Diane L. Zucchero

Diane Zucchero 091119 onlineDiane L. Zucchero passed away on August 23rd at the age of 71. Her daughter Gioia Zucchero and former husband John were by her side during Diane’s final moments. The family wishes to thank the countless people who engaged in her care over the past several years. For the complete obituary, please visit spanglermortuary.com.

Janet Barbara Shuster

Janet Barbara Shuster, a long-time resident of the Bay Area, died Tuesday, September 3rd peacefully at her Los Altos home surrounded by her children. Daughter and the youngest of three children of Dr. Jacob and Rena Bernstine, Janet was born in 1928 in Philadelphia, PA. She earned bachelor (Shippensburg University) and master (St. Joseph’s University) degrees in education. An elementary school teacher prior to her marriage, Janet was dedicated to her children’s education, and she enthusiastically encouraged and supported their undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. In 1956, Janet married Allan Richard Shuster, M.D., who predeceased her in 1983. Janet and Allan moved to Los Altos from Philadelphia in 1968 with their four young children. A proud mother and grandmother, Janet is survived by her children Barry Shuster of Cary, NC, his wife Susan, and their children David and Zale; Holly Schmitt of Pismo Beach, CA, her husband Mark, and their children Allyssa and Megan; Patricia Shuster of Seattle, WA, her husband Eugene May, and their children Nathan and Emma; and Ross Shuster of Glenbrook, NV, his wife Peggy, and their children Kristen and Steven. Janet is also predeceased by her grandson Allan May, her parents, and her brothers Melvin and Richard Bernstine. Funeral arrangements in Philadelphia at Roosevelt Memorial Park, Trevose, PA, are pending. Memorial donations may be directed in Janet’s name to the Shippensburg University Foundation. http://www.sufoundation.org/

Deirdre E. O’Connor, AKA Nancy E. Schnabel

Deirdre O Connor 090419 onlineMay 31, 1931 -August 21, 2019 Deirdre passed quietly Wednesday, 21 August 2019. She was 88 years old. She led an extraordinarily diverse life Actress, housewife, mother, teacher, editor, playwright, Everything she did, she did very well with dramatic style Starting @ 3 years, she danced for neighbors on a makeshift stage 1 - 2 the dolly step.. Leads in high school & college musicals Started her own radio drama show while still a teen. Toured 42 states, doing one night stands in small & big towns in the ’50’s before television, or even electricity were common. Women’s and Civil Rights activist and back to the University life in the 60’s Became a gifted classroom teacher and reading specialist An increasing disability didn’t stop her: she wrote a book while still in a halo brace Starting amateur acting in the early 90’s - her first love. Packed in ice to ease the pain, she would come home positively glowing with the thrill of being on stage. Sprinkled throughout her life were theater critic, feature writer, acting coach, performer’s publicist, oh, and she designed and had built our delightfully authentic Victorian revival house.

Miyako Koinuma Hawkins

Miyako Hawkins 082819 onlineAUGUST 20, 1934-AUGUST 2, 2019 Miyako Koinuma Hawkins, much-loved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, passed away on August 2, 2019 at Schneidmiller Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Miyako Koinuma was born in Tokyo, Japan, August 20, 1934 to parents Shigeru and Ryo Koinuma (Kato). She was the only girl of their four children, with three brothers, Ichiro, Jiro, and Saburo, all of whom have pre-deceased their sister. She met her husband, Joseph Hawkins, in Tokyo while he was in the US Air Force stationed nearby, and she was a student at Aoyama Gakuin. They were married on October 20, 1954. After Joseph Hawkins was discharged from the US Air Force in 1955, they returned to the United States to California where they lived in Sacramento, East Palo Alto and then settled in Los Altos to raise their family over the next 30 years.

Marion Ruth Scatchard

Marion Scatchard 082819 onlineMarion died peacefully on August 19, 2019 with her nephew, Mark by her side in Michigan. Age 96 ? years young. A great woman who will be remembered for her youthful spirit and zest for life. A resident of Sunnyvale for 32 years. Born on Feb. 26, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan, of polish ancestry. Her family came first, even though she lived in CA. She made many trips back to visit for birthdays, holidays and special occasions. Survived by her nephew Mark (Diana) Sikorski, great nephew Christopher, nieces Jennifer, Lauren, and Meagan. 6 great great nephews Nicholas, Brendan, Justin, Joseph, D.J. and Asher. Also survived by her “California Family” made up of many loving friends. Preceded in death by her mother Mamie, husband Tom, brother Robert Sikorski, nephew Rob Sikorski. Marion's career in the electronic industry spanned 60 yrs, retiring at the age of 79. She began with PC Circuit Board Assembly, working her way up to Lead and then gradually moved on to management for Inventory Control, Shipping/Receiving and Maintenance. A great team leader and teacher for many, especially the young people who worked for her.

Claudia Davis

Claudia Davis 082819 onlineClaudia Davis of Mountain View, California passed away August 19, 2019 at the age of 77. Claudia was born Claudia Cortese August 5, 1942 to Nick and Eva Cortese in Albany, California. Claudia grew up in Richmond where the family operated car dealerships. Claudia was exposed to the business world through the family business which benefited her throughout life. She also developed an appreciation of the arts through her mother and aunt Madeline Williams at the Richmond Arts Center. Claudia attended University of the Pacific where she met Steve Davis whom she married in 1964. She went on to become a flight attendant for TWA Airlines and later worked as a medical secretary for a local ophthalmologist. Claudia owned and operated Expressions, a fine arts and crafts store in Los Altos with close friends Gretchen McPhail and Mary Bourqin from around 1983 to 1993. As local merchants all three women participated in the Los Altos Downtown Village Association board and the Arts and Wine Festival. Later in life Claudia worked for Renault and Handley, a Palo Alto commercial real estate firm from 1999 to 2013 when she retired.


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