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August 12, 1921 -

February 22, 2007

John Meredith, 85, peacefully passed away of pneumonia with his daughter Sherry at his bedside in San Jose, two years to the day after the passing of his beloved wife, Eleanor (Sunny). He was kind and cheerful, a man of good character. He is survived by his son, John T. Meredith, Jr. (Nancy) of CO, daughter Sherry Ginn (Tom) of Los Gatos, grandchildren Wendy and Russ Meredith of AZ and NY, David Ginn (Marisa) of Huntington Beach and great-grandson Noah Ginn, and Laurie Meredith Bragg (William "Kit") of Cupertino.

John was born in Zanesville, Ohio, and completed two years of college at Baldwin-Wallace before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1942 (Aviation Radioman). While stationed at Moffett Field, he met Eleanor Sund of San Jose and married her in August 1943. He began his banking career in 1947, after graduation from Stanford. He spent thirty years in banking, including First National Bank of Los Altos, and retired as Vice President and Manager of First Interstate Bank in Burlingame. He was active in the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce (president in 1958), and was a member and past treasurer of Burlingame Rotary and Los Gatos Rotary for over twenty-five years. In later years he joined Branch 35 SIRS and the Los Gatos Elks Lodge.

John and Eleanor raised their family in Los Altos, where they lived from 1950 to 1979, and then resided in Los Gatos and Saratoga from 1979 to 2004. They joined the First Baptist Church of Los Altos in 1953. In later years, they went to Los Gatos Christian Church, and as a widower, John continued to attend every Sunday.

The family thanks the White Blossom Care Center staff for their kindness during John's illness. A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 1, at the First Baptist Church of Los Altos, 625 Magdalena Ave. Remembrances, if desired, to CityTeam Ministries of San Jose, Dept C0030, 2304 Zanker Rd, San Jose, CA 95131. Arrangements made by Darling & Fischer.


November 11, 1911-

February 21, 2007

Bill Savin was the dear husband of Ruth H. Savin, loving father of William M. Savin (Lisa) and devoted grandfather to Scott M. and Claire E. Savin. He is survived by his niece Ann Herronen (Bob) and nephews Gene Selk (Tish), Glenn Selk (Mary) and Marvin Berryman. His only sister Ruth Savin Giffen preceded him in death in 1970. He died after a battle with kidney failure which escalated when he went on dialysis in October, 2006. He chose to discontinue dialysis on January 1, 2007.

Bill was born in Selma, California and moved at age five to Nebraska where he graduated from Cozad High School and went on to earn his Bachelor's degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University. After returning to his family's farm he decide to pursue a variety of careers from being a professional corporate photographer in New York City to publishing newspapers with his brother-in-law in rural Utah and Ashland, Oregon.

He volunteered for duty in World War II and was a US Army officer serving in a cartography unit making maps. He served in Europe, the South Pacific and Japan and kept his family informed of his adventures with typewritten letters hand illustrated with his cartoons. He was discharged as a first lieutenant.

After returning from World War II, Bill became reacquainted with a high school friend, Ruth H. Selk. They married in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1951 then moved to Chicago where Bill pursued a lifelong interest in art by attending the Chicago Art Institute.

In late 1952 Bill and Ruth moved to Palo Alto, California where they had their only child in 1953. Bill joined Slonaker's Printing Company in the mid-1950's and became a partner in the business from which he retired in 1989.

Bill enjoyed cartooning and watercolor painting throughout his life. He and Ruth spent many winters enjoying the warmth and desert beauty of Green Valley, Arizona where they had a second home. Bill was active in the Methodist Church of Los Altos (655 Magdalena Avenue) where his memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 17th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Life Options initiative to enhance the lives of kidney patients (https://www.lifeoptions.org/support.php); Life Options, c/o Medical Education Institute, Inc., 414 D'Onofrio Drive Suite 200, Madison, WI 53719) or the Nebraska Wesleyan University (Nebraska Wesleyan University, Attention University Advancement, 5000 Saint Paul Avenue, Lincoln, Nebraska 68504-2794, 1 800 541-3818 ext. 2139). Bill's son was a founding board member and advisor to the Life Options program in the early 1990's.

Bill will be missed by all who knew him for his kindness, gentleness and warm humor.


June 18, 1941 -

February 19, 2007

An extraordinary woman died after a 17 month battle with cancer. A loving wife to Frank, an amazing mother to Emily, this woman of strong faith was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Dave and Marguerite. Her father a military chaplain, Judy traveled the world: Michigan, France, New Jersey, Colorado...California, Italy, England, Sicily, Spain. She graduated in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 1963, was a dental lab assistant at UC Med Center in SF (the city where she met Frank in '64), and later earned her Lifetime Teaching Credential, bringing light and life to children and elderly in Mtn. View and Los Altos for decades to come.

Married on 12/31/66, Judy loved her family, music, reading, tennis, gardening, the Bible, her country, her friends, love, laughter, and fellowship. Judy was, and is, a true example for us all. She is loved and being missed more than infinity to the infinity. Judy is survived by her husband Frank, daughter Emily, brother-in-law Ret. Lt. Gen Pete Taylor (husband to her older sister, Mary Jane) and family in Texas, brother-in-law Joseph Tripiano in Hollister, brother-in-law Thomas Tripiano and family in Oregon.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held at the Los Altos United Methodist Church on Thurs. 3/8/07 at 7PM, followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. Los Altos, CA 94024. Arrangements by Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary.


Last Call for Yvonne Modica and a bit of Los Altos history.

Yvonne Modica was born Yvonne DeBrier in Atlantic City, NJ in 1914. She worked as a seamstress with her mother during her childhood and teen years and left home at 18. She became a dancer and eventually led her own chorus line called the Yvonnettes at a very posh nightclub called Polombo's. Here she met and had a long love affair with one of Lucky Luciano's closet and most notorious associates - The Gap. Later she met a sailor named Tony Modica whom she married.

During the 1950's she opened and sold a string of successful restaurants most notably the very elegant Golden Hoof Steakhouse in Los Altos, CA now the Original Pancake House still with her original brass bar top. She was the belle of the local restaurant owners, hosting parties every Sunday afternoon at her home for any restaurant folks who wished to show up.

Yvonne's heart was always with the young and creative. Before Bill G. had the Fillmore, during the early 1960's she opened the first rock n'roll night club on the Peninsula - The Big Beat - for teens as well as adults. Another innovation was operating all night on Friday and Saturday after the other bars closed serving coffee for $2.00 a pot and breakfast for $3.00. The best music in town - 2:30 to 6:00 AM when all the working musicians would jam at The Big Beat. A final bit of club trivia is that the day before the club opened, Ken Kesey rented the place from Yvonne for the last legal Acid Trip in the State of California. The band? A very young and unheard of group later to be called The Greatful Dead.

When the psychedelic era of rock n' roll evolved, Yvonne opened a second club called The Trip in San Mateo with black walls and fluorescent painted black lighted monsters. Now it's the home of Camino Camper.

Most remember Yvonne Modica as the feisty little lady at the front door of the Country Store (first in Mountain View then Sunnyvale) or Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, who wouldn't let anyone in without paying the cover charge. Hundreds of young musicians and now famous comedians started their careers on Yvonne's stage. For all of us who worked for her, she showed us how business should be done and how to make a living. Before Gloria popularized Woman's Lib, Yvonne walked the walk but never felt the need to talk the talk.

Even after she retired (at 83!), she still collected door charges for events at the Senior Center in Mountain View.

Yvonne was a Diamond in the rough - A Lady with a Heart of Gold - Who always called a Spade a Spade.

Last call for Our Queen of Clubs came shortly after 12:00 AM Friday February 23, 2007 just about the time she would stop charging cover. She was 92.

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