1923 – 2018
Helen Tish of Los Altos, CA died peacefully Jan 12th, 2018 of complications of heart failure. She is survived by her daughters, Stephanie Cook, Lynda Tish and Janice Tish, a granddaughter Christie Palm, great granddaughter Hailey Palm, her sons-in-law, Bud Cook, George Ozolins, daughter-in-law Kathleen Tish, grand son-in-law Aaron Palm, a brother Vincent Sevely, and many extended family members. Her son, Stephen Tish Jr, and sister, Katherine Hardt predeceased her.
Helen was born to immigrant parents, John and Anka Sevely from Croatia and grew up on the 20-acre family orchard of cherries, apricots and plums in Mountain View California. She graduated from Mtn. View High School, attended San Jose State College, and married Stephen Tish, Sr., a Stanford football athlete and moved to Florida while he attended the University of Miami. They returned to Mtn. View to raise their four children.
Following her divorce in 1970, she entered the field of real estate, starting at Fox & Carskadon, and later Cornish & Carey and Coldwell Banker in Los Altos. She completed almost 40 years in a field in which she became very successful and which she thoroughly enjoyed.
She was very happy with her life partner and soul mate, Phil Green who predeceased her 12 years earlier. Helen was a vibrant, independent, stylish, mentally sharp woman who always had a common sense practical approach to life. She had a positive attitude, overcoming difficulties in life by reminding others of her favorite saying, “this too shall pass.”
A private gathering (as she wished) was held in her honor by her extended family.
All family and friends will miss her greatly.