Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - July 4, 2014

Obituaries

Susan Kazul

Susan Catherine McGlaughlin Kazul, a resident of and volunteer in Palo Alto, died on June 3 surrounded by her family at her home. She was 73.

Also known as Suzy, she was born on Aug. 5, 1940, in Wyandotte, Michigan, to Nicholas and Charlotte McGlaughlin. She went on to study nursing at the University of Michigan, receiving her degree in 1962. Afterward she worked as a registered nurse in both hospitals and the community. In 1968, she married Stanley Kazul, and together they raised a family in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

In 1997, she and Stanley retired in Palo Alto. She volunteered with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Health Resource Center as a nurse health educator. Throughout her life, she played golf devotedly, appreciated the arts and created numerous family traditions.

She was predeceased by her two brothers, Patrick and Michael McGlaughlin. She is survived by her husband, Stanley Charles Kazul; daughter, Charlotte Van Wagner of Sacramento; daughter Jennifer Saavedra (Raul) of Tiburon, California; son, Timothy Kazul (Julia) of Mill Valley, California; and four grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters: Mollie Weber (Tom) of Saugatuck, Michigan; Katy McCord (Rob) of San Rafael, California; Janie Zemba (Richard) of Dearborn, Michigan; and Annie Sexton (Jim) of Eugene, Oregon.

A memorial service will be held on July 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto. Interment will be in St. Paul on the Lake Columbarium in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, on Sept. 6. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of Michigan School of Nursing Class of 1962 Funds for the Future (leadersandbest.umich.edu/tributes).

Alvin Menting

Alvin "Al" J. Menting, a former resident of Palo Alto, died on June 8 at Holy Cross Village in Notre Dame, Indiana. He was 87.

He was born on April 23, 1927, and grew up with 11 other siblings on a dairy farm in Phlox, Wisconsin. He served in the Navy's Air Force during World War II.

Not long after, he began working for United Airlines, a career that lasted for more than 33 years until his retirement in 1981. He lived in Palo Alto for about 50 years, flying a 747 route for United Airlines between San Francisco and Hawaii. He married his second wife, Montel, in 1972.

Beyond work, he served as an officer with the Palo Alto Elks and volunteered for many years at Stanford Hospital. He also helped lead relief efforts in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Palo Leyte, Philippines. He enjoyed building, constructing his own swimming pool and modifying automobiles. He and his wife also traveled often.

He and Montel moved to the Holy Cross Village retirement community in Notre Dame in 2002, and as his health declined he was cared for at the Dujarie nursing facility there.

He is survived by his wife, Montel Hawkesworth Menting, and four children he adopted with his first wife, Marion, who is deceased: Tina Smith, Tony Menting, Terri Setnick and Ted Menting. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mary Grabner Employee Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 839, Notre Dame, IN 46556, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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