Publication Date: Wednesday Sep 29, 1999


Helen Howarth Cole

Helen Howarth Cole, 89, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Sept. 6 at Hopkins Manor in Redwood City. Born in Milwaukee, Wis., she attended Milwaukee Downer and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois. She moved to California with her husband in 1934. From 1961 until her retirement in 1975, she was employed at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Cole of Palo Alto, and three grandchildren. A private memorial is planned.

Nell Ermacoff

Nell Ermacoff, 86, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died Sept. 15 in Medford, Ore. Born in Redding, she moved to Palo Alto with her husband in 1943. She enjoyed making crafts and playing the guitar, and she worked at the craft shop at the Palo Alto Senior Center. In 1996, she moved to Rogue Valley, Ore. She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Parker of Medford, Ore., and Victoria Lee of Encinitas; a sister, Louise Bogdanoff of South Lake Tahoe; a brother, John Ednoff of Belmont; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Contributions may be sent to the Children's Hospital at Stanford, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto 94304.

Edward William Faulder

Edward William Faulder, 81, a 45-year resident of Los Altos, died Sept. 20 of cancer. Born in Stevinson, he served in the Army and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in the South Pacific. He received his bachelor's degree from San Jose State University before moving on to Stanford University, where he earned his master's degree and his doctorate in education. He taught in the Palo Alto school district for 33 years and also worked for the Stanford Children's Hospital for 26 years. A member of the First Baptist Church in Los Altos, he was a Shriner, a 32nd degree Mason, and the first president of the Stevinson American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Benita; six sons, James Faulder of Jamul, Byron Faulder of Los Altos, Mark Faulder of Mountain View, Keith Faulder of Redwood Valley, Craig Faulder of Mountain View and Brent Faulder of Los Altos; a daughter, Jennifer Briner of Columbia, Mo.; and 12 grandchildren. Contributions may be sent to the Gideons, PO Box 60124, Sunnyvale; or to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, 770 Welch Road, Suite 350, Palo Alto 94304.

Harold Earl Hoss

Harold Earl Hoss, 85, a 41-year resident of Portola Valley, died Sept. 17 at Sharon Heights Convalescent Hospital. Born in Salem, Ore., he moved with his family to Menlo Park in 1922. He attended Sequoia High School in Redwood City before moving on to the College of San Mateo, where he graduated in 1934. His diversified career included working as a biologist for Redmond Scientific, a firefighter for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, and owning and operating Tropic Waters Aquarium in San Carlos. He was an avid reader and greatly enjoyed music, art, gardening and woodworking. He is survived by his wife, Annie; two sisters, Clara Campbell of Palo Alto and Ellen Allen of Medford, Ore.; two daughters, Joan Hoss of Grass Valley and Gail Ocker of Corpus Christi, Texas; two sons, Gregory Hoss of San Jose and Gary Hoss of Redwood City; and 10 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 23 at Christ Church Episcopal, 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Contributions may be sent to Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Sequoia Foundation, Sequoia Hospital, 170 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City 94062.

Laurie Beth Lucas

Laurie Beth Lucas, 42, a Palo Alto native, died Aug. 28. She was a graduate of Gunn High School and the California College of Arts and Crafts, and she taught for eight years in the Oakland Unified School District. She is survived by her mother and father, Vera and Dr. Leroy Lucas of Oakland; three brothers, Jeffrey Lucas of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Julian Lucas and Paul Lucas of Oakland; and a sister, Roi Diane Hall of Oakland. Services have been held.

Bruce Jay Nelson

Bruce Jay Nelson, 47, a 25-year area resident, died Sept. 19 in Tel Aviv, Israel, due to complications from emergency surgery. A graduate of Harvey Mudd College, he received his master's degree in computer science from Stanford University in 1976, and his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 1981. While pursuing his Ph.D., he contributed to research at Xerox PARC that led to the development of Remote Procedure Call (RPC); for this, he was awarded the Association of Computing Machines Software System Award. At the time of his death, he was visiting Israel in his capacity as chief science officer for Cisco Systems. He was an avid photographer, mountaineer, and free-diver. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Vobach of Menlo Park; his mother, Lorraine Dengel of Benicia; two sisters, Laurie Clendenen of Fortuna and Kerry Lenihan of Corona; a brother, Paul Nelson of Alton; and four nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Bruce Nelson Memorial Fund, c/o President's Office, Harvey Mudd College, 301 E. 12th St., Claremont 91711; or to the Carnegie Mellon-Bruce Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Matt Hughes, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes St., Pittsburgh, Penn. 15213. Services are being planned.

Ann Bockwinkel Riddle

Ann Bockwinkel Riddle, 64, a longtime area resident, died Sept. 23 at Stanford Hospital. Raised in River Forest, Ill., she graduated from Wellesley College in 1957. She was a docent for the Stanford Museum and enjoyed the art history curriculum at Stanford University. Her extensive volunteer work included serving on the board for the Midpeninsula Family Service Association, the National Family Service Association, the Family Foundation board and the Age Center Alliance. She was also an active member of the Los Altos Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, John; three daughters, Lynn Barton of Medford, Ore., Sarah Lilja of Mapleton, Minn., and Susan Veroff of Newtonville, Mass.; two stepsons, Bruce Riddle of Bardstown, Ky., and John (Jed) Riddle of Atherton; a brother, George W. Bockwinkel III of River Forest, Ill.; and a sister, Sarah Sowersby of Bravard, N.C. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Portola Valley Presbyterian Church, with an informal gathering of friends afterwards. Contributions may be sent to the Community Breast Health Project, 545 Bryant St., Palo Alto 94301.

Wolfgang Ludwig Vogel

Wolfgang Ludwig Vogel, 82, a 35-year Menlo Park resident, died in his sleep Sept. 2. He worked for 22 years as the head of the experimental machine shop at Varian Associates in Palo Alto. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rotraut; a daughter, Helene Vogel of Redwood City, and a son, Michael of Northfield, Minn. No services were held. Memorial gifts may be made to Midpeninsula Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View 94040.

Kenneth F. Wilson

Kenneth F. Wilson, 89, a 52-year resident of Palo Alto, died Sept. 14. Born in Los Angeles, he graduated from UC Berkeley in 1935 with a degree in entomology. His career in the field of agricultural chemicals spanned over 50 years. He was a member of the Palo Alto Elks Lodge for 40 years and a longtime member of the Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club. He is survived by a daughter, Ginny Russell of Palo Alto; a son, Steve Wilson of New York City; and two granddaughters. Services have been held.

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