Rhona Grace Gilkey

Rhona Gilkey 031319 onlineMay 3, 1924 – March 2, 2019 Resident of Los Altos Rhona passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of John Gilkey for 63 years. Loving mother of Leigh Joyce Gilkey and Jann Lisa Gilkey. Grandmother of Allyson Gilkey and Malcolm Myles, and sister of Joyce Smith and her family. Rhona was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Born in British Columbia she came to the states in the 1950’s and met the love of her life a fellow teacher at Edison High School in Stockton. She loved singing, antiquing and taking walks in the beautiful outdoors. She loved her family and will never be forgotten. May she continue singing up in heaven. A funeral mass was held March 8 at St. Simon Church, Los Altos. Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Los Altos.


Whit Newton

WhitNewton 031319 onlineWhit Newton passed away at Stanford Hospital on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, surrounded by his large and loving family, who had watched him face his declining health with his trademark buoyancy and strength. He was and is incredibly loved by his wife, Marcia, his four children and their families including his nine grandchildren, and all the many other people (and animals) he nurtured and loved throughout his interesting and exuberant life. Whit was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Punahou School. He also lived in the Philippines, Guam and Hong Kong, moving to “the mainland” for college. He attended Oregon State and then University of California, Berkeley, where he met his wife Marcia. They lived in Hong Kong for 16 years, where Whit, his brother, John and his father, Robert founded the company American Marine, Ltd., which became best known for Grand Banks yachts.

Patricia (Patty) J. O'Keefe

Patricia J. O'Keefe 031319 onlineIt is with great sadness that the family of Patricia (Patty) J. O’Keefe announces her passing on March 1, 2019 at home in Mountain View. She was born on April 20, 1929 in Flagstaff, Arizona. She attended Nativity School, Flagstaff High School and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1950. In college, she was a Gamma Phi Beta sorority member, Phi Beta Kappa society member and captain of the golf team. She married fellow University of Arizona graduate John C. O’Keefe and they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Together they raised three daughters, Maureen, Marcy and Kelley. Patty was greatly loved by family and friends alike who appreciated her zest for life, her wisdom, strong convictions, and the energy with which she undertook all her pursuits. After raising the girls she became a docent for the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford, especially enjoying leading guided tours of the Rodin Sculpture Garden.

Juanita Nissley

Juanita Nissley 030619 online(Dorothy) Juanita Nissley, née Reeder, a forty-year resident of Los Altos Hills, California passed away at home with her loved ones caring for her on January 21, 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87. Juanita was born in Houlka, Mississippi on May 19, 1931 to Robert Elon Reeder and Annie Mae Reeder, née Cockrell, a baby sister for Charles and Nelda. She grew up in nearby Columbus and graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a B.S. in Secretarial Sciences in 1953. Working as a civilian secretary at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi she met her husband, Harold Thomas Nissley, who was stationed there. They married in 1957 and moved to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She was an elementary school teacher in 1958, supporting Harold as he finished at Case Western, and had five children between 1959 and 1966.

Erika Nord Richards

Erika Nord Richards 030619 onlineErika Nord Richards never seemed to age. She died Feb. 13, 2019, seven weeks shy of her 103rd birthday, still young in mind, spirit, and body. The most frequent word used to describe Erika is “amazing.” Until December, Erika took twice-daily walks, swam on Sundays, played bridge five times a week, completed Sudoku puzzles every morning, and enjoyed social and cultural events. She was a model of how to live -- with zest, optimism, integrity, and a kind heart. If someone suggested an activity, she enthusiastically answered, “Yes, why not?” Erika was born April 7, 1916 in Berlin, Germany, to Walter and Herta Nord and was raised in Hamburg. She enjoyed field hockey, sailing, and gymnastics. After studying two years in Sweden, Erika came to America in 1936 with $10 in her pocket and settled in Chicago (thanks to a young doctor she had met in Germany, who eventually became her husband). Erika earned a physical therapy certificate from Northwestern University.


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