1919 – 2014

Peter (Pete) Ward, 95, passed away November 4, 2014 at his residence at Amber Grove Place surrounded by his loving family. The son of an Irish immigrant, Pete was born and raised in San Francisco, one of seven brothers and sisters who lived above the family grocery store, the Sunnyside Market. Pete met his sweetheart and his future wife Lillian of 72 years while working in the family store. He married Lillian in September 1942.

Pete is a veteran of WWII. He was in his senior year of studies in mechanical engineering at U.C. Berkeley when Pearl Harbor was attacked December 7, 1941. He and his classmates were allowed to graduate in May but were recruited immediately into the service as junior officers. Pete spent most of the next 4 years in the Pacific theatre, supervising a battleship gun repair crew aboard a destroyer escort.


Bill Mayhood remembered for decades of community service

Bill Mayhood, a longtime Los Altos resident and community volunteer, passed away Oct. 9.

Mr. Mayhood served as president of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and volunteered in support of several organizations, including helping with projects at the Los Altos Senior Center, adding a reading room to the Los Altos main library and participating in the annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade and Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival.



OBIT MarcellineSmith

January 29, 1926 - October 23, 2014

Marcelline C. Smith passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Los Altos Hills at the age of 88 after a brief illness.

Born in San Francisco to John and Marguerite Chartz and raised in Carson City, NV, Marcie was forever devoted to her family and friends, and remained fiercely loyal to her Nevada roots. Marcie graduated from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco with a degree in mathematics.



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OBIT MargaretSchreiber2

Margaret (Peg) Schreiber passed away on August 24, 2014. Her husband, Robert, passed away just a few weeks later on September 27, 2014. They were married for 59 years. Margaret and Bob were born in the Bronx and Queens, respectively, and moved to Sunnyvale, California around the time they were married. They met when Margaret was a flight attendant (in those days called a stewardess) for United Airlines.



OBIT JoeCouch

February 4, 1930 ~ October 22, 2014

Joe Hicks Couch, 84, a long-time resident of Los Altos passed away Wednesday morning in his home, peacefully, with his family. He was the adored husband of Josephine Buchanan Couch, his wife of 38 years and loving father and step-father of: Michael P. Couch ~ deceased 2005, J Mark Couch, Pate Couch - Piro, Katherine Bowen, William Bowen ~ deceased 1987, Stuart Bowen; and grandfather of Joseph Travis Couch, Christina Austin Couch, Carter Bigelow, William Hommert, Anca Hommert and Danielle Merpaw mother of Michael and Minerva. He is also survived by his cousin Nancy Stent of San Francisco and former wife of 20 years Elaine Couch of Novato. His family members reside in the Bay Area



OBIT RobertGrady

1/12/43 – 10/18/14

Bob Grady passed away on October 18, 2014, at the age of 71. He died suddenly as a result of a ruptured aneurysm while visiting Yosemite Valley. Bob is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jan Grady, as well as two children, Sean and Erin, a step-daughter, Dianne, and three grandchildren, William, Claire, and Abigail.

Bob was born in Chicago in 1943, to Paul and Bernice Grady, and was raised in Maywood, Illinois. He and his older brother Paul Lee enjoyed athletics and were avid basketball and baseball players. Bob also loved listening to classical music and playing the piano.


Local teen seeks sponsors in pursuit of pageant title

Courtesy of Lisa Carter
Angelique Mszanowski of Los Altos is preparing to compete in her first pageant.

Angelique Mszanowski of Los Altos is slated to compete in the 2014 Miss Jr. Teen San Jose/Oakland pageant competition Nov. 23.

Angelique, 13, submitted an application to compete in the pageant and participated in an interview session conducted by the pageant coordinator. Pageant organizers selected Angelique for this year’s competition following her interview.


Scouting News

Courtesy of Troop 30
Brothers Matthew and Brian Gounod, from left, and Scott and Austin Johnson are Troop 30’s newest Eagle Scouts.

Brothers receive Eagle honors

Two sets of brothers in Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 30 earned their Eagle Scout ranks during a recent Court of Honor Ceremony held at Christ Episcopal Church.

For his Eagle project, Matthew Gounod, a sophomore at Foothill College, constructed a storage shed for the American Legion Hall in Los Altos.


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