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Kathryn E. Reitman
Feb. 21, 1950 - June 10, 2024
Redwood City, California
Kathryn “Kit” Elliott Reitman passed away peacefully surrounded by Family at the age of 74 on June 10th, 2024. She was born on February 21, 1950 in Newark, NJ. Kit is a 1968 Graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ. She spent a year at Skidmore College and in 1970 transferred to Colgate University, as part of the First Female Class to arrive — graduating in 1972 with a concentratio...

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Susan Anderes
Jan. 18, 1954 - June 6, 2024
Menlo Park, California
Susan Margaret Anderes, a woman who balanced a career, family, and a variety of interests with grace and a touch of humor, passed away at age 70 after a six-year battle with cancer. Born in San Francisco in 1954 to Patricia and Harold “Andy” Anderes, Susan’s life was a blend of dedication, adventure, and occasional misadventure. She was the eldest of five children. Her father was a professio...

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Hazel Helen Rand
Aug. 24, 1933 - May 31, 2024
Westminster, United States

Tags: arts/media

It is with great sadness that we must share news of the passing of decades-long Palo Alto resident, Hazel H. Rand. Hazel was born in Bath, England on August 24, 1933, and first moved to Palo Alto in 1963, with her husband Roy E. Rand (who passed away in 2022). After moving back to England for a few years, and also living in Perth, Australia for a few years, Hazel and Roy returned to Palo Alt...

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Teresa Spiva
Feb. 18, 1942 - May 30, 2024
Redwood City, California
Teresa Najera Spiva passed away at the age of 82 on May 30, 2024 at her home in Redwood City with her husband of almost 60 years by her side. Born in 1942 to parents Cristina Ledesma and Carlos Najera, she lived in multiple desert and coastal locations in California as a child, before settling in the Bay Area. While studying to be a dental hygienist at San Jose City College, she met the love...

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Lupita Leal de Monroy
Nov. 30, 1938 - May 29, 2024
El Paso, Texas

Tags: teacher/educator

Lupita Leal de Monroy, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, California, died at home in El Paso, Texas on May 29, 2024. She was 85 years old and died with her daughters by her side. Born on November 30, 1938, in Pesquería Chica, Nuevo León, México, Lupita was the daughter of Dr. Gustavo Leal Morales and Dora Benavides De La Rosa. She was named María del Socorro de Guadalupe Leal Benavide...

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Barbara Metzger Baxter
Nov. 5, 1929 - May 25, 2024
Menlo Park, California
Barbara Metzger Baxter was born in San Francisco, CA, on November 5, 1929 to Colonel Samuel Metzger and Lucille Spaulding Metzger. She died at home in Menlo Park, California, on May 25, 2024. Barbara graduated from Stanford University in 1951 where she studied hard, swam fast, and stayed up late working as an editor for the Stanford Daily. She was an active alumni member and Stanford sports f...

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John Lloyd Richardson
Jan. 29, 1935 - May 13, 2024
Portola Valley, California
John Lloyd Richardson, 89, proud father of 5 children, died at his home in Portola Valley, CA of natural causes in the arms of his loving wife Alice on May 13, 2024. He was born in Ventura, California in 1935 to Morris and Audrey Hollister Richardson during the heart of the depression, moving residences several times and enduring his father's absence during his service as a decorated naval of...

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Blakeney Stafford
April 25, 1942 - May 12, 2024
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Blakeney Stafford on May 12, 2024. Blake was born in Sommerville, NJ, to William Lafayette Stafford and Dorothy Bresnahan Stafford. Blake attended Princeton University, where he studied history and played varsity baseball. He played left field for the team, and was a power hitter. He became the first Princeton player to hit a fair ball out ...

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1LT Channing Burke Chrisman
July 15, 1928 - May 10, 2024
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, business

Channing Burke Chrisman -- Channy Boy to his mom and dad, Grandchan to his grandchildren, Chan to the rest of us -- passed away on May 10th, 2024. Chan graduated from the Phillips Academy in 1946, from Stanford University in 1950 and received his commission from the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1952. He then shipped out to Korea to serve as a first lieutenant in the 25th Infantr...

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Mary (Maribee) Smith
March 25, 1926 - April 28, 2024
Kelowna, B.C., Canada

Tags: teacher/educator

SMITH, MARY “Maribee" 1926 - 2024 Maribee was born Mary Beatrice Smith to William and Katherine Allman in 1926 in Vancouver, Canada. She was married to Geoffrey Oswald Smith. They immigrated to the United States in the early sixties. She became an American citizen in 1968, and later regained her Canadian citizenship, to become a dual citizen. Following a divorce, she returned to ...

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Dolores Marie Babich
Sept. 2, 1935 - April 25, 2024
Woodside, California

Tags: public service

Dolores "Doe" Marie Babich passed away at the age of 88 on April 25, 2024 with her family by her side in Emerald Hills, CA. She was born to Eugene and Irene "Jackie" Cashman on September 2nd, 1935 in San Francisco, CA. She graduated from St. Paul's High School in 1953. Dolores was an original fixture at Fireman's Fund Insurance in the Financial District, becoming independent at a young age. At a...

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Gary Jon Dufresne
Aug. 19, 1934 - April 24, 2024
Palo Alto, California, USA

Tags: veteran, public service

Gary Dufresne was born on August 19th, 1934. He was a devout Christian and raised by his grandparents on a dairy farm in St. Paul, Minnesota until his teens. His stepfather Ray Dufresne was an officer in the US Army and was deployed to Japan during the Korean war, bringing Gary and his mother along for 2 years. After moving back stateside, Gary attended Messick High School in Memphis, TN...

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Rex Carlton Garr
Aug. 5, 1932 - April 24, 2024
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran

Rex Carlton Garr, a devoted family man, veteran, and accomplished engineer, passed away on April 24th, 2024 at Stanford Hospital at the age of 91. Rex was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on August 5, 1932. At the age of 12, following the loss of his mother to cancer, Rex moved with his father and brother to Los Angeles. After completing high school, he joined the Air Force at the outset of the Kor...

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Tom Passell
Nov. 24, 1929 - April 21, 2024
Los Altos, California

Tags: public service

Thomas Oliver Passell was born in Chicago in 1929 and passed away peacefully at his Los Altos home on April 21, 2024, at an age of 94.37 years. He was raised in Colby, Kansas and served in the Indiana National Guard. He was married to Agatha Pearl Brown Passell for 46 years from 1952 until her passing in 1998. Tom is survived by their children, Christine Green, Mark Passell, Cynthia Lopez, Ju...

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Jane Bassett Differding
Aug. 20, 1937 - April 20, 2024
Portola Valley, California
Jane B. Differding was born in Winston-Salem, NC and spent most of her life on the SF Peninsula. She grew up as a PK (short for "preacher's kid") who got accustomed to changing communities. After attending high schools in Moorestown, NJ and Allentown, PA, Jane studied at Swarthmore College where she made lasting friendships. She completed a B.A. in History in 1959 and married her West Coast darlin...

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Alma Howard Phillips
July 30, 1935 - April 19, 2024
Palo Alto, United States

Tags: teacher/educator, public service

Alma Phillips passed away peacefully on Friday April 19, 2024, after gracefully enduring several years of dementia. Alma is most remembered for her loving dedication to family, to friends, to children, and to the service of the nature of the universe, which she came to believe is love. Alma Ayleen Howard was born in Pampa, TX, where she grew up on a farm and enjoyed acting, basketball, and e...

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Maxine Hoffland Tucker
Feb. 26, 1938 - April 19, 2024
Palo Alto, California
Maxine Hoffland Tucker died peacefully at home on April 19, 2024, after a long illness. She was born February 26th, 1938 in Covina California to Corwin Hoffland and Margaret Goheen Hoffland. She attended Covina Schools, graduating from Covina High School in 1956. Following her father in college and the newspaper business, she enrolled in UCLA, intending to major in journalism. However, after a...

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