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David Lee Kreutner
March 1, 1941 - Sept. 7, 2020
Woodside, CA, California

David Kreutner, beloved father, grandfather, and brother, died at the age of 79 on September 7, 2020. He was the first child born to Ben and Marie Kreutner in Waterloo, Iowa on March 1, 1941. Dave was the oldest of seven children and spent his childhood working on the family farm in Atkins, Iowa. He was always proud to call himself an “Iowa Farm Boy.” He sought adventure as soon as he graduated from high school and moved to Chicago to begin his long career with United Airlines. This allowed him to do one of his favorite things- travel the world, and that he did. Dave traveled to over 50 countries and shared many trips with his family. He was drafted into the Army in 1965 and served in Thailand for one year. After serving, he transferred with United to Honolulu, Hawaii. Soon after, he met his wife Bernie who was there working as a nurse. They married just 9 months after meeting in 1967 and would have celebrated their 53rd anniversary this month. Dave was happiest when he was with his family; he was a proud dad to Heather and Melissa, father-in-law to Joe, and grandpa to Jaden, Jake, Dylan, Teisa, and Coral. He called Portola Valley and Woodside home for ...

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Judy Elizabeth Dong
Nov. 19, 1965 - Sept. 6, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Judy Elizabeth Dong, 54, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2020 at her home in Palo Alto, California. She was born at Kaiser Santa Clara November 19, 1965 just minutes before her twin sister Julie Ann. Judy held a masters degree in early childhood education from Notre Dame de Namur University. She taught preschool before dedicating 25 years of diligent service to the Palo Alto Libraries. A conscientious student,  Judy carried that assiduity into her adulthood. An avid reader of classic literature and young-adult novels, Judy was a loving and thoughtful daughter to Dr and Mrs. Bock L Dong and sister to Kathy, Lawrence, Julie and her husband Brian Kondas. She was a loyal friend to Varsha Saxena and her college friend Christina. Judy wholeheartedly embraced the role of “Auntie Judy” to nephews Charlie, Christopher and Gregory, and nieces Lucia and Joëlle. An industrious crafter known for her handmade gifts of colourful bead art and animal-patterned rugs, Judy left behind a final gift of hand painted rocks labeled for Christmas Day 2020. Judy was a true survivor, having bravely fought breast cancer twice with grace and perseverance. She will be remembered for her ten...

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John Lambert Sommer
Jan. 23, 1927 - Sept. 1, 2020
Palo Alto, California

John Lambert Sommer, M.D. (93) died on September 1, 2020, from the effects of a stroke, at his home in Palo Alto. Born on a farm outside Pekin, IL, and raised as a Mennonite, he was the youngest son of the late Nora Sommer (Lambert) and O.J. Sommer. He married Donna M. Sommer (Meddaugh), M.D. on June 14, 1953. Surviving are younger son Matthew and daughter-in-law Ih-hae Chang (of Stanford, CA), and grandchildren Anne and Joseph. He was preceded in death by his older son Andrew (2012) and wife Donna (2017). Drafted by the Army in 1945, John served as a noncombatant in various stateside posts, including New York City, where he was enthralled by the Museum of Modern Art. In 1948, John participated in a bicycle tour of Europe with the American Youth Hostels, during which he saw the bombed-out cities of Germany and other scars of World War II. John received his undergraduate (1948, 1950) and medical (1953) degrees at the University of Chicago, where he met wife Donna. Sons Andrew and Matthew were born in Chicago. He taught and practiced urology at the University of Chicago’s School of Medicine until 1966, when the family moved to Fremont, CA and he and Donna joined the...

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Marilyn Kelly
Dec. 9, 1933 - Aug. 29, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Marilyn Donaldson Kelly, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on August 29, 2020 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Not long before she died, Marilyn said, "you know, I have had a truly wonderful life". And she did! She was born on December 9, 1933, the youngest child of Joseph Ellis and Edythe Baddley Donaldson. As her father's job took him all over the Mountain West, Marilyn grew up in a number of towns, but spent most of her time in Blackfoot, Idaho, where she attended elementary school and junior high. She graduated from Pocatello High where she was part of the Homecoming court. She studied education at Idaho State University where she joined Alpha Chi Omega sorority. After earning her degree, Marilyn moved to Menlo Park where she began teaching at Ladera School. In 1961, she married Robert P. Kelly, the love of her life. She retired from Ladera in order to raise her two children, but returned to teaching in the late seventies at Trinity Parish and Phillips Brooks nursery schools. After retiring from teaching, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, tending her beautiful garden, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Marilyn a...

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Charles Albert Drekmeier
Sept. 10, 1927 - Aug. 25, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Charles Drekmeier, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Stanford University, died at home in Palo Alto on August 25, 2020, just shy of his 93rd birthday. Known for his creativity, intellectual curiosity, and liberal politics, he was adored by his students, many of whom went on to distinguished careers in politics, law, academia and the nonprofit sector. Born in Beloit, Wisconsin to Albert and Marion Drekmeier, Charles earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin (BA), Columbia University (MA) and Harvard University (PhD). Interspersed with his studies, he was drafted into the army near the end of World War II, interned for the State Department to study the effects of the European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan), and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the history of law and politics in India, where he lived for a year while compiling notes for what eventually became his PhD thesis, published as “Kingship and Community in Early India.” While at Harvard, Charles met his wife-to-be, Margot Loungway. Shortly after marrying in 1958, they moved to Palo Alto to join the Stanford faculty – Charles in the Political Science and Sociology Departments, and Margot in...

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Louise Burpee Landreth
Dec. 15, 1924 - Aug. 23, 2020
Inverness, CA

Louise Burpee Landreth, teacher, mother, philanthropist and community leader, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, August 23, 2020. She was 95 years old. Born Louise Kellam Burpee on December 15, 1924 in Bronxville, New York, Louise lived a full and extremely active life. She referred to her hometown as “a small suburb with an excellent public-school system, where everybody knew each other.” The quality of that school system left a positive and lasting impression on her, and fed a lifelong zest for teaching and learning. Louise was very active in sports, and also played first trumpet in the high school band. She continued playing the trumpet for fun into her 80’s. After graduating from Smith College in 1946, Louise pursued an internship with the newly forming United Nations in San Francisco. In 1947 she was posted as a Documents Clerk in the UN’s Paris Office, which provided an opportunity to bicycle across war-torn Europe with several friends. By 1950 she was back in San Francisco, where she met Jim Landreth, who would become the love of her life. They married in Bronxville in January 1953, and settled into an apartment on Telegraph Hill to start a family. They ...

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Douglas R. Monica
Nov. 24, 1950 - Aug. 22, 2020
East Palo Alto, California

Douglas (Doug) Monica passed away peacefully on Saturday August 22, 2020. Doug was a husband, a father, and a grandfather. He retired from Stanford University after serving students at the Law School and School of Medicine for more than 25 years. Doug was a lifelong political activist who from a young age devoted his life to fighting for social justice, from opposing the Vietnam War to supporting Black Lives Matter, as well as local community issues. Doug loved reading and discussing all subjects, especially history. He loved nothing more than relaxing with a good detective novel and playing with his dogs, Che and Reina. But he looked forward to nothing more than spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be missed terribly by his family, friends, colleagues and comrades. He is survived by his wife Jill, son Carlos (Vicky), grandchildren, Carlos Jr., Kiana, and Emiliano, Step-daughter, Zoe, brothers Stefan (Martha) and Jeff (Lyn), sisters, Dina (Tony) and Lisa (Louie), and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Dorothy and George Monica, and brother Martin (Emma). Please share a memory of Doug on his virtual remembrance ...

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Patricia Anne Klein
Nov. 15, 1941 - Aug. 22, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Patricia Anne Katz Klein died peacefully on August 22, 2020 losing her long battle with cancer. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She spent most of her growing up years in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Education in 1963 and a M.S. degree in Speech in 1965. She married John Klein in 1964-1993. They spent their marriage in North Hollywood, Ca. She was a well-respected speech pathologist. She taught and had a thriving practice in the Los Angeles area until she moved to Palo Alto in 1987. She worked in Palo Alto for Mid-Peninsula Speech and Language Clinic (MPSLC) as well as at Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She helped thousands of infants, children, and adults find healing in their voice. She was an avid traveler around the globe and visited over 30 countries. She was a lover of word games. She was always up for a game of Scrabble, Boggle, or even Cribbage. She raised two beautiful children (Craig and Andrea) and was Grandma to Ethan and Naomi and G-Pat to Jackson and Jonathan. Pat was loved by many for her fun nature, generosity, wit, strength, independence, and sharp intelligence. She will remain in our hearts eternally...

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Colleen Diane Vescia
Jan. 12, 1931 - Aug. 17, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Born in Tacoma, Washington, on January 12, 1931, Colleen Diane Vescia (née Farrell) passed away at home from natural causes on August 17, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was 89. Colleen grew up in Seattle during the Great Depression, the middle child in a working-class family, bookended by brothers Dennis and Barry. She attended Coe School, where her grandson would enroll many years later, and graduated from Queen Anne High in 1949. She was known for her sense of fun, her creativity, and her irreverence. In Seattle, Colleen held a variety of jobs including document courier, dental assistant, photographer’s model, and case packer at “Boodles under the bridge,” a bean canning factory. Colleen always wanted to see the world, and a job as a Pan Am flight attendant allowed her to do just that. At first, she shuttled between Seattle and Alaska in shaking, unpressurized cabins. She was later stationed in New York and traveled the world in the glamour days of generous per diems and long layovers in exotic places. She flew with Charles Lindbergh and Helen Keller, and was once held at knifepoint in the bathroom by a crazed passenger. In Philadelphia, her brother Dennis ...

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Joan Louise Inglis
Feb. 22, 1929 - Aug. 16, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Joan Louise Harzfeld Inglis, six decade Menlo Park resident, passed peacefully amidst a sudden, summer thunderstorm on August 16th in Palo Alto. Joan packed a lifetime of experiences into nearly every year of her life. She traveled to every continent many times, including a trip to Jordan, Egypt and Syria as soon as flights were available after 9/11, a pre-detente trip to Russia and a brisk hike up the Masada in her later years. She lived a healthy, progressive lifestyle ahead of her time. Joan was born in San Francisco on February 22, 1929 to Arthur and Louise Harzfeld. She attended Burlingame High School where she met her future husband, John. Her mother had graduated from the University of California, while her dad graduated from Stanford Law School. Joan received her BA in Journalism from Stanford in 1950 putting in place an intra-family Big Game friendly rivalry for years. Joan re-met John Inglis and they married in her parents’ backyard in 1955 after which they moved to Menlo Park and finally to the old house on Olive Street. Joan worked at the Menlo Park Recorder, starting on the Social beat but working her way to more interesting fare which included a two-part in...

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Clare Tucker
May 31, 1946 - Aug. 6, 2020
Mountain View, California

Clare Tucker, a Mountain View resident for forty years, has died. She was 74. Clare, who died peacefully at home on August 6th, was born May 31, 1946, to Douglas Sherwood Tipton and Florence Alice (Langfeldt) Tipton, in Queens, New York City. She grew up with older brother Douglas II and three younger sisters, Linda Janet (Harmon), Karen Wanda (Hlebo) and Joan Elinor (Huffman). About 1952, the family moved to the San Francisco peninsula and Clare attended Menlo Atherton High School. The family later moved to a ranch in Los Gatos, CA. Clare married Rudolph Simmons in 1963 and had two daughters, Rene’ Lyn and Suzanne Mary. While living in Sunnyvale, they separated in 1971 and divorced. Clare married Jeffrey Richard Tucker in 1972; they lived with the family in Los Gatos and added son Richard Ashley and daughter Cinthia Lacey. After time living in Hayward and Newark, in 1980 they moved to Jeff’s hometown of Mountain View, CA. Clare worked an assortment of jobs in technology, banking and retail around her prime accomplishment of caring for and raising her children and grandchildren. Besides being a dear lover and beloved mother, she was an accomplished cook, writer, poet, call...

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Virginia "Gigi" Gertridge Noa
Oct. 6, 1961 - Aug. 6, 2020
San Francisco, California

With her husband at her side, Gigi Noa passed away peacefully at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City on August 6, 2020, after unexpectedly suffering a massive brain hemorrhage while tending her garden. She was 58. Born at Stanford Hospital on October 6, 1961, Gigi was the youngest of four children to John and Virginia Gertridge. Growing up in Menlo Park, Gigi attended Encinal Elementary, Sacred Heart Prep High School (Atherton) and Independent Learning School. She graduated from Chico State University with a BA in Art History. Gigi met the love of her life, Jorge Noa, at a friend’s wedding and they fell in love at first sight. Gigi and Jorge were married August 2, 1987, in the little chapel at Villa Maria Del Mar, Santa Cruz, near the Gertridge Family beach house on Sunny Cove. For the next 33 years, they made their home in the Twin Peaks neighborhood of San Francisco. Gigi discovered her talent for etching and print making while taking art studio courses at Chico State and that passion stayed with her throughout all of her life. She deeply enjoyed expressing her creative urges and many of the etchings and aquatints hung in their Twin Peaks home were her own works. Her other...

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Evelyn Aurelia Arata
1916 - Aug. 3, 2020
Atherton, California

Evelyn Aurelia Arata of Atherton, passed away peacefully at her home on August 3, 2020 at the age of 103. Evelyn was born in 1916 to Salvador Mandarino and Aurelia Devincenzi in San Francisco. In 1938 she married Alvin Jack Arata with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Evelyn was endearingly known by everyone as Ma. Ma was a true matriarch. She was welcoming and generous to all; her door was always open and she was quick to add another seat to the dinner table for last-minute guests. She was giving and used her talents and time to help those in need. She was strong and determined, lived life on her terms, and everyone who knew her drew strength from her. Ma loved to attend parties, but her true passion was to host them, especially big parties that brought family and friends together. Those who knew Ma fondly remember the times they enjoyed together. There were endless summer days spent swimming in her pool, weekend trips to the lake, vacations near and far, and weekly 49ers games. Time spent with Ma was like candy for the heart. Ma is survived by her daughter Arlene and husband Jim Andrews, son David and wife Joanne; son Alvin and wife Linda; and son Don, and Elsa ...

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Gerhard Steiner
March 27, 1944 - Aug. 2, 2020
Valley Springs, California

Hardy was born on March 27, 1944 during WWII in Bad Reichenhall Germany to Ferdinand and Anna Steiner passed away on August 2, 2020 at 5:20 am at the age of 76. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Annalise and his wife Jane. He interned as a cook in Germany and came to the United States at the age of 18 in 1962 to work at Dinah’s Shack in Palo Alto. He eventually became Head Chef there and stayed until Dinah’s closed in 1989. After taking a little time off, Hardy and his wife Jane opened Hardy’s Bavaria a German restaurant in Sunnyvale. They both loved people and made many friends at their restaurant before retiring in 2003. Hardy was an accomplished pilot with a passion for travel, and an avid reader and a heart open to people of all cultures and religions often calling himself a citizen of the world. He had a wonderful sense of humor and an extremely kind and generous spirit. His eyes twinkled with enjoyment at the least provocation and he truly loved life to the fullest. Hardy was a true gentleman and a great friend to so many and he will be missed deeply by his brother Peter Steiner, sister in law Karin Steiner, Paula Pierce his friend for the la...

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Ann Elizabeth Kane
Jan. 30, 1925 - June 20, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Ann Elizabeth Kane (née Andrews) was born January 30, 1925 to pre-eminent Shaker scholars and collectors Edward Deming Andrews and Faith Andrews. Along with older brother David, she grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in the same house where their father was born. Ann recalled her childhood as a carefree and happy one, with most days spent playing with her best friend, Carolyn Castle. Her fondest memories were of summers at the family farm, an old Shaker farmhouse in Richmond, Mass. that her parents had bought and restored. She would swim at the quarry or huddle inside reading during the frequent late afternoon thunderstorms. After graduating high school in 1942, Ann worked at the local General Electric plant to earn money for college. The following year, when she went to the University of Wisconsin, her brother was stationed at nearby Fort McCoy during the first few months, and “kept an eye on things.” Ann graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Psychology then continued her studies at Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York, living at NYC’s renowned International House. Her time at I-House was to be a transformational experience. She became fri...

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Virginia Procter
May 29, 1927 - June 18, 2020
Atherton, California

Virginia Schultz Procter of Atherton passed away peacefully on June 18 at the age of 93. An early resident and formative member of the friendly Lindenwood community, Ginny had been living at The Sequoias in Portola Valley since 2017. Ginny was born in Evanston, IL to Olga and Herbert Schultz, the second of three children and the only daughter. She came West in 1945 to attend Stanford University, where she was one of the first women to graduate from the Math Department. While at Stanford, she met Robert Procter, a grad student in Engineering who had recently completed his service with the U.S. Navy. They were married in 1948 and settled In Los Angeles. Ginny and Bob relocated to the Peninsula in 1951 and began their own home construction company. They were true do-it-yourselfers, filled with energy, ingenuity and skill. When Atherton's historic James Flood estate was first subdivided for residential development, they bought the lot just inside the historic Lindenwood Gate that included the original gatehouse. While briefly occupying the old gatehouse, they designed and built their own mid-century modern home where they raised their two children, Glenn and Carol. Procter Const...

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John Erick Mack
March 8, 1932 - June 16, 2020
Palo Alto, California

John Erick Mack Jr. (Erick) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 16 at home in Palo Alto, California after 88 years of an extraordinary life. He was the oldest sibling to Peter Hawley Mack and Laurie Mack McBride, spending his childhood in Pasadena and Guatemala where his father ran the family coffee business. Erick attended Polytechnic School, Philips Academy-Andover High school, and received a Bachelor and Master Degree in Geology from Stanford University. He was on Stanford’s 1952 Rose Bowl team. He lived in the Zeta Psi Fraternity with his parrot Pedro Malo, famous for colorful vocabulary. Erick met Margaret Diane Dickson at Stanford, marrying in 1956. They lived their first year in Japan where Erick served in the Navy as a Lieutenant JG. They moved to Guatemala and had their first child John Erick Mack III, then moved to Australia for 6 years where they welcomed their children Carter Dickson Mack and Laurie Elizabeth Mack. Returning to the US in 1967 great tragedy struck when Diane and Erick’s brother Peter were killed in a car accident. In 1968 Erick married Dagmar Maria Quidde from Ecuador and they had a son Peter Quidde Mack. They lived in Pasadena for the ne...

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Katharine "Kitty" Moore
July 10, 1925 - Aug. 17, 2020 Redwood City, California

Mrs. Katharine (Kitty) Moore died on August 17, 2020. She was 95 years old. The daughter of Presbyterian Medical Missionary parents, Mrs. Moore was born in Shimran, just outside of Tehran, Persia (present day Iran). Her early education took place in missionary schools in Persia with furlough year...

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Eveleen K. Lopez
April 26, 1935 - Aug. 16, 2020 Menlo Park, California

Eveleen Katherine Lopez April 26, 1935 – August 16, 2020 Eveleen Lopez died peacefully on August 16, 2020. She was born in San Francisco to the late Lawrence L Johnston and Ruth Johnston. Eveleen had an idyllic childhood in Menlo Park and spent many weekends exploring the Mission District while...

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Minako ". Kawauchi
Oct. 21, 1918 - Aug. 11, 2020 Savage, Minnesota

Minako “Pat” Kawauchi passed away peacefully in her sleep Aug. 11, 2020, in Savage, Minn., at 101 years old. Born Oct. 21, 1918, to Kanichi and Yanayo Matsunami in Sacramento, Calif. Preceded in death by parents; husband Takuo; sisters, Em (Bob) Nakadoi, Alice (Jack) Kaya, Rose (Ed) Ishii and Do...

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Charmian K. Hilleary
1924 - Aug. 9, 2020 Portola Valley, California

Charmian died peacefully on August 9th at The Sequoias Portola Valley, where she lived since 1997. She was 96 years old. She was born and spent her childhood in Portland, Oregon, the older daughter of Edward and Delight Kolar. Looking back on her life, she often acknowledged that she had a wonder...

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