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Gloria DeEtte Otto
Jan. 12, 1924 - June 10, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Gloria DeEtte Williams Otto [Gloria W. Otto] died on Sunday, 10 June 2018 at 4:50pm after suffering from dementia for a number of years. She was 94 years old. Gloria was born in Boise, Idaho on 12 January 1924, the first child of M. Ned Williams and Floribel Bergh Williams. Her family moved a lot while she was very young because of her father’s work. They settled in Boise where Gloria completed elementary school, graduated in the first graduating class from the new Boise Junior High School, and then graduated with the first 3-year class from Boise High School in 1941. While in high school she was active in journalism and became editor of the Yearbook. It was also there that she met her future husband Carl, both of whom enjoying dancing. After completing 2 years at Boise Junior College, Gloria continued her journalistic efforts and participated in volunteer work for service personnel at Gowen Field near Boise. During these years of living in Boise, Gloria’s family invariably spent summers in Silver City, a place that became Gloria’s Eden. On 20 June 1946 Gloria married her high school sweetheart (and fiancée for 3 years while he attended the Naval Academy at Annapoli...

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Tom Ovenshine
March 25, 1936 - June 2, 2018
Palo Alto, California, United States

Alexander Thomas "Tom" Ovenshine, husband, father, grandfather and world traveler, died June 2 in Palo Alto. He was 82. Ovenshine, a retired geologist for the United States Geological Survey, lived in Palo Alto from 1965-1980 and 1995-2018. He followed Stanford sports, frequented The Oasis in Menlo Park and spent free time enjoying the Sierra Nevada at his second home in Graeagle. Ovenshine was born March 25, 1936, the son of the late Eugene Ovenshine and Ruth Crago Ovenshine of Rockville Centre, New York. He attended Yale University majoring in geology. He received his master's degree in geology from Virginia Tech and doctorate in geology from UCLA. Ovenshine married Elinor Hyle on June 7, 1959, in Garden City, New York. After receiving his doctorate, Ovenshine accepted a field geologist's position with the USGS in Menlo Park, in the Alaska branch. Ovenshine spent summers in Alaska researching the geological effect of earthquakes and glaciers. In 1976, at the age of 39, the USGS named Ovenshine Alaska branch chief. In 1980, Ovenshine transferred to the USGS headquarters in Reston, Virginia, where he headed the survey's international geology division. He traveled...

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Ida M. Stelling
July 9, 1922 - May 18, 2018
Palo Alto, California

After a short illness Ida passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. Ida was born into the home of her German heritage parents on Louis Road in 1922, long before the area was incorporated to the city of Palo Alto. She lived on this property her entire life and knew Palo Alto and the Bay Area in and out. From early childhood to her last days, she loved and adored animals. Ida graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1940 and then went on to business school. She followed her mother working for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, later AT&T. She had a successful career retiring as a beloved manager at age 65. She made new friends when she next went to work at the Stanford Linear Acceleration Center (SLAC), finally retiring fully in her mid-70s. Ida was very involved in managing the construction of a new home on her property and proudly moved into the new home in 2004. In her 80s and well into her 90s she traveled many times to Germany and finally visited the farm near Bremerhaven where her father grew up. Although Ida didn't speak German, she made many friends there, just like here, with her touching lovely smile and her warmth. Ida will be gravely missed here...

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John (Jack) A. O'Malley
July 6, 1933 - May 18, 2018
Menlo Park, California

John (Jack) A. O'Malley - July 6, 1933 - May 18, 2018 - Menlo Park, CA. John (Jack) O'Malley, husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and long time friend passed away at the age of 84 on May 18, 2018. Jack was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in New Jersey. He moved his family to Menlo Park, California in 1973. He was the first Eagle Scout in Westville, New Jersey. He served in the military and then received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Jack started his career teaching as a Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia and then moved to the private sector where his career flourished. Jack is pre-deceased by his wife, Mary, of 62 years, and brothers Joe and Ron. He is survived by and father of John (Jr.), Robert, Teresa and David. Grandfather of Matthew, Kristen, Shannon, Anthony, Tara, Sara and Devin and great grandfather of Brooklyn and Georgia. Jack was a huge advocate of family and giving back. He was involved in city politics in both Merchantville, NJ and Menlo Park, CA. He was very well respected...

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Crystalyn Beatrice Trevillion
July 21, 1998 - May 17, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Crystalyn Beatrice Trevillion passed away on May 17 at the age of 19, after a long battle with leukemia at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto. Crystalyn Trevillion was born in Palo Alto to Eddie Trevillion and Lynette Trevillion on July 21, 1998. She graduated from Henry M. Gunn Senior High School in June 2016. She was a student at De Anza College. Crystalyn is survived by her mother Lynette Trevillion, father Eddie Trevillion, stepmother Josephine Trevillion; brothers Kenny Davis, Ray Jackson and Eddie Lee Dallas Trevillion; sisters Rotishia Smith, Belinda Trevillion, Brenda Trevillion and Nia Trevillion; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Crystalyn was preceded in death by her brother Marlo Jenkins and sister-in-law Kari Jackson....

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Donald Kazak
May 11, 1947 - May 16, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Don Kazak, who joined the Palo Alto Weekly staff when the paper was launched in 1979 and remained for almost 30 years as a reporter and editor, died May 16 in Palo Alto from complications of hypertension. He was 71. His death came just a month after his only sibling, Dolores Sobczak, was killed in a freak accident in Chicago, when she and their 97-year-old mother were hit by a car in a parking lot. The elder Kazak was seriously injured but is expected to recover, according to the family. Kazak was a highly respected journalist who covered Palo Alto city government, breaking news, Stanford, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and many regional issues during his career with the Weekly. He especially enjoyed writing columns about people and issues in the community. He was a prolific writer and became well-known and trusted by Weekly readers over three decades. Since his retirement from the Weekly in 2009, he worked with a wide range of local individuals writing their memoirs after extensive interview sessions done over many months. "Don was a vital part of the Weekly's early success as we sought to establish our credibility and serious intentions," founder and Publisher Bill Johnso...

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Yelena Fedorova
Nov. 28, 1930 - May 5, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Yelena Fedorova, of Palo Alto, died in a tragic accident on May 5, 2018 while crossing the street returning to her apartment. Yelena was a humane, independent and spirited woman whose storied life drew resilience from the deprivations of WWII, political transitions in the Soviet Union and immigration to the United States. Yelena was born in Saratov, on the Volga river in Russia. When Yelena was 6 years old, her mother passed away giving birth to her brother. Yelena's father, a colonel in the Soviet Air Force during WWII, was arrested by Stalin's government and sent to a Gulag forced labor camp shortly after the end of the war. During the De-Stalinization era, Yelena's father received a full pardon and exoneration. Yelena and her brother were taken in by their aunt and uncle. The tutelage of her older cousin led her to study medicine. She graduated in the top of her class from Saratov Medical School in 1953 specializing in ENT. As part of the Soviet medical programs common at the time, Yelena was dispatched to Poselok Shuga, a small village on the Gulf of Ob in the Siberian tundra, where she served as the chief of medicine for a population of nomadic Nenets reindeer herders. M...

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Jill Mondry
Sept. 8, 1952 - May 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Jill M Mondry, 65, a family law attorney and resident of Menlo Park, transitioned from her body on May 3, 2018, after a long bout with cancer. She was in the company of her long-term partner, Stephen Miller. Originally from North Dakota, Jill came to California in her twenties and pursued a variety of paths before attending Hastings School of Law, where she obtained her JD in 1991. She established herself in private practice early on in her legal career and was highly respected by her peers, evidenced by her repeated selection as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Northern California. She was a mediator of consummate skill, and well understood the long-term advantages to all concerned of settling family law issues amicably. She also served as a Judge Pro-Tem in San Mateo County. Jill found great pleasure in creative pursuits, whether it was planting her garden, writing or making art pieces. She derived joy from lighting up the lives of others, which she did in countless ways, helping wherever she saw a need. Her kind, thoughtful and considered words provided guidance and comfort to many. In addition to her partner Stephen, she is survived by her beloved extended f...

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Agnes Babcock
Aug. 15, 1923 - Jan. 6, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Archaeologist, community volunteer, wife, mother of four and beloved grandmother of six, Agnes Bierman Babcock died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on January 6, 2018. She was 94 years old and had been a resident of Portola Valley for the past 60 years. She loved Portola Valley and felt strongly about how special it was and that it be preserved and protected. She gave back to her home town by serving in numerous volunteer posts in town for many years, leading to the running family joke that she had held every volunteer position in the town but mayor and dog catcher. Ms. Babcock was born August 15, 1923 in Fribourg, Switzerland where her father taught at the University of Fribourg. Both her parents were from the Netherlands, and they continued to speak Dutch at home with their three daughters, a tradition Ms. Babcock continued with her own children. When she was one year old her family moved to Vancouver Island, Canada. It remained her home base for the rest of her childhood. Her father was a professor and she spent each school year living in whatever city he was teaching at the time, but summers were always spent on Vancouver Island. She described it as havin...

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Virginia Nissen
April 16, 1928 - May 31, 2018 Oakland, California

Virginia (Rodriguez) Nissen was born in Madera, California to Tedosio and Cristina Rodriguez on April 16, 1928 and passed in her sleep very unexpectedly on May 31. She was 90 years old and in great health. She was one of eight siblings: Maria, Lupe, Annie, Louie, Rudy, Frank and Jose. She graduated ...

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Ruth Chou
Aug. 18, 1964 - May 29, 2018 Palo Alto, California

Ruth Chou, of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully at home on May 29 with her daughter by her side, after a long and brave battle with breast cancer. Ruth was a strong, independent and generous woman who led a life full of spontaneous adventures, restaurant exploration and coveted trips to Disneyland. ...

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Robert H. Eustis
April 18, 1920 - May 24, 2018 Stanford, CA

Robert (Bob) Eustis, son of Ralph and Florence Eustis, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1920. He attended Minneapolis public schools and was active in Boy Scout and church youth activities and leadership. Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1942, receiving a bachelor's degree i...

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Douglas W. Ury
March 14, 1949 - May 18, 2018 Copperopolis, California

Douglas Ury passed away peacefully at home on May 18, 2018 in Copperopolis, California with his wife Suzanne by his side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer and pulmonary disease.Doug was born on March 14, 1949, in Oakland, California, the son of Adrian and Esther Ury. He grew up in San ...

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