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Elsie Nahmens
July 15, 1917 - Sept. 7, 2014
Redwood City, California
Our dear mother Elsie Nahmens passed away September 7 at 97. Elsie was born in Nuremberg, Germany and moved to the U.S. in 1927. She graduated from Commerce High in San Francisco and attended SF State. She took a summer job as a nanny for the daughter of James Rolf, the former governor of California. She soon moved to the Rolf's Portola Valley ranch known as the Pony Tracks. Today, her oldest son ...

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David S. Nivison
Jan. 17, 1923 - Oct. 16, 2014
Los Altos, California

Tags: teacher/educator, veteran

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home. His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that street. He was born January 17, 1923 in Farmingdale, Maine. In 1944 he married Cornelia (Green), who died in 2008. He was the loving father of Louise Mc...

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Cecile Pichel
March 24, 1925 - Oct. 1, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Cecile Pichel, Wife, Mother, Marriage and Family Counselor Cecile (Cece) Pichel, an Atherton resident for 50 years, died on October 1 at age 89 at VI of Palo Alto. An outgoing, sweet-tempered and tender-hearted lady who everyone adored, Cece remained vital and positive her entire life. Born in Brooklyn in 1925 and raised in New York, Cece met her husband of 59 years, Julian Pichel, at Penn ...

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Margaret "Meg" Reed O'Malley
Feb. 15, 1923 - Oct. 12, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: arts/media

A longtime resident of Palo Alto, Meg was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was an accomplished painter and professional designer, generous volunteer in the art and school communities, vibrant friend and extraordinary hostess. She passed away peacefully in Napa, California. Born Margaret Millward Cave in Long Beach, California, to Wayne Bea Cave, an editor of the Los Angeles Times, an...

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Reuben Schadler
April 9, 1939 - Oct. 9, 2014
Merced, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Born in Jamestown, North Dakota, Reuben graduated from the College of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and moved to Palo Alto in 1967 where he taught mathematics at Jordan Junior High and Cubberley, Gunn and Paly high schools before retiring in 1995 and moving to Merced. Reuben enjoyed the teachers' parties, playing recreational league sports, his guitar and lots of bridge. He coached golf and e...

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Robert T. Schimke
Oct. 25, 1932 - Sept. 6, 2014
Palo Alto, California

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

Robert Tod Schimke, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Stanford University, died on Sept. 6, 2014, at age 81, following several months of declining health. Born in Spokane, Washington, he received A.B. and M.D. degrees from Stanford University, followed by residency training for two years at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He served in the Public Health Service at the National Institutes of He...

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Phyllis Havens Van De Mark
Jan. 19, 1927 - Sept. 29, 2014
Corte Madera, California

Tags: public service, teacher/educator

Phyllis Van De Mark passed away on Sept. 29. Though she resided in Corte Madera since 2012, her real home of 51 years was Menlo Park. While living here she worked for SRI, received her master's in chemistry from San Jose State, taught chemistry at West Valley, Ohlone, & San Jose State, volunteered with the Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped Program, helped start and maintain the Menlo Pa...

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Fernando Giuseppe Vescia
Nov. 1, 1926 - Sept. 2, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service, teacher/educator

Dr. Fernando Vescia, dear husband, father, grandfather and treasured friend, passed away at his Palo Alto home on Sept. 2, 2014, at the age of 87. Fernando was deeply loved by his family, who were with him when he died. During his long life, Fernando was always fascinated by history and had a prodigious memory for dates and details; he loved the written word, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the fragran...

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