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Charles A Everson
Oct. 11, 1925 - Nov. 1, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Charles A Everson passed away November 1 in Palo Alto, California. He had just turned 94 years old on October 11 and was celebrated by family and friends as a wonderful father, grandfather, friend, and patriot. Charles was raised in Shelley, Idaho, a place he always remembered fondly. At age 18, he joined the Army Air Corp (Air Force) during WWII and served from 1943 to 1946. He was ordered to the Pacific Theater and was sent to Okinawa. Following his active duty service, he remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1969, retiring as Major. Upon his return from the war, Charles, who usually went by “Chuck,” enrolled at Utah State University, graduating four years later with a degree in Landscape Architecture and Land Development. Seeking work opportunities, Chuck drove to Palo Alto, where he began his career as a landscaper, architect, general contractor, and city planner. His greatest professional opportunity came while working for three years in Saudi Arabia with the Bechtel Corporation, which was building a large industrial city there. In 1952 he met Betty Wolfe, who was working at the downtown Peninsula Creamery. Two years later they were married and began their life together...

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John “Jack” Murphy
May 18, 1946 - Nov. 1, 2019
Menlo Park, California

John “Jack” Murphy was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts to John Patrick and Catherine Marie Murphy. “Little Jackie” was a bright boy who started kindergarten at age four and was known to take the bus around Boston by himself at a young age. At school, he sometimes caused trouble with the nuns for being “too clever”. Jack loved telling stories and one of his favorites was the time his teacher nun put him in the corner with a dunce hat on. Jack went on to study at Tufts University in Boston, but left before graduating to join the workforce at Honeywell working in the stockroom until he got his first big break in sales. Jack met the love of his life and wife of 50 years, Lee at the age of 22 when they met on a blind date and Lee was a stewardess for TWA. Jack loved to “check out” of work on a Friday and fly with Lee to tropical locations and was proud of his tan when he returned to snowy Boston on Monday for work. Jack went on to have a great career in sales at Wang Laboratories and eventually made his way to the West Coast. Jack joined Apple Computer in 1984 and knew that they were destined to change the world! After an almost 10 year run at Apple, Jack lef...

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Yvonne Alma Damele
April 23, 1928 - Oct. 31, 2019
Menlo Park, California

(Alma) Yvonne Damele 1928-2019 Yvonne Damele passed away peacefully from ovarian cancer on October 31, 2019 at her home in Menlo Park. Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband Joseph John Damele and her parents Fredrick and Alma Steinmetz. She is survived by her brother Charles Steinmetz, sister Mary Morris (Cal), children Mark Damele, Michele McMillan (Gordon), Catherine Damele (Chris Steckel) and John Damele, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Yvonne was born on April 23, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the middle of three children. She graduated from Marymount University in Los Angeles and worked for TWA as a flight attendant. She met Joseph Damele in San Francisco at a fraternity mixer for UCSF dental students. They moved to the San Francisco Peninsula where they raised their five children. Yvonne worked at Sunset Magazine for decades in the test and entertainment kitchens and later as an educational tour guide for school children. She thrived there because she enjoyed cooking, decorating and entertaining. Yvonne learned how to swim later in life and swimming with her friends at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park brought her so much joy. She was very involved at Na...

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Mike Fischetti
July 2, 1943 - Oct. 29, 2019
Mountain View, California

Mike Fischetti, MD, MPH (Dr. Pesto) passed away on October 29, 2019, at the age of 76 years. Born in the Bronx and living in Mountain View for the last 30 years, Mike spent his life advocating for those in underserved communities. He was as comfortable carrying anti-war protest signs as he was testifying before city council about equal rights. People will remember him as smart, generous, empathetic, funny, and willing to stand up for what is right. The caring and concern he showed for others inspired those around him. Mike met his wife of 31 years, Dr. Marilyn Winkleby, at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. He attracted her by sharing his biostatistics homework. Watching him play Santa and sweep the floors at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, Marilyn was convinced that she had found a man with a sense of humor and humility. Mike was a devoted father to his three “above average” children, Diana Fischetti and Desirae Moison of Bend, OR, and Chris Yoshida of Santa Clara. He extended his fatherly love to countless others. Mike cherished his grandchildren, Logan and Olivia. As a first generation child of a close-knit Southern Italian immigrant family living in the Bronx,...

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Mary Margaret "Moo" Anderson
Nov. 1, 1926 - Oct. 22, 2019
Bay Area Peninsula, CA

Mary Margaret “Moo” Ransford Anderson was born on November 1, 1926 in Boston, MA. Moo died peacefully at home on October 22, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. The family has planned a private memorial mass in her honor. Originally an East Coast gal, Moo (then nicknamed “Murma”) attended D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY and met her future husband Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson at the Seneca Yacht Club in the summer of 1948. The couple was married on July 1, 1950 in Geneva, NY and spent the early years of their marriage growing Hunk’s business, Saga Corporation. In the late 50s, they lived happily in Oberlin, OH, where their first and only daughter Mary Patricia “Putter” was born. In 1964, the Anderson’s moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Moo embraced her love of philanthropy and golf (she had three hole-in-ones!). She liked to say she was a professional volunteer, becoming a champion of Sacred Heart Schools, St Francis Center, and Stanford Hospital for many years. Later in life, she enjoyed teaching kids through Art in Action in Menlo Park. Moo was also an entrepreneur and part owner of 3EP LTD, an art publishing workshop in Palo Alto, with Paula Kirk...

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Richard "Dick" John Quinlan
April 18, 1933 - Oct. 17, 2019
Menlo Park, CA

Richard John (Dick) Quinlan passed away peacefully at home on October 17, 2019, at the age of 86. He was born on April 18, 1933 and resided in Menlo Park since 1963 with Jeanne, his beloved wife of 59 years. Dick, a 4th generation San Franciscan, will be remembered as a family man with a generous spirit and an ever-present sense of humor. He is survived by Jeanne Ferrari Quinlan, his wife of over 59 years and his three sons, Greg (Kristin) of Los Altos, Roger (Cathy) of Los Altos and Matt (Kristen) of Menlo Park. He dearly loved his 7 grandchildren, Riley (Kristy), Ellen, Courtney, Katie, Sara, Nathan and Nick. He is also survived by his niece, Marianne Croonquist, his nephews, Arvid Croonquist (Louise) and Erik Croonquist, his sister-in-law Patricia Novak, his brother-in-law Gerald Ferrari and his wife Tisha Ferrari. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard & Myrtle Donnolly Quinlan of San Francisco, his sister Claire Quinlan Croonquist, her husband Colonel H. Turner Croonquist (ret) of Monterey and his nephew Michael Croonquist. Dick graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep of San Francisco in 1952. He spent his college summers doing R.O.T.C. as well as driving a to...

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Irene Griffith Schwab
Feb. 25, 1919 - Oct. 13, 2019
Atherton, California

Irene Griffith Schwab passed away peacefully at home on October 13, 2019 surrounded by those whom she loved and who loved her. She was approaching the age of 101. Irene was born at home in Scott City, Kansas on February 25, 1919. She had a sister and four brothers. Her husband, Larry Schwab, died in 1994, after 45 years of marriage. Irene is survived by her two children, Dede Barsotti of Atherton and Lawrence Schwab of Portola Valley, as well as their respective spouses Michael Barsotti and Pamela Schwab, with whom Irene shared a special relationship. She leaves three granddaughters, Melissa Perkovich and her husband Brano Perkovich of Menlo Park. Deidra Geraghty and her husband Joseph Geraghty, and Stephanie Schwab of San Carlos. She loved her four great grandchildren: Katarina Branka Perkovich 5, Emilia Diane Perkovich 3, Mackenzie Olivia Geraghty 2 1/2 and Clark Joseph Geraghty, 5 months. She was “Grammie” to her grandchildren and the great-grandchildren who loved her. Her caregiver Ludy Railey, and Ludy’s devoted and wonderful family, made Irene’s advancing years pleasant. Smiles, singing and trips to the beach were regular parts of her lifestyle. Lud...

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Ed Cray
July 3, 1933 - Oct. 8, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Ed Cray, a prolific author of non-fiction whose work included biographies of folk singer Woody Guthrie and Chief Justice Earl Warren, died Tuesday (Oct. 8) in Palo Alto, CA. He was 86. The cause of death was congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s dementia, said his daughter, Jennifer. In a long writing career that began in the early 1960s, Cray wrote more than 18 books that examined social, legal and corporate issues and was considered an expert in American folklore. His most recent work was Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, an unvarnished 2003 look at the Depression-era folk singer. For 35 years, Cray was a professor of print journalism at the University of Southern California. He retired in 2012. Reviews of Cray’s books consistently noted his eye for detail and balanced, honest treatment. Cray’s 1995 book, Chief Justice, a biography of Earl Warren, won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for best book on the law of that year. Some of Cray’s other books include General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman, a biography of the World War II general and namesake of the Marshall Plan; Burden of Proof, a 1973 account of...

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Marilyn Maffly
Dec. 30, 1929 - Oct. 3, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Marilyn Miles Maffly passed away peacefully on October 3rd at Stanford University Hospital, with her daughters and son-in-law at her side. Marilyn was born December 30, 1929, the third of three children of Joseph and Mabel Miles, in Compton, California. She grew up surrounded by extended family on both sides, including 28 first cousins in the Los Angeles area. She and her siblings, Dorothy and Dale, enjoyed summer outings to a cabin built by her father in Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains, where she and her cousins hiked and fished. Marilyn attended Compton Community College, and then moved to San Francisco for nursing school at UCSF. There she met Roy, a medical student, and they married in 1952. Theirs was a partnership of dedicated and skilled healers that lasted nearly 68 years. After a brief venture in Boston for Roy’s postdoctoral research, they moved to Palo Alto in 1961, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Roy began his career at Stanford Medical School, while Marilyn raised their children and volunteered in the community. Through her longtime membership at the First United Methodist Church, Marilyn helped set up a tutoring program for kids from E...

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Lai Tene Kember
Dec. 9, 1940 - Oct. 1, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Lai Tene Kember of Palo Alto, California passed away on October 1, 2019 at the age of 78. She was born on December 9, 1940 in San Antonio Texas and was the youngest of 7 children to Get and Jew Shee Woo. Her father owned a grocery store in San Antonio where she spent much of her childhood helping out where she could. One of her fondest early memories was from the age of seven where Tene took a trip to San Francisco with her mom to see her grandfather who was passing through enroute to Canada from China. After High School, Tene attended the University of Texas, Austin where she majored in Chemistry. In 1963, she and her college roommate drove to California in her Corvair convertible and she stayed in San Francisco to start her life in the Bay Area where she has lived ever since. Tene met her husband Bryan at Ampex in Redwood City where she worked for 6 years. They got married on July 31, 1968 and she quit her job a few years later to start building houses together in Palo Alto. Bryan and Tene had two children, Bruce and Craig, and raised the family in the house they built together in Palo Alto on Middlefield Rd. After building houses, she and Bryan worked for many years at A...

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Timothy A. Kennedy
Oct. 1, 1926 - Oct. 24, 2019 Menlo Park, CA

Timothy Kennedy, 93, a 44-year resident of Menlo Park, died October 24, 2019. He was born October 1, 1926, in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from Queens University Belfast with a degree in philosophy. He moved to California in 1962 to study for the priesthood at St. John Seminary in Camarillo. He was...

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Mark Hurd
Jan. 1, 1957 - Oct. 18, 2019 Atherton, California

Silicon Valley tech executive Mark Hurd, who served as CEO for Redwood City-based Oracle and Palo Alto-based Hewlett-Packard, has died at the age of 62, according to a statement from co-founder Larry Ellison posted on Hurd's website. A business visionary who turned around the fortunes of the corp...

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Irene G. Schwab
Feb. 25, 1919 - Oct. 13, 2019 Atherton, California

Irene Griffith Schwab passed away peacefully at home on October 13, 2019 surrounded by those whom she loved and who loved her. She was approaching the age of 101. Irene was born at home in Scott City, Kansas on February 25, 1919. She had a sister and four brothers. Her husband, Larry Schwab,...

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Robert K. Thomson
May 31, 1935 - Oct. 10, 2019 Albuquerque, NM

Former Mountain View resident, Robert K. Thomson, 84 years of age, passed away October 10, 2019. Remembered as a cowboy, soldier, loving husband, father, and grandfather, he was born on a dry farm in Burdett, Kansas on May 31, 1935, and raised in Nucla, Colorado. Bob's youth was spent working for th...

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