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Shoshana Levy
1939 - Nov. 16, 2022
Stanford, CA

Shoshana Levy passed away on November 16, surrounded by her loving family, after a short bout with an aggressive form of metastatic cancer. Born in 1939, she spent her childhood in Tel Aviv, during the British Mandate, working in her parents’ home grocery while attending elementary school. She expected to continue in the family store, but a teacher saw her early academic promise and encouraged her to further her education. As a teen, she was active in Hashomer Hatzair, the Israeli youth movement. Inspired by her love of nature, she traveled throughout the country with a magnifying glass and a dog-eared field guide, determined to identify every plant indigenous to Israel, learning each of their Latin and common names. She met her husband, Ronald Levy, in the laboratory when they were both students at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel in 1967. They fell in love quickly and married within a year. Their partnership in science and life endured for her remaining 55 years. They were known for spending all of their time together, running their side-by-side labs, hosting meals for family and colleagues, donning fabulous halloween costumes, and always being the las...

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Richard "Dick" Hafenrichter
Dec. 17, 1929 - Nov. 10, 2022
Lincoln Hills, California

Richard (Dick) Hafenrichter passed away peacefully on November 10, 2022 at The Pines, assisted living in Rocklin, CA. He was 92 years old. Born December 17, 1929 to Dr. Atlee and Irene Hafenrichter, Dick was born and raised in Pullman, Washington, along with his younger brother Gordon (who passed March 2022) he grew up in the area through 7th grade. His family moved to Portland, Oregon where he resided through high school and then attended Oregon State University until graduation. After college, Dick joined the Air Force and became a jet fighter pilot. This was during the Korean War and he remained in the service for 5 years. During this time, he was stationed in Japan, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and Bangor, Maine. Upon completion of military duty, Dick returned to Portland and worked for IBM. Soon recognizing that IBM was not a fit for him, in 1958 he opened his own office equipment business in Sacramento, selling up and down the San Joaquin and Central Valley of California. Primary accounts were the State of California and the US Federal Government. He met his wife Helen Marshall, married in 1960 and had two daughters, Karen and Lisa. Helen passed in 1986. TAB Products Co, ...

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Richmond Flatland, Jr.
July 23, 1924 - Nov. 7, 2022
Redwood City, CA

Richmond (Dick) Flatland, Jr. enjoyed a life well lived filled with lots of love and adventures with his family and friends. Dick was born to Richmond and Catherine Flatland and was raised in San Francisco where he graduated from Polytechnic High School. At Poly, he excelled in leadership and sports where he was President of the Student Body and played football and baseball. He was recruited to play both football and baseball at Stanford University where he was a star center, linebacker, pitcher, and outfielder. At Stanford, he was an active member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. The closeness of his friendships made as a DU were exemplified by the many years the DUs traveled together with their spouses, from the 1950’s into the 1990’s. He enjoyed Stanford reunions with what would have been his 1946 graduation class and what was ultimately his 1948 graduating class as Dick’s Stanford academics was interrupted when he enlisted in the Marine Corps Aviation during WWII. After marrying his first wife Lenore in 1950 and having his first two children, Dick was called back to serve in the Korean war where he flew F9F Panther jets in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1954 as a C...

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Dianne McDonnell
March 13, 1928 - Nov. 7, 2022
Watsonville, CA

Dianne “Denie” Reinle McDonnell, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Pajaro Dunes on Nov 7, 2022. Denie was born in Oakland on March 13, 1928 to Dr. George G. and Evelyn Kane Reinle, the youngest of two daughters. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes, Anna Heads School for Girls, Piedmont High and Stanford University, graduating from Stanford in 1949, with a BA in Chinese. While at Stanford she met the love of her life, George P. “Pat” McDonnell. They met in a Chinese language class; Pat because he already spoke the language and would get an “A”, and Denie because she wanted a challenge. They were married on Sept. 6, 1952. Denie and Pat welcomed their first child, Tim in 1953, followed by Mary, Peter and Julie. Denie and Pat built their home in Ladera in 1955, (now part of Portola Valley) where they raised their children until 1982, when they moved full time to their beach house at Pajaro Dunes. While living in Ladera, Denie was active in her children’s schooling and sports activities and volunteered at Allied Arts in Menlo Park. She joined the working world in the early 70’s, working for Bank of America for 10 years. She was also very active in her parish, Our Lady ...

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Bradley John Ziebell
May 18, 1949 - Nov. 5, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Bradley John Ziebell, 73, from Palo Alto, CA, passed away peacefully in Calistoga, CA, on November 5th, 2022. Brad was a pillar of the Barron Park community for a half century, and spent 25 years running Avenue Florist on California Avenue. His big heart, charisma, and love for life will be missed by all who knew him. Brad recently lost his sister, Sandy Ziebell. He is survived by his sons, Nicholas and Justin Ziebell, his brother Larry Ziebell, and his former spouse of 29 years, Andrea Powers....

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Margy Giles
May 5, 1926 - Nov. 4, 2022
Portola Valley, CA

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 Marjorie was born to Earl and Grace Irvine in Pennsylvania, joining brothers Dwight and Edgar. She studied education at Occidental College, using life insurance money from Dwight’s death in WWII. Margy was a deeply loved and capable teacher. In 1955, she moved to Germany to teach and pursue “travel and further education,” fostering a decades-long love of adventure and learning. She returned to California and in 1958, married Wallace Giles, whom she met at church. They added Nancy and Shirley to their family and later were transferred to New Orleans, where Ron was born. Margy—the consistent presence at home—also hosted gatherings, led her church’s Women’s Circle, and volunteered. Margy’s steadiness, patience, mercy, hospitality, and famous muffins defined her lifetime of service. In 1979, Margy and Wally moved to Portola Valley, CA. She beat cancer—twice—and was a prayer warrior for her family and friends, loyally attending her 30-year-long prayer group. Her love and advocacy for Wally during his ten-y...

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Robert Montez
March 21, 1936 - Oct. 31, 2022
Palo Alto, California

On the evening of October 31, 2022, Robert “Bob” Montez passed away peacefully at home at the age of 86. Robert was born in Hayward, Calif. to Ygnacio and Sylvia Montez and was the oldest of seven children. In 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Francine, and together they raised four children, Michael, Bobby, Maureen, and David. He served in the Marine Corps for eight years and later became a respected officer for the Palo Alto Police Department, a job he loved and held proudly for over 20 years. After retirement, he worked and volunteered at several community organizations, including Channing House and The Sequoias retirement communities, the Palo Alto Neighborhood Disaster Assistance, and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation where he went above and beyond to greet patients and help them find their way around the clinic. Robert was known for his mentorship, sense of humor, warm smile, and abundance of love for his friends and family – especially his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and pets. Robert was also known to share a story or two of his police work and his Hayward High football team. Everyone he encountered felt lucky to know him and ...

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Corinne Fuller Myers Monahan
April 1, 1933 - Oct. 25, 2022
Santa Rosa, California

Corinne Monahan died on October 25, 2022, after a brief illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Jack Monahan; three children, Stephen Myers (Valerie), Susan Myers Keshner (Glenn), and Nancy Myers; four stepchildren, Jay (Laurie Chambers), Patrick, Chris (Ann), and Heather Fortes (John); seven grandchildren; and three (soon to be four) great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, David Myers; her brother, Richard; and her parents. Corinne lived in Palo Alto for many decades before moving to Santa Rosa with her husband in 2000. Her four children were educated in Palo Alto schools and graduated from Palo Alto High. In addition, Corinne taught microwave cooking at Friedman’s Microwave Ovens in Town and Country Village. Born in western rural Connecticut, Corinne spent her early years attending school in a one-room schoolhouse and exploring the countryside with her older brother. The family’s move to the “big city” of Torrington, CT, when she was in 8th grade marked a transition where, for the next several decades, the family spent every summer managing their cottage-rental business in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Corinne attended Simmons Colleg...

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Patrick Daniel Farris
Oct. 28, 1941 - Oct. 25, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Patrick Daniel Farris, loving father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully October 25, 2022. Born October 28, 1941, Pat grew up in Osburn and Wallace in the Silver Valley of Northern Idaho. His parents were James and Eleanor Farris, and he was the older brother to two sisters, Mary Gaffney and Sally McManus. He is survived by his former wife Jansie Farris, and his four children and their families: Katie, Dave, Dylan, Collin and Josh; Jimmy, Melissa, Adelle, Lila, Chloe and James; Steve, Mickie, Owen and Luke; and Paul, Corey, Charlotte and Jaxon. He is also survived by many other loving family members, including: Sally, John, Sean, Dian, Kiera and Fiona; Shannon, Ash, Uma and Declan; Kelly, CJ, Kathleen and Daisy; and Paul, Bill, Judy and their families. Growing up in mountainous Shoshone County, Pat especially loved skiing, scouting and playing football. After graduating from Wallace High School, Pat spent one year at Seattle University before joining the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for the next eleven years, earning a MA in History. Having left the Jesuits and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue other life dreams, he met Jansie, who had also recently left her l...

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Akira Glenn Kameda
Jan. 9, 1935 - Oct. 24, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Glenn was born in San Francisco and lived in Belmont. During World War II, the family self-evacuated to southern Colorado where the family encountered hardship and discrimination. The family returned to California in 1959, first living in East Palo Alto and then in Palo Alto. Predeceased by his parents, Itsuyo and Shigeru Kameda, and his brother, Robert, Glenn is survived by his wife, Yoshie Janet; sons, Ken (Juri), Kurt (Tamaki), and Khar (Rieko); and six grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Hiroko Fujii, and Sherri (Yutaka) Kawazoye, and brothers, Scott (Amy), Fred, Terry (Susan), and Lane (Rhonda). Service will be at 2pm Saturday, November 12 at Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto....

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Nancy Elizabeth Valentine
March 20, 1931 - Oct. 19, 2022
Portola Valley, California

Nancy Elizabeth Valentine passed away on October 19, 2022, a few days after celebrating her 67th wedding anniversary with her husband, Paul. Nancy lived a rich and fulfilling life, actively engaged in making the world a better place, enjoying nature and travel, and putting family first. Nancy was born Nancy Elizabeth Hodge in Niles, Ohio in 1931 where she lived through high school. Being born into the Depression instilled in Nancy the values of appreciating what you have, never wasting anything, and conservation. Nancy attended Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated from Miami University of Ohio where she met Paul – their marriage was a “Miami Merger.” Before having children, she taught first grade in Cleveland, Ohio; Natick, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Lancaster, California; and Palo Alto. Later in life, Nancy taught English as a Second Language to recent immigrants from China. Nancy and Paul married in the First Presbyterian Church in Warren, Ohio, on October 15, 1955, in “one of the loveliest autumn wedding ceremonies to be solemnized in Warren…with vases filled with white chrysanthemums interspersed with palms and ferns.” (Warren Tribune Chronicle.)...

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Marilyn Schwartz Brown
July 15, 1928 - Oct. 11, 2022
Portola Valley, CA

Marilyn S. Brown moved through life with grace, a loving spirit and open heart. Everyone Marilyn met would remember her radiant smile and a twinkle in her eye that brought light and warmth to the world. She passed away at her home in Portola Valley on October 11, aged 94 from complications of COVID-19 and dementia. While Marilyn’s long and wonderful life began in San Francisco, she held fond memories of her early years spent in the Pacific Northwest, with her parents, Leonard and Marion Schwartz, and her younger brother, Frank. At age 12, the family moved to Southern California, where Marilyn later attended Anoakia Girls School. There she thrived academically as well as socially, and aimed to reach her goal of following in her father’s footsteps and attend Stanford University. Her youth was full of good friendships, and love and support from her family. Marilyn went on to work hard and find success at Stanford, and received her degree in economics. In addition to her busy social life, Marilyn became very active in various student organizations at Stanford, and was elected as Secretary-Treasurer of her senior class. That year she met her future husband, Everett “Pete”...

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Bobbe Jordan
March 2, 1936 - Sept. 23, 2022
Portola Valley, CA

She was born and raised in Piedmont, CA with 3 younger brothers. After Piedmont High, she went to UCSB and earned a degree in Biology. While there she met the amazing Bob Jordan who claimed to have ‘saved her from drowning in the shallow end of the pool .’ As his wife she became mother of four lucky children, Tim, Kevin, Jill, and Becky. She raised her own kids along with running an in-home daycare that opened her home and heart to all of Portola Valley’s children. Bobbe rarely sat down, hosting athletes and students from abroad. Bobbe also had a strong love for the outdoors. She enjoyed traveling near and far, whether in Lake Tahoe, Sedona or visiting state and national parks. She loved tapping into her imagination influenced by the work of Muir, Steinbeck, and Bob Jordan. Bobbe shared her limitless love of life with close friends, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She lived by her values shaped by faith and love of nature. Step lightly on the earth. Don’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Leave a place better than when you arrived. We will meet again Bobbe , maybe on Windy Hill....

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Ann Matthews
Oct. 9, 1935 - Sept. 3, 2022
Portola Valley, California

Ann Matthews October 9, 1935 ----- September 3, 2022 Ann (Slonecker) Matthews, was born on October 9, 1935, in Gig Harbor, WA to Helen and William Slonecker. Her childhood was spent in Bremerton, WA, where Ann and her three brothers remember barrage balloons rising up from the elementary school yard. After two years of junior college in Bremerton, Ann graduated from San Jose State University in California with a teaching credential, returning home to Bremerton to teach kindergarten. It was while visiting a friend in the Naval Hospital that she met and eventually married John F. Matthews II on June 25, 1960, in the Bremerton Naval Chapel. After a honeymoon in Japan, the newlyweds moved to College Terrace and Ann started teaching kindergarten at Ladera School, the beginning of a long career inspiring children to make art and play outdoors, culminating in 15 years at Trinity School at St. Bede's Episcopal Church where she retired in 2000 with a heartfelt send-off from generations of families touched by her warm and nurturing spirit. John and Ann moved into their home on Aliso Way in Ladera in August of 1963 where they raised their two daughters, Mozy and Megan, ...

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Elmer Hawkins Jr
Oct. 4, 1926 - Nov. 7, 2012
Palo Alto, California

Elmer Hawkins Jr. lived in Palo Alto and Menlo Park for 60 years. He was born October 4th, 1926 in Frederick, Oklahoma. He moved to California in the 1930's. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Engineering from Harvard and a Masters in Business from Stanford University. He worked as an assistant to David Packer in the 1960's and then got his Real Estate Broker License and practiced and taught Real Estate for 40 years in Palo Alto. He was a lifelong 49er fan and he never missed a Stanford football game. He was also a Giants fan. He is survived by his three children, Nancy of Ben Lomond, Ca., Michael of Bishop Ca. and Gregg of Forestville, CA. and two grandsons. Elmer passed away 10 years ago on November 7, 2012. He is buried with his partner, Nancy Flaxman and his parents at The Felton Cemetery in Felton, California....

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Richard H. Horn, M.D.
March 18, 1930 - Oct. 22, 2022 Palo Alto, California

Richard (“Dick”) Henry Horn, M.D., 92, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on October 22, 2022. His wife and love of his life Jeanie (née Fox) predeceased him on April 11, 2015. Dick was born in Santa Monica, California on March 18, 1930 to Lawrence Samuel Horn and Jean Anderson Hor...

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Kay F. Boynton
Jan. 19, 1939 - Oct. 9, 2022 Mtn. View, California

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Neal D. Coberly, Jr.
March 12, 1932 - Oct. 8, 2022 Atherton, California

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Walter N. Leclerc Jr.
Dec. 10, 1929 - Oct. 6, 2022 Portola Valley, CA

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