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Obituaries

DAVID MALCOLM PETERSON

OBIT DavidPeterson

1933-2014

81, Gulfport, FL, June 5. Born at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco to Maurice and Elizabeth Peterson, they lived in the Marina District, then Palo Alto where he attended the one-room Channing Elementary School, finally settling in Los Altos when he was 10. He graduated from Mountain View High School (51, Honors) and studied at San Jose State.

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POLLY BERGTRAUN

89, Peacefully passed away June 9th, 2014, in the presence of her devoted son and daughter.

Polly (Hertz) was born, with her twin sister Dolly, April 17th, 1925 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

Her life spanned two continents from Holland to America, surviving the Holocaust without Dolly (perished in Auschwitz) immigrating  to San Francisco in 1948. For almost a decade she worked at the Netherlands Information Service spreading Dutch cultural history and lore, joining the "Worldlings Club" where she met the love of her life, Eric.

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BILLY HUGHES BOCOOK

OBIT BillyBocook

Billy Hughes Bocook, resident of Los Altos, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born in Asheville, North Carolina on October 8, 1934 to James A. Bocook and Nelle (Alexander) Bocook. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pat, his sons Dirk, Bret and Drew, his daughters in law Laura and Erica, and his two grandsons, Quinn and Austin. He was preceded in death by his two older brothers, Jack and Jim.

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MABEL MARGARET CHESNUT

OBIT MabelChesnut

Mabel Margaret Chesnut, born July 8th 1921, passed away peacefully in sleep, in her home of 64 years in Los Altos on May 22th, 2014. Mabel was born is Ashley, North Dakota to Henry and Matilda Feil. Mabel was the youngest of her siblings; Dorothy, Martha, Emil, Marie, Ella and Lydia who all passed before her.

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AUDREY ELIZABETH HAGEN (MITCHELL)

OBIT AudreyHagan

Audrey Elizabeth Hagen (Mitchell) made her final journey to join her late husband and love of her life, Art on January 27, 2014. Although it’s with a heavy heart that we say our final goodbye to our beloved mother, “Lady Grandma” and “Grandma Miami”, her spirit will forever live on in the love she brought to our lives and the inspiring strength she exemplified.

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CATHERINE LOIS MURDOCK

OBIT CatherineMurdock

Lois Murdock was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in Depression-era Detroit. She pursued a business track at Commerce High School and upon graduation worked in the accounting department of Bell Telephone. During WWII she met Loyde Murdock, who was serving in the Navy, on a blind date in Boston.

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CAPT. RICHARD E. (DICK) ECKERT

OBIT RichardEckert

May 23, 1934 – May 25, 2014 

After a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease Richard Eckert passed away on May 25, 2014. He and his surviving wife of 56 years, Jean, were both born in Huntington, N.Y. and attended Huntington H.S., where they met. Dick attended Farmingdale State College (NY) before enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve Aviation Cadet Program, earning his wings on May 2, 1957. 

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GERDICE (JERRY) TYKESON

OBIT GerdiceTykeson

March 31, 1918 May 18, 2014
Long Time Resident of Los Altos

Gerdice passed away quietly in her home on May 18, 2014, she was 96. Gerdice was born on March 31, 1918 to George and Bertha Skogen in Oakland, CA and grew up in Los Altos Hills on “the ranch” now home to the Fremont Hills Country Club with her siblings, Dorothy and Jergen.

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JEAN MARIE GROSWITH

OBIT JeanGroswith

December 21, 1941 – April 27, 2014
In loving memory 

Jean Marie Johnson was born on December 21, 1941 in Walla Walla to Lowden and Erma Johnson of Lowden. Growing up, Jean was an accomplished rider and was the Fair Court Queen in 1959.

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BILLY RAY "BILL" HART

OBIT BillyHart

Longtime Los Altos resident Billy Ray "Bill" Hart died surrounded by his family on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Born on March 24, 1930 in Compton, California, Bill grew up in Southern California and Kansas before attending the University of Oregon. He entered the Air Force in 1950, becoming a fighter jet pilot earning the rank of second lieutenant assigned to the Air Defense Command 56th Fighter Intercept Squadron stationed at Selfridge Air Force base in Michigan.

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EFFA-JEAN ARMS

February 9, 1917 - May 5, 2014
Resident of Cupertino

With her family by her side, Effa-Jean (Effie) Arms of Cupertino passed away early Monday, May 5, 2014. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard A. Arms of 83 years and their sweet daughter, Susan of 3 years.

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BARBARA BRAUER TIERNEY

OBIT BarbaraTierney

Barbara Brauer Tierney passed away peacefully at her home with family and Hospice by her side at the age of 89. She was born in Chicago and received a Bachelors Degree in Winter Park Florida, from Rollins College. She married her best friend Robert E Tierney in 1949 in Chicago and moved to Los Altos Hills in 1954 to raise her family.

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MARTHA A. HUSTON DEACON

OBIT MarthaDeacon

Martha A. Huston Deacon passed away peacefully in Los Altos, CA surrounded by her family on Mothers Day, May 11, 2014. She was 92.

Born in Galesburg, Illinois on February 18, 1922, residing there until her family moved to San Francisco when she was five.

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MARY ELIZABETH “BETTY” MACKIN

OBIT MaryMackin

Mary Elizabeth Smith was born on January 14, 1936 in San Mateo, CA to Francis Cyril and Mae Elizabeth Smith. Betty went to her heavenly home on April 22nd, 2014 peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Grew up in Burlingame with her cherished siblings, Cy, Marjorie, Claire, and her cousin Maureen McCue Byrne.

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CHARLES ROBERT “BOB” MOSTYN

OBIT CharlesMostyn

Charles Robert Mostyn, retired accounting instructor at De Anza College, passed away after a brief illness on March 8, 2014 in Cupertino, California at the age of 92. Bob was born on January 14, 1922 at Eureka, California, and graduated from Eureka High School.

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PATRICIA A. PHILLIPS

OBIT PatriciaPhillips

Resident of Los Altos
July 30, 1922 – April 28, 2014

Our beloved mother passed away on April 28, 2014. Up until the very end she had continued to live the life she so vigorously sought for herself, to be in her own home.

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