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Joseph Ross McLoughlin
July 14, 1923 - Aug. 4, 2015
Menlo Park, California

Joe, a lifelong resident of Menlo Park, passed away peacefully on Tuesday August 4, 2015 at his home at the age of 92. He was a first generation American, born in Menlo Park to Edward James McLoughlin from Ireland and Mary Cecelia Littlejohn Ross from Scotland. He was 6th of 9 children in his Catholic family. As a child of the Depression, this time of his youth forged his future as a frugal man. Coached by his childhood friends, “Joey, save your money”, and following their advice, became a savvy business man and investor. He was proud of the fact that he had “the cage before the bird”, a house before a wife. Joe attended Central School, St. Joseph’s School, Sequoia High School and San Jose State University. As a young man, he enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle and giving friends and neighbors rides. One of those friends, Doug Englbart, invented the computer mouse at SRI. During World War II, Joe served in the Merchant Marines in the engine room, working his way up to oilman. This is what he said was the cause of his hearing loss. Joe enjoyed participating in his folk dance class where he met the love of his life, Eleanor Lussier, in November 1948. They married eight...

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James Bowman Gunn
Aug. 16, 1964 - Aug. 4, 2015
Palo Alto, California

James Bowman Gunn died Aug. 4, 2015. He lived a life devoted to theater, comedy and film, but most importantly he devoted himself to the students he taught and directed, the comics he mentored, and the family and friends he loved. Jim taught drama and film and directed productions for 10 years at Kehillah Jewish High School and for six years before that at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, where he touched the lives of countless students, parents and staff. Jim trained students in all aspects of theatrical production including directing, lighting, sound, set/stage building, acting, choreography and playwriting, instilling in generations a sense of shared responsibility and pride in the arts. Jim was born Aug. 16, 1964, and grew up in Palo Alto. He found his passion on the stage where he started acting as a child at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre. Jim later directed productions for PACT, including its Outreach Program. Over the years, he directed and acted in hundreds of community productions in all kinds of venues. In addition to his teaching, acting and directing, Jim made his place in the Bay Area comedy scene, where he was often referred to as "the legendary" Jimmy Gu...

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Richard M. Mandle
July 2, 1921 - Aug. 30, 2015 Palo Alto, California

Richard M. Mandle, 94, of Palo Alto, California, and longtime resident of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, died at his home on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. He was the devoted husband of Barbara B. Mandle, who passed in 1998, and the longtime companion of Jean Albro who predeceased him in 2009. He is survived by...

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Eunice M. DiGiovanni
Jan. 22, 1921 - Aug. 28, 2015 Colfax, California

Eunice Mae “Noonie” Beard DiGiovanni died peacefully in her Colfax, California, home on Friday, August 28, at the age of 94. She was born in Jonesville, Louisiana, the eldest of four children. Eunice and her husband, Pete, lived in Redwood City for 30 years before moving to the Foothills. Eunic...

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Thomas Lawrence
Dec. 20, 1933 - Aug. 21, 2015 Mountain View, California

Surrounded by family, he passed on Aug. 21, 2015, aged 81. A resident of Mountain View, CA, and London, England, he was born in Grand Rapids, MI, to George H. and Ethyl M. Lawrence. He attended Ottowa Hills High School in Grand Rapids and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in el...

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Gloria P. Franzini
March 30, 1924 - Aug. 18, 2015 Palo Alto, California

Gloria Place Franzini -- beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend of many -- passed away peacefully on Aug. 18, 2015, in Palo Alto. Gloria was born March 30, 1924, in Pasadena, California, to Ruth and Clarence Place. She attended Pasadena public schools and concluded her fo...

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