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Community Pulse - January 7, 2011


Anna K. Berry

Anna K. Berry, 86, a resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 19.

She was born in Marysville, Wash. Loved ones said she was an enthusiastic traveler, artist and longtime member of the Committee for Art at Stanford.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Fraser Mills of San Francisco and her son Richard Berry of Corvallis, Ore.

A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

Barbara Dulik

Barbara Neal Dulik, 75, died of a heart attack Dec. 25.

She was born in Los Angeles. Upon graduating from Los Angeles High School, she attended Stanford University, from which she also received her master's degree in education. In 1976, she developed the preschool program at Trinity Parish School in Menlo Park, which in 1978 became The Phillips Brooks School. She continued teaching preschool at Phillips Brooks ashead of its Early Learning Center and in 1986 also became Director of Admissions for the school.

A longtime Peninsula resident, she retired in 2002 andmoved with her husband Robert Dulik to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She spenther retirement volunteering at a bilingual bookstore, traveling throughout Mexico and cultivating a close group of friends in the community. During herlifetime she was a voracious reader, avid knitter and enthusiastic worldtraveler.

A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert; their three children, Gregg Dulik of Palo Alto, Thomas Dulik of Lafayette, Calif., and Ann Elizabeth Gardiner of London, England; and nine grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will beheld in March.

Marian Johnson

Marian Faye "Omah" Johnson, 69, a resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 23 after a 13-year battle with breast cancer.

She was born in Morgan City, La., and married Alvin Johnson, Sr. in 1960.

She was an avid member of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View.

She is survived by her children, Kimberly Johnson García of Palo Alto, Alvin Johnson Jr. of Mesa, Ariz., Lorri Johnson Santamaría of Oceanside, Calif., and Kelle Johnson LeDuff, of Inglewood, Calif; and 11 grandchildren.

Services have been held.

Memorial donations may be made to Stanford Cancer Center c/o Office of Medical Development, Attn: Pink for Hope Fund, 2700 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025,

Ruth Johnson

Ruth (Martin) Johnson, 91, a Palo Alto native and life-long resident of the Midpeninsula, died Jan. 2 at The Sequoias in Portola Valley of complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

The younger of two daughters of former Stanford history professor Percy Martin, she grew up on the Stanford campus and attended Castilleja School, Palo Alto High School and Stanford University, where she received her bachelor's degree in 1940. She met her husband of 62 years, Chet Johnson, while both were active in theater at Stanford.

The couple moved to Los Angeles after getting married, but was determined to return to Palo Alto as soon as possible. "Palm Drive in '45" became their mantra, and they ended up back in Palo Alto right on schedule.

In 1948, the family moved to Menlo Park and then ten years later to a new home the couple designed on Westridge Drive in Portola Valley.

She was a devoted mother and volunteer, supporting the activities of her two children and becoming very active in the American Field Service (AFS) foreign-exchange program.

After her two children were grown, she and her husband traveled extensively and enjoyed several unusual summers exploring the canals of France on a houseboat and at a summer apartment in southern France near St. Tropez.

Her love of Switzerland, which developed when she attended grammar school there while her father was on sabbatical from Stanford, led her to research and organize annual summer hiking trips in the Swiss Alps for family and friends, a passion that evolved into a full-fledged tour business for more than 15 years, until she was well into her seventies.

In 1997, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and began a steady decline. Her husband, Chet, devoted himself almost exclusively to caring for her until his death in 2002.

She is survived by her sons and their spouses, Mark and Becky Johnson of Seattle, and Bill Johnson and Terri Lobdell of Palo Alto; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family prefers contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1060 La Avenida St., Mountain View, CA 94043.

Kenneth Lawler

Kenneth Lawler, 83, a former Palo Alto resident, died in Roseville, Calif., Dec. 31.

Born in Coalinga, Calif., he is survived by his wife, Gladys; daughters Diane and Janet; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services have been held.

Robert Marth

Robert Anthony Marth, Sr., 73, a former resident of Palo Alto, died in Sunnyvale of cancer and dementia on Dec. 21.

He was born and raised in Tacoma, Wash. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1964 with a degree in electrical engineering. He went on to pursue a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1966, and later obtained a doctorate in 1972.

He worked with Boeing Company, Washington; Bell Labs, New Jersey; SRI International, Menlo Park; and later with ESL/TRW in Sunnyvale, where he retired in 1995. While working for SRI, he proudly served as a member of the Menlo Park Rotary Club and enjoyed working on the many fund raising activities.

He adored his family and lived life full of laughter, compassion and kindness, loved ones said.

He is survived by his wife, Annemarie Marth of Sunnyvale and former wife Legae Marth, of Mountain View. He is also survived by his six children: Robert, GaeAnn, Julie, Teri, Jeffrey and Nichola; and 10 grandchildren.

The Marth family would like to extend appreciation to Tracie Murray and her staff at Cedar Crest Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sunnyvale for the care they provided Marth during the past two months of his life.

A gathering in his memory will be held at the Mente Residence, 977 Amador Ave.,

Sunnyvale, Saturday, Jan. 8 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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