- Published on Tuesday, 16 January 2007 19:00
- Written by Town Crier Staff
DOROTHY LEE ANDRUS
Sept. 21, 1920 - Jan. 1 2007
At rest in Palo Alto, CA, her birthplace. Born Dorothy Lee Spaulding, one of seven children of Harold Chase Spaulding and Essie (Lawry) Spaulding (also a Palo Alto native). Beloved wife and mother, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Deveral Noel (Andy) Andrus and is survived by her loving sons, Richard, Donald and Ronald and her adoring 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, her brother Robert Spaulding, and sisters, Barbara Bowers and Betty Danner. She retired from the Ravenswood School District 30 + years ago where she managed the school kitchens. She then worked at Los Altos Supply for 20 years where she managed the nursery, a job she dearly loved. Some of Dorothy's greatest joys were attending her grandchildren's many sports and school activities, which she rarely missed. Dorothy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for over 55 years and attended the Los Altos Ward. She will be greatly missed and treasured by family, friends and virtually all those who knew her. A celebration of her life was held Sat., Jan. 13th at the LDS church, Los Altos Ward, 190 Jordan Ave., Los Altos. Visitations were held on Thur. Jan 11th 12-8 PM and Fri. Jan 12th 1-5 PM at Roller Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home, 980 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto. Interment at Alta Mesa Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Stanford Children's Hospital or the Perpetual Education Fund of the LDS Church, 50 North Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT.
RICHARD ANTHONY PURTICH
Richard A. Purtich was born in Tacoma, Washington on October 30, 1916.
Dick graduated from the College of Puget Sound in 1940. He served his country in the Army during World War II, first as an artillery drill instructor, then in G2 (intelligence) at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. There he met Navy WAVE Kathryn Hudlin, stationed at Alea Heights Medical Supply. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary shortly before Dick's passing.
Dick Purtich spent most of his career in office furniture sales. In 1949 he began as a salesman with Shaw-Walker in New York City. In 1955 he was transferred to San Francisco and promoted to Branch Manager. He and his wife purchased their first and only house in what was then the quiet suburb of Los Altos.
In 1972, he started his own office furniture company working from home. Although not a "mover and shaker" in the emergence of the burgeoning Silicon Valley, Dick found great enjoyment in supplying equipment for start up businesses requiring "need it yesterday" delivery. Often he made emergency deliveries in his pale blue 1966 Mustang convertible. Always a salesman and a "people person," he loved dealing with and solving customers' needs as well as working with young people on the rise in the technology industry. He also worked closely with what was then known as GTE Lenkurt. Dick was an active participant for many years in the South San Francisco Rotary Club. As chapter president in 1983-1984, he attended the International Rotary Convention in England. He was known for his special comedic talent as "Fine master", generating extra funds through creative revenue enhancers.
Dick retired in 1987. He enjoyed his weekly "Koffee Klatch" meetings with long-time local friends. He was not a member of Los Altos United Methodist Church, but he made trips to Europe with the Chancel Choir. At age 86, accompanied by his 18-year of granddaughter, he made his first trip to Solta Island, Croatia, the birthplace of his father (Felix), and again to Dubrovnik, the birthplace of his mother (Lucy). Both parents immigrated to the U.S. around the turn of the century.
On his 90th birthday, he was feted with a surprise party for him with his neighbors, friends, and family assembled to honor him. Always eager to chat with neighbors and visitors, he was toasted at the party as the "Mayor of Ronald Court" (the street on which he lived for 51 years).
Dick passed away at Manor Care nursing home on January 7, 2007. There will be no funeral or memorial services. If the measure of a man is the quality of his friends, Dick was truly rich.
Dick is survived by his beloved wife, Kathryn, his daughter Karen, son Richard and granddaughters Nicolette Wilson and Kirstin Purtich.
FRANCES W. SCHENKEL
Frances W. Schenkel, at rest in Sunnyvale, CA, Jan. 7, 2007. Loving wife of the late Charles "Wes" Schenkel (1984); loving mother of Barbara (Harvey) Moss of Lincoln, CA and Susan (William) Vlach of Mountain View; beloved grandmother of Robert (Gina) Moss, Catherine Moss, William (Jane) Vlach and Traci (Donald) Terluin; devoted great-grandmother of Richard (April) Vlach, Krystal Vlach, Jeremy Vlach and Nathaniel Moss; predeceased by parents, Herbert O. & Grace E. Williams and sisters, Lauretta, Florence, Mabel & Irma; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A native of Redwood City, CA, aged 90 years. Mrs. Schenkel belonged to the Native Daughters of the Golden West in Redwood City and being a long time resident of Menlo Park, has lived in Los Altos for the past 13 years. Private interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park has been held. Arrangements by the Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, Mountain View, CA. Contributions are preferred to Pathways Hospice, 585 No. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085 or the Charles "Wes" Schenkel Memorial at Saint Francis High School, 1885 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040, c/o Development Office. Many thanks to Susan K. and all the wonderful Pathways caregivers, especially Donna, Mom's special "angel".
DAN ERIC MILLER
Dan Eric Miller of Mountain View, CA, at rest in Belmont, CA on January 2, 2007. Born June 19, 1941 in New York City, NY. Retired Industrial Engineer at Hewlett Packard. Dan is survived by Margaret "Micki" Miller of Mountain View and his two sons Jeremy and his wife Amy; and Joshua and his wife Rachel. Memorial services were held at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. Internent at Alta Mesa Memorial Park