Edwin Hale

Edwin Hale onlineEdwin Hale passed away peacefully in Mountain View on January 6, 2020 at the age of 86 after a long illness, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Ed was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois and attended Oak Park River Forest High School. He went on to MIT where he lettered in track (pole vault) and soccer.  After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he started his engineering career working on the design and testing of the Mercury and Gemini modules for NASA In St Louis.  He moved to Chicago to work for Liquid Carbonic in research and development of cryogenic technologies in food processing and recycling applications. He was a past president of the American Cryogenic Society and was considered an “icon” in the industry. He was a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) and of the Palo Alto Friends Meeting. He was a pacifist and an advocate for military tax reform.

Josef Gebhard Duller

Josef Gebhard Duller was born on October 11, 1931 in Amtzell, Germany to Josef and Anna Duller. Joe went to his heavenly home on January 3, 2020. He grew up with four beloved siblings: Herma, Bruno, Wilfried, and Artur.    Joe became a cabinet maker and met his late wife of 61 years, Agnes of Rorschach, Switzerland when he worked for her family’s cabinet shop. In 1954, Joe migrated to the United States to start a new life in Los Altos, CA. Agnes soon followed where they married and raised their four children: Peter, Joe, Mark, and Gabriele. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.    Joe was a man of strong faith with his family being his main priority. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Everyone knew him as a strong and hard-working man, who worked on his 42-acre property well into his 80’s. 

Alexander J. Traficanti

Al Traficanti 012920 onlineOctober 26, 1931-January 18, 2020 Al Traficanti passed away after a long and distinguished legal career and a record of outstanding service to his community. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and an honorable advocate who endeavored to be fair, demonstrated a genuine respect for all and did so with humility and integrity. A memorial service to be held at a later date.

Donald Henry Filippini

Donald Filippini onlineDonald Henry Filippini, 89, of Los Altos, passed away on January 18, 2020, in San Jose, California. Affectionately known as Don, Donny, Dad, Grandpa, and “my sweetheart,” Don was born in Petaluma, California on June 10, 1930. Don served in the U.S. Army from June 1953 to June 1955 where he was stationed at Fort Bragg and in Germany. After graduating from UC Berkley with a BA in Mathematics he began his career as a high school math teacher. Don later earned his Master of Arts in Mathematics. Donald was a loving husband, a great dad, and a wonderful grandfather. He was loved by everyone who knew him as he had a kind heart and was willing to help anyone in need. Don was a true teacher and a true “MacGyver.” There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or fix! Sometimes a bit slow for mom, but no one could have done it better! Don was a man of honor and respect. He stood for what was right and truthful. He would never bend the truth and was well respected for that. Don spent his working years as a high school math teacher in the Sequoia Union High School district.

Eleanor Ann Fennon Cassidy

Ann Cassidy 012220 onlineEleanor Ann Fennon Cassidy, age 101, died January 8, 2020 in Los Altos. Eleanor was born in San Francisco on October 6, 1918, the only child of Eva McDonald Fennon and Francis Edward Fennon. She was raised in San Francisco, Livermore, and Sacramento, and was a proud 1936 graduate of Lowell High School in San Francisco. In 1944 she met John Cassidy in Sacramento. The two were married on St. Patrick’s Day of 1945, and shared sixty-five years of marriage. John and Eleanor raised a family of six children, and made their home in the Santa Clara Valley beginning in 1952. Eleanor was an avid reader, a keen follower of politics, an appreciator of the arts, an enthusiastic traveler, and an early devotee of MAD Magazine. Her family also treasures her original paintings. She loved good food and wine, and was always interested in trying out new restaurants and recipes. She had a keen sense of fashion, and was always interested in popular culture.

Irene B. Fisli

Irene Fisli onlineIrene B. Fisli, of Los Altos Hills, CA, went to heaven, December 27, 2019 in her beloved home. She married Tibor S. Fisli in 1960, who preceded her in death. Prior to marriage, Irene was an executive secretary for sixteen years at Central Insurance Company, Van Wert, Ohio. She enjoyed spending time gardening, playing the piano, and sewing. Irene is survived by her daughter, Marie Davis, of Germantown, TN; her grandson, Billy McLaughlin, of Los Altos, CA; her granddaughter, Bonnie McLaughlin, of Collierville, TN; her granddaughter, Audrey McLaughlin, of South Lake Tahoe, CA; her great granddaughter, Evelyn McLaughlin, of Collierville, TN; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rozalia and Michael Bartal; brothers, William, Frank, and James Bartal; sisters, Mary Egri and Rose Binkley. A memorial service will be held in her honor on Thursday, January 23rd at 11:30AM at the chapel at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto, CA, by Pastor David K. Bonde. Reception immediately following at Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S El Monte Ave, Los Altos, CA. The family suggests that donations may be made to the Christian Appalachian Project or charity of your choice.

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