Community - August 25, 2010


Nancy Elizabeth Stewart

Services for Nancy Elizabeth Stewart will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

A resident of Atherton and Menlo Park for most of her 51 years, Ms. Stewart died unexpectedly from a heart arrhythmia episode that took place Aug. 6 and led to her death on Aug. 13.

Born in San Francisco, Ms. Stewart moved to Atherton with her family in 1965. She attended Castilleja School and graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in history. She was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

In event management for most of her career, she coordinated the international conferences at SRI International and later worked as a manager of executive conferences at Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International in San Jose. In that position she traveled all over the world and enjoyed the excitement and challenges of running conferences overseas, say family members.

In 2006, she became event and volunteer manager at Children's Health Council, where her primary task was handling all management aspects of the Summer Symphony fundraising event at Frost Amphitheater.

Ms. Stewart volunteered for a number of nonprofit organizations. She served as president of the Castilleja Alumni Board and a number of other committees connected to the school. She served as president of the USC Golden Gate Alumnae Club board, as well as a member of the USC Bay Area student recruitment committee.

A founding member of Foothill Auxiliary, a fundraising branch of the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County, she recently served as the board's secretary. She was a former member of the Junior League and the Committee for Art at Stanford.

Ms. Stewart's gracious style and many talents were widely admired, say family members. Cooking was her passion and photography, needlepoint, and gardening were significant hobbies. She considered London her home away from home. Her final act of extreme generosity was as an organ donor, say family members.

Survivors include her father, Robert Stewart, and sister Ellen Stewart Moore. Her mother, Verna Stewart, preceded her in death.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Nancy Stewart Memorial Fund at Children's Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA 94304; or online at

Bennett T. Scheuer

Bennett T. Scheuer died unexpectedly Aug. 10 at Pen Bay Medical Center in Camden, Maine. Mr. Scheuer, who was 62, was a resident of Portola Valley from 1992 to 2003.

Born in New York City, Mr. Scheuer grew up in Larchmont, New York. In 1972 he graduated from the University of Miami, where he also taught photography.

After attending boat-building school, he opened Knock on Wood boatbuilding shop in Miami. Eventually he built his own cruising boat, and spent the next 17 years cruising and chartering in the Caribbean. During this time he was married to the former Judy Dickens.

In the 1990s he moved to the Bay Area, where he enjoyed many years of being uncle to his niece and nephews, say family members. He built a Phil Bolger boat that he could trailer across the continent behind his car. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, taught English as a second language, and was a mentor to many children of his friends and relatives, say family members.

In 2003, he bought a home in Camden, Maine, making a final move in 2005. He became involved with Literary Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine and received the "Tutor of the Year" award in 2010. He joined the Knox County Flying Club and the Belfast chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. In 2009, he began building his own single-engine aircraft in his backyard shop.

Mr. Scheuer also enjoyed motorcycles. In June of this year, he joined his brother, Lee Scheuer, and sister-in-law, Kim, for a motorcycle ride from California to Maine.

Mr. Scheuer is survived by his mother Mathilda (Tillie) Scheuer of New York City; his brother, Lee Scheuer of Portola Valley; sister Lauren Mishlove of Phoenix, Ariz.; and step-brother Rick Goldstein of Los Angeles.

Donations may be made to: WestEd Institute for Excellence in Early Education, 1550 The Alameda, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95126-2323; Global Classrooms, 45 Lyme Road, Suite 206, Hanover, NH 03755; Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine, 28 Lincoln St., Rockland, ME 04841.

A celebration of Mr. Scheuer's life will be held at noon Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Camden Yacht Club in Camden, Maine.

Mary Louise Beh

Mary Louise Beh, a resident of Menlo Park for 40 years, died peacefully at home on Aug. 15. She was 87.

Ms. Beh, sister of the late Joseph E. Beh, a well-known local realtor, was born in Harlan, Iowa, on June 11, 1923. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Allanah Cleary Beh, and friend Phyllis Swanson.

A memorial Mass was held at The Church of the Nativity on Aug. 19. Memorials may be sent to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 50 North B St., San Mateo. Arrangements were under the director of John O'Connor's Menlo Park Funerals.


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