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Obituaries

DAVID CHAKERIAN

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08/25/1954 - 09/07/2015

Los Altos resident for 26 years David Chakerian passed away Sept. 7th in Dallas, Texas. David went to Eastbrook, Covington followed by Awalt High School. After high school he attended Reedley Jr. College where he made the Deans list and obtained his aircraft mechanics certificate. He moved to Alaska in 1981 where he worked for Northern Air Cargo, MarkAir, and Reeve Aleutian Airlines. He loved motorcycles and rode a Harley while in Alaska. Dave traveled extensively while his father was a pilot for TWA. The Town Crier once published a picture of Dave attending the Paris Airshow in 1971. Friends called him by his nickname, “Chick”. Dave was very generous with his time in helping others. Friends said he had a sense of humor where he could make people laugh so hard they would cry. He returned to California in 1993 as a mechanic for VTA. Later he moved to McKinney, Texas and finally resided in Dallas. He was a most proficient mechanic and later in life became a welding technician. He was a history buff and liked to read both fiction and non fiction.

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JOYCE G. CHRISTENSON

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Resident of Los Altos

Joyce G. Christenson passed away peacefully in her home on September 30, 2015. She was 77.

Joyce was born on March 28, 1938, to Clyde and Bertha Gochnour, of Burley, Idaho, and was the youngest of eight children. She graduated from Burley High School and subsequently attended the University of Utah, where she studied Elementary Education and music. Joyce was also a flutist in the Marching Ute Band and university orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1960. After graduation, Joyce moved to San Diego to teach in elementary school. She married Wayne C. Christenson in 1961 and soon thereafter began raising a family. The family eventually relocated first to the Los Angeles area before moving to Terra Bella, California, in 1972. Joyce served in the Terra Bella United Presbyterian Church as a Deacon and Elder and was active in literacy tutoring.

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DONABELLE WEDDING

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Donabelle Wedding, a 58 year Atherton resident has passed away at the age of 91. Survivors are her three daughters – Linda Bonini of San Pedro, CA, Rosemary Wedding of Scottsdale, AZ, Cindy Keitel, of Camarillo, CA, Eric Keitel – a son-in-law, a grandson Chris Keitel, and a nephew Albert Newlin, of the Netherlands. Preceeding her in death were her sister Alice Newlin of Frazier Park, CA and her loving husband Damon of 60 years.

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CATHARINE “CATHY” VALLINE CARLSON

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Catharine “Cathy” Valline Carlson, a longtime Los Altos resident and Bay Area native, died on Thursday, October 8th after a long and courageous battle with heart failure. She was 73 ½.

Cathy is survived by Richard, her loving husband of 46 years, as well as two children, Steve Carlson and Amy (Gary) Carlson Speck, and two grandchildren, Margaret and Gabriel Speck.

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PAUL WEISS

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Paul Weiss, a retired Chevrolet dealer from Palo Alto and LAH, died August 25 while vacationing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 90.

The cause of death was heart failure.

Paul Edward Weiss was born October 6, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, to Morton and Edna Weiss. A graduate of the University of Chicago Laboratories High School, he enlisted in the U.S Navy at age 18. He spent the war on a Landing Craft Infantry Flotilla Flagship (LC-FF) in the Pacific, earning five distinctions, including a Bronze Service Star, as Radar Man Second Class.

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WILLIAM R. MORRILL

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Bill Morrill, 77, passed away peacefully on Sept. 26, 2015. Bill proudly served his community with over 30 years in the Palo Alto Fire Department and retired as Battalion Chief. He raised his family in Palo Alto and Los Altos. He returned to Oklahoma after retirement, fulfilling his desire for simpler lifestyle. He was loved and respected by those that knew him and was always there to help his community. He was an avid fisherman who loved the Sierras and getting away to spend time in what he called "PQT" (peace, quiet and tranquility). We like to think he has now gone to that great fishing hole in the sky; catching the big ones.

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EARL HAIG PAMPEYAN

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Earl, a 58-year resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at home on September 15th. He was born in Pasadena, California on January 3, 1925 to Haigaser and Eunice (Khazoyan) Pampeyan.  Earl served as an Army tank mechanic during World War II in the European Theater. Upon returning home, he learned to cut gemstones for his uncle, which led to an interest in minerals and geology. He graduated from Pomona College, Claremont Graduate School, and postgraduate work at Stanford.

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ROBERT J GLOTZBACH

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12/13/26-8/16/15

Born to Liz and Joseph Glotzbach, Los Angeles CA. Bob received his degree in chemistry at Cal 1950. Moved to Los Altos 1958, 779 Santa Rita Ave, and completely transformed the house from 2B/1B to 4B/3B to accommodate 4 kids (in his spare time!).

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PERRY NEFF

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Perry Neff passed away at 98 years young, at his home on October 7, 2015. His was a “Grapes of Wrath” story. He was born September 11, 1917, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. His family moved to California in 1934 on the back of a Model T truck during the Great Depression. He finally settled in Los Altos in 1955.

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LILI "GIGI" KRONFELD

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Lili "Gigi" Kronfeld passed away at her home in Los Altos, California, on Monday, September 28th, 2015, with her family by her side. She was born in Vienna, Austria, to Franz and Lilli Haeussler on August 20, 1934.

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DANA DAVID LARSON

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March 13, 1956 - September 22, 2015 

Born in Burlingame, CA, Dana grew up in Belmont, CA and at the family summer home in Clear Lake Oaks, CA. His family moved to Mountain View when he was in his teens. At the age of 17 Dana was in a motorcycle accident that resulted in left side hemiparesis, a right arm amputee, and severe head injuries. That did not deter him from graduating from Awalt High School, earning an Associates Degree at Foothill College, and then on to CSU Chico to earn a Bachelor Degree in Social Welfare. After that he went to the University of San Francisco to pursue a law degree.    

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PATRICIA LOUISE PATTERSON

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Resident of Los Altos
May 4, 1930 – Sept. 30, 2015

Patricia Louise Patterson passed away on Wednesday at the age of 85 with family at her side. She was a hardworking homemaker and cared deeply about her family.

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RALPH E. GESELL

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Ralph E. Gesell passed away September 6, 2015 after a long illness at the age of 84. He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Lee Gesell and his three daughters: Sallie Harshbarger (Jim), Carol Rossi (Alberto), Nancy Bechtel (Rich), and five grandchildren (Savanah, Austin, Kohlman, Kate, and Mark). 

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VERNON J. ROSSOW

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Family man, NASA Research Scientist, Sunday School Teacher, fisherman, traveler, and long-time resident of Los Altos, Vernon John Rossow peacefully passed away in his home on Monday, September 21, 2015.

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DIANA G. (WILLIAMS) BARTELINK

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Oct 26, 1964 – Aug 30, 2015

Passed away unexpectedly. Born in El Paso, Texas. Diana is survived by her husband, Jon, and her daughter, Nicolette Stevenson, son Kellen Stevenson, sister Michele (Richard) Forrest, niece Krystal (Joseph) Figaratto, brother-in-law Eric Bartelink, stepmom Helen Williams, uncle & aunt Sammy & Nancy Graham, and cousin Julie Dennis.

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THOMAS JEROME CONNELLY

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Thomas Jerome Connelly of Los Altos, California passed away peacefully on September 21st after a heroic battle with cancer. He was 87. 

Born on April 29, 1928 in Terre Haute Indiana, Tom graduated from Wiley High School and received his BA degree in Accounting from Indiana State University. He married his high school sweetheart Elaine in 1950, and they raised four children together. Tom obtained his CPA certification and became a partner in the firm Sackrider and Connelly CPAs, in Terre Haute.  In 1965 he and his family moved to Los Altos, California where Tom worked for Stanford University Medical Center as an Accounting Manager until his retirement in 1983. He was admired for always keeping a cool head at work. 

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GARY SCHONHER

1935-2015

John G. (Gary) Schonher, a local resident for 57 years, died of complications of a stroke on September 11 in Mountain View. A life-long entrepreneur, Gary built a career as a financial planner, restaurant chain partner, investment advisor and commercial real estate broker. After attending Harvard and Wharton, he moved back to California where he was born, raised, and educated (Sacramento High School, 1953).

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CLARENCE RAYMOND O’DONNELL

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Clarence Raymond O’Donnell, known as OD, passed quietly away at his home, on September 13, 2015 at the age of 92. His son, daughter and son-in-law were at his bedside. He was preceded in death by his mother, Christine, his father Mike, his wife Eloise, his sister Mary, and his brother Arthur.

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SHERRON ERICKSEN SMITH

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Sherron Ericksen Smith, a 50- year resident of Los Altos, was born August 13, 1938, and passed away peacefully on September 11, 2015, with her husband and daughter by her side. Survived by her husband of 57 years Thomas S. Smith and daughter Erin Ariel Young as well as grandchildren, Fox T. Pettinotti, Morgan K. Smith, and Jessica O. Young, Sherry was preceded in death by her son Thomas S. Smith III and her parents Orville M. and Stasia Kiely Ericksen of Dallas, TX. 

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WILLIAM WARE PALMER, JR.

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Bill Palmer, 96, Los Altos, CA September 11, 2015.
Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend.

A true southern gentleman, he was born in Opelika Alabama, was a University of Tennessee 1948 graduate and Navy pilot in World War II. In July 2015 he and ‘My Gal Sal’, Sally (Ada Belle Bowman) celebrated 70 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife, Sally Palmer, children, William Ware Palmer, III (Jean Ann), Denver, CO, Pamela Palmer (Howard Rosen), Venice, CA, grandchildren Thomas William Palmer and Daniel William Palmer, step-grandchildren Aaron Rosen and Jemiel Rosen.

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JAMES J. CONWAY

Jim Conway, formerly of Los Altos, died unexpectedly on September 8 in Palm Desert CA. He was born in Baltimore on June 7, 1939. A graduate of Franklin University, he was twice elected Mayor of Bowie, MD and was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1967. In 1976 he founded and was the President/CEO of the Electronics Association of California in Silicon Valley. He also served as Treasurer of the Los Altos Rotary Club and as President of the Los Altos Lutheran Church.  He was a true Renaissance man – entrepreneur, politician, community leader, visionary and champion for MS research.

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