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Valerie Marie Knapp
July 2, 1934 - May 30, 2017
Menlo Park, California
Valerie Marie Knapp, a long-time resident of Menlo Park, died Tuesday the 30th of May, surrounded by her family at her daughter’s home in Hawaii. Valerie was born and raised in Glens Falls, New York, to Leon and Thurza McKinney in 1934. She grew up spending summers and vacations with her Aunt Grace. She attended St. Mary’s college, majoring in English, and shared her love of words with ...

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Kristine Elizabeth Mahood
July 7, 1952 - June 27, 2017
Olympia, Washington

Tags: public service

Kristine Mahood, 64, 25-year resident of Palo Alto, died June 27, 2017. She was born July 7, 1952, in Palo Alto, California. She attended Washington State University, Pullman, in History; University of California, Davis, earning a Bachelor's degree in English; and San Jose State University, earning a Master of Library Science degree. She worked at Palo Alto City Library, Rowan County Library...

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Donald Mayall
May 2, 1932 - June 28, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

Donald H. Mayall of Palo Alto died on June 28 after a brief illness. He was 85. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, he grew up with nature and a family farm nearby, which instilled a life-long, deep attachment to the natural world. His family moved to the Los Angeles area when he was twelve. Attending the University of California, Berkeley, he completed a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in sociolog...

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Marie Josée Mont-Reynaud
Oct. 1, 1985 - June 9, 2017
Oakland, California

Tags: arts/media

Born in Palo Alto and a resident of Oakland, MJ Mont-Reynaud passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 9. She was 31. She was an exceptional photographer and Stanford graduate. She was a talented artist with great abilities to bring the best out from her models at every photo shoot. She is survived by many friends, wife, a loving partner and family members who loved her dearly. She knew how ...

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Frederick Willard Olson
Sept. 29, 1932 - June 12, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, business

In Loving Memory Frederick W. Olson 9/29/32 - 6/12/17 Frederick W. Olson passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 12, 2017. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Dr. Frederick A. Olson and Geneva Lynn Olson on September 29, 1932. Fred is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy Olson; daughter, Mary “Mo” Olson (Christopher Friesen); brother, Francis “Gus” Olson (Jane); sisters...

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Gail Ann Reed
Feb. 11, 1941 - May 31, 2017
Portola Valley, California

Tags: arts/media, teacher/educator

Gail LeBaron Reed, a long term resident of Woodside and Portola Valley, has died. She was 76. Reed, who died May 31st, was born in Stockton, California, to Donna and Francis LeBaron on February 11, 1941. She went to school in Stockton and then earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Stanford University, where she met and married her first husband, Richard Pepper in 1960. Th...

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Doris Richmond
Oct. 1, 1921 - June 6, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator, public service

Doris Richmond, the first African-American to work full-time for the Palo Alto Library and the oldest member of the historic University AME Zion Church, died June 6 at 95, following a period of declining health. Richmond, a slightly built woman known to friends and neighbors in the Ventura neighborhood of Palo Alto for her outgoing friendliness, high energy and "adoption" of neighborhood childr...

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Steven Richard Sommer
March 4, 1955 - July 13, 2017
Menlo Park, CA

Tags: business

Steven Richard Sommer died in his home on July 13, 2017, in Menlo Park, California, due to complications following a valiant battle with metastatic thyroid cancer. He was 62. Steve was born on March 4, 1955, in New York City, the second child of Sandra and the late Morton Sommer. He spent his childhood in the greater New York area and went on to study chemical engineering and business at MIT. ...

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Charles Patrick Thacker
Feb. 26, 1943 - June 12, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Charles Patrick Thacker, a pioneer of the first personal computer, died at his Palo Alto home on Monday, June 12, according to the publication Communications of the ACM, a periodical for the computing and information technology fields. He was 74. He died of esophageal cancer, his daughter Christine Thacker told the Weekly. A resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, Thacker is credited wit...

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Sarah Wolfe
July 9, 1919 - June 18, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, public service

In loving memory, Sarah Wolfe July 9, 1919 – June 18, 2017 Sarah Wolfe died peacefully on Sunday, June 18, just a few weeks before her 98th birthday. Mrs. Wolfe was an active member of the Palo Alto community for 65 years, as a volunteer and an activist in the peace and civil rights movements. Born in New York City to Romanian Jewish immigrants Abraham and Bessie Moskowitz, Sarah was the fift...

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