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Frances Joy Rathmann
April 17, 1928 - May 6, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Frances Joy Rathmann, “Joy”, died of natural causes peacefully in her home on May 6, 2019, in the presence of members of her family and care staff. Mrs. Rathmann was 91 years old. She is survived by her sister, five children, thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many grand dogs, cats and cows. She and the late George B. Rathmann were married for 61 years. Mrs. Rathmann rec...

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Dolores Berniece Piazza
April 25, 1925 - May 4, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Dolores Piazza, beloved wife of the late founder of Piazza's Fine Foods, John Piazza, passed away peacefully in Palo Alto on May 4, just nine days after her 94th birthday. She was the beautiful mother to her three sons John Piazza III (wife Diana), Gary Piazza (wife Virginia), and Rick Piazza (wife Melisa). Adored Nana to her grandchildren Jyovanne Hawk (Matt), Juliana Piazza, Jeanna Zamora (Gab...

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Margie Rauch
July 13, 1940 - April 28, 2019
Los Altos, California

Tags: teacher/educator, public service

Margie Rauch, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend and Teacher Margie Rauch, 78, died on April 28 of a stroke. She passed away peacefully at Stanford Hospital, surrounded by loving family. She left her children, Marta, Erik, and Loren, and their families, including five grandchildren; her brother, Andy Beyer and his family; and her cousins Kathryn Posin, Elena Pehlke, Glenn Schweitzer, ...

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L. Bruce Johnson
Dec. 16, 1921 - April 27, 2019
Los Gatos, California

Tags: veteran, business

BRUCE JOHNSON December 16, 1921 April 27, 2019 Los Gatos Louis Bruce Johnson was born in Liberal, Kansas, an only child. He attended local schools. In 1937 he attended the National Boy Jamboree in Washington D.C. followed by the World Boy Scout Jamboree in Holland. The trip included a six-week tour of Europe with other Midwest Scouts. He enrolled in Kansas State University. His schooling was...

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Mark Richard Harris
1947 - April 26, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator, public service

Mark Richard Harris, beloved husband, father of four and grandfather of fifteen, passed away on April 26 at home with his family by his side.   He was 71.  His family and friends are deeply sorrowed by his passing.  Mark attended the University of Michigan School of Engineering, where he met his wife of fifty years, Mary Ann. Always a consummate Michigan fan, the first thing he taught h...

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Henry Kurt Ilg
Oct. 25, 1926 - April 26, 2019
Atherton, California
Henry Kurt Ilg passed away peacefully on April 26 surrounded by his loving wife Shirley and two stepsons Michael and Bo Moody. Henry was born in Füllinsdorf, Switzerland to Heinrick and Emma Ilg on October 25, 1926. After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he immigrated to the United States in 1949. His first job in his new country was as a bus boy in his uncle’s restaurant in D...

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John Clarke L'Heureux
Oct. 26, 1934 - April 22, 2019
Stanford, California

Tags: arts/media, teacher/educator

John C. L’Heureux, the Lane Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, and for many years leader of the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship program at Stanford University, died at his home on April 22. He was 84 years old. As a writer, L’Heureux penned some 20 volumes of fiction and poetry, had works published in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper’s and The New Yorker (most recently in...

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Melvin Cohen
March 26, 1927 - April 20, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, business

Melvin Cohen, have you ever met a more charming man? One more intelligent? Probably not. Mel was not just a charismatic smarty-pants, he was a husband, our father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, our beloved friend. He was a loving soul taken from us by the real enemy, time. He graced the earth for 92 long years before time took its course, but no one will ever forget his presence. He touch...

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Nita Reifschneider Spangler
April 17, 1923 - April 18, 2019
Redwood City, California

Tags: public service

Redwood City and San Mateo County lost a champion of education, open space, and historic preservation when Nita Reifschneider Spangler, 96, died on April 18, 2019. She contributed actively to the community for more than 60 years, leaving a legacy of significant and lasting achievements throughout Redwood City and San Mateo County. Nita Reifschneider was born in Ukiah, California, to John C. (Ja...

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Donna Goodheart Krupp
May 29, 1921 - April 18, 2019
Portola Valley, CA
Donna Goodheart Krupp, a Portola Valley resident for 48 years, died peacefully at home on April 18. She was born May 29, 1921, in San Francisco....

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Russell Mark Rector
May 12, 1953 - April 17, 2019
Oakland, California
On April 14, 2019, Russell Mark Rector, beloved son and brother, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Oakland. Born in Oakland in 1953, Russell was a wonderful gift to his parents, Robert and Marcia. He grew up in Palo Alto, graduating in 1970 from Palo Alto High School, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He graduated in 1974 from UC Berkeley, majoring in the then new field of computer sc...

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Roy Herrick Maffly
Nov. 26, 1927 - April 15, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator

Dr. Roy Herrick Maffly passed away peacefully at home on April 15 after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. A fourth-generation Californian, Roy was born November 26, 1927 in Berkeley, CA to Alfred and Frances Maffly. He and his siblings, Jean and Don, grew up enjoying the outdoors in the Bay Area and at Lake Tahoe, where Roy helped run the family’s summer resort at Meado...

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Robert Keith Otnes
Feb. 2, 1932 - April 15, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Robert K. Otnes, an aerospace engineer and resident of Palo Alto since 1977, died on April 15 of congestive heart failure. He had been living most recently at Palo Alto Commons. Bob was known for his technical achievements in digital signal processing, a subject he taught and wrote about extensively. He also was known for his general love of things mathematical, especially early slide rules and...

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Dolores Anna Cortez
Aug. 21, 1938 - April 13, 2019
Sunnyvale, CA
Dolores peacefully passed away in her sleep Early Saturday Morning at Sunnyvale Post Acute Care. Dolores was a Loving Wife to Her Husband of 62 years Vincent Cortez Sr. A Loving Mother to Her Sons Vincent Cortez Jr. and John Cortez And Loving Sister to Her Brothers John R. Espinosa and Richard D. Espinosa Preceded in death by her Parents John B. Espinosa and Antoinette F. Espinosa A Volu...

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