Dorothy M. Losey

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Christ Episcopal Church in Portola Valley for Dorothy M. Losey. Ms. Losey died peacefully at her Woodside home on June 28. She was 88.

Ms. Losey had been a resident of Woodside since 1955. She married Frank J. Losey in 1940 before he left to serve in World War II. After the war, the couple settled in San Mateo before moving to Woodside.

Ms. Losey was active in the community, serving as PTA president of Woodside Elementary School, spearheading an annual auction fundraiser for the school, and singing in the Christ Episcopal Church choir. She took part in many Woodside Follies productions and played leading roles in the community theater productions. She also took her civic responsibilities seriously, say family members, playing an active role in issues involving the town of Woodside.

As a docent for the San Mateo County Historical Association, she spent many years teaching schoolchildren how San Mateo County evolved.

Ms. Losey is survived by her four children, Richard Losey of San Rafael, Nancy Losey Yewell of St. Helena, Bob Losey of Laguna, and Michael Losey of Redwood City; and 13 grandchildren. Her husband, Frank J. Losey, died in 1995.

The family prefers that donations in Ms. Losey's memory be sent to: Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 North Mary, Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

Robert D. Lobdell

Robert C. Lobdell of Menlo Park, a former vice president and general counsel for the Los Angeles Times and Times Mirror Co., died Monday at Stanford Hospital from complications of a bacterial infection. He was 82.

Mr. Lobdell worked for the Los Angeles Times and its former parent company from 1965 to 1986.

"Bob exemplified the very best qualities in those chosen by (former publisher) Otis Chandler to serve the Times' senior management," former Times Publisher Tom Johnson said in a memo to former associates. "A mild-mannered, kind colleague, Bob fiercely supported the Times' editors and journalists. He also protected us from more potential legal land mines than most of us know."

Mr. Lobdell worked to free Times reporter Bill Farr from jail after Mr. Farr refused to tell a judge his source while covering the Charles Manson case in 1973.

Born in Mankato, Minnesota, in 1926, Mr. Lobdell moved with his family to Manhattan Beach in 1942.

He served for two years in the Army Air Force during World War II and graduated from Stanford University in 1948, earning a law degree in 1950.

He married Nancy Lower in 1952 and they lived in Long Beach for more than 30 years before moving to Menlo Park in 2004.

In addition to his wife of almost 56 years, Mr. Lobdell is survived by four children, Jim of Portola Valley, John of Sunset Beach, Hawaii, Terri of Palo Alto (the wife of Palo Alto Weekly publisher Bill Johnson), and William of Costa Mesa; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 12 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. The family prefers donations to the Orange County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 17872 Mitchell North, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614.

Yuri Mason

Yuri Mason, a resident of Portola Valley for more than 50 years, died July 2 at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs hospital of complications from a stroke. She was 87.

Ms. Mason was born Yuriko Uchida in Tokyo in 1920 and lived there until the end of World War II. She survived the bombing of Hiroshima, and soon afterward met her future husband, serviceman Russell Mason, according to friend Monica Olson.

The couple was married in California in 1948.

Ms. Mason was an artist, and many of her paintings address her vision of the atomic bombings in Japan, says Ms. Olson. She also painted portraits and Portola Valley landscapes.

Her husband, Dr. Russell Mason, worked at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto for many years. The couple founded the Ethical Society, an organization promoting ethical living as a means to a better society.

Ms. Mason lived a quiet life of the mind, studying literature and French, painting in her studio, writing poetry, and attending the opera with her husband, Ms. Olson says. She led a secluded existence and showed her art to the public in the late 1960s only at Stanford University and at a gallery in Palo Alto, she says.

Ms. Mason is survived by her daughter and granddaughter, Reiko and Eiko Wada, who reside in Tokyo. Her husband, Russell Mason, died in 2006.

Aaron Lopez

Aaron Lance Lopez of Portola Valley died peacefully at home on July 7 at the age of 40.

Mr. Lopez grew up in Portola Valley, attended local schools, and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and the University of Arizona. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1990 to 1998 and in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 2002 to 2007.

He was a juvenile probation officer at Hillcrest Juvenile Hall in San Mateo County.

Mr. Lopez enjoyed hiking, biking, fishing and all outdoor activities, say family members. He was a loyal fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers sports teams.

Survivors include Mr. Lopez's parents, Anthony and Olga Lopez of Portola Valley; sisters Lori Norwood of Portola Valley and Adrienne Lopez of Roseville; and brothers Rick Lopez of Rocklin and Greg Lopez of Saratoga.

Services were held July 11 at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Portola Valley. Memorials in Mr. Lopez's name may be made to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Suite 100, Burlingame, CA 94010; or the Peninsula Humane Society, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94401.

Adelaide Johnson

Adelaide Rideout Johnson, who lived in Menlo Park from 1970 to 2003, died June 22 in Medford, Oregon, where she resided in the Rogue Valley Manor. She was 97.

Ms. Johnson was born in Hudson, Ohio. She attended MacMurray College for Women in Illinois and graduated from Ohio State University. While living in the Bay Area, she was a partner in West Coast Advertising in San Francisco. She later worked as a sales representative with Arway Furniture Co. and as a buyer at Barbara Dorn & Associates Interior Design. Both firms were located in San Francisco.

Ms. Johnson had a vacation home in Squaw Valley. In preparation for the 1960 Olympics, she became involved with the Placer County Planning Department for the preservation and beautification of Highway 80 from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe, say family members.

After retiring, Ms. Johnson took classes in genealogy and jewelry-making at Little House. She wrote a book, "The Treffrey Family," about her family's history. She also traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.

She is survived by her sister, Sarah Condie; a brother, Lester Rideout; and six nieces and nephews. Burial was in the family plot in Markillie Cemetery, Hudson, Ohio. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Posted by Martin Engel, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 17, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Attention Almanac:

What do you think about running birth announcements next to the obituaries? Now that I'm a grandfather, I realize and appreciate the continuity of our existence more than ever. Our loved ones leave us but new loved ones arrive. Life goes on.

We all try to leave a world better than the one we inherited. Even when we don't succeed, it's the trying that we want to leave to the next generation. Bringing notice of those who are departed right next to those who have just arrived to replace them, seems to me to be a good thing to do.

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