Doreen Merrick passed away on December 29, 2006 in the Health Care Center of the Forum at Rancho San Antonio after a six-month battle with cancer. Doreen was born on November 26, 1925 in Oldham England. She and her husband, Vernon, had been married for fifty years. They immigrated to the United States twice, the first time in 1958 to Dallas, Texas and the second in 1961 to the San Francisco Bay Area, where they have lived for forty-five years, the last forty-two in Los Altos Hills. Doreen is survived by her husband, children Andrew and Angela and five grandchildren, Alexandra, Jason, Adrianna, Walter Jr. and Sarah.
Doreen worked for many years in England as a secretary before coming to the US to settle and bring up her family, which she did with love and care. After the children left home she went back to work for several years as an administrative assistant at a local company where she was much appreciated. She spent her final sixteen years enjoying a well-earned retirement with her husband.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Forum Health Care Center for the care and comfort they gave Doreen during her final days.
A funeral service was given at St. Luke's Chapel in the Hills on January 3, 2007.
Evelyn Meseth of Los Altos, wife of Bernerd M. Meseth, died peacefully on December 27, 2006, after an illness of several months.
Evelyn was born on January 3, 1923, in Vincennes, Indiana, one of ten children of Ulysses S. and Nettie (Cox) Sullivan. She graduated from high school in Vincennes.
She married Bernie, then an Air Force pilot from San Francisco, in Indiana in October 1944. In 1945, they came back to San Francisco to spend the next 61 years together in Northern California, 35 of those years in Los Altos.
Evelyn worked for Wells Fargo for 24 years, becoming a loan officer in the management group. She was an avid golfer, reader and follower of politics. She was an enthusiast for Hawaii, which she and Bernie visited perhaps 15 times over the years.
In California, she is survived by her husband; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Vincent of Richmond; the husband of her late sister-in-law, Charles Springer of So. San Francisco; and Bernie's nieces and nephews.
Services were held on January 4 with internment at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos.
RAYMOND P. MEYER
Raymond P. Meyer, Sr. passed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2006 at his home in the presence of his family and friends. Raymond was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 2, 1916; the eighth child born to Joseph A. and Josephine Meyer. His family moved to Hollister, CA in 1920. He was a member of the Mountain View Lyon's Club and a member of the Sunnyvale Golf Club for years.
He is survived by his four children and their spouses, Raymond and Theresa Meyer, Jr, Joan Meyer, Nancy Thomas, Richard and Chris Meyer, Marilyn Meyer and Sam Bruno, his 17 grandchildren and his 14 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Sophie Laveroni, and his Sister-in-law, Val Dewers. He is predeceased by his wife, Dorothy and his 6 brothers and 1 sister.
Raymond, with his wife, Dorothy, owned and operated Meyer Appliances from 1946 until they quasi-retired in 1976. Because Ray built his own boat, the Meyer Family and friends enjoyed all their growing up years camping, boating and skiing. In the past, motor homing with friends and family, their destination was always linked to golf courses across the USA.
To his children and grandchildren, he was their light at the end of the tunnel.
A memorial service was celebrated on Wednesday, January 3, 2007, at Spanglers Mortuary, 799 Castro St. in Mountain View. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Pathways Home Health Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
ESTHER RUBY SAMPLE
Born in New York City on January 13th, 1918 and entered into rest on December 25th, 2006 in Los Altos, California. Ruby is survived by her children Stephen P. Sample and Karen J. Fuchslin, and by her six granddaughters, Erika Sample, Alina Sample, Brittany Sample, Elizabeth Fuchslin, Kathleen Fuchslin and Marie Fuchslin. Ruby is also survived by sister Adele Johnson of Iowa and brothers Paul Johnson of Florida and Roy Johnson of Maryland. Ruby's husband Gene P. Sample predeceased her.
Ruby moved to California in the early 1940's to work for the government during the war effort. In the late 1950's she moved to Los Altos with husband Gene who worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space. Ruby worked for the Santa Clara Unified School District before retiring in 1980. She continued to work as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. Ruby will be remembered by her many friends and family as an active, caring person who was always ready to help. She deeply loved her grandchildren and was very proud of their accomplishments.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 4th at the Spangler Mortuary, 399 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
GLENN "HANK" EASTWOOD WILSON
Glenn "Hank" Eastwood Wilson died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on December 22, 2006 in Los Altos, CA. Hank was born in Mountain View, CA in 1929 and graduated from Mountain View High School earning individual scoring honors in varsity basketball totaling 42 points in one game and 132 points for the season. His state record stood for 15 years. Hank was a Graduate of San Jose State College (University) and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He proudly served as a member of The California Air National Guard.
After college Hank joined the family business, Valley Electric Company. After succeeding his father as President, the company grew to become one of the largest electrical construction firms in the Bay Area. Hank also served as President of the National Electrical Contractors Association of Santa Clara Valley, President of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, member of the Rotary Club and the Elks Lodge.
Hank had a life long love of Lake Tahoe and from 1961-63, co-owned the South Tahoe Marina in South Lake Tahoe. Until the time of his illness, Hank and Connie enjoyed sharing their new lakefront home with family and friends.
Throughout his life Hank was an avid tennis player, enjoyed water skiing in his youth and snow skiing with his family during his adult years.
He was a private pilot, member of ACBS (WOODEN BOAT SOCIETY) and loved to travel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Glenn Wilson, his brother, William Joseph and his first wife, Ina Wilson. Hank is survived by his wife Connie Mariottini, his sister Marilynn Wilson Britton, and daughters, Darley Jeppson, Deborah and Kelly Wilson. Also Connie's children, Laureen Mark, David Mariottini, Deborah Dotzler and Paul Mariottini. He was a loving Grandfather to Jeffrey Jeppson, Allison Verbil and Connie's grandchildren: Loren Oncay, Nicholas, Alexander, Lily Dotzler, Annalise and Harrison Mariottini. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and friends.
A celebration of Hank's life will be held on Friday, January 12, 2007 at 3:00PM at Spangler Mortuary, 399 S. San Antonio Rd. Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hank's name to: El Camino Hospital Foundation/Cancer Center, 2500 Grant Rd. WIL210, Mountain View, CA 94040.
MARGERY MADELINE NEWMAN (ROACH)
April 17, 1923 - December 26, 2006
Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, William J. Newman (2006) and her daughter, Janet (1976). Survived by her son, Kenneth W. Newman (Cynthia), daughter, Katherine G. Kinnamon (Michael), granddaughters, Anna and Leah Kinnamon; brother, William Roach (Lillian), sister-in-law, Ginger Newman (Pat) and many nieces, nephews and their families.
Born and raised in Benkelman, Nebraska, Marge moved to California after high school where she met and married William J. Newman in 1945. The couple moved to Amarillo, Texas and bore 3 children before settling in Cupertino in 1957. Once her children started school, Marge managed the medical offices of Drs. Wallace and Sheriff for more than 15 years.
But her real "work" and life-long avocation was service to others. Marge enjoyed volunteering and received numerous awards for her leadership and extensive volunteer service hours with the American Legion Auxiliary, Los Altos Unit 558. Marge also served for many years as a monthly volunteer at Agnew State Hospital, and was a very active member of the Mountain View Christian Church, Raynor Park Christian Church, and Cupertino Union Church.
One aspect of her avocation, about which her children are very proud, is that following the death of her oldest daughter from multiple sclerosis, Marge turned grief into service by learning how to transcribe books into Braille for blind and sight-impaired individuals. She was certified by the Library of Congress as a Braille Transcriber in 1980, and volunteered for the Santa Clara Center for the Blind Braille Transcription Project. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but is finally back in the perfect embrace of God, who welcomes her home.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. on January 11, 2007 at the Spangler Mortuary, 399 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marge's name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Santa Clara County Chapter, 2589 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95050.