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Peter Louis Pavlina
Oct. 17, 1925 - Aug. 22, 2014
Los Altos Hills, California
Community leader Peter Louis Pavlina passed away Aug. 22 at his home after a short illness. He was born Oct. 17, 1925 in Mountain View, California. His father Luka immigrated in 1913, and his mother Kate Grcich in 1920. Both entered the U.S. through Ellis Island. They met in Mountain View and married in 1921. They were orchardists raising apricots, cherries and prunes in the Santa Clara Valley...

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Janet Walter Pringle
Aug. 17, 1917 - Aug. 9, 2014
Portola Valley, California
Janet Walter Pringle passed away at 97 at the Sequoias in Portola Valley on August 9. Janet grew up in Sacramento and later attended UC Berkeley, where she met many lifelong friends. She married E. Covington Pringle (Covie) in 1949 and they spent the early part of their marriage in Red Bluff and San Anselmo. They settled in Woodland in 1952, shortly after their son Bob was born. Janet...

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Murle Ranney Rack
Feb. 26, 1918 - Aug. 16, 2014
La Jolla, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Murle Ranney Rack wife, mother of four and retired teacher and musician, passed away in La Jolla, California, surrounded by her loving family on Aug. 16, 2014 at the age of 96. Murle was born in Dodge, North Dakota, on Feb. 26, 1918. She was the first of four daughters born to Cecil and Ruth Ranney. A graduate of Minot Teachers College, she had a fulfilling career as a English, math and band te...

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Shahriar Rahimzadeh
Aug. 29, 1981 - July 23, 2014
Atherton, California
ATHERTON, CA - Our beloved Shahriar Rahimzadeh, aged 32, son, brother, nephew, cousin, and loyal friend to many, departed this world on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after being struck by a vehicle as he was walking home. While Shahriar's life would seem too short, those who knew him are trying to accept that the quality of his existence far exceeded the quantity of time in which h...

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Mary Louise Riviello
Nov. 1, 1933 - July 10, 2014
Menlo Park, California
MENLO PARK, CA Mary Louise Franceschini Riviello, 80, passed away July 10, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Mary was born November 1, 1933, in Stanford, CA, to Margaret Fabbro Franceschini and Angelo Franceschini. She graduated from Notre Dame de Namur High School in Belmont, California, and attended Notre Dame de Namur College in Belmont, California. Mary was devoted to the Cath...

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Bernard Roth
Jan. 21, 1923 - Aug. 23, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran

Bernie Roth was born to Kalman and Miriam Roth in Brooklyn, New York. Bernie was 91 years old. He married his high school sweetheart, Toby Gartman, and they had a wonderful life together for 70 years. She preceded him in death two years ago. Bernie served in WWII in the Army/Air Force, with the 447 squadron in a B-17 as a bombardier, and flew 80 missions. Upon his return from the war, he manage...

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Helen Virginia Smith
Oct. 18, 1921 - July 12, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Helen Virginia Smith, who lived in Palo Alto 60 years and served as president of the Palo Alto Art Club (now the Pacific Art League), died suddenly Saturday, July 12. She was 92. Friends knew her as a teacher, painter, actress, gourmet cook, arts patron and as a warm and caring friend with a sharp Southern wit, dignified bearing and a sympathetic ear. Born Helen Rising on Oct. 18, 1921, in C...

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Ruth Budlong Sothern
March 5, 1918 - Aug. 6, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Ruth Budlong Sothern passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2014, at the age of 96 in Palo Alto. Ruth was born March 5, 1918, to Wanton Sweet Budlong and Elka Garling Budlong in the Town of Colonie, New York. She graduated from Nott Terrace High School, June 23, 1936. After one year at Russell Sage College from 1936 to 37, she was forced to leave due to the death of her mother. She graduated from...

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James Charles Vaughan
March 30, 1935 - Aug. 14, 2014
Santa Rosa, California

Tags: public service

James Charles Vaughan, 79, died unexpectedly but peacefully during his sleep Aug. 14, 2014 in Santa Rosa, California, after many years coping with multiple sclerosis and confined to an electric wheelchair. Jim Vaughan was born March 30, 1935, in Utica, New York to James Baker Vaughan and Marianna Le Richeux and received his engineering degree from Cornell University in 1959. Jim lived with h...

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