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Community Pulse - March 1, 2013


Steve Jones

Stephen E. Jones, husband, father, brother, son and friend, age 54, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Redwood City, after a nearly two-year struggle with brain cancer.

He was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and moved to San Jose in 1968. He attended Leland High School and UC Berkeley, where he graduated with a degree in chemistry. Following graduation he worked at the University of Erlangen, Germany.

He then returned to San Jose and began a career in the electronics industry, and subsequently moved to Menlo Park, where he met his wife, Karyn.

Steve later left the electronics industry to pursue his passion by starting his own company, SEJ Builders. He built many homes on the Peninsula. Since his diagnosis of glioblastoma in the summer of 2011, he worked to manage his illness and to continue to live his life.

Steve leaves his wife, Karyn Haaland, and his children, Kathryn, Bradley and Michael. He will be missed by his parents, Pat and Bob Jones, his sister, Lisa, and brother-in-law, Rod, as well as by his extended family, the Leslie Clan of Menlo Park, his cousin Kim Poling, his aunt, Elaine "Pidg" Andrews, and his uncle, Herb "Buz" Hagen.

A memorial service was held at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church on Feb. 26.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Stephen E. Jones Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, which has been set up for Kathryn Jones' college education.

Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson, a resident of Channing House since 1988, who moved to Palo Alto in 1953, died on Feb. 17, at age 96.

Jane Hamilton Knapp was born in Chicago in 1916, the daughter of Dr. Harry Knapp and Marguerite Henry Knapp. She attended Beloit College, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. There she met Ben Wilson, a chemical engineer, and they were married in Chicago in 1938. After living in Chicago and Ridgewood, N.J., he accepted a job as an industrial executive in Redwood City, and the Wilson family moved to Palo Alto in 1953. The pair moved into Channing House in 1988, where they were avid bridge players and she managed the gift shop. Ben Wilson died in 2003.

A homemaker, cook and seamstress, she loved to travel, including visits to four of Palo Alto's sister cities and numerous trips to Denmark. She was a docent at the Stanford Art Museum for many years. Survivors include son Paul of Kensington and daughter Anne Alexander of Hornbaek, Denmark; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A son, Bradley, and a daughter, Peggy, predeceased her. No services are planned.

Simone Warner

Simone Warner, 92, a resident of Menlo Park for 49 years, died in her home Feb. 15.

Born in Billom, France, the daughter of a French diplomat, she was married to John Thomas Warner Sr. for 67 years. They met in Japan while he served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

The couple married in Japan. When the war ended, they moved to New Jersey and later to California.

She was a devout parishioner at St. Raymond Church for 57 years. She is survived by her devoted caregiver Lena Pulotu of Concord, daughter MaryRose Warner of Menlo Park, sons Edward Warner of Mi-Wuk Village, James Warner of Daly City, Thomas Warner of Menlo Park, four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

A memorial service was held Feb. 23 at the St. Raymond Church, Menlo Park.

The family prefers memorial donations to the Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center:

Grace Whiting Azevedo

Grace Whiting Azevedo died on Feb. 13, after a short illness.

She was born in New Jersey on March 30, 1926. She moved to California in 1954 and lived for 30 years in Palo Alto and several more in Mountain View. After moving to Thousand Palms for several years, she relocated to Fairfield to be close to her son and his family.

She graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1948. Her career started as associate producer at the Radio Station WINS in New York, moving to assistant producer for the Perry Como TV show in New York City.

She relocated across the country in 1954 to an advertising company in San Francisco. Later, she provided secretarial assistance to the Palo Alto Unified School District and finished her working career at Hewlett Packard in personnel at HP's world headquarters office in Palo Alto. She retired in 1993. She appreciated nature and the outdoors and was an avid hiker and camper, and most often, golfer. She also loved watching sports, starting as a fan of the New York (baseball) Giants, who would follow her to San Francisco, and adopting the San Francisco 49ers in her new home. At one time she had a part ownership in a sailboat, and she loved her dream car — a fire-engine red convertible.

The granddaughter of renowned artist Samuel Ward Stanton, she pursued the artistic talent that ran in her family. She married John F. Azevedo Jr. in 1955, and together they raised their three children in Palo Alto.

She is survived by her son and his wife, John and Kathy Azevedo, of Fairfield, Calif.; her daughter and her husband, Marguerite and Mark Elliott of Georgetown, Calif.; and her son and his wife David and Jill Azevedo of Park Ridge, N.J.; her grandchildren, Katie, Janelle, Madison, Haley, Andrew, Thomas and Faith; her brother and his wife, H. Kneeland and Sue Whiting; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial contribution to a charity of one's choice.

John Henry Frenster

John Henry Frenster, M.D., a longtime resident of Atherton, died Jan. 26. Born on Oct. 14, 1928, in Chicago, Ill.

He was the only child of Henry and Pauline (nee Janssen) Frenster. He received his BS (1950) and M.D. (1954) degrees from the University of Illinois.  Later, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at the Walter Reed Army  Research Institute and then was assistant professor at the Rockefeller Institute in New York (1958-1965) doing biomedical research.

Frenster continued his medical and scientific career at Stanford University and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he served as medical oncologist and researcher, especially in the area of Hodgkins' Lymphoma. Devoted to scientific inquiry in cancer research, cell biology and biophysics, he actively pursued his scientific investigations until his death.

Frenster married Dr. Jeannette Hovsepian on June 15, 1958. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008 with a celebration of family and friends at the Broadmoor  Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

As a sports enthusiast, he could often be found following the latest San Francisco Giants or 49ers game on the radio. He also enjoyed visiting museums of fine art and listening to classical music and frequently attending live concerts.

In addition, he was an avid reader of books and journals, and he immersed himself in many subjects such as history, poetry, culture, technology, and mathematics. Years ago he spent many hours with his family at Kepler's bookstore, at Stanford University sporting events,  and on numerous road trips.   He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeannette Hovsepian Frenster; three children, Jeffrey Frenster of San Jose, Diane Frenster (Thomas Moses) of Galesburg, Ill., and Linda Jackson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and four grandchildren, Mark Frenster and Rebecca, Jacob and Sabrina Jackson.  

A private memorial service will be held in March.

Donations in his memory can be made to the charity of choice.

Heinz Nonnenmacher

Heinz Nonnenmacher died Feb. 6 from heart disease.

In 1961, Heinz emigrated from Germany to the U.S. to pursue his bachelor's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduating, he drove from Chicago to California to work in Silicon Valley. In the '80s, he started his own business, American Micro Components, Inc. in San Jose. The U.S. Government used his products in stealth aircraft. In retirement, he was happiest in his garden and when taking photos of family and nature.

He is survived in California by his loving wife of 42 years, Aesun, his son Mark, his daughter Wendy, and his grandchildren, Emma and Ethan, and in Germany by his sister Elizabeth, nephew Martin, and niece Sabine.

John Nicholas Luque

John was born on May 20, 1917, in Oahu, Hawaii and died on Feb. 5 in Palo Alto at the age of 95.

He was the youngest of 10 children and the lone survivor of five sisters and two brothers. He moved with his family to San Francisco at the age of 4 where he resided up to 1948. He lived most of his life in Menlo Park and for the last 5 years in Palo Alto.

He was always proud of being a south-of-Market Street kid, who as a youngster sold newspapers on corners he fought other kids to hold. He was an avid baseball player with several semi-pro teams in the City and played ball with Dominic Dimaggio. He was a walking dictionary of baseball history and was the first President of the Menlo Park Little League in the early 1950s. He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1945, having served three years aboard the U.S.S. Boreas in the South Pacific supplying troops through the WWII island-hopping invasions of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Herbides, and Marshall Islands.

He worked in the steam shipping business filling the cargo holds of many major shipping lines. He was known as the Cotton King, exporting most of all the cotton grown in California, and was one of the bigger exporters of grapes and other agricultural products from the state. He was instrumental in rebuilding shipping trade for several major Japanese shipping lines after World War II and was highly respected by the Japanese shipping industry.

He is survived by his bride, Laura, his three sons, Gary of Newport Beach, Calif., Gregory of Sarasota, Fla., Glenn of Santa Cruz., five grandchildren and one great grand child.

Beatrice Hubbard

Beatrice Cilker Hubbard, a resident of Palo Alto for more than 65 years and a direct descendent of Santa Clara Valley pioneers, died of natural causes Feb. 4. She was 96.

Bea, as she was known to friends and family, was born March 19, 1916, in Los Gatos. Her parents, Hazel Beatrice Lester Cilker and William Hamilton Cilker, hailed from two of Santa Clara County's early and most well-known fruit-growing families. It was on the Cilker Family's 174-acre ranch, with hundreds of prune, apricot and olive trees that she grew up.

The oldest of four siblings, she attended public school in Los Gatos and was involved in community service through the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. In her senior year at Los Gatos High School, she was crowned queen of the Santa Clara County's annual Festival of Roses.

She attended San Jose State University, where she met her husband-to-be and future Santa Clara County Supervisor Wesley L. "Bud" Hubbard. The two were married on Feb. 5, 1938 in San Jose. The couple relocated with their family to Palo Alto and was one of the first residents of Fulton Street, which later became known as "Christmas Tree Lane."

While husband "Bud" focused his attention on the Hubbard & Johnson Lumber Co., she not only raised five children but also became one of Palo Alto's most devoted civic supporters. Her volunteer work spread across dozens of public and private organizations throughout Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley. Her 50 years of community service did not go unnoticed. In 1994, she was named a Palo Alto Lifetimes of Achievement honoree by Avenidas, a senior services organization. The distinction earned the active Republican a congressional tribute from U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18th District).

A globetrotter well into her 80s, she traveled extensively with family members, including cousin (deceased) Rixford Snyder, a former dean of undergraduate admission and history professor at Stanford University responsible for founding its alumni travel/study group. She was an avid gardener and a passionate supporter of local arts and culture. Throughout her life, she remained an active member of the Christian Science Church.

She is survived by her five children, Michael, Russell, Sidney, Taylor, and Lauren, along with 21 grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her brother William "Bill" Cilker Jr. She is predeceased by her brother George Cilker and sister Marion Cilker.

Jim Waychus

Jim Waychus of Palo Alto died on Jan. 1, 2013, at 60 from melanoma.

He was born in Indiana and grew up in Kansas and New Jersey before landing in Mountain View as a high schooler. He graduated from Stanford in 1974. After graduation he was an operations manager for AT&T for many years until his retirement in 2008.

He was a huge fan of all Stanford sports as well as a supporter of the SF Giants and 49ers.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Andrea Barnes of Palo Alto; his daughter, Casey Barnes-Waychus of New York; and his sisters, Patricia Waychus Pearson and Barbara Atkinson.

Shirley Christian Ledgerwood

Shirley Christian Ledgerwood of Palo Alto died on Jan. 3. She was 97 years old. She was the wife of Dr. John S. Ledgerwood (1912-2005), a dentist for many years in Palo Alto.

A native of Monterey, Tenn., she moved with her family to 2050 Waverley St. in Palo Alto in 1952. She was active for many years in the Bay Area working for world peace and was at one time active with the Girl Scouts, the PTA and the United World Federalists.

A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board. At the age of 21 in 1936, while living in Chattanooga, Tenn., and favoring integration, she joined the NAACP. She received Masters degrees in English and librarianship, attending the University of Tennessee, the University of Colorado, the University of California Berkeley and Harvard University. She taught English at San Jose State University for five years and at Foothill College for 25 years.

She was also a librarian at Woodside and Portola Valley libraries, and was a research librarian for the Santa Clara County Libraries at Cupertino and Saratoga. She had articles and stories for children published by the Pilgrim Press. She also had several poems published. She was the author of a published novel entitled "Thy Brothers Blood." In 1995 she compiled a collection of poems by and a biographical sketch of author Catherine Marshall, her longtime friend and roommate at Agnes Scott College, published under the title "Unlocked Dreams." She also organized a book club in Palo Alto that was active for more than 54 years.

She is survived by her three children, Pamela Ledgerwood, Chris Ledgerwood and April Robinson; as well as by her six grandchildren, Lynette, Todd, Nicholas, Amy, Ana and Reid; and by her four great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Tyler, Liam and Cai.


Engagement of Ryan Kyle Jeffries and Lori Anne Schwanhausser

Ryan Kyle Jeffries, son of Jay and Robin Jeffries of Palo Alto, and Lori Anne, daughter of Roger and Carol Schwanhausser of Ridgefield, Conn., announced their engagement. Schwanhausser graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2001 and Northwestern University in 2005 with a B.S. in psychology. She went on to complete a Masters in psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology, with a concentration in sports performance, from LaSalle University in 2011. She is a practicing psychologist in the Chicago area. Jeffries graduated from Palo Alto High School in 2001 and Lafayette College in 2005 with a B.A. in economics and is a senior regional sales representative for Reliance Standard Life Insurance company in the Chicago office. They plan to marry on May 4, 2013, at the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, Conn.


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