July 19, 1931 - Sept. 12, 2017
Frank Foti passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at the age of 86 at his home in Woodside, surrounded by family. He was born in San Francisco on July 19, 1931, to immigrant parents Dominick and Antoinetta Foti, from Reggio Calabria, Italy. He graduated from Balboa High and afterward began working for Southern Pacific Railroad before opening his San Francisco liquor store, Ross Drive-In Liquors, with his brother. Upon retirement, he enjoyed his time going on Mounted Patrol Fall Rides and riding his many horses on the Woodside trails. He was very proud of his Italian heritage. Frank was a member of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, Shack Riders, and the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid horseman who participated in numerous horse shows and won many titles in professional cutting horse competitions held throughout California up to the age of 84. He is survived by his daughter, Erna Jenkins of Belmont; son, Dominic Foti (Denise) of San Carlos; Mark Foti (Dot) of Woodside; Julie Poole (Robert) of Redwood City; Sister Mary Cordis of Santa Barbara; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Rose (Kn...
William Henry Aberth
Jan. 4, 1933 - Sept. 10, 2017
Palo Alto, California
William Henry Aberth passed away at Stanford Memorial Hospital on Sunday, September 10, 2017. His death was the result of long-standing complications due to Parkinson’s disease. His brother Oliver Aberth of College Station, TX and his loving wife of 22 years, Alice Aberth, and four beloved stepsons Jeff Schwartz of Palo Alto, CA, Russell Schwartz of Piedmont, CA, Peter Schwartz of Seattle, WA and David Schwartz of Santa Rosa, CA survive him. He also leaves behind his three children from Theresa Aberth, his first wife, Susan Aberth of Catskill, New York, George Aberth of Palo Alto, CA and Diane Hazelwood of Columbia Missouri. In addition he is also survived by his step-grandchildren: Yovel Schwartz of San Francisco, Samuel Schwartz of Marin, and Alisa and Jasmine Schwarz of Seattle, as well as his two adoring “four-legged children,” Snoopy and Shirley. “Willie” Aberth was born on January 4, 1933 in Los Angeles to Louise and George Aberth, natives of Strasbourg, Germany. The youngest of nine children, Willie demonstrated an early interest in astronomy and he proudly recalled grinding his own telescope lens at the age of ten to better observe the sky from his fam...
Timothy Bruce Luntzel
Nov. 1, 1972 - Aug. 27, 2017
Brooklyn, New York
Timothy Bruce Luntzel, a deeply beloved and admired young man who was a gifted musician and a friend to many, died peacefully from complications of ALS at the age of 44 on August 27, 2017, surrounded by his mother Elizabeth Neumann (nee Juvet, and then Luntzel), her husband Peter G. Neumann, and Tim's brother Mark Luntzel, in Palo Alto CA. Tim was born on November 1, 1972, in Redwood City CA. He had numerous musical colleagues beginning with his Peninsula School band Shock, the Menlo-Atherton High School Jazz Band, and his colleagues at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, all of whom remained close to him. After playing electric and double bass in Boston for several years, he and his band moved to New York City and became the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout. Tim toured the U.S., Europe, India, the Far East, and South America, and played with Bright Eyes, Jim Campilongo, Rosanne Cash, Rachelle Garniez, Jessie Harris, Norah Jones, Lee Ranaldo, Jenny Scheinman, Leah Siegel, Loudon Wainwright III, and many others. Tim played on two Grammy award-winning albums and one gold record. A celebration of the release of his latest recording (The Boog at Sunny's, recorded at Sunny's ...
Dale Flint Dickinson
Oct. 11, 1933 - July 23, 2017
Menlo Park, CA
Dale Flint Dickinson of Menlo Park, California, passed away on July 23, 2017, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Dale was born October 11, 1933, in Galveston, Texas, the only child of Andrew Flint Dickinson and Leona Minnie Warner Dickinson. Dale graduated from Ball High School in 1950, and then spent one year at Schreiner University before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated in 1955 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. While at Texas, Dale decided that Mathematics and Physics were his true loves. He entered the Physics graduate program at the University of California Berkeley but was quickly drafted. Dale spent two years in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician, and then re-enrolled at Berkeley in 1957. Dale completed his Ph.D. in nuclear physics in December 1964 and spent the next 10 months traveling around the world with his first wife, Leslie Bryan, with whom he later had two daughters. Dale's early interest in Astronomy was re-kindled after he returned to Berkeley, and in 1967 he accepted a position with the Radio Astronomy group at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dale's research a...
Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017 Palo Alto, California
Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in t...
George P. Knapp
June 19, 1927 - Sept. 1, 2017 Menlo Park, California
George Phillip Knapp, a long time resident of Menlo Park, died on Friday, Sept. 1, surrounded by his family at his daughter's home in Kauai, Hawaii. George was born in San Francisco to Phillip and Helena Knapp on June 19, 1927. He moved to Burlingame with his family in 1940. He attended Bu...
Stanley George Parry
Dec. 28, 1936 - Aug. 19, 2017 Palo Alto, California
Stanley George Parry, a 44-year resident of Palo Alto, died at Stanford Hospital on August 19th. The son of George S. and Elizabeth J. Parry, Stan was born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up in Piedmont, California. He graduated from Piedmont High School, San Francisco State, and UCLA Law School...
Alissa R. Picker
Nov. 6, 1962 - Aug. 18, 2017 East Palo Alto, California
Alissa Riper Picker peacefully passed away at home on Aug. 18, 2017. She is now in heaven after living a life marked by empathy, grace, joy, and courage. Alissa died after a two year journey with brain cancer, specifically grade 4 glioblastoma. She is greatly missed, but we rejoice that Jesus has...