Publication Date: Wednesday Jul 12, 1995


George Leon Carrie

George Leon Carrie, 75, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died June 29 at home after an long illness. A U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II, he spent time at sea on the Jeremiah O'Brien, which recently participated in the 50th anniversary D-Day ceremonies. His family founded the city's first dry cleaners, City of Paris and Cardinal Cleaners. He carried on the business, opening Willman-Carrie Carpet Cleaners. A member of the Palo Alto Lions Club, he served as president from 1957-'58. In 1994, he received the Craig P. Calkins Award for outstanding service to the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance. In the beginning days of the event, he got city permits, repaired old signs, erected new ones and prepared them for lettering at his home workshop. He also was a lifetime member of the Palo Alto Elks Club. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Carrie of Palo Alto; a son, George Carrie Jr. of Palo Alto; a daughter, Susan Oliveira of Granite Bay; three grandchildren; and three stepchildren. Services will be private.

Robert F. Griffith

Robert F. Griffith, 78, a longtime Menlo Park resident, died July 2 at Stanford Hospital. A native of Oakland, he worked in distribution and circulation for the San Francisco Call-Bulletin and Chronicle newspapers until his retirement in 1988. He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services have been held.

Martha Anna Gundersen

Martha Anna Gundersen, 88, a former 13-year Menlo Park resident, died June 26 at home in Mountain View. Born in Norway, she had lived in California for 67 years, 47 of them on the Peninsula. A homemaker, she memorized and sang hundreds of Christian songs, and was a charter member of Grace Lutheran Church. She is survived by two daughters, Solvay "Beverly" Beames of Palo Alto and Sonja Manolis of Foster City; a son, Morris Gundersen of Palo Alto; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA 94301.


Andrea Selven Guy

Andrea Selven Guy, 61, a Menlo Park resident for 30 years, died July 3 at her home. A native of Bournemouth, England, she had lived in California since 1970 and was store manager of Guy Plumbing and Heating. She enjoyed collecting art deco antiques and worked as a dealer through the Antique Emporium in Palo Alto. She is survived by her husband, Roger Guy of Menlo Park; and two daughters, Kimberly Newman of Campbell and Karen Selven of Menlo Park. Services have been held. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Daniel J. McGanney Jr.

Daniel J. McGanney Jr., 70, an Atherton resident, died June 27 at home. Born in San Francisco, he grew up in San Mateo. After graduating from Bellarmine Prep School and Stanford University, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific in World War II. In 1957, he opened the first West Coast office of Lionel D. Edie and Company, Inc., a New York investment counseling firm, which he managed until the firm was sold to Merrill Lynch 12 years later. As one of the pioneer venture capitalists in the Silicon Valley, he started P.M. Investment Company in 1962. He also founded California Pacific Commercial Corporation, a diversified real estate/investment firm. Upon his death, he was chairman of the board of both companies. A 47-year member of the Menlo Country Club, he was active at Menlo School and College as a trustee and former chairman of the Athletic Board. At Stanford University, he served as chairman of the Athletic Board and was vice president of the Athletic Department Investment Fund. His family was actively involved with Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton for four generations. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mae-Jeanne Peterson McGanney of Atherton; two sons, Dan McGanney III of Atherton and Peter McGanney of Jackson, Wyo.; a daughter, Karen McGanney of Menlo Park; two brothers, Ned McGanney of San Francisco and Tom McGanney of New York; a sister, Janet Lederie of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three grandchildren. Services have been held.

Charles Robert Rundell

Charles Robert Rundell, 52, a resident of Palo Alto for 30 years, died June 30 at Stanford Hospital. Born in Madison, Wisc., and raised on a dairy farm, he served for three years in Korea as a member of the U.S. Army Band. Later, he earned a bachelor's degree in art from San Jose State University. A graphic artist and design engineer for several South Bay companies, he was active in community youth sports and local school activities. He is survived by his wife, Betty Rundell of Palo Alto; three sons, Doyle Rundell, Travis Rundell, and Jordan Rundell, all of Palo Alto; and three brothers, Richard Rundell, David Rundell and Robert Rundell of Livingston, Wisc. Services have been held. A memorial fund for the family has been established at Wells Fargo Bank, 505 California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306, care of Tracy Pruitt.

Conway B. Sonne

Conway B. Sonne, 77, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died June 30 of a heart attack. Born in Logan, Utah, he graduated from Utah State University and received a MBA from Harvard Business School. During World War II, he served as an officer in the United States Quartermaster Corps. After he completed his education, he joined the Standard Oil Company of California, where he worked for 30 years, retiring as assistant treasurer of the company. An avid historian, he published several articles and books on a variety of subjects, including sailing ships and historical figures of the Western United States. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and participated on the board of many charitable and non-profit organizations, serving as trustee of the National Maritime Museum Association. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine Wintch Sonne of Manti, Utah; four sons, Scott Sonne of San Diego, Alan Sonne of Redlands, Marc Sonne of Palos Verdes, and Carl Sonne of Glendale; three brothers, Richard B. Sonne of Sacramento, Alma Sonne Jr. of Atascadero and Norman Lee Sonne of Salt Lake City; a sister, Faye Stucki of Logan, Utah; and eight grandchildren. Services have been held. Contributions may be made to the Alma Sonne Scholarship Fund, Utah State University, care of A. Sonne, 1409 Elizabeth St., Redlands, CA 92373.

Arthur B.C. Walker Sr.

Arthur B.C. Walker Sr., 93, a Stanford resident for the past year, died July 4 at his home. A native of Barbados, West Indies, he resided in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., before coming to Stanford. An attorney for the city of New York, he is survived by a son, Arthur B.C. Walker Jr. of Stanford; a grandchild; a brother, Drayton Walker of New York; four sisters, Eloise Phills of New York, and Eileen Radix, Beryl Stephens and Edna Duggan, all of St. Vincent, West Indies. Contributions may be made to the Mid-Peninsula Home Care and Hospice, 65 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

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