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Ansie Lee Sperry
Sept. 20, 1914 - July 13, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Ansie Lee Sperry died in Portola Valley, California on July 13, 2018 at age 103. Born in Macao on September 20, 1914, Ansie grew up in Hong Kong in a traditional Chinese family as one of fourteen children in a household with four mothers. Sent to England for her education at the age of nine, she returned to Hong Kong four years later after her father’s murder. During the Sino-Japanese war she volunteered for the Chinese Red Cross in the interior of China, working briefly as secretary to Madame Chiang-Kai-Shek (Soong Mei-ling) in 1939. In December, 1941, Ansie was traveling on a ship that put into Manila Harbor just as the Japanese attacked and she became a civilian POW in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines for over three years. She wrote about these experiences in her memoir, “Running with the Tiger,” published when she was 94. Ansie married Henry M. Sperry, whom she had met in internment camp, in Shanghai in 1946 and lived there and in Hong Kong until Henry retired from his banking career. Ansie and Henry moved to Portola Valley, California in 1973 and to the Sequoias-Portola Valley in 1990. An accomplished artist and flower arranger, she was on the altar guild...

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Leonard Severn Petersen
Jan. 6, 1936 - July 10, 2018
Atherton, California

Leonard Severn Petersen passed away at his home in Atherton, Calif., from cancer on July 10, 2018. Leonard was born Jan. 6, 1936, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital to Leonard Sr. and Estelle Petersen. He attended Santa Maria High School, where he ran track and served as a Junior Statesman of America. It was then that he met his future business partner, Phil Olson, for the very first time. Leonard's cousin, Marcia, recalled that in high school he was popular, energized by people, fun to be around and usually the life of the party. Leonard was mechanical by nature and worked on hot rods, aided by his father's auto parts store. He spent many of his Saturday's drag racing. In 1956, Leonard married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Pabst, and they had four children. He graduated from Stanford University in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in Engineering and worked at Ampex for nine years before opening his business, Petersen Precision Engineering in Redwood City, Calif. Leonard never fully retired and has continued to be a problem-solver for the past 52 years. He created practical solutions to problems and lived very much in the present. In 1987, Leonard remarried to Cathie Merch...

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Scott Kleckner
Sept. 22, 1993 - July 10, 2018
Washington D.C., Virginia

Scott Kleckner died suddenly on July 10 after several days of struggling with flu-like symptoms complicated by Type 1 diabetes. He was 24 and living in Washington, D.C., where he had just graduated from George Washington University. Scott was working in a variety of roles at the Momofuku CCDC restaurant, and was well loved by his coworkers. Scott had recently returned home to the Bay Area to attend his brother's wedding, where he spoke eloquently. His speech reflected his natural charisma and sense of humor. Scott grew up in Palo Alto as the youngest in a family of five. From a young age, Scott was fiercely independent. His favorite word and default answer was "no." Despite that, he went on to join Troop 57, become an Eagle Scout, and lead the troop as the senior patrol leader. He loved the wilderness and led several expeditions into the woods and snow. At Palo Alto High School, he became the editor of Verde magazine and developed a strong interest in history and politics. After graduation, he enrolled at George Washington University, where he majored in political science. At the Kappa Sigma fraternity, Scott made many lasting friendships with young men from across the country. ...

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Jacob "Jake" Harrison
Oct. 16, 1932 - July 5, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Jake Harrison was born October 16, 1932 to M.C. Clinton and Ardessa Harrison in Garrison, Texas. Jake passed away on July 5, 2018 at home in Menlo Park, California where he had lived since 1959. Jake is a graduate of Dunbar High School in Lufkin, Texas, where he resided until joining the Navy in 1952. While in the Navy, Jake received the Korean Service Medal, amongst other awards. Jake then built a career in the Naval Department as a shipfitter, from which he retired in 1985. Jake enjoyed tinkering with cars, gardening and fishing. Jake was preceded in death in 2009 by Florence, his wife of 55 years. Jake is survived by two daughters, Mary Oliver Sweet and Lottie Myles, grandchildren Sharonne Oliver, Dion Oliver and Jade Kwan, great-grandchildren Monay Oliver and Jake Jameson Scott, and a host of family and friends....

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Dr. Lucienne Vian Woods
July 30, 1963 - June 29, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Dr. Lucienne Vian Woods lost her battle with cancer and passed away on June 29, 2018, surrounded by her family. A graduate of the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, she went on to Pomona College in Claremont and then to the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. Lucienne specialized in internal and pediatric medicine and was a practicing physician in the Bay Area for many years. Lucienne was the devoted, loving daughter of Judythe (Fina) Woods, who survives her. She is also survived by her father, Robert Eugene Woods of Palo Alto; her brother, Bryan Eugene Woods, his wife Jeanette Andonian and their son, Jacob Woods, of Portland, Maine; her cousins, Lucienne Michelle Lastovic and her son James Lastovic of Carlsbad, California, and Michael Lastovic, his wife Karen Lastovic and their children Joseph and Lucy Lastovic of Huntsville, Alabama. She also leaves behind many adoring friends and members of her church community. She will be greatly missed by all. All are welcome to attend the funeral service, which will be held at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park on July 18, 2018 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests don...

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George C. Krueger
Dec. 6, 1924 - June 22, 2018
Palo Alto, California

"It was fun while it lasted." George Charles Krueger, age 93, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2018 in Beaverton, Oregon. George was born on December 6, 1924 in Los Angeles, California and was the only child of Louis E. Krueger and EtheI May Ellis. He joins his wife, Patricia Elizabeth Rollman Krueger, who passed on November 13, 2015, at the age of 90. George and Pat were married just short of 68 years. Patricia was born on October 4, 1925 in San Francisco, California and was the daughter of Herbert Theodore Rollman and Dorothy Smythe. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Taylor Raynold. George and Patricia were married on Dec 19, 1948 in Oakland, California. George ("Bud") served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated from Stanford University in 1952. Patricia ("Pat") graduated from Providence School of Nursing in Oakland, California in 1946 and was a registered nurse. The two met in Monrovia, California in 1947, after the war, at the Pottenger tuberculosis sanatorium as they recovered. They lived in Palo Alto for 66 years, 1950-2016, where they raised their seven children: Kay (John), Jim (Alahna), Mark (Marcia), Julia (Glenn), Carol (Bill), Paul ...

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Philip Martin Eastman
Jan. 27, 1936 - June 19, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Dr. Philip Martin Eastman passed away at his home in Portola Valley, California on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 after a long illness. Philip was born on January 27, 1936 to Herman Eastman and Rose Frieder Eastman in the Bronx, New York. He is survived by his wife, Jean, sons, David and Peter, daughter-in-law, Catharine, and grandchildren, Hannah and Ryan. He was predeceased by his parents and by his sisters, Caryl Silver and Adrienne Golub. Philip graduated from Union College and received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He later completed a three-year fellowship in hematology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Philip had many opportunities for adventure and travel, spending his junior year of college at St. Andrews, Scotland, and a semester of medical school at Guys Hospital in London. He joined the Peace Corps in 1963, running a hospital in Mekele, Ethiopia. In 1967 Philip entered the U.S. Army, serving as a physician in Vietnam where he where he was awarded a Silver Star. He later returned with his family to Ethiopia to teach at the College of Public Health in Gondar. Back at home he joined the medical staff at the San Mateo County ...

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Lois Smith
Nov. 10, 1935 - June 16, 2018
Sutter Creek, California

Lois Mae Smith passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the age of 82.  Lois is dearly remembered by her husband of 61 years, Bob and her children Ceci (and husband Lad), Marcus (and wife Irene) and daughter Allean. She will also be lovingly remembered by her brother Arlo. She was an amazing grandmother to Abby, Nate and Cozmo. Lois Kurrle was born and raised in Pasadena, California where she completed her high school education a full year early. She graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's in Classics (again, a full year early). Shortly thereafter, she married the love of her life, Robert L. Smith. While raising the kids she pursued a master’s in Library Science at San Jose State which allowed her to enjoy a career in libraries in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She retired from Redwood City Library in 1998. She was a creative, giving and thoughtful soul, always thinking of her friends and family and actively involved in improving her community. She founded and became the first president of Palo Alto Adolescent Services (now Adolescent Counseling Services) in 1975 which continues to this day to provide counseling and other services to troubled youth and ...

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J. Barton Phelps
April 27, 1917 - June 15, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Judge of the Superior Court (retired) Our beloved Bart Phelps passed away June 15, 2018, age 101, under the loving care of his cherished wife Jeanette. He led an illustrious life in serving his country and as a leader in professional and civic activities and in his life as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. James Barton Phelps was born April 27, 1917, in Topeka, Kansas to Barton Palmer Phelps and Bertha Rowles Phelps. His father held two engineering degrees from Purdue University and worked for The Acheson, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railways. His mother, Bertha, was a YWCA professional and a force for Bart and his younger brother Stephen that left a deep impression on his life. Upon graduation from Topeka High School, Bart attended the University of Chicago, obtaining his degree in Political Science in 1937; then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1940. After Law School, on the advise of a classmate, Bart decided to venture to the west coast to explore options for employment. Through a friend, he met Jean Palmer and promptly decided to stay in California. They wed in 1942 and lovingly raised their children, Barton Palmer Phelps II an...

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Gloria DeEtte Otto
Jan. 12, 1924 - June 10, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Gloria DeEtte Williams Otto [Gloria W. Otto] died on Sunday, 10 June 2018 at 4:50pm after suffering from dementia for a number of years. She was 94 years old. Gloria was born in Boise, Idaho on 12 January 1924, the first child of M. Ned Williams and Floribel Bergh Williams. Her family moved a lot while she was very young because of her father’s work. They settled in Boise where Gloria completed elementary school, graduated in the first graduating class from the new Boise Junior High School, and then graduated with the first 3-year class from Boise High School in 1941. While in high school she was active in journalism and became editor of the Yearbook. It was also there that she met her future husband Carl, both of whom enjoying dancing. After completing 2 years at Boise Junior College, Gloria continued her journalistic efforts and participated in volunteer work for service personnel at Gowen Field near Boise. During these years of living in Boise, Gloria’s family invariably spent summers in Silver City, a place that became Gloria’s Eden. On 20 June 1946 Gloria married her high school sweetheart (and fiancée for 3 years while he attended the Naval Academy at Annapoli...

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Tony Awaida
May 6, 1995 - June 9, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Tony Awaida, 23, of Palo Alto, died unexpectedly on June 9, 2018. He was born on May 6, 1995 in Palo Alto. A 2013 graduate of Palo Alto High School, Tony went on to graduate from UC Santa Cruz in December 2017 with a degree in Computer Science. Tony leaves behind his father Antony Awaida of Palo Alto; his mother and stepfather Janet (Fielding) and Kevin Buck of Laguna Niguel; his brother Alex Awaida of Palo Alto; his step-sisters Sarah Wilson of Nixa, Missouri; and Megan Buck of Portland, Oregon; and many loving extended family and friends. Tony loved the mountains and the ocean. He was an avid surfer, hiker and all-around outdoors person. He was a kind and loving soul who connected deeply with people and the world around him. Tony held a passionate belief that his generation would impact the world in a positive way and that together they could accomplish anything. As a living legacy to Tony, the "Tony Awaida Fund for Environmental Solutions" has been established at UC Santa Cruz. This permanent endowment will support the Coastal Science and Policy program, a new interdisciplinary graduate program that will train the next generation of global leaders to examine the i...

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Donald Emanuel Hietter
April 10, 1921 - June 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Donald (Don) Hietter was born in Bradford IL to John and Lillian Hickey Hietter. He grew up in nearby Peoria. Don is survived by his wife, Judith Hietter, daughter Marilyn Palm, son Randy Hietter (Laurie), daughter Christine Sullivan (Dave), grandson John Hietter, granddaughters Kelsey Bragg (Cameron), Caitlin Sullivan and Carolyn Hietter. He is also survived by his sister Marilyn Moehn, four step children Max Wiley (Ellen), Jean Miller (Howard), John Wiley, Anne Goode (Gordon) and six step grandchildren Samantha Miller, Wiley Miller, Jack Wiley, Sam Wiley, James Goode and Lucy Goode. Don attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and majored in Accounting. He interrupted his education to enlist in the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines during WWII where he achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. After the war he moved to Los Angeles and met Helene Zilas. They married and eventually moved to Redwood City, CA. Don graduated with honors from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1948. Don became a CPA and joined Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1951 where he became a banking specialist. He became a partner in 1963 and served there until his retirement in 1976. In ...

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Marilyn Janet Walter
Jan. 28, 1926 - May 29, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Early on the morning of May 29, 2018, Marilyn Janet Walter, beloved mother and long time resident of Portola Valley, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home she loved and lived in for over 40 years. We are so grateful for a life well and fully lived -- she was a prime example of active and elegant living. Born in Tacoma, WA on January 28, 1926 to Louise Janet (Loomis) and Melvin John Muckey, she attended Annie Wright Seminary for high school and then Barnard College in New York. Her high school senior quote remained applicable to her life up through her last day: “The charm of life is in its living.” Throughout all her adventures, she lived each day the best way she knew how. Upon her return home from university, she met and married Carroll Harding Walter. They lived in South America for the next 11 years. She welcomed three sons while moving from NY to Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Seattle, Montreal and finally to Portola Valley in 1968. The sons have many fond memories of summers spent at their home in Lakebay, WA, where they swam and fished and where Marilyn found peace amidst her hiking trails and the Puget Sound. An avid outdoors-woman, she hiked he...

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John (Jack) A. O'Malley
July 6, 1933 - May 18, 2018
Menlo Park, California

John (Jack) A. O'Malley - July 6, 1933 - May 18, 2018 - Menlo Park, CA. John (Jack) O'Malley, husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and long time friend passed away at the age of 84 on May 18, 2018. Jack was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in New Jersey. He moved his family to Menlo Park, California in 1973. He was the first Eagle Scout in Westville, New Jersey. He served in the military and then received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Jack started his career teaching as a Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia and then moved to the private sector where his career flourished. Jack is pre-deceased by his wife, Mary, of 62 years, and brothers Joe and Ron. He is survived by and father of John (Jr.), Robert, Teresa and David. Grandfather of Matthew, Kristen, Shannon, Anthony, Tara, Sara and Devin and great grandfather of Brooklyn and Georgia. Jack was a huge advocate of family and giving back. He was involved in city politics in both Merchantville, NJ and Menlo Park, CA. He was very well respected...

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Donald Kazak
May 11, 1947 - May 16, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Don Kazak, who joined the Palo Alto Weekly staff when the paper was launched in 1979 and remained for almost 30 years as a reporter and editor, died May 16 in Palo Alto from complications of hypertension. He was 71. His death came just a month after his only sibling, Dolores Sobczak, was killed in a freak accident in Chicago, when she and their 97-year-old mother were hit by a car in a parking lot. The elder Kazak was seriously injured but is expected to recover, according to the family. Kazak was a highly respected journalist who covered Palo Alto city government, breaking news, Stanford, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and many regional issues during his career with the Weekly. He especially enjoyed writing columns about people and issues in the community. He was a prolific writer and became well-known and trusted by Weekly readers over three decades. Since his retirement from the Weekly in 2009, he worked with a wide range of local individuals writing their memoirs after extensive interview sessions done over many months. "Don was a vital part of the Weekly's early success as we sought to establish our credibility and serious intentions," founder and Publisher Bill Johnso...

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Jill Mondry
Sept. 8, 1952 - May 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Jill M Mondry, 65, a family law attorney and resident of Menlo Park, transitioned from her body on May 3, 2018, after a long bout with cancer. She was in the company of her long-term partner, Stephen Miller. Originally from North Dakota, Jill came to California in her twenties and pursued a variety of paths before attending Hastings School of Law, where she obtained her JD in 1991. She established herself in private practice early on in her legal career and was highly respected by her peers, evidenced by her repeated selection as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Northern California. She was a mediator of consummate skill, and well understood the long-term advantages to all concerned of settling family law issues amicably. She also served as a Judge Pro-Tem in San Mateo County. Jill found great pleasure in creative pursuits, whether it was planting her garden, writing or making art pieces. She derived joy from lighting up the lives of others, which she did in countless ways, helping wherever she saw a need. Her kind, thoughtful and considered words provided guidance and comfort to many. In addition to her partner Stephen, she is survived by her beloved extended f...

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Agnes Babcock
Aug. 15, 1923 - Jan. 6, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Archaeologist, community volunteer, wife, mother of four and beloved grandmother of six, Agnes Bierman Babcock died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on January 6, 2018. She was 94 years old and had been a resident of Portola Valley for the past 60 years. She loved Portola Valley and felt strongly about how special it was and that it be preserved and protected. She gave back to her home town by serving in numerous volunteer posts in town for many years, leading to the running family joke that she had held every volunteer position in the town but mayor and dog catcher. Ms. Babcock was born August 15, 1923 in Fribourg, Switzerland where her father taught at the University of Fribourg. Both her parents were from the Netherlands, and they continued to speak Dutch at home with their three daughters, a tradition Ms. Babcock continued with her own children. When she was one year old her family moved to Vancouver Island, Canada. It remained her home base for the rest of her childhood. Her father was a professor and she spent each school year living in whatever city he was teaching at the time, but summers were always spent on Vancouver Island. She described it as havin...

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Patricia C. Davis
Dec. 13, 1934 - July 8, 2018 San Leandro, California

Patricia Carol Davis (nee Eber), Patricia Eber was born December 13, 1934 to Gerda and Kenneth Eber in South Bend, Indiana. She was the eighth of what would be nine children. Her family moved to Detroit where she attended elementary through high school, graduating from Denby High School in 1953. Fol...

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Norman Bergrun
Aug. 4, 1921 - July 1, 2018 Los Altos Hills, California

Norman Riley Bergrun, a longtime resident of Los Altos Hills, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 1 at Tracy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 96. He lived in Los Altos Hills for 52 years before relocating to the Central Valley to be closer to his family following the loss of his be...

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Patricia L. Kallenbach
Sept. 12, 1927 - June 26, 2018 Portland, Oregon

Patricia Lauraine Kallenbach passed away peacefully on June 26, 2018 in Portland, Oregon at the age of 90. Born September 12, 1926 to Emma (née Klenk) and Patrick Adams, Patricia grew up in Eldon, Missouri, where she participated in journalism, drama, choir and marching band. Upon graduating from h...

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Marlene Handy
Nov. 25, 1932 - June 21, 2018 Stanford/Los Altos, California

Marlene Bogel Handy -- beloved wife, mother, nurse and friend -- died unexpectedly of heart failure on June 21, 2018, in Los Altos, California. She was 85. Marlene was born in Millbrae, California, to George and Kathryn Bogel. She grew up loving Shirley Temple, Gone With the Wind and pretending to s...

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