OBIT VirginiaGrigsby

Virginia (Ginny) Grigsby of Los Altos died September 4, 2014, at home, peacefully, with her family surrounding her.  She was 85 years old.

She was born on March 27, 1929, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Frank and Ruth Eck. She graduated from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. She met her husband-to-be, John, at a church picnic in 1949, and they were married in Pittsfield on July 15, 1950.


Patricia Jennings: Former Los Altos resident restored historic Paul Shoup House

Patricia Bock Jennings, known in Los Altos for her exacting efforts in restoring the historic Paul Shoup House, died unexpectedly Sept. 16 at her home in San Jose. Mrs. Jennings was 46.OBIT trisha
    Mrs. Jennings, an attorney, spearheaded the restoration project during the time her family lived in the landmark house at 500 University Ave. She retrofitted everything in the 1910-era home – from door handles to light fixtures – to reflect historical authenticity. Her efforts led to the home’s inclusion in 2011 on the National Register of Historic Places, the first such designation in Los Altos. Mrs. Jennings, who saw the project through with enthusiasm and determination, held a 100th anniversary birthday party for the house in 2010, inviting the public and the Shoup family heirs.
    Friends and family report that such passion and generosity was typical of Mrs. Jennings, born Patricia Yolanda Bock in Hoboken, N.J., in 1968. She was the older child of Charles and Irma Bock, who moved to Fairfield in 1981.
    Friends and family described Mrs. Jennings as “super smart” and “generous.” She earned degrees from UC Davis and McGeorge School of Law, the latter marked by years of service to Phi Mu.



Kevin Incorvia and Jean Anne Currivan

Jean Anne Currivan and Kevin Incorvia

Jean Anne Currivan and Kevin Incorvia were married July 13 at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Portola Valley.

The bride is the daughter of Bruce and Annamaria Currivan of Los Altos. She graduated from UC Berkeley and is a doctoral candidate in physics at Harvard University.



Medical school student earns UC scholarship

Los Altos resident Kristen Lavelle, a graduate of Mountain View High School, received the UC Riverside Medical School Founders’ Scholarship at the school’s White Coat Ceremony Aug. 8. The ceremony recognizes students’ entry into the medical profession as each slips into the profession’s traditional white coat. Lavelle is a member of the UC Riverside Class of 2018.

Lavelle graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley. Her parents – Caroline Lavelle of Los Altos and Joe Lavelle of Saratoga – attended the ceremony.



Anthony Brown and Danielle Maher

Danielle Maher and Anthony Brown

Danielle Maher and Anthony Brown have announced their engagement to be married next summer at The Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. A reception will follow at the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Linda and Michael Maher of Los Altos. She graduated from St. Francis High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is studying to become a pediatric critical care nurse-practitioner at UC San Francisco. She is employed as a registered nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in the pediatric intensive care unit.



Jessica Laurie, Luis Hunter Martinez and four-legged friend

Jessica Laurie and Luis Hunter Martinez

Jessica Laurie and Luis Hunter Martinez have announced their engagement to be married in June in Longmont, Colo.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Drs. Joseph and Debra Vallner of Los Altos Hills. She graduated from Mountain View High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in media studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master’s in education from Regis University. She teaches fourth grade at High Point Academy.



OBIT RichardLetts

Dick Letts passed away peacefully on Sept 12, 2014 surrounded by his family at the family home in Los Altos.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Noreen; his sons Greg and Doug, his daughter Karen (Dave) Wisser; and eight grandchildren: Christian, Danielle, Hayden, Michael, Katie, Katherine, Ryan and Nathan.  



OBIT VincentMurphy REV

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. Fought the disease 13 years.


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