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Ruth Burns, a former Los Altos resident, died Dec. 5. A native of Hazleton, Penn., she was 70.

Mrs. Burns moved to Los Altos with her husband in 1977 after he retired from the Foreign Service. She was a journalism graduate of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a retired Realtor. During her husband's tour of duty, she and her children lived in Jerusalem, France, Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Arthur, Scott and Greg Burns and Roberta Margerum; two grandsons; and two sisters, Helen Foerster of Los Altos and Dorothy Farrell.

Reinhart Ivar Monson

Reinhart Ivar Monson died Dec. 20 in Mountain View. A native of California, he was 87.

Mr. Monson was the former owner of Monson's Drug of Mountain View and Sonoma. He was a member and former treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, the SIR's, the Foothill Garden Club and the Saratoga Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie Monson of Los Altos; children, Marilyn Groves and Judy Daniels; son-in-laws, Tim Groves and Ron Daniels; and grandchildren, John and Cara Principe; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 16 at the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, 1667 Miramonte Ave. Private graveside services were held at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto.

Alice Stone Morrison

Alice Stone Morrison died Dec. 21 in Los Altos. A native of Nevada, she was 88.

Mrs. Morrison is survived by her husband, Dale Morrison of Los Altos; children, Richard Morrison and Kay Magoon of Mountain View; sister, Katherine Thomas; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Family services were held.

Jerome M. Katz

Jerome M. Katz, a 29-year Los Altos resident, died Dec. 22 in Menlo Park. A native of Portland, he was 58.

Doctor Katz graduated from the University of Oregon Dental School. He served as a captain in the Army for two years during Viet Nam before coming to California and starting his dental practice in Sunnyvale. Dr. Katz was forced to retire due to Multiple Sclerosis. He fought a long, heroic battle with the disease. He continued to play and earn master points at the Palo Alto Duplicate Bridge Center. He attended classes in the Physically Limited program at De Anza College. Because of his ongoing desire to be a guinea pig in the search for a cure for the disease, his autopsy results will be used in studies at Stanford for medical science, teaching and research purposes for Multiple Sclerosis.

He is survived by his wife, Carole, and son, Dr. Michael Katz.

A memorial service was held Jan.3 at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.

Robert McCubbin

Robert McCubbin died Dec. 23 in Mountain View. A native of Scotland, he was 64.

Mr. McCubbin was an engineer for Intelsat. He was a member of I.E.E. E.

He is survived by his wife, Merie McCubbin of Los Altos; children, Jacqueline, Lesley and Ian McCubbin of Los Altos; siblings, Mary Bryan and Emerson Dawson.

A funeral service was held Dec. 28 at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos.

Alma Lewis

Alma Lewis died Dec.25 in Redwood City. A native of Nebraska, she was 98.

Ms. Lewis was a clerk for Newberry & Company.

She is survived by her sister, Frances Messerschmidt of Mountain View and nephew, Dean Kay.

Kenneth Oliver Wilson

Kenneth Oliver Wilson, a 31-year resident of Los Altos, died Dec. 27 following a brief illness. He was born in 1914 in New Hampshire, not far from where his family first settled in 1631.

Mr. Wilson grew up in his family home in the old settlement of Sunday River, Maine. Following his graduation from Harvard College in 1938, Mr. Wilson served as a Naval Officer in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He later moved to Berkeley, where he worked at Crocker Bank for 33 years until his retirement in 1980.

Mr. Wilson is the past chairman of the board of CHAC and was formerly active in SIRS.

He is survived by his wife, Grace LeGrow Hunter, to whom he was married for 51 years; two children, Robert H. Wilson and Helen Wilson Curtis; and two grandchildren, Katherine Grace Curtis and Caroline Alice Curtis.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

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