Leonor Ramirez Hernandez

Leonor Ramirez Hernandez, a longtime Mountain View resident, died Jan. 21. She was 76.

A native of Arizona, she was a cannery worker for 30 years and a founding member of Club Estrella of Mountain View.

Hernandez is survived by her husband of 58 years, Manuel Hernandez; her children Luci Martin, Theresa Martinez and Amanda Gitthens; her siblings John Ramirez, Angelita Ramirez and Rachel Corto; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held Jan. 26 at St. Joseph's Church in Mountain View, with interment at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary.

Gary Woodcock

Gary Woodcock, a life-long resident of Mountain View and Los Altos, died at home Jan. 12 from complications from pneumonia. He was 57.

He graduated from Los Altos High School and attended Foothill College. He had a long career as principle technician at Spectra Physics in Mountain View, G.E. Nuclear and the U.S. Dept. of Energy at Stanford Linear Accelerator National Laboratory (SLAC). At Spectra, he designed and built the largest high-vacuum thin film chamber in the world, friends said.

Friends remember Woodcock as an Eagle Scout and avid outdoorsman who enjoyed surfing, scuba diving and fishing. He performed highly technical welding work underwater in scuba gear while at G.E., and his technical acumen helped save a batch of beer for Tied House brewmaster Bob Stoddard when overactive chillers threatened the brew, friends said.

He is survived by his mother Fern Elmore; and his brothers Keith Woodcock and Steve McQuinn.

A memorial service was held at Saint Simon's Catholic Church in Los Altos. His family prefers memorial donations be made to the American Lung Association.

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