Helen Alburger, early Ladera resident, dies at age 94


Helen Eileen Alburger, who with her husband was among the earliest residents of the Ladera community, died at her home on Jan. 4 at the age of 94.

A native of Casper, Wyoming, she was the youngest of four daughters of Guy and Dale Gay. Her early years were spent in Wyoming and Denver, Colorado, before the family moved to Seattle, according to her family. There, she met and married John Thomas (Tom) Alburger, who was serving in the Coast Guard on Lake Washington.

The couple moved to Indianapolis after Tom's decommission, and began their family, beginning with son, Douglas, and daughter, Gay, the family said. In 1952, the family relocated to Menlo Park, and eventually moved to the newly built community of Ladera. They were eventually joined by two more daughters, Terry and Jody.

Helen Alburger was very active in the Children's Health Council, the Peninsula Volunteers and the Little House senior center, her family said. She was also involved in the schools, and served as a Girl Scout leader.

She worked for years as office manager for Merrill Properties real estate in Menlo Park. According to her family, she developed a passion and skill for golf, "which made her many new friends and took her to many wonderful places." Another of her favored activities was bridge.

She is survived by her son, Doug Alburger (Susan); her daughters Terry Linch (Ron) and Jody Pendleton (Matt); seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom, her daughter Gay, and her grandson Dylan Pendleton.

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Posted by Sandy Crittenden
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 15, 2019 at 1:52 pm

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Helen will be missed.'HA HA' as her license plate on her car read. She was a vital and lively woman, always with a smile. I will always have fond memories of her working for her sister Gen Merrill at Merrill Properties. Gen was a heavy smoker but Helen was not. She sat quietly doing her duties in an office of smoke. That might explain why she outlived her sister for so many years.
My sympathies to her family.

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