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Irene Griffith Schwab
Feb. 25, 1919 - Oct. 13, 2019
Atherton, California

Irene Griffith Schwab passed away peacefully at home on October 13, 2019 surrounded by those whom she loved and who loved her. She was approaching the age of 101. Irene was born at home in Scott City, Kansas on February 25, 1919. She had a sister and four brothers. Her husband, Larry Schwab, died in 1994, after 45 years of marriage. Irene is survived by her two children, Dede Barsotti of Atherton and Lawrence Schwab of Portola Valley, as well as their respective spouses Michael Barsotti and Pamela Schwab, with whom Irene shared a special relationship. She leaves three granddaughters, Melissa Perkovich and her husband Brano Perkovich of Menlo Park. Deidra Geraghty and her husband Joseph Geraghty, and Stephanie Schwab of San Carlos. She loved her four great grandchildren: Katarina Branka Perkovich 5, Emilia Diane Perkovich 3, Mackenzie Olivia Geraghty 2 1/2 and Clark Joseph Geraghty, 5 months. She was “Grammie” to her grandchildren and the great-grandchildren who loved her. Her caregiver Ludy Railey, and Ludy’s devoted and wonderful family, made Irene’s advancing years pleasant. Smiles, singing and trips to the beach were regular parts of her lifestyle. Lud...

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Ed Cray
July 3, 1933 - Oct. 8, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Ed Cray, a prolific author of non-fiction whose work included biographies of folk singer Woody Guthrie and Chief Justice Earl Warren, died Tuesday (Oct. 8) in Palo Alto, CA. He was 86. The cause of death was congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s dementia, said his daughter, Jennifer. In a long writing career that began in the early 1960s, Cray wrote more than 18 books that examined social, legal and corporate issues and was considered an expert in American folklore. His most recent work was Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, an unvarnished 2003 look at the Depression-era folk singer. For 35 years, Cray was a professor of print journalism at the University of Southern California. He retired in 2012. Reviews of Cray’s books consistently noted his eye for detail and balanced, honest treatment. Cray’s 1995 book, Chief Justice, a biography of Earl Warren, won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for best book on the law of that year. Some of Cray’s other books include General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman, a biography of the World War II general and namesake of the Marshall Plan; Burden of Proof, a 1973 account of...

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Lai Tene Kember
Dec. 9, 1940 - Oct. 1, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Lai Tene Kember of Palo Alto, California passed away on October 1, 2019 at the age of 78. She was born on December 9, 1940 in San Antonio Texas and was the youngest of 7 children to Get and Jew Shee Woo. Her father owned a grocery store in San Antonio where she spent much of her childhood helping out where she could. One of her fondest early memories was from the age of seven where Tene took a trip to San Francisco with her mom to see her grandfather who was passing through enroute to Canada from China. After High School, Tene attended the University of Texas, Austin where she majored in Chemistry. In 1963, she and her college roommate drove to California in her Corvair convertible and she stayed in San Francisco to start her life in the Bay Area where she has lived ever since. Tene met her husband Bryan at Ampex in Redwood City where she worked for 6 years. They got married on July 31, 1968 and she quit her job a few years later to start building houses together in Palo Alto. Bryan and Tene had two children, Bruce and Craig, and raised the family in the house they built together in Palo Alto on Middlefield Rd. After building houses, she and Bryan worked for many years at A...

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Donald Warren Peterson
June 8, 1931 - Sept. 5, 2019
Portola Valley, California

Former Atherton resident Donald Warren Peterson, 88, passed away September 5th at the Sequoias in Portola Valley, where he had lived with his wife Nancy for the past eleven years. Originally from Tacoma, Washington and a graduate of Oregon State University in the NROTC program, Don served as an airborne CIC officer for three years in the Pacific before earning an MBA from Stanford University. Always having worked in finance, he retired after twenty years as Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Equipment Company in San Francisco and moved back to the Puget Sound region before returning to the Bay Area to be closer to family. Don will especially be remembered for his wry sense of humor and his lifelong love of ice cream and jazz music. In addition to his wife Nancy, Don is survived by daughter Karen Peterson-Iyer and son-in-law Mohan Iyer of Menlo Park, grandsons Alex and Chris Iyer, daughter-in-law Sarah Mather Peterson of Philadelphia, and grandsons Colin, Matt, and Tim Peterson. He was pre-deceased by his son Michael Peterson....

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Jeremy-Winston Logan Moon
Feb. 20, 1983 - July 31, 2019
Sunnyvale, California

Making his premier appearance in Menlo Park on the sunny Sunday morning of Feb. 20, 1983, Jeremy-Winston Logan Moon, arrived on planet earth with the same dramatic flair that was the signature of his life, flying in to bounce twice on the bed, lift his head from his mom’s chest and flash her with the smile that captured many hundreds of hearts throughout his life. As with any person of a unique mission, there were many high points and many special times. For his fifth birthday Jay-Dub chose to have his premier art show (his idea), for which 23 paintings were matted, an official announcement was printed and mailed (50 of them!), and the event was so much more memorable and meaningful than the typical pony or clown theme. After setting parents rolling in the isles at an Encinal School talent show with his monologue of Robin Leach, mom recognized his joy and potential, and introduced him to the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre (PACT), where under the direction of Patricia Briggs and Michael Litfin, he developed some of the most critical skills for life, learning responsibility, working in cooperation, mentoring those younger, and developing craft skills like costume constructio...

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Robert K. Thomson
May 31, 1935 - Oct. 10, 2019 Albuquerque, NM

Former Mountain View resident, Robert K. Thomson, 84 years of age, passed away October 10, 2019. Remembered as a cowboy, soldier, loving husband, father, and grandfather, he was born on a dry farm in Burdett, Kansas on May 31, 1935, and raised in Nucla, Colorado. Bob's youth was spent working for th...

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Richard ". Jaqua
Sept. 5, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2019 La Honda, California

A Richard Jaqua (Dick) September 5th 1930 – September 24th 2019 Born in Ohio, grew up in Ft. Thomas Kentucky, attended High School in 3 states; Kentucky, Indiana and Texas. Pole Vaulted on the track team and held records in all 3 states. Entered Stanford as a Sophomore and majored in Engineerin...

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Richard B. Campbell
March 29, 1937 - Sept. 16, 2019 Davis, California

Noted bay area architect, Richard Bruce Campbell, 82, died suddenly on September 16 in Davis, California. Richard (“Dick”) was born March 29, 1937, to Richard and Ethel in Des Moines, Iowa. The family, including his twin brother Robert, and sister, Kathleen, moved to Ames, Iowa, where Richard Sr...

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Jeanne Chandler
April 29, 1933 - Sept. 11, 2019 Los Altos Hills, California

Jeanne Fisher Chandler of Los Altos Hills, CA, an accomplished painter, classical pianist, gourmet cook, and gardener-extraordinaire, passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side September 11, 2019. Jeanne was born on April 29, 1933 in Edmond, Oklahoma to Roy and Mildred Wallis Fisher. Her ...

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