Almanac Online - Lasting Memories - Glenn E. Buzza's memorial

Glenn E. Buzza
April 8, 1925-Aug. 27, 2013
Portola Valley, California

April 8, 1925 -- August 27, 2013

Glenn, "Buzz," Buzza, 88, died on August 27, 2013, slipping into a "peaceful restful sleep." His final days were spent as his entire life, surrounded by those he loved.

Buzz was born in San Antonio, Texas, to A.W. and Lillian Buzza. The family grew to include an older sister, Elaine, deceased, and younger brother Russell. "Now you're railroading!" Living out his youth in Los Angeles he established lifelong friendships and an impeccable work ethic.

In 1943 with "fire in the paint locker," he joined the Navy. "Not to worry," he did not go to war, instead he put on a baker's hat. War over, he ventured to Yosemite, where he worked at the Ahwahnee Hotel and learned to ski at Badger Pass.

Moving on, he "got the show on the road" and enrolled in San Jose State College, where he met Barbara Soldavini. After graduating, with "all his ducks in a row," Buzz went to work for Varian Associates in Palo Alto for 36 years. "Hope to spit in your mess kit," Buzz and Barbara were married in 1954. This wannabe Italian and his "bride" raised their two children, John and Christi, in Ladera.

"Better than ever," he endeared himself with his expressions as he led a rich and varied life. His passions were skiing, fishing, scuba diving, biking and sailing. And of course, the Giants! "Hit the ball, Willy!"

Barbara, John and Christi with their families would like to invite family and friends to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Allied Arts Guild's "Sunset Room," in Menlo Park from 2-5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Buzz's memory be made to Allied Arts Guild or the charity of choice.

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