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Arlene Aiko Schaupp
Sept. 17, 1934 - Feb. 14, 2024
Palo Alto, California

Arlene Schaupp passed 2/14, age 89. Born in Japan, missionary parents. Occidental College ‘56 and McCormick Seminary. Married John Jack Schaupp ‘61. Lived in Pres. Mission Cameron House, S.F. Jack was Youth Director. Moved to Palo Alto ‘76. Active in 1st Pres Church P.A. embracing LGBTQ membership. A’s calling was social justice, coordinating S. Bay Sanctuary Covenant. Led 37 Delegations to El Salvador for education, economic aid, int’l spotlight. 63 years of marriage full of love & mutual respect. Survived by 3 children 7 grandchildren. Zoom March 9, 1pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88333998033?pwd=Vk1WNkpmWkNvRDlTcnplMkRFdHBVQT09 Meeting ID: 883 3399 8033 Passcode: 992496...

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Mary Finlayson
Dec. 5, 1933 - Feb. 12, 2024
Woodside, California

Mary Finlayson passed away of a subdural hemorrhage in the early morning of February 12, 2024 at her home in Woodside, surrounded by her family. She had recently celebrated her 90th birthday, as well as the 70th anniversary of meeting her beloved husband Norris for the first time in January 1954. Mary Ann Ellis was born in Berkeley, California on December 5, 1933, the first daughter of Dr. Grant Ellis and Mary Laurine Holmes Ellis. A few years later, the family welcomed her younger sister Laurine ("Renie"), who became a lifelong best friend. Mary revered her father, a soft-spoken, highly intelligent, and hardworking man who was a beloved and respected family doctor in the community. Dr. Ellis deeply loved their mother, who was a force of nature: tall, beautiful, outspoken, opinionated, and fascinated by art, music and literature. The Ellis home was full of love, culture, and lively debate. Mary's life was also enriched by the presence of an extended family of Ellis and Holmes uncles, aunts and cousins whom she loved and was so proud of, and with whom she shared countless adventures and celebrations. From childhood, Mary embraced life with curiosity and a gift for bringing ot...

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Shirley Ann Powers
March 7, 1936 - Feb. 7, 2024
Palo Alto, United States

Grande Dame Shirley Powers passed away with her daughter and grandson by her side on February 7th, 2024. After spending her childhood freezing through the Wisconsin winters, she was thrilled to earn her bachelor’s degree in music and land in sunny California. Shirley dedicated her life to avant-garde pursuits such as combining her jazz compositions with her poetry, conquering every hiking trail in the Bay Area, kayaking through bevies of otters in Monterey Bay, and publishing poetry in progressive women’s anthologies. She had two great passions: fighting for social justice and John, her partner of 42 years. Together, they worked for change with endeavors such as producing content and working cameras for a local cable TV news show, marching to protect women’s right to choose, and singing with the international peace group, the Raging Grannies. Working with the Grannies allowed Shirley to combine her love of music, theatricality, and political protest. She took great pride when her local chapter was included on the FBI “To Be Watched” list. Beyond her high energy, charismatic, funny personality, Shirley was a big ball of love. She loved her daughters, Erin and Colleen, and ...

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Yolanda Font
April 30, 1930 - Feb. 3, 2024
Menlo Park, California

Yolanda “Lolly” Font, age 93, passed away on the morning of Saturday February 3rd as a result of a stroke and advanced dementia. She died peacefully at her residence at Palo Alto Commons. Lolly was born Yolanda Theresa DeIorio in Utica, New York on April 30, 1930. She was the oldest of 4 children in a large, Italian family. Lolly had a passion for learning throughout her life. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Utica College and a Master’s degree in Education from Syracuse University, and a PhD from the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Lolly married John Francis Font on August 14, 1954, to whom she was married for twenty three years. Lolly and John had five children – John, Lauren, Daryl, Shelly, and Erika. In 1963 when Dr. Font accepted a faculty position at Stanford, Lolly and the family moved to Palo Alto, California. Lolly embraced the role of busy mother of five children. She volunteered with the PTA at the children’s elementary school, and eventually worked as Preschool Director at Dr. Font’s Beacon School in San Jose, CA. The Font family enjoyed camping in Yosemite, Big Sur, Russian River and Sunset Beach where they w...

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Jeane Greenawalt Johnson
June 25, 1926 - Feb. 2, 2024
Los Gatos, California

Jeane Greenawalt Johnson died February 2nd 2024, at The Terraces in Los Gatos. She was 97. Ms. Johnson was born on a farm near Princeton, Kansas, child of F. Ralph and Marie Greenawalt. The family relocated to a farm near Paola, Kansas. When she was in the seventh grade. She became a 4-H member, which piqued her interest in a home economics career. She graduated from Paola High School and then Kansas State University with a BS degree and later a BA from San Jose University, in her chosen fields of home economics and education. She received many honors including Mortar Board, Omicron Nu, Phi Kappa Phi, as well as scholarships. She spent over two years as a home demonstration agent in western Kansas before accepting a similar position in Ventura County, CA. as 4-H home advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension Service She was married in 1951 to Louis Bruce Johnson, a fellow Kansan and K-State engineering graduate. Four years later they moved from Oxnard, where her husband was employed at Point Mugu Naval Air Missile Test Center, to Portola Valley, CA. By this time two daughters were born to them. She never lost her interest in young people, becom...

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Jean Fung Gong
Feb. 5, 1926 - Jan. 31, 2024
Palo Alto, California

On January 31, 2024, five days before her 98th birthday, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and cherished friend Jean Char Gong died peacefully at home in Palo Alto, California, where she had lived for 70 years. Jean was born in Honolulu, February 5, 1926, to Marguerite Liu and On Char. A gifted student, Jean earned a BA from Brigham Young University and an MA in Education from Stanford. Jean and Walter A. Gong met and fell in love at Stanford. They were married on July 7, 1951, and later sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jean taught elementary school at Fairmeadow and El Carmelo for 32 years in Palo Alto. She will be remembered for her faith, generosity, nurturing of children, service to the community, passion for flowers, and deep love of friends and family. Jean cherished being a member of the Char, deJong and Gong families. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her eight siblings and their spouses, and her husband Walter. Her children Gerrit (Susan), Brian (Sue) and Marguerite (Russell Hancock), 11 grandchildren (and seven spouses), and 18 great grandchildren, will build on her lega...

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Edward Moore
March 19, 1934 - Jan. 27, 2024
Redwood City, United States

Edward Albert Moore died peacefully in his sleep January 27, 2024, at his home in Redwood City, CA. He died of pulmonary disease just a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday. How does one describe a multi-talented, many-faceted, good man? Edward was an actor, theatre director, set designer and playwright with credits in a national playlist. He started theatre groups in Cleveland, OH; New Zealand and Western Samoa. He was a published science fiction writer, an artist, antique restorer, creator of museum displays, intricate wood puzzles and other artistic projects. His popular garden sculptures often disappeared from his front yard soon after they were displayed. He was an adventurer, ran the Grand Canyon from rim to rim, trekked through national parks in the US and parks in Australia and New Zealand . Edward taught and played the ukulele throughout the peninsula for 15 years. He delighted in composing exercises and etudes to challenge friends in his music groups. He remained active and involved despite his illness, as a member of the National Horseshow Pitching Association. He recently returned to a previous hobby --creating Japanese bonsai tree art. He is...

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Marjorie Cassingham
March 9, 1924 - Jan. 24, 2024
Portola Valley, California

Marge Cassingham, a 55-year resident of Portola Valley, died January 24, a few weeks before she would have turned 100. A gifted musician and classical pianist for 90 years, Marge was active in the Palo Alto Two Piano Club; her living room in Ladera was a favored place to practice as it had plenty of room for its two Steinway grand pianos. In Los Angeles, she was a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota women’s music fraternity from 1942 to her death, and a member of the American Association of University Women after earning her degree in music from Occidental College. Marge “received just about every award that SAI gives,” SAI’s executive director said. She was a secretary at Bendix Aviation, and helped charter a nursery school at her church. After having four children in southern California (Carol Swanson of Oregon, Curt Ryan Cassingham (and wife Bonnie Meeder) of Oregon, Brian Cassingham (Anne) of Florida, and Randy Cassingham (Kit) who travel internationally full time), Marge and her husband Larry moved to Portola Valley. She continued her outside work as a project secretary for Syntex Laboratories, then the office administrator for a Silicon Valley consultancy. Her childr...

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Andrew J Pierson
1978 - Jan. 22, 2024
Mountain View, California

Andrew M. Pierson (Andy) passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on January 22, 2024 in Mountain View, CA. Andrew bravely faced a glioblastoma (brain tumor) diagnosis with humor, positivity and light. Andrew was born in 1978 in Hackensack, NJ, but spent most of his formative years in Owego, NY. He graduated from Cornell University (2001/2002) with a Bachelors and Masters of Engineering and from Rochester Institute of Technology (2012) with a Masters in Project Management. Before his passing, Andrew was a gifted software engineer and manager at companies TiVo, Harris RF, Amazon, and Meta. His humor and bear hugs were contagious and you could often find him laughing with friends and family over the silliest things. He was a tinkerer and creator at heart, constantly building, making, and fixing projects. Andrew’s favorite memories were adventures with his family and extended family as well as gaming nights with his brothers-in-law, Jon and Ilya, and best friend, Kevin. He was known for his “dad joke” t-shirts and “party” shirts that he proudly wore to various events. Most of all, Andrew’s kindness was contagious and powerful. His outlook on life is...

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Janet Lee Jurian
Dec. 10, 1950 - Jan. 21, 2024
Woodside, California

Surrounded by love and family, Janet Lee Jurian of Woodside, CA, passed away peacefully at home on January 21, 2024, after a fifteen-month battle with brain cancer. Janet was born on December 10, 1950, the daughter of the late John N. Duzanica and Lillian Garibaldi Duzanica. Raised in Menlo Park, Janet attended St. Raymond's parish school, Holy Cross High School (Class of 1969), and College of San Mateo. She remained a resident of the peninsula her entire life. Janet attended nursing school, worked in school nutrition (Stanford University and Monte Vista High School), and later transitioned to dental office administration. However, she was most well known for her lifelong secondary occupation of crafting beautiful wedding and special occasion cakes. Outside of work, Janet could most often be found on horseback; she was an avid western trail rider who revered her horse community. Janet was a woman in perpetual motion-- from boxing to pickleball, reading, cooking, line dancing, photography, travel-- the list went on. Even after “retiring”, she continued to be active, working for her son's business and riding her horse until October 2022 when cancer rendered her unable. ...

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Robert Michael Heneveld
Sept. 5, 1943 - Jan. 16, 2024
Palo Alto, California

Robert Michael Heneveld was born on September 5, 1943 in Auburn, Washington and passed away on January 16, 2024 in Paso Robles, California after bravely facing the many challenges of dementia. He was affectionately known as “Mike” to his friends and family. His parents, Mary Jayne and Robert Max Madison, later added his sister Katherine Rose to their family. His father, a valiant Air Force Captain, tragically lost his life in the line of duty on February 7, 1949. Mary Jayne later remarried to Charles Heneveld. It was during this time that Mike's name changed from Madison to Heneveld and the Heneveld family expanded to include Mike’s two half-brothers, Mark and Jon. Mike's life was filled with many chapters, each marked by his unwavering dedication to family and a commitment to his dental profession. He embarked on a journey that included two marriages and the joy of fatherhood. His first marriage to Sally Dudley led to the birth of two beautiful daughters, Christy (Story) and Lindsay (Pera). He found love once more when he married Barbara Leech, gaining a step-daughter, Jamie (Howe) and settling in Palo Alto, California. Education was of paramount importance to Mi...

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Susan M. Basso
Feb. 22, 1941 - Jan. 7, 2024
Menlo Park, California

Sue Basso was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on February 22, 1941 to Ruth and Claude Artero. After spending her first 2 ½ years of life in South America, the family moved to the U.S., eventually settling in Danville, California. During her senior year at San Ramon High School Sue traveled as an exchange student to Patros, Greece, and the experience sparked a lifelong passion for travel. Sue attended Stanford University, graduating in 1962 with a degree in International Relations. While a senior in college, she met her husband, Lawrence Basso, who at the time was a student at UCSF Medical School. They married on February 24, 1963 and went on to raise three children while living in Menlo Park. Later in life, Sue’s children chose to raise their own families in the area - Sue found joy in helping to raise her five grandchildren, being known to them as “Granny Sue”. Sue loved to read and could usually be found sitting amongst piles of novels, biographys, newspapers and investment magazines. She was an astute self-trained stock investor. Sue loved to swim (weather permitting) and play the piano every day. Later in life, she earned a teaching credential at Notre Da...

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Samuel Robert Anderson
Aug. 6, 1940 - Dec. 24, 2023
Palo Alto, California

Sam Anderson lived an active life of daily walks, gardening, and socializing with family, friends, and neighbors for the last four years, despite a lung cancer diagnosis in 2019. He died, surrounded by his family, of complications from pneumonia on December 24, 2023, at age 83. Samuel Robert Anderson was born on August 6, 1940 in El Paso, Texas, to Pollyanna Gibson and Samuel Lewis Anderson. His family moved to San Francisco, California, during the war years, and then to Palo Alto, where Sam and his brother John Dennis (b. 1944) attended Jordan Middle School, Palo Alto High School and newcomer Cubberley High School, where Sam was in the inaugural class of 1958 and Cubberley’s first student body president. Sam was a proud member of Boy Scout Troop 57 and an Eagle Scout. In the fall of 1958, he left for Dartmouth College, sight unseen, where he used his beautiful singing voice in the Handel Society Choir and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. An avid reader of literature and poetry, he majored in English. In the summer of 1959, Sam worked at Wawona in Yosemite and met Marilee May, also a college student in a summer stint at Wawona.They were married in Sam’s senior year a...

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Ann Montgomery Robinson
July 8, 1939 - Dec. 7, 2023
Palo Alto, California

Ann M. Robinson, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away on December 7, 2023, surrounded by family and caregivers. Ann was born the first child of John H. Montgomery and Virginia E. Price on July 8, 1939, in Champaign, Illinois. As a child, Ann moved with her parents and younger brother, from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to Chevy Chase, Maryland, and then to Austin and Fort Worth, Texas, and learned to make friends anywhere she lived. Ann told stories about the schools she attended, the neighborhoods she lived in, the people she met, and the summers she spent with her tight-knit extended family in Terre Haute, Indiana. Ann graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth in 1957 and headed to Texas Tech University. She joined the sorority Gamma Phi Beta and had fun and enjoyed college life while earning a bachelor’s in Advertising Art and Design. After graduating in 1962, Ann moved from Lubbock to Dallas, where she worked as a Graphic Artist for the firms Ling-Tempco-Vought Company and G. Fredrick Shepherd; as an Art Instructor for the Dallas Independent School District, the Art Department at North Texas State University, and Southern Methodist University; and as...

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Marilyn Joyce Wallace
Aug. 3, 1935 - Nov. 25, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Marilyn Joyce (Weil) Wallace passed away on November 25, 2023, at the age of 88 in Pleasanton, California. She was born on August 3, 1935, in Los Angeles, California. She was a beloved wife, mother, and devoted member of the community. Marilyn had a life-long passion for education, and her own educational journey began in Oakland and Piedmont, CA where she attended grammar and middle schools. She graduated from Piedmont High School in June 1953, then entered the University of California, Berkeley in September. At Cal she joined and lived in the Phi Mu Sorority. She pursued a bachelor's degree in mathematics and also participated in a special teacher intern program which enabled math and science graduates to teach high school immediately after graduation. Marilyn received her degree and teaching credential from UC Berkeley in June 1957. Marilyn's career as a math teacher began in September 1957, at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, CA. It was during this time, at a UC Math Department picnic, that she met Graham Wallace, a UC math graduate student. Marilyn and Graham married on June 13, 1959, the start of a 64-year marriage. Marilyn continued teaching in San Francisco unt...

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Mary C. Schaefer
1933 - Jan. 29, 2024 Palo Alto, California

Mary Carey Schaefer, loving wife, mother, and daughter, passed peacefully in her Palo Alto home of over 50 years Monday Jan 29th. An artist, interior designer, community activist, and basketball fan, she made California her home following her graduation from Cornell University in 1955. Born on Jun...

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Donald W. Paisley
Dec. 20, 1927 - Jan. 26, 2024 Palo Alto, California

Donald Wallace Paisley Jr., 96, passed away peacefully on January 26th, 2024, amongst family and friends in Palo Alto, Calif. Don is survived by his wife, Sandra Paisley; his five children, Charlie, Christopher and his wife Donna, Donelle, Mark and his wife Hilda, and Scott and his wife Gayle; his d...

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Joseph A. Aiello
Feb. 1, 1939 - Jan. 25, 2024 Mountain View, California

Joseph Anthony Aiello died on Thursday, January 25th 2024 in Mountain View, CA after a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. Joseph was born on February 1, 1939 in Castelsilano, a small town in Calabria Italy. He emigrated to the United States in 1956 first settling in San Fr...

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Ann M. Goby
1939 - Jan. 24, 2024 Palo Alto, California

Ann M. Goby, 85, of Bloomington, Indiana, passed away on January 24, 2024, in Palo Alto, California. She was born in Bloomington and later moved to Palo Alto, where she spent her final years. Ann was a giving soul throughout her life, always ready to lend a helping hand to neighbors, friends, a...

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