Community - June 30, 2010


Joan Flanigan

Joan Elisabeth Flanigan of Portola Valley, who taught kindergarten and first grade for many years in the Las Lomitas School District, died June 23. She was 78.

Ms. Flanigan began her teaching career at the Windmill Preschool in Portola Valley in 1962. She taught at Ladera and Las Lomitas schools from 1970 to 1987. After retiring, she did substitute teaching for the district for many years.

Born to Neil and Beth Parsons in Fort Bragg, Ms. Flanigan graduated from UC Berkeley in 1953. She married her husband, Don, that year and, following his graduation from Stanford Law School in 1956, the couple moved to Del Mar. The Flanigans returned to the Bay Area in 1962.

Ms. Flanigan had many interests, including golf, sailing, flying in the couple's Beechcraft Bonanza airplane, wine, gardening and travel. She served as president of the Stanford Women's Nine Hole Golf Group and as a board member of the Women's Nine Hole Golf Association.

She volunteered for several organizations, most recently the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program of San Mateo County.

Ms. Flanigan is survived by her husband of 57 years, Don Flanigan; daughter Susan Bates of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; son Bruce Flanigan of Orangevale; brother Dr. Norman Parsons; and six grandchildren. No services are planned.

Donations in her name may be made to: Dr. Ranjana Advani, Stanford Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305, with a cover letter stating it is for Dr. Advani's research; or to Pathways Hospice Foundation in Sunnyvale; or to a favorite charity.

Joseph E.A. Sauer

Joseph E.A. Sauer of Woodside died June 18 at the age of 92.

Mr. Sauer was born in Oakland and raised in Chico. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1941, the same year he was married to Cecilia Welsh, also a UC Berkeley graduate.

Mr. Sauer began his career in accounting at Pan American Airways. He later worked for Skinner and Hammond and obtained his CPA license. After a year in Bakersfield, he joined Barlow, Davis and Wood, where he became a partner. Through a series of mergers, he became retired partner of Deloitte.

An Eagle Scout in his youth, Mr. Sauer loved the mountains. He backpacked and went fly-fishing on 38 trips to the High Sierras, Oregon and Washington, say family members. From Yosemite to Lassen Park, he and his family camped in or visited 17 national parks in the Western United States and Canada.

He and his wife, Cecilia, traveled extensively, visiting Europe, China, Tibet, seven other Asian countries, as well as Canada, Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico. He was an avid bridge player, enjoying twice-weekly games.

Mr. Sauer is survived by his children, Teresa (Teri) of Silverdale, Washington; Gregory of Orlando, Florida; Karen of Boston; and Paul of Woodside; plus seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His wife of 60 years, Cecilia, died in 2002.

Funeral services have been held.


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