Publication Date: Wednesday Apr 8, 1998


Arnold R. Agiewich

Arnold R. Agiewich, 55, a 21-year resident of Palo Alto, died March 18 at Stanford University Hospital. For more than 20 years he battled against heart disease and complications from multiple organ transplants, recovering time and again with grace and good humor. After his heart transplant in 1986, he was more determined than ever to spend as much time as possible pursuing his favorite outdoor activities with his family. He particularly liked backpacking in the Emigrant Wilderness, long-distance hiking in England, and fly fishing with his brother. He had been a writer and editor, first at IBM, then at Tandem Computers. He is survived by his wife, Eve Agiewich of Palo Alto; two daughters, Rebecca Agiewich of Palo Alto and Erica Agiewich of Seattle; and a brother, Gerald Agiewich of Georgetown, Texas. Services have been held. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Ione Bauld

Ione Bauld, 92, a 40-year resident of Palo Alto, died March 16. She was a fifth-generation Californian whose ancestors came from Scotland. She was the niece of John McLaren, a chief gardener of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, who developed and planted many species of rhododendrons there. "She was always so proud of that, she had a rhododendron in her yard. It's still there--it blooms beautifully every spring," her cousin Arthur Calvert said. She will be remembered for the many years she worked in fashion in San Francisco and the many friends she made commuting by Caltrain. Known to her friends as "Queen" or "Cupcake", she enjoyed entertaining her friends at the symphony, opera and musicals, as well as dining at elegant restaurants. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Ashes have been scattered at sea. No memorial services are planned.

Grace Robson Helliwell Calkins

Grace Robson Helliwell Calkins, 101, a librarian at the Palo Alto Library for 23 years, died Jan. 15. She graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., in 1919. In 1927 she moved to California and attended the Library School of the University of California. She started working at the Palo Alto Library in 1929 and retired as head librarian in 1952. She was a member of the American Library Association, the California Library Association, the American Association of University Women, Hamline University Alumnae Association and the Alumnae Association of the University of California Library School. After she retired, she moved to Carmel. In her post-retirement years she did library work at Fort Ord, and operated a bed and breakfast. She maintained a sense of humor all the days of her life and was still engaged in her work as mother, grandmother, and friend to many on the last day of her life. She is survived by her son, Robert A. Helliwell of Palo Alto; a daughter Muriel Darling of Carson City, Nev.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Zella Crary Cushman

ella Crary Cushman, 102, a resident of Palo Alto for 13 years, died in Fresno on March 28. A native of Butte, Mont., she moved to San Francisco in 1953 and to Stevenson House in Palo Alto in 1973, where she resided until 1986. She was a frontier school teacher, ranch wife and a forest service secretary, prior to her 17-year career as a secretary with the IRS at the Helena and San Francisco regional offices. She is survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any local United Cerebral Palsy Association .

Esther DeLong

Esther DeLong, 86, a 15-year resident of Palo Alto, died March 30. She had lived in the greater San Francisco area for 31 years. She was born in Decatur, Ill. and attended Decatur High School. She graduated from Normal University in Normal, Ill. She immediately took a position with Walgreens Drug Co. During the war years, she spent 2 1/2 years in the SPARS in Broooklyn, N.Y. The following four years she spent working as a civilian for the government in Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan. When she returned to the United States, she worked 11 years with Caterpillar Tractor Company before coming to California. She chose to retire in Palo Alto, where she had many close friends. Since the early 1940s, she had been a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist. Services have been held.

Myrtle Schwarz Jenner, 80, a former resident of Menlo Park, died March 15 in Los Gatos. She was born in Illinois, where she spent her early years before moving to New York. She graduated from Geneseo College in upstate New York with a teaching degree in 1940. She spent 40 years living throughout the United States before finally settling in Menlo Park. She was active in Atherlons, Newcomers and other volunteer organizations. She was an avid golfer, bridge player and crafts woman. She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Hilborn of Incline Village, Nev.; a son, Don Jenner of New York City; a sister, Jeanette Dilg of Doylestown, Pa.; a brother, Richard Schwarz of Georgia; and three grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations in her name may be sent to the American Lung Association, 1469 Park Ave., San Jose, CA 95126.

Oda Love Larsen

Oda Love Larsen, 83, a 38-year resident of Palo Alto, died March 16 at Lytton Gardens III from complications from a fall a month previously. She was born in Denmark. She and her seven brothers and sisters were referred to as the "Lion's cubs," as her father, a sawmill owner, was referred to as the "Lion." She trained in Copenhagen as a nurse, and served as a registered nurse in hospitals in Denmark, England, South Africa, Canada and the United States, including at Stanford Children's Hospital and the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto. She was active in painting most of her life. Watercolors were her favorite, though she did oils and Japanese prints as well and attended local art classes. She is survived by a brother, Harald Larsen, and two sisters, Else and Rigmor, all of Denmark. Family and friends scattered her ashes from the Queen of Hearths over the Pacific Ocean, according to her final wishes.

Bertram McCosker

Bertram McCosker, 85, a resident of Palo Alto for more than 50 years, died March 27. He was a native of Santa Barbara. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a retired station agent for Southern Pacific Railroad. He is survived by his sisters, Catherine McCosker and Virginia McCosker, both of Palo Alto. Services have been held. Contributions to the giver's favorite charity are preferred.

Andres A. 'Andy' Ramos

Andres A. "Andy" Ramos, 60, a resident of Palo Alto for 30 years, died March 9 of cancer. Born in Isabella, the Philippines, he later lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, for 10 years. He also lived in Osaka, Japan, and Portland, Ore. He had been involved in environmental and occupational health for 40 years. He retired from the San Mateo County Department of Health and Welfare as chief of the occupational health program. In 1990, he joined San Jose State University as the Director of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety and as an adjunct professor of health science. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Ramos; a son, Gabriel Ramos of Palo Alto; four brothers, J.J. Ramos and Ben Ramos of Alaska, Eli Ramos of Baltimore, Md., and Dr. Ernie Ramos of Brea, Calif.; and two sisters, Rita Ramos and Bobbi Ramos-Olson of Alaska. Services have been held. Contributions may be sent to the Andy A. Ramos Memorial Scholarship fund, S.J.S.U. Foundation, 1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192.

William Rawlins Ray

William Rawlins Ray, 88, a resident of Palo Alto for 34 years, died March 31. He waged a battle against emphysema and congestive heart failure. He was born in 1909 in Salt Lake City. He was the grandson of senator Joseph L. Rawlins, who was instrumental in gaining statehood for Utah and was Utah's first Democratic senator. He was always proud of his pioneer ancestry. He graduated from East High School in 1928 and studied at the University of Utah for two years before transferring to Stanford. He graduated from Stanford University in 1932 and Stanford Law School in 1935. He was president of the Law School Society. He was a trial lawyer for nearly 45 years, and was known for his honesty and intelligence. He practiced in San Francisco and was a partner in the law firm of Wallace, Garrison, Norton, Ray and Pascoe. In later years, he was counsel for the law firm of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi, the State Bar of California, the San Francisco Commercial Club, the Audubon Society, and a past member of the board of directors of Bowes & Company of California and North Fork Club in Idaho. He loved and had a great knowledge of birds. His hobbies included bird watching, music, photography, fly fishing, reading, watching the stock market and listening to his police scanner. From 1947 to 1981, he lived on "Christmas Tree Lane" in Palo Alto. He was very good-natured despite many physical trials in his life. He is survived by his daughter, Joan Ray Harrow of Sandy City, Utah; a brother, Joseph Ray of Salt Lake City, Utah; a sister, Judy R. Wills of Richland, Wash.; and two grandsons. Services have been held.

Viola Stephenson Rose

Viola Stephenson Rose, 82, a resident of Menlo Park and Atherton for 30 years, died March 7 in Placerville. She was 82. She was co-owner of Deluxe Janitor Service Inc., which provided domestic and commercial services to the Peninsula for 39 years. She started her support of community service when she started "La-O-Lise," a ladies' club formed to support Lion's Club activities in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. In the mid-1960s, she joined the Professional Business Women's club where she served one term as chapter president. In 1968, she joined the Palo Alto chapter of Soroptimist International, where she chaired numerous committees and served two terms as chapter president. She retired to Placerville in 1985. She was an active member of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Rose of Placerville; three daughters, Marsha C. Stivers of Menlo Park, Cynthia G. Rose Camuso of San Jose and Sheila G. Rose of Menlo Park; three sisters, Pearl Ogle of Tennessee, Thelma Loeb of Connecticut and Vivian Guyer of Cameron Park; and four grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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