Publication Date: Wednesday Dec 16, 1998
Eckle 'Jack' Ashworth
Eckle "Jack" Ashworth, 90, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Nov. 5. A native of Dante, Va., he was raised in Tennessee. He worked as an occupational therapist with the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Menlo Park until his retirement in 1974. He was involved with several community organizations and had been a member of American Legion Post 472 for 50 years. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bernice Ashworth of Palo Alto; two daughters, Anita Kirkpatrick of Denair and Shirley Allen of Auburn; two sisters, Georgia Hopson and Virginia Schamel, both of Tennessee; a brother, Clyde Ashworth of Tennessee; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to American Legion Post 472, c/o George Tablock, Finance Officer, 2160 University Avenue, East Palo Alto 94303.
Adele Barkin, 99, a resident of Palo Alto, died Nov. 22. She had been a resident at Palo Alto Commons for the past nine years. She is survived by two sons, Alan Barkin of Menlo Park and Leonard Barkin of New York City; two sisters, Lily Michaels of New York and Anna Silberfarb of Maryland; a brother, Sam Jaeger of Encino; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services have been held.
Herbert Renton Crane
Herbert Renton Crane, 74, a resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 8. Born in Kenton, Ohio, he moved to Palo Alto with his mother and brother in 1934. Growing up he participated in the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, and graduated from Palo Alto High School. He went to the University of California at Berkeley before serving in the army during World War II. After discharge, he went to Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for various manufacturers in Detroit, St. Louis and Troy, Ohio. He enjoyed sailing, and actively supported the Dayton Ballet. After his retirement he returned to Palo Alto, where he designed and built the specialized cabinets for the Children's Theatre's new library and rehearsal rooms. He also became a member of the Board of the Friends of the Children's Theatre. He is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Crane of San Mateo; a brother, George Crane of Palo Alto; and a grandson. A service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in the Children's Theatre. Donations may be made to the Friends of the Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Norman Forsythe, 64, a retired Palo Alto firefighter, died Nov. 18 after a brief battle with aplastic anemia and lung cancer. A native of San Francisco, he served in the U.S. Army in Guam from 1957 to 1959. He joined the Palo Alto Fire Department in 1962 and retired in 1989. His retirement was spent playing golf with friends and family. He is survived by his wife, Diane Forsythe of San Jose; a son, Michael Forsythe of San Jose; a daughter, Stephanie Forsythe of San Jose; two stepsons; and three grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
John Sherman Harlan
John Sherman "Jack" Harlan, 79, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died Dec. 4. He was born and raised in Trinidad, Colo. In 1939, he entered the Army Air Corps and was soon stationed at Moffett Field. It was during this time that he met and married his wife of 57 years, Vivian Erickson. After the war, they settled permanently in the Menlo Park area. He was affiliated for many years with Friedman & Co. insurance in San Francisco and later joined Boring-Reifenrath & Vreeburg Inc. insurance agency in Redwood City, from which he retired in 1994. He was also a reservist and was a colonel when he retired from the Air Force in 1962. He is survived by his wife, Vivian Harlan of Menlo Park; two daughters, Patricia Solari of Sunnyvale and Elizabeth Hemmerling of Menlo Park; a son, John Harlan Jr. of San Antonio; two sisters, Meredith Davis of San Diego and Elizabeth Harlan of Phoenix; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Services have been held. Donations may be made to the Mid-Peninsula Hospice or the American Cancer Society, San Mateo unit.
Virginia L. Jellison
Virginia L. Jellison, 80, a resident of Menlo Park, died Nov. 25. She previously worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C., and Nicaragua. She was a member of the Midpeninsula League of the San Francisco Symphony. She is survived by her husband, Gene Jellison of Menlo Park; a son, Thomas Warner of Monterey; a daughter, Jane McCullough of Los Altos; a sister, Ruth Clark of Novato; and six grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to the Palo Alto Auxiliary of the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.
Charles "Jack" Kellogg McAlister Jr.
Charles "Jack" Kellogg McAlister Jr., 67, a former resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 7 in Mountain View. He and his wife, May, moved to Palo Alto in the 1950s. The son of an army officer, he lived in many places, including Hawaii. There he learned to play boogie-woogie piano, a lifelong hobby. He also loved to play golf. A retired director of financial control at Lockheed, he spent several years caring for May, who had Alzheimer's disease. He and his wife belonged to Ascension Church of Saratoga, which he helped to develop. He is survived by four sons, Mark McAlister of Soquel, Drew McAlister of San Jose, Matt McAlister of Mountain View, and Roy McAlister of Watsonville; a daughter, Brooke Pugliese of Sacramento; and six grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, 330 Distel Circle, Suite A, Los Altos, CA 94022.
Robert E. McFarland Sr.
Robert E. "Mac" McFarland Sr., 88, a resident of Menlo Park, died Nov. 16. A native of Pennsylvania, he was a former tool and die maker. He is survived by his wife, Clara McFarland of Menlo Park; a son, Kenneth McFarland of Spokane, Wash.; two daughters, Marilyn McFarland of Menlo Park, and Nancy Mouser of Palo Alto; two sisters, Marjorie Detwiler of Three Springs, Pa., and Katheryn Johnson of Rockcreek, Md; and two grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to Lung Research, Office of Medical Development, Stanford University Medical Center, 770 Welch Road, Suite 400, Palo Alto, CA 94304.
Balbina Murga, 96, a resident of East Palo Alto for 62 years, died Dec. 1. She was born in Mexico and was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Jesus Murga of East Palo Alto; a son, Alberto Murga of Augusta, Ga.; two daughters, Aurea Blasi of San Francisco and Maria Murga-West of Menlo Park; a sister, Concha Moreno of Gradenia; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Mary Tillinghast Nigro
Mary Tillinghast Nigro, 84, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died Nov. 25 at Stanford Hospital. She was raised in Hamburg, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1936. During World War II, she served over two years as a lieutenant in the Marine Corps. In 1951, she moved to California with her husband and two daughters, Rosemary and Norma. In addition to raising her family, she had a career as a bookkeeper and was active in her church. She is survived by her husband, Louis Nigro of Menlo Park; her daughter, Norma Robinett of Santa Cruz; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to the Altar Flower Fund at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
Harold L. 'Hal' North
Harold L. "Hal" North, 98, a 50-year resident of Palo Alto, died Nov. 11. Born in Bayard, Neb., he graduated from Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and lettered in baseball. After a career with the phone company and the Civilian Conservation Corps, he worked as a production manager for United Airlines from World War II until his retirement in 1966. During his retirement, he was a daily golfer, volunteered at Little House and belonged to SIRS and the Rose Society. He was a master Mason in good standing. He enjoyed camping and fishing in the Sierra and spent years researching his family genealogy. He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Bogner of Palo Alto; a son, Bob North of Huntsville, Ala.; and four grandsons. Services have been held.
Katherine Mary Pavlina
Katherine Mary Pavlina, 41, a former resident of Palo Alto, died Oct. 19 at her home in Los Altos. Born in San Jose, she was an employee of the Bank of America in Palo Alto for 12 years. She always enjoyed cooking and entertaining. She is survived by her parents, Stephen J. and Virginia Pavlina of Los Altos; a brother, Stephen J. Pavlina Jr. of Kingsburg; and a sister, Julie Ann San Giorgio of Monaco. A service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Ave., Los Altos. Donations may be made to a charity of donor's choice.
Theron C. Pritchett
Theron C. Pritchett, 34, a music teacher at Gunn High School, died Nov. 12 of cancer. He had taught in the Palo Alto Unified School District since 1993. He spent two years on the elementary school music traveling team before joining Gunn as an instrumental music teacher in 1995. A native of Santa Maria, he majored in music and biochemistry at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. He then concentrated on music, receiving his bachelor's degree and teaching credential from California State University in Fresno, and undertaking graduate studies at California State University in Hayward. He taught music in two schools in Hayward before moving to the Palo Alto school district. He is survived by his parents, Charles and Judy Pritchett of Guadalupe; a sister, Tiffany Hopkins of Nipomo; two grandmothers; and a grandfather. Services have been held.
Kathryn Margaret Schmal-Baines
Kathryn Margaret Schmal-Baines, 96, died Nov. 16 at the Nursing Inn of Menlo Park. A native of Illinois, she married Arthur Peter "Pat" Baines in 1933. Following his death in 1947, she moved to the Child City in Mooseheart, Ill., working as a housemother to toddlers for 24 years. Retiring in 1971, she moved to Palo Alto, where she lived in Stevenson House until 1997. She is survived by two daughters, Marie Kieraldo of Palo Alto, and Bonnie Chick of Wellesley, Mass.; two sons, Patrick Baines of Charlotte, N.C., and Gerald Baines of Lakewood, Colo; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to Stevenson House, 455 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto 94306.
Marjorie Nadine Trask
Marjorie Nadine Trask, 72, a 48-year resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 4. Born and raised in San Francisco, she held the office of student body president in her senior year at Polytechnic High School. She attended Bible study fellowship for 16 years as class leader and did volunteer work for Cystic Fibrosis Chapter. She was also a secretary for Little League baseball. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dana S. Trask of Palo Alto; two sons, James S. Trask of Fresno and William D. Trask of Palo Alto; two brothers, Jack Schipper of Redwood City and Robert Schipper of Lucerne; and two grandsons. Services have been held. Donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc., 560 San Antonio Ave., Palo Alto 94306, or the Mid-Peninsula Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View 94040.
Kermit Van Every
Kermit Van Every, 83, a resident of Stanford, died Nov. 20. A native of San Jose, he won numerous awards for model airplanes and gliders he designed and built as a child. In 1937, he transferred from San Jose State University to Stanford University, where he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering. While at Stanford, he was elected to the honorary science fraternity Sigma Xi. He continued his lifelong passion for airplane design, winning the Wright Brothers' medal for advancements in aeronautics in 1946 and 1958. A fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, he spent 25 years at Douglas Aircraft Co. As chief of the aerodynamics section Douglas El Segundo, he helped design high-speed aircraft that set a number of speed and altitude records. Later he served as an executive responsible for aircraft design at Northrop and General Dynamics before heading his own consulting firm. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Blewett Van Every of Stanford; a daughter, Susan Van Every Sweeney of Stanford; a sister, Barbara Van Every Charling of San Jose; and three grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to Rosener House, 1060 Middle Ave., Menlo Park 94025.
Lawrence Charles White
Lawrence Charles White, 72, a former resident of Palo Alto, died Nov. 15 in La Conner, Wash. A native of Fordson, Mich., he lived in Palo Alto from 1968 to 1989, where he was an employee of the city. At the time of his retirement in 1989, he worked for the city parks department. He is survived by his wife, Ruth White of La Conner, Wash.; two daughters, Anne Wilke of Laguna Niguel and Catherine St. John of Hudson, Ohio; a sister, Norma Hesson of Longview, Wash.; and four grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to Friendship House, P.O. Box 512, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
Wayne L. Zimmerman
Wayne L. Zimmerman, 63, a former resident of Palo Alto, died Nov. 26. A native of Missouri, he was a retired electronics engineer. Recently, he had been involved in volunteer tutoring in the Palo Alto and Mountain View areas. Services have been held. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.