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Publication Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Obituaries Obituaries (February 08, 2006)

Alys Wunderlich Bachler

Portola Valley resident

Services have been held for Alys Wunderlich Bachler of Portola Valley, who died January 28 at the age of 68.

Ms. Bachler was born in Missouri and had lived in Portola Valley for 35 years. She was a member of the San Francisco Golf Club Ladies Annex and the Desert Highlands Golf Club. She was also an active member of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

Ms. Bachler is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert of Portola Valley; daughter Debbie Smerecnik of Novato; sons Phil and Craig Bachler of Atherton; sister Joyce Pearson of Idaho; and nine grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Menlo Park Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries. Donations may be made to the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church or a favorite charity.
Gordon Bradbury

San Francisco bar pilot

Gordon J. Bradbury, a pilot who boarded cruise ships, tankers and aircraft carriers at sea to guide them into San Francisco Bay, died unexpectedly January 17 at his home in Woodside at age 82.

A resident of Woodside since 1971, he was born in San Francisco. During World War II, he served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. He graduated from the California Maritime Academy in Port Hueneme, California.

After the war he served in the Merchant Marines with the American President Lines, rising to the rank of captain. He later joined the San Francisco Bar Pilots in 1967, retiring in 1989.

Mr. Bradbury was a member of the American Merchant Marine Veterans and the Council of American Master Marines in San Francisco.

He is survived by his wife, Gabriele Bradbury, and daughter Bettina Bradbury, both of Woodside; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on the ship S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien in San Francisco at a later date.

Memorials in Mr. Bradbury's name may be made to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Arrangements were under the director of Crippen & Flynn Woodside Chapel.
James Dunn

Pearl Harbor survivor

James Edward Dunn, a 51-year resident of Woodside, died January 27 at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. He was 88.

Mr. Dunn was born in San Francisco. Soon after his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and, in the latter part of his career, served on the U.S.S. Oklahoma in Hawaii. He survived the attacks of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the battle.

He lived for some time in Capitola and San Bruno, but his love of the outdoors and horses led him and his wife, Georgette, to move to Woodside in 1954. He became a plumbing contractor and operated a business in Belmont for more than 35 years.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Georgette of Woodside; sons Tim of Placerville and Steven of Auburn; daughter Patricia Roque of Belmont; sister Marian Siri of San Mateo; and eight grandchildren.

Private services have been held. Memorials in his name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

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