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Anne Fetter
Oct. 31, 1963 - April 17, 2017
Rocklin, California

Anne Lindsay Fetter (age 53) died on April 17, 2017, in Palo Alto, after a brief illness. Anne was the beloved daughter of Alexander Lees Fetter of Stanford, and Jean Chu of Menlo Park, and the sister of Andrew James Fetter of Palo Alto. Anne was born October 31, 1963, in Berkeley, CA, and grew up in Palo Alto. She was gregarious and loved sports, especially swimming and skiing, including team events with various clubs. When living far from the ocean, she took every opportunity to go to the beach and walk on the sand. Anne graduated from Gunn High School in 1981, and earned a B.A. in Economics from Williams College in 1985. Anne excelled in the application of statistics to many branches of social sciences, especially psychology and sociology. While pregnant with her son Cannon, she received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Boston College in 1997. During this time of advanced study, Anne helped innumerable fellow students through their own struggles with statistics. Anne was a dedicated and successful teacher, with many glowing letters of support from appreciative students. Most recently, she taught at Walden University and William Jessup University. Her stude...

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Alice Arntsen
Oct. 1, 1921 - April 13, 2017
Woodside, California

Alice graduated with a degree in Home-Ec from the University of Minnesota in 1943. After working with at-risk youth as a social worker, she married "Buzz" Arntsen, who was a captain with United Airlines. They briefly lived in Chicago, before moving to Denver for 15 years and finally settling in Woodside, California, in 1961. During 54 years of marriage, Alice and Buzz were devoted to each other, raising their family, traveling, working as a teacher’s aide in an impoverished school, and serving their church. Alice was known for her faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, love and service to others, hospitality, contagious smile, and keen interest in politics. They had a heart for worldwide missions, visited many missionaries, and hosted them. Alice remained in her home with her daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and his family, and her memory is cherished by her 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. ...

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Jo Ann Ritter
March 30, 1927 - March 23, 2017
Woodside, CA, California

Jo Ann Ritter, of Woodside, California, died peacefully on March 23, 2017, at age 89, after struggling for many years with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born to Kathryn Metzger Mabry and Newell Easley Mabry on March 23, 1927, in Vandalia, Illinois. She was raised in Vandalia and from an early age she loved horses and riding, interests that she inherited from her father and which she fostered for the rest of her life. Jo Ann was a graduate of Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, and then attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She married Jack B. Ritter, who she had known since sixth grade, on August 16, 1948. Together they lived in Vandalia, Champaign-Urbana, Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they raised their two sons, and for the last 37 years, in Woodside, California. Jo Ann was utterly and completely devoted to the welfare of her husband and sons and was a tireless, caring, loving and kind wife, mother and grandmother. She was charming, good-natured and had a perpetually positive attitude about life. She spent many hours over the years sailing with her husband on Lake Michigan and San Francisco Bay, and was a welcoming and generous hostess whe...

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Zanette Andre Cornman
July 6, 1914 - March 16, 2017
Woodside, California

Zanette died peacefully at home on Kings Mountain, where she had lived for the past 66 years; she was 102. Born and raised an only child in Berkeley, she grew up around music. As a young girl, she learned to play the piano and accompanied her mother, a renowned singer, who performed on stage and on radio. Zanette attended Heald Business College, excelled academically, and wrote their school song. She worked for the Civil Service Commission in Washington, D.C., and then transferred to San Francisco where she worked for the Department of Agriculture Radio Service and for the War Department. It was there that she met her husband, Charles, who was in the Navy. They married in 1941, and in 1950, upon Charles’ retirement, they moved to Kings Mountain. In the 1950s, Zanette was instrumental in the formation of the Skyline County Water District. She volunteered in San Mateo 10 years for the American Cancer Society and then worked on staff for the Mills Peninsula Hospital Senior Focus program. When her husband died, she became involved in the Kings Mountain Art Fair, working as a publicity volunteer for 20 years. She touched many lives with her energy and community ...

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Lois Cecilia Smith
Sept. 2, 1924 - March 15, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Lois Cecilia Smith (nee Young) passed away peacefully on March 15, 2017. She was 92. Born in Hinton, Iowa, on September 2, 1924, Lois was the eldest of three children of Elmer Young and Anna Young (nee Woolworth). Lois attended grammar school and high school in Hinton. She graduated from the School of Nursing at the University of Nebraska in 1946, and then left the Midwest for Tulare California. After a few years working in California, she and a few friends moved to the wild territory of Alaska. She then returned to the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1952. Lois returned back to California and worked at the Children’s Hospital of the East Bay in Oakland California (now the Children’s Hospital of Oakland). She met her future husband, Stanley Smith and got married on September 18, 1955. They moved to Palo Alto, where Stanley attended graduate school at Stanford and Lois worked as a nurse at the Stanford Home for Convalescent Children (now the Lucille Salter Packard Children’s Hospital) until her first child was born. After that, Lois stayed at home and raised three sons, Ronald, Richard and Robert. ...

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Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in t...

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Thomas J. Moutoux
Sept. 13, 1938 - April 18, 2017 Cupertino, California

Thomas J. Moutoux was the second born to Katherine and John Moutoux on September 13, 1938 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was raised in Falls Church, Virginia where he attended high school and as a Boy Scout earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Tom attended Cornell University In Ithaca, New York earning ...

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Linda M. Davis
July 22, 1952 - April 16, 2017 Cayucos, California

Linda Davis, a longtime Menlo Park resident, and career registered nurse at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, passed away peacefully on April 16 at her home in Cayucos, CA. Linda is survived by her parents, Walter and Joyce Nelson, her husband of 32 years, Jim, her two boys, Aaron and Scott, three ...

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Gene C. Giannotti
April 22, 1931 - April 15, 2017 Menlo Park, California

Gene Carmen Giannotti, born in San Francisco to Felice Giannotti and Julia Basile Giannotti on April 22, 1931, passed away on April 15, 2017. Gene was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Joann Klee. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joy; his sisters Judy Gibson and Ginger Juels; his...

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