Kathy Wilson, a Mountain View native, died unexpectedly Jan. 17. She was 55.
Born Jan. 10, 1958 to Wally and Lee Koning, she was raised in Mountain View and later moved to Livermore. Known as "Miss Kathy," she worked at Peninsula Day Care Center in Palo Alto until it closed, and then worked for the Mountain View Whisman School District as a bus driver, her family said. She had compassion and a warm heart for children and animals, her family said, and her pets included dogs, birds and horses.
She is survived by her husband Don; her children Stephanie, Chris, Dan and Sarah Jane; and her grandchildren Wesley and Sadie.
A memorial service is set for noon on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1300 Grant Road, Los Altos. Burial will be in Livermore on Friday.
Ernest W. Bianco
Ernest "Ernie" W. Bianco, well-known in Mountain View for his annual holiday train display, died Jan. 17 with his family at his side. He was 85.
Born in 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa, where he graduated from East High School, he served in both the United States Army and Navy, and he worked for John Deere as a machinery mechanic. In 1952 he moved to California, where he worked in the television vacuum tube industries with his brother Joe. He started his company Isolation Products Inc. in 1962.
He enjoyed boating, refurbishing old "Hit n Miss" engines and LGB trains, his family said. He and his son John put on an annual Christmas display of model trains that drew crowds to the front yard of his Mountain View home.
He is survived by his wife Lucile; children John, Mary Jane Singh and Jeri Cramer; his sister Francesca; and grandson Bryan.
A Rosary and visitation were held on Wednesday at the Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary. A funeral service was set for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, 160 N Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.