March 25, 1951 - May 10, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Margaret Fruth, 65, died May 10, 2016, from complications related to a traumatic brain injury. Born March 25, 1951, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Margaret was the second eldest of three daughters and one son born to Carroll and Catharine (Hershey) Fruth. After moves to Smyrna, Georgia, and Burbank, California, the family settled in Palo Alto, California, in 1959. A 1969 graduate of Palo Alto High School, Margaret earned a double major in history and geography at Clark University in 1973. Living in New York the following several years, she worked as a workers' compensation claims examiner before transferring to San Francisco. Margaret married Ken Uhland, whom she had met at a Mensa party. Shortly after the birth of their only child, the family relocated to Menlo Park, where Margaret spent six years on the city's Arts Commission. She spent her final seven years at Palo Alto Commons, where she used her history and geography knowledge to win resident competitions on a regular basis. A lover of language, Margaret wrote creative prose and poetry from elementary school until her death. Besides winning several national writing awards and school scholarships, she earned the rare privil...
Nanette Figel Chapman
Feb. 29, 1936 - May 9, 2016
Nanette Figel Chapman of Woodside died on May 9, 2016. She was born to Elinore and Clifford Figel on Feb. 29, 1936, and she always looked forward to her "leap year" birthday. Nan was a fourth generation Californian on both sides of her family. Her first 24 years were spent in San Francisco, where she met and married her husband, Ron, with whom she shared the next 57 years of her life. Shortly after their marriage, they settled for 36 years in Atherton and for the past 16 years they called Woodside home. She was a graduate of James Madison Elementary School and Lowell High School in San Francisco, and Pomona College (1957) in Claremont, California. Shortly after settling in Atherton, Nan began her volunteer career by serving on the Board of Directors of Amigos de Las Americas, Family Service/Mid Peninsula, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula. She was an early member of the Atherton Crime Prevention Task Force before becoming the first woman to successfully run for and be elected to the Atherton City Council, where she served for 20 years. Nan served as the Mayor of Atherton from 1986 to 1988 and again from 1...
June 8, 1920 - May 7, 2016
Yuba City, California
Jane B. Coladarci, 96, passed away quickly and peacefully (she would have insisted on nothing less) on May 7, 2016 in the company of her daughter and son. Jane was born in Allentown, PA, on June 8, 1920, to Francis Marion Bottenfield and Jane Richards Teese. She worked for IBM after graduating from Grove City College in 1942 with a degree in business education, and, in 1947, married Arthur P. Coladarci after a brief and impassioned courtship. Jane and Art moved to California in 1951 when Art joined the Stanford University faculty, and Jane soon was devoted to raising daughter Katy (b. 1951) and son Ted (b. 1953). As wife and mother, Jane was both fiercely independent and utterly devoted to family. A pretty good disciplinarian, she also possessed a deep well of compassion and empathy that saved her children on multiple occasions as they negotiated the tricky currents of childhood and adolescence. The Coladarci home in Woodside was always open to the children's friends, where soulful music, pasta feasts, and animated conversation were the norm. And in the inevitable times of need, many of these friends benefited from Jane's counsel, as when an eighth-grade friend of Ted'...
Steven E. Keating
July 28, 1953 - May 16, 2016 San Mateo, California
Steve Keating, 62, of San Mateo, California, was a composer, musician, screenwriter and lover of life. He passed away on May 16, 2016, with his beloved Eileen Casey by his side. Steve shared his hearty laugh generously, and his smiling Irish eyes could light up a room. Although his wit was unceasing...
Aug. 18, 1920 - May 11, 2016 Los Altos, California
Ernie died peacefully at his home, just a few months short of his 96th birthday. Ernie had an amazing life. Born in Germany he and his family fled the Nazis soon after Kristallnacht in 1938, making their way to Manila in the Philippines then eventually to San Francisco. Having been an architecture...
Oct. 10, 1943 - May 10, 2016 Menlo Park, CA
Dr. Iran Iranpour, left us on May 10, 2016, in Menlo Park, California. She is survived by her husband of forty-nine years, Dr. Manouchehr Kavoosi. Iran was born in 1943 in Tehran, Iran, into a Zoroastrian family, mother Gohar and father Dinyar. She completed her Medical Doctorate at Tehran Univer...
1929 - May 7, 2016 Palo Alto, California
Palo Alto restaurateur Freddie Maddalena, who brought a classy cabaret ambiance to downtown Palo Alto, died May 7 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was 87. Maddalena was born in Toronto, Canada, to Rosario and Georgina Maddalena. He started in the restaurant and entertainment bus...