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Gloria DeEtte Otto
Jan. 12, 1924 - June 10, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: public service

Gloria DeEtte Williams Otto [Gloria W. Otto] died on Sunday, 10 June 2018 at 4:50pm after suffering from dementia for a number of years. She was 94 years old. Gloria was born in Boise, Idaho on 12 January 1924, the first child of M. Ned Williams and Floribel Bergh Williams. Her family moved a lot while she was very young because of her father’s work. They settled in Boise where Gloria complet...

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Tom Ovenshine
March 25, 1936 - June 2, 2018
Palo Alto, California, United States
Alexander Thomas "Tom" Ovenshine, husband, father, grandfather and world traveler, died June 2 in Palo Alto. He was 82. Ovenshine, a retired geologist for the United States Geological Survey, lived in Palo Alto from 1965-1980 and 1995-2018. He followed Stanford sports, frequented The Oasis in Menlo Park and spent free time enjoying the Sierra Nevada at his second home in Graeagle. Ovenshine ...

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Virginia Nissen
April 16, 1928 - May 31, 2018
Oakland, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Virginia (Rodriguez) Nissen was born in Madera, California to Tedosio and Cristina Rodriguez on April 16, 1928 and passed in her sleep very unexpectedly on May 31. She was 90 years old and in great health. She was one of eight siblings: Maria, Lupe, Annie, Louie, Rudy, Frank and Jose. She graduated from Madera Union High School in 1948. She went to Fresno State where she graduated with her teachin...

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Ruth Chou
Aug. 18, 1964 - May 29, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Ruth Chou, of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully at home on May 29 with her daughter by her side, after a long and brave battle with breast cancer. Ruth was a strong, independent and generous woman who led a life full of spontaneous adventures, restaurant exploration and coveted trips to Disneyland. Ruth was born on August 18, 1964 in Tapei, Taiwan and was raised by her grandparents in Taipei. S...

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Robert H. Eustis
April 18, 1920 - May 24, 2018
Stanford, CA

Tags: teacher/educator

Robert (Bob) Eustis, son of Ralph and Florence Eustis, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1920. He attended Minneapolis public schools and was active in Boy Scout and church youth activities and leadership. Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1942, receiving a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with high distinction. He taught Navy and regular students at the universi...

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Douglas W. Ury
March 14, 1949 - May 18, 2018
Copperopolis, California
Douglas Ury passed away peacefully at home on May 18, 2018 in Copperopolis, California with his wife Suzanne by his side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer and pulmonary disease.Doug was born on March 14, 1949, in Oakland, California, the son of Adrian and Esther Ury. He grew up in San Leandro and graduated from San Leandro High School, Chabot College and San Jose State University. He...

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Ida M. Stelling
July 9, 1922 - May 18, 2018
Palo Alto, California
After a short illness Ida passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. Ida was born into the home of her German heritage parents on Louis Road in 1922, long before the area was incorporated to the city of Palo Alto. She lived on this property her entire life and knew Palo Alto and the Bay Area in and out. From early childhood to her last days, she loved and adored animals. Ida gradua...

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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 West...

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Crystalyn Beatrice Trevillion
July 21, 1998 - May 17, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Crystalyn Beatrice Trevillion passed away on May 17 at the age of 19, after a long battle with leukemia at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto. Crystalyn Trevillion was born in Palo Alto to Eddie Trevillion and Lynette Trevillion on July 21, 1998. She graduated from Henry M. Gunn Senior High School in June 2016. She was a student at De Anza College. Crystalyn is survived by...

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Donald Kazak
May 11, 1947 - May 16, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Tags: arts/media, public service

Don Kazak, who joined the Palo Alto Weekly staff when the paper was launched in 1979 and remained for almost 30 years as a reporter and editor, died May 16 in Palo Alto from complications of hypertension. He was 71. His death came just a month after his only sibling, Dolores Sobczak, was killed in a freak accident in Chicago, when she and their 97-year-old mother were hit by a car in a parking ...

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Ronald Wayne Braniff
March 6, 1936 - May 6, 2018
Rancho Mirage, California

Tags: veteran, business

Ronald Wayne Braniff, 82, of Rancho Mirage, California, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at home after a brief illness. Born in Hood River, Oregon, to Dorothy Rosella and Hugh Andrew Braniff, he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 1956 and began active duty at Andrews Air Force Bas...

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Yelena Fedorova
Nov. 28, 1930 - May 5, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Yelena Fedorova, of Palo Alto, died in a tragic accident on May 5, 2018 while crossing the street returning to her apartment. Yelena was a humane, independent and spirited woman whose storied life drew resilience from the deprivations of WWII, political transitions in the Soviet Union and immigration to the United States. Yelena was born in Saratov, on the Volga river in Russia. When Yelena was...

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Betty A. Dole
May 30, 1932 - May 4, 2018
Davis, California
Betty Armstrong Dole, beloved and cherished wife, mother and grandmother, died May 4, in Davis. The cause of her death was Alzheimer's disease. Betty was born on May 30, 1932 in San Jose, the first child of William L. Armstrong and Rose Brunner Armstrong. She was raised there and in Los Gatos and Watsonville, where her father owned a grocery store. After one year at San Francisco State, Bett...

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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 esta...

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Bernice (Bonnie) Senft Behling
Sept. 27, 1926 - May 1, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Bernice (Bonnie) Behling, of Portola Valley, passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 following a brief illness. Born September 27, 1926, in Aurora, Illinois, Bonnie is survived by daughter Ann Behling Kruger (Peder) of Evergreen, Colorado, son Frederick L. Behling III (Lesa) of Iron River, Michigan, son William R. Behling (Nancy) of Norfolk, Massachusetts, eight gr...

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Genevieve Lynch
Nov. 29, 1932 - April 27, 2018
Atherton, California
Genevieve Lynch “Jeanne” passed away at Stanford Hospital on April 27th, 2018 surrounded by family. Jeanne was born in Seattle, Washington to Eugene and Genevieve Olwell. Her family moved to Atherton during high school and she attended Convent of the Sacred Heart ( now Sacred Heart Preparatory). She returned to the Northwest and attended the University of Washington where she was a member of G...

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John Hofman Hessel
April 24, 1934 - April 26, 2018
Portola Valley, CA
John Hofman Hessel, age 84, of Portola Valley, California died April 26th at Stanford Hospital after a lengthy illness. John grew up in Woodmere, New York attending Woodmere Academy as did both his parents Sidney A. Hessel and Beatrice Hofman Hessel before him. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire he received a degree in biology from Harvard. John was a Renaissance ma...

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Jane K. Melin
May 27, 1931 - April 25, 2018
Portland, Oregon
A remarkable life indeed. April 25, 2018 was the day that Jane Lucinda Keedy Melin left this world. Her journey here was an inspiration. Jane came into the world on May 27, 1931 in Wellington, Delaware. She was the daughter of Anastasia Harding Keedy and Charles Clarence Keedy. At a very young age of 13, Jane with her brother Robert were orphaned with the loss of their father in 1934 and mot...

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