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Glena Lois Ballentine
Oct. 26, 1925 - July 14, 2021
Albuquerque, NM

Tags: public service

Glena Lois Bruce Ballentine, a longtime community volunteer and service provider who lived on the Peninsula for more than 60 years, died of natural causes July 14 in Albuquerque, N.M. She was 95, passing away 25 years to the day of her husband Fred's death. Mrs. Ballentine, a native of Paonia, Colo., moved in 1945 to Hollywood, worked at California Bank and did some fashion modeling in her earl...

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Van Austin Harvey
April 23, 1926 - July 11, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Van Austin Harvey passed away at home on July 11, 2021, at the age of 95. He is survived by his wife Margaret and his two sons Jonathan and Christopher. The third of four brothers, Van was born to missionary parents in Hankou, China, on April 23rd 1926. His family returned to the United States in 1930, where his father became a Presbyterian minister in Beaumont, California, and later in Merced....

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Peter Paul Ciardella
April 20, 1934 - July 10, 2021
Mountain View, CA

Tags: veteran

Pete Ciardella, 87, died Saturday. An 87-year resident of Menlo Park and Mountain View, he owned Bay Area Trucking Services. He graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and served in the US Army. He was an active member in the Italian American Social Club of Menlo Park, the Palo Alto Elks Club, The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Mt. View chapter, and an avid golfer at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country ...

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Margaret Hinman
Nov. 22, 1939 - July 4, 2021
Atherton, California
Margaret Snyder Hinman “Peggy”, of Atherton, CA passed away peacefully on July 4, 2021 in the presence of her adoring husband of 59 years, Harvey D. Hinman. Peggy was 81 years old. She is survived by her brother, Robert Snyder; sister, Martha Talbot; and her three children, George, Sarah, and Margi and their spouses, Ann Hinman, John Whittle, and Lucas Heldfond. Peggy was blessed with nine gra...

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James Morgan Upton
Nov. 11, 1933 - July 1, 2021
Atherton, California

Tags: teacher/educator

James(Jim) Upton, 87, a resident of Atherton, died July 1, 2021. He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Spokane, Wash. He graduated from Gonzaga University and went on to earn a Masters from Stanford University as well as a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He began teaching math at College of San Mateo and Canada College in the late 1960's and taught there f...

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William S. Anderson
March 29, 1919 - June 29, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: veteran, business

William S. Anderson was born in Hankow, China (now Wuhan) on March 29, 1919. His father was a Scottish engineer who built the first modern ice works in central China. His mother was half Chinese and half Russian. After primary school in Hankow, he went to Shanghai for high school. Just before his matriculation in 1937, Japan declared war on China, invaded Shanghai, then Nanjing and was at the ...

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John Bordy
Jan. 21, 1938 - June 28, 2021
Redwood City, California

Tags: veteran, sports

Dr. John Bordy died June 28, 2021. He was born in Marosvásárhely, which is also known by its Romanian name, Târgu Mures. Dr. Bordy was a true Szekely and identified deeply with his Hungarian roots, but he embodied the American dream. He wanted to be a doctor before the age of ten and knew his chances of achieving that dream were slim as an ethnic Hungarian living in Romania. Dr. Bordy left home...

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Anne Marie Kirkbride
June 17, 1930 - June 27, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Anne Marie Quinn Kirkbride died peacefully in Santa Barbara, CA. Anne’s great sense of humor, warmth, even-temperament, loving kindness and optimistic view of life were inspiring and admired by all. She was so proud to be both Irish and Roman Catholic. She lived her faith and values daily and was devoted to helping others in her own community and beyond. She loved being a native San Franciscan, ...

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Mary Elizabeth Skougaard
Dec. 14, 1928 - June 27, 2021
Los Altos, California
Mary Elizabeth Hill Skougaard passed away June 27, 2021 at the age of 92. Mary was an incredibly gifted writer and intelligent woman born long before her time. Mary was born December 14, 1928 in Los Angeles, CA, the only child of Helen Yoder Thompson Hill and George Amos Hill. She spent the first few years of her amazing life in La Canada, California until the Depression hit and they moved to t...

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Alvin Platt
March 3, 1935 - June 17, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator, business, public service

Alvin Platt of Palo Alto, California, passed away peacefully at home, with loved ones at his side on the 17th of June, 2021. In recent years, though affected by Parkinson’s Disease he found joy in life and in caring for all of us. Al was born March 3, 1935 in Chicago to Nettie & Raymond Platt (both from Ukraine). He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Barbara (Schiller). Alvin ...

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Isobel Christensen
March 21, 1931 - June 16, 2021
Atherton, California
Isobel Jean Smith was born March 21, 1931 in Oxnard, California. Her parents, Jean (Lawrie) Smith and William Smith had emigrated from Scotland and her Scottish roots were celebrated throughout her life. Isobel had the good fortune to grow up on the Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula. Her early years were spent playing in the fields, riding horses through the trees and enjoying rural life. After g...

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Jean Goity
Aug. 12, 1930 - June 15, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: business

Jean Martin Goity died peacefully in Palo Alto on June 15 at the age of 90. Jean is survived by his sons Roland and Larry (Trish), his daughter Carol Olson (Steve), and four grandchildren: Sam, Rose, Chad, and Mira. He was preceded in death by Emery, known as “Mimi,” his beloved wife of nearly 56 years. A 42-year resident of Woodside who moved to the Bay Area in 1960, Jean lived in Palo...

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Nancy Jane Ramos
Feb. 7, 1921 - June 15, 2021
Cupertino, California
Nancy P. Ramos, age 100, died on June 15th at The Health Center at The Forum, in Cupertino, CA of natural causes. Born to Dr. Ralph H. Peairs & Mrs. Myra Sinclair Peairs in Normal, Illinois on February 7, 1921. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years, Louis E. Ramos, and siblings Dr. Richard Peairs and Mrs. Myra P. Long. After graduating from high school in Normal, Illinois...

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Susan Lambert Mein
Aug. 17, 1942 - June 15, 2021
Menlo Park, CA
Susan Morey Lambert Mein was born to Jack and Edna Morey on August 17th, 1942 in Atherton. She grew up in the large Morey family and spent much of her time with her numerous cousins. Like many of the Moreys, she attended St. Joseph’s, graduating in 1956, and then went on to graduate from Notre Dame in Belmont in 1960. From there, she met her husband Michael Lambert of Honolulu when they were ...

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Ranna Kitanidis
April 10, 1956 - June 13, 2021
Stanford, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Longtime Stanford resident Ranna Kitanidis has passed away at the age of 65. Born on April 10, 1956 in Athens, Greece, Ranna married Peter and moved with him to the United States in 1976. They raised three children, lived in four states, and travelled the world. Ranna held a law degree from the University of Athens and an MBA from the University of Iowa, and worked as a programmer at Hewlett Pa...

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Kaleen E. Abel
Oct. 26, 1917 - June 12, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: arts/media

Kaleen Esther Abel, 103, of Palo Alto, passed away on June 12, 2021, succumbing to cancer. Kaleen was born on October 26,1917 to John and Frances Kocikowski in Michigan City, Indiana. After graduating from Michigan City High School in 1936, she went on to study Art and German at Western College for Women, achieving her A.B. in 1940. After graduation, she worked during WWII in Washington DC f...

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