John Lejardi

JohnLejardi onlineJohn Lejardi died on November 13, 2020 at the age of 98. Born in Boise, Idaho to Pedro and Petra, Basque immigrants from Spain, he was the youngest of four children. During college, he obtained his private pilot’s license and then enlisted in the US Army Air Corp during WW II, serving from 1943-1946. After the war, he finished earning his Business Administration degree from the University of Portland and then obtained his MBA from Stanford University in 1949.  At the Catholic Newman Club on campus, he met the love of his life, Florence, a feisty Italian, who was earning her teaching credential and studying music. In 1952, they married and settled in Los Altos, where they raised three children. John worked as a CPA for his entire career.  John loved the outdoors, and taking his family on camping, fly- fishing and skiing trips. The life of the party with a great sense of humor, he enjoyed dancing, singing, hosting barbeques, playing cards, and making his signature sherry flips for holidays. After retirement, he and Florence traveled extensively throughout Europe, Canada and the US. He cherished his role as “Gpa” (short for Grandpa) and had just as much fun as his grandsons, whether camping or taking them trick or treating. John became a most amazing caregiver for Florence in her last years.  After she died in 2010, he joined the gym at 88 and worked out regularly until 95. 

Diana Hawley Thomas

DianaHawley onlineDiana was the rare individual who, once she decided what she wanted, could accomplish most anything. She was most of all the perfect mother and wife, but she squeezed so much more into her life. Her greatest dream was to have children and raise them to be productive, loving people. She succeeded beyond expectation with Chad, Devon, and Katrina. Diana was the life partner of her husband Stan, whom she met when they were 16, and were never apart (save three years of Navy duty for Stan). 

She was the most stalwart of friends to so many – if a friend needed help, Diana was always there to provide it. She had an innate sense of what might be wrong and always clear ideas on how to proceed. Not only did she care for family and friends, she also worked for 40 years as a speech and language pathologist specializing in head trauma and stroke. She had the special ability through non-verbal communication, a high amount of empathy, and years of experience to reach a patient on a basic level, and then find a way to bring them therapy that would allow their recovery. Many of her patients became long-term friends.

Klaus Franz Karl Eichstadt

KlausEichstadt onlineOctober 31, 1929 - October 27, 2020

Resident of Palo Alto, CA

Born 1929 in Kiel, Germany, Klaus lived his childhood years in Schelswig-Holstein, on the Kieler Fjord by the Baltic Sea. During the war, he and his brother Werner bartered for food and supplies by repairing many of their neighbors’ radios, which were damaged during air raids. This initiated a life-long fascination with electronics. 

After the war, he was awarded a scholarship to study at C.S.U. in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he first experienced America’s beautiful nature and wide-open possibilities. He returned to Germany and began work at NDF (Nord-Deutscher Rundfunk); The network sent him to South America to oversee a project setting up one of the first television stations in Bogota, Colombia. He was interested in emerging television-broadcast technologies (which were being publicized in the international scientific media at this time) and wrote a letter to a pioneering company named Ampex, Inc. in Redwood City, expressing his interest in their technological innovations. After a successful interview, he was given the opportunity to return to the U.S., which would become his home for the remainder of his life. 

Donald Elliott Willoughby

DonaldElliottWilloughby onlineDon was born on 11/23/1930, and grew up in Columbia, SC.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Electrical Engineering while working in radio and television broadcasting.  He completed his military service in the U.S. Army Signal Core at Fort Huachuca, AZ and was employed for 30 years in the design and manufacture of satellite communications equipment – starting at Philco’s Western Development Laboratories in Palo Alto, which later became Philco-Ford and then Ford Aerospace.  After retiring from Ford Aerospace, he was employed in communications engineering for 8 years at ESL/TRW in Sunnyvale, CA.  

In 1959, he met and fell in love with his beautiful dental hygienist named Kay Bassett.  They were married soon after and recently celebrated their 60th wedding `anniversary.  They have two daughters, Kathryn Hilton and Kristin Heggem.

In his free time, Don enjoyed attending SIRS, gardening and remodeling projects, genealogy research, antique radios, photography, and travel.  He loved spending time with his four grandsons, Cole and Scott Heggem and Mark and Spencer Hilton.

A celebration of life will be planned in 2021.  Memorial donations can be made to Pets in Need, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital or Hospice of the Valley.

Jean Lozier McGuire

JeanLozierMcGuire onlineJean Lozier McGuire passed away peacefully on November 9, 2020 at the age of 97.

She was born January 26, 1923 in Des Moines, Iowa to Harve and Daisy Lozier, and had one brother, her beloved Richard.

Extremely intelligent, she earned a degree from Iowa State University where she studied Early Childhood Development.  On December 20, 1943, she married Kirk Cutler McGuire and then taught nursery school while starting her own family. In 1952, they moved west to Los Altos, where he practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology and she devoted her time to raising their four children. Their family was one of the founding families of the Methodist Community Church of Los Altos and she stayed an active member of the church community for the rest of her life.  After retirement, Jean and Kirk moved to The Forum in Cupertino as “Pioneer Members,” where she spent the last 29 years.

Hugo Louis Isola

HughIsola online6/16/1932 -  11/3/2020

Hugh Isola died peacefully at his home with his family on November 3, 2020, as a result of complications from kidney failure.   

Hugh’s life fulfilled what he called the American Dream. Born in San Francisco to immigrants Ugo Louis Isola and Dena (Pellegri) Isola, he grew up as their only child speaking both English and Italian.  His father, an iron worker and truck driver, moved the family to Stockton where Hugh was adored by a larger Italian community while he also excelled in scholastics.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1950 where he played baseball and basketball and was student body president.   

Hugh then attended Santa Clara University on the GI Bill where he met many of his life-long friends.  Upon graduation in 1954, Hugh served as an officer in the United States Army and was stationed outside of Nuremberg, Germany.  Following the end of his military service, Hugh returned to San Francisco where he worked in finance for Wells Fargo Bank.   

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