Yvonne Daryl Murray
Jan. 25, 1931 - Oct. 17, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Yvonne led a beautiful life. She was strong and kind and fun-loving. She was a beloved wife, a loving and supportive mom and a devoted grandmother and great grandmother. She was also the woman whose door was open to everybody, especially during the Cocktail Hour… when fun conversation and laughter flowed freely. The Murray living room was where friends and family could always go for joy (and sometimes comfort). Yvonne was born during the Great Depression, and grew up during WWII. She lived in the little farm town of Whittier, surrounded by orange groves. But the family escaped to Balboa Island in the summers, where kids could roam freely, ride the ferris wheel, swim across the bay and view Humphrey Bogart motor by in his yacht. This created a life-long love of the beach in Yvonne. Forever after, her summers would be spent with kids and beach towels. She adored her dad, a successful businessman. His hobby was tools. Yvonne inherited his engineering genius. Like her dad, she could always repair anything mechanical. Yvonne’s mom was a former flapper and Vaudevillian. She was wild. Yvonne responded to this by choosing a different direction. She went to Berkeley and got straight A...
Suzanne Elizabeth Williams
Jan. 6, 1926 - Oct. 11, 2020
Palo Alto, CA
Suzanne lived a loving and giving life. To love and to give, to build community, and to encourage was her joy. She was born to a loving home in Chicago in 1926. She was raised in a modest one room apartment on the South Side and never knew she came from modest means. They were happy. She loved her four years of college at The University of Dubuque where she became senior class president. Happy, hardworking years. She attended the annual reunions for many years. After living in Detroit for her first job, marrying and delivering her two children, Suzanne and family moved to Palo Alto in 1961. Suzanne was the Founding Director of First Congregational Nursery in 1961. This nursery continues successfully today and many of the local children have benefited from the program that Suzanne initiated. In 1966 Suzanne started her career as a Kindergarten teacher for the Palo Alto Unified School District Many children and families will remember Mrs. Korecky at Hoover, Palo Verde, and Walter Hays. Her name changed towards the end of her 20-year tenure so during her final years at Walter Hays, she was called Mrs. Williams. It seems every child remembers the name of their Kindergarten teache...
Mary Lee Blackburn
Feb. 17, 1933 - Oct. 7, 2020
Sun Lakes, Arizona
Mary Lee Blackburn peacefully passed away October 7, 2020 with her life time love and husband Russell C Blackburn by her side. She was 87. Born to John C Vallandingham and Margaret Bulmer Vallandingham in Richmond, Indiana, she graduated from Richmond High school as a scholar athlete. She cashiered at a grocery store, and then moved onto working as an accountant at Natco, where she met her beloved husband of 67 years. In the late 60’s, Mary Lee moved to Palo Alto, California, with her family and worked for the Palo Alto School District as a Secretary, then on the Palo Alto Police Departments Burglary Suppression Team, and then finally retired as Senior Secretary of Mountain View’s Chief of Police. Upon retirement, Mary Lee moved with her husband to Punta Gorda Isles, Florida, and then relocated to Sun Lakes, Arizona. She enjoyed traveling, playing golf, spending time with her friends, visiting with family and their beloved dogs. Mary Lee was such a loving grandmother, mother and wife. She knew no stranger and was a kind friend to everyone, with her beautiful smile and witty sense of humor. She took great pride in her home, always spotless, warm and welcoming. She will be ...
William R. Carsillo
1932 - Sept. 28, 2020
Menlo Park, California
William Carsillo passed away peacefully at his home on September 28 surrounded by his family. A native of the Peninsula, Bill graduated from Sequoia High School and from the University of Oregon before returning to the Bay Area to begin working in real estate. He later began a distinguished 46-year career in service to the US Department of the Navy, at first at San Bruno’s Western Division Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Real Estate Division, and later on Treasure Island, ending his career as Director, Navy Base Closure and Relocation. Bill retired with commendations from the Secretary of the Navy and then-President Barack Obama. He received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Medal, presented in 2002 and 2011. Although dedicated to work, Bill was first and foremost a family man, who lived with abundant love and humor. He just celebrated his 54th wedding anniversary with the love of his life, Beth, with whom he shared a devotion to the arts, especially music, theatre, and visual art. He was a talented oil painter and an avid gardener with a special affinity for roses. His family cherishes his many paintings. Bill was a loyal friend, loving husband, father, b...
March 23, 1954 - Sept. 27, 2020
Lorna Wunderman Monroe of Monterey, gifted teacher, avid athlete, fierce friend, world traveler, loving mother, grandmother and wife, died Sunday, September 27th, after a year-long battle with breast cancer. She was 66 years old. Her keen intellect, unassuming manner, perpetual energy and uproarious laugh will forever inspire and be remembered by all in her wide circle of family and friends. Lorna grew up in Mountain View in an adventurous family that lived in a historic home that was once a bordello and speakeasy during Prohibition. Her father, the engineer, inventor and author Irwin Wunderman, was an early Silicon Valley pioneer; her mother, Gilda Wunderman, founded an international student cultural exchange organization. When Lorna and her two brothers were children, her parents took the family on a 7-month “vacation,” traveling through Europe and North Africa. She never lost the travel bug and eventually visited six of the world’s seven continents. After graduating from the University of California Berkeley with degrees in biostatistics and public health, Lorna took a job at the American Medical Association in Chicago, where she met the love of her life, Ken Monro...
Edna L Parker
Feb. 24, 1934 - Sept. 25, 2020
Menlo Park, CA
Edna Lillian Parker was born on February 24, 1934 in Hillsboro, Texas. Her parents, Minnie and Mack Heath and her grandmother Mary King, raised her in the country of Hill County, Nathan Texas. At the age of seven, her family and her cousin sister relocated to Cleburne, Texas where she attended grammar school. In the late 1940’s Mother Parker’s family moved to Fort Worth Texas where she began to work as a housekeeper with her mother. She left grade school when her mother became gravely ill, and became a main provider for the family, working in the cotton field. In 1951, Mother Parker was blessed to have her first child Herbert Lee. Two years later, Mother Parker had her second child, her baby girl, Joyce LaRue. In 1962, Mother Parker moved to California where she lived the remaining years of her life. Upon arriving in California, she found residence in Redwood City CA. She became a member of the Little Flock Church of God in Christ and served under Dr. E.J. O’Neal and her current pastor, Elder Justin Genevro. Mother Parker affectionately known as “Grammie” was a grandmother to the whole church and community. She was an excellent cook by spell. She was known for her fam...
Margaret "Maggie" Anderson
May 12, 1927 - Sept. 25, 2020
Maggie was born and raised in Birmingham Alabama. She attended college and nursing school in Chicago and Minneapolis. In 1955 she joined her soon-to-be husband Andy in Japan where he was stationed in the Air Force. The following year their first son Reed was born and they returned to the USA to live in Sacramento. Twin boys Dennis and Neil and daughter Beth were born there as Maggie began her career as a nurse. The family moved to Palo Alto in 1967, during which time Maggie enjoyed working as a Public Health Nurse for Santa Clara county (until retirement at age 59) She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto. She loved reading & book collecting and was a volunteer for The Friends of The Library. Maggie also loved to garden, bird watch, water color and travel. Maggie and Andy moved to Chico, California in 2015 to be closer to family. She is survived by son Reed and wife Karel,son Neil and wife Beverly,daughter Beth Chase and husband Tom, eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband Andy and son Dennis. A celebration of Maggie's life will be held at the home of Beth Chase in the near future....
Aug. 7, 1948 - Sept. 17, 2020
Randy Bean, a broadcast journalist and film producer, who had a passion for politics, sports and culture, died of a heart attack Sept.17, 2020, in Loveland, Colo. She was at home with close friends and her dog, Willow. Before relocating to Colorado in 2017, she was a resident of Palo Alto, Calif., for 35 years. Born Lee Randolph Bean in Bethlehem, Pa. on Aug. 7, 1948, Randy was the second daughter of Betty Lee Cleveland Bean and the Rev. George Martin Bean. After attending middle and high school in Montclair, N.J. she studied at Northwestern University and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University. Randy went on to become an accomplished broadcast journalist and film producer at a time when few women were allowed to advance. In her own words, she was often “the only girl on the bus.” Randy’s passion for politics and deep commitment to humanitarian ideals began at a young age. As a high schooler, she took the bus from Montclair to Manhattan on weekends to hand out leaflets for Robert F. Kennedy’s Senate campaign. She later worked on Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign and George McGovern’s presidentia...
Michael David Spafford
Jan. 21, 1956 - Aug. 30, 2020
San Rafael, California
Michael was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to Nancy Curtiss Wilcox Spafford and Calvin William Spafford III. He lived there, where his father was stationed in the Navy, until the family moved to Los Altos, CA when he was 3 and he lived in California thereafter. As the family prepared to move to a new house in Woodside, it snowed on Michael’s sixth birthday in 1962. He spent a glorious day playing in the snow, assuming it was his birthday gift and waited every year thereafter for the snow to come on his birthday. Michael spent his summers with his grandparents, first in Lakeport, Clear Lake and then Homewood, Lake Tahoe. His grandfather taught him how to fish, and fishing became one of his favorite pastimes. He loved the outdoors, camping, geology, archeology, rocks, creek digging for antique bottles and always talked about becoming a forest ranger ‘when he grew up’. Michael attended Woodside Elementary School from Kindergarten through Eighth grade, then Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley for high school. Michael began playing soccer with AYSO when he was 6 years old. He was a star in the AYSO soccer program for many years. He was naturally right-handed yet could kic...
March 8, 1930 - Aug. 17, 2020
Palo Alto, CA
Sue Friedlaender passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 17, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Sue was born in 1930 in Berlin, Germany. Her family was fortunate to be able to escape Nazi persecution and settle in Michigan. She received a bachelor’s in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Sue married Frank Friedlaender and moved to Pasadena. She completed a Master’s in Library Science at USC and worked in the children’s department of the Pasadena Public Library where Saturday morning children’s storytime was the highlight of her week. After their first two children were born, Sue and Frank relocated to Ladera. All three of Sue’s children attended Peninsula School in Menlo Park. She valued Peninsula's progressive, creative orientation to education and worked as a librarian there for years, where she sparked a love of reading and learning in many children. In the 1980’s, Sue began the next chapter of her life in Palo Alto where she founded The Bridge Language School. She taught English as a second language, German, and offered many other languages through a cadre of teachers. Sue loved to garden, enjoyed art and music, and highly...
Mary Margaret Walz
Sept. 29, 1938 - July 16, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Mary Margaret Walz (Marge), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away from the Coronavirus on July 16. She grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania but managed to have big dreams. She met her husband and love of her life, Dan, while visiting her brother in the Navy. They were married in Lincoln Nebraska. They lived there for five years before moving to California. Marge and Dan were married for 59 years and had two children, Bryan and Brenda. She was a great stay at home Mom but decided she wanted to go to college. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an BA in English and Speech Communications and then earned her graduate degree in Speech Communications. Marge went on to work at Menlo Atherton High School in the Deans office. She enjoyed helping and mentoring the students. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother. Marge is survived by her husband Dan, her son Bryan, her daughter Brenda with her husband Jim, and her three grandchildren: Aleah, Shane, and Sienna....
July 6, 1932 - June 3, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Cindy Baxter loved a good party, almost as much as she loved swimming, running, biking and above all, her family and friends. Under normal circumstances, her passing would be widely mourned by the scores of her students and friends, but she left us at the height of the pandemic lockdown on June 3, 2020. She was buried in a quiet family ceremony held at Sky Lawn Memorial Cemetery. She was buried next to her beloved husband Joe, who predeceased her by seven years and daughter JoJo, surrounded by the beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains, an abundance of roses and a bagpiper playing beautiful Irish tunes. An avid athlete, she was best known for teaching a generation or two of Palo Altans to swim at Rinconada Pool and Add Janes Swim School. She competed for decades in swimming competitions, marathons and triathlon events, locally and nationally, and she was co-founder in 1973 along with her long-time teaching partner, Carol MacPherson, of the first masters swim team in the area, the famed Rinconada Masters. Cynthia Bradford was born on July 6, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois to Lt. Commander George and Pauline Arnold Bradford. Her father was a career naval officer during World War II an...
Laura Adelaide Holmes
July 27, 1952 - April 20, 2020
Grants Pass, Oregon
Laura Adelaide Ingels (Holmes) passed away Monday 4/20/2020 at her home in Grants Pass, Oregon peacefully. Laura is survived by her loving family: husband Daniel Holmes, daughter Robin Ingels Hardisty (Owen), Grandsons Andre and Evan Alcantar, Sister Karen Ingels Carskadon (Paul), Niece Jessica Nielsen and daughters, and extended beloved cousins in California, her dogs Sky and Beau. Laura was preceded in death by her parents Lyle David Ingels (descendant of Esbon and Pearl Ingels, Atchison, KS) , Jean Stroh Ingels, brother Gerry Esbon Ingels, Maternal Grandparents Adelaide Stroh and Gerry Stroh of Potter Valley, CA. In addition to family life, Laura did her best to stay connected to lifelong friends made growing up in Palo Alto, California from as far back as preschool age, girl scouts and through High School at Henry M Gunn High School – still remembered for her ways of befriending/including the new kids. Laura always found her most potent joy in the animals she cared for throughout her life. Horses (Sean/palomino) carried her on most memorable and exciting adventures a cowgirl at heart could imagine - with the best friend to outride authority when boundaries may or ma...
Marie Therese Arnold
July 10, 1926 - Feb. 15, 2020
PORTOLA VALLEY, CA
Ladera (Portola Valley) Marie Therese Arnold was born on July 10, 1926, in Boston, Massachusetts to Arthur Ward Lynch (Boston) and Katherine Cunneen (Ireland). She returned to her Heavenly Father on February 15, 2020, and was surrounded by her family at The Sequoias in Portola Valley. Her final days were filled with love and support from her family and Mission Hospice. Marie attended Lesley College in Boston where she met her husband, E. Allen Arnold at nearby Harvard College. The Arnolds moved from Portland, Oregon to Ladera in 1955. She worked for Stanford Linear Accelerator for over twenty years in Benefits Administration. Marie was an energetic person who enjoyed entertaining and hosting neighborhood gatherings. She held an annual 4th of July party and Christmas holiday parties for her close friends and family. Her interests included gardening, cooking, sewing and she was an avid tennis player at The Alpine Hills Tennis and Swimming Club. Marie was a volunteer in the Allied Arts kitchen, Filoli, and the Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She was also a member of the Los Altos Garden Club. Marie was a private person but once her friend, you were treasured and respected for...
Bernetta F. Staehnke
April 12, 1925 - Sept. 25, 2020 Palo Alto, CA
Bernetta, beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away surrounded and comforted by family, at the age of 95 on September 25th, 2020. Bernetta was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1925, daughter of John and Mabel. In her early life, Bernetta enjoyed drawing, fashion and singing. Sh...
Arthur A. Dugoni
June 29, 1925 - Sept. 23, 2020 Palo Alto, CA
Arthur Albert Dugoni, a retired orthodontist and dental educator, passed away on Sept. 23, 2020 at his home in Palo Alto, CA. He was 95. Art was born in San Francisco, CA, on June 29, 1925, the oldest child of Italian immigrant parents, Arturo B. Dugoni and Orsolina (Bianco) Dugoni. Art was ...
Oct. 17, 1939 - Sept. 22, 2020 Palo Alto, California
"I always wound up thinking about concepts in ways that I hadn't considered before,” typifies the common reaction of her students. Whether in a formal class or simple conversation, interactions with Judith Moss were always memorable and stimulating. Incisive, empathic, witty, and resolute, Judith ...
Ruth F. Hammett
Jan. 12, 1927 - Sept. 18, 2020 Palo Alto, California
Ruth Hammett was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and member of her community. She was as loyal to her family as she was to the charities to which she devoted her time, making a difference in the lives of everyone who knew her. She passed away peacefully on Friday, September 18 in...