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Willis T. Sperry
June 16, 1926 - July 20, 2016
Hughson, California

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator

Willis “Bill” Turner Sperry, age 90, passed away on July 20, 2016, in Hughson, California. Bill was born on June 16, 1926 in Algona, Iowa. He graduated from Greene High School. He graduated from Upper Iowa University with a bachelor's degree and received a Master’s degree from Drake University in Iowa. He was a World War II veteran and trained to be a pilot in the Naval Air Corps. H...

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Judith E. Allen
Jan. 25, 1921 - July 18, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: arts/media

Judith E. Allen, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away in Menlo Park at the age of 95. She is survived by her two daughters Kristina Pikke and Heidi Elise Allen; two grandchildren, Sean and Tristan Conway; and her beloved cats Tiggy and Maz. Judith was a native New Yorker, born in January 25, 1921, the eldest daughter of Norwegian immigrants and grew up on the Hudson River. She became ...

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Michael Dan O'Connell
Feb. 12, 1941 - July 18, 2016
Woodside, CA
Surrounded by most of his immediate family, Michael passed away peacefully in his sleep. Having suffered from a neurological degenerative disease for 6 years, it was his time. Michael will truly be missed as he was loved by so many. His humor and his presents was always special, people would say he was the coolest guy they ever met, and he was. He was born in Columbus, Texas, to Mark Harol...

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Annette Z. Long
Oct. 16, 1920 - July 17, 2016
Sandpoint, Idaho

Tags: teacher/educator

Annette Sophie Zaepffel Long, a longtime resident of Los Altos, was born on October 16, 1920, in Woodside, CA, and passed away peacefully in her sleep, in her own home, in her own bed, at the Alpine Vista senior apartment complex in Sandpoint, Idaho, on Sunday morning July 17th, after suffering a debilitating stroke a month earlier. Annette's parents, Elise Scherding and Anton Alexis Zaepffel...

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Gladys "Laddie" Hughes
Jan. 24, 1925 - July 17, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

Laddie Hughes passed away on July 17, surrounded by her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and community member. Those she knew and loved will remember her love for her husband and family, her fondness of music, her organizing genius, dedication to learning, commitment to social justice, leadership with respect to women’s rights and active involvement in politics. Laddie was...

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Wilbur Raymond Morton
Aug. 11, 1919 - July 16, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: arts/media, business, public service

Wilbur Raymond Morton, resident of Palo Alto for 58 years, passed away on July 16. He was 96. For the last four years he called the Palo Alto Commons his home. Born and raised in Campbell, CA, he was the son of Gladys L. Morton and Herold W. Morton. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1941 with a degree in electrical engineering. He was a top marksman and member of the ROTC. Will met th...

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Gordon David Fink
April 25, 1966 - July 13, 2016
Granville, Ohio
Gordon David Fink, 50, passed away unexpectedly due to deep vein thrombosis that caused a pulmonary embolism Wednesday, July 13. He was born in Palo Alto to Walter E. and Margaret Fink and graduated from Gunn High School in 1984. He has lived in Granville, Ohio with his family for the past 25 years while working as a mechanical engineer. In addition to his parents, Gordon is survived by his son...

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Evalyn Tripp Hutzel
1916 - July 11, 2016
Medford, Oregon
Former Palo Alto resident Evalyn T. Hutzel, 100, of Medford, Oregon, died July 11, 2016, with her family by her side. She was born in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She received bachelor’s and nursing degrees from the University of Michigan and later, in her 60s, earned a master’s degree in health science from San Jose State University. In 1941, she married J...

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Charles M. Packer
April 21, 1930 - July 10, 2016
Emerald Hills, California

Tags: veteran

Dr. Charles Maurice Packer was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 21, 1930, to Charles Bratton Hill and Helen Dorothy Hill. He died July 10, 2016, in Redwood City, Calif. At a young age, following the passing of his father, Charles was adopted by Austin Packer who had married his mother Helen. While Dr. Packer was in grade school, the family moved to Burlingame, Calif., where he graduate...

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Syliva Angela Faso
Feb. 20, 1920 - July 9, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Born Feb. 20, 1920, and danced her last dance July 9, 2016. Born in Manchester, Connecticut, moved to Palo Alto, California, in 1928 with her Italian immigrant parents Frank and Theresa Posocco. A resident of Palo Alto for 88 years, spending the last two at Belmont Village in San Jose. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Leon J. Faso. Survived by her children, Marsha Morphew...

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Thomas Francis Horan, Jr.
June 9, 1961 - July 2, 2016
The Woodlands, Texas

Tags: veteran

Thomas Francis Horan Jr., 55, earned his eternal wings July 2nd at 10:02am in his home surrounded by loved ones. He shared 29 years of marriage with his beloved wife, Melanie Therese Horan. Born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, Tom Horan was the son of Thomas and Mary Ellen Horan. Formerly of Mountain View, Tom graduated from Saint Francis High School in 1979. He then went on to graduate from Sa...

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Harvey Slate
March 19, 1928 - June 26, 2016
Menlo Park, California

Tags: veteran

Harvey Slate passed away peacefully on June 26. Following the loss of Barb, his beloved wife of 54 years, just three months prior. Born in Minneapolis to Margaret (Nathanson) and Morris Slate, he enjoyed shows his cousins performed in their basement and sparked a future career path by selling newspapers on the street corner. Following Morris’ death, Harvey moved to Tucson, Arizona, as...

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Caroline Templin Finch
Aug. 20, 1924 - June 25, 2016
Medford, Oregon
Caroline Templin Finch, a longtime Palo Alto resident, passed away June 25, 2016, at the Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Oregon. Caroline, 91, remained active until the end, wearing her pedometer and logging her daily miles until the day before she entered the hospital. Lighthearted, outgoing and a friend to all, Caroline was also a deeply spiritual person whose life reflected a c...

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Elaine Rose Faulstich
Oct. 31, 1942 - June 25, 2016
Menlo Park, California
Elaine Rose Faulstich, 73, died June 25 at Stanford Hospital, of complications following cardiac arrest. Elaine is survived by her many friends and loved ones, including six siblings, her step-mother Edith, and two children, Amy and David, whom she raised as a single mom. She was a resident of Menlo Park for over 30 years and was a surgical nurse at Kaiser and Sequoia hospitals in Redwood C...

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Patricia Gayle Sanguinetti
Jan. 3, 1941 - June 24, 2016
Portola Valley, California
Patricia Gayle Sangunetti (born Patrica Gayle Eliopoulos) died peacefully at her home on Friday June 24, 2016 in Portola Valley where she was a 51 year resident. Born 1941 in Daly City, she moved to Portola Valley in 1965. She is survived by her two sons, Bruce F. Lovazzano Jr. and Gary J. Lovazzano from Woodside and her grandchildren, Kaila, Shae, Niccollo Isabella, and Valentina Lovazzano ...

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Billy Prior
1920 - June 21, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran

Billy Prior, a World War II veteran, who experienced the fury of the Buzz Bombs in London, was in the Battle of Normandy, was one of the first women soldiers to arrive in Paris after its liberation, and who received the Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star, has died. Prior, who was declared by the Palo Alto Historian as the person who was born in Palo Alto and lived here the longest, was the daught...

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Evelyn Barbara Stoops
Aug. 19, 1917 - June 20, 2016
Woodside, California

Tags: business

Evelyn Stoops, 98, passed away on June 20, 2016 at Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, CA. Born to Harold A. and Mary A. Mortola in Sausalito, CA on August 19, 1917, and raised in both San Francisco, CA and Woodside, CA along with her Sister, Sr. Marie Julie (Marcella Mortola) Dominican Order, who preceded Evelyn in death. Evelyn was a graduate of Notre Dame High School class of 1934 in San ...

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