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Obituaries

VIRGIL R. GUALTIERI

OBIT VirgilGualtieri

1/20/1919 – 3/9/2015

Virgil Gualtieri, 96, of Los Altos Hills passed away peacefully on Monday morning, March 9th. He lost his valiant and courageous battle with old age.

Born in Two Harbors, Minnesota he graduated from Eveleth College and enrolled in the University of Minnesota Law School. There he met wife Helen, the love of his life. 

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THOMAS ("TOM") D. SEGE

Thomas ("Tom") D. Sege passed away peacefully at his home in Woodside, California, surrounded by his loving family and caretaker on March 3, 2015, at the age of 88, due to complications from Alzheimer's.

Born on May 17, 1926, in Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia (now Serbia), he lived the majority of his life in Los Altos Hills and Woodside, CA.

Tom, his parents Aladar and Shari and brother George fled Yugoslavia via Cuba to the U.S. during the Second World War when he was 12 years old, and he spent the remainder of his youth in New York City.

He graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's and a master's degree in engineering, married Alice Sege and started work at Sperry Gyroscope on Long Island.

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VIRGINIA HOLT

OBIT VirginiaHolt

Nov. 27, 1924 – Dec. 29,2014

Virginia Holt passed away December 29, 2014 at her home in Los Altos, Calif. Virginia and Don were married for 61 years. Don passed away in 2006. Virginia grew up in San Jose and moved to Mountain View when she married Don. She liked to knit, needle point, and read. Above all she enjoyed spending time with family and especially her grandchildren. She was especially fond of Lilian, her care giver. Virginia was a member of St. Timothys Episcopal Church and was a member of the Covenant

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JUDY HOFFMANN - ANNOUNCEMENT

Judy Hoffmann, as most know, passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City, traveling as usual. In the obituary published in the Los Altos Town Crier January 21, 2015, it was announced that a Celebration of Life event would be held on March 22, 2015. This notice is to let those interested know that the place will be the Los Altos Golf and Country Club and it will be between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. We hope all enjoy the memories of a fun and caring lady and feel free to bring your story.

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JOHN DAVID BAER

OBIT DaveBaer1     OBIT DaveBaer2

June 9, 1921 - February 9, 2015
Los Altos resident for 57 years

John David Baer (Dave Baer) passed away on February 9, 2015 at the age of 93, surrounded by his family in his home. Dave died of natural causes.

John David Baer was born June 9, 1921 in San Francisco, and grew up in San Mateo. He attended Stanford University, receiving a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1947 and was registered as a Professional Engineer in California. David served in the Navy from 1944-45.

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JAMES JIRO SHIZURU

OBIT JamesShizuru

April 6, 1920 – February 18, 2015

James Jiro Shizuru passed away on February 18, 2015 in Palo Alto, California. He was 94. James will be remembered for his constant devotion to his wife Kiyo and for his lively affection for his children, grandchildren, family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Kiyome Shizuru; by his daughters, Diane, Jeanne, Joanne and Judith; by his son, James Lawrence Shizuru; by his grandsons, David, Michael, and Daniel; by his granddaughter, Tetua; and by his sister, Peggy Sasamoto.

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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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JUNE ANN NICKERSON

OBIT JuneNickerson


Born in San Francisco - 4/12/1925, called to heaven - 2/13/2015 June grew up an only child but became a beloved Mother of 9, Grandmother of 18, and Great-Grandmother of 11. She will be profoundly missed by them all. June was born to Ralph and Ann Wagner, and preceded in death by her husband, John Nickerson. June lived a full and active life of 89 years. Her greatest joys in life were her nine children, whom she loved all equally. She was a gardener extraordinaire. Sharing her deep love of nature, June took her family of nine children on memorable camping trips to Yosemite every summer.

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JACK JOSEPH CRANE

OBIT JackCrane

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mary Crane, also his sister Virginia, and two brothers Burt and Jim. Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Phyllis Crane, daughter Diane and son Brad. He leaves a legacy of eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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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

OBIT DonWeiler1    OBIT DonWeiler2

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

OBIT DorothyBerry1   OBIT DororthyBerry2

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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