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Publication Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Obituaries Obituaries (November 10, 2004)

Donna Gaetano
Community volunteer

Donna Skrabo Gaetano, member of a pioneer Portola Valley family, died October 29 at her home in Portola Valley. She was 59.

Ms. Gaetano was born in Redwood City on March 27, 1945, the daughter of Eileen and John Skrabo, and grew up in Menlo Park. She attended Holy Cross High School in Mountain View and Ponce College of Beauty in San Mateo.

After she and her husband, John Gaetano, were married, they lived in Sharon Heights before moving to the family homestead in Portola Valley, which they remodeled 20 years ago.

Ms. Gaetano was active in many charitable endeavors, say family members, especially Students Rising Above Scholarship, which was founded by her friend, television personality Wendy Tokuda.

She had also been active in Peninsula Volunteers, I Care, the Florence Crittenden Home, Ronald McDonald House, and parent organizations at St. Raymond School, St. Francis High School, and Menlo-Atherton High School.

Ms. Gaetano is survived by her husband of 37 years, John, of Portola Valley; children Nicole Gaetano Hughes and Nino Gaetano of Menlo Park, and John-Nick Gaetano, a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City; mother, Eileen Skrabo of Portola Valley; brothers, Jack Skrabo of Redding, Mark Skrabo of Davis and Paul Skrabo of Portola Valley; and one grandson.

The family prefers that memorials in her name be made to Students Rising Above Scholarship, c/o Peninsula Community Foundation, 1700 South El Camino Real, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Services were held November 5 at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. Arrangements were under the direction of Menlo Park Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries.

George Pryal
Longtime Menlo Park resident

George R. Pryal, who had lived in Menlo Park since 1945, died October 29. He was 88.

Mr. Pryal was born in San Francisco. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army with the 80th Armored Medical Battalion. In 1943 he married before being shipped overseas.

Mr. Pryal was a member of Teamsters Local 85 for many years before his retirement. He was an avid golfer, playing frequently at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, and a NASCAR racing fan, say family members.

Mr. Pryal is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia; children, Ginny Raymond of Beulah, Colorado, Alfred Pryal of Gastonia, North Carolina, Fred Pryal of Glenvil, Nebraska, and Janet Shockey of Johnston, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held November 5 at the chapel of Roller, Hapgood & Tinney, Palo Alto, with interment at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto.

Sister Nancy Salisbury
Former headmistress

Sister Nancy Salisbury, who was headmistress of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City's oldest independent school for girls, died September 27 at Oakwood Retirement Community in Atherton. She was 74.

Sister Salisbury was a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, the Roman Catholic order she entered in 1952.

In her 20 years as headmistress at Sacred Heart, which runs from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, Sister Salisbury overhauled curriculum and upgraded facilities during a period when enrollment nearly doubled, according to an announcement by the U.S. Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart. In 1990, the school received a Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education.

Sister Salisbury was also vice chairman of the board of the New York State Association of Independent Schools and head of its accreditation commission.

Chuck Angelo
Woodside resident

Charles "Chuck" Angelo of Woodside died September 11 at Mills-Peninsula Hospital in Millbrae after a yearlong illness from a stroke. He was 58.

Mr. Angelo grew up in Menlo Park and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. He worked in the family business, West Coast Screen, located in Menlo Park. He was an avid duck hunter and managed a softball team for many years, playing at Burgess Park.

Mr. Angelo was the son of the late Beth and Charles Angelo. He is survived by his siblings, Yvonne Angelo of Mill Valley, Jerry and Jim Angelo of Palo Alto, and Paul Angelo of Menlo Park.

The family hopes to donate a bench and plant a tree in Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park in Mr. Angelo's memory, according to his sister. His father, Charles Angelo, installed a Nativity scene in the park at Christmas for many years, she said.

Paul Gilles
Former Syntex vice president

Paul George Gilles, a resident of Menlo Park since 1965, died November 4 after a brief illness. He was 82.

Mr. Gilles was born in Cleveland, Ohio. During World War II, he was a B17 pilot with the 15th Air Force in Italy. He flew 35 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Purple Heart.

He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, in 1946 and in 1947 married Margaret Hogan in Lakewood, Ohio.

Mr. Gilles was vice president of sales and marketing for Syntex Laboratories (now Roche) in Palo Alto and also worked for J. Walter Thompson Advertising in San Francisco

Mr. Gilles served as a lector at St. Denis Church in Menlo Park for almost 40 years. He was a longtime baseball fan and proud of the fact that, when he was a child, he met Babe Ruth. Mr. Gilles was an active sportsman, playing golf, swimming and cycling, say family members.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret of Menlo Park; children Anne Kennelly, Paula Maurano, Mark Gilles and Kathleen Gilles, all of Menlo Park, and Teresa O'Rourke of San Ramon; and seven grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was held November 8 at St. Denis Church. Arrangements were under the direction of the Menlo Park Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries.

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