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Obituaries

VIRGINIA “GINGER” CARLSEN

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Long-time Los Altos resident Virginia “Ginger” Carlsen passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s at the age of 83 on January 19th, after a long, happy and active life.

She was born in Southern California on January 13th, 1933 to Emmett and Myra Show. Her fondest childhood memories were of living on The Strand in Hermosa Beach and spending the summer barefoot on the beach with family and friends.

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JEANNETTE NATTEL ZEITMAN

January 19, 1926-January 28, 2016 

Jeannette Nattel Zeitman “Jean” passed away peacefully in her sleep at Palo Alto Assisted Living. She was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Gary, Indiana. Resided in Los Altos with her belated husband, Harold, their children, and grandchildren. Jean was a talented cook, loved attending operas, and was involved in Jewish traditions. She is survived by her children, Sandra, Barbara, Allen and Paul, and her 2 grandchildren from Switzerland, Lea and Lukas. 

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ALAN RODNEY MILLS

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Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpool, England and McGill University in Canada where he received his PhD in chemistry. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, cribbage, bridge and doing crossword puzzles.

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ALISON MINSHALL NAGY HOFFMANN (

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Alison Minshall Nagy Hoffmann died January 8, 2016 at the Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku, Hawaii, after a four year battle with cancer. She was on a holiday vacation to Maui with her husband, Alec, and their two daughters.

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JAMES STEPHEN ROBINSON

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1926 – 2016

James Stephen Robinson passed away on January 24, 2016 at age 90 after nine weeks of hospitalization and attempted rehabilitation. Jim was a resident of Los Altos for more than 40 years; the last 26 of which was at the Toyon Farm townhouse complex. 

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ROSEMARY FRASER

Rosemary Fraser, age 81, a long-time resident of the Los Altos/Palo Alto area, died peacefully Friday, the 22nd of January at her home. It was a sudden death; hypertension was the underlying cause.

Born in 1934 in Florence, Arizona, Rosemary enjoyed her extensive volunteer work at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital.  She was a life long Giant's fan.

Rosemary was a life long fan of cinema, having begun her love of the movies when an usherette at the Varsity Theater in Palo Alto. 

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EVE ZOMBER BINGHAM

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Eve Zomber Bingham passed away on December 11, 2015, at home with her family in Los Altos. Born in Germany on December 20, 1923, Eve spent her childhood in Berlin and Amsterdam. She and her family emigrated from Europe in 1939 on the SS Simon Bolivar, which tragically struck a mine and sank in the English Channel. After being rescued from the icy water, Eve ended up on her own in London during the World War II bombings. She finally learned that her father and brother were being held on the Isle of Man; her mother was never found. When reunited, the three continued to South America and eventually to New York City.

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VIRGINIA ‘ANNETTE’ CLELAND BOYENGA

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Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many, Virginia ‘Annette’ Cleland Boyenga, passed away peacefully at home on December 26, 2015 in Los Altos Hills, CA. She was 83.

Annette was born on March 8, 1932 to Orlando and Sylvia Cleland in Pasadena, CA. She graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in Liberal Arts in 1954 and took a job soon after at the YWCA in Michigan, where she met her husband, Charles Boyenga, who was a group counselor. Annette and Charles were married on November 28, 1954 and moved to Santa Monica where Charles worked for Lear Corporation and Annette was a Social Worker for the City of Los Angeles. 

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ROBERT BOND HARRISON

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August 25, 1924 – January 10, 2016

A 50 year resident of Los Altos Hills, CA, Bob Harrison passed away at his current home at the Vi, Palo Alto, CA due to congestive heart failure at the age of 91.

Bob was born in Hermosa Beach, CA to Olive Mae Phillips and Benjamin Demas Harrison. A resident of Altadena, CA, he graduated from Eliot Junior School in 1940 where he was President of the student body. He then attended Pasadena Junior College for his last 2 years of high school, graduating in 1942 after serving as President of his senior class. He enrolled at UC Berkeley, but after his freshman year his college education was interrupted when he enlisted as a navigator in the Army Air Force during World War II.

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JOHN PAUL GACHINA

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January 22, 1951 – December 27, 2015
Resident of Los Altos, California

John Paul Gachina, 64, was the founder, CEO and President of Gachina Landscape Management and a loving husband and father. Born in San Jose, John passed away peacefully at his Los Altos home surrounded by his family on December 27, 2015. 

He leaves behind his wife, Jaclyn Ishimaru Gachina, and his sons Michael Gachina and Dominic Gachina. He is also survived by his sister Joan Marie Ramage, her husband Ed, his niece, Shannon Mees and nephew, Scott Smith and their families. His parents, Peter and Dorothy Gachina of Cupertino, preceded John in death.

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THOMAS AQUINAS FENTON

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Thomas Aquinas Fenton, father of nine, World War II transport pilot, rocket scientist and longtime Los Altos resident and Lockheed employee, died Jan. 7 following a brief illness. He was 92.

Fenton was born August 1, 1923, to Harry and Mary Harriet Butler Fenton. Harry Fenton was a plant manager for a series of hosiery mills in the South and Cuba and the family lived in Havana for a time.

Thomas Fenton graduated from Murray High School in Murray, Kentucky in 1942 and went on to Murray State Teacher's College. The war was on and he dropped out of Murray State in 1943 to enlist in the Army.

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JAMES EDWARD SPRINGGATE

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James Edward Springgate of Los Altos Hills died January 8, 2016.  He was 89 years old.

Jim was born January 3, 1927 in New Haven, Missouri, the eldest son and third of five children of Clyde Price and Alma Patton Springgate. He joined the U.S. Army in 1945. Following 18 months’ active service he attended the University of Missouri, graduating with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He later received his Masters in Chemical Engineering from Washington University. In 1950 he joined Monsanto Company in St. Louis, where he met Jane Reckamp. They were married in 1955 and had two children, John Springgate and Ann Springgate. Jane, his wife of 57 years, passed away in 2013.

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MARJORIE “JODY” MUELLER COPELAND

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Marjorie “Jody” Mueller Copeland, of Laguna Woods California, passed away unexpectedly on January 18th. Born in St. Louis Missouri, Jody moved to Anchorage Alaska with her family and graduated high school from Anchorage High School. Jody was the youngest of three girls born to Lil and Hap Mueller. After graduating high school Jody attended Webster College and moved to Sun Valley and was a ski instructor before being hired by Northwest Airlines as a flight attendant. Jody met and married the love of her life, Bob Copeland, in Seattle. They settled in Southern California before moving to Los Altos, California to raise their family. Jody loved attending her two boys’ sporting events and was very involved in their activities in Los Altos.  She worked for several Silicon Valley start-ups before settling into the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for 10 years.

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WILLIAM MOREHEAD YOUNG

William Morehead Young, long time resident of Los Altos Hills and third generation Californian, passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on January 2, 2016. His was a long and productive life. He was born on August 17, 1923 to George Demming and Olivia Rudolph Young on Mountain Boulevard in the Oakland hills.  His youth was spent there with his two brothers, George and Bob, and three sisters, Winnie, Jean, and Marion; three survive him.  Bill loved roaming the hills on foot or horseback, fishing, hunting and trapping, building things, and helping with the family dairy.   

During WWII, Bill graduated high school early to enlist in the Navy in 1941 at age 17 ½. He attended pre-flight school at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, got his flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was stationed in Florida where he was a flight instructor for fighter planes until the war ended in 1945. Bill served in the Navy Reserves after the war, attended Purdue University for three years, and graduated from USC with a BS degree in aeronautical engineering in 1950.  

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VIRGINIA ANDERSON “ANDY” TOWNSEND

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Longtime Los Altos and Palo Alto resident Virginia Anderson “Andy” Townsend passed away at the age of 96 in San Rafael, California on December 30, 2015 after a long, active and healthy life.

She was born on October 22, 1919 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Alfred Oscar Anderson and Gena Berger Anderson. Virginia was proud of her 100% Norwegian heritage, which she was able to trace back through seven generations to 1792. Lutefisk and lefse at Christmas were traditions she passed down to her children and grandchildren over the years.

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HARRIET LINDSEY (LINDY) MCLEOD

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Harriet Lindsey (Lindy) McLeod, passed away peacefully at home in Los Altos, on January 6, 2016. She was 89 years old.

Lindy was born in San Francisco on July 22, 1926, to Estelle and Paul Lindsey. She was the fourth generation in her family to live in, and second generation to be born in, San Francisco. Along with her older sister, Adrienne, Lindy enrolled in Dominican Convent School (now known as San Domenico) as a boarder at age five. She was the youngest student ever to enroll, and was assigned her own postulant, charged with looking after the tiny student. With the exception of two years (7th and 8th grades, when she attended Grant School in San Francisco), Lindy completed all her primary and secondary education at Dominican Convent School. Her older brother, Louis, boarded at Tam School for Boys nearby. After graduation from Dominican, class of 1943, Lindy enrolled at Stanford University and graduated in 1947.

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GORDON PATTERSON

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Gordon Patterson, 85, passed away peacefully on November 27.  Gordon was born in Oklahoma and moved to California during the Depression and settled first in Porterville and then Pacific Grove as a young boy. While attending the local high school, he met his future wife of 64 years, Patricia Louise Patterson.  Gordon went to San Jose State and SJ City College where he earned a degree in drafting. He spent the early years of his marriage in Menlo Park but spent 50 years in Los Altos. He was always involved in construction as a union carpenter. He worked  for Harrod & Williams and Vance Brown as a superintendent on commercial work. After a long career, he retired to become a small general contractor working on homes in and around Los Altos.

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CHRISTINE CORRIGAN

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Christine Corrigan formerly of Los Altos Hills passed away on December 24, 2015 at her home in Redwood City, California, surrounded by her family and friends at the age of 50. Christine, the third child of Sigrun and Wilfred Corrigan was born in Phoenix, Arizona on November 7, 1965. 

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PAUL CHARLES PICKERT

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2/7/27 – 12/19/15 

Paul Charles Pickert passed away peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 19, 2015, at the age of 88. 

Born Feb. 7, 1927, Paul was the second of four children of Anna Louise and Aloysius Pickert of Batavia, New York. He attended St. Joseph’s Parochial School, Batavia High School and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from Princeton University in 1948. He briefly served in the Navy before attending the University of Buffalo Law School.

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MARILYN TERMAN

Resident of Mountain View
December 20, 1939 - December 20, 2015

Marilyn Terman passed away at home on her 76th birthday. She is survived by her husband Terry, sons Jim and Martin, sister Judy, niece Brooke and beloved grand nieces Courtney and Audrey.

Marilyn loved reading about English and American history, attending local theatrical productions and singing in her church's choir. She also served as the treasurer of the Los Altos/Mountain View League of Women Voters.

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ELIZABETH JANE DARROW

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Resident of Los Altos
Aug. 2, 1921 – Dec. 13, 2015

Elizabeth Jane Darrow was born Elizabeth Jane Chubb at Merritt Hospital in Oakland, CA, the daughter of Gertrude Chubb, a teacher, and Phillip Chubb, an engineer for the Standard Oil Company. Elizabeth Jane grew up on Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley just blocks from Cal’s Memorial Stadium. Known as “Betty Jane” during her childhood and “B.J.” as an adult, she was the youngest of three children, preceded into the world by her brother Phillip and sister Alice.

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