Robert F. Glockner
July 5, 1938 - March 26, 2017
Menlo Park, California
Bob Glockner died peacefully on March 26, surrounded by his family. A vibrant man, Bob will be remembered for his warmth and generosity, commitment to his family and community, and his boundless energy. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1938, he was the third child of Paul and Stephanie Glockner. He moved with his family to Oakland, California, in 1947. In 1956 Bob graduated from St. Elizabeth High School, where he enjoyed drama and sports. He served in the U.S. Army and later in the Army Reserves. He attended San Francisco State, graduating in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. San Francisco is also where he met his wife of 54 years, Ginger Alfs. Together, they had four daughters. Bob began his career as a salesman for Modernfold of Northern California. In 1970 he became a partner in Partition Specialties Inc., serving as president before striking out on his own to found WestFour Construction and Whitney Investment Company in 1983. He did not retire but more transitioned to the role of “Volunteer Project Manager,” helping his family as well as organizations that were close to his heart. Bob always had a project, and many knew ...
Eufemia Flores Ignacio
Feb. 17, 1917 - March 23, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Eufemia Flores Ignacio, 100, of Palo Alto, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on March 23, 2017. She was born in Cordon, Isabela, Philippines, February 17, 1917, came to the United States after marrying Fred Ignacio in 1946, and was a resident of Palo Alto for 57 years. Eufemia worked 30 years as a floral nursery foreperson with the Iwasaki Nursery in East Palo Alto. In retirement she cared for her many young grandchildren in their toddler years. Femy touched many lives with her generosity and talent for bringing people together. An avid cook, she could prepare feasts for large groups of friends, be it bus tours and fundraisers for her various clubs, birthday luncheons for the entire department at daughter Angela’s workplace, family gatherings at her home large and small, or just surprising a group with a platter of lumpia. Femy was also an active member in Filipino clubs and American Legion communities. She will be remembered best for her beacon of a smile and making others feel welcome, loved, then sent on their way with a “doggie bag.” Husband, Fred passed away in 2012, age 103. They are survived by four children and their spouses Elvira and Conrado Aspiras...
Daniel (Danny) G. Bobrow, Ph.D.
Nov. 29, 1935 - March 20, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Daniel (Danny) Gureasko Bobrow, Ph.D. November 29, 1935 - March 20, 2017 Daniel (Danny) Bobrow passed away peacefully at home with his wife Toni and daughters Kimberly and Deborah in Palo Alto, California, on March 20, 2017, having bravely fought a five-month battle with cancer. Danny was born to Ruth Gureasko Bobrow and Jacob Bobrow on November 29, 1935, in the Bronx, NYC. A gifted student, he attended Bronx High School of Science and went on to earn a bachelor's of science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master's degree from Harvard, and a doctorate in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Marvin Minsky. His was one of the first MIT doctoral theses in artificial intelligence. A pioneer with a long and distinguished research career in artificial intelligence, Danny was a research fellow in the System Sciences Laboratory of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he is remembered as a mentor, friend and role model. One esteemed colleague wrote: “Danny Bobrow’s death is a huge loss for PARC/Xerox and the research community at large. Danny was an influential researcher, true gentleman and a wonderful pe...
James Wilson Morrell
Feb. 13, 1931 - Feb. 28, 2017
James Wilson Morrell passed away suddenly on February 28, 2017, at the age of 86. He was the beloved husband of Marylyn Morrell for 64 years, as well as the beloved father of Martha Morrell and David Morrell, grandfather of Emily Trinkaus Carson, Sam and Madeline Trinkaus, and of Teo and Elias Morrell, father-in law of Peter Trinkaus (deceased), Kirsten Silva Gruesz and Jaime Tenedorio, and of his grandsons-in-law Daniel and Ted Tenedorio, and Zachary Carson. Jim had a full life surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Evelyn and Wilson Morrell, lived in Detroit during World War II, and then returned to Kalamazoo in High School. His teenage years were characterized by academic success and hard work. Showing his natural leadership gift and an interest in journalism, he was editor of his high school newspaper and a feature reporter for the local Kalamazoo newspaper. He spent his high school summers performing any number of odd jobs, selling shoes and paint at Montgomery Ward, and delivering potatoes to help his produce broker father, even though he was not old enough to have a driver’s license. He attended Kalamazoo Colle...
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...
Kenneth R. Broome
May 19, 1925 - March 11, 2017 Woodside, CA
Our dear father died one week ago today. It was a gorgeous spring day - the first fine weekend after our very rainy winter. He had been surrounded by his family the last weeks of his life. Ken was well known in the community for his active involvement in the Rotary Club of Woodside, the World A...
Richard (Hardtack) E. Mesak
June 5, 1957 - March 11, 2017 Pescadero, CA
Richard (Hardtack) Edward Mesak June 5, 1957 - March 11, 2017 Richard Edward Mesak, age 59, passed away on March 11, 2017 at his home in Pescadero, CA with his wife and daughter and childhood friend by his side after a courageous fight against appendix cancer. Richard was born June 5, 1957 i...
Sandra (Marlene) Katz
April 6, 1936 - March 10, 2017 Nevada City, California
Sandra “Marlene” Katz (née Wilson), of Nevada City, California (formerly a Menlo Park resident), passed away on March 10, 2017, in San Mateo. She was 80 years old. The eldest daughter of LaVeta McQuigg and James Lowell Wilson of Blandinsville, Illinois, Marlene moved to the Bay Area in 1962...