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OBIT RobertFrederickBallus

Saratoga, CA

Robert Frederick Ballus, Jr. passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016. Born in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Marie Eattock and Robert Frederick Ballus, the family moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, where Bob and his sister, Kathryn, grew up. He was an Eagle Scout and represented Shaker Heights High School at Boys State. He had a lifelong and passionate interest in politics. 

Chelsea D'Ambrosio and Bobby McLean: Engagement

Bobby McLean and Chelsea D’Ambrosio


Chelsea D’Ambrosio and Bobby McLean announced their engagement to be married July 9. The ceremony and reception will take place at the Los Altos History Museum.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Vanessa D’Ambrosio of San Lorenzo and Michael D’Ambrosio of Boca Raton, Fla. She is employed as executive administrator at Gilbert Spray Coat Inc.


Alice M. Williams, born on July 15, 1922 in Landa, North Dakota, daughter of John and Lillie Grann of Landa, North Dakota, passed away on June 3, 2016 at the age of 93. 

Growing up, Alice helped on her parent’s farm and assisted with cooking for her family of 9. She also worked in the local hotel where a traveling dance band became stranded during a particularly bad blizzard. A local HAM radio operator let the band broadcast over his set—this was Lawrence Welk’s first radio broadcast! Alice would work in the “cook wagons” during harvest season preparing 3 hearty meals a day for the thrashing and harvester crews. These experiences along with the family preparation of traditional Norwegian foods enabled Alice to perfect her baking talents. These talents were enjoyed by generations of family and friends. 


OBIT WilliamAlmon

1932 – 2016
Los Altos, CA

William J. "Bill" Almon passed away peacefully on Monday, June 13, 2016, with his family at his side, after a valiant struggle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 22, 1932, he is the youngest son of the late Louise and Daniel Almon. Bill attended Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a 1954 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. 


OBIT MarilynClawson1

Marilyn “Terry” Rae Clawson passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Terry was born on June 13, 1933 in Mesa, Arizona to the late Dr. Melvin Lloyd and Editha Rae (Smith) Kent. She met Charles Curtis Clawson while attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They were married for 62 wonderful, fulfilling, warm, honorable, fun and loving years.

Robyn Shaffer and Anthony Behn: Wedding

d Anthony Behn

Robyn Shaffer and Anthony Behn were married Jan. 9. They held their ceremony and reception at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park in Berkeley.

The bride is the daughter of Allison and Steve Shaffer of Davis. She graduated from Davis High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She is employed as a research and development engineer at Penumbra Inc.

Lindsey Butterworth and Danny Langston: Engagement

nd Lindsey Butterworth

Lindsey Butterworth and Danny Langston announced their engagement to be married Sept. 10 in Thousand Oaks. They plan to hold their reception at the Gardens at Los Robles.

The bride is the daughter of Carey and Maria Butterworth of Chesapeake, Va. She graduated from Western Branch High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in animation from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is employed as a freelance animator.

Judy and Richard Fimmel, 70 years: Anniversary


Judy and Richard Fimmel of Los Altos Hills celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary May 15.

After Richard had served in Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army, the couple met in Austria while Richard was the acting public safety officer.

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