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Marion “Pete” Avery
Nov. 17, 1927 - Oct. 10, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Marion Peterson “Pete” Avery, beloved matriarch, passed away peacefully at age 93 after a brief illness. Pete is remembered for her love of family and friends, keen intellect and wit, natural inquisitiveness, kind and generous spirit, humility, and for her elegance and charm. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a caring friend. Pete was raised in Oakland by her loving family: Otto and Gladys Peterson; stepmother Florence (after Gladys’ death); and older brothers Robert, Richard and Edward. Many of her lifelong friendships were formed during her early years, later at Anna Head High School in Berkeley, and at UC Berkeley (’49) where she was president of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Pete met the love of her life, Burt Avery, on a blind date in 1948. Burt was completing his degree at Stanford Business School after returning from U.S Naval service as an underwater demolition specialist in WWII. Their relationship blossomed that summer at Lake Tahoe where each held a summer job. Pete enjoyed waitressing at Glenbrook Inn while Burt built a house at Rubicon Bay. They married one year later in Berkeley and enjoyed 56 years of wedded bliss unt...

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Tom Wayne Plemons
Jan. 14, 1928 - Oct. 10, 2021
Palo Altos, California

Tom was born in New Hope Arkansas. He grew up on his family farm, milking cows, riding horses and raising prize winning bulls. He became an orphan at eleven, and had to work hard to build a new life for himself. Tom became a contractor at a young age. He met the love of his life Betty in Fresno and they were married in June 1950. They had two children Brenda and Scott. They were married seventy wonderful years. Tom was in the national guard. He was ready to ship out during the Korean war, but his General insisted he stay to finish the construction work he had volunteered to do on the Generals office. Tom and Betty moved to Palo Alto in 1961 and they started Plemons Construction, a successful remodeling business. He was an avid golfer though to his 90’s. He always looked forward to meeting his golf buddies on the course. He and Betty enjoyed traveling throughout the years to play on many beautiful courses with friends. Among Tom’s many hobbies was building, refurbishing and driving cars. He rebuilt classic cars throughout the years. He was a member of of several car clubs, and they enjoyed many car trips and parties. He also belonged to the SIR’s, branch 51....

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Irving Holzberg
Nov. 29, 1938 - Oct. 5, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Irving Holzberg, loving husband, father, and grandfather died at age 82 after a heroic and difficult struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. His family is now at peace knowing his suffering has come to an end. Irving is survived by his wife, Lorri Holzberg, and his daughters, Rachel Hulst (Peter) and Emily Rakow (Jamie); his stepsons David Buch and Robert Buch; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Diane Holzberg and his sister Ruth Namad. Irving was born on November 29, 1938, in Cairo, Egypt. He grew up speaking three languages, often interchanging French, Arabic and English in one sentence. Irving’s father’s dream was to have his son have a British education which he did by attending high school in Cairo at Victoria College where he graduated in 1955. He continued his education at the University of Manchester where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1959. At that time, which was no longer safe for Jews in Egypt, he and his parents and sister came to the United States and settled in New Jersey. Irving went on to get a PhD at Cornell in biochemical engineering. Early in his career, he worked as a biochemical engineer...

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Mary Margaret "Peggy" Merz
April 23, 1934 - Oct. 5, 2021
San Diego, California

Peggy passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 5, 2021 at the age of 87. Peggy (nee Milhoan) and her husband Tony lived 45 years in the home they built in Portola Valley, only moving to San Diego in recent years to be near one of their daughters. Peggy was raised in West Virginia and as a young adult moved to New York City. It was there she met Tony, her husband of 52 years, at a shared summer rental house on Fire Island. They married in Paris in 1964, lived in Boston as newlyweds and ultimately settled in Portola Valley in 1972 to raise their two daughters. A talented artist, Peggy received her degree in Graphic Arts at San Jose State University and owned a screen printing business for over 20 years. She will be remembered for her compassion to animals, her soft spoken inquisitive demeanor and her sense of humor. She is survived by her daughters Alison and Rebecca, and sister Phyllis....

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Linda Louise Heath
Feb. 13, 1941 - Oct. 5, 2021
Sebastopol, CA

Linda "Lou" Heath passed away peacefully in her home on October 5, 2021. Linda was born in San Diego, California. She was an alumna of Palo Alto High School and continued to enjoy friendships with graduates of her class of 1958. She looked forward to and participated in many class reunions. Linda attended UC Santa Barbara for two years, then transferred to the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences. She went on to earn a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology at San Jose State University. Linda's career spanned 35 years where she worked in both Jefferson and San Mateo Union High School Districts. Linda traveled throughout the districts to various high schools where she was highly respected for her skills, and even more-so for being a positive influence in the lives of hundreds of students. Linda was an adventurer and traveled the world, especially enjoying Europe. She sharpened her French language skills and was able to converse freely. In her retirement Linda moved to Sebastopol, where she reveled in baking, gardening and singing with friends in the Love Choir. Linda's baking skills were put to good and fre...

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William Augustus Fenwick
Aug. 1, 1938 - Oct. 4, 2021
Palo Alto, California

William Augustus (“Bill”) Fenwick of Palo Alto, California died October 4, 2021, at age 83. The arc of his life was sweeping, and his influence on his family, friends, colleagues and profession will be enduring. Born into poverty in rural Kentucky, to a sharecropper father who never attended school and a mother with just a third-grade education, he went on to be a founder and innovative leader of Fenwick & West, one of the world’s premier law firms focused on the needs of the technology industry. His improbable journey was made possible by remarkable personal fortitude and timely interventions of generous individuals and institutions that recognized his potential. For many years he made efforts to pay these interventions forward a hallmark of his own professional and personal life. Bill was born into a tumultuous household near Curdsville, Kentucky, the youngest of five siblings who survived infancy. From a young age, he spent many summers and weekends working alongside a much older brother-in-law, a farmer named Anthony Cain who modeled integrity, hard work, and curiosity. Following brief service in the Navy cut short by a medical issue, Bill graduated in 1957 fr...

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Louella Elizabeth Harrington
June 18, 1923 - Sept. 28, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Louella “Lou” E. Harrington June 15, 1923 – September 28, 2021 Lou Harrington, long time resident of Menlo Park, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021 at the age of 98. She was born in Butte, Montana to William and Helen LaVelle. William, “Billy” LaVelle was a self-made entrepreneur who ran a fleet of trucks that supplied dynamite to the dozens of copper mines in Butte. Helen was a piano teacher and President of the Montana Music Association. From her mother Lou received a life long love of music. It was a quiet, but solid family upbringing with siblings Willa Marie, Helen Claire, Bill, and Tom. Her Butte horizons expanded when she enrolled at Montana State College in Bozeman, Montana, where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics. In the early 40s the world as consumed by World War II. Although clearly aware of the momentous challenges the world was enmeshed in, news of the war was not in the forefront of the kids at Montana State. What changed Mom’s life forever though, was her meeting James “Jim” Harrington. He turned out to be the love of her life and they were married in 1945, just before Jim shipped off to South Korea as part of the U.S. occ...

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Ernest E Goitein
1925 - Sept. 25, 2021
Atherton, CA

Ernest Edward Goitein, environmental and social justice activist, engineer, adventurer, talented arborist, kind and curious human being passed away on 9/25/21. Born in Berlin in 1925 Ernie’s life circumstances took him from Germany to Holland, Palestine (Israel), Trinidad, Cuba, New York, New Jersey and eventually Northern California. Ernie was predeceased by his first wife, Eva Hoffman Goitein, his daughter Deborah [Goitein] Goodyear, and his second wife Claire Bradley Feder. He is survived by his daughter; Karen Rizzolo (Richard), his 3 stepsons Judson Feder, Sean Feder (Rita Hosking), Augie Feder (Leah Smith) and 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Although Ernie faced challenges as a Jewish German refuge, he managed to approach life with a positive outlook, enjoying the challenge of learning new languages and cultures. Ernie had a great appreciation for nature and spent much of his early adult life hiking, swimming, skiing and attending to his bountiful orchard and garden. Ernie took great pleasure in the time he spent at his beloved Kincaid Ranch in the eastern hills of San Jose, California. He was not one to shy away from hard physical work. Immediately a...

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Barbara Jean Wright
Jan. 13, 1930 - Sept. 23, 2021
Santa Rosa, CA

Barbara Jean Wright, a resident of Atherton, California for 55 years until 2019, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2021 at the age of 91 at Villa Capri in Santa Rosa. Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Edwin Charles Wright, who passed away in 2017. Barbara is survived by her youngest brother, David Gates (Jo Rita), her sons John (Ruth), Chuck (Lisa), Dan and Jim (Michele), grandchildren Adam, Peter, Thomas, Sam, Scott, Steven, Lindsay, David, Joshua and Ashley, and great-granddaughter Amelia. Barbara was born January 13, 1930 in Belvidere, Illinois to Clarence and Aileen Gates (Rollins). Her childhood was spent there and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where her parents moved in 1940 along with her brothers Clarence Jr., Ron and David. Barbara and Ed married in 1950. They soon moved to the San Francisco Peninsula, first to San Mateo, then Menlo Park and finally to Atherton in 1964. Barbara was a member of the Atherton Tree Committee, and enjoyed painting and tennis. The sole daughter of a very musical family, Barbara played cello for the Peninsula Symphony and taught piano for many years. Barbara’s parents came from large families, and family was always the mos...

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James Paul Phillips
Jan. 26, 1935 - Sept. 22, 2021
Palo Alto, California

James (Jim) Paul Phillips was born on January 26, 1935 in Oklahoma. He passed on Wednesday September 22, 2021, after bravely battling MDS for four years. Jim grew up with an RN mother who helped others well into her 80s, and engineer father, who passed when Jim was just 15 years old. Creative problem solving and hard work were a way of life, so an engineering degree from UT Austin suited him well. It was at UT that he met Alma, the love of his life, with whom he lived a full life, 63 years of marriage, and raised a family. Jim’s career as an engineer took him to upstate NY, Texas, Turkey, Alaska, and landed the family in Palo Alto in 1972. His focus moved from engineering design to management and toward the end of his career he focused on bettering the workplace for those faced with discrimination. He retired as a VP from Lockheed Missiles & Space in 1994. His second “career” was as a volunteer, working with a myriad of community organizations. Kiwanis Club, FCE, and Avenidas were the most recent recipients of his efforts. The friendships he developed in this work were deep and invaluable. While fighting MDS in the last years of his life, Jim continued to live by...

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Young Ok Kim
Feb. 1, 1948 - Sept. 19, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Young Ok Kim, age 73, died peacefully at her home in Palo Alto, surrounded by her family on Sunday, September 19th, 2021. Young Ok Lee was born on February 1st, 1948, in Seoul, Korea, the youngest daughter of the late Il Koo Lee and Myoung Ae Suk. She graduated from the Ewha Women’s University, with a degree in microbiology. Many important life events happened to her in 1973: she immigrated to the US, met her future husband Paul HuiKun Kim, and married him in September of that year. She completed a Master’s degree at San Jose State in microbiology, and worked as a microbiologist at Alza for many years. She had an adventurous spirit, and loved to travel. She was also an amazing cook, and loved to feed a crowd in her home. She was kind and generous, known for sending flowers to the nurses who cared for her in the hospital. She is survived by her husband Paul; daughter Karen Kim (of Ithaca, NY), son John Kim (also of Ithaca, NY); grandchildren Nicholas and Maxwell Hernandez (of Ithaca, NY); siblings Young Soon Lee (of Seoul, Korea), Young Ja Yum (of Los Altos, CA), and Young Hwan Lee (of Sunnyvale, CA)....

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Wendy Hedwig Smith
Nov. 7, 1946 - Sept. 19, 2021
Bluff, Utah

Wendy Smith, who lived in Palo Alto for many years, was born in Syracuse, NY, to Howard C. Smith and Hedwig L. Smith. She died in hospital in Salt Lake City where she was transported from her home in Bluff UT after a sudden decline. Wendy always credited her father with teaching her about the natural world and her mother with encouraging her love of reading. After graduating from high school and working for a few years as a bookkeeper, Wendy headed for California in the early 1970's to be near her brother Dennis and his family in Palo Alto. Ever the adventurer, she supported herself throughout her life with “day jobs” in administration and project management while pursuing her avocations, interests, and hobbies with gusto. Her true calling was body work; she became a gifted certified massage therapist and studied Rosen Method and Continuum Movement. She combined her love of movies and photography working as a photographer for the Telluride Film Festival for many years. She helped run river rafting trips in the Southwest and took workshops in animal tracking. She appreciated well-crafted things - and their makers - and collected Hopi, Zuni, and Navajo jewelry and figures....

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Susie Mader
Oct. 29, 1943 - Sept. 18, 2021
Sonoma, California

Susie was born in Burlington VT and moved with her family shortly thereafter to Vischer Ferry NY where she spent her toddler years. Her family moved to Schenectady after the War where Susie attended primary and junior high school. She graduated from Scarsdale High School and enjoyed a brief career in modeling before she married her husband, Tom Mader and had three children: Charles, Evelyn & Joshua. In the early 1970s, Susie moved with her family to Palo Alto, California where she lived in College Terrace for many years before retiring to Sonoma. Susie was a Mother, Peace Activist and Landscape Designer in later life. She will always be remembered for her uncompromising commitment to social justice. She leaves behind her former husband, three children and four granddaughters: McKella, Jianna, Maisie & Grace....

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Stanley Walter Baldwin
April 16, 1946 - Sept. 17, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Stanley Walter Baldwin, 75, of Palo Alto, CA passed away on September 17th, 2021 at his home with family. He suffered from metastatic cancer to the bone. Stan was born on April 16th, 1946 to Andrietta and Herschel Baldwin in Berkeley, CA. Shortly after graduating from Cubberley High School he was drafted into the Army where he was stationed in El Paso, TX for 2years. He went on to attend San Jose State University where he received a BS Degree with Distinction in Business. He became well know in the tech industry working for several Silicon Valley companies and eventually ending up at Sun Microsystems as Marketing VP. In his later years he became interested in the medical field, receiving a Masters degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. Following that he became certified as an EMT in California and went on to teach in the EMT program at Foothill College. Stan will be missed by so many people and was an inspiration to us all. He inspired people to follow their dreams, become who they wanted to be, and most of all “just get something done”. He was a big believer in the Kaizen method and would remind all of us to just start with one small thing in order to accomplish grea...

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Karen Sortino
Aug. 17, 1936 - Sept. 17, 2021
Menlo Park, CA

Karen Klivans Sortino passed away September 17 after a battle with cancer. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by family. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, the middle child of a Russian Jewish family, Karen was a funny and feisty young woman who attended University of Wisconsin and then worked in journalism, advertising, and elementary education in Cleveland until she met Alfred Weisz, a medical student at Case Western. They married, settled in Northern California, and began a family. Karen found great joy in a good laugh, a beautiful poem, and long conversations over deep cups of coffee. She enjoyed tennis, skiing, reading, hiking, Native American baskets and jewelry, and playing the piano. Alfred died of cancer in 1970, and Karen went back to school and then worked as an administrator, volunteer coordinator, and community college educator while raising three children, who she parented with a heavy dose of perspective. She loved learning and surrounding herself with people from different walks of life, and for over 50 years she volunteered at the International Center at Stanford University, teaching conversational English and American culture to students from around the wo...

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Charles O. Frake
May 9, 1930 - Sept. 16, 2021
Williamsville, New York

Frake, Charles O., of Williamsville, N.Y., September 16, 2021 at age 91. Chuck, a lover of books and an avid sailor, was born in Laramie, Wyoming; son of COL Chester O. Frake (USA ret.) and Helen Tune Frake. He is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Stanford University and was the Samuel B. Capen Chair of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo. His fields of interests included cognition and language in cultural contexts, cultural identity and attribution, maritime anthropology, navigation, medieval European seafaring, and ethnology and linguistics in Southeast Asia. Growing up the son of a career Army officer in Wyoming and Utah, after high school, he was awarded a fellowship to Stanford University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Receiving a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale in 1955 he was subsequently drafted into the United States Army and was sworn in as Private Frake by his father in the Panama Canal Zone. Eschewing a military career, he began his teaching career at Harvard as instructor of Anthropology. In 1960 he accepted a position at Stanford, bringing his young family back to Palo Alto. Numerous research trips to the Philippines followed. In 1989 he left Stanford for SU...

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Minako Hirata Sano
March 28, 1929 - Sept. 15, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Born in 1929, Minako grew up in Tokyo when her country was perpetually at war, first with China and then in World War II. She and her family narrowly survived the intensive bombings of Tokyo, especially toward the end of the war. She entered Tsuda College, located in the suburbs of Tokyo, to study English a few months before Japan's surrender in 1945. Upon graduation, she took a job as a translator-interpreter for the Allied Occupation Forces where she met Peter Sano. They were married in Tokyo and moved to California, Peter's birthplace, in 1955. During the years when their children, Stephen and Mary, were young, Minako directed her time and energy to a great deal of PTA-related work, She then took a job as the school secretary at Addison Elementary School in Palo Alto where she enjoyed working with children, parents, teachers and the District personnel for 15 years until her retirement in 1989. She and Peter joined the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto in 1960 and were actively involved in the church's ministry for peace and justice. She enjoyed singing in the church choir for many years. Minako greatly enjoyed reading, get-togethers of family and friends for dinner...

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Donald James Beaupre
Sept. 7, 1936 - Sept. 10, 2021
Wolf Creek, Montana

On Friday, September 10th, our beloved father passed away in Great Falls, MT, after a long illness. Don was born in Escanaba, MI, the only child of parents Ormie and Vivian Boprie. He grew up in Negaunee, MI, where he was a celebrated basketball player at St. Paul's High School. He later served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. Don was very proud of his role as a trusted driver for top military brass. In 1965, he married Lee Andrews and moved his family to Houston, TX, before settling down in Palo Alto, CA. Don was a talented pilot and flight instructor and owned many businesses throughout his life. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed salmon fishing out of Half Moon Bay, CA, on his suitably named boat, "Don's Debt." In 2006, Don married Nancy Kundert, and they spent their time as snowbirds traveling between Wolf Creek, MT, and Quartzsite, AZ. Don is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Patti Lewis, Sheri Cox, Sandra Moeller, and his cherished dog, Montana. Don had numerous interests and many close friends. He was a tough ole' bird who loved life. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him....

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Cliff Jenkins
March 4, 1938 - Sept. 10, 2021
Sunnyvale, CA

Roy Clifton “Cliff” Jenkins died peacefully at home in Sunnyvale, CA, on September 10, 2021, at age 83. He had been living with mixed dementia for several years, and had recently been diagnosed with gastric cancer. Cliff was the beloved husband and partner of Elizabeth “Betsy” Moore, eldest son of the late Roy Clifton, Sr. and Edna Jenkins, father of Colin (Carrie) Jenkins and Annie Jenkins, brother of Patricia Good and the late Donald Jenkins, grandfather to the late Nicholas Jenkins and to Samuel Jenkins, Dakota Jenkins, and Gabriel Jenkins, uncle to Marc Doonan and Jennifer Doonan, stepfather to Samuel Hanes, and a dear family member and friend to many more. Cliff was born on March 4, 1938, in Oakland, CA and grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Cliff earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Denison University in Ohio in 1960 and his master’s degree in nuclear physics from Stanford University in 1964. He lived on the San Francisco Peninsula for the rest of his life, residing for many years in the South Skyline region of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The majority of Cliff’s working life was spent as a teacher. He worked for the San Mateo County Office of ...

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Eric Strauss
May 23, 1931 - Sept. 8, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Dr. Eric Strauss of Palo Alto, CA passed away suddenly on September 8th at the age of 90. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1931 to William and Anna Strauss, Eric and his parents left their home and immigrated to the US in 1939 to escape Nazi persecution. His four grandparents, who remained in Germany, tragically lost their lives during the Holocaust. Upon his family’s arrival at Ellis Island aboard the SS Volendam, Eric, who spoke virtually no English at that time, worked to acclimate by quickly embracing the educational opportunities that America offered. He earned admission to storied Stuyvesant High School, received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Yale University, and graduated with his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During his residency at Bellevue Hospital, Eric met nurse Nancy Klatt, and their courtship led to marriage in New York City in 1960. After finishing his medical training as a urologist, Eric served his new country in the US Army as a doctor at San Francisco’s Letterman General Hospital. When his military service was completed, Eric and Nancy decided that their permanent home would remain in California...

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Joyce Frederick
June 4, 1932 - Sept. 6, 2021
Los Altos, California

Joyce Buswell Kidder Frederick June 4, 1932-September 6, 2021 Joyce Frederick, born and raised in Los Altos and the only child of Harry F. Buswell and Gertrude Cooper Buswell, passed away on September 6 at the age of 89. A member of an early settler Los Altos family that moved out west from New England at the turn of the century and put down roots in the Santa Clara Valley in the early 1900’s, she passed away peacefully in her home in Los Altos with family members at her side. A classically trained pianist and accomplished soloist singer, Joyce was born during the Great Depression years. Her paternal grandmother was Edith May Berry, a member of an early Los Altos family that moved here from Maine in the late 1890s and that included Edith’s older brother, Charles Ezra Berry, who owned and operated the historic livery stable in Los Altos. Joyce attended the former Los Altos Grammar School located on San Antonio Road and the old Mountain View High School. Joyce took her first piano lessons at the age of six. Later, she sang in several school choirs and church recitals during the 1940s. After World War II, during the last two years of high school, she took piano...

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Elizabeth C. Zimmerman
Nov. 3, 1930 - Aug. 30, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Elizabeth C. Zimmerman Obituary Elizabeth Zimmerman died peacefully early Monday morning, August 30th, 2021. Her parents were George Martin Congdon of Montana and Jane Mary Talle of Liverpool, England. She and her brother, Richard, lived for a time in Minnesota and Iowa. After her father died, her mother moved the family to Redding CA., where her mother taught school. Elizabeth “Liz” attended Shasta High School, where she was very involved with the school newspaper. She also volunteered at the local hospital as a candy striper. She then attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA. where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dramatic Arts. While attending Pomona College she met Don Zimmerman, whom she would later marry. She married Bob Tuthill in 1953 and they lived in San Francisco, San Jose, Pasadena, and Menlo Park, CA. While in San Francisco, she worked as a teacher and later tutored remedial reading from home in Menlo Park. She and Bob had 3 children, Mark, Cynthia and Kathryn. Mark Tuthill married to Nickie, lives in San Francisco, CA. Cynthia Tuthill married to Jim Orr, lives in St. Helena, CA. They have two children from her first husband, Brian Carilli; Jessi...

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Daryl Reagan
April 29, 1925 - Aug. 28, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Daryl Reagan was born 1925 in Longview, WA, two years after the city’s founding. Forty years later, he was involved in planning and building the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), which was brought online in 1966. He fought in WW II in the Philippines as a radio field operator. With help from the GI Bill, he earned his Ph.D. at Stanford in Physics in 1955. His Ph.D. advisor was a young Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky, later Director of SLAC. Daryl did his thesis work in high-energy physics on the Mark II accelerator, forerunner to SLAC. He met Gertrude (Trudy) King while she was still an undergraduate at Stanford. He was offered his first job in the weapons program at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. But after two years of work at a lab in Oxford, England, he transferred from weapons to working in Livermore’s Astron Accelerator Lab. He and artist Trudy King married in 1959. They soon had two sons, Jeffrey and Russell. They moved to Palo Alto 1963. Construction of SLAC was finished in 1966, on time and under budget! In the coming years, physicists would discover traces of many new subatomic particles. Daryl worked on a series of improvements for the focusing and de...

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Marlyn Ahlenius Johnson
March 21, 1931 - Aug. 22, 2021
Menlo Park, CA

Menlo Park lost a long-time resident when Marlyn passed away in Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of 90. A bicyclist for most of her adult life, she was often spotted around town running errands, commuting to SRI International and the Book Rack, attending her own kids and friends’ kids sporting events, and volunteering in the community. A cherished place in her later years was Little House, where she shared lunch, conversations and bus trips with dear friends. Marlyn spent her early childhood in northern Minnesota with her parents, Uno and Helen, brother Roger and a big extended family. During WWII at the age of twelve, Marlyn and her family moved to the Bay Area and settled in Menlo Park. The birth of her sister Julie completed their family. Menlo Park became Marlyn’s home base for the next 75 years. She attended Sequoia High School (class of ‘48) and San Jose State (class of ‘52). In college, she was an active member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, and later, the Palo Alto Alumnae group. Marlyn taught primary grades at Van Auken and Barron Park schools for seven years, married and raised three kids in Linfield Oaks, volunteered for local schools, alumni groups and ...

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Dorris Miller
May 22, 1931 - July 7, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Dorris Carmichael Miller, age 90, passed away July 7, 2021 at her home in Palo Alto, CA. She was born in Mesilla Park (a small town now part of Los Cruces), NM, to Thomas Cobb and Daisy Miser Carmichael. She grew up there and graduated from high school in 1949. She then attended New Mexico A&M College (now New Mexico State University) at Los Cruces, where she studied Mathematics, graduating in 1953. In college she became a member of Chi Omega sorority, and also met her future husband, John W. Miller (Jack). They were married in October 1953, after she had graduated. Dorris and Jack moved to Palo Alto, CA in the early 1960’s. Dorris worked at SRI International, from 1962 to 1999, as a Mathematician and Senior Scientific Computer Programmer. She worked in the Communications Laboratory and the Radio Physics Laboratory at SRI. Her work was highly regarded by the engineers for whom she worked. She and Jack both loved nature. They enjoyed visiting the San Francisco Zoo, and made many trips to National Parks for hiking and camping. They were interested in other cultures, and travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Fiji, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Dorr...

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Carol Sue Burger
Oct. 1, 1939 - June 18, 2021
Los Altos, California

Memorial Profile for Carol Sue Burger She was an extremely loyal friend, an avid bridge player and a wonderful cook. She was a dedicated educator and a discerning intellectual. She loved reading books of all types and shared her favorites freely with others. She felt it was her civic duty to register voters, regardless of party affiliation, and she did so for decades. She had the uncanny ability to remain calm in the face of adversity and emergency situations. Her joy of cooking paired well with her love for entertaining; she was a gracious hostess. She also held a deep appreciation and respect for the natural environment in all its translations. In her 30’s, you could find her downhill skiing on the slopes at Tahoe and in later years, sailing on the San Francisco Bay in heavy air. Gutsy! When she wasn’t on the slopes or heeling to wind-ward she was drawn to high quality fine art and contemporary craft fairs; her home showed a wide-ranging eye. In later years, she loved her pool time, a steady way to exercise and soothe her spirit. It was not uncommon to find her waking in the early morning hours to watch England’s Premier Futbol matches, rooti...

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Carl H Feldman
Aug. 7, 1928 - Dec. 8, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Carl Heinz Feldman, 92, of Menlo Park, CA, passed away of old age at his home on December 8, 2020, attended by his family. Carl was born on August 7, 1928 to Carl and Herta (Scheelke) Feldman, German immigrants who met in San Francisco. Carl and his younger brothers Rudy and Fred grew up in Menlo Park and Palo Alto. After graduating from Palo Alto High School, Carl received a degree in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1950. During his time at Cal, Carl worked a summer clearing invasive plants from the forests, and was soon spending much of his free time hiking, climbing, and mountaineering in his beloved Sierra Nevada mountains, especially Yosemite. Carl also had an early interest in the performing arts and loved music, especially classical and opera. During college, he worked as an usher at the San Francisco Opera House, where in later years he had season tickets and owned a nearby apartment which he offered to guests from near and far. Carl went on to receive a Master’s in Education from Stanford University. Then as a young man in search of fortune and adventure, he took a job in Saudi Arabia as a chemist with the Arabian-American Oil Company. There, in Ras Tanura, he...

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Richard Alan Symes
Oct. 12, 1930 - April 3, 2020
Granville, New York

The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Symes died on April 3 from cardiac arrest after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Patricia, and two sons, Christopher and Preston, and Preston’s wife, Jennifer, grandchildren, Cooper and Ruby, and his sister Barbara Jones. He was predeceased by an infant son, Mark. A graduate of Columbia College, BA; Princeton Seminary, B.D.; and San Francisco Theological Seminary, S.T.D., he served parishes in Detroit, Michigan; New York City; Palo Alto, California; and Caracas, Venezuela. Before he began parish ministry he spent a year in Germany, including a semester at the University in Bonn. He also served on national committees of the Presbyterian Church. Churches he served became More Light (LGBTQ inclusive) and Sanctuary churches; and he, along with members of the congregations, marched for civil rights and in protest of the Vietnam War. He served as a volunteer prison chaplain in New York and a visitor to the local federal prison in retirement. Through his whole ministry, he worked for justice. Despite his antiwar stance he collected and painted miniature soldiers. He was a scholar as well as a teacher and reader ...

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Mary Cox
Dec. 11, 1932 - March 10, 2020
Redwood City, CA

In loving memory of Mary, born in Robinsonville, Wisconsin to James and Florence (Conboy) Brinks. Mary died of natural causes at age 87, in Redwood City. Mary’s faith in God was a principal guiding force throughout her life. She was devoted to family and friends, and frequently walked/hiked with both. Mary began her career with the Sequoia Union High School District as a Home Economics teacher at Ravenswood High School. She later became a guidance advisor, working at San Carlos, Carlmont, Sequoia, and ending her career as the head of the Guidance Department at Menlo-Atherton, from which she retired in 2002. While at M-A, Mary earned the school’s Sisyphus award twice. Mary was a successful real estate investor and landlord. Along with her husband Barry, she owned and managed Pear Williams Restaurant in Menlo Park from 1976 - 1982. She was a volunteer docent at Filoli, working as a House and Garden docent and also dispatching nature hikes for school children. Mary was a volunteer usher with Stanford Live, San Jose Rep, and Palo Alto Players. Mary loved working in her garden. She was known to some as “the rose queen”. She loved playing bridge with her ...

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