Palo Alto Online - Lasting Memories - Marlene Handy's memorial

Marlene Handy
Nov. 25, 1932-June 21, 2018
Stanford/Los Altos, California

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Marlene Bogel Handy -- beloved wife, mother, nurse and friend -- died unexpectedly of heart failure on June 21, 2018, in Los Altos, California. She was 85. Marlene was born in Millbrae, California, to George and Kathryn Bogel. She grew up loving Shirley Temple, Gone With the Wind and pretending to shoot down enemy aircraft from her family's home near San Francisco airport's flight paths. She graduated from Burlingame High School in 1950 and entered Stanford University with the Class of 1954, but dropped out after her freshman year when she became engaged to the late Ralph Parker Handy, Jr, whom she met in line to buy textbooks on more or less her first day of college. They married on June 1, 1952 and had five children: David (who died shortly after birth), Bruce, Karen, Susan and Todd. Marlene eventually returned to Stanford and despite the fact that her children were all under the age of 12, somehow earned an undergraduate nursing degree, in 1971. She then worked at the Stanford Hospital and Clinics in various capacities until her retirement in 1995, after which she continued to serve the hospital as a volunteer up until her death. She and Ralph raised their family in a home on the Stanford campus -- a unique neighborhood that her children consider a gift in itself. Following Ralph's death in 1982, at the age of 54, Marlene remained in her home on the campus until 2017, when she moved to The Terraces, an assisted living community in Los Altos, which she loved and where she made many new friends and rediscovered her Bridge game. Marlene is survived by her four adult children, her sister-in-law, Betsy Bogel, nine grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and countless friends, colleagues and neighbors -- all of whom feel her loss deeply, miss her gentle good humor and cherish her memory.

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Memorial service
A service will be held at the Stanford Memorial Church on August 21, 4 pm.
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In lieu of flowers, her family suggests donations be made in Marlene's name to a scholarship fund for Stanford students who choose to pursue careers in nursing. Checks can be made out to "Stanford Nurse Alumnae Legacy Fund" (with "In Memory of Marlene Handy" noted on the memo line) and mailed to Pat Sparacino, 151 Briar Land, San Mateo, CA, 94403.

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