Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - February 28, 2014

Obituaries

Mary Catherine Cunha

Mary Catherine Cunha, 87, died on Feb. 14 after a short illness.

She was born in South Dartmouth, Mass., in 1926 and raised in New Bedford. She moved to California in 1950 with her husband Bill Cunha, a Menlo Park fireman. They were married for 60 years. She moved to Menlo Park from Palo Alto in 1965 and was a longtime parishioner at St. Denis Church. She often greeted people at Sunday mass and waved to neighbors and friends around town.

She worked at Stanford's Student Health Services as an administrative assistant for almost 17 years and remembered those years fondly. She was known as a woman of faith and an animal person.

She is survived by her daughters Susan Moerk of Redwood City; Cathy Cunha of Woodside; and Cindy Cinha of Portola Valley; as well as her brother Joe Santos of Menlo Park; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Denis Church at 2250 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pets in Need in Redwood City.

Francis J. Carney

Francis (Frank) Carney, 73, died on Feb. 17 following a brief illness.

Frank was born Oct. 26, 1940, in Queens, N.Y. A graduate of Iona College in 1962, he served six years in the Navy. He married his wife Margaret in 1967 and soon after moved to California. They settled in Menlo Park in 1972, where he remained for the rest of his life. He worked as a probation officer and family court mediator for San Mateo County.

He was actively involved in many community issues. As a tree-lover, he participated in the non-profit Trees for Menlo, which has planted sycamore trees along El Camino Real.

He is survived by Margaret Carney; son Patrick Carney and his wife Juliette; son Kevin Hughes Carney and his wife Anne; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m. at the Lucie Stern Community Center at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to JW Hospitality House in Santa Clara.

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