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Publication Date: Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Obituaries Obituaries (November 02, 2005)

Robert A Mund

Retired teacher, Portola Valley resident

Robert A. Mund, retired high school teacher and Portola Valley resident for 35 years, died suddenly October 27 while taking his morning hike in the Hayfields area near his home. He was 67.

A celebration of Mr. Mund's life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, in the Redwood Chapel, 847 Woodside Road, in Redwood City. Visitation will begin at noon.

Mr. Mund and his wife, Earlyne G. Mund, lived in Portola Valley for the 35 years of their married life. Both had retired from teaching careers and enjoyed traveling to unusual and interesting destinations here and abroad.

He taught at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo for 35 years. Mrs. Mund taught in the Portola Valley School District for 36 years, most recently in second grade at Ormondale School until she retired in 1998.

"Robert was a hard worker and a loving husband and father," said his family.

Born in San Francisco in 1938, Mr. Mund received his teaching degree from San Jose State University and a master's degree in science from the University of San Francisco.

He is survived by his wife, Earlyne; their son, Erik Mund and his wife Lindsey of San Luis Obispo; his mother, Winifred Mund of Millbrae; brother Bruce Mund of San Jose; a niece Krista Mund of San Jose; and nephew, Marc Mund of Capitola.

The family has requested that donations be made to the American Heart Association or Olde Knights Scholarship Fund, in care of Hillsdale High School, 3115 Del Monte, San Mateo, CA 94003.

Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Chapel.

Robert Rose

Janitorial service owner

Robert Edward Rose, a resident of Menlo Park and Atherton for more than 30 years, died at Lytton Gardens Health Care Center in Palo Alto on October 22. He was 90.

Prior to his retirement in 1985, Mr. Rose and his wife, Viola, were owners of Deluxe Janitorial Service Inc., providing janitorial services on the Peninsula for 39 years.

Mr. Rose began his years of community service when he joined the East Palo Alto chapter of Lions Club International in 1953. He served two terms as president and headed dozens of committees during his 53-year membership. He was also a 20-year member of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.

He retired to Placerville, where he was also active in community affairs, but moved back to the Bay Area in 2004 and continued his participation in Lions International until shortly before his death.

He is survived by daughters Marsha Stivers, Cynthia Rose Camuso, and Sheila Rose, all of Menlo Park; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services have been held, with arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries. Memorials in Mr. Rose's name may be made to Pathways Hospice, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

Elizabeth Giarrusso

School resource specialist

Elizabeth Seitz Giarrusso of Lincoln, California, died October 22 in Roseville. Ms. Giarrusso, who lived in Atherton from 1969 until last June, was 68.

Ms. Giarrusso was born in Farmington, New Mexico, and graduated from the University of New Mexico. She was an accomplished equestrian and pianist, say family members.

After her marriage to Dan Seitz, the couple moved to the Bay Area, where she gave piano lessons while raising her family. Later in life, Ms. Giarrusso became a resource specialist in special education for the Ravenswood School District for 18 years.

In 2000 Ms. Giarrusso married Joe Giarrusso and, in retirement, moved to the Del Webb community in Lincoln.

She is survived by her husband, Joe of Lincoln; children Pam Kahle of Fair Oaks, California, Carol Chase of Fremont, and Julia Andersson of San Carlos; and 11 grandchildren.

Graveside services were held in Sacramento on October 28. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a favorite charity.

Palmira Zuffi

A vigil and funeral services are planned for Woodside resident Palmira Zuffi, 94, who died Sunday, October 30. The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, November 4, at the chapel of Valente Marini Perata & Co. at 4840 Mission St. in San Francisco. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany at 827 Vienna St. in San Francisco. The Almanac will publish an obituary at a later date.

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