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Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - October 11, 2013

Deaths

Christopher Bruce Berryessa

Christopher (Skip) Bruce Berryessa died at his Palo Alto home on Oct. 1. He was 71 and had been ill for the past few years after his retirement as a cemetery worker at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, where he had worked for 35 years.

Born on Oct. 2, 1942, his ancestors left Mexico in 1776, traveling north in horse-drawn wagons with Juan Bautista DeAnza. They settled in the area now known as the Presidio of San Francisco.

He married Doris Jacquelyn Stromberg on Sept. 13, 1962, in Mountain View. They celebrated 50 years of marriage last year. He also served in the U.S. Navy in his early years.

His three children are Christopher, Robert and Darlene Berryessa. He is also survived by grandchildren.

Peter Hom

Peter Hom, of Palo Alto, died on Oct. 3. He was 82.

A Menlo Park native, he received a B.S. in accounting from U.C. Berkeley. After serving in the U.S. Army in the Korean War, he went to law school and received a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School.

He later married Gloria, who survives him. They lived in Palo Alto and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

He practiced law for almost 40 years in Santa Clara County, where he was one of the first Chinese attorneys. He was also a fisherman, card player and sports fan. He loved spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, and harvesting the fruit trees in his backyard. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, where he enjoyed the community and music.

He is survived by his three daughters: Patricia Hoo and Jennifer Lai of Menlo Park and Leslie Hom of San Francisco. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Elizabeth, Peter, Timothy, Gloria Paige and Samantha.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the First Congregational Church in Palo Alto.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 19 at at the First Congregational Church in Palo Alto.

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