Kathleen Prior (born Kathleen Wineman) of Palo Alto, wife of Christopher Prior, mother of Matthew, Mark, Andrew and Christine, and teacher of many preschoolers, died at home June 14. She was 55.
She fought a long battle with cancer, living to see her two youngest children graduate from high school in early June.
She was born Nov. 12, 1956, in Harvey, Ill. She moved to Menlo Park and attended local schools including Woodside High School. She graduated from Stanford University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in history and honors in humanities. She earned her MBA degree at Cornell University in 1984. She then worked for several years as a financial analyst for two aerospace companies before stopping to raise her young children.
She returned to work the past eight years as a teacher at Parents Nursery School in Palo Alto. She was an avid reader, swimmer and backpacker. She enjoyed many family vacations to Hawaii and Carmel and was a long-time member of Foothills Tennis and Swimming Club.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Christopher; her four children; her father, Paul Wineman of Palo Alto, Calif.; brothers, Bruce Wineman of New York City, N.Y., and Scott Wineman of Mountain View, Calif.; uncles, John Abel of Malibu and Neil Wineman of Sisters, Ore.; and many cousins. Private services will be held.
Mildred Karabatas of Palo Alto died June 25.
She was born in Boston, Mass., in 1916, the daughter of Ernest and Mildred Knight. She met her future husband, Chris, at a mutual friend's party and their relationship took them across the country three times between Lexington, Mass., and Palo Alto/San Jose, Calif., while he was working at Varian Associates.
She and her husband enjoyed traveling, touring the west coast and visiting their son, Chris, and his wife, Natalie, in Las Vegas and Europe. She was an avid bridge player and spent hours playing bridge with the girls at The Villages Golf and Country Club for more than 25 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Chris, her son, Bill, and her grandson, Chris. She is survived by her sons, Art (Janis), Stan, Chris (Natalie) and Larry (Stephanie); her daughter, Valerie (Craig); seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.