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Virginia Allen
Oct. 19, 1934 - May 5, 2022
Pacific Grove, California

Virginia (Ginny) Allen, (Finch, Fugalstadt), of Pacific Grove, California passed away peacefully on the evening of May 5th, 2022. She was 87 years young. Ginny was born in Boston Massachusetts and was an Honors Graduate of The Newton Wesley School of Nursing with an RN degree. She married her first husband, Larry Finch in 1955 in Boston Massachusetts and they had 4 children together. The couple moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California before settling in Atherton, California in 1969. In later life she resided in Redwood City, California, New Hampshire and Orange County, California. She moved to the Monterey Bay Area in 2011 to be near her daughter and enjoy her retirement by the sea. Ginny was very proud of her family and her nursing accomplishments. She was very active in all of the communities that she lived in. Most recently she was a member of the Vestry at St. Mary’s by the Sea, assisted with the I-Help Team and supported various community organizations through her volunteer work until her health prevented her from participating. Ginny was a masterful quilter and seamstress and enjoyed making quilts for her grandchi...

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Caroline Sevy
Sept. 26, 1929 - May 1, 2022
Menlo Park, CA

Caroline Patricia Sevy (née Mills) passed away peacefully in her home in Menlo Park on May 1st, 2022 at the age of 92. Caroline attended Addison Elementary School, Jordan Junior High School and graduated from “ol’ Paly High” in 1947. She was a Brownie leader and an active member of the Laurel School PTA when her kids were young. She worked in her father’s historic flower shop, Mills the Florist, during her youth and throughout her young adulthood, even answering overflow calls to the store from her childhood home phone. She was a lifelong lover of flowers and would always appreciate the best specimens when she saw them. Though she could never choose a favorite, her house was never without countless orchids. She loved a good black & white movie, a glass of wine and talked often of her mother’s home country, Ireland. She is survived by her three children, Laurie Sevy, Kerry Sevy Kong (Jeff), and Chris Sevy (Dawn); five grandchildren, Griffith Chafey, Tara Chafey, Breanna Sevy, Hunter Sevy and Bryce Sevy, and her brother, Frank Mills. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Delia Mills, eldest grandchild, Shea Chafey, and lifelong best friend, June Gall...

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Jean Audrey Coyne
Jan. 29, 1928 - April 25, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Jean Coyne, internationally-known executive editor of Communication Arts magazine, and cofounder and president of the Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, died in her Palo Alto, California, home on Saturday, April 25. She was 94. A highly-regarded professional journal for visual communicators, Communication Arts was established in Palo Alto, in 1959. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in Eau Claire Wisconsin, Coyne’s original passion was for radio and she studied radio acting and writing at Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio. After a brief period at the University of Wisconsin/Stout, studying fashion design, Coyne studied art and design at Cornish School, now Cornish College of the Arts, in Seattle, Washington, where she met her future husband Richard Coyne (1926–1990) who cofounded Communication Arts. From 1959–1968, Coyne served as editorial assistant to Richard, while raising their three children. From 1968–1978, she served as associate editor, writing several feature articles and managing the juried competitions that had become an important source of editorial content for the publication. In 1978, she became executive editor, a position she ...

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Edward Murray
Jan. 14, 1946 - April 20, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Gone unexpectedly and much too soon for the many who loved him, Ed lived in Palo Alto for most of his adult life after coming to the West Coast to attend Stanford for graduate school. He was kind and curious, with quiet passion for the people and things that were special to him. His professional life was one of achievement, beginning with earning a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering at George Washington University in his hometown of Washington D.C. His savvy in areas like heat transfer next brought him to Stanford, where his Ph.D. was in laser physics. After graduation, he joined SRI International in Menlo Park, where he rose rapidly and was eventually director of the system technology division, overseeing four laboratories with 215 employees that did contract research in a wide range of areas from over-the-horizon radar to electro-optics. Along the way, he was published frequently and received honors like the U.S. Army's Distinguished Service Award. After many years at SRI, Ed broadened his horizons by moving into the mainstream technology industry, applying his considerable technical and management skills to the semiconductor and later LCD display production equi...

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Jean Ramos
April 16, 1931 - April 18, 2022
Portola Valley, California

Jean Ramos passed away on April 18 at the age of 91 years and two days at the Sequoias in Portola Valley. Jean was born on April 16, 1931 in Santa Monica, CA as the youngest of 4 children of Anne and Gerald Moore. She joined Brothers Jerry and Cliff and Sister Betty. She met Richard Ramos at College of the Pacific and they were married in August 1951. They raised three children, Julie, Marty and David in Belmont and then Portola Valley. Jean was a wonderful homemaker, seamstress, superb hostess and cook, known for her “Grammy Rolls”. She grew an abundance of vegetables every year, despite the gopher’s attempts to stop her. She was a very active Bridge Player and enjoyed hiking with the “Walkie Talkies” and later with the “Hokie Pokies”. She was an avid reader, reading 3 – 4 Detective Novels a week. We will miss her “wicked” sense of humor and sharp wit. If she did not know the answer to something she would say “The Shadow Knows”. She is survived by daughter Julie Kennel, son-in-law Rick Kennel, 4 grandchildren, Angela, Jason, Jodi and Clayton and 6 great grandchildren, Sophia, Lily, Natalie, Brooklin, Adeline and Elena. She was preceded in death by he...

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Lola Marie Stephens
April 21, 1930 - April 16, 2022
Menlo Park, California

Lola Marie (Mathews) Stephens passed away peacefully surrounded by family in her home in Menlo Park on Saturday, April 16, 2022 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born on April 21, 1930 in Huntington Park, California she was the first child of Eustis B and Joanna Ruth (Hess) Mathews. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert James Stephens; her children Robert L Stephens, Susan L Stephens, and James W Stephens; her grandchildren Alison de Geus, Aimee (de Geus) Thomas, James Stephens, Jr. and Valerie Stephens; and her great grandchildren Josephine and Sebastian Thomas; her siblings Martha R (Mathews) Barclay, Mary E (Mathews) Crandell, and David P Mathews. She was preceded in death by her brother Benjamin H Mathews and a 2-day old daughter. Lola graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1948. She attended Pepperdine College and the University of Oklahoma. She held an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Library Science. She held several positions in both academic and public libraries during her career. An “at-home gourmet”, Lola and her husband Robert opened Pear Williams in Menlo Park where she wore many hat...

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Mary May Lemmon
June 22, 1940 - April 12, 2022
Palo Alto, California

It is with heartfelt sadness that we wish to announce that Mary May Lemmon, 81, of Palo Alto, California passed away at Stanford Hospital on April 12th, 2022. Mary was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents taught her that giving back to the community is a way of life and gives purpose to one's own life. She started volunteering at the age of 16 with young cancer patients at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Her many other volunteering included ESL education, working with the homeless for 15 years and being apart of Kara- a grief support organization where she gave counseling to individuals who had lost loved ones. Kara honored her in 2018 for 30 years of service. Mary attended Brandeis University, but left after one year to move to California and get married. She later finished her Bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame University in Belmont, California in 1978 and continued her education at San Jose State University to receive her Master’s degree in the early 80s. Mary had a strong passion for traveling the world. She had been to over 100 countries and was given the opportunity to connect with so many people and learn about and embrace different cultures on ...

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Erin Lynn Bentham
Oct. 12, 1959 - April 10, 2022
Redwood City, California

Erin Lynn Bentham (Morra), a professional organizer and resident of Redwood City, California, succumbed to her battle with cancer on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at the age of 62 in the comfort of her home. Erin was born October 12, 1959, Huntington, NY to Eduardo and Marlo Morra. An avid student, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Long Island University with a degree in Business Administration. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Business Administration at Hofstra University followed by her Juris Doctor degree from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento. A world traveler, Erin explored and documented much of the world throughout her life. She was a skilled cook and party planner, and organized hundreds of private events for the enjoyment of her friends and family. Erin enjoyed crafting and scrapbooking and created a large collection of memory books including family, friends, and travel. Additionally, Erin was very involved in several organizations including The Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, The Mayflower Association, and the John Howland Society. Her warm heart and outgoing personality will be sorely missed by her family, friends and all whom she shared...

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Carol Ann Skogstrom
Oct. 18, 1955 - March 28, 2022
Redwood City, California

Carol Skogstrom October 18, 1955 - March 28, 2022 Carol Ann Skogstrom, born in Hawthorne, CA passed away unexpectedly on March 28,2022. Carol was predeceased by her parents Marguerite and Richard Skogstrom. She leaves behind her brother Michael (Karen), nieces Marguerite, Annie and Emily Skogstrom, and her much loved cat Annie. A memorial service will be held for Carol at Nativity Church 210 Oak Grove Avenue Menlo Park on May 11, at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make donations in Carol's memory to the ASPCA or any agencies helping animals in Ukraine....

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André Retana
Aug. 24, 2008 - March 17, 2022
Mountain View, California

On March 17th, 2022, André Retana tragically passed away in a fatal collision in Mountain View, California at 13 years old. Although his time here was brief, there were no shortcomings in character or joy for life that he embraced and shared with everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him. André was born August 24th, 2008 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California weighing 7 pounds and 10 ounces, to Lisa Retana. The sweetest baby, he quickly became known for his big beautiful brown eyes and heart-melting laughter. André’s joy for life carried on with him as he grew from a rambunctious toddler into a well-mannered young boy, and ultimately into a sharp-witted teenager. His Mother, Lisa, and Father, Ryan Lara, were rightfully proud of his academic achievements at Huff Elementary School and Graham Middle School where he maintained a 4.0 GPA. Known for his generosity and beaming personality, his teachers would often comment on his potential as a leader and scholar. André was also a well-rounded athlete. Participating in baseball, basketball and football where he learned the values of discipline, teamwork, and determination. Meanwhile, he never failed to mak...

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James Arnold Kurpius
July 20, 1938 - March 15, 2022
Los Altos, California

James A. Kurpius (Jim), died peacefully on March 15, 2022 at age 83 in Los Altos, California with his loving wife and two sons by his side. Jim was born in Staples, Minnesota on July 20, 1938 to Julius and Tracy Kurpius. Many of Jim’s greatest memories were of his childhood on the farm he grew up on. This love of farming remained for the duration of his life. In ninth grade while attending Staples High School, Jim contracted polio and became paraplegic. He used a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Jim’s grit, determination and persistence continuously defined his life. He graduated from high school in 1956, attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota earning a degree in Accounting and the University of Minnesota earning an MBA. Upon graduation Jim worked as the Director of Finance at St. Louis Park Med Center where he met his wife, Susan (Sue), who was a nurse. Jim and Sue, with new baby Jim, were ready for an adventure, especially one that did not include Midwest winters, and relocated to Palo Alto, California in 1969. Jim and Sue were blessed with two wonderful sons, Jim and Justin. Upon arrival in California, Jim worked in hospital administration, ...

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John Williams Jr.
Nov. 10, 1932 - Feb. 18, 2022
Lincoln, California

John Williams Jr. (“Willy”) passed away peacefully surrounded by family in the early morning hours on February 18, 2022. He was born on November 10, 1932 in Palo Alto California during the Depression. His parents were Dorothy and John Williams whose families immigrated to the United States from Wales and Scotland. His grandfather John McLachlan was a mason who helped build the Stanford Chapel at Stanford University. John attended Addison Elementary School and graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1952. After high school, John enrolled in the Citadel of South Carolina and after an epic cross-country trip and one year attending the Citadel, he decided to return to Palo Alto and enroll at San Jose State University. He graduated with a BA in Physical Education. While at San Jose State, John founded the Palo Alto Swim Club in 1955 which years later merged with several teams to form PASA. He gave local age-group swimmers a place to train where there were no options nearby at the time. He also founded a diving club and women's water polo team, as well. The diving club lasted nearly 12 years. The water polo club competed just three years but earned national notoriety b...

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Eric Karl Spangenberg
Oct. 31, 1945 - Nov. 28, 2021
Portola Valley, California

A long-time resident of Portola Valley and Palo Alto, Eric Karl Spangenberg passed away at his home on November 28, 2021. A proponent of life-long learning, he enjoyed practicing simultaneous careers during his lifetime. He graduated with a Masters in Physics from San Diego State in 1969, and worked with the injection group at Stanford Linear Accelerator. He completed a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University in 1979 and earned his Juris Doctor, School of Law from Santa Clara University in 1985. He was licensed as a Real Estate Broker, Civil Engineer and a Member of the Bar. He applied his broad background to Real Estate Construction and to practicing law from Portola Valley over the last three decades. Eric Karl Spangenberg was born in Palo Alto on October 31, 1945, the loving son of Karl Rudolph Spangenberg and Ruth Beahrs Spangenberg and brother to Kristin L. Spangenberg (John E. Gilmore), Karen Spangenberg (Gloria D’Alessandro), Karla Lane (Bix Lane and family and Cleo Lane-Bailey and family), Kathy Spangenberg (Kimberly Aldinger) and Rudolph (Rudy) Spangenberg. He will be dearly missed by his family, many ...

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Jean E. Rusmore
Sept. 13, 1920 - April 10, 2022 Aptos, California

Jean Rusmore was born in Anaheim, CA on Sept. 13, 1920 and died peacefully at home on Apr. 1, 2022, in Aptos, CA, after 55 years in Portola Valley (Ladera) and another 12 at the Vi in Palo Alto, knowing that she was well-loved by her large family and friends. Jean will be remembered for her dedicat...

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Florence “Phoebe” Rowles
Nov. 2, 1923 - April 3, 2022 Atherton, California

Mrs. Donald F. Rowles of Atherton completed her life at age 98 on April 3, 2022. Florence Christina Fehrenbacher was born November 2, 1923 in Selma, California and raised in Wakefield/Olney, Illinois. Florence graduated as Class President from Julia F. Burnham School of Nursing, Champagne Illinoi...

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Betty J. Lucke
July 6, 1926 - April 1, 2022 Cupertino, CA

Betty Jean Lucke was born in Pittsburgh, PA on July 6, 1926. As a young girl, she moved with her parents to East Orange, New Jersey. Upon graduation from East Orange High School during World War II, she attended nursing school at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. Upon completion of the nursi...

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Helen Sartoris
March 28, 1920 - March 23, 2022 Menlo Park, California

HELEN SARTORIS left our world peacefully on March 23, 2022, just five days short of her 102nd birthday. Born in Virden, IL, raised in Auburn, IL, she lovingly parented four children in Chicago, IL, before coming to Menlo Park, CA, in 1979, where she had been a resident for 43 years. She was prec...

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