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Steven P Moulds
Dec. 13, 1944 - June 8, 2021
Napa, CA

Steve Moulds, a true Renaissance man, was a successful entrepreneur, intrepid adventurer, stellar citizen of the world, beloved mentor and devoted family man. As an entrepreneur he took great satisfaction in structuring deals where everyone came out winners. An early member at Cornish & Carey Commercial, he helped the company become a dominant force in servicing the real estate needs of Silicon Valley’s emerging tech market. He earned the title of Rookie of the Year in 1977 and was a perennial Top Performer at the company. In 2000 Steve & wife Betsy re-potted themselves in Napa Valley to raise wine grapes on their beautiful property in the Oak Knoll District. Moulds Family Vineyard is one of the most respected vineyards in the Valley. Steve immersed himself in the broader agricultural community, serving as director and president of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association and as the founding president of the Farmworker Foundation (2011-2021). For his farming practices and community contributions Steve was honored with the prestigious Napa Valley Grower of the Year award in 2018. As an adventurer his exploration knew no bounds. Expeditions included cycling across the USA (...

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Deirdre Kent
Sept. 10, 1951 - June 3, 2021
Modesto, California

Dee Kent, the cherished and beloved daughter of Rosemary B. Kent and Robert B. Kent died at 69. She lived in Modesto, CA at the time of her death. Born into a military family in Pensacola, Florida, she lived subsequently in Chicago IL, Alameda, Sunnyvale, Carmel, Arlington VA, Honolulu HI, Coronado, Lawrence KS, and Palo Alto as her father, a naval officer, was assigned to one duty station after another. She graduated from Palo Alto Senior High School and attended the University of Kansas. Always well-organized and hardworking, she worked in office management and administration in a variety of roles for many years in the Palo Alto and its environs. She eventually moved to Palm Desert in the early 2000s and then retired to Modesto for the last decade of her life. Dee enjoyed gardening and cooking and had an excellent eye for interior design. She was active on the board of her homeowners association and served as its president. She is predeceased by her parents, Robert B. and Rosemary B. Kent, and her brother, Andrew F. Kent. Her brother, Robert B. Kent II, and sister-in-law, Marialena, as well as her nephew, Robert, and niece, Anika, survive her....

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Richard Arthur Greene
1936 - May 21, 2021
Larkspur, California

Dr. Richard Greene loved his life and lived it to the fullest, with his characteristic positive attitude, enthusiasm, and energy. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and Palo Alto pediatrician, Richard passed away at home in Larkspur, California on May 21, 2021, surrounded by his family, after a valiant fight against T-cell lymphoma. Richard practiced pediatrics and pediatric cardiology at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for forty-eight years, retiring in 2015, determined to be the longest serving physician to date. He was convinced he had the best job, with the greatest colleagues, and most wonderful patients in the world – a conviction he readily shared with all who knew him. In addition to his dedication to his patients and their parents, Richard served as the chair of the Department of Pediatrics for eight years during PAMF’s move to its new campus in Palo Alto in 1999, where the pediatric playground was dedicated in his honor. He also served as the first medical director of PAMF’s Urgent Care Center from 1985-1992 and on the PAMF Community Board of Trustees. However, first and foremost, Dr. Greene loved taking care of multiple generations of children, havin...

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Delos "Dee" Circle
Aug. 20, 1938 - May 20, 2021
Rancho Mirage, California

Dee Circle died peacefully at home in Rancho Mirage, CA on May 20, 2021. He was predeceased by his father, mother, sister, and grandson, Taylor. Dee leaves behind his loving wife, Candace, daughters Lori (Gil Solon), Jenny (Dermot Cronin), and Jamie, grandchildren Ryan, Tommy and Lily, and his brother Dick Circle. Two weeks following his passing, he was joined by his faithful canine companion, Nikki. Delos Oran Circle, born in Selah, Washington, on August 20, 1938, Gracia Fern Lancaster and William Oran Circle. He had two older siblings, Dick and Sharon. Dee spent his childhood in Washington. After high school he joined the Coast Guard and moved to northern California. He was a Peninsula resident for over 50 years. In 1958 he married Penny Ferguson and had a daughter, Lori Anne; they later divorced. In 1974, Dee married Candace Lee Edmondson; they had two daughters, Jennifer Dee and Jamie Leigh. Dee was a successful real estate loan broker and developer in the San Francisco Bay area. He was an avid golfer and sports fan, cheering on his beloved Warriors, 49ers, and SF Giants, and never missed a minute of The Masters. Dee was Jenny’s #1 fan as she played basketball through ...

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James Patrick Wismann
Dec. 9, 1953 - May 19, 2021
Palo Alto, California

James Patrick Wismann passed away peacefully, holding his beloved wife Kathy’s hand, on May 19, 2021 following a short illness. Jim grew up in Palo Alto and attended Ford Country Day School, Our Lady of the Rosary School, Cubberley High School, and Foothill College. Jim and Kathy met at Cubberley and they recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. By trade, Jim was a brick layer for Pete Wismann Masonry and his skillful work can be seen throughout Palo Alto, Stanford University, and Napa Valley, to name just a few locations. Jim’s greatest devotion by far was to his family. He and Kathy have four children, Rebecca, Amy, and Matt and his wife Nicole. He loved his immediate and extended family deeply and there was no end to his generosity and care toward them. One of Jim’s favorite pastimes was to drive with Becky to the Century Theater to procure movie popcorn and hotdogs to be enjoyed with a movie on the sofa at home along with family and his sweet pups Abbe, Pickle, and Gary. Jim never knew a stranger. He would strike up friendly conversations with anyone, anywhere including poolside at Dinah’s, every line at Disneyland, and the grocery store. He ha...

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Hertha Harrington
Oct. 3, 1931 - May 17, 2021
San Mateo, California

Hertha Elizabeth Harrington, nee Gauck, passed away May 17, 2021 in Burlingame, CA. She was born in Richmond, CA to F. Otto Gauck and Louisa W Gauck (nee Taenzer), both immigrants from Penzlin, Mecklenburg, Germany. Raised in Richmond and Berkeley, she was a graduate of Berkeley High School and the University of California, Berkeley. She had a Master of Criminology from UC Berkeley and attended classes at Stanford. Married to the love of her life, Judge Walter H. Harrington, Jr. from 1974 until he passed away in 2012. They lived for many years in Woodside, CA. She was also predeceased by her sister, Margaret (Peggy) Harrison as well as her parents. She leaves behind step-daughters Stacey Harrington (Craig) and Sara Harrington, niece Cathy Durfee (Les), nephew Grant Harrison (Diane), great nieces Erin Durfee and Lauren Durfee, sister-in-law Judith Watkins, god daughter Cynthia Van Kleeck, as well as many friends who were like family to her. Hertha served as a Probation Officer for the County of San Mateo, Juvenile Division from April 12, 1963 to March 28, 1989. She most recently lived in San Mateo at the Peninsula Regent. Hertha was dedicated to preserving nature, serving ...

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Kay Davis
Feb. 24, 1946 - May 16, 2021
Gordonville, Pennsylvania

Kay Louise Davis died peacefully at home on May 16, 2021 in Gordonville, PA at the age of 75, after a short illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nola and Francis Clifford Davis of Fairfield, CA., who had previously lived in Menlo Park, CA for many years. Kay is survived by her brother, Cliff Davis, sister-in-law, Eva of Fairfield, CA and nephews, Daniel Sroaf of Placerville, CA, David Sroaf of Mendocino CA and Eddie Davis of San Mateo, CA. Also, grandnieces Taylor Davis of San Mateo and Allison Sroaf of Placerville, CA. In December 2016 Kay moved from California to the Amish country after falling in love with the people and their way of life through her passion for travel. She was also a pet lover leaving behind her adopted dog, “Annie” and cat “Toby”. Kay was a generous, thoughtful and wise person in many ways. Her friendship will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her....

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S. Robert Freedman
Sept. 18, 1944 - May 12, 2021
Palo Alto, California

S. Robert “Bob” Freedman, an eminent and internationally known pathologist, died at his home in Palo Alto on May 12 after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 76. Dr. Freedman spent most of his medical career in pathology and nuclear medicine at Regional Medical Center (San Jose) and Los Gatos Community Hospital where he directed the laboratory for many years. Generations of the doctors he supervised over the decades, notably including many physicians surmounting barriers of race and gender, warmly describe his mentorship with terms like “singular influence,” “unlimited generosity” and “one in a million.” He served on the Governing Boards of Los Gatos Community Hospital and the Santa Clara County Red Cross, lectured in the joint UCSF-UC Berkeley medical program and at San Jose State, and served as President of the California Society of Pathologists. Nationally, he was on the Board of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and is credited with influencing his colleagues to adopt Bob’s signature bow tie. He served on over 20 CAP committees, chaired CAP’s California Delegation, and led and participated in over 90 laboratory inspections for the...

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Nancy Elizabeth Strauss
April 28, 1938 - May 10, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Nancy Elizabeth Strauss, 83, of Palo Alto CA, was born on April 28th, 1938 in Buffalo, NY to Alice and Rudy Klatt. She was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. She passed away peacefully on May 10, 2021 with her family gathered around her. After graduating high school, Nancy attended the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing where she became a Registered Nurse. While at Bellevue Hospital, she met Dr. Eric Strauss, and they were married in 1960. Nancy and Eric moved to the Presidio in San Francisco as Eric was serving in the US Army at Letterman Hospital. After they finished their service in the Army, Nancy and Eric settled in Palo Alto where they raised their children: Ralph, Jonathan, Roger, and Ellen. As her children grew older, Nancy returned to nursing at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA, working in the Ambulatory Surgery Center. Once she completed her nursing career, Nancy started a floral business in Portola Valley, CA called “Nancy’s Garden” which she operated for over a decade. Nancy cared deeply for people as a nurse, brought joy to people with her beautiful flower arrangements, and loved to cr...

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Gary Harris
Aug. 1, 1952 - May 9, 2021
Turlock, California

Gary Harris passed away May 9th. He was the only son of Hermine and Joe Harris of San Francisco. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Doris Marx Harris, of Palo Alto. Gary graduated from Berkeley with a masters degree in structural engineering. He enjoyed his work, which took them to many parts of the US during his career. He was an avid video editor who had recently retired....

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Milo Gwosden
June 15, 1937 - April 20, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Milo Gwosden, born to Milo Gwosden and Frances Dixon Gwosden was raised in North Braddock, PA. He served in the Marine Corps from 1956-58, graduated from San Francisco State College in 1961, and San Francisco Law School and admitted to California State Bar in 1973. From 1962 to 2003 he taught Social Studies at Lowell High School (San Francisco), Burlingame High School, and Aragon High School (San Mateo). He was voted “Teacher of the Year” at least ten times during his tenure in the San Mateo District. While serving on the negotiating council, as salary chairman, he ably managed to upgrade teachers’ salaries and improve their healthcare benefits, never losing sight that it was the students that mattered. Milo loved keeping in touch with his students and often attended their reunions. Milo felt lucky to be paid for doing something he enjoyed spanning five decades. In his long life he thrived on the wisdom, insight, and sagacity of his beloved wife, Carlota Costa Gwosden. Milo enjoyed a few very loyal and intimate friendships that enriched his life and understanding beyond what any reasonable man has a right to expect. In addition, Milo and Carla knew they were very fort...

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Norma Remke
Jan. 22, 1947 - April 8, 2021
Portola Valley, California

Beloved teacher and mother, Norma Remke, passed away on April 8, 2021. Norma was born in East Detroit, Michigan. She moved to California, via Route 66, after earning her BA in Education at Michigan State University. She always said the decision was made to move to California after traveling across country to see Michigan State win the Rose Bowl. While attending San Francisco State University for her Masters in Special Education, she met her future husband on a blind date. They later moved to Mill Valley. Norma worked at St. Mary's Hospital helping adolescents in the McAuley Inpatient Unit. She loved providing care for children who needed it the most. Norma and her family moved to Portola Valley in 1976, living in the same house in downtown for 40 years. Norma raised two children and worked as a Special Education teacher at Ormondale Elementary and Corte Madera Middle School in Portola Valley for 25 years. She was deeply involved in the Portola Valley community as a parent and teacher. She spent her time helping with her children's sporting events, scouting endeavors and giving that extra helping hand with school work. She always had time for you. Norma adored her students, cowor...

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Frank Merritt Ruhlen
May 10, 1944 - Jan. 29, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Frank Merritt Ruhlen was born on May 10, 1944. His father, also Frank Merritt Ruhlen (1909–1997), was an administrative law judge for the Civil Aeronautics Board, and the family lived in Virginia, near Washington, D.C. His mother was Florence Ennis (Ruhlen) (1911–2007), who had worked as an administrative assistant before marriage. The couple had three children: the twins Merritt and Marian, and a younger daughter Janet. Merritt (junior) studied at Rice University, the University of Paris, the University of Illinois, and the University of Bucharest as a Fulbright fellow, and received his PhD in 1973 from Stanford University with a dissertation on the generative analysis of Romanian morphology. Subsequently, Ruhlen worked for several years as a research assistant on the Stanford Universals Project directed by Joseph Greenberg and Charles Ferguson. Beginning in 1994 Ruhlen was a lecturer in Anthropological Sciences and Human Biology at Stanford University. In 2001 Merritt Ruhlen, together with Murray Gell-Mann of the Santa Fe Institute and Sergei Anatolyevich Starostin of the Russian State University of the Humanities, co-founded the Evolution of Human Languages Project, base...

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Keith M. Ott
Dec. 11, 1937 - May 24, 2021 Mountain View, California

Capt. Keith Montgomery Ott (USN, Ret.), 83, passed away May 24, 2021 in Mountain View, CA after a protracted illness. Born in Los Angeles on December 11, 1937, he was the only child of Raymond Wesley King and Anna Edna Montgomery. He grew up in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the Navy NROTC...

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Karl J. Poppenberg
Sept. 19, 1943 - May 17, 2021 Woodside, California

Karl J Poppenberg passed away on May 17, 2021 at his home in Woodside, CA. He had been diagnosed only weeks before with a brain tumor. Karl was born in Oelde Germany and also met his wife Heide in Germany before emigrating to the United States in 1969. Karl was an engineer in the food processing...

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Patricia F. Robertson
April 24, 1920 - May 10, 2021 Atherton, California

Patricia F. Robertson passed away peacefully on Monday, May 10, 2021 after several months of declining health. She was 101 years old. Pat was born on April 24, 1920 in Seattle, Washington. She attended the University of California at Berkeley but went to work full-time after her first universi...

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David G. Cole
May 14, 1948 - May 6, 2021 Mountain View, California

David Gary Cole passed away peacefully on May 6, 2021 in Mountain View, California. David was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 14, 1948 and his family moved to Santa Clara, California when he was 5 years old. He attended Wilcox High School and graduated from San Jose State University with a ...

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