Palo Alto Online - Lasting Memories - Ida M. Stelling's memorial

Ida M. Stelling
July 9, 1922-May 18, 2018
Palo Alto, California

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After a short illness Ida passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. Ida was born into the home of her German heritage parents on Louis Road in 1922, long before the area was incorporated to the city of Palo Alto. She lived on this property her entire life and knew Palo Alto and the Bay Area in and out. From early childhood to her last days, she loved and adored animals. Ida graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1940 and then went on to business school. She followed her mother working for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, later AT&T. She had a successful career retiring as a beloved manager at age 65. She made new friends when she next went to work at the Stanford Linear Acceleration Center (SLAC), finally retiring fully in her mid-70s. Ida was very involved in managing the construction of a new home on her property and proudly moved into the new home in 2004. In her 80s and well into her 90s she traveled many times to Germany and finally visited the farm near Bremerhaven where her father grew up. Although Ida didn't speak German, she made many friends there, just like here, with her touching lovely smile and her warmth. Ida will be gravely missed here and in Germany. As it was her wish, Ida has been privately entombed at Alta Mesa alongside her parents.

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