Herschel Leroy Gott


Herschel Leroy Gott online 061219July 25, 1928 - May 29, 2019 Herschel Leroy Gott passed away on May 29, 2019, at the age of 90. He is survived by his four children: Bob Gott, Nancy Speizer, Anne Gott and Ellen Hilbert. He is also survived by his six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Hersch was born in Kansas City, Missouri and was the youngest of three children. He joined the Navy in 1947 and earned his naval aviator wings after two years of flight training which coincided with the beginning of the Korean War. He was assigned to the first ever Naval jet squadron and flew combat missions over North Korea in 1951-52. Hersch loved his time as a Naval pilot and shared many stories over the years with family and friends about his military days. Following the war, Hersch settled in the Bay Area, first in the East Bay, then Los Altos, where he was a resident for more than thirty-five years. He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather and enjoyed spending time visiting his family, reading, and later discovered a passion for singing in piano bars with friends. Memorial services will be held on June 22, 2019 at 1pm, at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos, CA.


Robert (Bob) Wordell

Robert (Bob) Wordell online 060519Resident of Los Altos November 14, 1938 - May 15, 2019 Bob Wordell passed away on May 15 after a long and courageous bout with Alzheimer’s. He was defined by his love of family, friends and faith. Family and friends enjoyed his warm and comfortable personality. He was born and spent his childhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of four children. His older sisters loved him, and loved to tease him, until he got stronger than they were. He was the apple of his mother’s eye. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and set off for San Francisco in the early 1960’s, never to return. His career was as a salesperson for wholesale musical instruments, where he became more of a friend than a salesperson to his retail customers. He met and married Cynthia Charlton in 1966, and their son, Kipp, came into their lives in 1970. His pastimes included home improvement projects, tennis, and bicycling, He made several trips to Europe to hike and to introduce his granddaughters to the wonders of the world. His Catholic faith was his unwavering companion, sustaining him through good times and bad. He practiced his faith by being a member of the Kairos Prison Ministry, where he and his teammates served “the men in blue” at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville for many years. He was a member of St. William Catholic Church, where he sang in the choir and served as a Eucharistic minister. He is predeceased by his parents, George and Vivian Wordell, and his sisters Georgene Seaman and Patricia Kaiser. He is survived by his loving family: Cynthia, his wife of 51 years; son Kipp of Nevada City, CA; sister Nancy Carlson of Mequon, WI; granddaughters Lauren, Alexi and Taylor; and many nieces and nephews. Special people in his life include his helpers Mani Vatikani , Dina Caceras, and Marissa Holm; the angels at Cedar Creek Memory Care in Los Gatos; and Bo and Stan from Help and Care. The funeral service will be held at St. William Catholic Church, 611 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos, Saturday, June 22 at 11:00 AM followed by a reception in the church hall. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to: CMF Vacaville Kairos P.O. Box 2866 Dublin CA 94568

Kent Stewart Barber

Kent Stewart Barber online 060519Kent Stewart Barber passed peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Grass Valley surrounded with love by his adoring family. He was born on June 4, 1940, in Seattle, Washington to parents Jim and Nancy Barber and attended the University of Washington where he was a member of the student government and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduating from college, he spent time in the Coast Guard, and later took a year out to hitchhike through Europe. In 1964, he started Barber Properties, in Los Altos, CA and was very active in the community as President of the Board of Realtors and President of the Chamber of Commerce. Kent married the love of his life, Caroline (King) Barber and together they had two children, Sarah and Jamie. In 1983, Kent and Caroline moved their family to the Sierra Foothills.

Joseph Dobson

Joseph Dobson passed away recently from complications after undergoing heart surgery. He is survived by his son, James Dobson, his daughter, Carly Jo; his grandchildren Drake and Ryder; his brother, Carl Dobson; and his mother, Janet Dobson.  He was preceded in death by his father, John R. Dobson and his sister Jeanne Alina Milan. Joe was born in Los Angeles in 1954. When he was three years old, he moved to Los Altos with his family.  He spent happy years growing up in the Santa Clara Valley when there were orchards and open space in which to roam. With his family and school friends, he enjoyed the outdoors. Hiking, back packing and skiing in the mountains became a central part of recreation throughout his life. When he was in his teens, he discovered his love of music, particularly the music of the guitar.  He attended schools in Los Altos, then graduated from Awalt High School (now Mountain View H.S.). After graduation, he played professionally traveling in the west with several bands.

Joseph Paul Arata


Joseph Paul Arata online 052919Born April 29, 1927, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the age of 93. He was a lifetime resident of the City of Mountain View and a World War II Veteran of the United States Armed Forces. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arlene N. Arata; his daughter, Melissa Burke; his granddaughter, Brittany Farina; and two great grandchildren. Funeral services to be held on May 30, 2019, at 11:30 a.m., at Saint Nicholas Church in Los Altos, California.


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