OBIT VirginiaGrigsby

Virginia (Ginny) Grigsby of Los Altos died September 4, 2014, at home, peacefully, with her family surrounding her.  She was 85 years old.

She was born on March 27, 1929, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Frank and Ruth Eck. She graduated from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. She met her husband-to-be, John, at a church picnic in 1949, and they were married in Pittsfield on July 15, 1950.


Patricia Jennings: Former Los Altos resident restored historic Paul Shoup House

Patricia Bock Jennings, known in Los Altos for her exacting efforts in restoring the historic Paul Shoup House, died unexpectedly Sept. 16 at her home in San Jose. Mrs. Jennings was 46.OBIT trisha
    Mrs. Jennings, an attorney, spearheaded the restoration project during the time her family lived in the landmark house at 500 University Ave. She retrofitted everything in the 1910-era home – from door handles to light fixtures – to reflect historical authenticity. Her efforts led to the home’s inclusion in 2011 on the National Register of Historic Places, the first such designation in Los Altos. Mrs. Jennings, who saw the project through with enthusiasm and determination, held a 100th anniversary birthday party for the house in 2010, inviting the public and the Shoup family heirs.
    Friends and family report that such passion and generosity was typical of Mrs. Jennings, born Patricia Yolanda Bock in Hoboken, N.J., in 1968. She was the older child of Charles and Irma Bock, who moved to Fairfield in 1981.
    Friends and family described Mrs. Jennings as “super smart” and “generous.” She earned degrees from UC Davis and McGeorge School of Law, the latter marked by years of service to Phi Mu.



OBIT RichardLetts

Dick Letts passed away peacefully on Sept 12, 2014 surrounded by his family at the family home in Los Altos.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Noreen; his sons Greg and Doug, his daughter Karen (Dave) Wisser; and eight grandchildren: Christian, Danielle, Hayden, Michael, Katie, Katherine, Ryan and Nathan.  



OBIT VincentMurphy REV

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. Fought the disease 13 years.



OBIT JeraldChristiansen

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Logan, Utah with his brother, Henry (Barbara), who survives him.



OBIT GaryEiger

Resident of Mountain View

May 28, 1954 - August 24, 2014

Gary Eiger passed away on Sunday, Aug. 24 at the age of 60. He is survived by the love of his life, Nancy Eiger, whom he met in the 7th grade and was married to for 21 years, and his stepchildren Talya Yaakov of Israel and Daniella Mizrahi of Menlo Park.



OBIT LouisSarto

Louis Charles Sarto, 84, died peacefully on August 21, 2014, after eight strokes. Lou was born June 6, 1930 to Norma and Guilio Sarto of Los Altos, California.

He was educated at Mountain View Union High School, class of 1948, Santa Clara University, 1949, and graduated with a BA in accounting from San Jose State University in 1955.

Lou was employed by the Adobe Creek Lodge as Social Director, by Wells Fargo Bank of San Francisco, Trust Department, and with Gemello Winery in Mountain View, as Vice President and then President of the Winery, handling retail and wholesale sales, and blending of wines.



OBIT AdolphLund REV

Adolph, “Dolph”, Lund, Jr., a 52 year resident of Los Altos, California, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the age of 78. He was extremely kind hearted, giving, supportive and a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.

Pop, as he was known to his family, is survived by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis Lund, and their three children. Son, Kevin Lund and wife Kristin; daughter Karen Lund; daughter Amy Van Ryswyk and husband Martin. Pop has three grandchildren Brandon, Brooke and Shannon.



OBIT RoyEckert

Oct. 2, 1916- Aug. 27, 2014

Born in Perry, TX, Roy graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas and Texas A&M. He married Florence Devenport in March, 1937. Due to taking flying courses in college, Roy went to work as a pilot for Pan Am in 1943 and they moved to the San Francisco Bay area. He and Florence built a house in Los Altos where they lived for 56 years, and raised two sons, Michael & Stephen.

During the next 22 years, he served his fellow Pan Am pilots as a union representative with the Air Line Pilots Association and worked closely with ALPA founder David L. Behncke. 



OBIT KhodadKeyani

Ted Keyani passed away on August 24, 2014, in Sunnyvale, California. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Judi Oszman Keyani. Ted was born in 1927 in Yazd, Iran into a Zoroastrian family and culture. He moved with his family, mother Homayoon and father Bahram, to Tehran while in his teens and came to the United States in 1947. He attended Perkiomen Prep School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania for a year before entering Stanford University where he completed both undergraduate studies and his medical degree. He and Judi were married in 1964 and have resided in Los Altos, California, since 1970.



After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a longtime resident of Los Altos since 1980.  Jeanne was a graduate of University of Chicago Art Institute. A founder artist of Packard Art Studio of Los Altos, she also had worked as an advertising and graphic artist. From 1953 – 1963 she resided in Mexico City and became fluent in Spanish.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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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