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ROBERT W. DAWSON

OBIT RobertDawson

Bob Dawson, a forty-six year resident of Los Altos, passed away in San Diego, CA, on July 14, 2014--three days after his 83rd birthday. He spent his final days in the company of his children and grandchildren.

He was born in Washtucna, WA, and served in the US Army before graduating from Gonzaga University in 1954. In 1959, he moved with his young family to California and began his career at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International), where he was employed until his retirement.

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JANE THURSTON

OBIT JaneThurston

1919 - 2014

Jane passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family August 15th, 2014. She was 95 years old.

Jane was born in Sparta, Wisconsin. Her mother died when Jane was 17 years old and she interrupted her education to return home to take care of her father and younger brother James. Jane had not yet learned to cook and she often talked about her "creations" in the kitchen, many of which involved tomato soup.  Her father was gracious and always told her it was delicious.

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LOUISE PIXLEY RAUCH

OBIT LouiseRauch

Louise Pixley Rauch passed away peacefully in her own home on February 26, 2014. She was born on June 18, 1923 in Flora, Illinois. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO and then went on to study at the University of Illinois where she earned her degree in Music Education. She then traveled to California where she met Donald Rauch and they were married on August 18, 1946. She taught music in four public schools in the LaVerne - San Dimas area while Don completed his education at USC.

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MARILYN HAREID POWELL

OBIT MaryPowell

1938 - 2014

Marilyn Powell passed peacefully after three hard years of slowly fading away from Alzheimer's. Marilyn was born in NYC and moved to the Bay Area in 1947. She attended Menlo-Atherton High School, Foothill College and San Jose State majoring in Art. She worked for Lockheed, then became an Interior Designer. In 1976 she co-founded The Bicycle Outfitter in Los Altos and in 1996 Outfitter Bicycle Tours with husband Dick Powell. In 1992 Marilyn started painting and now has many pieces hanging in private collections.

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JEFF JOHNSON

OBIT JeffJohnson

Jan 10, 1967 - Aug 10, 2014

Jeff was born and raised in Los Altos. He was a graduate of Los Altos High School. He then went to Foothill College where he had an opportunity to spend 3-months in Europe through a study abroad program. That experience sparked his interest in international business and he went on to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (International Business) at San Jose State. He was affiliated with the SAE fraternity as was his father.

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Bernadette Bennett: Swim teacher, U.S. Masters competitor


Mrs. Bennett

Mountain View resident Bernadette Mary Bennett passed away July 28. She was 87.

Mrs. Bennett was born the fifth of eight children in Cleveland to Adam and Mildred Masarik, both Slovak-born. She moved to Los Angeles at age 18.

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Rangan

Los Altos Hills 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.

Rangan performs with the San Francisco Symphony’s Youth Orchestra program and has held principal flute positions with the California Youth Symphony and the San Jose Youth Symphony.

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DALE D. BOWERSOCK, JR.

Dale Bowersock died May 13, 2014, at 76 years of age.  

He was a native of Kansas, a graduate of Kansas State University and a long-time CPA in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, and daughters, Kim (Samuel), Liz (Steve) and grandchildren, Elodie, Aurora, Cedric and Malcolm.

He was a golfer, a reader of westerns, a jazz buff, a lover of sunsets and thunderstorms.  

In the years before Dale needed care, the Los Altos Senior Center provided him and Joan a respite and outlet.  The Monday-Wednesday Bocce group gave friendly companionship and the gift of laughter.

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