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Obituaries

RUBY DOSHIM LAI

Ruby Doshim Lai was born on July 26, 1929 and passed away at home on January 10, 2015. A resident of Los Altos for over 50 years, Ruby is survived by her husband Bill; children Gwen, Tracy and Allyn; and grandchildren Kiyoshi and Misa.

Born on Mott Street in the heart of New York City's Chinatown, Ruby spent several years in the Ming Quong Home for girls in Oakland, CA, and graduated from Oakland High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, received her teaching credential from San Francisco State College and completed a Masters degree in Librarian Studies at San Jose State University.

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RODNEY D. ASCHENBRENNER

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Rodney D. Aschenbrenner, a long-time resident of Los Altos Hills, passed away in Bellingham, WA on December 8th, 2014, at the age of 91. Although he traveled and moved many times throughout his career, he and his family would return time and again to the family home bordering Fremont Road during the 40 years from 1967 to 2007.

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JEAN TAIT BURKE

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Jean Tait Burke, 93, of Los Altos, CA., passed away peacefully on January 10, 2015.

Jean was born September 11, 1921 in Oil City, PA. Jean was named after her grandfather, Eugene Crouch, a contractor and builder in Oil City. She was the oldest of three children after her older brother Zachary passed away shortly after birth. Her sister Cynthia and brother Howard passed away in 2007 and 2005 respectively.

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KRYSTYNA PIOTROWSKA-CIOŁKOSZ

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(1915-2015)

Krystyna Piotrowska-Ciołkosz of Mountain View in California, of Washington and Pennsylvania, of London, Paris, Brussels, of WARSAW, Poland – the objective, always honorable and honest, active witness of history, the cosmopolitan Polish lady, proud of the good in her homeland and appalled by any substandard behavior of her compatriots, the enthusiastic embracer of the greatness of America and the staunch critic of any bigotry and hypocrisy, the lover of good music and opera, the sporty and elegant beauty, maturing but always remaining young in spirit, the superb hostess and wonderful cook at an elegant table, the world traveler, connoisseur of good taste, the most loyal friend, the trusted confidante to rebellious young and troubled aged alike, the respected professional businesswoman and disciplined manager, the passionate bridge player, and above all the member of so many adopted families which would never have been the same without her and which never will be the same upon her departure - which, by the way, was on her own terms: peaceful, elegant, in her own bed, upon saying good-night to her friends with a knowing smile which proudly said: a good actor knows when it is time to leave the stage.

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JUDY HOFFMANN

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Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her husband Dave whom, she met while both were employed at a Del Monte Cannery in Emeryville, CA (married New Year’s Eve 1967 in the hills above Berkeley). They raised two sons, Alec and Todd. As a loving wife and mother, she always found ways to balance her family and her career successfully. In the recent years the wonders of being a special Nani to her 6 young grandchildren has been most endearing.

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CATALINA GUILLERMO GOROSPE

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Catalina Guillermo Gorospe passed away early Christmas morning in the Philippines with a much loved relative by her side. She was admitted to a local hospital the prior day. She succumbed to complications related to lung adenocarcinoma and cardiac valve disease at the age of 78.  She is survived by her daughter, Alicia Shimabuku of Los Altos; two brothers Leonilo Guillermo and Pedrito Guillermo; and two sisters, Jovita Marquez and Madeleine Marquez.

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NONA WITTLINGER

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Nona Wittlinger, a Los Altos resident for over 49 years, passed away on December 30, 2014 after a short illness arising from complications due to undetected cancer. She lived a full life every day up until her illness, enjoying her family and many friends. She will be greatly missed.

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JOHN WESLEY MCCABE

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John Wesley McCabe, aged 41, resident of San Jose, passed away unexpectedly from a brain seizure on December 13, 2014. The only child of James & Shirley McCabe, John enjoyed life in his youth participating in Indian Guides, Boy Scouts, swimming and soccer. He was raised in Cupertino and Los Altos. He attended Fremont Older and Montclair elementary schools, Cupertino Middle School and Homestead High School where he played for the Homestead High School water polo team.

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BROOKE SMITH BUNGE

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Brooke Smith Bunge, 48, passed away on December 29, 2014 following an illness that took her far too soon. She is survived by her husband Tash and daughter Sophie. Both down to earth and unique, Brooke touched many lives with her creative spirit, and amused many with her zest for artistic irony. Born in San Mateo and raised in Mountain View, California, Brooke graduated from Mountain View High School in 1984. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, then UC Berkeley, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, combining her passion for Art History with Literature and Humanities.

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RALPH WILSON MAY

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Dec 17, 1923 - Dec 17, 2014

Ralph Wilson May was born December 17, 1923 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Ralph and Margaret May. Over the next 91 years, Ralph helped shape the world during his 50 years as a telecom engineer and made family out of friends wherever he went. He married Helen C. Gilroy (1924-1998) in 1946, and they had three children: Ralph (1948-1969), Nancy and John. Many of their years were spent in Los Altos, with their first house on San Felicia Way and their last on Castle Lane.

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MARY E. MCCUE

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February 3, 1926 - December 29, 2014 

Mary E. McCue passed away peacefully after a brief illness and leaves behind her devoted daughters Mary Ann (Ken), Kathie (Bill), Patty (Gary), Judy, Barbara (John) and Jean; sister-in-law Mary June; grandchildren Wendy, Mary (Laurent), David, Colleen and Tim; great-grandsons Patrick, Colin and Talon; nephew J.J. (Viviana); and grandnieces Camilla and Frieda. Mary was preceded in death by her cherished husband Dr. John J. McCue; brother John J. Titus and sister-in-law Lois. 

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RONALD (RON) BUNJI NINOMIYA

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Ronald (Ron) Bunji Ninomiya, a resident of Los Altos, passed away on December 20, 2014, surrounded by his family after suffering complications from a massive heart attack. 

Ron was born to Hiroshi and Satsuko Ninomiya on November 6, 1960, in Fresno, California. When Ron was twelve years old, his family moved to Morgan Hill where Ron graduated from Live Oak High School. He attended San Jose State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, then went on to UC Berkeley for his master’s degree.

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GEORGE RONALD KIMBALL

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Feb. 10, 1922 - Dec. 29, 2014

George, 92, passed away peacefully at El Camino Hospital. Born in Richmond Hill, NY to Albert and Katrina Kimball, George grew up in New Rochelle, NY. His famous neighbor, Norman Rockwell, used young George as a model for one of his cover illustrations. In the summers, baseball legend Lou Gehrig used to treat the neighbor kids to ice-cream. George graduated from Dartmouth College and Fordham School of Banking and was employed by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, L.I., George served as a naval officer in the South Pacific. While in the Navy in San Francisco at the Officers Club, he met his devoted wife, Roberta Falen. They were married for 67 years.

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KATHERINE “KATHY” CRENSHAW

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November 1, 1933 – January 1, 2015

Katherine Therese Crenshaw of Cameron Park, age 81, passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day after a long illness.

She was born in Palo Alto, to Edward and Mary Frances Nooney. She grew up in Menlo Park and attended St. Joseph’s in Atherton. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Belmont and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Library Sciences from San Jose State University. She spent time teaching English in Japan before returning to California to work as a Kelly Girl at a printing company where she met her future husband, Rodger “Roy” Crenshaw. They were married in Sacramento in 1962 and lived briefly in Pinole before establishing their home in Los Altos for 45 years.

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ARILEEN RUTH (LARSON) BUTCHER

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After three days of hospice care at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Sunnyvale, Arileen Ruth (Larson) Butcher, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014. She succumbed to complications arising from systemic sclerosis and pneumonia at age 88, with her two daughters by her side.

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ELIZABETH BENTLEY

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Elizabeth "Betty" Aldrin Hench Bentley, a resident of Los Altos for 65 years, died on Nov. 26, 2014. She was 92.

She was born on Sept. 21, 1922, in Prescott, Arizona, to Anders and Mabel Aldrin. Shortly after, her family moved to Los Angeles where she grew up and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1940. In 1943 she graduated from Los Angeles City College with an associate's degree in art.

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RAY JOHN SCHOLZ

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Ray John Scholz of Morgan Hill passed away on December 2, 2014 at the age of 87. He was born in Santa Rosa on April 15, 1927. He was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean War.  He founded Sierra Precast in 1976. Ray enjoyed golf and time with family and friends, always sharing stories and jokes.

He spent over fifty years in Los Altos until moving last year. He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Carol; son Eric; daughter-in-law Cindy; sister Mary Monohan; sister-in-law Sonia Campbell and eight nieces and nephews.

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MERLYN "DALE" STUBBS

Merlyn "Dale" Stubbs, a 51 year resident of Los Altos Hills, passed away on December 15, 2014.

Dale was born to Harry and Anna Stubbs in Americus, Kansas on February 10, 1926.

When Dale was 9 years old his father, a carpenter, suffered a fatal heart attack. His mother became the bread winner by home baking which she sold to local residents. Dale assisted by selling and delivering products. In those early years Dale also did yard work and paper routes. 

Dale attended Americus schools until his Junior year when he obtained a job at Emporia State College. After that Summer he was able to keep the job which meant transferring credits and graduating from Emporia High School. After graduation Dale entered the US Navy SeaBees for a little over 2 years.

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BERNERD MARTIN MESETH

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Cupertino

December 6, 1920 - November 21, 2014

Bernerd, “Bernie”, Meseth, a forty-year resident of Los Altos, passed away November 21, 2014 following a brief illness.

He was a second-generation San Franciscan, the son of German-American parents. When his father left home during the Depression, Bernie helped support his mother and two sisters by working multiple jobs at the age of 13.

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DONALD YOST

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After cheating death too many times to count, Donald Yost slipped away, peacefully, on October 2, 2014, after spending 91 years traversing planet Earth. Although he struggled to communicate after his stroke in 2006, he would light up at the sight of his two sons, Jeff and Greg, his daughter-in-law Sophie, and most especially his beloved grandson, Nathan.

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SANGEETA SACHDEVA

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Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor and elder sister of Reena Duggal and Sonia Pawa.

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