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Esther Marie Pfeiffer
June 14, 1931 - Dec. 14, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Esther passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, in her home in Palo Alto. She was 83. Esther was one of two daughters of John and Clara Pfeiffer. Her sister, Helen, passed away in 1998. Her longtime companion, Denny Kelly, died earlier this year. Esther was lovingly cared for in her final days by nurses and caregivers from Vitas hospice, Mr. Kelly's two daughters, and some of her close frien...

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Joan Breckenridge Robinson
Oct. 31, 1927 - Dec. 14, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Joan, who passed away peacefully on Dec. 14, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, was born in Pueblo, Colorado, on Oct. 31, 1927. Her parents were Robert G. Breckenridge and Viola T. Breckenridge. She resided in Pueblo until her family moved to Denver in 1940. In Denver she attended East High and graduated in 1945. Joan then spent a year at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mis...

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Lois R. Scott
April 23, 1928 - Dec. 11, 2014
San Diego, California
Lois Ragan Scott, born on April 23, 1928, to Paul Ragan and Maude Perley Ragan, died on Dec. 11, 2014, in San Diego, California. Lois is survived by her two loving sons, Joe of Los Gatos, California, and Paul (Jill) of San Diego, along with many nieces and nephews in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Canada. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Lo...

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Anne Steinberg
1919 - Dec. 26, 2014
San Francisco, California
Anne Steinberg died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 26, 2014. A longtime resident of Palo Alto, Anne was committed to civic interests. For many years, she was a very active member of the League of Women Voters, becoming a member of the California State Board of that organization. On a more local level, she was the founder of the Rose Kleiner Frail Elderly day program and actively participated a...

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Lynn Torin
June 21, 1935 - Dec. 7, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Lynn Torin, a longtime Palo Alto resident whose many leadership roles included chairing the city's Human Relations Commission and its first Parks and Recreation Commission, died on Dec. 7 at Channing House. She was 79. Torin, who was born in Spain and spent her childhood in Chile, came to the United States in 1946 and later studied at the University of California, Berkeley. She married Dave Tor...

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Elsie Ruth Trojak
June 2, 1916 - Jan. 2, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran

Longtime St. Thomas Aquinas parishioner and beloved member of our Palo Alto community, Mrs. Elsie Ruth Trojak died peacefully in her home on Jan. 2, 2015. Elsie was 98 years old. Elsie was the wife of beloved Emil Trojak and mother of beloved MaryAnne Trojak (both deceased). Elsie remained a faithful member of the parish for over fifty years. Elsie is survived by four nephews and one niece, ...

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Ann G Vollmer
June 11, 1925 - Dec. 2, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Longtime Palo Alto resident Ann G. Vollmer passed away on Dec. 2, 2014, peacefully at her home from thyroid cancer. She was born to Paul B. Grattan and Ruth Blevens in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1925. She is survived by her sister, Jane Lopes of Muskogee, Oklahoma; her three children, Daniel Vollmer, Susan Vollmer (Phil) and Mason Vollmer (Martha); and a grandchild, Oliver Vollmer. Ann attended Tulsa ...

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