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John Borgsteadt
Oct. 31, 1920 - Dec. 6, 2016
Palo Alto, California

John Borgsteadt, a resident of Palo Alto, California, died at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital on Dec. 6, 2015, after a short illness. He was 95 years old. His wife, Olive, was at his side. Borgsteadt was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to San Francisco's Sunset District after his father's death. He graduated from Polytechnic High School and was an electrical repairman before his enlistment in the U.S. Navy in February 1942. He was trained as a sonarman (now called sonar technician), and saw duty on a destroyer, first deployed to combat in the Solomon Islands. They saw action in the Guadalcanal campaign, in the region known as "The Slot", as the Japanese navy resupplied their land forces by barge, covered by land-based aircraft and a powerful fleet. His ship was later ordered to the Alaska theatre. Discharged in 1945, John enrolled in the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute in Washington, DC. Upon his return to the Bay Area, he joined the Hewlett-Packard Company in 1948. Through the decades, he worked in the test department, and later, in technical publications and customer service. He delighted in meeting visitors and customers from other countries and showing them th...

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Therese Ann Knight
Sept. 23, 1925 - Jan. 21, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Therese Knight, a 65-year resident of Palo Alto, California, passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside on Jan. 21, 2016. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Therese would later marry Robert Knight and go on to celebrate over 71 years of marriage. An avid baker and gardener, Therese kept neighbors and family members stocked with fresh batches of homemade strawberry, rhubarb and apricot jam; dried apples; pies; and bags of Meyer lemons. A visitor at the holidays was always sent home with boxes of homemade cookies and a collection of red, yellow and green popcorn balls handmade by the couple. Therese enjoyed caring for her garden, and the seven hummingbird feeders that were lovingly refilled every few days, for decades, so as to never run dry. Bob and Therese enjoyed vacationing in Donner Lake, California, where the couple built the family cabin in the 1960s. Therese is survived by her husband, Bob; their six children, Bob Knight, Dennis Knight, Rick Knight, Margaret Olivier, Terry Knight and Mary Dandridge; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by one grandchild, Ken Knight....

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Oct. 12, 1931 - Feb. 9, 2016 Rocklin, California

Rudiger C. Meijer, "Rudi", 84, died on Feb. 9, 2016. He was born on Oct. 12, 1931, in Djakarta, Indonesia. After WWII, he moved with his mother and siblings to Enschede, Holland, which he called his hometown. In 1959, he immigrated to the USA. He worked for 20 years as an auto mechanic and then c...

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William F. Poulson
June 17, 1931 - Feb. 5, 2016 Redwood City, California

William Poulson died on Friday, February 5, at Brittania House in Redwood City from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by Ann, his loving wife of 62 years, his daughter Elizabeth, and two grandchildren, Maya and Luca, as well as his sister, Yvonne Schuster of Santa Rosa, and sis...

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Betty J. Bolter
Dec. 14, 1922 - Feb. 4, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Born in Hanford, California to Maroa Elma and James Delmer Binkerd, Betty grew up in the Central Valley; her childhood claim to fame was having read every book in the Hanford library. After graduating from Woodbury College in Los Angeles she rejoined her parents in their new San Francisco Twin Peaks...

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Samuel Rangel
Oct. 30, 1938 - Feb. 3, 2016 Mountain View, California

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