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Helga Victoria Ingeborg Medearis
Jan. 4, 1933 - May 16, 2017
Davis, California

A memorial service for Helga Medearis, resident of Davis, California will be held at 10:00 AM, June 24, 2017 at the Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road, Davis, CA Helga Medearis passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at her home in Davis, California. Helga was born January 4, 1933 in Wiesbaden Germany. She came to the United States with her family in 1938, leaving Germany shortly before World War II. Helga grew up on the San Francisco peninsula, graduating from Burlingame High School in 1950. In 1954 she graduated from Stanford University as a Phi Beta Kappa, having previously attended Pomona College for two years. Helga received her Registered Nursing degree from University of California School of Nursing in San Francisco. She worked as a registered nurse at Stanford Hospital for more than 40 years. Later in her career she obtained her PhD from the California Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. While at Stanford, Helga met Robert Medearis, the man she was to marry, and with whom she would have three children and a cherished relationship for the next 64 years of her life. Helga was a member of the Davis United Methodist church, and had been active in numerous volu...

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Stephen Andrew Blanchette
April 23, 1965 - May 7, 2017
Cle Elum, Washington

Steve was born in Phoenix, Arizona, moving at the age of three to Portola Valley, California where he grew up with his many siblings. He graduated from Gunn High School in 1983. He played various sports as a youth, most notably tennis and soccer, traveling internationally with his youth team. Steve attended Foothill College, California State University Fresno, and Fresno City College, where he earned a degree in Political Science in 1987. He worked in construction, operating his own businesses in the California Bay Area and Seattle Tacoma area, and worked as a journeyman carpenter in South Bend, Indiana. He also spent several summers in the commercial fishing industry in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Steve loved the Sierras and the Pacific Ocean; he never said no to an adventure or a long, hard hike. Steve loved a good joke, and was always the funniest man in the room. Most of all, he loved his family and his many devoted friends. He is survived by his parents, Val (Mountain View), Gene (Palo Alto), sister Paddy (South Bend, Indiana) and brothers Greg (Mountain View), Mike (Palo Alto), Dan (Boulder Creek, California), Robert (Aptos, California) and Alex (Sahuriata, Arizona), sisters-in-...

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William Arthur Dworsky
May 12, 1933 - April 23, 2017
San Francisco, California

The world lost an accomplished, humble, bright and generous man on April 23, 2017, when Bill Dworsky breathed his last breath while holding hands with the love of his life, Dorothy. Born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, Bill was proud to have been a “Yooper,” (Upper Peninsula Michigan native). He treasured the pleasures of his early life: fly fishing, country walks, mushroom hunting and trapping the squirrels and rodents, like those that tormented him at the beautiful homes in which he lived in Palo Alto, Atherton, Sonoma and Sea Ranch. In his last year of high school, his parents Paul and Lillian moved the family office machine and supply company with Bill and his siblings, Evelyn and Gene, to Beverly Hills, California. According to Bill, school was easier in California, and he achieved excellent grades. Bill graduated from Beverly Hills High in 1951, and matriculated to UCLA. For three years Bill studied Premedical Sciences then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded his bachelor's degree in Medical Science in 1955 and began medical school. He had fond memories of San Francisco and living on Woodland Avenue while he attended what ...

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Mary Ann Noonan
May 25, 1936 - Feb. 11, 2017
Omaha, Nebraska

Mary Ann Noonan passed way Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born in Sioux City, Iowa, to Burke and Ursula (Teefey) Noonan, she was the last surviving of five siblings: Mike, Pat, Jake and Polly. Colorful, creative, artistic, loving, kind and original, Mary had the magical ability to become an integral part of the lives of so many: best friend, trusted confidant, adopted Auntie Mame, charismatic teacher, world explorer, comedic adventurer, political activist, role model, Stanford women’s basketball fan, Notre Dame football fan, avid gardener, chef, dog lover. Mary awoke each day happy to be alive. Fresh from college, Mary came West to begin her teaching career in California. She was a charismatic person who loved people, especially children. Mary could teach children who were supposed to be unteachable and would giggle that incredible laugh upon seeing the sheer joy of someone discovering they can read. Children were drawn to Mary because they felt that she sincerely enjoyed their company, and she did. She was a wonderful teacher whose warmth was felt by everyone who met her, worked with her, and loved her. It was not unusual for Mary to be stopped by a former student...

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Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in t...

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Lyman "Skip" S. Faulkner, Jr.
Dec. 19, 1948 - May 13, 2017 Atherton, California

Lyman “Skip” S. Faulkner Jr., age 68, died at the VA, Palo Alto on Saturday, May 13, 2017, following a 17-year battle with prostate cancer. After a lifetime of devotion to country and family, he passed away surrounded by his loving wife, family, and friends. He was a longtime resident of A...

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Jean Carlsmith
April 18, 1933 - May 10, 2017 Menlo Park, California

Jean Pope Carlsmith passed away at the age of 84 in Menlo Park, CA, on May 10, 2017. Her father was Harvey Collie Pope and her mother was Grace Griffin Pope. Jean had a sister, Grace Pope McCone. Jean was born on April 18, 1933, in Manila, Philippines, and spent her early childhood there un...

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Ayse G. Whitney
Dec. 17, 1937 - May 10, 2017 Dexter, Oregon

Ayse G Whitney, 79, of Dexter Oregon, passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2017. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, she was a resident of Menlo Park, California, before moving to Dexter in 1988. She is survived by her daughter Lara of San Francisco, California. "Be Kind, Be Gentle, Tell the Tr...

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