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Minnette (Hochfeld) Hamerslag
Jan. 4, 1925 - Feb. 15, 2019
San Mateo, California

Minnette Hochfeld Hamerslag was born in Portland, Oregon, on Jan. 4, 1925, to Sam and Bessie Hochfeld. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriolgy from the University of Washington. She moved to San Francisco a year after her graduation and met Jay Platt Hamerslag, Jr. soon after her arrival. They were married July 11, 1948, eventually moving to Menlo Park. She and Jay had 3 children, Nancy (Parker), Beth (Weiss) and Steven Hamerslag. She was very active in her community, being involved with PTA, San Francisco Symphony League, Jewish Community Federation, Temple Beth Am in Los Altos, to name a few. Jay and Minnette retired to Rancho Mirage, in 1989. She remained living there for 10 years after the passing of Jay in 2003. Moving back to San Mateo in 2013, she lived at the Peninsula Regent, established new friends, reconnected with old ones and loved being close to her family again in the Bay Area. She loved playing bridge, golf and tennis. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a gracious hostess and a fabulous cook. Preceding in her passing are her beloved husband, Jay; and two sisters, Charolotte Rosenthal and Ruth Weinstein. ...

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Carol Scarioni
June 8, 1929 - Feb. 15, 2019
Atherton, California

Carol Scarioni passed peacefully from a full life as a wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and loyal friend. Most recently she lived in Atherton, but had called the Peninsula home for her entire life. Carol is survived by her three sons - Joe Bullock, George Bullock, and Russell Scarioni. She was grandma to her grandchildren, Shannon Bullock, Denny Bullock, Tony Bullock, Suchandra Bullock, Tara Scarioni, Marc Scarioni, Christopher McKeron, and Faith Scarioni. She was also blessed with numerous great grandchildren. Born at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, Carol and her two sisters Dharma Winder and Shirley Brown were raised in Redwood City. Carol was the daughter of George Faulstich, and Altha Faulstich. Her father was the founder of Black Mountain Spring Water Company and Cap Snap Seal Company. She graduated from Sequoia High School in 1947. Carol was divorced and lived most of her life single. She traveled widely and especially enjoyed refurbishing and flipping houses throughout the peninsula area, Palm Springs, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Whether doing garden-work, renovations, traveling, or spending time with her family, Carol’s life exuded ...

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Joseph Kott
July 15, 1947 - Feb. 14, 2019
Oakland, California

No matter how daunting a task, Joseph Kott believed that Palo Alto and the greater Silicon Valley region could become a national model for how to cope with a deluge of motor vehicles. The Palo Alto chief transportation official from 1998 to 2005 dedicated most of his life to pursuing ways to get drivers out of their cars, becoming a prominent thought-leader in the push to create a regional transportation system aimed at reducing traffic congestion. He co-founded Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities to advance alternative transportation systems in cities nationwide; served as a private consultant at local, regional and state levels; taught sustainable urban and regional transportation planning at various universities, including Stanford and San Jose State; and mentored emerging planners for more than three decades. On Feb. 14, Kott died of heart failure while at his Oakland home with his wife, Katherine. He was 71. "Joe was a true pleasure to work with. He always had a smile on his face and was ready to talk to any resident who wanted to talk, ask questions or give opinions," former Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto said Tuesday. "He was passionate about ...

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Erika Richards
April 7, 1916 - Feb. 13, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Erika Nord Richards never seemed to age. She died Feb. 13, 2019, just two months shy of her 103rd birthday, after living a remarkable life that was not just good, but great. The most frequent word her family and friends used to describe her is “amazing.” Erika’s strength, spunk and positive character kept her “amazingly” active. Until two months ago, she took twice-daily walks, swam on Sundays, played bridge five times a week, and enjoyed many social and cultural events. Whenever someone suggested a new activity, her answer consistently was, “Yes, why not?” She was a model of how to live – with zest, optimism, integrity, and a kind heart – and her enthusiasm was infectious. People often asked for Erika’s secrets to a long life. Her secret #1 was probably her upbeat nature and optimism: She was comfortable in her own beautiful skin; she had an accepting, open, generous spirit and somehow always knew that everything would work out – and it did. Also likely contributing to her long life were three daily habits – dark chocolate, morning coffee, and exercise. In later years, bridge helped keep her mind sharp. And her many friendships were ke...

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Patricia Ann Batchelder
March 9, 1954 - Feb. 9, 2019
Snowmass, Colorado

Patricia Ann (Patsy) Batchelder of Old Snowmass, Colorado, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2019 after a 2 year bout with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) courageously making the best of every day. Patsy was born to William Batchelder and Jeanette Curry Batchelder on March 9, 1954 in San Francisco (Pacifica), California. In 1959, the family moved from Pacifica to Woodside where she competed in swimming and gymnastics, and graduated from Woodside High School in 1972. Thereafter, she attended UC Santa Barbara and graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1976 with a degree in psychology. Summers were spent in Yosemite Valley hiking, climbing and working. Upon graduation from college, Patsy spent 7 months traveling in Europe and Israel before moving to Ketchum, Idaho in 1977. In Ketchum, she worked for Sun Valley Magazine and Names & Numbers phone directory. She was also a very active volunteer in numerous conservation and environmental causes, including the Snake River Alliance and Idaho Conservation League. In 1993, she met her husband, Andy Wiessner, and moved to Denver, and then Vail and Snowmass, Colorado, where she worked in advertising sales and for the non-profit Sopri...

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James Weeks Lyons
June 6, 1932 - Feb. 9, 2019
Palo Alto, California

James Weeks Lyons, a Palo Alto resident, died on Feb. 9. He was 86. He grew up in Jamestown, New York. After high school, he attended Allegheny College where he received his baccalaureate degree. He pursued his graduate studies at Indiana University, where he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in the School of Education. While there, he served as assistant director of the Indiana Memorial Union. In 1962, at the age of 30, he was appointed Dean of Students at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and served in that post for 10 years. In 1972, he was appointed University Dean of Student Affairs at Stanford University and served in that position for 18 years, the longest to serve in that position to date. Halfway through his tenure as Dean he was appointed Lecturer in Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. He continued his research, writing, and teaching for seven years after becoming Dean Emeritus in 1990. Lyons and his wife, Martha, regularly opened their home to students and faculty for weekly dinners and events to celebrate students’ service and achievement. In 1981 Lyons established the Deans Award for Service to recognize students who ser...

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Kevin Gibson Riches
April 5, 1968 - Feb. 2, 2019
Portola Valley, California

In loving Memory, Kevin Gibson Riches passed away at age 50 on February 2, 2019. He was an adoring Husband, beloved Son, dedicated and passionate Father, Uncle, Cousin, & had so many many dear friends. He can best be described as “a man with no guile who made the world better with laughter & humor” Born April 5, 1968 Mountain View, California to Carolyn (Cutler) Riches and Lawrence Victor Riches, Jr.. Married Melissa Bredt, May 17, 1990 in the Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kevin attended and graduated with his high school sweetheart, Melissa Elena Bredt, from Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills and then attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah along the side of Melissa with Kevin earning his Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology. At the age of 19 Kevin served a two year Spanish speaking mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dallas, Texas. He enjoyed spending time with his children, family and friends in any capacity. His love of travel, golf, all sports and adventure will provide those who knew him with endless wonderful memories. All who knew him truly adored him. Kevin & Melissa have been ...

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Susan Pines
May 26, 1925 - Jan. 28, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Susan (Sue) Jacques Pines died Jan. 28 in Palo Alto. She was 93. Sue was the ninth of the 11 children of Lancelot Jacques and Margaret Nicodemus Jacques of Smithsburg, Maryland. She is survived by her son Jack, daughter-in-law Susan, six grandchildren (Karen Day, Jason Blaisdell, James Blaisdell, Merrick Blaisdell, Margaret Porto, Stephen Pines and Julia Garapon) and eight great grandchildren. Sue trained as a nurse at the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Maryland, and had advanced training at Columbia University. She met her husband, Dr. Philip Pines, at the Washington County Hospital. In 1952, Dr. Pines set up his medical practice in Limestone, Maine, where they lived and raised their children, Jack and Judith; Sue was the office nurse. Dr. Pines died in 1975 and their daughter Judith Pines Blaisdell died in 2014. Sue was active in civic affairs in Limestone and in Aroostook County. She was the first female member of the Limestone Rotary, and the first female state legislator elected from Limestone. Her activities included the Limestone Historical Society, the Girl Scouts, the Limestone Library, and the Limestone Republican Committee. When Loring AFB closed, Sue wa...

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Lawrence Albert Bross
Sept. 29, 1928 - Jan. 23, 2019
Oceano, CA

Lawrence (Larry) Albert Bross, a former educator who taught history and government at Palo Alto High School for 30 years, died in his Oceano home on Jan. 24. He was 90. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Morris and Anna Bross in 1928, he graduated from Tilden High School in Brooklyn and the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut before earning a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon. He was a proud Seaman First Class in the Coast Guard during the Korean War. Along with his then-wife, Loretta, Larry moved to San Jose, where they raised their family while he worked as a teacher in Palo Alto. Since 1988, he has lived full time in Oceano. A modern renaissance man, Larry became an accomplished artist and sculptor. He loved sharing his work and stories with all who he invited into his home--which was everyone. He made friends easily and kept them close for years. He cherished the community of Oceano and was willing to share his ideas on its improvement with all who would listen (and some who wouldn’t). But it was his family that he loved the deepest and was so proud of, especially his four grandchildren, who will always be guided by his words, “You be the best (Sarah, Ben...

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Elizabeth Jean Morales
Aug. 21, 1936 - Jan. 22, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Elizabeth Jean Rose-Morales died on Jan. 22. A native of New Jersey, she was born to Irene Temple and John Rose on Aug. 21, 1936. She attended Mt. St. Dominic Academy in Caldwell, New Jersey, graduating in 1956; earned her nursing degree at St. Joseph's Hospital, School of Nursing in Paterson, New Jersey, graduating in 1959; and her master's degree in Personnel Management at Redlands University in 1985. Over a long productive career, she accomplished much. She worked as an orthopedic nurse at Palo Alto Hospital before its merger into Stanford University Hospital (now Medical Center). She later accepted a position as the nursing department's "nursing unit space planner," where she applied her expertise to Stanford's ER/Trauma Center and all nursing units, especially the intensive-care units (ICU's). Known as “Ms. Rose” at Stanford University Hospital, she transformed the Neonatal ICU (when Dr. Sunshine was director) by acquiring equipment needed despite budget shortfalls: “Because those kids needed the latest technology to become healthy,” she said. For the first hospital expansion project in 1972, Ms. Rose designed the North ICU floor plan, which was copied globally by ...

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Frank Garrett, Jr.
Feb. 20, 1927 - Jan. 18, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Frank Garrett, Jr., of Menlo Park, passed away on Jan. 18, surrounded by family at Stanford University Hospital from complications arising from aspiration pneumonia. He was 91 years old. Frank was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on Feb. 20, 1927, to Frank, Sr. and Irene Harvey. Frank was the second born of four siblings, all of whom together with his parents, have predeceased him. Frank graduated from Lincoln High School and then went on to university, but received a draft notice from the Army. He instead chose to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He served 30 years as a Yeoman, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer, before his Honorable Discharge in August 1975. He was stationed on numerous ships and bases around the world including Arizona, Alaska, Taiwan and Japan. Frank met and married Jean Lin Yang on the May 12, 1964, while stationed in Taipei, Taiwan. Together they have two sons Stephen Chamy and Jerry Chungua. The family moved back to the United States after Frank's posting to Japan in 1969 and settled in the Bay Area. Frank lived in the Bay Area for 50 years, living the last 22 of those years in Menlo Park. For the last 6 years of his active duty, Frank serv...

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Samuel Hoskins Halsted
May 28, 1928 - Jan. 16, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Sam Halsted, Stanford graduate, steeplejack, civil engineer, rugby player, politician, poker player, solar home builder, ordained minister, father, grandfather, friend, died January 16. Sam was born May 28, 1928 in Chicago, IL to Samuel Thompson Halsted and Clarissa Hoskins Halsted. Within a few years the family moved to Riverside, CA, where his father had been raised. Two more children were added to the family, Harrison Wright “Tim” and Ann Leilani. After his parent’s divorce, Sam moved to Hawaii, where his mother’s family lived, and finished high school. In 1945 at the age of 16 he was accepted to Stanford University. With World War II still underway, Sam sailed back to California to attend Stanford via a merchant marine cargo ship. Sam supported himself throughout his college career in a variety of creative ways including being a waiter at Palo Alto’s L’Omelette, a card dealer at the Cameo Club and finally as a part time steeplejack in San Francisco, painting the steeple of St. Ignatius Church and braving incredible heights washing the outside windows of the Top of the Mark restaurant at the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill. In between studying and working, Sam play...

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Marilyn Cordon Lowe
1932 - Jan. 7, 2019
San Francisco, California

Marilyn Cordon Lowe, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7 in Arden Wood, San Francisco. She was born in Berkeley on Feb. 29, 1932, to Royal and Lisle (Hubsch) Lowe. She was a graduate of Albany High School and the University of California, Berkeley, Class of 1954, with a major in music. She taught elementary school in Bay Area schools and in Berlin from 1960 to 1964 and in Tokyo, 1970-71, and in Brazil. Marilyn also worked for Capitol Artist Management, Inc. (CAMI) as an advance person for the summer concert series in the Rocky Mountains. Marilyn loved cats. She also loved teaching young children and created several children's story books. An ardent traveler, Marilyn visited many countries and promoted world travel. She was an observant Christian Scientist. She was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Small, and is survived by nephews Howie (Cindy) Small and Robbie (Dottie) Small; second cousins Randolph (Donna) Koch, David (Marla) Koch, and Rolland (Janice) Koch; and grand nieces and grand nephews. She was a kindred spirit who will be missed by many whose lives she gently, sweetly and kindly touched....

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Allan Bollhoffer
Aug. 10, 1936 - Feb. 10, 2019 Redwood City, California

Allan Bollhoffer, 82, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (1936) to parents John and Bernice Bollhoffer. The family moved to Belmont on January 1, 1948. Al attended Sequoia High School then Stanford University where he earned his BA degree (1958) and he graduated f...

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Lawson Lowe
Aug. 4, 1939 - Jan. 30, 2019 Riverside, California

Lawson Lowe, 79, passed away after a courageous battle with metastatic melanoma. He was born in Palo Alto to Floyd and Alice Lowe. He attended Encinal Elementary and Menlo-Atherton High School. He received a BA in Economics (‘61) at Stanford, where he was a proud member of the Alpha Epsilon Chapte...

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Eico K. Ohara
1925 - Jan. 24, 2019 Mountain View, California

Eico Kay Ohara passed away peacefully at the age of 93 surrounded by family. She is survived by her two sons, Gary and Steve, grandchildren, Sean, Patrick, Megan and Morgan. She was a great grandmother to Gavin, Andrew and Noelle, a Great Auntie to Yoko Sato, and Auntie to Richard Yoneji and David H...

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Gertrude D. Wilks
March 9, 1927 - Jan. 20, 2019 East Palo Alto, California

Gertrude Dyer Wilks believed that with enough will and determination, she could change the world. And for most of her life, she tried to do just that. The longtime East Palo Alto resident became a prominent and powerful figure in the community, leading the charge for political, educational and soc...

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