Esther Summerfield Anderson

OBIT Esther Summerfield Anderson online 122618Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 8 in Pacific Grove at her home at Canterbury Woods. Her family was by her side. Esther was born June 20, 1926 and was raised in Los Angeles, California. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Anderson, who she met when they were both studying at Stanford University. Bob and Esther married in 1947, and raised their four children at the family's home in Los Altos, before retiring to Pacific Grove in 1986. Esther was an extremely dedicated and long-time volunteer at both Stanford Hospital and the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP). Esther leaves behind daughter Robin Minor (David) of Walnut Creek, son Chris (Susan) of Austin, son Thomas of Glen Ellen, and son Jon (Geri) of Hacienda Heights, as well as nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Esther was a very devoted mother and grandmother.

Janet Lee Rufener Presley

OBIT Janet Lee Rufener Presley online 122618April, 23, 1933 -- Nov. 27, 2018 Janet was born April 23, 1933 to William H. Rufener and Marie B. (Zurcher) Rufener in Hillsboro, Oregon. She passed away peacefully at home in Los Altos, CA on November 27, 2018 from complications of Multiple Myeloma. Her parents operated a dairy farm near Banks, Oregon.  Both of her parents were from very large families. most of whom were also farmers, or lived in nearby towns. Jan's childhood ranged from schoolwork, farm chores, piano lessons, church activities, 4H, and attending a multitude of family gatherings. Jan graduated from Banks High School in 1950 and went on to graduate from Oregon State College in Corvallis, Oregon in 1954 with a B.S. in Home Economics.  Always having a sense of adventure, she was hired by Trans World Airlines as a stewardess and lived in New York City for about a year.

Elouise Helen Young

OBIT Elouise Helen Young online 1212181925- 2018 A Los Altos, Mtn. View resident. She was Admin. Asst. for Gerard Homes, retiring in 1998. She is survived by sister Joan Terry, son Mike Young, daughter Robin and Bruce Dosskey, daughter-in-law Marilyn Young and grandchildren. She belonged to Church of Religious Science. A private memorial service will be on 1/12/19

Irvin Parolari

OBIT Irvin Parolari online 1212181928-2018 Born February 2, 1928 on Groundhog’s Day in the small town of Brockway, Pennsylvania to Guido and Susan Parolari. My dad was raised on the farm of his grandparents and enjoyed the life of the farm, having a horse and running free. During the depression my dad and his parents moved to Buffalo, New York (the BIG CITY!) for better job opportunities. My dad did not adjust well to the big city or to school and this is where he started to develop his humor. He became the class clown! His sense of humor continued throughout his life until the day before his passing. In 1948 he joined the Navy on the ship “Valley Forge” and went off to help fight the Korean war. He never did see battle but forged some of his best, long-term friendships. Friendships and family were very important to him and he went out of his way to call, email and maintain those relationships. My dad and mom, Reva, married April 28, 1956 and had 4 children; Susan, Stephen, Diana and Debra.

Norma Patterson

OBIT Norma Patterson online 121218June 30, 1931 - November 22, 2018 Long time resident Norma Patterson, age 87, died in her home in Los Altos after a short illness. Norma was born to Clarence and LoRita Hawes Smith on a ranch close to Condon, Oregon. She and her brother, Wilbur, attended the elementary school in Condon before the family moved to The Dalles OR, where she graduated from high school. She attended college at the University of Oregon in Eugene and then the University of Oregon School of Nursing in Portland, graduating as an RN with a B.S. degree in Nursing. She married her soulmate Don Patterson in 1951. They were married for 60 years, before Don’s death in 2011. Norma and Don had an active social life. They travelled to many countries and enjoyed learning of their cultures. They were avid Jazz aficionados and attended countless jazz concerts and could, at times, be found dancing cheek to cheek to a favorite ballad. Their love for each other was inspiring. Norma had a long, productive and gratifying career as a hospital RN.in Portland Oregon before moving to Los Altos with Don and their daughters in 1967.

Mason A. Clark

OBIT Mason Clark 1 online 121218OBIT Mason Clark 2 online 121218August 13, 1921 - November 26, 2018 Longtime Los Altos resident, Mason Clark, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2018 at age 97 from natural causes. Mason will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on August 13, 1921. Mason’s family moved to Park Ridge, Illinois in 1927 so his father, Lester, could find work as a carpenter in the Chicago-area building boom. Mason graduated from Maine Township High School and the associated two-year junior college. As a teenager in high school he became a licensed amateur radio operator, W9JGM, which led to his interest in electronics. While Mason was an engineering student at Maine Township Junior College, he was served a draft notice in July 1942. He joined the Navy radio school in Chicago with the third-class petty officer rank the school guaranteed.


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