May 1, 1922 -  June 16, 2015

OBIT JohnDobson

Resident of Los Altos 59 years

John Raymond Dobson, also known as Dobbie to his flying buddies, passed away after a long illness surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his loving wife of 72 years, Janet Barnise Dobson, three children: Jeanne, Joseph, and Carl (Annette) as well as five grandchildren: James, Carly, Victoria, John and Andrew. He is also survived by his great grand children Drake and Ryder Dobson and Aubriella Estes, several treasured nieces and nephews, children of his four siblings now deceased: Dorothea, Edwin, Stanley and Lois.



OBIT KeithMorrison

November 13, 1929 – June 20, 2015
Resident of Los Altos

Surrounded by his loving wife and children, Keith Morrison passed away peacefully in his home on June 20 following complications from a recent stroke. He was 85 years old.



OBIT AlanKremen

Alan Frazier Kremen, MD, PhD, aged 68, loving father & surgeon, of Stockton peacefully passed away on June 13th, 2015.

Born in Minneapolis on December 17, 1946, he received a BA from Stanford University, 1968, a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cologne, Germany, 1973, and his MD from the University of Minnesota, 1976.

Alan married Jodi Mayo on June 6th, 1976; they were married 24 years, and had 2 daughters Jennifer Kremen Prokop, 34, & Elizabeth Kremen, 29. Alan married Jennifer Wyman on January 20th, 2006; they were married for 3 years.



OBIT FredMontgomery


Fred Le Roy Montgomery, 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. He passed away at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California, after a 2 & 1/2 year battle with colon/liver cancer.

Born in Denver, Colorado, October 23, 1933, to Freda Louise (Kevelin) and Archie Arnold Montgomery, Fred attended schools in Denver, Portland, Oregon, and Arcata, California. After graduation from the University of Denver, he joined the Marine Corps and became a jet pilot. He went on to earn a MA in Speech and Audiology, but pursued a career in the paper distribution business. Joining Carpenter/Offutt Paper Company in 1968, he moved the family to Los Altos Hills, where Fred resided for 47 years.



OBIT HelgaFischerColbrie

We are sad to announce the passing of our honored and beloved mother, Helga Fischer-Colbrie, on May 26, 2015 at age 96.

Helga was born in Vienna, Austria on March 22, 1919. She received a formal education and earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Vienna in 1946.

Her life was uprooted by World War II. During this tragic time she developed her principles of always planning for the future, taking pleasure in gardening, and finding ways to conserve, reuse or recycle.



OBIT KathleenHoogs

On June 5, 2015, Kathleen “Kay” Brown Hoogs passed away peacefully at her Los Altos home. She lived in Los Altos for 52 years. 

Born Kathleen Gertrude Brown in Roselle, NJ, on April 21, 1929 to parents George and Gertrude Brown, Kathleen graduated from the Vail-Deane School in Elizabeth, NJ in 1947 and Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA in 1951. She majored in French and minored in Economics, and was a member of the French Club, Choral Club, and the Candle Club academic honor society. Her senior year she was elected president of the Wilson YWCA and lettered in field hockey.



Also known as Betty Smiley
May 27, 1930 to May 9, 2015

‘Betty Lea’ (Ward) Carroll passed away peacefully and of natural causes, at 8:10A.M., Saturday, May 9, 2015 at home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. 

Born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1930 to Colonel Joseph G. and Beatrice Lea Ward, and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, Betty was a Southern girl; make no mistake about it. If you did, she certainly would enlighten you in the most graceful of manners. As might be expected, Betty Lea made her Debut in Portsmouth, and was introduced to Society in the late 1940s.



OBIT JamesAckley

Resident of Los Altos
Mar. 13, 1927 – Jun. 5, 2015

Jim passed away after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.  An engineer, inventor, teacher, and mentor to many, his most lasting legacy is the example he set as a gracious, warm, loving man, with a ready smile for everyone.  He touched many with his sense of humor and devotion to his family.



OBIT SusanHeesacker

December 8, 1937 – May 3, 2015

Resident of Los Altos

Susan (Sue), 77, passed away peacefully at El Camino Hospital, Mtn View with family and friends around her. Susan was born in Moline, ILL on December 8, 1937 to Charlotte Louise (Kernin) and Charles Stephen Taylor. Her family moved to Los Altos where Susan had her 3rd birthday. She was a member of the 1st graduating class at the new Los Altos High School in 1955.



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William Arthur Allen (born Lee) passed away on June 3, 2015 in Carmel Valley, CA, at the age of 87 after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. Bill is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 43 years, Shirley Milano Allen and his loving children (and their spouses), Jackie Mehus (Paul), Leo Graziani, Stephen Graziani (Tina), Denise White (Rick) and Edward Graziani (Margaret) and the 10 grandchildren that adored him as “Grandpere”, who he cherished each for who they are - Kimberly, Alicia, Amalia, Tim, Shelby, Isabella, Dominic, Cooper, Sofia, and Kirk. 



OBIT HarryWong

Harry Wong died peacefully in his sleep on May 30, 2015 at the age of 83, just one month after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Harry was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA, graduated from Palo Alto high school and went on to San Jose State University, where he earned a degree in business. In between he served in the army where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He had a very successful career, eventually owning over a dozen Round Table Pizza restaurants throughout the south and east bay. He had a special place in his heart for his family, living across the street from his grandchildren while they grew up and hosting regular parties for his very large extended family.



OBIT VeraKavish

Vera Elaine Kavish was born Feb. 1, 1925 in PA to Earl and Katherine Howell. She and her brother Jim (Bud) grew up in Lansing, MI where she attended Michigan State. She worked in the chemistry dept. as a secretary for Prof. Laurence Quill who called her “Hip Pockets.” There she met, Robert Michael Kavish.

After graduating, Bob got a job in L.A., bought a house and applied to an ABC radio show called, “Bride and Groom.” Vera and Bob were married on January 25, 1949 on the 15-minute show broadcast nation-wide from Hollywood, CA.



OBIT Robert-Boesenberg

February 14, 1927 – May 15, 2015

Our dearly beloved father passed away peacefully at the age of 88 in Sonora CA with family by his side.    

A resident of Los Altos for over 60 years, he had recently moved to Sonora.

Bob was born to the late Earl and Viola Boesenberg on February 14, 1927 in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school he served in the Navy in WWII aboard the USS Cabot during battles in the Pacific Theater.



OBIT EgbertGraeve

Bert passed away peacefully at home on May 16, 2015. Born in Germany in 1929, he studied electrical engineering after the war and came to work in Los Angeles in 1957. He enjoyed building a catamaran and playing volleyball on Manhattan Beach. After earning his master’s degree at Caltech and working at Bell Labs in New Jersey, he returned to California and settled in Los Altos. He had a long successful career as a test system design engineer, first with Fairchild Semiconductor, later Schlumberger, and received numerous patents for his work. After retirement, he enjoyed hiking, gardening and learning Spanish.



January 9, 1940 – May 21, 2015

Maria Carter, 75, a resident of Mountain View, passed away peacefully at El Camino Hospital on May 21, after a many year struggle with cancer. Maria was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 9, 1940. She was the daughter of Domenic Nucci who was born in Italy and Angelina Cini of Pennsylvania. Her only brother, Charles Nucci, and his wife Lynne currently live in Felton, Delaware. Maria worked many years in the office of Dr. Murray, the president of the University of Pennsylvania. She loved her work and has maintained friendships with many of her colleagues. After she married, Maria and her husband, Bobby Carter, moved to the Bay Area living in Burlingame, San Mateo, and Los Altos. They had no children. After they divorced, Maria moved to Mountain View and studied to become a licensed real estate appraiser, a job she enjoyed for many years.



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Chien Yeh Chien of Los Altos, CA on May 21, 2015. He relocated to Temple City, CA in 2012 to be closer to his two sons and their families. Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife, Janice Renshaw Chien in 2009.

Frank is survived by his two sons Eddie (Ashley), Fred (Peggy) and his six grandchildren Jamie (Leana), Brandon, Robert, Krizia, Amber, and Edward Jr. as well as two great grandchildren Jasmine and Laurel. Frank is also survived by his two brothers Henry & Moray and four sisters Doris Shih, Chien Rui-Di, Violet Chen & Chien Shu-Fang along with their families.



OBIT DonaldSlichter

Donald Allen (“Duke”) Slichter passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2015 while vacationing in Florence, Italy with his wife of 30 years, Victoria. Duke was given his nickname by his father with whom he shared a birthday. Born on February 18, 1932 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Duke was raised in White Fish Bay and attended Milwaukee University School. Upon graduation, Duke proceeded on to Princeton University where he played football for his beloved Tigers, becoming a Life Member of the Princeton Football Association. He also became a member of Cannon Club and the Nassau Club. After graduating Cum Laude in 1954, he joined the U.S. Navy as an ensign, serving as a supply officer. Duke achieved the rank of Lieutenant before leaving the Navy in 1958.



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Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Rita (nee Landry) Sampson, brother Sandy, sons Robert, Paul (Suzanne), Buck (Kathryn), Dan (Dolores), and David, and grandchildren Peter, Rachel, Julia, Annie, Lorenzo, Lila, Rebecca, Maya, and Rylan.


Longtime Egan language teacher passes away

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Miss Prescott at her wedding in 2008.

Often described as challenging but fair, Susan Hope Prescott Kavinoky left a lasting impression on the students she taught during her 40-year career as a language teacher in Los Altos. Known as Miss Prescott – and referred to as Señorita Prescott or Fräulein Prescott by some of her students – she died May 15 after battling cancer.



Guy Wilson Shoup, 80, died on April 28, 2015, at his Palo Alto apartment, after a long period of ill health. Born on November 22, 1934, to Margaret Owen Shoup and to Jack Wilson Shoup (the second son of Paul Shoup, widely considered the founder of Los Altos), Guy spent his childhood in California and graduated from Deerfield (MA) Academy, Stanford, and the Yale Law School, with a stint as a US Navy officer between college and graduate school. He practiced intellectual property law for more than forty years, largely in the field of electronics. His career, based for many years in New York and afterwrds in San Jose, was international, with especially close ties in Japan.  Guy was a warm supporter of Stanford athletics, often traveling far to cheer the Cardinal football team on at even its remotest away games. He leaves two brothers, Fred and Tom, and many long-time, widely scattered friends who were heartened by his resilience and enlivened by his wit, enthusiasm, and imagination.



OBIT JoyceMcDonald

A. Joyce McDonald, a former resident of Los Altos, passed away on May 6, 2015. Joyce, daughter of Mabel Young Bernson and Albert Bernson, Sr., was born in Canadian, Texas in 1929. She graduated from Canadian High School and attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma.

Joyce married William R. McDonald in 1953 (divorced 1986). She was an active member of numerous Newcomers organizations, creating homes in Evanston, IL; Niles, MI; Glen Ellyn, IL; Troy, OH; Des Moines, IA; Encino, CA; and Northbrook, IL before moving to Los Altos in 1970.


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