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Cynthia Roberts
April 5, 1928 - June 27, 2022
Menlo Park, California

Cynthia Roberts – a resident of Menlo Park for nearly 65 years -- passed away on June 27, 2022 at the Brookdale Senior Living Facility in Redwood City, California. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 5, 1928, she was the third of six children of Anita and Frederick Brenk. She attended Marquette University and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She soon moved to Sausalito and San Francisco, where she met her husband of many years, Kenneth Roberts (who pre-deceased her). They were married in 1957 and she moved to Menlo Park to join Ken and his three daughters, Elizabeth, Katherine, and Susan (now deceased). Cynthia is remembered as a dedicated member of the League of Women Voters and as a supporter of Visiting Angels. She volunteered for many years at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford and was an artist in her own right, creating beautiful sculptures in both wood and stone. She also spent many hours on the ski slopes and swimming laps in her favorite pools. She leaves behind five children (David Roberts, Barbara Louise Roberts, Thomas Roberts, Cynthia Roberts, and Julia Perrine), two stepdaughters (Elizabeth Ducot and Katherine Reilly), eleven grandch...

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Carol McFall
March 16, 1940 - June 24, 2022
Santa Cruz, California

Born in March of 1940, Carol Hengst grew up in West Frankfurt, Illinois, something of a child prodigy in the arts – playing Beethoven and Bach startlingly well from a young age on her little upright piano and becoming the youngest person to submit a painting to the state art fair. The daughter of Albert and Adela Hengst, with two sisters Marilyn and Janice, she grew up in a Christian Science family and attended Principia College in Illinois. She studied Art and travelled in Europe. Most importantly, in their final days at Principia, she met Malcolm McFall, pretty much her opposite – an athletic, relaxed guy from a large Texan family. Malcolm knew after one date that he never wanted to be apart from her. He proposed at breakfast after that first date. From there ensued almost 60 years of an incredible partnership with love that overflowed and blessed us all. The newlyweds moved to California to start life. Carol attended California College of Arts and Crafts for her master’s in art and began a painting career. She was one of the founding members of Gallery Nine in Los Altos, which continues to thrive today. She was also invited to exhibit and sell her work at ...

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Leonore Rooney Daschbach
June 11, 1929 - June 24, 2022
Atherton, California

Leonore Rooney Daschbach, a longtime resident of Atherton, passed away peacefully at her home on June 24, 2022. A loving wife to her husband of 59 years, Howard M. Daschbach, Jr, (who passed away in 2012) and loving mother of 6, grandmother of 18 and great grandmother of 16. Although an only child herself, Leonore will be remembered as the matriarch of her large family and all their friends. Leonore, a fourth generation Californian, was born to Theodore and Lillian Rooney, on June 11, 1929, in San Francisco. At the age of five, her family moved to Atherton, to the home that Leonore lived in until her death. Her family believes that at the time of her death she was the longest living resident of Atherton. Leonore lived in her home on Winchester Drive for 87 years. She attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Atherton and completed her education at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, so it was only fitting that she died on the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart. Leonore met Howard at the Neuman Club on Stanford Campus in the fall of 1952 and the two were married at the Carmel Mission on February 5, 1953. Leonore will be missed by her children LeeLee Cusenza...

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Carl Hugo Gotsch
Jan. 1, 1933 - June 12, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Carl Hugo Gotsch died at home on June 12, 2022. Carl was born on January 1, 1933 in Ontario, Oregon across the border from Parma, Idaho where he was raised. He was one of three boys born to Carl and Elly Gotsch who immigrated from Germany. Carl grew up in a small farming community and looked back on his childhood fondly. While there was much hard work on the farm and he was known for shirking his share of it, he and his beloved brothers rode horses, camped in the hills, and fished in the creeks. In a small school system, he could start on all the sports teams and still be the lead in the school play. He would later say these opportunities were the foundation of a lifetime of multi-faceted interests. While he never considered himself an athlete (he always set the bar high), he played basketball and baseball well-enough to compete on intramural teams throughout his life. He later took up tennis and golf – but spent more time practicing than playing both. He taught his daughters to ski, swim, play tennis and basketball. Those would be some of their most cherished moments with him as they also allowed for important conversations about life. Upon graduating from Univ...

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Alison Gwen Weisner
Jan. 20, 1959 - June 10, 2022
Palo Alto, CA

Alison Weisner, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend, passed away on Friday, June 10 after living with cancer for over a decade. She was 63 years old. Alison lived nearly her entire life in the Barron Park neighborhood of Palo Alto, California. She graduated from Henry M. Gunn High School and Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Alison enjoyed a long career as a document librarian, at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Law Firm. In addition to being a prolific reader, Alison wrote fiction and poetry, was a nature photographer, and a calligrapher. She was fiercely independent yet devoted herself to friends, family, and her community. A prodigious walker, Alison loved and cared for the environment; she and her sun hat were a constant, friendly presence all around the Palo Alto area. Her monumental intelligence, kindness and wit will be deeply missed by father John, sister Kirsten, niece Fiona, and nephews Kyle and Declan....

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Eve Roxanne Sacks
Feb. 11, 1924 - June 8, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Eve R. “Dolly” Sacks died on June 8th. She was 98. Throughout her life, Dolly (a nickname given to her when she was a baby) worked to help others, first as a social worker in Massachusetts, where she grew up, and later as executive director of the Stanford Urban Coalition on the Stanford campus, and then a senior program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos. There she was instrumental in creating the Black Colleges Program and numerous other programs addressing education inequity and childhood poverty. Dolly loved German Shepherds (she had one until she was nearly 90), graham crackers with peanut butter, reading and discussing the headlines and op-eds from her beloved New York Times. Most of all she loved her family. She was always ready to open her home to others from visiting international students to struggling relatives to troubled teens. Her house was a gathering spot for her large, extended family. She was thoughtful, fun and feisty. She loved going for tea in downtown Palo Alto and she adored Italian opera. Dolly was known for her granola chocolate chip cookies and matzoh ball soup at Passover, her favorite holiday. Dolly is surv...

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Norman H. Freed
July 18, 1938 - June 6, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Norman H. Freed died on June 6, 2022. He was 83 years of age. Norman was adventurous and lived his life to love, to teach to help others and to be fiercely ethical. He was intelligent and sympathetic, curious and both tough and tender. He played the sax, was a member of a band and enjoyed exploring coffee houses and book stores. He was born in San Francisco. An only child, his father was a musician and traveled with the family throughout the country as a sales rep. His mother was a homemaker. When young he was involved in an automobile accident and needed brain surgery to correct the trauma. With determination he walked the long path to recovery and he did. To prove his return to health, he hitch hiked across the country and entered the US Navy reserves. Then college and the pursuit of higher education. First, he graduated from UC Berkeley, San Francisco State and received his Masters degree in Psychology from San Jose State. Finally, he earned his Ph.D from the University of Kansas in Psychology. He trained as a therapist at the University of Kansas Medical Center, taught at the University of Kansas, practiced in Kansas City and eventually found a po...

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Maureen Patricia Martin
April 19, 1923 - June 3, 2022
Palo Alto, CA

Maureen Patricia McGivern Martin was born on April 19, 1923, on a farm in Marengo, Iowa. She was the second eldest of six children born to Loretta and Peter McGivern. Maureen (Micky) attended elementary school at Oak Grove School, the one room schoolhouse where the McGivern children and their numerous cousins were educated. In high school, Micky excelled in tennis, basketball and drama and went on to attend college at the University of Iowa. Upon graduation, she taught high school drama and English. Micky met John Martin at a church Newman Club dance, and they were married in June 1948. In 1951, they put their new baby in the car and drove across country to California for John’s first teaching job. They ultimately landed in Palo Alto – where Micky and her growing family resided for more than 70 years. In 1968, Micky started working at the Stanford Law Library – part-time at first and full-time after all the kids were grown – and enjoyed many years interacting with the students and staff there. When John died in 2014, Micky chose to move from the family home on Murdoch Drive to the Palo Alto Commons. She lived and participated in that community’s activities until s...

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Kendall Elizabeth Shea Chase
July 11, 1990 - May 30, 2022
Venice, CA

Kendall Elizabeth Shea Chase, 31, of Venice, California, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2022 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Her young and promising life was cut short by a drunk driver. The essence of Kendall was her sense of style, her love of beauty, and her dedication to making life fun! Her love of friends and family were her biggest priority in life. Her boundless energy took her far in her short life. She made the most of her time on earth and had endless curiosity about the world. She graced us all with her generous smile. Kendall was born and raised in Portola Valley, California, beloved daughter of Laurie Abbott Chase and Andy Chase. She attended Trinity Preschool, Ormondale School, Corte Madera School, and Menlo School. From an early age Kendall expressed a love of dance and sequins. She was the guiding light for her younger brothers, Patrick and Zachary, and her many cousins. She danced, passionately and constantly, from age two through the end of college. She was a participant in the Bay Area hip-hop dance community, dancing with Funksters SF, and made many friends along the way. She was excited to attend UCLA because of its diversity and wanted to take advantage ...

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David Bernard Lynch
Jan. 11, 1936 - May 30, 2022
Atherton, California

David Bernard Lynch, a proud U.S. Army veteran and leading Northern California attorney for more than 50 years, died on Memorial Day after a long illness. He was 86, and passed away at home in the care of his family. Dave was born in Vallejo, CA, the only child of James and Myrna Lynch. He was raised in a hard-working blue-collar Irish-American family, with northern California roots going back more than 150 years. He mowed lawns and bagged groceries at Safeway while making top grades at Vallejo’s St. Vincent High School, earning a spot at the University of California at Berkeley. Dave was the first member of his family to attend college. Dave graduated from Cal in 1957 with a degree in history, and enrolled in the University of California’s Berkeley Law, where he served as an editor of the California Law Review and graduated in 1960. Shortly after joining the California State Bar, he was drafted into the U.S Army at Fort Ord near Monterey, where he served in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps from 1961-1963 and did work to support the Army’s efforts during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Dave returned to the Bay Area to work at the San Francisco law office of L...

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Yolanda Astarita Patterson
Feb. 15, 1933 - May 26, 2022
Portola Valley, California

Dr. Yolanda Astarita Patterson, whose career included 40 years as a professor of French and women's studies at Cal State East Bay and who helped create and lead an international society devoted to the works of the French philosopher and author Simone de Beauvoir, passed away peacefully May 26 at the Portola Valley, California, home she had lived in for 60 years. She was 89. Patterson was born in New York City in 1933 to a doctor and a French language teacher, both Italian immigrants. Always an exceptional student, Patterson was admitted to one of the country's top high schools, Hunter College High, before graduating magna cum laude from Smith College. In the mid 1950s, she moved west and earned her master's and PhD in French from Stanford University. It was while doing research for her PhD that Patterson became fascinated by the works of Simone de Beauvoir, best known as the author of "The Second Sex." In 1981, Patterson co-founded the still thriving International Simone de Beauvoir Society and served as its president for more than 30 years. Patterson interviewed Beauvoir twice in Paris, and in 1989, she authored the book "Simone de Beauvoir and the Demystification of Motherh...

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Ted Fletcher
Aug. 30, 1963 - May 5, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Ted Fletcher, beloved husband, father, brother, and friend passed away suddenly, May 5, 2022. Theodore Aubrey Fletcher was born August 30, 1963 in San Jose, California. He was the fifth of Dave and Ancy Fletcher’s six children. Sweet and shy, with big brown eyes and an impish grin, Ted loved every minute of life. Nicknamed Teddy Bear, he attended Walter Hays, Jordan Middle School and Palo Alto High School, excelling in sports. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in Economics, Ted returned to Palo Alto, got married, opened his own business: Art-Craft, and became a father. Ted was a lifelong Palo Alto resident who never missed the opportunity to cheer on his Bay Area sports teams and frequent his favorite local places. He will be remembered for his even temper, generous heart, loyalty and kindness to all! (And his love of the Rolling Stones) He is survived by his wife Linda, son McKinley and daughter Tessa. He was loved deeply by many family members and friends. He will remain in our hearts always. Memorial donations can be made to The Palo Alto Elks or University of Colorado, Boulder. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 25 (1:00 ...

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Mary Ann Herbert
April 15, 1932 - April 23, 2022
Woodland, California

Mary Ann Herbert passed away in Woodland, CA on April 23rd, 2022, after a years-long struggle with dementia. Mary Ann was born 90 years ago in Bywood, PA and spent her early childhood with her family in Pennsylvania and Maryland. When she was seven, her father suffered a fatal heart attack, a loss that Mary Ann carried with her throughout her life. Her father’s tragic death was followed by a move from Springfield, PA to Washington DC, where her mother found work as a Practical Nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Young Mary Ann developed exceptional cooking, sewing and child care skills which allowed her to help supplement their meager family income. She became a life-long voracious reader during her middle school years and developed a love for writing at Anacostia High School, where she was an editor and columnist for the school newspaper. It was during her high school years that she began dating schoolmate Tom Herbert, who she had met at the age of ten and married at the age of nineteen. Mary Ann helped support Tom as he attended college and law school by working as a clerk and secretary in a succession of US Government jobs, including a stint at the Signal Corps off...

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Sayre E. Stevick
Nov. 22, 1968 - April 15, 2022
San Carlos, California

Sayre E. Stevick passed away April 15, 2022 after a brief illness. Sayre was 53 years old. A life-long Bay Area resident, Sayre was born in San Francisco, raised in Atherton, attended Menlo-Atherton High-School, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He then attended law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to The Order of the Coif. Professionally, Sayre was a partner with Fenwick & West, LLP where he specialized in corporate work for Silicon Valley entities. Through his legal career, Sayre was involved in many important corporate transactions and played a critical role in the growth and success of his firm. Known for his intellect and insightfulness, he routinely provided creative solutions to some of the more complex transactional issues during an incredible time of growth in Silicon Valley. Sayre was particularly proud of the friendships he established with founders, clients, and fellow attorneys. He was respected by all and fondly remembered for his humor, integrity and disarming wit. Sayre is remembered as a beloved and loyal friend, someone who could always be count...

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Sherwood Chang
Nov. 18, 1940 - June 6, 2022 Tacoma, Washington

We pause to note the passing of Dr. Sherwood Chang. Renowned and groundbreaking scientist; Intrepid fly fisherman; High country rancher; Dedicated Arborist; Stalwart friend; Loving family man. A jack of all trades and master of most (a Harvard man after all). Sherwood died in Tacoma Washington o...

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Richard M. Cabrera
May 12, 1939 - May 28, 2022 Palo Alto, California

Richard M. Cabrera May 12, 1939 – May 28, 2022 Palo Alto, California Richard passed unexpectedly and peacefully at age 83 surrounded by loved ones at his family home in Palo Alto. His parents John and Lucy, originally from Mexico, met in San Francisco where Richard was born, and they raised t...

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Kevin G. McLaughlin
Nov. 24, 1952 - May 28, 2022 Riverhead, NY

Kevin McLaughlin died unexpectedly over the 2022 Memorial Day weekend. We, his family, were startled and shocked by his passing.  He passed away from a sudden cardiac death.  Over his life, he struggled with alcoholism and addiction. He achieved sobriety successfully and had been moving forward in...

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Lorelei C. Carey
Jan. 29, 1938 - May 23, 2022 Woodside, California

Long-term Woodside, California resident who returned to the outskirts of Chicago, Illinois (where she was born). Entered into rest on Monday, May 23, 2022 in Naperville, IL at the age of 84. Beloved wife of Paul Carey, and dearest mother of Suzanne Carey. Preceded in death by her husband on June 16,...

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