Don Boeckling

Don Boeckling onlineDon Boeckling, a resident of Cupertino, passed away on June 19, 2020 at the age of 89. Beloved father, husband, grandfather and friend, Don was born in Peru Illinois in 1930. He lived in Peru until moving away to Grinnell College, graduating with degrees in Economics and Business in 1952. While at Grinnell he met and fell in love with Ann Joseph, and they married shortly after their graduation. They enjoyed fifty-two years of marriage until Ann’s death in 2005. Following college, Don enlisted in the Air Force, attended Officer Training School and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He left the Air Force in 1956 to pursue a career in software development, and worked in the insurance, aerospace and defense, and computer hardware industries. In 1966 Don, Ann and their two children moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he managed software development projects for Control Data Corporation until his retirement in 1987. Don and Ann were world travelers exploring Europe, China, Australia, Africa and the Middle East, and they traveled extensively throughout the U.S. Don was an active member of Foothill Congregational Church, and served in many leadership roles there.

Glenda Gavenman

Glenda Gavenman – In Palo Alto, CA; June 27, 2020. Loving mother of Jon Gavenman (Kim). Devoted grandmother of Samuel, Jenna and Maxwell Gavenman. Predeceased by her loving husband of 48 years, Eugene Gavenman, and her parents, Charles and Esther Unger. Dear aunt of Howard Gavenman (Ilene), Scott Gavenman (Julie), Andi McCarter (Tom), Cherie Gilmore (Jim), Jerry Rosenbaum (Joanie). Dear cousin of Paul, Aaron and Hannah Feldstein. Also survived by numerous grandnieces and nephews. A 57 year resident of Los Altos, CA, native of San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA, age 84 years. The family would like to thank the Moldaw Residences staff, Dr. Susan Hoffman, Ami-Care Services and Pathways Hospice for their care and support of Glenda. Funeral Services and interment have been held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma. Memorial contributions may be made to AmiCare Services LLC or the charity or other world-improving cause of your choice.

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William (Bill) Shannon

Bill Shannon onlineDec. 21, 1955 - Jun. 25, 2020 Los Altos Bill was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and later moved to the Cleveland area where he went to high school. He attended Case Western Reserve University where he received his Bachelors and Masters in Computer Engineering. After working at Digital Equipment Corporation in the Unix Engineering Group, he was recruited to work at Sun Microsystems in 1982 where he was proud employee number 11. Bill was instrumental in the development of SunOS, Solaris, and Java EE. When Sun Microsystems was acquired by Oracle, he remained on board to continue his work, and was employed there at the time of his death. Bill was devoted to his family, dedicated to his work, and determined and diligent in all aspects of his life. Bill was diagnosed with urachal cancer in October 2018, and was determined to live his life to the fullest while undergoing treatment. He died at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Karen, daughters Kimberly and Amy, brother Mark Williams, sister Barbara King, beloved dog Angus, and many dear friends. Memorial will be private due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Case Fund at CWRU or a charity of your choice.

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Wedding: Lindsay Leaver and Conor Schofield

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Conor Schofield and Lindsay Leaver

Lindsay Leaver and Conor Schofield were married May 23 at the bride’s parents’ home in Los Altos Hills.

Anniversary: Barbara and Frederick Brown, 75 years

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Frederick and Barbara Brown

Barbara and Frederick Brown, longtime residents of Los Altos and Mountain View, recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

The couple summed up their long marriage this way: “Married in war – still in love during the COVID-19 war.”

Toward the end of World War II on June 23, 1945, Ensign Frederick J. Brown, United States Navy, married Barbara M. Badertscher of the San Francisco Ballet. The year before while home on leave, Frederick’s mother, Naomi Brown, asked him to deliver a package the post office had incorrectly delivered to another Naomi Brown, who happened to be Barbara’s ballet instructor. When Frederick delivered the package, he complimented the other Mrs. Brown on her daughter’s framed photo on the piano. Mrs. Brown later said Frederick seemed like a nice young gentleman, so she asked him if he’d like to meet her favorite ballet student.
During their courtship, Frederick completed his naval flight training in the Bay Area, while Barbara performed in the San Francisco Ballet, including in the premiere of “The Nutcracker.” After their marriage, Frederick deployed to the Pacific theater and Barbara was employed by Universal Pictures in Hollywood, where she was part of the golden age of movie musicals. Frederick stayed in naval aviation for a career that spanned from biplanes to jets. Barbara occasionally taught ballet to the young girls on base while providing a warm and comfortable home.
After retiring from naval aviation, Frederick worked for Lockheed in Sunnyvale as an engineer and later as a scientist. He followed that with a third career teaching engineering at San Jose State University. His classes were always filled, with a waiting list of students.
Barbara continued her college studies and earned a bachelor’s degree in French literature with highest honors.
The Browns still enjoy gardening, and every evening as they sit on the couch together to watch television, they hold hands and contemplate their future together.

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