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Doris Marie Deising
March 9, 1935 - Nov. 26, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Doris was a good friend. Originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin, she moved to Palo Alto in the 1970s. Initially trained as a nurse, after practicing for a couple of years, and then indulging her interest in travel as a tour leader for some time, she then become a real estate agent. This is the way that many of us in Palo Alto knew her. She often said that she especially enjoyed her work when she was able to help a first-time buyer find their first house. Doris passed away peacefully on the night of November 26, 2022. Her two sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth, preceded her. She leaves behind her nephew, Steve La Gorce, and her loving cat, Joey....

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Harry Vasilakos
May 14, 1931 - Nov. 23, 2022
Redwood City, CA

Harry Haralambos Vasilakos passed from this world on the afternoon of November 23, 2022, at his home in Redwood City, California. He was 91 years old, and he lived a life full of love, celebration, hard work and spirited mischief. Harry was born in San Francisco in 1931, to his father Spiros Vasilakos and mother Sotiria Fouyias, who had both lived in Corinthia, Greece before immigrating to the United States. In 1933 the family moved to the countryside, buying farmland in Menlo Park. Harry attended Las Lomitas and Sequoia schools, along with his siblings Theofana, Panayiotis and Maria. Drive-ins and drag racing were the pastimes of the day, and Harry managed to set the local field on fire one time, but the fire department saved the day and Cutie the Cow was unharmed. Luckily for Harry, he soon met his future wife Diane Marcroft at the urging of a mutual friend. It was love at first sight, and Harry and Diane were married on New Year’s Eve 1951. Over the course of 71 years together, they raised a wonderful family including four children, Kristina, Kathleen, Spiros and Vicki, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren so far. A talented builder and industrious w...

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Shoshana Levy
1939 - Nov. 16, 2022
Stanford, CA

Shoshana Levy passed away on November 16, surrounded by her loving family, after a short bout with an aggressive form of metastatic cancer. Born in 1939, she spent her childhood in Tel Aviv, during the British Mandate, working in her parents’ home grocery while attending elementary school. She expected to continue in the family store, but a teacher saw her early academic promise and encouraged her to further her education. As a teen, she was active in Hashomer Hatzair, the Israeli youth movement. Inspired by her love of nature, she traveled throughout the country with a magnifying glass and a dog-eared field guide, determined to identify every plant indigenous to Israel, learning each of their Latin and common names. She met her husband, Ronald Levy, in the laboratory when they were both students at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel in 1967. They fell in love quickly and married within a year. Their partnership in science and life endured for her remaining 55 years. They were known for spending all of their time together, running their side-by-side labs, hosting meals for family and colleagues, donning fabulous halloween costumes, and always being the las...

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Richard "Dick" Hafenrichter
Dec. 17, 1929 - Nov. 10, 2022
Lincoln Hills, California

Richard (Dick) Hafenrichter passed away peacefully on November 10, 2022 at The Pines, assisted living in Rocklin, CA. He was 92 years old. Born December 17, 1929 to Dr. Atlee and Irene Hafenrichter, Dick was born and raised in Pullman, Washington, along with his younger brother Gordon (who passed March 2022) he grew up in the area through 7th grade. His family moved to Portland, Oregon where he resided through high school and then attended Oregon State University until graduation. After college, Dick joined the Air Force and became a jet fighter pilot. This was during the Korean War and he remained in the service for 5 years. During this time, he was stationed in Japan, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and Bangor, Maine. Upon completion of military duty, Dick returned to Portland and worked for IBM. Soon recognizing that IBM was not a fit for him, in 1958 he opened his own office equipment business in Sacramento, selling up and down the San Joaquin and Central Valley of California. Primary accounts were the State of California and the US Federal Government. He met his wife Helen Marshall, married in 1960 and had two daughters, Karen and Lisa. Helen passed in 1986. TAB Products Co, ...

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Richmond Flatland, Jr.
July 23, 1924 - Nov. 7, 2022
Redwood City, CA

Richmond (Dick) Flatland, Jr. enjoyed a life well lived filled with lots of love and adventures with his family and friends. Dick was born to Richmond and Catherine Flatland and was raised in San Francisco where he graduated from Polytechnic High School. At Poly, he excelled in leadership and sports where he was President of the Student Body and played football and baseball. He was recruited to play both football and baseball at Stanford University where he was a star center, linebacker, pitcher, and outfielder. At Stanford, he was an active member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. The closeness of his friendships made as a DU were exemplified by the many years the DUs traveled together with their spouses, from the 1950’s into the 1990’s. He enjoyed Stanford reunions with what would have been his 1946 graduation class and what was ultimately his 1948 graduating class as Dick’s Stanford academics was interrupted when he enlisted in the Marine Corps Aviation during WWII. After marrying his first wife Lenore in 1950 and having his first two children, Dick was called back to serve in the Korean war where he flew F9F Panther jets in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1954 as a C...

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Dianne McDonnell
March 13, 1928 - Nov. 7, 2022
Watsonville, CA

Dianne “Denie” Reinle McDonnell, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Pajaro Dunes on Nov 7, 2022. Denie was born in Oakland on March 13, 1928 to Dr. George G. and Evelyn Kane Reinle, the youngest of two daughters. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes, Anna Heads School for Girls, Piedmont High and Stanford University, graduating from Stanford in 1949, with a BA in Chinese. While at Stanford she met the love of her life, George P. “Pat” McDonnell. They met in a Chinese language class; Pat because he already spoke the language and would get an “A”, and Denie because she wanted a challenge. They were married on Sept. 6, 1952. Denie and Pat welcomed their first child, Tim in 1953, followed by Mary, Peter and Julie. Denie and Pat built their home in Ladera in 1955, (now part of Portola Valley) where they raised their children until 1982, when they moved full time to their beach house at Pajaro Dunes. While living in Ladera, Denie was active in her children’s schooling and sports activities and volunteered at Allied Arts in Menlo Park. She joined the working world in the early 70’s, working for Bank of America for 10 years. She was also very active in her parish, Our Lady ...

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Bradley John Ziebell
May 18, 1949 - Nov. 5, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Bradley John Ziebell, 73, from Palo Alto, CA, passed away peacefully in Calistoga, CA, on November 5th, 2022. Brad was a pillar of the Barron Park community for a half century, and spent 25 years running Avenue Florist on California Avenue. His big heart, charisma, and love for life will be missed by all who knew him. Brad recently lost his sister, Sandy Ziebell. He is survived by his sons, Nicholas and Justin Ziebell, his brother Larry Ziebell, and his former spouse of 29 years, Andrea Powers....

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Margy Giles
May 5, 1926 - Nov. 4, 2022
Portola Valley, CA

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 Marjorie was born to Earl and Grace Irvine in Pennsylvania, joining brothers Dwight and Edgar. She studied education at Occidental College, using life insurance money from Dwight’s death in WWII. Margy was a deeply loved and capable teacher. In 1955, she moved to Germany to teach and pursue “travel and further education,” fostering a decades-long love of adventure and learning. She returned to California and in 1958, married Wallace Giles, whom she met at church. They added Nancy and Shirley to their family and later were transferred to New Orleans, where Ron was born. Margy—the consistent presence at home—also hosted gatherings, led her church’s Women’s Circle, and volunteered. Margy’s steadiness, patience, mercy, hospitality, and famous muffins defined her lifetime of service. In 1979, Margy and Wally moved to Portola Valley, CA. She beat cancer—twice—and was a prayer warrior for her family and friends, loyally attending her 30-year-long prayer group. Her love and advocacy for Wally during his ten-y...

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Grace Jane Spiridon
March 23, 1980 - Nov. 4, 2022
San Carlos, California

Known affectionately by friends and family as “The G’s” or “The G-Unit” Greg and Grace were meant for each other. Greg was enthusiastic, outgoing with a life-long love of music. Grace had a curious mind and resilient spirit. She was humble about her success—instead she lifted others up with her positive energy. They were the perfect couple and perfect parents to Olivia and Madison, their seven-year-old twins. Greg (C1996) and Grace (C1998) met at Palo Alto High School but didn’t date until they reunited at a Giants game in 2004. They married in 2009 and settled in Redwood City and then San Carlos becoming parents in 2015. This year Grace signed up to be room parent for Olivia’s 2nd grade class, Greg was room parent for Madison’s. The family baked together, cheered at the girl’s soccer games and enjoyed the outdoors—camping, hiking, biking. They were open minded, kindhearted, genuine, and fun loving. Greg was born in San Francisco on June 28, 1978. In his youth he was enthusiastic about Boy Scouts, backpacking, cars and playing percussion in the El Camino Youth Symphony. His love of music led him to earn a BA degree in Sound Arts from SAE Expression Colle...

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Gregory Christopher Ammen
June 28, 1978 - Nov. 4, 2022
San Carlos, California

Known affectionately by friends and family as “The G’s” or “The G-Unit” Greg and Grace were meant for each other. Greg was enthusiastic, outgoing with a life-long love of music. Grace had a curious mind and resilient spirit. She was humble about her success—instead she lifted others up with her positive energy. They were the perfect couple and perfect parents to Olivia and Madison, their seven-year-old twins. Greg (C1996) and Grace (C1998) met at Palo Alto High School but didn’t date until they reunited at a Giants game in 2004. They married in 2009 and settled in Redwood City and then San Carlos becoming parents in 2015. This year Grace signed up to be room parent for Olivia’s 2nd grade class, Greg was room parent for Madison’s. The family baked together, cheered at the girl’s soccer games and enjoyed the outdoors—camping, hiking, biking. They were open minded, kindhearted, genuine, and fun loving. Greg was born in San Francisco on June 28, 1978. In his youth he was enthusiastic about Boy Scouts, backpacking, cars and playing percussion in the El Camino Youth Symphony. His love of music led him to earn a BA degree in Sound Arts from SAE Expression Colle...

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Corinne Fuller Myers Monahan
April 1, 1933 - Oct. 25, 2022
Santa Rosa, California

Corinne Monahan died on October 25, 2022, after a brief illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Jack Monahan; three children, Stephen Myers (Valerie), Susan Myers Keshner (Glenn), and Nancy Myers; four stepchildren, Jay (Laurie Chambers), Patrick, Chris (Ann), and Heather Fortes (John); seven grandchildren; and three (soon to be four) great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, David Myers; her brother, Richard; and her parents. Corinne lived in Palo Alto for many decades before moving to Santa Rosa with her husband in 2000. Her four children were educated in Palo Alto schools and graduated from Palo Alto High. In addition, Corinne taught microwave cooking at Friedman’s Microwave Ovens in Town and Country Village. Born in western rural Connecticut, Corinne spent her early years attending school in a one-room schoolhouse and exploring the countryside with her older brother. The family’s move to the “big city” of Torrington, CT, when she was in 8th grade marked a transition where, for the next several decades, the family spent every summer managing their cottage-rental business in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Corinne attended Simmons Colleg...

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Patrick Daniel Farris
Oct. 28, 1941 - Oct. 25, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Patrick Daniel Farris, loving father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully October 25, 2022. Born October 28, 1941, Pat grew up in Osburn and Wallace in the Silver Valley of Northern Idaho. His parents were James and Eleanor Farris, and he was the older brother to two sisters, Mary Gaffney and Sally McManus. He is survived by his former wife Jansie Farris, and his four children and their families: Katie, Dave, Dylan, Collin and Josh; Jimmy, Melissa, Adelle, Lila, Chloe and James; Steve, Mickie, Owen and Luke; and Paul, Corey, Charlotte and Jaxon. He is also survived by many other loving family members, including: Sally, John, Sean, Dian, Kiera and Fiona; Shannon, Ash, Uma and Declan; Kelly, CJ, Kathleen and Daisy; and Paul, Bill, Judy and their families. Growing up in mountainous Shoshone County, Pat especially loved skiing, scouting and playing football. After graduating from Wallace High School, Pat spent one year at Seattle University before joining the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for the next eleven years, earning a MA in History. Having left the Jesuits and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue other life dreams, he met Jansie, who had also recently left her l...

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Nancy Elizabeth Valentine
March 20, 1931 - Oct. 19, 2022
Portola Valley, California

Nancy Elizabeth Valentine passed away on October 19, 2022, a few days after celebrating her 67th wedding anniversary with her husband, Paul. Nancy lived a rich and fulfilling life, actively engaged in making the world a better place, enjoying nature and travel, and putting family first. Nancy was born Nancy Elizabeth Hodge in Niles, Ohio in 1931 where she lived through high school. Being born into the Depression instilled in Nancy the values of appreciating what you have, never wasting anything, and conservation. Nancy attended Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated from Miami University of Ohio where she met Paul – their marriage was a “Miami Merger.” Before having children, she taught first grade in Cleveland, Ohio; Natick, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Lancaster, California; and Palo Alto. Later in life, Nancy taught English as a Second Language to recent immigrants from China. Nancy and Paul married in the First Presbyterian Church in Warren, Ohio, on October 15, 1955, in “one of the loveliest autumn wedding ceremonies to be solemnized in Warren…with vases filled with white chrysanthemums interspersed with palms and ferns.” (Warren Tribune Chronicle.)...

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Hans Steiner
June 27, 1946 - Oct. 17, 2022
Palo Alto, CA

Hans Steiner, M.D. of Palo Alto passed away on October 17, 2022, in hospice at home. His family was with him. Hans is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith, and their three children, Remy, Hans-Christoph (Rivka), and Joshua (Tina) as well as his four grandsons, Johann and Eliezer of Vienna and Mateo and Eldon of El Cerrito and his sister, Britta Schmid of Vienna and sister-in-law of Florida. Although Hans had been suffering from multiple illnesses, his death seemed quite sudden. A native of his much-loved Austria, Hans studied medicine at the University of Vienna. After completing an internship there, he did a second internship (required for foreign-born doctors) at Upstate Medical Center, SUNY at Syracuse, and stayed there for 2 more years for psychiatry training. The faculty there tried their best to convince him to stay in Syracuse by showing him the lovely 19th-century houses he would be able to buy there. But he moved on to his child psychiatry residency at U. of M. in Ann Arbor. They also tried to recruit him, but Judith strongly encouraged him to move West, the Bay Area in particular. Hans came to Palo Alto in 1978 to take up a position in the Department of Psychi...

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Bobbe Jordan
March 2, 1936 - Sept. 23, 2022
Portola Valley, CA

She was born and raised in Piedmont, CA with 3 younger brothers. After Piedmont High, she went to UCSB and earned a degree in Biology. While there she met the amazing Bob Jordan who claimed to have ‘saved her from drowning in the shallow end of the pool .’ As his wife she became mother of four lucky children, Tim, Kevin, Jill, and Becky. She raised her own kids along with running an in-home daycare that opened her home and heart to all of Portola Valley’s children. Bobbe rarely sat down, hosting athletes and students from abroad. Bobbe also had a strong love for the outdoors. She enjoyed traveling near and far, whether in Lake Tahoe, Sedona or visiting state and national parks. She loved tapping into her imagination influenced by the work of Muir, Steinbeck, and Bob Jordan. Bobbe shared her limitless love of life with close friends, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She lived by her values shaped by faith and love of nature. Step lightly on the earth. Don’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Leave a place better than when you arrived. We will meet again Bobbe , maybe on Windy Hill....

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March 21, 1936 - Oct. 31, 2022 Palo Alto, California

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