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Obituaries

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

OBIT GraceFranks

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on September 17, 1923. During WWII, while an early employee of the Social Security Board, she met and married handsome soldier, Ralph, who spirited her away to settle near engineering mecca, Stanford University, where she worked for the admissions office.

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DENNIS KATSUNORI KUMAMOTO

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Dennis Katsunori Kumamoto, passed away unexpectedly on June 28, 2015. Born in Fresno on March 24, 1950, he received a BSE from UCLA, 1972, a MEE from USC, 1974, and a MBA from CSU Dominguez Hills. He was a member of the Gamma Epsilon Omega fraternity. Dennis worked as an Electronics Engineer for over 40 years in the field of microwave electronics. Most recently working for Teledyne Microwave Solutions as a Research Scientist/Engineering Manager.

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CHARLOTTE BARBARA WINGUTH

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Charlotte Barbara Winguth died July 9 at the young age of 89. She is survived by her 3 daughters Sandy, Karen & Wendi, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She came to Los Altos CA with her husband Ed and 3 children 53 years ago from New Jersey. She was a RN for over 50 yrs starting in WWII as a Nurse Cadet. She was a life long Girl Scout; as a young girl and as an adult leader and a summer camp nurse. She lived by the motto "be prepared" and she always was. Charlotte was a great mom and grandma but mostly she was a devoted wife to her beloved Ed who preceded her just last July.

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DANIEL THOMAS DAGGETT

OBIT DanielDaggett

February 23, 1917 - July 13, 2015
Resident of Los Altos for 61 years

Dan Daggett, 98, went to be with the Lord on July 13, 2015. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and most importantly, a child of God. He is survived by his two children--Nancy Daggett Jensen (Sven), Mike Daggett (Kate), four grandchildren--Jeremy Daggett (Janelle), Jason Daggett (Laura), Lori Jensen, Brian Jensen and three great-grandchildren- Claire, Taylor and Danielle Daggett. After graduating from UCLA with a BS in Business in 1938, he began working for Southern Pacific Railroad as a stenographer. Dan worked at Southern Pacific for 41 years, working his way up to Vice President and General Manager of the Southern Pacific Land Company. He has two streets named after him for his role in securing industrial properties.

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EVELYN L. KOLBE

OBIT EvelynKolbe

May 3, 1920  - July 7, 2015          

Evelyn Kolbe, a long time resident of Los Altos, passed away at Mountain View Healthcare Center following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Born to Marion and Edna Meeks in Bluffton, Indiana, the second of nine children; graduated in Indiana, and met her beloved husband Carl Kolbe at a dance in Fort Wayne. Married there in 1945 she followed Carl first to Virginia, then to California. Carl preceded her in 2011. In 1946 they had their only child, a daughter, Karen Kolbe. She loved her family deeply and thrived on entertaining friends. Anyone special received one of her homemade apple pies or a jar of her strawberry jam. She was also a talented seamstress who would make everything from doll clothes to drapes. She spent many hours gardening in her yard; a source of great pride, especially her apple trees and Hinoki Cypress and roses. Carl and Evelyn loved music. They had many happy hours performing in ballroom dance shows at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo and various venues in San Francisco. She was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos and taught Sunday school for many years.

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VIRGINIA BRYAN GARLAND

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Born: November 20, 1927; Passed On: April 14, 2015

Virginia was the daughter of George Leigh Bryan and Ruby Myrtle Bryan. She was born in Spokane, WA. While at Washington State University Pullman, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and met her husband Albert “Bert” Garland of Wenatchee, WA. They were happily married for 42 years before his death in 1989. She was a founding member of St. Nicholas Guild of the Wenatchee Episcopal Church as well as a member of the Orthopedic Guild and Wenatchee Hospital Guild.

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MARJORIE GLEIM

OBIT MarjorieGleim

Marjorie Gleim, longtime resident of Palo Alto, died peacefully June 19 at the age of 97. She was an instrumental part of Gleim the Jeweler, the Palo Alto jewelry store founded in 1931 by her father-in-law and carried on by her husband, Arthur Gleim, and daughter, Georgie Gleim, providing constant support and guidance.  Although both Marjorie and Arthur attended Palo Alto High School, they officially met when Marjorie was hired to work at the University Ave jewelry store in November of 1941.  Their first date was December 7, 1941, and they were married the following February.

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HILDA CLAIRE FENTON

Hilda Claire Fenton, beloved wife and mom to 9, grandmother to 30 and great grandmother to 22, passed away June 20 following a long illness. She was 90.

Hilda was born Sept. 28, 1924, to Lois and Gus Farley then of Logan, W. Va. While she was still a toddler the family moved to Murray, Ky., where she grew up and met and married her high school sweetheart, Thomas A. Fenton.

It was one of those storybook courtships and marriages. He was an athlete, quarterback of the Murray High School football team; she was a cheerleader.

After graduation the couple was attending Murray State College when World War II broke out.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps, became an officer and pilot and flew resupply missions in the Pacific.

The couple was married in 1943. After the war Hilda worked to help Tom get a degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue, then an MBA from Harvard. The couple raised the family in Los Altos; Calif., and then retired to South Lake Tahoe.

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JOHN R. DOBSON

May 1, 1922 -  June 16, 2015

OBIT JohnDobson

Resident of Los Altos 59 years

John Raymond Dobson, also known as Dobbie to his flying buddies, passed away after a long illness surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his loving wife of 72 years, Janet Barnise Dobson, three children: Jeanne, Joseph, and Carl (Annette) as well as five grandchildren: James, Carly, Victoria, John and Andrew. He is also survived by his great grand children Drake and Ryder Dobson and Aubriella Estes, several treasured nieces and nephews, children of his four siblings now deceased: Dorothea, Edwin, Stanley and Lois.

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KEITH HAMPTON MORRISON

OBIT KeithMorrison

November 13, 1929 – June 20, 2015
Resident of Los Altos

Surrounded by his loving wife and children, Keith Morrison passed away peacefully in his home on June 20 following complications from a recent stroke. He was 85 years old.

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ALAN FRAZIER KREMEN, MD, PHD

OBIT AlanKremen

Alan Frazier Kremen, MD, PhD, aged 68, loving father & surgeon, of Stockton peacefully passed away on June 13th, 2015.

Born in Minneapolis on December 17, 1946, he received a BA from Stanford University, 1968, a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cologne, Germany, 1973, and his MD from the University of Minnesota, 1976.

Alan married Jodi Mayo on June 6th, 1976; they were married 24 years, and had 2 daughters Jennifer Kremen Prokop, 34, & Elizabeth Kremen, 29. Alan married Jennifer Wyman on January 20th, 2006; they were married for 3 years.

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FRED L. MONTGOMERY

OBIT FredMontgomery

1933-2015

Fred Le Roy Montgomery, 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. He passed away at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California, after a 2 & 1/2 year battle with colon/liver cancer.

Born in Denver, Colorado, October 23, 1933, to Freda Louise (Kevelin) and Archie Arnold Montgomery, Fred attended schools in Denver, Portland, Oregon, and Arcata, California. After graduation from the University of Denver, he joined the Marine Corps and became a jet pilot. He went on to earn a MA in Speech and Audiology, but pursued a career in the paper distribution business. Joining Carpenter/Offutt Paper Company in 1968, he moved the family to Los Altos Hills, where Fred resided for 47 years.

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HELGA FISCHER-COLBRIE

OBIT HelgaFischerColbrie

We are sad to announce the passing of our honored and beloved mother, Helga Fischer-Colbrie, on May 26, 2015 at age 96.

Helga was born in Vienna, Austria on March 22, 1919. She received a formal education and earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Vienna in 1946.

Her life was uprooted by World War II. During this tragic time she developed her principles of always planning for the future, taking pleasure in gardening, and finding ways to conserve, reuse or recycle.

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KATHLEEN BROWN HOOGS

OBIT KathleenHoogs

On June 5, 2015, Kathleen “Kay” Brown Hoogs passed away peacefully at her Los Altos home. She lived in Los Altos for 52 years. 

Born Kathleen Gertrude Brown in Roselle, NJ, on April 21, 1929 to parents George and Gertrude Brown, Kathleen graduated from the Vail-Deane School in Elizabeth, NJ in 1947 and Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA in 1951. She majored in French and minored in Economics, and was a member of the French Club, Choral Club, and the Candle Club academic honor society. Her senior year she was elected president of the Wilson YWCA and lettered in field hockey.

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ELIZABETH LEA (WARD) CARROLL

Also known as Betty Smiley
May 27, 1930 to May 9, 2015

‘Betty Lea’ (Ward) Carroll passed away peacefully and of natural causes, at 8:10A.M., Saturday, May 9, 2015 at home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. 

Born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1930 to Colonel Joseph G. and Beatrice Lea Ward, and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, Betty was a Southern girl; make no mistake about it. If you did, she certainly would enlighten you in the most graceful of manners. As might be expected, Betty Lea made her Debut in Portsmouth, and was introduced to Society in the late 1940s.

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JAMES WILLIAM ACKLEY

OBIT JamesAckley

Resident of Los Altos
Mar. 13, 1927 – Jun. 5, 2015

Jim passed away after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.  An engineer, inventor, teacher, and mentor to many, his most lasting legacy is the example he set as a gracious, warm, loving man, with a ready smile for everyone.  He touched many with his sense of humor and devotion to his family.

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SUSAN JANE HEESACKER

OBIT SusanHeesacker

December 8, 1937 – May 3, 2015

Resident of Los Altos

Susan (Sue), 77, passed away peacefully at El Camino Hospital, Mtn View with family and friends around her. Susan was born in Moline, ILL on December 8, 1937 to Charlotte Louise (Kernin) and Charles Stephen Taylor. Her family moved to Los Altos where Susan had her 3rd birthday. She was a member of the 1st graduating class at the new Los Altos High School in 1955.

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WILLIAM ARTHUR ALLEN

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William Arthur Allen (born Lee) passed away on June 3, 2015 in Carmel Valley, CA, at the age of 87 after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. Bill is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 43 years, Shirley Milano Allen and his loving children (and their spouses), Jackie Mehus (Paul), Leo Graziani, Stephen Graziani (Tina), Denise White (Rick) and Edward Graziani (Margaret) and the 10 grandchildren that adored him as “Grandpere”, who he cherished each for who they are - Kimberly, Alicia, Amalia, Tim, Shelby, Isabella, Dominic, Cooper, Sofia, and Kirk. 

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HARRY WONG

OBIT HarryWong

Harry Wong died peacefully in his sleep on May 30, 2015 at the age of 83, just one month after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Harry was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA, graduated from Palo Alto high school and went on to San Jose State University, where he earned a degree in business. In between he served in the army where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He had a very successful career, eventually owning over a dozen Round Table Pizza restaurants throughout the south and east bay. He had a special place in his heart for his family, living across the street from his grandchildren while they grew up and hosting regular parties for his very large extended family.

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VERA ELAINE KAVISH

OBIT VeraKavish

Vera Elaine Kavish was born Feb. 1, 1925 in PA to Earl and Katherine Howell. She and her brother Jim (Bud) grew up in Lansing, MI where she attended Michigan State. She worked in the chemistry dept. as a secretary for Prof. Laurence Quill who called her “Hip Pockets.” There she met, Robert Michael Kavish.

After graduating, Bob got a job in L.A., bought a house and applied to an ABC radio show called, “Bride and Groom.” Vera and Bob were married on January 25, 1949 on the 15-minute show broadcast nation-wide from Hollywood, CA.

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ROBERT E. (BOB) BOESENBERG

OBIT Robert-Boesenberg

February 14, 1927 – May 15, 2015

Our dearly beloved father passed away peacefully at the age of 88 in Sonora CA with family by his side.    

A resident of Los Altos for over 60 years, he had recently moved to Sonora.

Bob was born to the late Earl and Viola Boesenberg on February 14, 1927 in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school he served in the Navy in WWII aboard the USS Cabot during battles in the Pacific Theater.

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