Sept. 16, 1931 - Nov. 28, 2020
San Diego, California
Patricia (“Pat”) Birkel passed away on November 28th with her five children surrounding her with love: Julie Birkel, Linda Birkel, Laurie Birkel McCaskill, Pam Birkel and Doug Birkel. All her grandchildren were also grateful and blessed to have spent special time with her during the last few weeks of her life: Jack McCaskill, Sam McCaskill, AJ Chaikovsky, JJ Chaikovsky, Bruce Birkel, and Eloise Birkel. She was an amazing and loved mother-in-law to Tim Chaikovsky, Bryan McCaskill, John Borowczak, and Nikia Clarke. Pat’s home was full of love, and music and joy in the end as it was throughout her life. Pat was born on September 16, 1931 in Portland, grew up there and in Molalla, Oregon, attended Oregon State University, and then made Palo Alto her home after she transferred to Stanford University. She met the love of her life there, William (“Bill”) Birkel, who died in 1997. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and then a Masters in Education at Stanford. After a stint teaching high school Speech and Debate, Pat poured her love, intellect, joy of learning, integrity, grace, and wonderful laughter into raising her children, while contributing in numerous ways to th...
Elizabeth Susan Neumann
Feb. 28, 1940 - Nov. 23, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Elizabeth Susan Neumann, nee Susan Dal Juvet, slipped away peacefully on November 23, 2020. She is survived by her husband Peter G. Neumann, son Mark B. Luntzel, and stepdaughter Helen K. Neumann. She was predeceased by her son Timothy B. Luntzel in 2017. She was private in life, and remains private in death -- per her request. She will be deeply missed by many. Liz played tuba for many years in the Peninsula Symphonic Band, the Foothill Symphonic Winds, the Los Altos Olde Towne Band, and her own Shasta Brass Quintet. She leaves an extensive collection of her photographs....
Joel Norman Rossen
June 22, 1927 - Nov. 19, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Joel Norman (“Norm”) Rossen, 93, of Palo Alto, CA, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on November 19, 2020 at his residence, after a long illness. Norm was born in Detroit, MI, on June 22, 1927, the son of Louis and Bessie Rossen. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Weeks Rossen, his sons, Jonathan and David (Joyce), and his daughter, Rebecca (Chris). He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Shaina, Audrey, Aaron and Ethan Davis and Sarah Rossen. He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara C. Rossen, in 2000. After graduating from George Washington High School in Alexandria, VA at the age of sixteen, Norm attended Georgetown University, where he discovered that he didn’t want to be a dentist after all. After a short stint in the Navy, he returned to college and received chemical engineering degrees from M.I.T. (B.S., 1947, M.S., 1948). While at M.I.T., Norm met a young Lasell Junior College student named Barbara (“Bunny”) Cohan, eventually convincing her to marry him and move to Virginia, where he would begin his first job at the Atlantic Research Corp. When Norm traveled to San Francisco on business, he was enthralled by the beauty of the B...
Nov. 25, 1939 - Nov. 18, 2020
Palo Alto, California
On Wednesday November 18, 2020 Jared (Jerry) Tinklenberg, M.D. passed away at age 80 with his wife and daughters by his side. Jerry was born on November 25, 1939 in South Dakota. His father was a chaplain in the US Navy, serving in World War II. Jerry was a football and track star in high school and after graduation he volunteered for six month active duty training in the US Army and then eight years in the Reserves. He received his Bachelors and Medical Degree from the University of Iowa. In 1964 he married Mae Van der Weerd and they moved to New Haven for his internship at Yale. In 1966, Karla was born and they moved to California for Jerry’s psychiatry residency at Stanford. In 1968, Julie was born and they bought a home in Palo Alto in which they resided for the rest of his life. Jerry then joined the Stanford Faculty, where he focused on psychopharmacology research. In 1974, he was selected to serve on the White House Drug Abuse Council, so the family moved to Washington D.C. for a year. Jerry then expanded his research at the VA Alzheimer’s Center and he received tenure in 1977. In honor of his long-time work at Stanford, in 2017 his daughters endowed the Jar...
Barbara Jean Roberts
Aug. 24, 1924 - Nov. 13, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Barbara Jean Kirn Roberts passed in her sleep on 11/13/20 after 96 vibrant, full and meaningful years. She was the third of four children born to Ida Hagen and Gerald Kirn of Council Bluffs, Iowa. After earning her BA in English and Early Childhood Education at St. Olaf College, she made her way west and became a California Girl, living in Palo Alto all her married life. She was a dedicated wife, a loving mother to six, a beloved aunt to many and a trusted friend to countless people around the world. Barbara was full of cheerful, passionate energy. She and her husband, Dr. Lester A. Roberts, built a marriage of love, respect and adventure that lasted 64 years until his death in 2013. They especially enjoyed traveling, backpacking in the Sierras, and attending concerts and the theater. While managing a large household, Barbara tirelessly contributed to her community. She was an active member of many groups, including AFS, Mid-Peninsula Symphony League, Stanford University Women's Club, JustREAD, PEO, Samaritan Counseling Center and Grace Lutheran Church. She served as president for many of these. She volunteered hundreds of hours tutoring at-risk children and working with f...
Michael Scott Weersing
Feb. 23, 1965 - Nov. 12, 2020
Mount Lyford, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Mike passed away at his Mt. Lyford home in New Zealand, close to the soils and landscape he so loved. Mike attended Portola Valley schools, Woodside High School, and Stanford University. He worked for winemakers in Europe and Australia, then followed his passion to New Zealand with his partner Claudia Elze. With Claudia, Mike founded Pyramid Valley Vineyards, transforming a sheep farm into a bio-dynamic vineyard. Together they helped transform the New Zealand wine industry and received global recognition for the wines they produced. Mike’s legacy will survive in the vines they cultivated and in the hearts of the many individuals that he touched in New Zealand and during his travels across the world. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Jim. He is survived by his mother Mary Weersing of Pescadero; his brother Rick Weersing and sisters Susan Weersing and Carol Nicholas; his niece McKenna Jacquemet; and his nephews Ryan Jacquemet, Spencer Nicholas, and Emerson Nicholas...
Walter Eric Jaye
Oct. 21, 1925 - Nov. 9, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Walter E. Jaye - formerly Walter Jakubowski – passed away November 9 at his home in Menlo Park. He was born in Berlin, Germany in 1925 and was a Holocaust survivor. He became a French citizen and was a decorated veteran, being awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 2015 for military service in WW II. He came to the United States on a student fellowship and earned his BS in Electrical Engineering with Honors in 1951 from the University of Rhode Island and his MS in EE from Stanford University in 1952. He was naturalized as a US citizen in 1959. As a teenager he escaped a French internment camp and was sheltered from the Nazis in the French village of Le Chambon sur Lignon, a community made famous by the willingness of the local population to risk their own lives to shelter Jews and other refugees. Both of his parents were deported from France and died at Auschwitz. He ultimately escaped occupied France with the help of the French resistance and went on to serve in the Second Armored Division of the Free French Army, the famous Dèuxime “DB” that liberated Paris and Strasbourg. He was proud of his long work at SRI International although he could only share details of his w...
Norman J. Blears
Jan. 19, 1955 - Nov. 7, 2020
Norman Jeffrey Blears passed away peacefully on November 7, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family. Norm lived and truly enjoyed a full life with family, close friends and colleagues, and encouraged others to do the same. Norm was born in Jamestown, New York. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Charlotte Blears, and his brother, Rick. He grew up with a wonderful group of lifelong friends racing motorcycles, playing baseball, basketball and spending days on beautiful Chautauqua Lake. Norm graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University in Ohio in 1977 and went on to receive his law degree from Stanford University in 1980. He married the love of his life, Nancy Anderson Blears, and the two moved to San Diego, where he clerked for the Honorable William B. Enright. A few years later, the two settled permanently in the Bay Area, where they proudly raised their two daughters, Lauren Blears Byrne and Kimberly Blears Bausback, and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. As a close family they shared many years of love, laughter, and great fun. They enjoyed travelling, San Francisco Giants baseball, Stanfo...
Mary Katherine Randolph
Nov. 6, 1930 - Nov. 4, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Mary was born in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated from Santa Barbara High in 1948 and from the University of Oregon in 1952. She met her future husband, Tom Randolph, in 9th grade. They began dating during their college years - Tom attended Stanford. Mary and Tom were married two weeks after college graduation. As were many women in the 1950’s, Mary was a stay-at-home mom. She enjoyed raising her three children and participating in the many school related volunteer activities. As the children grew older, she found time to enjoy reading, golf and duplicate bridge. After living many years in Sharon Heights, Mary and Tom moved in 2012 to the Vi, a retirement community in Palo Alto. Mary leaves her husband Tom, daughter Nancy Brandon (John) of Atherton and son Tom of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She was predeceased by her daughter Kathryn Cook (George) in 2005. Her seven grandchildren are Kristin Brandon Blaugrund (Kevin), James Brandon (Emily), Steven Cook, Jennifer Brandon, Melissa Cook Leonsis (Zach), Tom Randolph III and Jason Randolph. She leaves four great-grandchildren: Jack Brandon, Abby Marie Blaugrund, Katherine Brandon and Ellie Blaugrund. Ma...
April 19, 1956 - Nov. 4, 2020
Wilma Murray, 64, peacefully passed away with her loving family at her side on November 4th, 2020. She was born to Ida and Willem Terluin in The Hague, Netherlands. She was raised in Palo Alto, CA and graduated from Palo Alto High School where she excelled in multiple sports and was named Female Athlete of the Year in 1974. She continued to enjoy physical fitness throughout her life and often enjoyed compliments on her youthful appearance. She continued her education at the University of Pacific at which time she met the love of her life Mike. They happily married and raised two wonderful daughters, Brooke and Shannon. She devoted herself to their many activities including countless trips to soccer matches and track meets. Her happiest times were spent on family vacations making countless joyous memories. Her long dedicated career with Valley Mountain Regional Center allowed her to advocate for the needs and opportunities for individuals with disabilities where she touched the lives of many. In honor and memory of Wilma please extend love and kindness to the people in your lives....
Jack Robert Wheatley
Jan. 31, 1928 - Oct. 31, 2020
Salt Lake City, Utah
Jack Robert Wheatley passed away peacefully Saturday, October 31, 2020 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah after a fruitful life spent in service to his family, church, and community. Born on January 31, 1928 to Michael Wheatley and Maude Agnes Norton at Robin, Idaho, Jack grew up on the family farm with four older siblings where he learned to work hard and be productive. His early education was in a two-room country schoolhouse, followed by his graduation from Pocatello High School and after one year at Idaho State University he received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. West Point was a turning point in his life as he added discipline to enhance his natural talents and skills. He inculcated the academy’s motto of duty, honor and country into his life’s mission. During his cadet years, he met his eternal companion, Mary Lois Sharp at the New York City Manhattan Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If opposite personalities and talents can combine to create something great, this was the result of the union of Jack and Mary Lois. Jack often commented that many of his greatest accomplishments were a result of Mary Lois’ influence on his life...
Ronald P. Reis
Feb. 11, 1947 - Oct. 31, 2020
Menlo Park, CA
If the true measure of a life well lived is achieving heartfelt happiness, then Ronald P. Reis, known to all as Ron, was a master of living well. The longtime Menlo Park resident welcomed all with smiles of enthusiasm and often a joke or two. He was friends with many, most of whom shared his passion for family life, golf, tennis, card games, magic tricks and a good laugh. On Saturday, Oct. 31, Ron’s joyous life came to an end as he lost his long battle with lymphoma at UCSF Medical Center. His loving wife Barbara and their family were at his bedside. The music of Carole King and James Taylor, his favorites, was playing softly. Ron Reis was a native San Franciscan who was raised on the Peninsula. His parents were Bob and Kato Mendelssohn Reis. Kato was a classical pianist and music teacher who taught piano to Ron and his brothers. Bob Reis was the founder of DataSafe, a South San Francisco-based records management company where Ron served as executive vice president during his second professional career. Ron and his brother, Tom Reis, co-owned and managed the company. Ron graduated from Woodside High School, where he was senior class president in 1964, and received ...
Edward Paul Brown
Dec. 11, 1935 - Oct. 29, 2020
Palo Alto, CA
Edward Paul Brown, Ed, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many. He passed away from a heart attack October 29th at his home in Palo Alto, CA. He was just short of his 85th birthday and had fought various health issues over the past few years. Ed was born in Akron, Ohio in 1935 to Merle and Bonnie Brown. He joined the US Navy in 1953 where he was a medic, traveling the world from Japan to San Francisco, his first introduction to California and his intent was to return to the state he loved. Upon discharge, he earned his BS in Biochemistry at Akron University and worked as a Medical Technologist at Akron City Hospital while earning his degree. There he met the love of his life, Carole, who was attending the Akron City Hospital School of Nursing. They were married in January 1960, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. As Ed had hoped he and Carole moved to California in 1962, with their daughter Theresa, traveling by car on USA Route 66. Their son Michael, was born in 1963. Ed worked as a lab tech in the Dept of Medicine at Stanford University before starting his long distinguished medical device career at Syva Co, a subsidiary ...
Philip R. Lee
April 17, 1924 - Oct. 27, 2020
Manhattan, New York
Dr. Philip R. Lee was a dynamic and trail-blazing leader during challenging times. He showed leadership as a practicing physician, advocate, teacher, mentor, researcher, policymaker, adviser, and academic administrator. He had an unswerving commitment to the needs of the disadvantaged, including the elderly, the disabled, and those without access to care. At the same time, he was able to encourage even-handed and respectful policy debate among parties with divergent views that facilitated and led to innovative, effective and enduring solutions. Dr. Lee’s career was devoted to improving health care and public health for all people, and he did this by helping to shape policy at the local, state, federal and international levels. Born in San Francisco in 1924, Dr. Lee later moved with his parents, three brothers and sister to the Portola Valley area, not far from the group practice founded by his father. As a member of the US Naval Reserve, he was on active duty as a physician from 1943-46 and again from 1949-51 during the Inchon invasion in Korea. Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate and medical training at Stanford followed by fellowships at New York University and the Mayo Cli...
Ted E Faravelli Jr.
March 28, 1958 - Oct. 27, 2020
Mountain View, California
Ted E. Faravelli, Jr passed away unexpectedly October 27th2020. He died doing what he always did with no complaints, working at his desk at his office. Ted, affectionately, known as “Teddy” was born March 28, 1958 in Palo Alto California to Theodore, Sr and Gloria Faravelli. Ted attended St Joseph’s Catholic School and St Francis High School in Mt. View, California. Ted was an exceptional student and an accomplished athlete, graduating from high school with honors and lettering in high school football, basketball and track & field. From the age of 10 years old Ted began to work as at his father’s restaurant Michael’s New England Seafood in Sunnyvale. Earning his own money was a sense of pride for Ted and by the time he was 14 he earned enough money to buy his first car, a Mustang Mach 1 and a Husqvarna dirt motorcycle. Teddy was able to juggle academics, school sports, work and still have time for racing his car at Baylands raceway and motocross racing mostly with his cousin Keith. He earned several awards and trophies for all his sporting activity. Ted graduated from the University of Pacific in Stockton with a degree in Economics. During his college ...
Klaus Franz Karl Eichstadt
Oct. 31, 1929 - Oct. 27, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Born 1929 in Kiel, Germany, Klaus lived his childhood years in Schelswig-Holstein, on the Kieler Fjord by the Baltic Sea. During the war, he and his brother Werner bartered for food and supplies by repairing many of their neighbors’ radios, which were damaged during air raids. This initiated a life-long fascination with electronics. After the war, he was awarded a scholarship to study at C.S.U. in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he first experienced America’s beautiful nature and wide-open possibilities. He returned to Germany and began work at NDF (Nord-Deutscher Rundfunk); The network sent him to South America to oversee a project setting up one of the first television stations in Bogota, Colombia. He was interested in emerging television-broadcast technologies (which were being publicized in the international scientific media at this time) and wrote a letter to a pioneering company named Ampex, Inc. in Redwood City, expressing his interest in their technological innovations. After a successful interview, he was given the opportunity to return to the U.S., which would become his home for the remainder of his life. At Ampex he co-engineered magnetic tape audio and video ...
April 4, 1944 - Oct. 24, 2020
Mountain View, California
Marcia (Proctor) Fein was born April 4, 1944 in Lexington Kentucky to Roy and Josephine Proctor, and grew up in Georgia. She received her BA in History from Duke University and an MA in Anthropology, University of Illinois. Marcie later continued her education with studies in Public Administration at University of Toledo and Business Management at UC Berkeley. It was during her time at the University of Illinois that she met the love of her life, Michael Fein. Marcie and Michael were married in January 1969 sharing many wonderful years together until Michael’s death from cancer in November of 2000. Marcie’s career focused on advocating for housing access and fairness, and her work in that arena will make a difference in the lives of low-income individuals for many years to come. In 1974, Marcie founded the Fair Housing Center in Toledo Ohio and served as the first President. FHC in Toledo was the first CDBG-funded fair housing agency in the country and has significantly improved housing opportunities in northwest Ohio and served as a model for many other fair housing non-profits. After moving to Mountain View in 1979, Marcie continued her work in the fair h...
Yvonne Daryl Murray
Jan. 25, 1931 - Oct. 17, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Yvonne led a beautiful life. She was strong and kind and fun-loving. She was a beloved wife, a loving and supportive mom and a devoted grandmother and great grandmother. She was also the woman whose door was open to everybody, especially during the Cocktail Hour… when fun conversation and laughter flowed freely. The Murray living room was where friends and family could always go for joy (and sometimes comfort). Yvonne was born during the Great Depression, and grew up during WWII. She lived in the little farm town of Whittier, surrounded by orange groves. But the family escaped to Balboa Island in the summers, where kids could roam freely, ride the ferris wheel, swim across the bay and view Humphrey Bogart motor by in his yacht. This created a life-long love of the beach in Yvonne. Forever after, her summers would be spent with kids and beach towels. She adored her dad, a successful businessman. His hobby was tools. Yvonne inherited his engineering genius. Like her dad, she could always repair anything mechanical. Yvonne’s mom was a former flapper and Vaudevillian. She was wild. Yvonne responded to this by choosing a different direction. She went to Berkeley and got straight A...
Robert Bernard Burns
Dec. 12, 1928 - Oct. 11, 2020
Mountain View, California
Robert (Bob) Burns, resident and former Fire Chief of Mountain View, California, died peacefully at home with his family on October 11th, 2020. He is survived by his seven children and fourteen grandchildren, his brother Tom and sisters Jean Smith and Joan Culp. Born December 12, 1928 to Bernard and Mynie (nee Huntley) Burns in Colorado Springs, CO, Bob grew up in Berkeley, CA. He graduated from St. Mary's College High School in 1947 and went on to study at Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon through 1949 before enlisting in the Air Force to serve as a Staff Sargent in the Korean War. He was a journeyman carpenter and airplane mechanic, an FAA licensed Aircraft Engine Mechanic and Pilot. He married Mary Morse in 1951 and joined the Contra Costa Fire Department in 1955 before transferring to Mountain View Fire Department as Captain in 1961; he became Fire Chief in 1976 where he developed a Master Plan that became a national model. He taught, lectured and consulted across the country and abroad on master planning, fire loss management and disaster preparedness. Bob's motto was "Love all, Serve all." A dedicated public servant, Bob spent his life serving others through his work, volunteeri...
Adriana Joan Wynn Cooper
May 28, 1931 - Oct. 7, 2020
Joan Wynn Cooper died at her home in Seattle, Washington on October 7, 2020. Her sons and daughter-in-law surrounded her bedside the last few weeks of her life. She was 89. Joan was born in West Seattle, the daughter of Adriana and Victor Argenbright. She attended high school in Port Angeles, Washington and was a straight A student, junior prom queen, valedictorian, and the Salmon Derby Queen of Port Angeles her senior year. Throughout high school she was a member of the debate team, the Honor society, received an art scholarship, and had a lead role in several plays. She attended Whitworth College and the University of Washington. As a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority she met and married Charles C. Wynn. The two started a family and moved south to Santa Clara, California in the early 50's. Joan had six boys: Charters, Christopher, Bruce, Bryan, David and Daniel. She often led dinner time discussions centered around current events, politics, religion and schooling. She kept the house in order, always standing her ground while passionate dinner table debates ensued. She was outnumbered by males 7 to 1, but she was fiesty and did not take any crap. She cared for those boys...
William Robert Morgan
June 13, 1952 - Oct. 6, 2020
Bill was born at Mills Memorial Hospital at San Mateo, California on June 13, 1952 to Bob and Lois Morgan of Palo Alto, California. He was raised in Palo Alto, attended local schools, excelled in wrestling, swimming, water polo and was a member of the fun-loving Fuzz Burgers Basketball Team. After graduation from Palo Alto High School he went to college at University of California, Davis where he achieved a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. After Davis, Bill married his college sweetheart, Caren Hovden. Bill stepped into the family business at Crown Industrial in South San Francisco. Here, he learned electrical engineering and worked to expand the business including system design and engineering, wholesale hardware, industrial door and gate manufacture and installation with electric operators. Bill’s creativity meant there was never a problem too hard for him to solve. He did not give up on a challenge. Bill cherished working with family and friends at the business. His parents, sister, son, and two cousins were part of the team. Bill’s love for life was an inspiration to all those around him. He tackled every day with a smile on his face. He was best known for his total und...
Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Schubert
July 10, 1922 - Sept. 17, 2020
Palo Alto, CA
Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Schubert, beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother passed away at the age of 98 on September 17th, 2020 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. Betty was born in Clearwater, Kansas in 1922, daughter of Faye and Ray Broomfield. The family moved to Wichita where she started school, and then to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she was crowned Carnival Queen in her senior year. Vivacious and beautiful, Betty loved to dance, and frequently attended USO dances with her three sisters. The family moved to Pasadena where Betty attended Pasadena City College. Later, while working at the Naval Bureau of Aeronautics in Pasadena, Betty met Bill Schubert, a young Naval officer who was in town from Annapolis to visit her boss. It was an immediate attraction, and he asked for her phone number. They started dating, visiting nightspots in the area, including the Hollywood Palladium, and the beaches at Malibu, Santa Monica, and Coronado that they both loved. When Bill returned to Annapolis, they continued their relationship through letters, phone calls, and visits. After only 6 months, they were married in Pasadena on February 24, 1946. Bill and Betty lived in various locatio...
Phillip Harvey Nissley
March 28, 1961 - Sept. 15, 2020
Mountain View, California
Phillip Harvey Nissley left his earthly body behind on September 15, 2020 but his soul and spirit will be with us forever. A forty-year resident of Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, California, he was at his home in Thailand with his wife, Wijittra,”Vi”, when he passed away suddenly of complications from a new treatment he’d been receiving for ulcerative colitis. He was 59 years young. Phil was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 28, 1961 to Juanita (née Reeder) and Harold Thomas Nissley, the second of five children. In 1969 they moved to Toronto, Canada where Phil became a leader on both the football -- a star fullback -- and wrestling – at 148 pounds! - teams at his high school, Richview Collegiate Institute. The younger Phil loved Mad Magazine and favored Shemp out of all of The Three Stooges. The mature Phil graduated to Monty Python, George Carlin, SNL, Star Trek, and The Twilight Zone. He played the violin, he played street and pond hockey (depending on the season), he played a lot of vinyl on his turntable, classic and progressive rock, and he never missed a Friday or Saturday night of public skating at Humber Valley rink. In 1978 they moved again -- Phil pr...
March 8, 1930 - Aug. 17, 2020
Palo Alto, CA
Sue Friedlaender passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 17, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Sue was born in 1930 in Berlin, Germany. Her family was fortunate to be able to escape Nazi persecution and settle in Michigan. She received a bachelor’s in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Sue married Frank Friedlaender and moved to Pasadena. She completed a Master’s in Library Science at USC and worked in the children’s department of the Pasadena Public Library where Saturday morning children’s storytime was the highlight of her week. After their first two children were born, Sue and Frank relocated to Ladera. All three of Sue’s children attended Peninsula School in Menlo Park. She valued Peninsula's progressive, creative orientation to education and worked as a librarian there for years, where she sparked a love of reading and learning in many children. In the 1980’s, Sue began the next chapter of her life in Palo Alto where she founded The Bridge Language School. She taught English as a second language, German, and offered many other languages through a cadre of teachers. Sue loved to garden, enjoyed art and music, and highly...
Mary Margaret Walz
Sept. 29, 1938 - July 16, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Mary Margaret Walz (Marge), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away from the Coronavirus on July 16. She grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania but managed to have big dreams. She met her husband and love of her life, Dan, while visiting her brother in the Navy. They were married in Lincoln Nebraska. They lived there for five years before moving to California. Marge and Dan were married for 59 years and had two children, Bryan and Brenda. She was a great stay at home Mom but decided she wanted to go to college. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an BA in English and Speech Communications and then earned her graduate degree in Speech Communications. Marge went on to work at Menlo Atherton High School in the Deans office. She enjoyed helping and mentoring the students. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother. Marge is survived by her husband Dan, her son Bryan, her daughter Brenda with her husband Jim, and her three grandchildren: Aleah, Shane, and Sienna....
Diana Hawley Thomas
Jan. 2, 1945 - July 15, 2020
Los Altos Hills, California
Diana was the rare individual who, once she decided what she wanted, could accomplish most anything. She was most of all the perfect mother and wife, but she squeezed so much more into her life. Her greatest dream was to have children and raise them to be productive, loving people. She succeeded beyond expectation with Chad, Devon, and Katrina. Diana was the life partner of her husband Stan, whom she met when they were 16, and were never apart (save three years of Navy duty for Stan). She was the most stalwart of friends to so many – if a friend needed help, Diana was always there to provide it. She had an innate sense of what might be wrong and always clear ideas on how to proceed. Not only did she care for family and friends, she also worked for 40 years as a speech and language pathologist specializing in head trauma and stroke. She had the special ability through non-verbal communication, a high amount of empathy, and years of experience to reach a patient on a basic level, and then find a way to bring them therapy that would allow their recovery. Many of her patients became long-term friends. Diana had a multitude of interests: horses, dogs, gardening, painting, music...
Feb. 23, 1942 - Oct. 24, 2020 Portola Valley, CA
Sharon Graham Niederhaus was a 7th generation Californian, born on February 23rd, 1942 in San Francisco. She was the eldest of five siblings and the daughter of John and Charlotte Graham. She died peacefully on Saturday, October 24th in Palo Alto, California at the age of 78-years-old. Sharon was...
Suzanne E. Williams
Jan. 6, 1926 - Oct. 11, 2020 Palo Alto, CA
Suzanne lived a loving and giving life. To love and to give, to build community, and to encourage was her joy. She was born to a loving home in Chicago in 1926. She was raised in a modest one room apartment on the South Side and never knew she came from modest means. They were happy. She loved her ...
Mary L. Blackburn
Feb. 17, 1933 - Oct. 7, 2020 Sun Lakes, Arizona
Mary Lee Blackburn peacefully passed away October 7, 2020 with her life time love and husband Russell C Blackburn by her side. She was 87. Born to John C Vallandingham and Margaret Bulmer Vallandingham in Richmond, Indiana, she graduated from Richmond High school as a scholar athlete. She cashiered...
William R. Carsillo
1932 - Sept. 28, 2020 Menlo Park, California
William Carsillo passed away peacefully at his home on September 28 surrounded by his family. A native of the Peninsula, Bill graduated from Sequoia High School and from the University of Oregon before returning to the Bay Area to begin working in real estate. He later began a distinguished 46-ye...