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Obituaries: Facebook sous chef dies at 31

Ezekiel Duru, a Menlo Park resident and the executive sous chef at Facebook, died Thursday, Feb. 20, at the age of 31.

Mr. Duru graduated from Aragon High School in San Mateo in 2000 and took up cooking as a line chef at what was then the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, the family said. His next stops were the California Culinary Academy and Google in Mountain View, where he managed the kitchen.

His association with Facebook began in 2008. At the time of his death, he was the executive sous chef, according the Facebook page for the company's culinary team.

Mr. Duru is survived by his mother Adrienne; his father Emmanuel; brother Steven; and sisters Roberta Silva, Chelsea Eichner and Page Smith. A memorial service has been held.

Randall Mark Feldman

Randy Feldman of Menlo Park died on Feb. 27, surrounded by his family. He was 59 years old.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, son, brother and uncle. He was a man of many talents who could fix anything, would help anyone and talk to everyone.

He was married to Linda Feldman for 28 years; father to Jessica Lynn and Alison Michelle; son to Bernard and Ellen Feldman and Marian Hammer; brother to Michael, Daniel, Adam and Marshall; and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to: The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, 3111 S. Valley View Blvd., Suite B -111, Las Vegas, NV 89102; The Lion's Burn Care Center at University Medical Center, 1800 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89102; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Mary Catherine Cunha

A memorial service was held recently at St. Denis Parish in Menlo Park for Mary Catherine Cunha, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, who died Feb. 14 after a short illness. She was 87.

Born in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1926 and raised in New Bedford, she moved to California in 1950 with her husband Bill Cunha, a Menlo Park firefighter to whom she was married for 60 years.

She worked at Stanford's Student Health Services as an administrative assistant for nearly 17 years.

A parishioner at St. Denis Parish in Menlo Park, she was known as a fun-loving woman with a quick wit and as a maker of a mean kale soup, family said.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan, Cathy and Cindy; a brother, Joe Santos; and six grandchildren.

Margaret B. Johnston

Margaret Babineau Johnston, a resident of Atherton for more than 40 years, died Jan 15 at the age of 80.

Ms. Johnston was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The family moved to New Brunswick, Canada, where she went to school and graduated from high school. Returning to Niagara Falls, she lived there for several years before moving to Deep River in Quebec, where she worked at the Canadian Atomic Energy Commission.

In 1960, Margaret immigrated to Sacramento, where she met and married Ted Yates Johnston. The family lived in Sacramento until 1969 when they moved to Menlo Park. Two years later, they moved to Atherton.

Ms. Johnston worked for many years at the California State Employment Development Department in Palo Alto and San Mateo.

After retiring, she became very involved with the Atherlons social club and served as its president for two years. The consummate hostess, Ms. Johnston enjoyed time with friends and family and hosted many dinners, lunches, wine tastings, Oscar parties, and other celebrations in her home, say family members.

She is survived by her daughter Pamela Louise Johnston of Pasadena. Her husband, Ted Yates Johnston, died in 2010.

Gary Entwistle

Gary Entwistle, who was general manager of Roger Reynolds Nursery & Carriage Stop in Menlo Park for more than 10 years, died on Jan. 18.

Mr. Entwistle was a founding member of the board of directors for Hometown Peninsula, which supports local independent businesses.

In an email to the Almanac, his friends Steven Eichler, Clark Kepler and Steve Rasmussen said:

"Though his residence was in Sequim, Washington, and Fanny Bay, British Columbia, Gary was constantly traveling throughout the United States, and always liked the San Francisco Bay Area as his home base.

"Gary could always be counted on to be the wise man at the table. His wealth of experience, history, and knowledge on many subjects was deeply respected in many circles.

"We have lost a good friend who will be dearly missed."

Salwa Jurdak Nawas

Salwa Jurdak Nawas died Feb. 5 at the age of 86. A native of Beirut, Lebanon, she had been a resident of Atherton since 1992.

Ms. Nawas graduated from the American University of Beirut and served as a professor in history, political science and economics at the Beirut College for Women in 1949. She was a strong advocate for the education of women in the Arab world, say family members.

In 1953 she met Yousef Nawas, founder of Nawas Tourist Company. The next year they married and she joined her husband in building the Nawas Tourist Company into one of the most prominent travel agencies in the Middle East, with 21 offices around the world.

Ms. Nawas moved to the United States in 1976. After moving to Atherton, she continued to work at Nawas International Travel in Menlo Park.

She is survived by her children Sulayman, Samira and Sami Nawas, all of Atherton; sister Salma Mansur Jurdak of Washington, D.C.; and six grandchildren. The family prefers memorial donations to Stanford Hospital (

Frank J. Carney

A celebration of the life of Francis (Frank) J. Carney, a longtime resident of Menlo Park who died Feb. 17 after a brief illness, will be held Sunday, March 30, in Palo Alto. He was 73.

The celebration will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road.

Born in Queens, New York, he graduated from Iona College in 1962 and served six years in the Navy. He worked as a probation officer and family court mediator for San Mateo County.

He was actively involved in many community projects, the family said.

Survivors include his wife Margaret; sons, Patrick and Kevin; and four grandchildren.

Donations may be made to JW Hospitality House, 3850 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051.


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