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Marilyn Wilson

May 10, 1927 - July 27, 2013

Marilyn was born in Spencer, Iowa the daughter of Carl and Mabel Zishka. She was a graduate of Alameda High School and worked in banking and business. She was very creative, and enjoyed hobbies such as flower arranging, cake decorating, and music. Most of all she enjoyed time with her husband and family. Marilyn is survived by her husband of 63 years Al Wilson, three sons and their spouses,...
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Margarita Villa Perdido

June 17, 1922 - July 23, 2013

Margarita (Margaret) Perdido, 91, of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully at 10:08 AM, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. She was born June 17, 1922 in Cabanbanan, Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines, to Faustino and Gregoria Villa. She married in 1952 to Johnny Mababa Perdido, a World War II and Korean War veteran of 20 years in the U.S. Army, also from Manaoag,...
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Walter Gerald "Jerry" Berry, Jr.

March 20, 1923 - July 7, 2013

Gently passed on July 7, 2013. Born March 20, 1923. Lifelong resident of San Francisco and Kihei, Maui. Loving Father to Susan, Lynne and Sally. Predeceased in death by his two sons, Todd and John Ellis. Grandfather to Kate, Olivia, Sally, Scott, Michelle, Jesse and Lucy. Brother to MaryEllen Campbell. Uncle to Mark and Greg Campbell and Bonnie and Andrea Gatons. Cousin of many in Nebraska and...
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Laurel Bethe Stone

April 5, 1927 - July 4, 2013

Laurel Bethe Stone, age 86, passed away July 4, 2013 after living in the San Jose area for the past 41 years. Laurel was born in Medford, Massachusetts on April 5, 1927. In the 1950's she worked extensively in Christian broadcasting as a director, writer, and performer. After raising three children, she was House Staff Coordinator at Valley Medical Center for many years. In her free time she...
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Carrel Wesley Ewing

March 7, 1937 - June 29, 2013

Carrel Wesley Ewing of Reno, Nevada passed away on June 29, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. He was 76. Son of Carrel and Gladys Ewing of Sutter, Illinois, Mr. Ewing was born on March 7, 1937 in Quincy, IL. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1959 with a degree in engineering and became a member of the US Army Reserves. Mr. Ewing married Gayle Ann Kissick of Kansas City, Kansas...
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Matt Kahn

May 29, 1928 - June 24, 2013

Matt Kahn, who taught for more than 60 years, was a painter, deisgner, art collector and beloved professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford Univeristy. Stanford Professor Emeritus Matt Kahn died at his Stanford home on June 24. He was 85. Kahn was born on May 29, 1928, in New York City, the son of Jess and Julia Kahn. He studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield...
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Molouk K. Enayati

April 24, 1922 - June 22, 2013

Molouk was born on April 24, 1922. She was the daughter of Ali Lavasani and Zara Lavasani. Molouk is survived by nine children, her daughters Parvin, Simin, Sudi, Susan, and her sons, Saeed, Massud, Sina, Siavoosh, Siamak, several grandchildren, and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Bozorg Enayati and a sister, Basereh Heravi. Molouk...
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Roy "Chester" Hook

July 25, 1929 - June 22, 2013

Roy "Chester" Hook, of Cupertino California passed away on June 22, 2013. He was born in Grandfield, Oklahoma on July 25, 1929 to the late Roy Earl and Millie Hook. Resided in Mtn. View from 1955 -1989, he then moved to Los Banos until is wife Lois passed away in 2009. He is survived by his son Roy and daughter in-law Lorraine, of Cupertino CA, grandchildren Hillary, Courtney and Logan,...
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Milford Reynolds Pribble

March 27, 1919 - June 12, 2013

Mil Pribble of Palo Alto, a retired court reporter, author and editor, passed away on June 12 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View following a period of congestive heart failure that was, mercifully, relatively brief when compared with his preceding 94 years of hard work, restless curiosity and vigorous pursuit of all that matters most in life. Always challenging himself to master new areas of...
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Gerda Irma Siegmund

May 2, 1933 - June 11, 2013

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Tony Van Tran

January 3, 1923 - June 4, 2013

In loving memory of our husband, father, grand-father, and great grand-father Trần Văn Toại passed away on June 04, 2013 at the age of 92.
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Vernon James Adams , Sr.

November 22, 1917 - June 2, 2013

Vernon James Adams was born to Clarence Leon and Lucille Owens Adams in Guthrie, Oklahoma on November 22, 1917. Vernon graduated from Methodist High School in 1936. He enrolled at Wichita State University where he eventually enlisted in the Army. In the military, he was selected for Officer Candidate School and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant. Vernon entered Washburn University Law School, Topeka...
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Tsung-Chai Koo

April 7, 1926 - May 21, 2013

T. C. died unexpectedly but peacefully at Stanford Hospital on May 21, 2013. Born and raised in Shanghai, China T.C. immigrated to the Bay Area in 1976. He is survived by his loving wife Mary of 59 years and children Agnes (George), Louis ( Angie) and grandson George. Memorial Service for T.C. Koo will be held at: St. Albert the Great Church: 1095 Channing Ave. in Palo Alto Viewing starts at...
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Paul Herman Frehner

April 12, 1933 - May 17, 2013

Paul Frehner will be remembered for his love of his family, especially for his late wife Marilyn who he was married to for 58 years. He is survived by three of his four children, Lee, Heidi and Laurie and his five grandchildren Lauren, Morgan, Cami, Dylan and Sean. His passions were collecting classic cars, playing golf and a good laugh. His upbeat personality lit up the room. Paul was born in...
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Henry Joseph Greiner

March 16, 1943 - May 17, 2013

Henry Joseph Greiner passed away peacefully on May 17th. Henry was born on March 16, 1943 in Keota, Iowa to Mary and Leonard Greiner. He always said, "The two best things I ever did were to get ordained and to get married." He was ordained in 1968 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, and served as pastor in many parishes in the Diocese, ending up with one of the largest parishes of...
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Raphael Paul Gregorian

July 11, 1927 - May 13, 2013

A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area for over 60 years, died May 13, 2013. He was born in Stalingrad, USSR on July 11, 1927. He earned science and math degrees and advanced degrees from the American University of Beirut, University of Michigan, Columbia University, USC, and UC Berkeley. He spoke Russian, Farsi, French, and English. He was one of the first people to do business in the...
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Dawn Davis Barrios

November 29, 1948 - May 10, 2013

Dawn passed away surrounded by family after a short illness. She was born in Chanute, Kansas, lived in Oklahoma and Texas then moved to Palo Alto, California in 1962. She is survived by her children Kelly and Andrew Barrios and her brother Tommy Davis. She graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1967 and attended the University of Oklahoma. Having a gregarious personality, she loved playing...
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Ranjan Antony Fernando

September 20, 1954 - May 10, 2013

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Judy Jean Furusho

May 6, 1954 - May 4, 2013

Judy Jean Furusho, long time resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully on May 4th, 2013. She battled Lupus most of her life, but was a survivor, and her strength and courage helped her to overcome and go on. Judy was an avid 49er fan and a loving sister to her brothers Stan and his wife Lori, and Gary and his wife Penny. She will be missed by her nephew Travis, and nieces, Denishia, Ashley,...
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Andrew Severance Pastorius

October 28, 1942 - May 3, 2013

The beloved husband of Carmela "Lina" Pastorius passed away at their home at Menlo Park on May 3, 2013. He was born on October 28th, 1942, in Orange, Connecticut, to loving parents Robert B. Pastorius and Katharine S. Pastorius. He was a prominent student and graduated with Sigma Alpha Epsilon from University of Richmond in Virginia, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science...
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Michael Henry Rose

October 13, 1947 - April 21, 2013

Michael Henry Rose, a lifelong resident of the Peninsula, died April 21 after a long illness. He was 65. Born in Palo Alto on Oct.13, 1947, he graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1966. He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army and earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He owned Michael's Men's Wear in Mountain View and was self-employed in the computer industry. He enjoyed volunteering with...
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Benjamin Charles Tobin

April 19, 1984 - April 6, 2013

Just shy of his 29th birthday, Ben Tobin passed away in his Palo Alto birthplace. A fourth generation native Californian, Ben was nurtured at Preschool Family Preschool, Ohlone Elementary School, and JLS Middle School. He attended Gunn High School until he was a junior. As a senior, Ben graduated from Foothill Middle College. Following high school Ben attended College of the Siskiyous and...
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Michael Anthony Odello

June 4, 1920 - April 3, 2013

Los Altos resident Michael Anthony Odello, 92, passed away April 3, 2013 at El Camino Hospital after suffering a stroke at home. Michael was born in San Francisco, and shortly after moved with his parents, Anna and Antonio,and his older siblings, Antoinette, Rose, and Frances to Bagnasco, Italy. There he spent his childhood on the family farm, where his younger siblings, Giovanni, Anna, Nancy,...
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Alexander A.S. Tseng

March 12, 1926 - April 2, 2013

Alex was born in his family home in Beijing, China to his parents Tseng Lunan, a salt mining engineer and Chen Ming-Chao, a pediatrician. He was the youngest son and eighth child of nine. Alex was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, following in his parents' footsteps, who were both lay Methodist ministers in China. Alex was a faithful servant throughout the world through...
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Frances Kennedy Maas

June 12, 1922 - March 23, 2013

Frances Kennedy Maas passed peacefully on March 23, 2013. She was born on June 12, 1922. She lived most of the following eighteen (18) years in a village called Culleoka, near McKinney, Texas. She graduated from high school in nearby Princeton and entered nurses training at McKinney City Hospital School of Nursing in September 1940. She also was affiliated with Parkland Hospital in Dallas,...
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Bud S. Stein

October 31, 1919 - March 23, 2013

At 93, Bud S. Stein died peacefully at 2:25pm, March 23 in Menlo Park after 21/2 years of chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Bud loved life and had many interests that he shared with friends. Born October 31, 1919 in Detroit, MI, Bud grew up in Kentucky and served in the Navy during WWII, mostly in North Africa. After graduating from the Univ. of Miami, he worked for a private chemical company...
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Bette Elaine Taylor

August 18, 1925 - March 22, 2013

Bette Elaine Taylor passed away Friday, March 22, 2013 in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 87 years. A life-long resident of the peninsula, she was born in San Mateo County, the daughter of Oren and Hazel Lewis. Bette was the wife of the late Harry M. Taylor. She was a long-time employee of Varian Associates, a member of the Palo Alto Eastern Star, and had been very active with the Gamma Club...
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Yolanda Benson

December 3, 1926 - March 16, 2013

Yolanda Benson, 86, long time resident of Menlo Park passed away on March 16, 2013. Mrs. Benson was a waitress at the University Creamery and Jim's Coffee Shop in Palo Alto for many years. She is survived by her son, Rick Benson of Pittsburgh, PA, her daughter, Victoria Benson of Menlo Park and a grandson, Tyler Benson of Pittsburgh, PA. She is also survived by her sister Josephine Cancilla of...
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Maxine Elston Nathanson

September 14, 1915 - March 13, 2013

Maxine (Elston) Nathanson of Menlo Park, CA passed away peacefully on March 13, 2013 at the age of 97. Born in Kirksville, Missouri, she and her family moved to a farm near Pierre, South Dakota during the Depression, before moving to Spokane, Washington. In 1947, she married Norman Jesse Nathanson, whom she met in San Francisco, where he was president of a bank. In 1960 he became Mayor of...
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Franz Karl Baumgratz

January 29, 1930 - March 8, 2013

Franz Karl Baumgratz, a longtime resident of the Bay Area passed away on March 8, 2013 at his home in Mountain View. Franz immigrated from Germany to the United States in 1956. He worked at a nursery in South San Francisco after his arrival. He quickly learned enough English to start his own business as a landscape contractor until his retirement in 1990. He loved to travel all over the world...
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Elizabeth Gao

October 30, 1993 - March 6, 2013

Elizabeth Gao, 19, Stanford class of 2015, passed away peacefully in her home in Palo Alto, California, surrounded by all those who loved her deeply, on the 6th of March 2013. Elizabeth was born on the 30th of October, 1993 at Stanford Hospital. She moved to Germany as a young child with her family. Elizabeth returned to the states and dedicated herself to excellence in academics and...
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Lynda Canadas

December 31, 1943 - March 5, 2013

Lynda passed away on March 5, 2013 at the age of 69. She was preceded in death by husband, Walter Canadas, parents, Phyllis and Elwyn Paxton, and brother, Philip. She is survived by her son Gary Lundstrom and his wife Kristina, 2 granddaughters, 3 great grandchildren, and sister Lana Spencer and her husband, Raymond. Lynda was born in Oakland and raised in San Mateo. She graduated Hillsdale...
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Christine Wijman

February 28, 2013

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 2:30pm at Alta Mesa Funeral Home in Palo Alto, CA
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Harry "Uddy" Leppo

July 12, 1919 - February 26, 2013

Harry "Uddy" Leppo, a native of Boston, MA, age 93, passed away peacefully in his sleep, February 26, 2013, at Stanford Hospital. He was the 4th of 10 children born to William and Anne Leppo. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Loretta, his five children Jan (Don) Marshall, Peter (Peggy) Leppo, Robyn (Randy) Rajkovich, Amy (Jaime) Paniagua, and Randy Leppo, his many grandchildren and step...
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Carol J. Quinlan

March 30, 1931 - February 24, 2013

Carol J. Quinlan 81, of Cupertino died Sunday, February 24, 2013 in San Jose California. She was born in March of 1931 in Oklahoma. She married Robert Quinlan in 1951. They were married 49 years before his death in 2001. Surviving Carol, are her three daughters, Patti Bo of Los Gatos, Vicki Finley of Los Gatos and Linda Quinlan Meadows of Milpitas. Her sisters, Sue Ryan of Santa Clarita and...
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Glenn Newton Keep

July 23, 1918 - February 20, 2013

Glenn Newton Keep, died on February 20, 2013. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada on July 23, 1918. Predeceased by his wife, Margurite (Marge) in 2011, he is survived by his two daughters, Susan McCall and Maggi Knochenhauer. Also survived by two sons-in-law: Marsh McCall and David Knochenhauer; a grandson, Jay Knochenhauer; and a brother, Maurice Keep. Funeral service Friday, March 1 at 2...
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Bob Franceschini

March 7, 1930 - February 12, 2013

Beloved Father, Grandfather, Business and Community Leader. Bob was most often characterized as generous and gregarious. His charm, welcoming nature, and smile were legendary. He had a keen sense of style and always "dressed to the nines." See's candy and fine wines were often in his hands when he made visits to friends and colleagues. Bob's family was his true passion and he treasured family...
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Betty Lee Conzet

November 25, 1928 - February 10, 2013

Our dear mother, grandmother and great grandma Betty passed away peacefully on February 10th 2013. Betty was born on Nov 25th 1928 in Pueblo Colorado the only child to Ernie and Mildred Wilberforce. Betty moved to California in her early teen years and resided in Mountain View for over 50 years. She met and married the first love of her life Robert Conzet and had two children. Betty was very...
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Patricia Lynn Faubion

October 2, 1950 - February 7, 2013

Patti was born in Oakland, CA and raised in San Lorenzo where she graduated from Arroyo High School in 1968. She matriculated San Jose State University after high school and graduated with a BA degree in 1973. Patti worked with children with special needs at Carlmont, Woodside and Menlo-Atherton high schools. She loved the children she worked with and they loved her. Patti was generous, kind,...
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Han-Wen Liu

February 7, 2013

Mr. Han-Wen Liu of Palo Alto passed away on 2/7/13. Mr. Liu was the owner of House of China restaurants in Palo Alto and Mountain View. He loved tennis, Mah Jong, literature and performing arts. He is survived by daughter Eileen Liu and son Jeff Liu, Lesa Liu, Toni Stone, and Nicole and Steven Carr. Services will be held on 2/15/13 at Alta Mesa Funeral Home from 10a-12p.
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Philip W. Selby

February 15, 1967 - February 4, 2013

Philip W. Selby (Camacho) Feb. 15, 1967 - Feb. 4, 2013 Philip W. Selby passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 4, 2013. Philip was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated Menlo Atherton High. He further went on to graduate from Cordon Bleu Culinary School and managed the food and beverage departments for Hilton, Hyatt and Holiday Inn. Philip managed his own restaurant in...
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Timothy Garrett Fussell

August 22, 1969 - February 4, 2013

Tim passed away peacefully on February 4, 2013. A lifelong South Bay resident, Tim was born in Mt. View on August 22, 1969. He is survived by the love of his life, Melanie, his two sons, Gary and Marvin whom he adored beyond words, and his parents Gary and Betty Fussell. He also leaves behind two brothers, Ed (Sharon) and Jim (Tami), two nieces, Katie and Maddie, a nephew, Nathan, and family...
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Edward Tatsuo Masuda

April 19, 1942 - January 30, 2013

Edward Tatsuo Masuda, resident of Mountain View, CA, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2013. He was born April 19, 1942 in Newcastle, CA and graduated from Placer Union High School, Sierra College, and received a degree in industrial design from San Jose State University. He started his career at Spectra Physics where he helped design the first cash register scanner, which is currently...
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Velma J. Sparks

March 2, 1917 - January 26, 2013

Velma Sparks passed away at her Sunnyvale home. Born in Coalgate, OK to Emilio and Annie Zucchi, she and her family moved to Sunnyvale in 1926. She graduated from Fremont HS where she was a fan of her athletic brothers, Nello and Gillie (Boots). Velma worked for Westinghouse as a secretary for her entire career. In 1957 she was introduced to the love of her life, Bob Sparks and they were married...
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Max Sacks

November 15, 1922 - January 12, 2013

Max Sacks died peacefully at home with his son and wife at his side on Saturday, January 12, 2013. He was 90 years old. Max was a beloved husband, father, uncle and friend. Max was born in Washington, DC after his parents, Samuel and Shina, emigrated from Russia. After arriving in the United States with two boys, they decided to have a child that would be born in the US and Max was that child...
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Suzanne Norman Malloch

August 8, 1920 - January 9, 2013

Born in Brussels, Belgium to American parents, Suzanne Norman Malloch grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Packer Collegiate Institute, and then graduated from Stanford University with a degree in psychology and a minor in history. She worked in the Office of Strategic Services and then in the United Nations in Paris and New York City before her marriage. She was a long time resident of...
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David Eugene Hinkle

May 7, 1951 - December 30, 2012

David Eugene Hinkle, 61, of Mountain View, CA passed away December 30, 2012 in Santa Clara County, CA. David was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was born May 7, 1951 in Mattoon, IL, the son of Rex Aaron and Kathryn Hinkle, Sr. He is survived by his mother of IL and 2 brothers- Rex (Kathy) Hinkle, Jr. of Hollister, California and Stephen Ray Hinkle of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 1...
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Manuel Sanculi Gaspay

May 10, 1951 - December 30, 2012

Dr. Manuel Sanculi Gaspay, 61, was born in Cebu, Philippines on May 10, 1951. After a seven and a half year long hard battle with stage IV metastatic colon cancer, he peacefully passed away on December 30, 2012 surrounded by loving family and friends. Manuel graduated with a BS in Geodetic Engineering in 1972 and MS in Industrial Engineering in 1977 from the University of the Philippines. He...
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Frank Raymond Wheeler

July 8, 1922 - December 21, 2012

Frank Raymond Wheeler, 90, passed away peacefully in his home at the Vi in Palo Alto with family around him on December 21, 2012. He lived and worked for most of his life within a few miles of where he was born in Palo Alto to Oliver P. and Ethel R. Wheeler. He attended local schools - Peninsula School, Jordan Jr. High School, Palo Alto High School, Stanford University and Stanford Medical...
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Marilyn Frehner

January 25, 1935 - December 21, 2012

Marilyn will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by three of her four children Lee, Heidi and Laurie and five grandchildren Lauren, Morgan, Cami, Dylan and Sean. She was preceded in death by her first daughter Lynn. She enjoyed gardening, playing bridge, traveling, shopping, and spending time with the people she loved. She also loved being at her second home...
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Nicholas Robert Pavlina

March 1, 1923 - December 17, 2012

A graveside committal will be held Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Kristie K. Karpinski

August 30, 1961 - December 16, 2012

Graveside services scheduled: FRIDAY 12/28/2012 at 2:00PM ALTA MESA MEMORIAL PARK 695 ARASTRADERO ROAD, PALO ALTO, CA 94306
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June Setsuko Yamamoto

June 10, 1933 - December 9, 2012

June was the beloved wife of Tsuneaki Yamamoto; loving mother to Dale and to Steven and his wife Linda; devoted and adored grandmother of Kimiko, Miyako and Grant Yamamoto; dear sister of Floyd Kumagai (Kidori), Yoshimi Kumagai (Jean), and Mary Polk (Ken); and will be missed dearly by them as well as by her many cherished nieces, nephews and their children. June was an amazing force of energy...
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C.N. Neil Van Straaten

August 30, 1929 - November 25, 2012

Los Altos lost one of it long time residents on Sunday, November 25, 2012. Neil passed away at his home after a long battle with multiple health issues, surrounded by his wife of 63 years, Adele and their three daughters, Sharon, Sandra, and Linda. Born in San Francisco to Dick and Dolly Van Straaten. Neil was the eldest of three children, sister Betty Jane DiTomaso of Los Altos and brother...
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