OBIT AliceRoylance

Resident of Mountain View
April 17, 1923 – August 29, 2015 

Alice Helen Gordh was born in Portland, OR, as the fourth of five children. Her family confronted many challenges. One sister died in the 1918 flu epidemic. Alice’s father was a building contractor, and his business suffered during the Depression. When her father got a contract to build a school in Marshfield, OR, the family lived at the construction site while the school was built.



OBIT FlorenceEckert

Oct. 2, 1916 – Aug. 13, 2015

Florence Sands Devenport Eckert died on August 13 at Sunny View Retirement Community in Cupertino. From 1954 to 2009 she lived at 361 Sunkist Lane in Los Altos. Florence was born in Dallas, Texas, the elder daughter of Ernest and Rachel Devenport. She graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas. In 1937 she married Roy F. Eckert. She worked for Sun Oil Company in College Station, Texas to support Roy’s studies at Texas A&M University. After his graduation in 1941 they lived in Pittsburgh; LeMars, Iowa; and San Diego.



OBIT LoisWalles

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event, which would ultimately end with her playing the piano and having everyone sing along. She was kind and generous and had an open heart, and rarely had an unkind thing to say, and was never short of friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother and her absence will be greatly felt.


Benson McGann, M.D.: ECH founder, dedicated physician, family man

Courtesy of the McGann family
Dr. Benson Richard McGann was married to his wife, Nancy, for 62 years.

Benson Richard McGann, M.D., co-founder of El Camino Hospital and a physician recognized for his dedication to patients and family, died Aug. 11 with family members at his side. Dr. McGann was 91.

According to family members, Dr. McGann was known for his appreciation of hard work and love of the outdoors and the simple pleasures in life.



OBIT BruceMeyer

Bruce Charles Meyer, 81, died Wednesday, August 5th at his home in Carmel, California. He leaves his wife Valda Cotsworth and her daughter Katie Roos; his sons, Bruce and Joseph Meyer from his first marriage and his brother Gordon Meyer; four grandchildren, and many close friends. 



Murray Harold Kuperman of Los Altos lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 20, 2015. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Mary Truitt Kuperman and his son, Scott. Murray was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 29, 1937, the only son of Joseph Kuperman and Nettie Gewurtz Kuperman. He moved to Ontario, California where he completed high school and then went on to UCLA and California Berkeley graduating with a degree in metallurgical engineering.

Upon graduation he entered the Navy as an Ensign thanks to NROTC. His assignment was an engineering officer on the USS Embattle, a minesweeper. Murray and Mary, who had met at Berkeley, were married in April 1961.



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John Hamilton Rudolph, former President/CEO of Rudolph & Sletten, Inc. in Redwood City, California passed away August 7th, 2015, in his Morgan Hill home he shared with his wife, Catherine Cruz Rudolph. John, 64, had battled cancer for over two years before he entered hospice care.



OBIT RuthGudauskas

Ruth Madden Gudauskas, age 103, was born on September 8, 1911, in Georgetown, IL, and peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on August 8, 2015, in Bethany House in Auburn, AL. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom Gudauskas, and brothers, Glenn and Ray Madden. She is survived by her son Robert (Dot) Gudauskas of Auburn, AL, daughter Dolores (David) Boyd of Los Altos, CA; grandchildren Debbie Milanes of Opelika, AL, Tom (Carol) Gudauskas of Auburn, AL, and Lisa (Lowell) Kissinger of Douglasville, GA; and great- grandchildren, Matt, Greg, and Jilli Milanes, Benjamin and David Kissinger, and Lydia, Hannah, and Sarah Gudauskas.



OBIT RichardJohansen

Richard Johansen, our dearly beloved father, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2015 in Los Altos. He was 88 years old.  He died as he most liked to live, surrounded by the love of his family.

Richard is survived by and will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 69 years Madeline Nunes Johansen, his daughter Kaaren Johansen of Morgan Hill and his son Bryan Johansen of Los Altos.



OBIT ThomasHinkelman

Thomas David Hinkelman, a pioneer in the computer and semiconductor industries, died peacefully in Los Gatos, July 24, 2015 with family at his side. Born August 8, 1925, Tom was the son of John Ward Hinkelman, an office manager for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and Clara Hinkelman, nee Koehler. He had two brothers, John Ward Jr. (Jack) and William Joseph (Bill).  In high school, Tom participated as a halfback in football and as a sprinter in track. He was captain of the track team. He was a fast and fierce competitor which gained him invitations to both the Penn Relays and the 1948 Olympic Trials. In the Penn Relays he and his brother Bill were on the winning 4x440 relay team. Although he didn’t fare as well in the Olympic Trials, he kept his relay baton, which he later gave to his granddaughter, Laura, telling her that even if things didn’t work out exactly as she wanted, she must always do her best.



OBIT DavidKline

October 29, 1927-August 13, 2015
Resident of Los Altos Hills

David Stuart Kline (Dave) passed away at his home in Los Altos Hills after a long fight with prostate cancer. He was 87 years old. Born at St Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco to the late Lucy and Benjamin Kline, Dave grew up on Taraval Street. He later moved to a small farm in Atherton where he attended Sequoia Union High School. Dave graduated with awards for drama and debate in 1945. He went on to attend San Jose State for two years, then Stanford University where he got a BSME in 1949. At this time, Dave achieved Phi Beta Kappa honors. Dave continued at Stanford to receive his MBA in 1951 with the honor of Tau Beta Phi. During his graduate school experience, he met the love of his life, Janet Elena Giacomazzi, who was getting her master’s degree in education at Stanford. The couple began dating and married on June 14, 1953. Dave and Janet had three children.



OBIT EnaSaper

Jan. 8, 1934 – Aug. 12, 2013

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OBIT EllenMorrison

November 18, 1930 - August 5, 2015

Resident of Los Altos

Ellen Adel Morrison, 84, passed away peacefully on August 5.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 63 years, Keith Morrison, who passed away only six weeks before her.

The oldest of six children, Ellen was born in Gary, Indiana on November 18, 1930. Her parents, Mary and Otto Reising, were schoolteachers during the depression. Her father, using the pen name of Paul Strahl, also wrote for Esquire magazine and wrote a novel, "The Quarrel," which was widely reviewed and praised.  Ellen's parents instilled in her a lifelong love of all things literary.



OBIT LillianSlavin

April 9, 1921 – July 17, 2015

Lillian Florence Slavin, long-time resident of Los Altos and The Forum at Rancho San Antonio, died peacefully on July 17, 2015.  She was 94 years old.

Lillian was born on April 9, 1921 to William Broadley and Florence Maggiore in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her husband of 65 years, Frank Slavin, predeceased her in 2010.



OBIT GraceFranks

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on September 17, 1923. During WWII, while an early employee of the Social Security Board, she met and married handsome soldier, Ralph, who spirited her away to settle near engineering mecca, Stanford University, where she worked for the admissions office.



OBIT DennisKumamoto

Dennis Katsunori Kumamoto, passed away unexpectedly on June 28, 2015. Born in Fresno on March 24, 1950, he received a BSE from UCLA, 1972, a MEE from USC, 1974, and a MBA from CSU Dominguez Hills. He was a member of the Gamma Epsilon Omega fraternity. Dennis worked as an Electronics Engineer for over 40 years in the field of microwave electronics. Most recently working for Teledyne Microwave Solutions as a Research Scientist/Engineering Manager.



OBIT CharlotteWinguth

Charlotte Barbara Winguth died July 9 at the young age of 89. She is survived by her 3 daughters Sandy, Karen & Wendi, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She came to Los Altos CA with her husband Ed and 3 children 53 years ago from New Jersey. She was a RN for over 50 yrs starting in WWII as a Nurse Cadet. She was a life long Girl Scout; as a young girl and as an adult leader and a summer camp nurse. She lived by the motto "be prepared" and she always was. Charlotte was a great mom and grandma but mostly she was a devoted wife to her beloved Ed who preceded her just last July.



OBIT DanielDaggett

February 23, 1917 - July 13, 2015
Resident of Los Altos for 61 years

Dan Daggett, 98, went to be with the Lord on July 13, 2015. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and most importantly, a child of God. He is survived by his two children--Nancy Daggett Jensen (Sven), Mike Daggett (Kate), four grandchildren--Jeremy Daggett (Janelle), Jason Daggett (Laura), Lori Jensen, Brian Jensen and three great-grandchildren- Claire, Taylor and Danielle Daggett. After graduating from UCLA with a BS in Business in 1938, he began working for Southern Pacific Railroad as a stenographer. Dan worked at Southern Pacific for 41 years, working his way up to Vice President and General Manager of the Southern Pacific Land Company. He has two streets named after him for his role in securing industrial properties.



OBIT EvelynKolbe

May 3, 1920  - July 7, 2015          

Evelyn Kolbe, a long time resident of Los Altos, passed away at Mountain View Healthcare Center following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Born to Marion and Edna Meeks in Bluffton, Indiana, the second of nine children; graduated in Indiana, and met her beloved husband Carl Kolbe at a dance in Fort Wayne. Married there in 1945 she followed Carl first to Virginia, then to California. Carl preceded her in 2011. In 1946 they had their only child, a daughter, Karen Kolbe. She loved her family deeply and thrived on entertaining friends. Anyone special received one of her homemade apple pies or a jar of her strawberry jam. She was also a talented seamstress who would make everything from doll clothes to drapes. She spent many hours gardening in her yard; a source of great pride, especially her apple trees and Hinoki Cypress and roses. Carl and Evelyn loved music. They had many happy hours performing in ballroom dance shows at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo and various venues in San Francisco. She was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos and taught Sunday school for many years.



OBIT VirginiaGarland

Born: November 20, 1927; Passed On: April 14, 2015

Virginia was the daughter of George Leigh Bryan and Ruby Myrtle Bryan. She was born in Spokane, WA. While at Washington State University Pullman, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and met her husband Albert “Bert” Garland of Wenatchee, WA. They were happily married for 42 years before his death in 1989. She was a founding member of St. Nicholas Guild of the Wenatchee Episcopal Church as well as a member of the Orthopedic Guild and Wenatchee Hospital Guild.



OBIT MarjorieGleim

Marjorie Gleim, longtime resident of Palo Alto, died peacefully June 19 at the age of 97. She was an instrumental part of Gleim the Jeweler, the Palo Alto jewelry store founded in 1931 by her father-in-law and carried on by her husband, Arthur Gleim, and daughter, Georgie Gleim, providing constant support and guidance.  Although both Marjorie and Arthur attended Palo Alto High School, they officially met when Marjorie was hired to work at the University Ave jewelry store in November of 1941.  Their first date was December 7, 1941, and they were married the following February.


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