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Publication Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Deaths Deaths (December 21, 2005)

Dorothy Connett

Dorothy Lucille Connett, 92, a 58-year resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 7 at Stanford Hospital.

Born May 5, 1913, in San Jose, she lived her entire life in Santa Clara County. She trained as a nurse at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose in the 1930s and worked until the birth of her first child in 1942. She subsequently worked at the Children's Theatre in Palo Alto and volunteered at the Stanford Convalescent Home Rummage Sale.

She was known for her active lifestyle, which included gardening, baking and reading. She walked a mile a day up until two weeks before her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Connett. She is survived by her children, Vicki Connett Sykes of San Jose; Robert Connett of Boulder Creek; and two grandchildren.

Nikita Kusnezov

Nikita Kusnezov, 78, a former research scientist, died Dec. 2 after struggling with pancreatic cancer. He was a resident of Los Altos Hills.

He was born Aug. 15, 1927, in Kharkov, Ukraine, under the Soviet government. When Nazi Germany invaded the Ukraine, his village was captured and he was taken to a Czechoslovakian work camp, where he labored for three years as an adolescent.

After the war ended, he went to Germany with his mother to escape Soviet rule. He went to high school in Munich for three years before coming to America in 1950 to attend the University of California, Berkeley. There, he received his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering, and also met his future wife, Evelyne, who was visiting from France and staying in the same boarding house as he.

In 1961 he began working for Lockheed in its research department, living briefly in Mountain View before moving to Los Altos that same year. Over his 26-year stay at Lockheed, he worked on several projects, including space-shuttle plates. He retired in 1987.

Driven by his hardships during World War II, he developed a deep passion for history, from pre-Christian eras all the way to the war. In addition to researching history, he loved to bake bread for his family and tend his garden.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyne Kusnezov; his son, Dimitri Kusnesov; his daughters, Irina Donaldson and Valerie Russell; and seven grandchildren. Per his wishes, there was no funeral service. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Dorothy Liddicoat

Dorothy Liddicoat, 92, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 10.

She was born Feb. 15, 1913, in Palo Alto. She married George Liddicoat, the owner of Liddicoat Market on University Avenue, in 1935.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1966. She is survived by her children, Mary Ellen Smith of Lincoln Hills; George W. Liddicoat of Palo Alto; Jacki Liddicoat of Walnut Creek; Kathleen Thornton of Sunnyvale; Nancy Swinyer of Castro Valley; Tom Liddicoat of Roseville; and 15 grandchildren.

Walter J. Liddicoat, Jr.

Walter J. Liddicoat, Jr., 80, a native of Palo Alto, died Dec. 6.

Born July 15, 1925, in Palo Alto, he graduated from Palo Alto High School. Afterwards, he joined the armed services and served in World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Palo Alto and married Dora Bruce Fischer on April 2, 1948.

An avid reader, especially of British history, he also enjoyed fishing and listening to music of the 1940s.

He is survived by his wife, Dora Liddicoat; his son, Michael Liddicoat; and his daughter, Christine Leung. Donations may be made to the VA Hospice or the Silicon Valley Humane Society. Private services have been arranged.

Sidney Shtulman

Sidney Shtulman, long-time Palo Alto resident, died Oct. 23 after a long battle with cancer. He was 85.

Born the son of Polish immigrants in New York City on Aug. 13, 1920, he spoke only Yiddish until he went to school. After learning English, he became an excellent student and graduated high school at age 15. Afterwards, he went to New York City College where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in statistics.

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and after his honorable discharge in Dec. 1946, began working for the federal government in the Office of Health Education and Welfare. After retiring with a Super Grade title, he married Berenice "Bee" Biegun on Jan. 7, 1982.

An avid reader, he also loved traveling and sports, and was a dedicated member of the Kol Emeth Congregation. After retiring, he took up golf and was proud of his four holes-in-one.

He is preceded in death by his son, Michael Shtulman, and daughter, Kathy Shtulman. He is survived by his wife, Berenice Shtulman of Palo Alto, daughter Mary Foran and son-in-law John Foran of San Diego, and eight grandchildren. A funeral service was held Oct. 27 at Chapel Hills of Eternity in Colma, Calif. Donations may be made in his name to the charity of your choice.

Kathleen Connelly Westrum

Kathleen Connelly Westrum, longtime Palo Alto resident, died Dec. 6 after a short illness. She was 76.

She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Hannah and Cornelius Connelly, a railroad station manager. After graduating high school, she went to Wayne State University in Michigan, where she got her master's degree in social work. In the mid-1950's, she worked with the Florence Crittenton Home in San Francisco, a non-profit agency for single, teenage mothers. She lived in Pacifica, Calif., until meeting future-husband Carl Westrum, with whom she moved to Palo Alto in 1966 after their wedding.

In the 1970s, she founded Crittenton Friends, where as director she assisted countless women and children until her retirement in the mid-80s.

She enjoyed gardening and flowers, especially daisies. She also loved Doberman Pinchers and took care of several dogs from animal shelters throughout her life. An avid steam-train enthusiast, she traveled throughout California in search of historic trains.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl. She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Westrum Massey of Palo Alto, and her granddaughter, Alexis Massey. A memorial mass will be held Jan. 7, 2006 at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Ave., Los Altos. Donations may be made to Pathway Hospice Foundation, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085.


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