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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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DONALD LEWIS WILSON

OBIT DonaldLewis

Donald Lewis Wilson passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Oct 19, at the age of 102. He moved to Santa Rosa five years ago from his home of fifty years in Los Altos. 

He was born Feb 23, 1911, in Tarkio, Missouri to Guy Wilford and Ida Myrtle Wilson. When he was six weeks old, the family immigrated to Saskatchewan, by train, to join his mother’s parents in a farming venture—his mother and the younger children traveled in the Pullman car—the rest of the family in a box car--living off a crock of pork and beans prepared for the four day/2000 mile journey.

The family returned to Nebraska in 1919, settling on a farm in Randolph.

His siblings eventually numbered seven: Earl, Irvine, Virgil, Russell, Friel, Woodrow and Grace.

Graduating from high school in June 1929, he describes this as, “The worst of times.” The stock market had just crashed; there was 30% unemployment; his family had had 3 crop failures, and “grass hoppers ate everything but the fence posts.” In spite of that, he became engaged to his high school sweetheart, Margaret  Isadore Wilson, asking her to wait for him until he had established himself.

Two of his brothers had found employment in California and, in 1930, he followed them. His first job was as a ranch hand on Mt. Diablo. Returning to Nebraska seven years later, he married Isadore in 1937. He went on to become an agent for State Farm Insurance, moving quickly to district manager in the counties of: Solano, San Francisco and San Mateo.

He was married for 68 years to Isadore who passed away in 2006. He then remarried and is survived by Marilyn Wilson who remained by his side, nursing him in his final years.

His career with State Farm Insurance spanned more than three decades, and he spoke fondly of his fortunate choice of a career path which helped him achieve “success in life, liberty and happiness.“

He is survived by his five children: Roger (Dao), Larry (Ann), Joyce Hodgkinson (Bill), Gordon, and Nancy Milner (Rick).  

His stories, riddles and domino games will be especially missed by his ten grandchildren: Kevin Hong, Donald Wilson (Charis), Craig Wilson (Alison), Chris Elkins (Luisa), Anna Paris, Eve Lundsten (Lonny), Joey Hodgkinson, Kiersten Deen (Nathan), Aaron Helgeson (Jen), and Bret Milner (Rebecca). He remained close to his loving niece, Nancy Brixey-Brasser (Gary) and sister-in-law, Ida Mae Arnold. He was very proud of his great grandchildren: Kaya Berry, Lake and Olive Lundsten, Logan Deen, Samuel Wilson, Elizabeth Helgeson.  

His only living sibling, Grace (Wilson) Reese, lives in Paradise, CA with her husband, Bob.

A memorial service will be held at the Santa Rosa Bible Church on Monday, Nov 11, at 10:30 am.

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