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Obituaries

GALINA V. POPKOFF

Galina V. Popkoff, loving wife of 48 years, has passed away February 20th from a breast cancer battle that started 11 years ago.

Born on March 19, 1946 in Harbin, China to Russian Community that moved to Brazil and the United States. Married in 1968 and traveled to Germany with her military bound husband.

Galina worked during her life span for CSE Insurance, Boise Cascade Development, Alza Corp., Johnson and Johnson, and Xenoport, Inc as records manager before retiring.

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GEORGE FREDERICK CLIMO

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June 14, 1927-February 21, 2016

George Frederick Climo, 88, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 21 in his home at BridgePoint Los Altos, comforted by his family.

George Climo was born June 14, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the second son of George F. Climo and Lucretia M. Osborn.George spent his childhood in the Shaker Heights neighborhood of Cleveland. He attended Cleveland Heights High School where he dated the young woman who would become his wife, Shirley Hall Beistle.

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ELEANOR A. JENSEN

Eleanor A. Jensen passed away peacefully at her home in Los Altos on February 28, 2016, with her husband and children around her. She was happily married for 60 years, and is survived by her husband Gerald, five children (Greg Jensen, Cheryl Jensen, Douglas Jensen, Jennifer Timmins, and Tracy Hughes), her 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

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THOMAS ADAMS MOLLARD

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1926 – 2016

Long time Los Altos resident, Tom Mollard, 89, died on January 21, 2016 from internal injuries suffered from a fall a week earlier.

His wife, Ann, preceded him death when she passed away in 2009 and his sister, Roberta Mollard Pavlakis,in 2000. Tom is survived by his 2 daughters, Susan (husband Ron) Glaze, Monterey, CA and Kitty (husband Jack) Friel, of Millis, MA, three grandchildren, Jack, Casey and Ryan and 3 great grandchildren, sisters in law Mary Durkin and Eileen McAvoy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

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JAMES “GUY” FARTHING

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James “Guy” Farthing was born on August 3, 1933, in Boone, North Carolina, and graduated from Mocksville High School in NC. He spent two years at West Point with a medical discharge before graduating from North Carolina State with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He worked for GE as Manager of Energy Systems Information in Schenectady, NY; he was a Senior Staff Editor for Electrical World in NYC. He moved his family to CA in 1977 and was Manager, Member Services for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto. His real love was real estate development and started Quarterpenny Corp, a multi-family housing company in 1980. He built over 1,000 affordable housing units in Portland, OR and invested in multiple apartment communities in Tucson, AZ.

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MELVIN (MEL) HAMMER

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Melvin (Mel) Hammer, 89, passed away Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 of pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Rancho Bernardo. He was a very beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and true friend. Melvin was born on February 14th, 1927 in Cleveland, OH and moved to San Diego, CA in 1975. Melvin is survived by his son Robert Hammer (Tammy), Morgan Hill, CA; son Neil Hammer,Aliso Viejo, CA; daughter Nancy Grunewald (Mark), Riverside,CA; daughter-in-law Kathy Hammer; grandchildren; Oren Hammer (Amber), Evan Grunewald, Jordan Hammer, Eve Grunewald, Jade Hammer and two great grandchildren. Mel was preceded in death by his wife Aileen Hammer, his son Arnold Hammer, and his sister Helen Friedman.

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EMILY JANE DAVIES DEVINE

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Emily Jane Davies Devine of Los Altos, CA passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of February 19, 2016.

Emily was born on September 8, 1918 in Lowellville, Ohio. She was the oldest of four children of a musically gifted Welsh father and Cornish mother. Their life in their small town revolved around the Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Emily loved school and dreamt of being a teacher. After the family lost their father at a young age, Emily worked her way through high school and college, graduating from Youngstown College in 1940 with degrees English and History.

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CHARLES (CHUCK) PELTON

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Charles (Chuck) Pelton, 87, passed away from a massive heart attack on January 29, 2016. Up to the day of his death he was a robust, active man who managed his physically–challenged wife Claire and two large Bernese Mountain dogs (one that had lost the use of her back legs) with ease and affection. He could be seen almost daily walking to the State St. Peet’s with his wife and two Berners by his side. To say “he will be missed” is an understatement for all his family including daughter Cathie, son Jim, his Berners, and even the Peet’s staff who mourn his passing.

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PAUL MARQUET GRIFFITHS

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Resident of San Jose
June 27, 1939 – February 7, 2016

Paul Griffiths passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at his home. Born June 27, 1939 in New York City to Phoebe Wilson and Edward Griffiths, Paul was the beloved eldest son of five children. He was a kind and loving brother to his brother Peter, and to his sisters Jane, Elizabeth, and Catherine. 

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DEE ROPERS

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Dee Ropers, a long time Los Altos resident, passed away on October 25th, 2015 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She is survived by her three children: Kelyn Dewar of Los Altos Hills; Karen Ropers of Tahoe City; Mark Ropers of Ashland, Oregon; their spouses and six grandchildren.

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ELLEN COOK OTTO

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July 25, 1944 - February 10, 2016

Born to Lyle and Olive (Freeman) Cook in 1944, Ellen grew up with her three siblings in Menlo Park, California. She was a proud Stanford University alumna graduating with a degree in history in 1966. Stanford introduced her to many wonderful people in her life including her husband, Jim Otto, whom she married in December, 1965. The marriage lasted until Jim's untimely death due to melanoma in 1998.

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HELEN CONE

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Helen Irene Bailey was born on October 18th, 1925 to Wilbur and Letitia Bailey in San Jose, California. She was their fourth child, preceded by two brothers and a sister, all of whom predeceased her. Helen passed away on February 5, 2016 after a brief illness.

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DONALD LEROY HILLESTAD

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Donald Leroy Hillestad, 87, of Sun City West, AZ and long term resident of The Northwoods, passed away peacefully February 8, 2016.

Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend.  He LOVED Football, which began when he played in high school and then became his passion watching it up until the night prior to his death.  We believe he needed to see the Super Bowl before he left this world.  He loved representing his business, watching Fox News, gardening, fishing, cruising on his tractor and spending time with his family.

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TRENNA KNUDSON

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Trenna Knudson, 81, passed away December 11, 2015 at her home in Scottsdale, AZ. Born in St Anthony, ID, she moved to Mesa, AZ at a young age and graduated from Mesa High School. She continued on to Arizona State University from which she received her degree in Education in 1956. Trenna, her husband David, and her daughter Kari moved to Palo Alto, CA in 1965.

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MABEL GOMES FRELIER

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At rest in Los Altos, January 29, 2016. Beloved wife of Late Roger L. Frelier, loving Mother to Roger (Maureen) Frelier, Paul (Eileen) Frelier, and Marc (Francine) Frelier, devoted Grandmother of Michele (Matt) Davis, Nicole (John) Andrews, Frank, Marc and Michael Frelier; and dear Great Grandmother to Madison and Charlie Davis, Max and Mia Andrews. She was a graduate of San Jose State College, a member of Black Masque Women’s Honor Society, and a native of San Jose.

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JAMES “PHIL” FERGUSON

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James “Phil” Ferguson passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on January 15, 2016. He was 85 years old.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he was a graduate of Southern Methodist University and then served 5 years as an Air Force fighter pilot, stationed in Alaska, during the pioneering days of jet technology. He was passionate about flying jets; however, after being honorably discharged and true to his maverick spirit, he decided to leap into a different pioneering adventure.

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VIRGINIA “GINGER” CARLSEN

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Long-time Los Altos resident Virginia “Ginger” Carlsen passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s at the age of 83 on January 19th, after a long, happy and active life.

She was born in Southern California on January 13th, 1933 to Emmett and Myra Show. Her fondest childhood memories were of living on The Strand in Hermosa Beach and spending the summer barefoot on the beach with family and friends.

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JEANNETTE NATTEL ZEITMAN

January 19, 1926-January 28, 2016 

Jeannette Nattel Zeitman “Jean” passed away peacefully in her sleep at Palo Alto Assisted Living. She was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Gary, Indiana. Resided in Los Altos with her belated husband, Harold, their children, and grandchildren. Jean was a talented cook, loved attending operas, and was involved in Jewish traditions. She is survived by her children, Sandra, Barbara, Allen and Paul, and her 2 grandchildren from Switzerland, Lea and Lukas. 

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ALAN RODNEY MILLS

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Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpool, England and McGill University in Canada where he received his PhD in chemistry. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, cribbage, bridge and doing crossword puzzles.

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ALISON MINSHALL NAGY HOFFMANN (

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Alison Minshall Nagy Hoffmann died January 8, 2016 at the Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku, Hawaii, after a four year battle with cancer. She was on a holiday vacation to Maui with her husband, Alec, and their two daughters.

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JAMES STEPHEN ROBINSON

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1926 – 2016

James Stephen Robinson passed away on January 24, 2016 at age 90 after nine weeks of hospitalization and attempted rehabilitation. Jim was a resident of Los Altos for more than 40 years; the last 26 of which was at the Toyon Farm townhouse complex. 

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