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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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Michael Jacob
Dec. 28, 1954 - Jan. 24, 2016
Grover Beach, California
Michael Jacob, 61, passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2016. Mike was born in San Francisco and grew up in Mountain View. Mike graduated from Awalt High School in 1973. He married in 1982 and moved to Fresno and then recently to Grover Beach. He had a love for nature and music, but most of all he had an immense love for his family and friends. Mike always placed others before himself and would ofte...

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Elner Marie Copeland
March 20, 1916 - Jan. 20, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Born in Plainview, Iowa, March 20, 1916, Elner Marie Copeland, affectionately known by her family as "Grandma Bug," will surely be missed. She passed away peacefully Jan. 20, 2016, eight weeks shy of her 100th birthday. An avid hiker, she loved to cook, sew, bake and share her wisdom with friends, always having time for her family, especially her grandchildren. She lived life to the fullest, tr...

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R. Hewlett Lee
May 19, 1926 - Jan. 20, 2016
Palo Alto, California
R. Hewlett "Hewey" Lee, M.D., a leader for decades in medical affairs in Palo Alto, Stanford University and statewide, died Wednesday after several years of declining health. He was 89. Dr. Lee was known for his skill as a surgeon, his warmth with patients and others, and his sense of humor. He had been recognized by numerous professional awards during his life. "He was a surgeon's surgeon,"...

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Joan T. Breitmeyer
Jan. 12, 1926 - Jan. 19, 2016
Holland, Michigan

Tags: business, arts/media

Joan Thomas Breitmeyer passed away peacefully of natural causes in Holland, Michigan, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the age of 90 after a full life. She is survived by her four children, JoAnne and Melinda Breitmeyer of Palo Alto, California, James B. Breitmeyer of Rancho Santa Fe, California, and Philip Breitmeyer of Manhattan, Kansas; and her three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Morgan and James F. Brei...

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Lori Luft
June 23, 1947 - Jan. 16, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Lori Luft, longtime psychotherapist, active member of Congregation Beth Am, wife of Hal Luft, mother of two, grandmother of three and friend to many, died peacefully at home in Palo Alto on Jan. 16. She was 68. Diagnosed with an aggressive cancer one year ago, Lori wrote a blog throughout her last year, describing her journey and using it as a vehicle for teaching over 200 others about feeling ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Israel Zehavi
Jan. 6, 1950 - Jan. 12, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business

On Jan. 12, 2016, Israel Zehavi passed away due to complications from Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy. He was 66 years old. During his last week and as he passed, at his bedside he was comforted by his wife of 23 years, Kathryn Zehavi, as well as his daughter, stepdaughters, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, niece and his wonderful caretaker, Longo. Israel was born in Tel Aviv on Ja...

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Christopher James Martinez
Dec. 18, 1969 - Jan. 12, 2016
East Palo Alto, California

Tags: sports

Christopher James Martinez Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 12, 2016. His last days were spent at home surrounded by his family in East Palo Alto, California. Chris was born in Redwood City on Dec. 18 in 1969 to Jackie and John Martinez. At age 13 he moved to Iowa where he enjoyed playing football and running track while in high school. Chris returned to California at the age ...

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Alfred Ernest Werry Jr.
Dec. 10, 1924 - Jan. 10, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Alfred Ernest Werry Jr. passed away peacefully on Jan. 10, 2016. A second-generation Palo Alto native, Al attended Palo Alto High and Menlo College. Al was part owner of Werry Electric for 43 years. His father, Al Werry Sr., opened Werry Electric on University Avenue in Palo Alto in 1912. After retiring, Al and his wife, Ann, left Palo Alto and divided their time between Lake Tahoe in the summe...

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Oleg Jardetzky
Feb. 11, 1929 - Jan. 10, 2016
Stanford, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Dr. Oleg Jardetzky passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the age of 86. Oleg was a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine for over 40 years. He was the founder and director of the Stanford Magnetic Resonance Laboratory (SMRL), where he led pioneering biological research using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Oleg was born Feb. 11, 1929, in B...

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