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Obituaries

DEBBIE VIOLETT

OBIT DebbieViolett

Debbie Violett of Los Altos, passed away on December 30, 2015 from a rare form of Cancer. Debbie, with her discernable voice and great personality, worked for Draeger's Market for 25 years. She loved the patrons and they loved her. She, also, loved to cook for family and friends, travel to Italy and enjoyed taking care of animals.

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CARL LITTLE

OBIT CarlLittle

Carl Houston Little of Los Altos, California passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the age of 98 from natural causes on December 9, 2015. Carl was born to Walter and Lucy Little on August 21, 1917 in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma.

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MATILDA ANN HALLOCK MILBANK

OBIT MatildaMilbank

Surviving her husband of 72 years and all five of her siblings, Matilda Ann Hallock Milbank passed into eternity December, 11, 2015, her spirit joining the multitude in heaven praising God.  Born May 1, 1917, in her parents’ home in Kent, Washington, Tillie Ann grew up in a busy joy-filled household, the second eldest of the six children.

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BARBARA J. IMUS

OBIT BarbaraImus

9/1/1928-12/8/2015

Barbara Imus, age 87, passed away peacefully at home in Bellingham, WA on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. She was born September 1, 1928 in Bellingham to Watson and Alma Quinby. Barbara graduated from Bellingham High School in 1946 and married her high school sweetheart, Ken Imus, in 1948. Following Ken’s passion for the auto business they moved to California and later Texas. In 1964 they returned to California to establish a new Ford dealership. In the 1980’s she opened Barbara’s Antiques. They retired home to Bellingham in 1997. She enjoyed golfing and playing bridge and was an active volunteer with The Children’s Aid Society. Barbara’s favorite time of the year was Christmas.

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RONALD VINCENT JOHNSON

Ronald Vincent Johnson died in Port Angeles, Washington on November 20, 2015. Born on June 20, 1929 in Algona, Iowa to Frank V. Johnson and Myona Whitmarsh. After graduating from Cresco High School, Iowa he enlisted in the US Navy from 1946 to 1948 achieving the rank of Second Class Petty Officer. While stationed at Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco he met and married his sweetheart, Pauline McGregor on August 5, 1950 at Hamilton AFB, California. In 1952, received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Ames, IA. After graduation he moved his young family to Southern California whilst he commence his post graduate work at University of Southern California.

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DAVID HEWITT CLEMENT

Resident of Albany
February, 1948 – November, 2015

David Hewitt Clement passed away at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife Katherine; son Michael; mother Faye; sisters Carolyn Clement and Cathy Mawby (Ron); niece Amelia and nephews Benjamin and Elliot.  

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RUTH HEARN

Ruth Hearn, a 57 year resident of Los Altos, died of complications of leukemia. Married 72 years to Emmett, Ruth's true love and best friend They have three children, Bob, Cari and Barb. They have five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Ruth graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and Mortar Board, the scholarship and leadership honorarium. She was also President of the YMCA, Home Economics Club President, Sorority President and May Day Chairman. Ruth completed her post graduate dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was on the faculty of Vassar College as Assistant Director of Halls.

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DR. JEROLD ANDREW BERG

OBIT DrJeroldBerg REV

Dr. Jerold Andrew Berg of Arroyo Grande, California, longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away on November 9, 2015 at home surrounded by his family after a valiant battle with cancer. Dr. Berg was born on October 26, 1934 in Fontana, California to Richard Berg and Edith Dorothea Thompsen.

Jerry was in active practice as a veterinarian for 56 years. He was in such a rush to become a veterinarian, that he finished his undergraduate work in 2 1/2 years, before receiving his veterinary medical degree also from UC Davis in 1958. He completed his residency in pathology at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and returned to UC Davis to teach small animal medicine. He was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and was a member of the CVMA and the AVMA.

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C.Z. “PAT” ALVAREZ

OBIT CZPatAlvarez

February 1928 - November 2015
Resident of Los Altos Hills

Born in Wilmar, Los Angeles County; a sixth generation native Californian and lifetime resident of the Santa Clara Valley.

Preceded in death by his father Clarence and mother Jolly, sisters June and Barbara, first wife Loris, daughter Nancy, and granddaughter Lori. Survived by wife of 39 years Rosalie, daughters Kathleen (Karl) and June, son Pat (Barbara), sister Skip, grandson Eric, great granddaughter Isabelle, stepdaughter Linda (Bill), stepson Tom (Lillian), and many nieces and nephews.

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MARY HELEN GLENN MASON

OBIT MaryMason

Los Altos

Born in Vale, Oregon on July 1, 1936 and a resident of Los Altos for 45 years, Mary Mason died Thursday, November 19, 2015. After a 5-year struggle with cancer, Mary died quickly with her children at her side. Mary was a proud Vale High School Viking and went on to earn her BA in Business from Oregon State University in 1958. Later that year she married John Mason of Klamath Falls, Oregon and they settled with their two children in Los Altos in 1970. 

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DAVID G. HYSINGER

OBIT DavidHysinger

David G. Hysinger recently passed away unexpectedly. He was a long time resident of Los Altos Hills and San Francisco.

David was born on November 23, 1965 in Fairfax, Virginia. In 1968 the family moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland for 6 months before settling in California in June of 1969. David attended Hillview and Covington Elementary schools, Blach Junior High, Los Altos High School and Foothill College. He transferred to UC Berkeley and graduated in 1987 with cum laude departmental honors in Philosophy and a General Academic Citation from the College of Letters and Science. While working toward his Juris Doctor (JD), he was a Moot Court Finalist at University of San Francisco School of Law (USF). He obtained his JD in 1991 and his MBA in 1993 from USF. Most recently he was working toward his PhD in Theology.

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MARY RUTH BLANCO

12/25/1923 – 11/14/2015

Mary Ruth Blanco, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away on November 14, 2015.

She is survived by her children Toni Jean Lennon, John Joseph Blanco and Jo Ann Fabrizio, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

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MARILYN FRANCES THOMPSON

OBIT MarilynThompson

A true California girl, Marilyn Frances Thompson died in Utah on Thanksgiving after a brief illness.  

Born on May 23, 1927, she grew up in Santa Paula, amid citrus groves and small storefronts. In the 1930s, her mother taught her art, her father thrift. In the 1940s, including her college years, she drew the eyes of many young men and in 1951 married the first of three husbands, Neil Hicks, with whom she bore her only child, Michael, now an author, composer, and professor. Her third marriage, to Paul Thompson, proved decisive: she knew she’d “finally got it right.” (Paul passed away in 1991.)

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PATRICIA LYNNE CUDDY

OBIT PatriciaCuddy

4/9/1966 - 11/5/2015

Born at Stanford Hospital to Harry and Marjo Cuddy, Patricia was raised in Los Altos. She attended Montclaire Elementary, Cupertino Junior High and Homestead High Schools. At UC Davis she earned a double major in Economics and Organizational Studies. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and held several positons including president and pledge trainer. After completing the Credit Training Program at Wells Fargo Bank she held the position of lending officer at Wells Fargo and B of A.  She attended UC Berkeley, where she received an MBA and after graduating entered the field of management consulting. Patricia was a 30 year member of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization for women, Chapter HV, Palo Alto.

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JOHN CORRIGAN

OBIT JohnCorrigan

John Corrigan passed away on October 8, 2015, peacefully at the age of 85 at his home in Los Altos.

Born in Los Angeles, California on July 24, 1930, John was both a UCLA graduate as well as attending law school at the university graduating with a J.D. in 1954. After spending 2 years serving his country in the Army, he spent a highly successful career as an attorney with the Southern Pacific Railroad for 35 years, followed by an additional 2 years with the Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison firm as of counsel.

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In Memoriam:

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KEITH H. MORRISON  11/13/29 – 6/20/15
ELLEN A. MORRISON  11/18/30 – 8/05/15

Dear Mom and Daddy,

Happy Birthday! We miss you, we thank you, we love you. Every day.

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MARILYN JEAN SHEHAN DREW

OBIT MarilynDrew

Marilyn Jean Shehan Drew was born in San Francisco on July 15th, 1931 and following a move spent her school years in San Carlos, finishing at Sequoia High School in Redwood City. Her high school years were very productive because she was a good student and determined to succeed. There were some distractions because she was such a beautiful girl the local paper and magazines used her as a model and there was some promotion for her to enter the Miss California contest.

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ALISON EVANS

OBIT AlisonEvans

Alison Evans passed away on October 31 after suffering a stroke.  She will be missed by her many friends.

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JAMES (JIM) LUTHER GROSH

OBIT JamesGrosh

Resident of Los Altos
Aug. 5, 1924 – Oct. 14, 2015

Jim Grosh passed away unexpectedly on October 14, 2015 at the age of 91. He was a loving husband, father, & grandfather.

Jim was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland. After serving three years in Italy during WWII, graduating from the University of Maryland, and marrying his college sweetheart, he began his career as an engineer at Hercules Powder Company. In 1959 he, with his wife & two girls, drove cross country to Los Altos to continue a career as an engineer for United Technology Corporation where he developed filament wound motor casings and pipe, that eventually became known as “Techite”. Eventually he started his own business, Grosh Engineering & Development, and continued to develop work in the underground enclosure and pipe business.

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RICHARD PAUL ALEXANDER

November 12, 1925 – October 8, 2015

He is survived by his wife, his five children, his eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was a humble and unselfish man who loved God, Country, and Family above all else.

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ANNE PAULINE SCHRAM (NEE KNOERLE)

OBIT AnneSchram

Anne Pauline Schram (nee Knoerle) age 82 years, 4 days, died October 22. Anne grew up in Cleveland, OH, from the time she was a young girl until moving to Los Altos in 1959. She met her husband, Joe at a 16th birthday party, married two years later and became the loving mother of five children: Joseph F. Jr. (Jay), Mary Jeanne Miller (Eric), Thomas J., Elizabeth Anne (Libby), and Susan Marie Gendel. She was grandmother to nine: Drew, Jake, Greg, Amy, Lea, Ross, Kevin, Rose and Lillie; great grandmother to: Damian, Donovan, Lorelai. She was preceded in death by her parents Harold M. Sr. and Bernadine Knoerle, brother Harold M. Jr., sister Sr. Jeanne Knoerle, SP., Jake, Greg and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Anne was a 30 year employee of Stanford University Biology Dept. She was a real “Humm Baby” fan.

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