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OBIT StephenAcers

Stephen Owen Acers passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with Pancreatic cancer. Steve was born in Denver, Colorado on October 2, 1942 to Owen Francis and Geneva Higley Acers and welcomed by two older sisters. Steve was raised in Golden, Colorado where he attended Golden Elementary School through eighth grade. In 1956 he and his mother moved to Bakersfield, California where he attended Bakersfield High School, graduating in 1960. Steve then joined the Marine Corp Reserves and was stationed in San Diego.


OBIT DrAnthonyMalo

Born: January 27, 1926
Died: March 3, 2016

Dr Anthony Louis Malo, Sr died March 3,2016. He was husband to Delores Malo and previously to Dr. Eve Malo. He was father of nine, five sons and four daughters and step father to two sons and one daughter: grandfather and great grandfather to many: brother to Freddie Salcido. 


Clarence Maurice Ablow (also known as Larry) passed away February 9th at Mission Viejo in Orange County where he moved several years ago to be near his niece, Carolyn Brothers. He was 96. 

Larry was born in 1919 in New York. After his mother died, his father remarried and moved the family to Beverly Hills, CA.  Larry graduated from UCLA and served his country during WWII as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He served as a meteorologist on board an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.


OBIT ArthurErickson 1     OBIT ArthurErickson 2

Arthur Kinnear Erickson died on March 3, 2016 with family by his side at the Palo Alto VA after a short stay due to pneumonia.  He is now with his wife, Ruth. 

Arthur was born in Pilot, WY on June 6, 1919 to Frank and Katie Erickson. He was raised on a sheep ranch near Kinnear, WY and graduated from high school in Riverton, WY. Art graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in civil engineering in 1942. He joined the Navy during World War II and became a pilot. Art retired with a rank of LT JG after the war. 


OBIT ThomasThomason

Resident of Los Altos, CA
March 2, 1920 – March 7, 2016

Tommy passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the age of 96 after a long extraordinary life. Treasuring personal relationships, he was most often found enjoying time with friends and family. Having a true love for problem solving, Tommy found joy in creating solutions in both his work and personal life. With an infectious sense of humor Tommy kept his friends and family laughing with his playful banter of sarcasm and wit.


OBIT SteveTenBroeck


Have you ever known one of those people whose smile lit up a room? Someone who cared deeply about the causes he served and whose generosity of spirit produced legions of fans? That was Steve TenBroeck. His rich and colorful life ended at home in Los Altos, surrounded by loved ones, on March 1, 2016. He was 69.


OBIT RobertPaine

A 58-year resident of Los Altos, CA, Robert (Bob) Paine passed away peacefully in January at a rehabilitation center in Palo Alto where he was recovering from hip replacement surgery. He was 93.

Bob was born in Los Angeles, CA, where he met his future wife, Adelaide Speyers, through her twin brother, Bill, a fellow member of the local ham radio club in Glendale, CA. After he and Adelaide married, Bob enlisted in the US Navy where he served as Chief Petty Officer working on US naval aircraft avionics during WWII.


OBIT JoannHarris

Joann Dodge Harris passed away peacefully on March 9. She will be remembered by her loving family and friends for her strength and poise, her beauty and adventurous spirit. Her devotion to her family and numerous interests was boundless.


Barbara Jean Clark, age 80, passed peacefully on March 3, 2016 at her home in Los Altos, California with family at her side.


OBIT LyndaSteele

April 5, 1948 - February 29, 2016

Lynda Joyce Steele; a long time resident of San Mateo County died unexpectedly on February 29 after a brief illness due to complications from a serious respiratory infection. She is survived by relatives and friends in the U.K. and the U.S. and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.


OBIT JuliaSeiff


Julia Seiff, Los Altos resident of 40 years and Bay Area resident of 60 years, loving wife, mother of two children, and grandmother of one child, passed away on March 7th due to complications from cigarette smoking and vascular dementia. 


OBIT JanineBreibart

7/10/1934 – 2/17/2016
Resident of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills

Janine had an innate gift to uplift everyone that she came in contact with. She would leave you feeling unapologetic for whatever path you were on. And out of thin air she would stun you with her uncanny sense of humor. If you were lucky to spend time with her, you would walk away with buoyancy in your step and a tickle in your heart. Janine received her BA and Teaching Certificate from Keene State College, New Hampshire. There she met the love of her life, the dashing (late) Tom Breitbart.


Galina V. Popkoff, loving wife of 48 years, has passed away February 20th from a breast cancer battle that started 11 years ago.

Born on March 19, 1946 in Harbin, China to Russian Community that moved to Brazil and the United States. Married in 1968 and traveled to Germany with her military bound husband.

Galina worked during her life span for CSE Insurance, Boise Cascade Development, Alza Corp., Johnson and Johnson, and Xenoport, Inc as records manager before retiring.


OBIT GeorgeClimo

June 14, 1927-February 21, 2016

George Frederick Climo, 88, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 21 in his home at BridgePoint Los Altos, comforted by his family.

George Climo was born June 14, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the second son of George F. Climo and Lucretia M. Osborn.George spent his childhood in the Shaker Heights neighborhood of Cleveland. He attended Cleveland Heights High School where he dated the young woman who would become his wife, Shirley Hall Beistle.


Eleanor A. Jensen passed away peacefully at her home in Los Altos on February 28, 2016, with her husband and children around her. She was happily married for 60 years, and is survived by her husband Gerald, five children (Greg Jensen, Cheryl Jensen, Douglas Jensen, Jennifer Timmins, and Tracy Hughes), her 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.


OBIT Thomas Mollard

1926 – 2016

Long time Los Altos resident, Tom Mollard, 89, died on January 21, 2016 from internal injuries suffered from a fall a week earlier.

His wife, Ann, preceded him death when she passed away in 2009 and his sister, Roberta Mollard Pavlakis,in 2000. Tom is survived by his 2 daughters, Susan (husband Ron) Glaze, Monterey, CA and Kitty (husband Jack) Friel, of Millis, MA, three grandchildren, Jack, Casey and Ryan and 3 great grandchildren, sisters in law Mary Durkin and Eileen McAvoy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


OBIT JamesFarthing

James “Guy” Farthing was born on August 3, 1933, in Boone, North Carolina, and graduated from Mocksville High School in NC. He spent two years at West Point with a medical discharge before graduating from North Carolina State with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He worked for GE as Manager of Energy Systems Information in Schenectady, NY; he was a Senior Staff Editor for Electrical World in NYC. He moved his family to CA in 1977 and was Manager, Member Services for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto. His real love was real estate development and started Quarterpenny Corp, a multi-family housing company in 1980. He built over 1,000 affordable housing units in Portland, OR and invested in multiple apartment communities in Tucson, AZ.


OBIT MelvinHammer

Melvin (Mel) Hammer, 89, passed away Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 of pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Rancho Bernardo. He was a very beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and true friend. Melvin was born on February 14th, 1927 in Cleveland, OH and moved to San Diego, CA in 1975. Melvin is survived by his son Robert Hammer (Tammy), Morgan Hill, CA; son Neil Hammer,Aliso Viejo, CA; daughter Nancy Grunewald (Mark), Riverside,CA; daughter-in-law Kathy Hammer; grandchildren; Oren Hammer (Amber), Evan Grunewald, Jordan Hammer, Eve Grunewald, Jade Hammer and two great grandchildren. Mel was preceded in death by his wife Aileen Hammer, his son Arnold Hammer, and his sister Helen Friedman.


OBIT EmilyDevine

Emily Jane Davies Devine of Los Altos, CA passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of February 19, 2016.

Emily was born on September 8, 1918 in Lowellville, Ohio. She was the oldest of four children of a musically gifted Welsh father and Cornish mother. Their life in their small town revolved around the Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Emily loved school and dreamt of being a teacher. After the family lost their father at a young age, Emily worked her way through high school and college, graduating from Youngstown College in 1940 with degrees English and History.


OBIT CharlesPelton

Charles (Chuck) Pelton, 87, passed away from a massive heart attack on January 29, 2016. Up to the day of his death he was a robust, active man who managed his physically–challenged wife Claire and two large Bernese Mountain dogs (one that had lost the use of her back legs) with ease and affection. He could be seen almost daily walking to the State St. Peet’s with his wife and two Berners by his side. To say “he will be missed” is an understatement for all his family including daughter Cathie, son Jim, his Berners, and even the Peet’s staff who mourn his passing.


OBIT PaulGriffiths

Resident of San Jose
June 27, 1939 – February 7, 2016

Paul Griffiths passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at his home. Born June 27, 1939 in New York City to Phoebe Wilson and Edward Griffiths, Paul was the beloved eldest son of five children. He was a kind and loving brother to his brother Peter, and to his sisters Jane, Elizabeth, and Catherine. 

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