Rita Frances Kull

Rita Frances Kull online 041719Rita Frances Kull, age 89, passed away Friday, April 5 at Sunrise Senior Living in Sunnyvale, California. Rita was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1930 to Mildred Zottolo and Nicholas Natiello. Rita and William Fredrick Kull married in Chicago, Illinois on July 5, 1953. After living in several states, they moved to Los Altos Hills in 1970 where they raised their four sons. She volunteered over 7,000 hours at El Camino Hospital Auxiliary over a 35-year span. She was president of the Los Altos Hills Little League Women’s Association for two years and supported the Little League in various capacities from 1970 until 1983. Rita dedicated much of her time to scouting.

Mary Margaret Thompson

Mary Margaret Thompson online 041019October 2, 1920 – February 24, 2019 Mary Margaret Thompson, a Los Altos resident who was a dedicated volunteer at the Los Altos History Museum and encouraged children to write by founding a popular annual historical essay contest, died at the age of 98 on Feb. 24, 2019, in Los Altos. Margaret was born on Oct. 2, 1920, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to Lillian and Horace Nichols. The oldest of three children, Margaret grew up on a dairy farm and met her husband, U.S. Navy Commander Ejnar Nicolai Christian Thompson, while attending Ardmore schools. After passing the civil service examination, Margaret moved to Washington, D.C., in 1942 where she worked as a secretary for the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Ships. Meanwhile, Ejnar attended the U.S. Naval Academy as part of the Class of ’44 in nearby Annapolis. In 1943, because of the war, the Navy decided to allow midshipmen to marry.

Anne G Mingus

Anne G Mingus online 041019Born April 12, 1932 in Berkeley, California, Anne Mingus passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019. Anne's determination to follow her passion and her dedication to those she loved has been a thread and theme twirling throughout her life. Prior to her starting 6th grade, her family had moved to various parts of Berkeley. This move would have meant that she would have gone to a different elementary school. Anne didn't want to. So she would get herself ready and leave the house at 6am to catch two buses to get to Cragmont Elementary in Berkeley. During junior high and high school, she would spend her summers in Twain Harte with her best friend's family spending part of one of those summers daily reading to and taking care of her best friend who was fairly sick.

Dr. Philip "Phil" Hordiner

Dr. Philip Hordiner 040319 online.jpeg he is the one in middle crop outAccomplished and innovative dentist, Dr. Philip “Phil” Hordiner passed away peacefully in his sleep at 2 AM Friday, March 15th at his Los Altos, California home. He was 86 years old. Phil is survived by his daughter Kim Hunter, son-in-law Larry Gordon, grandson Jordan Etem, and his brothers Dr. Michael Leonard and Charles Hordiner. Much loved by his family, professional staff, and patients, Phil was born October 31, 1932 in Flushing New York, the eldest son of Esther and Nathan Hordiner. He received his formal education at the University of Arizona, Tucson and Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago. He arrived in San Francisco in 1958, opened his own dental practice in The City in 1960 before retiring 40 years later.

Helen Elizabeth Lapp Shortz

Helen Elizabeth Lapp Shortz 040319 onlineHelen was born on August 5, 1925 in Massena, NY to Louise and Bernard Dobbins. Helen passed away peacefully March 23, 2019 at Sunrise Senior Living in Sunnyvale, Calif.    She had a rather turbulent childhood - losing her mother at the age of eight - losing their farm to fire and living through the depression. Helen moved to Washington D.C. after high school and became a secretary - eventually working at the Chamber of Commerce and the Pentagon. Helen loved to paint and attended art school in the evenings. Later in life she received several awards for her 'Still Life oil paintings’. She also loved to read and write poetry.  Helen met her first husband John Louis Lapp in San Francisco when she moved out west.  'Johnny' as she liked to call him was working and going to school. He eventually taught Biology and was considered a Naturalist for his love of the out of doors and birdwatching.

Dave Wasmuth

DAVE Wasmuth 040319 onlineDave Wasmuth, age 94, died at home on March 9th of Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was surrounded by his loving family: Marilyn, his wife of 66 years, his children, Ann Fauth, David (Susy), and Bill (Jean), and his grandchildren Bryan and Haley Fauth, and Nikki Wasmuth. He was born on July 29, 1924, in Indiana, where he lived until going into the Navy Air Force during World War II. He was rewarded with an Air Medal six times, as well as the Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart. After the war he received a degree from Miami University of Ohio, following in the footsteps of three brothers. He next worked for General Motors, where he met Marilyn. He and Marilyn were married on June 21, 1952.


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