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Jennifer Sommer and Taff Dirks

Jennifer Sommer and Taff Dirks

Jennifer Sommer and Taff Dirks have announced their engagement to be married Sept. 19 in Breckenridge, Colo. A reception for the couple is scheduled at Sevens restaurant.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jesse and Theresa Sommer of Denver. She graduated from Arapahoe High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

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Scouting News


Scouts honored

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 888 members Jesse Chen, left, and Wyatt Eng celebrate earning their Eagle Scout ranks at a Court of Honor ceremony in December.

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Los Altos Community Foundation adds four board members

The Los Altos Community Foundation recently added four new members to its board of directors.

• Sanjay Dave is senior manager at Synopsys Inc. He has lived in Mountain View for more than 16 years.

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JUDY HOFFMANN - ANNOUNCEMENT

Judy Hoffmann, as most know, passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City, traveling as usual. In the obituary published in the Los Altos Town Crier January 21, 2015, it was announced that a Celebration of Life event would be held on March 22, 2015. This notice is to let those interested know that the place will be the Los Altos Golf and Country Club and it will be between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. We hope all enjoy the memories of a fun and caring lady and feel free to bring your story.

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JOHN DAVID BAER

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June 9, 1921 - February 9, 2015
Los Altos resident for 57 years

John David Baer (Dave Baer) passed away on February 9, 2015 at the age of 93, surrounded by his family in his home. Dave died of natural causes.

John David Baer was born June 9, 1921 in San Francisco, and grew up in San Mateo. He attended Stanford University, receiving a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1947 and was registered as a Professional Engineer in California. David served in the Navy from 1944-45.

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JAMES JIRO SHIZURU

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April 6, 1920 – February 18, 2015

James Jiro Shizuru passed away on February 18, 2015 in Palo Alto, California. He was 94. James will be remembered for his constant devotion to his wife Kiyo and for his lively affection for his children, grandchildren, family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Kiyome Shizuru; by his daughters, Diane, Jeanne, Joanne and Judith; by his son, James Lawrence Shizuru; by his grandsons, David, Michael, and Daniel; by his granddaughter, Tetua; and by his sister, Peggy Sasamoto.

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HELEN KNOFLOCH

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Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided Los Altos for over 60 years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Andy and her daughter, Elizabeth. She will be greatly missed by her best friends, Rosel and John Civelli and their family.

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Los Altos loses a bit of magic: 'Haja Doodat' passes away at 85


Bonnie Kellogg/Special to the Town Crier
Magician, musician and consummate entertainer Irv Barowsky poses with his wife, Rosel. He passed away Jan. 17.

Patrons of Maltby’s restaurant knew him as “Haja Doodat.” The license plate of his Toyota Camry referred to him as “MGIC MN.” But most Los Altos residents will remember Irv Barowsky as a town legend intent on spreading joy.

Barowsky, 85, died Jan. 17 following a lengthy illness.

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