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Obituaries

LUCILLE LU KELLY

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Lucille (Lu) Kelly of Los Altos Square, Los Altos, passed away peacefully from natural causes in her home on March 8, 2015. She was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts in 1924.  She and her (deceased) husband, William (Bill) Kelly, moved to Los Altos in 2000.

Lucille is survived by her sons, Wayne Kelly of Mountain View, Stephen Kelly of Sunnyvale; daughter Marianne Doyle of Warren, Maine; and son William Kelly of Palo Alto. She had 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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YVONNE HADDAD TWIDWELL

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Yvonne Haddad Twidwell of Los Altos, California passed away March 28, 2015 peacefully in her home.

Yvonne was born on June 30, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Charles and Mary Haddad. She was the oldest of five children. She had a lengthy career in both fashion and interior design in New York, San Francisco and Los Altos. She owned the YT Limited boutique in Cupertino and subsequently moved it to Los Altos. After closing YT Limited, Yvonne worked for many years as the in-home designer for Calico Corners and had a large following of loyal clients.

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HAROLD WOOD HUNTLEY, JR

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Harold Wood Huntley, Jr., a long-time resident of Los Altos known to many of his close friends as Hal, passed away peacefully in Cupertino, California on March 29, 2015 at the age of 95. Hal was born in New York City on May 27, 1919, was a 1941 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a 1968 graduate of Harvard Business School, and was a notable pioneer in aeronautical engineering and space exploration serving as chief engineer for Northrup in the 1950s and later as engineer and program manager for Lockheed Missiles & Space Company throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

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ROBINA WEDDING

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Robina Wedding, 82, died at home March 20, 2015 from complications of Parkinson disease.

Robina, known by her friends as Robie, was born August 15, 1932, and grew up in San Francisco California. She met Stanley Wedding while on a trip to Yosemite. It was not long before the two were married, in 1953. They lived in San Francisco where Robie worked at Wells Fargo Bank putting Stan through Dental School. After graduating from Dental School they were sent to Kaneohe Hawaii, as Stan was a Naval officer attached to the Marine Corp. They lived there for 2 years before moving their young family to Los Altos in 1962.

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SUE SINGER

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Sue Singer, the matriarch of Chateau Drive, passed away at her home on March 21, five weeks after celebrating her 90th birthday. She had lived in Los Altos for nearly 50 years.

Sue will be remembered for her friendliness, kindness, compassion, and saucy sense of humor. She loved living in Los Altos, walking her dog and chatting with the neighbors, gardening, going to local theater and music performances, ballet and opera, seeing the American flag waving in the breeze, and visits from her devoted friends and neighbors, who will now deeply miss her.

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MARGUERITE LOWE KING

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Marguerite Lowe King, often called Peggy, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 25, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was 94 years old, just 6 days shy of turning 95 on March 3.

She was born on March 3, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan. She lived in Florida during the Depression, where she swam in the ocean and developed a life- long love of the seashore.

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JOHN BATISTICH

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John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Sarah, Sophia, Sonia and Zachary. He is preceded in death by his daughter Janice Batistich. John & Claire resided in Los Altos Hills for nearly 53 years.

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PAUL L. BJORK

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November 21, 1969 – March 8, 2015 

Paul L. Bjork of Los Altos California, suffered sudden cardiac arrest on Sunday morning March 8, 2015 while exercising. He will be greatly missed by the children he loved dearly: Stephanie, 12; Kevin, 11; and Rami, 8.

He also leaves behind loving parents Carla and Larry Bjork of Los Altos; sister and brother-in-law Kristie and Blair Ewen of Redding, California; and former spouse Rana Khaled of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Paul will also be missed by a large extended family including aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many beloved friends and colleagues. 

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LAVON MORTON

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LaVon Morton died at home in Palo Alto, California on March 12, at the age of eighty-four, surrounded by her family. She was born in Russell, Kansas to Ralph and Hazel Palmer.

After graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in education, she worked at a children’s radio station and as a teacher before marrying Dean Morton in 1953 and starting her own family. With their growing band of children, she and Dean moved frequently while he served in the Air Force, attended Harvard Business School and pursued a career in the electronics industry.

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BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

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1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters Sharon Fisher, of Sonoma and Sue Fish of St. Helena, CA; her son Donald and family of Belmont, CA; and a large extended family and circle of friends. She will be missed by all.

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HOPE J. WATSON

March 27, 1926-March 6, 2015 

Our beloved mother, Hope J. Watson, 88, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2015. She was preceded by her loving husband, Robert James Watson and her parents, Alice Grace Reilly and James Treanor Jackson. Surviving are her four daughters and their families; Diana and John Farrall of Greenville, SC, Lynda and David Eichler of Woodside, CA, Robin and Mark Hendrickson of Los Altos, CA and Sandra and John McFarland of Granite Bay, CA. Hope was blessed with eight grandchildren (in birth order); Christina Eichler Bullock (husband Benjamin), Tommy Hendrickson, Jenny Farrall, Timmy Hendrickson, Paul Eichler, Julie Farrall, Kevin McFarland and Emily McFarland.

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BERNARD SCHEIFF

Born in Alsace-Lorraine in 1939 to Marie-Therese and Marcel. Bernard toured the world with his parents whom were engaged in the French military. He eventually set his life in California and married Rosemarie. Joined with her for 48 years Bernard created a legacy. Raising three children: Tony, Chris and Stephen. He created and ran his own business for 30 plus years, tended his garden, was a man of faith and passionate about his cooking.

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VIRGIL R. GUALTIERI

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1/20/1919 – 3/9/2015

Virgil Gualtieri, 96, of Los Altos Hills passed away peacefully on Monday morning, March 9th. He lost his valiant and courageous battle with old age.

Born in Two Harbors, Minnesota he graduated from Eveleth College and enrolled in the University of Minnesota Law School. There he met wife Helen, the love of his life. 

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THOMAS ("TOM") D. SEGE

Thomas ("Tom") D. Sege passed away peacefully at his home in Woodside, California, surrounded by his loving family and caretaker on March 3, 2015, at the age of 88, due to complications from Alzheimer's.

Born on May 17, 1926, in Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia (now Serbia), he lived the majority of his life in Los Altos Hills and Woodside, CA.

Tom, his parents Aladar and Shari and brother George fled Yugoslavia via Cuba to the U.S. during the Second World War when he was 12 years old, and he spent the remainder of his youth in New York City.

He graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's and a master's degree in engineering, married Alice Sege and started work at Sperry Gyroscope on Long Island.

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VIRGINIA HOLT

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Nov. 27, 1924 – Dec. 29,2014

Virginia Holt passed away December 29, 2014 at her home in Los Altos, Calif. Virginia and Don were married for 61 years. Don passed away in 2006. Virginia grew up in San Jose and moved to Mountain View when she married Don. She liked to knit, needle point, and read. Above all she enjoyed spending time with family and especially her grandchildren. She was especially fond of Lilian, her care giver. Virginia was a member of St. Timothys Episcopal Church and was a member of the Covenant

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JUDY HOFFMANN - ANNOUNCEMENT

Judy Hoffmann, as most know, passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City, traveling as usual. In the obituary published in the Los Altos Town Crier January 21, 2015, it was announced that a Celebration of Life event would be held on March 22, 2015. This notice is to let those interested know that the place will be the Los Altos Golf and Country Club and it will be between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. We hope all enjoy the memories of a fun and caring lady and feel free to bring your story.

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JOHN DAVID BAER

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June 9, 1921 - February 9, 2015
Los Altos resident for 57 years

John David Baer (Dave Baer) passed away on February 9, 2015 at the age of 93, surrounded by his family in his home. Dave died of natural causes.

John David Baer was born June 9, 1921 in San Francisco, and grew up in San Mateo. He attended Stanford University, receiving a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1947 and was registered as a Professional Engineer in California. David served in the Navy from 1944-45.

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JAMES JIRO SHIZURU

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April 6, 1920 – February 18, 2015

James Jiro Shizuru passed away on February 18, 2015 in Palo Alto, California. He was 94. James will be remembered for his constant devotion to his wife Kiyo and for his lively affection for his children, grandchildren, family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Kiyome Shizuru; by his daughters, Diane, Jeanne, Joanne and Judith; by his son, James Lawrence Shizuru; by his grandsons, David, Michael, and Daniel; by his granddaughter, Tetua; and by his sister, Peggy Sasamoto.

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HELEN KNOFLOCH

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Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided Los Altos for over 60 years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Andy and her daughter, Elizabeth. She will be greatly missed by her best friends, Rosel and John Civelli and their family.

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Los Altos loses a bit of magic: 'Haja Doodat' passes away at 85


Bonnie Kellogg/Special to the Town Crier
Magician, musician and consummate entertainer Irv Barowsky poses with his wife, Rosel. He passed away Jan. 17.

Patrons of Maltby’s restaurant knew him as “Haja Doodat.” The license plate of his Toyota Camry referred to him as “MGIC MN.” But most Los Altos residents will remember Irv Barowsky as a town legend intent on spreading joy.

Barowsky, 85, died Jan. 17 following a lengthy illness.

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JUNE ANN NICKERSON

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Born in San Francisco - 4/12/1925, called to heaven - 2/13/2015 June grew up an only child but became a beloved Mother of 9, Grandmother of 18, and Great-Grandmother of 11. She will be profoundly missed by them all. June was born to Ralph and Ann Wagner, and preceded in death by her husband, John Nickerson. June lived a full and active life of 89 years. Her greatest joys in life were her nine children, whom she loved all equally. She was a gardener extraordinaire. Sharing her deep love of nature, June took her family of nine children on memorable camping trips to Yosemite every summer.

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