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Kay Payne of Los Altos recently announced her retirement after a 37-year career as an arts docent.

Payne chaired a community speakers program for 21 years. The number of talks and attendees doubled under her guidance. Last year, the program’s 400 talks reached nearly 17,000 people. Payne has given more than 100 talks herself, many of them at the Los Altos main library.

Victoria Wong and Wesley Helmholz: Wedding

Wesley Helmholz and Victoria Wong

Victoria Wong and Wesley Helmholz were married Feb. 13. They held their ceremony and reception at the Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina, Hawaii.

The bride is the daughter of Diana Wong of Los Altos and Peter Wong of Xian, China.


Clarence Maurice Ablow (also known as Larry) passed away February 9th at Mission Viejo in Orange County where he moved several years ago to be near his niece, Carolyn Brothers. He was 96. 

Larry was born in 1919 in New York. After his mother died, his father remarried and moved the family to Beverly Hills, CA.  Larry graduated from UCLA and served his country during WWII as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He served as a meteorologist on board an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.


OBIT ArthurErickson 1     OBIT ArthurErickson 2

Arthur Kinnear Erickson died on March 3, 2016 with family by his side at the Palo Alto VA after a short stay due to pneumonia.  He is now with his wife, Ruth. 

Arthur was born in Pilot, WY on June 6, 1919 to Frank and Katie Erickson. He was raised on a sheep ranch near Kinnear, WY and graduated from high school in Riverton, WY. Art graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in civil engineering in 1942. He joined the Navy during World War II and became a pilot. Art retired with a rank of LT JG after the war. 


OBIT ThomasThomason

Resident of Los Altos, CA
March 2, 1920 – March 7, 2016

Tommy passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the age of 96 after a long extraordinary life. Treasuring personal relationships, he was most often found enjoying time with friends and family. Having a true love for problem solving, Tommy found joy in creating solutions in both his work and personal life. With an infectious sense of humor Tommy kept his friends and family laughing with his playful banter of sarcasm and wit.


OBIT SteveTenBroeck


Have you ever known one of those people whose smile lit up a room? Someone who cared deeply about the causes he served and whose generosity of spirit produced legions of fans? That was Steve TenBroeck. His rich and colorful life ended at home in Los Altos, surrounded by loved ones, on March 1, 2016. He was 69.


OBIT RobertPaine

A 58-year resident of Los Altos, CA, Robert (Bob) Paine passed away peacefully in January at a rehabilitation center in Palo Alto where he was recovering from hip replacement surgery. He was 93.

Bob was born in Los Angeles, CA, where he met his future wife, Adelaide Speyers, through her twin brother, Bill, a fellow member of the local ham radio club in Glendale, CA. After he and Adelaide married, Bob enlisted in the US Navy where he served as Chief Petty Officer working on US naval aircraft avionics during WWII.


OBIT JoannHarris

Joann Dodge Harris passed away peacefully on March 9. She will be remembered by her loving family and friends for her strength and poise, her beauty and adventurous spirit. Her devotion to her family and numerous interests was boundless.

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