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Obituaries

IN LOVING MEMORY: ROBERT JAMES WATSON

OBIT RobertWatson

September 4, 1924 – July 5, 1994

We wish to affectionately honor our Father who passed away 20 years ago over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Three months before his death, our brave Father, who was battling cancer wrote a paper titled: Charity through Interpersonal Relationships. His written words are powerful and beautifully express the passion he had for life and the unconditional love he felt for all mankind.

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JEWELL (NANCY) A. ROBB

In loving memory of Jewell (Nancy) A. Robb, who passed away 6-19-2014. Survived by brother Leonard Roark, children, Norman Robb, Diane Cox, Donald Robb. Grandchildren, Sandra Barnes, Colleen Muller-Robb, Kainoa Allianic-Robb, Savannah Lamey, Alexander Muller-Robb, Mandie Cox. Great grandchildren Kevin Barnes, Anna Barnes, Robert Jennings.

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BERTON HENRY STEPHENS

OBIT BertonStephens

Resident of Los Altos

Bert Stephens, a respected and retired electrical engineer and inventor in Silicon Valley, died on June 14. He was 75.

Bert was born and raised in the Punta Gorda area of Florida. He came west in the Navy and met his future wife Jackie in San Francisco. Bert graduated from SFSU with a BS in Engineering. The couple moved to Los Altos where they have resided since; last year they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

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BEVERLY GORLEY

OBIT BeverlyGorley

1941 - 2014

On April 30, 2014, Beverly Gorley was 73 when lung cancer took her from this life. Her husband Tom was at her side during home hospice care when she peacefully took her last breath.

She was born in New Jersey in 1941 and spent her childhood in upper NY state. Beverly was a graduate of Kathryn Gibbs secretarial school In New York City and also studied art for a short while at Rhode Island school of Design.

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GLENN ALLEN WHITE

OBIT GlennWhite

May 7, 1914—June 10, 2014

Former Los Altos resident Glenn Allen White died in Palo Alto on June 10, 2014, a month after celebrating his 100th birthday with extended family members. Glenn was born in Oakdale, California to Howard Collins White and Agnes Adams White. He grew up in Berkeley and Stockton.

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SHARON ‘SUNNY’ VIRGINIA BUZZINI

OBIT SharonBuzzini

Mar 13, 1945 – Jun 03, 2014

Sharon ‘Sunny’ Virginia Buzzini of Ripon, CA lost her long hard fought battle with cancer on June 3rd, 2014, and passed peacefully with her husband of 40 years, George, by her side.

Sharon was born on March 13, 1945 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and lived most of her youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. She met George Buzzini in Pine Mountain Lake, CA, where they married in 1973.

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BARBARA KIRKPATRICK ROTHMAN

OBIT BarabaraRothman

Barbara Kirkpatrick Rothman was born July 28, 1928 in Palo Alto, California, and raised in Los Altos Hills. She was the second of three children. After graduating from high school, she attended Stanford University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics. 

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DAVID MALCOLM PETERSON

OBIT DavidPeterson

1933-2014

81, Gulfport, FL, June 5. Born at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco to Maurice and Elizabeth Peterson, they lived in the Marina District, then Palo Alto where he attended the one-room Channing Elementary School, finally settling in Los Altos when he was 10. He graduated from Mountain View High School (51, Honors) and studied at San Jose State.

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POLLY BERGTRAUN

89, Peacefully passed away June 9th, 2014, in the presence of her devoted son and daughter.

Polly (Hertz) was born, with her twin sister Dolly, April 17th, 1925 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

Her life spanned two continents from Holland to America, surviving the Holocaust without Dolly (perished in Auschwitz) immigrating  to San Francisco in 1948. For almost a decade she worked at the Netherlands Information Service spreading Dutch cultural history and lore, joining the "Worldlings Club" where she met the love of her life, Eric.

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BILLY HUGHES BOCOOK

OBIT BillyBocook

Billy Hughes Bocook, resident of Los Altos, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born in Asheville, North Carolina on October 8, 1934 to James A. Bocook and Nelle (Alexander) Bocook. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pat, his sons Dirk, Bret and Drew, his daughters in law Laura and Erica, and his two grandsons, Quinn and Austin. He was preceded in death by his two older brothers, Jack and Jim.

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MABEL MARGARET CHESNUT

OBIT MabelChesnut

Mabel Margaret Chesnut, born July 8th 1921, passed away peacefully in sleep, in her home of 64 years in Los Altos on May 22th, 2014. Mabel was born is Ashley, North Dakota to Henry and Matilda Feil. Mabel was the youngest of her siblings; Dorothy, Martha, Emil, Marie, Ella and Lydia who all passed before her.

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AUDREY ELIZABETH HAGEN (MITCHELL)

OBIT AudreyHagan

Audrey Elizabeth Hagen (Mitchell) made her final journey to join her late husband and love of her life, Art on January 27, 2014. Although it’s with a heavy heart that we say our final goodbye to our beloved mother, “Lady Grandma” and “Grandma Miami”, her spirit will forever live on in the love she brought to our lives and the inspiring strength she exemplified.

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CATHERINE LOIS MURDOCK

OBIT CatherineMurdock

Lois Murdock was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in Depression-era Detroit. She pursued a business track at Commerce High School and upon graduation worked in the accounting department of Bell Telephone. During WWII she met Loyde Murdock, who was serving in the Navy, on a blind date in Boston.

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CAPT. RICHARD E. (DICK) ECKERT

OBIT RichardEckert

May 23, 1934 – May 25, 2014 

After a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease Richard Eckert passed away on May 25, 2014. He and his surviving wife of 56 years, Jean, were both born in Huntington, N.Y. and attended Huntington H.S., where they met. Dick attended Farmingdale State College (NY) before enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve Aviation Cadet Program, earning his wings on May 2, 1957. 

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GERDICE (JERRY) TYKESON

OBIT GerdiceTykeson

March 31, 1918 May 18, 2014
Long Time Resident of Los Altos

Gerdice passed away quietly in her home on May 18, 2014, she was 96. Gerdice was born on March 31, 1918 to George and Bertha Skogen in Oakland, CA and grew up in Los Altos Hills on “the ranch” now home to the Fremont Hills Country Club with her siblings, Dorothy and Jergen.

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JEAN MARIE GROSWITH

OBIT JeanGroswith

December 21, 1941 – April 27, 2014
In loving memory 

Jean Marie Johnson was born on December 21, 1941 in Walla Walla to Lowden and Erma Johnson of Lowden. Growing up, Jean was an accomplished rider and was the Fair Court Queen in 1959.

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BILLY RAY "BILL" HART

OBIT BillyHart

Longtime Los Altos resident Billy Ray "Bill" Hart died surrounded by his family on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Born on March 24, 1930 in Compton, California, Bill grew up in Southern California and Kansas before attending the University of Oregon. He entered the Air Force in 1950, becoming a fighter jet pilot earning the rank of second lieutenant assigned to the Air Defense Command 56th Fighter Intercept Squadron stationed at Selfridge Air Force base in Michigan.

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EFFA-JEAN ARMS

February 9, 1917 - May 5, 2014
Resident of Cupertino

With her family by her side, Effa-Jean (Effie) Arms of Cupertino passed away early Monday, May 5, 2014. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard A. Arms of 83 years and their sweet daughter, Susan of 3 years.

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BARBARA BRAUER TIERNEY

OBIT BarbaraTierney

Barbara Brauer Tierney passed away peacefully at her home with family and Hospice by her side at the age of 89. She was born in Chicago and received a Bachelors Degree in Winter Park Florida, from Rollins College. She married her best friend Robert E Tierney in 1949 in Chicago and moved to Los Altos Hills in 1954 to raise her family.

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MARTHA A. HUSTON DEACON

OBIT MarthaDeacon

Martha A. Huston Deacon passed away peacefully in Los Altos, CA surrounded by her family on Mothers Day, May 11, 2014. She was 92.

Born in Galesburg, Illinois on February 18, 1922, residing there until her family moved to San Francisco when she was five.

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MARY ELIZABETH “BETTY” MACKIN

OBIT MaryMackin

Mary Elizabeth Smith was born on January 14, 1936 in San Mateo, CA to Francis Cyril and Mae Elizabeth Smith. Betty went to her heavenly home on April 22nd, 2014 peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Grew up in Burlingame with her cherished siblings, Cy, Marjorie, Claire, and her cousin Maureen McCue Byrne.

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