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Community Pulse - March 15, 2013


John "Jack" Schutz

John "Jack" Schutz died at home surrounded by family on March 2 after a battle with cancer.

He was born in Hebron, Neb. When he was 5, his family moved to Canby, Ore. He lived there until he enlisted in the Navy, reporting for duty on his 18th birthday.

Following his military service, he graduated from the University of Portland. Soon after, he traveled to California, stopping in a little town called Woodside — the town he never left. He became the restaurateur of The Village Pub.

He was a charter member of Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, where he played golf and dominoes with his buddies. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends and traveling. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lottie Schutz, and his four sisters. He was a husband for 40 years to the late Norma Oswald. He was a father to Carolyn Schutz, Janet Schutz and Julie Luttringer, son-in-law, Collin, and grandfather to Katie and Jack. He was a partner to Linda "Sam" O'Sullivan, who he shared time with in his final years.

A "Celebration of Life" memorial Mass will be held Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City.

In lieu of flowers, please honor his memory by sending donations to a charity of your choice.

William H. Mauel

William H. Mauel, born Dec. 21, 1914, in Redding, Calif. died on Feb. 28 in Menlo Park, Calif.

He spent his early years in Redding and moved with his family to Palo Alto during the Great Depression. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1931. He attended the College of San Mateo and began his 43-year banking career in 1934 in the mailroom of the American Trust Company (which later merged with Wells Fargo Bank in the 1950s).

He also volunteered for the Merchant Marine Service and served as a Purser and Pharmacist's Mate aboard three separate Liberty ships from 1942 to 1945. He was awarded the Pacific War Zone Medal and the Merchant Marine Combat Bar as a crewmember aboard ships that went in harm's way in the South Pacific war zone.

Always an advocate for education, he continued in a wide variety of banking courses throughout his career. The majority of his work assignments were spread along the Peninsula, from San Francisco to San Jose, with the notable exception of a two-year tour in Pago Pago, American Samoa as the manager of the Bank of American Samoa. That assignment offered him the opportunity to travel throughout the South Pacific on banking business, quite often via a World War II PBY aircraft, taking numerous photographs of all the islands he visited or flew over.

His final assignment began in 1968 when he accepted the position of vice president and manager of the Wells Fargo Bank office in downtown Menlo Park.

A longtime Rotary International member, he transferred to the Menlo Park Rotary Club in that year. Retiring in 1977, he soon opened a financial consulting office, assisting many former bank clients with their financial affairs, planning and estates.

Continuing his lifelong interest in education, he joined a small group of Rotary members and established the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation with the goal of providing financial assistance to help deserving students continue their formal education. In honor of his devotion to raising funds for the foundation, the Bill Mauel Fellowship was established to honor those persons who have donated $1,000 or more to the foundation. Today there are more than 200 Bill Mauel Fellows.

He enjoyed gardening, photography and was an avid golfer, walking the course and carrying his clubs at every opportunity, well into his 80s.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lillian Mauel of Menlo Park, sons William H. Mauel Jr. of Auburn, Calif. and D. Clark Mauel of Los Altos, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no formal services. Anyone wishing to acknowledge his life and accomplishments is asked to make a donation in his name to the Menlo Park Rotary Club Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 876, Menlo Park, CA 94026.

Dina Dejong

Dina Dejong, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died on Feb. 25.

Born in Zaandam, Holland to parents Maas and Elizabeth Zeeman, she grew up in the first war over Holland. In her younger years, she worked as a seamstress.

She later moved to Australia and married Cornelius Dejong. In Australia she would have her first two children, daughters Patty and Jennifer. Later, Dejong and her husband moved to Palo Alto and had two more children, sons Frank and Michael.

She enjoyed cooking and baking and loved flowers.

She also had many grandchildren — grandsons Kees, Aaron and Adam and granddaughter Cindy — and also great grandchildren — great granddaughters Tais and Jiah and great grandsons Bret and Garret.

She was surrounded by her children, family, friends and "adopted" family members, Sarah and Elizabeth in her later years.

She also leaves behind her cat, named "Kee Kee."

Katoko Sax

Katoko Sax died on Feb. 23 surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.

Born and raised in Japan, she went to Central Michigan University in 1958 to study economics. It was there that she first met her husband, Ron, and then spent the next 50 years as a wife, mother, grandmother, friend and steward of the environment. More than 40 of those years she lived in Palo Alto.

She was an active member of the Palo Alto Friends Meeting, the Funeral Education Foundation and the Peace Alliance, which is dedicated to the establishment of a federal Department of Peace.

She also learned to speak Chinese and Italian, to play soroban and to tap-dance. She also drew, painted and played the piano.

She had two children, Kenji (Cindy Lamerson) and Naomi (Neil Simmons), and four grandsons, Nathan, Joel, Nicky and Scott.

Ronald Ferrando

Ronald Rio Ferrando, born May 30, 1953 to Ezzio and Rita Ferrando, died in Menlo Park on Feb. 18.

He grew up in Menlo Park and remained in the area. He spent much of his retirement playing the drums and restoring muscle cars. He was a school bus driver for Las Lomitas School District for 30 years.

He is survived by his son, Mark; brothers, Bob (Grace) and Randy (Mary), and was uncle to Andrew, Mary and Alex.

Private services will be held. Remembrances can be mailed to PO Box 831 Menlo Park, CA 94026.

Donations can be made in his name to the American Cancer Society

Barbara Thomas Hammond

Barbara Thomas Hammond, 90, of La Mesa, Calif., and wife of Sutton Hammond for 50 years, died surrounded by family on Feb. 14 at Sunrise Senior Living Community in Bonita, Calif.

After graduating from Carleton College, she became a lifelong advocate for the environment and a teacher at Woodside Elementary School, from 1976-1981. She also did environmental consulting work for the Woodside Planning Commission.

Born in Billings, Mont. in 1922, she loved the mountains, fly fishing, horseback riding and birds. She was married for 50 years and had four children. The family lived in Billings; Seattle, Wash.; Woodside and finally La Mesa, Calif. until Sutton's death at the age of 80 in 1997.

The couple is survived by four granddaughters, two grandsons and their four children, including Susan Hammond of Chula Vista, Calif.; Sally Hammond-Penland of Riverside, Calif.; Connie Hammond Weinsoff of Goleta, Calif. and Thomas Sutton Hammond of Portland, Conn.