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Cathy Frances Latterell
June 30, 1926 - March 28, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Cathy Frances Latterell, a Palo Alto, CA resident of 51 years, passed away at the age of 94 at her home from a lengthy illness on March 28, 2021. Cathy was born on June 30, 1926 at Mary's Help Hospital in San Francisco to Clark Matthew and Frances Ann Franklin. Cathy and her older brother, Dave, were raised in The City, Marin County and the San Joaquin Valley. Upon graduation from Madera High School, Cathy returned to San Francisco. She then attended Munson' Business School and began work at American President Lines and Weyerhauser Steamship Line. At that time, her father had a portrait studio on Clement St. in San Francisco. She and her parents were parishioners of Star of the Sea Catholic Church. On January 1, 1951, Cathy had her first date with Phil Latterell and on August 18, 1951 they were married at Star of the Sea Church. That year, Phil began his 30 year career with Shell Oil in Marketing, which led for them to live in various locations in California. They bought their first home in Orinda, CA where Cathy was President of the Orinda Democratic Club. Despite the fact that Phil was a Republican, he reluctantly escorted Cathy ringing doorbells for Adlai Steven...

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Chet Frankenfield
Dec. 10, 1933 - March 27, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Chester (Chet) Frankenfield died peacefully on March 27, 2021, in Palo Alto at the age of 87. Born in Erwinna, Pennsylvania, a small rural community in Bucks County, Chet attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse for eight years. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy and attended Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. After receiving his officer’s commission, he was trained as a flight forecaster and meteorologist at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. While in the Navy he wintered over in Antarctica for one year during the International Geophysical Year in 1958-59. For his effort in establishing an automatic weather station on the Bellingshausen Sea coast, an Antarctic Glacier was named in his honor. He began his career as a software engineer with Control Data Corporation in Palo Alto, California. He worked for several other Silicon Valley companies before retiring after fifteen years from GTE Government Systems in 1998. After retirement, he started his own income tax preparation business which he continued until his death. Outside of work,...

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Robin Quist Gates
Nov. 10, 1927 - March 21, 2021
Woodside, USA

Robin Quist Gates, known as "Binnie" by family and friends, died peacefully at home in Woodside, California on March 21, 2021. She was 93 years old. Those who knew Binnie knew her humor, grace and generosity. She contributed widely and quietly to local universities, animal shelters, public museums and women’s health non-profits. She always kept an eye out for those in need including, most recently, the Center for Farmworker Families in Watsonville in response to COVID and the wildfires of 2020. Binnie served as Trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was a longtime supporter of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, a volunteer and supporter at the Woodside Village Church, and a long-time member of the Menlo Country Club. Binnie was born in Palo Alto, the youngest of two daughters, to Catherine and Robert “Dink” Templeton, a longstanding track coach at Stanford and former Olympian. As a child, Binnie lived on the Stanford campus and later attended Palo Alto High School, spending her free time as a member of the ski club. She and her sister Jean were known as “the Templeton Girls.” Stanford continued to play an important part in her life. While home from...

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Mar Dayag Balmonte
Sept. 30, 1953 - March 21, 2021
East Palo Alto, California

Mar D. Balmonte, age 67, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2021. He had surgery in November that was successful but due to complications after surgery he developed debilitating conditions that prolonged his recovery and eventually thwarted any chance of recovery. He had fought hard. He will now be able to rest and no longer suffer. His wife, four daughters, and a son-in-law (who quickly visited) were fortunate to be able to be with him so he was not alone in his final hours. They made sure he was comfortable until his last breath. He was born on September 30, 1953 in the Philippines to Maximo and Evangeline. He was the fourth of eight children (siblings: Violeta, Saturnino, Julieta, Lorenza, Carmelita, Ernesto and Myrna). He came to the US in 1973 to be with his father. He served the US Army and was granted the Marksman medal. He lived in several bay area cities primarily in San Jose and East Palo Alto. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, uncle, nephew, cousin and grandfather. Married his wife, Tessie, over 44 years ago on October 16, 1976. Together they built a wonderful life centered on a shared love of family and friends. His priority was always his family, f...

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Kathleen Marshall Diekroeger
March 9, 1962 - March 19, 2021
Woodside, CA

Kathleen Marshall Diekroeger (59), of Woodside, CA died peacefully at home of pancreatic cancer on March 19, 2021 surrounded by her family. Kathy, the daughter of Michael and Janet Marshall, was born in Norristown, PA in 1962. She grew up in Bensalem, PA and then Stow, MA. She attended Nashoba Regional High School and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1984 with a degree in Economics. At Dartmouth, Kathy was a member of the Cross Country and Track teams, honing her leadership skills as Captain of the Cross Country team her Junior and Senior years. She was also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, serving as Secretary her junior year and President her senior year. After graduating from Dartmouth, Kathy worked for Bain & Company in Boston. She then headed west to attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she fell in love with her husband Ken. They graduated in 1988 and were married in the Bay Area in 1989. Their marriage was soon followed by the birth of Kenny Jr. in 1990, Danny in 1992 and Mikey in 1995. During this time, Kathy worked in business development for healthcare firms Vivra, Inc. and Vivra Specialty Partners. Life soon became too hectic raising the ...

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William John Gardner
June 8, 1933 - March 18, 2021
Portola Valley, CA

William John Gardner of Portola Valley passed away peacefully surrounded by family. John born in Oakland to William John and Lois M. Gardner, grew up in Piedmont and attended Piedmont High School where he played basketball and maintained lifelong friendships with teammates and coach. John graduated from Stanford University in 1955 then served as a lieutenant in the Navy. He returned to Stanford to earn an MBA in 1959 and worked as a utility consultant for Tilden Engineering for over fifty years. John married Eleanor Tilden in 1958. They lived in Palo Alto for 10 years before settling in Portola Valley with their three children. Devoted to his kids, he served on the Alpine Little League Board, coached and refereed AYSO soccer and acted as den leader for the Cub Scouts. John volunteered for Portola Valley’s Emergency Preparedness and Traffic and Safety committees and the Woodside Fire Board. He was an active member and volunteer at Christ Church Portola Valley. John is survived by his wife Ellie of Portola Valley, son Scott and his wife Ann Marie and daughter Samantha of Greenbrae, son Mark of Portola Valley and daughter Lynn Holthaus and husband Randy and three sons ...

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Janet McClure Lyman
Oct. 9, 1925 - March 18, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Janet McClure Lyman, a resident of Palo Alto for more than sixty years, passed away peacefully of natural causes at age 95 on March 18th, 2021, in Petaluma, California, where she had lived since 2018. Janet came to Palo Alto from the east coast. She was born on October 9th, 1925, to Thomas Harvey McClure and Ada Gibson McClure (neé Titus) and grew up in Pelham, New York with her older sister Barbara. She attended Wheaton College, from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in English and German and then earned a certificate from the management training program at Radcliffe College (a graduate program for women which later became part of Harvard Business School). She married John Hilton Lyman (who passed away in 1998) in 1949 and moved to Palo Alto with him shortly afterward. Over the course of their 25-year marriage, they had three children, Kate, Amy and John. Janet spent most of her career in the accounting department of Lockheed Martin, where her duties included financial analysis and data maintenance of contracts and classified materials. In retirement, she traveled extensively through Europe, enjoyed visits to her family and friends near...

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Craig Wendall Laughton
April 30, 1950 - March 17, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Craig Laughton, longtime resident of College Terrace, passed away on Wed. March 17, a victim of brain cancer. Craig was born in Salinas, CA, and was raised in Soledad, CA. He attended Gonzales High School where he played baseball, basketball, and football, and went on to graduate as the valedictorian. After graduation he attended Stanford University and majored with a degree in Biology in 1972. It was science that was his most revered area of study. He devoted decades after graduating from Stanford to immunology and lipid research, while employed at Syntex Research of Palo Alto. Even after early retirement, he spent greater than 10 years supporting young scientists as the administrator for the local Science and Engineering Fair in Silicon Valley. He chaperoned the best students to the California State Science Fair, and further he helped support student participation at the International Science Fair each year. It follows that he enthusiastically supported the idea that scientists would be the ones who would lead us out of the tailspin caused by the pandemic. Craig was well known for his blogging presence on all issues locally as well as the national political arenas. This ...

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Gayle Lensing Rimerman
July 16, 1949 - March 12, 2021
Calistoga, California

Gayle Lensing Rimerman, a long-time resident of Menlo Park and Calistoga, died peacefully on March 12, 2021. Gayle spent her life helping others, serving on Peninsula and Napa Valley community boards, organizing fundraisers, and volunteering. She was president of the Palo Alto Junior League from 1989-90 and a driving force behind Christmas in April. She brought whimsical playhouses to the Stanford Shopping Center for the first time in 1993, charming top architects and area builders to collaborate at a child-sized scale and auctioned their one-of-a-kind houses to benefit Dreams Happen. Funds from this biennial event rehabilitated homes and community centers for low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled. Gayle was instrumental with colleagues in turning this project into a nonprofit agency, now called Rebuilding Together, still operating between Sunnyvale and Daly City. A natural leader, Gayle brought passion, inspiration, and master orchestration to improve the communities where she lived. The daughter of May Lensing Biggar, who immigrated from Stonehouse, Scotland, and Otto Lensing, Gayle was born and grew up in Pasadena. She worked with her dad at Lensing Pharmacy...

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Mary Ann Dahlberg
Aug. 31, 1930 - March 11, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Mary Ann Dahlberg, a Menlo Park resident for 44 years passed away on March 11, 2021, at the age of 90. Mary, who was born in Berkeley, Ca, graduated as an English major from the University of Washington in Seattle. She returned to California where she worked at the then - Standard Oil Company of California. Moving to the Peninsula, she was an Administrative Assistant at SRI International until her retirement. A lover of nature, Mary enjoyed walking trips. For many years she made an annual pilgrimage to Yosemite National Park. She was fortunate to have experienced two lengthy visits to Europe focused on art and architecture. She considered her greatest blessing to be close friends and her beloved family. Survivors are niece Catherine Curtis of Fairfax, VA; nephews Richard Cheney of New York City and James Cheney of Santa Rosa; a great niece and three great nephews....

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Howard Hoyt
July 16, 1928 - March 11, 2021
Walnut Creek, California

Howard “Skip” Hoyt July 16, 1928 – March 11, 2021 Skip Hoyt passed away peacefully at his home in Walnut Creek on March 11, 2021 at age 92. He is survived by his wife, Sue; brothers Bill and Larry; children, David Hoyt, Barbara Karlin, and Stephen Hoyt and their spouses; stepsons Michael, Matthew, Mark, and Mitchell McAlister and their spouses; thirteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Skip grew up in Pasadena, California. He received an AB in Economics (1949) and an MBA (1951) from Stanford University. He was an avid sports fan, and his time on the football team made him a lifelong, loyal supporter of his beloved Cardinal. In 1950, Skip married fellow Stanford student Jean Meyn, with whom he had three children. Skip spent over thirty-five years at IBM, where he held several management roles, including marketing branch manager and manager of management development. He was a proud IBMer, and loved to share stories of his time there. After retiring from IBM, he started a management consulting practice and lectured at the University of Southern California. After Jean’s death in 1991, Skip moved to Palo Alto, where he married Sue McAlister. Skip and...

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Marion L. Lewenstein
Oct. 15, 1927 - March 6, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Marion Lewenstein, one of the first journalists to cover “Silicon Valley,” died on March 6, 2021, of complications of heart and circulatory disease. She was 93. Later in her career, Lewenstein became a journalism professor at Stanford University (despite never receiving a college degree). She also helped create the first falafel restaurant in Palo Alto. Her son confirmed her death. From the mid-1950s, Lewenstein reported for Electronic News, first on staff and then, after her children were born, as a freelancer. Lewenstein played “a pioneering role covering the technology beat in the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Henry Lowood, curator of Stanford University’s History of Science & Technology collection. By the 1960s, he said, “she had established a reputation for covering science and technology in the region that became ‘Silicon Valley.’” Lewenstein also wrote for Time, Fortune, Postgraduate Medicine, and other publications. In 1969, she did the background research and wrote the initial copy for a story that traced the lineage of electronics companies founded by people who had worked at Fairchild Semiconductor. Versions of the original lineage chart continue ...

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Robert Lesh Baldwin
Sept. 30, 1927 - March 6, 2021
Portola Valley, California

Robert L. (“Buzz”) Baldwin died on March 6, 2021, at the age of 93, in his home in Los Trancos Woods. He was born on September 30, 1927, in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Ira Lawrence Baldwin and Mary Lesh Baldwin. He was called Buzz because an older sister couldn’t pronounce “brother,” and the name stuck when there were four Roberts in his first-grade class. Buzz was drafted into the army at the end of World War II and trained in code-breaking school. Following the war, he reentered college and received a B.A. in Chemistry in 1950 from the University of Wisconsin. Buzz went on to become a Rhodes Scholar, and earned a D. Phil in Biochemistry in 1954 from Oxford University in England. During the subsequent five years, he served as a postdoctoral fellow and then faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, and as a Guggenheim Fellow in Copenhagen. In 1959, Buzz joined the newly created Department of Biochemistry (chaired by the late Arthur Kornberg) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He was promoted to Professor in 1964 and served as Chairman of the Department from 1989 – 1994. He became Emeritus in 1998, but continued to work actively in his field for ...

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Frederick Earl Judd
Oct. 17, 1925 - March 1, 2021
Sun Valley, Idaho

Long time resident of Menlo Park and Sun Valley, Fred Judd passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Borrego Springs, Ca on March 1, 2021 at the age of 95. A lifelong outdoorsman who was active and vigorous and always good humored, Fred was a residential and commercial builder just as the mid-Peninsula building boom took hold. As a professional hobbyist, he pursued his love of hunting, fly-fishing, horseback riding and boating, and giving back to the communities where he lived. Fred was born in Portland, Oregon on October 17, 1925 to parents Henry Clay Judd and Vera Temple Judd both originally from Pendleton, Oregon. Fred’s father Henry served in WWI in the European Theater. The family moved to Atherton, CA when Henry went to work for Standard Oil Co. in San Francisco. Fred graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City.  As a young boy, Fred spent summers working on the cattle and wheat ranches run by his uncle Roy Temple and aunt Thelma McClintock, near Pendleton, Oregon. He also worked in the salmon industry in Astoria, Oregon. While still a teenager, Fred and his friend Joe Whelan built a cabin out of rough-hewn logs near Skylonda. He also volunteered ...

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Jeanne LeFevre Hauser
June 23, 1921 - Feb. 28, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Jeanne LeFevre Hauser’s life came peacefully to an end on February 28, 2021 at the age of 99 years old. Born and raised in Schenectady, New York, she was proud of being a New Yorker and her Huguenot heritage. Jeanne came to California in 1948 to work in the television industry in San Francisco. She married Jack Raymond Hauser and moved with their two children to Palo Alto in 1956. Jeanne was a resident of her beloved College Terrace community in Palo Alto for 65 years. The last years of her life she resided at The Sequoia’s Portola Valley. Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Martha, son Caleb and his wife Carla Wray, and 3 grandchildren, Neva Jeanne, Simon Deyo and Wade Herrick and his wife Cassie. Private services were held at Alta Mesa Memorial Park with the immediate family....

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Sybil I Florant
Feb. 4, 1928 - Feb. 27, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Sybil Iona Buckmire Florant passed away on February 27, 2021 in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 93. She was born February 4, 1928 in Harlem, N.Y. Her Father, Percy Buckmire was from Grenada and her mother, Iona Buckmire was from Barbados. Sybil graduated from Evander Childs High School and earned an Associate degree in nursing in NYC. In 1950 she married Lester E. Florant. They lived in Englewood, N.J, until 1958 when they moved to Fife Avenue in Palo Alto, CA. This was a difficult move for a woman who considered herself a New Yorker! Sybil was a classy, sophisticated lady, who thought she would never survive without New York City. Over time, she discovered that she loved the West and missed the big city less and less. She and Lester moved to their home on Oregon Avenue in 1959. She attended San Jose State College while raising three boys, and in 1965 received her B.S. degree in public health. She quickly got a job with the Santa Clara County Health Department and worked diligently to improve the county’s public health for 40+ years. Sybil loved her family and friends, and she adored her 8 grandchildren. She particularly loved cooking for family get-togethers and shari...

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Therese Hamilton
May 25, 1933 - Feb. 26, 2021
Redwood City, CA

Therese "Terry" Luke Hamilton, - a long-time resident of Atherton, and Redwood City California - passed away peacefully on February 26th, 2021. In the comfort of her home, while surrounded by her family, Terry shed the weight of this world she loved, and stepped into her Lord's promised, vibrant, and eternal kingdom – she was 87 years old. Terry is survived by Ed - her husband of nearly 66 years - and by her four children: daughters Lindsay and Leslie (Jim), and sons Ian (Kim) and Doug (Dori). Terry is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Terry was born in New York, NY to Josephine Therese Buckley and Charles Wilson Luke. At the age of 10, Terry traveled by train with her sister and mother across the country to her new home in San Francisco. It was there that she met a young neighborhood boy nearly her own age, who many years later would become the love of her life, and the father of her four cherished children. After finishing her primary education at Miss Burke’s School, Terry moved across the Bay, and joined the Kappa, Kappa, Gamma sorority at UC Berkeley and graduated with a degree in History. Terry and Ed were married in August 1955, eventu...

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Glenn Marden Gerrish
Dec. 8, 1951 - Feb. 26, 2021
Kapaa, Hawaii

Glenn is survived by his dedicated wife, Kathy (Fasani) Gerrish of Kapaa, HI; his loving son, Justin (Heather) Gerrish of Carbondale CO; Hanai children, Jordan Shelton of Fort Collins, CO and Taylor Kennedy of Mar Vista, CA; brothers, Harold (Charlene) Gerrish of Aptos, CA and Stephen (Barb) Gerrish of Hailey, ID; and an extensive family of cousins, nieces, and nephews and their children. Glenn was born in Hollywood, California and attended Palo Alto High School (class of 1970) where he excelled in academics and athletics. He played guitar with his friends in the garage band “The Skiffle Blues.” He then went on to have a long and successful career as a mobile diesel mechanic, first in the California Oil Fields in Ventura, California then later as a fleet mechanic for O. Thronas Concrete in Lawai, Hawaii from 1988 to 2018. “Big Daddy” will be remembered by so many lifelong friends, young and old, as the Gentle Giant. His dedication and hard work in his profession as a Heavy-Duty Mechanic and his passion for creating custom Koa furniture was admired by all who knew him and set a good example for the next generation. Moving to SoCal in 1972 he built an extended famil...

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Barbara Bradon Varenhorst
June 4, 1928 - Feb. 23, 2021
Portola Valley, California

With loving family by her side, Dr. Barbara B. (Ebright) Varenhorst, Ph.D. of Portola Valley, slipped peacefully into the arms of her Lord on Tuesday evening, February 23, 2021. Barbara was born in Omaha, Nebraska on June 4, 1928 to Oak Wood and Mary Louise (Davidson) Ebright. As the daughter of a Lutheran minister, Barbara grew up in a strong Christian family, shaping her purpose in life and desire to help others. She attended schools in Kansas and Nebraska, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1946. She conducted her undergraduate work at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, graduating in 1950. A fellowship at Syracuse University allowed her to continue her education, and ultimately earn her master’s degree in 1952. Required to read extensively about youth counseling and guidance, Barbara attributed the clear vision that she would later develop about peer counseling to her time at Syracuse University. While at Syracuse she would also meet her future husband, Vernon D. Varenhorst. Barbara and Vern were married in 1953 in Pasadena. They moved to the Palo Alto area, where she began teaching and counseling in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). In 1964, she...

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Bruce E. Crocker
Nov. 21, 1942 - Feb. 22, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Bruce Crocker passed away in Palo Alto on February 22, 2021 due to complications sustained over the past decade from cancer radiation treatments in 2009. Born on November 21, 1942 in Greensburg, PA, Bruce was the son of John and Madeline Crocker. He spent his formative years in Glens Falls, NY and Needham, MA and later moved to Houston, TX where he attended Spring Branch High School. He was active in the Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout award his senior year. He received his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was president of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He moved to San Francisco in 1965 to work as a process design engineer at Chevron Research. He met his future wife, Suzanne Moore, in San Francisco and they were married in 1967. In 1970, they moved to the Peninsula where Bruce attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business and in 1972 they established their residence in Palo Alto. After getting his MBA degree, Bruce had a diverse and interesting 45-year career in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. From 1997 until his retirement in 2010, Bruce was a venture capitalist focused on investment opportunit...

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Michael Collins Brown
Aug. 4, 1947 - Feb. 21, 2021
Cupertino, CA

Michael Collins Patrick (Mike) Brown, the recently retired Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, died peacefully at home on Sunday following a long battle with cancer. He was 73. Mike served as Associate Editor of Catholic San Francisco, the Archdiocesan weekly, and worked closely with the archbishop and the 93 parishes of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, capping off a half-century-long career in public relations. He began his professional career in 1968 as a copy boy for the San Francisco Chronicle, transitioning easily to Senior Columnist Assistant to the late nationally syndicated columnist Charles McCabe, editor, and book review staff writer. In 1981 he became the Director of Alumni Relations and University Communications for the University of San Francisco, where he served his alma mater for over a decade cutting his teeth in crisis communication through the dissolution of his beloved USF Don’s basketball program. Similarly, he expertly guided corporations such as Southern Pacific Railroad, Fleishman Hillard, and Consolidated Freightways directing strategic communications and managing chaotic situations with ease and calm. Mike was a foundi...

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Mary Alice Byrne
April 30, 1926 - Feb. 21, 2021
Portola Valley, CA

Mary Alice Byrne passed away peacefully at the age of 94, after a long life filled with family, friends, love and laughter. Mary Alice is survived by her children, John Martin Byrne (Donna), William Mark Byrne (Terri) and Bernadette Byrne; nieces Patricia Byrne and Kathy Byrne, Regina Porter, nephew Courtney Porter Jr.; adored grandchildren Shannon, Brandon, Nicholas, and Katie Byrne, as well as numerous godchildren. Mary Alice is preceded in death by her adoring husband of 60 years, John (Jack) Hayden Byrne, and her Porter family siblings (Martin, Jim, Courtney and Genevieve). A native San Franciscan, daughter to Martin and Mary Porter, Mary Alice graduated from Star of the Sea High School, and got her Master’s Degree at San Francisco State University. Mary Alice made life-long friends through her honor’s sorority (the “Girls”), who enjoyed monthly lunches, and an annual holiday celebration at The Palace Hotel. Mary Alice was proud of her career as an educator and went on to become not only Principal, but Teacher’s Representative of San Francisco. Mary Alice relished her role as mother and wife and was known to all as a warm and generous lady with a great sense ...

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Joseph David Mandell
July 9, 1929 - Feb. 19, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Remembering Joe Mandell Joe Mandell was born across the street from his future wife, Marion Bruskin, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. They attended the same junior high and high school and university. (Joe was well known for arguing with the high school chemistry teacher, and he was usually right!) He and Marion became a couple during college at Rutgers and married in 1951 after she finished her BA and Joe completed his Masters. They moved to Pasadena where Joe earned his doctorate in microbiology at Cal Tech. Joe studied viruses with Linus Pauling, and Marion worked to put him through graduate school. After Joe finished his PhD, the couple moved to Long Island, NY where he had a post-doc fellowship and his first two children, Linnea and Douglas were born. In 1958, when Douglas was three months old, they moved to Palo Alto for Joe to take a research position at Stanford Research Institute. Dana, their third child, was born in 1960, the year they bought a house on Parkside Drive in the Greenmeadow neighborhood, which is still the family home. After years of research, Joe decided to switch to teaching. He became chair of the Biology Department at University of Santa Clara wher...

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John Lester Chin
April 10, 1952 - Feb. 18, 2021
Menlo Park, CA

John was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and later went on to complete his Masters of Science in Geology at San Jose State University. John worked as a Geologist for 37 years with the majority at the USGS in Menlo Park. John was a voracious reader in his lifetime; he loved his books and periodicals. John was a military history and aviation buff. His love of planes probably grew out of his love for his dad, Lester Chin, who was an USAF training pilot. John loved attending airshows, including the annual Blue Angels, with his nephews. He communicated his love of planes, tanks and military strategies to his young nephews, who shared his passion. John was an avid football fan, loved hiking and boating. His work in Marine Biology afforded him many interesting travels and spending time on the ocean. John’s favorite vacations were on the scenic islands of Hawaii. John was a beloved brother and uncle; he will be missed. He will always be remembered for his kindness, gentleness and faithfulness in the Lord. Survivors include Milly Chin, Eleanor, Greg and David Bonner, L...

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Emily Arnold
Jan. 13, 1936 - Feb. 14, 2021
Petersham, Massachusetts

PETERSHAM - Emily Arnold of Petersham, Massachusetts died on the morning of February 14, 2021 at the age of 85. She was born in Palo Alto, California on January 13, 1936 to Tom and Fanny Arnold. She is remembered as a social butterfly, generous and kind to all. Emily was a beloved member of the Petersham community, serving on boards at the Petersham Art Center and Petersham Memorial Library, as well as on the Parish Committee at the First Congregation Parish, Unitarian of Petersham. Many will remember her decked out in flag attire on the Fourth of July, behind the wheel of her 1965 Mustang convertible. Her mastery as a knitter and seamstress, and designer of wearable art of all kinds, led to opening her own shop on Main Street in Athol, Massachusetts, called Emily’s Needleworks. Before moving to Petersham, she was a teacher’s aide in Palo Alto and was likewise beloved by the children and her colleagues there. She was a supporter of the theater, arts and music, and a world traveler. Her creative spirit, the bright light in her eyes, and the beautiful smile that could warm any room will be greatly missed. Emily is preceded in death by her brother Mike Arnold and her half-si...

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Ronald Jay Sax
Jan. 2, 1933 - Feb. 13, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Ronald Jay Sax passed away peacefully on February 13, 2021 after thankfully short battles with Parkinson’s Disease and cancer. Born and raised in Benton Harbor, Michigan, he hadn’t traveled farther than Chicago until he joined the Air Force in 1952. His four years in the Air Force took him around the United States and to Japan, setting off a series of fateful events. After his service, he returned home to attend Central Michigan University, where he joined the International Club, sparked by his interest in Japan. There he met and fell in love with Katoko, a foreign exchange student from Japan who would become his wife of 50 years. During that half century, he was a husband, father, grandfather, friend, traveler, jazz enthusiast, runner, and advocate for peace and justice. Ron and Katoko were living near Chicago with their two young children when, just after the Chicago Blizzard of 1967, a job opportunity arose in sunny California. They took it! Ron loved, and thrived in, his new hometown of Palo Alto. He was a computer programmer and spent the rest of his career working for SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center), Stanford University and finally RLG (Research Libraries Gro...

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Malcolm Hardy Dudley
Sept. 11, 1932 - Feb. 10, 2021
Atherton, California

Malcolm Hardy Dudley, former Mayor of Atherton, businessman, naval captain and musician, died peacefully on February 10, at home in Atherton with Cosette Dudley, his wife of 67 years, and his two daughters, Lynette Stebing and Virginia Rock. He will be remembered for his love of family and extended circle of friends, his generosity, kindness, and engaging character. Malcolm greeted people with a warm smile, friendly handshake and an enthusiastic story. He always took great interest in helping people, and believed in fairness and opportunity for all. Malcolm’s charismatic, thoughtful, trustworthy and caring personality drew people to him. Malcolm was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1932, the son of Allen Mason Dudley and Gladys Alda (Hardy) Dudley, where he lived with his sister Carol until the family moved to Sacramento in 1942, after the start of WWII. His father, Allen, worked at McClellan Field painting images, as requested by the pilot of each combat plane. Malcolm attended Sacramento City College from 1950 - 1952 and University of California, Davis from 1952 – 1954. As two young college students, Cosette and Malcolm married in 1954. They initially earned a...

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Remo "Ray" Dominic Ferrari
Oct. 21, 1929 - Feb. 10, 2021
Woodside, California

Remo Dominic Ferrari Remo (Ray) Dominic Ferrari age 91, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 10th at his home in Woodside, California surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born on October 21, 1929 in Aulla, Italy to Carlo and Stella Ferrari. The family migrated to San Francisco in 1936. Ray attended Sacred Heart High School where he met Virginia Flocchini. Ray and Virginia married in 1952 following his service in the US Army. They moved to Menlo Park where he raised his family and lived for more than 50 years. Ray and his brothers Larry, Bruno & Roy founded the demolition company, Ferma Corporation and from 1964, he and his brothers built a dynasty that continues to this day. Through their partnership, they developed land for shopping centers and industrial use, built apartment and office buildings and secured land for future development. He was a visionary who carved his own path to success while always making family a priority. Outgoing, with incredible charisma, Ray had a gift of bringing people together. One of his admitted greatest achievements, was raising his four boys. He was and always will be their champion and hero. Ray was a pilot, a ...

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Ruth Fredkin Seiler
Nov. 7, 1929 - Feb. 9, 2021
Atherton, California

RUTH ANN FREDKIN SEILER - Passed away peacefully February 9, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. She was born November 7, 1929, to Eva Kaplan Fredkin and Perry Fredkin, in Oakland and raised in San Jose. Ruthie is survived by her loving family, daughter, Carol Seiler Roberts, son Richard Seiler and his wife Susan. Devoted grandmother to Cory Roberts, Mark Roberts and his wife, Fereshta, Matthew Seiler, and Alexandra Seiler Speiser and her husband, Alexander Speiser, and great granddaughter, Madison Roberts. Loving sister to Bernard (deceased) and Henne (deceased) Fredkin and to Stuart Seiler and his wife, Gaye, and nephews and nieces. Ruthie and her husband, Donald (deceased), met in college, at UC Berkeley, and shared a long loving marriage of nearly 62 years. They married in San Francisco in 1950. Together, they were each other’s catalyst for success in all aspects of their lives. By 1960 they moved to the mid-peninsula, where they built their lives and raised a family. They loved to travel and Ruthie enjoyed the many years she and Don traveled the world, many times with friends and family. Ruthie was a loving, compassionate, kind-hearted, and generous woman. S...

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Darrell D. Dorfmeier
April 23, 1950 - Feb. 5, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Darrell D. Dorfmeier, 70, a life-long resident of Menlo Park, died Friday, February 5th, following a brief hospitalization at Stanford Hospital, in Palo Alto. Born on 23 April 1950 in Palo Alto, California, Darrell was the youngest son of Donald and Barbara Dorfmeier who taught at Menlo-Atherton and Woodside High Schools. His mother was a beloved art teacher at Menlo Atherton High. His father was recognized as a successful football and track coach at Menlo and later served as the first boys Athletic Director at Woodside where Darrell played three years of football as a strong and aggressive lineman. Donald, who, as a prisoner of war in World War II, also survived an arduous 86-day Hunger March across Germany in the winter of 1945. Darrell’s early life was marked by tragedy with the untimely death of his mother at age 13, a serious and life-threatening motorcycle accident six years later, followed by the death of his father in 1972. Following his motorcycle accident in 1969, Darrell was not expected to live. Yet after four months in a coma, it was clear that Darrell possessed the same tenacity as his father, Donald. Darrell reclaimed his life in spite of a year of hos...

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Judith Wood
Aug. 12, 1932 - Feb. 2, 2021
Roseburg, Oregon

Retired Umpqua Community College associate professor Judith Eileen (Swem) Wood died at her home in Roseburg with family members at her side, on Feb. 2 of complications of polymyositis, an autoimmune disease she had fought for decades. She was 88. Judy was born in 1932 in Ferndale, Michigan. In 1950, she graduated from high school in Otisville, Michigan, where she was editor of her high school newspaper, before moving to California with parents Harry and Alice Swem, and younger siblings Shirley and John. She loved to ice skate and swim and was a lifeguard for many years. Judy majored in education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she was on the synchronized swimming team. During a California teacher shortage, Judy was offered emergency teaching credentials to leave before graduation, taking a job as a teacher in Greenfield, California in 1955. Soon after arriving in Greenfield, she was swept off her feet by Wiley Wood, whose family had owned a ranch in nearby Salinas since the 1800s. Just a few months after meeting, the two were married. Wiley and Judy had six daughters: Nancy, Barbara, Kathy, Emily, Shelly and Kerry, who before Judy had died had pr...

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Darla Tupper
Jan. 27, 1936 - Feb. 2, 2021
Menlo Park, CA

Darla Marlene Tupper had her 85th birthday January 27, 2021. She slipped away February 2. Loving memories of Darla's life, of her family and friends, surround her. She passed away after declining months and days living at the Silverado Memory Care Community of Belmont Hills. Darla is survived by Ruthe Tyson, who shared their Menlo Park home for 45 years and their Lake Tahoe home for 53 years. Darla is survived by her sister Marvina Lepianka and her brother David Tupper. The three of them shared so much throughout their whole lives. Darla is also survived by her niece Julie and Julie's son John and her niece Cathy and Cathy's son Nicholas, as well as Marvina’s husband Chuck Jaffee and David’s wife Imelda Young. Darla joins her parents Marvin and Val Tupper, to whom she showed so much loving devotion. Darla graduated from Palo Alto High School and San Jose State University, plus post-grad courses at Stanford. She came up through the system as a teacher and a principal in the Menlo Park and Los Altos School districts, where she was much known for her leadership, awareness, and compassion. She was all about the kids, the kids, the kids in so many ways. The character of Dar...

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Alex Spiridon
Aug. 13, 1939 - Jan. 31, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Alex Spiridon passed peacefully on January 31st. He was afflicted with Parkinson’s for over 20 years and Lewy Body Dementia for 6 years. His strong-willed spirit never gave up, a tenet demonstrated throughout his entire life. Alex was born on August 13th, 1939 in Aleppo, Syria where his father was stationed in the French military. Family and religion were staples throughout his life beginning in his youth where he grew up in a household surrounded by his extended family. They instilled in Alex a strong religious ethic, which he continued by attending church and his continual study of the Bible. After attending primary school in Aleppo, Alex attended a private boarding school in Lebanon, Broumana High School. Here he excelled in his studies and developed an interest in mathematics at his early teenage years. When he wasn’t studying, he enjoyed exploring one of his favorite mountainous regions near Cedars, Lebanon. He then pursued an Electrical Engineering degree from American University of Beirut (AUB). His education continued in the US where he obtained both masters and PhD in electrical engineering from MIT, graduating in the top 1% of his class. Upon graduating he ...

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Charlene Dowley
July 8, 1933 - Jan. 30, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Our beloved Charlene passed away on January 30, 2021, at home comforted by family. She leaves behind her daughters Nora, Jane Paolucci (Andrew), four sons: Philip (Linda), Matthew (Michelle), James, Tom (Catherine), 15 grandchildren: Heather (Dan), Peter (Anna), Thomas, Andrew (Patricia), Margaret, Katherine, Elizabeth, Madeline, Grace, Sofia, Laura Anne, William, Jack, George, Philip, one great-granddaughter: Juniper, and many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by a fifth son, Peter, her husband, George, parents Joseph and Carrie Bianchi, brother Frank Bianchi, and sisters Elvera Pagani, Florence May, and Emma Malan. Charlene was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. After graduating from Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois, she moved to San Francisco and shortly thereafter met George. The two were married at St. Vincent de Paul Church on December 1, 1956, and subsequently moved to the mid-peninsula to raise their family. The focus of Charlene’s life was family, education, and her deep Catholic faith. She was a model mom and grandmother, singularly vested in the happiness and wellbeing of those around her, grateful for each min...

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Philip Edward Berghausen Jr.
Oct. 13, 1946 - Jan. 30, 2021
Portola Valley, California

Philip Edward Berghausen Jr., 74, died on January 30, 2021 in Palo Alto, CA, of complications from kidney cancer. Peb, as he was affectionately known, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 13, 1946, to Philip Edward Berghausen, Sr., and Alma Louise Berghausen (nee Guckenberger). He is survived by two brothers, Thomas (Ann) and James (Eleanor), his children Alexander/”Sasha” (Sara) and Elizabeth Galla (Matthew), as well as his grandchildren Charles, Ellen and Jane Berghausen and Jonah, Justus and Jesse Galla. Peb was a gifted psychologist, a world traveler, and a car nut. He will be remembered for his charitable giving, endless curiosity, love of fun and silliness, and for being the best father and grandad he could be. In lieu of flowers, the family request that gifts in Philip’s memory be directed to Beech Acres Parenting Center, (beechacres.org/donate-now), 6881 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230. A graveside remembrance and a Bay Area gathering will be held post-pandemic....

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Maximilian Y. Lenail
March 26, 1999 - Jan. 29, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Max Lenail, resident of Palo Alto, CA, died at the Mission Trails Regional Park near San Diego on Friday, January 29, 2021. He died while crossing a swollen river during a run in the park. Max was born in Chêne-Bougeries near Geneva, Switzerland, and came to live in Palo Alto’s Community Center neighborhood at an early age. He attended schools in Palo Alto including Casa di Bambini, the International School of the Peninsula (pre-K to 8th grade), and Palo Alto High School. Max was set to graduate from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in May 2021 with a concentration in neurobiology. Max was intent on applying to medical school and becoming a physician. Max will be remembered for his extraordinary kindness, generosity, and many talents. He was a peacemaker, a mediator, and a diplomat who selflessly brought comfort, joy, and harmony into people’s lives. He could be serious, earnest, and intense in his pursuits; and those close to him knew him to be light-hearted and very funny as well. Max lived an honorable life in accordance with his strong moral compass and values. He was mature well beyond his years. Max was a fantastic chef and regaled his family with...

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Christopher George Schindler
July 27, 1966 - Jan. 28, 2021
Sonoma, California

As Swami Chidvilasananda opens her talks, "with great respect, with great love, I welcome you with all my heart." We also open our hearts to our family and friends to honor Christopher's presence in this world and with blessings of his soul in the beyond. Christopher passed from us on January 28, 2021 in Corte Madera California. Christopher was born in Los Angeles July 27, 1966 the son of Jeanne Schindler (Traucht) and George Schindler. He grew up in Palo Alto with his 3 sisters; Renee, Julie and Kathy climbing trees and making forts in their backyard. Christopher graduated from Gunn High School in 1984 and continued his education receiving a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Christopher had a love for animals especially his childhood dog Goldie. He played the guitar and was fond of classic rock music. He was very appreciative of California's natural beauty and enjoyed hiking in the wilderness. With love Christopher will be in our hearts: Julie Schindler and husband Brian Larsen, nephews Felix and David; Kathleen Schindler and husband Kerry Lindorfer, nephew Casey and niece Erin; and brother-in law Boon Hughey (Renee)...

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Anders Klaseen Prokop
June 9, 1990 - Jan. 26, 2021
Menlo Park, California

We lost our beloved son, brother, cousin, nephew, and friend in January. “God’s you are, from God you came. Back to God we humbly give you.” Anders was born in San Francisco in 1990 along with his twin brother Ingmar. Sister Sofia joined the family in 1992. Their early childhood was spent playing and swimming in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. In 2001 they moved to Redding to be closer to family and to nature. Anders was an exceptional high school swimmer and skier and, with his father, brother, and sister, loved water sports. Summers were spent on Kelsey Island in the Long Island Sound. There Anders swam, sailed, kayaked, water skied, and played with his siblings and their Connecticut cousins. Anders began his lifeguard career on Connecticut beaches and then lifeguarded for several years at Cape Cod National Seashore. At UC Davis, Anders completed a double major in Political Science and Economics in 3 ½ years, so that he could ski and then do one final summer lifeguarding before starting law school at USF. San Francisco afforded many adventures, including kiteboarding at Crissy Field. In his final year of law school, behavior that had been subtle in the preceding years bec...

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Joan Talbot Moore
Oct. 30, 1929 - Jan. 25, 2021
Woodside, CA

Joan Talbot Moore of Woodside, CA passed away on January 25, 2021 after a long illness. Joan and her husband Gordon were long-time owners of Talbot’s Toyland in San Mateo. Talbot’s Toyland, which closed in 2020 was known and loved throughout the Peninsula by generations of families. She was born in Sacramento, CA on October 30, 1929. She attended C. K. McClatchy Senior High School in Sacramento and graduated in 1946. Joan attended UC Berkeley where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She met her future husband Gordon at Cal and they were married on May 22, 1948 in Carmel, CA. In 1953 Talbot’s Toyland opened in San Mateo. Joan’s parents, Wilburn “Lank” and Betty Talbot, founded the store, later assisted by Joan and Gordon. Over the years Talbot’s grew from a small corner shop to a premier destination toy, hobby and bicycle shop for the San Francisco Bay Area. Enjoying the outdoors, fishing and travel were important to Joan and Gordon and were later reflected in their home in the woods where they enjoyed forests, wildlife and views of the Bay as well as “forest gardening” which required use of their tractor, wood chippers and multiple chain...

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Gary David Zweig
Sept. 1, 1949 - Jan. 21, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Gary Zweig, a remarkable husband, father, brother, friend, physician, and photographer died at the age of 71. He was born in Rochester, NY to Edythe and Paul, who ran a collection of clothing stores with a pride and determination he carried with him all his life. He was known in his youth and thereafter for his sweet smile and uncommon combination of studiousness, creativity, and love of fun. Gary fulfilled his dream of becoming a physician by attending Case Western Reserve University, the University of Rochester Medical School, and the University of Chicago, where he completed his training in Internal Medicine. In college, he met his wife of 48 years, Susan. Together they built a wonderful life centered on a shared love of family, careers, friends, community, and travel. Gary’s sense of adventure brought them to California in 1979, where they settled in Palo Alto and raised three sons, Eric, Jeffrey, and David. Gary joined Sunnyvale Medical Clinic in 1979 and practiced Internal Medicine there for 18 years. In addition to his clinical work, he served as Chair of the Recruitment Committee, helping to expand the group to over 150 physicians. He was on the staff of El Ca...

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Marilyn Margaret McDonald
May 24, 1935 - Jan. 20, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Marilyn Miller McDonald died peacefully on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she grew up in San Francisco and South Pasadena, settling in Palo Alto after meeting her husband, Bob, at Stanford University. In the words of those who knew her, Marilyn was “a dynamo,” “a doer,” and “a FORCE!” In midlife, Marilyn launched her career with gusto. As soon as her four children were in school, she determinedly furthered her education, ultimately adding a teaching certificate and a Master of Library Science from San Jose State and an MBA from Golden Gate University to her B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from Stanford. Over the course of her career, she was an office manager at the Stanford Alumni Association, a research librarian at SRI, and co-head librarian at Gunn High School. At Foothill College, she started as college librarian before being promoted to dean of learning resources. In this role, Marilyn took the library from a card catalogue to a fully digitized system. In preparation for her next role as the Foothill-De Anza Community College District archivist, she trained with the Western Archives Institute and became an active member of the...

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Kathleen "Kay" Walker
1926 - Jan. 17, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Kay Walker, a painter and early member of Gallery House, died 3 weeks after her husband, Dr. Murray Walker, of complications from Covid-19. Born in Canada, she graduated with a teacher’s degree; in 1947 she married Murray and moved to Chicago, then Germany, and finally to Palo Alto in 1957. Some may think of Kay as just her husband’s “side-kick” because she followed Murray to play golf, get a pilot’s license, and become a card-carrying scuba-diver. But they would not be looking at the whole picture: Kay was a passionate and dedicated professional artist throughout her life, working mainly in acrylics and watercolor as well as sculpture and printmaking. She studied with other notable Bay Area painters Ken Washburn, Harry Anderson, Ray Brooks and Richard Bowman – all who she credited with helping her evolve her style. She was a member of the Palo Alto Art Club and one of the earliest members of Gallery House in Ladera. She exhibited at both organizations, Stanford University and the Vancouver Arts Club. She often said she hated to constrain a painting with a name, believing her audience should find their own meaning in her abstracts -- free of labels. Besides all t...

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Christopher Dan Bradley
Jan. 24, 1950 - Jan. 16, 2021
Boulder Creek, CA

Christopher Dan Bradley, passed away on January 16th at the age of 70 surrounded by love. Born and raised in Palo Alto, Ca., son of Daniel and Katherine Bradley, Chris graduated from Palo Alto High and attended Stanford University. Chris fell in love with tennis at an early age and went on to teach the game to others for over 50 years, 35 of which he was Tennis Director at Alpine Hills Tennis & Swimming Club in Portola Valley, Ca. Coach Chris led his teams to 17 Northern California USTA Junior League team championships and 11 state USTA Junior League team championships. For 28 consecutive years, his teams were Mid- peninsula Junior Interclub champions. The recipient of honors over the years he was USPTA NorCal Pro of the Year in 1982 and 1986, and USPTA NorCa Coach of the Year in 1994. In 2013, Chris won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association. Chris was a loving husband, father, grandpa and brother. He was passionate about his family and tennis, and a highly respected member of the California tennis community for decades. He is survived by his wife Catherine Frosi Bradley, his son Mathew Bradley, his daughter Celinda Bradley an...

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Joan Cherie Bohannon
Nov. 17, 1933 - Jan. 15, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Joan Cherie McFarland Bohannon, 87, of Menlo Park, California passed away January 15, 2021, at Stanford Hospital. Joan was born November 17, 1933, in Santa Clara County, CA, to Hiram and Rosalie McFarland. Joan grew up in Redwood City, California and was a lifelong resident of San Mateo County. She graduated from Sequoia High School and attended San Jose State University. In 1959, Joan moved to Menlo Park with her husband, David E. Bohannon. She raised three children (David, Lisa and Scott) and later, as the children entered their teens, began a long and successful career as a real estate broker. Joan retired from real estate in the early 90’s not long after becoming a grandmother. Her true passion in life was being a devoted mother to her three children, six grandchildren, and in 2020, the arrival of two great grandchildren. Joan is survived by her sister Barbara McFarland, brother Steve McFarland, children David (YuQin Wen), Lisa, and Scott (Mary) Bohannon, grandchildren Abigail (Ian Dunckel) Dunckel, Madeline (Ryan Johnson) Johnson, Sarah Bohannon (Jason Lowenthal), Christine Bohannon, Kevin Bohannon, Ryan Bohannon, great grandchildren Carson Dunckel and Rosalie Joh...

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Murray Walker
1926 - Dec. 26, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Dr. Murray Walker died of complications from Covid-19 December 26, 2020. A Palo Altan since 1957, he was a partner with Associated Anesthesiologists and practiced for over 30 years at Stanford Hospital. Born in Canada, he finished Northwestern medical school in 1949, married Kay, a young teacher and artist. They moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1950 where he completed his anesthesia residency. Drafted into the army, he traveled to Germany in 1952 and later moved Palo Alto to raise a family. Murray volunteered with Dr. Don Laub’s Interplast program – piloting his own aircraft to central Mexico to bring supplies and himself to support one of Interplasts’ first teams that brought free life-changing plastic surgery to indigent populations. He also helped Dr. Norman Shumway’s first heart transplant team practice on animals prior to humans. Murray served as a clinical instructor in anesthesia for Stanford. Known for his sense of humor, Murray was a controversial personality and was described as more bark than bite -- occasionally gruff but always fair, and an excellent anesthetist especially when it came to giving epidurals. Workmates had a chance to strike back during his reti...

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Louis DeFreitas
Dec. 4, 1933 - Dec. 23, 2020
Redwood City, California

Louis DeFreitas passed away after a long battle with dementia on Dec. 23, 2020 at his home in Redwood City, CA. He was 87. Louis was born in New Bedford, Mass., and served in the Marines for three years in 1951 (Korean War). Louis eventually moved to California, where he became a well-respected welding teacher at College of San Mateo, with students from all over Silicon Valley. It was a job he loved so much, especially helping his students get job opportunities. He loved helping others and was very loyal. However, Louis loved nothing more than his family. Louis was always a great role model and provider, setting a solid example for his two children. A couple of his great passions were to go fishing at Half Moon Bay and his love for sports. He was a big fan of the Dodgers, Red Sox, 49ers and soccer. Louis is survived by his wife Germaine, married for 65 years; daughter Linda Cardoso; son Danny DeFreitas; daughter-in-law Juli DeFreitas; grand daughter Jillian Leonard; and grandchildren Ava and Vivian Leonard and Christian Chenier. He also will be joining his other grand daughter, Alison DeFreitas, in Heaven. His ashes will reside at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto, ...

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Max A. Capestany
July 12, 1933 - Dec. 17, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Max Capestany, age 87, passed away on December 17, 2020, after a stroke. Born on July 12th 1933, he was a long-time resident of Menlo Park. Born in Indiana, to Max and Virginia, he graduated as Salutatorian from Froebel High School in Gary, and attended Indiana University for undergraduate and medical school, where he joined Phi Kappa fraternity. In 1955, he married MaryAnn Sulich who was his wife for 45 years. They had four children, Mark, Doreen, Janet, and Greg. After medical school, he joined the Army Reserves, and in 1961 he and his family moved to Atherton to begin his OB/GYN practice with Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City. After a varied medical career, he spent his retirement years volunteering at Stanford University, singing in two local chorale groups, Masterworks and Peninsula Cantare, bowling at the Palo Alto Lawn Bowling Club, traveling extensively with his wife, Grace, and doting on their little dog, Tina. Max was well-liked for his calm, friendly presence, wry sense of humor, and lovely tenor voice. He was a kind, genteel competitor, and always had words of encouragement for his teammates. Max is survived by his wife of 16 years, Grace, brothers Bi...

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Sally Childs Randall
Oct. 28, 1922 - Dec. 2, 2020
Atherton, California

Sally Childs Randall passed away in her sleep on December 2, 2020 at The Sequoias in Portola Valley, California. She was 98 years old. Sally was born on October 28th, 1922 in Hood River, Oregon, to Hazel Holmes Childs and Leroy Childs. She was the youngest of three children, pre-deceased by her husband, Dick, her parents, her eldest brother Leroy Winston Childs, and her brother Alison Childs. Sally attended Hood River High School, then attended the University of Oregon, graduating in 1945 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Sally enjoyed being part of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. In Hood River in November 1948, Sally married Charles Dickey Randall (Dick), who was born in Chicago and resided in Los Altos, California. During their 65 years of marriage, they lived 48 years in Atherton, and enjoyed parties, horseshows, and playing bridge with friends at the Menlo Circus Club. They lived in California, and in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Moorestown, New Jersey. They maintained lifelong friendships based upon those cross-country experiences. Sally is survived by daughter Susan of Carmel, son Peter (Patti) of Redwood City, and her grandsons Tyler (Danielle) of Sacr...

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Earl Seymour Douglass
Aug. 13, 1926 - Nov. 27, 2020
Atherton, California

Earl Seymour Douglass, 94, a long time resident of Atherton, California passed away peacefully of natural causes on November 27, 2020 at home with his family at his bedside. Earl, commonly referred to as "Duke" by family and friends, was born in San Francisco on August 13, 1926 to Earl Sr. and Noel Douglass. Duke was preceded in death by his loving wife of 72 years, Barbara, and brother Donn. He is survived by his daughter Christine, four sons Scott, Stuart, Alan and Mark, son-in-law Richard D’Anna, daughters-in-law Karen, Lindsay, Julie and Vicky, half brothers Bruce and Wallace, 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Duke was born in San Francisco and would say that many of his happiest childhood memories were times spent with his grandfather, Leon Forrest Douglass, best known for his many inventions, including the Victor phonograph, the use of Technicolor in the motion picture industry and the underwater camera. These included visits to The Pocket Ranch in Sonoma and to Victoria Manor in Atherton. Duke was also a direct descendant of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, a prominent figure in early California history. Duke returned to ...

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