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Leroy Emerson Codding, Jr. died in Monterey, CA Nov. 15, 2006 following a lengthy illness. Born July 8, 1921 in Boston, MA he was the son of Leroy E. Codding, Sr. and Edith Hazel Miles. His brother, Arthur M. Codding, predeceased him. Raised in Keene, NH, Lee attended Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, where he was member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and the Naval Officers Training program. He was transferred to Jacksonville, FL Naval Air Station. In 1943 he married Dorothy Perkins of that city and in 1944 was sent to Moffett Field, Mt. View, Ca. The couple lived in Los Altos and at the close of the war, Lee completed his degree in Political Science from San Jose State College. Soon after, he opened his business, Codding & Co., in Los Altos, later moving to San Jose and Sunnyvale. He was active in the Young Republicans, was a charter member of Los Altos Rotary, and Naval Reservist. While on active duty in 1950 he was place on permanent duty aboard the Bon Homme Richard in Korea for two years. After a divorce in 1962 Mr. Codding moved to Aptos opening business there. He married Marjorie Garin, who predeceased him. He is survived by children from his first marriage, Marilyn Pajari (Hank) Granite Bay, CA; Quentin and Stephen Codding, Carlotta, CA; grandchildren Leroy E. Codding IV (Kristin), Laura Codding McGowan (Drew), Brian Codding; Erin, Laura and Stephen Pajari; great-grandchildren Flynn & Christian Codding. At his request no services were held. His ashes were placed beside his late wife, Marjorie, at Santa Cruz Memorial Park.


Gloria Lopez died peacefully on December 17, 2006. She was born on January 19, 1930. It is with a warm heart and great respect that we cherish the memory of Gloria Lopez.

She is survived by her husband Michael and her two sons. Thomas, Stephen and daughter-in-law Molly. She was the loving wife of Michael Lopez and raised her sons to reflect her kind nature and patience. She was the daughter of the predeceased John and Alice Ambori.

Gloria grew up in California's agricultural heartland in Woodland. It was there she developed a strong character and a noteworthy work ethic that teamed with creativity. She and Mike wed in Carmel in 1952, and later moved to Los Altos where she raised her sons who were the apple of her eye. She had an avid interest in tennis where she actively participated with a local group and there, established many of her long-term friendships. She especially derived great pleasure in outings to Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz beaches, Carmel, as well as her beloved 49'ers.

In 1981, Gloria was diagnosed with a debilitating disease that rendered her a borderline paraplegic, which caused a loss of feeling related to the lower extremities, but she persevered, joining the handicap swimming class at De Anza College and managed to successfully participate through sheer will and determination. Gloria was most noted for her creativity in interior design and had a deep interest in the arts. Additionally, her good nature and charm won over the hearts of family and friends. Her positive spirit was without equal and she is so missed.

Services were held on Friday, December 29th at 11:00 AM by Spangler Mortuary, 399 S. San Antonio, Los Altos, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven, 22555 Cristo Rey Dr. Los Altos.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Adaptive Physical Education, De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. Cupertino, CA 95014. Phone: (408) 864-8954

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