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Judy Shulman
Jan. 8, 1941 - Jan. 14, 2021
Stanford, California

Judy (Horwitz) Shulman (1941-2021) died in her home on the Stanford campus on January 14, at the age of 80, in the comforting presence of her family. Judy was born in Chicago on January 8, 1941 to Joe and Ethel (Levy) Horwitz. She was the middle child between older brother David and younger sister Barbara. The family soon moved to Highland Park, IL where she graduated from Highland Park High School in 1959. She spent her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin immersed in the Integrated Liberal Studies (ILS) program, which she loved. She sacrificed completion of that program and transferred to Northwestern, when she became engaged to Lee Shulman, a graduate student at the University of Chicago. They had met at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and he subsequently taught her Hebrew at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, a conservative congregation that her father and mother helped to found. The 18 year old teacher and his 16 year old student fell in love, breaking all the rules. When they married during winter break late in 1960, she was a 19 year old sophomore at Northwestern and he was a 22 year old doctoral student at Chicago. Judy completed her preparation as an el...

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Mary Ann Ferrando
July 28, 1952 - Jan. 10, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Mary Ann Ferrando, a Menlo Park resident who retired as a Meter Reader for the City of Santa Clara, has died. Mary, who died on Jan 10, 2021 was born to Leonard and Evelyn Bateman on July 28, 1952, in Prince George, British Columbia. She moved to Redwood City in 1981, and then in 1987 moved to Menlo Park. Mary enjoyed walking and hiking, and successfully hiked Half Dome three times. Mary loved sewing costumes, making clothes, baking delicious cookies, pies and cakes, and cooking wonderful meals for her friends and family. Mary was also a very creative person who excelled at various different crafts. Mary was a very caring person who believed in helping others. She was a 159-time donor at the Stanford Blood Center, and volunteered at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Menlo Park. Mary was preceded in her death by her sister, Lynda Parsons and brother-in-law, Ron Ferrando. Mary is survived by her husband of 32 years Randy; son Andrew R. Canning (Sierra); sisters Joan Stair, Helen Torres (Tony), Brenda Bateman (Richard); brother Norman Bateman (Peggie); brother-in-law, Bob Ferrando (Grace); and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family sugge...

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Robert Shenk
Feb. 7, 1940 - Jan. 10, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Long-time Menlo Park resident Bob Shenk peacefully passed away at his home on Sunday, January 10, 2021. Bob had been suffering from symptoms related to lymphoma. Bob was born on February 7, 1940, at Palo Alto Hospital to Samuel and Sally Shenk. The second of three children, Bob enjoyed growing up in the Ingleside Terrace area of San Francisco. He was a 1957 graduate of Lick-Wilmerding High School and later attended Purdue University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1964. Bob married Mary Catharine Dolan on September 12, 1964, in San Francisco. Bob first met Mary when he was 9 years old, and they celebrated 56 loving years of marriage before his passing. Bob and Mary soon settled in a home in Menlo Park, California – a house they lived in together for the next 52 years. Bob first worked for Cincinnati Milacron, a leading CNC machine tool producer, where he was named Salesman of the Year in 1970, 1974, and 1976. He later showed his entrepreneurial talent in forming Shenk Tool Gauge, which produced a series of useful diagnostic tools. Later, Bob set out on his own and started Shenk Machinery. It was here that his prowess as a machine tool salesman shined ...

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Katherine Fields
Jan. 27, 1967 - Jan. 9, 2021
Los Altos, California

Katherine (Katie) Snow Smith Fields. Katie passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the age of 56 from metastatic breast cancer. Katie lived an inspirational and valiant life full of service to others. She will be greatly missed and will be most remembered for her devotion to God and her family. Katie is survived by her parents, Boyd and Jill Smith and her four children: Parker Samuel Fields, Elizabeth Christena Fields, Wilson Gabriel Fields and Cache Johnson Fields; her two daughter in-laws: Megan Richardson Fields and Lauryn Walker Fields; her 3 grandchildren: Hudson Samuel Fields, Blair Elizabeth Fields and Remi Jean Fields; the father of her children, Roger Allen Fields; her 4 siblings and their spouses: Christena Smith Larney (Brian), Charlotte Smith Jessop (Tad), Boyd Carpenter Smith (Hilary), and Lund Johnson Smith (Jenn) and her 16 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Katie’s memory to BYU- Pathway Worldwide or give a little money or time to someone in need....

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Shirley D. Bettencourt
Dec. 31, 1929 - Jan. 7, 2021
Cedar Park, Texas

Shirley D. Bettencourt, originally from Palo Alto California, passed away at the age of 91 on January 7, 2021. Shirley was born in 1929 in Menlo Park, CA and lived nearly all of her life in Palo Alto, CA. She is survived by her brother Les Cowger, daughter Debra Williams, grandson Christopher Cincotta and great grandsons Theo and Gavin Cincotta. She is predeceased by her husband Albert Bettencourt, daughters Pamela and Elizabeth Bettencourt and brother Virgil Cowger. Shirley’s home was truly Palo Alto and she loved it dearly. She grew up primarily in downtown Palo Alto and attended Lytton Elementary, Jordan Middle and Paly High. Shirley’s Grandmother lived on Waverley Street in downtown and she spent a lot of time with her family in this home. It brought her great joy, when in 1958, her and Al moved to “the other end of Waverley Street” in South Palo Alto where she lived 61 years until August 2019 when she moved near Debby to an assisted living community in Cedar Park, Texas. Shirley met Al Bettencourt when she was 16 at Palo Alto High School. They were married in 1946 until she was windowed on February 20, 2016. They were married just short of 70 years. Th...

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Helen Marie Ogaz
Dec. 31, 1920 - Jan. 4, 2021
Mountain View, California

Helen Marie Ogaz passed away at 100 years of age. Born August 18, 1920 in Albuquerque New Mexico as the fifteenth child of Maximo and Guadalupe Sanchez. She was baptized at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church and later attended the adjacent parish school. Both the school and the Church were located in Old Town Square, Albuquerque. She had many fond memories of her and her brother Max walking the 1 ½ miles to school, returning back home for lunch and then walking back to school again. She attended Albuquerque High School and was a member of the Sodality of Our Lady. She lived and worked on the family farm through a trying Great Depression and collected scrap metal and cloth for the war effort during World War II. After the war, she married Christopher G. Ogaz in 1948; happily married for 71 years until his death in September, 2019. Helen and Chris relocated to Mountain View, California in 1956 and dedicated a lion’s share of their time to raising a family and assisting their church. While raising her family Helen would periodically work as an insurance underwriter in Palo Alto and Mountain View to help support her growing family. Helen has been a Parishioner at St. Josep...

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Barry A. Carr
Aug. 10, 1958 - Jan. 2, 2021
Portola Valley, California

Barry A. Carr, age 62, attorney, patriarch and community fixture died unexpectedly in his sleep on January 2, 2021 at his home in Portola Valley, CA. Born in New York City, raised in Marin, he is survived by his wife of thirty-five years, Kathleen, and their three sons: Ryan, Jordan (with Sylvie, parents of June), and Grant, his sister, Gwen, many beloved nieces, nephews, friends, and his dog Ruby. He was preceded in death by his father Philip Carr, and followed by his mother, Iris Carr, who passed on January 9, 2021. Barry graduated from UC Berkeley in 1980 and Columbia School of Law in 1983. He worked as an attorney in Los Angeles and San Francisco before striking out on his own. Barry co-founded the fifty-person law firm of Carr & Ferrell in 1992, where he built a successful securities practice focusing on Silicon Valley startups and venture capital firms. He and Kathleen were high school sweethearts, and in a life filled with blessings, he always liked to say she was the best thing that ever happened to him. They loved traveling, though he was as happy snuggling in their corner of the couch as he was exploring Sicily or New Zealand so long as they did it together. W...

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Eugene Bernard Rauen
Feb. 24, 1928 - Dec. 26, 2020
Atherton, CA

On December 26, 2020, The Rauen family lost their beloved husband, father, uncle and friend, Eugene Bernard Rauen, after a long and well-fought war with prostate cancer. Gene was born to Raymond and Helen Rauen on February 24, 1928 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in nearby Glendale with his brother Stanley. Spirited and studious, he was a “yell leader” at Glendale High School where he excelled in government studies. Upon graduation, Gene joined the army and was deployed to Kyushu Island, Japan. While there he was stricken with scarlet fever and hospitalized and at the young age of 18 he was promoted to technical sergeant and established the photographic unit for the 24th Infantry Division. Returning to California, Gene enrolled at U.C. Berkeley and then transferred to Stanford University. After his sophomore year he was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict and trained as a combat cameraman. The day before he was scheduled to depart for Korea, however, Gene volunteered for a classified mission that ultimately sent him to the tip of Greenland, where he served in the photographic corps documenting the construction of the secret Thule Air Force base. Af...

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Patrick James Goodenough
July 6, 1930 - Dec. 25, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Patrick Goodenough, husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, mentor, golf partner, artist, sailor, teacher and incredibly giving citizen passed away peacefully on Christmas day with his best friend and wife Pam by his side. Patrick lived a full life and at 90 had traveled most of the world, including sailing across the Pacific. He had a successful business career and a very active retirement that was focused on helping and inspiring others. Born in England in 1930, Patrick immigrated with his family to Canada in 1938 just prior to the outbreak of the war in Europe. His Father enlisted in the Canadian Air Force shortly after their arrival in Canada which required another move to Ottawa, there Patrick attended Ashby College. In 1943 the family moved to Vancouver Island and Patrick attended the Shawnigan Lake boarding school where he graduated two years early at the age 15. Following a year working in a foundry and later a sash and door factory, he attended McGill University in Montreal, receiving a bachelors degree in 1951. After McGill, He joined the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict, assigned to a unit that studied how to best utilize th...

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Sarkis Kouzoujian
April 18, 1933 - Dec. 25, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Sarkis Kouzoujian of Belmont, California was born in “The Bronx,” New York on April 18, 1933 to Harry and Vartouhy Kouzoujian, survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Sarkis joined them in God’s kingdom on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020, from complications due to COVID-19. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Seda, son Van, daughter Karen, and grandson Jack. Early on, Sarkis realized his passion for technology. He attended Samuel Gompers Technical High School where he excelled in the emerging field of radio and television technology and design. This would form the foundation for his future in the evolving field of data processing and the birth of micro-computers. Sarkis’ desire for lifelong learning fostered an open mindset and was the backbone to his positive and optimistic nature, and a belief that anything is possible. Contrary to prevailing workplace practices at that time, as more women entered the field of technology, Sarkis was an innovator in demanding equal pay for the women in his department. Through his active involvement in the greater New York Armenian community, Sarkis met the love of his life, Seda Katchouny. They married in 1957 and establis...

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Russell B Bryan
Sept. 1, 1922 - Dec. 23, 2020
Belmont, California

Russell B. Bryan, age 98, died of Covid-19 in Belmont, California, on December 23, 2020. Born in Santa Monica CA in 1922, he earned degrees in physics from Stanford University (A.B. 1943) and Harvard University (M.A. 1948, Ph.D. 1951). He also served in the United States Navy during World War II, honorably discharged as a lieutenant. After working as a physicist at Dartmouth College, the University of Cambridge (England), and U.C. Berkeley, he changed course. He ran twice for Congress in California’s 10th District, then launched into a life of extensive travel from his home base in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. An avid hiker and reader, his endeavors also included painting and photography. He loved good food and cooked with imagination and flair. He was an enthusiastic member of the Stanford University community, enjoying music, film, and especially the libraries. He retained a life-long love of physics, taking every Quantum Mechanics class offered to the community, several times over. But his primary passion was for classical music, especially piano and opera, which enlivened all his years. His friends knew him as a raconteur, kind and modest, with an incisive mind, a qu...

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Harry Wilbur Rodda
Nov. 18, 1937 - Dec. 23, 2020
Cupertino, California

Harry Wilbur Rodda, a wonderful husband and father, a gifted architect, and great friend to all who knew him, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, December 23rd. Born on November 18, 1937, he grew up in San Jose enjoying an adventurous childhood. He graduated from Lincoln High in 1955 where he played sports at a varsity level every year, beginning in the 10th grade. He was outstanding on the field, the court, and the diamond. He loved all sports his entire life. Graduating in the class of 1959 from Stanford University, Harry belonged to Beta Theta Pi, studied architecture, played varsity baseball and, most of all, began his life-long avocation of forming and nurturing friendships. At his 50th Stanford reunion Harry listed his current mottos as “Cash is King, Pitching Wins, Best People In Best Places”. Judith Ann Curb married Harry on June 27, 1959 in Whittier, CA. Harry’s talent in architecture was displayed in their exquisite Eichler home in Palo Alto where the Rodda Family resided for over 50 years. In 2010 Harry and Judie retired to The Forum at Rancho San Antonio, in Cupertino. Harry was in the U.S. Navy and attended the Naval Officer Candidat...

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Tami Poffenroth
Sept. 21, 1957 - Dec. 22, 2020
Morgan Hill, CA

Our dear sister Tami Poffenroth passed away in the early morning hours of December 22nd in Morgan Hill at the age of 63. Tami joined the loving Palo Alto home of Elmer and Relda Poffenroth, brother John and sister Patrice on September 21, 1957. Our mother, so enamored with her sweet daughter, named her Tami, a modified version of the French word Jami, meaning “I love”. A 1976 graduate of Cubberley High School, Tami went on to work 8 years as a food service worker at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital Canteen, a laundry clerk at Pilgrim Haven, and an office worker at Lozano Inc. Tami often spent weekends at the Palo Alto Public Library, researching the lives and history of her favorite celebrities. When computers entered our lives, she readily embraced the new technology as she always wanted to learn something new. Tami loved life and lived it with passion and enthusiasm. She was often the life of the party with her outgoing personality and beautiful smile. Her laugh was infectious and, like our mother, she had sparkling blue eyes. An avid dancer, Tami excelled at belly dancing and would often entertain at family gatherings and perform in local talent shows. She was al...

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Jerome K. Berg
March 2, 1936 - Dec. 21, 2020
Palo Alto, California

It is with profound sadness that we announce on Monday, December 21, 2020, Jerome K. Berg, businessman and long-time resident of Palo Alto peacefully passed away after long-term health issues and ultimately from the COVID-19 virus among the 65,000 in December. Jerome was born on March 2nd, 1936 to LeRoy and Viola Berg and came to California from Minot, ND with his parents, uncles and older siblings. The family eventually settled in a home in Palo Alto on East Meadow which became the Berg family “home-base.” Jerome was an alum of Palo Alto High School class of 1954. It was there he met his high school sweetheart, future wife and mother of his three children, Carol Ann (Wheeler) Berg. In school he enjoyed playing football. After graduating, he and Carol eloped in March, 1956 and were married in Carson City, Nevada. They were married nearly 50 years before Carol passed away in January 2005. Jerome worked as a mechanic for another business in Palo Alto and eventually opened his own store, The Lawnmower Shop in San Carlos, CA. He subsequently opened a wholesale business for gardening equipment with his brother, Michael. Jerome loved getting to know his many professional g...

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Richard K. Freeman
Aug. 21, 1926 - Dec. 18, 2020
Palo Alto, CA

Richard K. Freeman passed away peacefully at home on December 18, 2020 at the age of 94, following a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family and beloved wife of 72 years, Corkie. Dick was born in La Jolla, California, to Waldo and Evelyn Freeman. His family moved to Palo Alto in 1932. He and his older brother Kent, attended grammar school at Stanford, where he felt the entire campus was his personal playground. He was a member of Jordan Junior High’s first class and he graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1943. Upon graduation he joined the U.S Navy. During World War II he was a radio gunner flying Air/Sea Rescue in PBMs in the Caribbean and then in the Pacific theater, based in Hawaii. After also serving as an airplane tower operator on Johnston Island, Dick was honorably discharged. On his return to California, he attended San Jose State, where in a Spanish class he met the love of his life, Maybelle Maria Corkum, known as “Corkie” from Tucson, Arizona. Dick and Corkie were married on December 19, 1948 and he passed away just one day shy of their anniversary day. In 1949 Dick graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Militar...

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Babbette Latham
July 26, 1930 - Dec. 14, 2020
Palo Alto, California

On December 14th 2020, Babbette Latham age 90, wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully in the early morning hours at her childhood home in Palo Alto after a long battle with dementia. Her beloved caregiver, Sia Mahe was by her side. Babbette was born in Snohomish, Washington to Kate and Bill Snitjer. They moved to Palo Alto, California when Babbette was a baby. She attended Stanford Elementary School, Jordan Junior High school and Palo Alto Senior High school graduating in 1948. After High School she attended the University of Oregon. She married Mark Latham in 1952. Babbette was a stay-at-home mom and raised 5 children. She leaves behind a happy and healthy family: Kate Latham, Peter Latham (Fancy), Amy Hartinger (Jake), Marta Apple (Dan), and Nancy Latham; along with 8 grandchildren: Alexandra (John), Ryan, Sam, Colman, Dylan, Bryn, Rafe and Asha and one great grandchild (Emerson). Babbette was passionate about the great outdoors and she supported the Sierra Club for many years. Her passion for the environment extended to a dedication to social justice more broadly. During the 1990s, she stood with Women in Black, who met each we...

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Kirstin L. Koyama
Nov. 15, 1961 - Dec. 13, 2020
Palo Alto, CA

On December 13, 2020 the world lost a super hero. Her super powers included the ability to navigate San Francisco streets without GPS; an unparalleled talent to impeccably name the designer of every piece of fashion on the screen or street; being the best listener and always able to say or not say just the right thing; and most powerfully, the unique ability to make every person she touched the best version of themselves by unwaveringly believing in them more than they believed in themselves. Kirstin loved fashion and hated clichés, as such we’ll avoid saying that her electric smile, her sense of humor, her fortitude and especially her kindness are what will be most missed. We’ll also ignore that she made everyone's birthday an event to behold and never without an unbelievable made-from-scratch cake; that at a whim she could instantly whip up an elaborate breakfast or fancy dessert; or how she spontaneously invented lasting new traditions. She loved the winter holidays more than anything. So the irony of the timing of her passing leaves those that knew her hearing her saying sarcastically “Of course THIS **** would happen NOW!” Her magical ability to tell you directl...

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Jane Biebel Holland
June 24, 1936 - Dec. 12, 2020
Palo Alto, CA

Jane Biebel Holland, 84, passed away on December 12, 2020 at her home in Palo Alto, with her sons at her side, after a brief illness. Jane was born June 24, 1936 in Oakwood Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. Her parents were Lawrence Burton ‘LB’ Biebel, a prominent patent attorney, and Josephine Elizabeth ‘Betty’ [Hopkins] Biebel, a descendent of the earliest American settlers of Plymouth Colony, Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins, whose child, Oceanus, was born on the original Mayflower journey. Jane was a lover of horses as a child and was a talented show jumper. Her horse ‘Belle’ was a majestic creature she loved. She graduated Oakwood High School in 1954 and went on to attend Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She graduated with a B.S. obtaining a teaching degree. While at Northwestern she attended Stanford summer school, in 1956. She was very taken with life in California and was determined to return after college. She married David B. Holland, a Stanford graduate, stock broker, investment advisor, political and civic activist and philanthropist in 1958. They briefly lived in San Francisco and Jane taught High school Engl...

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Dr. Kiyoto Arakawa
Dec. 4, 1932 - Dec. 11, 2020
Los Altos Hills, California

Dr. Kiyoto Arakawa was born on December 4, 1932 and passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on December 11, 2020, while battling cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Although Kiyoto (Kiyo) spent most of his adult life on the mid-peninsula, he was born in Fresno, California during the Great Depression to immigrant parents from Japan. Kiyo grew up on his family’s grape ranch that was built on land homesteaded by his father. He spent most of his childhood in the shadow of the Sierras where he developed a deep love of nature. Fresno was home except for four years spent in internment camps during WWII. After returning from being interned and upon graduating from Washington Union High School in Fresno, he entered UC Berkeley where he met Jeanette Omi, who was to become his wife of 64 years. They were married the year Kiyo graduated from UCSF Dental School. Kiyo then fulfilled his military obligation as a dentist at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California. Upon completion, Kiyo and Jeanette chose to settle in Palo Alto, California because it was “halfway” between Fresno and San Francisco (Jeanette’s hometown). It was their good fortune that Dr. Geo...

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Nancy Mary Paolini
Jan. 12, 1952 - Dec. 6, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Resident of Menlo Park Nancy Mary Paolini passed away as she wished, in her home, surrounded by her beloved four cats, having lived an active life to the end. Nancy, whose grandparents emigrated from India and Italy, was raised in East Sacramento. While attending Sacramento High School, she was an editor for the school magazine, was elected to student government offices, and was voted homecoming queen. After graduating in 1974 with honors from California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Nancy attended graduate school at the University of Southern California. She earned a Master of Science in Education, specializing in reading. Following several years as a reading instructor in the USC Reading Center, in Jennings, Missouri, at Almond Elementary School in Los Altos, and Terman (Ellen Fletcher) Middle School in Palo Alto, Nancy discovered the joy of teaching English as a Second Language to adults. At Foothill College’s Los Altos Hills and Mountain View campuses, she taught primarily ESL students in both classroom and lab settings. In 1988, Nancy began teaching full-time at College of San Mateo in the Reading Department and helped...

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Robert Graeme Cormack
Oct. 19, 1941 - Dec. 5, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Rob Cormack, who was born in Madurai, India, passed away on the morning of December 5th in Palo Alto, with his daughters holding his hands. The cause was advanced prostate cancer. He was predeceased by his wife Ann Miller Cormack in 2016 and is survived by his daughters Alison (Tom Kuhnle) and Sara Cherry (Brian), grandchildren Megan, Scott, and Alex, and his brother Captain James P. (Pete) Cormack. Rob attended Stanford as an Alfred P. Sloan scholar and graduated in 1964 with a five-year degree in architecture. He won a Fulbright scholarship to research architecture in India and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1971. While his early career was as an architect, he soon found that he was better at the business side of that work and spent the rest of his career in real estate management, first on the East Coast and eventually retiring from GBA in San Francisco. Rob and Ann enjoyed traveling to Italy where they met, to Africa on safari with friends, throughout New Zealand and Australia to hike, and on special trips with their older grandchildren to see whales in Mexico and to watch the Women’s World Cup in Germany. Rob cared deeply about his family and...

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Lois Marilla John
Feb. 1, 1933 - Dec. 4, 2020
Spanish Fork, Utah

Lois Marilla John, 87, our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, formerly of Woodside, California, passed away on December 4, 2020, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Lois was born on February 1, 1933, in Ogden, Utah, to Perry Eugene Moss and Marilla M Lundquist Moss. Lois attended local schools and graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City. She attended college at the University of Utah, where she became acquainted with her future husband, Robert John. Their relationship blossomed and they eventually married on June 24, 1953, in the Salt Lake Temple. The day after their wedding, they moved to Olympia, Washington, where Bob was stationed serving in the U.S. Army. They then moved to Seattle, while Bob attended dental school. To support them during school, Lois worked as a secretary to the Speaker of the House for the State of Washington. Her organizational skills and attention to detail proved beneficial throughout her life. She volunteered in the community as PTA president and in other groups, including the Children’s Home Society, the San Mateo Dental Auxiliary, to name a few. Bob and Lois welcomed two children into their family, Judy ...

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PAT P DISIBIO
April 1, 1932 - Dec. 4, 2020
GRANITE BAY, California

Pat P. DiSibio, age 88, died on December 4, 2020 in Granite Bay, CA, where he lived with his daughter and her family (Greg, Samantha and Dominic) for the past 12 years. Pat was the second of four brothers; Sam DiSibio (passed 2016) Anthony DiSibio (passed 2001) and Lew DiSibio (passed 2019). His Father, Mike, was born in Caramanico Terme, Italy, and came to the United States during World War I, where he met his wife, Louise, also from Italy, in New York. The family eventually moved west from New York to San Francisco, then settled in Menlo Park, California. Pat is survived by his first wife, Carolyn Joanne Guyett and their three children, Curtis DiSibio (wife Jennifer), Steven DiSibio (wife Pam), and Valerie Houghton (husband Greg). His second wife, Dian, passed away in 2007. They are survived by their son Paul DiSibio. He is also survived by his stepdaughter Jeanne McGowen. His stepson Rocky Barbanica passed away in 2018, he is survived by his wife, Shelly. Pat is also survived by eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Pat and Dian were married 42 years and lived their entire married life in Menlo Park where they attended Church of the Nativity every Sunday and e...

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Ernest William Hancock
April 6, 1927 - Dec. 1, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Dr. Ernest William (Bill) Hancock was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and Harvard Medical School before joining the Cardiology faculty at Stanford Medical School in 1960. Bill married Joan Egeberg in 1963 and had three sons, William, Nelson and Adam. They regularly spent time at the Egeberg Ranch on the California Coast near San Simeon, where he built a cabin. A lifelong pianist, Bill presented an annual two-piano recital with his colleague Arthur Seltzer, and he anchored countless Christmas caroling parties including one last year at the age of 92. When his kids were young, a highlight of Fall Saturdays was biking to Stanford Football games with the boys. In the 1960s, Bill made notable contributions to understanding mitral valve prolapse, pericardial disease, and heart disease caused by cancer radiation treatments. He was also involved in the nascent heart transplant program at Stanford, led by Norm Shumway. Bill was generally recognized as one of the first to describe a condition known as effusive-constrictive pericarditis. In the 1980s, he served as Chairman of the Cardiovascular Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, whic...

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Patricia Birkel
Sept. 16, 1931 - Nov. 28, 2020
San Diego, California

Patricia (“Pat”) Birkel passed away on November 28th with her five children surrounding her with love: Julie Birkel, Linda Birkel, Laurie Birkel McCaskill, Pam Birkel and Doug Birkel. All her grandchildren were also grateful and blessed to have spent special time with her during the last few weeks of her life: Jack McCaskill, Sam McCaskill, AJ Chaikovsky, JJ Chaikovsky, Bruce Birkel, and Eloise Birkel. She was an amazing and loved mother-in-law to Tim Chaikovsky, Bryan McCaskill, John Borowczak, and Nikia Clarke. Pat’s home was full of love, and music and joy in the end as it was throughout her life. Pat was born on September 16, 1931 in Portland, grew up there and in Molalla, Oregon, attended Oregon State University, and then made Palo Alto her home after she transferred to Stanford University. She met the love of her life there, William (“Bill”) Birkel, who died in 1997. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and then a Masters in Education at Stanford. After a stint teaching high school Speech and Debate, Pat poured her love, intellect, joy of learning, integrity, grace, and wonderful laughter into raising her children, while contributing in numerous ways to th...

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William James Graham
Sept. 20, 1923 - Nov. 24, 2020
Westwood, Massachusetts

William James “Bill” Graham died on November 24, 2020, near his home at Fox Hill Village in Westwood, MA. He was born to Margaret Euwer Graham and John Ellis Graham on September 20, 1923 and raised in Pelham Manor, NY with three brothers: Jack, Malcolm, and Bob (only Bob is still living). Bill graduated from Pelham High School and attended Columbia University for one year before he transferred to Amherst College. He enlisted in 1943 and saw action in Luzon, Philippines as an infantry officer. He returned to Amherst and graduated cum laude in 1948. He was called back into service in 1950 and served as the Training Officer at Camp Gordon, GA. Bill met Natalie Stolk at a wedding in 1950, and they married a year later. They had seven children: Jimmy, Susan, Margaret, John, Betsy, Joannie, and Cathy. Bill and Natalie were married for 68 years. Natalie predeceased Bill by 10 months, and their first child, Jimmy, died in 1957. They will all be buried together in New London, NH, as will their other children and spouses. Bill started his business career at Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company. He joined Owens-Illinois, Inc. in 1953 as a sales trainee and worked for the company for 33 ye...

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Joel Norman Rossen
June 22, 1927 - Nov. 19, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Joel Norman (“Norm”) Rossen, 93, of Palo Alto, CA, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on November 19, 2020 at his residence, after a long illness. Norm was born in Detroit, MI, on June 22, 1927, the son of Louis and Bessie Rossen. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Weeks Rossen, his sons, Jonathan and David (Joyce), and his daughter, Rebecca (Chris). He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Shaina, Audrey, Aaron and Ethan Davis and Sarah Rossen. He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara C. Rossen, in 2000. After graduating from George Washington High School in Alexandria, VA at the age of sixteen, Norm attended Georgetown University, where he discovered that he didn’t want to be a dentist after all. After a short stint in the Navy, he returned to college and received chemical engineering degrees from M.I.T. (B.S., 1947, M.S., 1948). While at M.I.T., Norm met a young Lasell Junior College student named Barbara (“Bunny”) Cohan, eventually convincing her to marry him and move to Virginia, where he would begin his first job at the Atlantic Research Corp. When Norm traveled to San Francisco on business, he was enthralled by the beauty of the B...

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Ann Marie Hmelar
May 30, 1932 - Nov. 18, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Ann Marie (Sheridan) Hmelar, aged 88, passed peacefully on November 18, 2020, at her home in Palo Alto, California, where she had lived for the last 42 years. She was born on May 30, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio, the eldest daughter of Frank and Gertrude Sheridan. In 1954, she received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from St. John’s College (now part of the Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College) in Cleveland. She is survived by her seven children: Steve Hmelar (Hui “Debra” Cen) of Palo Alto, California; Frank Hmelar (Christine) of Palo Alto, California; Tim Hmelar (Monica) of Palo Alto, California; Anni Hmelar (Muralidhran Nadarajah) of Durham, North Carolina; Lisa Hmelar of Palo Alto, California; Michael Hmelar (Marion) of Palo Alto, California; and Sue Hmelar Queisser (Andrew Queisser) of Corvallis, Oregon. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren: Christopher, Ashley, Marissa, Justin, Emma, Fe, Amanda, Isabel, Seattle, Thomas, Gracia, Olivia, Cody, and Natalie. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Stephen Louis Hmelar, Sr., and her granddaughter Katelyn. Ann Marie took great pride in raising her family. She listened attentively to learn ab...

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Barbara Jean Roberts
Aug. 24, 1924 - Nov. 13, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Barbara Jean Kirn Roberts passed in her sleep on 11/13/20 after 96 vibrant, full and meaningful years. She was the third of four children born to Ida Hagen and Gerald Kirn of Council Bluffs, Iowa. After earning her BA in English and Early Childhood Education at St. Olaf College, she made her way west and became a California Girl, living in Palo Alto all her married life. She was a dedicated wife, a loving mother to six, a beloved aunt to many and a trusted friend to countless people around the world. Barbara was full of cheerful, passionate energy. She and her husband, Dr. Lester A. Roberts, built a marriage of love, respect and adventure that lasted 64 years until his death in 2013. They especially enjoyed traveling, backpacking in the Sierras, and attending concerts and the theater. While managing a large household, Barbara tirelessly contributed to her community. She was an active member of many groups, including AFS, Mid-Peninsula Symphony League, Stanford University Women's Club, JustREAD, PEO, Samaritan Counseling Center and Grace Lutheran Church. She served as president for many of these. She volunteered hundreds of hours tutoring at-risk children and working with f...

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Walter Eric Jaye
Oct. 21, 1925 - Nov. 9, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Walter E. Jaye - formerly Walter Jakubowski – passed away November 9 at his home in Menlo Park. He was born in Berlin, Germany in 1925 and was a Holocaust survivor. He became a French citizen and was a decorated veteran, being awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 2015 for military service in WW II. He came to the United States on a student fellowship and earned his BS in Electrical Engineering with Honors in 1951 from the University of Rhode Island and his MS in EE from Stanford University in 1952. He was naturalized as a US citizen in 1959. As a teenager he escaped a French internment camp and was sheltered from the Nazis in the French village of Le Chambon sur Lignon, a community made famous by the willingness of the local population to risk their own lives to shelter Jews and other refugees. Both of his parents were deported from France and died at Auschwitz. He ultimately escaped occupied France with the help of the French resistance and went on to serve in the Second Armored Division of the Free French Army, the famous Dèuxime “DB” that liberated Paris and Strasbourg. He was proud of his long work at SRI International although he could only share details of his w...

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Donald Orville Young
Aug. 15, 1932 - Nov. 7, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Don Young’s final escrow closed November 7, 2020 He would like everyone to know the transaction was smooth and fast, and that this permanent relocation reunites him with loved ones he has missed dearly. He is particularly happy to see his mother and father, Ruth and Clarence, brother William, and many cherished friends. While there were no streets, buildings, or monuments named in his honor, many real estate folks in Menlo Park consider him a man worth celebrating. To his only child, daughter Brandie, he was a hero. Her daddy hung the moon and the stars and set a high standard for integrity, character, and values. Don was proud of his working-class upbringing in San Francisco, where his father owned a barbershop in the Mission and his mother worked as a hairdresser. He grew up with a horse named Jerry and spent many a day riding around not yet developed Diamond Heights. He also had a dog named Jerry, and never could explain how the two animals came to share the same name. He maintained a deep love for the City, referring to it as “my beautiful city of St. Francis.” At 18, Don enlisted in the Navy which began three lifelong passions: sailing, Hawaii, and...

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Dorothy Gravelle
April 29, 1925 - Nov. 4, 2020
Atherton, California

With her camel turtleneck tucked into pressed khaki trousers and meticulously coiffured brown hair, Dorothy Gallus Gravelle’s tenderness and quiet courage made her a bedrock of strength in the lives of her family and friends. It is with great sadness that her family announce Dorothy passed away November 4th, 2020 suddenly, but peacefully, of complications from a recent illness. Dorothy graced the lives of family and friends with her rich and storied ninety five-years. She was a treasured wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt; a generous and warmhearted friend to a multitude; a truly kind and gentle soul. She embraced everyone she knew firmly in her arms and in her love. Dorothy was remarkable for her unmatched listening abilities, undivided attention, and unwavering faith, which made those in her company feel heard and cherished. Dorothy was born in Little Falls, Minnesota in 1925, to Mary and Daniel Gallus. She was the tenth of eleven siblings in a tight-knit, musical family. Dorothy excelled at mathematics, outscoring everyone in her high school class. At the age of 19, she was recruited for this talent to work as an administrative accountant in a POW camp during...

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Irma Holm
Jan. 28, 1924 - Nov. 3, 2020
Redwood City, California

Mrs. Irma Holm gently passed away in Redwood City on November 3rd, 2020. She was 96 years young. She attended Holy Names College in Oakland, CA. She loved life and was fond of saying how good it felt to be any age she was. Married to the late Benjamin Holm since the 1940’s and survived by four daughters. Marsha (Gerald), Lisa (Gary), Marisa (Ken) and Darlene, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and countless friends. She traveled the world, from Morocco to Brazil, China, France, Japan, Spain, England, Africa and back with her husband, daughters and friends. A kind, elegant, well-mannered lady, who always wore dresses. She was clever and bright, with a delightful sense of humor. She cherished friendships, many lifelong and enjoyed a full life filled with loving family and friends. Animals loved her. She spent her life with style and grace, and always deeply caring for her loved ones. She lived for those she loved and those she loved remember. The family would like to thank the owner and staff at Vera Manor in Redwood City, who provided exceptional and loving care to Irma in her final years....

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Ronald P. Reis
Feb. 11, 1947 - Oct. 31, 2020
Menlo Park, CA

If the true measure of a life well lived is achieving heartfelt happiness, then Ronald P. Reis, known to all as Ron, was a master of living well. The longtime Menlo Park resident welcomed all with smiles of enthusiasm and often a joke or two. He was friends with many, most of whom shared his passion for family life, golf, tennis, card games, magic tricks and a good laugh. On Saturday, Oct. 31, Ron’s joyous life came to an end as he lost his long battle with lymphoma at UCSF Medical Center. His loving wife Barbara and their family were at his bedside. The music of Carole King and James Taylor, his favorites, was playing softly. Ron Reis was a native San Franciscan who was raised on the Peninsula. His parents were Bob and Kato Mendelssohn Reis. Kato was a classical pianist and music teacher who taught piano to Ron and his brothers. Bob Reis was the founder of DataSafe, a South San Francisco-based records management company where Ron served as executive vice president during his second professional career. Ron and his brother, Tom Reis, co-owned and managed the company. Ron graduated from Woodside High School, where he was senior class president in 1964, and received ...

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Robert Earl Capps
Aug. 19, 1957 - Oct. 22, 2020
Truckee, CA

Robert Earl Capps passed peacefully on October 22, 2020, at his home in Truckee, California, with his sister, Carol Capps DiSabatino, niece, Sophia DiSabatino, lifelong friend, Jim Lewis, and his faithful lab, Nika, by his side after a long battle with glioblastoma. Robert was born on August 19, 1957, in San Francisco, California. In 1957 his family moved to Redwood City, CA and then to Woodside, CA in 1965 where he spent his childhood. Robert attended Woodside Elementary School, Truckee High School and graduated from Woodside High School in 1975. Because of his love of skiing he attended the University of Utah for his first two years. Due to a drought and lack of snow he transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, to finish his last two years of college graduating from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business in 1980. While at Berkeley he was a member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and a member of Skull & Keys Society. Most of Robert’s friends were lifelong friends from elementary school, high school, college, and Squaw Valley where he resided for the last 45 years. It was his best friend from elementary school, Peter Ryan, who introduced him to skii...

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Barbara Reck Hastorf
Jan. 29, 1922 - Aug. 5, 2020
Stanford, CA

Barbara passed away peacefully aged 98 on the evening of August 5, 2020. She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth of Mt Vernon, WA and Christine of Berkeley, along with one grandson, Nicholas of Sausalito. Barbara was born in Syracuse New York on January 29, 1922 to Genevieve and William Reck, the eldest of two daughters. In high school the family moved to Upper Montclair, New Jersey. She attended Mount Holyoke College, graduating in 1943 with a degree in economics. After graduation, she married Albert Hastorf on October 4, 1943. Once the war was over, they lived in Princeton, New Jersey while Al completed graduate school in psychology. Barbara gave birth to Elizabeth in Princeton, New Jersey in 1947. His first academic position was at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire where he taught between 1948 and 1961. Christine was born there in 1950. When Al was hired at Stanford University, California in 1961, the family moved to the Bay Area, where Barbara resided until her death. She was a member of the Stanford Committee for Art, the Stanford String Quartet, and the Mount Holyoke Club on the Peninsula. Barbara and Al spent much time on Tomales Bay....

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Maryann Coulson
April 14, 1923 - March 24, 2020
Palo Alto, CA

Maryann (Elkins) Coulson passed away March 24th 2020. Maryann was born to Mary (Trowbridge) Elkins and Edgar Arden Elkins on April 14th 1923 in Aurora, Colorado at Fitzsimmons General Hospital. Maryann grew up in Sherman Oaks California, graduating from Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles. She had a lifelong interest in medicine and science. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Bacteriology in 1947. Maryann was united in marriage to Dale M. Coulson in 1943 at The First Congregational Church of Glendale. California. They eventually settled in Palo Alto, California raising 2 daughters and one son. Maryann and family lived on East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto for a few years, and then moved permanently to Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto. After raising her children, Maryann went back to school for graduate work at California State University Fresno, completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1973. She then started a long career helping disadvantaged children and others for Santa Clara County Department of Social Work. She had many friends from work, and often remembered her friends from there in her later years. She eventually retired and lived at the family home on Colorad...

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