Frederick Nelson Van Kirk

Frederick Nelson Van Kirk online 062619June 8, 1927 - June 12, 2019 Fred Van Kirk passed away peacefully at home, four days after celebrating his 92nd birthday surrounded by family. Fred was born in Evanston, IL, to Nelson and Jewel Van Kirk. He earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1949, and while there he met future wife, Nancy Hetzner. They were married on March 20, 1952. Fred served as a first lieutenant sanitary engineer in the Army Medical Service Corps during the Korean War. After he was discharged, his work as an engineer took the family to Chicago, San Jose, Ohio, and Maryland before finally settling in Los Altos in 1972. He started an engineering consulting practice there in 1980 and later enjoyed many wonderful retirement years. In retirement Fred tutored elementary school students in reading, served as a Deacon and volunteered at church, and was a “Big Sir” of his local branch of SIR (Sons in Retirement).

Carolyn M. Mansell

Caroline M. Mansell online 061919Died in Palo Alto after a brief illness on April 3, 2018. A Palo Alto resident since 1973, she was for several decades a dynamo of the Silicon Valley residential real estate industry. The daughter of Frank R. Mayo and Eleanor P. Mayo, Carolyn was born in Chicago in 1937 when her father, having earned his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Chicago, was teaching there. Already doing cutting-edge research, Dr. Mayo became an internationally recognized polymer chemist, ending his career with three decades at the Stanford Research Institute. Carolyn was educated at the Lab School, Northfield School for Girls, and Brown University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in history. Her freshman year she met Roger Mansell, an engineering student at Brown. He asked her to marry him on their first date; after four years, she finally agreed, and they were married in the chapel at Brown University.

Christine Ellis Mack

Christine Ellis Mack online 061919Christine Ellis Mack, aged 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Mountain View surrounded by her loved ones on Sunday, May 19, 2019. She was born on November 11,1932 in San Jose to Calliope and Nicholas Ellis the youngest of five children. She graduated from Lincoln High School in San Jose and attended the University of California at Berkeley and was also a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House. On November 17, 1951 Christine married her wonderful husband George H. Mack and settled in San Francisco, moving to Palo Alto and eventually Los Altos Hills to raise their family. After her husband passed away in 1976 she began her vibrant career becoming the President of the Credit Union at Syntex Corporation in Palo Alto. She thrived there for over twenty years.

Lorraine Davis (Whealan)

Lorraine Davis (Whealan) online 061919Lorraine Davis (Whealan), age 52, passed away on June 9. Lorraine was born in Palo Alto and raised in Los Altos. She graduated from St. Nicholas Catholic School, St. Francis High School and the University of San Francisco. Always an athlete, she spent her career as a yoga instructor, swim instructor, coach and massage therapist. Lorraine was especially gifted working with young people and the elderly who always appreciated her high energy, and her playful and generous spirit. She was always making friends and offering help to anyone who might need it. Lorraine had two sons who she raised mostly in Bear Valley and Los Altos. She was a thoughtful and loving mother, daughter, sister, wife, aunt, cousin and friend to many and she will be sorely missed by us all.

William Jackman Schatz

WILLIAM JACKMAN SCHATZ II Bill Schatz passed away on June 5th. His memorial Service will be at Los Altos United Methodist Church on Friday, June 14 at 11 AM. Full obituary to follow next week.

Bonagene Minor

Bonagene Minor online 061219May 19, 1923 – April 12, 2019 Bonnie Minor a sixty-six year resident of Los Altos passed away peacefully at home on April 12, accompanied by loved ones. Born May 19, 1923 to Clyde and Ruth Hubbard of Aztec, New Mexico, Bonnie attended the Colorado College of Women in Denver, CO. with a scholarship in Music. She obtained her teaching credentials and taught fourth and fifth graders English, Biology and Music. Bonnie’s search for adventure lead her to apply to United Airlines for a Stewardess position. She graduated from the first class of United Airlines stewardesses in Chicago, Illinois and was stationed at San Francisco International Airport. That is where she met her future husband, Captain Charles T. Minor of United Airlines. Bonnie flew aboard non-pressurized aircrafts the D.C. 3 and D.C.4’s across the Western Rockies routes. She resigned from United Airlines in 1946 and married Charles T. Minor November 10, 1946 in Aztec N.M. The newlyweds resided in an apartment in Redwood City until they purchased a building lot on Jay Street in Los Altos in 1952. They proceeded to build their dream home with the assistance of their good friends, Johnny and Mary Schmitz of Los Altos. Bonnie was a volunteer at El Camino Hospital for 21 years as she loved helping people and it brought her great joy.


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