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Wilbur Raymond Morton
Aug. 11, 1919 - July 16, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

Wilbur Raymond Morton, resident of Palo Alto for 58 years, passed away on July 16. He was 96. For the last four years he called the Palo Alto Commons his home. Born and raised in Campbell, CA, he was the son of Gladys L. Morton and Herold W. Morton. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1941 with a degree in electrical engineering. He was a top marksman and member of the ROTC. Will met th...

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Thomas Colborn Moser
Nov. 22, 1923 - June 3, 2016
Stanford, California

Tags: veteran

Thomas C. Moser, Professor of English, noted scholar of the works of Joseph Conrad and Ford Maddox Ford, and chair of the Department of English at Stanford University from 1963 to 1968, died June 3 at his home on the Stanford campus from complications of pneumonia. Prof. Moser's publications include two important works of literary criticism and psychological biography, "Joseph Conrad: Achieveme...

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Michael Dan O'Connell
Feb. 12, 1941 - July 18, 2016
Woodside, CA
Surrounded by most of his immediate family, Michael passed away peacefully in his sleep. Having suffered from a neurological degenerative disease for 6 years, it was his time. Michael will truly be missed as he was loved by so many. His humor and his presents was always special, people would say he was the coolest guy they ever met, and he was. He was born in Columbus, Texas, to Mark Harol...

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Ellen O'Sullivan
May 4, 1941 - June 11, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Ellen O'Sullivan, a 44-year resident of Palo Alto, died peacefully on June 11, 2016. Ellen was born in New York City. She grew up in Westchester County and attended Queens College. She worked as an assistant buyer for Sears in Manhattan. She later specialized in placing employees for several staffing agencies. Ellen enjoyed a vacation to San Francisco so much that she moved there, living in ...

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Charles M. Packer
April 21, 1930 - July 10, 2016
Emerald Hills, California

Tags: veteran

Dr. Charles Maurice Packer was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 21, 1930, to Charles Bratton Hill and Helen Dorothy Hill. He died July 10, 2016, in Redwood City, Calif. At a young age, following the passing of his father, Charles was adopted by Austin Packer who had married his mother Helen. While Dr. Packer was in grade school, the family moved to Burlingame, Calif., where he graduate...

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Helen N. Poll
June 18, 1919 - June 4, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Helen Nelson Poll, a resident of Palo Alto since 1947, passed away peacefully in her home on June 4, 2016. She was 96 years old. She was born on June 18, 1919 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, a small town where she spent her youth. She was one of seven children. After attending business college, she served as a missionary in eastern Canada for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Th...

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Marlo Gilbert Prehn
Oct. 4, 1927 - June 3, 2016
Mountain View, California

Tags: veteran

Marlo Gilbert Prehn, passed away in Mountain View, California, on June 3, 2016. He lived in Palo Alto for 47 years before moving to Mountain View to retire with his wife, Ruth. He was born on a farm in Clear Lake, South Dakota in 1927. After graduating from high school he joined the Merchant Marines in 1945. In December of 1946 he married his childhood sweetheart, Ruth Staley, with whom he had...

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Billy Prior
1920 - June 21, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran

Billy Prior, a World War II veteran, who experienced the fury of the Buzz Bombs in London, was in the Battle of Normandy, was one of the first women soldiers to arrive in Paris after its liberation, and who received the Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star, has died. Prior, who was declared by the Palo Alto Historian as the person who was born in Palo Alto and lived here the longest, was the daught...

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Patricia Gayle Sanguinetti
Jan. 3, 1941 - June 24, 2016
Portola Valley, California
Patricia Gayle Sangunetti (born Patrica Gayle Eliopoulos) died peacefully at her home on Friday June 24, 2016 in Portola Valley where she was a 51 year resident. Born 1941 in Daly City, she moved to Portola Valley in 1965. She is survived by her two sons, Bruce F. Lovazzano Jr. and Gary J. Lovazzano from Woodside and her grandchildren, Kaila, Shae, Niccollo Isabella, and Valentina Lovazzano ...

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George Schumann
Oct. 10, 1954 - June 20, 2016
Palo Alto, California
George Robert Schumann III, 61, recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, died June 20, with his family by his side. Born in Palo Alto, George grew up in Mountain View, attending local schools and graduating from Los Altos High School in 1972. He learned the construction trade early on, working with Madlem Construction and eventually opening his own company, Westwood Design. Westwood buil...

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Joseph S Shakes
April 16, 1935 - June 11, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business, public service

Joe passed away at age 81 in the presence of his family on June 11, 2016, in Walnut Creek, California. He was a resident of Menlo Park and Palo Alto for over five decades. Joe was born in Gary, Indiana, to steel workers descended from Lithuanian immigrant coal miners. Joe was the first in his family to attend college, receiving a B.A. in music education from Oberlin College in 1957. During summ...

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Harvey Slate
March 19, 1928 - June 26, 2016
Menlo Park, California

Tags: veteran

Harvey Slate passed away peacefully on June 26. Following the loss of Barb, his beloved wife of 54 years, just three months prior. Born in Minneapolis to Margaret (Nathanson) and Morris Slate, he enjoyed shows his cousins performed in their basement and sparked a future career path by selling newspapers on the street corner. Following Morris’ death, Harvey moved to Tucson, Arizona, as...

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Willis T. Sperry
June 16, 1926 - July 20, 2016
Hughson, California

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator

Willis “Bill” Turner Sperry, age 90, passed away on July 20, 2016, in Hughson, California. Bill was born on June 16, 1926 in Algona, Iowa. He graduated from Greene High School. He graduated from Upper Iowa University with a bachelor's degree and received a Master’s degree from Drake University in Iowa. He was a World War II veteran and trained to be a pilot in the Naval Air Corps. H...

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Evelyn Barbara Stoops
Aug. 19, 1917 - June 20, 2016
Woodside, California

Tags: business

Evelyn Stoops, 98, passed away on June 20, 2016 at Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, CA. Born to Harold A. and Mary A. Mortola in Sausalito, CA on August 19, 1917, and raised in both San Francisco, CA and Woodside, CA along with her Sister, Sr. Marie Julie (Marcella Mortola) Dominican Order, who preceded Evelyn in death. Evelyn was a graduate of Notre Dame High School class of 1934 in San ...

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Kathleen Turner-Hubbard
July 13, 1952 - June 2, 2016
Stanford, California
Kathleen Adelle Turner-Hubbard died peacefully at her home in Stanford, California, on June 2, 2016 at the age of 63, following a courageous four-year battle with brain cancer. Born in Washington, Pennsylvania, to Louis and Alma Turner, she spent her early years in West Virginia, and at the age of 16 she and her family moved to California. After earning a degree in nursing from San Diego Sta...

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