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Thomas Bednar
April 13, 1964 - Jan. 21, 2017
Pleasanton, CA

Thomas J. Bednar passed away at home on Jan. 21 after a lengthy and bravely-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Tom was born April 13, 1964, in Burlingame, the son of Ronald and Rosemarie Bednar. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in June of 1982. He married Diana on July 21, 2000, at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol. Tom worked as a contractor for Lund Pearson McLaughlin (LPM) Fire Protection. He became a partner of LPM, along with Jim and Joyce McLaughlin in October of 2002. Tom worked for LPM 30 years. Tom was an amazing husband, stepfather, son, brother and friend. He was a very generous, considerate, kind and patient person. He had a great sense of humor, he loved to play golf, go fishing, watch the SF Giants play baseball and take vacations to warm relaxing beach locations. He was a huge Jimmy Buffet fan and attended hundreds of live concerts. Those who will miss Tom the most include his loving wife Diana Bednar, his mother Rosemarie, his stepson Michael Berry and his wife Tiffany and two granddaughters Tatum and Chandler, his stepson David Berry, Nikay Hurtado and granddaughter Veda, his brother Chris and his wife Karen and two nieces Rachel and Kristen, ...

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John E Egbert
April 19, 1922 - Jan. 5, 2017
Portola Valley, California

John "Jack" E. Egbert April 19, 1922–January 5, 2017 John E. Egbert, longtime resident of Portola Valley, California, died peacefully in his sleep on January 5, 2017. He was 94. Jack, as his friends and family knew him, was born on April 19, 1922, and grew up in Buffalo, New York. After attending Middlebury College in Vermont, where he was a member of Chi Psi, Jack graduated in 1944 with honors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy V-12 Program and Midshipman School at Annapolis, MD, followed by Radar School. In December 1944, Jack was deployed as a United States Navy officer to Pearl Harbor for advanced radar training. From June 1945 through June 1946, he worked as an instructor at the Fleet Radar School. Following WWII, Jack continued his radar duty as a Navy reserve officer aboard submarines. In 1946, Jack started his mechanical engineering career working as a designer for an aerospace company in Newton, Massachusetts, eventually becoming its National Sales Manager. In 1958 he was hired by Minneapolis Honeywell Aerospace and relocated to California. Two years later, in 1960, Jack fo...

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Bernard Manual Zaslav
April 7, 1926 - Dec. 28, 2016
Stanford, California

Renowned violist and educator Bernard Manual Zaslav passed away peacefully of natural causes on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at his Stanford home. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 1926, and lived a richly creative and rewarding life of 90 years. He attended Samuel J. Tilden High School and was introduced to string quartet playing there by his Spanish teacher, Sam Levinson. Sam Levinson left teaching to become a celebrated humorist, and Zaslav went on to become one of the most important string quartet musicians of the 20th century, known throughout musical and intellectual circles as a man of great humanity and great humor. In 1947, after graduating from the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied with Sascha Jacobsen and Mischa Mischakoff, Zaslav spent two years playing in the viola section of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. He returned to New York to work as a freelance musician, and performed and recorded a great deal of music as the violist of the Carnegie Quartet, the Kohon String Quartet and the Composers String Quartet. In 1968, he began his long tenure with the Fine Arts String Quartet, which was in residence at the University of Wisconsin-...

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Lorraine Ethel Herrick
Jan. 21, 1924 - Dec. 10, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Lorraine Herrick, fondly known as Lee, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the only child of Edith and Alick Erickson. Lee grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, where she enjoyed ice fishing in the winter, lake fishing in the summer and hunting in the fall. Lee and her husband, Robert, were childhood friends and high school sweethearts. After high school and Bob’s enlistment in the Army, Lee worked as an executive secretary for the president of 3M company for many years. When Lee and Bob moved to California in 1949, Lee was able to transfer to the west coast branch of 3M and continued her career until she retired to become a full-time mother to her four children. Lee was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the La Boutique des Huit Chapeaux et Quarante Femmes, a.k.a. Eight and Forty. She was actively involved with Covenant Presbyterian Church throughout her life. In her later years, she was a resident at The Terraces of Los Altos, where she enjoyed gardening, visiting with other residents and serving as president of the resident’s council. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband Robert and her eldest daughter Sandra. She is survived by her...

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Ann Masik
April 27, 1921 - Dec. 8, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Ann Masik, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, was called home to the Lord on Dec. 8, 2016, at the age of 95. Ann was born in Arnold, Pennsylvania. She earned her RN degree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and served in the Navy Nurse Corps during WWII, where she met her husband James R. Masik. In 1950, they moved to Palo Alto when Jim accepted a job as Director of Recreation. It was here that they raised their six children. Ann worked as an office nurse for three different doctors as well as owned and operated Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Palo Alto. Ann’s life was centered on her family and service to her church and community. As an active member of Saint Aloysius Catholic Church and later Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Ann served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and helped on many church committees. She completed 15 years of hospital ministry at Stanford University Hospital. She always made the time to listen to others’ problems, to offer advice and to pray to the Lord for resolution. Ann was preceded in death by the love of her life Jim Masik, her parents Anthony and Anna and her siblings Julia, Anthony and Andrew. She is survived by her children Janet Heekin (David); Rober...

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Dean Seidner Burgi
Aug. 3, 1958 - Nov. 18, 2016
Sunnyvale, California

Dean S. Burgi, 58, died on Nov. 18, in Santa Clara. He was born in Ogden, Utah. He received his bachelor's degree from George Mason University in 1982, where he discovered the theater and dance department, distracting him somewhat from his scientific endeavors. He went on to earn his masters in 1985 and Ph.D. in 1987 in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wyoming. He moved to Palo Alto in 1988 for a Post-Doctoral position at Stanford University and immediately became immersed in theater with the Menlo Players Guild (MPG). He served in many roles over the years with MPG until its demise in 2001. Dean acted, directed, danced, choreographed, wrote, produced, built, lit and performed in, on and for countless productions at MPG, Santa Clara Players, Hillbarn, Festival Theatre Ensemble and Pear Avenue theaters, among others. He was featured in The Menlo Park Almanac numerous times, including an article on June 14, 2000 ( He even appeared on the front page. Dean performed a couple of years in the Redwood City July 4th Parade as Uncle Sam, riding the gigantic Directors Chair on the Menlo Players Guild float. While...

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Thomas J. Matthews
June 22, 1923 - Jan. 12, 2017 Menlo Park, California

Thomas James Matthews (who liked to be called "Tom"), passed into glory, peacefully in his home in Menlo Park on January 12. He was born in Indiana. He served in the United States Navy during WW II. During this time, he met the love of his life, Tessie, and was married after being disch...

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Elias Zelkha
May 4, 1950 - Jan. 8, 2017 Woodside, California

Elias Zelkha - husband, father, friend, entrepreneur, academic, and Silicon Valley visionary - lived an extraordinary life that began in the city of Tehran in 1950, spanned much of the globe, and was defined by beauty, humor, and thirst for the best life has to offer. He passed away on Sunday, Janua...

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Clay M. Pamphilon
Dec. 18, 1942 - Jan. 5, 2017 Menlo Park, California

Menlo Park -- Clay Maxwell Pamphilon, 74, died Thursday, January 5th, 2017, at his home after a long battle with cancer. He leaves a wife of nine years, Elena (Grigoryan) Pamphilon, his daughter Lisa, sons Cameron and Sean and three grandchildren. Born and raised in the East Bay, son of Max and Ma...

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Shirley Styles
June 14, 1930 - Dec. 29, 2016 Menlo Park, California

Shirley Styles, 86, a 54-year resident of Menlo Park and a Clinical Hypnotherapist, died Dec. 29, 2016. She was born June 14, 1930, in Hebron, Indiana. She moved often around the country with her family as a child and established her home in California after graduating from U.C. Berkeley, where ...

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