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Publication Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Obituaries Obituaries (April 21, 2004)

Dr. Benjamin Oliver 'Doc' Hebert
Woodside veterinarian

Dr. Benjamin Oliver "Doc" Hebert, a longtime Woodside resident and a practicing equine veterinarian for over 50 years, died April 3, surrounded by his family. He was 81.

Born in Menlo Park, he attended Kansas State University and graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine in 1947. He and his family moved to Woodside in 1960. Dr. Hebert had a busy veterinary practice from 1947 to 2001.

For many years, Dr. Hebert served as the official veterinarian for racetracks, including Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita and Tanforan Park, family members said. He devoted much of his time to 4-H, Future Farmers of America, the San Mateo County Fair's livestock program, and the Grand National and Junior Grand National rodeos.

He was the volunteer veterinarian for the July Fourth Junior Rodeo at the Mounted Patrol grounds in Woodside for over 45 years, and served on the town of Woodside's Livestock Committee for more than 15 years, his family said.

Dr. Hebert built and owned the Woodside Veterinary Clinic in Redwood City and produced his own line of "Derby" products. He was a kind, hard-working man who had a great sense of humor, family members said.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Colleen Hebert of Woodside; their five children, Jeffrey of Nevada City, Michelle of Woodside, Peggy Dimas of Fremont, Katherine Kestenbaum of Long Beach and Laura Hebert-Torres of Oakdale; five grandchildren; his brother James Murray; and George Morales, a close friend who was like a son to him.

Services were held at St. Denis Church in Menlo Park. The family prefers memorial donations be made to the Youth Livestock Program or 4-H Club of San Mateo County, San Mateo County Fair, 2495 South Delaware St., San Mateo, CA 94403; or to the donor's favorite charity. Arrangements were by Redwood Chapel.


Genevieve Kavanaugh
Longtime Menlo resident

A memorial service for Genevieve Kavanaugh will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park. Ms. Kavanaugh died April 10 at her Menlo Park home. She was 94.

Ms. Kavanaugh was born in Creighton, Pennsylvania, one of 11 children. At a young age, she left the family farm to attend dance school in New York City. For 13 years she attended school and danced off Broadway. In 1943, she and her three sisters ventured west to Long Beach, California. In 1944 she married Howard Kavanaugh. In 1947, the couple settled in Menlo Park, where they raised their five children.

Ms. Kavanaugh enjoyed travel, playing pinochle, crafts, garage sales and her rose garden. She will be missed by her niece, Sandra, friends from the Senior Center, her pinochle group and the Church of the Nativity, where she had been a member for more than 55 years, say family members.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Richter of Novato; sons Ross Kavanaugh of Foster City, Daniel Kavanaugh of Clemmons, North Carolina, and Michael Kavanaugh of Morgan Hill; sisters Irene Cummings of Colorado and Beth Odom of Anchorage, Alaska; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Howard (1960) and son Harvey (1984).

Donations in her memory may be made to Palo Alto Adult School-Senior Friendship Day Club, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, 94301.


Frank Siino
Former manager of Menlo Park Hardware

Frank Horace Siino, former manager of Menlo Park Hardware, died April 10 in Redwood City. He was 67.

Mr. Siino was born in San Mateo County and was a 1955 graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School. He owned Siino's Hardware before going to work for Menlo Park Hardware. He was an accomplished accordion player, photographer, locksmith and boater, say family members.

He is survived by his daughter, Lynette Marie Christensen; son Tony Siino; and one granddaughter.

Memorials to the American Heart Association are preferred by the family.


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