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Obituaries

JEFF JOHNSON

OBIT JeffJohnson

Jan 10, 1967 - Aug 10, 2014

Jeff was born and raised in Los Altos. He was a graduate of Los Altos High School. He then went to Foothill College where he had an opportunity to spend 3-months in Europe through a study abroad program. That experience sparked his interest in international business and he went on to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (International Business) at San Jose State. He was affiliated with the SAE fraternity as was his father.

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Bernadette Bennett: Swim teacher, U.S. Masters competitor


Mrs. Bennett

Mountain View resident Bernadette Mary Bennett passed away July 28. She was 87.

Mrs. Bennett was born the fifth of eight children in Cleveland to Adam and Mildred Masarik, both Slovak-born. She moved to Los Angeles at age 18.

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DALE D. BOWERSOCK, JR.

Dale Bowersock died May 13, 2014, at 76 years of age.  

He was a native of Kansas, a graduate of Kansas State University and a long-time CPA in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, and daughters, Kim (Samuel), Liz (Steve) and grandchildren, Elodie, Aurora, Cedric and Malcolm.

He was a golfer, a reader of westerns, a jazz buff, a lover of sunsets and thunderstorms.  

In the years before Dale needed care, the Los Altos Senior Center provided him and Joan a respite and outlet.  The Monday-Wednesday Bocce group gave friendly companionship and the gift of laughter.

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JAMES J. SCHRIVER

A longtime resident of Santa Clara, Calif., passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by family on August 4, 2014. He was 87.

Known as "Jim" by his closest friends, "Buddy" by his family, and "Grandpa" by his many grandchildren, James Schriver was born February 9, 1927 in Werner, N.D. He spent much of his childhood in Fargo, ND. Jim enlisted in the United States Navy in Jan 1945 at the age of 17, and quickly began work as a flight mechanic working alongside pilots and engineers to maintain the Navy's air fleet. Jim would spend the next 22 years in service of his country, traveling around the world. In his later years, Jim loved to boast that his service allowed him to visit all seven continents on the globe — even Antarctica.

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MAXINE S. GOAD

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Maxine Steineke Goad died Monday, July 28, 2014, at the age of 83 of multi-infarct dementia.  She was preceded in death in the year 2000 by her husband Walter B. Goad. She is survived by her children Marian Goad, Chris Goad, and Donna Goad (Paul Johnson) and grandsons (all of New Mexico), her sister Marian Taaffe of Los Altos Hills, her Taaffe nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephew.

She was born November 17, 1930, in Palo Alto, California, to Max and Florence Steineke.

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WESLEY PIERCE AYRES

OBIT WesAyres

Wes passed away peacefully at his home on July 27,2014, just two months before his 90th birthday.

Born in Los Angeles, his family moved to Fresno when Wes was 14 years old. He joined the Navy in 1943, serving on a destroyer in the Pacific theater. 

He and the former Mickie O'Neal met after his return to Fresno, and were married on March 12, 1948. The young couple moved to the Bay Area where Wes earned his PhD in physics at Stanford University. In 1955 Wes and Mickie moved to Los Altos, where they raised their two sons, Tim and Dan.

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TIMOTHY WARREN WATSON (TIM)

OBIT TimothyWatson

Born June 2, 1935, died peacefully on August 11, at home in Mountain View, surrounded by his family. He died of complications of Parkinson’s Disease after a courageous 15-year battle.

Tim was the beloved husband of 55 years to his college sweetheart, Ann. He was born in Boulder, Colorado to Robert J. and Gretchen Warren Watson, and was the eldest of 5 children.

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EDWIN SCHMITZ

OBIT EdwinSchmitz

July 29, 1928 - August 2, 2014

Edwin F. Schmitz died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.

Ed was born on July 29, 1928 in Madison, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of 5 children of Gertrude and F Edwin Schmitz. He was a lovable playful child called “Snicky” and “the last twig on the vine”!

He attended Edgewood High School in Madison and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

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JERRE ARTHUR GONZALES

OBIT JerreGonzalesApril 26, 1935 – July 21, 2014 

Los Altos, CA

Long time Los Altos resident and business owner, Jerre Arthur Gonzales, passed away at his home on July 21, 2014 at the age of 79. He is survived by his wife, Carol Gonzales, his children, Jay Gonzales and Sara Gonzales-Erhan, his sister, Maxine (Gonzales) Chavez, his two brothers Dick Gonzales and James Gonzales and his 5 grandchildren. 

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SHERRY DYCE BARBA

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Sherry Dyce Barba, dear wife of Peter Barba, and a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2014, at The Forum, in Cupertino. She was surrounded by loving family members and visited continuously in her last weeks by a legion of friends and neighbors. Only a month earlier, she had celebrated her 80th birthday, taking off the next day for a biking trip in Europe, when she was suddenly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. True to form, she remained active and full of life to the very end. 

Sherry was born in 1934 in Los Angeles, California to Stanley and Marjorie Dyer Ward. She grew up in Glendale, West Point New York, Burbank and Phoenix, Arizona, where she graduated from North Phoenix High School as Salutatorian. 

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IN MEMORIAM: ENA PATRICIA (PADDY) SAPER

Ena Patricia (Paddy) Saper departed this life Aug 12, 2013 to be with our mother, father and brothers, Jimmy and Bobby. It has been a long sad year without her especially for her many close loving friends and family, near and far and so many others that her life embraced (Church, golf, travel, bridge, really too numerous to mention). So often many would fondly remember how she could regale them with her enormous capacity of relating hilarious and whimsical stories, a truly rare gift given to few.

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FRANCIS P. “F.P.” MILLER

OBIT FrancisMiller

On the afternoon of July 29, 2014, Frank “F.P.” passed away at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson, Michigan. F.P. was born to Louis B. and Mary L. Miller on September 18, 1955. He was a graduate of Parkside High School and a resident of Mountain View, California where he lived with his lifelong sweetheart Lyta.

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BARBARA WISSLER LETTS

OBIT BarbaraLetts

April 25, 1957- July 17, 2014 

Barbara passed away after an extended illness with ALS. She never gave in and never let the disease define her. Barb was committed to all around her living an inspired life they love. She lived this right through her illness. She will be terribly missed by her family, her many friends, co-workers, and colleagues.

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FLORENCE HEEGER

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July 21, 1926 – July 16, 2014

Resident of Los Altos since 1952

Florence Heeger, who balanced a full life both professionally and personally, died July 16th in Sunnyvale surrounded by her two children, son-in-law, and devoted caregivers. 

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DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portland, OR in 1951. He went on to study medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO followed by internships and residency at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, CA and Highland View Hospital in Cleveland, OH. He moved to the Bay Area in 1964 with his family and settled in Los Altos where he was on staff at El Camino Hospital before opening his own private practice in electromyography diagnostics.

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STEWART WILLARD MITCHELL

OBIT StewartMitchell

Resident of Lincoln, California

November 18, 1924-July 21, 2014

Stewart passed away after a long illness at his home on Monday. He touched so many lives in his 89 years.

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EVA ANTONIO “TONY” CALK

OBIT EvaCalk

Eva Antonio “Tony” Calk, a resident of Los Altos, CA, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2014. She was 104 years old.

She was born in her parents’ farm house in the rural community of Silver Valley, Texas on December 14, 1909. She attended high school in the nearby town of Coleman and North Texas State Teachers College in Denton. Tony married Henry Trueman Calk, son of another nearby farm family, in 1935.

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JOHN EDWARD EVANS

OBIT John-Evans

December 2, 1929 - July 6, 2014

John passed away peacefully, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by family at Villa Siena Retirement Community in Mountain View, California, on Sunday, July 6th at the age of 84.

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CLIFFORD E. MAURER

OBIT CliffordMaurer

84, of Los Altos, CA 

Died peacefully on June 30, 2014

Cliff was born Christmas Day, 1929 in Manitowac, Wisconsin.

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RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

OBIT RichardBrennan

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Army during World War II after which he majored in English at San Francisco State on the GI Bill and then became a journalist for the Ukiah newspaper.

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RAMONA SUE CHOWN

OBIT RamonaChown

Ramona Sue Chown passed away peacefully at home in Los Altos Hills with family by her side on May 28th, 2014 at the age of 85. She was born in Tennessee in 1929. She then moved to Los Angeles in her early teens with her family where she met and later married her husband, John Chown, in 1949. They moved to Palo Alto in 1954 and then to Los Altos Hills in 1965. Ramona was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years. She is survived by her two children & their spouses, Nancy (Jerry) and Tim (Valerie) and her four grandchildren, Melissa, Andy, Eric and Chris.

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