Anna Beth (Ann) Eubanks-Inglis
Feb. 15, 1922 - Jan. 7, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Ann left this life peacefully just a few weeks short of her 97th birthday. Born in the small town of Lindsay, Oklahoma to Robert and Ila Reeves, she grew up in near-by town of Pauls Valley. A self-described tomboy, she recounted adventures with her younger brother, Bob, including how they would hitch a ride on the back of the ice wagon as it made its rounds. Always a music lover, Ann played clarinet in the high school band and piano at the Omega Chi sorority house at Oklahoma State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. She was also a member of the Sigma Iota and Sigma Sigma Psi sororities, and was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She began dating William J. (Dub) Eubanks, also of Pauls Valley in 1942. They were soon engaged, and married in 1946. Ann worked as a machinist supervisor at Tinker Airforce base during the War and as a physical education teacher while Dub finished his enlistment in the Navy. They welcomed son Mark into the family followed by Susan two years later. Dub’s work required many moves, five within ten years, which kept Ann very busy. They finally settled in Menlo Park in 1...
Virginia Dale Roudebush
April 8, 1930 - Jan. 5, 2019
Virginia Dale Roudebush “Ginny” passed away at her longtime residence in Woodside, CA on Saturday January 5th, 2019. She was 88 years old and surrounded by loved ones including her faithful golden retriever Barkley. Virginia was born in Klamath Falls OR. Parents Henry and Anne Pahland moved to California and had brother William Pahland, who survives Virginia, along with his wife Margaret. In 1936 the family moved to Redwood City. While attending John Gill School Virginia met her oldest and best friend Audrey “Mickie” Hale. Virginia graduated Sequoia Union High School in 1948, with best friend Claire Norris. Claire met “Uncle Jack” Roudebush, and introduced Virginia to his brother Donald Roudebush. It was love at first sight and best friends married brothers! Donald and Virginia were together for 50 years until Don’s passing in 1999. Virginia and Donald are together again. Paso Robles and San Miguel CA always held special memories for Virginia. Beginning at the age of 4 she spent “summers on the ranch” with her Aunts Emma Linn (favorite Uncle Othello) and Mary Blechen (Uncle George). She loved the memories and area so much she purchased Aunt Mary’s home, w...
Sept. 25, 1930 - Dec. 30, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Ellen Uhrbrock, 88, a 64-year resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 30, 2018 in Palo Alto. She was born in Cincinnati, and graduated from the Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Oberlin College, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was one of three women who graduated in the Class of 1956. For many years she was an entrepreneurial small business-woman in the travel industry. Throughout her life, Ellen brought her training, skills, energy and intelligence to a variety of business and volunteer projects. Late in her life, during the past few years, she participated in Palo Alto's Comprehensive Plan Update Leadership Group as a member appointed by the City Council, where she championed transportation planning because of her long-term interest in transit systems. Ellen was fortunate throughout her life to have many friends whom she valued and cherished. She is survived by her niece, Carol Berry of Clarksburg, California; her nephew, Steve Schultz of Naperville, Illinois; great-niece Jessica Schultz and great-nephew Steve M Schultz, both of Naperville....
Elizabeth "Betty" Tight
July 23, 1926 - Dec. 30, 2018
Portola Valley, California
Betty passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family at her home at the Sequoias of Portola Valley, CA on Sunday, December 30th at the age of 92. Known for her exceptionally kind, selfless, and compassionate personality, Betty now reunites with her beloved husband, Dexter “Ted” of nearly 70 years, who passed away in April 2018. Betty was a native San Franciscan, born to Dr. Curle and Sara Callander in 1926, and predeceased by her brother Dr. John Callander (survived by wife Barbara). She attended Miss Burke’s School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University where she was Chairperson of the Woman’s Council and named to the Cap and Gown honor society. She pursued post-graduate studies at the ArtCenter College of Design, and was an accomplished artist. Betty was keen for any outdoor adventure, and in her youth would ride horses throughout the hills of Woodside. Later in life she could often be found hiking the hills of the Bay Area with her long-time “Walkie-Talkie” group of friends or puttering in her beautiful garden. Betty raised her family on the ski slopes and backpacking in the Sierras, playing tennis, and spending man...
Barbara N. Crawford
Dec. 19, 1922 - Dec. 24, 2018
Menlo Park, CA
Barbara Norris Crawford passed away peacefully on December 24, 2018. She was 96. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Menlo Church, 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. Born to Jean & Grace Norris, and raised in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1944 with a Bachelor of Mathematics degree. Following graduation, she moved to Schenectady, N.Y. to work for General Electric as an engineering assistant. It was there she met her future husband, Robert Crawford. In June of 1946 they were married and settled in Menlo Park, CA. Barbara was an active volunteer, serving in local schools as PTA President, Girl Scout leader and math tutor. She was a member of Allied Arts Auxiliary serving the Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto Garden Club, Gamble Garden Center, and Cantor Arts Center where she was a docent for 25 years. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Barbara sang in both church choirs and with the Clef Hangers, a local women’s choral group. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who created a wa...
Barbara Collins Gray
Sept. 22, 1922 - Dec. 24, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Barbara Collins Gray September 4, 1922 – December 24, 2018 Menlo Park, California Barbara “Barb” Collins Gray of Menlo Park passed away peacefully surrounded by family members. Her passing at the wonderful age of 96 was due to complications from surgery. Barbara was born in San Francisco and was a third generation Californian. She was the first daughter of Earnest and Muriel Collins and was raised in Burlingame. She attended Notre Dame High School in Belmont and Lone Mountain Girls College in San Francisco. While at Lone Mountain she met the love of her life, William Thomas Gray. William “Bill” went off to serve as a Merchant Marine Officer in World War II and upon returning from the war, he married Barbara Collins in June of 1945. They raised four children together and were married for 65 years. The Gray’s initially resided in Menlo Park and ultimately moved to Atherton for 35 years. In their golden years Barb and Bill re...
Maureen Elizabeth Dooher Ryan
Oct. 31, 1930 - Dec. 22, 2018
Maureen passed away after a short illness Dec. 22nd at her home in Woodside, CA. Vivacious, energetic, extremely determined, and always ready with a quick and infectious Irish laugh, Maureen will be sorely missed by her family and friends. She was born on Halloween, October 31, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of three girls and one boy. The Doohers eventually moved to Hillsborough, CA, where Maureen graduated from San Mateo High School, and after, The University of California Berkeley, in 1952. In 1954, Maureen married Robert Ryan and had six children, living in San Francisco, later moving down the Peninsula to Atherton, then Rome, Italy, and eventually to Woodside. The Ryan’s were divorced in 1968 and Maureen never remarried. She was preceded in death by her daughter Molly Ryan in 1975. Maureen was a sports fan, a passion she shared with her four sons. Some of her favorites were Cal Football, her Brooklyn/LA Dodgers, Aaron Rodgers and Roger Federer. In addition to loving sports, Maureen was an avid equestrian, competing her beloved hunter, “Sky Crown” in her youth, and later, fox hunted with The Los Altos Hunt Club. One of her greatest impacts cam...
Jeanne Killeen Scherba
Dec. 12, 1928 - Dec. 21, 2018
Menlo Park, California
On Friday, December 21st, 2018, long time Menlo Park resident Jeanne Killeen Scherba, loving mother of four children, Jim Scherba (Janice), Rick Gannon (Kathy), Rod Scherba (Jodi), and Nancy Whelan (Jim) passed away at her home after living a full life of 90 years. She was a devoted grandmother to Tony Scherba (Lauren), Billy Scherba, Angela Schram (Steve), Mathew Gannon, Kyle Scherba, Tori Scherba, Ray Whelan, and Danny Whelan. Jeanne was born in 1928 to Theodore Thomas Killeen and Kathryn Marie Rosetta Killeen. Jeanne was a native San Franciscan and attended Presentation Academy then went on to graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in political science and a certification in education. At Cal she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. Jeanne had a passion for gardening and flower arranging and spent over 20 years volunteering at Filoli. Other endeavors included volunteering for the PTA, Children’s Home Society, and the Atherlons. Jeanne was happiest spending time with family and friends and tending her garden. A memorial mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park on Saturday, January 5th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flow...
Nov. 11, 1935 - Dec. 19, 2018
Palo Alto, California
David Mitchell, a Palo Alto attorney, environmental advocate and community volunteer, died on Wednesday, Dec. 19, after a battle with lymphoma. He was 83 years old. Mitchell was a tax and estate attorney; a husband, father and avid hiker; an Eagle Scout; a longtime board member for the Peninsula Open Space Trust; a fixture in the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto; and above all else, someone who was devoted to serving others, family and friends said in interviews on Friday. "David felt very lucky to have been able to participate in a small way to increase philanthropy in the Valley, while pursuing his many interests," his wife of nearly 58 years, Lynn Mitchell, said he communicated before he died this week, surrounded by family. Mitchell was born in Berkeley but was raised in Los Angeles, his family said. He joined the Cub Scouts during World War II, then the Boy Scouts and later Explorer Scouts in San Gabriel. Through those groups, he went on frequent overnight camping trips and developed an early passion for the outdoors. In 1951, he became an Eagle Scout, the highest distinction possible as a Boy Scout. He went on to attend Stanford University on a full undergrad...
David Lawrence Powell, Sr.
Feb. 6, 1937 - Dec. 5, 2018
David Lawrence Powell, Sr. Dave was born on February 6, 1937, and passed on December 5, 2018. He was a resident of Woodside, CA, at the time of his passing. Dave was born and raised in New York. He attended Bronxville High School and graduated from St. Lawrence University. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and spent the subsequent four years serving his country, ascending to the rank of Captain. Dave spent his professional career in the recruiting business. He worked in personnel for Del Monte Foods, Fairchild Semiconductor, and National Semiconductor before moving into the executive search business in 1971. After five years with Staub Warmbold and Associates, Dave founded David Powell, Inc., to serve the recruiting needs of the emerging technology sector. Widely recognized as a pioneer in Silicon Valley, Dave was instrumental in building the senior leadership teams of some of the Valley’s most influential and successful companies. Dave brought passion, intensity, and warmth to all aspects of his life, business, hobbies, family and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast, a talented artist, and a gifted fly fisherman. Dave enjoyed cooking, music, garde...
Laura Kathryn Frey
Aug. 21, 1968 - Dec. 2, 2018
On Sunday, December 2, Laura Kathryn Frey loving sister, daughter, and friend lost her valiant 3+ year battle with cancer at the age of 50. Laura was born on August 21, 1968 along with her identical twin sister Jennifer. Born I n Hanau, Germany, parents are Theodore Drake Frey and Barbara Thornton Frey. Laura, Jennifer and their older sister Leslie lived in Brussels, Belgium for the first four years of her life. The family moved to Lafayette, California in 1972 where she attended Happy Valley Elementary School, Stanley Middle School and graduated from Acalanes High School in 1987. During her formative years in Lafayette, Laura loved playing soccer, basketball and softball. She played on the local traveling teams, she also played varsity basketball and softball for Acalanes High School. In college, Laura continued to play soccer for Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Both Laura and her twin sister Jennifer Frey attended and graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 1991. Laura’s major was Political Science and her minor was in Philosophy. While earning her undergraduate degree, Laura spent a college quarter in Washington, D.C. studying American Politi...
William Albert Alfano Jr
June 14, 1931 - Dec. 1, 2018
On Saturday, December 1st, 2018 William Albert Alfano Jr passed from this life, he was 87 years old. He was born on June 14th, 1931 in Paterson, New Jersey. He was the only child of William and Jeanette Alfano. He graduated from Barringer High School in 1948. He attended The University of New Mexico where he met his future wife, the former Marilouise Mayer who preceded him in death in 2007. They would be married for almost 55 years and raise four children. After graduating from the University of New Mexico in January, 1953 he served as a Navel officer for three years. After leaving the Navy he attended graduate school at California State University at San Diego, where he received a Masters of Science degree in Physics. After working as an Engineer for several companies he joined Granger Associates in Palo Alto in 1960. He would rise at Granger to become Vice President and head of the antenna division in 1968. He left Granger in 1970 and joined ITT Jennings, where he would become manager of Export Marketing; he retired from Jennings in 1996. His four children survive him, William A. Alfano III, Richard C. Alfano, Helen Vickers, and Mary Hull. Ten grandchildren and six great ...
Lance Whitney Freeman
Aug. 4, 1964 - Nov. 30, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Lance Whitney Freeman, 54, passed away in Menlo Park, California on November 30, 2018 Lance was born August 4, 1964 in Anaheim, CA and grew up in Goleta, CA. He graduated from Dos Pueblos High School in 1982 and from San Jose State University in 1988. He was a real estate agent in Menlo Park, CA for over 30 years. Lance had a great sense of humor, and loved making people laugh. Growing up he enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, playing tennis and surfing. Lance had an eclectic taste in music and loved traveling. Lance enjoyed being with people, laughing, talking bullshit and just hanging out. As he got older he still enjoyed playing tennis, surfing and loved spending time with his kids. He is survived by his three children, Christian, Riley and Alison Freeman, and their mother Melissa Freeman, his father Leland Freeman and his two sisters Amy Freeman (Ed Callaway) and Wendy Roth (Matthew Roth), nieces and nephews, Jackson, Perri, Marin, Thompson and Carson, his uncles Franklin Freeman and Larry Thompson, and his aunt Diana Thompson. He was preceded in death by his mother Judy Freeman Cousineau....
Alexander Hamilton Schilling
Nov. 26, 1929 - Nov. 30, 2018
Portola Valley, California
Better known as ‘Mike’ to family and friends, he was born in San Francisco as the youngest son of Rudolph and Alexandra Schilling and was raised in Woodside and San Francisco. He attended Woodside Elementary School, Town School, Cate School and MIT and served as an agent with the Army Counterintelligence Corps in Germany during the Cold War. He returned to Boston where he met Barbara Hall from Rhode Island. They were married in 1957, returned to California and raised two sons in Atherton. In 1958 Mike joined Ampex where he followed a career in Engineering Administration and Marketing before he became President of a family investment company founded by his grandfather. He was widowed in 1992. Mike married Dianne Pitts of Atherton in 1993 and they moved to Portola Valley where they established a welcoming home for their blended family. He enjoyed being a jack-of-all-trades while improving their property. Mike also served on the town’s Architectural and Site Control Commission while still continuing to be involved with family business. Mike and Dianne enjoyed traveling to Africa, Europe, Asia and many parts of the Western Hemisphere. Mike is survived by h...
Mila Desiree Wright
Oct. 25, 1987 - Nov. 18, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Mila was born in Bulgaria, adopted by Phyllis and Larry Wright when she was five years old, and died peacefully at home on the evening of November 18, 2018. She was only 31 years old. She had been suffering for many years from a disease known as autonomic nervous systems failure, for which there is no cure. She leaves behind her parents, Phyllis and Larry Wright, her brother Michael, her aunt and uncle, Doreen and Carl Weber, numerous cousins, her beloved co workers at the Stanford ER and many friends. Mila attended Las Lomitas and La Entrada schools, graduated from Carlmont High School, and went on to the College of San Mateo. While taking classes there, she worked as a patient transporter at Stanford Hospital. She liked working there and decided to take classes to become an Emergency Medical Technician. This then led to her job as a tech worker in the Stanford ER. She loved this job! She loved the constant action, the working with others to save a life, and just helping and caring for another person. She worked there for ten years until her disease forced her to retire. Even then she kept coming back to Stanford as a volunteer and as an advisor on doctor/patient communications. ...
March 12, 1937 - Nov. 10, 2018
Portola Valley, CA
Sherman Rutherford, 81, a long-time resident of Portola Valley, died on November 10, 2018. He was born in Jewell, Oregon on March 12, 1937. He worked at Varian for close to 25 years and helped invent much of the technology still used in high vacuum scientific and commercial applications. He had a Bachelors degree from Oregon State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He volunteered much of his free time towards helping others and serving the church, either one on one as a mentor, or as a board member. He served with Peninsula Covenant Church, Menlo Church, North Park University in Chicago, Mission Springs and many others. He loved the outdoors and spent as much time as he could outside, even in his final days. He taught his sons, Philip Rutherford of Portola Valley and Kurt Rutherford of Menlo Park, as well as his five grand children to love backpacking and being outside as well. He is survived by his wife, Darlene Rutherford of Portola Valley....
March 26, 1917 - Oct. 26, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Sid Simon, long time resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 26, 2018 at the age of 101. His wonderful caregivers and family had surrounded him with love as he was nearing the end of his well lived life. Born in Detroit, March 26, 1917, Sid moved with his family at the age of two to Los Angeles, He later moved to the Bay Area starting off in Berkeley and finally settling in Palo Alto in 1954. Early on, Sid discovered a passion for tennis that continued throughout his life. He started with pickup games at the public park where he eventually got good enough to compete in various city and high school tournaments. A highlight was a doubles match where at the age of 15, Sid and his partner defeated Bobby Riggs It was quite the upset at the time since Bobby was a national champion and later Hall of Famer, just starting his career. Sid continued to play tennis throughout his life until a torn rotator cuff at the age of 87 took him out of the game. He was frequently seen playing at the Eichler Swim & Tennis Club where he was also in the 100 mile lap swim club. He also was a long time member of the Inverness Tennis Club joining when he bought his second home the...
Hope Freeman Johnson
May 14, 1928 - July 14, 2018
Redwood City, California
Former Woodside resident, Hope Johnson, passed away on July 14th, surrounded by family and friends. She was born to Hilda Reuter Freemen and Benjamin Freeman in Antigo, WI. Her parents, brother Leslie, husband Hobart, son Clinton, and daughter Tulla preceded her. She grew up in Antigo in the house where her father ran a trading post, supplying loggers and others. After attending high school in New London, she attended Lawrence University. During a summer school course at University of Wisconsin, she spied a young gentleman named Hobart, whom she eventually married. They honeymooned in Europe and eventually settled there so that Hobart could manage the European operations for Gisholt Machine Tool. In 1963, She and her family (now including daughter Tulla, and sons Ben, Fletcher, and Hobart Clinton) returned and settled in Woodside while Hobart attended Sanford University. She then adopted 2 more daughters – Sonia and Vangie. Over the years, she managed the household and all the ups and downs of living with Hobart and a household of rambunctious children. She supported Hobart as he explored religion (as a deacon at Woodside Village Church) and other adventures inclu...
Patricia M. Jenkins
Aug. 30, 1925 - Dec. 30, 2018 Linden, Virginia
Patricia Margaret (Nagle) Jenkins passed away peacefully in her home at age 93 on Dec. 30, 2018, surrounded by her large, loving family. She was living in Linden, Virginia, with her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Wayne Coffron. Pat was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Sydney, Australia, to Patrick Francis Na...
John R. Walker
Aug. 15, 1932 - Dec. 19, 2018 Palo Alto, California
John Richard Northrup Walker (Dick), a 50-year resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 19, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born Aug. 15, 1932 in Puunene, Maui. He attended Punahou High School in Honolulu and Stanford University earning a bachelor's degree in Civil Engin...
Vera J. Brule
April 3, 1934 - Dec. 13, 2018 East Palo Alto, CA
Vera Jewell Brule, affectionately known as "Mama VJ" was born on April 3, 1934 in Natchitoches, Louisiana to Zerline and Ora Charles Dixon. Vera Brule received her education from the San Francisco Unified School District where she attended and graduated with honors from Balboa High School. She al...
Lorraine M. Hlavka
Nov. 5, 1923 - Dec. 10, 2018 Palo Alto, California
Lorraine Margaret Hlavka died Dec. 10 at the age of 95. Born in rural Minnesota in 1923 and raised there on a farm, she met her husband Lloyd in Omaha and was married in 1947. They moved to California in 1955 and bought one of the first Eichler houses, where she lived the rest of her life. She work...