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M-A student Aisea Mataele loved family, friends, sports

Aisea Mataele, 14, died Dec. 20 at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital surrounded by family. The community responded to news of his sudden and mysterious illness last month by donating more than $76,000 in an online effort to help with his medical costs.

Aisea was born July 13, 2002, to Ausia Kakato Mataele and Ilisapesi Monika Fonua Mataele. He was a freshman at Menlo-Atherton High School and graduated from La Entrada middle school earlier in 2016.

He loved spending time with his family and friends, reading, and playing football and basketball. On weekend mornings, he went on hikes with his mom. He loved being active and was devoted to God, his family and his education, family members say.

He is survived by his father, Ausia Kakato Mataele, his mother, Ilisapesi Monkia Fonua Mataele, older brother Vuki Ausia Mataele and younger brother Maikeli Iongi Mataele, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Longtime library volunteer retires

Jackie Drew, who has volunteered at the Menlo Park Library for almost 30 years, and lived in the city for 32 years, retired from her duties at the library and moved to her childhood home in Billings, Montana, the day after Thanksgiving.

In past years, she helped organize the Friends of the Library's annual auction of special and auction-quality books.

About 25 years ago, she began the library's monthly book club for mystery readers, which remains today.

"I've been a lifelong mystery reader," she said, pointing out that she shares her last name with fictional sleuth Nancy Drew, whom she enjoyed reading stories about when she was younger.

She said she plans to seek out a new community of readers, pursue volunteering, and maybe even start up a new mystery readers book club at the Billings Public Library.

"(Jackie's) departure is the end of an era for us," said the library's volunteer coordinator, Henry Lesser. "We'll move on to another, hopefully equally successful, one. We're going to miss her a lot."

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