She was born in Spencer, Iowa, in 1931. After she married Richard Mann in 1953, the couple lived briefly on the East Coast before moving to Palo Alto where they enjoyed years of tailgating at Stanford University football games. Mann taught kindergarten, assisted with special-education programs and supported school leadership within the Palo Alto Unified School District. She was most proud of her work as a resident with the school district to establish Herbert Hoover Elementary School. She also volunteered with the Junior League of Palo Alto.
Upon retirement, Mann moved to the senior-living community Sun City Roseville with her husband to be closer to their children and grandchildren. She remained engaged in the local community, volunteering with the Sun City Roseville Ambassadors and Sutter Roseville Medical Center Auxiliary. She particularly loved working with the Junior Auxiliary's high school volunteers and supporting the hospital's pediatrics unit.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years; brother, Tom Iverson; sister, Jeanne Reimers; children, Martha Mann Sedgley and David Mann; four grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Auxiliary, 1 Medical Plaza Drive, Roseville.(sutterhealth.org/ways-to-give/volunteering/srmc)
Thomas Eldon Kotoske, 80, died Feb. 5 in Palo Alto of complications from a stroke. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, in 1938. After graduating from St. Joseph High School, he went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps, earning an honorable discharge in 1961. He later attended Purdue University, where he was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
In 1966, he graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Law. He was named by United States Attorney General Robert Kennedy an assistant United States attorney in Los Angeles, where he served from 1969 to 1974.
In 1974, he became attorney-in-charge of the Department of Justice's Organized Crime and Racketeering Office in San Francisco. In these positions, he prosecuted many cases involving organized crime figures. He opened a private law practice in Palo Alto in 1979, specializing in civil rights and environmental damage lawsuits. He and his wife, Karen, co-founded Amistad International, a nonprofit charity that supports programs for orphans and impoverished families in several countries. He was a passionate wood-carver, an avid volunteer gardener on Tuesdays at Palo Alto's Gamble Garden and a participant and leader of current event seminars in Palo Alto's Avenidas senior center and Menlo Park's Little House.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years; brothers, Jerome, Brian and David Kotoske; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held June 8 in Auburn, California. Memorial donations may be made to Amistad International, P.O. Box 455, Palo Alto, 94301.
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