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Walter Powers Weber
March 27, 1927 - Feb. 7, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Walter passed away peacefully on Feb. 7 in Palo Alto surrounded by his family. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army in WWII. He graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in civil engineering and business. He enjoyed a successful career in financial management for over 40 years. He was Controller of Bell & Howell in Chicago and relocated to Menlo Park in 1963 to become CFO of Ampex. He ended his career as CFO of a worldwide engineering consulting firm specializing in computerized traffic control signal systems. He also taught evening management courses at San Mateo community colleges for a number of years. He is survived by his loving wife, Vivian; his three sons, Walt (Martha) of Monte Sereno, Jim (Jana) of Campbell, Jack (Kim) of Newtown, Connecticut; grandchildren, Jean Benassi (Mike), Caitlin Cashbaugh (Sean), Andrew (Lindsay), Michael Bachand, Kirsten Blount (Josh), Patrick, Lindsay, Jacqueline Bachand, Emily, Tim and Mark. He was preceded in death by his daughter Joan Bachand (Ed). There will be a memorial mass at St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Ave., Menlo Park, on Sat., March 4 at 11 a.m....

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Willie Lou Harris
March 20, 1936 - Feb. 6, 2017
East Palo Alto, California

Willie Lou “Carol” Harris, 80, a longtime resident of East Palo Alto, was born March 20, 1936, in Dyersburg County, Tennessee, to the late Lou Ella Eison and Rev. Alonzo N. Eison, Sr. She departed this life on Feb. 6 at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was united in Holy Matrimony to James E. Harris. To this union, three children were born. In addition, she had three children from previous marriages. She loved listening to the blues and gospel music, and she loved dancing, but mostly she loved her children and snow cones. Willie Lou (also lovingly known as “Carol”) leaves to cherish her sweet memories her husband, James Harris; 6 children, Bennie J. Mackey of Menlo Park, Herbert L.Parker of Sacramento, Stanley R. Parker of East Palo Alto, Juliet Harris of East Palo Alto, Joey Harris of East Palo Alto and Alonzo D. Harris (Mutisya) of Stockton; 17 Grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Katie Mae Watson of Elk Grove, California, Alene Dodds (Wallace) of Folsom; and Addie Lee Candler (Lloyd, Sr.) of Brentwood....

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Sylvia Jean Agard Van Dyke
Oct. 1, 1929 - Jan. 8, 2017
Stanford, California

Sylvia Jean Agard Van Dyke (nee Adams), longtime resident of Stanford, died on Jan. 8 from heart disease. She was 87. Sylvia grew up in a small town in war-time England where she excelled at field hockey and tennis, and at one point was offered a spot in a training program at Wimbledon for promising young tennis players. Hard to imagine today, since Sylvia was only 5’2”! Her father owned the local bus company, and her mother was a school teacher. Offered a place at Oxford University, Sylvia decided instead to pursue other interests, such as traveling. A pen pal correspondence with a girl from Modesto, California, led to her first visit to the U.S. She later spent a glorious summer working at Yosemite National Park and a winter at Lake Tahoe at the top of a ski lift, despite the fact that she couldn’t ski. Returning to the area several years later, she met Milton Denman Van Dyke, then a young professor at Stanford University, at a wedding in San Francisco. Despite Milton bringing along several books on their first date, “in case things didn’t work out,” their complementary personalities – she, outgoing and social; he, more private and reserved -- proved a perfect...

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Paul W. Kraus
March 29, 1945 - Feb. 12, 2017 Portola Valley, California

Paul Kraus, long-time resident of Portola Valley, died peacefully on February 12, 2017. Paul was born in Berkeley, California and raised in Kensington. He attended the School of the Madeleine and St. Mary’s High School. Following a year at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, he attended UC Berkeley w...

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Carole Kennedy
Oct. 23, 1941 - Feb. 4, 2017 Palo Alto and Mountain View, California

Carole Byberg Kennedy passed away peacefully on Feb. 4, with her daughters by her side. She was 75 years old and had battled Parkinson's Disease for six years. Carole was born and raised in Silverton, Oregon. She attended Pacific Lutheran University (1963) where she acted in Shakespeare...

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Allan Koblick
May 2, 1916 - Feb. 3, 2017 Cupertino, California

Allan Koblick May 2, 1916 - February 3, 2017 Born in San Francisco, he was the second son of Russian immigrants. He graduated with a business degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1938. As a young man, Allan satisfied his love of travel by joining the Merchant Marines, and...

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Roger W. Lowther
Sept. 7, 1943 - Feb. 2, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Roger Wilson Lowther was born September 7, 1943, in Portland, Oregon. As a young child he moved to Reedsport, Oregon, which was his home until he went to college. Roger attended Reedsport Union High School where he was outstanding both athletically and academically. In addition to being named class...

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