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Judythe Fina Woods
May 2, 1933 - Sept. 8, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Judythe Fina Woods, 85, passed away peacefully in her home on September 8, 2018. Judy, as she was called, lived in the Bay Area since the 1960’s, most recently in Menlo Park, and earlier, in Palo Alto where she raised her family. She was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1933, daughter of the late Lucille Gastaldi Fina and Donald Fina. She was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Lucienne Muriel Lastovic and Joseph James Lastovic, who died in 1977. Her daughter, Lucienne Vian Woods, predeceased her on June 29, 2018. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Judy studied fine arts and teaching. She worked with disabled children prior to having children. Judy was a talented pianist who loved classical music. She recalled fond memories of daily piano practice as a young girl, rehearsing her favorite pieces. She inherited her love of piano from her father, who was an accomplished concert pianist and songwriter. One of her favorite memories was hearing him perform, "My Little Blue Eyes", composed especially for her. Judy was also a visual artist, having acquired artistic gifts from her mother, a talented painter. She was particularly adept at anatomical drawings. ...

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John "Jack" Smart Lynd
Sept. 16, 1929 - Sept. 2, 2018
Palo Alto, California

John "Jack" Smart Lynd, son to Major General William E. and Dotha Farson Lynd passed away quietly in Los Altos surrounded by his family. As son of an Air Force officer, Jack had lived in, or visited, all 48 states by the time he graduated high school. He attended Sidwell Friends School in D.C. and Lowell High School in San Francisco 1944-1948 where he was Student Body Officer and starting quarterback. Jack graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Architecture. He served as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. On June 20, 1952, Jack received his Lieutenant's Commission from his father, attended his Cal commencement ceremonies and married his high school and college sweetheart, Marilyn Hamlyn. Jack served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1954 and was stationed in Munich. Jack and Marilyn then settled in Palo Alto where they raised three children Kevan, Dayna and Stacy. Marilyn passed away in 1973. Jack married Jane Butterfield Pringle, mother of Stewart and Douglas in 1974. The Lynd and Pringle families had been friends for many years before the untimely deaths of Ralph Pringle and Marilyn Lynd. Jack's career as an architect began as the only full time employee...

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Yuji Okano
Sept. 4, 1932 - Aug. 27, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Yuji passed away peacefully at home in Palo Alto on Monday August 27 at the age of 85. He was a long time member and volunteer of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple and worked at General Electric. Yuji grew up in Wheatland, California and was valedictorian of Wheatland High School 1950. Yuji graduated from UC Berkeley in 1954 and served as an officer in the army. Yuji was an avid San Francisco Giants fan. Yuji is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Eimi Kimura Okano; his children Cary Okano (Greg), Garett (Maria) Okano, Kim (Mark) Shimazaki; grandchildren Markus, Carlos, Claire, Zackary, Anna and Leah. He also leaves his sister Alice....

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Ragnar Andreas Andersen
June 29, 1928 - Aug. 23, 2018
Redwood City, California

Ragnar Andreas Andersen passed away just after his 90th birthday at the Devonshire Oaks Nursing Home in Redwood City, CA on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Ragnar (Andy) was born June 29, 1928 in Bergen, Norway to Knut and Kristi Andersen. He was the oldest of 6 children (Anny, Olav, John (d), Daniel (d) and Reidar (d)) He attended grade school and high school in Bergen and attended the Norwegian Technological Institute from 1945-1949 studying electrical engineering. During this time he also attended the Conservatory of Music's Orchestra School. He served in the Norwegian Air Force 1949-1950. Ragnar first came to the United States in 1951 and worked in construction in Chicago, staying with relatives then to New York to work for Bludworth Marine as an electrical engineer on ship navigation systems until late 1953. He was then drafted into the US Army and served as a Sargent as an instructor for ROTC students at Fort Manmouth and Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. While there he took electronic courses at Georgia Tech and was also the assistant concert master for the Augusta Civic Symphony Orchestra. In 1955 Ragnar began working for ITT – Federal Systems Division in Nuttle, New Jersey ...

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John Frederick Straubel
May 19, 1928 - Aug. 21, 2018
Menlo Park, California

John Frederick Straubel, born May 19, 1928 in Green Bay Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2018, in Palo Alto, California, surrounded by family and loved ones. John lived a life full of adventure and creativity, and was able to integrate both into his career at Straubel Communications, the public relations agency he founded, working with a long list of successful Bay Area companies. After earning his BS in liberal arts in 1950 at Northwestern University in Chicago, John served in the US Navy during the Korean war. Upon the armistice of 1953, he moved first to San Francisco, then Menlo Park, where he built his life and many close friendships. He traveled widely, and was active in forging a better life for disadvantaged people worldwide. He also loved sailing on the SF Bay, and worked for many years in dedicated support of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. Mr. Straubel is survived by his sister, Nancy S. Rogers and nieces and nephews Gay Freeborn, Patricia Christopher, Nancy Freeborn, Charles Freeborn, and Philip Freeborn....

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Phyllis Clorinda Cassel
June 13, 1941 - Aug. 14, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Phyllis C. Cassel, who was known for her leadership roles on the City of Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission, League of Women Voters, Stevenson House Board of Directors and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, died Aug. 14, 2018 at home in Palo Alto at the age of 77. She will be remembered for her willingness to care for others, whether family members, friends or communities in need. Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, her parish minister, commented: "Beyond any role, Phyllis has been one of those moral exemplars who are truly the pillars of a congregation." Born June 13, 1941 in Lowell, Massachusetts to Thomas and Clorinda Banks, she graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing with a nursing degree (RN) and from Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in community development. She has managed and coordinated family planning programs, worked on fair housing issues and been a charge nurse on an acute care medical unit. Phyllis leaves her husband of 54 years, Richard Cassel; children Christopher Cassel of Boston, Diana Eppstein of Irvine, and Charles (Chaz) Cassel of Santa Clara, and their spouses; grandchildren Sara and Timothy Eppstei...

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Sadie Espar
Nov. 17, 1922 - Aug. 9, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Sadie died peacefully three months shy of her 96th birthday after a brief illness. She touched many lives. She will be deeply missed. Sadie was the first in her family born in the U.S. (Detroit) and the first to go to college, earning a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Wayne University (now Wayne State). She married Julian Espar (1919-2004) barely a month after Pearl Harbor. They spent much of the wartime at Wright Field in Ohio (now Wright-Patterson AFB) where the first of their two sons was born. Back in Detroit, Sadie embraced mothering with post-war, 1950s gusto. She was a guiding force in progressive nursery schools and multi-cultural family groups. And when her sons were grown, she went back to college (University of Michigan) for a master's in Library Science, then worked as a librarian in Detroit for 10 years before moving to Marina del Rey with her husband in 1978. Sadie's Jewish heritage and identity also shaped her life. She studied Torah and Talmud and supported many Jewish causes with her time and talents. While in the Marina, she became involved in a Yiddish language club, an interest she pursued avidly after moving to Palo Alto in 1988. Sadie alwa...

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Lois Shellworth
May 16, 1928 - Aug. 8, 2018
Atherton, California

Lois Q. Shellworth, a resident of Atherton, CA for 48 years, died August 8. She was 90. Lois Jeanne Queirolo was born in Oakland, CA, and spent her childhood in San Francisco in the Crocker-Amazon neighborhood. She attended Corpus Christi School and Notre Dame High School. After high school, she enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley where she was a member if the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. After college, she worked at the Leo J. Meyberg Co, a wholesale distributor for radio, T.V., and appliances. Lois met her husband, Tom Shellworth, in San Francisco and they were married in 1955. While raising their three children she was very involved in their school activities and events, and in her church community of St Denis. Lois, a loving mother and wife, treasured her time with her family and traveled extensively with her husband. Her wish was that the closeness and caring that characterized her family be nurtured forever in her children and grandchildren. This is the legacy of her faith and family. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Tom. They were married 50 years. Lois is survived by her children, Thomas Jr. (Debbie) of Vacaville, Susan Hull (Sandy)...

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Mary Sause
Sept. 7, 1934 - Aug. 7, 2018
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Mary Alice Sause who was delivered by Dr. Huckleberry on September 7, 1934, at the Garibaldi Hospital in Garibaldi, Oregon, to Henry and Martha Sause, began living life big right away. Throughout her life, Mary loved traveling and in 1975-76, lived with her daughters, Michelle and Sara Anne in Greece. Mary was always game for a good road trip, gathering with family and friends at her home in Palo Alto and later in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. She lived for the music of the big bands, pops and jazz, and her husband Dave Robertson's compositions for the Newport Symphony, The Adams Family and The Producers. She was a lively Democrat who fought and supported the causes of freedom, free speech and liberty for all, all her life. When Mary was still a young girl, the family to Mill City where Mary remembers her eccentric Aunt Mable taking the waters at Breitenbush, a tradition some in the family still enjoy. The family moved to Lebanon briefly before settling in Albany, Oregon where Mary met and married David D. Bussard in 1952. They attended and graduated from the University of Oregon and enjoyed the arrival of their daughter, Michelle the year they graduated. With the end of their marriag...

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John C.Y. Wang
Nov. 20, 1934 - Aug. 3, 2018
Stanford, California

Emeritus Professor John C.Y. Wang (Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies), 83, of the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Stanford University passed away peacefully after battling ALS, a motor neuron disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig disease, for more than two years. He did his undergraduate work at the National Taiwan University (1957), M.A. at the University of Minnesota (1962), and Ph.D. in classical Chinese fiction from Cornell University (1968). He joined the Stanford faculty in 1969, and chaired the East Asian Languages & Cultures department from 1978 to 1990. Professor Wang was an authority on Chin Sheng-t'an (a 17th-century Chinese literary critic) and devoted his life to the study of narrative techniques of Chinese fiction and history. His writings on these subjects received great acclaim. Later in life, his interest extended to traditional Chinese drama, especially Kun Qu, and offered his insight to this subject through numerous presentations. He was an eminent scholar in the study of classical Chinese literature and also taught, with honorary titles and various short-term appointments, Chinese or literature at Yale, University of...

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Candace Linvill Berg
April 11, 1952 - July 30, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Dr. Candace Linvill Berg died peacefully on July 30, following a 15 year battle with leiomyosarcoma. She was 66. A gifted clinical psychologist, and a loving wife, daughter, sister and aunt, Candy led an extraordinary life in the service of others, a life enriched by her intelligence, personal warmth, and fearlessness in facing challenges with great courage and a compassionate heart. Candy was born in Morristown, NJ in 1952 to John and Marjorie Linvill. She lost her sight in infancy due to retinoblastoma. The family moved to California in 1955 when her father, Dr. John G. Linvill, joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Stanford University. Her mother, Marjorie, taught Candy to read and write Braille at an early age and took classes in Braille transcription in order to Braille all of Candy’s books and classroom materials, thus allowing Candy to be “mainstreamed” in the local public school rather than being sent to the State School for the Blind. Candy attended Portola Valley schools from K-8th grade. She attended Woodside High School where she met her future husband, Chris. She then entered Stanford University where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with Hono...

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Nancy Swartz Wilson
Jan. 11, 1926 - July 24, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Nancy Swartz Wilson was born to Ruby Myers and Jesse Franklin Swartz in York, Pennsylvania. Her family then moved to Akron, Ohio as her father worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Nancy’s father died in 1936 when she was ten years old. Her mother worked to support her three children which contributed to their self-reliance. Nancy put herself through the University of Akron by working in the local library and babysitting. After majoring in early child development, Nancy taught for nine years at Old Trail School in Akron before moving west to CA. Nancy married John Arnot Wilson in Berkeley, CA in 1958 (the year the Giants came to San Francisco – and they honeymooned at spring training in Casa Grande, AZ). Coincidently, the Swartz and Wilson families already had connections. Both John and Nancy’s fathers had wrestled against each other in the Ivy League. In addition, both Mary - John’s mother - and Nancy belonged to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Nancy and John’s marriage was the result of the keen match-making skills of Mary Wilson. Nancy’s passions in life were family, music, children and service. She loved serving others through Palo Alto Senio...

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Robert Irwin Segbarth
March 9, 1933 - July 20, 2018
Portola Valley, CA

Following a short illness, Robert (Bob) Segbarth passed away July 20, 2018 at his home in Portola Valley. Born to Irwin and Stella Segbarth on March 9, 1933 in Pasadena, Bob grew up in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. Active in varsity swimming, cheerleading and singing, he attended John Muir Junior College in Pasadena, finishing his education with a degree in Business and Economics at Occidental College in 1955. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. More importantly, there he met Nancy Halden, whom he would later marry. After graduation he attended the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. After being promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade and serving in Alaska, he returned to California and resumed courtship of Nancy. They were married on November 30, 1957. Upon finishing his Naval tour in Alameda, Bob and Nancy moved to San Gabriel where he took a position with Security First National Bank. They lived in a home Bob remodeled on his parents’ property. After the births of their two daughters, Lisa and Nina, the Segbarths embarked on a year long tour of Europe with Bob’s father, enjoying the company of other relatives for parts al...

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Burton Richter
March 22, 1931 - July 18, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Burton Richter, a former Stanford University physics professor who won the Nobel Prize in 1976, died Wednesday in Palo Alto. He was 87 years old. Richter was known for his discovery of the J/psi subatomic particle, which verified that the charm quark existed, sending shockwaves to existing theories at the time and led to a recalibration in theoretical physics. The finding was later known as the "November Revolution" and earned him a Nobel Prize when he was 45 years old, making him one of the youngest recipients, according to Stanford News Service. He shared the award with Samuel Ting of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Paul Pigott professor in the physical sciences, emeritus, whose research focused on experimental particle physics with high-energy electrons and electron positron colliding beams, according to his biography on Stanford's website. Richter was also the director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory operated by Stanford, from 1984 to 1999. In 2014, the physicist also won the National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the country. "We mourn the loss of Burton Richte...

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Rick Longyear
March 7, 1961 - July 17, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Richard John "Rick" Longyear passed away on July 17, 2018 after receiving a diagnosis of late-stage cancer earlier this year. Rick lived his 57 years as a son, husband, father, teacher, coach and friend; his legacy is the dozens who loved him, the hundreds who laughed with him and the thousands who learned from him. He was born on March 7, 1961 in Kodiak, Alaska to a Navy man and his wife, George and Nancy Longyear. The family settled in Southern California where Rick grew up as the oldest of six siblings. Despite skipping past first grade (due to unruly "know-it-all" behavior) and losing a year of growth, he excelled in sports at every level and swam for the Villa Park High School swim and water polo teams. Rick’s talents in school and pool led him to Stanford University, where he served a few years riding the bench for the water polo team and finding friends in his dorms and biology classes. A wayward frisbee during junior year introduced him to his future wife, Sally. Rick graduated from Stanford with a bachelor's in Human Biology in 1982 but stuck around to earn a master's in Education in '83, when Sally graduated, and the pair never lived off the Peninsula after that....

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Muriel Hurup Knudsen
March 15, 1923 - July 17, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Muriel Knudsen died peacefully on July 17, 2018 at age 95. This extraordinary woman lived life energetically, creatively, spiritually and with an unending thirst for adventure and knowledge. The daughter of Rolf and Dagmar Hurup, Muriel Evelyn Hurup was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 15, 1923. She became multi-lingual at an early age, having spent her childhood years in Sweden and Norway. After returning to the U.S. to attend Los Angeles High School and, later, UCLA, Muriel met Robert Knudsen in her late teens. Muriel and Robert corresponded during World War II and were married in 1946. Living on Skyline Boulevard while Robert earned his MBA at Stanford, the couple soon settled in Palo Alto. Over the years, Muriel raised four children; owned and operated a nursery school; led Girl Scout troops; was an active, lifetime member of, and adventure leader for, the Sierra Club; and was active in Sons of Norway. Having moved the family to Los Altos Hills in 1984, Muriel served as co-president of the Los Altos-Mountain View chapter of the League of Women Voters. Following the death of Robert in 1997, Muriel retired to Davis where she continued to be active and involved until her...

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Ansie Lee Sperry
Sept. 20, 1914 - July 13, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Ansie Lee Sperry died in Portola Valley, California on July 13, 2018 at age 103. Born in Macao on September 20, 1914, Ansie grew up in Hong Kong in a traditional Chinese family as one of fourteen children in a household with four mothers. Sent to England for her education at the age of nine, she returned to Hong Kong four years later after her father’s murder. During the Sino-Japanese war she volunteered for the Chinese Red Cross in the interior of China, working briefly as secretary to Madame Chiang-Kai-Shek (Soong Mei-ling) in 1939. In December, 1941, Ansie was traveling on a ship that put into Manila Harbor just as the Japanese attacked and she became a civilian POW in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines for over three years. She wrote about these experiences in her memoir, “Running with the Tiger,” published when she was 94. Ansie married Henry M. Sperry, whom she had met in internment camp, in Shanghai in 1946 and lived there and in Hong Kong until Henry retired from his banking career. Ansie and Henry moved to Portola Valley, California in 1973 and to the Sequoias-Portola Valley in 1990. An accomplished artist and flower arranger, she was on the altar guild...

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Mary Ruth Ramberg
June 19, 1936 - July 13, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Mary Ruth Ramberg ("Ruth"), a resident of Palo Alto, California for 48 years, died tragically and unexpectedly on July 13, 2018, from complications with pneumonia following knee surgery. She was a young and spirited 82. Ruth was born in Topeka, Kansas, where she spent her childhood. She moved to San Francisco to join her older sister Joanne when she was 19. Ruth met her husband, August Julius ("AJ"), in San Francisco, and they were married in 1961. They had two children and moved to Palo Alto in 1970. While raising their children Ruth attended Foothill Junior College as an undergraduate student and then transferred to Stanford University where she obtained her bachelor's and master's in English Literature. She became a successful technical writer in Silicon Valley. A loving and generous woman, Ruth treasured her time with family and friends. She nurtured her children and grandchildren as individuals with unique qualities to offer the world. She loved attending Shakespeare festivals in Ashland, Oregon, had a passion for mysteries, read the S.F. Chronicle devotedly and was a sustaining member of KQED. Ruth was politically savvy and opinionated, had a wry sense of humor and l...

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Leonard Severn Petersen
Jan. 6, 1936 - July 10, 2018
Atherton, California

Leonard Severn Petersen passed away at his home in Atherton, Calif., from cancer on July 10, 2018. Leonard was born Jan. 6, 1936, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital to Leonard Sr. and Estelle Petersen. He attended Santa Maria High School, where he ran track and served as a Junior Statesman of America. It was then that he met his future business partner, Phil Olson, for the very first time. Leonard's cousin, Marcia, recalled that in high school he was popular, energized by people, fun to be around and usually the life of the party. Leonard was mechanical by nature and worked on hot rods, aided by his father's auto parts store. He spent many of his Saturday's drag racing. In 1956, Leonard married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Pabst, and they had four children. He graduated from Stanford University in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in Engineering and worked at Ampex for nine years before opening his business, Petersen Precision Engineering in Redwood City, Calif. Leonard never fully retired and has continued to be a problem-solver for the past 52 years. He created practical solutions to problems and lived very much in the present. In 1987, Leonard remarried to Cathie Merch...

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Scott Kleckner
Sept. 22, 1993 - July 10, 2018
Washington D.C., Virginia

Scott Kleckner died suddenly on July 10 after several days of struggling with flu-like symptoms complicated by Type 1 diabetes. He was 24 and living in Washington, D.C., where he had just graduated from George Washington University. Scott was working in a variety of roles at the Momofuku CCDC restaurant, and was well loved by his coworkers. Scott had recently returned home to the Bay Area to attend his brother's wedding, where he spoke eloquently. His speech reflected his natural charisma and sense of humor. Scott grew up in Palo Alto as the youngest in a family of five. From a young age, Scott was fiercely independent. His favorite word and default answer was "no." Despite that, he went on to join Troop 57, become an Eagle Scout, and lead the troop as the senior patrol leader. He loved the wilderness and led several expeditions into the woods and snow. At Palo Alto High School, he became the editor of Verde magazine and developed a strong interest in history and politics. After graduation, he enrolled at George Washington University, where he majored in political science. At the Kappa Sigma fraternity, Scott made many lasting friendships with young men from across the country. ...

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Jacob "Jake" Harrison
Oct. 16, 1932 - July 5, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Jake Harrison was born October 16, 1932 to M.C. Clinton and Ardessa Harrison in Garrison, Texas. Jake passed away on July 5, 2018 at home in Menlo Park, California where he had lived since 1959. Jake is a graduate of Dunbar High School in Lufkin, Texas, where he resided until joining the Navy in 1952. While in the Navy, Jake received the Korean Service Medal, amongst other awards. Jake then built a career in the Naval Department as a shipfitter, from which he retired in 1985. Jake enjoyed tinkering with cars, gardening and fishing. Jake was preceded in death in 2009 by Florence, his wife of 55 years. Jake is survived by two daughters, Mary Oliver Sweet and Lottie Myles, grandchildren Sharonne Oliver, Dion Oliver and Jade Kwan, great-grandchildren Monay Oliver and Jake Jameson Scott, and a host of family and friends....

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Dr. Lucienne Vian Woods
July 30, 1963 - June 29, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Dr. Lucienne Vian Woods lost her battle with cancer and passed away on June 29, 2018, surrounded by her family. A graduate of the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, she went on to Pomona College in Claremont and then to the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. Lucienne specialized in internal and pediatric medicine and was a practicing physician in the Bay Area for many years. Lucienne was the devoted, loving daughter of Judythe (Fina) Woods, who survives her. She is also survived by her father, Robert Eugene Woods of Palo Alto; her brother, Bryan Eugene Woods, his wife Jeanette Andonian and their son, Jacob Woods, of Portland, Maine; her cousins, Lucienne Michelle Lastovic and her son James Lastovic of Carlsbad, California, and Michael Lastovic, his wife Karen Lastovic and their children Joseph and Lucy Lastovic of Huntsville, Alabama. She also leaves behind many adoring friends and members of her church community. She will be greatly missed by all. All are welcome to attend the funeral service, which will be held at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park on July 18, 2018 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests don...

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Philip Martin Eastman
Jan. 27, 1936 - June 19, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Dr. Philip Martin Eastman passed away at his home in Portola Valley, California on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 after a long illness. Philip was born on January 27, 1936 to Herman Eastman and Rose Frieder Eastman in the Bronx, New York. He is survived by his wife, Jean, sons, David and Peter, daughter-in-law, Catharine, and grandchildren, Hannah and Ryan. He was predeceased by his parents and by his sisters, Caryl Silver and Adrienne Golub. Philip graduated from Union College and received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He later completed a three-year fellowship in hematology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Philip had many opportunities for adventure and travel, spending his junior year of college at St. Andrews, Scotland, and a semester of medical school at Guys Hospital in London. He joined the Peace Corps in 1963, running a hospital in Mekele, Ethiopia. In 1967 Philip entered the U.S. Army, serving as a physician in Vietnam where he where he was awarded a Silver Star. He later returned with his family to Ethiopia to teach at the College of Public Health in Gondar. Back at home he joined the medical staff at the San Mateo County ...

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J. Barton Phelps
April 27, 1917 - June 15, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Judge of the Superior Court (retired) Our beloved Bart Phelps passed away June 15, 2018, age 101, under the loving care of his cherished wife Jeanette. He led an illustrious life in serving his country and as a leader in professional and civic activities and in his life as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. James Barton Phelps was born April 27, 1917, in Topeka, Kansas to Barton Palmer Phelps and Bertha Rowles Phelps. His father held two engineering degrees from Purdue University and worked for The Acheson, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railways. His mother, Bertha, was a YWCA professional and a force for Bart and his younger brother Stephen that left a deep impression on his life. Upon graduation from Topeka High School, Bart attended the University of Chicago, obtaining his degree in Political Science in 1937; then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1940. After Law School, on the advise of a classmate, Bart decided to venture to the west coast to explore options for employment. Through a friend, he met Jean Palmer and promptly decided to stay in California. They wed in 1942 and lovingly raised their children, Barton Palmer Phelps II an...

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Nancy tenDoesschate
June 26, 1930 - June 14, 2018
Roseville, California

Nancy tenDoescchate lived an awesome life. She was full of courage and adventure. From hang gliding in Hawaii, to bungee jumping in Africa, she was an avid skier, gardener and cyclist. Nancy won competitive races into her 80s, winning medals in the senior olympics. She had a lifelong love for animals. Nancy was born in China and grew up in Southern California with her brother Lui. After graduating from Stanford, she was a stewardess for Pan Am, where she began her love of world travel. Most of her adult life was spent in Woodside, raising her four children Debra, Bill, Lori and Randy. She loved her life, enjoyed good friends and a happy life. She was heavily involved in the community and built two new homes with stunning garden design. Nancy moved to Roseville to be near her grandchildren in 1990. Nancy died peacefully June 14, 2018 in her home in Roseville, CA. and will be missed by all....

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James Breedlove
Aug. 28, 1937 - June 12, 2018
Menlo Park, California

James Breedlove passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Menlo Park, on June 12 surrounded by his loving family and close friends after a brief illness. Jim was born on August 28, 1937 in Fort Worth Texas to Charles and Winifred (McShane) Breedlove. He graduated from University of Texas, Austin with a Master’s degree in Latin American History in early 1960s. In 1968 he was recruited by Stanford University to become the Curator for the Latin American & Iberian Collections for the Center on Latin American Studies. He would serve in that capacity for the next 25 years. Upon his retirement he moved to Mexico. First to Chiapas, and then to Oaxaca in 1998, where he resided until his passing in 2018. When asked what he was most proud of in his life, he answered: "Libros para Pueblos." This is the non-profit organization in Oaxaca that he co-founded with his dear friend, Tom Dunham in the 1990s that is still growing and going strong to this day, and that he retired from helping with just a couple of years ago. He truly had a passion for helping others in this particular way, that is giving children, who would not otherwise have it, the opportunity to develop a...

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Donald Emanuel Hietter
April 10, 1921 - June 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Donald (Don) Hietter was born in Bradford IL to John and Lillian Hickey Hietter. He grew up in nearby Peoria. Don is survived by his wife, Judith Hietter, daughter Marilyn Palm, son Randy Hietter (Laurie), daughter Christine Sullivan (Dave), grandson John Hietter, granddaughters Kelsey Bragg (Cameron), Caitlin Sullivan and Carolyn Hietter. He is also survived by his sister Marilyn Moehn, four step children Max Wiley (Ellen), Jean Miller (Howard), John Wiley, Anne Goode (Gordon) and six step grandchildren Samantha Miller, Wiley Miller, Jack Wiley, Sam Wiley, James Goode and Lucy Goode. Don attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and majored in Accounting. He interrupted his education to enlist in the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines during WWII where he achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. After the war he moved to Los Angeles and met Helene Zilas. They married and eventually moved to Redwood City, CA. Don graduated with honors from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1948. Don became a CPA and joined Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1951 where he became a banking specialist. He became a partner in 1963 and served there until his retirement in 1976. In ...

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Marilyn Janet Walter
Jan. 28, 1926 - May 29, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Early on the morning of May 29, 2018, Marilyn Janet Walter, beloved mother and long time resident of Portola Valley, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home she loved and lived in for over 40 years. We are so grateful for a life well and fully lived -- she was a prime example of active and elegant living. Born in Tacoma, WA on January 28, 1926 to Louise Janet (Loomis) and Melvin John Muckey, she attended Annie Wright Seminary for high school and then Barnard College in New York. Her high school senior quote remained applicable to her life up through her last day: “The charm of life is in its living.” Throughout all her adventures, she lived each day the best way she knew how. Upon her return home from university, she met and married Carroll Harding Walter. They lived in South America for the next 11 years. She welcomed three sons while moving from NY to Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Seattle, Montreal and finally to Portola Valley in 1968. The sons have many fond memories of summers spent at their home in Lakebay, WA, where they swam and fished and where Marilyn found peace amidst her hiking trails and the Puget Sound. An avid outdoors-woman, she hiked he...

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John (Jack) A. O'Malley
July 6, 1933 - May 18, 2018
Menlo Park, California

John (Jack) A. O'Malley - July 6, 1933 - May 18, 2018 - Menlo Park, CA. John (Jack) O'Malley, husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and long time friend passed away at the age of 84 on May 18, 2018. Jack was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in New Jersey. He moved his family to Menlo Park, California in 1973. He was the first Eagle Scout in Westville, New Jersey. He served in the military and then received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Jack started his career teaching as a Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia and then moved to the private sector where his career flourished. Jack is pre-deceased by his wife, Mary, of 62 years, and brothers Joe and Ron. He is survived by and father of John (Jr.), Robert, Teresa and David. Grandfather of Matthew, Kristen, Shannon, Anthony, Tara, Sara and Devin and great grandfather of Brooklyn and Georgia. Jack was a huge advocate of family and giving back. He was involved in city politics in both Merchantville, NJ and Menlo Park, CA. He was very well respected...

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Jill Mondry
Sept. 8, 1952 - May 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Jill M Mondry, 65, a family law attorney and resident of Menlo Park, transitioned from her body on May 3, 2018, after a long bout with cancer. She was in the company of her long-term partner, Stephen Miller. Originally from North Dakota, Jill came to California in her twenties and pursued a variety of paths before attending Hastings School of Law, where she obtained her JD in 1991. She established herself in private practice early on in her legal career and was highly respected by her peers, evidenced by her repeated selection as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Northern California. She was a mediator of consummate skill, and well understood the long-term advantages to all concerned of settling family law issues amicably. She also served as a Judge Pro-Tem in San Mateo County. Jill found great pleasure in creative pursuits, whether it was planting her garden, writing or making art pieces. She derived joy from lighting up the lives of others, which she did in countless ways, helping wherever she saw a need. Her kind, thoughtful and considered words provided guidance and comfort to many. In addition to her partner Stephen, she is survived by her beloved extended f...

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Jadwiga Maria Staar
June 28, 1924 - April 3, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Jadwiga Maria Staar died in Portola Valley on April 3, 2018. She was ninety-three years old. She was the widow of Richard F. Staar, who passed just one week prior to her departing. Jadwiga was born Jadwiga Ochota on June 28, 1924 in the Kaszuby lake region in northern Poland. She worked for the Polish underground during World War II, tapping German telephone lines and serving as a messenger. She spent time in a slave labor camp, where she continued her resistance to the German occupation by producing flawed screws on the U-Boot assembly line. When the Germans withdrew from northern Poland, she joined a group of British POWs, reaching Odessa. Suffering from double pneumonia, she was taken to a hospital in a displaced persons’ camp in Aversa, Italy. Recovering, she worked as a nurse in the camp and met her future father-in-law. He gave her contact information for his daughter if Jadwiga ever came to the United States. She earned diplomas in language and literature from the Sorbonne in Paris and universities in Munich and Pisa. Several years later, Jadwiga came to New York and contacted the Staar family. Her soon-to-be husband met her and it was love at first sight. The...

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Richard Felix Staar
Jan. 10, 1923 - March 27, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Richard Felix Staar died in Portola Valley on March 27, 2018. He was ninety-five years old. He was survived by his wife, Jadwiga O. Staar, until her passing one week later. Richard was born in Warsaw, Poland, on January 10, 1923. He inherited American citizenship from his parents and moved, with his family, to Michigan when he was eleven months old. When he was twelve years old, he and his family moved back to Poland, where they were when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939. Even though he was an American citizen, he was arrested and spent six months in a Gestapo camp. He was released, only to be arrested one year later and sent to an internment camp. Here, he was able to continue his education with the many teachers who were also imprisoned there. He took and passed an exam which earned him a letter of acceptance from the University of London; a Certificate of Provisional Matriculation. Toward the end of the war, he was part of a group of people who were exchanged for German civilians and returned to the United States. With the help of the Warfields, a couple he had met in Poland, he was able to enroll in and graduate from Dickinson College. He went on to receive his mas...

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Vipin Agrawal
Nov. 2, 1962 - March 2, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Vipin Agrawal passed away at his home in Palo Alto at 8 a.m. on Friday March 2, 2018. He had a sudden cardiac arrest. He is dearly missed by Bharti, his wife of 29 years, his daughter, Nadya, his son, Nirav, his parents Ram and Bimla Agrawal, his sisters Vini Gupta, Vina Swenson and his brother Binu. He was born in Chattar, India on Nov 2, 1962. When he was six years old, Vipin moved with his parents to Houston, Texas, where he spent most of his childhood and early adulthood. He started working at an early age to help his family out with finances. He worked as a newspaper boy, a draftsman and even a plumber's apprentice. Vipin graduated from University of Houston with a degree in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer. Vipin was attracted to Computer Science from the moment he got his first Texas Instruments programmable calculator. This love grew stronger when his dad got him his first computer. Despite his parents' preference for engineering, Vipin got his degree in Computer Science, which was an unproven field at the time. His career as as software engineer lead him across the U.S. from Houston to Atlanta to Colorado Springs and finally to the Silicon Valley wh...

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Agnes Babcock
Aug. 15, 1923 - Jan. 6, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Archaeologist, community volunteer, wife, mother of four and beloved grandmother of six, Agnes Bierman Babcock died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on January 6, 2018. She was 94 years old and had been a resident of Portola Valley for the past 60 years. She loved Portola Valley and felt strongly about how special it was and that it be preserved and protected. She gave back to her home town by serving in numerous volunteer posts in town for many years, leading to the running family joke that she had held every volunteer position in the town but mayor and dog catcher. Ms. Babcock was born August 15, 1923 in Fribourg, Switzerland where her father taught at the University of Fribourg. Both her parents were from the Netherlands, and they continued to speak Dutch at home with their three daughters, a tradition Ms. Babcock continued with her own children. When she was one year old her family moved to Vancouver Island, Canada. It remained her home base for the rest of her childhood. Her father was a professor and she spent each school year living in whatever city he was teaching at the time, but summers were always spent on Vancouver Island. She described it as havin...

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