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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Deaths Deaths (May 26, 2004)

Martha Brown

Martha Elaine Brown, 53, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died suddenly May 7.

She was born Oct. 30, 1951, and was a dedicated employee of Palo Alto Hardware.

She is survived by her only daughter, Amanda Brown, a senior in high school; her sister, Patricia Bodenschatz of Campbell; niece, Alana Collins of Mountain View; and nephew, Richard Bodenschatz of Ripon.

Her ashes will be scattered during a private family ceremony. Please send donations to assist with Amanda's college education to Wells Fargo Bank, Account No. 5025766428.
Helen B. Johnson

Helen B. Johnson, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died May 17 at the age of 95.

She was born March 10, 1909 in Fort Morgan, Colo. She married Charles G. Johnson of Fort Morgan, and the couple moved to Los Angeles in 1925. She moved to Palo Alto in 1959, after losing her husband to cancer in 1946.

She was a hard-working mother of two sons. During World War II, she was a "Rosie the Riviter." She retired from work as an electronics assembler in 1974. In retirement, she became an accomplished china painter.

She was preceded in death by her second son Gene, who died of cancer in 1996. She is survived by her son Charles, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Donations in her name may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Harry L. Sanders

Harry L. Sanders, 89, former director of planning at Stanford University, died April 23 at a Washington, D.C. hospital.

He was born in Greenwood, Miss., and lived in Providence, R.I. and Memphis, Tenn. before receiving his bachelor of arts in architecture from Tulane University in 1937. After graduating from Tulane, he worked as a reporter at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He arrived at Stanford in 1956.

While he was director of campus planning, 515 building projects were carried out. The Medical Center, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and Tresidder Union were all created during his tenure. However, many believe his most significant impact was his work to remove the cars from campus.

When he came to Stanford, professors parked on two streets running beside the Main Quad. He closed the Lomita Mall to traffic, creating a walking campus for the students.

Family and friends said that he was a joy to work with and that his concern for the campus was easily felt.

"His greatest belief was that there should be a unifying model for the planning and design of the university," said his son, Matt Sanders.

He will be remembered for his devotion to the Stanford community and the friendship he offered.

He is survived by a son, Matt Sanders of Los Altos, Calif., a daughter, Marchal Sanders Meenan of Chevy Chase, Md., and five grandchildren. Private services have been planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Stanford University Library Associates, c/o Green Library, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, or other charitable organizations.
Pauline E. Siemens

Pauline E. Siemens, 76, a resident of Orrville, Ohio died April 29. She was a longtime resident of Palo Alto before retiring in 1986.

A native of Smithville, Ohio, she graduated from Smithville High School and worked as an executive assistant for 20 years at the McKnight Company in Palo Alto. After retiring, she lived in Grants Pass, Ore. and Redding, Calif. before moving to Orrville, Ohio.

She was a member of the Eastern Star Palo Alto chapter.

She is survived by her two sons John Siemens of New York, NY and James Siemens of Palo Alto; two sisters Irene Miller of Wooster, Ohio and Janet Burkholder of Orrville, Ohio; and two grandsons. Memorials may be made to Arthritis Foundation, 4767 Higbee Avenue, NW, Canton, Ohio 44718-2551.
Ralph D. Zanette

Major Ralph D. Zanette (Ret.), 73, died peacefully at his childhood home in Palo Alto.

After his graduation from Bellermine High School in 1949 and from Santa Clara University in 1953, his love of flying took him to the Air Force and to Amarillo, Texas, for training. He was commissioned as a pilot in 1955. He served his country well during the Korean Conflict, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.

After his release from active duty he began his flying career as an airline pilot with Pacific Airlines then with Air West, Hughes Air West, Republic, and retired from Northwest Airlines in 1986.

He is survived by his mother, Frances I. Zanette; his son, Christopher Zanette, and step-daughter, Carla; his son, Mark Zanette; his daughter, Teri Zanette; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his sons, Christopher Zanette and Mark Zanette, his grandson, Joseph Zanette, and his longtime friends, Jack Cassedy, Clyde McGowan and Don Hall. Honorary pallbearers were John Botini, Anthony Botini and Hugh Paladino.

The vigil was held in his honor May 20. A memorial service was held at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. Interment followed at the Gate Of Heaven Cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos.

In his memory, donations may be made to Pathways Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 94040.

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