Stephen Andrew Blanchette
April 23, 1965 - May 7, 2017
Cle Elum, Washington
Steve was born in Phoenix, Arizona, moving at the age of three to Portola Valley, California where he grew up with his many siblings. He graduated from Gunn High School in 1983. He played various sports as a youth, most notably tennis and soccer, traveling internationally with his youth team. Steve attended Foothill College, California State University Fresno, and Fresno City College, where he earned a degree in Political Science in 1987. He worked in construction, operating his own businesses in the California Bay Area and Seattle Tacoma area, and worked as a journeyman carpenter in South Bend, Indiana. He also spent several summers in the commercial fishing industry in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Steve loved the Sierras and the Pacific Ocean; he never said no to an adventure or a long, hard hike. Steve loved a good joke, and was always the funniest man in the room. Most of all, he loved his family and his many devoted friends. He is survived by his parents, Val (Mountain View), Gene (Palo Alto), sister Paddy (South Bend, Indiana) and brothers Greg (Mountain View), Mike (Palo Alto), Dan (Boulder Creek, California), Robert (Aptos, California) and Alex (Sahuriata, Arizona), sisters-in-...
Jesus G. Monroy
May 24, 1932 - April 25, 2017
El Paso, Texas, U.S.A.
Jesús G. Monroy, known to his friends as Jesse, died in El Paso, Texas, on April 25, 2017. He was 84 years old. He was a long-time resident of Northern California, most recently living in Menlo Park. Jesse was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México on May 24, 1932, to General Jesús Monroy Eslava and María del Refugio García Fuentes. General Monroy participated in the Mexican Revolution of 1910 under Emiliano Zapata. General Monroy was recognized by the Mexican government for his 55 years of military service. Jesse was raised in Matamoros by his mother and by two uncles, who were local merchants. He was educated at Escuela Portales in Mexico City, Colegio México in Matamoros, México, St. Joseph's Academy in Brownsville, Texas, and Instituto Laurens in Monterrey, México. He later served in the U.S. Army with the 4th Regimental Combat Team, 28th Infantry Regiment, 74th Regimental Combat Team, 74th Infantry Regiment, and 364th Infantry Regiment. At his uncles's stores, located at Mercado Juarez in Matamoros, Jesse learned his first lessons about business by setting up a small table at the entrance of their stores. He called this litt...
William Arthur Dworsky
May 12, 1933 - April 23, 2017
San Francisco, California
The world lost an accomplished, humble, bright and generous man on April 23, 2017, when Bill Dworsky breathed his last breath while holding hands with the love of his life, Dorothy. Born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, Bill was proud to have been a “Yooper,” (Upper Peninsula Michigan native). He treasured the pleasures of his early life: fly fishing, country walks, mushroom hunting and trapping the squirrels and rodents, like those that tormented him at the beautiful homes in which he lived in Palo Alto, Atherton, Sonoma and Sea Ranch. In his last year of high school, his parents Paul and Lillian moved the family office machine and supply company with Bill and his siblings, Evelyn and Gene, to Beverly Hills, California. According to Bill, school was easier in California, and he achieved excellent grades. Bill graduated from Beverly Hills High in 1951, and matriculated to UCLA. For three years Bill studied Premedical Sciences then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded his bachelor's degree in Medical Science in 1955 and began medical school. He had fond memories of San Francisco and living on Woodland Avenue while he attended what ...
Mary Ann Noonan
May 25, 1936 - Feb. 11, 2017
Mary Ann Noonan passed way Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born in Sioux City, Iowa, to Burke and Ursula (Teefey) Noonan, she was the last surviving of five siblings: Mike, Pat, Jake and Polly. Colorful, creative, artistic, loving, kind and original, Mary had the magical ability to become an integral part of the lives of so many: best friend, trusted confidant, adopted Auntie Mame, charismatic teacher, world explorer, comedic adventurer, political activist, role model, Stanford women’s basketball fan, Notre Dame football fan, avid gardener, chef, dog lover. Mary awoke each day happy to be alive. Fresh from college, Mary came West to begin her teaching career in California. She was a charismatic person who loved people, especially children. Mary could teach children who were supposed to be unteachable and would giggle that incredible laugh upon seeing the sheer joy of someone discovering they can read. Children were drawn to Mary because they felt that she sincerely enjoyed their company, and she did. She was a wonderful teacher whose warmth was felt by everyone who met her, worked with her, and loved her. It was not unusual for Mary to be stopped by a former student...
Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017 Palo Alto, California
Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in t...
April 18, 1933 - May 10, 2017 Menlo Park, California
Jean Pope Carlsmith passed away at the age of 84 in Menlo Park, CA, on May 10, 2017. Her father was Harvey Collie Pope and her mother was Grace Griffin Pope. Jean had a sister, Grace Pope McCone. Jean was born on April 18, 1933, in Manila, Philippines, and spent her early childhood there un...
Ayse G. Whitney
Dec. 17, 1937 - May 10, 2017 Dexter, Oregon
Ayse G Whitney, 79, of Dexter Oregon, passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2017. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, she was a resident of Menlo Park, California, before moving to Dexter in 1988. She is survived by her daughter Lara of San Francisco, California. "Be Kind, Be Gentle, Tell the Tr...
Jeane B. Tennant
Oct. 10, 1931 - May 6, 2017 Menlo Park, California
Jeane Bowman Tennant peacefully passed away at her home in Menlo Park, CA, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the age of 85. She bravely battled the final stages of ALS and passed with her husband, daughter and two sons by her side. Jeane was adored by her family, friends, and actually all those who me...