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Marion “Pete” Avery
Nov. 17, 1927 - Oct. 10, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Marion Peterson “Pete” Avery, beloved matriarch, passed away peacefully at age 93 after a brief illness. Pete is remembered for her love of family and friends, keen intellect and wit, natural inquisitiveness, kind and generous spirit, humility, and for her elegance and charm. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a caring friend. Pete was raised in Oakland by...

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Irving Holzberg
Nov. 29, 1938 - Oct. 5, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Tags: business

Irving Holzberg, loving husband, father, and grandfather died at age 82 after a heroic and difficult struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. His family is now at peace knowing his suffering has come to an end. Irving is survived by his wife, Lorri Holzberg, and his daughters, Rachel Hulst (Peter) and Emily Rakow (Jamie); his stepsons David Buch and Robert Buch; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded...

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Linda Louise Heath
Feb. 13, 1941 - Oct. 5, 2021
Sebastopol, CA

Tags: teacher/educator

Linda "Lou" Heath passed away peacefully in her home on October 5, 2021. Linda was born in San Diego, California. She was an alumna of Palo Alto High School and continued to enjoy friendships with graduates of her class of 1958. She looked forward to and participated in many class reunions. Linda attended UC Santa Barbara for two years, then transferred to the University of Oregon, where she gradu...

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Mary Margaret "Peggy" Merz
April 23, 1934 - Oct. 5, 2021
San Diego, California
Peggy passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 5, 2021 at the age of 87. Peggy (nee Milhoan) and her husband Tony lived 45 years in the home they built in Portola Valley, only moving to San Diego in recent years to be near one of their daughters. Peggy was raised in West Virginia and as a young adult moved to New York City. It was there she met Tony, her husband of 52 years, at a shared summ...

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William Augustus Fenwick
Aug. 1, 1938 - Oct. 4, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business

William Augustus (“Bill”) Fenwick of Palo Alto, California died October 4, 2021, at age 83. The arc of his life was sweeping, and his influence on his family, friends, colleagues and profession will be enduring. Born into poverty in rural Kentucky, to a sharecropper father who never attended school and a mother with just a third-grade education, he went on to be a founder and innovative lead...

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Louella Elizabeth Harrington
June 18, 1923 - Sept. 28, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Louella “Lou” E. Harrington June 15, 1923 – September 28, 2021 Lou Harrington, long time resident of Menlo Park, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021 at the age of 98. She was born in Butte, Montana to William and Helen LaVelle. William, “Billy” LaVelle was a self-made entrepreneur who ran a fleet of trucks that supplied dynamite to the dozens of copper mines in Butte. Helen ...

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Ernest E Goitein
1925 - Sept. 25, 2021
Atherton, CA

Tags: veteran, public service

Ernest Edward Goitein, environmental and social justice activist, engineer, adventurer, talented arborist, kind and curious human being passed away on 9/25/21. Born in Berlin in 1925 Ernie’s life circumstances took him from Germany to Holland, Palestine (Israel), Trinidad, Cuba, New York, New Jersey and eventually Northern California. Ernie was predeceased by his first wife, Eva Hoffman Goit...

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Barbara Jean Wright
Jan. 13, 1930 - Sept. 23, 2021
Santa Rosa, CA
Barbara Jean Wright, a resident of Atherton, California for 55 years until 2019, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2021 at the age of 91 at Villa Capri in Santa Rosa. Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Edwin Charles Wright, who passed away in 2017. Barbara is survived by her youngest brother, David Gates (Jo Rita), her sons John (Ruth), Chuck (Lisa), Dan and Jim (Michele), g...

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James Paul Phillips
Jan. 26, 1935 - Sept. 22, 2021
Palo Alto, California
James (Jim) Paul Phillips was born on January 26, 1935 in Oklahoma. He passed on Wednesday September 22, 2021, after bravely battling MDS for four years. Jim grew up with an RN mother who helped others well into her 80s, and engineer father, who passed when Jim was just 15 years old. Creative problem solving and hard work were a way of life, so an engineering degree from UT Austin suited him w...

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Young Ok Kim
Feb. 1, 1948 - Sept. 19, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Young Ok Kim, age 73, died peacefully at her home in Palo Alto, surrounded by her family on Sunday, September 19th, 2021. Young Ok Lee was born on February 1st, 1948, in Seoul, Korea, the youngest daughter of the late Il Koo Lee and Myoung Ae Suk. She graduated from the Ewha Women’s University, with a degree in microbiology. Many important life events happened to her in 1973: she immigrated ...

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Wendy Hedwig Smith
Nov. 7, 1946 - Sept. 19, 2021
Bluff, Utah
Wendy Smith, who lived in Palo Alto for many years, was born in Syracuse, NY, to Howard C. Smith and Hedwig L. Smith. She died in hospital in Salt Lake City where she was transported from her home in Bluff UT after a sudden decline. Wendy always credited her father with teaching her about the natural world and her mother with encouraging her love of reading. After graduating from high schoo...

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Susie Mader
Oct. 29, 1943 - Sept. 18, 2021
Sonoma, California

Tags: arts/media, public service

Susie was born in Burlington VT and moved with her family shortly thereafter to Vischer Ferry NY where she spent her toddler years. Her family moved to Schenectady after the War where Susie attended primary and junior high school. She graduated from Scarsdale High School and enjoyed a brief career in modeling before she married her husband, Tom Mader and had three children: Charles, Evelyn & Joshu...

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Stanley Walter Baldwin
April 16, 1946 - Sept. 17, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator, business

Stanley Walter Baldwin, 75, of Palo Alto, CA passed away on September 17th, 2021 at his home with family. He suffered from metastatic cancer to the bone. Stan was born on April 16th, 1946 to Andrietta and Herschel Baldwin in Berkeley, CA. Shortly after graduating from Cubberley High School he was drafted into the Army where he was stationed in El Paso, TX for 2years. He went on to attend San Jose ...

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Charles O. Frake
May 9, 1930 - Sept. 16, 2021
Williamsville, New York
Frake, Charles O., of Williamsville, N.Y., September 16, 2021 at age 91. Chuck, a lover of books and an avid sailor, was born in Laramie, Wyoming; son of COL Chester O. Frake (USA ret.) and Helen Tune Frake. He is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Stanford University and was the Samuel B. Capen Chair of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo. His fields of interests included cognition and language in...

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Minako Hirata Sano
March 28, 1929 - Sept. 15, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Born in 1929, Minako grew up in Tokyo when her country was perpetually at war, first with China and then in World War II. She and her family narrowly survived the intensive bombings of Tokyo, especially toward the end of the war. She entered Tsuda College, located in the suburbs of Tokyo, to study English a few months before Japan's surrender in 1945. Upon graduation, she took a job as a translato...

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Donald James Beaupre
Sept. 7, 1936 - Sept. 10, 2021
Wolf Creek, Montana

Tags: veteran

On Friday, September 10th, our beloved father passed away in Great Falls, MT, after a long illness. Don was born in Escanaba, MI, the only child of parents Ormie and Vivian Boprie. He grew up in Negaunee, MI, where he was a celebrated basketball player at St. Paul's High School. He later served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. Don was very proud of his role as a trusted driver for top mil...

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