Florence Adele (Bloom) Pallakoff, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away suddenly at home on the morning of February 28, 2018 one month short of her 85th birthday. Flo brought grace, beauty & wit to all of her long life's adventures & a fierce sense of right & wrong & independence.
Flo was a true Californian, born in Berkeley & schooled in Oakland through Oakland High. She was a 1955 graduate of the University of California where she met her husband, Owen (Bud) Pallakoff. They were married at the Claremont Hotel & resided in Palo Alto & Los Altos for more than 60 years.
Flo began her Journalistic career at KPIX in San Francisco where she often could be seen running across the Marina Green or Crissy field to interview or photograph visiting dignitaries. The assignments were made difficult by the 1950's San Francisco dress code of skirt & high heels & that era's standard journalistic equipment of notebook & oversize 4"X 5" slide camera. But all events were captured on film, even at the cost of broken heels or torn stockings.
Flo's first love was family. She interrupted her career in the 1960's, & enthusiastically embraced the role of mother & homemaker. She was immensely proud of her children's academic and athletic accomplishments & enjoyed nothing more than her turn at being soccer coach or giving advice for her children's journalistic endeavors. She was renowned for her cooking skills. No Passover or Thanksgiving went by without a feast for many. All family members, friends, friends of friends, children & grandparents were welcome & all matzo balls or potato pancakes were made by hand.
As the children grew, Flo refreshed her journalistic skills in the San Jose State Graduate School program and returned to work. She covered Los Altos, & Los Altos Hills City Council meetings for the Los Altos Town Crier for several years and wrote a weekly political or humorous column. Gathering material for a weekly column is difficult, and local politicians, along with Flo's husband & children, were very careful not to misbehave in a way that provided material for her perceptive writings. The San Jose Mercury became aware of Flo's skills & recruited her to cover Mountain View along with Los Altos for that paper. She again was given a weekly column, this time exploring small unusual business ventures in the Valley.
Flo was a dedicated liberal & devoted much of her retirement energy to trying to make the world a better place through enlightened political actions. Flo was active in the theatre & musicals during high school & college & had a lifelong love of the theatre & musical concerts. She took pleasure in traveling the world with good friends, always looked forward to returning home to tend to the beautiful garden that thrived under her tender care.
Her greatest joy was watching her children & grandchildren grow, explore the world, and become good people.
She is survived by Bud, her husband of 62 years, her daughters Pamela & Kathryn, her son Matthew, his wife Kimberly & their children Daniel & Casey. Flo will be greatly missed & lovingly remembered.
Friends & family are invited to a Celebration of Life Service at Spangler Mortuaries Los Altos Chapel at 399 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos on Friday March 16 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception at Flo's Los Altos home.