Patricia Jennings: Former Los Altos resident restored historic Paul Shoup House

Patricia Bock Jennings, known in Los Altos for her exacting efforts in restoring the historic Paul Shoup House, died unexpectedly Sept. 16 at her home in San Jose. Mrs. Jennings was 46.OBIT trisha
    Mrs. Jennings, an attorney, spearheaded the restoration project during the time her family lived in the landmark house at 500 University Ave. She retrofitted everything in the 1910-era home – from door handles to light fixtures – to reflect historical authenticity. Her efforts led to the home’s inclusion in 2011 on the National Register of Historic Places, the first such designation in Los Altos. Mrs. Jennings, who saw the project through with enthusiasm and determination, held a 100th anniversary birthday party for the house in 2010, inviting the public and the Shoup family heirs.
    Friends and family report that such passion and generosity was typical of Mrs. Jennings, born Patricia Yolanda Bock in Hoboken, N.J., in 1968. She was the older child of Charles and Irma Bock, who moved to Fairfield in 1981.
    Friends and family described Mrs. Jennings as “super smart” and “generous.” She earned degrees from UC Davis and McGeorge School of Law, the latter marked by years of service to Phi Mu.
    “Tricia loved parties, especially ones with themes, and she graciously hosted showers, birthday parties, book signings and Phi Mu events,” said her husband, Bill, whom she married in 2002.
    The couple moved to Los Altos that same year. The Jenningses
sold the Shoup House in 2012 and moved to San Jose.
    Mrs. Jennings is survived by her husband and five children: Olivia, 11; William, 10; Henry, 8; Mark, 3; and Elizabeth, 5 months. She is also survived by her parents; her brother, Erick; her sister-in-law, Courtney; and their two children, Connor, 11, and Madeline, 8, who reside in Fairfield.
    “Tricia loved being a wife and mother,” Bill said. “Not only did she lovingly care for and homeschool her children, but also loved having fun with her family – whether it was playing games, swimming in the pool or taking a trip. Much of her computer and adult time was spent researching curriculum and discussing child rearing with other parents.”
    Mrs. Jennings was confirmed as a Catholic as an adult and was an active member of St. Frances Cabrini Parish. Her Catholic community also extended into the Regina Pacis homeschool families throughout the Bay Area.
    A rosary with eulogies is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Frances Cabrini Parish, 15333 Woodard Road, San Jose. A rosary and Latin Requiem Mass are slated 11:30 a.m. Friday at Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, 1375 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose.
    In recognition of her time in Los Altos, a community memorial is set 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Patricia Bock Jennings Memorial Scholarship, Phi Mu Foundation, 400 Westpark Dr., Peachtree City, GA 30269.


Kevin Incorvia and Jean Anne Currivan

Jean Anne Currivan and Kevin Incorvia

Jean Anne Currivan and Kevin Incorvia were married July 13 at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Portola Valley.

The bride is the daughter of Bruce and Annamaria Currivan of Los Altos. She graduated from UC Berkeley and is a doctoral candidate in physics at Harvard University.



Medical school student earns UC scholarship

Los Altos resident Kristen Lavelle, a graduate of Mountain View High School, received the UC Riverside Medical School Founders’ Scholarship at the school’s White Coat Ceremony Aug. 8. The ceremony recognizes students’ entry into the medical profession as each slips into the profession’s traditional white coat. Lavelle is a member of the UC Riverside Class of 2018.

Lavelle graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley. Her parents – Caroline Lavelle of Los Altos and Joe Lavelle of Saratoga – attended the ceremony.



Anthony Brown and Danielle Maher

Danielle Maher and Anthony Brown

Danielle Maher and Anthony Brown have announced their engagement to be married next summer at The Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. A reception will follow at the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Linda and Michael Maher of Los Altos. She graduated from St. Francis High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is studying to become a pediatric critical care nurse-practitioner at UC San Francisco. She is employed as a registered nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in the pediatric intensive care unit.



Jessica Laurie, Luis Hunter Martinez and four-legged friend

Jessica Laurie and Luis Hunter Martinez

Jessica Laurie and Luis Hunter Martinez have announced their engagement to be married in June in Longmont, Colo.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Drs. Joseph and Debra Vallner of Los Altos Hills. She graduated from Mountain View High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in media studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master’s in education from Regis University. She teaches fourth grade at High Point Academy.



OBIT RichardLetts

Dick Letts passed away peacefully on Sept 12, 2014 surrounded by his family at the family home in Los Altos.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Noreen; his sons Greg and Doug, his daughter Karen (Dave) Wisser; and eight grandchildren: Christian, Danielle, Hayden, Michael, Katie, Katherine, Ryan and Nathan.  



OBIT VincentMurphy REV

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. Fought the disease 13 years.



OBIT JeraldChristiansen

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Logan, Utah with his brother, Henry (Barbara), who survives him.


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