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Sandra Milne Rickard
Oct. 6, 1937 - Sept. 23, 2022
Eagle, ID

Sandra “Sandy” Milne Rickard, 84, of Eagle, ID, passed away on September 23, 2022 at the age of 84. She was born to parents Stanley and Jean Milne in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Sandy graduated from Swarthmore High School in 1955 and went on to get her Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College in 1959. After graduation she taught fourth grade in Cleveland, Ohio before devoting her time to raising her two children and volunteering in a number of community leadership roles at Stanford University and the Palo Alto Unified School District in Palo Alto, California. In 1981 Sandy returned to the workforce and started a career in the financial services industry at a major brokerage serving in two different Bay area offices until her retirement, when once again she devoted her energies to volunteering for community organizations in Palo Alto, Avenidas and the Palo Alto City Library in particular. In 2019, Sandy moved to Idaho to be closer to her son and his family. A courageous, feisty, bright, thirty-year breast cancer survivor with a very quick wit who actually loved it when her children called her “Mothra'' on occasion, Sandy loved being a grandmother to triplets, mee...

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Patricia Weiss
Dec. 4, 1924 - Sept. 21, 2022
Healdsburg, California

Patricia Day Weiss, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died peacefully on Tuesday September 21. She was born on December 4, 1924, to James Francis Day and Mary Prince Harris. After high school Patricia worked as a reporter/photographer on the Bakersfield Californian newspaper. She then attended UC Berkeley. During this period she met and married Louis Weiss. To complete his degree Louis applied to and was accepted at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. The couple lived for nearly three years in London where Patricia was employed at the third air force headquarters at South Ruislip. After returning to the U.S. she was employed by Stanford University, from which she was retired as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies. A lifelong plein air watercolorist, Patricia felt fortunate in living in an area of such varied geography and temperate climate. She was a charter member of the Tuesday Artists (formerly Peninsula Watercolor Group). She was predeceased by Louis, her husband of 54 years. Survivors include 3 children: Caroline (Richard), Daniel (Meredith), Jennifer (David), and three grandchildren: Simon (Brooke), Andrew (Mariel), Natalie, and four great-grandchildren: Viv...

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Wendy Day Kahn
Aug. 11, 1941 - Sept. 14, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Wendy Oldfield Kahn was born in 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts to Homer Ray Oldfield, Jr., an MIT, Cambridge MA, aeronautical engineering graduate developing microwave magnetron radar as a graduate student at the MIT Rad Lab, and Sofia Faith Stavchuk, a first generation Ukrainian American who studied theatre at Curry College, Milton MA, and appeared in summer stock with the famous actor, Lloyd Bridges. The family relocated many times as her father pursued a career as a high tech pioneer, installing the first microwave magnetron radar giving the Allies a crucial advantage at the World War II Battle of Anzio, Italy, to establishing microwave facilities for GE in Syracuse and Ithaca NY, and Palo Alto CA, and then electronic banking in Palo Alto, CA and the GE Computer Division in Phoenix AZ. As a result, Wendy grew up in Cambridge MA, Arlington VA, Fayetteville and Syracuse NY, Los Altos CA, Phoenix AZ, Wakefield and Weston MA and Rome Italy, graduating from high school in Wakefield MA in 1959. Wendy earned a BA in English Literature from Cornell University, Ithaca NY, in 1963, then an Education MA from Lesley College, Cambridge, MA. in 1965. While living in Cambridge...

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Robert James "Bob" Stephens
June 3, 1931 - Sept. 13, 2022
Menlo Park, California

Robert James “Bob” Stephens passed away peacefully in his home in Menlo Park on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 after a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born on June 3, 1931 in London Township, Ontario, Canada, he was the fifth child of Lawrence James Melville Stephens and Mary Gertrude (Mossop) Stephens. He is survived by his children Robert L Stephens, Susan L Stephens, and James W Stephens; his grandchildren Alison de Geus, Aimee (de Geus) Thomas, James Stephens, Jr. and Valerie Stephens; and his great grandchildren Josephine and Sebastian Thomas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Lola Marie (Mathews) Stephens, his parents, his siblings Frances Bertha Velma (Stephens) Bond, William Henry “Harry” Stephens, John Lawrence “Jack” Stephens, Earl Thomas Stephens and Gertrude Laureen (Stephens) Wells, and a 2-day old daughter. Bob attended Medway High School in London, Ontario and completed his high school diploma in Los Angeles in 1951. He held a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Pepperdine College, a Master’s Degree in embryology/histology from University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in cell biology from Cornell University, as well as havi...

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Gene F. Straube
Aug. 29, 1928 - Sept. 4, 2022
Atherton, California

Gene was born at home in a brownstone on 86th Street in Manhattan 94 years ago to Eugene and Agnes Kramer Straube, young immigrants from Germany.  As their fourth child, arriving 15-20 years after his 3 sisters, and the only boy in the family, he was raised and pampered by 4 mothers rather than just one. He attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City followed by Columbia University, where he earned both a Bachelor or Arts and a BS in Electrical Engineering and was awarded membership in both Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi honorary fraternities. At Columbia the 6 foot 3 inch freshman rowed Varsity crew and joined  the newly-formed Naval ROTC.  His leadership skills quickly made him Battalion Commander and he was presented with a sword and achievement award from the President of Columbia at that time, Dwight D. Eisenhower, honoring his outstanding scholastic and military proficiency. The photo from the front page of the New York Times of this event remained among his most treasured possessions. In the Navy he served as Lieutenant Commander aboard the USS Gayot in the Mediterranean theatre during the Korean War and received the Navy’s Distinguished Service Award and...

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Roger Edwin Crist
1939 - Sept. 3, 2022
Sun Valley, Idaho

Roger Edwin Crist passed away in his home in Ketchum, Idaho the evening of September 3rd surrounded by family and friends, after a well-fought battle with Parkinsons. He is survived by his wife Susan, his 3 children Reggie (Laura), Danielle (Kenton), Zach (Emilie), stepson Tyler (Isa and August) along with 10 tightly knit Ketchum born, grandchildren Jett, Zephyr, Ruby, Scarlett, Jayden, Emmett, Stevie, Ridge, Mitchell and Wilder who all live along the river out Board Ranch. Also, his first wife Diane Crist and many devoted friends. Roger was born in 1939 in Palo Alto, California to Eugenia and Frank Crist alongside his two siblings Jeanese and 'Skip.’ He attended Stanford undergrad where he played football before continuing on to Stanford Law School. After college, he joined the Marine Corps and later served in the Vietnam War, stationed in Okinawa, Japan. When he returned, he worked as an attorney for many years in Palo Alto until his passion for the outdoors inspired a move to Ketchum, Idaho in 1979. It was here in the mountains where he found home. He was a beautiful skier who became a fixture on Bald Mountain each winter. He diced up the bowls, loved the bumps and car...

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Sally Collins Young
Oct. 25, 1935 - Sept. 2, 2022
Menlo Park, California

Sally Collins Young passed away on September 2, 2022 at Stanford Hospital at the age of 86. She was born on October 25, 1935 in Hammond, Indiana, the third child of Edward Durbin Collins and Kathryn Huchel Collins. Her father worked in the limestone and lumber businesses. Her mother managed a family-owned bookstore. Early in life, she grew up on a working farm in Wayne, Illinois, where she attended a one room school-house. She had many stories and fond memories of life on the farm, especially with her grandmother whom she called ‘Nonny.’ Her family moved to Joliet, Illinois, where she attended Joliet Township High School. She was active in the performing arts, including theater, choir, and musicals. She had lead roles in “Dear Ruth” and “HMS Pinafore” and was the sponsor of her high school’s marching band which represented Illinois in the inauguration of President Eisenhower. She also had a rich social life and her dance card was always full! In 1953, Sally moved out west to matriculate at Mills College in Oakland, California. She majored in history and government, graduating in 1957. Her studies at Mills instilled in her lifelong passions for art, music and li...

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Dawn Yates Black
July 30, 1930 - Aug. 29, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Dawn Yates Black, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away unexpectedly on August 29th surrounded by her family. Dawn will be remembered as the matriarch of her large and extended family. She was a loving wife to Alden Perry Yates (d. 1989) mother of six, grandmother of sixteen and great-grandmother of 9. She was also a loving wife, stepmom and grandmother to Peter Harrell Black (d. 2006), his four children, their spouses and 6 grandchildren. Dawn was born and raised in Palo Alto by her parents, Carroll and Cloriene Blacker. She had 2 sisters, Phyllis (d. 1978) and Sandy. Dawn attended Palo Alto High School and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1948. In her first week at Stanford, Dawn met Alden on a blind date. They married at Stanford Chapel in 1950, graduated in 1952 and built a beautiful life and family together. They traveled and moved all over the world, following Alden’s job with Bechtel. Dawn loved life and particularly time with her family. She made many friends playing tennis, golf and bridge. Dawn was proud of becoming a Bridge Life Master in 2015. She loved Bay Area sports. Dawn lived a full life that included many adventures, opportunities and ser...

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Dorothea Wilford
Sept. 20, 1930 - Aug. 20, 2022
Bremerton, Washington

Dorothea “Janer” Wilford (Hardy), a longtime resident of Kent, WA, died peacefully on August 20, 2022, at the age of 91, at her retirement home in Bremerton, WA. Janer was born in Palo Alto, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, she loved the water, vacations on Lake Leonard and was a master with a sailboat. Janer graduated from Palo Alto high school and from Stanford University with a master's degree in education. In 1954 she married Edgar Wilford, a recent Harvard graduate. Janer became an elementary school teacher and later a social worker while her husband taught Mathematics at the college level. When the family moved to Seattle for Edgar’s new position at Boeing, Janer began work at St James Episcopal Church in Kent, as Director of Outreach, serving the community in need. She also volunteered with Multi-faith Works and St James Thrift Shop. Janer is preceded in death by her spouse Edgar Wilford, parents Edward and Dorothea Hardy, daughter Kathy Wilford, brother Edward Hardy and sister Mary Ella Powell. She leaves behind her foster brother- Tor Hanson, children- James (Sharon) Wilford, Lisa (Paul) Guidry, Wendy Wilford, Michael (Dedra) Wilford, Bill Wilford...

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Joseph Manganaro
April 7, 1933 - Aug. 12, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Joseph (Giuseppe) “Joe” Manganaro, of Palo Alto, CA, left us on August 12, 2022. He was 89. Joseph was born April 7, 1933 in Valguarnera, Sicily, and immigrated to the United States with his parents, Antonio and Maria Grazia, and sister Maria in 1946 at the age of 13. The family settled in Brooklyn, New York. Joseph attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and the City College of New York, where he received a Bachelor of Science. He received his Master’s in Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1962. He worked at the Brooklyn Navy Shipyard until it closed in 1965. While working at the Shipyard, Joe completed a fellowship at UC Berkeley, and fell in love with the Bay Area. After the Navy Shipyard closed, he moved to San Mateo and began working as a Civil Engineer at the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard. Joseph also worked at SRI, a research institute, where he conducted ship analysis for the Department of the Navy and research on ship building and vulnerabilities. Joseph was a member of and received awards including from the Society of Sigma XI and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. In 1978, he married Judith A. Looka...

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Patrick Barrett
July 17, 1944 - July 26, 2022
Palo Alto, CA

Raised in Arcadia, California, Pat attended Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, graduating with a B.S. in Engineering, followed by an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1967, he accepted a position at Hewett-Packard, moved to Palo Alto, and married his Harvey Mudd College sweetheart, Penny Gach. While working at HP, he earned a Juris Doctor at Stanford Law School, and spent most of the rest of his career as an intellectual property attorney at HP and later Agilent Technologies until his retirement in 2007. Between Pat’s travels for business and pleasure, he and Penny visited six continents and more that 30 countries. An accomplished photographer, Pat recorded many of these adventures. Their extended family was enlarged by the people they met on these trips, as well as, by hosting international students through Stanford’s Homestay Program. Pat’s interest in music began in college. For many years, he played the guitar and sang for church activities and a group called the Sunday Singers. He also sang with the Palo Alto Community Gospel Choir. At home, Pat was an equal partner in raising their daughters Meg ...

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Judith Amsbaugh
Feb. 3, 1933 - June 30, 2022
Santa Maria, California

Judith Amsbaugh, nee Drew, died on June 30, 2022 at age 89 in Santa Maria, CA. She is survived by her two children, Marian Amsbaugh and Gordon Amsbaugh (Teresa), and grandchildren Genaro and Joaquim Lozano of Santa Maria/UCSC and Sam Amsbaugh of Helena, Montana and sisters-in-law, Zoe Davis of White Rock BC Canada, Sue Rector of Pomona and Elinor Rector of Upland. She was preceded in death by her husband Allen Amsbaugh. Judy was born in Upland, California on February 3, 1933, the only surviving child of Edred Warren Drew and Blanche Gertrude Drew (Mollard). Judy grew up in Ontario, California where her extended families were pioneers to the area. Her parents owned a thriving hardware business, the Drew Carriage Company, as well as other commercial properties. Her sixth grade graduation was marked by D-Day, on June 6th, 1944. She graduated from Chaffey High School at age 17, and then from Chaffey Community College two years later. She attended the University of Arizona (Bear Down!) and was a proud member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She graduated in 1954 with a BA in History and a Minor in Anthropology. She had many interests, including opera, classical music, art and ar...

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Cosette A. Dudley
Aug. 6, 1935 - Feb. 14, 2022
Atherton, CA

Cosette Dudley died peacefully on September 14th, at home in Atherton with her two daughters, Lynette and Virginia, at her side and surrounded by the love of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her passing was blessed with grace, serenity and beauty. Cosette will be remembered for her deep love of family and close friends, warmth and generosity, elegant style, involvement in the visual and performing arts, and her passion for peace and social justice. Cosette was born in Sacramento, California in 1935, the only child of Charles and Kathleen. Cosette was athletic, both on the baseball field with the neighborhood kids and at the skating rink as a graceful competitive figure skater. She loved music from a young age, inspired by her father’s gorgeous singing voice. Cosette met Malcolm at her summer job working at the Sacramento Bee Newspaper. As two young college students, they were married in 1954 and their first daughter, Lynette, was born the following year. With the help of grandparents, Cosette was able to balance motherhood and student life, attending Sacramento City College from 1954-1955, where she studied art with Wayne Thiebaud, and then University of Cali...

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Roslyn "Rose" Gray
Oct. 8, 1926 - July 9, 2020
Palo Alto, California

An upcoming Memorial will be held in October in Sausalito, California for Roslyn "Rose" Gray who passed in on July 9th 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Our Mom was a long-time resident of Palo Alto, and in her heart, this was her one and only "home." She is preceded in death by her dear mother, Mae Morgan Gross, and two older sisters: Lois Mae Grossman, and Doris Gross. Born in 1926 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she was the second to youngest of four sisters, all blessed with musical talent from their mother Mae and her Uncle Russ Morgan. Their cherished mother, Mae Morgan Gross was an exceptional pianist and organ player for local churches. While Rose played a mean piano, she was more comfortable as a "bookworm". So, right after high school, she set her sights on a nursing Degree. Her dream came true during WWII, when she was "capped" as a R.N. during times of great need for the country. It was not all work, as her "service to her country" included trips to USO dances with her younger sister Shirley Lieberman, a pinning to a West Point Cadet prior to deploying, and of course, caring for the needy in Philadelphia. At only 20, she took a a cross countr...

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Saul Rosenberg
Aug. 2, 1927 - Sept. 5, 2022 Palo Alto, California

Saul Rosenberg passed away peacefully in the presence of his children on September 5, 2022, at the age of 95. He was born and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and was the first of his family to attend college. He was drafted into the US Marines during the Korean War and served as a battalion surgeon with...

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Joseph E. Oeschger
Feb. 7, 1933 - Sept. 5, 2022 Polson, Montana

St. Ignatius, MT - Joseph Emil Oeschger was born Feb. 7, 1933, in Palo Alto, California and passed away Sept. 5, 2022. With the exception of two years in the Army, he lived in Palo Alto until 2014. Joe earned his Mechanical Engineer degree from San Jose State. He then spent the next 42 years work...

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Sister Joan Derry
April 24, 1934 - Sept. 4, 2022 Fremont, California

Sr. Joan Marie Derry, a retired Catholic sister in the Sisters of the Holy Family order, passed peacefully into the gates of Heaven. She was 88. She grew up in Menlo Park, CA, in a large Irish Catholic family. She was the second of six children born to Edward and Helen Derry. The family operated ...

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George R. Chippendale
Sept. 28, 1928 - Sept. 3, 2022 Mountain View, California

George Chippendale, age 93, passed away at Villa Siena in Mt. View on Sep 3, 2022 from complications due to Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Boston, MA to George R. Chippendale and Mary Estelle Armour Chippendale on Sep 28, 1928. George attended Boston Latin and MIT and met his lifetime comp...

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