Obituaries are based on information provided by the family.
An open house to remember Barbara J. Buzza, for "family and friends to honor a life well lived," is set for 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, at the family home in Ladera. Ms. Buzza died April 1. She was 84.
Ms. Buzza was born, grew up and went to school in San Francisco, where her family had deep roots. In college at San Jose State University, she joined the Delta Gamma sorority and met Glenn, her future husband and a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. The couple were married for 59 years.
As newlyweds, they moved to Ladera and raised two children "in an eclectic neighborhood surrounded by responsibility and social engagements." The couple loved entertaining at home.
Ms. Buzza was devoted to children. Through the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, she worked to benefit the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto.
On the day before her last, Ms. Buzza said, "Well, I guess the party's over!" according to family members, who added that the party will "go on in the hearts of those whose lives she touched."
Among Ms. Buzza's survivors are her daughter Christi Pearce, her son John, and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ms. Buzza's name be made to the Allied Arts Guild or a charity of the donor's choice.