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Laura Jane Rankin
April 21, 1919 - Feb. 19, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

A long and beautiful 95 years. "Lolly" was the eldest of three children born to Harold Freeman and Gratia Jones Freeman. She attended Whitewater College where she graduated with a teaching degree in 1942. She taught school in Muskegon, Michigan, and traveled to Caracas, Venezuela, to teach there. Upon her return she went to Lexington, Kentucky, to help her best friend with her new baby and met Car...

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Alice Roberts
Nov. 14, 1914 - Feb. 4, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Alice Tallmon Roberts, a 75-year resident of Palo Alto, died Wednesday, Feb. 4. She was 100. A native of Morgan Hill, she was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Roberts Jr. A longtime member of OES, PEO, DAR, Avenidas Art Class and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and a past member of the Palo Alto First Methodist Church. She was a caregiver over the years to family and friends; loved chil...

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Carl "Bud" Roberts
Nov. 8, 1935 - March 4, 2015
Atherton, California

Tags: teacher/educator, veteran

Carl "Bud" Roberts died Wednesday, March 4, 2015. at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Born Nov. 8, 1935, in Weymouth, Massachusetts, to Beulah Perry and Maxwell Roberts, he attended Springfield College where he was a member of the gymnastics team as well as the basketball and cross country teams. He received a Bachelors of Science in physical education from Springfield College and a Maste...

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Patricia Romelfanger
Aug. 4, 1932 - Feb. 8, 2015
Menlo Park, California
Pat passed away peacefully at home with her 2 daughters and one of her wonderful caregivers by her side. Pat was born in Scranton, PA. Pat graduated from Boston College and became a nurse. Her love of travel brought her to California where she could enjoy the coastline and Lake Tahoe. The color purple, butterflies, eating lobster, watching movies, listening to music, painting and watching ...

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Jenny Rudin
April 1, 1928 - Feb. 27, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator, arts/media

Jenny Rudin was a wife, mother and well-known violin teacher. Details of her life and work can be found on her website at www.sinfonietta.com....

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Ruth Naomi Sawyer-Clark
March 4, 1922 - Jan. 31, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business

Ruth Naomi Stockwell Sawyer Clark, a longtime Palo Alto resident, passed away peacefully after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's. She would have been 93 years old this March. Loving and caring for others was her calling in this life, as she found great joy and happiness as a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Ruth, the eldest of five children, was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota...

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Thomas D. Sege
May 17, 1926 - March 3, 2015
Woodside, California

Tags: business

Thomas ("Tom") D. Sege passed away peacefully at his home in Woodside, California, surrounded by his loving family and caretaker on March 3, 2015, at the age of 88, due to complications from Alzheimer's. Born on May 17, 1926, in Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia (now Serbia), he lived the majority of his life in Los Altos Hills and Woodside, CA. Tom, his parents Aladar and Shari and brother Georg...

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Andrew James Short
Oct. 10, 1970 - March 1, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Jaimee Short passed away peacefully on March 1, 2015. He is survived by his mother, Helen; sisters, Kelly and Kendra; nephews, Bryan, Matthew and Aidan; and niece, Amelia. Jaimee was predeceased in death by his father, Ronald. Jaimee was a graduate of Palo Alto High School and San Jose State University. He was also a member of the PGA. He will always be remembered for his love of good wine and foo...

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Robert Clark Sleeper
March 17, 1938 - Feb. 11, 2015
Palo Alto, California
At rest in Palo Alto, Feb. 11, 2015, Robert Clark Sleeper. Robert was born in Larchmont, New York, on March 17, 1938, to George E. Sleeper Jr. and Winifred McCargar. Robert was a descendant of California pioneers and lived the majority of his life in Northern California. Robert earned his B.A. in illustration from Art Center in Los Angeles, California. On Feb. 24, 1962, Robert married Marina Gy...

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Edith Sommer
Dec. 25, 1927 - Feb. 4, 2015
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: teacher/educator, arts/media

Edith was born and raised in Chicago, educated at the University of Illinois, and was married in 1948. She and her husband Simon moved to Palo Alto in 1949 and created a very full life together. They had three boys - Paul, Jon and Jeremy. Edith was many things to many people - artist, teacher, traveler, reader, poet, student, theater-and- ballet-lover, daughter, wife, mother, and dear, dear f...

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Marvin Morton Wax
April 24, 1923 - Jan. 28, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: arts/media, veteran

Marvin Morton Wax, prolific graphic artist-photographer and resident of Palo Alto, California for over 50 years, died after a battle with prostate cancer at his home with family and close friends on Jan. 28 at the age of 91. Born in 1923, Marvin graduated on full scholarship from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Marvin leaves behind a legacy of photography,...

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Rudolf Henry Wegman
Dec. 27, 1926 - Feb. 17, 2015
Redwood City, California
Rudolf Henry Wegman Dec 27, 1926 - Feb 17, 2015 Rudolf Henry Wegman, 88, died peacefully Feb 17, 2015, in Redwood City. "Rudy" was born in Uster, Switzerland, on Dec 27, 1926, to Heinrich and Alwina Wegmann. Rudy was raised on a dairy farm with his three siblings. As a young man, he learned the nursery trade. Rudy left Switzerland in 1950 and came to the United States. In 1956 he mar...

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Ed Wells
Aug. 15, 1923 - Feb. 7, 2015
Portola Valley, California

Tags: public service, business, veteran

Edwin A. Wells Jr. municipal finance consultant, civil engineer, Stanford graduate, Wolrd War II Army veteran, civic volunteer died peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2014, surrounded by family at his home of more than 50 years in Portola Valley, California. He was 91. Born in Palo Alto, California, Ed was the eldest son of Edwin A. Wells Sr. and Mildred In de Betou Thompson Wells. He gra...

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Leon Edwin Wentz
1937 - Feb. 28, 2015
Menlo Park, California

Tags: veteran

Leon E. Wentz, 77, of Menlo Park, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 28 at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. A devoted husband, father and man of integrity, Leon had a terrific sense of humor, big heart and was extremely generous. Born at Stanford Hospital the same day the Golden Gate Bridge opened, Leon grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from Palo Alto High in 1955. A s...

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