Rita Marie McDevitt: Local matriarch devoted to faith, family

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Rita Marie McDevitt grew up, married and worked in San Francisco before moving to Los Altos in 1950.

Rita Marie McDevitt, daughter of Irish immigrants, who taught third grade for 10 years before retiring to raise her six children, became a matriarch of teachers, scholars, scientists and athletes. She died peacefully Aug. 22 with her children present at Villa Siena in Mountain View. She was 94.

Mrs. McDevitt passed on her faith and passion for learning to family members and beyond; she was the family photographer and daily scribe, renowned for keeping notes on the doings and accomplishments of her husband, John B. McDevitt, children and grandchildren. She was an avid swimmer, golfer, gardener and reader.

Jeanne Elizabeth Dobson

OBIT Jeanne Elizabeth Dobson online 082218April 7, 1950 –July 25, 2018 Resident of Altadena, California Jeanne Elizabeth Dobson, also known as Alina Milan to her business friends, passed away surrounded by family and loyal friends after a courageous fight against cancer. Her special friend and partner, William “Bill” Mitchell, stayed by her side caring for her throughout the most difficult days. She will always be remembered for her beauty, her creative bent that led her to help others achieve better health, and her devotion to animals. Jeanne is survived by her mother, Janet Dobson, of Los Altos, her brothers, Joseph of Tucson, Arizona, and Carl and his wife, Annette, of Windsor, California, and nieces Vicky Estes and Carly Dobson, nephews James, Andrew, and John Dobson. Her mother is most grateful for the special care given to her daughter by her family and loyal friends. Born in New Jersey, she traveled across the country with her parents to become a Californian, where she made their home in Los Altos. During the years that she attended Elementary Schools in Los Altos and through her participation in Camp Fire Girls, she made lasting friendships. She graduated from Mountain View High School then chose to attend business school. 

Palmer Dyal

PALMER DYAL was a physicist whose research greatly extended the boundaries of our understanding of magnetics, establishing the history of the physical state of our moon, opening the door for future scientists to research the vast influences of magnetics in the universe. He died August 7, 2018 from injuries suffered from a fall on his morning run. Born October 27, 1933 in Odin, Indiana to Roland Dyal, manager at Kroger grocery and Stella (Sims) Dyal, former telephone operator, Palmer grew up in a family of scantly softened harsh realities. Palmer’s family left Indiana in the mid nineteen thirties driving west with all their possessions. Along the way they decided to abandon a planned move to Seattle and settle instead as farmers in Walford, Iowa in order to survive the Depression. Palmer earned his money by hunting and trapping during his free time. His father was a harsh disciplinarian who made home less than a haven on most days. Roland did help Palmer by trading a shotgun to a professional trapper in exchange for taking Palmer out to the woodland and teaching him how to trap and hunt. He met the beautiful and stylish Gladys Irene Wiley on a blind date which resulted in a devoted, adventure filled marriage celebrating two children, seven grandchildren, travel to every continent save Antarctica, and lasting one week shy of 63 years.

Franklin Dean Kramer

OBIT Franklin Dean KramerNovember 9, 1932 - August 3, 2018 Resident of Mountain View Frank passed away, August 3rd, 2018, age 85 years. Beloved husband of Arlene Kramer for 61 years. Loving father to his four children and their spouses, Linda Alexander, of Portland, OR, Dean & Jennifer Kramer, of Sunnyvale, CA, Nancy Kramer Popp & Randy Popp of Palo Alto, CA, Lori Kramer of Fairfax, CA, and his guard dog Roman. Frank is also loved by eight grandchildren, Chris & Angela Alexander, Lucas Popp, Benjamin Berman, Allison Popp, Julia Berman, Joseph Kramer, Stephanie Popp and two great-grandchildren, Julian and Liam Alexander. Frank was a US Air Force veteran, HP retiree, and a devoted AA member. A funeral service will be held Friday, August 10th at 10:00 a.m., luncheon to follow, St. William Catholic Church, 611 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Catholic Charities.

Gwen Lee Rosser

June 26, 1933, Los Angeles, CA - July 23, 2018, Tahoe Vista, CA Celebration of Life Service at 210 Rim Dr Tahoe Vista, CA For more detail: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/Gwen-Rosser-obituary?pid=189754296

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