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John Edwin Nittler
April 28, 1919 - Dec. 8, 2015
Palo Alto, California
John E. Nittler died peacefully at his home in Palo Alto, California, on Dec. 8, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was 96 years young. John was born in Shickley, Nebraska, on April 28, 1919, where he graduated high school and helped his father on the family farm. He hitchhiked to California in 1940 where he found work on the Mapes Ranch in Modesto milking cows. In 1942 he moved to Palo Alt...

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Jim Rand
May 8, 1935 - Dec. 11, 2015
Santa Clara, California

Tags: teacher/educator, veteran

James D. Rand of Lincoln, California, died peacefully at his home on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at the age of 80. Jim, as he was known to his friends, was born in Eagle River, Wisconsin, on May 8, 1935. He was the eighth of nine children (eight boys and one girl) born to Clarence and Laura (Heehn) Rand. Jim attended elementary school and high school in Eagle River, played sports in high school, and...

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Mary Roberts Ripley
March 19, 1915 - Jan. 27, 2016
Portola Valley, CA, California

Tags: public service

Mary Ripley has been a resident of The Sequoias in Portola Valley for over 25 years. A graduate of Marlborough School in Los Angeles, she dedicated her life to volunteering around the world. Mary was the 1959 Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year. She was a founding member of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and the American Women for International Understanding (AWIU). ...

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Kenyon Gerald Scott
June 24, 1955 - Jan. 6, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Kenyon Gerald Scott passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 6 at his home in Palo Alto, California. He was 60 years old. Kenyon was born on June 24, 1955, in San Jose, California to his parents Joan and Jerry Scott. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1977 with a degree in earth sciences. He was one of the founding members of the ZBT fraternity on campus. Kenyon loved Berkeley and was a devoted Cal Be...

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Keith Slack
May 20, 1924 - Jan. 3, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Keith Vollmer Slack passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2016, at age 91, holding hands with Helen, his best friend and wife of 52 years. Keith was born on May 20, 1924, in Louisville, Kentucky, to James Warrren Slack and Emily Louise (Knecht) Slack. He had a lifelong interest in science and nature, and love of the outdoors and animals. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II as a weath...

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Sam Smidt
May 1, 1931 - Jan. 12, 2016
Menlo Park, California

Tags: business, teacher/educator, arts/media, veteran

Graphic designer and artist Sam Smidt refined his unique style of nuance, wit and sophistication in a career spanning more than 50 years. Sam passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the age of 84, joining his lifelong partner and wife, Marlene, in heaven. He was a loving father to Nathan and Becca, and proud grandfather to Sarah Kirby-Smidt. Sam Smidt was born in Peabody, Massachusetts, in 1931, a...

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Dorothy Steimle
Jan. 5, 1920 - Jan. 15, 2016
Santa Rosa, California
Dorothy Bates Steimle, a resident of Santa Rosa, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 15, 2016, ten days after her 96th birthday. Dorothy "Rusty" Steimle was born on Jan. 5, 1920, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her future husband Jerome G. Steimle, migrated independently to San Francisco after WWII, met, married and raised five children in the Bay Area Peninsula community of Ladera. While rais...

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Robert G. Stienstra Sr.
Oct. 22, 1925 - Jan. 13, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business, veteran

Robert G. Stienstra Sr., a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside in Gilroy on Jan. 13, 2016. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Oct. 22, 1925. Mr. Stienstra married his high school sweetheart, Eleanor Day, on April 5, 1947. They celebrated their 68th anniversary last April. They started a family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before moving to Palo Alt...

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James Stephen Stutsman
Aug. 3, 1964 - Dec. 12, 2015
Arcata, California
One of the funniest people to ever walk this Earth, James Stephen Stutsman, age 51, unexpectedly passed away December 12, 2015. A former May Day King, Jimmy happily lived in Woodside, where he attended Woodside Nursery, Elementary and High Schools. He left our town to attend college in Eureka, California, and never returned but to occasionally play music at the Pioneer Saloon and see frien...

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James Stephen Stutsman
Aug. 3, 1964 - Dec. 12, 2015
Eureka, California
It is with great sadness of the sudden passing our beloved James Stephen Stutsman on December 12, 2015 at a young age of 51, born at Mercy Hospital in San Mateo, CA on August 3, 1964. He was also known as Jim or Jimmy through his family and friends. He was a former “May Day” King during his elementary years where he resided in Woodside, CA until he was 18 years old; attended nursery and late...

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William Donald Graham Stutsman
Nov. 7, 1924 - Jan. 1, 2016
Auburn, Washington

Tags: veteran

Don Stutsman, a 5th generation California native and former resident of Woodside, passed quietly in his sleep. He was a resident of Woodside for 10 years, participating in community theater, The Woodside Village Church, The Mounted Patrol, The California Ski Patrol, as well as the endless weekend round-robin partying Woodside once enjoyed. A self-teacher and boot-strapper, Don, like his fath...

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Marilyn Terman
Dec. 20, 1939 - Dec. 20, 2015
Mountain View, California
Marilyn Terman passed away at home on her 76th birthday. She is survived by her husband Terry, sons Jim and Martin, sister Judy, niece Brooke and beloved grand nieces Courtney and Audrey. Marilyn loved reading about English and American history, attending local theatrical productions and singing in her church's choir. She also served as the treasurer of the Los Altos/Mountain View League of Wom...

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Virginia Townsend
Oct. 22, 1919 - Dec. 30, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Longtime Los Altos and Palo Alto resident Virginia Anderson "Andy" Townsend passed away at the age of 96 in San Rafael, California, on Dec. 30, 2015, after a long, active and healthy life. She was born on Oct. 22, 1919, in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Alfred Oscar Anderson and Gena Berger Anderson. Virginia was proud of her 100 percent Norwegian heritage, which she was able to trace back through...

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James E. Van
March 18, 1932 - Jan. 13, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Dr. James E. Van died on Wednesday, Jan. 13, of natural causes. He was 83. He was born in Longview, Texas in 1932. When he was 10 his family moved to San Francisco where he would eventually attend George Washington High School. He majored in chemistry and worked as a research chemist for Tenneco Corporation until finding his true calling in education. He enrolled at UC Berkeley and was placed a...

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Arthur Gregg von Thaden
March 23, 1932 - Jan. 14, 2016
Mill Valley, California
Arthur Gregg von Thaden peacefully passed away of complications from pneumonia at age 83 surrounded by loved ones. He is remembered as a man of sharp intelligence, quick wit and warm humor, unflagging integrity in both his personal and professional life, and an uncanny ability to recall very specific dates of his every past event! He was born to Arthur Herman and Helen Louise von Thaden in Was...

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