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Community - January 20, 2010

Obituaries: Jeanne Hueffed, longtime Almanac employee

Jeanne Hueffed, who was the receptionist for The Almanac office over a period of 14 years, died Jan. 12 after a year-long battle with lung cancer. She died, surrounded by her children, at home in Foster City. She was 83.

Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 19, at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Belmont.

Ms. Hueffed began working at The Almanac in 1988, when it was located on Oak Grove Avenue in downtown Menlo Park. In her job, she was a goodwill ambassador to the public, problem solver, room mother, quartermaster, party planner and event coordinator.

She presented The Almanac's best face to the public and created a pleasant atmosphere, with fresh flowers on her desk and a well-filled candy jar.

"Jeanne did so much more for me and The Almanac than greet customers and answer the phone," said publisher Tom Gibboney. "She would handle correspondence, plan parties and a million other things that were far beyond her job description. And she always had a smile and was happy to do it. She never wanted to sit still."

Ms. Hueffed retired from the Alameda de las Pulgas office of The Almanac in 2002 when her husband became seriously ill. Mr. Hueffed died in 2004.

Jeanne Hueffed was born May 21, 1926, in Saginaw, Michigan. She attended local parochial schools and graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Saginaw.

She graduated from Marygrove College in Detroit in 1949 and went to work as an assistant buyer for Higbee's department store in Cleveland. She developed an interest in fashion, which lasted all her life. She was always well dressed, with a passion for shoes.

She met her future husband, Theodor Kundrz Hueffed, in Cleveland on St. Patrick's Day, and they were married Feb. 3, 1951, at St. Luke's Church in Lakewood, Ohio. The couple lived in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, before moving to California in 1959.

Ms. Hueffed devoted her life to raising her six children, often volunteering at their schools or taking part in parent activities. After they were grown, she worked for a few years for the Swensen Ice Cream Co., before coming to The Almanac.

Although her maiden name was Kessel, she took great pride in her Irish heritage, gained through her grandmother, Bridget, who lived next door when she was growing up. St. Patrick's Day would always find her sporting a green outfit and a shamrock pin, oftentimes with a pot of shamrocks on her desk.

Ms. Hueffed is survived by her six children: Martha Riviello, Lisa Hueffed, Ted Hueffed, Mary Ann Hubbard, Mark Hueffed and Molly Hueffed; 10 grandchildren; and eight grandchildren.

The family prefers memorials in her name be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Tommy Simpson

Memorial services for Tommy Simpson, a Portola Valley icon who died Nov. 25 at age 92, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Community Hall at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road. She was well known in town as the former owner and frequent presence at Portola Valley Hardware.

Bob Augsburger

Memorial services will be held Friday, Jan. 29, in Portola Valley for Robert R. "Bob" Augsburger, a former vice president of Stanford University and the first executive director of the Peninsula Open Space Trust.

He died Dec. 31 of a brain tumor at his home at The Sequoias in Portola Valley.

The services will start at 4 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley. The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made to POST, Hidden Villa, or the Children's Health Council.

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