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Jo Ann Meares
April 5, 1936 - June 22, 2015
Beaufort, South Carolina
Jo Ann Meares passed away on June 22 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was delivered to Joe and Laura Black on April 5, 1936, by her "Uncle Doc" (Dr. W.A. Black), before Beaufort Memorial was built. Jo Ann graduated from Beaufort Elementary, Beaufort High ('54) and Winthrop College ('58). She earned her certification for medical technology at MUSC and was married to Edwin ...

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Javier Diaz Mendez
June 24, 1937 - June 3, 2015
Redwood City, California
Loving husband and father, Javier Diaz Méndez returned home to our heavenly Father on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. He was surrounded by his caring wife of 53 years, Guadalupe Lopez Mendez, his children, Martha, Teresita, Linda, Margarita, Javier Jr. and Gabriel. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy of grandchildren, Christian, Andrew, Joseph, Julian, Julianna, Santiago, Marisa and Mario. He was pre...

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Miriam Meyerhof
April 29, 1921 - June 13, 2015
Menlo Park, California
My mother, Miriam Meyerhof, passed away peacefully this morning, June 13, 2015 at 2 a.m. I was able to be with her a few hours before she was gone. She was born on April 29, 1921 -- exactly one year before my father Walter who was born on April 29, 1922. They knew each other as children as their parents were friends and belonged to the same Philosophical group in Germany. They were married...

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Marilyn Molner
May 1, 1929 - June 29, 2015
Senastopol, California

Tags: arts/media

Marilyn Molner died peacefully Monday June 29, 2015, at the age of 86. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Marilyn, aka Maya, grew up in Chicago and Los Angeles, the only daughter of Beatrice Klein Freed and Samuel Molner. She married Irwin H. Mittelman in 1950 and moved to the Bay Area, completing her B.A. at Stanford in 1967. She divorced and remarried Phillip Moser (Carver) and lived in Sebastopol for t...

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Mary Murphy
Sept. 20, 1917 - May 28, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

Mary Murphy, 97, a resident of Palo Alto for more than 50 years, passed away on May 28, 2015, in Saratoga, California, after a brief illness. Mary was born on Sept. 20, 1917, in Detroit, Michigan, to Charles (Wasyl) Ropicki and Mary Szweda, both of whom came to the United States early in the 20th century from the Galicia region of what was then Austria, now Poland. Mary grew up on her pare...

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Esther Cameron Paddleford
July 2, 1912 - June 21, 2015
Carefree, Arizona
Longtime Midpeninsulan Esther Cameron Paddleford passed away peacefully with her family by her side in Carefree, Arizona, just two weeks shy of her 103rd birthday. Esther joins her two husbands, the late David Cameron Sr. and the late Palo Alto icon George S. Paddleford. She is survived by her daughter, Victoria Hall of Sedona, Arizona; son, David Cameron Jr. of Scottsdale; one granddaughter, Kimb...

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Deborah D. Potash
Jan. 22, 1940 - July 4, 2015
Menlo Park, CA
Deborah D. Potash, beloved wife of Roger L. Potash of Menlo Park, California, died on Saturday July 4th, 2015. Deborah Dana Dunnavan was born in Portland, Oregon on January 22, 1940, to Floyd L. Dunnavan, M.D. and Dana Oldham Dunnavan, and raised in Vancouver, Washington. Deborah graduated from the University of Oregon, studied for two years at the University of Vienna, Austria and completed h...

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Jake "Jay" Edward Price
Dec. 24, 1946 - July 15, 2015
Watsonville, California

Tags: sports, arts/media, veteran

Jay Price, 69, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away on July 15, 2015. He was born Dec. 24, 1946, in San Francisco, California. He moved to Palo Alto in 1959. He attended Jordan Jr. High and graduated from Palo Alto High School, class of 1964. He attended Bishop College in Dallas, Texas. Jay was the lead singer of the Legends, a popular Palo Alto band during the early '60s. He was an avid ...

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Helen Elizabeth Reist
Oct. 3, 1930 - June 5, 2015
Menlo Park, California

Tags: public service, arts/media

Passed away at home, the result of a stroke, with her family by her side. Helen was born in Fort Bragg, California to Fred and Ruth Nelson. As a young girl, Helen camped in remote redwood groves with her grandmother (Dommy). This fostered a lifelong passion for nature and environmental causes. She began recycling bottles and cans long before it was popular or easy and installed seat belts in ...

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Henry Earle Riggs
Feb. 25, 1935 - June 10, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business, teacher/educator

Henry E. ("Hank") Riggs, past president of Harvey Mudd College, former vice president for development at Stanford University, and founder and first president of Keck Graduate Institute, died at his home in Palo Alto on June 10, after a brief illness. His wife and children were at his side. Hank had a remarkable career as entrepreneur, professor, writer and leader in higher education. He continu...

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Harriette Ann Shakes
Dec. 8, 1944 - July 13, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service, business, teacher/educator, arts/media

Harriette Ann Shakes (1944-2015), my brilliant, beautiful, technically savvy, history loving, Palo Alto passionate mother passed away Monday morning, July 13, surrounded by friends, family and her loving husband Joseph Stanley Shakes. Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Long Beach, California, Harriette grew up sailing the Golden State's glimmering waters. Her passion for sailing trumped o...

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Matthew Joseph Shanks
Feb. 4, 1950 - July 20, 2015
Woodside, California
Matthew Joseph Shanks passed away very unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 20th while on vacation in Greece with his wife and close friends. He was 65. Matthew grew up in Redwood City and was a longtime resident of Woodside. He was a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, and had a career in real estate. Matthew was a beloved husband, and an incredible father. He loved spending time outdoors, hiking...

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Jeremy Alvin Spielman
Jan. 16, 1931 - July 5, 2015
Woodside, California

Tags: business

Jeremy Alvin Spielman, aged 84 and a resident of Woodside California passed away peacefully, at home on July 5, 2015. Born in Los Angeles, Jerry moved to Los Altos and attended Los Altos Elementary school. His high school years were spent at the Puget Sound Naval Academy on Bainbridge Island Washington. Before joining the Air Force in 1950 and serving four years, Jerry attended Colorado ...

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