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Gilbert L Draper
March 8, 1929 - March 12, 2019
Woodside, California

Tags: business

It is with heavy hearts that the children of Gilbert L. Draper announce his passing on March 12, 2019, at the age of 90. Gil was a remarkable, self-made man, who came a long way from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn, N.Y. Gil was born Gilbert Laurance Dropkin, the only son to Minna and Buff Dropkin. He lived with his parents through his college years. His favorite past time was playing his saxop...

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Bruno Weiser
June 9, 1925 - March 12, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Bruno Weiser was known by family and friends as a hard worker, and a kind and optimistic man who always had an interesting story to tell, a song to play on the harmonica, or a beer to share. He loved to be surrounded by friends and family. Bruno Weiser, long-time resident of Palo Alto, passed away on March 12, 2019. He was 93. He will be long remembered for his strength of character, wonderful lau...

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Donald Purpur
Dec. 2, 1941 - March 9, 2019
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Donald Albert Purpur, 77 of Grand Forks, North Dakota passed away on Saturday March 9, 2019, following a period of declining health. He died peacefully at Altru’s Transitional Care. Don was born on December 2, 1941 at 3:20 A.M. at Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks, son of Albert and Viola (Pomplun) Purpur. His Godparents were Elenore and Howard Feldman. Known as Donny, at two years old his ...

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Nancy Rae Teater
1945 - March 7, 2019
Palo Alto, California
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Nancy Rae Teater, 73, a 42 year resident of Palo Alto, who died at home on Thursday, March 7. Nancy was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to Ray and Mabel Teater and spent her early years in Wheeling, West Virginia. She moved with her family to Salt Lake City in elementary school. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of ...

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Emmett MacCorkle
Feb. 10, 1942 - March 2, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Tags: veteran, business, public service

San Francisco Peninsula Insurance Executive, Business, Community Leader Mac MacCorkle MacCorkle, a man with a common touch, yet an uncommon generosity of spirit, died March 2 in Montecito Emmett Wallace “Mac” MacCorkle III, a respected businessman, insurance executive, Marine Corps veteran, and former president of the Bohemian Club, died March 2, 2019, in Montecito, Calif. He was 77. ...

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John Savides
Jan. 8, 1929 - March 1, 2019
Los Altos Hills, California
John Savides passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 1, 2019 in Palo Alto at the age of 90. His spirit held strong until his final breath. John was born in New York City on January 8, 1929. His parents Michael and Susanna Savides immigrated to the U.S. from Greece for a better life. John lived with his parents and his older brother Chris in the Bronx until 1931 when his family returned to...

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Whit Newton
April 20, 1936 - Feb. 27, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Tags: business, sports

Whit Newton passed away at Stanford Hospital on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, surrounded by his large and loving family, who had watched him face his declining health with his trademark buoyancy and strength. He was and is incredibly loved by his wife, Marcia, his four children and their families including his nine grandchildren, and all the many other people (and animals) he nurtured and loved th...

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Fred Herzer
July 22, 1926 - Feb. 26, 2019
Atherton, California
Frederick Ford Herzer Jr. a long time resident of Atherton passed away peacefully at the age of 92. He was the son of Ann Nicholson Herzer and Frederick Ford Herzer Sr. Fred was born on Long Island, NY, but grew up in the Los Angeles area. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1948 with degrees in Economics and Business. Fred was the founder of Herzer Financial Service...

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Martha Smith Mosher
July 4, 1930 - Feb. 25, 2019
Portola Valley, CA

Tags: arts/media

Martha Smith "Dee Dee" Mosher passed away surrounded by her family in Palo Alto, California. Born on the 4th of July in Chicago to Martha Pray and Stuart Brainard Smith she thought that the fireworks were all for her. She grew up in Hinsdale and was one of two students admitted to Stanford University from Illinois. She graduated as a speech and drama major in 1952 and settled in Portola Valley whe...

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Betty Mann
July 17, 1931 - Feb. 24, 2019
Roseville, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Betty Iverson Mann passed away peacefully on February 24, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents Loretta Brinkley and Lloyd Iverson, and her brother Richard Iverson. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Richard “Dick” Mann, brother Tom Iverson (Pam), sister Jeanne Reimers, children Martha Mann Sedgley and David Mann (Jeri), grandchildren Meghan Thompson (Joe), Blake Sedgley (J...

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Louise Jean Freedman
April 7, 1926 - Feb. 22, 2019
Hillsborough, California

Tags: arts/media, public service

Louise Jean Freedman (maiden name Louise Jenny Reifman), passed away on February 22nd, 2019, 92 years of age. Born April 7th, 1926 in Mount Clemens, Michigan to Joseph and Bessie Reifman. Louise was a committed environmentalist, mycologist, published author and artist. She was an activist in many San Francisco Bay Area environmental organizations, an avid supporter of the organic health food...

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Margot Driscoll
April 5, 1934 - Feb. 16, 2019
Menlo Park, Ca
Margot Hopp Driscoll was a vivacious ballet dancer in her youth, an animal lover, a patron of the arts and a philanthropist. She loved to travel with her many longtime friends and made new friends along the way. She was an avid reader and sports fan -- with a special affinity for the San Francisco Giants. After a full life, she passed away Feb. 16 in her townhouse “in the trees” in Menlo P...

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James Bryant Wright
Sept. 1, 1923 - Feb. 16, 2019
Davis, California
Rev. J. Bryant Wright passed away peacefully in his sleep, in the presence of his children, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at his residence in Davis, California. He was 95 years old. Born on Sept. 1st, 1923, in Presque Isle, Maine, Bryant received acclaim at both school and church as a boy soprano. He found solace at church and loved the outdoors. He learned to skate at 3, and spent winters ...

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Minnette (Hochfeld) Hamerslag
Jan. 4, 1925 - Feb. 15, 2019
San Mateo, California
Minnette Hochfeld Hamerslag was born in Portland, Oregon, on Jan. 4, 1925, to Sam and Bessie Hochfeld. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriolgy from the University of Washington. She moved to San Francisco a year after her graduation and met Jay Platt Hamerslag, Jr. soon after her arrival. They were married July 11, 1948, eventually moving to Menlo Park. She and Jay had 3...

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Carol Scarioni
June 8, 1929 - Feb. 15, 2019
Atherton, California
Carol Scarioni passed peacefully from a full life as a wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and loyal friend. Most recently she lived in Atherton, but had called the Peninsula home for her entire life. Carol is survived by her three sons - Joe Bullock, George Bullock, and Russell Scarioni. She was grandma to her grandchildren, Shannon Bullock, Denny Bullock, Tony Bullock, Su...

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Joseph Kott
July 15, 1947 - Feb. 14, 2019
Oakland, California

Tags: public service

No matter how daunting a task, Joseph Kott believed that Palo Alto and the greater Silicon Valley region could become a national model for how to cope with a deluge of motor vehicles. The Palo Alto chief transportation official from 1998 to 2005 dedicated most of his life to pursuing ways to get drivers out of their cars, becoming a prominent thought-leader in the push to create a regional tra...

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