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Jacqueline Berman
Dec. 29, 1930 - Aug. 29, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Jacqueline "Jackie" Berman died peacefully on August 29th, 2016, at her home in Palo Alto, CA. Jackie was born to Dora and Emanuel Kotkin in Los Angeles on December 29, 1930. Her mother was a schoolteacher in Watts, and her father ran a plastics factory, working hard through the Depression to give Jackie a comfortable childhood. As a child, Jackie enjoyed acting in the theatre and spending summers with family on their ranch in Montana. After graduating from Beverly Hills High, Jackie studied Political Science at the University of California-Berkeley, where she joined a sorority and met Uri Berman, a charismatic, eccentric and brilliant Zionist activist, with whom she fell in love. After marrying, Jackie and Uri contemplated making Aliyah, but due to health issues they decided to stay in the States and moved to Los Angeles where Jackie began working as a teacher. There, Jackie raised her two sons, Daniel and David, imbuing them with their senses of humor, Jewish identities and love of family. In 1970, the family moved to Palo Alto. Jackie decided to stop teaching, but motivated by her studies in political science and the injustices she witnessed as a woman, she became active in t...

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Lyford "Brownie" Combs
June 23, 1920 - Aug. 18, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Lyford “Brownie” Combs died peacefully at Vi, Palo Alto on August 18, surrounded by his loving family. A Marine and master mechanic, a golfer and grandfather, a tremendous storyteller and ballroom dancer, Brownie lived every moment of his 96 rich years. Brownie was born in Corning, Missouri. He joined the United States Marine Corps, and in 1939 began his proud service as part of the Greatest Generation. Brownie was stationed in Guam during a Typhoon, and received a commendation from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for his work toward the recovery effort. He was later selected to represent the Marines in FDR’s honor guard. Upon returning from Guam, Brownie was stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco, assigned to guard the Bay Bridge when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was promoted to Captain and served in the Korean War before joining the Marine Corps Reserves and eventually retiring honorably in 1963. Brownie married native San Franciscan, Lee Porta, in 1945 in Quantico, Virginia. After the War, they made their home in Palo Alto, where they lived for nearly sixty years. As Stanford employees and the truest of Cardinal fans, Brownie and Lee faithfully attende...

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Adelyne P. Lange
May 3, 1922 - Aug. 15, 2016
Menlo Park, California

Adelyne P. Lange, a long-time resident of Palo Alto, died August 15 at her home. Adelyne was born in Conway, Pennsylvania in 1922 to Domenic and Roseann Catalucci. She was the youngest daughter and one of ten siblings. Adelyne obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University. Adelyne moved to Palo Alto and was employed, for many years, by Stanford University as a Technical Writer. She was an avid reader. Both Adelyne and her husband, Gray Lange, served in the military. Adelyne was a member of the United States Navy Waves (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II. Adelyne is survived by her sister Mary Parretta, brother Bernard Catalucci and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gray Lange, her siblings and their spouses, Theresa (John) DeStefino, Pearl (Leland) Guy, Louis (Helen) Catalina, Florence (Joseph) Celio, Christine (John) Campbell, Michael (Olga) Catalucci, and Gilbert (Mae) Catalucci....

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Robert (Bob) Everette Haeckl
Aug. 19, 1964 - Aug. 8, 2016
Mountain View, California

Bob Haeckl, a resident of Mountain View, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 8, 2016 from an undetected enlarged heart at the age of 51 while vacationing with his family at Lake Tahoe. He generously and whole-heartedly loved his family and friends. Robert (Bob) Everette Haeckl was born in Santa Clara, California on August 19, 1964 to parents Fred and Ann (Glendinning) Haeckl. His parents moved to Los Altos in 1966, where he spent his childhood. Bob had two older siblings, his sister Doralee and his brother Fred. Bob was a very energetic boy and played soccer, football, and baseball in the local youth leagues. He also played golf on the Junior Golf team at Los Altos Country Club and was active in the Young Life organization. For high school, Bob attended Judson School in Paradise Valley, Arizona, a boarding school where he played on the football team and rode on the rodeo team. He attended Foothill/De Anza College, where he played football, and then he transferred to San Jose State University to major in art to continue his passion for ceramic arts. Bob met his wife Kristina (Krissy) Ouimet from Los Altos in 1992. In 1993, she got the opportunity to take a new jo...

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Nicholas Jenkins
Jan. 2, 1983 - Aug. 11, 2016 Menlo Park, California

Nick Jenkins, 33, a lifelong resident of Menlo Park passed away August 11, 2016, after a 7-year battle with a brain tumor. Nick never complained while enduring multiple treatments and faced each setback with strength, dignity and a sense of humor. We will always remember Nick for his kindness...

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Darle A. Maveety
Oct. 24, 1929 - Aug. 9, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Darle Ann Hermann Maveety died peacefully at her home at The Vi at Palo Alto. Darle was born in Astoria, Oregon to Otto Hermann and Marie Scuddings Hermann. She grew up in Portland, Oregon. Her father was a construction engineer that built the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon, the St. John...

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Justin M. Jacobs, Jr.
Aug. 28, 1933 - Aug. 7, 2016 Atherton, California

Justin Manning Jacobs, Jr., a beloved son, father, grandfather, brother, companion, and friend, lost his valiant battle with cancer on August 7, 2016. He was 82 years old. He passed peacefully at home with loved ones by his side. Justin was born August 28, 1933, in San Francisco to Justin Man...

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Arnold T. Ambrosini
April 20, 1926 - Aug. 5, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Arnold T. Ambrosini, born April 20, 1926, in San Francisco, California, died on Aug. 5, 2016, at the age of 90, in Palo Alto. Arnie grew up in San Francisco, attended Lowell High School, then studied electrical engineering at University of California, Berkeley, where he met his future wife, Sylvi...

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