Godfrey Fong

GodfreyFong onineGodfrey Fong, 76, of Los Altos Hills, passed away peacefully in Sunnyvale, California, on October 20th, a few hours after his three children had a chance to say their goodbyes. 

Prior to being a venture capitalist for many years, he spent thirty years in the semiconductor industry, holding various management positions with Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation and then Hewlett-Packard before co-founding Weitek Semiconductor, which was subsequently listed on NASDAQ. 

A lifelong fan of the 49ers, Godfrey was always up for a negotiation or a deal. When he wasn’t on the golf course or at the Grill with friends at his beloved Los Altos Golf & Country Club, you could find him behind the camera taking shots of nature or his grandchildren.

Gladys Stark

GladysStarkjpeg onlineGladys Stark, longtime resident of Los Altos Hills since 1960 and founding member of Congregation Beth Am, passed away on October 13, 2020 at the age of 97.

Gladys was born December 27, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan to parents, Rebecca (Ruth) and Victor Fink. She was the second oldest of four children.  She was predeceased by her older sister, Evelyn Gersh (who died earlier this year at 99) and her two younger brothers, Fred Fink and Bernard  Fink.  The family moved to Mount Clemens, MI where Gladys spent her childhood.

Gladys met her future husband Marvin Stark when they were 17 years old.  After Marvin graduated high school at 16, he left home in Brooklyn to work at a small hotel that was owned by his aunt in Mount Clemens. It was there that Gladys was introduced to Marvin. He was her first and only love; and she thought they would have good-looking children.

Joanne H. Eagle

JoanneHannumEagle onlineJoanne Janet Hannum Eagle slipped this mortal coil peacefully in the early hours of May 4th, 2020, in Cupertino, California, after an unexpected and short decline, during which she had been surrounded by her lifelong companion, husband of 69 years, Alan; her son, Alan Jr.; daughter and son-in-law Kaaren and Tom Sipes, and grandchildren. Daughter, Deanne, could not be there because of coronavirus travel restrictions. Joanne was 89 years old.

Joanne was born on February 4th, 1931, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, to Fred and Avanelle Hannum, the third of four children. Throughout her life, she was unfailingly cheerful, fiercely intelligent, unerringly dedicated to pursuits she deemed worthy— from music, to belly dancing, to bridge—a world-class world traveler, natively kind and pragmatically unflappable, always.

Sven Oxfeldt Jensen

SvenJensen onlineOctober 17, 1925-October 15, 2020

Sven Jensen, a longtime resident of Los Altos, went home to be with the Lord on October 15. Sven was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He moved to the United States in 1952, and became a citizen in 1964.. He worked in Christian ministry with Overseas Crusades for seven years. He later became a real estate broker and Manager at Seville Properties (later known as Coldwell Banker), where he worked until 2006. Sven was a charismatic man who loved people and was a strong Christian believer. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy, his daughter Lori, and his son Brian. He is also survived by his brother Poul Oxfeldt, niece Lisbet Oxfeldt and nephew Kjeld Oxfeldt.

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Lorna Wunderman Monroe

LornaEllenMonroe onlineLorna Wunderman Monroe of Monterey, gifted teacher, avid athlete, fierce friend, world traveler, loving mother, grandmother and wife, died Sunday, September 27th, after a year-long battle with breast cancer. She was 66 years old. Her keen intellect, unassuming manner, perpetual energy and uproarious laugh will forever inspire and be remembered by all in her wide circle of family and friends. 

Lorna grew up in Mountain View in an adventurous family that lived in a historic home that was once a bordello and speakeasy during Prohibition. Her father, the engineer, inventor and author Irwin Wunderman, was an early Silicon Valley pioneer; her mother, Gilda Wunderman, founded an international student cultural exchange organization. When Lorna and her two brothers were children, her parents took the family on a 7-month “vacation,” traveling through Europe and North Africa. She never lost the travel bug and eventually visited six of the world’s seven continents.

After graduating from the University of California Berkeley with degrees in biostatistics and public health, Lorna took a job at the American Medical Association in Chicago, where she met the love of her life, Ken Monroe. They married in 1987. Lorna loved Ken’s children, Heather and Jason, like they were her own and after the birth of their daughter, Katie, in 1990, Lorna became a full-time mom.

Fred Vertel, 86: Creator of History Museum’s model-train display

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Fred Vertel created the 1930s-era train diorama for the Los Altos History Museum’s permanent exhibition.

For two decades, visitors to the Los Altos History Museum have stood over the popular 1932-era train diorama that is a central part of the museum’s permanent exhibition. They have watched the miniature trains circling the track, wondering what Los Altos life must have been like so long ago.

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