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U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman First Class Ryan M. Bauknight graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Bauknight completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. He earned distinction as an honor graduate.

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HELGA FISCHER-COLBRIE

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We are sad to announce the passing of our honored and beloved mother, Helga Fischer-Colbrie, on May 26, 2015 at age 96.

Helga was born in Vienna, Austria on March 22, 1919. She received a formal education and earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Vienna in 1946.

Her life was uprooted by World War II. During this tragic time she developed her principles of always planning for the future, taking pleasure in gardening, and finding ways to conserve, reuse or recycle.

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KATHLEEN BROWN HOOGS

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On June 5, 2015, Kathleen “Kay” Brown Hoogs passed away peacefully at her Los Altos home. She lived in Los Altos for 52 years. 

Born Kathleen Gertrude Brown in Roselle, NJ, on April 21, 1929 to parents George and Gertrude Brown, Kathleen graduated from the Vail-Deane School in Elizabeth, NJ in 1947 and Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA in 1951. She majored in French and minored in Economics, and was a member of the French Club, Choral Club, and the Candle Club academic honor society. Her senior year she was elected president of the Wilson YWCA and lettered in field hockey.

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ELIZABETH LEA (WARD) CARROLL

Also known as Betty Smiley
May 27, 1930 to May 9, 2015

‘Betty Lea’ (Ward) Carroll passed away peacefully and of natural causes, at 8:10A.M., Saturday, May 9, 2015 at home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. 

Born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1930 to Colonel Joseph G. and Beatrice Lea Ward, and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, Betty was a Southern girl; make no mistake about it. If you did, she certainly would enlighten you in the most graceful of manners. As might be expected, Betty Lea made her Debut in Portsmouth, and was introduced to Society in the late 1940s.

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JAMES WILLIAM ACKLEY

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Resident of Los Altos
Mar. 13, 1927 – Jun. 5, 2015

Jim passed away after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.  An engineer, inventor, teacher, and mentor to many, his most lasting legacy is the example he set as a gracious, warm, loving man, with a ready smile for everyone.  He touched many with his sense of humor and devotion to his family.

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SUSAN JANE HEESACKER

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December 8, 1937 – May 3, 2015

Resident of Los Altos

Susan (Sue), 77, passed away peacefully at El Camino Hospital, Mtn View with family and friends around her. Susan was born in Moline, ILL on December 8, 1937 to Charlotte Louise (Kernin) and Charles Stephen Taylor. Her family moved to Los Altos where Susan had her 3rd birthday. She was a member of the 1st graduating class at the new Los Altos High School in 1955.

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WILLIAM ARTHUR ALLEN

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William Arthur Allen (born Lee) passed away on June 3, 2015 in Carmel Valley, CA, at the age of 87 after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. Bill is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 43 years, Shirley Milano Allen and his loving children (and their spouses), Jackie Mehus (Paul), Leo Graziani, Stephen Graziani (Tina), Denise White (Rick) and Edward Graziani (Margaret) and the 10 grandchildren that adored him as “Grandpere”, who he cherished each for who they are - Kimberly, Alicia, Amalia, Tim, Shelby, Isabella, Dominic, Cooper, Sofia, and Kirk. 

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HARRY WONG

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Harry Wong died peacefully in his sleep on May 30, 2015 at the age of 83, just one month after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Harry was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA, graduated from Palo Alto high school and went on to San Jose State University, where he earned a degree in business. In between he served in the army where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He had a very successful career, eventually owning over a dozen Round Table Pizza restaurants throughout the south and east bay. He had a special place in his heart for his family, living across the street from his grandchildren while they grew up and hosting regular parties for his very large extended family.

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