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John Patrick Kelly
Oct. 20, 1933 - May 26, 2015
Palo Alto, California
John Patrick "Jack" Kelly Sr., resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully at Channing House in Palo Alto on May 26, 2015, with his loving wife and sons by his side. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons, John Patrick Jr. and Charles Quigley; daughters-in-law, Katherine Davis and Kathryn Weisbrod; and four grandchildren, Katie, Jennifer, Jacqueline and Gracey, to whom he is lovingly known a...

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Wilmer Nyholm Larsen
Aug. 7, 1926 - June 28, 2015
Santa Rosa, California

Tags: teacher/educator, veteran

Wilmer Larsen, a resident of Palo Alto for 54 years, passed away peacefully June 28, 2015, just five weeks shy of his 89th birthday. He was surrounded by his loving family at home in Santa Rosa where he lived the past five years with his wife of 64 years, Inger. He kept healthy his entire adult life because of Inger's nutritious meals, their active lifestyle and service to others. They enjoyed ent...

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Richard S. F, Lehrberg
July 30, 1947 - May 31, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business, arts/media

Dick passed away surrounded by family on Sunday morning, May 31, 2015. He leaves behind Cathie, his beloved wife of 43 years; his cherished children, Elisabeth "Lee" Lehrberg and David Lehrberg; and his grandson, Drake. He was born Richard Stephen Feldman on July 30, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Irene Schultz Feldman and Irving Feldman. He was later adopted, along with his brother, Roger,...

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Philip D. Lively
Oct. 15, 1928 - June 12, 2015
Atherton, California

Tags: public service, business

On June 12, 2015, Philip D. Lively passed away in his home, surrounded by his family, after complications from a recent stroke. He was 86 years old. Phil was born in Medford, Oregon, on October 15, 1928. He was the only child of the late James and Pauline Lively, who moved to San Jose when Phil was 18 months old and became involved in the prune ranching and packing business. Phil was luck...

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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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Gordon Alex Moore
March 22, 1927 - May 18, 2015
Woodside, CA, California

Tags: business, veteran

Gordon Alex Moore of Woodside, CA passed away on May 18, 2015 after a long illness. Gordon was the long-time owner of Talbot’s Toyland in downtown San Mateo, well-known for his dedication to the store and community involvement. Talbot’s Toyland is known and loved throughout the Peninsula by generations of families. Gordon was born in Chico, CA on March 22, 1927 to Gail and Imogene Moore. H...

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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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Ronald Olmstead
June 20, 1934 - May 9, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business

Ron Olmstead, a fifth generation Californian, passed away peacefully on Saturday, surrounded by family members. Born in San Jose in 1934, Ron was proud of his heritage as a member of one of Santa Clara Valley's pioneer farm families. He was a graduate of Palo Alto High School where he played football and baseball. Ron was a member of the 1950 Paly football team that went 10-0 under legendary co...

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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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Susan Hope Prescott-Kavinoky
Oct. 30, 1946 - May 15, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Sue Kavinoky, who was born Oct. 30, 1946, died May 15, 2015. Sue had taught Spanish and German at Egan Jr. High School in Los Altos for over 40 years. She was a member of Wesley Methodist Church in Palo Alto and was a member of the Stanford Women's Chorus. She is survived by her husband Larry Kavinoky....

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Clarissa "Kitta" Reeds
Jan. 23, 1936 - May 16, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Kitta Reeds, a longtime resident of Palo Alto and retiree from Stanford Research International, died peacefully on May 16, 2015. This was the end of her eight-year struggle with cancer. Kitta Reeds was born Jan. 23, 1936, in Augusta, Georgia. During World War II, when her father served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army, the family moved across the U.S., followed by overseas assignments in Vienna,...

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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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