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Community - January 4, 2017


Jean Long, volunteer, real estate agent

Jean Vontobel Long, a former Atherton resident, died Dec. 14 in Carmichael. She was 88.

Ms. Long was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and attended the Kathryn Gibbs School in New York. She also studied at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where she met Frederick Harold (Pete) Long. They were married Dec. 26, 1948, in Stamford.

In 1967, the family, which now included four boys, moved to Atherton.

Ms Long joined the Atherlons, the Atherton Dames, and numerous parent groups, and provided direction to the new Holbrook-Palmer Park. She also became a member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. In the 1970s, she became a real estate agent.

In 2005 she moved to the Vi in Palo Alto, where she resided until last October.

She is survived by her sons, Frederick, William, Robert and Christopher; and six grandchildren. Her husband died in 1981.

In accordance with her wishes, no services are planned. Donations in her memory may be made to Ronald McDonald House.

Philip McDonnell, former Time ad executive

Longtime former Atherton resident Philip Adrian McDonnell died Nov. 26 in Union City at Acacia Creek Retirement Community. Mr. McDonnell, a retired Time magazine advertising executive, was 95.

Born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he was editor of the Mountain Echo and class valedictorian.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and graduated from Midshipman School at Northwestern University before entering active duty in the South Pacific. He served with the seventh fleet in New Guinea, as an operations officer in Manila, with New York's Port Harbor staff, and later with naval intelligence in Washington.

In 1947, he married Catherine, and they raised eight children while moving from coast to coast several times during his 33-year career in advertising with Life and Time magazines. He eventually became Time magazine's Western region advertising manager.

A resident of Atherton for more than 46 years, Mr. McDonnell was a member of the Church of the Nativity and Sharon Heights Country Club. He also served as president of the San Francisco Advertising Club.

Throughout his life, he worked in support of his alma mater, Mount St. Mary's University. He received the college's Bicentennial Medal in 2008 for his service and dedication.

Mr. McDonnell is survived by seven of his eight children: Philip J. McDonnell (Pat), Dennis McDonnell (Celeste), Adrienne McDonnell (Barry), Corinne Chavez, Kevin McDonnell, David McDonnell (Ardis), and Carolyn Beckwith (David); 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Catherine, in May 2016, and his son, Douglas, in 2015.

Memorial donations may be made to Mount St. Mary's University, office of development, Class of 1943 Scholarship-Philip A. McDonnell, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD. 21727; donors may also call 1-877-630-6102.

Carol Ann Turner, former Menlo Park day care provider

A memorial service for Carol Ann (Grenier) Turner will be held at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. Jan. 6. Ms. Turner passed away peacefully on June 26 in Bellingham, Washington, where she lived since 2007.

Born in Biddeford, Maine, in 1943 to Maurice and Rita Grenier, Ms. Turner was raised speaking French in the small mill town, according to her family. She and her family moved to California when she was a teenager, and two years later, in 1961, she graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School.

Beginning in the early 1980s, Ms. Turner helped care for generations of children from the Peninsula alongside her own for nearly 20 years as owner of the Turner Family Day Care, which she operated out of her Willow Road home.

With a strong interest in genealogy, Ms. Turner traveled all over North America in search of family connections and details, her family said. Her favorite place to go was Ile d'Orleans, an island in Quebec where several of her ancestors are from.

Ms. Turner devoted herself to caring for her husband, Vernon, after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 24 years ago. After living on the Peninsula for nearly 50 years, she and Vernon moved to Washington state.

Her husband of 52 years survives her. She is also survived by her children: James (Tamara) Turner of Leesburg, Virginia; Kathryn (Michael) Limprecht of Santa Clara; Grant (Ryoko) Turner of Campbell; and Amanda Turner of Norman, Oaklahoma. Other survivors include 10 grandchildren and her brother, Steven.


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