Patricia June Robinson
June 27, 1932 - Sept. 18, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Pat Robinson, 88, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2020 in her home in Palo Alto, CA after a brief bout with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends. A Tooele, Utah native and longtime Californian, Pat was born June 27, 1932 to John and Jenny Lacey. The youngest of four siblings, Pat came late to the Lacey Party. She graduated from Tooele High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Education at the Utah State University and became an early childhood educator. She also excelled in music; playing piano and singing. She was active in Student Government and president of her Kappa Delta Sorority. After a short stint teaching elementary school in Portland, Oregon, Pat moved to Palo Alto Unified School District where she taught hundreds of kindergarteners and first graders during 36 years of service. She was a distinguished educator who helped enrich instruction of other teachers, winning several awards for her teaching excellence. She was also the subject of a documentary on language development. In addition to her career as an early childhood educator, Pat worked in administrative positions for companies in San Francisco and Palo Alto inclu...
Ruth Finstrom Hammett
Jan. 12, 1927 - Sept. 18, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Ruth Hammett was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and member of her community. She was as loyal to her family as she was to the charities to which she devoted her time, making a difference in the lives of everyone who knew her. She passed away peacefully on Friday, September 18 in her Palo Alto home surrounded by family. She was 93 years old. Ruth was born in 1927 in Hinsdale, Illinois to John and Hilda Finstrom. As a young woman, Ruth worked as both an airplane spotter during World War II and as a candy striper in the hospital, wrapping bandages for sick and injured patients. A lifelong intellectual, known amongst her family and friends for her quick wit and curiosity, Ruth graduated with a Bachelor’s in Math from Beloit College, and later with a Master’s in biology from Stanford University. Ruth was also an avid traveler, and she met her husband, Ben, while on a seven-country tour. The pair met aboard the Queen Mary in 1954 and went on to marry in 1957 at the Stanford Memorial Church. During their lives together, Ruth and Ben were devoted parents, grandparents, and community members, tirelessly volunteering their time to a variety of charitabl...
Marz John Garcia
Feb. 16, 1937 - Sept. 8, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Marz J. Garcia, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to so many, died of complications stemming from a head injury at the age of 83 on September 8, 2020. He was the third of five brothers born to Francisco and Mariana Garcia in the Bronx, New York. He lived a unique story and left behind a multitude of friends and family whose lives he had deeply impacted. He lifted himself from a hard-scrabble upbringing on one side of the continent to a varied and highly successful career and personal life in California. Stops along the way included teenage reform school at Lincoln Hall in New York (where he later came back to speak as a success story), a US Army posting in Germany, undergraduate study at Ohio University (where he met his wife Nancy and formed life-long brotherhoods within the Phi Delta Theta fraternity), several graduate degrees in economics and law, and ultimately a move to California to begin a successful career in banking, finance and politics in San Francisco and Menlo Park, CA, where he raised his family. He served as a State Senator in the California Legislature representing San Mateo County from 1978 - 1982 and functioned proudly as a politi...
David Lee Kreutner
March 1, 1941 - Sept. 7, 2020
Woodside, CA, California
David Kreutner, beloved father, grandfather, and brother, died at the age of 79 on September 7, 2020. He was the first child born to Ben and Marie Kreutner in Waterloo, Iowa on March 1, 1941. Dave was the oldest of seven children and spent his childhood working on the family farm in Atkins, Iowa. He was always proud to call himself an “Iowa Farm Boy.” He sought adventure as soon as he graduated from high school and moved to Chicago to begin his long career with United Airlines. This allowed him to do one of his favorite things- travel the world, and that he did. Dave traveled to over 50 countries and shared many trips with his family. He was drafted into the Army in 1965 and served in Thailand for one year. After serving, he transferred with United to Honolulu, Hawaii. Soon after, he met his wife Bernie who was there working as a nurse. They married just 9 months after meeting in 1967 and would have celebrated their 53rd anniversary this month. Dave was happiest when he was with his family; he was a proud dad to Heather and Melissa, father-in-law to Joe, and grandpa to Jaden, Jake, Dylan, Teisa, and Coral. He called Portola Valley and Woodside home for ...
Judy Elizabeth Dong
Nov. 19, 1965 - Sept. 6, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Judy Elizabeth Dong, 54, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2020 at her home in Palo Alto, California. She was born at Kaiser Santa Clara November 19, 1965 just minutes before her twin sister Julie Ann. Judy held a masters degree in early childhood education from Notre Dame de Namur University. She taught preschool before dedicating 25 years of diligent service to the Palo Alto Libraries. A conscientious student, Judy carried that assiduity into her adulthood. An avid reader of classic literature and young-adult novels, Judy was a loving and thoughtful daughter to Dr and Mrs. Bock L Dong and sister to Kathy, Lawrence, Julie and her husband Brian Kondas. She was a loyal friend to Varsha Saxena and her college friend Christina. Judy wholeheartedly embraced the role of “Auntie Judy” to nephews Charlie, Christopher and Gregory, and nieces Lucia and Joëlle. An industrious crafter known for her handmade gifts of colourful bead art and animal-patterned rugs, Judy left behind a final gift of hand painted rocks labeled for Christmas Day 2020. Judy was a true survivor, having bravely fought breast cancer twice with grace and perseverance. She will be remembered for her ten...
Dec. 9, 1933 - Aug. 29, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Marilyn Donaldson Kelly, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on August 29, 2020 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Not long before she died, Marilyn said, "you know, I have had a truly wonderful life". And she did! She was born on December 9, 1933, the youngest child of Joseph Ellis and Edythe Baddley Donaldson. As her father's job took him all over the Mountain West, Marilyn grew up in a number of towns, but spent most of her time in Blackfoot, Idaho, where she attended elementary school and junior high. She graduated from Pocatello High where she was part of the Homecoming court. She studied education at Idaho State University where she joined Alpha Chi Omega sorority. After earning her degree, Marilyn moved to Menlo Park where she began teaching at Ladera School. In 1961, she married Robert P. Kelly, the love of her life. She retired from Ladera in order to raise her two children, but returned to teaching in the late seventies at Trinity Parish and Phillips Brooks nursery schools. After retiring from teaching, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, tending her beautiful garden, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Marilyn a...
Charles Albert Drekmeier
Sept. 10, 1927 - Aug. 25, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Charles Drekmeier, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Stanford University, died at home in Palo Alto on August 25, 2020, just shy of his 93rd birthday. Known for his creativity, intellectual curiosity, and liberal politics, he was adored by his students, many of whom went on to distinguished careers in politics, law, academia and the nonprofit sector. Born in Beloit, Wisconsin to Albert and Marion Drekmeier, Charles earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin (BA), Columbia University (MA) and Harvard University (PhD). Interspersed with his studies, he was drafted into the army near the end of World War II, interned for the State Department to study the effects of the European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan), and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the history of law and politics in India, where he lived for a year while compiling notes for what eventually became his PhD thesis, published as “Kingship and Community in Early India.” While at Harvard, Charles met his wife-to-be, Margot Loungway. Shortly after marrying in 1958, they moved to Palo Alto to join the Stanford faculty – Charles in the Political Science and Sociology Departments, and Margot in...
Colleen Diane Vescia
Jan. 12, 1931 - Aug. 17, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Born in Tacoma, Washington, on January 12, 1931, Colleen Diane Vescia (née Farrell) passed away at home from natural causes on August 17, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was 89. Colleen grew up in Seattle during the Great Depression, the middle child in a working-class family, bookended by brothers Dennis and Barry. She attended Coe School, where her grandson would enroll many years later, and graduated from Queen Anne High in 1949. She was known for her sense of fun, her creativity, and her irreverence. In Seattle, Colleen held a variety of jobs including document courier, dental assistant, photographer’s model, and case packer at “Boodles under the bridge,” a bean canning factory. Colleen always wanted to see the world, and a job as a Pan Am flight attendant allowed her to do just that. At first, she shuttled between Seattle and Alaska in shaking, unpressurized cabins. She was later stationed in New York and traveled the world in the glamour days of generous per diems and long layovers in exotic places. She flew with Charles Lindbergh and Helen Keller, and was once held at knifepoint in the bathroom by a crazed passenger. In Philadelphia, her brother Dennis ...
Sept. 14, 1936 - Aug. 8, 2020
Mountain View, CA
Patrick McCullough, a Mountain View resident originally from Northern Ireland, passed away on August 8th with family by his side. He was 83. Born in Northern Ireland, Patrick immigrated to Canada in 1957, a few years later, he made his way to the United States. He is survived by his daughters Marie and Colleen, and a large extended family. Patrick never knew a stranger and was known for his walks around the neighborhood where he always would stop for a friendly chat. Those who knew Patrick admired him for his generosity, kindness and story-telling....
May 31, 1946 - Aug. 6, 2020
Mountain View, California
Clare Tucker, a Mountain View resident for forty years, has died. She was 74. Clare, who died peacefully at home on August 6th, was born May 31, 1946, to Douglas Sherwood Tipton and Florence Alice (Langfeldt) Tipton, in Queens, New York City. She grew up with older brother Douglas II and three younger sisters, Linda Janet (Harmon), Karen Wanda (Hlebo) and Joan Elinor (Huffman). About 1952, the family moved to the San Francisco peninsula and Clare attended Menlo Atherton High School. The family later moved to a ranch in Los Gatos, CA. Clare married Rudolph Simmons in 1963 and had two daughters, Rene’ Lyn and Suzanne Mary. While living in Sunnyvale, they separated in 1971 and divorced. Clare married Jeffrey Richard Tucker in 1972; they lived with the family in Los Gatos and added son Richard Ashley and daughter Cinthia Lacey. After time living in Hayward and Newark, in 1980 they moved to Jeff’s hometown of Mountain View, CA. Clare worked an assortment of jobs in technology, banking and retail around her prime accomplishment of caring for and raising her children and grandchildren. Besides being a dear lover and beloved mother, she was an accomplished cook, writer, poet, call...
May 29, 1927 - June 18, 2020
Virginia Schultz Procter of Atherton passed away peacefully on June 18 at the age of 93. An early resident and formative member of the friendly Lindenwood community, Ginny had been living at The Sequoias in Portola Valley since 2017. Ginny was born in Evanston, IL to Olga and Herbert Schultz, the second of three children and the only daughter. She came West in 1945 to attend Stanford University, where she was one of the first women to graduate from the Math Department. While at Stanford, she met Robert Procter, a grad student in Engineering who had recently completed his service with the U.S. Navy. They were married in 1948 and settled In Los Angeles. Ginny and Bob relocated to the Peninsula in 1951 and began their own home construction company. They were true do-it-yourselfers, filled with energy, ingenuity and skill. When Atherton's historic James Flood estate was first subdivided for residential development, they bought the lot just inside the historic Lindenwood Gate that included the original gatehouse. While briefly occupying the old gatehouse, they designed and built their own mid-century modern home where they raised their two children, Glenn and Carol. Procter Const...
John L. Sommer
Jan. 23, 1927 - Sept. 1, 2020 Palo Alto, California
John Lambert Sommer, M.D. (93) died on September 1, 2020, from the effects of a stroke, at his home in Palo Alto. Born on a farm outside Pekin, IL, and raised as a Mennonite, he was the youngest son of the late Nora Sommer (Lambert) and O.J. Sommer. He married Donna M. Sommer (Meddaugh), M.D. on J...
Louise B. Landreth
Dec. 15, 1924 - Aug. 23, 2020 Inverness, CA
Louise Burpee Landreth, teacher, mother, philanthropist and community leader, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, August 23, 2020. She was 95 years old. Born Louise Kellam Burpee on December 15, 1924 in Bronxville, New York, Louise lived a full and extremely active life. She referred to her ...
Patricia A. Klein
Nov. 15, 1941 - Aug. 22, 2020 Palo Alto, California
Patricia Anne Katz Klein died peacefully on August 22, 2020 losing her long battle with cancer. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She spent most of her growing up years in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Education in 1963 and a M.S. degree in Speech in 1...
Douglas R. Monica
Nov. 24, 1950 - Aug. 22, 2020 East Palo Alto, California
Douglas (Doug) Monica passed away peacefully on Saturday August 22, 2020. Doug was a husband, a father, and a grandfather. He retired from Stanford University after serving students at the Law School and School of Medicine for more than 25 years. Doug was a lifelong political activist who from...