Community - December 29, 2010

Obituaries: Former Atherton councilman dies at 83

Robert Huber, a former member of the Atherton City Council and past president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, died Sunday, Dec. 19, at home in Atherton with his wife of 57 years, Barbara, at his side. He was 83.

Mr. Huber was elected to the Atherton council in 1994 and served one term, until 1998.

In 2000, he was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the council for a three-month period until the next election. The seat was vacated by Nan Chapman when she moved to Woodside.

He lived in Atherton from 1965 to 1972, and again from 1983 to 2010, both times in Lindenwood.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Mr. Huber served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. He was president of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Iowa State University and graduated with an electrical engineering degree in 1951.

He began his career with AT&T Long Lines as a student engineer and was awarded a Sloan Fellowship in 1960, graduating from MIT with a master's degree in 1961.

During his career with AT&T Long Lines, he moved all over the country, retiring after 36 years as a senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Mr. Huber was active with the Peninsula Roundtable, the Atherton Civic Interest League, and the Lindenwood Homes Association.

"Bob brought strong business, finance and budget skills to the council, with his background as a business executive with AT&T," said former Atherton councilman Malcolm Dudley. "He was always one of the most kind and courteous people I have ever worked with, a quality we don't find enough of these days. We will all miss him a great deal."

In addition to his wife Barbara, he is survived by his three children, Elizabeth, John and Katherine; his sister, Sister Elizabeth Huber, with the order of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and seven grandchildren.

There was an evening vigil at Roller, Hapgood & Tinney in Palo Alto on Dec. 26 and a funeral Mass at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park, on Dec. 27, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park.

Elizabeth Jane Hoehn

A celebration of the life of Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Hoehn of Foster City will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. Ms. Hoehn died Nov. 25 at the age of 91.

The Hoehn family lived in Ladera from 1954 to 1977. She was a member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and volunteered in the local schools her six children attended. She was a 4-H leader, Sunday School teacher, and enthusiastic tennis player, say family members.

Betty Hoehn was born in Los Angeles. While on a vacation on Catalina Island, she met her future husband, Charles Hoehn Jr. They were married in 1937 and moved to San Francisco. The family later settled in Ladera in Portola Valley.

Ms. Hoehn is survived by her children, Elizabeth, Barbara, Charles, John and Steve; her brother, Phil; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Ray Lommatzsch

Ray Lommatzsch, a former longtime Portola Valley resident, died Dec. 4 in Vacaville after a brief illness. He was 83.

Mr. Lommatzsch was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife, LaRena, raised their family in Portola Valley. After retiring from the heating and air-conditioning company he owned for 30 years, he moved to Medford, Oregon, then Vacaville.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, LaRena Lommatzsch; son Michael Lommatzsch and daughter Patricia Romero; sister Lucille Lindley; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Lommatzsch.

Donations may be made to the St. Francis High School Elizabeth Lommatzsch Memorial Fund, 1885 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040.

A memorial service will be held in Vacaville at a later date.


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