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Barb Jones
Dec. 18, 1951 - July 13, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Barbara Ellis Jones, 67, passed away on July 13, 2019, after a short battle with aggressive lung cancer. She left us peacefully, with a view of her beautiful Palo Alto garden, her children holding her hands. The oldest of five, Barb grew up in St. Louis. At Georgetown University, she earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Economics. After raising her three kids in Palo Alto and Nantucket, Mass., she dedicated her time to transforming the lives of women and girls worldwide. A philanthropist, civic leader, and community volunteer, Barb was a founding member of the Maverick Collective, a new philanthropic model aimed at ending extreme poverty by investing in girls and women. She spearheaded a project in Myanmar that made enormous strides in reducing gender-based violence. She was also a founding member of WANDA, a California nonprofit that helps lift single mothers out of poverty. “I have been unbelievably fortunate in my life,” she said to a group of women in Myanmar, “and have seen so many places where women are not. I want to do what I can to help.” Barb served on the Board of Regents at Georgetown University and the Board of Caminar Family and Children...

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Verna Aldous
Feb. 18, 1924 - June 30, 2019
Portola Valley, California

Verna Greaves Aldous of Portola Valley, CA, passed away on June 30, 2019. She was born in Preston, Idaho on February 18, 1924. She loved dances, movies, tennis, and especially her horses. She was on her high school debate team and served in student government. She was an excellent student and was active in her church. Verna earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Utah. There she met Newell Aldous, who was studying electronic engineering. They were married in 1946 in Preston, ID, following Newell’s service in the US Navy. They were later sealed in the Logan Temple. Newell and Verna followed his engineering career, with brief stops in Camden, NJ and Alamogordo, NM before settling in Portola Valley, CA. The family loved the views of surrounding foothills from their home. All were avid gardeners. Verna was active in her church, where she was best known as the Cultural Refinement Teacher for the women’s organization (Relief Society) for many years. She was a full-time homemaker through the 1950's when the children were young. In the 1960's, Verna entered the work force as a social worker with the American Red Cross. Early assignments were h...

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Christopher G. Dawes
1951 - June 29, 2019
Los Altos , California

Former CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Christopher G. Dawes, died on June 29 as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 68 years old. Dawes stepped down from his post as president and CEO of the hospital in March 2018 to focus on his health. "I am particularly proud of the excellent clinical services we have created, several of which are nationally ranked, the investments we have made in the Children's Health Research Institute (CHRI), the network we have created to provide more access to the care we provide and, of course, our new 'main' building," he said at the time, in an open letter shared on LinkedIn. According to his biography on the hospital website, Dawes was instrumental during its developmental years, building it into the nationally renowned medical institution it is today. "We went from being a very lovely community hospital, nicely designed and family-friendly, to a world-class children's hospital drawing patients from across the United States and around the world," said Susan Packard Orr, a longtime member of the hospital's board of directors and daughter of its founder, Lucile Packard. ...

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Martha Ann Acevedo
Oct. 14, 1918 - June 20, 2019
Menlo Park, California

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, Martha Ann, a loving widow, mother of five, and social activist, passed away at the age of 100. Martha Ann was born in Roanoke, Virginia on October 14, 1918 to Edgar and Mattie Jamison. She had an older sister, Sara, with whom she was very close, and she had wonderful memories of the summers she spent on the Kinzie’s farm in Virginia with their children and farm animals. After graduating from Carson Newman College in Tennessee, Martha Ann completed the first year of medical school at the University of Virginia. There she married Samuel Nelson LeCount and moved to the west coast. They had four children, Suzanne, David, Tom, and Josie. Her second marriage to Jorge Acevedo gave them a daughter, Antonia. Martha Ann was a dedicated teacher in the Palo Alto School District. She loved adventurous travels to various parts of the world; her first sabbatical took her and her daughter Antonia around the globe for one year. Martha Ann was instrumental in organizing the Palo Alto Peace group, and she worked in the lab at the Linus Pauling Institute during her second sabbatical from teaching. In her later years she married a Cuban man, Eusebio Aviles,...

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Xia Guan
Feb. 4, 1970 - June 18, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Xia Guan, beloved mother, wife, and daughter, passed away on June 18, 2019, after 5 years of brave battle with cancer. She was born February 4, 1970, in Hubei, China. At age 14, she was admitted to the Special Class for Gifted Youth in the best science and technology university in China. After graduating from University of Science and Technology of China in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Xia started her graduate school at UC Davis and earned her PhD degree in Genetics in 1997. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University before she moved to IT industry. She started her career in Pharmaceutical IT Quality industry after joining Roche Palo Alto in 1999. After a short transition with Nektar Therapeutics from 2005 to 2007, she joined Gilead Sciences in 2007 and took her career to the next level. She was Director of Business IT R&D at Gilead Sciences before passing away at a young age of 49. She met her love of life on the first day in college. They were married and raised 2 wonderful boys together. She became an avid San Francisco Giants fan after her children started playing baseball in little league which triggered her interests to learn about a...

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Dorothy Hassett
July 2, 1929 - June 6, 2019
Palo Alto , California

Dorothy Hassett, a longtime former Weekly employee, died on June 6. A fourth generation Californian, she was born in Modesto to Lester and Velma Smith on July 2, 1929, the second child of three. She attended Canoga Park High School in the San Fernando Valley, where her mom was a secretary and liberal activist and her dad was an itinerant farmer at first and then a home builder. She attended San Jose State University and remained in the Santa Clara Valley the rest of her life. She taught physical education at San Mateo High School and married Bob Hassett, who taught shop classes at Sunnyvale High School. The couple raised three children together: Sally, Allan and Carla. When the kids were in school, she took a job at the Los Altos Town Crier newspaper followed by two stints with the Palo Alto Weekly, starting in 1989 and ending in 2015. As a lifelong athlete, she was a fan of the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors. Her husband developed dementia early, but she became an advocate and loyal part of his caregiving family at Sunnyside Gardens for over 10 years before he died. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Sally; her son, Allan; her...

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Norman Eugene Cima
Aug. 16, 1927 - May 16, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Intelligent, adventurous, curious and generous, Norman Cima passed away in his sleep in his home at the age of 91. From a small town kid, to starting a global business, to a world traveller, he did everything with gusto and a desire to learn more. With his inspiration, spirit, hospitality and achievements, he left his mark for family and others to emulate. Born in Missouri to a coal mining family, his early years were spent surviving the Great Depression, doing odd jobs on neighbors’ farms and taking every device he could find apart - including those new fangled radios. After a short stint in the Navy as WWII was ending, he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University and has supported scholarships for engineering students from Iowa throughout his life. He met his love and life partner, Phyllis, a quiet but forceful farm girl through family and church friends and they married in 1950. Moving to St. Louis to work for White-Rodgers on radio control and autonomous drones, their daughter Joyce was born, then during a 6 month TDY to Oxnard, CA, their son Alan was born. Having experienced the beauty and lifestyle of California, they made the move to Ora...

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Winnie Yingyi Kao
Sept. 13, 1963 - May 16, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Winnie Yingyi Kao, beloved wife, daughter, sister, and auntie, died on May 16th. She was 55 years old. She was born September 13, 1963 in Hong Kong, and lived in California since 1977 when her family moved here. After attending Peterson High School in Sunnyvale, she graduated with an engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley followed by a master’s degree in engineering from Santa Clara University. Following university studies, she started her career at AMD and then Hewlett-Packard where she met her husband, and after that Google, Visa, and Infoblox. She and her husband Lee were married at the Stanford Memorial Church in April 1999. Winnie had a passion for language, and in addition to English was fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese, as well as having experience with German, French, and Japanese. Love of language, love of music, and a keen intellectual curiosity, are among the many things she shared with her husband. Winnie possessed a peerless level of energy at her core. She was always reading a book, taking a class, practicing yoga, hiking in the mountains, always engaged. On a Mediterranean cruise ship in recent years, she was ...

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Eric James Lefholz
June 8, 1949 - May 6, 2019
Portola Valley, California

Eric Lefholz was born in Torrance, CA and had his own towing business and was in the Naval Reserves as a seabee training the seals. He had his own construction business for about 43 years during which time he also raced his 1965 Mustang. He married in 1997 to Terri. They had many cruises to the Caribbean and Mediterranean. They had no children. He was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 12/17, had radiation and chemo and it returned. He died in the Palo Alto VA hospice peacefully on 5/6/19. He was 69. He is survived by 2 sisters and 1 brother, living in Aptos, CA, Phoenix, AZ and Carmel, CA, respectively along with his wife. If you would contribute to his memory, please plant a tree....

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Dolores Berniece Piazza
April 25, 1925 - May 4, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Dolores Piazza, beloved wife of the late founder of Piazza's Fine Foods, John Piazza, passed away peacefully in Palo Alto on May 4, just nine days after her 94th birthday. She was the beautiful mother to her three sons John Piazza III (wife Diana), Gary Piazza (wife Virginia), and Rick Piazza (wife Melisa). Adored Nana to her grandchildren Jyovanne Hawk (Matt), Juliana Piazza, Jeanna Zamora (Gabriel), James, Anna, Nicolette, and Anthony and great grandchildren Landon, Grayson, Alaina, Mariella, soon to arrive baby Zamora and Diana's sons Clark & Matt Van Winkle (Mallorie and daughter Eisley). Dolores was born in San Francisco and grew up in the city until 1963. Dolores and her husband, John, met at Balboa High school in 1939. After becoming high school sweethearts, they were married in 1946 when John returned from World War II. Dolores was a devoted wife, throughout their 66 years of marriage. In 1963, Dolores and John moved the family to Palo Alto to embark on a new and exciting life in the south Bay Area. She was excited to move to Palo Alto because it was so beautiful and quiet compared to the city. She was an exceptional wife, mother, Nana, great Nana, and friend. Dolores ad...

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Robert Harmon Carlstead
1929 - April 28, 2019
Palo Alto , California

Robert Harmon Carlstead, 90, of Palo Alto, CA passed away April 28th, 2019 at Stanford Hospital. Robert “Bob” was born in 1929 in Chillicothe, MO to Edward Robert Carlstead and Sarah Katherine Kerr. After graduating high school in Webb City, MO, Bob attended the University of Missouri and received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1952. While at Mizzou, he enrolled in the NROTC and served in the US Navy for 4 years as a 1st Lieutenant. While on a midshipman cruise aboard the USS Springfield, his ship crossed the Equator where he was inducted into the Ancient Order of the Deep as a “Trusted Shellback”. His Naval tour of duty included South America, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and Guantanamo Bay. Following his tour in the Navy, Bob attended Oklahoma State and earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1957. With a job offer from Lockheed Space and Missiles in hand, Bob drove out to sunny California on Route 66 and resided in Santa Clara. One day at work, he tripped over the foot of a beautiful redheaded woman. The chance encounter led to friendship and later marriage to Mary Louise Braxmeier in 1960. Together they raised three children in Palo Alto, CA. While working...

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Jane Gibson
1941 - July 10, 2019 Mountain View, California

Jane Marie Gibson (Herrmann), of Mountain View, passed away on July 10, 2019 from pneumonia. Jane graduated from Palo Alto High School (Class of 1959) and Foothill College. She spent her career working as a Pediatric Medical Assistant. Jane also spent many years volunteering with the Children’s...

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Athina Manis
Sept. 7, 1929 - July 7, 2019 San Carlos, California

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Dec. 15, 1965 - July 2, 2019 Folsom, California

Jeffrey Thomas Faravelli, son of Ralph and Carmen Faravelli, died unexpectedly in Sacramento, CA at the age of 53. Jeffrey is survived by his sisters, Jennifer of Folsom, Camille of Folsom, brother Keith of El Dorado Hills, his sons, Nick of Citrus Heights, Jared of Folsom, Jake and Cole of Rosev...

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Kerry M. Wood
April 24, 1938 - July 2, 2019 Palo Alto, California

Retired English teacher Kerry Michael Wood, a Palo Alto resident from 1960 to 2000, died July 2, 2019, at his home in Pleasanton with his wife and sons at his side. He was 81. Born in Long Beach, California, Kerry attended St. Anthony High School. He graduated from Yale University in 1959 with a...

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