She was born in Santa Rosa to Anna and Alfred Valentine on August 6, 1928 and grew up in Sebastopol. She graduated from Analy High School in 1946 and received a bachelor's degree in English, history and education from Mount Saint Mary's College in 1950. She married William LaVay Wise III in 1949 and lived in Palo Alto, Edmunds, Wash. and then moved to Mountain View in 1963. She worked at the Mountain View Library for 26 years as the inter-library loan officer and enjoyed helping people find information from books she secured from near and far, including China and Russia.
Her family said she enjoyed gardening, working in her orchard, pottery, playing the piano, music, game shows, puzzles and lifelong learning. She passed this love of learning to her children, family members said. She had a vast interest in flying and in the space program, waking her children to watch every significant launch, landing and scientific exploit.
She is survived by her five children, Larry Wise of Cupertino, Steve Wise of Elk Grove, Sandy Ogden of Cassel, Calif., Teri Waldman of Mountain View and Patti McLain of Carmichael, Calif; her two sisters, Marlene Anderson of Menlo Park and Kathleen Beltrame of San Mateo; her former husband, William LaVay Wise III; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Rosary and vigil will be held at at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at Cusimano Colonial Mortuary, 96 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.
The funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Simon Church, 1860 Grant Road, Los Altos. Interment will be at Sebastopol Memorial Lawn cemetery, 7951 Bodega Ave. in Sebastopol on Saturday, July 27.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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