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Jack Paul Edelstein
Feb. 12, 1931 - Nov. 25, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Dr. Jack Paul Edelstein, age 85, died on Nov. 25 in Palo Alto. He is survived by his wife, Marcia, sons Mark, Scott and Peter, sister Vivian Nelson and six grandchildren. Jack was born to Irving and Hannah Edelstein on Feb. 12, 1931, in Bayonne, NJ, where he and his younger sister, Vivian, grew up. As a boy, he loved the fact that his birthday, which he shared with Lincoln, was always a school holiday. Jack was a drummer in high school, graduated from Syracuse University and earned his MD at the University of Chicago. In 1955, Jack married Marcia Cecile Swiren, a graduate of the University of Chicago and daughter of Max and Reba Swiren. Over the next 10 years, during which his three sons were born, the family moved around the country as Jack completed his internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, pediatric residency at the Mayo Clinic, a stint as a Captain in the Army and his general psychiatric, child and adolescent psychiatric and psychoanalytic training at The Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. In 1965, the family moved to Palo Alto where Jack established one of the first child psychiatry practices on the Peninsula. Jack was beloved for his gentleness, kindn...

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Edwin (Ed) Brent Jones
Jan. 9, 1958 - Nov. 20, 2016
Palo Alto, California

After an incredibly brave seven-year battle with colorectal cancer, Edwin (Ed) Brent Jones peacefully succumbed Nov. 20, at the too-young age of 58, holding the hand of his loving husband, Eddie. Throughout the long struggle, Ed continued to live every day to the fullest. Before his Stage 4 diagnosis in 2014 but after his initial six-months of surgeries in 2009, he hiked two-plus weeks in Scotland and in Canada, spending a month in each country as well as a month in Scandinavia. He biked in Provence; explored its every historic town inch-by-inch; and walked almost every street (it seemed) in Paris. Since the devastating Stage 4 movement of the cancer to his lungs and three years of almost continuous chemo, he toured all throughout the Mediterranean; walked every part of Rome; visited Cuba on the first LGBT cruise ever to go there; and, most recently this August, saw 34 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before visiting Prague, Vienna and Budapest as well as many towns in between. Since his November 2009 initial operation, he has attended over 925 live theater and opera productions (not including many full seasons of ballet), including a whopping 195 in 2016 – including 24...

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Harry Walter Day
April 23, 1919 - Nov. 18, 2016
Fremont, CA

Harry Walter Day, 97, was a resident of Palo Alto from 1960 to 1973 and a resident in the Bay Area for the rest of his long life. He was born in the small hamlet of Logan, West Virginia, and early showed an exceptional aptitude for mechanical and electrical design. As a young man, he put this talent into national service as a Tuskegee Airman. He served as a radar operator protecting the fighter planes in Italy. After the war, he studied electrical engineering at the University of Madison, Wisconsin. He was employed as an electrical engineer by Lockheed and Philco Ford in Palo Alto. Harry lived on Talisman Drive and could often be seen playing football, baseball or skateboarding when he was not volunteering to help neighbors with his wide range of practical skills or tinkering with one of his string of sports cars. He is survived by his wife, Carol, of Fremont; his former wife, Barbara, of Cupertino; his daughter, Kathryn, of Berkeley; and his son, Jeffrey....

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Ernest (Ernie) Nathaniel Wormley, Jr.
June 22, 1954 - Nov. 18, 2016
Redwood City, California

Ernest (Ernie) Nathaniel Wormley, Jr., 62, passed away Friday, Nov. 18 in Redwood City. Ernie was born June 22, 1954 to Ernest and Grace Wormley at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. After graduating from Palo Alto High School in 1973, Ernie enlisted into the U. S. Army.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. at Crippen and Flynn Woodside Chapel, 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94061.  Internment will be at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, Santa Nella, California 95322...

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Beverly Ann Beer
May 31, 1936 - Nov. 17, 2016
Menlo Park, California

Menlo Park – Beverly Ann Beer, 80, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at her home. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jim Beer; their children, John Beer and Rebecca Clay; their grandchildren, Megan Beer and Jesse Clay; their great-grandchildren, Althea and Maize Halverson; and her brother, Louis Rodgers. Born and raised in Centerville, IA, the daughter of John and Annie Rodgers, she moved to Menlo Park in 1973. Beverly attended Centerville High School, where in 1951 she met her husband, graduating in 1954. She first worked as a secretary for Look magazine, in Des Moines, IA. Jim and Beverly were married in 1955 and soon moved to Gary, Indiana, where she worked as a legal secretary. Before settling in the Bay Area, the couple moved often, living in Cincinnati, OH, Haysi, VA, and Greeley, CO. Beverly helped start her son’s Boy Scout troop in Virginia. She was an active member in the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary for many years, helping to plan the Tally Ho (now Menlo Charity) Horse Show, supporting the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. She recently served on the Board of Directors for Makani Sands Condominiums in Lahaina, HI. She also served many volu...

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Brian David Gallagher
Feb. 11, 1954 - Nov. 14, 2016
San Diego, California

Brian David Gallagher of San Diego died unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 14. Brian was born on February 11, 1954, in Virginia Beach, Virginia to Frank Edward “Ned” Gallagher Jr., Col. USMC, and Mary Agnes “Tay” Gallagher. Brian was preceded in death by his father and younger brother, Kevin. Family and friends knew Brian first and foremost as a family man who enjoyed life to the fullest with his wife, Cathy, and sons Brian Jr. and Robby. He enjoyed hunting with his loyal Labrador retrievers, deep sea fishing, boating and perfecting his skills as a chef and grill master. Brian was also a skilled outdoorsman and a generous mentor who took the time to share his knowledge with others. Brian graduated from Bellarmine College Prep, Class of 1972, in San Jose and played tight end on the football team. After prep school he moved to Hawaii and skippered boats and taught scuba diving for several years. Upon returning to the mainland, Brian attended the University of San Diego and graduated with a degree in Business. He enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate in San Diego. Cathy and Brian, both raised in Palo Alto, California, were married in 1984 and settled in San Diego. T...

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Lisa Darline Casentini
Nov. 27, 1956 - Nov. 9, 2016
Woodside, California

After a heroic 17 year battle with breast cancer, Lisa passed away peacefully at her home in Woodside. Her final moments were spent in the loving presence of David, her husband of 23 years, and her children, Michael, 22 and Anna, 19. Lisa’s fight against breast cancer began in 1999 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer. Her prognosis was grim, but Lisa would have none of it. She was absolutely determined that she was not going anywhere: she intended to raise her children. It was through her sheer force of will and the compassionate, capable care of Dr. Sandra Canalis and the dedicated staff at the Kaiser Redwood City Oncology Department that Lisa reached her goal with style, dignity and grace. Few, other than family and close friends knew the battle that she was waging. Once Lisa was satisfied that her earthly work was complete, she was willing to stand down and stop fighting her increasingly difficult battle. She passed away shortly thereafter. Our family is eternally grateful to all of Lisa’s caregivers throughout her journey. God bless all of you. Lisa was born in San Francisco and spent her childhood in San Bruno. She lived a...

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John R. Livingston
Jan. 14, 1959 - Nov. 12, 2016 Los Altos, California

John Roulston Livingston, 57, born on Jan. 14, 1959, reposed with our Lord on November 12 at 1:19 pm after a long and arduous struggle with cancer. The Funeral service will take place at Noon on Friday, Nov. 18 at Christ Church, Portola Valley, immediately followed by the Burial service with Militar...

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Mark W. Osborn
May 31, 1954 - Nov. 10, 2016 Santa Clara, California

Mark William Osborn passed away suddenly Nov. 10th 2016 in Provo, Utah. Mark was born May 31, 1954, to Eleanor and Richard Osborn in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Mark was raised in the Detroit suburbs and graduated from the University of Michigan in Chemistry. After college he moved to the San Francisco...

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Tessie J. Matthews
July 21, 1916 - Nov. 7, 2016 Menlo Park, California

Tessie Josephine Matthews passed on into glory on November 7th, peacefully at her home in Menlo Park. She was 100 years old. She was born in New Jersey, the daughter of Sicilian immigrants. Tessie loved learning but could not complete her education, staying home to take care of her father and r...

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Polly Fuller
Aug. 4, 1923 - Oct. 28, 2016 Menlo Park, California

Mrs. Mary “Polly” Bryan Fuller passed away peacefully at her home in Menlo Park, California, on Friday, October 28, 2016, at the age of 93 with two of her three sons at her side. A lifelong Virginian no matter where she lived, Polly was born August 4, 1923, in Petersburg, VA, the third ch...

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