Jeanne Elizabeth Foster

Jeanne Foster 1 011619 onlineJeanne Foster 2 011619 onlineJeanne Elizabeth Foster passed away on November 29 leaving behind a legacy of love, strength and caring. Jeanne and her husband Dick were residents of Los Altos for nearly 50 years. Born at home in Walworth NY on August 4, 1925 to Ellis and Emma Collier, she was an only child who grew up working on the family farm. Jeanne caught the eye of her future husband Dick Foster at Walworth High School where they both played trumpet in the school band. From High School Jeanne went on to graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


Doris Mae McKinley

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Doris McKinley 2 011619 onlineDoris Mae Sommers McKinley, 96, of Eagle Idaho, passed away on January 2, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born in Sacramento, California on September 23, 1922, to Adolph and Anna Bertha (Schreier) Sommers. Doris was the seventh of twelve children. Doris is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Francis David McKinley, her parents, seven brothers, and four sisters. She is survived by her children Cynthia (Neil W.) Payne of Eagle, Idaho, Jacque (Larry N.) Terry of Pocatello, Idaho, and Frank (Debra G.) McKinley of Layton, Utah; her 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous loving relatives and close friends. Serving her family, church, her community, and children in her care were all cornerstones throughout Doris's life.

Fay Conlee Oliver

Fay Oliver 011619 onlineFay Conlee Oliver was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1927, to Verna and Clifton Conlee. She died peacefully in her home with her family gathered around her on December 2, 2018. Fay was the second of four girls, with whom she enjoyed close relationships all her life. She played the cornet, and went to college on a music scholarship. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Millsaps College in 1949, and later obtained her teaching certificate. She taught English in New Albany, MS, before answering an ad to teach in the “Golden West.” A natural adventuress, she left all her friends and family in her early twenties, moving to Erie, Colorado, where she continued to teach English. Having made a promise to God when she was a child, she then attended graduate school at Berkeley Baptist Divinity School (now American Baptist Divinity School of the West), earning her Master’s in Christian Education in 1955.

Gary Halkens

Born in August 1934. He passed October 2, 2018. He had been very sick and died in his sleep. Gary was a great employee of the San Francisco Water Department. He spent his working time making water available for homes and businesses everywhere on the peninsula and some spots elsewhere. He always had dreams of being able to help all places obtain water and other necessities. Everyone who was close enough to approach him was able to get help. Gary also helped the Ski Patrol, in the Sierras covering many accidents where there were all kinds of injuries. He also helped neighbors with home needs, and, of course, handled his family’s needs. He loved to build things and please everyone with his abilities. He will be sadly missed by family and those who knew him over his many years.

Dwight & Phyllis Brede

OBIT Dwight&Phyllis Brede online 010219In Memoriam Dwight & Phyllis Brede (1923-2017) - (1929-2018) Phyllis and Dwight Brede, residents of Los Altos Hills, CA since 1962, passed away, respectively, on November 1, 2018 and April 26, 2017, peacefully and pain-free. Phyllis and Dwight will be remembered for their joie-de-vivre and love of reading, travel, opera, and citizen and community engagement. Dwight, born in Nanking, China of his professor and artist parents, was raised in Michigan and completed his accelerated BS in Electrical Engineering at Cornell followed by Naval Officer Training at Columbia University and posting to the Pacific. Post-WWII, Dwight moved to CA to complete his MS at Stanford in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, then worked on international engineering projects and commenced his doctoral studies at UC Berkeley. There he met and married Phyllis, originally from Berkeley, started a family, and returned to the Navy during the Korean War; upon return, he pursued his engineering career at Ampex Corporation, contributing to the pioneer innovations in audiotape technology.


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