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Publication Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Obituaries Obituaries (December 11, 2002)

L. Jane Dengler

Longtime Portola Valley resident

A memorial service for L. Jane Dengler, a longtime resident of Portola Valley, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 13, at the Dengler family residence, 219 Wyndham Drive in Portola Valley.

Mrs. Dengler died November 15 at age 87 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after a long illness. For 52 years she was married to Portola Valley's beloved naturalist, Herbert J. Dengler, who died September 15.

Born in Renton, Washington, she moved to Portola Valley in 1950. Aside from being a loving mother, family members say she worked with her husband in his art and framing shop, H.J. Dengler Old Prints, at the Town and Country Village shopping center in Palo Alto.

She is survived by her daughters Sallye J. Murphy of Santa Fe and Jonanne Tonnesen of Mokelumne Hill, California; step-son Ronald Dengler of Toronto, Canada; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The family prefers memorial contributions be made to Rosener House, Alzheimer's associations, and the First Baptist Church of Los Altos.
David Beugen


David Beugen, a 30-year resident of Woodside, died December 5. He was 70.

Mr. Beugen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He worked as a real-estate appraiser and an entrepreneur for more than 45 years. Family members remember him as an eternal optimist.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Beugen; four daughters, Sally Peck, Sherri Horve, Suzy Bishop and Stacy Burkons; a son, Andy Beugen; and five grandchildren.

Private services for Mr. Beugen will be held at the family home in Palm Desert on Saturday, December 14.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Desert Pet Adoptions of Palm Desert, or to the Minneapolis Jewish Federation Fund.
Floyd Langsev

Varian Associates executive

A celebration of the life of Floyd Langsev will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12, at Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road in Portola Valley. Mr. Langsev died at his Menlo Park home December 1. He was 78.

Growing up on the family farm during the Depression, Mr. Langsev's lifelong love of sports began when he was captain of his one-room school's baseball team in Silverton, Oregon. He played in high school and in college, and on championship baseball squads in the Marines and several semi-pro teams.

He was student body president at Eastern Oregon College and served as a Marine in World War II, stationed in Okinawa.

Shortly after his marriage to Helen Ambler, he began a 45-year residence in Menlo Park, where he raised his family, played golf and began his 34-year career at Varian Associates, where he was director of personnel policy and employee benefits.

A superb golfer, Mr. Langsev taught himself the game from a book while living in Venezuela, where he taught school and trained Gulf Oil employees for six years.

He was a charter member of the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club.

His love of adventure led him to travel across Siberia by train, exploring the tributaries of the Amazon, and ballooning at dawn over the wildebeest migration of the Serengeti plain in Africa, say family members.

Mr. Langsev is survived by his daughters, Christine Gross and Terilynn Langsev; one grandson; one great-grandson; sisters Berniece Langsev and Wilma Langsev; and brother Clayton Langsev. His second wife, Carol Fuller Langsev, died in 1993.

Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Office of Donor Services, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, N.Y. 10605; or the Cheetah Conservation Fund, P.O. Box 1380, Ojai, CA 93024.

Henriette F. Hunt

Ohio native

Henriette F. Hunt died November 24 in Menlo Park. She was 93.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Hunt lived in Palo Alto for 60 years before moving to Menlo Park this year.

She is survived by three children, Joan Hunt Burdick, Sandra Hunt Lewis, and James L. Hunt; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd E. Hunt, as well as one grandson and one great-grandson.

Services were held November 27 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto, followed by burial at the Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. Arrangements were by Roller Hapgood & Tinney in Palo Alto.

Mary Cavier

Community volunteer

Mary M. Cavier of Portola Valley died November 16 at age 91. Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she had been a resident of the Bay Area for more than 75 years.

In her younger years, Mrs. Cavier was an active community volunteer and avid golfer.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and, later, watching her grandchildren grow, family members said.

Mrs. Cavier is survived by her sisters, a niece, a nephew, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Her husband, Frank Cavier, died in June.

A private service was held November 22 at Alta Mesa Cemetery. The family prefers donations to a favorite charity.

Kenneth E. McCarthy

Reading specialist, educator

Kenneth Edward McCarthy, a public school teacher and principal who after retiring devoted himself to teaching children and adults with reading difficulties, died on November 29. A resident of Menlo Park, he was 80 years old.

A native of San Francisco, Mr. McCarthy attended Fresno State and Rice universities, and received his master's degree in education from Stanford University. He served in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. McCarthy worked for 33 years as a teacher and school principal in the Redwood City School District. After he left his public school career, he began to research the question of literacy, trying to learn what methods were most effective in teaching children to read. His research led him to believe that teaching phonics -- then a widely disparaged method -- was critical to reading success for many children.

In a 1996 interview with the Almanac, Mr. McCarthy acknowledged that some phonics-based methods are flawed, which is why he developed a new system based on a centuries-old concept. He used this approach with his many clients after founding the Center for Learning Improvement in Menlo Park, teaching both children and adults who had difficulty learning to read.

In that interview, Mr. McCarthy called the failure of schools to teach all children to read, and the significant percentage of adults in America who are functionally illiterate, "a national scandal." About two years ago, he published "Why Thomas Can't Read," which includes a tutorial using methods that he developed.

In his earlier years, Mr. McCarthy was an accomplished athlete in track, tennis and golf, according to his family. He was a champion tennis player, playing in all the major United States tournaments, including the U.S. Open at Forest Hills. He was a member of the Olympic Club in San Francisco, and a former member of the Foothill Tennis and Swim Club and the Stanford Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam; son and daughter-in-law Brian and Mary Jo; and two grandchildren. Services have been held.

The family prefers that memorial donations be made to Villa Siena Foundation, 1855 Miramonte, Mountain View, CA 94040.

Louis Jahnke

Metallurgical engineer

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 14, for Louis Prehn Jahnke of Menlo Park, who died November 27. He was 80.

The service starts at 2 p.m. at Roller Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home, 980 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Born in Beloit, Wisconsin, he attended Oberlin College, the University of Michigan, and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Sloan Program. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity.

During World War II, Mr. Jahnke worked on the Manhattan Project, helping develop the porous barrier for the gaseous diffusion separation of uranium isotopes, according to his family.

From 1947 to 1950, he traveled extensively, working in Pearl Harbor, Shanghai, Taiwan, the Middle East and Europe.

Mr. Jahnke retired in 1975 after 27 years with General Electric Corp. in Cincinnati, where he served as manager of the Material and Processes Laboratory. He was responsible for research and development for high-temperature and high-strength materials in GE's Aircraft Engine Group.

Mr. Jahnke was a fellow of the American Society for Metals, and a member of the American Institute of Metallurgical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

In 1985 he was given the Ross Award for those who volunteer their services for the betterment of the town of Atherton, where he lived before moving to Menlo Park, and was inducted into the Propulsion Hall of Fame the same year.

Mr. Jahnke is survived by his wife of 36 years, Bernice Jahnke of Menlo Park; children Pamela Jahnke of Menlo Park, Kim Franz of Carmichael, Dr. Lynn Jahnke of Santa Barbara, and Jeff Jahnke of Menlo Park; stepchildren Bradley Bauman of St. Louis, Bryan Bauman of Cincinnati, and Beth Thurston of Menlo Park; and eight grandchildren. Mr. Jahnke's first wife and the mother of his children, Patricia Ward Jahnke, died in 1963.

The family prefers donations be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Joy McCully

Real estate agent

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 15, at Woodside Village Church for Joy McCully of Woodside, who died November 24 following a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 59.

Mrs. McCully grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and married John McCully as a freshman at the University of Texas in 1962. They moved to Los Angeles, where both graduated from UCLA.

After 15 years as a manager for software companies, Mrs. McCully launched a second career as a real estate agent in the Woodside and Portola Valley area.

She joined Alain Pinel Realtors in late 1997; prior to that she with Cornish and Carey for 11 years, where she ranked in the top 1 percent of the company in terms of sales.

An avid reader, Mrs. McCully also enjoyed attending the theater and movies, playing the piano and riding Arabian horses. She will be remembered for her generosity, sense of humor and keen insight into others, say family members.

She is survived by her husband, John of Woodside, and daughter, Allisen.

Memorials of either flowers or a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network would be appreciated by the family.

Paul Monnot


Paul Monnot, a longtime Menlo Park resident and former member of the Menlo Art League, died November 29. He was 96.

Born in Biarritz, France, Mr. Monnot lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan; and Shanghai, China. It was in Shanghai that he met and married his wife, Fernande.

As a resident of the French Concession in Shanghai, he was an avid tennis player and followed international tennis matches throughout his life.

The Monnots remained in China during World War II and were repatriated to France in 1946. During the post-war years, Mr. Monnot was a liaison officer on behalf of the French and American armies in Bordeaux, where the family lived until they immigrated to the United States.

Mr. Monnot was a member of the Menlo Art League. His paintings have been displayed and collected locally.

He is survived by his wife, Fernande of Menlo Park; a daughter, Claude Anyos of Atherton; and numerous nieces and nephews in Europe.

At his request, no service was held. The family prefers memorial donations to St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room, 3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park 94025.

Gerritt Van Maanen III

Partners International representative

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 16, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for Gerritt (Gary) Van Maanen III of Menlo Park, who died November 26 at Menlo Park Place from Parkinson's dementia. He was 81.

Mr. Van Maanen was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During World War II he served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946. He was in the building business in Kalamazoo with his father for 16 years.

At 16 he served as president of Christian Endeavor youth group and later became president of the local First Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, where he also served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder.

After moving to California in 1962, he became active in the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school, was an elder and a leader of the Men's Group, and helped on the Mission Task Force.

He and his wife, Connie, became staff members for Campus Crusade for Christ for seven years. He graduated from the Institute of Biblical Studies and was named director of the Northern California lay division.

He continued Christian mission work for Partners International for 17 years. His work took him around the world, including eight Southeast Asian countries and China. He was ordained a reverend by the Evangelical Church Alliance.

After retiring at age 70, he returned to the remodeling business until he was struck with Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Van Maanen is survived by his wife of 60 years, Connie of Menlo Park; sons Gary of South San Francisco, James of Friday Harbor, Washington, and Paul of Concord; five grandchildren; and sisters Catherine Doty of Holland, Michigan, and Sue Coffey of Kalamazoo. A daughter, Nancy Lou, preceded him in death.

Arrangements were under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries, with burial at Mt. Everest Memorial Cemetery in Kalamazoo.


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