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Obituaries

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

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January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on a small ranch outside of Granbury, Texas to John Silas Smith and Mary Francis Huston “Windell” was the second of four brothers: Travis Marlin, Eddie Lee & Wesley Royce.

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HOWARD WARNER STOKES

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Howard Warner Stokes, 83, of Los Altos Hills, passed away peacefully on Nov. 6, 2014 after a long illness. He was born July 15, 1931 in Santa Monica, California, the only child of Howard Benjamin Johnstone Stokes and Josephine Warner Stokes. The family lived in West Los Angeles where Warner attended University High School, Santa Monica College and UCLA. After college he joined the Navy, receiving his wings as a U.S. Naval Aviator May 8, 1956. He served on the USS Kearsarge, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, in 1957. In 1959, after the service, Warner joined Western Airlines, which later became Delta Airlines. He was promoted to captain in 1968 and retired in 1991.

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EDWARD SANCHEZ

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Longtime Los Altos resident Edward Sanchez passed away on November 3, 2014 at the age of 87. Born in Hanford, California, Edward served as a Gunner’s Mate Third Class in the Navy during World War II. He went into real estate development after the war, developing hundreds of residential and commercial buildings throughout the Bay Area and beyond in his more than 50-year career.

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DAN RASDAL

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Obituaries are difficult to write as they force you to summarize and assess a person’s life in the form of a few paragraphs. The life of William Daniel Rasdal cannot be told in a mere couple of paragraphs, for it would span a series of novels, each a series unto themselves. But I can tell you a little bit about Dan, and maybe that will suffice.

Dan Rasdal was like Gandalf. He was the old, robust wise man who kept the fellowship together. For Dan, that fellowship was his family.

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CHRISTIAN EUGENE HANSEN

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Christian Eugene Hansen, 61, a 30 year resident of Los Altos, passed away of a heart attack on November 5, 2014 in Los Altos, California. Chris was born to Eugene & Jeanine Hansen June 12, 1953 in Salt Lake City. He graduated from East High School, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to the Eastern States Mission, then returned to Salt Lake where he continued his education and was a Pi Kapp at the University of Utah where he graduated with a BS Degree. He met and married his sweetheart Cindy Hale on June 22, 1977 in the Salt Lake Temple.

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SARGENT MACGREGOR BINKLEY

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Died on October 10, 2014

Sargent was born in Berkeley, California on December 3, 1974 and raised mainly in Los Altos. After a short move to New Jersey, he returned to California and then moved with his family to England. Sargent attended Kingsbury Hill House and Pinewood School. He was the youngest student ever to pass the swimming test. He loved being able to ride one of the school’s horses to various historic places and take karate. Pinewood was mostly a boy’s school which made it ideal for Sargent to “muck about”.

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PETER WARD

1919 – 2014

Peter (Pete) Ward, 95, passed away November 4, 2014 at his residence at Amber Grove Place surrounded by his loving family. The son of an Irish immigrant, Pete was born and raised in San Francisco, one of seven brothers and sisters who lived above the family grocery store, the Sunnyside Market. Pete met his sweetheart and his future wife Lillian of 72 years while working in the family store. He married Lillian in September 1942.

Pete is a veteran of WWII. He was in his senior year of studies in mechanical engineering at U.C. Berkeley when Pearl Harbor was attacked December 7, 1941. He and his classmates were allowed to graduate in May but were recruited immediately into the service as junior officers. Pete spent most of the next 4 years in the Pacific theatre, supervising a battleship gun repair crew aboard a destroyer escort.

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Bill Mayhood remembered for decades of community service

Bill Mayhood, a longtime Los Altos resident and community volunteer, passed away Oct. 9.

Mr. Mayhood served as president of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and volunteered in support of several organizations, including helping with projects at the Los Altos Senior Center, adding a reading room to the Los Altos main library and participating in the annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade and Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival.

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MARCELLINE CHARTZ SMITH

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January 29, 1926 - October 23, 2014

Marcelline C. Smith passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Los Altos Hills at the age of 88 after a brief illness.

Born in San Francisco to John and Marguerite Chartz and raised in Carson City, NV, Marcie was forever devoted to her family and friends, and remained fiercely loyal to her Nevada roots. Marcie graduated from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco with a degree in mathematics.

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MARGARET AND ROBERT SCHREIBER

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Margaret (Peg) Schreiber passed away on August 24, 2014. Her husband, Robert, passed away just a few weeks later on September 27, 2014. They were married for 59 years. Margaret and Bob were born in the Bronx and Queens, respectively, and moved to Sunnyvale, California around the time they were married. They met when Margaret was a flight attendant (in those days called a stewardess) for United Airlines.

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JOE HICKS COUCH

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February 4, 1930 ~ October 22, 2014

Joe Hicks Couch, 84, a long-time resident of Los Altos passed away Wednesday morning in his home, peacefully, with his family. He was the adored husband of Josephine Buchanan Couch, his wife of 38 years and loving father and step-father of: Michael P. Couch ~ deceased 2005, J Mark Couch, Pate Couch - Piro, Katherine Bowen, William Bowen ~ deceased 1987, Stuart Bowen; and grandfather of Joseph Travis Couch, Christina Austin Couch, Carter Bigelow, William Hommert, Anca Hommert and Danielle Merpaw mother of Michael and Minerva. He is also survived by his cousin Nancy Stent of San Francisco and former wife of 20 years Elaine Couch of Novato. His family members reside in the Bay Area

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ROBERT B. GRADY

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1/12/43 – 10/18/14

Bob Grady passed away on October 18, 2014, at the age of 71. He died suddenly as a result of a ruptured aneurysm while visiting Yosemite Valley. Bob is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jan Grady, as well as two children, Sean and Erin, a step-daughter, Dianne, and three grandchildren, William, Claire, and Abigail.

Bob was born in Chicago in 1943, to Paul and Bernice Grady, and was raised in Maywood, Illinois. He and his older brother Paul Lee enjoyed athletics and were avid basketball and baseball players. Bob also loved listening to classical music and playing the piano.

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ROLAND EDWARD MEYEROTT PHD

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November 20, 1916 –September 4, 2014

Resident Los Altos Hills

Roland “Rollie” Meyerott was born on November 20, 1916 in Baldwin, Illinois, the 2nd of 7 children, to parents’ John and Teresa Meyerott. His family moved to the small farm town of Coleridge, Nebraska in 1917 where he later worked in the family’s chicken hatchery and the Meyerott Garage, the first Chevrolet dealership outside Lincoln where they sold and serviced cars.

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JAMES KEITH BEDFORD

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Born in San Bruno Dec 9, 1922 and died in Lincoln CA., Oct 5, 2014. Keith was a much loved teacher, artist, golfer & friend. He is survived by his wife of 39 years Lissi - and 3 children, one deceased, & one stepson. 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Keith was a WWII fighter pilot - a true member of the greatest generation.

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ROBERT “BOB” PALMER KAHN

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Robert [Bob] Palmer Kahn age 69, died peacefully at home on Friday, October 17, 2014. He died from complications after a long battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma.

Born January 31, 1945, in Norfolk, Virginia, Bob spent his adult life in various parts of the San Francisco Bay area.  He practiced law until his retirement in 2002 and then turned his full-time attention to his passion, photography, and to spending quality time with his family and many friends.

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DAVID S. NIVISON

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David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that street.

He was born January 17, 1923 in Farmingdale, Maine.  In 1944 he married Cornelia (Green), who died in 2008.  He was the loving father of Louise McCoy (husband Lee) of Pettigrew, AR; Helen T. Nivison, of Ithaca, NY; David G. Nivison of Soquel, CA; and James N. Nivison (wife Lolly) of Los Altos, CA.  There are six granddaughters:  Joanna, Marina, Audrey, Camilla, Chelsea, and Maya.  He had one great grandson, Noah.

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ROGER WELLINGTON SANDS

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Roger Wellington Sands, 85, died on October 7th, 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA. He will be remembered as a kind, fun and generous man that deeply loved his wife and family. 

Roger was born in Boston Massachusetts the son of Donald Phipps Sands and Lucile Nash Sands ion June 5th, 1929. He graduated from Bordentown Military Institute (’47) and Babson College (‘51) with a degree in Business. Roger and Marcia married in the summer of ’49. Soon after graduating from Babson, he responded to the call ‘Go West Young Man’. His first career stop was Cleveland, Ohio and the birthplace of his son Donald Phipps Sands the III.

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MICHAEL D. “MICKEY” HEEGER

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Heeger, Michael D., “Mickey,” 92, of Los Altos, CA, passed away on October 12, 2014, in Los Altos. Mickey was born in St. Paul, MN to the late Otto and Edith Scott Heeger. He was an accomplished child actor and dancer, who appeared in movies alongside Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. He majored in business at the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the Skull and Dagger, president of the sophomore and junior classes and the College of Commerce, wrote for the Daily Trojan and was president of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon.

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JOANNE DYALL

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Joanne Dyall, 90, of Los Altos, passed away October 18, 2014 in Mountain View, California.

Joanne was born in Champaign, Illinois to Harry A. and Ethyl Hills on April 1, 1924. She attended University of Illinois Laboratory High School and graduated in 1941. She went on to graduate with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (her name is engraved in bronze at the university library as part of this honor).  She was an elementary school teacher for many years at Montague Elementary School in Santa Clara.

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JEAN MARIE CUFF

Jean Marie Cuff, a longtime resident of Los Altos Hills, CA passed away peacefully in August 2014. Born in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, she worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she met her husband of 50 years, Kermit Cuff. In 1957 they moved to California and settled in Los Altos Hills. Jean was a full time mother and raised four children, and later did a lot of volunteer work, most recently at Stanford Hospital.

Jean was a proud and supportive mother of her children, Kermit Cuff, Jim Cuff, Carolyn Kendrick, and Cindy Heintzelman. She is survived by her brothers Bill Lamie of Massachusetts, and Jack Lamie of Utah, and by her daughter in law, Lindsey Cuff and sons in law Steve Kendrick and Keith Heintzelman. Jean’s highlight was spending time with granddaughters Kensey and Brooke Kendrick. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit.

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MARGARET MAE STEPHENS

At Rest on Thurs. Oct. 16, 2014 in Sunnyvale. Born Jan. 5, 1921 in Vancouver, WA. Margaret was a graduate of Palo Alto High School. She married Brad Stephens in 1942 and resided in Los Altos for the last 58 yrs. Margaret worked in the family business for 40 yrs. She was involved in American Legion Auxiliary, Boys State and Girls State of Palo Alto. Brad and Margaret enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Lake Tahoe area. Survived by husband Brad; Daughters Barbara (Richard) Collins and Carol Bradley; Her sister Frances Dupret, grandchildren: Patricia, Michael, Steve, Scott, and Shannon, 9 great grandchildren and her nieces and nephews.

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