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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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Anne Taylor Whitson
Jan. 20, 1924 - June 1, 2019
Santa Cruz, California

Anne Taylor Whitson passed away peacefully in Santa Cruz, CA at the age of 95. Born in Oakland, California in 1924, Anne grew up in Montclair, CA. She attended Piedmont High School and Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut. In the ‘40s She courageously pursued an acting career in New York City. Beginning as a secretary at NBC radio, she had the opportunity to read parts in radio plays and narrate children’s stories. She married her High School sweetheart, Jim Whitson, in 1947, and moved back to the Bay Area. Jim designed and built their home in Portola Valley, where they settled in 1956. They raised four children in this beautiful country setting. Anne remained involved in community theater, early television, did some modeling and voice-over work, and delighted in writing short stories. At home she spent hours in conversation with her children, always encouraging them to pursue their passions and providing loving support. She was active in the community, schools, and volunteered as a patient advocate at Stanford Hospital. She developed a strong interest in medical ethics. In her ‘60s, she earned a Masters’ degree in Ethics from San Francisco Theological Seminary. With c...

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Bob Vaughan
Jan. 15, 1966 - May 26, 2019
Santa Rosa, CA

Robert Alan Vaughan, born January 15, 1966, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019, after a year-long struggle with cancer. Bob, sometimes known online as “techie” or “longhairedtechie,” was much known and beloved by the many people he encountered pursuing his interests in theatrical lighting and sound, audio-visual production, computer networking, telephony, amateur radio, and photography. He was kind and generous to all, accepting of everyone and always willing to help with a technical question or task. He also always seemed to have at hand just the tool or piece of equipment needed. In later years he brought many classmates and other friends together by his active participation on Facebook. Always his own person and technically-inclined, as early as elementary school Bob was known for running the film projectors. In high school, he was one of the most active photographers for the school newspaper and yearbook, as well as working in the school theatre. He first acquired his trademark long hair and beard during this time. His participation in Boy Scouts translated into a lifelong love of hiking and backpacking. He also worked for years at Stanford’s radio station KZSU...

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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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Gregory Tsay Lazich
Oct. 12, 2001 - May 14, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Mr. Gregory Tsay Lazich of Menlo Park, California passed away May 14, 2089, at the ripe old age of 87 after a long and happy life filled with family and friends. Gregory was born to parents Michael Lazich and Jennifer Tsay on October 12, 2001 in Palo Alto, CA. The youngest of three children, he attended Adelante Spanish Immersion School, Hillview Middle School and Sequoia High School. In high school, he played clarinet in Jazz Band, was a member of the robotics team and played right field on JV and Varsity Baseball. E-sports was Greg’s true calling and by 2017 he was ranked in the top 100 of North American League of Legends players. UC Irvine gave him an e-sports scholarship but after his freshman year, Greg stopped out and became a professional gamer. In his twenties, he played on the North American Team Solo Mid and participated in the 2021 World Championships held in Seoul. He eventually fulfilled his lifelong dream when the top South Korean team SKT recruited him, nicknaming him “Young Faker.” In 2024, Greg returned to UC Irvine earning his degree in computer science. In 2028, he played on the first US Olympic e-sports team at the Los Angeles Summer Games....

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Genevieve Edwards- Price
Oct. 24, 1934 - May 8, 2019
East Palo Alto, CA

Genevieve Holland was born October 24, 1934 in Ville Platte, Louisiana, to Milton Holland and Hattie (Celestine) Holland. She was affectionately known by her family and friends as Gen or Aunt Gen. At 19 years old, she met Audrus (Poncho) Edwards on the church steps of St. Matthew Baptist Church. Three months later they were married and from their union they had five daughters. September 16, 1965, they relocated their family to East Palo Alto, California. Shortly after as a family they joined Mount Olive Baptist Church. Genevieve was employed as a domestic housekeeper for many years. She later became a restaurant owner in Seaside, California, where she served many of her signature Creole dishes. Later, she married Hezikiah Price. Genevieve enjoyed playing bingo, pity pat, reading the Bible, singing in the choir, and working on the funeral committee at Mount Olive Baptist church where she was a member for over 50 years. She enjoyed crocheting table doilies, baking her famous Sweet potato pies, and sharing a meal with family and friends during the holidays. She was preceded in death by her daughter Ella Edwards; first husband Audrus Edwards; and second husband Hezikiah Price. She...

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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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Henry Kurt Ilg
Oct. 25, 1926 - April 26, 2019
Atherton, California

Henry Kurt Ilg passed away peacefully on April 26 surrounded by his loving wife Shirley and two stepsons Michael and Bo Moody. Henry was born in Füllinsdorf, Switzerland to Heinrick and Emma Ilg on October 25, 1926. After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he immigrated to the United States in 1949. His first job in his new country was as a bus boy in his uncle’s restaurant in Denver. In 1954, he became a U.S. citizen and that same year he married Lotte Oppenheim. Lotte passed away in 2005. Henry held various management positions in the Bay Area before being hired by Hewlett Packard as a Plant Engineer and from there quickly moved up the ladder to become a Domestic/International Construction Project Manager, working in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, as well as many projects in the United States. Henry married Shirley Kendall in 2009. He embraced his new family, as they did him, becoming a supportive stepfather and doting Opa. Henry and Shirley shared their love of the arts, travel, and a strong belief in fitness and activity to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Henry was proud to be a self-made immigrant who lived with a philosophy of personal respons...

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John Clarke L'Heureux
Oct. 26, 1934 - April 22, 2019
Stanford, California

John C. L’Heureux, the Lane Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, and for many years leader of the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship program at Stanford University, died at his home on April 22. He was 84 years old. As a writer, L’Heureux penned some 20 volumes of fiction and poetry, had works published in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper’s and The New Yorker (most recently in October 2018), and was anthologized in the Best American Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, among many others. As a professor, L’Heureux is remembered by the students who knew him best as an erudite and giving teacher. He directed the highly regarded Creative Writing Program and directed the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship program for years, where his proteges included, among many others, National Medal of Arts recipient Tobias Wolff, Harriet Doerr and Ron Hansen. L’Heureux noted in his academic biography that he was a “tireless, inspiring teacher utterly committed to his vocation” and was proud to be twice named winner of the Stanford Humanities & Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Eavan Boland, the Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury...

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Nita Reifschneider Spangler
April 17, 1923 - April 18, 2019
Redwood City, California

Redwood City and San Mateo County lost a champion of education, open space, and historic preservation when Nita Reifschneider Spangler, 96, died on April 18, 2019. She contributed actively to the community for more than 60 years, leaving a legacy of significant and lasting achievements throughout Redwood City and San Mateo County. Nita Reifschneider was born in Ukiah, California, to John C. (Jack) and Olga (Wuertz) Reifschneider. In 1929, the family moved to Reno, Nevada, where her father opened the city’s first auto body shop. At age 14, Nita began driving — in a used Ford pickup truck from her dad’s shop. Nearby open spaces — Pyramid Lake, the desert, Mount Rose, and Lake Tahoe — were major influences on Nita’s lifelong interests in conservation and historic preservation. She graduated from Reno High School in 1940 and entered the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) to study journalism. At UNR, Nita was president of her sorority, worked for the Nevada State Journal and the Reno Evening Gazette, and acted as a stand-in for film star Anita Granville in an ‘Andy Hardy’ movie. She received her Journalism degree in 1944.  The editor of the Redwood City Tribune,...

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Arthur Martin Mintz
April 4, 1936 - April 15, 2019
Reno, Nevada

Arthur Martin Mintz left this earth peacefully, surrounded by family and pets, on April 15, 2019, at age 83. Parkinson’s was the only health problem he could not defeat. Born on April 4, 1936 to Raeh and Sidney Mintz, Arthur grew up in Chicago, an only child in a loving extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. Arthur attended Undergraduate and Law School at Northwestern University. Throughout his mostly charmed life in Chicago and later in Woodside, CA, Arthur wove his law and business careers with his love of adventure, mystery and travel. Open and accepting of all beliefs and life paths, with a big smile and contagious joy for life, he frequently acquired new friends in restaurants, shops and on trips, often developing them into lifelong friendships. He reveled in sharing his amazing life experiences with friends and family and in teaching each of his six children similar appreciations. Arthur was a Renaissance man: a Military Veteran who became a successful Attorney, for over 20 years in Chicago, and later an Attorney and Businessman in CA. Initially Arthur found Lost Heirs, restoring forgotten funds to many. Later he held a seat on The Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Art...

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Roy Herrick Maffly
Nov. 26, 1927 - April 15, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Dr. Roy Herrick Maffly passed away peacefully at home on April 15 after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. A fourth-generation Californian, Roy was born November 26, 1927 in Berkeley, CA to Alfred and Frances Maffly. He and his siblings, Jean and Don, grew up enjoying the outdoors in the Bay Area and at Lake Tahoe, where Roy helped run the family’s summer resort at Meadow Park. He loved hiking in Desolation Wilderness and on the John Muir Trail, and he shared time with many cousins and friends in the mountains. After attending Berkeley High School, Roy finished his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, and then graduated from UCSF Medical School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army (1946) and the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps (1955-57). After undertaking an internship and residency at UCSF and Herrick Memorial Hospital in Berkeley, he worked in the labs of Alexander Leaf at Massachusetts General Hospital and Isidor “Izzy” Edelman at UCSF, conducting pioneering research on the passage of sodium and potassium through cell walls. Those studies led to significant breakthroughs in the treatment of heart and kidney diseases. In 1961 he was recruited...

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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

Athina Manis was born in Karlovasi, Greece, on the island of Samos on September 7, 1929. She was one of four children. She immigrated to the United States, settling on the Peninsula with her husband Ippocratis who preceded her in death. She was an Esthetician in San Carlos, CA for 62 years. She is ...

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Jeffrey Faravelli
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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