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Donald Warren Peterson
June 8, 1931 - Sept. 5, 2019
Portola Valley, California

Former Atherton resident Donald Warren Peterson, 88, passed away September 5th at the Sequoias in Portola Valley, where he had lived with his wife Nancy for the past eleven years. Originally from Tacoma, Washington and a graduate of Oregon State University in the NROTC program, Don served as an airborne CIC officer for three years in the Pacific before earning an MBA from Stanford University. Always having worked in finance, he retired after twenty years as Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Equipment Company in San Francisco and moved back to the Puget Sound region before returning to the Bay Area to be closer to family. Don will especially be remembered for his wry sense of humor and his lifelong love of ice cream and jazz music. In addition to his wife Nancy, Don is survived by daughter Karen Peterson-Iyer and son-in-law Mohan Iyer of Menlo Park, grandsons Alex and Chris Iyer, daughter-in-law Sarah Mather Peterson of Philadelphia, and grandsons Colin, Matt, and Tim Peterson. He was pre-deceased by his son Michael Peterson....

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Edward Ehelebe
Jan. 6, 1926 - Aug. 20, 2019
Portola Valley, California

Edward Ehelebe of Portola Valley passed away on August 20th at 93 ½. He was surrounded by family and friends. Ed studied at the University of Oregon. He was a Merchant Marine with travels from New Guinea to the Philippines as well as ventures to Europe and South America. He was a late draftee to the Army and spent time in Paris where he met his wife of 63 years, Pam, in Paris. Ed worked at IBM as a Systems Analyst for 30 years. A huge fan of tennis, he was a regular at Alpine Hills Swim and Tennis Club. Until a few weeks ago he regularly attended a dinner set up for all the “Old Guard” at the Club. He was a lover of nature and felt lucky to live in Portola Valley. Ed also owned several acres of land on the coast of Oregon. He first went to that area as a boy scout and later purchased some of the land that he had camped on as a child. He loved aircraft and had a regular breakfast with pilot friends who shared that interest. He made many friends up until the end of his life with his positive attitude. Ed’s family consists of his wife Pam (preceded him in death 11 months ago), son Michael of Washington state and his daughters Diane Ehelebe-Read of San Jose an...

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Richard Stanley Chandler
April 14, 1955 - Aug. 10, 2019
Redwood City, California

Richard Stanley Chandler April 14, 1955 – August 10, 2019 In Redwood City, surrounded by his loving mother, Carolyn Hartman, and his dog, Jersey. Son of Del Wayne Chandler and beloved big brother to Don Chandler and Kathleen Hartman-Felion and Uncle to Emily Chandler. Rick is a longtime friend and coach to Peninsula youth for generations, changing their lives for the better with his calm demeanor and wise guidance. Rick’s writing career began at Sequoia High School with the Sequoia Times and continued in print with the Redwood City Tribune, Peninsula Times Tribune, Palo Alto Weekly, San Mateo Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Tahoe Tribune. As a pioneer in electronic media, he was considered one of the original “blogfathers” and is a co-founder of groundbreaking sports site, Deadspin. He worked for MSNBC, Ironminds, and created the blog Peninsula Youth Sports. He coached basketball and baseball at Serra High School, taking his basketball team to the State Championship. As the basketball coach for South Lake Tahoe High School, he took his players to their first Junior Varsity win in 20 years. In his early coaching career he had several years at Mt. Carmel in Redw...

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Eleanor Stitt Andrews
July 21, 1925 - Aug. 8, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Eleanor Stitt Andrews passed away on August 8, 2019. She was an amazing, vibrant person and was the queen of any occasion. She led a full and rich life. Eleanor was born in San Francisco, California, on July 21, 1925, to Alexander William and Edith Hoyland Stitt. She grew up in the San Mateo Park area with her brother Douglas and sister Geraldine “Cookie”. Eleanor attended Hamlin School in San Francisco and graduated from San Mateo High School in 1943. Eleanor attended the University of California Berkeley to study Journalism and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She spent her younger adult years in San Francisco working at Matson Lines. She met Benjamin Andrews while skiing with friends at Sugar Bowl in the Lake Tahoe area, and married in 1962 . They moved to Menlo Park, CA, and their only child Benjamin (Jamie) Andrews was born in 1966. They both remained in their home in Menlo Park for the rest of their lives. Eleanor and Ben later had a vacation home in Lake Tahoe that they enjoyed for 18 years. Eleanor spent her time working at Sunset Magazine, volunteering for several charities and maintained an active social life until her final days. Eleanor loved to ent...

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Kurt Mueller-Vollmer
June 28, 1928 - Aug. 3, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Kurt Mueller-Vollmer 1928 - 2019 Emeritus Stanford University Professor of German Studies and Humanities Kurt Mueller-Vollmer passed away in his Palo Alto home on August 03, 2019 at the age of 91. Born in Hamburg, Germany, on June 28, 1928, Kurt attended the University of Cologne where he focused on history, philosophy, German and Romance languages. In 1951-52 Kurt studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and the Colegio de Santa Cruz in Valladolid in Spain. Upon graduating from Cologne University in 1953, Kurt received a Fulbright Fellowship to attend Brown University in Providence, RI, where, under the guidance of the eminent historian of colonial America Edmund S. Morgan, Kurt received his Master’s Degree in American Studies. From 1956 to 1958 Kurt received Ford Foundation support for study at Stanford University. Under the aegis of Professor Kurt F. Reinhardt, Kurt was awarded his Ph.D. in German Studies and Humanities in 1962. Kurt’s teaching career at Stanford began as an instructor in German in 1958. After retirement in 1995 as Professor of German and Humanities, Kurt continued to publish, advise students, give lectures and hold seminars. Kurt also hel...

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Heidi Anne Haskell
Jan. 13, 1971 - July 29, 2019
Portola Valley, California

Heidi Anne Haskell, born on Jan 13, 1971 at Stanford Hospital, died peacefully while surrounded by family on July 29, 2019 at the Mission House in Redwood City. She is survived by her father, William Haskell of Portola Valley, older brother, Christopher Haskell of Orinda, younger twin sisters, Kimberly Haskell Newlin of Granite Bay and Merrily (Mimi) Haskell of Portola Valley, and her caregivers and friends at the Cobb Home in San Mateo. Heidi was an amazing individual who taught our family and others to enjoy the simple things in life - including music, laughter and hugs. Her disabilities did not diminish her ability to make any room brighter with her gregarious smile and infectious giggle. She had an innate gift to love life and others and reject negativity. She will be forever missed by her family, peers, teachers and especially her caregivers and friends at the Cobb Home. A Celebration of Heidi’s Life will be held on September 29th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Coupa Cafe located on the Stanford Golf Course, 198 Junipero Serra, Stanford, Ca. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Mission House (Mission Hospice.org)...

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Bertin Raymond Chabot
Jan. 21, 1954 - July 28, 2019
Portola Valley, California

Bert blessed his parents, Carmelita and Bertin Raymond Chabot Sr. with his birth on January 21, 1954 in Redwood City, California. Bert attended Woodside High School and was a longtime resident of Portola Valley. Sadly, and too soon, Bertin Raymond Chabot II, age 65, departed this life on July 28, 2019. Bert touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a loyal friend to many. In his youth he competed in world wrist wrestling championships. He had great ambition and talent to invent, holding world patents and was a successful electrician. Bert is survived by his wife, Juanita Maria Chabot, a brother Phillip (Carolyn) Chabot, and a sister Lisa (Edgar) Macachor, a son Bertin Raymond Chabot III, daughters Christa (Anthony) Feldi and Sandra (Omar) Prone, stepsons Paul Smith and Ian Shaikh, two nieces, two nephews and three grandchildren. Bert was preceded in death by his father, Bertin Raymond Chabot Sr., his mother Carmelita Vierra Chabot....

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John Harbaugh
Aug. 6, 1926 - July 28, 2019
Stanford, California

John W. Harbaugh a longtime resident of Stanford, CA, died peacefully from natural causes on July 28, 2019, in Santa Barbara, CA where he resided in an assisted living facility prior to his passing. John was professor emeritus of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford since 1999. He started his academic career at Stanford in 1955 and served as Department Chair in the late 1960’s. He taught in several departments within the School of Earth Sciences. A significant portion of his career was dedicated to the development of applied computational methods in geology. John, the eldest of five children, was born August 6, 1926 in Madison, WI. His father, an economic geologist, and his mother, originally trained as a landscape architect, created a nurturing environment for their family. John attributed much of their influences in encouraging him to explore both the imaginative and natural worlds while living in small midwestern towns in northeastern Oklahoma in early childhood, and later during adolescence, in Hudson, OH, a suburb of Cleveland. John graduated from high school in 1944, at the top of his class, and then enlisted in the V-12 Navy College Training Program as...

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John Thomas Reilly
Aug. 14, 1963 - July 26, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

John Thomas Reilly (aka: JR), a devoted son and brother, a loving and most wonderful husband, an exceptional Daddy, a fabulous family member, and a dear friend to many, passed away peacefully in his home the evening of July 26, just a few weeks shy of his 56th birthday and after bravely carrying on with life for nearly three years with Glioblastoma (brain tumor). We are beyond proud of Our JR. John was born on August 14,1963, in Palo Alto to Tom and Dayle Reilly. He completed two years at UC Santa Cruz, then transferred and received his Chemical Engineering degree from UC Berkeley, followed by an MBA at Santa Clara University. After finishing his undergrad degree and taking a few months to travel through Europe, John jumped straight into high-tech sales with KLA Tencor (formerly Tencor) and remained in high-tech sales for 33 years. His last job was with Dell doing OEM Sales. John embraced his work in sales, especially the hunt for customers and working deals. On September 23, 1995, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in downtown Palo Alto, John married Kelly Rose Lipon, and it wasn’t long before they were blessed with their children Melanie (July 1998) and Johnny (February 2002). ...

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Edward Scott Brugge
Aug. 5, 1919 - July 18, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Edward Scott Brugge, age 99 - about 2 weeks shy of his 100th birthday, a resident of Menlo Park for 57 years, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 surrounded by his adoring family and caregivers. Ed was the loving and devoted husband of Anna for over 71 years. Ed was born August 5, 1919 to the late Edward L. and Pearl L. (Simonds) Brugge in San Francisco, California. He was the oldest son of the family. Ed graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco in 1937. He worked for Forderer Cornice Works as a draftsman when he was in high school and continued until he was called in the 13th draft out of San Francisco. On July 18th, 1941 Ed was enlisted in the Army before World War II. He was stationed in California, Florida, Wisconsin, and Paris, France during his service. After basic training they were looking for cooks. Once the group learned that his father was a butcher, and he knew how to pluck and clean a chicken, he was quickly moved to the kitchen. Later he was in the Infantry and later promoted to 1st Sergeant. He was discharged on January 11th, 1946 and returned home to San Francisco. After being introduced by Ed’s cousin, Betsy Swearingen, Ed ...

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Judith Anne Lucier
June 3, 1935 - July 17, 2019
Menlo Park, CA

Judith Anne Roche Lucier, 84, a devoted Catholic and 30-year resident of Menlo Park, died July 17, 2019. Judy was born June 3, 1935, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up in San Francisco where she attended St. Monica School, Presentation High School, and Lone Mountain College for Women. She joined Levi Strauss and Company as a clerk in 1958 where she met her husband of 57 years, Jack Lucier. In 1961 Jack and Judy were married and soon after, started their own interior design business which they operated for over 25 years. As a St. Joseph School room mother, PTA president, and auction chair, Judy always made sure she was an active participant in her children's school lives. Judy worked as the Executive Secretary to the Court Administrator of the Superior Court of San Mateo County from 1987 until her retirement in 2006. In her retired years, Judy enjoyed traveling, spending time with her 6 grandchildren, and volunteering for the past 13 years at Oakwood Retirement Center at Sacred Heart Schools. Judy was a staunch participant of Words with Friends. She was a fierce opponent, often juggling dozens of games at once. Judy was a fun-loving, deeply caring and dedicated wife, mother an...

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Barb Jones
Dec. 18, 1951 - July 13, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Barbara Ellis Jones, 67, passed away on July 13, 2019, after a short battle with aggressive lung cancer. She left us peacefully, with a view of her beautiful Palo Alto garden, her children holding her hands. The oldest of five, Barb grew up in St. Louis. At Georgetown University, she earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Economics. After raising her three kids in Palo Alto and Nantucket, Mass., she dedicated her time to transforming the lives of women and girls worldwide. A philanthropist, civic leader, and community volunteer, Barb was a founding member of the Maverick Collective, a new philanthropic model aimed at ending extreme poverty by investing in girls and women. She spearheaded a project in Myanmar that made enormous strides in reducing gender-based violence. She was also a founding member of WANDA, a California nonprofit that helps lift single mothers out of poverty. “I have been unbelievably fortunate in my life,” she said to a group of women in Myanmar, “and have seen so many places where women are not. I want to do what I can to help.” Barb served on the Board of Regents at Georgetown University and the Board of Caminar Family and Children...

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Verna Aldous
Feb. 18, 1924 - June 30, 2019
Portola Valley, California

Verna Greaves Aldous of Portola Valley, CA, passed away on June 30, 2019. She was born in Preston, Idaho on February 18, 1924. She loved dances, movies, tennis, and especially her horses. She was on her high school debate team and served in student government. She was an excellent student and was active in her church. Verna earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Utah. There she met Newell Aldous, who was studying electronic engineering. They were married in 1946 in Preston, ID, following Newell’s service in the US Navy. They were later sealed in the Logan Temple. Newell and Verna followed his engineering career, with brief stops in Camden, NJ and Alamogordo, NM before settling in Portola Valley, CA. The family loved the views of surrounding foothills from their home. All were avid gardeners. Verna was active in her church, where she was best known as the Cultural Refinement Teacher for the women’s organization (Relief Society) for many years. She was a full-time homemaker through the 1950's when the children were young. In the 1960's, Verna entered the work force as a social worker with the American Red Cross. Early assignments were h...

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Joseph Lawrence Naiman, M.D.
Oct. 20, 1932 - June 23, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Joseph Lawrence Naiman (Laurie) was born in Toronto, Canada, the youngest son of Max and Ida Naiman. He attended Harbord Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto, earning his medical degree in 1956. He trained in pediatric hematology-oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School). He then moved to Philadelphia, working at the University of Pennsylvania before being appointed professor of pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine and chief of hematology-oncology at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. He became known for his dedication to research and teaching and for his compassionate clinical care. His proudest accomplishment was the development of a family support program for children with leukemia and cancer. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Ronald MacDonald House Charities. In 1984 Laurie moved to California where he served as medical director of the Northern California Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services and as clinical professor of pediatrics, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine. Laurie received numerous professional honors and authored more than 70 medical ...

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Martha Ann Acevedo
Oct. 14, 1918 - June 20, 2019
Menlo Park, California

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, Martha Ann, a loving widow, mother of five, and social activist, passed away at the age of 100. Martha Ann was born in Roanoke, Virginia on October 14, 1918 to Edgar and Mattie Jamison. She had an older sister, Sara, with whom she was very close, and she had wonderful memories of the summers she spent on the Kinzie’s farm in Virginia with their children and farm animals. After graduating from Carson Newman College in Tennessee, Martha Ann completed the first year of medical school at the University of Virginia. There she married Samuel Nelson LeCount and moved to the west coast. They had four children, Suzanne, David, Tom, and Josie. Her second marriage to Jorge Acevedo gave them a daughter, Antonia. Martha Ann was a dedicated teacher in the Palo Alto School District. She loved adventurous travels to various parts of the world; her first sabbatical took her and her daughter Antonia around the globe for one year. Martha Ann was instrumental in organizing the Palo Alto Peace group, and she worked in the lab at the Linus Pauling Institute during her second sabbatical from teaching. In her later years she married a Cuban man, Eusebio Aviles,...

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Xia Guan
Feb. 4, 1970 - June 18, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Xia Guan, beloved mother, wife, and daughter, passed away on June 18, 2019, after 5 years of brave battle with cancer. She was born February 4, 1970, in Hubei, China. At age 14, she was admitted to the Special Class for Gifted Youth in the best science and technology university in China. After graduating from University of Science and Technology of China in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Xia started her graduate school at UC Davis and earned her PhD degree in Genetics in 1997. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University before she moved to IT industry. She started her career in Pharmaceutical IT Quality industry after joining Roche Palo Alto in 1999. After a short transition with Nektar Therapeutics from 2005 to 2007, she joined Gilead Sciences in 2007 and took her career to the next level. She was Director of Business IT R&D at Gilead Sciences before passing away at a young age of 49. She met her love of life on the first day in college. They were married and raised 2 wonderful boys together. She became an avid San Francisco Giants fan after her children started playing baseball in little league which triggered her interests to learn about a...

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Dorothy Hassett
July 2, 1929 - June 6, 2019
Palo Alto , California

Dorothy Hassett, a longtime former Weekly employee, died on June 6. A fourth generation Californian, she was born in Modesto to Lester and Velma Smith on July 2, 1929, the second child of three. She attended Canoga Park High School in the San Fernando Valley, where her mom was a secretary and liberal activist and her dad was an itinerant farmer at first and then a home builder. She attended San Jose State University and remained in the Santa Clara Valley the rest of her life. She taught physical education at San Mateo High School and married Bob Hassett, who taught shop classes at Sunnyvale High School. The couple raised three children together: Sally, Allan and Carla. When the kids were in school, she took a job at the Los Altos Town Crier newspaper followed by two stints with the Palo Alto Weekly, starting in 1989 and ending in 2015. As a lifelong athlete, she was a fan of the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors. Her husband developed dementia early, but she became an advocate and loyal part of his caregiving family at Sunnyside Gardens for over 10 years before he died. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Sally; her son, Allan; her...

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Richard J. Raiter
Oct. 8, 1940 - Sept. 7, 2019 Palo Alto, California

A longtime resident of Palo Alto, Dick was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Oct. 8, 1940. He passed away peacefully on Sept. 7, 2019, at the age of 78. Survived by his wife Joan Raiter, daughter Holly Madariaga, son-in-law Eric Madariaga, grandchildren Ian, Leah and Owen, brother and sister-in...

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