Diane Elizabeth Finch

DianeFinch onlineFINCH, Diane Elizabeth, died Jan 12, 2021.  Born in San Francisco, raised in Palo Alto she died of COVID-19 at the age of 87 in Santa Cruz, CA.  A life well-lived by a woman well-loved.

A San Francisco Bay Area native with a strong connection to Los Altos and the Los Altos School District, Diane will be remembered for her sharp wit, creative sensibility and commitment to education.

Diane loved learning.  Her education included Palo Alto High School, the University of Colorado, UC Berkeley majoring in Criminology and Stanford University for her graduate education program in administration.

Diane worked in the Los Altos School District for almost 35 years, as a classroom teacher and a principal.  For a time, she was the only woman administrator, working with 19 men.  She taught sixth grade and served as vice principal at Purissima and Loyola Schools.  She served as the principal of Oak, Covington, Almond and Loyola Schools, where she was known for infusing art into every aspect of the curriculum and for her high expectations for both students and staff members.  Her love for the arts led to the creation of the Arts Guild for the LASD which became part of the recommended guides that the State of CA adopted. 

She retired from the LASD in 1995.  Following her retirement, she worked as a consultant in the district and served as an interim principal at Bubb School in Mountain View.

Julia Diane Price

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANovember 22, 1961- February 16, 2020

Throughout 2020 the family and friends of Julia Diane Price have mourned her loss and celebrated her life. Julia passed away in San Francisco on February 16, 2020 following a short illness. 

Julia was an extraordinary person: gentle, generous, sensitive, kind and intelligent. She was a blessing to her parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Many noted that after meeting Julia Price, their lives and luck improved. 

Born in Redwood City, California, Julia spent her childhood and youth in the same house in Los Altos. She was educated at Almond elementary, Covington Jr. High and Los Altos High School. Julia graduated from CalPoly in San Luis Obispo with a degree in journalism. While at CalPoly she met and later married, at twenty-two, John Hitchcock, whom she described as her best friend during the years they were together. 

Lynette Wilma (Lynne) Sweet

LynetteWilma(Lynne)Sweet online Lynette Wilma (Lynne) Sweet was born in Iowa on October 23, 1936 to James Edward Proffitt and Norma Margaret Schmidt.            

She died peacefully at her home in Los Altos on June 19, 2020.

Lynne met and married John Sweet, the love of her life, in Iowa.  They moved to Colorado before moving to California. When they arrived, they lived in Palo Alto and then settled in Los Altos. Los Altos Lynne loved living in Los Altos.  She worked at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for many years.  After she retired, she became a volunteer at Stanford Hospital [Pink Ladies] she loved taking pictures of newborn babies.  Eventually she worked part time for the Stanford Athletic Department she loved everything Stanford sports!  Go Trees!!

She loved sports; Lynne was a long-time fan of Stanford Football.  A regular home game tailgater under the trees. She was also an avid pro sports fan loving the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, but her absolute favorite team was the Warriors.  She loved them very much never missed any games on TV. 

Charles Jacob Cook

CharlesJCook1 onlineCharlesJCook2 onlineOctober 2, 1923 – January 20, 2021

Physicist, educator, WWII B-17 pilot, musician, artist, optimist, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, Charles Jacob Cook, died Wednesday, January 20th at age 97.

Born in 1923 in West Point, Nebraska, Charles (also known as C.J. by friends and colleagues) moved to Lincoln Nebraska at age 14.  Charles graduated from Lincoln High School and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Nebraska while studying under theoretical physicist, Professor Ted Jorgensen.

A veteran, Charles served in the United States Army Air Corp. 94th bomb group at Bury St. Edmonds from October 1944 to March 1945.  As 1st Lt. combat pilot, he and his crew were assigned 35 missions in their “Lady Luck” B17 Flying Fortress over Germany.  Total Combat time: 286:30 hours.  Despite being shot down twice, he and his crew returned safely to base and were blessed to not have sustained any injuries.  Charles returned to the United States on the HMS Queen Elizabeth on April 14, 1945. Through the years Charles organized reunions with his crew until 2013.

Amy Elizabeth Evans

AmyEvans onlineOctober 8, 1982 – January 7, 2021

Resident of Palo Alto

Beloved daughter, sister, wife, friend, niece and cousin, Amy Elizabeth Evans passed away unexpectedly at the age of 38.  She was generous and loyal, thoughtful, funny, smart, an enthusiastic traveler, and gifted at making wonderful friends.

Amy’s extraordinary intellect was a wonderment to the family, and she was the only 3 year old we ever knew who could recite Gunga Din from memory, even as she wondered if perhaps it was Santa Claus who brought her Easter basket.  Attending Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton reinforced her values of kindness, caring and community.  Amy graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.S. in biology and was looking forward to graduate school this fall.  In no particular order, she loved singing and dancing, working at Stanford, needy animals, crafting, real literature over beach reads, In-N-Out burgers, and beating her friends at Jeopardy.  She will be forever missed.

Amy is survived by her mother Barbara Goodrich of Los Altos Hills, brother Christopher Evans (Celeste) of Ardmore, PA, husband David LaCedra, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  She is preceded in death by her father, Charles A. (Drew) Evans, Jr. and grandparents who doted on her.

Robert J. Supp

Robert  J Supp onlineRobert J. Supp, former resident of Los Altos, died at the age of 93 from Covid-19 at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz on Jan. 16, 2021. The family is grieving the loss of this wonderful man, but we believe that he is joined by members of the family that have passed before him. Bob was born and raised in Detroit, MI on July 14, 1927. He graduated from the University of Detroit after he joined the army where he was stationed in Japan during the post WW2 occupation. Bob outlived two wives, Joan Balicki (married 1951) and Marian Havlik Hunter (married 1970). He was the father of 11 children, 1 deceased. Bob is survived by his 10 children, 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, his partner Claudia Schinn, and his sister Bernadette Salinger. One of the best attributes of Bob was how he welcomed with an open heart and open arms all of his extended family members. Bob’s career spanned generations. He started early in the computer industry which provided the opportunity for his family to live in many different states. In 1968, when his career landed him in Los Altos, CA, he decided to make this his forever home. He was an executive at Varian before he started his own key punch operator business. After that, Bob returned to school where he earned his CPA license in 1979. Bob continued with his CPA business until his retirement. Bob relished his volunteer time at the Kiwanis Club where he held many positions, including President.

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