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News - April 3, 2013

Obituaries

Laurie Nienkerk

A "Remembrance of Life" service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, for Lorraine "Laurie" Nienkerk, of Woodside, who died March 20 of complications from Lupus syndrome. She was 63.

Born in Madison, South Dakota, Ms. Nienkerk was raised in Pipestone, Minnesota, where she met her future husband, Larry Nienkerk. The couple met in the sixth grade, dated in college, and were married in 1971.

After moving to the Bay Area in 1972, Ms. Nienkerk worked as an X-ray technician, both at Mills Hospital and Menlo Medical Clinic. She was a past president and active member of the Woodside Hills Garden Club and served for several years on the Mid-Peninsula High School board of trustees.

She was a avid gardener, hiker, and nature lover, say family members.

Ms. Nienkerk is survived by her husband of 42 years, Larry Nienkerk; children Emmy and Michael; mother Anna, brothers John and Todd Johnson, sisters Barbara Schaeffer, Susan Carstens and JoAnn Sabas; and two grandsons.

Donations in her name may be made to Mid-Peninsula High School in Menlo Park.

Catherine Boicelli

Catherine (Cathy) Linda Boicelli, a preschool teacher at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for 35 years, died March 15 of cancer at Stanford Medical Center. She was 65.

She was born in San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University. Her teaching career ended in retirement from Kennedy Middle School in Redwood City, where she taught science and language arts.

Ms. Boicelli lived with her husband, Dan, in Menlo Park for 37 years before retiring to the Sea Ranch. She enjoyed quilting, learning more about science and wildlife, and living on the coast, surrounded by the beauty of the ocean, say family members.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Dan S. Boicelli; sons Tim and Dan, daughter Rebecca; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in her honor may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marjorie Russell Walker

Marjorie Russell Walker of Atherton died Feb. 23 at the age of 91.

Ms. Walker was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was married to Everett B. Walker in 1946. After living in the Chicago area for 20 years, the Walkers moved to California, settling in Atherton in 1968. Ms. Walker was a docent at the Stanford Art Museum, a volunteer at Allied Arts, and a Pink Lady at Stanford Hospital. She was an avid member of the Atherton Garden Guild for many years.

She is survived by Everett B. Walker, her husband of 66 years; son Robert Russell Walker; daughters Mary Beth Walker and Catherine Ann Walker; and three grandchildren.

Donations in her name may be made to the Atherton Garden Guild.

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