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Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator

Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in the old Model T after fetching the doctor, and the car’s engine cracked that night! The family soon...

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Anne Fetter
Oct. 31, 1963 - April 17, 2017
Rocklin, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Anne Lindsay Fetter (age 53) died on April 17, 2017, in Palo Alto, after a brief illness. Anne was the beloved daughter of Alexander Lees Fetter of Stanford, and Jean Chu of Menlo Park, and the sister of Andrew James Fetter of Palo Alto. Anne was born October 31, 1963, in Berkeley, CA, and grew up in Palo Alto. She was gregarious and loved sports, especially swimming and skiing, including team...

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Gene Carmen Giannotti
April 22, 1931 - April 15, 2017
Menlo Park, California

Tags: veteran

Gene Carmen Giannotti, born in San Francisco to Felice Giannotti and Julia Basile Giannotti on April 22, 1931, passed away on April 15, 2017. Gene was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Joann Klee. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joy; his sisters Judy Gibson and Ginger Juels; his children Tony Giannotti, Chris Giannotti and Mia Giannotti Bard; daughter-in-law Connie LeBaron; so...

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Alice Arntsen
Oct. 1, 1921 - April 13, 2017
Woodside, California

Tags: teacher/educator, public service

Alice graduated with a degree in Home-Ec from the University of Minnesota in 1943. After working with at-risk youth as a social worker, she married "Buzz" Arntsen, who was a captain with United Airlines. They briefly lived in Chicago, before moving to Denver for 15 years and finally settling in Woodside, California, in 1961. During 54 years of marriage, Alice and Buzz were devoted...

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Lyman C. Wear
July 22, 1919 - April 13, 2017
Portola Valley, California

Tags: veteran, business, public service

Described by all who knew him as a true gentleman, Lyman was a decorated WWII veteran and successful businessman, active in community service and a loving father and husband. He will be greatly missed. Lyman was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and moved to Palo Alto, California, with his family when he was 16. He attended Stanford University, where he majored in journalism and joined the horse-drawn...

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Naomi Postrel
Nov. 15, 1929 - April 6, 2017
Petaluma, California
Naomi Postrel, who lived in Palo Alto for more than 45 years, died April 6 in Petaluma. She was 87. Naomi was born to Zena and Bernie Druckman in Los Angeles in 1929. The family moved to San Francisco when she was a child. She married Monroe Postrel in 1950. They lived in Israel briefly, before returning to the San Francisco Bay Area. They settled in a Palo Alto neighborhood near Barron Park...

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Beverly Camille Rowen
Dec. 26, 1924 - April 3, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

Beverly, a proud fourth generation Californian, died April 3 in Palo Alto. Beverly was born to Mildred and Monte Griffiths in Beverly Hills, CA in 1924. She attended the University of Southern California where she graduated first in her class in Chemistry. She married Henry S. Rowen in 1951. Their life together took them to live in England, Washington, DC, Boston, Los Angeles and Stanford and ...

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Jean Wiltse Cook
May 26, 1921 - March 28, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Jean Elizabeth Cook, longtime resident of Palo Alto, died March 28, 2017 at Stanford Hospital after a few years of declining health. She was a great influence on many people, and lived through many changes. As a single mother she created a loving home for her children, and lived a full and rich life. A steadfast feminist, she supported Stanford Women's basketball, Planned Parenthood and campa...

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Elizabeth Ann Allen
Aug. 7, 1983 - March 27, 2017
Mill Creek, Washington
Elizabeth Ann (Beth Ann) Allen died March 27 in Everett, Washington, after a short hospitalization. She was 33. A native of Palo Alto, Beth Ann attended Palo Alto High School, where she was president of the Gay-Straight Alliance, sang in the choir and performed in a student production of "The Tempest." At Paly, Beth Ann developed a talent for sweet-talking friends into giving her ride...

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Robert F. Glockner
July 5, 1938 - March 26, 2017
Menlo Park, California
Bob Glockner died peacefully on March 26, surrounded by his family. A vibrant man, Bob will be remembered for his warmth and generosity, commitment to his family and community, and his boundless energy. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1938, he was the third child of Paul and Stephanie Glockner. He moved with his family to Oakland, California, in 1947. In 1956 Bob graduate...

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Eufemia Flores Ignacio
Feb. 17, 1917 - March 23, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Eufemia Flores Ignacio, 100, of Palo Alto, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on March 23, 2017. She was born in Cordon, Isabela, Philippines, February 17, 1917, came to the United States after marrying Fred Ignacio in 1946, and was a resident of Palo Alto for 57 years. Eufemia worked 30 years as a floral nursery foreperson with the Iwasaki Nursery in East Palo Alto. In retirement she ...

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Jo Ann Ritter
March 30, 1927 - March 23, 2017
Woodside, CA, California
Jo Ann Ritter, of Woodside, California, died peacefully on March 23, 2017, at age 89, after struggling for many years with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born to Kathryn Metzger Mabry and Newell Easley Mabry on March 23, 1927, in Vandalia, Illinois. She was raised in Vandalia and from an early age she loved horses and riding, interests that she inherited from her father and which she fostere...

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Daniel (Danny) G. Bobrow, Ph.D.
Nov. 29, 1935 - March 20, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Daniel (Danny) Gureasko Bobrow, Ph.D. November 29, 1935 - March 20, 2017 Daniel (Danny) Bobrow passed away peacefully at home with his wife Toni and daughters Kimberly and Deborah in Palo Alto, California, on March 20, 2017, having bravely fought a five-month battle with cancer. Danny was born to Ruth Gureasko Bobrow and Jacob Bobrow on November 29, 1935, in the Bronx, NYC. A gifted stud...

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Zanette Andre Cornman
July 6, 1914 - March 16, 2017
Woodside, California
Zanette died peacefully at home on Kings Mountain, where she had lived for the past 66 years; she was 102. Born and raised an only child in Berkeley, she grew up around music. As a young girl, she learned to play the piano and accompanied her mother, a renowned singer, who performed on stage and on radio. Zanette attended Heald Business College, excelled academically, and wrote their schoo...

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Lois Cecilia Smith
Sept. 2, 1924 - March 15, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Lois Cecilia Smith (nee Young) passed away peacefully on March 15, 2017. She was 92. Born in Hinton, Iowa, on September 2, 1924, Lois was the eldest of three children of Elmer Young and Anna Young (nee Woolworth). Lois attended grammar school and high school in Hinton. She graduated from the School of Nursing at the University of Nebraska in 1946, and then left the Midwest for Tulare Californ...

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Richard (Hardtack) Edward Mesak
June 5, 1957 - March 11, 2017
Pescadero, CA

Tags: public service

Richard (Hardtack) Edward Mesak June 5, 1957 - March 11, 2017 Richard Edward Mesak, age 59, passed away on March 11, 2017 at his home in Pescadero, CA with his wife and daughter and childhood friend by his side after a courageous fight against appendix cancer. Richard was born June 5, 1957 in Oakland and was raised in Woodside, CA by his parents, Richard (Dick) Mesak and Jeanne Olcott Mesa...

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