Longtime resident Ted Laliotis: Former mayor, council member and technology executive


Mr. Laliotis

Longtime Los Altos resident and former mayor Theodoros “Ted” Laliotis died Oct. 12. He was 79.

Born in Epidavros, Greece, March 21, 1939, Mr. Laliotis was the youngest of four children. He immigrated to San Francisco at the age of 19 and attended San Jose State University and UC Berkeley, where he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering.


Basil Peter Fthenakis

OBIT Basil Peter Ethenakis onlineOctober 1, 1955 – September 27, 2018 Basil passed away at the age of 62 following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, Debbie and children, Alex and Christy at his home in Nipomo, California. Basil was born in Long Beach, New York to Polyxeni Fthenakis and Emanuel John Fthenakis. The family, including Basil’s older brother John moved to Los Altos, California in 1962. Basil earned a B.A. in economics from UC Davis in 1976 and a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University Law School in 1979. He practiced and specialized in commercial litigation in Silicon Valley for twenty years, and then transitioned into technology related corporate work as a sole practitioner. Basil and Debbie met at Central Peninsula Church in Foster City and were married in 1984, eventually settling in Mountain View where they raised their two children, Alex and Christy. Basil and Debbie made Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto their spiritual home for over thirty years. Basil had a passion for studying God’s word and teaching and mentoring others.

Lois Noel, 95: Los Altos Hills resident 'always there for you'

Mrs. Noel

Lois Noel, a longtime resident of Los Altos Hills and wife of former Cupertino mayor Clyde Noel, died Sept. 27, just three months after her husband’s death. Mrs. Noel was 95.

Mrs. Noel, a native of Philadelphia, was born Lois Peck to a banker father, William, and mother, Anna. She had a middle-class upbringing with two sisters. A no-nonsense personality, she nonetheless exhibited a sense of fun throughout her life through her love of dancing, travel, gardening, cooking and hosting parties for family and friends.

Miriam Wolff: LAH resident was pioneer for women in legal profession


Mrs. Wolff

Miriam Wolff, a longtime Los Altos Hills resident and a trailblazer who broke the glass ceiling for women in the legal profession, died Aug. 27 at age 102.

Mrs. Wolff was one of only three women in Stanford Law School’s Class of 1940. She became the first woman director for the San Francisco Port Authority in 1970 and was named the first woman to serve as judge on the Santa Clara County Municipal Court in 1975.

Berton N. Oppenheim


OBIT Bert Oppenheim onlineBerton N. Oppenheim of San Ramon, CA and Danville, CA, a former longtime resident of Los Altos Hills, CA passed on July 25th, 2018 after a short illness. He was 89. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Bert was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Cynthia, as well as his father Willard, mother Celia (Crost), brothers Gene and Lawrence, and sister Ethel (Cahn). Bert leaves behind his daughters, Amy (Mark) Seaman of Danville, and Julie (Tim) Wilcox of Oceanside, and his beloved grandchildren Kayla and Jenna (Seaman) and Parry and Trevor (Wilcox). Born in South Bend, IN, Bert studied Electrical Engineering at Purdue University after he completed his four years of enlisted service in the U.S. Air Force, where he was an educator and pilot. His personable nature, strong clear voice, quick wit and business savvy afforded him the ability to establish and grow a successful Electronics Representative Company as well as developing and manufacturing semiconductor-related process equipment.


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