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Nanette Figel Chapman
Feb. 29, 1936 - May 9, 2016
Atherton, California

Nanette Figel Chapman of Woodside died on May 9, 2016. She was born to Elinore and Clifford Figel on Feb. 29, 1936, and she always looked forward to her "leap year" birthday. Nan was a fourth generation Californian on both sides of her family. Her first 24 years were spent in San Francisco, where she met and married her husband, Ron, with whom she shared the next 57 years of her life. Shortly after their marriage, they settled for 36 years in Atherton and for the past 16 years they called Woodside home. She was a graduate of James Madison Elementary School and Lowell High School in San Francisco, and Pomona College (1957) in Claremont, California. Shortly after settling in Atherton, Nan began her volunteer career by serving on the Board of Directors of Amigos de Las Americas, Family Service/Mid Peninsula, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula. She was an early member of the Atherton Crime Prevention Task Force before becoming the first woman to successfully run for and be elected to the Atherton City Council, where she served for 20 years. Nan served as the Mayor of Atherton from 1986 to 1988 and again from 1...

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Jane Coladarci
June 8, 1920 - May 7, 2016
Yuba City, California

Jane B. Coladarci, 96, passed away quickly and peacefully (she would have insisted on nothing less) on May 7, 2016 in the company of her daughter and son. Jane was born in Allentown, PA, on June 8, 1920, to Francis Marion Bottenfield and Jane Richards Teese. She worked for IBM after graduating from Grove City College in 1942 with a degree in business education, and, in 1947, married Arthur P. Coladarci after a brief and impassioned courtship. Jane and Art moved to California in 1951 when Art joined the Stanford University faculty, and Jane soon was devoted to raising daughter Katy (b. 1951) and son Ted (b. 1953). As wife and mother, Jane was both fiercely independent and utterly devoted to family. A pretty good disciplinarian, she also possessed a deep well of compassion and empathy that saved her children on multiple occasions as they negotiated the tricky currents of childhood and adolescence. The Coladarci home in Woodside was always open to the children's friends, where soulful music, pasta feasts, and animated conversation were the norm. And in the inevitable times of need, many of these friends benefited from Jane's counsel, as when an eighth-grade friend of Ted'...

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Harold (Hal) Coehlo
May 1, 1922 - May 25, 2016 Woodland, California

Harold (Hal) Coehlo, 94, died May 25, 2016, in Woodland, CA Born, May 1, 1922, in Watsonville, CA, where his parents and grandparents were raised. He graduated from Watsonville High School, Salinas Junior College and while at UCLA he joined the Navy Air Corps. He served as P.B.M. pilot in the...

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James A. Tweedie
Jan. 19, 1926 - May 23, 2016 Palo Alto, California

James Andrew Tweedie passed away on May 23, 2016, in Palo Alto, California. He was 90 years old. He devoted his life to children and families, both his own and the many he helped bring into the world as a doctor. When he died, he was surrounded by his wife and four children. Dr. Tweedie was born ...

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Steven E. Keating
July 28, 1953 - May 16, 2016 San Mateo, California

Steve Keating, 62, of San Mateo, California, was a composer, musician, screenwriter and lover of life. He passed away on May 16, 2016, with his beloved Eileen Casey by his side. Steve shared his hearty laugh generously, and his smiling Irish eyes could light up a room. Although his wit was unceasing...

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Jennifer Ware
Aug. 17, 1964 - May 15, 2016 Redwood City, California

Jennifer "Jenni" Ware of Redwood City passed away early Sunday morning, May 15, from complications arising from a lengthy illness. She was 51. Jenni is survived by her daughter Amanda (29); son Cody (28); grandson Jackson (2 months); father Leo; mother Jeanne; and siblings Laura, Lincoln and Pamela....

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