Last updateWed, 27 Jul 2016 10am


OBIT MarilynClawson1

Marilyn “Terry” Rae Clawson passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Terry was born on June 13, 1933 in Mesa, Arizona to the late Dr. Melvin Lloyd and Editha Rae (Smith) Kent. She met Charles Curtis Clawson while attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They were married for 62 wonderful, fulfilling, warm, honorable, fun and loving years.


OBIT ThomasWebster

Thomas Michael Webster, Sr. passed away gently and peacefully surrounded by loved ones on May 9th, 2016. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Tom received his degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He went on to study law at Georgetown University while working at the U.S. Patent office and the Dept. of Naval Research in Washington DC. In 1966, he joined the Chicago patent law firm of Wolf, Hubbard, Voit and Osann as a practicing patent attorney.


Regina Marie (Dooley) Martin, daughter of John Henry Dooley and Edna Donicia (Gianelli) Segur, step daughter of Clyde Henry Segur (one of the founding fathers of Los Altos), wife of Edward Joseph Martin, mother of Susan Elizabeth Martin and Edward Joseph Martin, Jr, (Kim) passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Mountain View Healthcare Center.


OBIT CarolHarless

1934 – 2016

Carol Jean Obert Harless, 82, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Murray, Utah. Carol was born on March 20, 1934 to Carl and Hazel Lewis Obert in Inglewood, California.


OBIT ErnestTraugott

Resident of Los Altos 
August 18, 1920 - May 11, 2016 

Ernie died peacefully at his home, just a few months short of his 96th birthday. 

Ernie had an amazing life, born in Germany he and his family fled the Nazi's soon after Kristallnacht in 1938, making their way to Manila in the Philippines then eventually to San Francisco. Having been an Architecture student in Germany he continued that pursuit a bit in Manila but ultimately started an interior design business with his brother in Palo Alto called American Interiors.


OBIT VirginiaPavlina

Virginia Anne Pavlina died peacefully in her sleep, March 24, 2016, 89 years young. She was interred at a private ceremony at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery – Foyer of the All Saints Chapel, Los Altos, CA, April 23.

Her friends affectionally called her Gini; but grandchildren (5) and great grandchildren (6) fondly knew her as Nini. But to her children, Steve and Julie, she will always be remembered as the Bocce Ball Queen, undefeated in play at the annual picnic of the Jugo-Slav Napredak Club, July, 2015.


OBIT HRichardHollow


Humphrey Richard Hollow (Richard) was born in the UK on November 27, 1930. He worked in the oil fields of Iraq after graduating from college as an engineer. That’s where he lost part of his right hand in a blasting accident.

After relocating to California, he worked at NASA Ames and Syre in Mt. View for about 20 years before retiring in 1996. He loved his work as an experimental engineer where he designed parts for the space shuttle training vehicles.


Cupertino, California - Barbara Baird Ferguson, 91, formerly of (Concord, MA; Palos Verdes, CA; Incline Village, NV), died on February 14, 2016 with family at her side. She was the beloved wife of her late husband of 60 years, David Norman Ferguson. Throughout her life, Barbara dedicated her abundant energy, compassion, support and love to her many friends, community, and her adoring family.


OBIT DonnaBlank1OBIT DonnaBlank2

November 15, 1930-May 2, 2016

Donna Blank was born on a farm in North Dakota and moved to Chicago to pursue a career in nursing where she met her husband Dr. Norman Blank. Donna was a devoted wife and mother, and cherished many good times with her extended family and close friends. She was treasured for her warm, engaging and caring personality. The family moved to Los Altos, from St Paul, MN in 1963, when Norm accepted a position at Stanford Medical School.


OBIT WilliamDupin

William Francis Dupin, 75, died of natural causes on April 13th while visiting the Holy Land. Better known as Bill, he is survived by his wife Penny, his two children Doug and Brian, and his six grandchildren, Ellie, Anna, Chloe, Max, Gus and Finn Dupin.


OBIT AndrewKruep in memorium

Los Altos Hills
May 12, 1990 - April 18, 2015


OBIT JamesWall

James C. Wall passed away unexpectedly of a sudden heart attack on April 11, 2016. He was born in Los Angeles to Charles and Myrtle Wall. Very soon after his birth, they moved to eastern San Diego. He graduated from Granite Hills High School, having been class President and scoring the school’s first touchdown for the football team. He received his English Degree from Stanford University and his Masters in English from SDSU. 


OBIT DougAnderson

March 22, 1930- April 4, 2016
Resident of Los Altos

Doug passed away peacefully on April 4, 2016, surrounded by family. He was 86 years old. 

Born in Vancouver, Canada, to Chesley and Florence Anderson, he was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in social work. He enjoyed his college experience during which he created lifelong friends.


OBIT BetteBolander

Bette passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 93 on April 4, 2016. She was married for 60 years to her late husband, Don Bolander (deceased 2003). Bette was born in Oakland, CA on June 8, 1922 to Grant and Hilda (Puranen) Ernest. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Barbara (Ernest) (Whistler) Barnes. Beloved by many she leaves her daughter, Susan Ross of Saratoga, sons Robert (Kim) Bolander of Port Angeles, WA and Richard Bolander of Cupertino. She was the grandmother of Lisa (David) Cooper, Colleen (Will) Cadiz, Melody Ross, Katie (Tim) Stanke and Julie Bolander. She was the great-grandmother of Darren, Jaxon and Jared Cooper and Arianna Cadiz.  Bette lived most of her life in Palo Alto (Palo Alto HS class of 1939), Los Altos (she and Don owned the Foodliner Market in the 40s and 50s) and Cupertino.


OBIT MarionHaugh

An Eastern Star funeral will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. for Marion Woodward Haugh, formerly of Los Altos.

Marion was born In Brooklyn, New York on August 9, 1919 to Dr. Hector and Mildred Stevenson. She grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, attended Colby Jr. College in New Hampshire, and studied fashion design at the Vesper George School of Design in Boston, Massachusetts.


OBIT NielsBrandstrub

Niels E. Brandstrup, MD, a pediatrician who practiced in Mountain View, California for over 30 years, died peacefully at his home in Los Altos on April 16, 2016 after a long illness. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 23, 1929, he was one of three sons of Ebbe Brandstrup MD and Inger Brandstrup (nee Nathan). He was predeceased by his younger brothers Torkil and Mikael. His father was a prominent obstetrician and professor of midwifery in Copenhagen. During the Nazi occupation in World War II, the family’s Jewish background forced them to flee Denmark under cover of night to Sweden where they lived for several years until after the war in 1945.


OBIT TonyAshton

Anthony Francis Ashton was born on November 4, 1945 to Veronica and Frank Ashton in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK. Along with his three younger brothers Jeremy, Christopher, and Nicholas; he grew up in Berkshire, England and graduated from Clare College at Cambridge University with a MA degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Chemical Engineering. He was the Welsh National 3000 Meter Steeplechase Record Holder and traveled to the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1970 to run the 5000 meters.


OBIT IsabelleStone

Mrs. Isabelle S. Stone of Palo Alto, CA, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the age of 94. Prior to living in Webster House in Palo Alto, she and her husband lived in Quincy, California for many happy years. She was a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado but called California her home beginning in 1953 with homes in Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, and Bodega Bay.


OBIT BuolDougherty


Heaven gained a beautiful angel today. Our beloved mother’s blessed life ended in her Los Altos home surrounded by her loving family on April 18, 2016.

Buol Joanne Dougherty was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Chicago. At the age of two, Mom moved with her mother, Buol Burke, to the Hillsborough area. She attended St. Catherine’s Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, was an esteemed graduate of UC Berkeley and a proud member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Mom, always ambitious in her endeavors, attended Hastings Law School but traded in a law degree for her true calling, family life.


Sharon Kruse Aochi, age 63, passed away peacefully on April 18th after a battle with dementia. Sharon was a loving daughter, mother, wife and active member of the church.

Born to Louis and Elaine Kruse in Redwood City, she grew up in Menlo Park, and retired from the City of Mountain View after 27 years.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; daughter, Kristina (Trevor Mathisen); son, Mark; and nephew, Karl (Kruse). She is preceded in death by her mother, father and brother, Randall. A special thank you is extended to those whom provided care for Sharon.


OBIT MaryBourquin

Nov. 3, 1936 - March 30, 2016
Resident of Los Altos Hills

Mary Bourquin, 79, of Los Altos Hills died on March 30, 2016.  She grew up in Barrington, Illinois, daughter of Ralph Bard Jr. and Nonabel Bard. She was educated at Ethel Walker School in Connecticut and went on to study at Stanford University where she earned her BA in art.

Obituary Policy

The Town Crier's obituary publishing rates are $3 a line and $40 extra with a photo. Minimum charge is $50 (without a photo).

Deadline: Thursday at noon, for publication the following Wednesday (6 days later). If a holiday falls within that week, check with us about special publication deadlines. 

For more information and to submit obituaries, email jt@latc.com.

The Town Crier is not responsible for obituary content. Paid obituaries are provided by families or mortuaries. 

Schools »

Read More

Sports »

Read More

People »

Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

Browse and buy photos