Robert Patrick Battaglia
March 17, 1942 - April 15, 2018
Menlo Park, CA
Robert Patrick "Pat" Battaglia, born on March 17, 1942 in San Jose, Ca, to Anthony and Thelma Battaglia. He passed away at the age of 76 on April 15, 2018 in Menlo Park, Ca, surrounded by family. Pat attended Saint Catherine’s school and Junipero Serra high school. Pat started in the auto dealership industry at E-Z Davies Chevrolet in 1970, then opened Bay Area Lease in 1974, completing his career at Liberty Lease with his longtime friend Owen Conley. In 1994 he retired from the auto business after 28 years to join his son David in the construction business. Pat was the beloved husband of Sherry Battaglia married for 55 years. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Battaglia. Pat is survived by his sister, Diane Battaglia Dillon; daughter, Cindy Battaglia-Piacentini; son, David Battaglia (Christine); and Debbie Margulies (David); and grandchildren, Kayleigh Salstrand, Demi Battaglia, Aubrey Salstrand, Samantha Battaglia, Toni Battaglia, Zachary Margulies, and Ethin Battaglia. Some of Pat's hobbies were being an avid 49er fan and die hard Pink Floyd fan. He enjoyed a round of golf and entertaining friends. He was the District Governor of 4C4 Lions, President of the Lions...
Dec. 11, 1942 - April 7, 2018
San Mateo, CA
Richard Paul Gemmet Jr., a small business owner and former Menlo Park resident, died peacefully while surrounded by his family on April 7, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 75. Rich was born in San Francisco on Dec. 11, 1942, to Richard and Celsa Gemmet. He attended Corpus Christi School and entered the seminary in ninth grade, attending Salesian College Preparatory in Richmond and Don Bosco College in Newton, NJ. It was there that he met fellow eighth-grade catechism teacher, Judith Howell, and fell in love. He left the seminary and the two married in New Jersey on Aug. 11, 1968, spending their honeymoon driving across the country to their new home in San Francisco. He earned his master's degree in history from San Francisco State University in 1971, and the couple moved to Redwood City, where they raised their three children. An organizational development consultant for more than 25 years, he founded Gemmet Associates, with clients that included Clorox Corp., Teledyne Microwave and Blach Construction. Rich’s first career was as an educator, teaching history at Canada College and then working for the San Mateo County Office of Education. He returned ...
Joni Denise Woodside
Feb. 12, 1955 - April 4, 2018
JONI LARAWAY WOODSIDE passed away peacefully at her home in Atherton on April 4th after a brief battle with cancer. Her beloved husband, Jack, and sister, Leslie, were by her side. Born in San Jose on February 12, 1955, Joni grew up in Santa Clara and Menlo Park and graduated from Woodside High School in 1973. She went on to study dentistry at the Lawton School for Dental Assistants, graduating in 1974. After working for over 20 years in the field of dentistry, she retired to pursue her passion for animals, especially dogs. Joni volunteered with two German Shepherd rescue groups. She also gave much of her time to helping the Silicon Valley Humane Society, nursing injured dogs back to health in her home. She often cared for pregnant animals before and after delivery, raising their litters until they were old enough for adoption. Some of the dogs had previous behavioral problems, so she used her special touch for training them until they were ready for placement with the right family. Several of these dogs, both big and small, managed to find a permanent residence with Jack and Joni in their home. In addition to her work with animals, Joni volunteered with Treasures Resale ...
Ernest S. Kabaluk
May 27, 1941 - March 30, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Ernest S. Kabaluk of Menlo Park, CA passed away early in the early morning of March 30 at Stanford Hospital after fighting a long battle from prostate cancer. Ernie was born in Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada. Soon after arriving in California, he was employed for many years as a linotype operator at Slonaker’s Printing House in Palo Alto. He was instrumental in the transition from hot metal typesetting to photo typesetting at the firm. He was an active member of the Mission Cities Club of Printing House Craftsman and also a member of the Optimist of Palo Alto. He retired in 1995 as a partner in Slonaker’s. Ernie was truly a humble disciple of the gifted Gutenberg. He had many hobbies; including woodworking, photography, and oil painting, which he enjoyed following his retirement. Palm Desert was his favorite getaway heading down during the cold winter months in the bay area. He is survived by his wife Karen Kabaluk; Children - David Kabaluk, John Kabaluk and Kimberly Herrera; Step Children - Ashley Haskins and Charles Haskins; Grandchildren - Nicole Kabaluk, Haley Kabaluk, Alayna Gomez, Samantha Haskins, and Adrian Gates. He will truly be missed by all who knew...
June 8, 1923 - March 30, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Herbert Kaiser died peacefully at his home in Palo Alto on March 30. A diplomat and an activist, he was 94. Herb was a U.S. Foreign Service officer from 1950 to 1983, serving in Eastern Europe and South Africa. In 1985, he and Joy Dana Kaiser, his wife of 68 years, founded Medical Education for South African Blacks, a non-profit organization that raised funds to train medical professionals of color in South Africa. In 1993 they moved to Palo Alto, where they continued their initiative. Over the course of 20 years MESAB helped educate 10,000 doctors, nurses and paramedics, thus helping to build a post-apartheid society. Born June 8, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York to Max and Nettie Kaiser, Herb was proud in later life to recollect that for much of his youth he was a welfare child. The experience of public charity spurred him ever after to repay society. After attending the Yeshiva Ohel Moshe and James Madison High School, Herb worked briefly in the Brooklyn Navy Yard building the battleships Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before joining the U.S. Navy in January 1942. Shipping out from San Francisco as a submariner, Herb served on the U.S.S. Dragonet, SS 293, and completed two c...
Carlene Gay Scheidtmann
July 15, 1943 - March 29, 2018
San Francisco, California
Pre-School Teacher Passed away peacefully on March 29, 2018 at the age of 74. Beloved sister of Bob (Debbie) of Menlo Park and Eric (Susan) of San Ramon, favorite aunt of Tracy, Carl, Seth, Dan, Valerie and Marcus, and beloved great-aunt of eleven nieces and nephews. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family. Carlene attended San Francisco State University where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education. After a brief career in Anaheim, she returned to the Bay Area to teach kindergarten and first-grade at Ladera School in Menlo Park. In 1979 she opened the Los Lomitas Lions Den, a pre-school/after- school program, in Menlo Park, which she ran for 16 years. In 1995, she started the pre-school program at Holy Cross Church in Belmont, which she ran until her retirement in 2008. She spent her summer vacations traveling, visiting family and friends in dozens of countries over the years. In retirement, Carlene spent time with her animals and perfecting her china painting talent, delighting her family each year with her beautiful creations. She was also active in water aerobics at the Stonestown YMCA and several book clubs, ...
Rebecca Riedel Weegar
June 16, 1954 - March 29, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Rebecca Riedel Weegar (Becky) passed away suddenly on March 29. Becky was born on June 16, 1954 at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas to John Kenneth Riedel and Deborah McBride Riedel. She grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1972. She spent a year as an exchange student in the Netherlands, becoming fluent in Dutch, and returned to the U.S. to attend U.C. Santa Barbara. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Zoology in 1978. Becky worked as a clinical research associate and specialized in the management of pharmaceutical and biotech clinical trials. She owned her own corporation, and worked with medical professionals across the western part of the United States, managing trials for emerging treatments for ovarian and prostate cancers, HIV, hepatitis C and diabetes, among others. In 1985, she married Mark Weegar. Together they joined the Peace Corps and worked in Kenya as aquaculture specialists, teaching small-scale farmers and families how to improve their nutrition and rural livelihoods through fish farming. Becky had a lot of stories about her experiences in Kenya, but she was most remembered by fellow Peace Corps volunteers for the delic...
Nancy Spence Flint
Dec. 5, 1920 - March 27, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Nancy Spence Flint (née Fraser), a long-time resident of Palo Alto, died March 27. She was 97. Born in Strathpeffer, Scotland in 1920, she grew up in Dingwall. During World War II, she served in the Women’s Royal Navy. She lost both her parents while still young and in 1950, she emigrated to the U.S. to be nearer her sisters. Nancy loved the outdoors, making life-long friends in the Sierra Club, and she hiked and camped through most of the western US. She was an avid gardener. For many years, she worked at the London House Tea Room and Duveneck Elementary School. She could be seen cycling the streets of Palo Alto wearing her red bike helmet well into her mid-80s. In later life, Nancy was a member of The Ladies of the Cloth stitchery group and sewed and embroidered as much as her Parkinson’s would allow. She enjoyed her many friends and had tea and shortbread ready for any visitor. Predeceased by her husband Philip Flint, and her sisters Joan Richerson and Ruth Bishop, she is survived by her children, David Flint and Louise Hernon, and her daughter-in-law Mary Lou Herman....
Geraldine Olwell Myers
April 19, 1930 - March 16, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Geraldine Olwell Myers, “Gerry”, passed away on March 16, 2018. Gerry was born in Seattle, Washington to Eugene and Genevieve Olwell. She attended Queen Anne High School and graduated from the University of Washington in 1952. She was a proud and lifelong member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. In 1954 she married Clinton Myers who served in the United States Army rising to the ranks of Lt. Colonel and serving in the Reserves for over thirty years. They made their home in Menlo Park for the remainder of their lives. Gerry’s happiest days were when she worked for Ampex Corporation, which she did for twenty years. She was a member of Nativity Church and an avid San Francisco 49ers fan. She was preceded in death by her husband Clint. She is survived by her sister, Jeanne Olwell Lynch of Menlo Park and one niece, Molly Lynch Gibbons. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 28th at 10:30am at Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. Private burial to follow at Golden Gate National Cemetery....
Elizabeth Anne Shoaff
Feb. 9, 1937 - March 14, 2018
BettyAnne Shoaff passed away peacefully on March 14, 2018. BettyAnne was born on February 9, 1937 to Anne L. Doyle Forbes and Walter Dunbar Forbes, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Growing up she lived with her parents and younger sister and brother, Joan Doyle Jacobson and Robert Forbes, in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Colorado and Arizona. BettyAnne studied at Arizona State University where she met her husband, Richard W. Shoaff. She and Richard resided in Phoenix until 1969 when they relocated to Palo Alto where they raised their four children. BettyAnne taught Montessori school part time while the children were young and later worked for 19 years as a research and administrative assistant in the Child Psychiatry Department at Children’s Hospital Stanford. She was a talented actress and was active in community theater in Palo Alto. She was also an accomplished seamstress, an avid reader, enjoyed playing guitar and gourmet cooking. After retirement from Stanford she and her husband moved to Oregon where they were owners/innkeepers of Brightridge Farm Bed and Breakfast in McMinnville for about 10 years. In 2003, BettyAnne and Richard moved to Portland where they became ...
Vicky Stella Pardini
May 8, 1959 - March 13, 2018
Redwood Valley, California
Vicky Stella Pardini, a longtime Woodside and Redwood City resident, died on March 13 after a major stroke. She was 58 years old. Mrs. Pardini had been living with her son, Stavros Pardini, and his family at his home in Redwood Valley after the home she and her family had built themselves in Mendocino County and all their belongings were destroyed in the Redwood Valley Complex fire in October. Mrs. Pardini, her family says, loved to be surrounded by her family. "She would light up when her grandchildren were with her," according to family members. She enjoyed singing Greek songs to them; making cookies, chewing bubble gum, watching scary movies and going on shopping trips with her seven grandchildren, ranging from 11 month old twins to a 12-year-old. "She would often call just to hear their voices," family members said. "It would immediately brighten her day." Friends say that once anyone met Mrs. Pardini, they were friends forever. Toni Imbimbo, who met Vicky Pardini about 28 years ago when their sons were both preschoolers, says that "her heart was so big and simple, she just pulled you in." "She was the glue that kept everything and everyone together," Ms. Imbimbo ...
Nancy Ann Salmon
Oct. 9, 1947 - March 12, 2018
Redwood City, California
It is with sadness that the family of Nancy Salmon announces her peaceful passing in her home in Redwood City on Monday, March 12, 2018. The daughter of Raymond James and Virginia O’Laughlin, Nancy was born in Oak Park, Illinois on October 9, 1947. She received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana in 1969 and married the same year. She worked as a special education teacher in Illinois for several years before becoming a full-time homemaker. After the family moved to the Bay Area in 1984, Nancy immersed herself in the children’s school theater productions, sports teams and academic pursuits and was an active member of the Sacred Heart school community in Atherton. She beamed at any opportunity to tell her friends how proud she was of her children. Nancy loved to read. She was always with book in hand. For the last 17 years, she shared this passion for books of all kinds - classics and new releases, thrillers and non-fiction, stories that were joyful or heartfelt - with the local community through her work at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park. She developed a dedicated and large following of readers, publishers, authors, friends, co-wor...
Sept. 1, 1931 - March 7, 2018
Joan Poulter, who founded and fostered programs to combat and overcome the inequities in educational opportunities throughout the Bay Area, died unexpectedly on March 7 at age 86. Born in Modesto, California, she graduated from Berkeley High at age 16, and UC Berkeley in 1952, majoring in English. She pursued a 37-year career in elementary education, focusing on students with severe emotional challenges. After earning her degree at UC Berkeley, Joan had returned to school to obtain a teaching certificate. She said that, at the time, options for college-educated women entering the workforce were primarily limited to being a nurse, a secretary, or a teacher, and she chose “the least evil option.” That choice led to a lifetime of devotion and service in furthering the education of young people. Beginning in Hayward 1957, Joan taught 6th and then 2nd grade. After moving to Menlo Park in 1960, she ultimately focused on working with children who had severe emotional challenges. When she retired in 1994, Joan had the longest tenure of any teacher in the district at that time, and according to family lore, had missed only two days of teaching over the course of her ent...
April 13, 1958 - March 4, 2018
Nancy passed away on Sunday, March 4, at her home in Inverness, after a brief battle with cancer. A fourth generation Californian, Nancy was born on April 13, 1958 in Coronado, CA to Marilyn Rhoades Hoffman and Ralph Hoffman, Jr. The eldest of three daughters,she grew up in Menlo Park, attending Hillview Elementary and Castilleja School. She headed to Stanford University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1980 and a Masters of Arts in Education in 1984. Nancy discovered her gift for working with young people through her summers spent as a camp counselor at Four Winds * Westward Ho on Orcas Island,WA . She began her career in education at Crystal Springs School in Hillsborough. Over the next 30 years, she served as a history teacher, coach, Academic Dean, Assistant Head of School, Department Chair, Dean of Students and in various other roles at Castilleja, Marin Academy and Sonoma Academy. She was a gifted educator, bringing an innate understanding of young people to her work. She treasured her students and was beloved by many in return. Nancy was an avid reader and a deep thinker with interests in Native American culture, children's literature and Russian ...
Sept. 4, 1925 - March 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Margaret Feng-ya Chang Ma, a retired science librarian beloved by her family and friends, died on March 3 in Palo Alto. Margaret, 92, and her late husband, Dr. James Ma, were long-time residents of Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Born in Changsha, China on September 4, 1925, Margaret was the granddaughter of Louise Van Arnam and Rev. Huie Kin, founder of the First Chinese Presbyterian Church in New York City. Her father, Fuliang Chang, and her mother, Louise Huie Chang, worked on China’s rural reconstruction, her father serving as General Secretary of the National Christian Council of China. Her parents’ example led Margaret to a lifetime of compassion, faith and service. Margaret overcame the hardships of war and revolution to pursue an education and a career, successfully combining a family and professional life. She graduated from the esteemed Ginling College in 1947 and emigrated to the U.S. In 1948, she received her M.S. in Biochemistry from Ohio State University, and she and James married. James earned his Ph.D. and they moved to Pennsylvania. They lived in West Chester and Yardley, PA, where they were active in the Quaker community, whose values of equality, simplicity...
Aug. 25, 1947 - March 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Judith (Judy) Kooker Paulus peacefully passed away on March 3, 2018 in Menlo Park, CA. She was the devoted mother of her daughter Brittany M. Paulus. At the time of her death, she also had one granddaughter. As an academic, Dr. Paulus held an AB, magna cum laude, from Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science and an MA and PhD in International Affairs and International Economics, with distinction, from the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C. (SAIS). While completing her doctoral work at SAIS and writing her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Paulus worked as a consultant for the Hudson Institute in Paris, France, advising European clients on key economic, trade, investment and financial issues. She then served on the senior international staff of the U.S. Treasury Department, in Washington, DC, again advising on international trade, finance and economics. Among her corporate positions, Dr. Paulus has served as Director, Civic and International Affairs, of Sara Lee Corporation in Chicago, IL, reporting to Chairman and CEO; Vice President/Director of Strategic Planning and Vice President/Chief of Staff, for Consu...
June 3, 1969 - March 2, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Brian Lin, 48, passed away unexpectedly in Palo Alto on Friday, March 2. Brian was born on June 3, 1969 in Taiwan and graduated from Gunn High School. He passionately practiced karate from an early age and found incredible joy teaching it to youth. He was absolutely adored by his students and locals from schools and community centers in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. Many knew Brian as a patient, humorous and gentle teacher who gave the utmost respect to his students. When Brian was not teaching karate, he was always ready to lend a hand, offer a joke or discuss technology and Jeopardy trivia. Brian will be lovingly remembered as a caring uncle, goofy brother and dedicated karate instructor. He is survived by his parents, Tsai Ju and Ting Lin; his older siblings, Jennifer Lee, Erica Lin and Randy Lin; his many nieces and nephews; and one grand niece....
Bernice Marie D'Arcy
Jan. 19, 1918 - March 1, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Bernice D'Arcy, 100, a longtime resident of Menlo Park and San Jose, died peacefully at Sequoia Hospital on March 1 after a brief stay. Mrs. D’Arcy was a native San Josan, born and raised in Sunol-Midtown at Race St. and Auzerais Ave. She spoke of her days at Notre Dame High School and the friends she made there. One of Bernice's first jobs was at Hart’s Department Store in San Jose. A graduate of San Jose State University, Bernice's teaching skills brought her to an immigrant elementary school in Madera as well as the Pinnacles, and then several elementary schools in San Jose. Upon marrying James C. D’Arcy she retired from teaching, though worked for a couple of shops at nearby Stanford Shopping Center. Jim and Bernice loved traveling to Reno, the Holy Land, and throughout Europe. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Raymond Parish and creating the centerpieces for the annual Christmas meal at Vallombrosa Center. Bernice was very social, claiming her favorite scenic view was “people!” The daughter of Jacob and Emily O'Neill, one of the pioneering families of the Santa Clara Valley, Bernice was stepmother to Anne D’Arcy and Maureen Reichmuth (Frank), grandmother of ...
Oct. 1, 1937 - March 1, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Ruth Rosenbaum passed away peacefully in her sleep due to complications from ovarian cancer on March 1, 2018. She was 80 years old. Ruth was a resident of Palo Alto for over 57 years and was predeceased by her loving husband, Dick. She is survived by her children, Amy and Dan; daughter-in-law, Jayne; grandchildren, Kathryn, Grant and David; and brother, Fred. Ruth was born in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Simmons College in Boston. She completed a masters in Education at Framingham State University, and taught elementary school in the Boston area while Dick completed his doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering at MIT. They married in 1958 and moved to Palo Alto in 1960 upon Dick’s graduation. Ruth resumed teaching in Sunnyvale and Dick began his career at Lockheed. Ruth took a sabbatical from teaching to devote herself to her children when they were young. She later returned to the classroom as a Special Education Teacher’s Aide in Palo Alto. She specialized in reading instruction, and was deeply committed to her students. She celebrated their interval progress and encouraged them to have confidence in their ability to learn. Ruth contributed to the development a tuto...
ROBERT Louis ANDERSON
Feb. 22, 1932 - Feb. 28, 2018
palo alto, ca
Robert Louis Anderson, 1932-2018 An inspirational human, Bob Anderson transformed himself from an angry man to a gentle, fun-loving, (mostly) patient, always smiling guy. And he transformed himself from an alcoholic to a non-alcholic who didn’t drink alcohol for 51 years. He was a positive life force for struggling kids at Menlo-Atherton, for dying clients of hospice, and for many friends and family. After surviving a massive heart attack and quintuple bypass in 1984, he learned to reduce health-threatening stress. He retired in 1988 and, with Mickie, led an adventurous and active life, teaching conversational English in Russia, China, Turkey and Thailand, traveling world-wide, mostly by bike, until he died peacefully in his sleep , at age 86. Bob was a Ph.D scientist. He figured out that management wasn’t his forte or his love and rejected the typical path of becoming a manager in order to remain, as he said, “at the research bench.” He worked mostly on mechanisms of carcinogenesis for the Proctor and Gamble Company for 28 years, published 38 peer-reviewed articles, and was well known and honored in his scientific community. Bob was born in Oak Park, Illino...
Bal Raj Sehgal
Sept. 2, 1933 - Feb. 26, 2018
Professor Bal Raj Sehgal, 84, passed away peacefully on 26 February, at the UCSF Medical Center, his family by his side. Active as usual and in the midst of travelling, his death was sudden and unexpected, but Bal Raj had been recently diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and died due to complications related to influenza. Born in Peshawar in former British India, Bal Raj moved to New Delhi during Partition and spent his early years there before emigrating to the United States to pursue a doctorate in nuclear engineering at UC Berkeley. What followed was an exceptional career trajectory which led Bal Raj to become a leading global expert in nuclear reactor safety culminating with his professorship at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm where he established the Division for Nuclear Power Safety. Bal Raj is remembered by his colleagues and students as an outstanding scientist and researcher, a great teacher and mentor, a prolific author and a tireless servant to the community. During the course of his career, he was inducted into numerous societies and academies, notably as elected member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, the U.S. National Ac...
Warren Hastings Goodnow
Aug. 3, 1937 - Feb. 22, 2018
Palo Alto, CA
Warren Hastings Goodnow passed away on Feb. 22, 2018 at the age of 80, in Palo Alto after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. Warren was born in Washington D.C. to Charles and Margaret Goodnow. The family, including his brother Bud and sister Mary, moved to Winchester, Massachusetts where he attended Winchester High School. He was president of his senior class and earned varsity letters in three different sports. Warren graduated from MIT with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering. He joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where he made life-long friends. Warren played on the MIT baseball team for four years and was the team captain his junior and senior years. The famed broadcaster and Boston Globe reporter, Bud Collins, covered MIT baseball and described Warren as a baseball player who carried three gloves: one for pitching, one for catching, and one for playing on the field. Despite offers from major league baseball teams, he married his college sweetheart, Judith Mansfield (graduate of Wellesley College), and took a job in the Ice Lab at MIT. In 1962, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Warren’s ...
May 5, 1965 - Feb. 21, 2018
Redwood City, California
Jerry was born at Stanford Hospital on May 5th , 1965, and passed away unexpectedly in his home in Redwood City in February. He grew up in Menlo Park and was employed by the city of Palo Alto for 18 years. Cinco de Mayo made his birthday extra festive; he loved Seabright Beach, music, sports, and enjoyed sharing a pun. Jerry is survived by his beloved son Christopher Loscutoff, his loving mother Mary Gardner, sister Laura Finch, brother-in-law Steve, and nieces McKenna and Audrey....
Jan. 22, 1955 - Feb. 13, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Mallory (Marc) Schoen, 63, of Menlo Park, California, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, after a tenacious five-year battle against metastatic colon cancer. Born January 22, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York, to Harold and Leona Schoen, Mal was raised, along with his younger siblings Gary and Amy, in New York, Colorado, and California. Mal attended Jordan Junior High and Palo Alto High in Palo Alto, California, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from SUNY at Stony Brook, in New York, in 1976. Until his illness led him to retire several years ago, Mal had been a long-time employee of Stanford University. Mal enjoyed meals out with friends, movies, and shopping for bargains. He was a voracious reader, journal-writer, and gadabout walker. He was long a fixture in his neighborhood, book in hand, as he sought out a quiet, sunny spot in which to read. Mal was predeceased by his father, Harold, and is survived by his mother, Leona, and brother, Gary, both of Portland, OR, and his sister, Amy, of Rohnert Park, CA....
Paul Burt Clarkson
Sept. 16, 1938 - Feb. 12, 2018
Paul Burt Clarkson (9/16/38-2/12/18) in Ashland, Oregon, son of John F. Clarkson, DC, and Mary Elizabeth Wood (Clarkson) Duckworth. Survivors include sons Peter Winn Clarkson and Daniel Wood Clarkson; grandchildren Cyrus, Sarah, Reilly, Lila and Stella; sister Marcia Raven, stepsisters Janet (Stewart) Wilson and Gail Morris, half-brother Robert (Fredrique) Duckworth; niece Karen, nephew Sean; ex-wife Susan B. Winn. Paul taught high school history and international relations in Hayward, Menlo Park, San Mateo, East Palo Alto, San Carlos, and Sacramento. He was a member of Sunburst Brotherhood of the Sun in Gaviota, California, and in Northeastern Nevada. He attended Menlo Atherton High School, College of San Mateo where he was president of the student body, and UC Berkeley, S’60, where he was a member and president of Tau Kappa Epsilon. His ashes were scattered at sea. Donations to local public school appreciated....
Carol Bird Cutting
May 14, 1930 - Feb. 10, 2018
Orange County, California
Carol Bird Cutting, a 60 year resident of Menlo Park, passed away at her home in Orange County, California on February 10th, 2018. Her three daughters were by her side. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Carol graduated from Marlborough School for Girls and went on to graduate from UCLA where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduation, she moved to Palo Alto, where as “Miss Bird” she spent 5 years teaching 5th graders in the Palo Alto School District, which earned her a lifetime California teaching credential. Through a blind date, set up by their mothers, Carol met Lester Cutting who was working in San Francisco at the time. They were married in June of 1956. The newlyweds built a home in West Menlo Park and raised their three daughters with the values and qualities they admired most: kindness, generosity, and a positive outlook on life. Carol participated in a variety of volunteer activities and worked at what she loved. She was a Girl Scout Brownie Leader, Las Lomitas School District PTA President for 2 years and later worked as a substitute teacher at La Entrada School. In Peninsula Volunteers, she helped with the senior housing apartments on Partridge ...
Harry W. "Hunk" Anderson
Oct. 5, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2018
San Francisco Peninsula, California
Harry W. "Hunk" Anderson was born on October 5, 1922 in Corning, NY. His father and mother immigrated to the United States from Sweden and Norway, respectively. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Hunk enrolled at Hobart College in Geneva, NY, where he played varsity tennis, fell in love with his wife Mary Margaret “Moo,” and co-founded Saga Corporation in 1948 with lifelong friends. During his 30 years as co-CEO of the company, Hunk lived by “The Saga Way” – to treat others as you would like to be treated. This mentality was shared by the thousands of employees, students, and customers that Saga served in universities, hospitals, retirement homes, and restaurants across the country. After a transformative trip to the Louvre, Moo and Hunk began learning about art and collecting “the best of the best” of post-war American works. In between visits to galleries and artists’ studios, the couple raised their only daughter, Mary Patricia “Putter,” in the San Francisco Peninsula. Hunk approached life with a can-do attitude and a big smile, especially when it was time for dessert or a Hendrick’s gin martini. He often imparted wisdom like “I...
May 12, 1927 - Feb. 3, 2018
Los Altos, California
Barbara Benedict Woods passed away in her sleep on February 3rd at the age of 90, on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. Just a few days prior she had enjoyed a dinner out with a few of her grandchildren. She was born May 12, 1927 to Wilbur and Ruth Benedict in Philadelphia, PA. Barbara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. Her first job was at the Philadelphia office of N. W. Ayers & Sons advertising agency. Soon thereafter, she was greeted one morning in the elevator by a cheerful, youthful-looking man she mistook for a summer intern. Joe Woods was actually an account executive, and the two were married in April of 1952. As was the nature of the times, numerous relocations followed, to Boston, where Wendy and David were born, and Northbrook, Ill, where Suzanne and Thomas were born. Moves to Chatham, New Jersey and Menlo Park, California followed in later years. In addition to raising her children, Barbara was an active member of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and in many other areas. She was involved in Bible Study Fellowship for many years. Barbara is pr...
Jean Thelma Ohme
May 19, 1928 - Feb. 2, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Jean Ohme lived her 89 years to the fullest. Even during her last few years when she was battling dementia, she remained positive and supportive with the help of the wonderful staff at Palo Alto Commons. She was one of the kindest, compassionate and most determined people the world has ever known. She made Muhammad Ali and Mother Theresa look like light weights. She fought for every individual she cared for, especially her grandchildren and other family members. If you needed encouragement, go talk to Jean. She would enthusiastically tell you to "do it," that you would be great and to give it your all. She didn't just say it, she believed it. She was also determined to succeed in her own life. Her father was an immigrant from Latvia who believed that you make your own successes and he didn't believe in going to college. He ridiculed people who wasted their time sitting in classrooms. She didn't listen to her father, she was determined to go to college and she didn't give up until she succeeded. She worked in a shoe store, she did surveys, she found scholarships and somehow she managed to get her Bachelor’s Degree in English from UCLA and later a Master’s degree in Special ...
James Michael Strong
July 7, 1955 - Jan. 28, 2018
Santa Clara, California
Jim made our lives better. His playful sense of humor kept our hearts warm and light. His gentle patience, humble integrity and unassuming manner strengthened us. And his calm, cool-headed approach to life's obstacles inspired us. The youngest of seven children, Jim was born on July 7, 1955, to June Conrow Strong and John Matthews Strong in Glen Ellyn, Ill. The family moved in 1959 to the Palo Alto home that was their base camp for 33 years. Jim shared many adventures with his close-knit family, including camping, stargazing, Scouting, target shooting, fishing and photography. With his brother John he built an electric train diorama, flew RC planes with their dad, staged battles involving toy soldiers and Lincoln Logs, and built countless model ships and planes—putting the ships out to sea in the family pool and hanging the planes airborne from their bedroom ceiling. Jim also loved playing for the Liddicoat’s Little League team as well as J.V. and varsity soccer at Palo Alto High School. Jim embraced his passion for gazing at full moons and distant stars, first as a child with toy planetariums and backyard telescopes, then as an adult exploring national parks with his cam...
Dorothy Ann Ross
March 1, 1926 - Jan. 17, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Dorothy Ann “Dot” Bauer Ross passed away peacefully on January 17, 2018 in Palo Alto. She was 91 years old. She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Nancy Ross Ryde and Magnus Ryde of Atherton, CA; Carolyn Ross and Don “Chip” Hill of Leesburg, VA; two grandchildren, Nancy Hill of Seattle, WA and Erik Ryde of Boston, MA; her younger brother, Dr. Richard Bauer of Glendale, AZ; and countless friends and extended family members. Her husband of 53 years, Harry Robert “Barney” Ross and her older brother, Carl Elmer Bauer predeceased her. Dot was born in Los Angeles on March 1, 1926 to Anna Louise Geib Bauer and Elmer Lawrence Bauer. She graduated from Compton High School in 1944 and from Occidental College in 1948. She taught 2nd and 3rd grades at La Canada Elementary School for two years. In 1950, she enrolled in the USC Graduate School of Management, receiving her MBA in Finance in 1952, the first woman to receive this distinction from USC. Following graduation, she worked at Standard Oil for a year, and left to teach school at the American School on the Army base in Giessen, Germany. There she met the love of her life, Barney, a captain in the Army. T...
Aug. 15, 1923 - Jan. 6, 2018
Portola Valley, California
Archaeologist, community volunteer, wife, mother of four and beloved grandmother of six, Agnes Bierman Babcock died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on January 6, 2018. She was 94 years old and had been a resident of Portola Valley for the past 60 years. She loved Portola Valley and felt strongly about how special it was and that it be preserved and protected. She gave back to her home town by serving in numerous volunteer posts in town for many years, leading to the running family joke that she had held every volunteer position in the town but mayor and dog catcher. Ms. Babcock was born August 15, 1923 in Fribourg, Switzerland where her father taught at the University of Fribourg. Both her parents were from the Netherlands, and they continued to speak Dutch at home with their three daughters, a tradition Ms. Babcock continued with her own children. When she was one year old her family moved to Vancouver Island, Canada. It remained her home base for the rest of her childhood. Her father was a professor and she spent each school year living in whatever city he was teaching at the time, but summers were always spent on Vancouver Island. She described it as havin...
Kathryn Elizabeth Martin
Feb. 22, 1917 - Jan. 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Kathryn Elizabeth (Springs) Martin passed away on Wednesday evening, January 3rd, 2018 in her home of 71 years in Menlo Park. She was surrounded by family and friends. “Miss Kitty” was born February 22, 1917 in Savannah, Missouri. She was the tenth child of 13, born to Lydia Ann (Fields) Springs and James Monroe Springs. As a young woman, she cherished her education and had a particular fondness for American History. Growing up during The Great Depression Kathryn knew her family could not afford to send her to high school, so under her mother’s direction, she turned to God. At the eleventh hour, the family’s landlords, Albert and Mary Weigant, showed up at her front porch to invite her to live with them in Wathena, Kansas, a move that would allow her to attend school—the answer to her prayer. From that day forward, she would never again question her faith. During her first year of high school (1934) she attended a dance at “The Big Apple”, where she met a dapper dancer, Dorwin Edward Martin. In no time, Miss Springs’ heart had sprung. After courting for two years they eloped on April 25, 1936 and began a marriage and love affair that would span 75 ...
May 4, 1921 - March 10, 2018 Mountain View, California
Elderid Adeline Johanne Everly was born in Hatton, North Dakota, the 6th of 8 children of Olaf and Elise (Lismoen) Kordahl. A child of immigrant parents, she grew up in a Norwegian-speaking community and learned to speak English only when she began attending school. Because there was no high school ...
Margaret F. Ma
Sept. 4, 1925 - March 3, 2018 Menlo Park, California
Margaret Feng-ya Chang Ma, a retired science librarian beloved by her family and friends, died on March 3 in Palo Alto. Margaret, 92, and her late husband, Dr. James Ma, were long-time residents of Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Born in Changsha, China on September 4, 1925, Margaret was the granddaug...
Sylvia C. Osborne
Dec. 25, 1938 - Feb. 24, 2018 Mountain View, California
Sylvia Kyle was born on Christmas Day, in 1938 in Okolona, Mississippi to the late Luther and Lillie Kyle. Sylvia passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 24, 2018 in Castro Valley, California. She was 79 years old. While in Mississippi, Sylvia met the love of her life, the late Ar...
Aug. 2, 1944 - Feb. 11, 2018 Los Altos Hills, California
Deveda Merrilyn Littauer, 73, of Los Altos Hills, died unexpectedly on February 11, 2018, of cancer. Such a one is rare among us. Decent and true; caring and giving; friendly, thoughtful and kind, her life was an inspiration. Married nearly 50 years to retired Lockheed Vice President Dr. Ernest Litt...