Community - November 14, 2007


Spencer S. Voyne

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Pleasant View Church of Pleasanton for Spencer S. Voyne, a resident of Menlo Park since 1964 who died Nov. 4 after a short bout with cancer. He was 80.

Mr. Voyne was born in Oakland and moved to Southern California as a small child. He attended Lowell High School, Whitman College and the University of Southern California.

From the age of 19, he worked for Pacific Telephone Co., retiring in 1986, his family said.

In midlife, he became a baseball umpire and was a member of the Old Time Athletes Association.

In his later years, he traveled extensively in China representing China Products, an import/export firm started in the 1970s. The firm imported tea, chili peppers, honey, down, and other products. He often entertained Chinese businessmen when they came to this country, said family members.

Mr. Voyne is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gladys of Menlo Park; sons Stephen Voyne and Michael Voyne; and three grandchildren.

The family prefers donations in Mr. Voyne's memory to the Salvation Army or to the Pleasant View Church in Christ in Pleasanton.


Posted by Jeanne Oster Lederman, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 2, 2009 at 9:23 pm

What a sad thing it is to search for an old friend online just to find they have gone on without you! I remember Mr. Voyne as one of the sweetest souls I ever met. In the early 70's I dated his eldest son, Stephen, for a couple of years. His second son, Michael, was also a close friend at that time...

Dear Gladys, if you're reading this, I am so sorry to hear the news of Spencer's passing. I only spent time with him twice in my life, but to this day I remember his face and his kindness. I hope that your sons and your grandchildren bring comfort to your heart now. Although I only spent time with you once (the time Steve brought me home to meet you & Spencer), you still hold a very special place in my heart. You might be surprised to know that I think of you often and with great fondness.

My love and best wishes to everyone Spencer had to leave behind...

Jeanne Oster-Lederman

Posted by charlie schindler, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Like my old friend, Jeanne Oster, I, too, remember Spencer as one of the kindest and sweetest men I ever met. He was so dedicated to his two sons, Steven and Michael, and his beloved wife, Gladys. I can still see him driving that little VW Beetle down to USC to visit Steve at Mrs G's and the apartment on Hoover (where I lived with Steve at both places). A few special dinners at the Voynes' in Menlo Park (was it T-giving or Christmas?). Always made me feel like part of the family. And those chocolate chip cookies with the little M&M's! Hah! Hope Gladys is doing well out in Pleasanton and the boys are taking good care of her. One day I hope Steve may find it in his heart to reconnect with an old friend who never gave up on him.

Jeanne, if you're reading this, please know your prayers were miraculously answered a few years ago. I still remember sharing a few tunes of "you light up my life" in an apt in Redondo Beach. Was it really 36 years ago? Hope you have found the happiness in life that seemed so elusive yet always at your fingertips. Mystical almost.

Taking care of dad (97) in Redondo Beach (same old place) and wishing I was with my family in Petaluma - Charlie

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