OBIT GraceFranks

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on September 17, 1923. During WWII, while an early employee of the Social Security Board, she met and married handsome soldier, Ralph, who spirited her away to settle near engineering mecca, Stanford University, where she worked for the admissions office.



OBIT DennisKumamoto

Dennis Katsunori Kumamoto, passed away unexpectedly on June 28, 2015. Born in Fresno on March 24, 1950, he received a BSE from UCLA, 1972, a MEE from USC, 1974, and a MBA from CSU Dominguez Hills. He was a member of the Gamma Epsilon Omega fraternity. Dennis worked as an Electronics Engineer for over 40 years in the field of microwave electronics. Most recently working for Teledyne Microwave Solutions as a Research Scientist/Engineering Manager.


Wedding Sue Demling and David Aveni

g and David James Aveni

Sue Spahr Demling and David James Aveni were married June 27 in Los Altos. They held their reception at Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

The groom’s two children and the bride’s daughter and grandson served in the wedding party.


Wedding Michelle Donecho and Chris Duchesne

o and Chris Duchesne, right

Michelle Donecho and Chris Duchesne were married July 12, 2014. The ceremony and reception took place at The Mission at Santa Clara University and the Adobe Lodge on campus.

The bride is the daughter of Mike and Betsy Donecho of Los Altos. She graduated from St. Francis High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in education from Santa Clara University.



OBIT CharlotteWinguth

Charlotte Barbara Winguth died July 9 at the young age of 89. She is survived by her 3 daughters Sandy, Karen & Wendi, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She came to Los Altos CA with her husband Ed and 3 children 53 years ago from New Jersey. She was a RN for over 50 yrs starting in WWII as a Nurse Cadet. She was a life long Girl Scout; as a young girl and as an adult leader and a summer camp nurse. She lived by the motto "be prepared" and she always was. Charlotte was a great mom and grandma but mostly she was a devoted wife to her beloved Ed who preceded her just last July.



OBIT DanielDaggett

February 23, 1917 - July 13, 2015
Resident of Los Altos for 61 years

Dan Daggett, 98, went to be with the Lord on July 13, 2015. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and most importantly, a child of God. He is survived by his two children--Nancy Daggett Jensen (Sven), Mike Daggett (Kate), four grandchildren--Jeremy Daggett (Janelle), Jason Daggett (Laura), Lori Jensen, Brian Jensen and three great-grandchildren- Claire, Taylor and Danielle Daggett. After graduating from UCLA with a BS in Business in 1938, he began working for Southern Pacific Railroad as a stenographer. Dan worked at Southern Pacific for 41 years, working his way up to Vice President and General Manager of the Southern Pacific Land Company. He has two streets named after him for his role in securing industrial properties.



OBIT EvelynKolbe

May 3, 1920  - July 7, 2015          

Evelyn Kolbe, a long time resident of Los Altos, passed away at Mountain View Healthcare Center following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Born to Marion and Edna Meeks in Bluffton, Indiana, the second of nine children; graduated in Indiana, and met her beloved husband Carl Kolbe at a dance in Fort Wayne. Married there in 1945 she followed Carl first to Virginia, then to California. Carl preceded her in 2011. In 1946 they had their only child, a daughter, Karen Kolbe. She loved her family deeply and thrived on entertaining friends. Anyone special received one of her homemade apple pies or a jar of her strawberry jam. She was also a talented seamstress who would make everything from doll clothes to drapes. She spent many hours gardening in her yard; a source of great pride, especially her apple trees and Hinoki Cypress and roses. Carl and Evelyn loved music. They had many happy hours performing in ballroom dance shows at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo and various venues in San Francisco. She was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos and taught Sunday school for many years.



OBIT VirginiaGarland

Born: November 20, 1927; Passed On: April 14, 2015

Virginia was the daughter of George Leigh Bryan and Ruby Myrtle Bryan. She was born in Spokane, WA. While at Washington State University Pullman, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and met her husband Albert “Bert” Garland of Wenatchee, WA. They were happily married for 42 years before his death in 1989. She was a founding member of St. Nicholas Guild of the Wenatchee Episcopal Church as well as a member of the Orthopedic Guild and Wenatchee Hospital Guild.


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