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Publication Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Deaths Deaths (February 20, 2002)

Blake Herbert Benson

Blake Herbert Benson, a longtime Menlo Park resident, died Jan. 29. He was 82.

Born in Hurly, S.D., he graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City. He was employed with Hewlett-Packard for 33 years, where he was well-liked by all his co-workers.

He was also well known as a leading softball player of the San Francisco Peninsula during the '50s and '60s.

He is survived by his wife Yolanda Benson of Menlo Park; daughter Victoria Benson of Menlo Park; and son Rich Benson of Pennsylvania.

Private services will be held.
Dale "Buck" Joseph Buehler

Dale "Buck" Joseph Buehler, 42, died Jan. 9 in Fremont.

Born in Palo Alto, he graduated from Gunn High School. He worked for McGuire and Hester Construction in Oakland.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, golfing and riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by daughters Nicole, Britni and Bailey Buehler of Fremont; four brothers, Mark and Clark Buehler of San Jose; Scott Buehler of Rhododendron, Ore.; and Paul Buehler of Fremont; sisters Anne Biller of Menlo Park and Karen Buehler of Palo Alto.

Services have been held. The family requests no donations.
Arlene Shelly Ellstrom

Arlene Shelly Ellstrom, a nine-year Palo Alto resident, died Feb. 3. She was 84.

Born in Emaus, Penn., she graduated from Emaus High School and later earned a business degree. A longtime resident of Philadelphia, she moved to Palo Alto to be closer to her family.

She volunteered actively with the Fox Chase Cancer Center and at the First Christian Church of Palo Alto.

She is survived by daughter Patricia Bashaw of Palo Alto; sons George Ellstrom of Amberg, Wis., and John Ellstrom Jr. of Macungie, Penn.; two grandsons; and three great-grandsons.

Services have been held. Donations in her memory may be made to the First Christian Church of Palo Alto.
Mah Fook

Mah Fook of Palo Atlo died Feb. 6 at age 74.

He was born in Canton, China, and lived in Palo Alto after he moved to America. He served in the United States Army, and continued his service to the country as a U.S. postal worker. He retired in 1987, but remained an active member of his community.

He is survived by his eight children: Gordon Mah of Fremont; Bruce Mah of Gilroy; Annie Bennett of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Jenny Higareda of Gilroy; Donette Wright of Palo Alto; Rhonda Cederloff of Auburn; Kelli Wright of South Carolina; and Mai-Ling Fook of Palo Alto; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Services have been held. The family requests donations to the Midpeninsula Hospice in lieu of flowers.
Austa Burch Glynn

Austa Burch Glynn, a 13-year Palo Alto resident, died Feb. 8. She was 91.

Born in Green River, Wyo., she came to Palo Alto with her family, so that her father could pursue graduate studies at Stanford. She graduated from Sequoia High School in 1931 and married Bill Glynn of Menlo Park in 1937. They lived mostly in Hayward until her husband's death in 1969. In 1989, she moved to Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto in 1989.

Although they had no children of their own, they were very close to their nieces and nephews.

Services have been held.
George Horne

George Horne, a 45-year Menlo Park resident, died Jan. 27. He was 86.

A graduate of the California Institute of Technology, he worked as an engineer for Standard Oil (now Chevron) for 32 years. A heat exchange expert, he earned several patents for the company. Early in his career, he and his family lived in Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands.

He was very active in the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and is remembered as a clever and creative man with a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Carol Horne of Menlo Park; daughters Margaret Monroe of Menlo Park and Nancy Griffin of San Carlos; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Services have been held. The family requests that donations be made to the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

Shirley Dorise Smith

Shirley Dorise Smith, a resident of Menlo Park, died Feb. 2 at the age of 49.

She was a native Californian, graduating from Menlo College. She was an active member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by her husband Morgan Smith of Menlo Park; and her daughter Charmante Isabell of Tennessee; and three grandchildren.

Services have been held.
Susan K. Thede

Susan K. Thede, a RESIDENT OF ???? died Feb. 11 at age 73.

Born in Portland, Ore., she and her family moved to San Mateo County in 1930. She graduated from Menlo High School in 1946. Following her 1950 graduation from Stanford, she was a social worker for the San Mateo County Welfare Department.

She was a dedicated and active volunteer. For over 40 years, she worked on behalf of the Children's Health Council, serving as the first preschool teacher and later working on fund development. She was president of the Children's Health Council Charter Auxiliary. Before her illness, she volunteered at Filoli, worked on numerous Treasure Markets for the Committee for Art, and worked at the Cantor Arts Museum.

She loved to read and always enjoyed working in her garden.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert Thede of CITY; son David Thede of Los Altos; daughter Nancy Favreau of Alamo; and daughter Suzanne Hofmann of Salt Lake City, Utah; and eight grandchildren.

Services have been held.
Barbara Kurtz Varty

Barbara Kurtz Varty, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died Feb. 6. She was 91.

She was born in Chicago and grew up in nearby River Forest before attending the University of Illinois. With her husband and family, she moved to Menlo Park for 35 years where she was an interior designer. In 1963, she moved to Pebble Beach. She returned to the area in 1999 and lived in Los Altos.

She is survived by her sons, Dan Varty of Cupertino; and Bud Varty of Aurora, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Services have been held.


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