Joanne Provines

JoanneProvines onlineAfter a long battle with breast cancer, Joanne Provines passed away on the afternoon of February 4th, 2020. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her husband of 62 years, Richard, her son Jeff and daughter Julie, and her brother-in-law Joe Provines. Joanne was born on September 28th, 1935 in Illinois, attended high school in Olney and college at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She earned her degree in music education and taught music in the lower grades for several years. She played violin, clarinet, piano and sang in church choirs and other groups and was asked to sing at the weddings of several friends. Joanne had a passion for caring for young children and her pets, and especially loved being with and reading to her grandchildren.

James Blair Oney

James Blair Oney, 82, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2020, in Cary, NC, after a short illness. Born in Combs, KY, Jim spent his youth in Ypsilanti, MI. After graduating from Stanford University, he served in the US Navy. He was honorably discharged with the rank of LCdr. Settling in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Anne Woolf Oney, they raised their family in Los Altos, CA. Jim worked in the field of Information Technology his entire career. They moved to Cary in 2015. Jim is survived by his wife, Anne Oney of Cary, NC; sons, Brian Oney of Palos Verdes, CA; Steven Oney of Seattle, WA; and John Oney (Meghan Oney) of Cary, NC. Also grandchildren, Ava Oney and Ethan Oney of Las Vegas, NV, and Teagan Oney and Lilah Oney of Cary, NC; and brother, John E. Oney of Newport Beach, CA. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 3 to 5pm at the Searstone Retirement Community, 17001 Searstone Dr, Cary, NC 27513. Memorial contributions may be made to the Searstone Endowment, 17001 Searstone Drive, Cary, NC 27513.

Joyce Lois (Hansen) Windham

Joyce Windham onlineJoyce Lois (Hansen) Windham, long-time resident of Napa and Los Altos/Mt. View, CA, passed away January 27, 2020, after a brief hospitalization, where she was surrounded by family. Joyce was born in 1933 to Clara (Mueller) and Hans Lenhardt Hansen who resided in Villa Park, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Joyce excelled academically, graduating from Oak Park High School with honors and a scholarship to the University of Denver. There she pledged Kappa Delta sorority and met her future husband of 51 years, Edwin O. Windham. Joyce left college to get married and start a home for Ed to come back to after serving in the Army in Korea, in Berkeley, CA. Joyce and Ed’s first two children, Gayle Claire and Jeffrey Lind, were born while they still lived in the Berkeley/Richmond area. Joyce and Ed moved their young family to Puerto Rico when Ed accepted a placement with Arthur Anderson & Co. and Glenn Kirby, was born there.

Jere Jeffrey Austin

Jere Austin onlineDecember 14, 1923–January 18, 2020 Jere Jeffrey Austin, age 96, passed away on January 18, 2020, in Cupertino. He is survived by his 3 children: Pamela Starkey (Mike), Peggy Austin, and Edward Austin (Denice); 5 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren—all residents of California. His wife of 71 years, Jean Anderson Austin, passed away in 2018. Raised on an orange ranch in Exeter, California, Jere left home to serve in the Navy from 1942 to 1946 and earn his degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. For most of his professional career he worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation's Marine Division in Sunnyvale. In retirement, Jere continued as an active member of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos; volunteered for the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary; and enjoyed the company of buddies from Westinghouse and friends in the Sons in Retirement (SIR) organization, Branch 5.

Margaret Ann Berkner

Margaret Berkner onlineJune 29, 1938- January 22, 2020 Margaret Ann ‘Mardi’ Berkner entered into peace with our creator on January 22, 2020 at Villa Siena Skilled Nursing in Mountain View, California. Mardi was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, daughter of Robert F Berkner and Sarah-Cecelia Madden Berkner. Mardi, along with her sister Marian and their four brothers Robert, George, Jim and Tom grew up within a close-knit Irish-German family in the small town of Mahnomen MN. The family-owned Mahnomen Milling Company bought and processed grain grown in the fertile Red River basin of northwest Minnesota producing feed and seed as well as selling fertilizer to farms in the region with its processed bulk grain sold to the larger milling companies.

Sidney J. Everett

Sidney Everett onlineMar 31, 1943 – Jan 9, 2020 Longtime Los Altos resident Sidney (Sid) John Everett, age 76, passed away on January 9, 2020 after a five year battle with Lewy body dementia. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Becky Everett, and his three children (daughter Jennifer (Sean) De Lapp, son Greg (Aimee) Everett, granddaughter Jade Anaya, and daughter Annemarie Everett).  Sid was born in Plainfield, New Jersey to Sidney Ellis Everett and Ann Sangiuliano. He spent his early childhood in Cranford, New Jersey and Sunbury, Pennsylvania before his family relocated to Detroit, Michigan. There he attended Cass Technical High School and graduated in 1961. Sid inherited a fascination with aviation history from his father, who was the superintendent of aircraft maintenance for the General Motors air fleet. Sid grew up listening to stories about the barnstormers of the 1920s and learned about the beginnings of air mail and commercial aviation from pilots and mechanics who were part of it all. This exposure strongly influenced his early educational and professional choices.

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