Publication Date: Wednesday, June 05, 2002
(June 05, 2002) Barbara K. Gilmer
Bookkeeper and hiker
Barbara K. Gilmer, a lifelong resident of Menlo Park, died at home May 25. She was 76.
The daughter of Wallace C. and Katharyn P. Eshleman, Mrs. Gilmer graduated from Las Lomitas School and Sequoia High School before attending San Jose State College.
She married Patrick A. Gilmer in 1946 and they lived in Menlo Park. Mr. Gilmer died in 1979.
Mrs. Gilmer worked for 42 years as a bookkeeper at Dee Tozer Advertising. Her co-workers said she will be remembered for her gentle nature, intellect, sense of humor, and ability to get along with everyone.
An avid hiker, naturalist and a lifetime member of the Sierra Club, Mrs. Gilmer enjoyed hiking in the Sierra and once climbed Mount Whitney with fellow Sierra Club members, said her family.
Also an avid reader, she instilled a love of reading in her children, according to family members. She volunteered frequently at the Menlo Park Library.
She is survived by her four children: Myles Gilmer, Melinda Conrad, Merry Alter, and Brian Gilmer; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America or to a favorite charity.
Longtime Portola Valley resident
Edelgard K. Wolfert, a resident of Portola Valley for 37 years, died May 23. She was 73.
Born in Singen, Germany, she immigrated to the United States in 1958.
Mrs. Wolfert is survived by her husband Paul Wolfert, her daughter Maria Celentano of Redwood City, her sons Paul J. Wolfert of Danville and Peter Wolfert of Westlake Village, and eight grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was held May 29 at Our Lady of the Wayside in Portola Valley.
Sister Mary Musante
Corpus Christi Monastery prioress
Sister Mary of the Trinity, O.P. died May 24 at the age of 92.
Born Catherine Antoinette Musante in San Francisco, the daughter of Antoinette Draghjcevich and Dr. Attilo Musante, she graduated from St. Brigid's Academy in 1928 and earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Stanford University.
For nine years she taught languages. She was the director of the Catholic Theatre Guild, a leader in the study club movement in the archdiocese, and a pianist and mezzo-soprano soloist.
Sister Mary entered the Dominican cloister at Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park in 1942 and made her profession of vows in 1947. She filled many charges, including mistress of novices.
She was elected prioress for six terms, for a total of 18 years. As prioress, she guided the community through the changes of Vatican II.
Her life was acknowledged in the 14th edition of "Who's Who of American Women."
Sister Mary is survived by her brother Victor Musante, a nephew, a niece, a grandniece and three grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 26 in the chapel of the Dominican Nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery.
Arrangements were by Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, Mountain View.
Nellie Jo Iverson
Bay Area volunteer
Nellie Jo Iverson of Menlo Park died at her home May 23. She was 73.
Mrs. Iverson supported many organizations, including the Republican Women, the Children's Health Council, and Hope House in Redwood City.
"Nellie had the gift of helping people overcome tough life challenges and move on with their lives in productive ways," said Karen Francone, program director of Hope House. "She impacted many people and touched many hearts."
Mrs. Iverson and her husband Milton contributed to Stanford University athletic programs and facilities, including Maples Pavilion. They supported many athletes in basketball, football, volleyball and water polo.
Originally from Lancaster, Texas, Mrs. Iverson lived on the Midpeninsula for 52 years with her husband.
Mrs. Iverson is survived by her four children: Steve Iverson of Redding, Kristine Valk of Redwood City, Ann Iverson of San Carlos, and Bruce Iverson of Salt Lake City; her sister Martha Jean Kolar; and her brother Sheldon Smart.
Services were held May 29 at Unity Palo Alto Community Church in Palo Alto.
The family suggests donations to Pathways Hospital, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View 94040; Hope House, 3789 Hoover St., Redwood City 94063; or Unity Church, 3391 Middle Road, Palo Alto 94306.
Arrangements were by Menlo Park Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries.
Purple Heart recipient
Steven Gerolde of Menlo Park died May 19. He was 86.
A native of El Paso, Texas, he was a graduate of the University of Southern California. He served as a navigator in the Army Air Corps and received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Gerolde was a designer of fine contemporary jewelry and used the lost wax casting method.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue L. Gerolde. He is survived by his child, Leslie Gerolde of Palo Alto.
Services will be held in July in Fort Worth, Texas.
Arrangements were by Roller, Hapgood & Tinney, Palo Alto.
Howard W. King
Menlo Park Presbyterian Church elder
Howard W. King, former resident of Menlo Park since 1950, died June 1. He was 93.
Mr. King was born in Owensdale, Pennsylvania.
He was an active member of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder, taught Sunday school, and participated in the church jail visitation ministry.
Mr. King was preceded in death by Georgette King, his wife of 64 years; his daughter Claudia Morriss; and grandson Brian Falkenberg.
He is survived by son David L. King of San Jose; daughter Donna Giboney of Dayton, Nevada; and four grandchildren.
Services were to be held at 10 a.m. June 4 at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, with final interment services at Alta Mesa Cemetery, Palo Alto.
Roller Hapgood and Tinny of Palo Alto were in charge of arrangements.