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Community Pulse - October 5, 2012


Irene Elizabeth Bauer

Betty (Irene Elizabeth) Bauer, a longtime resident of Portola Valley, died Sept. 16 at the age of 102.

She was born May 6, 1910, in Anaconda, Mo. She and her brother Ralph grew up in upper Michigan. She attended Lawrence College in Appleton, Wis., with studies in psychology and botany, and later graduated from Boston School of Occupational Therapy.

She married Carl R. Bauer, a civil engineer, in 1940. Together they raised three children. In 1946, the family moved from Toella, Utah, to Los Trancos Woods in Portola Valley where their daughter, Nancy, was born.

In 1965, after going back to school for additional education in teaching preschool children, and with her husband's full support, she opened Betty Bauer's Country Pre-School in Los Trancos Woods. It embodied all she enjoyed: the freshness of young children, exploring nature, crafts and art.

She was an explorer of many subjects. She loved to walk in the woods and go camping as a family. She read a lot, particularly on spiritual matters. She was especially drawn to Jungian psychology. She was a faithful member of Christ Church and attended regularly.

Carl died in January 1983. In 1989, after her pets passed on, she became a resident of The Sequoias in Portola Valley. Even up to the last few weeks of her life she continued to extend kindness and help to those around her.

She is survived by her three children, Barbara E. (Babbie) Shenkel (Cena Anderson) of Billings, Mo., Webster R. (Bill) Bauer of San Diego, Calif., and Nancy H. Conti (Jim Conti) of Jamestown, Calif.; two grandchildren, Thor Erik Shenkel (LaDawn McIntyre) of Tigard, Ore., and Aaron Conti of Lakewood, Wash.; and her nephew, Ralph Hayden III (Marge Hayden) of Joppa, Md., and their four grown children.

Services are planned for Nov. 10, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Christ Church, Portola Valley, followed by an informal reception.

Dorothy Cartan

Dorothy Mary Bjorklund Cartan of Menlo Park died at home Sept. 24. She was 87.

She was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She is survived by her brother, Richard Bjorklund (Dorothy); children, Leslie Shackelford (Doug Campbell), Linda Philpin (John), Karen (Lisa) Dunton, Howdie (Melissa), Jim (Nancy) and Ian Cartan (Kurt Culver); two grandchildren, Jim and Addie Cartan; nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Bjorklund and Selma Gabrielsson Bjorklund; her brother, Len Bjorklund; and her husband, Henry Cartan III.

She was a first-generation American born to Swedish immigrants on May 14, 1925, in Minneapolis, Minn., where she graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1943. During World War II she moved to California, where she lived until her death.

The family wishes to thank caregivers Tina and Luisa and Vitas Hospice for their exceptional care.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Charles Armstrong School (, 1405 Solana Drive, Belmont, CA 94002; the American Cancer Society (, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or the American Heart Association (, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.


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