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Obituaries

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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BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and was gracious to everyone who entered her life. Barbara loved her garden, all animals, dining out and long held close friends. She trusted that Time is finite. Eternity is infinite.

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GLADYS GUNN

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October 16, 1921 – July 20, 2014

Los Altos, California

Our beloved Gladys Jackson Gunn, at rest in Los Altos, will forever be remembered by her adoring family. Gladys greeted this world, on the 16th of October 1921; on the 20th of July 2014, surrounded by her family, she was greeted into the gates of heaven.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, and high school sweetheart, Benjamin Robert Gunn. They shared 68 years together making beautiful memories to be cherished by their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

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VIRGINIA R. ROBERTS

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Mrs. Virginia R Roberts was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 8th, 1925 to parents William Clarence Colwell and Mary Virginia Colwell. She was educated in Chattanooga and later attended San Mateo Junior College after moving to California. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert L Roberts, daughter Sharon Virginia Buzzini, and son Robert L Roberts. She is survived by; brother Dr Gene Thomas Colwell (Peggy) of Duluth, GA; sister-in-law Betty Lou Colwell of Oakridge, TN; daughter Donna Colby (Michael) of Turlock; son-in-law George Buzzini of Ripon; and daughter-in-law Carol Roberts of Milpitas. She is also survived by her grandson’s; Brian Buzzini (Jonelle) of Riverbank; Tim Buzzini of Modesto; Kenneth Colby (Holley) of Oakland; Ryan Colby (Molly) of Pine Grove; Jesse Colby (Chelsea) of Sutter Creek; and Robert T Roberts (Karin) of Santa Clara. As well as her great-grandchildren, Grace and Sophie Buzzini; Kate and Jack Buzzini; Shayla and Rylee Colby; Tyler, Grace and Madelyn Colby; and twins Addison and Etta Roberts expected in February.

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IDA LYONS

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Ida Lyons, long-time Los Altos resident, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 25th. She is survived by her three sons, Ladd, Greg and Rich, her five grand-children, and her younger sister, Maria Primavera.

Ida is remembered by friends and family alike for her remarkably positive attitude to life. She was always game for an adventure ("Let's go for it"), always saw the bright side ("Life is good"), and always took time to appreciate a sunset or quite moment in her Japanese garden.

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JACK WYLIE

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Jack Wylie, aged 89, passed away on the 3rd of October, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Malou, his wife of 52 years, and the loving father of daughter, Susan. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1924, he was a proud WWII veteran and was decorated for valor, receiving the Bronze Star.

Jack attended Fenn College in Cleveland on the GI bill, where he received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

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SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

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Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oregon. There she taught music to grades K-8 and lived in a boarding house. She would joke about her boarding house reach. After several years of teaching in Oregon, she moved to Menlo Park, CA where she taught second grade at Hillview Elementary School. She joined a young adult group where she met her future husband Donald Specht. Their first date was a community ski trip which led to a 54 year marriage! 

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DONNA HALLIDAY

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Donna Halliday, 85, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away Friday evening, September 26, 2014, in Kirksville, Missouri, while visiting her son.

She was born on January 25, 1929, in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Schuyler Everett and Maude Bedigrew Clark.

Donna grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Southeast High School, in the Class of 1946. She later attained her nursing degree from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas and subsequently taught nursing to the younger students. While at K.U. she met her future husband, Gordon Halliday, who at the time was a second year medical student.

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JACQUELINE (JACKIE) KOCH

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Our beautiful Jacqueline (Jackie) Koch passed away on September 8, 2014 at the age of 81 due to complications from Alzheimer’s.

Jackie was born in Reims, France and came to the United States not knowing any English. She worked hard to acclimate to her new surroundings and became a hair stylist in Washington, D.C. She later relocated to California where she met her “sweetheart” and love of her life, James (Jim) Koch, who predeceased her in October of 2012.

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VIRGINIA GRIGSBY

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Virginia (Ginny) Grigsby of Los Altos died September 4, 2014, at home, peacefully, with her family surrounding her.  She was 85 years old.

She was born on March 27, 1929, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Frank and Ruth Eck. She graduated from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. She met her husband-to-be, John, at a church picnic in 1949, and they were married in Pittsfield on July 15, 1950.

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Patricia Jennings: Former Los Altos resident restored historic Paul Shoup House


Patricia Bock Jennings, known in Los Altos for her exacting efforts in restoring the historic Paul Shoup House, died unexpectedly Sept. 16 at her home in San Jose. Mrs. Jennings was 46.OBIT trisha
    Mrs. Jennings, an attorney, spearheaded the restoration project during the time her family lived in the landmark house at 500 University Ave. She retrofitted everything in the 1910-era home – from door handles to light fixtures – to reflect historical authenticity. Her efforts led to the home’s inclusion in 2011 on the National Register of Historic Places, the first such designation in Los Altos. Mrs. Jennings, who saw the project through with enthusiasm and determination, held a 100th anniversary birthday party for the house in 2010, inviting the public and the Shoup family heirs.
    Friends and family report that such passion and generosity was typical of Mrs. Jennings, born Patricia Yolanda Bock in Hoboken, N.J., in 1968. She was the older child of Charles and Irma Bock, who moved to Fairfield in 1981.
    Friends and family described Mrs. Jennings as “super smart” and “generous.” She earned degrees from UC Davis and McGeorge School of Law, the latter marked by years of service to Phi Mu.

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A. RICHARD LETTS

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Dick Letts passed away peacefully on Sept 12, 2014 surrounded by his family at the family home in Los Altos.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Noreen; his sons Greg and Doug, his daughter Karen (Dave) Wisser; and eight grandchildren: Christian, Danielle, Hayden, Michael, Katie, Katherine, Ryan and Nathan.  

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VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

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July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. Fought the disease 13 years.

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JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

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Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Logan, Utah with his brother, Henry (Barbara), who survives him.

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GARY KENNETH EIGER

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Resident of Mountain View

May 28, 1954 - August 24, 2014

Gary Eiger passed away on Sunday, Aug. 24 at the age of 60. He is survived by the love of his life, Nancy Eiger, whom he met in the 7th grade and was married to for 21 years, and his stepchildren Talya Yaakov of Israel and Daniella Mizrahi of Menlo Park.

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LOUIS SARTO

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Louis Charles Sarto, 84, died peacefully on August 21, 2014, after eight strokes. Lou was born June 6, 1930 to Norma and Guilio Sarto of Los Altos, California.

He was educated at Mountain View Union High School, class of 1948, Santa Clara University, 1949, and graduated with a BA in accounting from San Jose State University in 1955.

Lou was employed by the Adobe Creek Lodge as Social Director, by Wells Fargo Bank of San Francisco, Trust Department, and with Gemello Winery in Mountain View, as Vice President and then President of the Winery, handling retail and wholesale sales, and blending of wines.

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ADOLPH WILLIAM LUND, JR.

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Adolph, “Dolph”, Lund, Jr., a 52 year resident of Los Altos, California, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the age of 78. He was extremely kind hearted, giving, supportive and a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.

Pop, as he was known to his family, is survived by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis Lund, and their three children. Son, Kevin Lund and wife Kristin; daughter Karen Lund; daughter Amy Van Ryswyk and husband Martin. Pop has three grandchildren Brandon, Brooke and Shannon.

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ROY F. ECKERT

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Oct. 2, 1916- Aug. 27, 2014

Born in Perry, TX, Roy graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas and Texas A&M. He married Florence Devenport in March, 1937. Due to taking flying courses in college, Roy went to work as a pilot for Pan Am in 1943 and they moved to the San Francisco Bay area. He and Florence built a house in Los Altos where they lived for 56 years, and raised two sons, Michael & Stephen.

During the next 22 years, he served his fellow Pan Am pilots as a union representative with the Air Line Pilots Association and worked closely with ALPA founder David L. Behncke. 

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KHODADAD “TED” KEYANI, M.D.

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Ted Keyani passed away on August 24, 2014, in Sunnyvale, California. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Judi Oszman Keyani. Ted was born in 1927 in Yazd, Iran into a Zoroastrian family and culture. He moved with his family, mother Homayoon and father Bahram, to Tehran while in his teens and came to the United States in 1947. He attended Perkiomen Prep School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania for a year before entering Stanford University where he completed both undergraduate studies and his medical degree. He and Judi were married in 1964 and have resided in Los Altos, California, since 1970.

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JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a longtime resident of Los Altos since 1980.  Jeanne was a graduate of University of Chicago Art Institute. A founder artist of Packard Art Studio of Los Altos, she also had worked as an advertising and graphic artist. From 1953 – 1963 she resided in Mexico City and became fluent in Spanish.

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