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Obituaries

WILLIAM F. MCSWEENEY SR.

OBIT WilliamMcSweeney

Bill passed away peacefully on August 20th surrounded and supported by his loving family. Our "leftover firecracker" was born and raised in San Francisco. Born on July 5, 1928, he attended St. Anne of the Sunset, St. Ignatius High School and graduated from USF (1950).

Bill was a loving and devoted husband to Joan for over 59 years and the adored father of Bill (Nancy), Bob (Nicole), Tom (Julie), Joanne (John (d)), Brian (Annamarie), Joe (d) (Cathy), Carol (Jim) and Kathy (Tony) and best grandfather to 21 beloved grandchildren.

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MARY FRANCES JETT

OBT MaryFrancesJett

March 26, 1946 — August 6, 2014 

It is with great sadness our family must share the passing of Mary Frances Jett on August 6, 2014 in her Los Altos home. Mary Fran was born in Hollywood, California to parents Bob and Janet Jett. She grew up in San Marino, California graduating from San Marino High school in 1964. Mary Fran attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee earning both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her PhD in Physiology.

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SARA MITTELMAN

Sara Mittelman, 97, was born May 10, 1917 and died August 15, 2014 at Menorah Medical Center. She was born in Pilica, Poland and came to the USA in 1950. Sara was a Holocaust survivor who lost her entire family during the war. She was one of the oldest survivors in the Kansas City area. She and her beloved husband, Israel Mittelman, fled to Russia where they were jailed until the war ended. They then came to Kansas City with their children Harry & Marie to start a new life.

Sara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her family was the center of her life.

She was a member of Beth Shalom synagogue and its Sisterhood and Hadassah.  She and her husband were instrumental in starting the New American’s Club where they had many beloved friends. They had many events and fundraisers and had a wonderful time together.  Since most of them had lost all or almost all family members, they were all a big family to each other.  They led the effort to bring the second Holocaust Memorial in the US to the Kansas City area.

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PETER LOUIS PAVLINA

OBIT PeterPavlina

October 17, 1925-August, 2014

Resident of Los Altos Hills

Community leader Peter Louis Pavlina passed away August 22 at his home after a short illness. He was born October 17, 1925 in Mountain View, CA. His father Luka immigrated in 1913 and his mother Kate Grcich in 1920. Both entered the U.S. through Ellis Island. They met in Mountain View and married in 1921. They were orchardist raising apricots, cherries and prunes in the Santa Clara Valley and peaches, pears and prunes in Yuba County.

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ROBERT W. DAWSON

OBIT RobertDawson

Bob Dawson, a forty-six year resident of Los Altos, passed away in San Diego, CA, on July 14, 2014--three days after his 83rd birthday. He spent his final days in the company of his children and grandchildren.

He was born in Washtucna, WA, and served in the US Army before graduating from Gonzaga University in 1954. In 1959, he moved with his young family to California and began his career at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International), where he was employed until his retirement.

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JANE THURSTON

OBIT JaneThurston

1919 - 2014

Jane passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family August 15th, 2014. She was 95 years old.

Jane was born in Sparta, Wisconsin. Her mother died when Jane was 17 years old and she interrupted her education to return home to take care of her father and younger brother James. Jane had not yet learned to cook and she often talked about her "creations" in the kitchen, many of which involved tomato soup.  Her father was gracious and always told her it was delicious.

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LOUISE PIXLEY RAUCH

OBIT LouiseRauch

Louise Pixley Rauch passed away peacefully in her own home on February 26, 2014. She was born on June 18, 1923 in Flora, Illinois. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO and then went on to study at the University of Illinois where she earned her degree in Music Education. She then traveled to California where she met Donald Rauch and they were married on August 18, 1946. She taught music in four public schools in the LaVerne - San Dimas area while Don completed his education at USC.

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MARILYN HAREID POWELL

OBIT MaryPowell

1938 - 2014

Marilyn Powell passed peacefully after three hard years of slowly fading away from Alzheimer's. Marilyn was born in NYC and moved to the Bay Area in 1947. She attended Menlo-Atherton High School, Foothill College and San Jose State majoring in Art. She worked for Lockheed, then became an Interior Designer. In 1976 she co-founded The Bicycle Outfitter in Los Altos and in 1996 Outfitter Bicycle Tours with husband Dick Powell. In 1992 Marilyn started painting and now has many pieces hanging in private collections.

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JEFF JOHNSON

OBIT JeffJohnson

Jan 10, 1967 - Aug 10, 2014

Jeff was born and raised in Los Altos. He was a graduate of Los Altos High School. He then went to Foothill College where he had an opportunity to spend 3-months in Europe through a study abroad program. That experience sparked his interest in international business and he went on to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (International Business) at San Jose State. He was affiliated with the SAE fraternity as was his father.

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Bernadette Bennett: Swim teacher, U.S. Masters competitor


Mrs. Bennett

Mountain View resident Bernadette Mary Bennett passed away July 28. She was 87.

Mrs. Bennett was born the fifth of eight children in Cleveland to Adam and Mildred Masarik, both Slovak-born. She moved to Los Angeles at age 18.

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DALE D. BOWERSOCK, JR.

Dale Bowersock died May 13, 2014, at 76 years of age.  

He was a native of Kansas, a graduate of Kansas State University and a long-time CPA in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, and daughters, Kim (Samuel), Liz (Steve) and grandchildren, Elodie, Aurora, Cedric and Malcolm.

He was a golfer, a reader of westerns, a jazz buff, a lover of sunsets and thunderstorms.  

In the years before Dale needed care, the Los Altos Senior Center provided him and Joan a respite and outlet.  The Monday-Wednesday Bocce group gave friendly companionship and the gift of laughter.

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JAMES J. SCHRIVER

A longtime resident of Santa Clara, Calif., passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by family on August 4, 2014. He was 87.

Known as "Jim" by his closest friends, "Buddy" by his family, and "Grandpa" by his many grandchildren, James Schriver was born February 9, 1927 in Werner, N.D. He spent much of his childhood in Fargo, ND. Jim enlisted in the United States Navy in Jan 1945 at the age of 17, and quickly began work as a flight mechanic working alongside pilots and engineers to maintain the Navy's air fleet. Jim would spend the next 22 years in service of his country, traveling around the world. In his later years, Jim loved to boast that his service allowed him to visit all seven continents on the globe — even Antarctica.

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MAXINE S. GOAD

OBIT MaxineGoad

Maxine Steineke Goad died Monday, July 28, 2014, at the age of 83 of multi-infarct dementia.  She was preceded in death in the year 2000 by her husband Walter B. Goad. She is survived by her children Marian Goad, Chris Goad, and Donna Goad (Paul Johnson) and grandsons (all of New Mexico), her sister Marian Taaffe of Los Altos Hills, her Taaffe nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephew.

She was born November 17, 1930, in Palo Alto, California, to Max and Florence Steineke.

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WESLEY PIERCE AYRES

OBIT WesAyres

Wes passed away peacefully at his home on July 27,2014, just two months before his 90th birthday.

Born in Los Angeles, his family moved to Fresno when Wes was 14 years old. He joined the Navy in 1943, serving on a destroyer in the Pacific theater. 

He and the former Mickie O'Neal met after his return to Fresno, and were married on March 12, 1948. The young couple moved to the Bay Area where Wes earned his PhD in physics at Stanford University. In 1955 Wes and Mickie moved to Los Altos, where they raised their two sons, Tim and Dan.

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TIMOTHY WARREN WATSON (TIM)

OBIT TimothyWatson

Born June 2, 1935, died peacefully on August 11, at home in Mountain View, surrounded by his family. He died of complications of Parkinson’s Disease after a courageous 15-year battle.

Tim was the beloved husband of 55 years to his college sweetheart, Ann. He was born in Boulder, Colorado to Robert J. and Gretchen Warren Watson, and was the eldest of 5 children.

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EDWIN SCHMITZ

OBIT EdwinSchmitz

July 29, 1928 - August 2, 2014

Edwin F. Schmitz died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.

Ed was born on July 29, 1928 in Madison, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of 5 children of Gertrude and F Edwin Schmitz. He was a lovable playful child called “Snicky” and “the last twig on the vine”!

He attended Edgewood High School in Madison and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

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JERRE ARTHUR GONZALES

OBIT JerreGonzalesApril 26, 1935 – July 21, 2014 

Los Altos, CA

Long time Los Altos resident and business owner, Jerre Arthur Gonzales, passed away at his home on July 21, 2014 at the age of 79. He is survived by his wife, Carol Gonzales, his children, Jay Gonzales and Sara Gonzales-Erhan, his sister, Maxine (Gonzales) Chavez, his two brothers Dick Gonzales and James Gonzales and his 5 grandchildren. 

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SHERRY DYCE BARBA

OBIT SherryBarba

Sherry Dyce Barba, dear wife of Peter Barba, and a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2014, at The Forum, in Cupertino. She was surrounded by loving family members and visited continuously in her last weeks by a legion of friends and neighbors. Only a month earlier, she had celebrated her 80th birthday, taking off the next day for a biking trip in Europe, when she was suddenly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. True to form, she remained active and full of life to the very end. 

Sherry was born in 1934 in Los Angeles, California to Stanley and Marjorie Dyer Ward. She grew up in Glendale, West Point New York, Burbank and Phoenix, Arizona, where she graduated from North Phoenix High School as Salutatorian. 

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IN MEMORIAM: ENA PATRICIA (PADDY) SAPER

Ena Patricia (Paddy) Saper departed this life Aug 12, 2013 to be with our mother, father and brothers, Jimmy and Bobby. It has been a long sad year without her especially for her many close loving friends and family, near and far and so many others that her life embraced (Church, golf, travel, bridge, really too numerous to mention). So often many would fondly remember how she could regale them with her enormous capacity of relating hilarious and whimsical stories, a truly rare gift given to few.

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FRANCIS P. “F.P.” MILLER

OBIT FrancisMiller

On the afternoon of July 29, 2014, Frank “F.P.” passed away at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson, Michigan. F.P. was born to Louis B. and Mary L. Miller on September 18, 1955. He was a graduate of Parkside High School and a resident of Mountain View, California where he lived with his lifelong sweetheart Lyta.

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BARBARA WISSLER LETTS

OBIT BarbaraLetts

April 25, 1957- July 17, 2014 

Barbara passed away after an extended illness with ALS. She never gave in and never let the disease define her. Barb was committed to all around her living an inspired life they love. She lived this right through her illness. She will be terribly missed by her family, her many friends, co-workers, and colleagues.

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