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Mallory Schoen
Jan. 22, 1955 - Feb. 13, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Mallory (Marc) Schoen, 63, of Menlo Park, California, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, after a tenacious five-year battle against metastatic colon cancer. Born January 22, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York, to Harold and Leona Schoen, Mal was raised, along with his younger siblings Gary and Amy, in New York, Colorado, and California. Mal attended Jordan Junior High and Palo Alto High in Palo Alto, California, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from SUNY at Stony Brook, in New York, in 1976. Until his illness led him to retire several years ago, Mal had been a long-time employee of Stanford University. Mal enjoyed meals out with friends, movies, and shopping for bargains. He was a voracious reader, journal-writer, and gadabout walker. He was long a fixture in his neighborhood, book in hand, as he sought out a quiet, sunny spot in which to read. Mal was predeceased by his father, Harold, and is survived by his mother, Leona, and brother, Gary, both of Portland, OR, and his sister, Amy, of Rohnert Park, CA....

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Carol Bird Cutting
May 14, 1930 - Feb. 10, 2018
Orange County, California

Carol Bird Cutting, a 60 year resident of Menlo Park, passed away at her home in Orange County, California on February 10th, 2018. Her three daughters were by her side. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Carol graduated from Marlborough School for Girls and went on to graduate from UCLA where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduation, she moved to Palo Alto, where as “Miss Bird” she spent 5 years teaching 5th graders in the Palo Alto School District, which earned her a lifetime California teaching credential. Through a blind date, set up by their mothers, Carol met Lester Cutting who was working in San Francisco at the time. They were married in June of 1956. The newlyweds built a home in West Menlo Park and raised their three daughters with the values and qualities they admired most: kindness, generosity, and a positive outlook on life. Carol participated in a variety of volunteer activities and worked at what she loved. She was a Girl Scout Brownie Leader, Las Lomitas School District PTA President for 2 years and later worked as a substitute teacher at La Entrada School. In Peninsula Volunteers, she helped with the senior housing apartments on Partridge ...

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Harry W. "Hunk" Anderson
Oct. 5, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2018
San Francisco Peninsula, California

Harry W. "Hunk" Anderson was born on October 5, 1922 in Corning, NY. His father and mother immigrated to the United States from Sweden and Norway, respectively. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Hunk enrolled at Hobart College in Geneva, NY, where he played varsity tennis, fell in love with his wife Mary Margaret “Moo,” and co-founded Saga Corporation in 1948 with lifelong friends. During his 30 years as co-CEO of the company, Hunk lived by “The Saga Way” – to treat others as you would like to be treated. This mentality was shared by the thousands of employees, students, and customers that Saga served in universities, hospitals, retirement homes, and restaurants across the country. After a transformative trip to the Louvre, Moo and Hunk began learning about art and collecting “the best of the best” of post-war American works. In between visits to galleries and artists’ studios, the couple raised their only daughter, Mary Patricia “Putter,” in the San Francisco Peninsula. Hunk approached life with a can-do attitude and a big smile, especially when it was time for dessert or a Hendrick’s gin martini. He often imparted wisdom like “I...

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Margaret Ann Niven
Aug. 29, 1934 - Jan. 28, 2018
Palo Alto, California

It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret Ann Niven announces her passing on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. She went peacefully in her sleep after 83 years of a full and happy life. Margaret Ann will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Annette (Tony) and Linda (Jay), her children, Ed Jr. (Nellie), Karen, Janine (Dan) and Cindy (Cynthia), and by her six grandchildren, Monica (Mallar), Bo, Rachel (Paul), Stephen, Justin, Kayla and her great granddaughter Morgan. Mother lived a life dedicated to the education and well being of children and adults. She graduated from San Jose State University and became the first director of a childcare program employing licensed family day care women. In her retirement, she provided leadership and support to many non-profit organizations including KARA, Peninsula Quilters Guild, Avenitas Village, Peninsula Family Service and AAUW. We all knew her as an award winning quilter but she had so many other interests. She was an accomplished photographer and gardener. She loved traveling whether it was to her favorite destination in Hawaii or the many quilting work shops throughout the country. She had g...

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Robert (Bob) H. Barr
March 19, 1927 - Jan. 23, 2018
Palm Desert, California

Bob Barr passed away in his sleep on Jan. 23, 2018 at the age of 90. Bob was born in San Francisco on March 19, 1927. He attended Lincoln High School in San Francisco and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. Bob married Florence Barr in 1952 and was married for 23 years. He resided with his family in Daly City, California, moving to Menlo Park, California in 1963 then to Palm Desert, California in the mid '90s. After the death of his father in his teenage years, Bob developed a robust work ethic. After his military discharge, he worked for a short time for Yellow Cab then Easterday Supply in San Francisco. In 1961 Bob joined Allied Maintenance Corp. where he became Senior Vice President responsible for operations in the Western U.S. In 1976 Bob founded Reliable Building Maintenance in Redwood City serving customers throughout the Bay Area. By the early 2000s Bob enjoyed retirement, although he continued to operate a small business until 2015. Bob was an avid golfer and tennis player and continued his daily tennis until 2016. He was a member of Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park for over 40 years. Bob enjoyed his times at the club supporting his golf and tennis reg...

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Virginia Esser
May 15, 1928 - Jan. 20, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Virginia "Jinny" Esser died at her home in Palo Alto, California on Jan. 20, 2018 after a short illness. She was born on May 15, 1928 in Jackson, Michigan to Finn and Olga Irgens. She was raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and spent most of her life there. She was a graduate of Wauwatosa High School and Beloit College. She married Donald "Don" Esser on Aug. 28, 1954, a marriage that lasted for more than 50 years until Don's death in late 2004. She moved to Palo Alto in 2013 in order to be closer to her children and their families. She is survived by her son, Peter Esser (Judy Chang); her daughter, Susan (Eric) Dunn; two grandchildren, Gregory Dunn and Sarah Dunn; and five nephews. Jinny was a dedicated homemaker and mother. Although she trained to be a teacher, she found she preferred to apply her considerable talents and energy to her own children and family. She was an able tennis player and golfer, continuing both sports into her 80s. In her later years she enjoyed traveling, antiques, gardening and crossword puzzles. She had many lifelong friends in Wisconsin, and made new friends at her independent living facility in California. She was very fond of animals, especially dogs....

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Linda Ann Harmon
Feb. 14, 1955 - Jan. 19, 2018
Menlo Park, CA

Linda Ann (Morrow) Harmon passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, at the age of sixty-two. Linda will be forever in the hearts of her husband Grant, her son Justin, her stepdaughter Elizabeth, and all of her family and many friends. Linda was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of James and Patricia Morrow. Her first home was her grandparents’ house on Lake Washington where her love of water and an active sports life began. Linda spent her formative years first in Vancouver, British Columbia from ages 3 to 8, then in Spokane, Washington until she was 10 years old, and then her remaining school years on Mercer Island near Seattle where she graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1973. Linda was from the beginning a bright and kind girl. She loved to design and sew outfits for her dolls and cook meals from other countries. She earned a first-class award in the Girl Scouts and joined Candy Stripers and Young Life, which helped hone her instincts for caring for others. She excelled as a member of the Mercer Island Beach Club tennis and swim teams. Her introduction to snow skiing started in the mountains aroun...

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Eric Alan Burns
June 19, 1951 - Jan. 16, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Rick worked at CAR (Community Association for Rehabilitation) Work Activity Program, HOPE Workshop and Stanford University Florence Moore Dining hall for 10 years before joining the Abilities United Adult Program. He loved the outdoors and attended the Easter Seals Camp Harmon in Boulder Creek for 35 years. He was a faithful SF Giants, 49'ers and Golden State Warrior fan. He will be remembered as everybody's "buddy" and best friend. The family wishes to thank all the caregivers and providers that helped take care of and look after Rick all these years — he loved you all. Rick is survived by his mother, Elinor, and sisters Cynthia (Bob) Melody, Bonnie (Larry) Richie and Lisa (Tom) Birney and their families. He was preceded in death by his father Richard Burns....

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Catherine Miller
May 21, 1917 - Jan. 16, 2018
Grass Valley, CA

Sophisticated, witty, and artistic, Kay lived her life with flair. She left this world just the way she would have wanted, sitting on her sofa near the fireplace, enjoying a glass of Chardonnay while discussing the day’s events with her daughter. Raised in Crescent City, California, Kay graduated from Del Norte High School in 1935. As an inspired violinist and pianist she pursued music studies at College of the Pacific, Class of 1939, and was a member of the Mu Zeta Rho sorority. After college she moved to San Francisco (The City) where she basked in its artistic offerings and met her future husband, Damon J. Miller. They had two children, Damon J. Jr., and Marilyn Kaye. The Miller family moved to the then rural Peninsula in 1950. Kay was widowed in 1971 at the young age of 55. Her son, Damon Jr., passed away in 2003. During and after her fifty-five year career as a residential real estate broker in the Menlo Park/Atherton area, she pursued learning with non-stop zest. She took classes in art, photography, business, philosophy, music history, and computers. She traveled the world, and was a dedicated Children’s Health Council volunteer. She arranged flowers at F...

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Faith Witte
Oct. 10, 1957 - Jan. 15, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Faith Terry Witte passed away Jan. 15, 2018, after a brief and valiant struggle to overcome the complications of a stroke. Faith died peacefully in the loving embrace of her husband, children and sisters. Left behind to mourn her loss and celebrate her legacy are her husband, Steve Witte; children Keegan Witte (Camy) and Brittany Neal (Brent); sisters Celeste Johnson, and Colette Bettencourt (Mark); and grandchildren Carrigan (7), Kedrick (5), and Alika (2). Faith Terry Heckler was born Oct. 10, 1957 in Camden, New Jersey. Her parents, Herb and Audrey Heckler, were ecstatic. Faith’s name had special significance to her parents, signifying the quality that sustained them through a family tragedy as they awaited her birth. The family moved to California in 1958. Faith grew up in the Greenmeadow community and attended Palo Alto schools, Ohlones Elementary, Wilbur Junior High and Cubberley and Gunn High Schools, graduating in 1975. A tomboy in her youth, Faith enjoyed playing football in the park with the neighborhood boys and excelled on the Greenmeadow swim team. She was a beloved babysitter for many neighborhood families, indicative of her lifelong work ethic and love of child...

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Patricia Ann Smith
Nov. 22, 1930 - Jan. 7, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Patricia Ann Smith, at rest at the age of 87. Pat was born in 1930 to Beulah Carstens Garvin and Hubert Sylvestor Garvin in Seattle, Washington. Always an independent spirit, Pat left home after college, working in New York and then in San Francisco, where she met the love of her life, Richard Dunham Smith. They were married in 1962 and enjoyed a wonderful 56-year adventure. Pat dedicated her life to her family and to the community. Her talents were numerous: she was an avid golfer, outstanding gourmet cook and accomplished gardener. She was a stylish and effortless hostess, able to entertain a large party at a moment’s notice, typically in support of Dick’s entrepreneurial business ventures. Pat was also an active volunteer for many years at the Allied Arts Auxiliary and Gamble Garden. People were drawn to Pat’s graciousness, welcoming spirit and big heart. She was an outstanding listener and helped numerous friends and acquaintances through life’s trials and tribulations. To her family, Pat was a treasured wife, adored mother and cherished grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Dick Smith of Palo Alto; daughter, Jeannine Caruso of Greenwich, Connecticut...

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Alexander W. Greenwood
March 18, 1938 - Jan. 6, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Alexander W. Greenwood, 79, passed away Jan. 6, in Palo Alto, California, surrounded by his loving family: wife Barbara, son Alex and daughters Rebecca, Susannah and Brette. Alex, a native Houstonian, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Greenwood, Jr., graduated from St. John’s School in 1956, Rice University in 1961, served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy and worked at First City National Bank in Houston. In 1973, he relocated to Palo Alto, and for the next 44 years he worked in Silicon Valley, holding a series of finance and management positions for high technology firms, most recently with Adobe Systems in San Jose. During this time he was also able to combine his three biggest passions: photography, world travel and time with his wife, which resulted in several award-winning photos from his trips to Africa, China, Europe and countless West Coast rodeos. He had just retired in September 2017, and in December contracted an extremely rare and aggressive form of leukemia. Until his last breath, Alex lived his life with honor, integrity,and courage. He is also survived by four grandchildren and his siblings living in Texas: Jim, Mary Grace, Harris, Nancy Riddle and Andy....

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Kathryn Elizabeth Martin
Feb. 22, 1917 - Jan. 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Kathryn Elizabeth (Springs) Martin passed away on Wednesday evening, January 3rd, 2018 in her home of 71 years in Menlo Park. She was surrounded by family and friends. “Miss Kitty” was born February 22, 1917 in Savannah, Missouri. She was the tenth child of 13, born to Lydia Ann (Fields) Springs and James Monroe Springs. As a young woman, she cherished her education and had a particular fondness for American History. Growing up during The Great Depression Kathryn knew her family could not afford to send her to high school, so under her mother’s direction, she turned to God. At the eleventh hour, the family’s landlords, Albert and Mary Weigant, showed up at her front porch to invite her to live with them in Wathena, Kansas, a move that would allow her to attend school—the answer to her prayer. From that day forward, she would never again question her faith. During her first year of high school (1934) she attended a dance at “The Big Apple”, where she met a dapper dancer, Dorwin Edward Martin. In no time, Miss Springs’ heart had sprung. After courting for two years they eloped on April 25, 1936 and began a marriage and love affair that would span 75 ...

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Susan Agatha (Nerney) Schumann
Dec. 25, 1936 - Jan. 1, 2018
Mountain View, California

Susan Agatha (Nerney) Schumann was born in San Francisco on Christmas Day, 1936, to Jack and Jelsy Nerney. She moved to Menlo Park at age 9 and resided there first with her parents and sister and then remained to raise her own family in the same house. She moved to Mountain View in 1996 and has been a resident there ever since. She passed away on New Year’s Day, 2018. Susan was well known and loved by family and friends for her energetic demeanor, her smile and her "no nonsense" approach to life. She was an avid gardener and a devotee of nature and travel. In her spare time she nurtured an extensive rose garden and has traveled the globe. Susan was a proud graduate of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton. She went on to be a co-founder of the Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Alumni Association and had been active in that Association for over 50 years. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame DeNamur in Belmont. Family was very important to Susan. She is survived by five loving children from her previous marriage to the late Lloyd Rogers: Paul Rogers of Napa, Marc Rogers of Los Altos, Lori Amato of Watsonville, Andrew Rogers of Portland, Oregon, an...

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Kathryn Eluned Williams
Feb. 25, 1913 - Jan. 1, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Kathryn Eluned Williams passed away surrounded by the love of her family on January 1, 2018 at the age of 104. She was active and interested in the lives and activities of her family and many friends until her passing. Kathryn was born in Oak Hill, Ohio, the first daughter of Welsh immigrants, Reverend Robert Owen Williams and Kathryn Ellen Williams. She was the second of five children. Her family moved from Ohio to Washington where her father became Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Walla Walla. Her family later moved to Oakland, California so that she could attend UC Berkeley where she earned her BA in Fine Art. Kathryn married a fellow Welshman, CPA Ben Williams in 1934. She became a mother to John Byron in 1938 and Roberta Jean in 1942. Ben’s work with the Department of Defense took their family to live in London, England, for two years and later to Hayama, Japan, where Kathryn pursued her interests in painting, Ikebana and antiquing. Kathryn was an elementary school teacher for 23 years, last teaching at Las Lomitas school in Atherton, CA. Kathryn loved people. She was a devout Christian, shining her light and giving her love and support to all she met. For m...

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Mary Jane McCune
Oct. 22, 1915 - Dec. 30, 2017
Portola Valley, CA

Mary Jane McCune, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, died peacefully in Portola Valley on December 30, 2017. She was born in Bladensburg, Maryland, just across the Anacostia River from our nation's capitol,on October 22, 1915 to James and Ruby Chowning. He worked for the US State Department and she was a homemaker. Two years later, she was blessed with twin sisters, Catherine and Caroline. Caroline died in the diphtheria epidemic of 1920, but Catherine survived to age 96. Both sisters lived together, or in proximity, their whole lives, binding their two families into one. These bonds have made the many cousins into brothers and sisters today and for all time. The Chowning family left for a warmer, drier climate in 1921, settling first in Pomona, California and three years later in San Pedro, where James worked at the US Customs office. Mary graduated from San Pedro High School in 1933. Her good grades earned her a scholarship to Whittier College, but her heart was set on a singing career. James and Ruby were reluctant to let their 18-year-old daughter live on her own, but finally they acceded to her desire. In Washington, D. C., and later in...

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Jeanne Claire Shutes, Ph.D.
Oct. 3, 1924 - Dec. 29, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Jeanne was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1924. Her father, Walter A. Maurer, an immigrant from the Ukraine in the early 20th century, died suddenly when she was four. Her mother, Maude Bennett, from a farm in Michigan, studied at the Kellogg Institute and became one of the first registered nurses in America. Her older brother, Walter Maurer, predeceased Jeanne. She grew up during the Depression and earned money parking cars on her front lawn for attendees at Yale football games. From the age of 8, she was fascinated by photography and photographed schoolmates and pets with a celluloid camera. She went on to own many cameras and more than 90 of her photographs appear in The Worlds of P’otsunu (UNM Press,1996), the biography of a Native American woman artist she would later co-author with Jill Mellick. Dr. Shutes attended Northfield Seminary and Wellesley College, majoring in English and minoring in Greek. During the three-month wartime closure of Wellesley in winter, 1942, Jeanne, who had spent her first semester skipping classes and reading fiction in the library, needed credits so she persuaded Yale to let her take a course -- thus becoming the first woman undergra...

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John Harry Jenks
July 20, 1924 - Dec. 28, 2017
Atherton, CA, California

John spent his early childhood in Iowa and North Carolina and at the age of 13 his family relocated to Palo Alto where he remained until moving to Atherton in 1963. He graduated from Stanford with a BA and two masters degrees in Civil Engineering (1948) and played the violin in the Stanford Symphony. In WWII, he served as a Navy Lieutenant in the Philippines. He was an avid athlete who enjoyed skiing, tennis, and basketball. He built numerous small sail boats and sailed competitively, ranking in the top ten nationally for a decade, and three years as the Pacific Coast Champion. He received his pilot’s license in 1949 and owned numerous airplanes, which he mostly flew for business. During his 60-year consulting career in engineering, his firm was involved in the design of 150 wastewater and reclamation projects, 11 of which were recipients of Engineering Excellence Awards, and three judged to be the best environmental engineering project nationally for that year. Merging in 1979, the company is currently known as Kennedy/Jenks Consultants. He’s survived by his wife Laurie (married in 1952), children (Sharon, Linda, David, Nancy), grandchildren (Andrew, Emily, Kelly, Pe...

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Harold Hohbach
Dec. 3, 1921 - Dec. 28, 2017
Atherton, California

Harold Hohbach, a patent attorney and developer whose mixed-use projects and whimsical art helped transform the area around California Avenue, died on Dec. 28 at his home in Atherton, according to various sources. He was 96. Known for his dogged persistence, his irascible nature, his uncompromising style and his deep appreciation for Silicon Valley's legacy of innovation, Hohbach spent more than 50 years working as a developer, focusing on the California Avenue Business District. His recent projects include 195 Page Mill Road, which includes 82 apartments and research-and-development space, and the Birch Plaza project at 305 Grant Ave., which includes eight apartments and office space. Other prominent Hohbach projects include Sheridan Apartments, which he constructed in the mid-1990s and which is perhaps best known for its public art: a fountain sculpture that graces the courtyard of Caffé Riace and features a classical nude lifting a washing machine over her head. Born on a farm in South Dakota, Hohbach was educated in a one-room schoolhouse and rode a horse-and-buggy to school, according to the family's obituary. He then enrolled in South Dakota State University, where ...

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Lee Clements
Feb. 8, 1938 - Dec. 28, 2017
San Jose, California

Lee Clements, most recently of San Jose, CA, died of complications due to a long-time heart condition, exacerbated by a recent bout of pneumonia, the evening of December 28, 2017, en route to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospital from his loving home of the past several years, the Empress Care Center, San Jose. He was 79 years old. Born Buddy Lee Clements in Texarkana, Arkansas, the son of the late Jesse Lee Clements and the late Melva Anderson Clements Gray, Lee lived in Texarkana, Texas, until the age of eight, when he and his mother moved to Seminole, Oklahoma, with his mother’s second husband and Lee’s stepfather. Lee attended a nearby country school and later graduated from Strother High School, before attending the University of Oklahoma where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Theatre, paying for that education himself with part-time jobs, including one at a local bank. Leaving Oklahoma in the early 1960s, Lee came first to San Luis Obispo, California, and soon thereafter to San Jose, California, where he began his teaching career at Del Mar High School. In 1964, he came to Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California, where he ...

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Adelaide Veronica Iverson
Aug. 17, 1912 - Dec. 20, 2017
Menlo Park, California

Adelaide Iverson passed away at her Menlo Park home on December 20, 2017. She was 105 years old. Adelaide was born on August 17th, 1912 in Oketo, Kansas, the daughter of Paul and Veronica Schmitt. Her parents were educators and every week her father brought home a book for each of his four daughters, fueling a life-long passion for learning that all four sisters shared. Adelaide graduated from Central State Teachers College, now Central Michigan University, in 1933 and received a master’s degree in history from the University of Michigan. She began her teaching career in Grosse Point, Michigan where she met the love of her life, fellow teacher Bill Iverson. Adelaide and Bill married in September of 1942 while Bill was in the army, and though they remained separated for much of World War II, they sustained their relationship through daily correspondence. In one of his letters, Bill wrote, “Sometimes I think that out of trying times may come a timeless purity which we will always hold in our hearts.” In 1946, Bill began graduate work at Stanford University and during those early campus years, the Iverson’s forged lifelong friendships with several Stanford families i...

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Michael James Moon
Feb. 10, 1974 - Dec. 9, 2017
Mountain View, CA

“I distill organization’s strategies, technologies, and services into solid gold nuggets your grandmother can understand. Then I make them real.” -- Michael Moon. Creative director, consultant, educator, and writer Michael James Moon passed away on Dec. 9, 2017, surrounded by family. Michael was born on Feb. 10, 1974, in San Jose, California and grew up in San Jose and Portland, Oregon. He attended Jesuit High School in Portland and Cornell University, where he received a BA in English and BS degrees in economics and political science. While at Cornell, Michael participated in a range of cultural and creative activities, including legendary local band Pope Icky. Michael worked for Ziba Design in Portland, Tajima Creative in Menlo Park, and Duarte Design before launching his own firm, The Moon Agency, in 2010. In his independent work, Michael scripted and produced short documentaries for the International Peace Initiative for the Jakarta International Defense Dialogue and the Vienna Bicentenary Conference. He taught design thinking for more than 40 students at the Woxen School of Business in Hyderabad, India. He also served as faculty to the TED fellows program at TED...

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Jane Marcus
Oct. 20, 1948 - Nov. 24, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Jane Marcus, longtime resident of Palo Alto and Menlo Park, passed away unexpectedly at age 69 at her 2nd home in Fort Bragg, California. She leaves an enduring legacy as a scholar, activist, mother, spouse and friend to the many people whose lives she touched. Born in New York City to Rita and Norman Marcus, she was raised in Baldwin, Long Island. Jane graduated from Chatham College in 1970, received a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and earned a doctoral degree in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford's School of Education in 1985. She was a longtime employee in the Information Technology Services group at Stanford. Jane married Lew Mermelstein in 1974. They lived in Philadelphia until 1976 when they taught at the American School of Isfahan, Iran. Arriving in California in 1977, they settled in Palo Alto where they raised their son, Marc, and daughter, Molly. Jane served on the board of Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Congregation Beth Am Women for three terms as president and six years as board member of the Women of Reform Judaism. Jane was a founder of Beit R’fuah (House of Healing), a mental health support group a...

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Mary Ellen Ausman
Nov. 25, 1926 - Nov. 10, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Mary Ellen (Heising) Ausman, 90, formerly of Pittsfield, Mass., died Nov. 10, 2017 in Palo Alto after a brief illness. She was born in Newark, N.J. on Nov. 25, 1926, daughter of the late Teresa A. and Raymond A. Heising. She earned a BA in Economics from The College of New Rochelle. While working toward a graduate degree, she worked for the Teamsters’ Union in New York City. She married J.G. Ausman in 1952. His job with General Electric took the family to Massachusetts, Texas, Louisiana and back to Massachusetts. Mary Ellen was a board member on Girl Scout councils in Texas, Louisiana and Massachusetts and after the last move to Pittsfield, Mass. in 1966, she participated in many more community activities. She was a member of the Pittsfield Planning Board, the Berkshire County Commissioner’s office, the Commission of Berkshire Women and elected to the City Council for several terms. She was also a board member of Elder Services of Berkshire County and Girls, Inc. In 2006, Mary Ellen moved to Vi Independent Living in Palo Alto. She was a communicant of the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. Mary Ellen was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, J. G. Ausman. She is...

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Lorraine Godfrey
Feb. 14, 1919 - Nov. 10, 2017
Palo Alto, CA

Lorraine was born in San Francisco to Stephen Bertram and Georgia McKinley Lunt. She was the eldest of two children and was extremely close to her younger brother Stephen Jr. Lorraine graduated from Lowell High School and attended UC Berkeley, where she graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. While at Cal, she worked at The Pelican humor magazine, and was a lifetime member of Alpha Omicron Pi. She served as Secretary for the Alumni Class of ‘41 for over 50 years. Lorraine earned two Masters Degrees from San Francisco State before receiving her Ph.D. in Education from the University of San Francisco in 1978. Lorraine was married for a short time to Joseph McCarthy with whom she had a son, Gary. Three years later she met her second husband Bill Godfrey and married in November 1950. They had one son Bill Jr. They lived in Menlo Park for close to fifty years. In addition to raising two sons and two step-sons, Lorraine taught at Frederick Burke Laboratory School and later at San Francisco State in the Elementary Education Department. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, the Atherlons, and the Menlo Atherton AAUW....

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Barbara Moll
Nov. 3, 1928 - Oct. 18, 2017
McMinnville, Oregon

It is with great sadness that we relate the death of Barbara Lucille Delphey Moll, lately of McMinnville Ore. and formerly of Portola Valley Calif., just shy of her 89th birthday. She was active up to the day of her death, on her way to her personal trainer. She is buried in Palo Alto with the urn of her beloved husband, Kendall Dean Moll, who predeceased her in 2008, and with a view of the mountains near their treasured Portola Valley home of 50 years. She was born in Chino, Calif. November 3, 1928 to Calvin C. and Eunice Delphey. She and her younger sister Margaret grew up in southern Calif., in the shadows of avocado trees. Calvin was an agricultural extension agent for the counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura, and was instrumental in developing the commercial avocado industry there. Mom graduated from Ventura High School, and stayed lifelong friends with some of her classmates there. Mom graduated from University of the Pacific in 1951 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Shortly afterwards she met a dashing young midshipman from Oakdale, Calif., at a dance, soon to graduate from the US Naval Academy. They married and moved to the Bay Area of Calif., where Dad work...

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Oliver Walker Woodward
May 1, 1996 - July 4, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Oliver Woodward passed away on July 4, 2017 in a rafting accident on the Snake River in Jackson Hole, WY. Oliver was working in Jackson Hole for the summer and was a rising senior at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. He is survived by his parents, Julia and Chris Woodward, a long time Portola Valley resident, his brother, Harrison (Atlanta) and his uncles Victor Woodward (Cle Elum, WA), Dave Woodward (Ketchum, ID) and Tim Woodward (Mill Valley, CA). Oliver was preceded in death by his grandparents Dr. Woody and Nancy Woodward, of Portola Valley, CA. At a memorial service in Atlanta, Oliver was remembered as a True Gentlemen by his SAE fraternity brothers and was known for his random acts of kindness and zest for life. He played football, baseball and tennis in school and had a passion for fishing, golf, music and travel....

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Ryan Chappell
June 8, 1994 - Jan. 18, 2018 San Jose, California

Ryan Willis Chappell, age 23, died Wednesday evening January 18, 2018. Ryan was a native to the Mountain View area and was born at El Camino Hospital in 1994. He attended local schools in the area and also lived briefly with his Father in Morgan Hill as a child. Ryan attended School in the Los Alt...

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Shellie P. Duggan
July 19, 1951 - Dec. 28, 2017 Grass Valley, California

Long-time Woodside resident, Shellie Duggan, passed away on December 28, 2017 at her ranch in Grass Valley after a battle against cancer. She was surrounded with the love of her family, friends and beloved animals. Born on July 19, 1951 to Janet Anne and Lowell Harmon Duggan in Alameda, California...

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