David Robert Beck

                               October 5, 1956 – February 13, 2020 Former Los Altos resident and later Seattle resident, David Beck, was rudely booted off this mortal coil after a sudden heart attack on the morning of February 13th at the age of 63. Dave was a devoted husband, brother, uncle and great-uncle. You might have seen him around Seattle in his cowboy hat and full beard, wearing overalls, sandals with socks, and looking like some strange form of mountain man. He aspired to be a curmudgeon in his later years, but his good nature and quick laugh wouldn’t quite let him achieve it. Born in Palo Alto, California to John Robert (Bob) and Mary Jane Beck, Dave was one of five children. Early on, the family bounced back and forth between Los Altos and Rochester, New York thanks to Bob’s job at Kodak.

Marlene J. McGowen

Marlene J. McGowen, 86, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at El Camino Hospital in Mt. View. She was born June 27, 1933 in San Jose. She was raised by Fredrick and Nona Winningar of Los Gatos. Born in San Jose, Marlene attended both Castilleja School in Palo Alto and Los Gatos High School. She married Richard “Bart” McGowen in the early 1950’s. She was a model for Polaroid and Brooks Brothers in San Francisco. She also contributed to her local community. She was active in fund raising for charities and non-profits. She enjoyed playing tennis and watching tennis in person and on television. She started a small public relations company in the early 1980’s. As a child, Marlene would visit her Aunt and Uncle on their working ranch in Montana. She would often vacation to Tahoe, Idaho, and the Monterey coast. She cherished spending time with her daughter and grandchildren in California and her son and grandchildren in Hawaii. She is survived by her son, Jeff; her daughter Kelly and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Beloved LAHS track coach Leo Long remembered as great motivator

Leo Long, the legendary Los Altos High School track and field coach for whom the school’s track is named, died March 9 after a short illness. Mr. Long, a resident of Lincoln, was 88.

Leo Long
Long

Known as a supreme motivator, Coach Long led Los Altos High to 15 state titles, two Central Coast Section championships and a 1970 state championship while serving at the school from 1956 to 1963 and again from 1969 to 1981.

Elizabeth “Lou” Amphlett Antonioli

ElizabethAntonioloi online(May 2, 1934 - February 9, 2020) Lou was born in the Quinette family home in Lawton OK, and grew up in Los Angeles with her younger sister Beverly. Her love for travel started with childhood family road trips exploring all of the lower 48 states, where her father Ted would sometimes work on maps for The Automobile Club of Southern California. Lou developed her hostess skills and love for entertaining from her mother Dorothy. After earning her art degree at San Jose State Lou went on to a technical drawing job at SRI. She used her wonderful artistic talents in everything she did including home improvements and her many volunteer activities. Married in 1958, Lou and Bill shared a love for music and spending time with friends as well as family. They were both amazing role models. In the summer of 1969 they moved the family from Sunnyvale to Los Altos Hills and joined St. Nicholas parish and school. Lou was active in the life of St. Nicholas as room mother, parish council member, and key driver in starting the annual School Festival/Carnival and then organizing it each year, providing not just funding for the school but a wonderful community social event. Leading the girls' Brownie, Junior and Cadet troops was another of Lou’s many volunteer efforts. She planned badge activities, camping trips and cookie sales, all for the fun of kids and adults alike. Lou also shared her volunteer energies with Lawyers Wives, raising funds for law school scholarships and donating to philanthropic groups related to the legal community, and Peninsular Children's Center Charter Auxiliary. As the kids grew older, Lou became a very active member of Assistance League of Los Altos. Over the course of 40 years she served as President three times in addition to other offices, helping to build a strong team of volunteers and making cherished lifelong friends. Halloween was always a busy time at the Costume Bank but Lou found ways to make it run better and at the same time be more fun. With AL Lou helped support visually impaired youth, Hospitality House for seniors, vintage clothing fashion shows for seniors, the Los Altos Pet Parade and Festival of Lights Parade and the Assisteens. During Lou’s 1983-84 presidency the Assistance League received the $3.725 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to finance construction of the 42-unit HOME (Housing for Medical Emergencies) near Stanford Hospital. She travelled to represent her chapter at many National Conventions making even more friends along the way. In the last few years she served on the committee working with Uplift Family Services Campbell Foster Care and Adoptions (formerly EMQ). Jazz music colored most of Lou’s life. Trips planned around jazz-themed events were favorites among her many travel adventures with family and friends. She loved a beautiful sunset, a good cocktail hour and taking photos of humorous sites along the way. Lou found humor in so many things! To her eight grandchildren she was their feisty Grammy Lou, always very happy to spend time with them and proud to brag about each of them. Lou is greatly missed by many who are grateful to have known and loved her, and who were loved by her, especially sister Beverly Coleman (Matt); children Elaine Farley (David), Stephanie Antonioli, Greg Antonioli (Jill) and Michele O’Neil (Joe); and grandchildren Kaitlyn & Megan Farley, Carly, Sophie & Ruby Antonioli, and Brian, Colin & Kelly O’Neil. Services have been held. Internment was at Gate of Heaven. Lou supported many charities. If you wish to make a donation we would suggest Uplift Family Services Campbell Foster Care and Adoptions; 100 Women Foundation; St. Clare’s Retreat in Soquel; or please choose one that is important to you. Thank you.

Patricia Ann Schonberg

Patricia Ann Schonberg, our Mother, friend, and mentor passed away February 20, 2020 at 91 years old. Mom was born on October 6, 1928 in Marysville, California to Bernard and Dorothy Peters, and spent her early teenage years on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. She watched the bombing of Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7th, 1941 from the porch of her family home. When she was just 19, Mom became smitten with a tall, blonde, blue-eyed motorcycle riding man named Russ Schonberg. They married on June 10, 1948 in Auburn, California and she set off on her life goal of being a wonderful wife and mother. Though she originally wanted a baker’s dozen, reality stepped in and she contented herself with six children. Our Mom gave us life, nurtured us, kissed us, taught us, and fought for us. Most importantly, she loved each child unconditionally, although at times I’m sure that was a stretch.

In Memoriam: Taylor Scott Anderson

March 11, 1983 - May 19, 2005
It has been fifteen years since you died unexpectedly. You were such a bright light in our lives, so funny, curious and filled with adventure. I am sending Happy Birthday wishes to my amazing son. I miss you every day. Love, MOM

 

 


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