Elsie Monson, 105: Active community volunteer, longtime resident

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Mrs. Monson is the guest of honor at her 100th birthday party in 2014.

Elsie Monson, whose Los Altos residency extended back to the beginning of the city’s incorporation, died Aug. 6. Mrs. Monson was one month shy of her 106th birthday.

Leonard Lattanzi

Leonard Lattanzi 081920 onlineSelf described as “terse, dogged and a smidge snarky,” Leonard Frank “Len” Lattanzi passed away at home in Los Altos, CA, on May 22, 2020 of advanced pancreatic cancer. A long-time resident of Los Altos, he was 55.

Born in San Francisco, Len grew up all over the world while his parents, Angelo Frank Lattanzi and Aurelia Ibarra Ramos Lattanzi, served overseas with the United States Information Service. Len attended preschool in London and Rome, elementary school in Ethiopia and Nigeria, middle school in Centreville, Virginia, and high school in Guadalajara, Mexico. Len and three “partners in crime” enlivened high school with creative pranks, and their shenanigans led to lifelong friendships.

Mary Katherine Dybdahl

Mary Katherine Dybdahl passed away peacefully on July 25, 2020 at the age of 80. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Harlan Dybdahl. She will be deeply missed by her son David Dybdahl, daughter Tracy Everson, son-in-law Bryan Everson, grandsons Cameron Everson and Reece Everson, sisters Carolyn Chapman and Janice Berndt and brother Larry Lee. Mary was born in Valley City, ND to Harold Lee and Katherine Lee (Jenkins), the youngest of five children. She went to high school in Aberdeen, SD and graduated from nursing school with her RN in Huron, SD. She married Harlan Dybdahl in 1960, creating a partnership that spanned 47 years full of laughter and family adventures with their children David and Tracy. Mary and Harlan lived in Europe and Japan for many years, and traveled the world building lasting friendships and wonderful memories. They moved to San Carlos after returning from Japan, where she worked as a Physician Liaison for Stanford Hospital. She moved to Mountain View after Harlan passed in 2007, where she worked at El Camino Hospital until she retired. Mary loved to beautifully decorate her homes and create the most wonderful gardens. She was a voracious reader, lover of animals, enthusiastic traveler, and ardent hiker. She loved scrapbooking, visiting with her family and friends, live theatre, and a good movie. She adored her children and grandsons, and was a wonderful friend to many. She will be grievously missed by all. 

Keith Alan Van Duzer

Keith Duzer 081920 onlineKeith Alan Van Duzer, of Clarion, PA, and formerly of Lakeview, OR, and Los Altos Hills, CA, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburg, due to heart disease. He was 56 years old.

Son of Victor and Noreen Van Duzer, of Palo Alto, CA, Keith was an Eagle Scout, graduated from Mountain View High School in northern California, spent three years in the US Army Signal Corps at Foot Hood, Texas, and worked a variety of jobs: as a ranch hand, in building demolition and salvage, on a fishing boat in Alaska, making beef jerky, and hunting mushrooms in the forests of Oregon. He was a history buff and a born leader who rose to supervisory roles in most of his jobs. He loved the outdoors and his chihuahuas. His family and many friends know him for his ready smile, abundant sense of humor, and boundless generosity.

Keith is survived by his parents, his brother Chet, and his sister Beth; by his partner Kayla Neiswonger, and her children Jeremy, Kathleen, and Isaac—whom Keith loved powerfully. Among those whose lives he particularly touched are Sharon, Jacob, and Bethany.

Ena Patricia (Paddy) Saper

Ena Patricia Memorium 081820 onlineJan. 8, 1934 – Aug. 12, 2013
Seven years today and missing you more then ever. –Helen

“Terse, dogged and a smidge snarky,” Leonard Frank “Len” Lattanzi passed away at home in Los Altos, CA, on May 22, 2020 of advanced pancreatic cancer. A long-time resident of Los Altos, he was 55.

Beatrice Mae Craddock

Beatrice Mae Craddock 081920 onlineResident of Los Altos 

Beatrice Mae Craddock at rest August 5, 2020 at her home in Los Altos. Born on January 20, 1924 to Stephen Harkov and Lilly Toranenko. Her siblings were Anne, Phil, Dan Harkov; and Carlton Wadsworth when she joined the John & Lucille Wadsworth family at a young age. It was then that the Beatrice Harkov was first known as Beatrice Wadsworth. In 1943 she met a young cadet, Jesse J. Craddock, who introduced her to a life as the wife of a career Military Officer. They were married on July 19, 1945 and in 1947 their family was complete with the birth of Doug. In 1958 Mr. Craddock joined Farmers Insurance and shortly thereafter they relocated to their Los Altos residence. Los Altos has been home these many years although they enjoyed many years of travel with many trips to Hawaii, England, and other places about the United States. Beatrice and Jesse were involved not only in the Insurance and Real Estate industry but were very active in the Military Officers Association of America, The Retired Officers Association, the Elks Club Palo Alto, and the Master Swim Programs. 

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