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Community - February 27, 2013


Robert Franceschini

A memorial Mass in celebration of the life of Robert "Bob" Franceschini of Atherton will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Road in Redwood City. Mr. Franceschini died Feb. 12. He was 82.

Born in Palo Alto, Mr. Franceschini graduated from St. Joseph's Elementary School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Santa Clara University. He also attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He served on the board of directors of Kainos Home and Training Center, and served as president of several organizations: the Sequoia Foundation, Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation, Atherton Civic Interest League, St. Pius Men's Club, YMCA of Redwood City and Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, which named him "Man of the Year" in 1974.

Mr. Franceschini was also president of the California Beer Wholesaler's Association. A beverage distributor, he was president of Coors West Regal Beverages and co-founded Evergreen Savings and Loan Association.

He is survived by his children, Robyn Budelli, Robert Franceschini Jr., and Richard Franceschini; sister Mary Riviello; uncle Frank Fabbro; aunt Sarah Balocco; four grandchildren; Sylvia Nelson; and caregiver Goodie VeraCruz. His wife, Nadine, died in 2008 after 52 years of marriage.

Memorials may be made to one of the following: Robert and Nadine Franceschini Endowment Scholarship Fund, St. Francis High School, 1885 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040; or the Kainos Home and Training Center, 3631 Jefferson, Redwood City, CA 94062.

John Henry Frenster, M.D.

Dr. John Henry Frenster, a longtime resident of Atherton, died Jan. 26, at the age of 84.

Born in Chicago, he received his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp at Walter Reed Army Research Institute and then as assistant professor at the Rockefeller Institute in New York (1958-1965) doing biomedical research.

Dr. Frenster continued his career at Stanford University and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he served as medical oncologist and researcher, especially in the area of Hodgkins' lymphoma.

He married Dr. Jeannette Hovsepian on June 15, 1958. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2008 with family and friends at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A dedicated San Francisco Giants fan, he also enjoyed visiting fine arts museums, listening to classical music, and attending live concerts, say family members.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jeannette; children Jeffrey Frenster of San Jose, Diane Frenster of Galesburg, Illinois, and Linda Jackson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and four grandchildren.

A private memorial will be held in March. Donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Lindi Press

Lindi Press, who acted and directed in Bay Area community theater for more than 40 years, died of pancreatic cancer at her Menlo Park home on Dec. 31. She was 66.

Through the years, she was associated with such theater groups as Foothill College Lamplighters, Santa Clara Players, Chanticleers, Contra Costa Civic Theater and the Stanford Savoyards.

Ms. Press grew up in San Anselmo and graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Stanford University. In 2003 she received Stanford's Amy J. Blue Award, which honors staff members who are dedicated, supportive of colleagues and passionate about their work, say family members.

A longtime member of the Stanford University community, she worked for 20 years in the chemical engineering department before moving to the registrar's office in 2001. She retired in 2012.

She is survived by daughters Patience Reynolds, who teaches elementary school in Elk Grove, and Katie Bauman, who teachers high school in San Jose; brother Tony Press; sister Tina Press; and two grandsons. Her father, Harry Press, died earlier this month.

Memorials in her name may be made to local community theater or to the Stanford Master of Liberal Arts program.

Simone Warner

Simone Warner, a resident of Menlo Park for 49 years, died at her home Feb. 15. She was 92.

Born in Billom, France, the daughter of a French diplomat, she was married to John Thomas Warner Sr. for 57 years. The couple met in Japan, while he was serving in the U.S. Army after World War II.

After marrying in Japan, the Warners moved to New Jersey and, later, to California. She was a devoted mother, wife, and grandmother, who loved culture, music, community and family, say family members. She was a devout member of St. Raymond Church for 57 years.

Ms. Warner is survived by her children, MaryRose Warner of Menlo Park, Edward Warner of Mi-Wuk Village, James Warner of Daly City, Thomas Warner of Menlo Park; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and caregiver Lena Pulotu.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center, 675 Almanor Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

Charles "Dick" Randall

Charles "Dick" Dickey Randall of Atherton died Feb. 10 surrounded by his family at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City. He would have been 90 on Feb. 25.

Mr. Randall was born in Highland Park, Illinois, moving to Los Altos as a young child. He attended Los Alamos School, Choate Preparatory School and Yale University. He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II. He married Sally Ann Childs in Hood River, Oregon, in 1948.

The Randalls moved to Atherton in 1964 after living in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Moorestown, New Jersey, where Mr. Randall designed large store interiors for Hussman Corporation.

Mr. Randall was a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club and in pet therapy with his Wheaten terriers, Molly and Buckwheat.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; daughter Susan Lee Randall of Carmel; son Peter W. Randall of Redwood City; two grandchildren; and nieces Jane Barry of Pebble Beach and Barbara Preuss of Atherton.

A private celebration of his life will be held in March. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer's Association.


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