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Judith K Larsen
Nov. 23, 1942 - Dec. 3, 2022
Palo Alto, California

On December 3, Judy Larsen passed away peacefully in Belmont. Born in Moorhead, Minnesota, Judy was the firstborn child of Harry and Helene Kaeding, who taught at the local high school. Judy graduated from that high school with highest honors, including Class Salutatorian, and went on to attend Gustavus Adolphus College. She won a scholarship to Syracuse University in New York, where she earned a Master’s degree in Psychology. In 1965, Judy drove her red sports car to California, taking a job at Philco-Ford, in Palo Alto, as a Human Factors Engineer. Shortly thereafter she met her husband, Nick Larsen, whom she married in 1967. While working as a senior scientist at the American Institutes for Research, Judy earned a PhD in Social Sciences, with a concentration in Statistics and Research Methods from UC Santa Cruz. In 1982, Judy founded her own research company, Cognos, which she headed until 1986. In 1984, Judy co-authored with Stanford professor Everett Rogers the well-received book, Silicon Valley Fever, which discussed the history of Silicon Valley and noted the conditions that allowed the Bay Area to emerge as a center for technology and entrepreneurial developm...

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Matthew Francis Bacolini
Oct. 4, 1985 - Dec. 2, 2022
Celebration, Florida

Matthew Francis Bacolini, age 37, passed away on December 2, 2022 after losing his battle with addiction. Matt was born in Redwood City, California on October 4, 1985, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. This was a fitting birthday for Matt as he had a fondness for all animals, especially dogs. Matt’s love of dogs remained a constant throughout his life. As a child, Matt had a gentle way about him that became an enduring virtue. He was known for his kindness and athleticism. He attended St. Raymond School in Menlo Park from kindergarten through 8th grade where he excelled in all sports, particularly swimming and water polo. His years at St. Raymond gave him the gift of lifelong friends. Matt continued his water polo endeavors in high school and graduated from Saint Francis High School in 2004. After high school, he worked in construction. After graduating from Project 90 in San Mateo, Matt worked at the rehab for years before relocating to Florida. There he lived at and worked for Project Hope, fundraising for their program. He had also recently been volunteering at the Presbyterian Church Café in Celebration, Florida. Above ...

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Doris Marie Deising
March 9, 1935 - Nov. 26, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Doris was a good friend. Originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin, she moved to Palo Alto in the 1970s. Initially trained as a nurse, after practicing for a couple of years, and then indulging her interest in travel as a tour leader for some time, she then become a real estate agent. This is the way that many of us in Palo Alto knew her. She often said that she especially enjoyed her work when she was able to help a first-time buyer find their first house. Doris passed away peacefully on the night of November 26, 2022. Her two sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth, preceded her. She leaves behind her nephew, Steve La Gorce, and her loving cat, Joey....

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Harry Vasilakos
May 14, 1931 - Nov. 23, 2022
Redwood City, CA

Harry Haralambos Vasilakos passed from this world on the afternoon of November 23, 2022, at his home in Redwood City, California. He was 91 years old, and he lived a life full of love, celebration, hard work and spirited mischief. Harry was born in San Francisco in 1931, to his father Spiros Vasilakos and mother Sotiria Fouyias, who had both lived in Corinthia, Greece before immigrating to the United States. In 1933 the family moved to the countryside, buying farmland in Menlo Park. Harry attended Las Lomitas and Sequoia schools, along with his siblings Theofana, Panayiotis and Maria. Drive-ins and drag racing were the pastimes of the day, and Harry managed to set the local field on fire one time, but the fire department saved the day and Cutie the Cow was unharmed. Luckily for Harry, he soon met his future wife Diane Marcroft at the urging of a mutual friend. It was love at first sight, and Harry and Diane were married on New Year’s Eve 1951. Over the course of 71 years together, they raised a wonderful family including four children, Kristina, Kathleen, Spiros and Vicki, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren so far. A talented builder and industrious w...

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Robert Hugh Francis Lloyd
April 23, 1934 - Nov. 21, 2022
Menlo Park, California

Robert Hugh Francis Lloyd, Engineer, Entrepreneur and Loving Father, died at the age of 88 on November 21, 2022, surrounded by his family. Born in Burnham, England, as the youngest of 2 sets of twins among the 5 children. The family left England for the US to avoid the bombing during WWII, while his father stayed an officer in the British Army. They settled in Sudbury, MA, living on his mother’s family farm. Robert left Sudbury in 1949 to attend Mount Hermon School in western Mass., then subsequently graduated from Tufts Univ. in electrical engineering in 1957. His first job was with RCA in New Jersey and then worked for IBM Poughkeepsie, NY, France, England, and Menlo Park, CA. Robert married Dorothy Gruss in 1960. They had two sons and a daughter. Andrew, Robin, and Stephen. The family moved to Sunnyvale, CA in 1965 with IBM and then Robert started the first semiconductor memory company, AMS, in "Silicon Valley" in 1970, going public in 1972. He later ran a division of National Semiconductor for two years before starting another electronics company in 1982. In 1990, Robert started a technology transfer and consulting company in China. He was divorced and married Angela Yu in ...

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Shoshana Levy
1939 - Nov. 16, 2022
Stanford, CA

Shoshana Levy passed away on November 16, surrounded by her loving family, after a short bout with an aggressive form of metastatic cancer. Born in 1939, she spent her childhood in Tel Aviv, during the British Mandate, working in her parents’ home grocery while attending elementary school. She expected to continue in the family store, but a teacher saw her early academic promise and encouraged her to further her education. As a teen, she was active in Hashomer Hatzair, the Israeli youth movement. Inspired by her love of nature, she traveled throughout the country with a magnifying glass and a dog-eared field guide, determined to identify every plant indigenous to Israel, learning each of their Latin and common names. She met her husband, Ronald Levy, in the laboratory when they were both students at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel in 1967. They fell in love quickly and married within a year. Their partnership in science and life endured for her remaining 55 years. They were known for spending all of their time together, running their side-by-side labs, hosting meals for family and colleagues, donning fabulous halloween costumes, and always being the las...

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Richard "Dick" Hafenrichter
Dec. 17, 1929 - Nov. 10, 2022
Lincoln Hills, California

Richard (Dick) Hafenrichter passed away peacefully on November 10, 2022 at The Pines, assisted living in Rocklin, CA. He was 92 years old. Born December 17, 1929 to Dr. Atlee and Irene Hafenrichter, Dick was born and raised in Pullman, Washington, along with his younger brother Gordon (who passed March 2022) he grew up in the area through 7th grade. His family moved to Portland, Oregon where he resided through high school and then attended Oregon State University until graduation. After college, Dick joined the Air Force and became a jet fighter pilot. This was during the Korean War and he remained in the service for 5 years. During this time, he was stationed in Japan, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and Bangor, Maine. Upon completion of military duty, Dick returned to Portland and worked for IBM. Soon recognizing that IBM was not a fit for him, in 1958 he opened his own office equipment business in Sacramento, selling up and down the San Joaquin and Central Valley of California. Primary accounts were the State of California and the US Federal Government. He met his wife Helen Marshall, married in 1960 and had two daughters, Karen and Lisa. Helen passed in 1986. TAB Products Co, ...

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Scott P. Spector
June 24, 1949 - Nov. 8, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Scott P. Spector, a dedicated adventurer and partner emeritus with the Silicon Valley law firm Fenwick & West, died on November 8, 2022, from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. He was 73. An exceptional lawyer, devoted family man and loyal friend, Scott lived life with passion and without regrets. He was forever in search of the next cool adventure – running marathons, climbing mountains, hiking down the Grand Canyon, rafting the Colorado River, running with the bulls, going on safari, sailing the Mediterranean and the Caribbean seas, or simply throwing parties in the “sports bar” of his Palo Alto home. He was a “big event” guy. His checklist included multiple Olympic games, the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl, the seventh game of the 1986 World Series, the Indy 500, John Glenn’s 1998 return to space from Cape Canaveral, and Elton John’s “last” concert. “Scott was unique. He lived life loud,” recalled his friend and Fenwick colleague Dennis DeBroeck. “And we all got to live his adventures vicariously because he loved to tell us about them – over and over again.” “He was a genuine original, a one-of-a-kind personality and a once-in-a-lif...

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Dianne McDonnell
March 13, 1928 - Nov. 7, 2022
Watsonville, CA

Dianne “Denie” Reinle McDonnell, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Pajaro Dunes on Nov 7, 2022. Denie was born in Oakland on March 13, 1928 to Dr. George G. and Evelyn Kane Reinle, the youngest of two daughters. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes, Anna Heads School for Girls, Piedmont High and Stanford University, graduating from Stanford in 1949, with a BA in Chinese. While at Stanford she met the love of her life, George P. “Pat” McDonnell. They met in a Chinese language class; Pat because he already spoke the language and would get an “A”, and Denie because she wanted a challenge. They were married on Sept. 6, 1952. Denie and Pat welcomed their first child, Tim in 1953, followed by Mary, Peter and Julie. Denie and Pat built their home in Ladera in 1955, (now part of Portola Valley) where they raised their children until 1982, when they moved full time to their beach house at Pajaro Dunes. While living in Ladera, Denie was active in her children’s schooling and sports activities and volunteered at Allied Arts in Menlo Park. She joined the working world in the early 70’s, working for Bank of America for 10 years. She was also very active in her parish, Our Lady ...

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Margy Giles
May 5, 1926 - Nov. 4, 2022
Portola Valley, CA

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 Marjorie was born to Earl and Grace Irvine in Pennsylvania, joining brothers Dwight and Edgar. She studied education at Occidental College, using life insurance money from Dwight’s death in WWII. Margy was a deeply loved and capable teacher. In 1955, she moved to Germany to teach and pursue “travel and further education,” fostering a decades-long love of adventure and learning. She returned to California and in 1958, married Wallace Giles, whom she met at church. They added Nancy and Shirley to their family and later were transferred to New Orleans, where Ron was born. Margy—the consistent presence at home—also hosted gatherings, led her church’s Women’s Circle, and volunteered. Margy’s steadiness, patience, mercy, hospitality, and famous muffins defined her lifetime of service. In 1979, Margy and Wally moved to Portola Valley, CA. She beat cancer—twice—and was a prayer warrior for her family and friends, loyally attending her 30-year-long prayer group. Her love and advocacy for Wally during his ten-y...

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Grace Jane Spiridon
March 23, 1980 - Nov. 4, 2022
San Carlos, California

Known affectionately by friends and family as “The G’s” or “The G-Unit” Greg and Grace were meant for each other. Greg was enthusiastic, outgoing with a life-long love of music. Grace had a curious mind and resilient spirit. She was humble about her success—instead she lifted others up with her positive energy. They were the perfect couple and perfect parents to Olivia and Madison, their seven-year-old twins. Greg (C1996) and Grace (C1998) met at Palo Alto High School but didn’t date until they reunited at a Giants game in 2004. They married in 2009 and settled in Redwood City and then San Carlos becoming parents in 2015. This year Grace signed up to be room parent for Olivia’s 2nd grade class, Greg was room parent for Madison’s. The family baked together, cheered at the girl’s soccer games and enjoyed the outdoors—camping, hiking, biking. They were open minded, kindhearted, genuine, and fun loving. Greg was born in San Francisco on June 28, 1978. In his youth he was enthusiastic about Boy Scouts, backpacking, cars and playing percussion in the El Camino Youth Symphony. His love of music led him to earn a BA degree in Sound Arts from SAE Expression Colle...

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Gregory Christopher Ammen
June 28, 1978 - Nov. 4, 2022
San Carlos, California

Known affectionately by friends and family as “The G’s” or “The G-Unit” Greg and Grace were meant for each other. Greg was enthusiastic, outgoing with a life-long love of music. Grace had a curious mind and resilient spirit. She was humble about her success—instead she lifted others up with her positive energy. They were the perfect couple and perfect parents to Olivia and Madison, their seven-year-old twins. Greg (C1996) and Grace (C1998) met at Palo Alto High School but didn’t date until they reunited at a Giants game in 2004. They married in 2009 and settled in Redwood City and then San Carlos becoming parents in 2015. This year Grace signed up to be room parent for Olivia’s 2nd grade class, Greg was room parent for Madison’s. The family baked together, cheered at the girl’s soccer games and enjoyed the outdoors—camping, hiking, biking. They were open minded, kindhearted, genuine, and fun loving. Greg was born in San Francisco on June 28, 1978. In his youth he was enthusiastic about Boy Scouts, backpacking, cars and playing percussion in the El Camino Youth Symphony. His love of music led him to earn a BA degree in Sound Arts from SAE Expression Colle...

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Anne Elizabeth Griffin Baker
March 24, 1954 - Oct. 27, 2022
Mountain View, CA

Anne Elizabeth Griffin Baker (03/24/1954), the youngest child of Otis and Marjorie Griffin, was born in San Mateo, CA. Her schooling included Crystal Springs Uplands School (1973) and Mills College, earning a degree in Business in 1976. After college, Anne moved to Manhattan and worked for the Marsh McLennan Agency. In 1982, she returned to the Bay Area where she started her career in mortgage lending with Country Wide and finished her 38 year career with Wells Fargo Bank. In 1984, she married Alonzo D. Baker. The couple had two children, Robert and Megan, settling in the South Bay Area. After raising her family, she received her Master’s from the New England College of Business (2005). As a devout Christian she participated in church life her whole life, as Anne was caring, giving and loved helping others. Her associations include Leadership Sunnyvale, Toastmaster’s, the Kiwanis and the House of Grace in San Jose. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, journaling and traveling. Keeping Anne’s infectious smile and warm personality alive in spirit, her husband, Alonzo (AD) and their children, Nigel, Robert an...

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Hans Steiner
June 27, 1946 - Oct. 17, 2022
Palo Alto, CA

Hans Steiner, M.D. of Palo Alto passed away on October 17, 2022, in hospice at home. His family was with him. Hans is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith, and their three children, Remy, Hans-Christoph (Rivka), and Joshua (Tina) as well as his four grandsons, Johann and Eliezer of Vienna and Mateo and Eldon of El Cerrito and his sister, Britta Schmid of Vienna and sister-in-law Susan Harrison of Florida. Although Hans had been suffering from multiple illnesses, his death seemed quite sudden. A native of his much-loved Austria, Hans studied medicine at the University of Vienna. After completing an internship there, he did a second internship (required for foreign-born doctors) at Upstate Medical Center, SUNY at Syracuse, and stayed there for 2 more years for psychiatry training. The faculty there tried their best to convince him to stay in Syracuse by showing him the lovely 19th-century houses he would be able to buy there. But he moved on to his child psychiatry residency at U. of M. in Ann Arbor. They also tried to recruit him, but Judith strongly encouraged him to move West, the Bay Area in particular. Hans came to Palo Alto in 1978 to take up a position in the Depar...

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Bobbe Jordan
March 2, 1936 - Sept. 23, 2022
Portola Valley, CA

She was born and raised in Piedmont, CA with 3 younger brothers. After Piedmont High, she went to UCSB and earned a degree in Biology. While there she met the amazing Bob Jordan who claimed to have ‘saved her from drowning in the shallow end of the pool .’ As his wife she became mother of four lucky children, Tim, Kevin, Jill, and Becky. She raised her own kids along with running an in-home daycare that opened her home and heart to all of Portola Valley’s children. Bobbe rarely sat down, hosting athletes and students from abroad. Bobbe also had a strong love for the outdoors. She enjoyed traveling near and far, whether in Lake Tahoe, Sedona or visiting state and national parks. She loved tapping into her imagination influenced by the work of Muir, Steinbeck, and Bob Jordan. Bobbe shared her limitless love of life with close friends, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She lived by her values shaped by faith and love of nature. Step lightly on the earth. Don’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Leave a place better than when you arrived. We will meet again Bobbe , maybe on Windy Hill....

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