Jan. 21, 1923 - Aug. 23, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Bernie Roth was born to Kalman and Miriam Roth in Brooklyn, New York. Bernie was 91 years old. He married his high school sweetheart, Toby Gartman, and they had a wonderful life together for 70 years. She preceded him in death two years ago. Bernie served in WWII in the Army/Air Force, with the 447 squadron in a B-17 as a bombardier, and flew 80 missions. Upon his return from the war, he managed his in-laws' chicken farm in New Jersey. He and Toby had two children, Rick and Cheri. Bernie worked his way through college then moved the family to California for a better life. He worked for GE and IBM, where he spent 30 years as a project manager for the development of software architecture. He enjoyed traveling the world with Toby and spent many years as an avid golfer. Toby and Bernie spent their remaining years in Palo Alto. Bernie died peacefully on Aug. 23 with family by his side. He is survived by his son Rick and wife Carey, his daughter Cheri and husband Steve, and the light of his life, his granddaughter, Lindsey. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, especially his loving and grateful family....
Peter Louis Pavlina
Oct. 17, 1925 - Aug. 22, 2014
Los Altos Hills, California
Community leader Peter Louis Pavlina passed away Aug. 22 at his home after a short illness. He was born Oct. 17, 1925 in Mountain View, California. His father Luka immigrated in 1913, and his mother Kate Grcich in 1920. Both entered the U.S. through Ellis Island. They met in Mountain View and married in 1921. They were orchardists raising apricots, cherries and prunes in the Santa Clara Valley and peaches, pears and prunes in Yuba County. Following graduation from Mountain View High School in 1943, Peter enlisted in the Air Force serving as a communications expert in North Africa. Following his discharge he returned to Mountain View, attended San Jose State, and married his high school sweetheart, Carole Taylor in 1946. Peter and Carole built their first home in Los Altos in 1950 where they raised their four children. Peter continued to work with the family orchards and was also employed by the Paul A. Mariani Co. as an accountant. After he received his Real Estate license, Peter opened his own company developing the family orchards and other properties throughout the Valley. He also continued working for the Mariani Co. overseeing their Real Estate ventures. Peter was...
Daniel H. Goodman
Aug. 11, 1916 - Aug. 23, 2014 Menlo Park, California
Daniel H. Goodman, 98, died at his home on August 23, 2014. Dan was born on August 11, 1916, to Samuel and Rae Goodman in El Paso, Texas. After high school, Dan worked at various jobs in El Paso before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in May 1941. He was already on active duty when the United States en...
Murle R. Rack
Feb. 26, 1918 - Aug. 16, 2014 La Jolla, California
Murle Ranney Rack wife, mother of four and retired teacher and musician, passed away in La Jolla, California, surrounded by her loving family on Aug. 16, 2014 at the age of 96. Murle was born in Dodge, North Dakota, on Feb. 26, 1918. She was the first of four daughters born to Cecil and Ruth Rann...
James C. Vaughan
March 30, 1935 - Aug. 14, 2014 Santa Rosa, California
James Charles Vaughan, 79, died unexpectedly but peacefully during his sleep Aug. 14, 2014 in Santa Rosa, California, after many years coping with multiple sclerosis and confined to an electric wheelchair. Jim Vaughan was born March 30, 1935, in Utica, New York to James Baker Vaughan and Marianna...
Janet W. Pringle
Aug. 17, 1917 - Aug. 9, 2014 Portola Valley, California
Janet Walter Pringle passed away at 97 at the Sequoias in Portola Valley on August 9. Janet grew up in Sacramento and later attended UC Berkeley, where she met many lifelong friends. She married E. Covington Pringle (Covie) in 1949 and they spent the early part of their marriage in Red Bluff an...