July 15, 1946 - Oct. 15, 2016
Palo Alto, CA
Ehud Krauss, 70, beloved Palo Alto dance teacher, Founder and Artistic Director of Zohar School of Dance passed away at his home on October 15, 2016. Ehud Krauss was born and raised on a Kibbutz in Israel. Ehud was a member of the Israeli Olympic Volleyball team when a back injury led him to discover his passion for dance. Ehud studied dance with Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Robert Joffrey, Gus Giordano and Luigi in New York, and performed as a soloist and principal dancer in Europe, Canada and the United States. An accomplished performer and choreographer, Ehud has been a fixture in the Bay Area dance community for over 35 years. Ehud started teaching in local high schools and community colleges and founded Zohar School of Dance in Palo Alto in 1979. A gifted choreographer, Ehud’s innovative jazz works inspired and moved audiences with their beauty and range. Always forward thinking and wanting to bring the dance community together, he began Dance Mosaic, an annual summer dance festival bringing all dance forms together in a single program. It was during this time that Ehud’s true vision of making dance available to all began when he started the outreach program IndepenD...
Nov. 29, 1924 - Oct. 14, 2016
Helen Chenn, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 14, 2016, at home in Logan, Utah. She was born November 29, 1924, in Shanghai, China, Chen Hai-Han. Helen resided in the San Francisco Bay Area for 47 years, living in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos Hills and Foster City, California, prior to moving to Logan, Utah in 2010. She graduated from the University of Shanghai in 1949 with a B.A. in English and studied at W.S. University in Kunming, China. Helen and her husband, William, fled China during the Communist occupation to Kaoshiun, Taiwan. Helen worked alongside William, when they established Wylie Photo in Taipei, Taiwan in 1950. William was Eastman Kodak’s Far East distributor. They created a thriving photo finishing business prior to immigrating to the United States in 1963. They opened Wylie Photo in Palo Alto, California in 1964 and in 1977, opened the August Moon Tea House, a popular dim sum restaurant in San Jose. Helen was an avid reader who had a love for mystery novels, watching 49ers and New England Patriots football games and golf tournaments. Her greatest passion was traveling the world with William. Together, they visited many cities in Europe and...
Jan. 1, 1924 - Oct. 12, 2016
Louis E. Ramos "Lou," passed away on Oct. 12 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, after five courageous years battling multiple cancers. He was born Jan. 1, 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Frank and Eugenie Rousset Ramos He is preceded in death by siblings Paul Ramos and Marie Ramos. He graduated from Jesuit High School and Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He enrolled in the Navy R.O.T.C. at Tulane where he graduated. He Served as 1st Lieutenant in the US Navy. His service during WWII was all over the Pacific War Theatre. His ship was anchored in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, during the Japanese surrender ceremony. He married in 1949 to his wife, Nancy Peairs Ramos, of Normal, Illinois. He was a devoted and loving father to three sons, Randy (Kathy), Jon and Brian; and two grandchildren, Monique (Chris Chaffee) and Christina, all of California. He was recalled for the Korean War and served in the Atlantic and Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1953. Moving to California in 1953, they purchased their Palo Alto home in 1954 and lived there until 2002. Moving to The Forum, in Cupertino, he enjoyed his weekly poker games and bocce to...
Joan Lenore Winsor
Jan. 3, 1941 - Oct. 5, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Joan Winsor, a Palo Alto native and long-time resident, passed way on Oct. 5. She was a speech therapist in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Joan was active in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, the Palo Alto Community Theatre and West Bay Opera. She sang and traveled with a choir that performed the Woman’s Vocal Orchestra of Sumatra, wrote an operetta that was performed by Palo Alto schoolchildren, taught in Darmstadt Germany in the 1960s and maintained a long-time friendship with other teachers with whom she shared that experience. Joan loved to garden. She enjoyed viewing the wildlife online camera at Pete’s Pond Mashatu in Botswsana and actively participated in its online blog. She is survived by sister Janice Winsor and brother Richard Winsor....
Feb. 6, 1989 - Aug. 11, 2016
Palo Alto, California
The sun went out of our lives when our family lost our wonderful Travis, who left us unexpectedly at age 27. Travis was so many things to so many people, an amazing son, grandson, stepson, nephew, cousin and friend. He started as the happiest and most loving child, full of wonder and curiosity, tender and compassionate even in his youngest years, so gorgeous with his sky blue eyes and golden hair. At age 7 and on, he became a wonderful traveling companion to his Auntie Lynn and Uncle Stephen, who took him all over the world, to see lions in Zimbabwe, koalas in Australia, monkeys in Bali, zip-lining in Costa Rica, sailing in the Virgin Islands, visiting the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, meeting family in Italy, patiently taking in stride long waits at airports and cheerfully trying unexpected dishes such as wart hog and impala enchiladas. He embraced every new adventure fearlessly and conscientiously, asking questions and meeting new people, and charming them with his quick wit and great sense of humor. He loved cars, especially classic VW bugs and flashy Mustangs, and spent many a happy hour working to keep his vehicles, and his family’s cars, up and running. He was a grea...
Wendell J. Johnson
Aug. 8, 1927 - Oct. 18, 2016 Vancouver, Washington
At peace in Vancouver, Washington, and a long time resident of Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. Survived by his wife Carolyn and three children, Jim (Judy) Johnson, Carla (Dan) Dooley, Deborah (Greg) Watkins, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson. Also survived by...
Doris M. Bonino
April 2, 1920 - Oct. 17, 2016 Belmont, California
Doris Marie Bonino was 96 years old when she passed away on October 17th, 2016. She was born in San Francisco, CA, on April 2, 1920, the 7th of nine children for her parents, Robert William Johnson and Hazel Margaret (Holliday). She attended Balboa High School and through mutual friends met ...
Mary E. Rapp
Feb. 6, 1924 - Oct. 15, 2016 Menlo Park, California
On October 15, 2016, Mary Elizabeth (McDonald) Rapp passed away peacefully at the age of 92 at home surrounded by family. Mary, with her husband of 52 years Thomas Hilton Rapp (deceased), raised her family and lived most of her life in Menlo Park, California. In 2015, when her health began to declin...
Sheila G. Zipf
Nov. 22, 1932 - Oct. 11, 2016 Portola Valley, California
Sheila Mary Murray Gordon Zipf was born November 22, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan, to Isabella Ritchie Gordon and William Gordon. She lived in Detroit for most of her childhood except for one year when she and her mother lived in Scotland with her grandparents during the Great Depression. After hig...