Dolores Berniece Piazza
April 25, 1925 - May 4, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Dolores Piazza, beloved wife of the late founder of Piazza's Fine Foods, John Piazza, passed away peacefully in Palo Alto on May 4, just nine days after her 94th birthday. She was the beautiful mother to her three sons John Piazza III (wife Diana), Gary Piazza (wife Virginia), and Rick Piazza (wife Melisa). Adored Nana to her grandchildren Jyovanne Hawk (Matt), Juliana Piazza, Jeanna Zamora (Gabriel), James, Anna, Nicolette, and Anthony and great grandchildren Landon, Grayson, Alaina, Mariella, soon to arrive baby Zamora and Diana's sons Clark & Matt Van Winkle (Mallorie and daughter Eisley). Dolores was born in San Francisco and grew up in the city until 1963. Dolores and her husband, John, met at Balboa High school in 1939. After becoming high school sweethearts, they were married in 1946 when John returned from World War II. Dolores was a devoted wife, throughout their 66 years of marriage. In 1963, Dolores and John moved the family to Palo Alto to embark on a new and exciting life in the south Bay Area. She was excited to move to Palo Alto because it was so beautiful and quiet compared to the city. She was an exceptional wife, mother, Nana, great Nana, and friend. Dolores ad...
Henry Kurt Ilg
Oct. 25, 1926 - April 26, 2019
Henry Kurt Ilg passed away peacefully on April 26 surrounded by his loving wife Shirley and two stepsons Michael and Bo Moody. Henry was born in Füllinsdorf, Switzerland to Heinrick and Emma Ilg on October 25, 1926. After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he immigrated to the United States in 1949. His first job in his new country was as a bus boy in his uncle’s restaurant in Denver. In 1954, he became a U.S. citizen and that same year he married Lotte Oppenheim. Lotte passed away in 2005. Henry held various management positions in the Bay Area before being hired by Hewlett Packard as a Plant Engineer and from there quickly moved up the ladder to become a Domestic/International Construction Project Manager, working in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, as well as many projects in the United States. Henry married Shirley Kendall in 2009. He embraced his new family, as they did him, becoming a supportive stepfather and doting Opa. Henry and Shirley shared their love of the arts, travel, and a strong belief in fitness and activity to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Henry was proud to be a self-made immigrant who lived with a philosophy of personal respons...
John Clarke L'Heureux
Oct. 26, 1934 - April 22, 2019
John C. L’Heureux, the Lane Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, and for many years leader of the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship program at Stanford University, died at his home on April 22. He was 84 years old. As a writer, L’Heureux penned some 20 volumes of fiction and poetry, had works published in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper’s and The New Yorker (most recently in October 2018), and was anthologized in the Best American Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, among many others. As a professor, L’Heureux is remembered by the students who knew him best as an erudite and giving teacher. He directed the highly regarded Creative Writing Program and directed the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship program for years, where his proteges included, among many others, National Medal of Arts recipient Tobias Wolff, Harriet Doerr and Ron Hansen. L’Heureux noted in his academic biography that he was a “tireless, inspiring teacher utterly committed to his vocation” and was proud to be twice named winner of the Stanford Humanities & Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Eavan Boland, the Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury...
Nita Reifschneider Spangler
April 17, 1923 - April 18, 2019
Redwood City, California
Redwood City and San Mateo County lost a champion of education, open space, and historic preservation when Nita Reifschneider Spangler, 96, died on April 18, 2019. She contributed actively to the community for more than 60 years, leaving a legacy of significant and lasting achievements throughout Redwood City and San Mateo County. Nita Reifschneider was born in Ukiah, California, to John C. (Jack) and Olga (Wuertz) Reifschneider. In 1929, the family moved to Reno, Nevada, where her father opened the city’s first auto body shop. At age 14, Nita began driving — in a used Ford pickup truck from her dad’s shop. Nearby open spaces — Pyramid Lake, the desert, Mount Rose, and Lake Tahoe — were major influences on Nita’s lifelong interests in conservation and historic preservation. She graduated from Reno High School in 1940 and entered the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) to study journalism. At UNR, Nita was president of her sorority, worked for the Nevada State Journal and the Reno Evening Gazette, and acted as a stand-in for film star Anita Granville in an ‘Andy Hardy’ movie. She received her Journalism degree in 1944. The editor of the Redwood City Tribune,...
Roy Herrick Maffly
Nov. 26, 1927 - April 15, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Dr. Roy Herrick Maffly passed away peacefully at home on April 15 after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. A fourth-generation Californian, Roy was born November 26, 1927 in Berkeley, CA to Alfred and Frances Maffly. He and his siblings, Jean and Don, grew up enjoying the outdoors in the Bay Area and at Lake Tahoe, where Roy helped run the family’s summer resort at Meadow Park. He loved hiking in Desolation Wilderness and on the John Muir Trail, and he shared time with many cousins and friends in the mountains. After attending Berkeley High School, Roy finished his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, and then graduated from UCSF Medical School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army (1946) and the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps (1955-57). After undertaking an internship and residency at UCSF and Herrick Memorial Hospital in Berkeley, he worked in the labs of Alexander Leaf at Massachusetts General Hospital and Isidor “Izzy” Edelman at UCSF, conducting pioneering research on the passage of sodium and potassium through cell walls. Those studies led to significant breakthroughs in the treatment of heart and kidney diseases. In 1961 he was recruited...
Kathleen Miller Hahn
May 21, 1962 - April 10, 2019
Redwood City, California
Kathleen Miller Hahn was born in San Francisco on May 21, 1962. She resided in Redwood City. Ca. Kathleen died peacefully in her sleep in her home surrounded by her children Gregory (fiancé Lauren), daughter Kimberly and grandson Kaden, and her mother Ann Miller of Redwood City. She is also survived by her brother Kevin Miller (Terry), Redwood City, sister Pattie Vincent (Wes) of Las Vegas and brother John Miller (Tiffany) Wisconsin. Kathleen was a graduate of Nativity School, Menlo Park, St Francis High School, Mt View and DeAnza College, Cupertino where she earned a degree in nursing. She began her nursing carrier at Stanford Hospital where she worked in the ER department. After 3 years she moved to Sequoia Hospital where she worked for 24 years. Her last position was that of a Cardiac Survailence Nurse. Kathleen was diagnosed with a brain tumor and in 2004 she underwent the first of 4 subsequent major surgeries. In October 2018 she entered hospice care with Mission Hospice, San Mateo. in February 2019 her conditional was considered terminal. Mission Hospice gave her the most compassionate care and she died in peace and is at last free of pain....
James E Howell
March 6, 1928 - March 29, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Professor James “Jim” E. Howell, 91, passed away on March 29, 2019, at Palo Alto Commons after a short illness. Jim was born in 1928 in Sterling, Colorado, to James and Lois (Brown) Howell. He graduated from high school in San Francisco and spent several years in the Armed Forces. He graduated in 1950 from Fresno State College, received a master’s degree from University of Illinois in 1951, and his doctorate in economics from Yale University in 1955. He joined the faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1958, where he served for 60 years, teaching in the MBA program as well as directing the Stanford Executive Program. He was Director-General and Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute of Management Science in Berlin; National Science Foundation senior postdoctoral fellow at the London Business School; postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics; visiting professor at Harvard University, University of Hawaii, Stanford-in-Austria and -Berlin, and INSEAD (France); and staff at the Ford Foundation’s Program in Economic Development and Administration. He was the first recipient of the Robert T. Davis Faculty Award for lifeti...
Erna N. Daley
May 15, 1925 - March 24, 2019
Redwood City, California
Erna N. Daley 5/15/1925 ~ 3/24/19 Erna Daley, 93 a long-time resident of Woodside and Redwood City passed away peacefully at home on March 24, 2019. Born to Carl and Marjorie Lassen of Piedmont, Erna was the youngest of two girls. A Piedmont High School graduate, she married and had three children, Cher, Gary, and Shirley. As a homemaker she was an incredibly talented seamstress who fashioned entire wardrobes of clothing, gowns, and even swimwear. She was also a terrific cook and had a penchant for baking all sorts of treats for family and friends. Her altruistic nature led her to a lifelong dedication to serving others both in her community and her church. During the early 60’s she helped campaign for the Republican Women’s League. As a woman of strong faith, she volunteered a great deal of time to her church serving in various positions spanning over 65 years. She was involved in the Atherlon’s for many years and even in her 90’s she volunteered for the Altar Guild in setting up for morning church services. She played in a bowling league for the “Hot Shots” and later “Marg’s Girls” for nearly 50 years and could knock down a mean strike. Erna was also a fa...
Carmel Lena Triska
Nov. 26, 1925 - March 23, 2019
Menlo Park, California
Carmel Lena Triska died peacefully in her home on Saturday, March 23, 2019. She was 93 years old. Carmel was born in Oakland on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1925, the only child of Italian immigrants Eugene and Mary Burastero from Liguria, who operated a produce stand in the old Oakland Wholesale Produce Market. Curious and bright, Carmel loved learning and impressed her teachers, as well as her parents, who themselves had been unable to attend school beyond 3rd grade. At Oakland High School, Carmel excelled in English literature and writing, and also enjoyed the arts, singing in the school choir, performing in theatre, and playing violin in the orchestra. She graduated in 1943, accepted to Mills College. At Mills, Carmel majored in English and minored in Music, and in June of 1947, graduated with an AB and a teaching credential. She began teaching English and co-directing the choir at Salinas High School. While attending a visiting lecture on post-war Europe, Carmel introduced herself to the speaker, Jan Triska, a recent emigre from Czechoslovakia. They fell in love, and were married in Oakland on August 26, 1951. The young couple spent the next few years purs...
Aug. 1, 1998 - March 22, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Mischa Nee (Mikhail Erickson Nee) of Palo Alto, Calif., died on March 22, 2019 in a hiking accident in Deià, Spain, on the island of Majorca. He was 20 years old. He is survived by his parents, Tekla (Perry) Nee and Eric Nee of Palo Alto, and his siblings, Nadya Nee and Alex Nee of Los Angeles. Mischa was kind, loving, and happy, with a unique gift of connection and a talent for finding and nurturing friendships with a wide variety of people. He never let himself be limited by labels or definitions. Mischa was born in Palo Alto on August 1, 1998. Since early childhood, he embraced the circus arts, quickly excelling in juggling, unicycle, aerials, and slackline. He was a proud alumnus of Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp in Laytonville, Calif. He was also an avid skimboarder, a skill nurtured during summers with extended family at the Jersey Shore. At Palo Alto High School (Paly), where he graduated in 2016, Mischa spent much of his time in the Media Arts Center, serving as editor-in-chief of The Campanile, the Paly newspaper, and assisting with other publications. In 2014, he co-founded Camp MAC, a journalism program for rising eighth and ninth gra...
Dolores (Dodie) Alexander
March 28, 1930 - March 20, 2019
Penn Valley, NV
Dolores "Dodie" Alexander died March 20, 2019. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She served as a co-founder, and then Executive Director, for the Community Health Awareness Council in Mountain View, California from 1973 to 1992. In 1982 she was awarded the Community Service Award, and in 1997 she was named by the Town Crier to the Honor Role of 50 Who Made a Difference. She is survived by her 5 children, her 8 grandchildren, and 1 great grand child. She was recognized by the California State Legislature for her many contributions to youth....
Aug. 18, 1928 - March 15, 2019
Dana Turkington Horner, of Atherton peacefully joined the angels in her home on Friday, March 15, at the age of 90. Dana was born, August 18th, 1928, in San Francisco to Ed and Elaine Turkington. Dana grew up in San Francisco, attended Miss Burkes School for Girls and graduated from Stanford University earning a BA in Education and a minor in Botany. While at Stanford, Dana lived at Roble Hall and Story House and became a huge football fan. She was one of the original Stanford Dollies, cheering her team on to victory, and was a season ticket holder for years. Dana became a full time home maker raising 3 children, Blair, Ward and Kendall. She also modeled for Saks 5th Ave and I Magnins, volunteered with the Junior League, the SF Symphony, Stanford Children’s Hospital and most recently, as a board member of the Merola Opera in San Francisco. Dana was an avid Opera lover. She sponsored numerous singers, hosted events at the Menlo Circus Club, and attended rehearsals, galas and many opera events. Along with German Shepherds, (all renamed with musical names) and her 3 children, Dana loved the Opera. Dana lived life to the fullest. She traveled the world, played ...
Tony Lucien Rose
Jan. 6, 1920 - March 13, 2019
Tony Rose died peacefully at home - his wife Carol and children Jessica and Derek at his bedside. He was predeceased by his first born son, Michael J. Rose. Tony was a dedicated educator for almost 50 years. Hired to teach 4th grade in Portola Valley in 1950, he ultimately became principal and the first Superintendent of Portola Valley Schools. The PVS district grew rapidly from a few rustic classrooms occupied by 80 students to a campus with 3 schools and 800 students. He appreciated people of all ages: students, teachers, staff and parents who in turn valued his quiet, calm strength and dedication to education for all. He was unique in that he enjoyed listening intently when one had a concern and needed attention whether it be serious or a simple story to tell. He remained that way until his death at age 99. Tony was kind, compassionate and supportive to everyone, inspiring confidence as he encouraged students to persevere and learn. Math, science, reading and music were important subjects in his progressive view of education. His family were the fortunate recipients of his unique gifts and abundant love. He left Portola Valley Schools in 1964 after 14 years...
Gilbert L Draper
March 8, 1929 - March 12, 2019
It is with heavy hearts that the children of Gilbert L. Draper announce his passing on March 12, 2019, at the age of 90. Gil was a remarkable, self-made man, who came a long way from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn, N.Y. Gil was born Gilbert Laurance Dropkin, the only son to Minna and Buff Dropkin. He lived with his parents through his college years. His favorite past time was playing his saxophone which he practiced in his parents apartment basement for hours at a time. He met and married Terry Rudolph in 1953 and had his first child the following year. Gil was offered a good job, working in his father-in-law's real estate business, but declined. Craving independence and adventure, Gil moved his new family to California where he took to the road as a traveling salesman. A passionate man, Gil enjoyed life's big and little pleasures. He played saxophone and clarinet with various bands, including a steady gig at the Lamp Light in Sunnyvale. Gil spent as much time as he could outdoors with his camera photographing the world around him. An artist in every sense, he fine tuned his skill by reading, studying and participating in workshops and local photography clubs, winning m...
Edwin Maxwell Bridges
Jan. 1, 1934 - March 7, 2019
Edwin Bridges, 85, passed away of heart failure on March 7, 2019 in his home on the Stanford campus with his loving family present. Prof. Bridges was born Jan. 1, 1934 in Hannibal, MO, son of E. Otto Bridges and Radha Maxwell Bridges. After graduating from the University of Missouri and marrying his college sweetheart, Marjorie Pollock of Baytown, Texas, 20-year-old Bridges worked as a high school teacher, and by age 26 was principal of a high school in Griffith, IN. Bridges earned Masters and PhD degrees at the University of Chicago before beginning an academic career that included professorships at Washington U, U of Chicago, UC-Santa Barbara, and Stanford University. He was noted for his books and articles on low-performing teachers and a teaching method called Problem-Based Learning. Bridges is survived by his wife Marjorie, sons Brian of Stanford and Bruce Bridges (Cynthia Gaertner) of Los Altos, daughter Rebecca Bridges Altman (Rick) of Pleasanton, granddaughters Erica and Jamie Altman, grandsons Anson and Nolan Bridges, and dozens of former students who were an important part of his life. He was preceded in death by his oldest son Richard Bridges in 2016. C...
Beverly Merle Leggett
Jan. 8, 1930 - Jan. 30, 2019
BEVERLY MERLE LEGGETT January 8, 1930 – January 30, 2019 Palo Alto, California Beverly Merle (Merchant) Leggett, age 89, died January 30, 2019, in Palo Alto from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Her daughter, Christine Leggett Triska, and niece, Cathie Merchant Peterson were by her side in the final days of her illness. Born January 8, 1930, to a ranching family in Winters, California, Beverly demonstrated early on a talent for just about everything: academics, classical piano, and of course the ranch work that filled her days. By age 14 Beverly was driving a truck, preparing for college, and playing the organ on Sundays at Winters’ First Baptist Church. After graduating valedictorian from Winters High, Beverly attended UC Berkeley and UCSF where she earned her RDH in dental hygiene. There she met and married the love of her life, Richard Leggett. In short time they relocated to Seattle for Richard’s military duty in the army dental corps. Beverly found employment teaching dental hygiene at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry and co-authored a textbook. When the Korean War ended, the couple moved to Menlo Park where they established Ric...
Frances J. Rathmann
April 17, 1928 - May 6, 2019 Palo Alto, California
Frances Joy Rathmann, “Joy”, died of natural causes peacefully in her home on May 6, 2019, in the presence of members of her family and care staff. Mrs. Rathmann was 91 years old. She is survived by her sister, five children, thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many grand dogs,...
July 13, 1940 - April 28, 2019 Los Altos, California
Margie Rauch, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend and Teacher Margie Rauch, 78, died on April 28 of a stroke. She passed away peacefully at Stanford Hospital, surrounded by loving family. She left her children, Marta, Erik, and Loren, and their families, including five grandchildren; her...
L. Bruce Johnson
Dec. 16, 1921 - April 27, 2019 Los Gatos, California
BRUCE JOHNSON December 16, 1921 April 27, 2019 Los Gatos Louis Bruce Johnson was born in Liberal, Kansas, an only child. He attended local schools. In 1937 he attended the National Boy Jamboree in Washington D.C. followed by the World Boy Scout Jamboree in Holland. The trip included a six-week ...
Mark R. Harris
1947 - April 26, 2019 Palo Alto, California
Mark Richard Harris, beloved husband, father of four and grandfather of fifteen, passed away on April 26 at home with his family by his side. He was 71. His family and friends are deeply sorrowed by his passing. Mark attended the University of Michigan School of Engineering, where he ...