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JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a longtime resident of Los Altos since 1980.  Jeanne was a graduate of University of Chicago Art Institute. A founder artist of Packard Art Studio of Los Altos, she also had worked as an advertising and graphic artist. From 1953 – 1963 she resided in Mexico City and became fluent in Spanish.

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WILLIAM F. MCSWEENEY SR.

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Bill passed away peacefully on August 20th surrounded and supported by his loving family. Our "leftover firecracker" was born and raised in San Francisco. Born on July 5, 1928, he attended St. Anne of the Sunset, St. Ignatius High School and graduated from USF (1950).

Bill was a loving and devoted husband to Joan for over 59 years and the adored father of Bill (Nancy), Bob (Nicole), Tom (Julie), Joanne (John (d)), Brian (Annamarie), Joe (d) (Cathy), Carol (Jim) and Kathy (Tony) and best grandfather to 21 beloved grandchildren.

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MARY FRANCES JETT

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March 26, 1946 — August 6, 2014 

It is with great sadness our family must share the passing of Mary Frances Jett on August 6, 2014 in her Los Altos home. Mary Fran was born in Hollywood, California to parents Bob and Janet Jett. She grew up in San Marino, California graduating from San Marino High school in 1964. Mary Fran attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee earning both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her PhD in Physiology.

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SARA MITTELMAN

Sara Mittelman, 97, was born May 10, 1917 and died August 15, 2014 at Menorah Medical Center. She was born in Pilica, Poland and came to the USA in 1950. Sara was a Holocaust survivor who lost her entire family during the war. She was one of the oldest survivors in the Kansas City area. She and her beloved husband, Israel Mittelman, fled to Russia where they were jailed until the war ended. They then came to Kansas City with their children Harry & Marie to start a new life.

Sara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her family was the center of her life.

She was a member of Beth Shalom synagogue and its Sisterhood and Hadassah.  She and her husband were instrumental in starting the New American’s Club where they had many beloved friends. They had many events and fundraisers and had a wonderful time together.  Since most of them had lost all or almost all family members, they were all a big family to each other.  They led the effort to bring the second Holocaust Memorial in the US to the Kansas City area.

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PETER LOUIS PAVLINA

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October 17, 1925-August, 2014

Resident of Los Altos Hills

Community leader Peter Louis Pavlina passed away August 22 at his home after a short illness. He was born October 17, 1925 in Mountain View, CA. His father Luka immigrated in 1913 and his mother Kate Grcich in 1920. Both entered the U.S. through Ellis Island. They met in Mountain View and married in 1921. They were orchardist raising apricots, cherries and prunes in the Santa Clara Valley and peaches, pears and prunes in Yuba County.

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ROBERT W. DAWSON

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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

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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

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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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