Last updateWed, 24 Aug 2016 12pm


OBIT EdithLachenbruch

Nov. 4, 1927- Aug. 7, 2016

Edith B. Lachenbruch died on Sunday, August 7th surrounded by family in her Corvallis, Oregon home. She lived an engaged and thoughtful life. Those who knew her will take comfort thinking of the almost 89 years that she was able to be here as a living, helping, mindful, fulfilled, joyful person, and of their profound fortune to have been with her. She was a beautiful person and she leaves much legacy.


OBIT KennethPlough

Kenneth Allen Plough passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 6, 2016 at his home in Los Altos, CA. For the last three years he battled with ALS, a diagnosis he took in stride and fought gracefully. 

Ken was born on September 22, 1933 in San Francisco, CA. He attended St. Ignatius High School (Class of 1951) and then left the city to attend college. While at Stanford University, he was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity and played competitive sports. In addition to playing tennis, he was a water polo player at the Olympic Club. He was an alternate for the USA Olympic water polo team in 1952.


OBIT LloydGano

December 13, 1917 – August 7, 2016

The Gano family is mourning the passing of their father, grandfather and great-grandfather Lloyd Dudley Gano.

Lloyd is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley Evelyn Gano. Lloyd will join his daughter, Nancy, who preceded him in passing. He will be greatly missed by his son Tom (Claudia) and daughter Joyce (Ron). Blessed with four admiring grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and friends.


OBIT WilliamJenney

William “Reed” Jenney passed away on August 15, 2016, after a long and arduous journey with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 77 years old. He was known for his gentle, generous nature, his quirky sense of humor, his enthusiastic and detailed approach to everything and best of all, his blue eyes and his marvelous smile.


OBIT DonaldBaumann REV

December 25, 1934 – August 3, 2016

Donald Baumann, a 30 year resident of Carmel, passed away peacefully at home on August 3 after a brief illness, surrounded by his family.

Don was born in Shanghai, China where his father worked for an international shipping line. After Shanghai, Don’s family resided in both the Philippines and Japan where he received his primary education. 


OBIT MargueriteSzekely1   OBIT MargueriteSzekely2

Marguerite Louise Szekely passed away quietly in her Los Altos, CA home on July 25, 2016.

Marguerite was born November 4, 1924 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Ray Cooner-Schappaugh and Forrest Schappaugh. She spent her childhood in the San Diego area with her mother and much loved step-father Laurence Holzman. Upon graduating Point Loma High School Marguerite attended Pomona College; she graduated in 1947 with a degree in music, specializing in vocal music. From an early age Marguerite embraced the wider world and she spent almost a decade, beginning in the late forties, living in San Francisco and working as a flight attendant for United Airlines aboard the DC-3 aircraft.


July 3, 1930 - August 3, 2016

Longtime resident of Los Altos. Waitress for 40 years. Wife of Jerry Rogers (deceased), survived by daughter, Diane; sister Rosemarie Scheiff (Bernard - deceased); brother, George Stagi, Sr. (Addie) five nephews: George, Jr., Robert, Tony, Chris and Stephen. Niece, Kathy; 2 great nephews, 2 great nieces, 5 great nephews and 4 great nieces.


OBIT CharlesLomax new


Charlie passed peacefully in his sleep on August 10, 2016 at home in Los Altos with his family by his side. He was born in Spencer, NC on January 8, 1921 and spent his youth in East Spencer, NC. He was the only member of his high school class of 12 seniors to attend university.


November 1, 1933 - August 3, 2016

John T. Differding was a third generation California native, born in Richmond and deceased in Palo Alto. He excelled as a high school student in Polson, MT and San Jose, CA before attending Stanford University. John graduated with honors from Stanford Medical School in 1959. After residencies at UCSF and the University of Oregon Medical School, he became a pathologist, spending his career at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic from 1966 to 1998. He served on the faculty of Stanford University Medical Center as Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology and brought a high standard of ethics to his profession. John loved playing tennis and was a long-time member of the Foothills Tennis & Swim Club. He won five Palo Alto City Tennis Championships and ranked 8th in Northern California in 1979.


OBIT CharlesLomax

Charles “Randy” Lomax passed away at his home in Los Altos on July 28 of complications from melanoma. He was 68.

Fiercely competitive, Randy also epitomized good sportsmanship. Win or lose, Randy made every game—cards, water fights, tennis or golf—fun for everyone. “Total Domination” was his signature rallying cry. Skiing was Randy’s passion. He skied all over the country and the world but Squaw Valley was his ‘home’ mountain for over 40 years. He was a patient and excellent ski instructor to many friends and family members.


OBIT RobertStrena

Los Altos

Major Robert ”Bob” Strena, June 28, 1929 – July 18, 2016 beloved husband, father & grandfather, passed away surrounded by loving family, his wife Rita, daughter Adrienne & son Robert. Bob was active in the Los Altos community for many years, contributing his time, experience, & love of life to all who knew him. Bob was often a “larger than life” character, & could light up a room with his jokes & storytelling. Although he was theatrical by nature, he had a deeply thoughtful personal side & he always sought out interesting people of every type. 


OBIT MadgeKingman

Madge Kingman, 102 ... and a half ... years, passed away peacefully on 20 July 2016. She was a 55 year resident of Los Altos, California. A dignified and beautiful lady with a deep belief in Christianity and the worth of the individual, Madge had a quick sense of humor with the ability to exude warmth, love and caring to family, friends, and neighbors alike while her careful responses to all seemed to mirror “the wisdom of the ages”.


OBIT EnaSaper

Jan. 8, 1934 – Aug. 12, 2013

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OBIT LauraMurphy

February 11, 1993 - July 16, 2016

Laura Murphy passed away on Saturday July 16, 2016 following a tragic car accident. Laura was the precious daughter of Cindy and Patrick Murphy and devoted sister of Lisa Murphy. Laura is also survived by her grandfather, Richard James Murphy of Ann Arbor, Michigan and many uncles, aunts and cousins who reside in Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, and Washington DC. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Shirley Umlor Murphy, and her maternal grandparents Samuel and Betty Stone of Farmington Hills, Michigan.


Ulf Stauber passed away at his home on July 13; he had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Ulf was born in Berlinchen, Germany on May 23, 1938. Following the Russian invasion in 1945, he, his mother and two brothers fled to Hamburg where Ulf grew up. He emigrated to the United States in 1963, living first in Indiana and then moving to Mountain View, California in 1965 where he found his first job at Minton’s Lumber Company. He graduated from UC Davis with the intention of becoming a teacher but returned to Mountain View to continue his career at Minton’s doing what he loved best, architectural millwork. He married his wife Marcella in 1967, and moved to Los Altos in 1974, where they raised their two children, Maren & Erik. Following his retirement, Ulf became a docent at Deer Hollow Farm and spent many happy years sharing his love of the outdoors with children.


OBIT EdwardNelson

08-09-23 to 07-18-16 

Edward Henry Nelson passed away peacefully into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 18, 2016. He was 92 years old. Ed lost his long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease. 

Born in Pennsylvania, Ed moved to the family home in Oakland California at the age of 18. After a brief start in the banking industry, Ed was a business partner with Flegel’s Home Furnishing in Menlo Park for over 32 years. 


OBIT CharlesNarad

Charles Eric Narad, 56, of Los Altos lost his six year battle with a rare cancer on July 9. He died peacefully in his home in Woodland Acres, surrounded by family. Chuck is survived by his wife Joanne, brothers Jim of Prescott AZ and Rick of Chico CA, and sons Ethan and Reuben, both currently in high school.



OBIT ThomasDouma

Longtime resident of Los Altos, CA and Maui, Thomas James Douma, passed away at his Maui home on July 13, 2016 after a short but intense battle with cancer. A California native, Tom was born in Visalia, CA in 1943. He was an “army brat” and grew up all over the world. After receiving an MBA from Stanford, Tom became a real estate developer, and in 1989, he founded the Real Estate Inspection Group, one of the largest home inspection companies in the Bay Area. Tom will be remembered for his brilliant and creative mind, his sense of humor, his storytelling, his love of music and his joy of surfing and sailing. 

Mark R. Templeton: Successful engineer, entrepreneur and loving dad

Mr. Templeton

Mark R. Templeton of Los Altos experienced great success in the high-tech industry. But he considered his children his greatest achievement.

The Los Altos resident died July 17 in an accident while kayaking on the Rogue River in Oregon. Mr. Templeton was 57.


OBIT DonnaMyers

Donna Lee Arrants Myers was born in Selma, California on Feb. 20, 1926. She passed away on June 23, 2016, at the age of 90, after suffering a stroke. Donna was the youngest of four children. She had two sisters, Jessie and Bonnie, and one brother, Clyde, whom she adored. At the age of eleven, the family moved to Ventura where she attended Ventura High School and met her future husband, Jack. Donna enjoyed sports, playing tennis in high school as well as baton twirling and drum majoring for the marching band. Donna started dating the love of her life, Jack Myers, in 1946 after he returned from WWII. They were married in 1947 and recently celebrated their 69th anniversary.


OBIT ThomasHoran

Thomas Francis Horan Jr., 55, earned his eternal wings July 2nd at 10:02am in his home surrounded by loved ones. He shared 29 years of marriage with his beloved wife, Melanie Therese Horan.

Born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, Tom Horan was the son of Thomas and Mary Ellen Horan. Formerly of Mountain View, Tom graduated from Saint Francis High School in 1979. He then went on to graduate from San Jose State University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1984. Tom was a retired Commander in the U.S Navy where he faithfully served the country for 22 years, and was an admired Captain with Southwest Airlines for 19 years.

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