Almanac

Community - September 29, 2010

Obituaries

Guy Patterson

Guy Kiltz Patterson died peacefully at his home in Ladera on Sept. 3. He was 94. Mr. Patterson, a member of the Ladera Community Church since 1964, had served as head of its board of trustees.

A celebration of his life will be held at Ladera Community Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

Born in Layfayette, Indiana, Mr. Patterson moved to Sacramento with his parents when he was 3 years old.

He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nevada in Reno in 1938. In college, he served as president of the Nevada branch of the American Institute of Engineers. In 1942, he received a graduate degree in engineering from Stanford University, where he studied under Frederick Terman.

After working in New York City in a war-related job in World War II, Mr. Patterson returned to California and continued his career as an electronics engineer until his retirement in 1987.

After retiring, he spent several years teaching computer courses at Little House in Menlo Park. For 20 years, he and his wife, Yolanda, led month-long summer programs to help students of all ages become acquainted with Europe, including London in 1989 and Paris from 1990 to 2008.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Yolanda Astarita Patterson; son Donald Bruce Patterson; and two grandchildren.

Donations in his memory may be sent to the Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028; or Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park CA 94025.

Beverly Schierenbeck

Beverly Schierenbeck, a resident of Menlo Park for more than 45 years, died Sept. 10. She was 89.

A native of Oakland, she was employed as a contract administrator at both Lockheed and Dalmo Victor.

After retiring, she volunteered at Little House, where she was in charge of the hostess desk for more than 20 years and volunteered at the community service desk. She was active on the Little House Council and served as its president.

Ms. Schierenbeck enjoyed playing bridge and reading mysteries, but most of all she loved animals, according to her longtime friend, Barbara Kent. She will be remembered for her smile and sense of humor, says Ms. Kent.

She is survived by her sister, Kathleen Penfound, a nephew and three nieces, and close friend, Barbara Kent. At her request, there will be no service.

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