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Lorna Monroe
March 23, 1954 - Sept. 27, 2020
Monterey, California

Lorna Wunderman Monroe of Monterey, gifted teacher, avid athlete, fierce friend, world traveler, loving mother, grandmother and wife, died Sunday, September 27th, after a year-long battle with breast cancer. She was 66 years old. Her keen intellect, unassuming manner, perpetual energy and uproarious laugh will forever inspire and be remembered by all in her wide circle of family and friends. Lorna grew up in Mountain View in an adventurous family that lived in a historic home that was once a bordello and speakeasy during Prohibition. Her father, the engineer, inventor and author Irwin Wunderman, was an early Silicon Valley pioneer; her mother, Gilda Wunderman, founded an international student cultural exchange organization. When Lorna and her two brothers were children, her parents took the family on a 7-month “vacation,” traveling through Europe and North Africa. She never lost the travel bug and eventually visited six of the world’s seven continents. After graduating from the University of California Berkeley with degrees in biostatistics and public health, Lorna took a job at the American Medical Association in Chicago, where she met the love of her life, Ken Monro...

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Bernetta Faye Staehnke
April 12, 1925 - Sept. 25, 2020
Palo Alto, CA

Bernetta, beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away surrounded and comforted by family, at the age of 95 on September 25th, 2020. Bernetta was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1925, daughter of John and Mabel. In her early life, Bernetta enjoyed drawing, fashion and singing. She attended Central High in Kansas City and moved to La Mesa, California with her parents in 1943. There she met the love of her life, Donald F. Staehnke, the two were married on November 2nd, 1945 just after Donald returned from fighting World War II. She and Donald had one son, Richard, in 1947. Bernetta, Donald, and Richard, along with Donald’s parents Frank and Genevreau moved to the Bay Area in 1954 after their family home was taken out by the building of a new section of highway. Bernetta and Don settled in Palo Alto. There they helped grow an already established bakery distributorship until 1959, when the family decided to take on a new business called The Village Cheese House. The gourmet food store became famous throughout the area for having the largest collection of gourmet and international food products in the western United States. Bernetta often woke early before sun rise...

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Edna L Parker
Feb. 24, 1934 - Sept. 25, 2020
Menlo Park, CA

Edna Lillian Parker was born on February 24, 1934 in Hillsboro, Texas. Her parents, Minnie and Mack Heath and her grandmother Mary King, raised her in the country of Hill County, Nathan Texas. At the age of seven, her family and her cousin sister relocated to Cleburne, Texas where she attended grammar school. In the late 1940’s Mother Parker’s family moved to Fort Worth Texas where she began to work as a housekeeper with her mother. She left grade school when her mother became gravely ill, and became a main provider for the family, working in the cotton field. In 1951, Mother Parker was blessed to have her first child Herbert Lee. Two years later, Mother Parker had her second child, her baby girl, Joyce LaRue. In 1962, Mother Parker moved to California where she lived the remaining years of her life. Upon arriving in California, she found residence in Redwood City CA. She became a member of the Little Flock Church of God in Christ and served under Dr. E.J. O’Neal and her current pastor, Elder Justin Genevro. Mother Parker affectionately known as “Grammie” was a grandmother to the whole church and community. She was an excellent cook by spell. She was known for her fam...

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Margaret "Maggie" Anderson
May 12, 1927 - Sept. 25, 2020
Chico, California

Maggie was born and raised in Birmingham Alabama. She attended college and nursing school in Chicago and Minneapolis. In 1955 she joined her soon-to-be husband Andy in Japan where he was stationed in the Air Force. The following year their first son Reed was born and they returned to the USA to live in Sacramento. Twin boys Dennis and Neil and daughter Beth were born there as Maggie began her career as a nurse. The family moved to Palo Alto in 1967, during which time Maggie enjoyed working as a Public Health Nurse for Santa Clara county (until retirement at age 59) She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto. She loved reading & book collecting and was a volunteer for The Friends of The Library. Maggie also loved to garden, bird watch, water color and travel. Maggie and Andy moved to Chico, California in 2015 to be closer to family. She is survived by son Reed and wife Karel,son Neil and wife Beverly,daughter Beth Chase and husband Tom, eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband Andy and son Dennis. A celebration of Maggie's life will be held at the home of Beth Chase in the near future....

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Arthur A. Dugoni
June 29, 1925 - Sept. 23, 2020
Palo Alto, CA

Arthur Albert Dugoni, a retired orthodontist and dental educator, passed away on Sept. 23, 2020 at his home in Palo Alto, CA. He was 95. Art was born in San Francisco, CA, on June 29, 1925, the oldest child of Italian immigrant parents, Arturo B. Dugoni and Orsolina (Bianco) Dugoni. Art was valedictorian at St. James High School where he also excelled in track and basketball. In 1943, while finishing his senior year of high school, Art was accepted into the Navy V-12 College Training Program at the University of San Francisco. After one year, he was transferred to Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, where he met the love of his life, Katherine (“Kaye”) Groo. Art began his dental education at UMKC before earning his DDS degree in 1948 from the College of Physicians & Surgeons in San Francisco (the school that would later bear his name). As part of his commitment to the Navy, Art spent time at Naval hospitals in Bethesda, MD and Oakland, CA before completing his service as a Marine Corps officer at Camp Pendleton. In 1949, Art and Kaye were married in St. Aloysius Church at Gonzaga. The couple and their growing family lived in San Mateo, CA, while Art worked as a de...

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Judith Moss
Oct. 17, 1939 - Sept. 22, 2020
Palo Alto, California

"I always wound up thinking about concepts in ways that I hadn't considered before,” typifies the common reaction of her students. Whether in a formal class or simple conversation, interactions with Judith Moss were always memorable and stimulating. Incisive, empathic, witty, and resolute, Judith was precise with every word choice, detailed in her researched preparation, and focused in her work, her conversations, her students and her friends. With a commitment to excellence in every action, Judith impacted more people than she ever realized and the loss of her wisdom and gracious friendship are already acutely felt. Judith Moss, a resident of Palo Alto since 1967, passed away on September 22, 2020 of chronic heart disease. She was born to Rex Ferrebee and Ione Naegle Moss in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 17, 1939. Her life-long independence and precocious intellect were evidenced when at barely 3 years old she taught herself to read by perusing what she believed were short stories in the newspaper—the obituaries. Perhaps this activity sparked her later interest in sharing her carefully researched and written family histories with 10 nieces and nephews who cherished every ...

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Patricia June Robinson
June 27, 1932 - Sept. 18, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Pat Robinson, 88, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2020 in her home in Palo Alto, CA after a brief bout with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends. A Tooele, Utah native and longtime Californian, Pat was born June 27, 1932 to John and Jenny Lacey. The youngest of four siblings, Pat came late to the Lacey Party. She graduated from Tooele High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Education at the Utah State University and became an early childhood educator. She also excelled in music; playing piano and singing. She was active in Student Government and president of her Kappa Delta Sorority. After a short stint teaching elementary school in Portland, Oregon, Pat moved to Palo Alto Unified School District where she taught hundreds of kindergarteners and first graders during 36 years of service. She was a distinguished educator who helped enrich instruction of other teachers, winning several awards for her teaching excellence. She was also the subject of a documentary on language development. In addition to her career as an early childhood educator, Pat worked in administrative positions for companies in San Francisco and Palo Alto inclu...

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Ruth Finstrom Hammett
Jan. 12, 1927 - Sept. 18, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Ruth Hammett was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and member of her community. She was as loyal to her family as she was to the charities to which she devoted her time, making a difference in the lives of everyone who knew her. She passed away peacefully on Friday, September 18 in her Palo Alto home surrounded by family. She was 93 years old. Ruth was born in 1927 in Hinsdale, Illinois to John and Hilda Finstrom. As a young woman, Ruth worked as both an airplane spotter during World War II and as a candy striper in the hospital, wrapping bandages for sick and injured patients. A lifelong intellectual, known amongst her family and friends for her quick wit and curiosity, Ruth graduated with a Bachelor’s in Math from Beloit College, and later with a Master’s in biology from Stanford University. Ruth was also an avid traveler, and she met her husband, Ben, while on a seven-country tour. The pair met aboard the Queen Mary in 1954 and went on to marry in 1957 at the Stanford Memorial Church. During their lives together, Ruth and Ben were devoted parents, grandparents, and community members, tirelessly volunteering their time to a variety of charitabl...

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Isabel Renée Mathews
Dec. 5, 1998 - Sept. 14, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Our beloved Isabel was unexpectedly released from this life on September 14, 2020. Born in Palo Alto, CA, she graduated in 2017 with a high school diploma from Lydian Academy in Menlo Park, CA. She was excited to move away to college and, despite invisible disabilities, attended Chico State University. There she reveled in the untamed atmosphere, down-to-earth friends and natural beauty, eventually discovering the field of Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management. Isabel was a people person, thriving in situations where she could be surrounded by the hum of activity. She loved her time working various summer jobs, especially in the restaurant industry. Regardless of the group she was in, she often found characters who either captured her attention or might be in need of her support. Isabel made dear friends along the way beginning in preschool at University Heights, Las Lomitas Elementary, Girl Scout camp, Lydian Academy and Chico State. She was a born nurturer and mothered many different pets, from tiny frogs gathered in the summer on Blakely Island, WA, to pet rats, a mouse, and a guinea pig. She also had a loving if somewhat complicated relationship with Mikey...

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Robert Rosado
Dec. 24, 1943 - Sept. 12, 2020
Davis, California

Robert Rosado died peacefully on September 12, 2020 at his home in Davis, with his family surrounding him. The cause was a rare and aggressive form of bladder cancer. Along with his wife, Judith, and son Adam, he lived for many years in Mountain View before moving to Davis in 2014. Robert was one of eight children born to Lydia and Miguel Rosado in Ponce, Puerto Rico on December 24th, 1943. His birth name was Roberto Rosado-Cuascut. Early in his life he moved with his family to New York City, where 2 brothers and a sister still live. Another sister lives in Virginia. As a teenager he joined the Marines and served in Vietnam. Returning to San Juan, PR after military service, Robert lived there for many years and completed college. Working as a real estate agent in Santurce, PR, he charmed his future wife Judith Healy when he rented her an apartment there in 1986. It was destiny that they met. They spent very little time away from each other since then and were married for 33 years. Robert was proud of his Puerto Rican heritage. He was a great salsa dancer and an even better cook. He created many enjoyable meals for friends and family. One of his specialties was Pa...

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Marz John Garcia
Feb. 16, 1937 - Sept. 8, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Marz J. Garcia, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to so many, died of complications stemming from a head injury at the age of 83 on September 8, 2020. He was the third of five brothers born to Francisco and Mariana Garcia in the Bronx, New York. He lived a unique story and left behind a multitude of friends and family whose lives he had deeply impacted. He lifted himself from a hard-scrabble upbringing on one side of the continent to a varied and highly successful career and personal life in California. Stops along the way included teenage reform school at Lincoln Hall in New York (where he later came back to speak as a success story), a US Army posting in Germany, undergraduate study at Ohio University (where he met his wife Nancy and formed life-long brotherhoods within the Phi Delta Theta fraternity), several graduate degrees in economics and law, and ultimately a move to California to begin a successful career in banking, finance and politics in San Francisco and Menlo Park, CA, where he raised his family. He served as a State Senator in the California Legislature representing San Mateo County from 1978 - 1982 and functioned proudly as a politi...

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David Lee Kreutner
March 1, 1941 - Sept. 7, 2020
Woodside, CA, California

David Kreutner, beloved father, grandfather, and brother, died at the age of 79 on September 7, 2020. He was the first child born to Ben and Marie Kreutner in Waterloo, Iowa on March 1, 1941. Dave was the oldest of seven children and spent his childhood working on the family farm in Atkins, Iowa. He was always proud to call himself an “Iowa Farm Boy.” He sought adventure as soon as he graduated from high school and moved to Chicago to begin his long career with United Airlines. This allowed him to do one of his favorite things- travel the world, and that he did. Dave traveled to over 50 countries and shared many trips with his family. He was drafted into the Army in 1965 and served in Thailand for one year. After serving, he transferred with United to Honolulu, Hawaii. Soon after, he met his wife Bernie who was there working as a nurse. They married just 9 months after meeting in 1967 and would have celebrated their 53rd anniversary this month. Dave was happiest when he was with his family; he was a proud dad to Heather and Melissa, father-in-law to Joe, and grandpa to Jaden, Jake, Dylan, Teisa, and Coral. He called Portola Valley and Woodside home for ...

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Judy Elizabeth Dong
Nov. 19, 1965 - Sept. 6, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Judy Elizabeth Dong, 54, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2020 at her home in Palo Alto, California. She was born at Kaiser Santa Clara November 19, 1965 just minutes before her twin sister Julie Ann. Judy held a masters degree in early childhood education from Notre Dame de Namur University. She taught preschool before dedicating 25 years of diligent service to the Palo Alto Libraries. A conscientious student,  Judy carried that assiduity into her adulthood. An avid reader of classic literature and young-adult novels, Judy was a loving and thoughtful daughter to Dr and Mrs. Bock L Dong and sister to Kathy, Lawrence, Julie and her husband Brian Kondas. She was a loyal friend to Varsha Saxena and her college friend Christina. Judy wholeheartedly embraced the role of “Auntie Judy” to nephews Charlie, Christopher and Gregory, and nieces Lucia and Joëlle. An industrious crafter known for her handmade gifts of colourful bead art and animal-patterned rugs, Judy left behind a final gift of hand painted rocks labeled for Christmas Day 2020. Judy was a true survivor, having bravely fought breast cancer twice with grace and perseverance. She will be remembered for her ten...

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Joseph Merkert
June 14, 1936 - Sept. 2, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Joe Merkert passed away unexpectedly at his home in Menlo Park on September 2, 2020. He was born in Queens, New York, and was the eldest son of the late Beatrice Smith and Joseph Merkert. After graduating from Nyack High School and Cathedral College, he went on to Manhattan College where he received a degree in chemistry and later Penn State University for a master’s in chemistry. Joe met the love of his life, Mary Cullen, at a fraternity party at Manhattan College in 1958 and they were married at Our Lady of Refuge Church in the Bronx, New York 6 years later. Joe and Mary lived on both the east and west coasts for the early years of their marriage and finally settled in Menlo Park, California in 1971 as he took a job with Raychem Corporation. Joe had an unquenchable zest for life and his job as an International Sales and Marketing Manager took him all over the world. After working for Raychem for over 35 years, Joe decided to go into real estate where he worked for Alain Pinel and Compass Realty for 20 years. Joe's two careers allowed him to meet a multitude of people and make life-long friends whom he cherished. He was affectionately referred to as "Mr. Menlo Park" and he li...

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Michael David Spafford
Jan. 21, 1956 - Aug. 30, 2020
San Rafael, California

Michael was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to Nancy Curtiss Wilcox Spafford and Calvin William Spafford III. He lived there, where his father was stationed in the Navy, until the family moved to Los Altos, CA when he was 3 and he lived in California thereafter. As the family prepared to move to a new house in Woodside, it snowed on Michael’s sixth birthday in 1962. He spent a glorious day playing in the snow, assuming it was his birthday gift and waited every year thereafter for the snow to come on his birthday. Michael spent his summers with his grandparents, first in Lakeport, Clear Lake and then Homewood, Lake Tahoe. His grandfather taught him how to fish, and fishing became one of his favorite pastimes. He loved the outdoors, camping, geology, archeology, rocks, creek digging for antique bottles and always talked about becoming a forest ranger ‘when he grew up’. Michael attended Woodside Elementary School from Kindergarten through Eighth grade, then Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley for high school. Michael began playing soccer with AYSO when he was 6 years old. He was a star in the AYSO soccer program for many years. He was naturally right-handed yet could kic...

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Marilyn Kelly
Dec. 9, 1933 - Aug. 29, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Marilyn Donaldson Kelly, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on August 29, 2020 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Not long before she died, Marilyn said, "you know, I have had a truly wonderful life". And she did! She was born on December 9, 1933, the youngest child of Joseph Ellis and Edythe Baddley Donaldson. As her father's job took him all over the Mountain West, Marilyn grew up in a number of towns, but spent most of her time in Blackfoot, Idaho, where she attended elementary school and junior high. She graduated from Pocatello High where she was part of the Homecoming court. She studied education at Idaho State University where she joined Alpha Chi Omega sorority. After earning her degree, Marilyn moved to Menlo Park where she began teaching at Ladera School. In 1961, she married Robert P. Kelly, the love of her life. She retired from Ladera in order to raise her two children, but returned to teaching in the late seventies at Trinity Parish and Phillips Brooks nursery schools. After retiring from teaching, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, tending her beautiful garden, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Marilyn a...

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Charles Albert Drekmeier
Sept. 10, 1927 - Aug. 25, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Charles Drekmeier, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Stanford University, died at home in Palo Alto on August 25, 2020, just shy of his 93rd birthday. Known for his creativity, intellectual curiosity, and liberal politics, he was adored by his students, many of whom went on to distinguished careers in politics, law, academia and the nonprofit sector. Born in Beloit, Wisconsin to Albert and Marion Drekmeier, Charles earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin (BA), Columbia University (MA) and Harvard University (PhD). Interspersed with his studies, he was drafted into the army near the end of World War II, interned for the State Department to study the effects of the European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan), and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the history of law and politics in India, where he lived for a year while compiling notes for what eventually became his PhD thesis, published as “Kingship and Community in Early India.” While at Harvard, Charles met his wife-to-be, Margot Loungway. Shortly after marrying in 1958, they moved to Palo Alto to join the Stanford faculty – Charles in the Political Science and Sociology Departments, and Margot in...

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Colleen Diane Vescia
Jan. 12, 1931 - Aug. 17, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Born in Tacoma, Washington, on January 12, 1931, Colleen Diane Vescia (née Farrell) passed away at home from natural causes on August 17, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was 89. Colleen grew up in Seattle during the Great Depression, the middle child in a working-class family, bookended by brothers Dennis and Barry. She attended Coe School, where her grandson would enroll many years later, and graduated from Queen Anne High in 1949. She was known for her sense of fun, her creativity, and her irreverence. In Seattle, Colleen held a variety of jobs including document courier, dental assistant, photographer’s model, and case packer at “Boodles under the bridge,” a bean canning factory. Colleen always wanted to see the world, and a job as a Pan Am flight attendant allowed her to do just that. At first, she shuttled between Seattle and Alaska in shaking, unpressurized cabins. She was later stationed in New York and traveled the world in the glamour days of generous per diems and long layovers in exotic places. She flew with Charles Lindbergh and Helen Keller, and was once held at knifepoint in the bathroom by a crazed passenger. In Philadelphia, her brother Dennis ...

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Patrick McCullough
Sept. 14, 1936 - Aug. 8, 2020
Mountain View, CA

Patrick McCullough, a Mountain View resident originally from Northern Ireland, passed away on August 8th with family by his side. He was 83. Born in Northern Ireland, Patrick immigrated to Canada in 1957, a few years later, he made his way to the United States. He is survived by his daughters Marie and Colleen, and a large extended family. Patrick never knew a stranger and was known for his walks around the neighborhood where he always would stop for a friendly chat. Those who knew Patrick admired him for his generosity, kindness and story-telling....

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Clare Tucker
May 31, 1946 - Aug. 6, 2020
Mountain View, California

Clare Tucker, a Mountain View resident for forty years, has died. She was 74. Clare, who died peacefully at home on August 6th, was born May 31, 1946, to Douglas Sherwood Tipton and Florence Alice (Langfeldt) Tipton, in Queens, New York City. She grew up with older brother Douglas II and three younger sisters, Linda Janet (Harmon), Karen Wanda (Hlebo) and Joan Elinor (Huffman). About 1952, the family moved to the San Francisco peninsula and Clare attended Menlo Atherton High School. The family later moved to a ranch in Los Gatos, CA. Clare married Rudolph Simmons in 1963 and had two daughters, Rene’ Lyn and Suzanne Mary. While living in Sunnyvale, they separated in 1971 and divorced. Clare married Jeffrey Richard Tucker in 1972; they lived with the family in Los Gatos and added son Richard Ashley and daughter Cinthia Lacey. After time living in Hayward and Newark, in 1980 they moved to Jeff’s hometown of Mountain View, CA. Clare worked an assortment of jobs in technology, banking and retail around her prime accomplishment of caring for and raising her children and grandchildren. Besides being a dear lover and beloved mother, she was an accomplished cook, writer, poet, call...

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Mary Margaret Walz
Sept. 29, 1938 - July 16, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Mary Margaret Walz (Marge), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away from the Coronavirus on July 16. She grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania but managed to have big dreams. She met her husband and love of her life, Dan, while visiting her brother in the Navy. They were married in Lincoln Nebraska. They lived there for five years before moving to California. Marge and Dan were married for 59 years and had two children, Bryan and Brenda. She was a great stay at home Mom but decided she wanted to go to college. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an BA in English and Speech Communications and then earned her graduate degree in Speech Communications. Marge went on to work at Menlo Atherton High School in the Deans office. She enjoyed helping and mentoring the students. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother. Marge is survived by her husband Dan, her son Bryan, her daughter Brenda with her husband Jim, and her three grandchildren: Aleah, Shane, and Sienna....

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Virginia Procter
May 29, 1927 - June 18, 2020
Atherton, California

Virginia Schultz Procter of Atherton passed away peacefully on June 18 at the age of 93. An early resident and formative member of the friendly Lindenwood community, Ginny had been living at The Sequoias in Portola Valley since 2017. Ginny was born in Evanston, IL to Olga and Herbert Schultz, the second of three children and the only daughter. She came West in 1945 to attend Stanford University, where she was one of the first women to graduate from the Math Department. While at Stanford, she met Robert Procter, a grad student in Engineering who had recently completed his service with the U.S. Navy. They were married in 1948 and settled In Los Angeles. Ginny and Bob relocated to the Peninsula in 1951 and began their own home construction company. They were true do-it-yourselfers, filled with energy, ingenuity and skill. When Atherton's historic James Flood estate was first subdivided for residential development, they bought the lot just inside the historic Lindenwood Gate that included the original gatehouse. While briefly occupying the old gatehouse, they designed and built their own mid-century modern home where they raised their two children, Glenn and Carol. Procter Const...

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Richard Ashley Tucker
June 7, 1973 - May 3, 2020
Santa Clara, California

Richard Ashley Tucker, a Santa Clara resident, has died. He was 46. Richard, who died at home on May 3, 2020, was born June 7, 1973, to Jeffrey Richard Tucker and Clare (Tipton) Tucker, at Stanford, CA, going home to Los Gatos. He grew up with step sisters Rene’ Lyn Simmons and Suzanne Mary Simmons, and younger sister Cinthia Lacey Tucker. After time living in Hayward and Newark, in 1980 the family moved to his father’s hometown of Mountain View, CA. Richard attended Mountain View High School. One of his teachers had taught his father years earlier when it was still Awalt High School. Richard went on to gain certifications in various technologies, including network engineering, and earned his Bachelors in Business Management from Menlo College. Richard married Melanie Aspasia Day in 2000 and in 2005 they welcomed daughter Alexandra Mary-Clare Day-Tucker. They subsequently divorced. Richard married Farzana Shah Zabeen in 2007 and they had daughter Alara Zeba Tucker in 2009. Early on, Richard worked an assortment of jobs in retail, then moved into software testing and network equipment and design, and honed his product development and design engineering talents. He hel...

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Laura Adelaide Holmes
July 27, 1952 - April 20, 2020
Grants Pass, Oregon

Laura Adelaide Ingels (Holmes) passed away Monday 4/20/2020 at her home in Grants Pass, Oregon peacefully. Laura is survived by her loving family: husband Daniel Holmes, daughter Robin Ingels Hardisty (Owen), Grandsons Andre and Evan Alcantar, Sister Karen Ingels Carskadon (Paul), Niece Jessica Nielsen and daughters, and extended beloved cousins in California, her dogs Sky and Beau. Laura was preceded in death by her parents Lyle David Ingels (descendant of Esbon and Pearl Ingels, Atchison, KS) , Jean Stroh Ingels, brother Gerry Esbon Ingels, Maternal Grandparents Adelaide Stroh and Gerry Stroh of Potter Valley, CA. In addition to family life, Laura did her best to stay connected to lifelong friends made growing up in Palo Alto, California from as far back as preschool age, girl scouts and through High School at Henry M Gunn High School – still remembered for her ways of befriending/including the new kids. Laura always found her most potent joy in the animals she cared for throughout her life. Horses (Sean/palomino) carried her on most memorable and exciting adventures a cowgirl at heart could imagine - with the best friend to outride authority when boundaries may or ma...

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John L. Sommer
Jan. 23, 1927 - Sept. 1, 2020 Palo Alto, California

John Lambert Sommer, M.D. (93) died on September 1, 2020, from the effects of a stroke, at his home in Palo Alto. Born on a farm outside Pekin, IL, and raised as a Mennonite, he was the youngest son of the late Nora Sommer (Lambert) and O.J. Sommer. He married Donna M. Sommer (Meddaugh), M.D. on J...

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Louise B. Landreth
Dec. 15, 1924 - Aug. 23, 2020 Inverness, CA

Louise Burpee Landreth, teacher, mother, philanthropist and community leader, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, August 23, 2020. She was 95 years old. Born Louise Kellam Burpee on December 15, 1924 in Bronxville, New York, Louise lived a full and extremely active life. She referred to her ...

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Patricia A. Klein
Nov. 15, 1941 - Aug. 22, 2020 Palo Alto, California

Patricia Anne Katz Klein died peacefully on August 22, 2020 losing her long battle with cancer. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She spent most of her growing up years in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Education in 1963 and a M.S. degree in Speech in 1...

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Douglas R. Monica
Nov. 24, 1950 - Aug. 22, 2020 East Palo Alto, California

Douglas (Doug) Monica passed away peacefully on Saturday August 22, 2020. Doug was a husband, a father, and a grandfather. He retired from Stanford University after serving students at the Law School and School of Medicine for more than 25 years. Doug was a lifelong political activist who from...

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