Nora Evans Buys

Buys onlineNora Evans Buys left 'this veil of tears', as she used to say, on April 11, 2021. She spent her final months in the Sequoias Health 

Center in Portola Valley. After almost 10 years at the Sequoias, making friends, hosting family visitors, and serving as the Vespers coordinator, 

Nora re-married and lived with her 2nd husband, Dr. Frank Berry of Los Altos, who died on Feb. 7. 

Many people carry her forever in their hearts. These include her four children, Richard, Robert, Barbara, and Kathryn Buys; her 5

grand-children, her 6 great grand-children, and countless friends and cousins. Nora and her first husband, Norman Buys, 

fostered a life-long very close friendship with 3 other families (Weiss, Besson, Alexander) and was a 2nd Mom to many of those kids. Together, those 4 families created love, joy, and fun. Nora is the last of those elders to grace us with her presence here on Earth. 

Donald “Duane” Ellison

Ellison onlineDonald “Duane” Ellison, 90, passed away on April 27, 2021 at Sunrise Senior Living in Burlingame, a Loving & Caring community.


Born in San Francisco, beloved son of Earl Ellison Sr. (deceased) & Maxine Ellison (deceased), brother of Earl Ellison Jr. (deceased) & Pauline Peck (deceased).  Duane lived most of his life in Palo Alto where his father Earl Ellison Sr. had opened a family business in 1929 that later came to be known as Ellison's Body Shop. Duane worked as a car detailer at the family business before becoming a full time Artist. He also worked briefly for the City of Palo Alto as a commercial artist.

He attended Jordan Junior High School, Palo Alto High School and San Jose State University and later completed more studies at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He also was a member of AMICA due to his extensive collection of musical instruments. Duane formerly entertained his AMICA friends in his home. He had wonderful parties with live music.  Duane was especially fond of Ragtime music, music of the twenties, thirties & forties & the old classic movies.  He also had a wonderful sense of humor & an eye for details. He was an excellent Artist.

Mariano Antonino Tripiano

Tripiano OnlineMariano Antonino Tripiano, affectionately known as Mario to friends and family, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  Mario was born on December 31, 1975, and grew up in Los Altos, California.  He attended Los Altos High School, going on to attend Chico State, Foothill Junior College, and Oregon State University (OSU) where he was a beloved member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. As Mario would say, “it is always, and I mean ALWAYS, a great day to be an OSU Beaver.”

 It was at OSU where he met Kerine, his wife of 15 years - best friend, partner in crime, every night is date night, and all around perfect match.

 After graduating with a degree in elementary education, he earned his teaching credential at University of Phoenix.  Mario, or “Mr. T” as he was known to his students, taught at Holy Family in San Jose, where he also coached girls softball; and also worked in the Jefferson and Hillsborough school districts.  Mr. T was that beloved once in a lifetime teacher, the one who made an indelible imprint on your life. He cared deeply about each and every individual student and their family, bringing laughter and authenticity as only he could.  Put simply, he was a touchstone. THE touchstone, really.

Andrew Michael Pauli

AndyPauli onlineAndrew Michael Pauli passed away suddenly on April 8, 2021 in Apple Valley, California.

Andy was born in Palo Alto on May 18, 1953 and attended St William School and Los Altos High School. He graduated from Chico State in biology and had a long and successful career as a state biologist and wildlife manager for the California Department of Fish and Game. His specialty was working with Bighorn sheep, increasing their population and relocating them to other parts of the Eastern Sierras and  Mojave Desert. He led many guided tours and was once named the Man of the Year by the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep. He was always an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting with friends and family.

Andy is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lori Muniz Pauli as well as his two children, Andrea (Matt) Seidman, Brian Pauli, and two grandchildren Leah and Owen. He also leaves behind his mother Rita Pauli and his siblings Tricia Pratt (Doug), Bob Pauli (Martha), Judy Bayse and Jim Pauli (Wendy), as well as many nieces and nephews.

Cleopha Sharon Zauner

CleophaSharonZ OnlineCleopha Sharon Zauner passed away on April 2nd, 2021 in Los Altos, CA with her loving family by her side.  Cleo was born in 1942 to Jack and Catherine Pelton in Cass City, Michigan. She had dreams to see more of the world and a desire to help people, so she decided to become a nurse and enrolled in St. Mary’s Nursing School. 

While at nursing school, she met and ultimately married the love of her life, John Zauner, and they enjoyed 60 wonderful years together.  She loved what she did and enjoyed a full, long career in healthcare - retiring just a few years ago.  She spent the last part of her career at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital as a Critical Care nurse bringing much peace, comfort and compassion to the countless patients and family members that she cared for and interacted with.  Over the years, Cleo also found time to volunteer at many organizations close to her heart.

Dr. Kenneth J. Lim

KenLim OnlineDr. Kenneth J. Lim (1948-2021)

Dr. Kenneth J. Lim, 72, passed away peacefully at Stanford Hospital, CA, on April 18, 2021, surrounded by family.  He fought an arduous battle with Parkinson’s disease.  A Los Altos resident since 1978, Ken was born in 1948 in Canton, China, as a U.S. citizen born overseas (since his father served in World War II and became a naturalized U.S. citizen).  Ken, at age 6, immigrated to the United States with his mother, and joined his father, Henry, and his older brother, Alan, in Brookline, MA.  After graduating from Brookline High School, he was admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned both of his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering in five years before moving to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University in the Fall of 1971.  At Stanford, he earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering and minored in Chemistry.  Son of immigrants and a descendant of an early Chinese railroad worker in California in the 1860s, Ken was a first generation college student.  He's a role model for his family to strive for higher education.


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