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John B Jessup
March 19, 1922 - May 20, 2015
Atherton, California

Born in Roslyn, New York, son of Everett and Helen Jessup, he attended St. Paulís school, New Hampshire, and Princeton University. John died peacefully at home with his family in Atherton, California. John was married to Elizabeth (Lee) Anderson of Princeton, New Jersey and is survived by their three children, Deborah, John (Toby) and David. The couple moved to California in 1948 where they lived in San Francisco, Redwood City and Atherton. Following Leeís death in 1981, John married Carolyn Havre (Fox) of Berkeley and Woodside, California (died 2013). John was brother of Richard Jessup of Mill Valley (died 2012). Surviving sisters are Mary Amonette of Ross and Joan Eddy of Boston, Massachusetts. Johnís residential construction career included many years as a general contractor building notable homes designed by architect Cliff May. He continued designing his own additions and upgrades for many clients. John enjoyed winemaking and caring for his vineyard. He was an avid skier and tennis player. John was a faithful and generous friend to many throughout his long life. His words and poetry will be long-remembered....

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Sita de Leeuw
Dec. 12, 1928 - May 18, 2015
Stanford, California

Educator, devoted mother, friend and Holocaust survivor, Sita de Leeuw passed away peacefully in Palo Alto on May 18, 2015, at the age of 86. Sita had been under the care of hospice, as well as several close family members and friends, for acute myeloid leukemia. Born Margaret Ingeburg Schwarz on Dec, 12, 1928, at Nuremberg, Germany, Sita and her family began their long escape from Nazi Germany when she was only 12 years old. The Schwarz family, while originally from Nuremberg, initially moved to Prague in 1939 until Germany occupied Austria. The family then returned briefly to Leipzig before seeking refuge in London, England, via airplane. Although the Schwarz' status in England was technically illegal, Sita was placed, along with her sister Joan, to live with a family in the English countryside. After a brief reunion, the Schwarz family was then able to escape to the United States, after a long and difficult ocean voyage. Although they landed at Ellis Island, they shortly moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, before finally settling with family members in Chicago, Illinois. Sita attended Roosevelt College in Chicago and while there met Karel de Leeuw, a rising young mathematician at...

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Gordon Alex Moore
March 22, 1927 - May 18, 2015
Woodside, CA, California

Gordon Alex Moore of Woodside, CA passed away on May 18, 2015 after a long illness. Gordon was the long-time owner of Talbotís Toyland in downtown San Mateo, well-known for his dedication to the store and community involvement. Talbotís Toyland is known and loved throughout the Peninsula by generations of families. Gordon was born in Chico, CA on March 22, 1927 to Gail and Imogene Moore. He graduated from Grant Union High School in North Sacramento, CA in 1944. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945 and served until being honorably discharged in July 1946. He studied at University of California at Berkeley, where he joined the Sigma Phi fraternity and also met Joan Talbot. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, he and Joan were married on May 22, 1948 in Carmel, CA. In 1953 Talbotís Toyland opened at the corner of 5th and B Streets in San Mateo. Joanís parents, Wilburn ďLankĒ Talbot and his wife, Betty, founded the store, assisted by Gordon and Joan. Lank retired in 1967 and Gordon assumed ownership of the business. Over the years the store grew from a small corner shop to a business that is now a premier destination toy, hobby and bicycle shop for the...

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Mary J. Hammers
Dec. 26, 1924 - May 26, 2015 Palo Alto, California

Mary Jean Hammers died peacefully in Palo Alto after a long battle with Parkinsoní's disease. She was 90 years old. She was born Mary Jean Fields in Tipton, Iowa, in 1924. She was one of nine children -- the oldest daughter, but the smallest one in her large family. At her peak, Mary Jean stood o...

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John P. Kelly
Oct. 20, 1933 - May 26, 2015 Palo Alto, California

John Patrick "Jack" Kelly Sr., resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully at Channing House in Palo Alto on May 26, 2015, with his loving wife and sons by his side. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons, John Patrick Jr. and Charles Quigley; daughters-in-law, Katherine Davis and Kathryn Weis...

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Nancy Graff
Aug. 8, 1922 - May 20, 2015 Menlo Park, California

Nancy Graff, 92, a 45 year resident of Menlo Park, died May 20, 2015. She was born in San Francisco. After retiring from her tax preparation business, she traveled the world and was an avid card game player and reader. She is undoubtedly watching Jeopardy tonight as she did every night-religiously. ...

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Susan H. Prescott-Kavinoky
Oct. 30, 1946 - May 15, 2015 Palo Alto, California

Sue Kavinoky, who was born Oct. 30, 1946, died May 15, 2015. Sue had taught Spanish and German at Egan Jr. High School in Los Altos for over 40 years. She was a member of Wesley Methodist Church in Palo Alto and was a member of the Stanford Women's Chorus. She is survived by her husband Larry Kavino...

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