Margie Rauch

Margie Rauch online 050819Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend, and Teacher Margie Rauch, 78, died on April 28 of a stroke. She passed away peacefully at Stanford Hospital, surrounded by loving family. She left her children, Marta, Erik, and Loren, and their families, including five grandchildren; her brother, Andy Beyer and his family; and her cousins Kathryn Posin, Elena Pehlke, Glenn Schweitzer, and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert E. Rauch, and son Evan Rauch, in whose honor she helped endow the U. C. Berkeley "Evan Rauch Chair of Neuroscience." Margie attended Stanford University, and received a degree in Education with a focus on early childhood development. While at Stanford, she met Herb, the love of her life, and they married in 1961. They made their home in Los Altos where they raised their children. Margie enjoyed reading to her children, singing with them, showing them the natural world, bringing them on trips and adventures, and cheering at their sporting events - including many soccer games.

Myrna Toban Mitchner

Myrna Toban Mitchner online 050119Aug. 20,1933 - Apr. 13, 2019      Myrna Toban Mitchner passed away at the age of 85. She will be missed by Hyman Mitchner, her husband of 65 years; children Leslie, Seth (Nancy), Laura and Zale (Chloe); and grandchildren Jacqueline, Shannon, Megan, Daron and Brynna.    Myrna was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to the United States in 1953. She honored her parents, Eva and Louis Toban. Myrna supported the Jewish people in the Bay Area and in the State of Israel. One of Myrna’s great delights was travel with her husband. She enjoyed and supported the arts and, in her middle years, became a fine oil painter. Everyone who knew Myrna knew her delightful laugh, her sense of humor, and her kindness. Her memory will be a blessing.

Virisine Racumu

Virisine Racumu online 050119.JPG crop (she is on left)Virisine Racumu passed away, peacefully at home, on April 17, 2019. She was surrounded by her son, brothers, sisters, mother, nieces and nephews, all of whom were in Fiji, and participating in a novena with her via video call. Viri was born on February 16, 1961 on the island of Taveuni, Fiji. She was the fifth of ten children, the third oldest girl. She attended primary and secondary school on Taveuni. As a young girl she loved playing netball, a sport she continued into her adulthood. Playing netball afforded her the opportunity to compete throughout Fiji, which ignited her life long love of travel and adventure. As there was no college on the island, a family friend taught her how to type. With this skill, she obtained employment, as a clerk, at the the Wairiki parish office.

Patricia (Patti) Hirschbek

Patricia (Patti) Hirschbek online 050119Patricia (Patti) Hirschbek, 86 - Our beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, of Mountain View, CA died on Easter Day, April 21, 2019 after a short illness. She was born in Webster City, IA on March 16, 1933, the daughter of Lawrence Floyd Leopold and Rigmor Elizabeth Madsen. Patti retired from the banking industry and was a Branch Manager for San Francisco Federal Savings and Loan in Los Altos for many years. She earned several awards in her profession. Patti was a wonderfully outgoing, caring person who made many friends over the years. She was a member of the Cupertino De Oro Club and Los Altos Garden Club where she held many board positions over the years. She also enjoyed volunteering for the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts.

Dolores 'Dodie' Alexander: Led formation of Community Health Awareness Council


Mrs. Alexander

Dolores “Dodie” Alexander, a longtime community leader and co-founder of the Community Health Awareness Council, died March 20 in Penn Valley. Mrs. Alexander was 88.

The mother of five children, the former Los Altos resident was the key force behind the formation of CHAC in 1973, a time when the drug culture was beginning to impact local schools. CHAC has grown into an influential nonprofit counseling organization that has served thousands of local students and parents over the course of its 46-year history.

Emily Parcel Martin

Emily Parcel Martin 042419 onlineLos Altos-area resident Emily Parcel Martin passed away at age 94 on Wednesday, April 3rd.  She passed peacefully with her family present. Born in 1924, to Columbus and Bernice in Colorado, Emily grew up in the Denver area and completed her B.A. in Social Work at the University of Denver. She married Wayne Parcel while completing her degree, then moved to Connecticut and Pennsylvania with him and assisted in his metallurgy lab and typed up his thesis while working in a library of Social Work. In Pennsylvania they had 2 daughters, then moved to the Bay Area, and added a son. Emily was an incredible Mom, active with everything from holding "craft days" to oil painting,  Emily was active in the Unitarian Church, running the Christmas pageants; and always lent a helping hand to friends and neighbors. 


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