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Cynthia Roberts
April 5, 1928 - June 27, 2022
Menlo Park, California

Cynthia Roberts – a resident of Menlo Park for nearly 65 years -- passed away on June 27, 2022 at the Brookdale Senior Living Facility in Redwood City, California. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 5, 1928, she was the third of six children of Anita and Frederick Brenk. She attended Marquette University and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She soon moved to Sausalito and San Francisco, where she met her husband of many years, Kenneth Roberts (who pre-deceased her). They were married in 1957 and she moved to Menlo Park to join Ken and his three daughters, Elizabeth, Katherine, and Susan (now deceased). Cynthia is remembered as a dedicated member of the League of Women Voters and as a supporter of Visiting Angels. She volunteered for many years at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford and was an artist in her own right, creating beautiful sculptures in both wood and stone. She also spent many hours on the ski slopes and swimming laps in her favorite pools. She leaves behind five children (David Roberts, Barbara Louise Roberts, Thomas Roberts, Cynthia Roberts, and Julia Perrine), two stepdaughters (Elizabeth Ducot and Katherine Reilly), eleven grandch...

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Kathleen Cecilia Jacobson
April 15, 1937 - June 25, 2022
Atherton, California

Kathleen Cecilia Jacobson April 15, 1937 - June 25, 2022 Kathleen Cecilia Jacobson lost her valiant battle with cancer, passing away peacefully on June 25, 2022, embraced in love by her husband Ron and children, Will and Marie. In a full testament to her longtime love, Kathy left this world on the same day she married her beloved husband Ron, sixty years to the day, in 1962. Kathy was love and light and all things beautiful and good. She lived a life so full, so honorable, and so decorated, yet she was defined by her humility, beauty and grace every step of the way. Kathleen was born at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital on April 15, 1937, the first of five children by her loving parents, Dr. William Niemeyer and Mary Chalmers. Kathy and her family moved to Vancouver, WA during World War II, but Kathy’s fragile health meant moving to Saugus, CA, to live with her grandparents. Reunited with her parents after the War, Kathy attended Cathedral Preparatory Elementary School in Los Angeles, graduated from Dorsey High School in 1955, and attended the University Of Southern California from 1955-1959. Kathy was a natural leader and gifted student who instilled great confid...

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Leonore Rooney Daschbach
June 11, 1929 - June 24, 2022
Atherton, California

Leonore Rooney Daschbach, a longtime resident of Atherton, passed away peacefully at her home on June 24, 2022. A loving wife to her husband of 59 years, Howard M. Daschbach, Jr, (who passed away in 2012) and loving mother of 6, grandmother of 18 and great grandmother of 16. Although an only child herself, Leonore will be remembered as the matriarch of her large family and all their friends. Leonore, a fourth generation Californian, was born to Theodore and Lillian Rooney, on June 11, 1929, in San Francisco. At the age of five, her family moved to Atherton, to the home that Leonore lived in until her death. Her family believes that at the time of her death she was the longest living resident of Atherton. Leonore lived in her home on Winchester Drive for 87 years. She attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Atherton and completed her education at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, so it was only fitting that she died on the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart. Leonore met Howard at the Neuman Club on Stanford Campus in the fall of 1952 and the two were married at the Carmel Mission on February 5, 1953. Leonore will be missed by her children LeeLee Cusenza...

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Mercedes McCaffrey
Nov. 19, 1928 - June 20, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Mercedes McCaffrey de Urkidi died on June 20, 2022, at Channing House in Palo Alto. Of Basque heritage, she was born on October 19, 1928 in Bilbao, Spain. In 1963 she married Terence McCaffrey of Dublin, Ireland, and immigrated with him to the United States. She taught Spanish to a generation of students at Castilleja School. Survivors include her husband, her children Teresa (Manel Camps) and Antón (Ramona), and grandchildren Amèlia and Ander Camps-McCaffrey. A memorial mass was held on July 6th....

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Kenneth Whyburn
Sept. 3, 1944 - June 19, 2022
Atherton, California

Kenneth Whyburn passed away unexpectedly on June 19th while visiting his childhood home in Charlottesville, VA. Ken was born in Charlottesville to Gordon and Lucille Whyburn. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Cornell University and his JD from Stanford University. Ken specialized in tax law and was a partner at Orrick, Herrington, Sutcliffe. He was an avid reader and enjoyed backpacking and tennis. Ken is survived by his wife, Claire, and sons, Gordon and Ian....

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Carl Hugo Gotsch
Jan. 1, 1933 - June 12, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Carl Hugo Gotsch died at home on June 12, 2022. Carl was born on January 1, 1933 in Ontario, Oregon across the border from Parma, Idaho where he was raised. He was one of three boys born to Carl and Elly Gotsch who immigrated from Germany. Carl grew up in a small farming community and looked back on his childhood fondly. While there was much hard work on the farm and he was known for shirking his share of it, he and his beloved brothers rode horses, camped in the hills, and fished in the creeks. In a small school system, he could start on all the sports teams and still be the lead in the school play. He would later say these opportunities were the foundation of a lifetime of multi-faceted interests. While he never considered himself an athlete (he always set the bar high), he played basketball and baseball well-enough to compete on intramural teams throughout his life. He later took up tennis and golf – but spent more time practicing than playing both. He taught his daughters to ski, swim, play tennis and basketball. Those would be some of their most cherished moments with him as they also allowed for important conversations about life. Upon graduating from Univ...

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Regina Anastasia Davis
May 23, 1928 - June 11, 2022
Portola Valley, California

Regina Davis ~ devoted mother, grandma, great-grandma and life-long adventurer lived a full life, which came to close June 11, 2022. Gina was born and raised in Leicester, England, in the years leading up to WWII. Gina and her identical twin, Margaret, were the youngest pair of the four children of Herbert and Violet Bennett. Gina enjoyed sports, poetry and art, and attended Leicester College of Art and Technology. In 1952, Gina met Peter Davis at a fencing club, and they married in 1954. Gina and Peter had two daughters (Diane and Sorrel) before immigrating to California, and their son (Stuart) was born shortly thereafter. After brief stints in San Jose and Los Angeles, Gina and her family settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, first in Mill Valley and later in Los Altos Hills. Gina travelled world-wide throughout North and Central America, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and China. In addition to sight-seeing, adventures included horseback safaris, backpacking, hut-to-hut hiking, sailing the Greek Islands, and more. In 1983 Gina started “Walks with Regina” providing small group walking holidays in England, focusing on her favourite areas...

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Alison Gwen Weisner
Jan. 20, 1959 - June 10, 2022
Palo Alto, CA

Alison Weisner, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend, passed away on Friday, June 10 after living with cancer for over a decade. She was 63 years old. Alison lived nearly her entire life in the Barron Park neighborhood of Palo Alto, California. She graduated from Henry M. Gunn High School and Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Alison enjoyed a long career as a document librarian, at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Law Firm. In addition to being a prolific reader, Alison wrote fiction and poetry, was a nature photographer, and a calligrapher. She was fiercely independent yet devoted herself to friends, family, and her community. A prodigious walker, Alison loved and cared for the environment; she and her sun hat were a constant, friendly presence all around the Palo Alto area. Her monumental intelligence, kindness and wit will be deeply missed by father John, sister Kirsten, niece Fiona, and nephews Kyle and Declan....

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Anthony Jerome Angelo
May 21, 1938 - June 10, 2022
Palo Alto, CA

Anthony “Jerry” Angelo passed away on June 10, 2022. Jerry was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1938 to Charles and Beth (Chapman) Angelo. The family moved to Menlo Park, California when he and his twin brother, Jimmy, were two years old. His father operated a series of Menlo Park businesses including a gas station and later a screen shop. Jerry attended Menlo Atherton High School where he played varsity football and held the track team’s high hurdle records for many years. He married his high school sweet heart, Jacqueline Cook, with whom he raised two beautiful daughters, Lisa and Amy. Jerry graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Architectural Engineering. He partnered with Charlie Uhrhammer to run a very successful structural engineering business for over 40 years, ensuring the structural soundness for most of the schools in the area. Jerry loved his routines. His days always started with an early morning walk to check out the nearby construction projects and make friends with whomever he met. This was true whether he was at home in Palo Alto, or anywhere in the world on vacation. His sports routines included basketball at th...

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Joyce Margaroli
May 26, 1926 - June 10, 2022
Portola Valley, California

N. Joyce Margaroli (Foster), 96, of Portola Valley passed away on June 10, 2022. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Bentley (Margaroli); son-in-law, John Bentley, Jr.; granddaughter, Rachael Bentley: grandson, John Bentley III; great-grandson, Russell McKinney and nephew, Stephen Khouri. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Margaroli; daughter, Gail Margaroli, and brother Stephen Foster. Her life began in Alhambra, Ca on May 26, 1926, where she happily spent her early years with her grandparents in their grocery stores in Los Angeles. The depression years were tough and they moved around, she attended elementary school in Soquel, Hollywood, Idaho, and Santa Cruz and high school in Atascadero and San Luis Obispo. She was credited with starting the Racqueteers Tennis Club and was a lifetime member. Joyce was a long-time resident of the Sequoias Portola Valley and spent many happy years there spreading her endless energy and joy....

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Norman H. Freed
July 18, 1938 - June 6, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Norman H. Freed died on June 6, 2022. He was 83 years of age. Norman was adventurous and lived his life to love, to teach to help others and to be fiercely ethical. He was intelligent and sympathetic, curious and both tough and tender. He played the sax, was a member of a band and enjoyed exploring coffee houses and book stores. He was born in San Francisco. An only child, his father was a musician and traveled with the family throughout the country as a sales rep. His mother was a homemaker. When young he was involved in an automobile accident and needed brain surgery to correct the trauma. With determination he walked the long path to recovery and he did. To prove his return to health, he hitch hiked across the country and entered the US Navy reserves. Then college and the pursuit of higher education. First, he graduated from UC Berkeley, San Francisco State and received his Masters degree in Psychology from San Jose State. Finally, he earned his Ph.D from the University of Kansas in Psychology. He trained as a therapist at the University of Kansas Medical Center, taught at the University of Kansas, practiced in Kansas City and eventually found a po...

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Yolanda Astarita Patterson
Feb. 15, 1933 - May 26, 2022
Portola Valley, California

Dr. Yolanda Astarita Patterson, whose career included 40 years as a professor of French and women's studies at Cal State East Bay and who helped create and lead an international society devoted to the works of the French philosopher and author Simone de Beauvoir, passed away peacefully May 26 at the Portola Valley, California, home she had lived in for 60 years. She was 89. Patterson was born in New York City in 1933 to a doctor and a French language teacher, both Italian immigrants. Always an exceptional student, Patterson was admitted to one of the country's top high schools, Hunter College High, before graduating magna cum laude from Smith College. In the mid 1950s, she moved west and earned her master's and PhD in French from Stanford University. It was while doing research for her PhD that Patterson became fascinated by the works of Simone de Beauvoir, best known as the author of "The Second Sex." In 1981, Patterson co-founded the still thriving International Simone de Beauvoir Society and served as its president for more than 30 years. Patterson interviewed Beauvoir twice in Paris, and in 1989, she authored the book "Simone de Beauvoir and the Demystification of Motherh...

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JudyAnn Edwards
1954 - April 20, 2022
Palo Alto, CA

JudyAnn Edwards died peacefully at the age of 67 from complications of a second stroke. JudyAnn was born in Oakland CA to Roberta and Jay Christensen and went to San Leandro public schools. She graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor and master’s in journalism. She worked in many different capacities, in government and industry, and most notably for Apple Computer for 13 years. Always involved with friends and social activities, she left industry to become a full-time mom to her two children and continued serving the local community. She was a member of the Palo Alto Historical Association, Woman’s Club of Palo Alto and PTA at Walter Hays Elementary School to name a few. In local politics she organized town hall meetings with city council and mayoral candidates and was a member of the Palo Alto Citizens Committee for zoning issues. She had a major stroke at the age of 52. Her spirit of hard work and positive attitude enabled her to overcome severe deficits and become, once again, a force in her family and community. In 2009 she was the top fund raiser for the Peninsula (now Pacific) Stroke Association. Her inner strength and positive attitude were...

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Sayre E. Stevick
Nov. 22, 1968 - April 15, 2022
San Carlos, California

Sayre E. Stevick passed away April 15, 2022 after a brief illness. Sayre was 53 years old. A life-long Bay Area resident, Sayre was born in San Francisco, raised in Atherton, attended Menlo-Atherton High-School, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He then attended law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to The Order of the Coif. Professionally, Sayre was a partner with Fenwick & West, LLP where he specialized in corporate work for Silicon Valley entities. Through his legal career, Sayre was involved in many important corporate transactions and played a critical role in the growth and success of his firm. Known for his intellect and insightfulness, he routinely provided creative solutions to some of the more complex transactional issues during an incredible time of growth in Silicon Valley. Sayre was particularly proud of the friendships he established with founders, clients, and fellow attorneys. He was respected by all and fondly remembered for his humor, integrity and disarming wit. Sayre is remembered as a beloved and loyal friend, someone who could always be count...

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Carol McFall
March 16, 1940 - June 24, 2022 Santa Cruz, California

Born in March of 1940, Carol Hengst grew up in West Frankfurt, Illinois, something of a child prodigy in the arts – playing Beethoven and Bach startlingly well from a young age on her little upright piano and becoming the youngest person to submit a painting to the state art fair. The daughter of...

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Eve R. Sacks
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Maureen P. Martin
April 19, 1923 - June 3, 2022 Palo Alto, CA

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