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JUDY HOFFMANN

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Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her husband Dave whom, she met while both were employed at a Del Monte Cannery in Emeryville, CA (married New Year’s Eve 1967 in the hills above Berkeley). They raised two sons, Alec and Todd. As a loving wife and mother, she always found ways to balance her family and her career successfully. In the recent years the wonders of being a special Nani to her 6 young grandchildren has been most endearing.

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CATALINA GUILLERMO GOROSPE

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Catalina Guillermo Gorospe passed away early Christmas morning in the Philippines with a much loved relative by her side. She was admitted to a local hospital the prior day. She succumbed to complications related to lung adenocarcinoma and cardiac valve disease at the age of 78.  She is survived by her daughter, Alicia Shimabuku of Los Altos; two brothers Leonilo Guillermo and Pedrito Guillermo; and two sisters, Jovita Marquez and Madeleine Marquez.

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NONA WITTLINGER

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Nona Wittlinger, a Los Altos resident for over 49 years, passed away on December 30, 2014 after a short illness arising from complications due to undetected cancer. She lived a full life every day up until her illness, enjoying her family and many friends. She will be greatly missed.

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JOHN WESLEY MCCABE

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John Wesley McCabe, aged 41, resident of San Jose, passed away unexpectedly from a brain seizure on December 13, 2014. The only child of James & Shirley McCabe, John enjoyed life in his youth participating in Indian Guides, Boy Scouts, swimming and soccer. He was raised in Cupertino and Los Altos. He attended Fremont Older and Montclair elementary schools, Cupertino Middle School and Homestead High School where he played for the Homestead High School water polo team.

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BROOKE SMITH BUNGE

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Brooke Smith Bunge, 48, passed away on December 29, 2014 following an illness that took her far too soon. She is survived by her husband Tash and daughter Sophie. Both down to earth and unique, Brooke touched many lives with her creative spirit, and amused many with her zest for artistic irony. Born in San Mateo and raised in Mountain View, California, Brooke graduated from Mountain View High School in 1984. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, then UC Berkeley, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, combining her passion for Art History with Literature and Humanities.

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RALPH WILSON MAY

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Dec 17, 1923 - Dec 17, 2014

Ralph Wilson May was born December 17, 1923 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Ralph and Margaret May. Over the next 91 years, Ralph helped shape the world during his 50 years as a telecom engineer and made family out of friends wherever he went. He married Helen C. Gilroy (1924-1998) in 1946, and they had three children: Ralph (1948-1969), Nancy and John. Many of their years were spent in Los Altos, with their first house on San Felicia Way and their last on Castle Lane.

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MARY E. MCCUE

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February 3, 1926 - December 29, 2014 

Mary E. McCue passed away peacefully after a brief illness and leaves behind her devoted daughters Mary Ann (Ken), Kathie (Bill), Patty (Gary), Judy, Barbara (John) and Jean; sister-in-law Mary June; grandchildren Wendy, Mary (Laurent), David, Colleen and Tim; great-grandsons Patrick, Colin and Talon; nephew J.J. (Viviana); and grandnieces Camilla and Frieda. Mary was preceded in death by her cherished husband Dr. John J. McCue; brother John J. Titus and sister-in-law Lois. 

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RONALD (RON) BUNJI NINOMIYA

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Ronald (Ron) Bunji Ninomiya, a resident of Los Altos, passed away on December 20, 2014, surrounded by his family after suffering complications from a massive heart attack. 

Ron was born to Hiroshi and Satsuko Ninomiya on November 6, 1960, in Fresno, California. When Ron was twelve years old, his family moved to Morgan Hill where Ron graduated from Live Oak High School. He attended San Jose State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, then went on to UC Berkeley for his master’s degree.

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