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Patricia Weiss
Dec. 4, 1924 - Sept. 21, 2022
Healdsburg, California

Patricia Day Weiss, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died peacefully on Tuesday September 21. She was born on December 4, 1924, to James Francis Day and Mary Prince Harris. After high school Patricia worked as a reporter/photographer on the Bakersfield Californian newspaper. She then attended UC Berkeley. During this period she met and married Louis Weiss. To complete his degree Louis applied to and was accepted at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. The couple lived for nearly three years in London where Patricia was employed at the third air force headquarters at South Ruislip. After returning to the U.S. she was employed by Stanford University, from which she was retired as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies. A lifelong plein air watercolorist, Patricia felt fortunate in living in an area of such varied geography and temperate climate. She was a charter member of the Tuesday Artists (formerly Peninsula Watercolor Group). She was predeceased by Louis, her husband of 54 years. Survivors include 3 children: Caroline (Richard), Daniel (Meredith), Jennifer (David), and three grandchildren: Simon (Brooke), Andrew (Mariel), Natalie, and four great-grandchildren: Viv...

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Joseph Emil Oeschger
Feb. 7, 1933 - Sept. 5, 2022
Polson, Montana

St. Ignatius, MT - Joseph Emil Oeschger was born Feb. 7, 1933, in Palo Alto, California and passed away Sept. 5, 2022. With the exception of two years in the Army, he lived in Palo Alto until 2014. Joe earned his Mechanical Engineer degree from San Jose State. He then spent the next 42 years working for Jennings in San Jose. He continued to contract with them for another 10 years. Joe loved to tinker and work on his 1926 Model T Ford which he acquired when he was in Jr. High School and still owned. As an avid hunter, Joe’s love of hunting brought him every year to the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana during his vacations. After retiring, he and his wife Alice moved to Saint Ignatius, Montana. He was preceded in death by his sister Eldora Miller. Joe is survived by his wife Alice of 59 years, two sons, Carl of Santa Rosa, CA and Christoph of Sacramento, CA as well as two grandchildren, Dr. Taylor Oeschger-Palmer of Seattle, WA and Ian Oeschger of Sacramento, CA. ...

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Saul Rosenberg
Aug. 2, 1927 - Sept. 5, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Saul Rosenberg passed away peacefully in the presence of his children on September 5, 2022, at the age of 95. He was born and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and was the first of his family to attend college. He was drafted into the US Marines during the Korean War and served as a battalion surgeon with the infantry. He later transferred to the Naval Hospital in Corona, CA, where his met his wife, Shirley, who was a social worker with the American Red Cross. Saul completed his medical training at the University Hospitals in Cleveland and at Harvard at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, where he was chief resident. He received special training in medical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York. He joined the faculty at Stanford University in the Departments of Medicine and Radiation Therapy in 1961, and became Emeritus in 1996. He continued to see patients, many going back 30-40 years, until the COVID pandemic prevented him from doing so but he remained an active faculty member almost up until his death. He established the Division of Medical Oncology at Stanford in 1965, one of the first of its kind and was chief of that division until 1993. His early colla...

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Sister Joan Derry
April 24, 1934 - Sept. 4, 2022
Fremont, California

Sr. Joan Marie Derry, a retired Catholic sister in the Sisters of the Holy Family order, passed peacefully into the gates of Heaven. She was 88. She grew up in Menlo Park, CA, in a large Irish Catholic family. She was the second of six children born to Edward and Helen Derry. The family operated Derry’s Feed and Fuel for many years. Sr. Joan is survived by her brother, Fr. Daniel Joseph Derry, a retired priest. Her brothers Edward Jr. and James predeceased her as did her sisters Nancy Madigan Derry Nejasmich and Gail Blach. She is also survived by six nieces and nephews. Sr. Joan had a keen interest in genealogy and passed on a wealth of research and information to family members. The roots of her family were important to her as were the deep roots in her Catholic faith which were established early on by her parents who loved God and lived by and with their faith, passing those values to her. Sr. Joan had a vivacious personality. She enjoyed people and celebratory gatherings. She laughed often and, like her mother, loved a good story to tell and one to hear. She demonstrated her holiness in public service to her order and the Catholic Church but also demonstrated t...

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Gene F. Straube
Aug. 29, 1928 - Sept. 4, 2022
Atherton, California

Gene was born at home in a brownstone on 86th Street in Manhattan 94 years ago to Eugene and Agnes Kramer Straube, young immigrants from Germany.  As their fourth child, arriving 15-20 years after his 3 sisters, and the only boy in the family, he was raised and pampered by 4 mothers rather than just one. He attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City followed by Columbia University, where he earned both a Bachelor or Arts and a BS in Electrical Engineering and was awarded membership in both Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi honorary fraternities. At Columbia the 6 foot 3 inch freshman rowed Varsity crew and joined  the newly-formed Naval ROTC.  His leadership skills quickly made him Battalion Commander and he was presented with a sword and achievement award from the President of Columbia at that time, Dwight D. Eisenhower, honoring his outstanding scholastic and military proficiency. The photo from the front page of the New York Times of this event remained among his most treasured possessions. In the Navy he served as Lieutenant Commander aboard the USS Gayot in the Mediterranean theatre during the Korean War and received the Navy’s Distinguished Service Award and...

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George Robert Chippendale
Sept. 28, 1928 - Sept. 3, 2022
Mountain View, California

George Chippendale, age 93, passed away at Villa Siena in Mt. View on Sep 3, 2022 from complications due to Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Boston, MA to George R. Chippendale and Mary Estelle Armour Chippendale on Sep 28, 1928. George attended Boston Latin and MIT and met his lifetime companion, Ruth Blottman, while working at MIT. They married in 1955 in Attleboro, MA. In 1957, the east coast couple relocated to Palo Alto, CA, where George enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed in Sunnyvale. An avid airplane enthusiast and pilot, he volunteered with Interplast (now ReSurge) during the 70’s and 80’s flying doctors and nurses to Mexico and Central America where the team repaired cleft lips and palates and performed plastic surgery on burn victims. George was a long time volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul in East Palo Alto, managing the food closet, delivering food boxes, taking calls from those in need, and carrying out response interviews with clients in English and Spanish. George loved people and never knew a stranger. Besides his lifelong friends from Lockheed, Interplast, and St. Vincent de Paul, he shared many memories ...

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Sally Collins Young
Oct. 25, 1935 - Sept. 2, 2022
Menlo Park, California

Sally Collins Young passed away on September 2, 2022 at Stanford Hospital at the age of 86. She was born on October 25, 1935 in Hammond, Indiana, the third child of Edward Durbin Collins and Kathryn Huchel Collins. Her father worked in the limestone and lumber businesses. Her mother managed a family-owned bookstore. Early in life, she grew up on a working farm in Wayne, Illinois, where she attended a one room school-house. She had many stories and fond memories of life on the farm, especially with her grandmother whom she called ‘Nonny.’ Her family moved to Joliet, Illinois, where she attended Joliet Township High School. She was active in the performing arts, including theater, choir, and musicals. She had lead roles in “Dear Ruth” and “HMS Pinafore” and was the sponsor of her high school’s marching band which represented Illinois in the inauguration of President Eisenhower. She also had a rich social life and her dance card was always full! In 1953, Sally moved out west to matriculate at Mills College in Oakland, California. She majored in history and government, graduating in 1957. Her studies at Mills instilled in her lifelong passions for art, music and li...

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Dawn Yates Black
July 30, 1930 - Aug. 29, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Dawn Yates Black, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away unexpectedly on August 29th surrounded by her family. Dawn will be remembered as the matriarch of her large and extended family. She was a loving wife to Alden Perry Yates (d. 1989) mother of six, grandmother of sixteen and great-grandmother of 9. She was also a loving wife, stepmom and grandmother to Peter Harrell Black (d. 2006), his four children, their spouses and 6 grandchildren. Dawn was born and raised in Palo Alto by her parents, Carroll and Cloriene Blacker. She had 2 sisters, Phyllis (d. 1978) and Sandy. Dawn attended Palo Alto High School and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1948. In her first week at Stanford, Dawn met Alden on a blind date. They married at Stanford Chapel in 1950, graduated in 1952 and built a beautiful life and family together. They traveled and moved all over the world, following Alden’s job with Bechtel. Dawn loved life and particularly time with her family. She made many friends playing tennis, golf and bridge. Dawn was proud of becoming a Bridge Life Master in 2015. She loved Bay Area sports. Dawn lived a full life that included many adventures, opportunities and ser...

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Ruth Lyell
July 19, 1932 - Aug. 25, 2022
Palo Alto, California

Ruth Pearl Lyell, nee Granetz, long time Palo Alto resident and professor of psychology, died on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. She was 90 years old. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 19, 1932 to Florence and Samuel Granetz. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Boston University, working her own way through college despite being told that college education is for men. She remembered fondly meeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in her capacity as the Psychology Club President. She earned her PhD. in Sociology and Psychology while attending the University of Chicago. She wrote a Master’s Thesis on the Generational Patterns of Female Elvis Presley Fans. During this time she met and married her husband, Bill Lyell. Later, the young couple and infant daughter moved to Columbus, Ohio, where Bill taught Chinese Literature at Ohio State University. They expanded their family to a total of four children, and moved to Palo Alto in 1972. Ruth taught college-level psychology and sociology courses for over 20 years at many local colleges and eventually became a full professor at San Jose State University. She specialized in the psychology of aging, authoring Middl...

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Dorothea Wilford
Sept. 20, 1930 - Aug. 20, 2022
Bremerton, Washington

Dorothea “Janer” Wilford (Hardy), a longtime resident of Kent, WA, died peacefully on August 20, 2022, at the age of 91, at her retirement home in Bremerton, WA. Janer was born in Palo Alto, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, she loved the water, vacations on Lake Leonard and was a master with a sailboat. Janer graduated from Palo Alto high school and from Stanford University with a master's degree in education. In 1954 she married Edgar Wilford, a recent Harvard graduate. Janer became an elementary school teacher and later a social worker while her husband taught Mathematics at the college level. When the family moved to Seattle for Edgar’s new position at Boeing, Janer began work at St James Episcopal Church in Kent, as Director of Outreach, serving the community in need. She also volunteered with Multi-faith Works and St James Thrift Shop. Janer is preceded in death by her spouse Edgar Wilford, parents Edward and Dorothea Hardy, daughter Kathy Wilford, brother Edward Hardy and sister Mary Ella Powell. She leaves behind her foster brother- Tor Hanson, children- James (Sharon) Wilford, Lisa (Paul) Guidry, Wendy Wilford, Michael (Dedra) Wilford, Bill Wilford...

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Patrick Barrett
July 17, 1944 - July 26, 2022
Palo Alto, CA

Raised in Arcadia, California, Pat attended Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, graduating with a B.S. in Engineering, followed by an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1967, he accepted a position at Hewett-Packard, moved to Palo Alto, and married his Harvey Mudd College sweetheart, Penny Gach. While working at HP, he earned a Juris Doctor at Stanford Law School, and spent most of the rest of his career as an intellectual property attorney at HP and later Agilent Technologies until his retirement in 2007. Between Pat’s travels for business and pleasure, he and Penny visited six continents and more that 30 countries. An accomplished photographer, Pat recorded many of these adventures. Their extended family was enlarged by the people they met on these trips, as well as, by hosting international students through Stanford’s Homestay Program. Pat’s interest in music began in college. For many years, he played the guitar and sang for church activities and a group called the Sunday Singers. He also sang with the Palo Alto Community Gospel Choir. At home, Pat was an equal partner in raising their daughters Meg ...

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Yvonne Marie Lynch
Dec. 9, 1936 - July 20, 2022
Atherton, California

Yvonne Marie Cafasso Lynch, a dedicated educator and lifelong lover of books and learning, died on July 20 after the return of a recurrent illness. She was 85, and lived her final days surrounded by the love of her family. Yvonne was born in San Francisco, the youngest child of Andrew and Myra Cafasso. Affectionately called “Babe,” Yvonne was raised by a hard-working blue-collar family. She helped her father’s Italian-American family run a corner grocery, tend a huge vegetable garden, and make homemade ravioli. Yvonne’s mother, an orphan from New Zealand who moved to San Francisco with her adoptive parents and later developed polio as a nursing student at San Francisco General Hospital, often struggled to walk but stayed fiercely busy, telling her daughter, “Always work, so that you’ll never be boring.” Yvonne’s family drove ambulances for SF General, crafted the graceful plaster work on the Palace of Fine Arts, chef'd in the kitchens of the city’s best hotels, repaired MUNI buses, taught in San Francisco public schools, created homemade reds and whites in a basement winery, and supported their fellow San Franciscans as social workers. Yvonne made top grade...

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Brian D Bolitho
March 16, 1954 - Sept. 7, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Brian D Bolitho Mar 16th 1954 - Sept 7th 2021 Brian D Bolitho of Palo Alto CA died on the evening of Sept 7th at the age of 67 years. Brian was born in Pullman, WA and in his own words he started off “as a juvenile delinquent”. He became a paraplegic at the young age of 16 after a tragic fall from a tree and spent the rest of his life in a chair. Brian experienced considerable obstacles in his lifetime and faced them all with optimism and good cheer. Few of us realized the complexity and commitment of staying healthy while living life in a chair. As an adult he began a 27 year career in electronics as an assembler, technician, drafter and designer. He held jobs as an electromechanical designer, CAL designer and invented test and processing equipment. On the side he was a technical illustrator and created complex display units. After retirement he worked part time as a receptionist at the Pacific Art League and devoted himself to his artistic endeavors. Brian found great comfort in his love of music, proclaimed himself a hippie and wore tie dye often as an expression of who he was. He was frequently recognized in his neighborhood of California Ave in Palo Alto. B...

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Roslyn "Rose" Gray
Oct. 8, 1926 - July 9, 2020
Palo Alto, California

An upcoming Memorial will be held in October in Sausalito, California for Roslyn "Rose" Gray who passed in on July 9th 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Our Mom was a long-time resident of Palo Alto, and in her heart, this was her one and only "home." She is preceded in death by her dear mother, Mae Morgan Gross, and two older sisters: Lois Mae Grossman, and Doris Gross. Born in 1926 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she was the second to youngest of four sisters, all blessed with musical talent from their mother Mae and her Uncle Russ Morgan. Their cherished mother, Mae Morgan Gross was an exceptional pianist and organ player for local churches. While Rose played a mean piano, she was more comfortable as a "bookworm". So, right after high school, she set her sights on a nursing Degree. Her dream came true during WWII, when she was "capped" as a R.N. during times of great need for the country. It was not all work, as her "service to her country" included trips to USO dances with her younger sister Shirley Lieberman, a pinning to a West Point Cadet prior to deploying, and of course, caring for the needy in Philadelphia. At only 20, she took a a cross countr...

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Chris A. Lykke
Jan. 20, 1951 - Aug. 24, 2022 Mountain View, California

On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, Chris Alan Lykke, loving husband, father, and grandfather, was called home to the Lord at the age of 71. Chris was born January 20, 1951, in San Mateo, Ca. His father Donald Eugene Lykke was a pilot for Pan Am and his mother Bernice Hazel Clausen (Lykke) was a homemak...

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Lois J. Anderson
July 30, 1943 - Aug. 19, 2022 Palo Alto, California

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Carol Mosher
June 23, 1921 - Aug. 17, 2022 Palo Alto, California

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Karl Vonder Linden
May 20, 1935 - Aug. 1, 2022 Menlo Park, California

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