Aug. 7, 1931 - Oct. 21, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Our beloved, gracious and irrepressible mother, Helen (Wear) Ostby passed away peacefully at her home in California due to pancreatic cancer on Oct. 21, 2013. She was born in Madison, on Aug. 7, 1931, to Annie Laurie Mewhinney Wear and Dr. John Brewster Wear. On Sept. 8, 1951, she married Byron C. Ostby in Madison.
Helen is survived by her three children, Helen Signe Ostby who lives in Woodside...
Robert E. (Bob) Peters died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Veterans Administration hospital in Palo Alto, surrounded by his family just two days shy of his 92nd birthday.
Bob was born on Nov. 10, 1921, in Champaign, Ill., the eldest child of Rev. Earnest J. and Frances (Kristufek) Peters. The son of a Methodist minister and nurse who had met while serving during World War I, Bob grew up ...
John Henry Pfluke passed away on Nov. 15, 2013, at Stanford Hospital with family by his side.
He was born on June 17, 1931, in Peoria, Ill., to John William Pfluke and Lillian Ann Archer Pfluke. An only child, he had the quintessential 1940s American Midwest upbringing. He met his wife, Sybil Hochguertel, when he was an Air Force Lieutenant at a radar station near to her hometown in Germany in ...
June 4, 1936 - Nov. 19, 2013
Alice Evans Powell, 77, of Rogers, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
She was born to the late George and Elma Evans on June 4, 1936, in Palo Alto, Calif. Alice graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1954. She resided in the San Francisco Bay area until her retirement in June of 1998.
Alice worked for Hewlett Packard, Zack Electronics, and then Storm Products until she retired ...
John Lewis Putz
May 18, 1920 - Nov. 12, 2013
Los Altos, California
John Lewis Putz, 93, a resident of Los Altos Hills and Los Altos for 45 years and previously of Palo Alto for 23 years, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, surrounded by his family.
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., John was raised in Spooner, WI., where he grew up on his family’s farm, attending elementary school in a one room school house until his family moved to Madison when he was 15. ...
William S. Schuyler -- writer, educator and resident of California since 1950 -- died of respiratory failure on Oct. 17, 2013, at Webster House in Palo Alto. Born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 5, 1912, Bill attended public schools and John Burroughs School there. His undergraduate years were at Harvard and Washington Universities. He received a B.A. Degree in English at Washington University. He ma...
Beverly passed away peacefully on November 2, 2013. She moved to Mtn. View from Michigan in 1961. Bev will be remembered as a wonderful, joyful woman, loved by family and friends. She had a sparkle in her eye and enjoyed a good laugh. She loved God and the people in her life and always liked hearing what her loved ones were up to. Beverly will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her husband ...
Peter Edward Sylvester, Jr., a 45-year resident of Palo Alto, died Nov. 22, 2013. Pete was born in San Francisco and grew up in King City, Calif. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1953 and his Stanford MBA in 1955. He was development officer at Stanford from 1963 until retiring in 1993.
Pete was the patriarch of his family and is survived by his sister, Anne Sylvest...
William Desmond Walsh, Esq., Leader in Business and Philanthropy
William (Bill) Walsh, a man of singular generosity and outstanding leadership in business died at Stanford University Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.
Born in New York on Aug. 4, 1930, Bill was a graduate of Fordham University (1951) and Harvard Law School (1955). He began his career as an Assistant US Attorney for the Sou...
Joseph Michael Whelan, innovative developer of Portola Valley Ranch, died November 2, 2013, at the age of 87 in his home at the Ranch.
Born in San Francisco on March 1, 1926, to Harry and Ruth Whelan, Joe was a grandson of Irish immigrants who settled in Yosemite Valley.
He grew up in Atherton and attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School. Joe served as altar boy as a youth and was a man of ...
Elisabeth Wilson, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 11 at the age of 89.
Betty (as she is known to her friends) was born in Palo Alto, graduated from PALY High in the class of ’42, attended Mills College in Oakland and was a member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.
She raised her family in Los Altos and had a rewarding career in health care w...
Michael Zarcone was a loving and fun husband, father, brother, and friend. Mike was born and raised in Saratoga, California.
He received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the University of Pacific.
He worked as a pharmacist at Stanford Hospital which led him to start a home IV business called Stanford Home Treatment Services in 1981. He sold that business in 1986 and bough...