OBIT JeroldGard

October 25, 1933 - December 26, 2017

Jerold Gard, 84, died Tuesday December 26, 2017 at home in Los Altos surrounded by the love of his family.


OBIT JeanTaylor

92, of Los Altos, died December 8, 2017 in Cupertino.


OBIT MaryJeanLawrence

2/2/37 - 12/14/17

Loving Mother, Wife and Grandmother, Jean is preceded in death by her son, Bryon Douglas Lawrence. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Jean worked at the Woodland Library in Los Altos for 38 years. She also volunteered for many years at the Bargain Box in Palo Alto and The Palo Alto Auxiliary For Children. She loved being at home with her family, dogs, cats and books. She will be missed, and she will remain forever in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to The Alzheimer’s Association (


OBIT JaneMinnick

January 25, 1925 – November 23, 2017

Artist, Longtime Resident

On Thanksgiving Day, Jane Minnick, a longtime resident of The Terraces of Los Altos passed away surrounded by her family.

Jane was born in Linfield, Long Island on January 25, 1925 the first of two children born to Zilpha and George Quigley. While Jane was in High School the family lived in White Plains, New York. In her senior year Jane earned a full scholarship to the Phoenix Art Institute to study commercial art and spent the years during WW II working in the art department of a Manhattan art agency.

In 1948 Jane married Lawrence Minnick and they made New England their home until they moved to Los Altos Hills in 1974. After a brief return to Massachusetts they returned to the Bay Area and made their home in Los Altos.

Jane was a talented artist and art teacher for most of her life mastering the delicate strokes of Japanese Brush Painting and teaching this technique to many students through Los Altos Adult Education classes. Jane also sold and exhibited her work for many years at the Viewpoints Art Gallery on State Street in Los Altos.

Jane is survived by two daughters Judith Content (Reed) of Palo Alto and Joanne Graham (Jim) of San Mateo. Jane is also survived by three grandchildren and one great grandchild: Laura Content (Craig) and their son Ellis of Portland, Oregon, and Anne and John Graham of San Mateo. A Memorial has been held.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to the Peninsula Humane Society in Burlingame, CA.


OBIT AdellKaspar edit

October 16, 1926 - December 9, 2017

Adell Kaspar, born Hannah Adell King, passed away on Dec. 9 at the age of 91. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Joseph Kaspar, and her six children: Charles (Bonnie) Kaspar, Jeannie (Lloyd) Solomon, Susan Thompson, Karen (John) Hayden, Roger (Ruth) Kaspar, and Kathy Kaspar (Fred Konkel). She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and her sister-in-law, Mary Kaspar.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 16, 1926, to Henry and Ella King, Adell attended elementary and junior high school in Utah, then moved to Arizona where she graduated from Phoenix High School. She met her husband, Joe Kaspar, while attending Phoenix Junior College. They were married on January 25, 1947. Joe and Adell made their home in Walnut Creek for 12 years before moving to Los Altos, where they have been residents for over 45 years.

A homemaker and an active member of the Los Altos Ward in the LDS Church, Adell volunteered for many activities, including girls’ sports coach, Relief Society homemaking leader, camp counselor and cook, and ward photographer. Adell traveled throughout the US with her husband on business. When Joe retired she then enjoyed extensive travel with him to many countries on six continents.

Warm, generous, and fun loving, Adell loved it most when surrounded by family and friends. Every occasion was celebrated with large family gatherings that included good food and lots of photos. She planned family reunions at the beach in the summer and in the mountains at Lake Tahoe in the winter. Going to Grandma’s house meant making candy, baking cookies, or eating waffles while talking with her in the kitchen. Adell truly loved the people in her life and was loved in return by all who knew her. The family formed by this love is her greatest legacy. 

Private family services will be held. Remembrances may be sent to Alzheimer's Association at

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