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John E Egbert
April 19, 1922 - Jan. 5, 2017
Portola Valley, California

John "Jack" E. Egbert April 19, 1922–January 5, 2017 John E. Egbert, longtime resident of Portola Valley, California, died peacefully in his sleep on January 5, 2017. He was 94. Jack, as his friends and family knew him, was born on April 19, 1922, and grew up in Buffalo, New York. After attending Middlebury College in Vermont, where he was a member of Chi Psi, Jack graduated in 1944 with honors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy V-12 Program and Midshipman School at Annapolis, MD, followed by Radar School. In December 1944, Jack was deployed as a United States Navy officer to Pearl Harbor for advanced radar training. From June 1945 through June 1946, he worked as an instructor at the Fleet Radar School. Following WWII, Jack continued his radar duty as a Navy reserve officer aboard submarines. In 1946, Jack started his mechanical engineering career working as a designer for an aerospace company in Newton, Massachusetts, eventually becoming its National Sales Manager. In 1958 he was hired by Minneapolis Honeywell Aerospace and relocated to California. Two years later, in 1960, Jack fo...

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Bernard Manual Zaslav
April 7, 1926 - Dec. 28, 2016
Stanford, California

Renowned violist and educator Bernard Manual Zaslav passed away peacefully of natural causes on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at his Stanford home. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 1926, and lived a richly creative and rewarding life of 90 years. He attended Samuel J. Tilden High School and was introduced to string quartet playing there by his Spanish teacher, Sam Levinson. Sam Levinson left teaching to become a celebrated humorist, and Zaslav went on to become one of the most important string quartet musicians of the 20th century, known throughout musical and intellectual circles as a man of great humanity and great humor. In 1947, after graduating from the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied with Sascha Jacobsen and Mischa Mischakoff, Zaslav spent two years playing in the viola section of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. He returned to New York to work as a freelance musician, and performed and recorded a great deal of music as the violist of the Carnegie Quartet, the Kohon String Quartet and the Composers String Quartet. In 1968, he began his long tenure with the Fine Arts String Quartet, which was in residence at the University of Wisconsin-...

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Lorraine Ethel Herrick
Jan. 21, 1924 - Dec. 10, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Lorraine Herrick, fondly known as Lee, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the only child of Edith and Alick Erickson. Lee grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, where she enjoyed ice fishing in the winter, lake fishing in the summer and hunting in the fall. Lee and her husband, Robert, were childhood friends and high school sweethearts. After high school and Bob’s enlistment in the Army, Lee worked as an executive secretary for the president of 3M company for many years. When Lee and Bob moved to California in 1949, Lee was able to transfer to the west coast branch of 3M and continued her career until she retired to become a full-time mother to her four children. Lee was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the La Boutique des Huit Chapeaux et Quarante Femmes, a.k.a. Eight and Forty. She was actively involved with Covenant Presbyterian Church throughout her life. In her later years, she was a resident at The Terraces of Los Altos, where she enjoyed gardening, visiting with other residents and serving as president of the resident’s council. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband Robert and her eldest daughter Sandra. She is survived by her...

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Ann Masik
April 27, 1921 - Dec. 8, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Ann Masik, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, was called home to the Lord on Dec. 8, 2016, at the age of 95. Ann was born in Arnold, Pennsylvania. She earned her RN degree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and served in the Navy Nurse Corps during WWII, where she met her husband James R. Masik. In 1950, they moved to Palo Alto when Jim accepted a job as Director of Recreation. It was here that they raised their six children. Ann worked as an office nurse for three different doctors as well as owned and operated Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Palo Alto. Ann’s life was centered on her family and service to her church and community. As an active member of Saint Aloysius Catholic Church and later Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Ann served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and helped on many church committees. She completed 15 years of hospital ministry at Stanford University Hospital. She always made the time to listen to others’ problems, to offer advice and to pray to the Lord for resolution. Ann was preceded in death by the love of her life Jim Masik, her parents Anthony and Anna and her siblings Julia, Anthony and Andrew. She is survived by her children Janet Heekin (David); Rober...

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Hildy (Hildegard) Wurzburg
Nov. 9, 1934 - Dec. 28, 2016 Petaluma, California

Wurzburg, Hildy (Hildegard Strothmann) - It is with great sadness that we announce that the matriarch of our family passed away on Dec. 28, 2016, after a brief illness. She was the first generation of her family to be born in the United States. Her parents were Friederich Wilhelm (Willy) Strothmann ...

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Margaret J. Gisske
Oct. 20, 1922 - Dec. 28, 2016 Chico, California

Margaret J. Gisske was born Oct. 20, 1922, in Memphis, Tennessee, and passed away peacefully Dec. 28, 2016, in Chico at age 94. She is survived by her husband Hugo and daughter Teresa, three granddaughters, four great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her...

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Judith D. Robinson
May 1, 1941 - Dec. 25, 2016 Atherton, California

Judith Robinson, at her Atherton home in the presence of her beloved husband of more than 50 years, Walter J. Robinson, and her two cherished daughters, Katherine Delsman Robinson and Anne Wylde Robinson, passed away on Christmas morning. The cause of death was cancer. Judy was born in 1941 in ...

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Kenneth V. Christie
Sept. 3, 1933 - Dec. 21, 2016 Los Altos, California

Kenneth Vladimir Christie: born September 3, 1933 in Bronx, NY, entered into rest on December 21, 2016 in Los Altos, California. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Arlene Christie and his three children: Diana Christie of Los Angeles, Calif, Jonathan Christie (Karen) of Venice, Calif, and ...

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