Barbara Benn

OBIT Barbara BennOur beloved Barbara has passed away. Born in San Francisco to Russian Emigrants, William and Nellie Daniloff. Barbara attended Mountain View High School and started her restaurant career at Clark’s Burgers in Mountain View. In 1970, her family moved to West Point, California. Barbara and her sister Elsie ran two successful Gold Country restaurants, the dining room at Mace Meadow Golf Course and the Creek Side Inn. She worked at Giannini’s Restaurant in Pine Grove as a bartender for nine years. Her customers loved Barbara. 

She is survived by her son David (Chris) granddaughters Leah and Rebecca, her daughter Julie (Mike, deceased) and her sisters Nancy Menacho of Sunnyvale, California, Tanya Johnson of Poulsbo, Washington, many nieces and nephews and her longtime partner, Wally Crane. She would have welcomed her first great-grandchild this summer. She was predeceased by her parents and her sisters Mary Jones, Ann Howland and Elsie Ilse. Barbara was a beautiful lady with a big heart. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.As Barbara would say at the end of every phone conversation, “Talk to you mañana.”The family requests donations are made to the Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, CA.


Arloa Joy Kelsen Mulock

OBIT Arloa Mulock 2Arloa Joy Kelsen Muloch, 94, of Los Altos, CA, passed into God’s eternal care on May 18, 2017.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois to Clarence and Gertrude Lange, and granddaughter of Jacob and Harriet Benner, cigar manufacturing magnates.  Arloa had some of the best times of her life at the Lutheran Camp Arcadia on the shores of Lake Michigan, where her parents had a summer home.  She was active in her church throughout her life.
Arloa attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and was active in Tri Delta Sorority.  She met her husband Arthur Kelsen, who had a masters degree in Chemical Engineering, while he was a lieutenant in the Navy during WWII.  After living in Ohio for many years, they moved to California in 1957.  Arloa worked for years at Cunningham’s Clothing Store in Los Altos.  She was an avid animal lover, protector and supported many animal rights causes.  She played golf, tennis, swam, ran Bay to Breakers and Bridge to Bridge until her 80’s and travelled with friends all over the world.  The San Francisco Giants were a passionate interest of hers.  She was a consummate entertainer and belonged to many organizations including the Widow and Widowers and Lindbergh Lodge.  Arloa loved concerts, museums, plays and was an active volunteer.  She was also a member of the Raging Grannies and was a feminist before it was fashionable.  Arloa was brave and fearless and lived life to the fullest, completing everything on her bucket list.

Nancy Saraniti Vojvoda

OBIT Nancy Saraniti VojvodaFebruary 22, 1926 - June 11, 2018
Nancy Saraniti Vojvoda was born and raised in San Jose and was a life-long resident of Santa Clara County.  She met Nick Vojvoda when she was 17 at a dance in the San Jose Civic Auditorium and waited for him as he fulfilled his duty in the U.S. Army. 

They married in 1947 and moved into the new house that he had built for them in Los Altos.  Nick and Nancy were members of St. Nicholas Church and founding members of St. William Church.  They both were active in the St. Nicholas branch of the ICF, and Nancy enjoyed working at the church rummage sales.  Later she was an active volunteer at the Los Altos Senior Center and part of the Monkey Toy makers.  Her beloved Nick passed away in 1996.  Nancy is survived by her sister Fran Taber, daughter Kristine Harlan (Hiram), son John Vojvoda (Lee), four grandchildren, and six great-grand children.   Private family services have been held.

 

Richard Jones M.D.

Former Los Altos Hills resident and physician, Richard (Dick) Jones, passed away a year ago on June 16th, 2017.Former Los Altos Hills resident and physician, Richard (Dick) Jones, passed away a year ago on June 16th, 2017.

He was born and grew up in West Frankfort, IL, attended Northwestern University and Beloit College, and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. He served in the Army both in Colorado and South Carolina.

Moving his familyto Los Altos Hills in 1954, he began his family practice career. He loved athletics, was an avid tennis player, and had a passion for golf. He loved life and was a man who knew no stranger. 

He is survived by his children: Cynthia (Dan) Lygrisse of Wichita, KS, Claudia Jones of Grass Valley, CA, Dial (Hillary) Jones Winatchee, WA, and Timothy Jones Mtn. View, CA, and by his grandchildren Daniel, Michael, Kate and Mattie, and his great grandchildren Cecelia, Samuel, and Julia.

Joan Westlund Case

Joan CaseJoan Westlund Case, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend passed away peacefully on June 3, 2018 in Templeton, California. Joan, Stan (her husband of 67 years) and her kids Diana, Mike, Dave and Tom lived in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills from 1961 through 1984 before moving to Templeton on the Central Coast.

Born in 1930 in San Francisco, Joan loved “The City” and adored her life with Stan and raising their four children in Los Altos Hills. “Joanie” was extremely active in Los Altos Hills Little League, a fixture at the scorekeepers table where Stan coached, and the boys played. Joan means “grace” a perfect definition for a life well lived and shared in love and care for others. She lived a selfless life, creating a loving environment for her four children and eight grandchildren and one great grandchild, while supporting Stan and his company Case Pacific.

Joan was a creative and lifelong learner who with a dear friend successfully created “The Flower Factory” sharing her green thumb with businesses like banks, doctors and other professionals. Joan was an avid gardener, reader, cook and student of history who loved to volunteer at her local church and library. Stan and Joan loved to travel, visiting all 50 states and enjoyed camping in National Parks, visiting presidential libraries and baseball stadiums across the country. Everyone who was lucky enough to know Joan remembers her vibrant, positive, selfless and fun-loving personality.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for Saturday, July 21 at 11 am at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 1301 Oak Street, Paso Robles, California. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Paso Cares, P.O. Box 2834 Paso Robles, CA. 93447, pasocares.org.


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