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Joseph S Shakes
April 16, 1935 - June 11, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Joe passed away at age 81 in the presence of his family on June 11, 2016, in Walnut Creek, California. He was a resident of Menlo Park and Palo Alto for over five decades. Joe was born in Gary, Indiana, to steel workers descended from Lithuanian immigrant coal miners. Joe was the first in his family to attend college, receiving a B.A. in music education from Oberlin College in 1957. During summer breaks, he worked in the Gary steel mills and played gigs with his dance band. During the school year Joe was the head waiter for the student cafeteria, operated by newly-formed Saga Food Service. He caught the attention of co-founder Harry Anderson and was recruited to join Saga's management training program. He married fellow Oberlin grad, Shirley Almanrode, and started his family. His Saga career ran 22 years, rising from food service manager at Lewis & Clark College to executive director of corporate relations for Saga at their headquarters on Sand Hill Road. After working full days, he attended school nights and earned a MBA from the University of Santa Clara in 1968. He also taught evening business classes at Canada College for over 20 years. In the late 1980s, Joe began a seco...

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Billy Prior
1920 - June 21, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Billy Prior, a World War II veteran, who experienced the fury of the Buzz Bombs in London, was in the Battle of Normandy, was one of the first women soldiers to arrive in Paris after its liberation, and who received the Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star, has died. Prior, who was declared by the Pa...

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Evelyn B. Stoops
Aug. 19, 1917 - June 20, 2016 Woodside, California

Evelyn Stoops, 98, passed away on June 20, 2016 at Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, CA. Born to Harold A. and Mary A. Mortola in Sausalito, CA on August 19, 1917, and raised in both San Francisco, CA and Woodside, CA along with her Sister, Sr. Marie Julie (Marcella Mortola) Dominican Order, who ...

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Kathryn Childress
March 2, 1920 - June 16, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Kathryn Werry Childress, one of the oldest living native Palo Altans living in her hometown, passed away in her sleep at Stanford Hospital on June 16 just a few hundred yards from her birthplace. She was 96 years and three months old. Born in the Hoover Pavilion at Stanford in 1920 to a well-know...

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Eunice D. Haas
Dec. 24, 1918 - June 15, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Eunice D. Haas of Palo Alto was born on Christmas Eve in 1918 in New York City and died on June 15, 2016, at home in Palo Alto. Eunice was a lifelong lover of reading, writing, theater, dance, music and her devoted family; a book club and writing group member of long standing; and a walking repos...

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