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Patricia B. Ichelson
March 24, 1932 - Nov. 16, 2021
San Carlos, California

Patricia Badali Ichelson was known for her extraordinary dedication to family and helping to create a Hewlett-Packard baseline during the 1950’s when women were not always accepted in the engineering industry. Her legacy will live on through her work at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. Patricia was born in Chicago, Illinois to parents (Samuel)Leo Badali, a barber and Gerda Nelson, a registered nurse. She lived in Chicago until her parents settled in the Crystal Lake area and bought their first home. Patricia’s sister Bonnie and her enjoyed many playful summers swimming in the lake, and during the winter, skating when Crystal Lake was frozen. Patricia always told stories of the fun she had with her sister and friends in her revered home town. In 1950, Patricia graduated from Crystal Lake High School and then attended Moser Business College in Chicago. She commented that she took the train into the city daily for school and that school helped her learn a lot about finance. She then worked at Arlo Engineering in Marengo, Illinois for several years. In 1954, Patricia and Bonnie’s mother, Gerta Nelson Badali died in a winter car accident. This devastated the fami...

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Ted Noguchi
Feb. 13, 1929 - Nov. 9, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Ted (Teruo) Noguchi, a long-time resident of Palo Alto, passed away on November 9, surrounded by family. Ted was born in Acampo, a very small town outside of Lodi on February 13, 1929 into a very large family with nine children. He was the fourth son of Tokuichi & Tsukimi Noguchi. He spent his early years farming in Lodi harvesting grapes alongside his family. In his teenage years during World War II, he and his family were sent to Internment Camps at Jerome, Arkansas and Tule Lake, California. After the war, he finished school and enlisted in the U.S. Army as an interpreter. He was fluent in Japanese but still attended language school in Monterey before being deployed to Japan with the Military Intelligence Service. General MacArthur recognized his natural athletic ability and was often asked to represent his unit in the friendly military basketball and baseball games. Following his military service, he moved to San Francisco where he met and married Fudge. They spent a wonderful 67 years of marriage and had two daughters, Gayle and Cathy. Ted earned an Electrical Engineering degree and worked for DeLeuw Cather, a Civil Engineering Consulting firm in San Francisco, o...

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Donald Marc Levy
March 27, 1935 - Nov. 7, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Born in Lynbrook, New York, Donald Marc Levy had a full life that saw him married to Rachel Michelson Levy for 64 years, with children Marc D. Levy and Dena B. Levy (Mark Goldstein), grandchildren Aaron D. Levy (Andrea Stewart) and Isabel B. Goldstein, brother Robert Levy (Kathleen Alexander), and countless friends.

Anyone who knew Don is aware of his keen intelligence. At the age of 16, he left home to attend college at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He earned his master’s degree at MIT and then returned to UW for his Ph.D. He eventually moved to Iowa City to teach at the University of Iowa in the Department of Electrical Engineering and, in 1979, left academia to work at Ford Aerospace. He ended his career at Lockheed Martin, where he won numerous awards for his work.

An avid bridge player, he had over 300 master points and was an NABC Master and close to making Life Master. He met his wife, Rachel, over a lunchtime bridge table. More recently, one of his greatest joys upon moving to The Avant senior living community in Palo Alto was the opportunity to continue playing duplicate bridge. The ability to move play online was a source of considerable c...

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Mildred Berg
March 30, 1927 - Nov. 7, 2021
Stanford, California

Midday on November 7, 2021, Mildred “Millie” Berg, passed away peacefully in the care of those who loved her. She will be missed terribly by all who knew her briefly or intimately. Born in Queens, New York on March 30, 1927 to her father, Jack Levy, a film company executive and Annabelle Ost, a homemaker and design consultant. She attended elementary school in Howard Beach (P.S. 146) and John Adams High School and after enlisting in the Nurse Corps during World War 2 attained her degree as an RN. After completing her nurse’s training in 1947, she married Paul Berg; their union endured nearly 75 years during which she bore a son, John and with whom she shared her love of music. They both studied jazz piano and she introduced him to Big Band and the Beatles.. Since 1959, the family resided at Stanford, CA where Paul was a member of the Stanford University faculty. She eschewed joining civic or community clubs but chose instead to devote her energies and interests to home and family matters. Millie was an ardent and superb cook, the products of which she loved sharing with friends and Paul’s colleagues and students. Millie’s kitchen was a workshop for her son John w...

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Riley Frost Griner
1999 - Nov. 6, 2021
Mountain View, CA

Riley Frost Griner, age 21, of Mountain View, CA passed away on Nov 6th, 2021. Riley went to Castro Elementary School, Jordan Middle School, Los Altos High School, and San Jose State University as a Computer Science major. Riley struggled in college, and left after his first year. Seeking independence, living on his own, he had a brief career as a butcher, which paid off his debts and worked up his savings as he considered his other career possibilities. Riley was just getting started in life, almost 22. The isolation of his last few years were hard on him. He was hospitalized for a non-covid infection, and then passed away suddenly soon after being released. We loved his sweet, curious, nature. We remember him rock climbing, backpacking, cooking, dancing, and playing guitar. He loved singing in choir, and reading. He had broad interests in music, history, science, gastronomy, languages, computers, and gaming. When we were looking for Riley we could find him with a book, in a tree, sound asleep. Riley was the twin brother of Kate Alma Griner, and child of Thomas and Rebecca Griner. He had a large, close-knit, local family. He is also survived by his grandparents; Clark an...

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Lydia Chi Ngar Li
Jan. 9, 1952 - Nov. 5, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Lydia Chi Ngar Li, doting mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home on November 5, 2021 at the age of 69, due to complications from metastatic breast cancer. She is survived by her two sons, Kristofer and Jeffrey, daughter-in-law Lisa, and granddaughters, Riley and Kenzie. Lydia was born on January 9, 1952 in Hong Kong to Li Yung and Hsiang-Yung. When she was a teenager, her family moved to New York City, where she later attended undergrad at Barnard College of Columbia University. She went on to earn her MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and began her career in finance, relocating briefly to Switzerland and then China for four years. Lydia enjoyed a tenured career at Hewlett-Packard, from treasury to reseller marketing, and eventually settled in California -- first in San Francisco then Menlo Park, where she has been a resident for the last 26 years. Friends and family loved Lydia for her outgoing and optimistic personality. Lydia could often be found painting watercolors on silk, growing tomatoes in her vegetable garden, or chasing around dogs of all kinds. Her favorite hobbies also included attending ice skating competitions...

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Joseph John Sclimenti
Sept. 9, 1934 - Nov. 4, 2021
Chowchilla, California

Joseph Sclimenti born in Cleveland, OH, passed away peacefully at home in Chowchilla, CA, surrounded by his loving wife and two sons. He celebrated 60 years of marriage on July 29, 2021. He had a passion for his family and life. Joseph was an award-winning advertising executive for over 40 years starting at the Parma Post in Ohio. He and his family moved to the bay area in 1971 where he continued his work at the Redwood City Tribune, Palo Alto Times, Los Gatos Weekly and later became publisher for the Good News in Middlefield Ohio. Joseph had many other talents and interests, including acting, drawing and was also a world class fast draw competitor. He enjoyed playing and coaching baseball, golf and loved listening to his jazz music. Also, anyone who knew him experienced his gift for telling the best jokes ever. He loved making people smile and laugh. The ultimate amateur chef who made food an enjoyable part of his life, as well as ours. Joseph is survived by his loving wife Marge (nee Valenti), and his two sons Joey and Frankie....

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James Paul Woollomes
Aug. 4, 1931 - Nov. 1, 2021
Atherton, California

After a long illness, James Paul Woollomes left this world on “All Saints’ Day,” November 1, 2021. Although named James Paul when born in 1931, he was always addressed by his middle name. Paul was one of this earth’s truly good men. Paul was born and grew up in San Francisco, CA. His parents were Helen Gaughan Woollomes and James Paul Woollomes Sr. He attended Commodore Sloat Elementary School, Lowell High School and he graduated from the Business School at UC Berkeley. He was a Captain in the Air Force and was active for a short time but served for twenty years in the Air Force Reserve. He worked in the investment business and was a talented stockbroker for fifty years. He began his career at his father’s firm Wulff Hansen and ended his career at Smith Barney in San Francisco, then part of Citigroup. In July of 1960, he married Martha Taylor Madden of Indianapolis, Indiana. They began their married life on the San Francisco Peninsula and raised three daughters there. Paul’s family meant a great deal to him. When the girls were growing up and his family was vacationing at Lake Tahoe, he commuted every weekend during the summer to be with them. All looked forward...

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Joyce Tavrow
May 13, 1930 - Nov. 1, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Joyce Tavrow (née Frankel) passed away after a short illness on November 1, 2021. She was a dedicated civic activist, who cared deeply about justice, women’s rights, nuclear non-proliferation, reducing barriers to voting, and ensuring that nursing home residents were not neglected. Born in Rochester, New York, on May 13, 1930, Joyce was the first among her many cousins to attend college. She graduated with a B.S. from Cornell University in 3 ½ years, and then received her elementary school teaching credential from Brockport State Teacher’s College in 1952. She taught first graders for five years. In 1956, after only 3 ½ weeks of dating, she became engaged to Hillard P. Tavrow, with whom she enjoyed a loving and fruitful partnership for over 65 years. They raised four children together, and she encouraged and inspired all of them. Beginning in 1958, Joyce was a life-long member of the League of Women Voters. After moving to Woodland, California, Joyce founded a chapter in 1961. Later, while living in San Mateo County, she was nominated to be the president and spearheaded the League’s involvement in school desegregation. In Colorado, Joyce became the president of ...

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Ruby Dolores Christenson
July 22, 1927 - Oct. 27, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Ruby Dolores Christenson was born at home to Martin and Katherine Cook in Endicott, WA on July 22, 1927. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Christenson, her brother, Mel Cook (Charlotte) and her sister, Lorene Erickson (Roy). She is survived by her brother, Stan Cook (Donna), her son, Tim Christenson (Rosalind), son, Brian Christenson, and her daughter, Stephanie Kelley (Steve). Grandchildren: Carolyn Broughton (James), Kathryn Christenson (Will), Clayton Christenson (Kush), Shane Kelley (Lauren), Sarah Kelley, S. Luke Kelley, and Shannon Kelley. Great grandchildren: Will, Ben, and Ruby Broughton & Quinn, Kendall, and Grayson Kelley. Her family lived in Endicott one year, then moved to Colfax and remained there until 1945. At age 11, after listening to a traveling evangelist, she came home and asked the Lord to come into her heart and became a child of God. She graduated from Colfax High School and was the Valedictorian. Ruby attended both Whitworth College in Spokane and Northwest Bible College in Seattle. Ruby had prayed earnestly that the Lord would provide a husband and then she met Jim. They had a whirlwind courtship. The Korean War was on, a...

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Mary Helen Armstrong
Jan. 2, 1927 - Oct. 26, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Mary Helen Armstrong passed away peacefully on October 26 at the age of 94 after a long and successful life as an impressionist artist devoted to her family and political and social causes. Deeply admired and beloved by all who knew her, Mary Helen lived her life with intention, generosity and humility. It will come as no surprise to those who knew her that in her final days, she spent every waking moment organizing a show of her remaining art to raise money for charitable causes she holds dear. Mary Helen was born in New York City, the daughter of Henry Morgan Post and Mary Riker Haskell Post. She grew up during the Great Depression and attended The Chapin School and Parsons School of Design, where she showed significant artistic promise. In 1945, she met Conrad Gustav Hürlimann, a dashing businessman from Zürich, Switzerland, and they were wed in 1949. In the following decades, she devoted herself to raising her family and serving as a volunteer leader both on political campaigns and for the Red Cross. She was also deeply committed to Carver Center, a community center founded by African American parents in Port Chester, NY, where she helped raise the funding to substantial...

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Herbert Lee Freeman
Jan. 31, 1951 - Oct. 22, 2021

Herbert (Herbie) Lee Freeman was born to Arthur Douglas Smith and Edna Freeman on January 31, 1951, in Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas. Herbie was raised with his mother, grandmother (Minnie ‘Madea’ Heath), sister, Aunt Mattie, and cousins in Northside and Southside, Texas. In 1962, his family relocated to California and moved to Redwood City with his grandmother. Upon their arrival, the family joined Little Flock Church of God in Christ under the auspices of Elder E.J. O’Neal, where he was an active Sunday school student, sunshine band member and junior usher. Herbie attended Fair Oaks Elementary School, McKinley Junior High and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1969. While other children were out playing, Herbie started his own paper route and became the neighborhood paperboy in the Fair Oaks community. Herbie joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1971, moved to North Carolina and served during the Vietnam War on active duty as a PFC until the war ended in 1975. After an honorable discharge, Herbie returned home to help take care of his mother and grandmother. Herbie was known for his love for the newspaper, a cup of Joe and finding laughter in anything. He had a...

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Julie McMullan
Aug. 31, 1950 - Oct. 17, 2021
Woodside, California

Julie Hafner McMullan, a fun-loving, vibrant, and vivacious spirit, left this world on Sunday, October 17th, 2021, after a sudden, aggressive battle with lung cancer. Born in Oakland and raised in Orinda, California, she proudly called the Bay Area home, spending many years as a resident of San Francisco, Atherton, and most recently, Woodside. A true lover of local hikes, theater shows, and adventures, Julie filled each moment to its brim and loved to call California home. Julie was a passionate, determined, and enthusiastic student of life, which she carried into her roles as both a mother and hotelier. She graduated from The Anna Head School for Girls (class of 1968, now Head-Royce) in Berkeley followed by the University of Oregon (class of 1972), where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Julie worked for over 21 years in a range of sales, marketing, and hospitality roles, including the Director of Sales for the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, Director of Marketing at the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, and Chef Concierge at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park. She loved leveraging her local knowledge and innate research abilities to provide the best ex...

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Don Gary Miller
April 9, 1938 - Oct. 16, 2021
Santa Clara, California

Don Gary Miller - A Tender Hearted, Loyal Father Born in Merrill, Wisconsin to Charlie and Clara Miller on April 9, 1938. Brother to Gene and Larry Miller, and later to his brother Michael Massowd. While in Wisconsin, Don lived a life on a farm and of simple times. He graduated Merrill High School in 1957, and shortly thereafter joined the National Guard. Once honorably discharged from the National Guard, he then served his country by joining the Airforce while living in Illinois. He was transferred to Vanderburg Airforce Base. After his discharge in 1961, he temporarily made Lake Arrowhead and San Clemente his home, prior to his move to Palo Alto, California, where he married his then wife - Dalila Miller, who ran a Home for Veterans (located in Palo Alto). They shared two children together, one of their own - Kevin, and their adopted daughter, - Laurie. Don worked in the safety and buildings team at Owen's Corning Fiberglass for nearly 30 years, and happily retired the day after his 62nd birthday. He enjoyed serving his church family (where he eventually became an Elder), his close neighbors & community, but mostly he loved serving his family. Don was a man who always sho...

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Frances Halstenrud Ragno
Oct. 15, 1925 - Oct. 13, 2021
Albany, California

Frances Rose Halstenrud Ragno died peacefully on October 13, 2021, in Stanford, CA, surrounded by family.  The oldest of three children born to Frances M. Bouska and Carl J. Halstenrud, Fran grew up in Albany, CA where her father worked nearby for Standard Oil. Her parents, of Bohemian and Norwegian descent, met in Long Beach, and moved together to Northern California. Fran’s lifelong love of travel may have been sparked by childhood trips back to Kansas and Minnesota to visit extended family in the Midwest communities where her parents grew up. Fran attended Albany public schools, U.C. Berkeley, and graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority and made cherished, lifelong friends. At UCLA she met her future husband, Donald Ragno. Upon graduation, they married and moved to Palo Alto, where they raised five boys. A devoted mother, skilled cook, talented homemaker and hostess, and loyal friend, Fran was also a dedicated volunteer at Allied Arts (Children’s Hospital at Stanford), and a teaching docent for the Committee for Art at Stanford, giving countless presentations in local public schools, leading sculpture wal...

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Mary Joyce Himmaugh
Nov. 25, 1929 - Oct. 10, 2021
Mountain View, California

Mary Joyce Himmaugh, born November 25th,1929, passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family on October 10th, 2021. A longtime resident of Mountain View, California and a Navy wife to C.P.O. Charles Dixon Himmaugh at Moffett Field. She was a talented beautician and Engineering Tech at Fairchild in Palo Alto, retiring at the age of 62. Joyce was preceded by her parents Hugh and Jewel Biggs from Erin Tennessee, along with her four sisters, Francis, Carolyn, Martha, and Barbara. Survived by her three children, Charles, Nina, and Karen. Grandchildren, Jennifer, Betsy, Donna, Brian, and William. Great-grandchildren, Kira, Olivia, and Mia. She especially enjoyed the Holiday season, as this would be the time when the family would get together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. She loved her Parents and Sisters, and would often share many memories and stories. Joyce grew up during the depression, and a favorite story she would share to the family was, despite growing up in hard times, she never realized they were poor. From a great sense of humor, and the happiness she brought to others, Joyce had a long, rich life, and will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and n...

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John Robert McDougal
June 30, 1948 - Oct. 10, 2021
Claremore, Oklahoma

John Robert McDougal passed away on October 10, 2021 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma after a long battle with cancer. John was born on June 30, 1948 in San Francisco, a twin, and the son of Robert and Irene (Threlkeld) McDougal. He was raised in Palo Alto and graduated from Cubberley High School in 1967. He had a passion for race car and water sports. He would often be found at the Fremont Raceway with his 1958 Chevy Impala Convertible. He kept his love for classic cars by attending Hot August Nights every year, restoring and caring for many of his classic cars. John served in the United States Army after High School and was stationed at the demilitarized zone in Korea. He met his future bride Janice Knight on a blind date and they married on December 27, 1968. Over the years he was employed by United Parcel Service and retired from Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). He is preceded in death by his parents Robert Lee and Irene (Threlkeld) McDougal; brother, Thomas Lee McDougal and sister, Carol Blakenship. Survivors include his wife Janice McDougal; daughter Julie Eisenhauer and husband Bruce; sons, John (JT) McDougal, and Jacob McDougal and wife Danelle;...

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George Albert Whiting
Nov. 21, 1931 - Sept. 14, 2021
San Mateo, California

George Albert Whiting, 89, died peacefully at home in San Mateo, California on September 14, 2021. He was born in Torrance, California to Sanford Albert Whiting and Mary Elizabeth Whiting on November 21, 1931. Described by many as “the nicest man in the world”, George was student body president of Torrance High School and a star on the track and football teams where he earned the nickname “Wheaties” since his teammates thought his image would end up on the cereal box one day. In 1949, he was awarded the most outstanding ROTC Air Force Cadet at the University of California Berkeley where he majored in Economics, played sports, and was President of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He spent his summer months during college working for the YMCA, serving as a lifeguard, shoveling oil shale rock for Standard Oil, and as a sportswriter for the Torrance Herald. Upon graduation from Cal-Berkeley, George was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant, later becoming a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves teaching at Moffett Field. After concluding his active duty in the USAF, George went on to become a senior HR executive at Pacific Bell in California...

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Jack P. Barrie
July 9, 1925 - Aug. 31, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Jack P. Barrie, 96, who passed away on August 31st, was born to Thomas and Myrtle Barrie in Los Angeles, California on July 9, 1925. He graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1943 and joined the Navy on his 18th birthday as an Aviation Metalsmith. He was stationed at Moffett Field Naval Air Station as a mechanic on the Hedron 3 – Lighter Than Air, the airship (blimp) for anti-submarine patrolling along the west coast. In 1944, Jack met Nink, the love of his life, at the USO. They were married almost 65 years before Nink passed away in 2010. They raised their children, Jon and Janet, in Palo Alto. Jack was a proud alumnus of Stanford University and went on to have a successful 35-year career at NASA, Ames Research Center as a Civil Engineer and Branch Facilities Manager. He was a member of the BPOE Palo Alto/Sunnyvale Elks for 59 years. Jack was a talented draftsman, civil engineer, craftsman, sportsman and family man. Jack designed over 20 buildings and the entrance to 30 offices in the 40 x 80 wind tunnel at NASA Ames. He built and remodeled his house and cabin. He could fix anything. Jack also loved sports! Jack was a huge fan of the 49ers, Giants, and Warriors...

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Nancy C. Westerfield
Jan. 6, 1949 - Oct. 12, 2021 Mountain View, California

Nancy Carol Westerfield, 72, died on Oct 12, 2021, at her home in Mountain View, CA. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. Nancy was born on January 6, 1949, in Denver CO, to Marian Annette DeTrude and James Charles Westerfield. She grew up in Kans...

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Tom W. Plemons
Jan. 14, 1928 - Oct. 10, 2021 Palo Altos, California

Tom was born in New Hope Arkansas. He grew up on his family farm, milking cows, riding horses and raising prize winning bulls. He became an orphan at eleven, and had to work hard to build a new life for himself. Tom became a contractor at a young age. He met the love of his life Betty in Fresno...

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Marion “Pete” Avery
Nov. 17, 1927 - Oct. 10, 2021 Palo Alto, CA

Marion Peterson “Pete” Avery, beloved matriarch, passed away peacefully at age 93 after a brief illness. Pete is remembered for her love of family and friends, keen intellect and wit, natural inquisitiveness, kind and generous spirit, humility, and for her elegance and charm. She was a devoted w...

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July 27, 1922 - Oct. 5, 2021 Billings, Montana

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