Milton Sommers

OBIT Milton Sommers onlineMilton Sommers passed on August 21, 2018 at Kensington Place in Redwood City. He was the cherished father of Lois Eckmann of Los Altos and the late Nathan Andrew Sommers and beloved father-in-law of Stuart F. Eckmann. Milton’s wife of over 60 years, Ethel L. Sommers predeceased him in 2010 as did his parents, Louis and Rebena Sommers. Milton was born March 26, 1924 in Baltimore, MD and, other than 2 years in England during WW2 and the 7 months in Redwood City, lived his entire life in Baltimore. He was a CPA who never practiced and real estate was his lifelong career. Milton retired in 2008 and turned his energies to playing bridge 4 days/week and participating regularly in tournaments in the North East US. He devoured books on bridge strategy. Our family would like to thank the individual caregivers and nursing staff at Kensington Place for the kind, gentle and protective way they looked out for Milton . They will be missed. Funeral services have already been held in Baltimore.

Kazunori Aozasa

OBIT Kaz Aozasa onlineJanuary 4, 1929 -- August 14, 2018 Kazunori (Kaz) Aozasa passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. He was 89. Kaz is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Kimiye Aozasa, sons Walter and Wesley Aozasa. Also his grandchildren Michael, Margueritte and Morgan Aozasa, Kendall and Carly Aozasa, Cole Aozasa and Ken Nakamura. He is preceded in death by his oldest son, Wayne Kazuo Aozasa, who passed away on December 3, 2017. Kaz was born and grew up in Shimane, Japan. He immigrated to the United States in 1950 and settled in San Jose where he met and married his wife, Kimiye Oshiba in 1957. They moved their young family to Los Altos in 1963, where Kaz took an active role in raising his three sons, encouraging their education and coaching them in Little League. 

Wendell Waldo Roscoe, 100: Builder of Pink Horse Ranch subdivision in LAH

Mr. Roscoe

Wendell Waldo Roscoe was about as self-made as they come. Mr. Roscoe taught himself how to pilot an airplane and play the piano. He embarked on a successful career as a local developer, creating the Pink Horse Ranch subdivision in the 1950s near Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

“It can’t be done” was a phrase Mr. Roscoe never uttered. In his 100-plus years, he never shied away from a challenge – or adventure.

Rita Marie McDevitt: Local matriarch devoted to faith, family

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Rita Marie McDevitt grew up, married and worked in San Francisco before moving to Los Altos in 1950.

Rita Marie McDevitt, daughter of Irish immigrants, who taught third grade for 10 years before retiring to raise her six children, became a matriarch of teachers, scholars, scientists and athletes. She died peacefully Aug. 22 with her children present at Villa Siena in Mountain View. She was 94.

Mrs. McDevitt passed on her faith and passion for learning to family members and beyond; she was the family photographer and daily scribe, renowned for keeping notes on the doings and accomplishments of her husband, John B. McDevitt, children and grandchildren. She was an avid swimmer, golfer, gardener and reader.

Jeanne Elizabeth Dobson

OBIT Jeanne Elizabeth Dobson online 082218April 7, 1950 –July 25, 2018 Resident of Altadena, California Jeanne Elizabeth Dobson, also known as Alina Milan to her business friends, passed away surrounded by family and loyal friends after a courageous fight against cancer. Her special friend and partner, William “Bill” Mitchell, stayed by her side caring for her throughout the most difficult days. She will always be remembered for her beauty, her creative bent that led her to help others achieve better health, and her devotion to animals. Jeanne is survived by her mother, Janet Dobson, of Los Altos, her brothers, Joseph of Tucson, Arizona, and Carl and his wife, Annette, of Windsor, California, and nieces Vicky Estes and Carly Dobson, nephews James, Andrew, and John Dobson. Her mother is most grateful for the special care given to her daughter by her family and loyal friends. Born in New Jersey, she traveled across the country with her parents to become a Californian, where she made their home in Los Altos. During the years that she attended Elementary Schools in Los Altos and through her participation in Camp Fire Girls, she made lasting friendships. She graduated from Mountain View High School then chose to attend business school. 

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