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Minako Hirata Sano
March 28, 1929 - Sept. 15, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Born in 1929, Minako grew up in Tokyo when her country was perpetually at war, first with China and then in World War II. She and her family narrowly survived the intensive bombings of Tokyo, especially toward the end of the war. She entered Tsuda College, located in the suburbs of Tokyo, to study English a few months before Japan's surrender in 1945. Upon graduation, she took a job as a translator-interpreter for the Allied Occupation Forces where she met Peter Sano. They were married in Tokyo and moved to California, Peter's birthplace, in 1955. During the years when their children, Stephen and Mary, were young, Minako directed her time and energy to a great deal of PTA-related work, She then took a job as the school secretary at Addison Elementary School in Palo Alto where she enjoyed working with children, parents, teachers and the District personnel for 15 years until her retirement in 1989. She and Peter joined the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto in 1960 and were actively involved in the church's ministry for peace and justice. She enjoyed singing in the church choir for many years. Minako greatly enjoyed reading, get-togethers of family and friends for dinner...

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Donald James Beaupre
Sept. 7, 1936 - Sept. 10, 2021
Wolf Creek, Montana

On Friday, September 10th, our beloved father passed away in Great Falls, MT, after a long illness. Don was born in Escanaba, MI, the only child of parents Ormie and Vivian Boprie. He grew up in Negaunee, MI, where he was a celebrated basketball player at St. Paul's High School. He later served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. Don was very proud of his role as a trusted driver for top military brass. In 1965, he married Lee Andrews and moved his family to Houston, TX, before settling down in Palo Alto, CA. Don was a talented pilot and flight instructor and owned many businesses throughout his life. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed salmon fishing out of Half Moon Bay, CA, on his suitably named boat, "Don's Debt." In 2006, Don married Nancy Kundert, and they spent their time as snowbirds traveling between Wolf Creek, MT, and Quartzsite, AZ. Don is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Patti Lewis, Sheri Cox, Sandra Moeller, and his cherished dog, Montana. Don had numerous interests and many close friends. He was a tough ole' bird who loved life. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him....

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Kathleen Gaffney Braunstein
Dec. 21, 1943 - Sept. 2, 2021
Woodside, CA

Kathleen Gaffney Braunstein died on September 2, 2021, in Woodside, California, with her children and husband at her side. Kathleen Margaret Gaffney was born in Los Angeles, California, the eldest of five children born to Thomas and Margaret (Donovan) Gaffney. The family moved to San Francisco after the war, and Kathleen grew up in the Sacred Heart Parish, just west of Hayes Valley. She graduated from Lowell High School, City College of San Francisco, and UC-Berkeley, where she majored in Accounting. Kathleen later earned an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University while working full-time. In 1976, she met Terry Braunstein on a cross-country flight from BWI to SFO, as both returned from business trips to Washington, DC. The two married in January 1978 and settled in the Skywood neighborhood of Woodside later that year. Apart from 4 years when the family lived in London and Palo Alto, Kathleen resided there until her passing. Kathleen’s career with the federal government spanned decades, starting in the 1960s as a management trainee with the Social Security Administration. She was subsequently an executive with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now known as t...

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John William Josse
Feb. 20, 1930 - Sept. 1, 2021
Seattle, Washington

John William Josse passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on September 1, 2021 in Seattle, Washington, with his family by his side. John led a truly humble and remarkable life. John was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 20, 1930, the only child of William Josse and Bertha Wormhoudt Fisher. He spent his early childhood in Minneapolis growing up with his beloved siblings from his mother’s first marriage, Ruth (Josse) Raney and George Josse. John also had a beloved brother from his father’s first marriage, Charles Josse, who was raised in California. After his parents divorced at age 11, John boarded year-round at Pillsbury Military Academy in Owatonna, Minnesota, where he excelled academically and athletically. It was at Pillsbury where John developed his life-long appreciation of classical music. After high school, John enlisted in the US Army from 1947-1949 when he was honorably discharged as a Second Lieutenant. During his time in the army, he served in Seoul, Korea where he competed for the US Army Boxing Team and won the Pacific middleweight boxing title in 1949. After discharge, John attended the University of Iowa on a football scholarship. During the sum...

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Elizabeth C. Zimmerman
Nov. 3, 1930 - Aug. 30, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Elizabeth C. Zimmerman Obituary Elizabeth Zimmerman died peacefully early Monday morning, August 30th, 2021. Her parents were George Martin Congdon of Montana and Jane Mary Talle of Liverpool, England. She and her brother, Richard, lived for a time in Minnesota and Iowa. After her father died, her mother moved the family to Redding CA., where her mother taught school. Elizabeth “Liz” attended Shasta High School, where she was very involved with the school newspaper. She also volunteered at the local hospital as a candy striper. She then attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA. where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dramatic Arts. While attending Pomona College she met Don Zimmerman, whom she would later marry. She married Bob Tuthill in 1953 and they lived in San Francisco, San Jose, Pasadena, and Menlo Park, CA. While in San Francisco, she worked as a teacher and later tutored remedial reading from home in Menlo Park. She and Bob had 3 children, Mark, Cynthia and Kathryn. Mark Tuthill married to Nickie, lives in San Francisco, CA. Cynthia Tuthill married to Jim Orr, lives in St. Helena, CA. They have two children from her first husband, Brian Carilli; Jessi...

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Daryl Reagan
April 29, 1925 - Aug. 28, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Daryl Reagan was born 1925 in Longview, WA, two years after the city’s founding. Forty years later, he was involved in planning and building the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), which was brought online in 1966. He fought in WW II in the Philippines as a radio field operator. With help from the GI Bill, he earned his Ph.D. at Stanford in Physics in 1955. His Ph.D. advisor was a young Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky, later Director of SLAC. Daryl did his thesis work in high-energy physics on the Mark II accelerator, forerunner to SLAC. He met Gertrude (Trudy) King while she was still an undergraduate at Stanford. He was offered his first job in the weapons program at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. But after two years of work at a lab in Oxford, England, he transferred from weapons to working in Livermore’s Astron Accelerator Lab. He and artist Trudy King married in 1959. They soon had two sons, Jeffrey and Russell. They moved to Palo Alto 1963. Construction of SLAC was finished in 1966, on time and under budget! In the coming years, physicists would discover traces of many new subatomic particles. Daryl worked on a series of improvements for the focusing and de...

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Sally Wood
July 25, 1938 - Aug. 21, 2021
Pleasanton, California

Educator, beloved mother and grandmother Sarah Kemper (Durand) Wood died August 21, 2021 in Pleasanton, California with her sons at her side. Sally was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the youngest child of Samuel R. and Hildur (Richardson) Durand. The family moved to Palo Alto, California in the late 1940s, where she grew up and attended Jordan Junior High School and Palo Alto High School. Sally earned a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1960, and a Master’s from Yale University in 1962. Entering the teaching profession, Sally taught for three years at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, before returning home to Northern California. She presided over classrooms at Menlo-Atherton High School and Fremont High School before joining the Language Arts faculty at De Anza College in Cupertino, where she taught for the remainder of her career. Voted “Most Athletic” in her high school graduating class, Sally played on basketball, tennis, and field hockey teams as a student, and was an eager tennis and golf player well through her life. As a third-generation matrilineal Stanford alumna, she was a dedicated lifelong fan of the Cardinal, especially the football and ...

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Noble Hancock
Oct. 1, 1921 - Aug. 21, 2021
Portola Valley, California

Noble Hancock was born October 1, 1921 in Aurora, Illinois and died at The Sequoias in Portola Valley on August 21, 2021 just six weeks short of his 100th birthday. He and his wife Lorraine had lived in the Westridge area of Portola Valley for 61 years where they raised their five children. They moved to The Sequoias three years ago. Mr. Hancock grew up in San Jose, attended Willow Glen Elementary School, Los Gatos High School and UC Berkeley before WWII and later earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Santa Clara and a Masters from Stanford. He also took business classes at Stanford. During the War he served as information liaison in the US Army IV Corps Headquarters in the invasion of Luzon, Philippines. As an avid amateur radio enthusiast he served as treasurer of the Santa Clara County Amateur Radio Assn. and was proud of the 1,000 watt transmitter that he constructed, which he used to make contacts throughout the U.S. and Pacific. Mr. Hancock was an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at SJSU from 1951-1961, served as Program Officer of the Luke B. Hancock Foundation in Palo Alto from 1961-1978, and spent his retirement years...

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Emmanuel Barbariol
Feb. 19, 1925 - Aug. 20, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Emmanuel Barbariol, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died on August 20. He was 96 at the time of his passing. Emmanuel was born to parents Steve and Rosa Barbariol who immigrated from Roveredo in Piano, Italy. Emmanuel graduated from Sequoia High School in 1945. After graduation, he entered the seminary to prepare for priesthood. He served as a priest with the Salesians of Don Bosco from 1957 to 1974. He showed an early aptitude for science and electronics, which set the stage for his later career at Varian in the 1980s. Emmanuel was an active member of St. Raymond Catholic Church. He particularly enjoyed being a member of the choir for many years and made many friends. Emmanuel was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marguerite; his sister, Mary Thiel of San Francisco; and his brother, Tarcisio Barbariol, of Menlo Park. He is survived by his brother Patrick Barbariol of Los Angeles; his nieces Agnès Mendelson of Atherton and Angela Barbariol of Duvall, WA; and his nephews, Vido and Manuel Thiel of San Francisco. The family offers many thanks to the caregivers at Sunrise of Belmont for their expert care during his final years. A celebration of life...

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Aimee Ann Vickers
June 3, 1932 - Aug. 19, 2021
Pleasanton, CA

Aimee Ann Vickers passed away peacefully, after time surrounded by her family, early in the morning of August 19. She was vibrant, alert and beautiful up to her last day which is one of the many gifts she gave her family and community. Aimee was the fifth child and only girl in her family, born in Indonesia of Dutch ancestry in 1932. She immigrated to the United States from Holland with her husband and the boy’s father in the early 1960s and spend many years in Palo Alto. She moved to Pleasanton in the late 1990s to help with her grandchildren and became “Oma” to a generation of Pleasantonians who loved her. Aimee was always active in the community. She served as a crossing guard for many years in Pleasanton and Dublin. She was a member of the choirs at Valley Community Church and St. Philips Church in Dublin. She also sang with the Broadway Chorus through Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre. In recent years she even sang in a German Opera with the Chorus! She loved her Red Hat Society ladies and never missed a Red Hat gathering. Aimee is survived by her three sons, Jim Vickers (Karen) of Fremont, Mike Vickers (Virginia) and Robert Vickers all of Pleasanton and he...

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Tina Enomoto
Sept. 29, 1949 - Aug. 7, 2021
Newberg, Oregon

Tina Enomoto was a loving mom, grandmother, daughter, sister, wife and friend, raised by her adoptive parents, John and Susan Spruill as an only child in Piedmont, CA, where she made lifelong friends, as she did everywhere she landed. With her family based in northern Florida, she spent summers there, developing her early hospitality and storytelling traits, while forging special relationships with her cousins. Tina attended the University of California, Davis, where she studied sociology while fighting for human rights as a proud hippie. She met her future husband there, Kevin Enomoto, who introduced her to the Japanese American culture that she respected and loved so much, and added dozens more to her extended family. Tina and Kevin raised two daughters, Elizabeth and Emily, in the Ladera neighborhood of Portola Valley, CA. They later welcomed son-in-law, Paul, and two precocious granddaughters, Harlow and Riva, who carry on her zest for life and slightly wild nature. For Tina’s 40th birthday, she embarked upon a search for her biological family. Her quest uncovered her mother, Mary Lou Burch, sisters Julie, Carol and Donna, and brother Alan, who all welcomed Tin...

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Amy Solveson
Feb. 7, 1965 - Aug. 5, 2021
Arvada, Colorado

Amy Alice Solveson, age 56, of Arvada, Colorado passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Amy was born February 7, 1965. Amy loved adventure and nature. She enjoyed hiking, surfing, downhill skiing, SCUBA diving, rock climbing, and travel. She also loved her family and friends. We will miss her greatly. She retired from the Palo Alto Unified School District in 2017 and moved to Colorado that year. Amy was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Virginia Solveson. She is survived by her two brothers, Walter (Suzy) and Tom; Cousins Mary Lou Zoback (Mark), Don Devore, Gini Young (Pete), Kent Chetlain, and Beth, Paul, and Anna along with nieces Natalie, Marisela, Elizabeth, and nephew, Eric....

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Judith Scanlon
April 13, 1938 - July 27, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

We’re sad to announce that Judith Monson Scanlon has passed away from the effects of a debilitating stroke. Judith was born in Merced, California, to parents Charles Kenneth Monson and Amelia Amy Souza. She attended Merced schools until graduation, attended Fresno State University and then San Francisco State College where she earned a business degree. Her early career was working for financial companies in San Francisco. In the 1980s, she moved to San Mateo, and ultimately to Palo Alto, where she worked for a capital management company until her retirement. Judith loved running, hiking, bicycling and physical fitness. She especially enjoyed hiking the trails around Palo Alto and those surrounding Crystal Springs Lake. She ran in many charitable races, and completed her first marathon at the age of 50. Yosemite’s High Sierra Camps were a favorite summer destination for Judith. One summer, she hiked the entire circuit of all of the High Sierra camps and received an award for her accomplishment. She also enjoyed Jazz and Bach, and tried to attend the Bach Festival in Carmel each year, as well as other concerts at venues closer to Palo Alto. Judith was a dev...

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Dorris Miller
May 22, 1931 - July 7, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Dorris Carmichael Miller, age 90, passed away July 7, 2021 at her home in Palo Alto, CA. She was born in Mesilla Park (a small town now part of Los Cruces), NM, to Thomas Cobb and Daisy Miser Carmichael. She grew up there and graduated from high school in 1949. She then attended New Mexico A&M College (now New Mexico State University) at Los Cruces, where she studied Mathematics, graduating in 1953. In college she became a member of Chi Omega sorority, and also met her future husband, John W. Miller (Jack). They were married in October 1953, after she had graduated. Dorris and Jack moved to Palo Alto, CA in the early 1960’s. Dorris worked at SRI International, from 1962 to 1999, as a Mathematician and Senior Scientific Computer Programmer. She worked in the Communications Laboratory and the Radio Physics Laboratory at SRI. Her work was highly regarded by the engineers for whom she worked. She and Jack both loved nature. They enjoyed visiting the San Francisco Zoo, and made many trips to National Parks for hiking and camping. They were interested in other cultures, and travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Fiji, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Dorr...

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Howard Middleton
Aug. 29, 1927 - April 20, 2021
Portola Valley, California

Howard Wieden Middleton passed away peacefully on April 20, 2021. He was 93 years old. He was universally beloved for his affability, his optimism, and his infectious laugh. Howard was born in 1927 in Tacoma, WA to Howard and Hazel [Wieden] Middleton. The family moved to the San Francisco area, where Howard and his sister Donna grew up in Alameda and Oakland. After high school, he enlisted in the Merchant Marine; he enjoyed regaling family and friends with stories of adventurous forays at sea and in foreign ports. Later, Howard studied business at Cal, was a proud member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity, and managed the Cal Men’s Crew team. He is commemorated at the entrance to the Cal Boat House. Howard loved nothing more than cheering on his beloved Golden Bears at football games. Howard served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, stationed in Virginia for most of his tour of duty. It was while on the East Coast that he met a spirited beauty named Arla Mellen, who became his wife of 56 years. The couple moved to Santa Maria, California, where Howard had a job with Caterpillar tractor. He would remain in the heavy equipment business for most of his career, rising to manage...

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Finley Sumner Still
May 30, 1989 - Sept. 30, 2020
Los Angeles, California

Finley was born in Denver, Colorado on May 30, 1989 to Elizabeth and George J. Still, Jr. At four months of age he moved to Seattle, Washington and then on to the Bay Area in California in time to celebrate his 4th birthday. Whatever his age, Finley exhibited wisdom far beyond his years: “Finley is an amazing person and the older he gets the more amazing people will realize he is.” (4th grade teacher) “Finley shows unadulterated brilliance.” (9th grade physics teacher) “It is amazing to see you go up against the greats like Freud and be dead right.” (college professor) Much more than any brilliance, Finley demonstrated love and compassion for his fellow man. If you were homeless and hungry on the streets in Hollywood and ran across Finley, he took you out for a meal and listened to your story; if you were in an abusive relationship and needed a safe place to stay, Finley’s place was yours. If you had no money for rent and needed a home, Finley had spare room. If you were pregnant, unwed, and a recovering meth addict lucky enough to meet Finley in a Starbucks, you found a friend who would aid you through your pregnancy, hold your hand in the delivery room throug...

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July 19, 1935 - Aug. 25, 2021 Carmel, CA

Born on July 19, 1935 in St Louis, MO, George was the son of George White (P’33) and Carolyn Lawrence White. He passed away peacefully on August 25, 2021, in Carmel, CA. George prepped at Lawrenceville then attended Princeton, graduating in 1957 with a degree in psychology. George developed m...

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