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WESLEY PIERCE AYRES

OBIT WesAyres

Wes passed away peacefully at his home on July 27,2014, just two months before his 90th birthday.

Born in Los Angeles, his family moved to Fresno when Wes was 14 years old. He joined the Navy in 1943, serving on a destroyer in the Pacific theater. 

He and the former Mickie O'Neal met after his return to Fresno, and were married on March 12, 1948. The young couple moved to the Bay Area where Wes earned his PhD in physics at Stanford University. In 1955 Wes and Mickie moved to Los Altos, where they raised their two sons, Tim and Dan.

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TIMOTHY WARREN WATSON (TIM)

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Born June 2, 1935, died peacefully on August 11, at home in Mountain View, surrounded by his family. He died of complications of Parkinson’s Disease after a courageous 15-year battle.

Tim was the beloved husband of 55 years to his college sweetheart, Ann. He was born in Boulder, Colorado to Robert J. and Gretchen Warren Watson, and was the eldest of 5 children.

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Service News


Cpl. Corey Dabney/Special to the Town Crier
Maj. Benjamin Closs, back turned to the camera, leads a Marine Corps training exercise Aug. 3.

Los Altos native Maj. Benjamin Closs is currently serving as the intelligence deputy with the I Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Closs led participants Aug. 3 in a large-scale exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. The exercise involved strengthening relationships with allies while ensuring that the Marine brigade could rapidly respond to crises around the globe.

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Local flutist takes award


Los Altos resident Apoorva Rangan won first place in the High School Flute Soloist competition during the National Flute Association’s annual convention, held Aug. 7-10 in Chicago.

The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. It comprises approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries.

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EDWIN SCHMITZ

OBIT EdwinSchmitz

July 29, 1928 - August 2, 2014

Edwin F. Schmitz died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.

Ed was born on July 29, 1928 in Madison, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of 5 children of Gertrude and F Edwin Schmitz. He was a lovable playful child called “Snicky” and “the last twig on the vine”!

He attended Edgewood High School in Madison and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

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JERRE ARTHUR GONZALES

OBIT JerreGonzalesApril 26, 1935 – July 21, 2014 

Los Altos, CA

Long time Los Altos resident and business owner, Jerre Arthur Gonzales, passed away at his home on July 21, 2014 at the age of 79. He is survived by his wife, Carol Gonzales, his children, Jay Gonzales and Sara Gonzales-Erhan, his sister, Maxine (Gonzales) Chavez, his two brothers Dick Gonzales and James Gonzales and his 5 grandchildren. 

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SHERRY DYCE BARBA

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Sherry Dyce Barba, dear wife of Peter Barba, and a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2014, at The Forum, in Cupertino. She was surrounded by loving family members and visited continuously in her last weeks by a legion of friends and neighbors. Only a month earlier, she had celebrated her 80th birthday, taking off the next day for a biking trip in Europe, when she was suddenly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. True to form, she remained active and full of life to the very end. 

Sherry was born in 1934 in Los Angeles, California to Stanley and Marjorie Dyer Ward. She grew up in Glendale, West Point New York, Burbank and Phoenix, Arizona, where she graduated from North Phoenix High School as Salutatorian. 

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IN MEMORIAM: ENA PATRICIA (PADDY) SAPER

Ena Patricia (Paddy) Saper departed this life Aug 12, 2013 to be with our mother, father and brothers, Jimmy and Bobby. It has been a long sad year without her especially for her many close loving friends and family, near and far and so many others that her life embraced (Church, golf, travel, bridge, really too numerous to mention). So often many would fondly remember how she could regale them with her enormous capacity of relating hilarious and whimsical stories, a truly rare gift given to few.

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