Fred Vertel, 86: Creator of History Museum’s model-train display

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Fred Vertel created the 1930s-era train diorama for the Los Altos History Museum’s permanent exhibition.

For two decades, visitors to the Los Altos History Museum have stood over the popular 1932-era train diorama that is a central part of the museum’s permanent exhibition. They have watched the miniature trains circling the track, wondering what Los Altos life must have been like so long ago.

Patricia Broussard

Patricia Broussard passed away peacefully Oct 8, 2020

She was born in Tottenham, London and raised her family in Los Altos, Ca,

A partner in Barber  Properties and very active in the community.

She retired to Carmel Valley in 2000.

She is survived by her husband Charles, Son Trevor Williams and family, Brother David, Stepdaughter Melissa, Stepson Whitney and longtime friend Jean.

She is predeceased in death by her daughter Lynda.

Pat lived a life only imagined sailing and cruising the canals of Europe.

She will be missed and forever in our hearts.

Graveside services were held at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto, Ca

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation

Joy P McKell

JoyPMcKell online7/31/27-9/27/20

Joy P McKell A resident of Los Atos for more than 60 years. Born in Pocatello, ID. Also lived in Fresno and Redwood City. Oldest of 4 children, a mother of 3, Linda, Brad and Chris. She assisted her husband, Fred, in his insurance business over 40 years in downtown Mountain View. A devoted member of the LDS church. She was able to live in her home in Los Altos Hills until she turned 90, upon entering memory care in Draper Utah where her son Brad was able to monitor her care. A special YouTube memorial may be viewed under 'Joy McKell'.

Norman Hugh Pond

NormanPond online1938 - 2020

Norman H. Pond passed away peacefully on September 30th, 2020 in Los Altos Hills, California surrounded by his family.  He is survived by his wife Natalie Pond; his three children, Stephen Pond (Ann), Michael Pond (Susan), and Kelly Green (Terry); and five grandchildren, Mia, Mike, Perri, Sierra, and Jackson. 

Born August 23rd, 1938, in West Plains, Missouri, Norm was raised on an Ozarks’ dairy farm.  He attended a one-room country school house in rural Howell county where is his Mother was the teacher.  An agricultural exchange student from New Zealand visited the Pond farm when Norm was young, and that exposure to another culture and nationality was partially responsible for a life-long passion for adventure and exploration that included extensive travel, friendships, and visits to all seven continents with his wife, Natalie.

Robert William Peters

RobertPeters onlineJan. 5, 1940 - Sept. 22, 2020. A resident of Los Altos.

"Bob" as he was known by his grandchildren passed away on a beautiful fall day surrounded by his family.

Bob was born in San Jose to Kathleen and William Peters.  Growing up in San Jose among the fruit orchards and rural life, Bob often told stories of riding his bike through the apricot orchards in what is now Fremont Ave. Bob often worked along with his father at his plumbing and construction company, AJ Peters and Son. He was groomed to work in the company and later take it over.  However the sudden death of his father when he was 14 changed the course of his life.

William F. Schick

EPSON scanner imageDecember 25, 1931 – August 14, 2020

William F. Schick, a Los Altos resident for more than 55 years, died Aug. 14 after a two-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Bill was born on Christmas Day in 1931 in San Francisco to Francis and Susan Schick. An only child, he enjoyed exploring the city and much of Northern California with his parents. He walked across the Golden Gate Bridge on its opening day in 1937, witnessed shipwrecks and rescue efforts off of Land’s End and attended the World’s Fair/Golden Gate Exposition on Treasure Island multiple times in 1939 and 1940. Many of their adventures are recorded on home movies that are starting to be added to a YouTube history channel, such as one recently uploaded chronicling life in San Francisco during the 1930s at

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