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Judith E. Allen
Jan. 25, 1921 - July 18, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Judith E. Allen, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away in Menlo Park at the age of 95. She is survived by her two daughters Kristina Pikke and Heidi Elise Allen; two grandchildren, Sean and Tristan Conway; and her beloved cats Tiggy and Maz. Judith was a native New Yorker, born in January 25, 1921, the eldest daughter of Norwegian immigrants and grew up on the Hudson River. She became the first person in her family to achieve a college education receiving her Bachelor of Arts at the Cooper Union University in June 1944. This was a historic period in the world of art and advertising in New York. She was a graphic artist, painter and art director before being called into service by the US government to help with the efforts in post-war Europe during the reconstruction. She was an art teacher and recreation supervisor developing programs and training personnel in Germany. There, she met her future husband, Kenneth Paige Allen, who was also stationed there. They were later married in 1956 in London and celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2006. Kenneth P. Allen was a language arts teacher at Jordan Junior High School, part of the Palo Alto Unified School District, for over ...

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Gladys "Laddie" Hughes
Jan. 24, 1925 - July 17, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Laddie Hughes passed away on July 17, surrounded by her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and community member. Those she knew and loved will remember her love for her husband and family, her fondness of music, her organizing genius, dedication to learning, commitment to social justice, leadership with respect to women’s rights and active involvement in politics. Laddie was born on January 24, 1925, in Minnesota to Norwegian immigrants Carl T. and Hilda Lund. She grew up in the small, Northern Minnesota farming community of Trail and often credited her self reliance, work ethic and sense of humor to growing up on the farm as the youngest of nine children. Laddie took pride in her educational success, serving as the salutatorian at Gonvick High School and early enrollment in the “big University of Minnesota.” While attending nursing school in 1943, Laddie was recruited into the U.S. Cadet Nursing Corps which led her West to positions at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in San Francisco and Stanford Hospital. She met her husband, Donald Hughes, while dancing with friends at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. They enjoyed a wonderful San Francisco ...

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Caroline Templin Finch
Aug. 20, 1924 - June 25, 2016
Medford, Oregon

Caroline Templin Finch, a longtime Palo Alto resident, passed away June 25, 2016, at the Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Oregon. Caroline, 91, remained active until the end, wearing her pedometer and logging her daily miles until the day before she entered the hospital. Lighthearted, outgoing and a friend to all, Caroline was also a deeply spiritual person whose life reflected a constant search for truth. She combined an appetite for new-age exploration -- meditation retreats, drum circles, goddess workshops -- with timeless, unswerving compassion for others. Caroline was born in Patricia, Alberta, Canada, and raised in Montana. She built a beautiful and rewarding life with her husband of 66 years, Barden Finch. They raised their family in Palo Alto before moving to Medford in 2004. Caroline is survived by Barden; a brother, Bill Templin; children, Richard Hancock, Zoe Laidlaw and Peter Finch; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Delsie Watson, passed away in 1973....

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Thomas Colborn Moser
Nov. 22, 1923 - June 3, 2016
Stanford, California

Thomas C. Moser, Professor of English, noted scholar of the works of Joseph Conrad and Ford Maddox Ford, and chair of the Department of English at Stanford University from 1963 to 1968, died June 3 at his home on the Stanford campus from complications of pneumonia. Prof. Moser's publications include two important works of literary criticism and psychological biography, "Joseph Conrad: Achievement and Decline" (Harvard, 1957) and "The Life in the Fiction of Ford Madox Ford" (Princeton, 1980), as well as editions of Conrad's "Lord Jim," Ford's "The Good Soldier" and Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights." He received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies in 1963 and the Guggenheim Foundation in 1979. Prof. Moser was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, the only child of Oliver Perry Moser and Anna Mary Colborn. The family moved to Pittsburg during the Great Depression where Prof. Moser's father worked as a clerk for the B&O Railroad. After graduation from Dormont High School and a year studying engineering at the University of Pittsburg, Prof. Moser was drafted into the army and served three years as an electrical engineer, first in Europe and later in the P...

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Hank Anthony Scarlett
Aug. 3, 1920 - May 16, 2016
Woodside, California

Henry Anthony Scarlett (born Henry Anthony Scardigli), 95, died peacefully at home in Woodside, CA, on May 16, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patricia (nee Maio), and her children: Douglas Piccolotti, Deborah Piccolotti, and Michael Piccolotti. He is also survived by children from his first marriage, to Frances (nee Kocjan): Victoria Scarlett, and Patricia Scarlett Jonas. Additionally, he is survived by ten grandchildren: Matthew Piccolotti, Eric Piccolotti, Ellen Piccolotti, Alexander Piccolotti, Nina Piccolotti, Anna Piccolotti, Ryan Piccolotti, Anthony Jonas, Elizabeth Jonas, Katherine Jonas—and one great-grandson, Lucca Jonas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Olivo Guglielmo and Ines Norma (nee Arrigoni) Scardigli, and his siblings: Remo Scardigli, Josephine Gamino (née Scardigli), Evelyn Armanini (née Scardigli), and Joseph Scardigli. His sister Olive Safholm (née Scardigli) survives him. “Hank” was born on August 3, 1920, in Portland, OR. In his later childhood his family moved to San Francisco, CA, where he graduated from Galileo High School. He served in the military twice, before and during WWII — e...

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Michael D. O'Connell
Feb. 12, 1941 - July 18, 2016 Woodside, CA

Surrounded by most of his immediate family, Michael passed away peacefully in his sleep. Having suffered from a neurological degenerative disease for 6 years, it was his time. Michael will truly be missed as he was loved by so many. His humor and his presents was always special, people would say...

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Annette Z. Long
Oct. 16, 1920 - July 17, 2016 Sandpoint, Idaho

Annette Sophie Zaepffel Long, a longtime resident of Los Altos, was born on October 16, 1920, in Woodside, CA, and passed away peacefully in her sleep, in her own home, in her own bed, at the Alpine Vista senior apartment complex in Sandpoint, Idaho, on Sunday morning July 17th, after suffering a d...

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Gordon D. Fink
April 25, 1966 - July 13, 2016 Granville, Ohio

Gordon David Fink, 50, passed away unexpectedly due to deep vein thrombosis that caused a pulmonary embolism Wednesday, July 13. He was born in Palo Alto to Walter E. and Margaret Fink and graduated from Gunn High School in 1984. He has lived in Granville, Ohio with his family for the past 25 years ...

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Evalyn T. Hutzel
1916 - July 11, 2016 Medford, Oregon

Former Palo Alto resident Evalyn Tripp Hutzel, 100, passed away in Medford, Oregon, on July 11, 2016, with her family by her side. She was born in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada, grew up in Detroit, Micihgan, and received bachelor's and nursing degrees from the University of Michigan. She taught nursing...

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