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Mary Alice Byrne
April 30, 1926 - Feb. 21, 2021
Portola Valley, CA

Mary Alice Byrne passed away peacefully at the age of 94, after a long life filled with family, friends, love and laughter. Mary Alice is survived by her children, John Martin Byrne (Donna), William Mark Byrne (Terri) and Bernadette Byrne; nieces Patricia Byrne and Kathy Byrne, Regina Porter, nephew Courtney Porter Jr.; adored grandchildren Shannon, Brandon, Nicholas, and Katie Byrne, as well as numerous godchildren. Mary Alice is preceded in death by her adoring husband of 60 years, John (Jack) Hayden Byrne, and her Porter family siblings (Martin, Jim, Courtney and Genevieve). A native San Franciscan, daughter to Martin and Mary Porter, Mary Alice graduated from Star of the Sea High School, and got her Master’s Degree at San Francisco State University. Mary Alice made life-long friends through her honor’s sorority (the “Girls”), who enjoyed monthly lunches, and an annual holiday celebration at The Palace Hotel. Mary Alice was proud of her career as an educator and went on to become not only Principal, but Teacher’s Representative of San Francisco. Mary Alice relished her role as mother and wife and was known to all as a warm and generous lady with a great sense ...

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Emily Arnold
Jan. 13, 1936 - Feb. 14, 2021
Petersham, Massachusetts

PETERSHAM - Emily Arnold of Petersham, Massachusetts died on the morning of February 14, 2021 at the age of 85. She was born in Palo Alto, California on January 13, 1936 to Tom and Fanny Arnold. She is remembered as a social butterfly, generous and kind to all. Emily was a beloved member of the Petersham community, serving on boards at the Petersham Art Center and Petersham Memorial Library, as well as on the Parish Committee at the First Congregation Parish, Unitarian of Petersham. Many will remember her decked out in flag attire on the Fourth of July, behind the wheel of her 1965 Mustang convertible. Her mastery as a knitter and seamstress, and designer of wearable art of all kinds, led to opening her own shop on Main Street in Athol, Massachusetts, called Emily’s Needleworks. Before moving to Petersham, she was a teacher’s aide in Palo Alto and was likewise beloved by the children and her colleagues there. She was a supporter of the theater, arts and music, and a world traveler. Her creative spirit, the bright light in her eyes, and the beautiful smile that could warm any room will be greatly missed. Emily is preceded in death by her brother Mike Arnold and her half-si...

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Ronald Jay Sax
Jan. 2, 1933 - Feb. 13, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Ronald Jay Sax passed away peacefully on February 13, 2021 after thankfully short battles with Parkinson’s Disease and cancer. Born and raised in Benton Harbor, Michigan, he hadn’t traveled farther than Chicago until he joined the Air Force in 1952. His four years in the Air Force took him around the United States and to Japan, setting off a series of fateful events. After his service, he returned home to attend Central Michigan University, where he joined the International Club, sparked by his interest in Japan. There he met and fell in love with Katoko, a foreign exchange student from Japan who would become his wife of 50 years. During that half century, he was a husband, father, grandfather, friend, traveler, jazz enthusiast, runner, and advocate for peace and justice. Ron and Katoko were living near Chicago with their two young children when, just after the Chicago Blizzard of 1967, a job opportunity arose in sunny California. They took it! Ron loved, and thrived in, his new hometown of Palo Alto. He was a computer programmer and spent the rest of his career working for SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center), Stanford University and finally RLG (Research Libraries Gro...

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Malcolm Hardy Dudley
Sept. 11, 1932 - Feb. 10, 2021
Atherton, California

Malcolm Hardy Dudley, former Mayor of Atherton, businessman, naval captain and musician, died peacefully on February 10, at home in Atherton with Cosette Dudley, his wife of 67 years, and his two daughters, Lynette Stebing and Virginia Rock. He will be remembered for his love of family and extended circle of friends, his generosity, kindness, and engaging character. Malcolm greeted people with a warm smile, friendly handshake and an enthusiastic story. He always took great interest in helping people, and believed in fairness and opportunity for all. Malcolm’s charismatic, thoughtful, trustworthy and caring personality drew people to him. Malcolm was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1932, the son of Allen Mason Dudley and Gladys Alda (Hardy) Dudley, where he lived with his sister Carol until the family moved to Sacramento in 1942, after the start of WWII. His father, Allen, worked at McClellan Field painting images, as requested by the pilot of each combat plane. Malcolm attended Sacramento City College from 1950 - 1952 and University of California, Davis from 1952 – 1954. As two young college students, Cosette and Malcolm married in 1954. They initially earned a...

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Remo "Ray" Dominic Ferrari
Oct. 21, 1929 - Feb. 10, 2021
Woodside, California

Remo Dominic Ferrari Remo (Ray) Dominic Ferrari age 91, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 10th at his home in Woodside, California surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born on October 21, 1929 in Aulla, Italy to Carlo and Stella Ferrari. The family migrated to San Francisco in 1936. Ray attended Sacred Heart High School where he met Virginia Flocchini. Ray and Virginia married in 1952 following his service in the US Army. They moved to Menlo Park where he raised his family and lived for more than 50 years. Ray and his brothers Larry, Bruno & Roy founded the demolition company, Ferma Corporation and from 1964, he and his brothers built a dynasty that continues to this day. Through their partnership, they developed land for shopping centers and industrial use, built apartment and office buildings and secured land for future development. He was a visionary who carved his own path to success while always making family a priority. Outgoing, with incredible charisma, Ray had a gift of bringing people together. One of his admitted greatest achievements, was raising his four boys. He was and always will be their champion and hero. Ray was a pilot, a ...

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Ruth Fredkin Seiler
Nov. 7, 1929 - Feb. 9, 2021
Atherton, California

RUTH ANN FREDKIN SEILER - Passed away peacefully February 9, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. She was born November 7, 1929, to Eva Kaplan Fredkin and Perry Fredkin, in Oakland and raised in San Jose. Ruthie is survived by her loving family, daughter, Carol Seiler Roberts, son Richard Seiler and his wife Susan. Devoted grandmother to Cory Roberts, Mark Roberts and his wife, Fereshta, Matthew Seiler, and Alexandra Seiler Speiser and her husband, Alexander Speiser, and great granddaughter, Madison Roberts. Loving sister to Bernard (deceased) and Henne (deceased) Fredkin and to Stuart Seiler and his wife, Gaye, and nephews and nieces. Ruthie and her husband, Donald (deceased), met in college, at UC Berkeley, and shared a long loving marriage of nearly 62 years. They married in San Francisco in 1950. Together, they were each other’s catalyst for success in all aspects of their lives. By 1960 they moved to the mid-peninsula, where they built their lives and raised a family. They loved to travel and Ruthie enjoyed the many years she and Don traveled the world, many times with friends and family. Ruthie was a loving, compassionate, kind-hearted, and generous woman. S...

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Darrell D. Dorfmeier
April 23, 1950 - Feb. 5, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Darrell D. Dorfmeier, 70, a life-long resident of Menlo Park, died Friday, February 5th, following a brief hospitalization at Stanford Hospital, in Palo Alto. Born on 23 April 1950 in Palo Alto, California, Darrell was the youngest son of Donald and Barbara Dorfmeier who taught at Menlo-Atherton and Woodside High Schools. His mother was a beloved art teacher at Menlo Atherton High. His father was recognized as a successful football and track coach at Menlo and later served as the first boys Athletic Director at Woodside where Darrell played three years of football as a strong and aggressive lineman. Donald, who, as a prisoner of war in World War II, also survived an arduous 86-day Hunger March across Germany in the winter of 1945. Darrell’s early life was marked by tragedy with the untimely death of his mother at age 13, a serious and life-threatening motorcycle accident six years later, followed by the death of his father in 1972. Following his motorcycle accident in 1969, Darrell was not expected to live. Yet after four months in a coma, it was clear that Darrell possessed the same tenacity as his father, Donald. Darrell reclaimed his life in spite of a year of hos...

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Darla Tupper
Jan. 27, 1936 - Feb. 2, 2021
Menlo Park, CA

Darla Marlene Tupper had her 85th birthday January 27, 2021. She slipped away February 2. Loving memories of Darla's life, of her family and friends, surround her. She passed away after declining months and days living at the Silverado Memory Care Community of Belmont Hills. Darla is survived by Ruthe Tyson, who shared their Menlo Park home for 45 years and their Lake Tahoe home for 53 years. Darla is survived by her sister Marvina Lepianka and her brother David Tupper. The three of them shared so much throughout their whole lives. Darla is also survived by her niece Julie and Julie's son John and her niece Cathy and Cathy's son Nicholas, as well as Marvina’s husband Chuck Jaffee and David’s wife Imelda Young. Darla joins her parents Marvin and Val Tupper, to whom she showed so much loving devotion. Darla graduated from Palo Alto High School and San Jose State University, plus post-grad courses at Stanford. She came up through the system as a teacher and a principal in the Menlo Park and Los Altos School districts, where she was much known for her leadership, awareness, and compassion. She was all about the kids, the kids, the kids in so many ways. The character of Dar...

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Alex Spiridon
Aug. 13, 1939 - Jan. 31, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Alex Spiridon passed peacefully on January 31st. He was afflicted with Parkinson’s for over 20 years and Lewy Body Dementia for 6 years. His strong-willed spirit never gave up, a tenet demonstrated throughout his entire life. Alex was born on August 13th, 1939 in Aleppo, Syria where his father was stationed in the French military. Family and religion were staples throughout his life beginning in his youth where he grew up in a household surrounded by his extended family. They instilled in Alex a strong religious ethic, which he continued by attending church and his continual study of the Bible. After attending primary school in Aleppo, Alex attended a private boarding school in Lebanon, Broumana High School. Here he excelled in his studies and developed an interest in mathematics at his early teenage years. When he wasn’t studying, he enjoyed exploring one of his favorite mountainous regions near Cedars, Lebanon. He then pursued an Electrical Engineering degree from American University of Beirut (AUB). His education continued in the US where he obtained both masters and PhD in electrical engineering from MIT, graduating in the top 1% of his class. Upon graduating he ...

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Charlene Dowley
July 8, 1933 - Jan. 30, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Our beloved Charlene passed away on January 30, 2021, at home comforted by family. She leaves behind her daughters Nora, Jane Paolucci (Andrew), four sons: Philip (Linda), Matthew (Michelle), James, Tom (Catherine), 15 grandchildren: Heather (Dan), Peter (Anna), Thomas, Andrew (Patricia), Margaret, Katherine, Elizabeth, Madeline, Grace, Sofia, Laura Anne, William, Jack, George, Philip, one great-granddaughter: Juniper, and many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by a fifth son, Peter, her husband, George, parents Joseph and Carrie Bianchi, brother Frank Bianchi, and sisters Elvera Pagani, Florence May, and Emma Malan. Charlene was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. After graduating from Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois, she moved to San Francisco and shortly thereafter met George. The two were married at St. Vincent de Paul Church on December 1, 1956, and subsequently moved to the mid-peninsula to raise their family. The focus of Charlene’s life was family, education, and her deep Catholic faith. She was a model mom and grandmother, singularly vested in the happiness and wellbeing of those around her, grateful for each min...

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Philip Edward Berghausen Jr.
Oct. 13, 1946 - Jan. 30, 2021
Portola Valley, California

Philip Edward Berghausen Jr., 74, died on January 30, 2021 in Palo Alto, CA, of complications from kidney cancer. Peb, as he was affectionately known, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 13, 1946, to Philip Edward Berghausen, Sr., and Alma Louise Berghausen (nee Guckenberger). He is survived by two brothers, Thomas (Ann) and James (Eleanor), his children Alexander/”Sasha” (Sara) and Elizabeth Galla (Matthew), as well as his grandchildren Charles, Ellen and Jane Berghausen and Jonah, Justus and Jesse Galla. Peb was a gifted psychologist, a world traveler, and a car nut. He will be remembered for his charitable giving, endless curiosity, love of fun and silliness, and for being the best father and grandad he could be. In lieu of flowers, the family request that gifts in Philip’s memory be directed to Beech Acres Parenting Center, (, 6881 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230. A graveside remembrance and a Bay Area gathering will be held post-pandemic....

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Maximilian Y. Lenail
March 26, 1999 - Jan. 29, 2021
Palo Alto, CA

Max Lenail, resident of Palo Alto, CA, died at the Mission Trails Regional Park near San Diego on Friday, January 29, 2021. He died while crossing a swollen river during a run in the park. Max was born in Chêne-Bougeries near Geneva, Switzerland, and came to live in Palo Alto’s Community Center neighborhood at an early age. He attended schools in Palo Alto including Casa di Bambini, the International School of the Peninsula (pre-K to 8th grade), and Palo Alto High School. Max was set to graduate from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in May 2021 with a concentration in neurobiology. Max was intent on applying to medical school and becoming a physician. Max will be remembered for his extraordinary kindness, generosity, and many talents. He was a peacemaker, a mediator, and a diplomat who selflessly brought comfort, joy, and harmony into people’s lives. He could be serious, earnest, and intense in his pursuits; and those close to him knew him to be light-hearted and very funny as well. Max lived an honorable life in accordance with his strong moral compass and values. He was mature well beyond his years. Max was a fantastic chef and regaled his family with...

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Christopher George Schindler
July 27, 1966 - Jan. 28, 2021
Sonoma, California

As Swami Chidvilasananda opens her talks, "with great respect, with great love, I welcome you with all my heart." We also open our hearts to our family and friends to honor Christopher's presence in this world and with blessings of his soul in the beyond. Christopher passed from us on January 28, 2021 in Corte Madera California. Christopher was born in Los Angeles July 27, 1966 the son of Jeanne Schindler (Traucht) and George Schindler. He grew up in Palo Alto with his 3 sisters; Renee, Julie and Kathy climbing trees and making forts in their backyard. Christopher graduated from Gunn High School in 1984 and continued his education receiving a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Christopher had a love for animals especially his childhood dog Goldie. He played the guitar and was fond of classic rock music. He was very appreciative of California's natural beauty and enjoyed hiking in the wilderness. With love Christopher will be in our hearts: Julie Schindler and husband Brian Larsen, nephews Felix and David; Kathleen Schindler and husband Kerry Lindorfer, nephew Casey and niece Erin; and brother-in law Boon Hughey (Renee)...

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Anders Klaseen Prokop
June 9, 1990 - Jan. 26, 2021
Menlo Park, California

We lost our beloved son, brother, cousin, nephew, and friend in January. “God’s you are, from God you came. Back to God we humbly give you.” Anders was born in San Francisco in 1990 along with his twin brother Ingmar. Sister Sofia joined the family in 1992. Their early childhood was spent playing and swimming in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. In 2001 they moved to Redding to be closer to family and to nature. Anders was an exceptional high school swimmer and skier and, with his father, brother, and sister, loved water sports. Summers were spent on Kelsey Island in the Long Island Sound. There Anders swam, sailed, kayaked, water skied, and played with his siblings and their Connecticut cousins. Anders began his lifeguard career on Connecticut beaches and then lifeguarded for several years at Cape Cod National Seashore. At UC Davis, Anders completed a double major in Political Science and Economics in 3 ½ years, so that he could ski and then do one final summer lifeguarding before starting law school at USF. San Francisco afforded many adventures, including kiteboarding at Crissy Field. In his final year of law school, behavior that had been subtle in the preceding years bec...

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Joan Talbot Moore
Oct. 30, 1929 - Jan. 25, 2021
Woodside, CA

Joan Talbot Moore of Woodside, CA passed away on January 25, 2021 after a long illness. Joan and her husband Gordon were long-time owners of Talbot’s Toyland in San Mateo. Talbot’s Toyland, which closed in 2020 was known and loved throughout the Peninsula by generations of families. She was born in Sacramento, CA on October 30, 1929. She attended C. K. McClatchy Senior High School in Sacramento and graduated in 1946. Joan attended UC Berkeley where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She met her future husband Gordon at Cal and they were married on May 22, 1948 in Carmel, CA. In 1953 Talbot’s Toyland opened in San Mateo. Joan’s parents, Wilburn “Lank” and Betty Talbot, founded the store, later assisted by Joan and Gordon. Over the years Talbot’s grew from a small corner shop to a premier destination toy, hobby and bicycle shop for the San Francisco Bay Area. Enjoying the outdoors, fishing and travel were important to Joan and Gordon and were later reflected in their home in the woods where they enjoyed forests, wildlife and views of the Bay as well as “forest gardening” which required use of their tractor, wood chippers and multiple chain...

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Gary David Zweig
Sept. 1, 1949 - Jan. 21, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Gary Zweig, a remarkable husband, father, brother, friend, physician, and photographer died at the age of 71. He was born in Rochester, NY to Edythe and Paul, who ran a collection of clothing stores with a pride and determination he carried with him all his life. He was known in his youth and thereafter for his sweet smile and uncommon combination of studiousness, creativity, and love of fun. Gary fulfilled his dream of becoming a physician by attending Case Western Reserve University, the University of Rochester Medical School, and the University of Chicago, where he completed his training in Internal Medicine. In college, he met his wife of 48 years, Susan. Together they built a wonderful life centered on a shared love of family, careers, friends, community, and travel. Gary’s sense of adventure brought them to California in 1979, where they settled in Palo Alto and raised three sons, Eric, Jeffrey, and David. Gary joined Sunnyvale Medical Clinic in 1979 and practiced Internal Medicine there for 18 years. In addition to his clinical work, he served as Chair of the Recruitment Committee, helping to expand the group to over 150 physicians. He was on the staff of El Ca...

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Joan Cherie Bohannon
Nov. 17, 1933 - Jan. 15, 2021
Menlo Park, California

Joan Cherie McFarland Bohannon, 87, of Menlo Park, California passed away January 15, 2021, at Stanford Hospital. Joan was born November 17, 1933, in Santa Clara County, CA, to Hiram and Rosalie McFarland. Joan grew up in Redwood City, California and was a lifelong resident of San Mateo County. She graduated from Sequoia High School and attended San Jose State University. In 1959, Joan moved to Menlo Park with her husband, David E. Bohannon. She raised three children (David, Lisa and Scott) and later, as the children entered their teens, began a long and successful career as a real estate broker. Joan retired from real estate in the early 90’s not long after becoming a grandmother. Her true passion in life was being a devoted mother to her three children, six grandchildren, and in 2020, the arrival of two great grandchildren. Joan is survived by her sister Barbara McFarland, brother Steve McFarland, children David (YuQin Wen), Lisa, and Scott (Mary) Bohannon, grandchildren Abigail (Ian Dunckel) Dunckel, Madeline (Ryan Johnson) Johnson, Sarah Bohannon (Jason Lowenthal), Christine Bohannon, Kevin Bohannon, Ryan Bohannon, great grandchildren Carson Dunckel and Rosalie Joh...

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Louis DeFreitas
Dec. 4, 1933 - Dec. 23, 2020
Redwood City, California

Louis DeFreitas passed away after a long battle with dementia on Dec. 23, 2020 at his home in Redwood City, CA. He was 87. Louis was born in New Bedford, Mass., and served in the Marines for three years in 1951 (Korean War). Louis eventually moved to California, where he became a well-respected welding teacher at College of San Mateo, with students from all over Silicon Valley. It was a job he loved so much, especially helping his students get job opportunities. He loved helping others and was very loyal. However, Louis loved nothing more than his family. Louis was always a great role model and provider, setting a solid example for his two children. A couple of his great passions were to go fishing at Half Moon Bay and his love for sports. He was a big fan of the Dodgers, Red Sox, 49ers and soccer. Louis is survived by his wife Germaine, married for 65 years; daughter Linda Cardoso; son Danny DeFreitas; daughter-in-law Juli DeFreitas; grand daughter Jillian Leonard; and grandchildren Ava and Vivian Leonard and Christian Chenier. He also will be joining his other grand daughter, Alison DeFreitas, in Heaven. His ashes will reside at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto, ...

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Earl Seymour Douglass
Aug. 13, 1926 - Nov. 27, 2020
Atherton, California

Earl Seymour Douglass, 94, a long time resident of Atherton, California passed away peacefully of natural causes on November 27, 2020 at home with his family at his bedside. Earl, commonly referred to as "Duke" by family and friends, was born in San Francisco on August 13, 1926 to Earl Sr. and Noel Douglass. Duke was preceded in death by his loving wife of 72 years, Barbara, and brother Donn. He is survived by his daughter Christine, four sons Scott, Stuart, Alan and Mark, son-in-law Richard D’Anna, daughters-in-law Karen, Lindsay, Julie and Vicky, half brothers Bruce and Wallace, 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Duke was born in San Francisco and would say that many of his happiest childhood memories were times spent with his grandfather, Leon Forrest Douglass, best known for his many inventions, including the Victor phonograph, the use of Technicolor in the motion picture industry and the underwater camera. These included visits to The Pocket Ranch in Sonoma and to Victoria Manor in Atherton. Duke was also a direct descendant of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, a prominent figure in early California history. Duke returned to ...

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Katherine A. Strehl
Oct. 4, 1944 - Jan. 24, 2021 Menlo Park, CA

Katherine Strehl,a 30-year Menlo Park resident, died at home on January 24, 2021. She was 76. Katherine’s 40-year career in Bay Area public affairs and service was founded on a commitment to collaboration among business, government and community. Katherine was Executive Manager of Externa...

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Gail Blach
Nov. 24, 1936 - Jan. 14, 2021 Menlo Park, California

Gail Dolores Blach passed peacefully into the gates of Heaven. She was 84. A lifelong resident of Menlo Park, she is survived by her loving and faithful husband of 61 years, Richard Blach, her sons, Daniel and Matthew, both of Napa, and her granddaughter, Emily. Her sister, Sr. Joan Marie Derry, ...

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Judy Shulman
Jan. 8, 1941 - Jan. 14, 2021 Stanford, California

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