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RoseAnn Sayler
June 19, 1923 - Jan. 5, 2020
Menlo Park, CA

On Sunday, January 5, 2020, Rose Ann Sayler, long time dance teacher and Menlo Park resident passed away at the age of 96. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Lewis Sayler and her six siblings. Rose Ann grew up in Oklahoma and it is told she took her first dance class when her older sister did not finish her chores, so RoseAnn was allowed to attend in her place. She loved to dance and left home to perform for the troops during WWII. After the war, she settled in Menlo Park and began teaching dance. At first the studio was named RoseAnn’s Dance Studio, but was later changed to Menlo Park Academy of Dance. RoseAnn was known for her infectious smile and strong determination as well as her love of children....

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James Blackaby
Nov. 10, 1921 - Dec. 31, 2019
Portland, Oregon

James Blackaby, a longtime Palo Alto resident, passed away in Portland, Oregon, on December 31 at the age of 98. Jim was born on November 10, 1921, to Earl and Bertha Kincaid Blackaby and grew up in Ontario, Oregon. In 1939 he attended University of Oregon. He became an ATO and a devoted Ducks fan before transferring to University of Washington to pursue his interest in aerodynamics. At UW he met Mif Bendix, and the two were married on January 30, 1943. After serving in the Army during World War II, Jim returned to Seattle to finish his degree. In 1947, he accepted a job with NACA at Ames Research Center and moved his young family to Palo Alto. Jim began his career conducting research in the wind tunnels at Moffett Field. When Ames became part of NASA in 1958, Jim joined the Life Science Division. He was involved in the very earliest space flight research and technology for Project Mercury, Project Gemini, and the Apollo program, developing spacesuits and designing astronauts’ life support systems. He holds a patent for “the Blackaby Backpack,” a portable unit that enables astronauts to venture outside an orbiting spacecraft. In 1976 Jim retired from NASA to pursue traveling...

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Sally Brown
Dec. 20, 1923 - Dec. 28, 2019
Redwood City, CA

Rev. Sarah E. "Sally" Brown passed away on December 28, 2019, in Redwood City, California at the age of 96. She was a resident of Palo Alto and Redwood City for 56 years. Sally was born December 20, 1923, in Manila, Philippines, where her mother was a high school principal. Sally had a keen interest in dance and wanted to be a ballet dancer. When World War II broke out in the Pacific, her mother sent her to live with relatives in Washington. Sally met her husband at the University of Washington, where she graduated cum laude. After raising four children, Sally went back to college to achieve her MA in Recreation Therapy. She worked for many years as a recreation therapist, incorporating dance into group activities. She also became a consultant and teacher. In 1977, Sally joined Alcoholics Anonymous. Upon her death, she had forty-two years of active sobriety, and countless women were influenced by her example. With her husband David, Sally co-wrote the ground-breaking "A Biography of Mrs. Marty Mann: The First Lady of Alcoholics Anonymous" (Hazelden; 2001). In addition, Sally and her husband co-authored a book for families dealing with addiction. Always learning an...

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Eleanor Jane Rhoades
July 1, 1922 - Dec. 27, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Eleanor Jane Rhoades, nee Marcy, passed away peacefully after a short illness, with family by her side. She was born and raised in the rural Sand Hills of Nebraska, where she lived a happy childhood surrounded by loving and supportive parents and siblings. Eleanor moved to Palo Alto California in 1942, ostensibly as a transfer to Stanford University, but at least in part to escape the prairie winters. When housing was not available for the Fall term, she decided that a college degree was not that important to her and found work at the Moffett Field Naval Air Station. She met her future husband, a fellow Nebraska expatriate, across the dinner table of a boarding house in Palo Alto in December 1943. They quickly became inseparable companions until he shipped out for the war in Europe. She wrote a letter to him every day while he was gone. They married in October 1946 soon after he returned. After building their first house in Barron Park, they moved to a house nearby in 1955, where they raised their 2 sons, and where Eleanor lived until she passed away. Along the way, the family lived in Scotland for 2 years in the mid-60’s while Russell was there on company business. There...

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Iris Elaine Bacolini
Feb. 24, 1927 - Dec. 22, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Iris Elaine Hughes Bacolini was born on February 24, 1927 in Billings, Montana and later was a Palo Alto resident for 62 years. In 1943, she moved to San Francisco to help with the war effort. Iris met and married Frank Bacolini in June 1946. Iris loved watching Bay Area Sports (the Giants were her favorite), playing cards, and most of all, enjoying time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Iris is survived by her sons, Bart Bacolini and wife Valora, Vince Bacolini and Marie Riggs; daughter, Laura Munks; grandchildren, Trevor Bacolini and wife Lynette, Trent Bacolini and wife Lisa, Michelle Scaduto and husband Chris, Lindsey Bacolini, Matt Bacolini, Jessica Munks and husband Kyle, and Cristina Munks and husband James; great grandchildren Douglas Bacolini and wife Sarah, Taylar Bacolini, Logan Scaduto, and Layla Scaduto; sister, Virginia Sims; along with extended family, Marissa Culver and son Tripp. She was truly loved by all and will be dearly missed. Any donations can be made to the charity of your choice on her behalf....

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Ric Choplin
Jan. 26, 1936 - Dec. 16, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Ric, whose given name is Ralph Irving Choplin, Jr., died peacefully at Stanford Hospital on Monday, December 16th 2019. He was 83. Kind, wicked smart, enigmatic, curious and extremely proud of his beloved daughter and grandson, Ric loved a fine turn of phrase, hamburgers + football at the Oasis, well-told stories, British comedy, his friends, and the two women who were his partners in life. Extremely grateful to all who contributed to his care and later days (you know who you are). On behalf of Ric: Thank you....

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Darlene Rutherford
Nov. 22, 1937 - Dec. 16, 2019
Portola Valley, CA

Darlene Eloise Tell Rutherford was born November 22, 1937 in Turlock California. She passed away peacefully on December 16, 2019. Darlene grew up on a dairy farm in Hilmar, California, and went to both North Park College in Chicago and San Jose State University, earning a bachelor's degree in Nursing. She worked as a public health nurse in Santa Clara County for close to ten years before marrying Sherman Rutherford and moving to Torino, Italy for a year. Darlene and Sherman returned to California and had two sons. She then spent the next 50 years making her home a welcome refuge for friends and family, as well as volunteering her time in the community and the church. Darlene was a loving, gracious person who cared deeply about others. She worked as a Patient Relations Advocate at Stanford Hospital and started or led Stephen Ministries at three different churches. Her beloved husband Sherman preceded her in death by one year. Darlene is survived by her brother and two sisters, Durwood Tell, Mavis Tell, and Marianne Bovee, as well as her two sons, Philip Rutherford and Kurt Rutherford, their spouses Wendy and Jenny, and five grandchildren whom she loved and prayed for daily: Levi,...

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Anne Eastham Lewis
Aug. 21, 1936 - Dec. 14, 2019
Carmel Valley, California

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, Anne Eastham Lewis passed away at age 83 from progressive dementia. She is survived by her sister Margaret Tavener Eastham, her first husband John Richard Neff, her daughters Linda Neff Sunde and Pamela Lewis Thornton, her sons-in-law Doug Sunde and Tom Thornton, her son John Lewis, Jr., her nephews Thomas and David Dawkins, and her six grandchildren.  Both her parents, son Steven Neff, and her second husband John M. Lewis predeceased her. On August 21, 1936, Anne’s parents Arthur Jackson Eastham and Elizabeth Wilkins Eastham of Houston celebrated their first child—a tall blond-headed, blue-eyed daughter. Anne and younger sister Margaret embraced life in River Oaks, but longed for the family trips to their home in Galveston Bay to fish, crab, and explore the coast in the warm Texas sun. An athletic child, Anne and her doubles’ partner Jill Kyle became the top girls’ tennis team in the state of Texas! Anne graduated in 1954 from Lamar High School with honors and earned admission to Stanford University, where she majored in Spanish and joined the Texas, Ski, and Spirit Clubs. In 1958, swept away by a tall, handsome Stanford engineer and f...

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David Clark Loudy
Jan. 19, 1946 - Dec. 10, 2019
Menlo Park, CA

David Clark Loudy passed peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 10, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 73 years old. David was born on January 19, 1946 in Oakland, CA to Marjorie Wise Loudy and Francis Howard Loudy. He was raised in San Leandro, CA and attended San Lorenzo High School, graduating in 1963. After graduating from Cal State Hayward in 1968 with a degree in biological science, and a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America in 1969, David went on to have a storied career as one of the most trusted and well-respected jewelers in the Bay area. After working closely with his father Francis Loudy and other family members at their jewelry store, Loudy's Jewelers of San Leandro, CA, David joined Gleim the Jeweler in Stanford, CA in 1969. David enjoyed a 50-year career at Gleim, training under legendary jeweler Art Gleim and serving as Vice President and principal gemstone buyer for over 30 years. David was a Certified Gem Appraiser as well as a Past President of the Northern California Guild of the American Gem Society. David was a true industry professional. His work gave him great pleasure and he genuinely enjoyed helping ...

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Herb Moore
Feb. 18, 1944 - Dec. 5, 2019
Mountain View, California

Herb Moore, a songwriter, musician, gardener, and friend who embodied the idealism of Palo Alto’s creative community, died on Dec. 5. He was 75. Thoughtful and poetic in an increasingly fast-paced valley, Herb stayed true to more durable values, building community and creating music that was his own blend of bluegrass traditionalism, Grateful Dead reverie, and homespun eccentricity and humor. He also crafted videos, hosted parties, revered nature, and grew luscious tomatoes and greens. Ever curious, Herb taught himself computer animation during his final year of life, even as his health failed due to the daily demands of dialysis. Herbert Brooke Moore was born on Feb. 18, 1944, in Washington D.C., to Charles Lansdale Moore and Mary (Brooke) Moore. His father was an aeronautical engineer with the U.S. Navy; his mother was a homemaker. But World War II was raging, so he didn’t meet his father, who was serving overseas in the Army Air Corps, until he was almost age two. He grew up in Northern Virginia, playing football and running track at McLean High School. He discovered music at age 15, teaching himself guitar in his bedroom, his rhythmic foot-tapping so loud it c...

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Ellis Alden
Aug. 8, 1939 - Dec. 2, 2019
Atherton, California

On Monday, December 2nd, 2019, Ellis Joseph Alden, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away at the age of 80 following a brief illness. Ellis was born on August 8, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Westchester County, New York, and graduated from Dartmouth College and Columbia University Law School. Between college and law school Ellis served in the army. Ellis had a deep love for his country and a particular interest in constitutional law. Ellis had a profound passion for life, work, and family. His pioneering spirit brought him to California in 1965, where he was a founding partner of a law firm. After he left the law practice, his entrepreneurial drive fueled two successful businesses, both labors of love for him: the Woodside Hotel Group, a collection of gracious, independent hotels located in beautiful northern California settings, and Alden Vineyards, one of the first mountain wine estates in the Alexander Valley. Ellis inspired the people in his life with his vibrant energy, optimism, ideas, and talent for creating beautiful spaces. He was a lively storyteller and creative writer who won the Robe...

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Abdul Majid Qureshi
March 25, 1946 - Dec. 2, 2019
Menlo Park, CA

Majid Qureshi, a resident of Menlo Park for over 30 years, passed away on Dec. 2. He was 73. Majid lived much of his early childhood in Iran. He went to England for secondary and high school, before returning to Pakistan and obtaining degrees in Pharmacy from FC college in Lahore and Punjab University. After working for two years in Pakistan he immigrated to the US in 1971. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Rutgers University, NJ in 1979. He worked in R&D for various pharmaceutical companies, including Schering-Plough and Pfizer before making the move out West with his family, settling in Menlo Park and working for over twenty years at Alza Corporation (later Johnson and Johnson). He rose to a position of Senior Director of Process Development/Technology Transfer for oral dosage before retiring in 2006. Post retirement, his life-long passion for classical and traditional Eastern arts blossomed, including Hindustani classical music, Mughal & Persian miniature paintings, and Urdu & Farsi poetry. He was a devoted collector of recordings, manuscripts, and collectible art books and maintained an extensive and well-catalogued library. A true pol...

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Mark Andsworth O'Leary
Oct. 28, 1925 - Nov. 24, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Mark A. O’Leary, who lived in and around Palo Alto for over 70 years, passed away peacefully at Stanford Hospital on November 24, 2019, following a short illness. He was 94 years young. Mark was born in Olympia, Washington on October 28, 1925, the son of Daniel and Hope O’Leary, and the brother of Patricia. Mark grew up in Olympia, where his father Dan was the general manager of the Mud Bay Logging Company, and he spent his childhood among a very large extended family which included nineteen first cousins. Mark attended Stanford University starting in 1943, but after completing one quarter World War II and the US Army called. After completing basic training in Missouri, Mark served for the remainder of the war in various locations in Brazil, as part of a military intelligence unit which acted as a communications hub for encrypted messages sent between Washington DC and the military forces in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. After the war he returned to Stanford, where he graduated in 1949. Following college, Mark gravitated toward a career as an investment banker. He spent over twenty-five years with the Harris Trust and Savings Bank, where he rose to become...

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Craig Jurney
Nov. 15, 1963 - Nov. 20, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Craig Jurney, 56, died unexpectedly on November 20, 2019 at Stanford Hospital surrounded by his family. He was a resident of Palo Alto, CA. Craig graduated from Stanford University in 1987, having majored in public policy with a focus on economics. He was a scholar, an art lover, a follower of politics and culture, and a world traveller. He loved museums of all kinds, and discovered new ones wherever his wide-ranging travels for work and vacation took him. A devoted husband, he relished date nights with his wife Erika, and together they loved carefully planning their annual family vacations. He regularly shopped for the family groceries and often cooked the family meals. When he shopped at the farmers market on Saturdays, he came home with flowers. He was a loving father who devoted many of his after work and weekend hours to coaching the boys’ soccer and baseball teams, attending every play, and every band performance. He was a fan of the San Francisco Giants and enjoyed watching games with his boys. Simply put…he was the smartest and kindest person his wife ever met. Craig worked for 15 years at HighWire Press in Los Gatos, CA as Chief Solutions Architect and Princip...

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Lillian (Lily) Duzanica
Nov. 13, 1926 - Nov. 19, 2019

Lily was born in Los Gatos to David and Emilia Garibaldi and was extremely proud of her Italian heritage. Both her parents were immigrants from Frisolino in the Liguria Province of Italy. Lily had many interests in her life including writing her family's history that dated to the 7th Century and included Giuseppe Garibaldi, the liberator of present day Italy. Her father was given Giuseppe as his middle name at birth in 1866 in honor of his cousin Giuseppe. She grew up in North Beach in San Francisco and then moved to Menlo Park with the family during high school in 1940. Her high school sweetheart, John Duzanica joined the US Navy upon their graduation from Sequoia High School in 1944 and saw duty in the South Pacific for the remainder of the war. They were married at Nativity Church in Menlo Park in 1948 before John started his junior year at Santa Clara University. Lily and John settled and built their their own home in downtown Menlo Park in 1952 and Lily considered herself an excellent cement finisher among her many other building talents. After John's passing in 1978 Lily devoted her time to learning new hobbies, traveling the world and to doing numerous charitable wor...

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Daniel John DiCicco
Oct. 21, 1964 - Nov. 12, 2019
San Jose, California

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our oldest, beloved son Daniel who left us this past November after a long and debilitating illness. Daniel, or Danny as most of us called him, grew up in Palo Alto, went to Crescent Park Elementary school, Jordan Middle school and Palo Alto High. After high school he entered the U.S. Army and completed a 6 mo. commitment. He then returned to this area moved to San Jose and with the help of his life long partner, Lorie Catelli started a successful furniture and restaurant refinishing business. His fine eye for woodwork and color can be seen at many of the upscale restaurants and bars in the San Jose, Los Gatos and Palo Alto. As it said on his cards, “Danny Love’s Finishing - You’ll love us when we’re finished”. Danny was a wonderful and exceptionally kind person and he will be greatly missed by those of us who were lucky enough to have known him. He is survived by his parents, John and Patt, his two brothers, Matthew and Benjamin and his nephews Matthew junior and Henry and his niece, Delaney. God speed Daniel....

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Michael Edward Duffy
Sept. 21, 1928 - Nov. 7, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Michael Edward Duffy Jr., a 55-year resident of Palo Alto, died November 7, 2019 at 91 years young. He was born September 21, 1928 in Jersey City, NJ to Michael and Lillian Duffy. During high school Michael demonstrated a talent not only for academics, but also sports, particularly in gymnastics, where he was a member of the “flying rings” team. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army and served in Japan. After completing his service, he enrolled in National Technical Institute where he studied mechanical drafting and machine design. After graduation he spent 5 months working as a Senior Draftsman with Arabian American Oil Company, where he did field work on various petroleum plants in Saudia Arabia. After a few years in Old Bridge and Jersey City NJ, he moved the family to Palo Alto and began his career with Standard Oil Company, which later became Chevron. As a member of the drafting and design group, he worked his way up from a Senior Draftsman to a Senior Designer. He worked directly on a variety of local and international projects from California, the Gulf Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, and Wyoming, as well as the Bahamas and the Sudan. Upon retirement Michael enjoyed time travel...

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Robert W. Hermsen
April 25, 1934 - Nov. 3, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Robert Hermsen passed away suddenly on November 3, 2019 at the age of 85. He was born in Baker City, Oregon to William Henry Hermsen and Alphia (Busick) Hermsen. He attended St. Francis Academy in Baker, JF Hutchinson School in Union, and Baker High School, graduating in 1952. Bob earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State College where he was an active member in the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. After college, he served in the US Army and then for many years in the US Army Reserves. In 1957, Bob married Janet Marie Grexton. They started their family while he returned to college, earning a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1961. Bob worked over 31 years in the aerospace industry for United Technologies where he was considered an expert in solid rocket propellants. He continued to work as a consultant in his field for several years after his retirement in December 1992. For over 50 years, Bob and Jan made their home in Palo Alto, California where they raised four daughters. A supportive family man, he shared with them his love of the outdoors, music, sports, cooking and wine. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Janet. H...

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Janice Eve Bray Didriksen
March 12, 1935 - Oct. 23, 2019
Portola Valley, CA

Jan Didriksen, age 84 from Portola Valley, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on October 23rd in Palo Alto. Jan immigrated to the USA in 1956 and began a career in Botany before obtaining a Master’s in Biochemistry at Columbia University. She moved to California and met Neal during a hike with Sierra Club. Jan and Neal were married in 1969 and raised their three children in the Bay Area. The family enjoyed traveling, outdoor activities, and managing rental properties together. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Neal Didriksen; her children Erik Didriksen and wife Susan, grandchildren Hart, Landen and Yale; daughter Karin and husband Simon North, and grandchildren Lachlan and Callum. Jan was preceded in death by her son, Ian Didriksen, and her parents John and Florence Coomber. Please join us for a celebration of life on December 6th at Valley Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. with a reception immediately following at Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club in Portola Valley....

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Barbara Annabelle Redstrom
Sept. 1, 1922 - Oct. 17, 2019
Los Altos, California

Barbara (Bobbie) Annabelle Redstrom (nee Gettle), passed away October 17, 2019 in Los Altos, California at the age of 97. Bobbie was born September 1, 1922 in Alameda, CA. After graduating from high school and Lux College for Women, she enlisted in the Coast Guard during World War II. In 1943 she attended Navy Radio School at the University of Wisconsin, where she met her future husband John (Johnny) Redstrom, who was in the Marines. After the war they moved to The Peninsula, living in Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton and finally Palo Alto where they raised a family. Bobbie was active in the Palo Alto Co-op Market, Unity Church, Vasa Lindberg Lodge (Los Altos), and Stanford International House, through which she shared her home hosting many foreign students over the years. Bobbie loved cats, traveling (especially to the Hawaiian Islands), and music. Her children remember their mom being able to whistle any tune and leading them in song during cross-country car trips. She was preceded in death by her husband John, both parents, her brother, and sister. She is survived by her daughter Bobbi and son-in-law John Osmundson of Pasadena, CA; her son John Redstrom of Sunnyvale, CA;...

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Ed Cray
July 3, 1933 - Oct. 8, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Ed Cray, a prolific author of non-fiction whose work included biographies of folk singer Woody Guthrie and Chief Justice Earl Warren, died Tuesday (Oct. 8) in Palo Alto, CA. He was 86. The cause of death was congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s dementia, said his daughter, Jennifer. In a long writing career that began in the early 1960s, Cray wrote more than 18 books that examined social, legal and corporate issues and was considered an expert in American folklore. His most recent work was Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, an unvarnished 2003 look at the Depression-era folk singer. For 35 years, Cray was a professor of print journalism at the University of Southern California. He retired in 2012. Reviews of Cray’s books consistently noted his eye for detail and balanced, honest treatment. Cray’s 1995 book, Chief Justice, a biography of Earl Warren, won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for best book on the law of that year. Some of Cray’s other books include General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman, a biography of the World War II general and namesake of the Marshall Plan; Burden of Proof, a 1973 account of...

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Benjamin McKendall
Oct. 21, 1930 - Jan. 11, 2020 Mountain View, California

Mountain View resident Benjamin McKendall died on January 11. He was 89. Loved for his generosity and openness, Benjamin knew the greetings in some two dozen languages. Nothing pleased him more than addressing people in their native tongues, watching their faces light up, and launching conversati...

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Neil J. Jensen
June 26, 1933 - Dec. 29, 2019 Mountain View, California

Neil John Jensen, Mountain View resident since 1971, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and has died of complications due to cancer. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Martha Meria, four daughters, Tonya Wellington, Terri Jensen, Teddi Jensen, Gwen Jensen, six grandchildren and 14 great grand...

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Richard F. Shirley
Nov. 6, 1947 - Nov. 20, 2019 Medford, Oregon

Rick lived in Palo Alto for 50 years. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1965 and San Jose State with a BFA. Rick was an artist and clay was his medium. He made large beautiful vases with lifelike lizards winding themselves around them as well as sculptures. He had a great sense of humor whi...

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Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Feb. 1, 1931 - Nov. 16, 2019 Mountain View, California

Nancy Bloomer Deussen was born February 1st, 1931 in the Bronx, New York City, NY, and died November 16, 2019 at El Camino Hospital, in Mountain View, CA, at age 88. She was a long time resident of Palo Alto, CA, and more recently Mountain View, CA. Nancy was a pianist and composer through and th...

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