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DR. BILL B. MAY

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September 2, 1935 – June 6, 2016 Los Altos Hills 

Bill Bruce May, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully at age 80 on June 6th, 2016, with his family at his side. He was born in Sturgis, South Dakota to parents John and Weltha May, and grew up on a ranch outside Sturgis, near Mount Rushmore. As a farm kid, he attended a one-room rural schoolhouse with one teacher and about 12 kids representing all grades below high school. At Sturgis High School, Bill met his wife to be Marka, and they began a journey together spanning over 60 years. Bill was a very driven man, with honesty and integrity his cornerstone values. 


MARY ELLEN WEBSTER

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Mary Ellen Webster, 94, of Mountain View, a most dear and delightful mother and friend passed away in her sleep June 10. Born in Watonga, OK on Easter Sunday 1922 by the light of an oil lamp which also lit her path as she made her transition. 

VALERIE ALICE BODO

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Valerie Alice Bodo, passed away peacefully in the loving care of her children at her home in Los Altos on May 30, 2016. Valerie will be remembered and held dear in our hearts for us to share her faith, love, and kindness. Funeral services were held at St. Simons Church on June 11, 2016.

ROBERT FREDERICK BALLUS, JR.

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Saratoga, CA

Robert Frederick Ballus, Jr. passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016. Born in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Marie Eattock and Robert Frederick Ballus, the family moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, where Bob and his sister, Kathryn, grew up. He was an Eagle Scout and represented Shaker Heights High School at Boys State. He had a lifelong and passionate interest in politics. 

ALICE M. WILLIAMS

Alice M. Williams, born on July 15, 1922 in Landa, North Dakota, daughter of John and Lillie Grann of Landa, North Dakota, passed away on June 3, 2016 at the age of 93. 

Growing up, Alice helped on her parent’s farm and assisted with cooking for her family of 9. She also worked in the local hotel where a traveling dance band became stranded during a particularly bad blizzard. A local HAM radio operator let the band broadcast over his set—this was Lawrence Welk’s first radio broadcast! Alice would work in the “cook wagons” during harvest season preparing 3 hearty meals a day for the thrashing and harvester crews. These experiences along with the family preparation of traditional Norwegian foods enabled Alice to perfect her baking talents. These talents were enjoyed by generations of family and friends. 

WILLIAM J. ALMON

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1932 – 2016

Los Altos, CA

William J. "Bill" Almon passed away peacefully on Monday, June 13, 2016, with his family at his side, after a valiant struggle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 22, 1932, he is the youngest son of the late Louise and Daniel Almon. Bill attended Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a 1954 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. 

MARILYN “TERRY” RAE CLAWSON

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Marilyn “Terry” Rae Clawson passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Terry was born on June 13, 1933 in Mesa, Arizona to the late Dr. Melvin Lloyd and Editha Rae (Smith) Kent. She met Charles Curtis Clawson while attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They were married for 62 wonderful, fulfilling, warm, honorable, fun and loving years.

THOMAS MICHAEL WEBSTER, SR.

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Thomas Michael Webster, Sr. passed away gently and peacefully surrounded by loved ones on May 9th, 2016. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Tom received his degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He went on to study law at Georgetown University while working at the U.S. Patent office and the Dept. of Naval Research in Washington DC. In 1966, he joined the Chicago patent law firm of Wolf, Hubbard, Voit and Osann as a practicing patent attorney.

REGINA MARIE (DOOLEY) MARTIN

Regina Marie (Dooley) Martin, daughter of John Henry Dooley and Edna Donicia (Gianelli) Segur, step daughter of Clyde Henry Segur (one of the founding fathers of Los Altos), wife of Edward Joseph Martin, mother of Susan Elizabeth Martin and Edward Joseph Martin, Jr, (Kim) passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Mountain View Healthcare Center.

CAROL JEAN OBERT HARLESS

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1934 – 2016

Carol Jean Obert Harless, 82, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Murray, Utah. Carol was born on March 20, 1934 to Carl and Hazel Lewis Obert in Inglewood, California.

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

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Resident of Los Altos 
August 18, 1920 - May 11, 2016 

Ernie died peacefully at his home, just a few months short of his 96th birthday. 

Ernie had an amazing life, born in Germany he and his family fled the Nazi's soon after Kristallnacht in 1938, making their way to Manila in the Philippines then eventually to San Francisco. Having been an Architecture student in Germany he continued that pursuit a bit in Manila but ultimately started an interior design business with his brother in Palo Alto called American Interiors.

VIRGINIA ANNE PAVLINA

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Virginia Anne Pavlina died peacefully in her sleep, March 24, 2016, 89 years young. She was interred at a private ceremony at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery – Foyer of the All Saints Chapel, Los Altos, CA, April 23.

Her friends affectionally called her Gini; but grandchildren (5) and great grandchildren (6) fondly knew her as Nini. But to her children, Steve and Julie, she will always be remembered as the Bocce Ball Queen, undefeated in play at the annual picnic of the Jugo-Slav Napredak Club, July, 2015.

H. RICHARD HOLLOW

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1930-2016

Humphrey Richard Hollow (Richard) was born in the UK on November 27, 1930. He worked in the oil fields of Iraq after graduating from college as an engineer. That’s where he lost part of his right hand in a blasting accident.

After relocating to California, he worked at NASA Ames and Syre in Mt. View for about 20 years before retiring in 1996. He loved his work as an experimental engineer where he designed parts for the space shuttle training vehicles.

BARBARA BAIRD FERGUSON

Cupertino, California - Barbara Baird Ferguson, 91, formerly of (Concord, MA; Palos Verdes, CA; Incline Village, NV), died on February 14, 2016 with family at her side. She was the beloved wife of her late husband of 60 years, David Norman Ferguson. Throughout her life, Barbara dedicated her abundant energy, compassion, support and love to her many friends, community, and her adoring family.

DONNA LOU BLANK

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November 15, 1930-May 2, 2016

Donna Blank was born on a farm in North Dakota and moved to Chicago to pursue a career in nursing where she met her husband Dr. Norman Blank. Donna was a devoted wife and mother, and cherished many good times with her extended family and close friends. She was treasured for her warm, engaging and caring personality. The family moved to Los Altos, from St Paul, MN in 1963, when Norm accepted a position at Stanford Medical School.

WILLIAM FRANCIS DUPIN

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William Francis Dupin, 75, died of natural causes on April 13th while visiting the Holy Land. Better known as Bill, he is survived by his wife Penny, his two children Doug and Brian, and his six grandchildren, Ellie, Anna, Chloe, Max, Gus and Finn Dupin.

In Memoriam: ANDREW KRUEP

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Los Altos Hills
May 12, 1990 - April 18, 2015

JAMES C. WALL

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James C. Wall passed away unexpectedly of a sudden heart attack on April 11, 2016. He was born in Los Angeles to Charles and Myrtle Wall. Very soon after his birth, they moved to eastern San Diego. He graduated from Granite Hills High School, having been class President and scoring the school’s first touchdown for the football team. He received his English Degree from Stanford University and his Masters in English from SDSU. 

DOUGLAS CHESLEY ANDERSON

OBIT DougAnderson

March 22, 1930- April 4, 2016
Resident of Los Altos

Doug passed away peacefully on April 4, 2016, surrounded by family. He was 86 years old. 

Born in Vancouver, Canada, to Chesley and Florence Anderson, he was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in social work. He enjoyed his college experience during which he created lifelong friends.

BETTE JUNE BOLANDER

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Bette passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 93 on April 4, 2016. She was married for 60 years to her late husband, Don Bolander (deceased 2003). Bette was born in Oakland, CA on June 8, 1922 to Grant and Hilda (Puranen) Ernest. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Barbara (Ernest) (Whistler) Barnes. Beloved by many she leaves her daughter, Susan Ross of Saratoga, sons Robert (Kim) Bolander of Port Angeles, WA and Richard Bolander of Cupertino. She was the grandmother of Lisa (David) Cooper, Colleen (Will) Cadiz, Melody Ross, Katie (Tim) Stanke and Julie Bolander. She was the great-grandmother of Darren, Jaxon and Jared Cooper and Arianna Cadiz.  Bette lived most of her life in Palo Alto (Palo Alto HS class of 1939), Los Altos (she and Don owned the Foodliner Market in the 40s and 50s) and Cupertino.

MARION WOODWARD HAUGH

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An Eastern Star funeral will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. for Marion Woodward Haugh, formerly of Los Altos.

Marion was born In Brooklyn, New York on August 9, 1919 to Dr. Hector and Mildred Stevenson. She grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, attended Colby Jr. College in New Hampshire, and studied fashion design at the Vesper George School of Design in Boston, Massachusetts.

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