Thora Ann Richardson
Jan. 6, 1937-Nov. 5, 2012
Menlo Park, California
Dearest Thora passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, from a stroke. She died peacefully at UCSF Medical Center with a talented and caring medical team doing all they could to save her life. Her family was constantly at her bedside in the last two weeks of her life hoping and praying for a recovery.
Thora leaves behind a family united in their concern to live life better because of her wonderful witness to each of us -- her husband, John, her five children, David (Kacy), Eric (Pearl), Karen (Jon Rubinstein), Kristen (Karl Mills) and Tom (Paula). She also leaves 10 grandchildren for whom she continually gave herself.
Thora was predeceased by her parents, Ingolfur and Kristiana Bergsteinsson, and her sister, Linda. She is survived by her brothers, Paul and Bryan Bergsteinsson, and their wives, Joan and Barbara.
Thora was born on Jan. 6, 1937, and enjoyed a remarkable life with amazing gifts of intelligence, grace, loving care for others and talent in many areas. She is known in her extended family as especially prudent. She entered Stanford University with Honors at Entrance at the age of 16. In less than four years she graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics and promptly took a position with Stanford Research Institute as a mathematician.
She and John married on June 20, 1957. Her family began to arrive, and as John was completing his graduate studies, they moved to Orange County, Calif. There they became active in Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana, with close and lasting friendships.
Thora and the family moved from Southern California to Michigan to Vancouver, B.C., and then to Menlo Park, where she had lived for the last 27 years. While here, she made major commitments for 26 years to the Palo Alto Auxiliary (President, Treasurer, Allied Arts Guild Server and then Co-Hostess for over 20 years) and for a similar period to her PEO Chapter DC (President, etc.) always contributing wherever her talents were needed, also doing whatever tasks needed her support. Recently she became part of the Hospitality Team at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and was the Holiday Co-Hostess for her Stanford Hills neighborhood.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of her life will be held at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow.
The family requests that memorial donations be made in Thora's name to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Checks may be made payable to Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and sent to the foundation at 400 Hamilton Ave., Suite 340, Palo Alto, CA 94301.