Jan. 15, 1939 - Jan. 18, 2022
Julia “Judy” Pauline Ruiz, 83, of Hutchinson, KS, died peacefully January 18, 2022, at her home. She was born January 15, 1939, in Hutchinson, to Sebastian F. and Sanjuana "Sandy" (Mora) Caudillo. Judy attended Hutchinson High School and on August 3, 1955, she married Norman Ruiz, in Hutchinson. They settled in Palo Alto, CA where she was a homemaker, an Avon Lady, volunteered at St. Aloysius Catholic Church working in the CCD office, then became co-owner and business manager of Norman's business, Western Communications. Judy graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1974, fulfilling a promise made to her parents in 1955. Her greatest joys in life were her family, her Pekingese dogs, music, dancing, and being a homemaker. Norman died December 4, 1996, and Judy returned to Hutchinson in June, 2019. She is survived by: daughter, Teresa Veldof of Woodbury, MN; sons, Richard Ruiz of Sacramento, CA, Michael Ruiz currently of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Renee Ruiz LaRosa (Chris) of Milpitas, CA, Matthew Veldof of Woodbury, MN; great-grandchildren, Tyson Garcia, Lawrence and Lincoln LaRosa, all of California; sister, Irene Owston; brothers, Phillip Caudillo (Kathy), Gabriel “G...
Marianne Tucker Ault-Riche
July 9, 1947 - Jan. 10, 2022
Menlo Park, California
Marianne Tucker Ault-Riche died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, January 10, 2022 at the age of 74 after a long battle with Q Fever and a life-long heart condition. She is survived by her daughter Gabrielle Ault-Riche and son-in-law Joe Gruber Jr. of Pacifica, CA; her son JeanMarc Ault-Riche, daughter-in-law Alice Ault-Riche, and granddaughter Scarlett Ryder of Palm Springs, CA; and her sister, Nicole Riche of Ossining, NY. Marianne was born in New York City 07/09/1947 and raised in a bilingual French and English home in Ossining, NY. She attended school for 12 years at Scarborough Country Day School, followed by NYU, the Sorbonne, Howard University and the University of Maryland where she received an MSW. Following a post-masters year in Psychiatric Social Work at the Menninger Clinic (then in Topeka, KS), she worked at the Clinic for 20 years as a social worker and family therapist. Early in her career she was sent by Menninger to study Family Therapy from the major pioneers in the field and developed an Integrated Model of Family Therapy with David Rosenthal, PhD, which was taught in Menninger’s School of Psychiatry. In the late 1970’s Marianne developed a course fo...
April 2, 1953 - Jan. 7, 2022
Robert (Bob) Susk, 68, of Woodside, CA, peacefully passed away with his family at his side on January 7th in Carmel, CA - after a long illness. Bob was born on April 2, 1953, to Henry and Cecille Susk in Chicago, IL. After graduating from Santa Clara University, he went on to receive his law degree from The University of San Francisco School of Law. Bob loved watching baseball, playing golf, and playing classic rock songs on the guitar. His family and friends will fondly remember his quick wit, love of making people laugh, and constant support of those around him. Bob served as managing partner of his civil litigation firm in San Francisco for over thirty years. He worked as an officer in various early stage technology ventures in eFinance, healthcare, and digital media. Bob also served on several private, government, and nonprofit boards and was a councilmember and mayor of the Town of Woodside, CA. Bob is survived by his two sons, Matthew and Cameron. A private funeral service is being held....
Jean Louis Le Gall
April 9, 1924 - Jan. 6, 2022
Beloved husband and father Jean (John) Le Gall, 97, of Palo Alto, California, passed away on January 6, 2022. Jean Le Gall was a self-made man in every sense. Born on a small farm in the village of Ty Moter Vras in Brittany, France, much of his youth was spent under the cloud of WWII. He played a part in the French Resistance and after the war, joined the French army in French Indochina, where he spent 3 years as a morse code operator. After completing his military service, with only a third-grade education and fifty dollars to his name, he left his native France for New York City at the age of 29 to embark on a new life. After finding work, Jean enrolled in English classes and quickly became proficient with his new language. He found work as a server in cafés and later in renown restaurants, where he was recognized for excellence. During this time, he completed his high school equivalency diploma after which he enrolled at the City College of New York. After earning his BS diploma in Solid State Physics, Jean joined Transitron Electronics in Boston. There, he met and married his wife Micheline. He also became a proud US citizen. Two years later, Jean and Micheline move...
John MacDonald Oda-Burns
June 18, 1931 - Jan. 1, 2022
Portola Valley, California
The Rev. John Macdonald Oda-Burns, retired rector of Christ Church Portola Valley, died on January 1, 2022 with family by his side. Born in Exeter, Devon on June 18, 1931, John was educated at Exeter School, and read theology at King’s College London before serving in the Royal Artillery in Hong Kong. He returned to England to attend seminary at St. Boniface Theological College, Warminster. He was ordained as deacon in 1957, and priest in 1958 in the Church of England by Bishop Robert Mortimer at Exeter Cathedral. His ministry took him around the world, first as domestic chaplain to the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, then to a parish in the Bahamas before arriving in the United States where he was vicar of St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park. For the last twenty-five years of his priesthood, he served as rector of Christ Church Portola Valley. Teaching, ecumenism and social justice were important parts of his ministry. His constant question was, “How do you live the Gospel at this time and in this place?” Following his retirement in 1996, he assisted at various churches on the Peninsula, including Transfiguration (San Mateo), St. Mark’s (Pa...
George Burton Norall
March 29, 1932 - Dec. 31, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
George Burton Norall (Burt) passed away peacefully with his family close at hand on December 31, 2021 at the age of 89 in Palo Alto, California. Burt always made education a priority. He earned degrees at UC-Berkeley (BA) and Stanford University (MA), and was a teacher, principal, and school administrator in Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Berkeley and Daly City schools. He valued the committed efforts of teachers and worked to facilitate challenging school programs and the support of teachers. It was important to him to reach out and communicate with parents and students. Burt grew up in Richvale, California, a small Swedish community near Oroville. He valued the family and community support it offered. He is survived by his wife, Maria, his son, Steven, daughter in-law, Melanie, his granddaughter, Zoe, and nieces, Rogene Klenck and Rhonda Dollar - all whom he loved very much. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Norall and Effie Anderson Norall, sister Margene Grantz, brother in-law Leland Grantz, and baby sister, Rogene Norall....
Kevin M Harris
July 6, 1957 - Dec. 25, 2021
Menlo Park, California
Kevin Harris (age 64) passed away at his home in Menlo Park, California, on Christmas morning, surrounded by his wife and children. He was shocked by his recent diagnosis of late stage lung cancer, as he was otherwise healthy, a never smoker, and a life-long runner. He was brilliant, adventurous, courageous, and profoundly good. Kevin was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, to John and Molly Harris, who both predeceased him. He earned a BA in Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania, a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law. He had a long and successful career as an international technology lawyer with leading technology companies in Silicon Valley and Europe, and also in private practice with major law firms in Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Kevin married Nancy Cox in 1988, and was the best husband anyone could have for over 33 years. He was a devoted and loving father, raising three beautiful children. He lived with his family in Paris and Geneva from 1996 to 2002, and showed his family the world. Kevin is survived by his beloved wife Nancy, children Virginia, Kevin Jr. and Caroline, sister Cecily Harris, and countl...
Katherine Sonett Kahrs
Jan. 3, 1926 - Dec. 24, 2021
Katherine Sonett Kahrs passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve, 2021, ten days before her 96th birthday. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of Hungarian immigrants Erwin and Helen Sonett. Katherine grew up in California in the desert town of Trona, and in Los Angeles, where she graduated from Hollywood High School. In Los Angeles, Katherine lived in an orphanage for two years while her mother recovered from an illness. It was there that Katherine discovered the joy of drawing and painting which inspired her career. Katherine enrolled at UC Berkeley and graduated in 1950 with an M.A. in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. In 1949 she married architectural student Charles “Chuck” Kahrs. After college, Katherine and Chuck moved overseas for several years, and started a family. They returned to the Bay Area in 1956 and settled in Palo Alto in 1962. Katherine taught drawing and painting in the Bay Area and won numerous awards for her work throughout her creative life. In 1973 the family moved to Aptos, CA and Katherine was appointed Lecturer at UC Santa Cruz. A year later Katherine divorced and moved to Menlo Park, CA to restart her artistic career. She changed he...
Sept. 29, 1931 - Dec. 22, 2021
Portola Valley, California
Al Neiman, of Ladera, passed away on December 22, 2021 at 90 years old. Many words can be used to describe Al. Husband, father, grandfather, veteran, coach, engineer, handyman, bridge player, 49er fan, dog lover. Born in St Louis in 1931 to Sam and Josephine, Al went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Metallurgical Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He spent two years in the Army which brought him out to California where he met his wife Ingrid and they settled in Menlo Park (Ladera resident since 1968). Together they raised five children, Michael, Gary, Tamara, Jeff and Mark. (Spouses: Nancy, Karen, Randy Cook, Jodi and Stacy). As a child of the Great Depression, Al instilled in his kids the value of a dollar, and that if you had to go without a hot dog, peanut butter was a good substitute to add to the ketchup and mustard. He taught his kids to drive, change the oil, make scrambled eggs and how to tie a tie. He coached baseball and soccer, along with being a constant presence at swim meets and tennis tournaments. As the years passed, he continued sitting on the sidelines cheering on many of his ten grandchildren: Andrew, Dylan...
Nov. 24, 1928 - Dec. 20, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Birt Harvey died in his home on December 20, 2021. He was 93. He had a remarkable life, touching the lives of countless children and families along the way. Birt was born in Teheran to Ethel LaVal and Mansoor Moghtader. When he was 6 months old, the family returned to New York. He grew up a solid Giants fan, walking to games at the Polo Grounds as a young child. He attended Manhasset High School where he played lacrosse and ran track. He got his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and then attended NYU medical school, where he met and married his wife of 60 wonderful years, Doris Roberts. After an internship in Denver, two years in the Air Force in Ohio, and the birth of their first son, they moved to San Francisco where he completed his pediatric residency at Stanford and added two more children to the family. The family moved back to NYC where he completed a chief residency at Babies Hospital at Columbia. They had planned to remain in New York, but their enjoyment of their time in Palo Alto, the challenges of bundling multiple babies into snowsuits every morning plus the relocation of the Giants from New York to San Francisco were enough to woo the family ...
Leonard "Leo" Ware
Jan. 19, 1928 - Dec. 19, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Leonard (Leo) Ware, a prominent Silicon Valley lawyer and Morgan Hill rancher whose remarkable energy and curiosity led him to pursue many other interests, died December 19, 2021 at his Palo Alto home. His wife of 62 years, Jeanne Bailard Ware, was by his side. His fiercely loyal rescue terrier, Jake, was also by his side. Leo was 93. Leo is also survived by his daughters, Laura Nethercutt and Pamela Ware Single, his son, Lincoln Ware, and his niece and nephew, Carla Ware and Dwight Ware. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and was preceded in death by his daughter Jennifer Ware and his brother, Bill Ware. Leo was born on January 19, 1928 to Dwight Ware and Ruth Hulbert Ware in Everett, Washington. He graduated from The Lakeside School in Seattle in 1946, attended the University of Washington, and graduated from The School of Law at Syracuse University, receiving a juris doctorate degree in 1952. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, the Bohemian Club of San Francisco and his beloved Palo Alto Club. Although the Palo Alto Club’s membership has always been limited exclusively to male members, this policy was given ...
Randy Lee Hunter
Aug. 24, 1952 - Dec. 14, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Randy Lee Hunter, a lifelong resident of Palo Alto, died on December 14, 2021 at the age of 69. Randy grew up on Emerson St. in old Palo Alto with his parents Ray and Berniece, and his older brother Jan. Randy attended Addison Elementary School, Jordan Middle School, and Palo Alto High School (class of 1970). He also attended De Anza College and Fresno State University. He worked for many years at the Hewlett-Packard Co. prior to his retirement. Randy enjoyed “the great outdoors” including the California Gold Country, fishing, prospecting, and gold panning. Randy was a “mechanic extraordinaire” who could build anything or fix anything. From carpentry to auto mechanics to computers, Randy had “the knack”. He lovingly referred to himself as "the Jack of all trades and the master of none". Randy is survived by his niece Stacey Mette, his nephew Ray Hunter, and their families. Randy will be remembered by all who knew him as a warm, kind, and gentle soul. He lived a good life full of friends, family, fun, hard work, and love....
Aug. 10, 1940 - Dec. 14, 2021
Portola Valley, California
Björn Conrad, husband of Kirby, father to five (Danielle, Kirsten, Alexis, Claire and Mark), grandfather to four (Dante, Madeleine, Leo and Joy) passed away on December 14th after a short battle with cancer. Björn was born in Stockholm, Sweden to Carl-Henrik and Margot Conrad, a Swedish Air Force pilot and his German-Jewish refugee bride. After the conclusion of World War II, the Conrads emigrated to New Jersey to scratch out a new beginning on a chicken farm. After a short hiccup in elementary school due to not knowing English, Björn quickly showed his academic talents and earned a scholarship to The Peddie School. Though his plan was to go to an A&M college to join his father in farming, Björn was guided by a strong-willed and more forward-thinking female friend (not for the last time) to instead attend MIT. While in Boston he met his first wife Joyce. In 1963 she joined him on a cross-country journey to California where Björn had a job waiting at Lockheed as an engineer in the field of Aerospace Guidance and Control. Another forward-thinking friend pushed Björn to apply for graduate studies at Stanford, where he earned his PhD in Aeronautics & Astronautics...
Oct. 16, 1933 - Dec. 10, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Margaret, Marnie, Marg, Mom, Mum, Grandmarg, wife of Paul B. Green (1931-1998), mother of Robert (Ann), Peter (Rebecca) and Kate; grandmother to Nancy(Albert), Stephanie, Amy, and Jenny, Stewart, Jessie, and Grace, Fiona and Miranda, passed on December 10 after a brief illness. She was 88. Margaret was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to W. Gordon and Jessie E. Cornett (Ewart) in October 1933, a younger sister to Dr. Robert W. G. Cornett (1928-2003). Her life long love of lakes and mountains began as a young girl while her father was a summer camp doctor in the 1940’s. Margaret and her mother were able to spend the whole summer canoeing and swimming in various parts of Eastern Ontario. As a teen, she attended Glenn Bernard Summer Camp in Algonquin Park. Margaret was a true renaissance woman, excelling in everything she turned her hand to, most notably the sciences. She was the only woman to graduate with a Major in Biology in her class of Queen’s Art and Science 1955. Deemed the most promising woman graduate that year, she was awarded the Marty Scholarship to begin a Ph.D. at Radcliffe College, Harvard. Around the labs, she met Paul and after an outing to a profession...
Patricia "Pat" Thomas Onorato
Oct. 25, 1927 - Dec. 8, 2021
Menlo Park, California
Pat died peacefully at home in Menlo Park with her devoted son, Richard by her side. She was born October 25, 1927 in Rochester, New York to her loving parents, Laurette and Harry Thomas. Her life took a number of geographical twists and turns in her youth as she attended the Loretto Academy in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, relocating to Presentation Academy in San Francisco before attending the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. In San Francisco she worked as a teenager for the phone company and fudged about her age to be able to participate in the WWII Canteen activities operated by St. Mary’s Church most evenings serving donuts and coffee. She did her part in the war effort by talking and dancing with the servicemen about to be shipped overseas. An experience she cherished her whole life. On a holiday with her family to Meeks Bay, Lake Tahoe she met the love of her life and future husband, Robert Onorato (Bob).There must have been a “special spark” as she accompanied him to a movie she had already seen five times before. Meeks Bay became a favorite vacation spot for her and her growing family all her life. Pat loved to entertain and was always the graci...
May 25, 1959 - Dec. 8, 2021
Our bright and vibrant light, Tish Krieg, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends at her home in Woodside, California. Beloved wife of Franz Krieg, loving mother of Maximilian (fiancé Meg) and Rex Krieg; treasured daughter of Kathleen Reardon and the late John Reardon; adored sister of Terry Reardon (deceased), Mary (Ed) Tallyn, Susie (Jim) Rusk and James (Pam) O’Riordan; sister-in-law of Irmgard Matthaei and Margot (Albrecht) Bangert; loving aunt to Corinna (Mark) Hanecke, Allison (Brian) Fong, Jenna (Taylor) Silva, Kathleen Rusk, Skyler and Sinta O’Riordan; and great aunt to Paula Hanecke, Henry Fong and Owen Silva. Born and raised in Lafayette, California, Tish’s life journey was filled with family, love, and laughter. She delighted in the outdoors, whether swimming in the backyard pool with cousins or sunning on Pinecrest beach with friends. Some of Tish’s fondest times were at Gonzaga University where she met life-long friends. After college Tish embarked on many career adventures from owning her own catering company and a college prep business, to teaching in Richmond, East Palo Alto and San Quentin. She was a Project Manager for NASA, creati...
Stella Mary Mead
March 31, 1923 - Dec. 8, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Stella Mary Mead left this earth on December 8, 2021, at the age of 98. She was born in the papermill town of Nekoosa, Wisconsin on March 31, 1923 to Stanley and Mary Wilczynski, the 8th of 11 children. With 6 brothers she learned to be tough, and she was very athletic and daring as a youth, even diving off the city’s bridge over the Wisconsin River when dared by her brothers! She moved to Chicago in 1943 and worked as a “Rosy the Riveter” at Douglas Aircraft there, where she met Gordon Mead and married him in 1949. She had three sons and the family moved to Morton Grove, Illinois in 1959 and she began work at Baxter Labs, helping with product shipments in the warehouse there. This began a long career of helping support engineers in the field for Baxter. After she and Gordon moved to Palo Alto, California in 1980 she went to work for Varian. Arriving at work at 5:30 am every weekday to answer inquiries from the East Coast, she kept this up until she finally retired at the age of 80, the oldest Varian employee when she left the company. It was around this time that Gordon passed away. She then lived with the family of her son Hardwin until it became clear she would need full t...
James Joseph Mulvey
Jan. 23, 1923 - Dec. 7, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
James Joseph Mulvey (“Jim”) died peacefully at home in Palo Alto on December 7, 2021. The cause of death was Thymus cancer. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on January 23, 1923, to Joe and Gertrude Mulvey. Jim graduated from Calvert Hall high school in 1940 and joined the United States Merchant Marines in 1940 when attacks on Allied commerce began in what would become World War Two. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jim enlisted in the United States Army and served in the South Pacific until 1946 --receiving a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat in 1944 during the Battle of Biak Island. He achieved the rank of Combat Sargeant Major at the age of 19 (at the time, the youngest soldier in Army history to reach that rank). In 1945, Jim was an early participant in the liberation of the infamous San Tomas prison camp on Luzon Island during the battle of Manila. Upon leaving the Army, Jim returned to Merchant Marine service as a licensed master mariner until 1960 and joined the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. In 1943 he married Barbara Bell, and their daughters, Julie and Peggy, were born in New York. During the same period, Jim attended Hofstra ...
Maureen Mary Giandinoto
Feb. 19, 1957 - Dec. 5, 2021
Maureen Mary Antoinette Giandinoto, née Coohill, aged 64, passed away peacefully on December 5th, 2021, at home in Burns, Oregon with her husband by her side. Born on February 19th, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York, to parents Gloria and Francis Coohill, Maureen spent most of her adult life in Mountain View, California, and recently moved to Oregon in September 2020 where she and her husband purchased their first home. She loved getting to know her new community, enthusiastically joining every event around town, often wearing her bright yellow Team Hadley shirt in support of her youngest granddaughter’s battle with leukemia, even while she herself battled lung cancer after being diagnosed in March of 2021. Maureen, known affectionately as Mo to family and friends, married Frank on August 10th 1982, in Queens, NY. In addition to many years as a stay-at-home mom, she worked as an elderly caregiver, housecleaner and personal assistant, displaying her love and care for others while also raising her own family. She spent many summers selling beer at Shoreline Amphitheater and enjoyed her breaks to watch the concerts from the lawn. Maureen was full of life and enjoyed going on adve...
William John Sullivan
Jan. 6, 1950 - Dec. 5, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a fierce battle with cancer. Bill was born at the original Stanford Hospital location in 1950, now the Stanford Children's hospital. All those who met Bill will forever remember him as truly a one of a kind dude. When Bill was born in 1950, no family services existed for special needs people. Bills Mom (Marion-Mare) and (Dad-Joe) dismissed initial recommendations from well meaning health providers that passing Bill on to homes-facilities that handled the developmentally disabled was best. Rather than farm Bill out to a facility and walk away Joe and Mare dedicated their lives to caring for Bill. Mare and Joe then proceeded to have 5 more kids (Bob,Tom,Jim,Eileen and Joan). Joe and Mare searched the Peninsula region far and wide for a school that focused in caring for special needs children. (No small feat in pre internet times!). Joe and Mare struck gold when they came upon Peninsula Children's Center(PCC) in Ladera,Ca. Finding PCC allowed Bill to flourish in his younger days. Joe and Mare moved the Sullivan family from Redwood City to Palo Alto in 1955 to be closer to PCC and a more conve...
Mary Frances Smith
Sept. 25, 1920 - Dec. 5, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Mary Frances (Raple) Smith passed away gently in her home in Palo Alto, CA on December 5, 2021. She was 101 years old, and led a full life filled with family, love, and prayer. Mary was born on September 25, 1920, and grew up on a farm outside of Andale, KS during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. She went to school in a one-room schoolhouse. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in nursing school in Wichita, KS and joined the U.S. Navy. She completed bootcamp and nursing training in Balboa Hospital in San Diego, CA. Later, she achieved the rank of lieutenant, while serving in Pearl Harbor, HI. After WWII ended, she was transferred to US Naval Hospital in Memphis, TN where she was honorably discharge from the US Navy. She returned to Wichita and worked at the VA Hospital. She returned to the Navy during the Korean War. While stationed at Mare Island in Vallejo, CA, she met her future husband Ray Smith and they started a family in San Francisco, CA. They eventually settled in Palo Alto, where Mary became a full-time homemaker while raising their three children. She later returned to school to renew her nurse’s license, and then worked as a nurse at the Palo Alto N...
Lewis J. Silvers
Jan. 12, 1929 - Nov. 7, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Lewis J. Silvers, Jr. 92, died peacefully at home with friends by his side, November 7, 2021. Lewis, affectionately known as Lew or Luigi, was born and raised in the Bronx. He graduated from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in 1946 and Bard College in 1950 as an English major. He earned an MA in Elementary and Art Education at New York University and continued his education at Stanford University. After briefly teaching in New Jersey and in San Diego, Lew settled in Palo Alto, California. He taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade classes for 28 years in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Lew’s life was greatly enriched by his relationships with his students, many of whom kept in touch over the years. Lew also studied at the Art Students League and the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto and was an exceedingly talented and prolific artist. He painted in a post-impressionist style with a focus on the colorful Fauve movement. He worked in pastels, watercolor and gouache acrylic paints. He exhibited in Palo Alto and New York City. In addition to his love of painting, Lew had a passion for reading, the opera, the theater and film. Lew especially liked films featuring Jeanette MacDon...
Feb. 16, 1937 - Nov. 6, 2021
San Mateo, California
OAKLEY HEWITT, M.D. – February 16, 1937 - November 6, 2021 Oakley Hewitt passed away November 6, 2021 after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. Oakley had tremendous curiosity and a great zest for life. He was a voracious reader and loved traveling the world and exploring new places. He attended theater, opera and symphony, visited museums, listened to jazz, and participated in, and in later years watched, sports, particularly tennis, hockey and bicycling. He was also a generous supporter of the arts. Oakley was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, spending summers in Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania, Cape May, New Jersey, and Saratoga, Wyoming. He attended Princeton Country Day School, Lawrenceville and Yale (where he was a member of the Glee Club, Delta Kappa Epsilon and Book and Snake). After attending architecture school at Yale, Oakley served in the United States Marine Corps at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune. The following two years were spent in Denver and Cheyenne, where he decided to enter medical school at University of Colorado School of Medicine. After graduation, an internship at the Public Health Service in San Francisco and an orthopedic surge...
Jonathan G. Krass
Nov. 5, 1938 - Oct. 29, 2021
Menlo Park, CA
Born in Larchmont, New York, Jon was raised in nearby Scarsdale and attended public schools from elementary through high school. He graduated from Williams College in 1960 with a BA in Economics and began his career as a stock analyst with Bache & Co on Wall Street. While visiting his roommate at UC Berkeley, Jon fell in love with California. He relocated in February, 1961 and built his life in Palo Alto. He was President of the Palo Alto Jaycees and a member for over 50 years of Congregation Beth Am. From 1969 - 1985 Jon taught a popular course on the stock market at Stanford University where he met his wife, Deborah. They were married in 1978 and raised two children, both proud alumni of Williams College -- Becca and Daniel. The family enjoyed skiing, traveling, and playing bridge together. Jon was thrilled to have visited all seven continents, checking Antarctica off his list in early 2020. Jon spent 56 years in the investment business, from 1960 until his retirement from Morgan Stanley as a Senior Vice President at the end of 2016. He specialized in professionally managed commodities futures and served for 10 years as the first National Director of Managed Futu...
Greg Alan Bell
Aug. 16, 1941 - June 21, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Greg was born 8/16/41 in Sharon, Pennsylvania to Philip and Goldie Bell. He is survived by his younger sister Judith Bell Harris (Steve Harris) of Lincoln, Vt. After Elementary and HS in his hometown, Greg completed his Engineering degree at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio 1959 to 1964. During his years at Antioch, he participated in their work/study program and gained valuable experience at various corporations including Helena Curtis cosmetics (time studies), Lockheed Missiles and Space in Palo Alto, and Falk Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, he met his first wife Janet and their family was formed with Stephen and Amy. Greg determined to get back to California, secured a position back at Lockheed Thermophysics Lab, and enjoyed a long and successful career as a cryogenic engineer. Literally a “Rocket Scientist”. Greg and Kathleen Dugan married in 1988. Greg was a fierce competitor, whether it was a game of badminton or Monopoly, and a constant tinkerer. He could design and/or fix anything. He built a television from a kit and started a solar panel business too soon to cash in. He added many features to the house, i.e, hot tub, not bec...
Dr. Arthur A. Biedermann
Oct. 21, 1935 - Dec. 4, 2021 Atherton, California
Dr. Arthur A. Biedermann passed away on December 4, 2021. A humble, kind, and selfless Renaissance man died December 4th, 2021 thinking of others and his precious family. He died at home among the sights, sounds and memories of his life and others with his devoted wife by his side. Arthur Bied...
Daniel B. DeBra
June 1, 1930 - Dec. 3, 2021 Los Altos, CA
Daniel B. DeBra (born on June 1, 1930, in New York, NY) passed away peacefully, on Dec. 3, 2021, at home with family, at the age of 91. Daniel moved from New York to California to work in the growing aerospace industry--making the drive west in 1956 with his wife (Esther (“Teri”) Crosby) and ...
April 3, 1936 - Dec. 2, 2021 Palo Alto, California
Elinor Kay Hyle Ovenshine, family matriarch and 30-year Palo Alto resident who gave hours of volunteer service to the community, died Dec. 2, 2021, in Charlottesville, Va. She was 85. Friends and loved ones take comfort knowing she is over the rainbow. They remember a vivid, attractive woman who ...
April 16, 1937 - Nov. 27, 2021 Palo Alto, California
Joseph Hefner was born in Cullowhee, North Carolina on April 16th, 1937 to Cecil and Jane Bailey Hefner. He passed away in the early morning of Saturday, November 27th at his home in Palo Alto, CA surrounded by his son, David Hefner, daughter-in-law Courtney Hefner, and grandchildren Brady and Willo...