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OBIT BetteBolander

Bette passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 93 on April 4, 2016. She was married for 60 years to her late husband, Don Bolander (deceased 2003). Bette was born in Oakland, CA on June 8, 1922 to Grant and Hilda (Puranen) Ernest. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Barbara (Ernest) (Whistler) Barnes. Beloved by many she leaves her daughter, Susan Ross of Saratoga, sons Robert (Kim) Bolander of Port Angeles, WA and Richard Bolander of Cupertino. She was the grandmother of Lisa (David) Cooper, Colleen (Will) Cadiz, Melody Ross, Katie (Tim) Stanke and Julie Bolander. She was the great-grandmother of Darren, Jaxon and Jared Cooper and Arianna Cadiz.  Bette lived most of her life in Palo Alto (Palo Alto HS class of 1939), Los Altos (she and Don owned the Foodliner Market in the 40s and 50s) and Cupertino.


OBIT MarionHaugh

An Eastern Star funeral will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. for Marion Woodward Haugh, formerly of Los Altos.

Marion was born In Brooklyn, New York on August 9, 1919 to Dr. Hector and Mildred Stevenson. She grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, attended Colby Jr. College in New Hampshire, and studied fashion design at the Vesper George School of Design in Boston, Massachusetts.


OBIT NielsBrandstrub

Niels E. Brandstrup, MD, a pediatrician who practiced in Mountain View, California for over 30 years, died peacefully at his home in Los Altos on April 16, 2016 after a long illness. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 23, 1929, he was one of three sons of Ebbe Brandstrup MD and Inger Brandstrup (nee Nathan). He was predeceased by his younger brothers Torkil and Mikael. His father was a prominent obstetrician and professor of midwifery in Copenhagen. During the Nazi occupation in World War II, the family’s Jewish background forced them to flee Denmark under cover of night to Sweden where they lived for several years until after the war in 1945.


OBIT TonyAshton

Anthony Francis Ashton was born on November 4, 1945 to Veronica and Frank Ashton in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK. Along with his three younger brothers Jeremy, Christopher, and Nicholas; he grew up in Berkshire, England and graduated from Clare College at Cambridge University with a MA degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Chemical Engineering. He was the Welsh National 3000 Meter Steeplechase Record Holder and traveled to the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1970 to run the 5000 meters.


OBIT IsabelleStone

Mrs. Isabelle S. Stone of Palo Alto, CA, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the age of 94. Prior to living in Webster House in Palo Alto, she and her husband lived in Quincy, California for many happy years. She was a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado but called California her home beginning in 1953 with homes in Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, and Bodega Bay.


OBIT BuolDougherty


Heaven gained a beautiful angel today. Our beloved mother’s blessed life ended in her Los Altos home surrounded by her loving family on April 18, 2016.

Buol Joanne Dougherty was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Chicago. At the age of two, Mom moved with her mother, Buol Burke, to the Hillsborough area. She attended St. Catherine’s Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, was an esteemed graduate of UC Berkeley and a proud member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Mom, always ambitious in her endeavors, attended Hastings Law School but traded in a law degree for her true calling, family life.


Sharon Kruse Aochi, age 63, passed away peacefully on April 18th after a battle with dementia. Sharon was a loving daughter, mother, wife and active member of the church.

Born to Louis and Elaine Kruse in Redwood City, she grew up in Menlo Park, and retired from the City of Mountain View after 27 years.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; daughter, Kristina (Trevor Mathisen); son, Mark; and nephew, Karl (Kruse). She is preceded in death by her mother, father and brother, Randall. A special thank you is extended to those whom provided care for Sharon.


OBIT MaryBourquin

Nov. 3, 1936 - March 30, 2016
Resident of Los Altos Hills

Mary Bourquin, 79, of Los Altos Hills died on March 30, 2016.  She grew up in Barrington, Illinois, daughter of Ralph Bard Jr. and Nonabel Bard. She was educated at Ethel Walker School in Connecticut and went on to study at Stanford University where she earned her BA in art.

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