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Obituaries

RALPH WILSON MAY

OBIT RalphMay

Dec 17, 1923 - Dec 17, 2014

Ralph Wilson May was born December 17, 1923 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Ralph and Margaret May. Over the next 91 years, Ralph helped shape the world during his 50 years as a telecom engineer and made family out of friends wherever he went. He married Helen C. Gilroy (1924-1998) in 1946, and they had three children: Ralph (1948-1969), Nancy and John. Many of their years were spent in Los Altos, with their first house on San Felicia Way and their last on Castle Lane.

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MARY E. MCCUE

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February 3, 1926 - December 29, 2014 

Mary E. McCue passed away peacefully after a brief illness and leaves behind her devoted daughters Mary Ann (Ken), Kathie (Bill), Patty (Gary), Judy, Barbara (John) and Jean; sister-in-law Mary June; grandchildren Wendy, Mary (Laurent), David, Colleen and Tim; great-grandsons Patrick, Colin and Talon; nephew J.J. (Viviana); and grandnieces Camilla and Frieda. Mary was preceded in death by her cherished husband Dr. John J. McCue; brother John J. Titus and sister-in-law Lois. 

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RONALD (RON) BUNJI NINOMIYA

OBIT RonaldNinomiya

Ronald (Ron) Bunji Ninomiya, a resident of Los Altos, passed away on December 20, 2014, surrounded by his family after suffering complications from a massive heart attack. 

Ron was born to Hiroshi and Satsuko Ninomiya on November 6, 1960, in Fresno, California. When Ron was twelve years old, his family moved to Morgan Hill where Ron graduated from Live Oak High School. He attended San Jose State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, then went on to UC Berkeley for his master’s degree.

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GEORGE RONALD KIMBALL

OBIT GeorgeKimball

Feb. 10, 1922 - Dec. 29, 2014

George, 92, passed away peacefully at El Camino Hospital. Born in Richmond Hill, NY to Albert and Katrina Kimball, George grew up in New Rochelle, NY. His famous neighbor, Norman Rockwell, used young George as a model for one of his cover illustrations. In the summers, baseball legend Lou Gehrig used to treat the neighbor kids to ice-cream. George graduated from Dartmouth College and Fordham School of Banking and was employed by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, L.I., George served as a naval officer in the South Pacific. While in the Navy in San Francisco at the Officers Club, he met his devoted wife, Roberta Falen. They were married for 67 years.

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KATHERINE “KATHY” CRENSHAW

OBIT KatherineCrenshaw

November 1, 1933 – January 1, 2015

Katherine Therese Crenshaw of Cameron Park, age 81, passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day after a long illness.

She was born in Palo Alto, to Edward and Mary Frances Nooney. She grew up in Menlo Park and attended St. Joseph’s in Atherton. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Belmont and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Library Sciences from San Jose State University. She spent time teaching English in Japan before returning to California to work as a Kelly Girl at a printing company where she met her future husband, Rodger “Roy” Crenshaw. They were married in Sacramento in 1962 and lived briefly in Pinole before establishing their home in Los Altos for 45 years.

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ARILEEN RUTH (LARSON) BUTCHER

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After three days of hospice care at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Sunnyvale, Arileen Ruth (Larson) Butcher, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014. She succumbed to complications arising from systemic sclerosis and pneumonia at age 88, with her two daughters by her side.

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ELIZABETH BENTLEY

OBIT ElizabethBentley

Elizabeth "Betty" Aldrin Hench Bentley, a resident of Los Altos for 65 years, died on Nov. 26, 2014. She was 92.

She was born on Sept. 21, 1922, in Prescott, Arizona, to Anders and Mabel Aldrin. Shortly after, her family moved to Los Angeles where she grew up and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1940. In 1943 she graduated from Los Angeles City College with an associate's degree in art.

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RAY JOHN SCHOLZ

OBIT RayScholz

Ray John Scholz of Morgan Hill passed away on December 2, 2014 at the age of 87. He was born in Santa Rosa on April 15, 1927. He was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean War.  He founded Sierra Precast in 1976. Ray enjoyed golf and time with family and friends, always sharing stories and jokes.

He spent over fifty years in Los Altos until moving last year. He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Carol; son Eric; daughter-in-law Cindy; sister Mary Monohan; sister-in-law Sonia Campbell and eight nieces and nephews.

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MERLYN "DALE" STUBBS

Merlyn "Dale" Stubbs, a 51 year resident of Los Altos Hills, passed away on December 15, 2014.

Dale was born to Harry and Anna Stubbs in Americus, Kansas on February 10, 1926.

When Dale was 9 years old his father, a carpenter, suffered a fatal heart attack. His mother became the bread winner by home baking which she sold to local residents. Dale assisted by selling and delivering products. In those early years Dale also did yard work and paper routes. 

Dale attended Americus schools until his Junior year when he obtained a job at Emporia State College. After that Summer he was able to keep the job which meant transferring credits and graduating from Emporia High School. After graduation Dale entered the US Navy SeaBees for a little over 2 years.

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BERNERD MARTIN MESETH

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December 6, 1920 - November 21, 2014

Bernerd, “Bernie”, Meseth, a forty-year resident of Los Altos, passed away November 21, 2014 following a brief illness.

He was a second-generation San Franciscan, the son of German-American parents. When his father left home during the Depression, Bernie helped support his mother and two sisters by working multiple jobs at the age of 13.

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DONALD YOST

OBIT DonaldYost

After cheating death too many times to count, Donald Yost slipped away, peacefully, on October 2, 2014, after spending 91 years traversing planet Earth. Although he struggled to communicate after his stroke in 2006, he would light up at the sight of his two sons, Jeff and Greg, his daughter-in-law Sophie, and most especially his beloved grandson, Nathan.

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SANGEETA SACHDEVA

OBIT SangeetaSachdeva

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor and elder sister of Reena Duggal and Sonia Pawa.

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FLORENCE HORI

OBIT Florence-Hori

Florence Sadako Hori passed peacefully on November 26, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento. She was born on Oct 2, 1920 and spent most of her early years in Colorado. She left for New York to attend school and there met her husband Tatsu Hori. She eventually came out to San Francisco and she and Tatsu finally settled in Los Altos.

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SALLY ANN MCNEES

Sally Ann McNees, a long-term resident of Los Altos Hills, died in peace the morning of Thursday, November 6, 2014 after surviving pancreatic cancer for over seven months.

Sally was born on April 23, 1953, in Lancaster, PA. She was adopted by Sterling and Mary Lee McNees at age 3 in Pennsylvania. In 1962 she moved with her adoptive parents and brother George to northern California, which was her primary residence for the remainder of her life.

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JOAN DENISE FREITAS

June 28, 1923 – November 22, 2014

Joan Denise Freitas, 91, of Los Altos, CA died November 22nd, 2014. Born June 28, 1923 in New York, Joan Freitas was the daughter of Michael and Anna Hickie, and loving wife of the late Albert Freitas. She is survived by her daughter, Joan M. Freitas (Brian Heikenen), son, Michael Freitas (Natalie), and niece, Joanne Schnuckel (Brian) and many nieces and nephews.

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GUY STODDARD

OBIT GuyStoddard

Guy Stoddard, 77, passed away peacefully after a short illness on December 3rd, 2014. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 3rd, 1937, he resided in Los Altos, California since 1990. He attended Humboldt High School, Hamline University and St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

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LEON W. “PETE” HARMAN

OBIT LeonHarman

Leon Weston “Pete” Harman moved on to a better world on November 19, 2014 at 95 years of age. He was born in 1919 in Granger, Utah, the son of David and Grace Harman. Grace died of the flu soon after his birth, at which time her widowed sister, Caroline “Aunt Carrie”, took baby Pete to her home. David and Caroline were eventually wed and added Caroline’s four surviving children to the mix of Pete, his five brothers, and three sisters.

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MR. RICHARD WILBER JAMES

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Mr. Richard Wilber James, age 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at home in Los Altos, California. Richard, a long time resident of the city of Los Altos, was born in San Francisco on January 27, 1925. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, helping to entertain the troops as a video projectionist. After the war, he returned home to study electronics at the College of San Mateo and went on to have a long, successful career at Teledyne MEC.

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Larry Madsen: Architect and community servant


Mr. Madsen

Longtime Los Altos resident Larry Madsen passed away peacefully Nov. 19 surrounded by his family, after fighting cancer for many years.

Mr. Madsen was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1930 and moved with his family to Long Beach when he was 7 years old. He and his sister, Barbara, spent much of their time on the beach and in the waves, and he had a lifetime love of water, whether sailing, boating or just sitting by a lake or the ocean.

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BRADLEY J. STEPHENS JR.

OBIT BradleyStephens

Bradley J. Stephens Jr. joined his wife Margaret on November 15, four short weeks after her passing on October 16. They were married 72 years.

Brad was born in Woodland, CA, but spent most of his life in the Bay Area and Los Altos.

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RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

OBIT RichardWaugh

Richard Campbell Waugh of Los Altos Hills, Ca. died at home October 31, 2014 surrounded by his family and caregivers.

Dick was born 1917, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He earned a BS in chemistry from University of Arkansas and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Colorado.

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