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HELEN KNOFLOCH

OBIT HelenKnofloch

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided Los Altos for over 60 years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Andy and her daughter, Elizabeth. She will be greatly missed by her best friends, Rosel and John Civelli and their family.

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Los Altos loses a bit of magic: 'Haja Doodat' passes away at 85


Bonnie Kellogg/Special to the Town Crier
Magician, musician and consummate entertainer Irv Barowsky poses with his wife, Rosel. He passed away Jan. 17.

Patrons of Maltby’s restaurant knew him as “Haja Doodat.” The license plate of his Toyota Camry referred to him as “MGIC MN.” But most Los Altos residents will remember Irv Barowsky as a town legend intent on spreading joy.

Barowsky, 85, died Jan. 17 following a lengthy illness.

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CHRIS A. KENISON

OBIT ChrisKenison

Feb 13, 1945-Feb 6, 2015

Resident of Los Altos

Chris was born in Georgia and moved to Oklahoma as a young child. He grew up there and moved to California in 1965. He developed a strong work ethic from his grandparents and parents. He attended the University of Oklahoma and San Jose State where he obtained a Masters Degree in Industrial Arts/Mathematics. Chris was also a retired Captain in the US Army Reserve where he served for 8 years. Among the thousands of students Chris taught over the years, some have moved on to teaching careers of their own.

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ELIES Y. SKIDMORE

OBIT EliesSkidmore

1922-2014

Long time resident of Los Altos

Our beloved Mother passed away into heavenly peace on December 31, 2014 at the age of 92. Her last years were lived as she so desired, in the comfort and familiarity of her own home surrounded by her lovely garden of roses. Elies Yeates Skidmore was born September 28, 1922 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the daughter of Kenneth Wilson Yeates and Marion McIntyre Yeates. As a young girl, her family heritage would take her to the McIntyre Cattle Ranch in Alberta, Canada where she would enjoy spending time in the summer seasons.

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BETTY (ELIZABETH) LOEHR

OBIT BettyLoehr

Betty (Elizabeth) Loehr was born in Chilton, WI on Feb. 5, 1926 of parents Josephine and Ernest Loehr and passed away peacefully at Eskaton Village on Jan. 18, 2015 in Grass Valley, CA with her daughter holding her hand.

Growing up, Betty was a high school Majorette and, according to the local librarian, read every book in the library in her thirst for knowledge. She graduated from University of Wisconsin at Madison with a B.A. degree in English and her teaching certificate.

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DON L. WEILER

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Don L. Weiler, a resident of Los Altos for 62 years, passed away on Dec. 16, 2014. He was born on Oct. 14, 1920 in Fort Worth, Texas. 

He married Frances Anne Douglas in 1945 and they enjoyed a wonderful marriage until her passing in 2002. They raised 3 daughters: Leslie (Greg) White, Claudia (Laine) Meyer and Janet Lee. Their family continued to grow with grandchildren, Tera, Brodie, Lia, Kim, Andrew, Kristen and Brian and 3 great grandchildren, Claire, Avery and Jackson. 

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DOUGLAS ALLEN DOUGLASS

OBIT DouglasDouglass

April 10, 1930 – January 10, 2015

Douglas Allen Douglass, died peacefully January 10, 2015 after a long affliction with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born April 10, 1930. Doug was raised in Tonopah, Nevada. Doug graduated from Tonopah High School as Salutatorian and accepted the Harold’s Club academic scholarship for the University of Nevada. He played as starting guard on the Dream Team basketball team of 1951-52, graduated in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree and completed his master’s degree in 1956. After ROTC, he entered the Army as a lieutenant and remained on reserve status through the early years of his career.

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JANICE ANITA PAGIN

OBIT JanicePagin

Janice Anita Pagin passed away February 1 at her home in Los Altos after a long battle with cancer. Janice was born on February 12, 1939 to Alice and Stephen Dragon. She grew up in the small town of Bristol, VT where she went to Bristol High School. Janice decided to pursue a career in nursing and attended the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing.  She graduated in 1960 and drove across the country to California to get a job at Stanford hospital. Janice never worked at Stanford and ended up getting a job at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation where she worked in the Allergy dept. until she retired in 2006.

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DOROTHY ELLEN BERRY

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Dorothy Ellen Berry went peacefully to God on Thursday, January 22nd at home after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family. Dorothy was born to the late Phebe Ann Cummings Rohan and Peter Campion Rohan in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 28, 1928, the feast day of St. Jude.

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CAROLE “KITTY” DEAN MACKAY

OBIT CaroleMacKay

July 10, 1942 - January 15, 2015

Kitty passed away peacefully on January 15, 2015 at 6:03 pm with her husband at her bedside. She was born in Albuquerque, NM on July 10, 1942, the second daughter of Delos and Precious Warner.

Kitty is survived by her husband of 45 years Bruce, her son Jason (Santa Rosa), her son Sean and grandson Jalil (San Leandro), brothers Eric (El Cerrito), Alatra (Las Vegas) and nephews Marque (Berkeley) and Evan (Palo Alto), Eric Jr. (Vallejo) and numerous relatives from Richmond, CA to Richland, MS.

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IRENE CLEMENT DANIELSON

OBIT Irene-Danielson

1922-2015

Irene Clement Danielson, RN, passed away peacefully shortly after her 93rd birthday.

Born on January 15, 1922, Irene was the youngest of seven children in a large and loving Augusta, Kansas family. She thrived on the attention, lessons and influences of her five older sisters (especially Mabel), who modeled a longed for career in the medical field. Following a move to California in 1940, Irene became a Registered Nurse in 1945. Two years later, she joined the US Navy at the School for Aviation Medicine, in San Antonio, Texas, studying under Dr. Werner Von Braun. In 1949 she met and married her beloved “Danny,” Dr. Robert Danielson, while working as a Navy flight nurse. Blessed with two sons, Robert Jr. in 1950 and John in 1953, during her 62 years of marriage, Irene worked hard at the office and at home. While raising two active boys, she helped to build a busy general practice in Coronado. After moving to the Bay Area in 1957, the family lived in Westlake, and then Mountain View, before settling in Los Altos for 26 years. She always found time for friends and traveled with Danny to Europe, the British Isles, China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The couple moved to the Terraces of Los Gatos in 1999.

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JOSEPH RICHARD “RICH” HALLIDAY, JR.

OBIT JosephHalliday

Rich Halliday, 65, of Grants Pass died Monday, January 26, 2015 at his home. He was born October 14, 1949 in Pittsburgh, PA to Joseph R Halliday, Sr. and Elenora (Coppler) Halliday. He grew up in Los Altos, CA.

Rich proudly served 4 years in the Marine Corps as a sergeant, and was stationed in North Carolina and Japan. He later became a Design Engineer in corporate construction for Hewlett-Packard, and supervised projects in many foreign countries. After retiring from HP, he worked for Josephine County as a Property/Facilities Manager.

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MARY JANE HILL TROWBRIDGE

OBIT MaryTrowbridge

Mary Jane Hill Trowbridge passed away January 20, 2015 at Villa Fontana in San Jose, California.

Born December 23, 1916 in Columbia, Missouri, she was the daughter of Gertrude Lyon Hill and Robert E. Lee (Bob) Hill. Her father was the Director of Alumni Activities at the University of Missouri from 1921-1944. 

She was educated in the public schools of Columbia, attended Stanford University one year, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1939. As an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority she was awarded the Amy B. Onken Award. Following graduation she established a new chapter of Pi Beta Phi at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

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MARJORIE OLSEN CRAY

Marjorie Olsen Cray passed away peacefully on January 18, 2015. Margie will be remembered for her radiant smile, her gracious manners, and her service to others.

Marjorie was born on September 9, 1924 in Passaic, New Jersey to Esther Cutting Olsen and Oscar Olsen. She attended grammar and secondary school at Passaic Collegiate, and then studied at Wellesley College from which she graduated in 1945, majoring in Sociology. Days later she married the love of her life, Gordon Cameron (“Cam”) Cray. Margie and Cam fell in love with California after moving to the Long Beach area where Cam was stationed before serving in the Pacific on an Army medical ship.  During this time Margie attended the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Southern California.

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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

OBIT RodneyAschenbrenner

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

OBIT JeanBurke

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

OBIT KrystynaCiolkosz

(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

OBIT JudyHoffman

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

OBIT NonaWittlinger

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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