Douglas W. Ury
March 14, 1949 - May 18, 2018
Douglas Ury passed away peacefully at home on May 18, 2018 in Copperopolis, California with his wife Suzanne by his side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer and pulmonary disease.Doug was born on March 14, 1949, in Oakland, California, the son of Adrian and Esther Ury. He grew up in San Leandro and graduated from San Leandro High School, Chabot College and San Jose State University. He also served in the United States Navy. Prior to moving to the Sierra Foothills in 2017, Doug lived in Menlo Park, California for 44 years where he and his wife Suzanne married and raised their 2 children. Doug had a long and fulfilling career as an Electrical Engineer in Silicon Valley having worked for Raytheon, Fairchild, Memorex, National Semiconductor and Advantest. He was an avid reader and always known for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Suzanne Klika Ury; their children Erin Nicole Ury of Watsonville and Timothy Colin Ury, United States Air Force (currently stationed in Ohio); brother Roger Ury of Gilbert, Arizona, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Wilma Caughell. In lieu of flow...
Ronald Wayne Braniff
March 6, 1936 - May 6, 2018
Rancho Mirage, California
Ronald Wayne Braniff, 82, of Rancho Mirage, California, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at home after a brief illness. Born in Hood River, Oregon, to Dorothy Rosella and Hugh Andrew Braniff, he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 1956 and began active duty at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, DC, working on NASA projects, which further sparked his engineering interest. After his honorable discharge, Ron earned an offer from IBM for sales training that required him to work in the Pittsburgh, PA office. Ron turned the offer down and instead drove across the country in his Triumph to knock on the doors of IBM in Silicon Valley with a desire to live and work in San Francisco. He was offered an IBM sales training position and began his rewarding corporate career in 1963 as a sales representative in the data processing division, selling IBM punched card accounting machines and 1401 series computers. In 1966, Ron joined Tymshare, a company selling computer time and software packages for users on the SDS/XDS 940 computers. He settled in Portola Valley, CA and lat...
Nov. 28, 1930 - May 5, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Yelena Fedorova, of Palo Alto, died in a tragic accident on May 5, 2018 while crossing the street returning to her apartment. Yelena was a humane, independent and spirited woman whose storied life drew resilience from the deprivations of WWII, political transitions in the Soviet Union and immigration to the United States. Yelena was born in Saratov, on the Volga river in Russia. When Yelena was 6 years old, her mother passed away giving birth to her brother. Yelena's father, a colonel in the Soviet Air Force during WWII, was arrested by Stalin's government and sent to a Gulag forced labor camp shortly after the end of the war. During the De-Stalinization era, Yelena's father received a full pardon and exoneration. Yelena and her brother were taken in by their aunt and uncle. The tutelage of her older cousin led her to study medicine. She graduated in the top of her class from Saratov Medical School in 1953 specializing in ENT. As part of the Soviet medical programs common at the time, Yelena was dispatched to Poselok Shuga, a small village on the Gulf of Ob in the Siberian tundra, where she served as the chief of medicine for a population of nomadic Nenets reindeer herders. M...
Betty A. Dole
May 30, 1932 - May 4, 2018
Betty Armstrong Dole, beloved and cherished wife, mother and grandmother, died May 4, in Davis. The cause of her death was Alzheimer's disease. Betty was born on May 30, 1932 in San Jose, the first child of William L. Armstrong and Rose Brunner Armstrong. She was raised there and in Los Gatos and Watsonville, where her father owned a grocery store. After one year at San Francisco State, Betty transferred as a sophomore to Stanford University. She left Stanford in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in political science, and lifelong friends Joan Marie Shelley and Nancy Roth. After graduation, Betty joined the U.S. State Department as a translator and moved to Lima, Peru. She cut short her time there to return to Palo Alto to marry her former Stanford classmate Richard A. Dole, Jr. in 1955. In 1956 their daughter, Janet, was born in Tokyo, Japan. Son Jefferey was born two years later, in Redwood City, where the family then resided. In 1961 the family moved to Palo Alto, where Betty lived for the next 55 years. In the late 1960s, Betty began to study court reporting, commuting to San Francisco for instruction two nights a week for several years. In 1969 she became the c...
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...
Bernice (Bonnie) Senft Behling
Sept. 27, 1926 - May 1, 2018
Portola Valley, California
Bernice (Bonnie) Behling, of Portola Valley, passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 following a brief illness. Born September 27, 1926, in Aurora, Illinois, Bonnie is survived by daughter Ann Behling Kruger (Peder) of Evergreen, Colorado, son Frederick L. Behling III (Lesa) of Iron River, Michigan, son William R. Behling (Nancy) of Norfolk, Massachusetts, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Frederick L. Behling, her first daughter, Barbara L. Behling of Palo Alto and sister Evelyn S. Hines of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Bonnie grew up in Batavia, Illinois, the daughter of Henry and Bertha Senft. After graduating from Batavia High School in 1944, she moved to Colorado to pursue a nursing degree at University of Colorado. It was there she met her husband, Fred, who was a medical resident at St. Luke's Hospital in Denver. They were married in 1947 and raised four children, with moves early in Fred’s medical career that took them to and from Oklee, Minnesota; Barstow, California; Rochester, Minnesota; and Fargo, North Dakota. In 1958, Bonnie and Fred moved to Palo Alto, California (as F...
Nov. 29, 1932 - April 27, 2018
Genevieve Lynch “Jeanne” passed away at Stanford Hospital on April 27th, 2018 surrounded by family. Jeanne was born in Seattle, Washington to Eugene and Genevieve Olwell. Her family moved to Atherton during high school and she attended Convent of the Sacred Heart ( now Sacred Heart Preparatory). She returned to the Northwest and attended the University of Washington where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. After graduation in 1954, she moved to San Francisco and began a career in advertising, working for the Wall Street Journal and then for Dick Schutte. She met her future husband, Tom Lynch, in 1964 and they were married in 1966. They had one daughter and in 1971 they made their home in Menlo Park. Jeanne became a lifelong volunteer. She was very involved with both Nativity School and Parish. She was head of the Parent Board and, along with two others, started the Nativity Antique Show. She was head of the Parent Association at Sacred Heart when her only child, Molly, was a student there. Her favorite role was as a member of the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary to Packard Hospital. She worked daily at the Traditional Shop at Allied Arts Guild as a merchandise buyer for tw...
John Hofman Hessel
April 24, 1934 - April 26, 2018
Portola Valley, CA
John Hofman Hessel, age 84, of Portola Valley, California died April 26th at Stanford Hospital after a lengthy illness. John grew up in Woodmere, New York attending Woodmere Academy as did both his parents Sidney A. Hessel and Beatrice Hofman Hessel before him. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire he received a degree in biology from Harvard. John was a Renaissance man at an early age and his love of science was fostered by and with his father. Together they pursued and collected Lepidoptera discovering previously unidentified species of butterfly and moth. John’s moth, Automeris iris hesselorum, was identified in Southern Arizona while working on his PhD at the University of Arizona. His research continued at Stanford University on a post-doctoral fellowship. He was highly involved in the ecological movement of the 1970’s educating students and the general public about the negative effects of unregulated human activity on the planet. Between college and grad school, John taught 8 years at prep schools in New England co-founding a school with a group of colleagues which exists today. Back in California, he continued his interest in population ...
Jane K. Melin
May 27, 1931 - April 25, 2018
A remarkable life indeed. April 25, 2018 was the day that Jane Lucinda Keedy Melin left this world. Her journey here was an inspiration. Jane came into the world on May 27, 1931 in Wellington, Delaware. She was the daughter of Anastasia Harding Keedy and Charles Clarence Keedy. At a very young age of 13, Jane with her brother Robert were orphaned with the loss of their father in 1934 and mother in 1944. The Galloway family were close friends of their parents and provided support for Jane and Robert. Jane attended the prominent Green Farm Academy in Westport, Connecticut during her formative years. There she was active in field hockey and high jumping on the track team in addition to her studies. Green Farm Academy was her childhood home and Jane attended her class reunions until very recently. Jane went on to graduate from the University of Denver in 1954 with a bachelor's degree. Jane graduated with honors in the Pi Gamma Mu society. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi fraternity. While in Denver, Jane spent time with the Robinson family and became dear friends with the son Don, who proceeded her in death. After graduating, Jane traveled the world and had fond memorie...
Rita W. Chaput
May 16, 1921 - April 22, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Rita W. Chaput, a longtime Menlo Park resident, passed away peacefully on April 22 with her children at her side. She was 96. Rita, who was the 14th child to John and Theresa Ahern, was born on May 16, 1921. She was preceded in death by her loving husband John, and her eldest son John. She is survived by two daughters, Renee Zotter (Joe), Michele Korn (Steve) and two sons, Stephen and Nick Chaput. She was blessed with 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way, many nieces and nephews, and so many good friends. A native of San Francisco, she graduated in 1939 from Mercy High School in Burlingame. She worked for Wells Fargo Bank in Menlo Park for over 20 years. She was active in the St. Raymond Parish, the St. Francis Auxiliary, Serra Club, and the Italian Catholic Federation. She volunteered at Allied Arts Guild and the Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop in Menlo Park. She loved cooking, gardening, traveling, sunset cruises on Lake Tahoe and entertaining guests from near and far. Her devotion to family and home, her love and kindness to everyone she met, will be her lasting legacy....
Catherine McCormack McGilvray
1934 - April 19, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Born in 1934 in Anacortes, Washington, Catherine was the third of Francis and Alice McCormack's four children. Catherine's family moved to Salem, Oregon when her father started lumber operations in that state. After attending Catholic schools in Salem, Catherine went to Whitman College in Washington, and then transferred to Mills College in Oakland, from which she graduated in 1956. While at Mills, she met her husband, John McGilvray who was attending the University of California, and they were married in San Francisco in 1958. Catherine took her degree in education and taught for two years in the Oakland School District. After John served two years in the Army in North Carolina, they returned to San Francisco. In 1962, their daughter Victoria was born. They lived in Parkmerced until 1971, when IBM moved John to Palo Alto and they relocated to that city. Catherine was an active volunteer, supporting both Mills College and the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. She was on the Alumni Board of Governors for Mills, and served as President of the Palo Alto Mills Club. She also volunteered in a variety of support activities for the Children's Hospital, including many years w...
Shirley Grace Connolly
July 23, 1936 - April 18, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Shirley Grace Connolly, 81, of Menlo Park, CA went to the arms of the Lord on April 18, 2018. Shirley was born to Bernard and Grace Connolly on July 23, 1936 in Butte, Montana. Her family relocated to the San Francisco Bay area as a child and she has called this area her home ever since. Shirley entered the Society of the Sacred Heart on September 15, 1958, at Kenwood, Albany, NY. The following year she and three other novices left Albany to found a second novitiate in El Cajon, CA. It was here where she took her First Vows in 1961. Her Profession of Final Vows was taken in Rome July 20, 1966. Her ministry included working with children as an elementary teacher at St. Joseph, Menlo Park and as a high school principal at Sacred Heart, Menlo Park. Shirley left the society on August 25, 1976. This led to the beginning of her professional career where she became the Executive Director of the Catholic Television Network located at St. Patrick’s Seminary. Upon retiring from CTN in December 2001, she volunteered her time to many causes in her community. She took great pride in helping others. Shirley especially treasured her time at Oakwood Retirement Center a...
Robert Patrick Battaglia
March 17, 1942 - April 15, 2018
Menlo Park, CA
Robert Patrick "Pat" Battaglia, born on March 17, 1942 in San Jose, Ca, to Anthony and Thelma Battaglia. He passed away at the age of 76 on April 15, 2018 in Menlo Park, Ca, surrounded by family. Pat attended Saint Catherine’s school and Junipero Serra high school. Pat started in the auto dealership industry at E-Z Davies Chevrolet in 1970, then opened Bay Area Lease in 1974, completing his career at Liberty Lease with his longtime friend Owen Conley. In 1994 he retired from the auto business after 28 years to join his son David in the construction business. Pat was the beloved husband of Sherry Battaglia married for 55 years. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Battaglia. Pat is survived by his sister, Diane Battaglia Dillon; daughter, Cindy Battaglia-Piacentini; son, David Battaglia (Christine); and Debbie Margulies (David); and grandchildren, Kayleigh Salstrand, Demi Battaglia, Aubrey Salstrand, Samantha Battaglia, Toni Battaglia, Zachary Margulies, and Ethin Battaglia. Some of Pat's hobbies were being an avid 49er fan and die hard Pink Floyd fan. He enjoyed a round of golf and entertaining friends. He was the District Governor of 4C4 Lions, President of the Lions...
James Donald McCavitt, O.F.S.
June 30, 1927 - April 13, 2018
Born and raised in the Appalachian coal mining town of Defiance, Pennsylvania, Jim was predeceased by parents James and Annie, and siblings Angela Peiffer, Martin, Jerome, John, Bernard and Rita King. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Marks; dozens of nieces and nephews; and a large, extended family. Jim passed away peacefully at his home in Cupertino, surrounded by his statuary and religious artwork collected during his travels over many decades. After his service in the U.S. Navy, Jim attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree. Shortly after graduation he moved to California to join his brother Bernard. Jim eventually settled in Palo Alto and began teaching in the Palo Alto Unified School District. He taught hundreds of children at elementary schools in the 1960s through the 1990s. Several generations learned the Golden Rule from Jim and often heard his favorite adage: "Common sense is very uncommon!" He loved his work and was devoted to his students. During school vacations, Jim traveled the world, having visited over 100 countries in his lifetime. He loved exploring new cultures, meeting new people and collecting the works of local...
Rita Mary O'Connor
May 15, 1921 - April 11, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Rita Mary O'Grady was born in Palo Alto on May 15, 1921, the second child of Tom and Delia O'Grady who hailed from County Roscommon, Ireland. She grew up and lived most of her life in Palo Alto, where she attended Mayfield Elementary, and then Mercy High School in Burlingame. Her parents' Stanford Avenue house was a gathering point for Irish people, where on many a Saturday night they would have live music and dancing. In 1939, she met her future husband of 69 years, Bob O'Connor. They married in 1942 at St. Aloysius Church; it was the first Nuptial Mass held in the new church, where, 50 years later, they would renew their vows. Shortly thereafter, Bob left to join the World War II effort for three and a half years, while Rita contributed by working at Westvaco Labs. When Bob returned from the war in 1945, they moved to San Jose, and then Sacramento, starting their family with five daughters: O'Malley, JoJo, Chris, Patty and Kellie. By 1952, Rita, always a wonder, had five daughters under the age of 6 ½. In 1954 they moved to Palo Alto. Six years later their son, Rob, was born, completing the family. By 1965, they had a house full of teenaged daughters. She managed thr...
Sami Monah Hamade
Jan. 7, 1961 - April 8, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Sami Hamade, 57, passed away on April 8, 2018 after a short, courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends. Born in Lebanon in 1961, Sami earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering from the American University of Beirut, a master's degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. After earning his diplomas, Sami led a very successful career in the medical device space. He was a well-recognized and admired investor, officer, manager and engineer in the Silicon Valley medical device community for over 20 years. His work spanned back to his early days in stent development at Advanced Cardiovascular Systems (ACS) and ultimately Guidant. During the course of his venture capital career as a Partner at Aberdare ventures and subsequently Apple Tree Partners, Sami built a strong reputation as a selfless, considerate and savvy contributor from the boardroom to the engineering lab. Sami's many contributions enabled a number of high profile success stories throughout his career, many of which were pioneering investments in new therapeutic areas, including the likes of Ablation F...
Dec. 11, 1942 - April 7, 2018
San Mateo, CA
Richard Paul Gemmet Jr., a small business owner and former Menlo Park resident, died peacefully while surrounded by his family on April 7, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 75. Rich was born in San Francisco on Dec. 11, 1942, to Richard and Celsa Gemmet. He attended Corpus Christi School and entered the seminary in ninth grade, attending Salesian College Preparatory in Richmond and Don Bosco College in Newton, NJ. It was there that he met fellow eighth-grade catechism teacher, Judith Howell, and fell in love. He left the seminary and the two married in New Jersey on Aug. 11, 1968, spending their honeymoon driving across the country to their new home in San Francisco. He earned his master's degree in history from San Francisco State University in 1971, and the couple moved to Redwood City, where they raised their three children. An organizational development consultant for more than 25 years, he founded Gemmet Associates, with clients that included Clorox Corp., Teledyne Microwave and Blach Construction. Rich’s first career was as an educator, teaching history at Canada College and then working for the San Mateo County Office of Education. He returned ...
Robert H. Malott
Oct. 6, 1926 - April 4, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Robert Harvey Malott, former CEO and Chairman of FMC Corporation, died on Wednesday, April 4. He was born in Boston on October 6, 1926 to Deane W. Malott and Eleanor Thrum Malott and had two younger sisters, Edith and Janet. The family moved first to Honolulu before relocating to Lawrence, Kansas where his father was named Chancellor of University of Kansas. At the age of 16, Malott enrolled at the University of Kansas where he studied chemistry and played basketball. A year later, he enlisted in the Navy and served on an electronics repair ship stationed in San Francisco. After World War II, he returned to University of Kansas to finish his bachelor's degree, earned an M.B.A from Harvard Business School in 1950, and attended New York University Law School. Malott worked for two years on the faculty of Harvard Business School before joining FMC Corporation in 1952. Bob met Elizabeth "Ibby" Hubert and the two were married in 1960. The couple had three children; Elizabeth, Barbara and Deane. In 1971, at age forty-five, he was elected CEO and soon moved FMC's headquarters from San Jose to Chicago to better oversee the diverse operations of the company. Throughout hi...
Joni Denise Woodside
Feb. 12, 1955 - April 4, 2018
JONI LARAWAY WOODSIDE passed away peacefully at her home in Atherton on April 4th after a brief battle with cancer. Her beloved husband, Jack, and sister, Leslie, were by her side. Born in San Jose on February 12, 1955, Joni grew up in Santa Clara and Menlo Park and graduated from Woodside High School in 1973. She went on to study dentistry at the Lawton School for Dental Assistants, graduating in 1974. After working for over 20 years in the field of dentistry, she retired to pursue her passion for animals, especially dogs. Joni volunteered with two German Shepherd rescue groups. She also gave much of her time to helping the Silicon Valley Humane Society, nursing injured dogs back to health in her home. She often cared for pregnant animals before and after delivery, raising their litters until they were old enough for adoption. Some of the dogs had previous behavioral problems, so she used her special touch for training them until they were ready for placement with the right family. Several of these dogs, both big and small, managed to find a permanent residence with Jack and Joni in their home. In addition to her work with animals, Joni volunteered with Treasures Resale ...
Ernest S. Kabaluk
May 27, 1941 - March 30, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Ernest S. Kabaluk of Menlo Park, CA passed away early in the early morning of March 30 at Stanford Hospital after fighting a long battle from prostate cancer. Ernie was born in Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada. Soon after arriving in California, he was employed for many years as a linotype operator at Slonaker’s Printing House in Palo Alto. He was instrumental in the transition from hot metal typesetting to photo typesetting at the firm. He was an active member of the Mission Cities Club of Printing House Craftsman and also a member of the Optimist of Palo Alto. He retired in 1995 as a partner in Slonaker’s. Ernie was truly a humble disciple of the gifted Gutenberg. He had many hobbies; including woodworking, photography, and oil painting, which he enjoyed following his retirement. Palm Desert was his favorite getaway heading down during the cold winter months in the bay area. He is survived by his wife Karen Kabaluk; Children - David Kabaluk, John Kabaluk and Kimberly Herrera; Step Children - Ashley Haskins and Charles Haskins; Grandchildren - Nicole Kabaluk, Haley Kabaluk, Alayna Gomez, Samantha Haskins, and Adrian Gates. He will truly be missed by all who knew...
June 8, 1923 - March 30, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Herbert Kaiser died peacefully at his home in Palo Alto on March 30. A diplomat and an activist, he was 94. Herb was a U.S. Foreign Service officer from 1950 to 1983, serving in Eastern Europe and South Africa. In 1985, he and Joy Dana Kaiser, his wife of 68 years, founded Medical Education for South African Blacks, a non-profit organization that raised funds to train medical professionals of color in South Africa. In 1993 they moved to Palo Alto, where they continued their initiative. Over the course of 20 years MESAB helped educate 10,000 doctors, nurses and paramedics, thus helping to build a post-apartheid society. Born June 8, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York to Max and Nettie Kaiser, Herb was proud in later life to recollect that for much of his youth he was a welfare child. The experience of public charity spurred him ever after to repay society. After attending the Yeshiva Ohel Moshe and James Madison High School, Herb worked briefly in the Brooklyn Navy Yard building the battleships Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before joining the U.S. Navy in January 1942. Shipping out from San Francisco as a submariner, Herb served on the U.S.S. Dragonet, SS 293, and completed two c...
Carlene Gay Scheidtmann
July 15, 1943 - March 29, 2018
San Francisco, California
Pre-School Teacher Passed away peacefully on March 29, 2018 at the age of 74. Beloved sister of Bob (Debbie) of Menlo Park and Eric (Susan) of San Ramon, favorite aunt of Tracy, Carl, Seth, Dan, Valerie and Marcus, and beloved great-aunt of eleven nieces and nephews. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family. Carlene attended San Francisco State University where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education. After a brief career in Anaheim, she returned to the Bay Area to teach kindergarten and first-grade at Ladera School in Menlo Park. In 1979 she opened the Los Lomitas Lions Den, a pre-school/after- school program, in Menlo Park, which she ran for 16 years. In 1995, she started the pre-school program at Holy Cross Church in Belmont, which she ran until her retirement in 2008. She spent her summer vacations traveling, visiting family and friends in dozens of countries over the years. In retirement, Carlene spent time with her animals and perfecting her china painting talent, delighting her family each year with her beautiful creations. She was also active in water aerobics at the Stonestown YMCA and several book clubs, ...
Rebecca Riedel Weegar
June 16, 1954 - March 29, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Rebecca Riedel Weegar (Becky) passed away suddenly on March 29. Becky was born on June 16, 1954 at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas to John Kenneth Riedel and Deborah McBride Riedel. She grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1972. She spent a year as an exchange student in the Netherlands, becoming fluent in Dutch, and returned to the U.S. to attend U.C. Santa Barbara. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Zoology in 1978. Becky worked as a clinical research associate and specialized in the management of pharmaceutical and biotech clinical trials. She owned her own corporation, and worked with medical professionals across the western part of the United States, managing trials for emerging treatments for ovarian and prostate cancers, HIV, hepatitis C and diabetes, among others. In 1985, she married Mark Weegar. Together they joined the Peace Corps and worked in Kenya as aquaculture specialists, teaching small-scale farmers and families how to improve their nutrition and rural livelihoods through fish farming. Becky had a lot of stories about her experiences in Kenya, but she was most remembered by fellow Peace Corps volunteers for the delic...
Nancy Spence Flint
Dec. 5, 1920 - March 27, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Nancy Spence Flint (née Fraser), a long-time resident of Palo Alto, died March 27. She was 97. Born in Strathpeffer, Scotland in 1920, she grew up in Dingwall. During World War II, she served in the Women’s Royal Navy. She lost both her parents while still young and in 1950, she emigrated to the U.S. to be nearer her sisters. Nancy loved the outdoors, making life-long friends in the Sierra Club, and she hiked and camped through most of the western US. She was an avid gardener. For many years, she worked at the London House Tea Room and Duveneck Elementary School. She could be seen cycling the streets of Palo Alto wearing her red bike helmet well into her mid-80s. In later life, Nancy was a member of The Ladies of the Cloth stitchery group and sewed and embroidered as much as her Parkinson’s would allow. She enjoyed her many friends and had tea and shortbread ready for any visitor. Predeceased by her husband Philip Flint, and her sisters Joan Richerson and Ruth Bishop, she is survived by her children, David Flint and Louise Hernon, and her daughter-in-law Mary Lou Herman....
Geraldine Olwell Myers
April 19, 1930 - March 16, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Geraldine Olwell Myers, “Gerry”, passed away on March 16, 2018. Gerry was born in Seattle, Washington to Eugene and Genevieve Olwell. She attended Queen Anne High School and graduated from the University of Washington in 1952. She was a proud and lifelong member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. In 1954 she married Clinton Myers who served in the United States Army rising to the ranks of Lt. Colonel and serving in the Reserves for over thirty years. They made their home in Menlo Park for the remainder of their lives. Gerry’s happiest days were when she worked for Ampex Corporation, which she did for twenty years. She was a member of Nativity Church and an avid San Francisco 49ers fan. She was preceded in death by her husband Clint. She is survived by her sister, Jeanne Olwell Lynch of Menlo Park and one niece, Molly Lynch Gibbons. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 28th at 10:30am at Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. Private burial to follow at Golden Gate National Cemetery....
Elizabeth Anne Shoaff
Feb. 9, 1937 - March 14, 2018
BettyAnne Shoaff passed away peacefully on March 14, 2018. BettyAnne was born on February 9, 1937 to Anne L. Doyle Forbes and Walter Dunbar Forbes, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Growing up she lived with her parents and younger sister and brother, Joan Doyle Jacobson and Robert Forbes, in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Colorado and Arizona. BettyAnne studied at Arizona State University where she met her husband, Richard W. Shoaff. She and Richard resided in Phoenix until 1969 when they relocated to Palo Alto where they raised their four children. BettyAnne taught Montessori school part time while the children were young and later worked for 19 years as a research and administrative assistant in the Child Psychiatry Department at Children’s Hospital Stanford. She was a talented actress and was active in community theater in Palo Alto. She was also an accomplished seamstress, an avid reader, enjoyed playing guitar and gourmet cooking. After retirement from Stanford she and her husband moved to Oregon where they were owners/innkeepers of Brightridge Farm Bed and Breakfast in McMinnville for about 10 years. In 2003, BettyAnne and Richard moved to Portland where they became ...
Vicky Stella Pardini
May 8, 1959 - March 13, 2018
Redwood Valley, California
Vicky Stella Pardini, a longtime Woodside and Redwood City resident, died on March 13 after a major stroke. She was 58 years old. Mrs. Pardini had been living with her son, Stavros Pardini, and his family at his home in Redwood Valley after the home she and her family had built themselves in Mendocino County and all their belongings were destroyed in the Redwood Valley Complex fire in October. Mrs. Pardini, her family says, loved to be surrounded by her family. "She would light up when her grandchildren were with her," according to family members. She enjoyed singing Greek songs to them; making cookies, chewing bubble gum, watching scary movies and going on shopping trips with her seven grandchildren, ranging from 11 month old twins to a 12-year-old. "She would often call just to hear their voices," family members said. "It would immediately brighten her day." Friends say that once anyone met Mrs. Pardini, they were friends forever. Toni Imbimbo, who met Vicky Pardini about 28 years ago when their sons were both preschoolers, says that "her heart was so big and simple, she just pulled you in." "She was the glue that kept everything and everyone together," Ms. Imbimbo ...
Nancy Ann Salmon
Oct. 9, 1947 - March 12, 2018
Redwood City, California
It is with sadness that the family of Nancy Salmon announces her peaceful passing in her home in Redwood City on Monday, March 12, 2018. The daughter of Raymond James and Virginia O’Laughlin, Nancy was born in Oak Park, Illinois on October 9, 1947. She received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana in 1969 and married the same year. She worked as a special education teacher in Illinois for several years before becoming a full-time homemaker. After the family moved to the Bay Area in 1984, Nancy immersed herself in the children’s school theater productions, sports teams and academic pursuits and was an active member of the Sacred Heart school community in Atherton. She beamed at any opportunity to tell her friends how proud she was of her children. Nancy loved to read. She was always with book in hand. For the last 17 years, she shared this passion for books of all kinds - classics and new releases, thrillers and non-fiction, stories that were joyful or heartfelt - with the local community through her work at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park. She developed a dedicated and large following of readers, publishers, authors, friends, co-wor...
Sept. 1, 1931 - March 7, 2018
Joan Poulter, who founded and fostered programs to combat and overcome the inequities in educational opportunities throughout the Bay Area, died unexpectedly on March 7 at age 86. Born in Modesto, California, she graduated from Berkeley High at age 16, and UC Berkeley in 1952, majoring in English. She pursued a 37-year career in elementary education, focusing on students with severe emotional challenges. After earning her degree at UC Berkeley, Joan had returned to school to obtain a teaching certificate. She said that, at the time, options for college-educated women entering the workforce were primarily limited to being a nurse, a secretary, or a teacher, and she chose “the least evil option.” That choice led to a lifetime of devotion and service in furthering the education of young people. Beginning in Hayward 1957, Joan taught 6th and then 2nd grade. After moving to Menlo Park in 1960, she ultimately focused on working with children who had severe emotional challenges. When she retired in 1994, Joan had the longest tenure of any teacher in the district at that time, and according to family lore, had missed only two days of teaching over the course of her ent...
Anne Varnedoe Tomczak
Jan. 13, 1932 - March 6, 2018
Anne Tomczak, (nee Helen Anne Varnedoe) passed away peacefully at the age of 86 in Albany, California, surrounded by loving family. Anne was born on January 13, 1932 in Ventura, California to Harry and Helen Varnedoe. She grew up on a quiet orange ranch in Ojai. Anne was quite bright and excelled in her studies, eventually receiving two scholarships to U.C. Berkeley where she studied English, Speech and Drama. A lover of expression through words, an avid reader and fan of theater and drama, Anne graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, she taught English and became a tutor for an American family in France, where she met her future husband Ed. Their whirlwind romance included travels to Italy, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Spain. Anne was a lover of travel, art, wine and culture throughout her life. She and Ed eventually settled in Palo Alto, where they raised two beautiful daughters, Amy and Tracy. For 35 years, Anne was a passionate and committed teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School district. She taught English and Creative Writing at Jordan, Cubberley, Terman and Gunn high schools. Anne loved to express herself through watercolor painting, playing piano and organ, d...
William Eugene Murray
Oct. 5, 1939 - March 5, 2018
Palo Alto, California
William Eugene Murray, 78, of Palo Alto died at 4:02 a.m. March 5, 2018. Will was born Oct. 5, 1939, in Peoria, Illinois, and moved to California in 1967. He was a long-time resident of Palo Alto, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from UC Santa Cruz. Will was an artist who worked in multiple media, including pencil. He became well known and beloved to many in Palo Alto whose lives he touched. He was a spiritual seeker, and said when we understand and accept each other just as we are, then we can love each other. He believed deeply that love is the strongest thing. Will is survived by his two daughters, Cindy Graham of Florence, Kentucky, and her sons Daniel and Michael, and Coulette Murray of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and her son Ryan....
April 13, 1958 - March 4, 2018
Nancy passed away on Sunday, March 4, at her home in Inverness, after a brief battle with cancer. A fourth generation Californian, Nancy was born on April 13, 1958 in Coronado, CA to Marilyn Rhoades Hoffman and Ralph Hoffman, Jr. The eldest of three daughters,she grew up in Menlo Park, attending Hillview Elementary and Castilleja School. She headed to Stanford University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1980 and a Masters of Arts in Education in 1984. Nancy discovered her gift for working with young people through her summers spent as a camp counselor at Four Winds * Westward Ho on Orcas Island,WA . She began her career in education at Crystal Springs School in Hillsborough. Over the next 30 years, she served as a history teacher, coach, Academic Dean, Assistant Head of School, Department Chair, Dean of Students and in various other roles at Castilleja, Marin Academy and Sonoma Academy. She was a gifted educator, bringing an innate understanding of young people to her work. She treasured her students and was beloved by many in return. Nancy was an avid reader and a deep thinker with interests in Native American culture, children's literature and Russian ...
Sept. 4, 1925 - March 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Margaret Feng-ya Chang Ma, a retired science librarian beloved by her family and friends, died on March 3 in Palo Alto. Margaret, 92, and her late husband, Dr. James Ma, were long-time residents of Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Born in Changsha, China on September 4, 1925, Margaret was the granddaughter of Louise Van Arnam and Rev. Huie Kin, founder of the First Chinese Presbyterian Church in New York City. Her father, Fuliang Chang, and her mother, Louise Huie Chang, worked on China’s rural reconstruction, her father serving as General Secretary of the National Christian Council of China. Her parents’ example led Margaret to a lifetime of compassion, faith and service. Margaret overcame the hardships of war and revolution to pursue an education and a career, successfully combining a family and professional life. She graduated from the esteemed Ginling College in 1947 and emigrated to the U.S. In 1948, she received her M.S. in Biochemistry from Ohio State University, and she and James married. James earned his Ph.D. and they moved to Pennsylvania. They lived in West Chester and Yardley, PA, where they were active in the Quaker community, whose values of equality, simplicity...
Aug. 25, 1947 - March 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Judith (Judy) Kooker Paulus peacefully passed away on March 3, 2018 in Menlo Park, CA. She was the devoted mother of her daughter Brittany M. Paulus. At the time of her death, she also had one granddaughter. As an academic, Dr. Paulus held an AB, magna cum laude, from Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science and an MA and PhD in International Affairs and International Economics, with distinction, from the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C. (SAIS). While completing her doctoral work at SAIS and writing her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Paulus worked as a consultant for the Hudson Institute in Paris, France, advising European clients on key economic, trade, investment and financial issues. She then served on the senior international staff of the U.S. Treasury Department, in Washington, DC, again advising on international trade, finance and economics. Among her corporate positions, Dr. Paulus has served as Director, Civic and International Affairs, of Sara Lee Corporation in Chicago, IL, reporting to Chairman and CEO; Vice President/Director of Strategic Planning and Vice President/Chief of Staff, for Consu...
Donald Victor Drury
Oct. 22, 1927 - March 3, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Donald V. Drury, a third-generation stained glass artist and former head of the Menlo College library, died at Stanford Hospital Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the age of 90. Don was born October 22, 1927, in Fulham, London, in an apartment adjacent to Glass House, his family's place of business: a stained glass studio and workshop for independent artists. The company, Lowndes and Drury, was founded in 1897 by his grandfather, Alfred John Drury; Alfred designed and constructed the building in 1906. Don's parents were John Victor and Mary Angus Drury; he was their only child. Mary, one of four sisters, had come to London from Edinburgh as a young woman. Don grew up in London, but the family relocated to Hampton during the War, and Don spent some time safely in Scotland with relatives. In 1945, he won an open scholarship to Cambridge University and studied modern languages at Gonville & Caius College, graduating in 1949 with honors. During the 1950s, He spent a year in Vienna, studying for an advanced certificate in German, to qualify him to teach that language. He entered the family firm, continuing his art studies at Twickenham School of Art in Middlesex. He also pursued studies ...
June 3, 1969 - March 2, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Brian Lin, 48, passed away unexpectedly in Palo Alto on Friday, March 2. Brian was born on June 3, 1969 in Taiwan and graduated from Gunn High School. He passionately practiced karate from an early age and found incredible joy teaching it to youth. He was absolutely adored by his students and locals from schools and community centers in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. Many knew Brian as a patient, humorous and gentle teacher who gave the utmost respect to his students. When Brian was not teaching karate, he was always ready to lend a hand, offer a joke or discuss technology and Jeopardy trivia. Brian will be lovingly remembered as a caring uncle, goofy brother and dedicated karate instructor. He is survived by his parents, Tsai Ju and Ting Lin; his older siblings, Jennifer Lee, Erica Lin and Randy Lin; his many nieces and nephews; and one grand niece....
Bernice Marie D'Arcy
Jan. 19, 1918 - March 1, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Bernice D'Arcy, 100, a longtime resident of Menlo Park and San Jose, died peacefully at Sequoia Hospital on March 1 after a brief stay. Mrs. D’Arcy was a native San Josan, born and raised in Sunol-Midtown at Race St. and Auzerais Ave. She spoke of her days at Notre Dame High School and the friends she made there. One of Bernice's first jobs was at Hart’s Department Store in San Jose. A graduate of San Jose State University, Bernice's teaching skills brought her to an immigrant elementary school in Madera as well as the Pinnacles, and then several elementary schools in San Jose. Upon marrying James C. D’Arcy she retired from teaching, though worked for a couple of shops at nearby Stanford Shopping Center. Jim and Bernice loved traveling to Reno, the Holy Land, and throughout Europe. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Raymond Parish and creating the centerpieces for the annual Christmas meal at Vallombrosa Center. Bernice was very social, claiming her favorite scenic view was “people!” The daughter of Jacob and Emily O'Neill, one of the pioneering families of the Santa Clara Valley, Bernice was stepmother to Anne D’Arcy and Maureen Reichmuth (Frank), grandmother of ...
Oct. 1, 1937 - March 1, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Ruth Rosenbaum passed away peacefully in her sleep due to complications from ovarian cancer on March 1, 2018. She was 80 years old. Ruth was a resident of Palo Alto for over 57 years and was predeceased by her loving husband, Dick. She is survived by her children, Amy and Dan; daughter-in-law, Jayne; grandchildren, Kathryn, Grant and David; and brother, Fred. Ruth was born in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Simmons College in Boston. She completed a masters in Education at Framingham State University, and taught elementary school in the Boston area while Dick completed his doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering at MIT. They married in 1958 and moved to Palo Alto in 1960 upon Dick’s graduation. Ruth resumed teaching in Sunnyvale and Dick began his career at Lockheed. Ruth took a sabbatical from teaching to devote herself to her children when they were young. She later returned to the classroom as a Special Education Teacher’s Aide in Palo Alto. She specialized in reading instruction, and was deeply committed to her students. She celebrated their interval progress and encouraged them to have confidence in their ability to learn. Ruth contributed to the development a tuto...
ROBERT Louis ANDERSON
Feb. 22, 1932 - Feb. 28, 2018
palo alto, ca
Robert Louis Anderson, 1932-2018 An inspirational human, Bob Anderson transformed himself from an angry man to a gentle, fun-loving, (mostly) patient, always smiling guy. And he transformed himself from an alcoholic to a non-alcholic who didn’t drink alcohol for 51 years. He was a positive life force for struggling kids at Menlo-Atherton, for dying clients of hospice, and for many friends and family. After surviving a massive heart attack and quintuple bypass in 1984, he learned to reduce health-threatening stress. He retired in 1988 and, with Mickie, led an adventurous and active life, teaching conversational English in Russia, China, Turkey and Thailand, traveling world-wide, mostly by bike, until he died peacefully in his sleep , at age 86. Bob was a Ph.D scientist. He figured out that management wasn’t his forte or his love and rejected the typical path of becoming a manager in order to remain, as he said, “at the research bench.” He worked mostly on mechanisms of carcinogenesis for the Proctor and Gamble Company for 28 years, published 38 peer-reviewed articles, and was well known and honored in his scientific community. Bob was born in Oak Park, Illino...
Bal Raj Sehgal
Sept. 2, 1933 - Feb. 26, 2018
Professor Bal Raj Sehgal, 84, passed away peacefully on 26 February, at the UCSF Medical Center, his family by his side. Active as usual and in the midst of travelling, his death was sudden and unexpected, but Bal Raj had been recently diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and died due to complications related to influenza. Born in Peshawar in former British India, Bal Raj moved to New Delhi during Partition and spent his early years there before emigrating to the United States to pursue a doctorate in nuclear engineering at UC Berkeley. What followed was an exceptional career trajectory which led Bal Raj to become a leading global expert in nuclear reactor safety culminating with his professorship at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm where he established the Division for Nuclear Power Safety. Bal Raj is remembered by his colleagues and students as an outstanding scientist and researcher, a great teacher and mentor, a prolific author and a tireless servant to the community. During the course of his career, he was inducted into numerous societies and academies, notably as elected member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, the U.S. National Ac...
Warren Hastings Goodnow
Aug. 3, 1937 - Feb. 22, 2018
Palo Alto, CA
Warren Hastings Goodnow passed away on Feb. 22, 2018 at the age of 80, in Palo Alto after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. Warren was born in Washington D.C. to Charles and Margaret Goodnow. The family, including his brother Bud and sister Mary, moved to Winchester, Massachusetts where he attended Winchester High School. He was president of his senior class and earned varsity letters in three different sports. Warren graduated from MIT with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering. He joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where he made life-long friends. Warren played on the MIT baseball team for four years and was the team captain his junior and senior years. The famed broadcaster and Boston Globe reporter, Bud Collins, covered MIT baseball and described Warren as a baseball player who carried three gloves: one for pitching, one for catching, and one for playing on the field. Despite offers from major league baseball teams, he married his college sweetheart, Judith Mansfield (graduate of Wellesley College), and took a job in the Ice Lab at MIT. In 1962, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Warren’s ...
May 5, 1965 - Feb. 21, 2018
Redwood City, California
Jerry was born at Stanford Hospital on May 5th , 1965, and passed away unexpectedly in his home in Redwood City in February. He grew up in Menlo Park and was employed by the city of Palo Alto for 18 years. Cinco de Mayo made his birthday extra festive; he loved Seabright Beach, music, sports, and enjoyed sharing a pun. Jerry is survived by his beloved son Christopher Loscutoff, his loving mother Mary Gardner, sister Laura Finch, brother-in-law Steve, and nieces McKenna and Audrey....
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....
Paul Burt Clarkson
Sept. 16, 1938 - Feb. 12, 2018
Paul Burt Clarkson (9/16/38-2/12/18) in Ashland, Oregon, son of John F. Clarkson, DC, and Mary Elizabeth Wood (Clarkson) Duckworth. Survivors include sons Peter Winn Clarkson and Daniel Wood Clarkson; grandchildren Cyrus, Sarah, Reilly, Lila and Stella; sister Marcia Raven, stepsisters Janet (Stewart) Wilson and Gail Morris, half-brother Robert (Fredrique) Duckworth; niece Karen, nephew Sean; ex-wife Susan B. Winn. Paul taught high school history and international relations in Hayward, Menlo Park, San Mateo, East Palo Alto, San Carlos, and Sacramento. He was a member of Sunburst Brotherhood of the Sun in Gaviota, California, and in Northeastern Nevada. He attended Menlo Atherton High School, College of San Mateo where he was president of the student body, and UC Berkeley, S’60, where he was a member and president of Tau Kappa Epsilon. His ashes were scattered at sea. Donations to local public school appreciated....
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 ...
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...
May 12, 1927 - Feb. 3, 2018
Los Altos, California
Barbara Benedict Woods passed away in her sleep on February 3rd at the age of 90, on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. Just a few days prior she had enjoyed a dinner out with a few of her grandchildren. She was born May 12, 1927 to Wilbur and Ruth Benedict in Philadelphia, PA. Barbara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. Her first job was at the Philadelphia office of N. W. Ayers & Sons advertising agency. Soon thereafter, she was greeted one morning in the elevator by a cheerful, youthful-looking man she mistook for a summer intern. Joe Woods was actually an account executive, and the two were married in April of 1952. As was the nature of the times, numerous relocations followed, to Boston, where Wendy and David were born, and Northbrook, Ill, where Suzanne and Thomas were born. Moves to Chatham, New Jersey and Menlo Park, California followed in later years. In addition to raising her children, Barbara was an active member of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and in many other areas. She was involved in Bible Study Fellowship for many years. Barbara is pr...
Jean Thelma Ohme
May 19, 1928 - Feb. 2, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Jean Ohme lived her 89 years to the fullest. Even during her last few years when she was battling dementia, she remained positive and supportive with the help of the wonderful staff at Palo Alto Commons. She was one of the kindest, compassionate and most determined people the world has ever known. She made Muhammad Ali and Mother Theresa look like light weights. She fought for every individual she cared for, especially her grandchildren and other family members. If you needed encouragement, go talk to Jean. She would enthusiastically tell you to "do it," that you would be great and to give it your all. She didn't just say it, she believed it. She was also determined to succeed in her own life. Her father was an immigrant from Latvia who believed that you make your own successes and he didn't believe in going to college. He ridiculed people who wasted their time sitting in classrooms. She didn't listen to her father, she was determined to go to college and she didn't give up until she succeeded. She worked in a shoe store, she did surveys, she found scholarships and somehow she managed to get her Bachelor’s Degree in English from UCLA and later a Master’s degree in Special ...
James Michael Strong
July 7, 1955 - Jan. 28, 2018
Santa Clara, California
Jim made our lives better. His playful sense of humor kept our hearts warm and light. His gentle patience, humble integrity and unassuming manner strengthened us. And his calm, cool-headed approach to life's obstacles inspired us. The youngest of seven children, Jim was born on July 7, 1955, to June Conrow Strong and John Matthews Strong in Glen Ellyn, Ill. The family moved in 1959 to the Palo Alto home that was their base camp for 33 years. Jim shared many adventures with his close-knit family, including camping, stargazing, Scouting, target shooting, fishing and photography. With his brother John he built an electric train diorama, flew RC planes with their dad, staged battles involving toy soldiers and Lincoln Logs, and built countless model ships and planes—putting the ships out to sea in the family pool and hanging the planes airborne from their bedroom ceiling. Jim also loved playing for the Liddicoat’s Little League team as well as J.V. and varsity soccer at Palo Alto High School. Jim embraced his passion for gazing at full moons and distant stars, first as a child with toy planetariums and backyard telescopes, then as an adult exploring national parks with his cam...
Dorothy Ann Ross
March 1, 1926 - Jan. 17, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Dorothy Ann “Dot” Bauer Ross passed away peacefully on January 17, 2018 in Palo Alto. She was 91 years old. She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Nancy Ross Ryde and Magnus Ryde of Atherton, CA; Carolyn Ross and Don “Chip” Hill of Leesburg, VA; two grandchildren, Nancy Hill of Seattle, WA and Erik Ryde of Boston, MA; her younger brother, Dr. Richard Bauer of Glendale, AZ; and countless friends and extended family members. Her husband of 53 years, Harry Robert “Barney” Ross and her older brother, Carl Elmer Bauer predeceased her. Dot was born in Los Angeles on March 1, 1926 to Anna Louise Geib Bauer and Elmer Lawrence Bauer. She graduated from Compton High School in 1944 and from Occidental College in 1948. She taught 2nd and 3rd grades at La Canada Elementary School for two years. In 1950, she enrolled in the USC Graduate School of Management, receiving her MBA in Finance in 1952, the first woman to receive this distinction from USC. Following graduation, she worked at Standard Oil for a year, and left to teach school at the American School on the Army base in Giessen, Germany. There she met the love of her life, Barney, a captain in the Army. T...
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...
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 ...
Joyce A. Andrew
Feb. 23, 1928 - April 19, 2018 Alpine, Utah
Joyce Almira Smith Minard Andrew died April 19, 2018. She was born February 23, 1928 in Bakersfield, CA but lived most of her growing up years in Palo Alto. Most recently she lived with her daughter in Alpine, Utah. She was an avid reader and had traveled all over the world. Joyce is survived by th...
Jan. 26, 1922 - April 16, 2018 Los Altos, California
Mary Ellen Martin passed away after a brief illness on Monday, April 16, 2018. Mary was born on January 26, 1922 in Round Knob, Illinois. She grew up on a farm in Southern Illinois with her sister Beulah. They were raised by their grandparents since Mary’s mother died when Beulah was born. Mary w...
James H. Gaderlund
June 8, 1946 - April 14, 2018 Mountain View, California
James H. Gaderlund June 8, 1946 – April 14, 2018 The Reverend James Gaderlund passed away April 14th in Mountain View. Jim was pastor of Foothill Covenant Church of Los Altos from 1992 until his retirement in 2010. He also served churches in Glen Ellyn (Illinois), Portland, (Oregon), and Eug...
May 4, 1921 - March 10, 2018 Mountain View, California
Elderid Adeline Johanne Everly was born in Hatton, North Dakota, the 6th of 8 children of Olaf and Elise (Lismoen) Kordahl. A child of immigrant parents, she grew up in a Norwegian-speaking community and learned to speak English only when she began attending school. Because there was no high school ...