Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - July 19, 2013

Deaths

Alfred Paul Johnson

Alfred Paul Johnson of Temecula, Calif., died on June 25.

He was born in Palo Alto on March 24, 1929. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1947 and received a B.A. in history from Stanford University in 1950. He also studied psychology for a time at a Catholic seminary, but received a Master's degree in history and teaching credentials from the University of San Francisco.

Although he began his career as a high school teacher, he went on to work for the American Red Cross and for various agencies of the federal government: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America); Community Action Program; Paperwork Commission; and the Federal Railway Administration. During his time in Washington, D.C., he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from George Mason University in 1982. After taking early retirement from the federal government he enrolled at the Unity School of Christianity in Lee Summit, Miss., and became a Unity minister in 1992. He relocated to Southern California where he served Unity congregations in Hemet, Lancaster and Temecula.

After his retirement, he remained active in the church and his community. He was stricken by a sudden illness in mid June, and was hospitalized for a short period. His situation deteriorated and he returned home under hospice care. He died later that day, on June 25, attended by his son Michael and friends from his church. Surviving him are his children: Alfred, Michael, Mark, Robert and Ann; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and seven step-children. He is also survived by his wife, Dolores.

A memorial service will be held on July 27 at 11 a.m. at the Unity Church at 140 N. Buena Vista Road in Hemet, California. His ashes will be spread at the Rose Garden at Unity Village in Lee Summit, Miss. on Sept. 19.

Joyce Vincenti

Joyce Vincenti, age 95 and six-decade resident of Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills, died on July 13.

Born Joyce Hancock Weaver on Feb. 21, 1918 in San Francisco, she grew up with her mother in Southern California, attending Hollywood High School before going to Occidental College, where she majored in art. For eight years she taught grade-schoolers in the town of Rosemead, Calif., east of Los Angeles. In June of 1947, she was returning from a teaching stint in Cuba, when her westbound train was stalled in Council Bluffs, Iowa by a flood. She was perched on the steps of her railcar, she met Walter Vincenti, who was en route from an engineering conference in Washington, D.C. Later that year they married, then set up house in the Bay Area, where they raised two children and lived together for 66 years. She was a cook and taught the craft to her nieces. As a painter in oil and acrylics of portraits, landscapes, and abstract works, she had solo exhibits and was shown at Gallery House, the Los Altos Town Hall and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She traveled the world, was a theater- and concert-goer and volunteered at Stanford Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Walter Vincenti of Palo Alto, Calif.; her daughter, Margi Vincenti-Brown of Cornillon-Confoux, France; her son, Marc Vincenti, of Palo Alto; grandchildren Genevieve Thueux and Juliette Harris of the United Kingdom; and two great-grandchildren.

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