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Alice Arntsen
Oct. 1, 1921 - April 13, 2017
Woodside, California

Alice graduated with a degree in Home-Ec from the University of Minnesota in 1943. After working with at-risk youth as a social worker, she married "Buzz" Arntsen, who was a captain with United Airlines. They briefly lived in Chicago, before moving to Denver for 15 years and finally settling in Woodside, California, in 1961. During 54 years of marriage, Alice and Buzz were devoted to each other, raising their family, traveling, working as a teacher’s aide in an impoverished school, and serving their church. Alice was known for her faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, love and service to others, hospitality, contagious smile, and keen interest in politics. They had a heart for worldwide missions, visited many missionaries, and hosted them. Alice remained in her home with her daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and his family, and her memory is cherished by her 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. ...

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Jo Ann Ritter
March 30, 1927 - March 23, 2017
Woodside, CA, California

Jo Ann Ritter, of Woodside, California, died peacefully on March 23, 2017, at age 89, after struggling for many years with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born to Kathryn Metzger Mabry and Newell Easley Mabry on March 23, 1927, in Vandalia, Illinois. She was raised in Vandalia and from an early age she loved horses and riding, interests that she inherited from her father and which she fostered for the rest of her life. Jo Ann was a graduate of Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, and then attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She married Jack B. Ritter, who she had known since sixth grade, on August 16, 1948. Together they lived in Vandalia, Champaign-Urbana, Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they raised their two sons, and for the last 37 years, in Woodside, California. Jo Ann was utterly and completely devoted to the welfare of her husband and sons and was a tireless, caring, loving and kind wife, mother and grandmother. She was charming, good-natured and had a perpetually positive attitude about life. She spent many hours over the years sailing with her husband on Lake Michigan and San Francisco Bay, and was a welcoming and generous hostess whe...

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Zanette Andre Cornman
July 6, 1914 - March 16, 2017
Woodside, California

Zanette died peacefully at home on Kings Mountain, where she had lived for the past 66 years; she was 102. Born and raised an only child in Berkeley, she grew up around music. As a young girl, she learned to play the piano and accompanied her mother, a renowned singer, who performed on stage and on radio. Zanette attended Heald Business College, excelled academically, and wrote their school song. She worked for the Civil Service Commission in Washington, D.C., and then transferred to San Francisco where she worked for the Department of Agriculture Radio Service and for the War Department. It was there that she met her husband, Charles, who was in the Navy. They married in 1941, and in 1950, upon Charles’ retirement, they moved to Kings Mountain. In the 1950s, Zanette was instrumental in the formation of the Skyline County Water District. She volunteered in San Mateo 10 years for the American Cancer Society and then worked on staff for the Mills Peninsula Hospital Senior Focus program. When her husband died, she became involved in the Kings Mountain Art Fair, working as a publicity volunteer for 20 years. She touched many lives with her energy and community ...

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Lois Cecilia Smith
Sept. 2, 1924 - March 15, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Lois Cecilia Smith (nee Young) passed away peacefully on March 15, 2017. She was 92. Born in Hinton, Iowa, on September 2, 1924, Lois was the eldest of three children of Elmer Young and Anna Young (nee Woolworth). Lois attended grammar school and high school in Hinton. She graduated from the School of Nursing at the University of Nebraska in 1946, and then left the Midwest for Tulare California. After a few years working in California, she and a few friends moved to the wild territory of Alaska. She then returned to the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1952. Lois returned back to California and worked at the Children’s Hospital of the East Bay in Oakland California (now the Children’s Hospital of Oakland). She met her future husband, Stanley Smith and got married on September 18, 1955. They moved to Palo Alto, where Stanley attended graduate school at Stanford and Lois worked as a nurse at the Stanford Home for Convalescent Children (now the Lucille Salter Packard Children’s Hospital) until her first child was born. After that, Lois stayed at home and raised three sons, Ronald, Richard and Robert. ...

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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 C. Wear
July 22, 1919 - April 13, 2017 Portola Valley, California

Described by all who knew him as a true gentleman, Lyman was a decorated WWII veteran and successful businessman, active in community service and a loving father and husband. He will be greatly missed. Lyman was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and moved to Palo Alto, California, with his family when h...

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Naomi Postrel
Nov. 15, 1929 - April 6, 2017 Petaluma, California

Naomi Postrel, who lived in Palo Alto for more than 45 years, died April 6 in Petaluma. She was 87. Naomi was born to Zena and Bernie Druckman in Los Angeles in 1929. The family moved to San Francisco when she was a child. She married Monroe Postrel in 1950. They lived in Israel briefly, befor...

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Beverly C. Rowen
Dec. 26, 1924 - April 3, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Beverly, a proud fourth generation Californian, died April 3 in Palo Alto. Beverly was born to Mildred and Monte Griffiths in Beverly Hills, CA in 1924. She attended the University of Southern California where she graduated first in her class in Chemistry. She married Henry S. Rowen in 1951. The...

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