Last updateFri, 24 Jun 2016 5pm


Galina V. Popkoff, loving wife of 48 years, has passed away February 20th from a breast cancer battle that started 11 years ago.

Born on March 19, 1946 in Harbin, China to Russian Community that moved to Brazil and the United States. Married in 1968 and traveled to Germany with her military bound husband.

Galina worked during her life span for CSE Insurance, Boise Cascade Development, Alza Corp., Johnson and Johnson, and Xenoport, Inc as records manager before retiring.


OBIT GeorgeClimo

June 14, 1927-February 21, 2016

George Frederick Climo, 88, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 21 in his home at BridgePoint Los Altos, comforted by his family.

George Climo was born June 14, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the second son of George F. Climo and Lucretia M. Osborn.George spent his childhood in the Shaker Heights neighborhood of Cleveland. He attended Cleveland Heights High School where he dated the young woman who would become his wife, Shirley Hall Beistle.


Eleanor A. Jensen passed away peacefully at her home in Los Altos on February 28, 2016, with her husband and children around her. She was happily married for 60 years, and is survived by her husband Gerald, five children (Greg Jensen, Cheryl Jensen, Douglas Jensen, Jennifer Timmins, and Tracy Hughes), her 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Scouting News

Trevor McGall

Trevor McGall of Los Altos recently earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

For his Eagle Project, McGall built a Living Classroom garden at Huff Elementary School in Mountain View. He removed bushes and planted approximately 100 plants per design recommendations; removed the old sprinklers and set up drip irrigation; installed plant identification signs; designed and built main and side paths with borders; and designed, built and installed a large garden sign. He oversaw and worked alongside 23 volunteers over several days, devoting more than 300 hours to the project.


OBIT Thomas Mollard

1926 – 2016

Long time Los Altos resident, Tom Mollard, 89, died on January 21, 2016 from internal injuries suffered from a fall a week earlier.

His wife, Ann, preceded him death when she passed away in 2009 and his sister, Roberta Mollard Pavlakis,in 2000. Tom is survived by his 2 daughters, Susan (husband Ron) Glaze, Monterey, CA and Kitty (husband Jack) Friel, of Millis, MA, three grandchildren, Jack, Casey and Ryan and 3 great grandchildren, sisters in law Mary Durkin and Eileen McAvoy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


OBIT JamesFarthing

James “Guy” Farthing was born on August 3, 1933, in Boone, North Carolina, and graduated from Mocksville High School in NC. He spent two years at West Point with a medical discharge before graduating from North Carolina State with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He worked for GE as Manager of Energy Systems Information in Schenectady, NY; he was a Senior Staff Editor for Electrical World in NYC. He moved his family to CA in 1977 and was Manager, Member Services for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto. His real love was real estate development and started Quarterpenny Corp, a multi-family housing company in 1980. He built over 1,000 affordable housing units in Portland, OR and invested in multiple apartment communities in Tucson, AZ.


OBIT MelvinHammer

Melvin (Mel) Hammer, 89, passed away Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 of pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Rancho Bernardo. He was a very beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and true friend. Melvin was born on February 14th, 1927 in Cleveland, OH and moved to San Diego, CA in 1975. Melvin is survived by his son Robert Hammer (Tammy), Morgan Hill, CA; son Neil Hammer,Aliso Viejo, CA; daughter Nancy Grunewald (Mark), Riverside,CA; daughter-in-law Kathy Hammer; grandchildren; Oren Hammer (Amber), Evan Grunewald, Jordan Hammer, Eve Grunewald, Jade Hammer and two great grandchildren. Mel was preceded in death by his wife Aileen Hammer, his son Arnold Hammer, and his sister Helen Friedman.


OBIT EmilyDevine

Emily Jane Davies Devine of Los Altos, CA passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of February 19, 2016.

Emily was born on September 8, 1918 in Lowellville, Ohio. She was the oldest of four children of a musically gifted Welsh father and Cornish mother. Their life in their small town revolved around the Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Emily loved school and dreamt of being a teacher. After the family lost their father at a young age, Emily worked her way through high school and college, graduating from Youngstown College in 1940 with degrees English and History.

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