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Virginia Allen
Oct. 19, 1934 - May 5, 2022
Pacific Grove, California

Virginia (Ginny) Allen, (Finch, Fugalstadt), of Pacific Grove, California passed away peacefully on the evening of May 5th, 2022. She was 87 years young. Ginny was born in Boston Massachusetts and was an Honors Graduate of The Newton Wesley School of Nursing with an RN degree. She married her first husband, Larry Finch in 1955 in Boston Massachusetts and they had 4 children together. The couple moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California before settling in Atherton, California in 1969. In later life she resided in Redwood City, California, New Hampshire and Orange County, California. She moved to the Monterey Bay Area in 2011 to be near her daughter and enjoy her retirement by the sea. Ginny was very proud of her family and her nursing accomplishments. She was very active in all of the communities that she lived in. Most recently she was a member of the Vestry at St. Mary’s by the Sea, assisted with the I-Help Team and supported various community organizations through her volunteer work until her health prevented her from participating. Ginny was a masterful quilter and seamstress and enjoyed making quilts for her grandchi...

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Caroline Sevy
Sept. 26, 1929 - May 1, 2022
Menlo Park, CA

Caroline Patricia Sevy (née Mills) passed away peacefully in her home in Menlo Park on May 1st, 2022 at the age of 92. Caroline attended Addison Elementary School, Jordan Junior High School and graduated from “ol’ Paly High” in 1947. She was a Brownie leader and an active member of the Laurel School PTA when her kids were young. She worked in her father’s historic flower shop, Mills the Florist, during her youth and throughout her young adulthood, even answering overflow calls to the store from her childhood home phone. She was a lifelong lover of flowers and would always appreciate the best specimens when she saw them. Though she could never choose a favorite, her house was never without countless orchids. She loved a good black & white movie, a glass of wine and talked often of her mother’s home country, Ireland. She is survived by her three children, Laurie Sevy, Kerry Sevy Kong (Jeff), and Chris Sevy (Dawn); five grandchildren, Griffith Chafey, Tara Chafey, Breanna Sevy, Hunter Sevy and Bryce Sevy, and her brother, Frank Mills. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Delia Mills, eldest grandchild, Shea Chafey, and lifelong best friend, June Gall...

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Gail Pruitt
Aug. 2, 1963 - April 26, 2022
Grants Pass, Oregon

Gail (Latterell) Pruitt passed away unexpectedly on April 26. Gail attended St. Albert the Great school, Palo Alto High School, Foothill College and San Francisco State University. She had worked at the Peninsula Times Tribune, Prudential Healthcare, Klutz Press and Intuit. In 1991, Gail was able to connect with her biological parents (Elaine Freeman and Tony Montemeyer). She established strong bonds with both of them, as well as their families. Gail was predeceased by her father, Phil Latterell, her mother, Cathy Latterell and Elaine Freeman. She leaves behind her brother, Clark Latterell, nieces Dana Latterell and Lauren Latterell, nephews Jesse Latterell, John Latterell and Jacob Armstrong , her sister-in-law Katherine Dewitt Latterell and a large number of other relatives, as well as her two beloved dogs, Cody Ross and Castile and her much loved cat, Dameon. Gail loved fresh flowers, poetry, the band Styx, the Raiders and the Giants but, most of all, her love for Dana and Lauren was beyond compare. She was able to provide them with the best (yet unconventional) childhood memories. These included numerous trips to Pismo Beach. Twelve years ago, Gail relocate...

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Virginia Tedrow
March 17, 1927 - April 21, 2022
Menlo Park, California

After a lifetime of steadfastly serving her family and community, this long-time Menlo Park resident peacefully passed away a few weeks after her 95th birthday at Atria Park of San Mateo. Virginia Vlack Tedrow was born on Saint Patrick’s Day- a most befitting birthday for this angel-in 1927 to Joseph Bernard and Margaret Whitlock Vlack in Chicago. As the daughter of a career Army officer, Virginia crisscrossed the country and attended four high schools in Chicago, Galveston, Riverside, California and Wilmington, North Carolina. At the University of Chicago she met her husband-to-be of 64 years, James Woodhouse Tedrow. They graduated the same day; she with a BA and he a JD. They married a week later and in quick succession produced three daughters: Ainsley, Hilary and Leslie. The young family moved to Menlo Park, California in 1962. In addition to raising three small children, Virginia began an admirable career of community service that spanned over 60 years and of which she was immensely proud. In Chicago, she served as a board member of Florence Crittenton Anchorage for Unwed Mothers, Illinois State Commission on Maternity Home Standards, and the Junior League of Chica...

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Edward Murray
Jan. 14, 1946 - April 20, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Gone unexpectedly and much too soon for the many who loved him, Ed lived in Palo Alto for most of his adult life after coming to the West Coast to attend Stanford for graduate school. He was kind and curious, with quiet passion for the people and things that were special to him. His professional life was one of achievement, beginning with earning a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering at George Washington University in his hometown of Washington D.C. His savvy in areas like heat transfer next brought him to Stanford, where his Ph.D. was in laser physics. After graduation, he joined SRI International in Menlo Park, where he rose rapidly and was eventually director of the system technology division, overseeing four laboratories with 215 employees that did contract research in a wide range of areas from over-the-horizon radar to electro-optics. Along the way, he was published frequently and received honors like the U.S. Army's Distinguished Service Award. After many years at SRI, Ed broadened his horizons by moving into the mainstream technology industry, applying his considerable technical and management skills to the semiconductor and later LCD display production equi...

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Jean Ramos
April 16, 1931 - April 18, 2022
Portola Valley, California

Jean Ramos passed away on April 18 at the age of 91 years and two days at the Sequoias in Portola Valley. Jean was born on April 16, 1931 in Santa Monica, CA as the youngest of 4 children of Anne and Gerald Moore. She joined Brothers Jerry and Cliff and Sister Betty. She met Richard Ramos at College of the Pacific and they were married in August 1951. They raised three children, Julie, Marty and David in Belmont and then Portola Valley. Jean was a wonderful homemaker, seamstress, superb hostess and cook, known for her “Grammy Rolls”. She grew an abundance of vegetables every year, despite the gopher’s attempts to stop her. She was a very active Bridge Player and enjoyed hiking with the “Walkie Talkies” and later with the “Hokie Pokies”. She was an avid reader, reading 3 – 4 Detective Novels a week. We will miss her “wicked” sense of humor and sharp wit. If she did not know the answer to something she would say “The Shadow Knows”. She is survived by daughter Julie Kennel, son-in-law Rick Kennel, 4 grandchildren, Angela, Jason, Jodi and Clayton and 6 great grandchildren, Sophia, Lily, Natalie, Brooklin, Adeline and Elena. She was preceded in death by he...

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Lola Marie Stephens
April 21, 1930 - April 16, 2022
Menlo Park, California

Lola Marie (Mathews) Stephens passed away peacefully surrounded by family in her home in Menlo Park on Saturday, April 16, 2022 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born on April 21, 1930 in Huntington Park, California she was the first child of Eustis B and Joanna Ruth (Hess) Mathews. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert James Stephens; her children Robert L Stephens, Susan L Stephens, and James W Stephens; her grandchildren Alison de Geus, Aimee (de Geus) Thomas, James Stephens, Jr. and Valerie Stephens; and her great grandchildren Josephine and Sebastian Thomas; her siblings Martha R (Mathews) Barclay, Mary E (Mathews) Crandell, and David P Mathews. She was preceded in death by her brother Benjamin H Mathews and a 2-day old daughter. Lola graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1948. She attended Pepperdine College and the University of Oklahoma. She held an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Library Science. She held several positions in both academic and public libraries during her career. An “at-home gourmet”, Lola and her husband Robert opened Pear Williams in Menlo Park where she wore many hat...

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Scott Lappe
March 26, 1987 - April 9, 2022
Los Altos, California

Scott Lappe, loving son, brother, nephew, cousin and grandson, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2022. Born March 26, 1987, Scott grew up in Portola Valley and moved to Los Altos in 2000 where he attended Los Altos High School and Foothill College. In his short time on this earth, Scott's journey was defined by his ever-present smile and instantaneous wit, generosity of spirit and constant concern for all those around him. Scott's random-good-deed-doer stories included always stopping to rescue stranded cyclists with roadside mechanical assistance, providing anonymous lawn mowing service to neighbors in-need and always offering help and support to those who needed it. Scott's interests reflected his adventurous spirit including many sports. During his childhood he excelled at baseball, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse. In high school Scott enjoyed playing on the varsity golf team resulting in a lifelong love of the game. Over the last several years, he enjoyed playing as a member of the Los Altos "Flatlanders" softball team. Scott worked for many years as a skilled bicycle mechanic, and he loved all kinds of bicycling including mountain biking with family and frien...

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André Retana
Aug. 24, 2008 - March 17, 2022
Mountain View, California

On March 17th, 2022, André Retana tragically passed away in a fatal collision in Mountain View, California at 13 years old. Although his time here was brief, there were no shortcomings in character or joy for life that he embraced and shared with everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him. André was born August 24th, 2008 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California weighing 7 pounds and 10 ounces, to Lisa Retana. The sweetest baby, he quickly became known for his big beautiful brown eyes and heart-melting laughter. André’s joy for life carried on with him as he grew from a rambunctious toddler into a well-mannered young boy, and ultimately into a sharp-witted teenager. His Mother, Lisa, and Father, Ryan Lara, were rightfully proud of his academic achievements at Huff Elementary School and Graham Middle School where he maintained a 4.0 GPA. Known for his generosity and beaming personality, his teachers would often comment on his potential as a leader and scholar. André was also a well-rounded athlete. Participating in baseball, basketball and football where he learned the values of discipline, teamwork, and determination. Meanwhile, he never failed to mak...

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James Arnold Kurpius
July 20, 1938 - March 15, 2022
Los Altos, California

James A. Kurpius (Jim), died peacefully on March 15, 2022 at age 83 in Los Altos, California with his loving wife and two sons by his side. Jim was born in Staples, Minnesota on July 20, 1938 to Julius and Tracy Kurpius. Many of Jim’s greatest memories were of his childhood on the farm he grew up on. This love of farming remained for the duration of his life. In ninth grade while attending Staples High School, Jim contracted polio and became paraplegic. He used a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Jim’s grit, determination and persistence continuously defined his life. He graduated from high school in 1956, attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota earning a degree in Accounting and the University of Minnesota earning an MBA. Upon graduation Jim worked as the Director of Finance at St. Louis Park Med Center where he met his wife, Susan (Sue), who was a nurse. Jim and Sue, with new baby Jim, were ready for an adventure, especially one that did not include Midwest winters, and relocated to Palo Alto, California in 1969. Jim and Sue were blessed with two wonderful sons, Jim and Justin. Upon arrival in California, Jim worked in hospital administration, ...

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Donald W Aitken, Jr.
March 14, 1936 - Feb. 27, 2022
Woodside, California

Donald W. Aitken Jr., passed away peacefully on Sunday February 27th, 2022, at the age of 85 at his home in Ajijic, Mexico, surrounded by his family. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii, son of Donald W. Aitken and Evelyn Drechsel Aitken. Don grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, graduated from Dartmouth College, Summa Cum Laude, with a major in music, and received his PhD with distinction in high-energy nuclear physics at Stanford University, remaining another 9 years as a Research Physicist there. Don became involved in environmental protection, serving as the second President of a group dedicated to the preservation of open space in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1960, with David Brower, he co-founded the international organization, Friends of the Earth, now the largest environmental network in the world. Don left Stanford in 1972 to develop California’s first Department of Environmental Studies at San Jose State University, chairing the department for 21 years, concentrating his teaching on renewable energy policy and architecture. During the Carter administration he created and directed a federal program to accelerate the commercialization of solar energy. A long-standing inte...

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John Williams Jr.
Nov. 10, 1932 - Feb. 18, 2022
Lincoln, California

John Williams Jr. (“Willy”) passed away peacefully surrounded by family in the early morning hours on February 18, 2022. He was born on November 10, 1932 in Palo Alto California during the Depression. His parents were Dorothy and John Williams whose families immigrated to the United States from Wales and Scotland. His grandfather John McLachlan was a mason who helped build the Stanford Chapel at Stanford University. John attended Addison Elementary School and graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1952. After high school, John enrolled in the Citadel of South Carolina and after an epic cross-country trip and one year attending the Citadel, he decided to return to Palo Alto and enroll at San Jose State University. He graduated with a BA in Physical Education. While at San Jose State, John founded the Palo Alto Swim Club in 1955 which years later merged with several teams to form PASA. He gave local age-group swimmers a place to train where there were no options nearby at the time. He also founded a diving club and women's water polo team, as well. The diving club lasted nearly 12 years. The water polo club competed just three years but earned national notoriety b...

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Jean A. Coyne
Jan. 29, 1928 - April 25, 2022 Palo Alto, California

Jean Coyne, internationally-known executive editor of Communication Arts magazine, and cofounder and president of the Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, died in her Palo Alto, California, home on Saturday, April 25. She was 94. A highly-regarded professional journal for visual communicator...

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Mary M. Lemmon
June 22, 1940 - April 12, 2022 Palo Alto, California

It is with heartfelt sadness that we wish to announce that Mary May Lemmon, 81, of Palo Alto, California passed away at Stanford Hospital on April 12th, 2022. Mary was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents taught her that giving back to the community is a way of life and gives purpose...

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Erin L. Bentham
Oct. 12, 1959 - April 10, 2022 Redwood City, California

Erin Lynn Bentham (Morra), a professional organizer and resident of Redwood City, California, succumbed to her battle with cancer on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at the age of 62 in the comfort of her home. Erin was born October 12, 1959, Huntington, NY to Eduardo and Marlo Morra. An avid student, she...

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Jean E. Rusmore
Sept. 13, 1920 - April 10, 2022 Aptos, California

Jean Rusmore was born in Anaheim, CA on Sept. 13, 1920 and died peacefully at home on Apr. 1, 2022, in Aptos, CA, after 55 years in Portola Valley (Ladera) and another 12 at the Vi in Palo Alto, knowing that she was well-loved by her large family and friends. Jean will be remembered for her dedicat...

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