Martha Gaspich

Martha will be remembered for her elegant style; for her warmth and compassion; and for her culinary skills, especially her delicious pies. Martha and her late husband, Robert J. Gaspich, M. D., met over the operating table in Chicago, where Bob was a medical student, and she was a student nurse. Martha returned to school years later, walking over the hill from her home in Los Altos Hills with her dog Skipper, to Foothill College, where she earned her degree in nursing. She then worked as a Registered Nurse for twenty-five years at El Camino Hospital. Bob was one of the cofounders of the hospital and had been Chief of Medicine. Martha worked full-time while raising eight children and still made time to contribute to her community as a volunteer, including putting on golf tournaments at Los Altos C. C. to raise money for orphan children. Martha and Bob loved to dance and to attend concerts and plays here, in NYC, and in London. Martha cofounded the Los Altos Hills Club with Lorna Corbetta and Lorraine Shanafelt.


Carol Phy

OBIT Carol Phy online 0102191931-2018 Carol was born to Harold and Marie Bunce in Pasadena CA August 21,1931. She met her future husband Bill at a New Year’s Eve party in 1953, they were married a short time later. Together they raised two children Linda and Scott. In 1962 Carol and her family moved from their home in Southern California to Los Altos Hills where she continued to live until her recent move to the Terraces in Los Altos. At her home in Los Altos Hills Carol pursued her love of cooking, gardening and canning surrounded by many animals; cats, dogs, chickens, horses, rabbits and a “damn” duck or two. Carol was affectionately known as “deer grandma” for the many deer that frequented her yard. It was her challenge to maintain her yard and keep the “damn” deer out of it.

Esther Summerfield Anderson

OBIT Esther Summerfield Anderson online 122618Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 8 in Pacific Grove at her home at Canterbury Woods. Her family was by her side. Esther was born June 20, 1926 and was raised in Los Angeles, California. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Anderson, who she met when they were both studying at Stanford University. Bob and Esther married in 1947, and raised their four children at the family's home in Los Altos, before retiring to Pacific Grove in 1986. Esther was an extremely dedicated and long-time volunteer at both Stanford Hospital and the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP). Esther leaves behind daughter Robin Minor (David) of Walnut Creek, son Chris (Susan) of Austin, son Thomas of Glen Ellen, and son Jon (Geri) of Hacienda Heights, as well as nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Esther was a very devoted mother and grandmother.

Janet Lee Rufener Presley

OBIT Janet Lee Rufener Presley online 122618April, 23, 1933 -- Nov. 27, 2018 Janet was born April 23, 1933 to William H. Rufener and Marie B. (Zurcher) Rufener in Hillsboro, Oregon. She passed away peacefully at home in Los Altos, CA on November 27, 2018 from complications of Multiple Myeloma. Her parents operated a dairy farm near Banks, Oregon.  Both of her parents were from very large families. most of whom were also farmers, or lived in nearby towns. Jan's childhood ranged from schoolwork, farm chores, piano lessons, church activities, 4H, and attending a multitude of family gatherings. Jan graduated from Banks High School in 1950 and went on to graduate from Oregon State College in Corvallis, Oregon in 1954 with a B.S. in Home Economics.  Always having a sense of adventure, she was hired by Trans World Airlines as a stewardess and lived in New York City for about a year.

Elouise Helen Young

OBIT Elouise Helen Young online 1212181925- 2018 A Los Altos, Mtn. View resident. She was Admin. Asst. for Gerard Homes, retiring in 1998. She is survived by sister Joan Terry, son Mike Young, daughter Robin and Bruce Dosskey, daughter-in-law Marilyn Young and grandchildren. She belonged to Church of Religious Science. A private memorial service will be on 1/12/19


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