Publication Date: Wednesday Jan 1, 1997


Maria Clementina Barbieri

Maria Clementina Barbieri, 103, a 26-resident of Menlo Park, died Dec. 14. A native of Italy, she was a retired seamstress. She is survived by her daughter, Lucy P. Sprinkle of Menlo Park, and two grandchildren. Services have been held.

Maxine Barrett Beck

Maxine Barrett Beck, 79, a former resident of Menlo Park, died Dec. 10 from Lou Gehrig's disease in her home in Sunnyvale. A native of Plainview, Texas, she graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor's degree in 1938. Her teaching career spanned 30 years in both public and private schools, including the Pomona, Claremont and Palo Alto school districts, and Foothill Country Day School in Claremont. She was also head of schools in Padua Hills and Hancock Park, Calif. She received her master's degree from the Claremont Graduate School in 1972. In 1975, while living in Menlo Park, she consulted with industry and higher education institutions on the academic and career activities of individuals. She held executive positions in the California Association of Women Deans and Administrators and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and was a member of the Menlo-Atherton branch of the American Association of University Women. Upon retirement she became California spokesperson for the American Association of Retired Persons' Women Initiative Program, manager of the Well Elder Center at Menlo Park's Little House, and a board member of the Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She is survived by a daughter, Christine Beck of Sunnyvale; a son, Tom Beck of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and two grandsons. No services were held. Contributions may be made to the ALS Association, 150 Post St., Suite 340, San Francisco, CA 94108.

Maynard Brown

Maynard Brown, 76, who taught aeronautics at Palo Alto High School for 35 years, died Dec. 24. The program he started at Paly was one of the country's first aeronautics programs for high schoolers. In 1952, he was chosen as one of four flight instructors from throughout the country to teach aviation at the University of Colorado. He later founded the program at Paly, which taught students everything from how to fly to how to maintain and fix airplanes. After retirement, he established a fixed-base operations at Palo Alto Airport and helped build the large hanger and offices now used as a vocational flight school and service, sales and maintenance center. He is survived by his wife, Anne Brown of Cupertino, and a daughter, Jo Anne Brown of Santa Clara. Services have been held.

Robert Allen Edrington

Robert Allen Edrington, 51, a graduate of Cubberly High School in Palo Alto, died Dec. 12 at his home in Belmont after a brief illness. A native of Berkeley, he attended San Jose State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in accounting. A Vietnam War veteran, he was the CFO of Safe-Hit Corporation in Hayward. He coached youth softball in Belmont. He was also the vice president of the Carlmont High School Athletic Boosters' Club. He was an avid sports fan, golfer and gardener. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Louise Edrington of Belmont; three daughters, Christina Edrington of Belmont, Nicole Edrington of Belmont, and Kathleen Edrington of Belmont, and a brother, David Edrington of Hollister. Services have been held. Contributions may be made to the San Mateo Youth Blitz Association, 35 Bel Aire Court, Hillsborough, CA 94010.

Lavora C. Grant

Lavora C. Grant, 77, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 9. A native of Arkansas, she worked as a department manager of Sears Roebuck for more than 25 years. She enjoyed camping, gardening and shopping. She is survived by her husband, Henry M. Grant of Palo Alto; two daughters, Wanda Mickulesku of Palo Alto and Barbara Arionus of Washington; three sons, Charles Grant of Santa Clara, Larry Grant of Santa Clara, and Jerald Grant of Utah; a sister, Dorothy Sensibaugh of Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Almaden Blvd., Suite No. 500, San Jose, CA, 95113-2214.

Winifred R. Kinney

Winifred R. Kinney, 81, a longtime resident of Menlo Park and Palo Alto, died Dec. 7 in Cupertino after a long illness. A native of Roanoake, Va., she attended John Hopkins University. She then served as an Army flight nurse during World War II, where she met her husband. In 1945, she moved with her family to San Francisco, and eventually moved to Palo Alto. She worked as a private nurse and at the Palo Alto Veteran's Administration in the geriatric unit. After her retirement, she moved to Menlo Park. She was an active member with the Children's Health Council for several years. She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Salera of Atherton, and two grandchildren. No services were held. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 800 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Catharine H. Maxwell

Catharine Hessel Maxwell, 80, a 40-year resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 16. A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., she was raised in La Jolla, Calif., and graduated from San Diego State College. She attended graduate school at U.C. Berkeley. She was an active member of the Palo Alto Chapter of the American Red Cross for several years and was named a "volunteer of the year" for her help as a bloodmobile registrar. Her hobbies included genealogy, needlepoint and photography, and she was a longtime member of the Palo Alto Camera Club. She is survived by her brother, Farnham Lyon Hessel of La Jolla; three daughters, Patricia Mulvey of Palo Alto, Judith Maxwell of Santa Clara and Kit Maxwell of Redding; and a granddaughter. Donations may be made to Friends of The Sea Otter, 2150 Garden Road, Suite B-4, Monterey, CA 93940, or a favorite charity.

Homer "Bill" Earle Menker

Homer "Bill" Earle Menker, 75, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 24. A native of Oakland, he graduated from Stanford with a bachelor's degree in science and later earned his masters from UCLA in 1949. He was a member of Alpha Chi Sigma and the vice president of Menlo Commons Board of Directors. From 1944 to 1946, he was a chemist on the Manhattan Project and later was director of the analytical division of the project's health and safety lab. In 1960 he served on the Atomic Energy Commission. He was also a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Menker of Menlo Park; a daughter, Lois de Geus Menker of Corvallis, Ore.; a son, Robert Earle Menker of Milpitas;, and a sister, Charlotte Decker of Corvallis, Ore. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, Palo Alto. Contributions may be made to the Los Alamos Historical Society, Box 73, Los Alamos, NM 87544 or the First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Robert E. Willwerth

Robert E. Willwerth, 85, former co-owner of Willwerth and Wall Insurance Co. in Palo Alto, died Dec. 14 in Petaluma. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., he was a musician who earned a living playing the saxophone and clarinet. Later, he worked and co-owned the Willerth and Wall Insurance Co. A resident of Palo Alto and Los Altos from 1961 to 1980, he was active in the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Optimists, Kiwanis and Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos. He is survived by his wife, Sigrid Willwerth of Santa Rosa; three sons, Robert Willwerth Jr. of Mountain View, Clifford Willwerth of Seattle and Jeffrey Willwerth of Fremont; a daughter, Jennifer Willwerth of Palo Alto; three brothers, Donald Willwerth of Irving, Texas, Thomas Willwerth of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Max Willwerth of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and three grandchildren. Services have been held. Contributions may be made to the memorial fund at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos, CA 94022 or to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 1701 19th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112.

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