Harold F. (Hal) Schoenborn

Harold Schoenborn 112719 onlineHarold F. (Hal) Schoenborn,age 92, passed away peacefully among family on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Formerly of Hebron North Dakota he had resided in Los Altos California since 1962. Born on November 8, 1927, in Hensel North Dakota to Mary Anna (Mayme) and William Schoenborn , Harold grew up in Hebron North Dakota and graduated from Hebron high in 1945. After attending the Wahpeton state school of science, He joined the Air Force in 1946 and became a radio operator on the B-17 flying Fortress. Following his service he graduated from Spartan school of Aeronautics, worked as an aircraft mechanic for Frontier Airlines, began as a flight engineer for United Airlines in 1951. He Married Liane Crawford in 1954 and had a 44 year career as a pilot, attaining the rank of Captain, for United Airlines, flying the Convair, DC -6, DC-7, DC-8, DC 10, Boeing 727 and Boeing 747. His hobbies included light airplanes, camping, fishing, river rafting, boating, skiing, SCUBA diving, traveling, handyman(handled all the home repairs), gardening :known for his most amazing tomatoes, and finally his computer.

Grete Santucci

Grete Santucci 112719 onlineGrete Santucci (Gullikstad), loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at age 62. Preceded in death by her Pappa Magnus Gullikstad, Grete is survived by Joe, her husband of 40 years; children Kristoffer, Monika and Andreas; mother Inger (Solli) Gullikstad, sisters Berit and Anne Marie and their families. Grete was born on Lille Julaften ‘Little Christmas Eve’ December 23,1956, in Sandvika Bærum, Norway. She attended elementary and secondary schools: Evje, Gjettum and Hauger. In 1978 she traveled to New York, and met her future husband on a blind date with friends. Some months later, Grete returned to Oslo to work for a television station. Joe visited a few times and at Christmas gave her a ring. They were married on March 17,1979, in a tiny church built in A.D. 1111 in Tanum, Norway, and returned to New York to start their life together.

Claire Elizabeth Bell Eber

Claire Ebers 112719 onlineDecember 24, 1922 – October 30, 2019 Born and raised in Papillion Nebraska, Claire moved with her best friend Barbara to the big city of Los Angeles after the war. As young women, they had both held jobs at the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha during wartime. When World War II ended, returning soldiers were given the jobs back that Claire and Barbara had filled while these men were away. As a perk from the railroad, the women, now jobless, were given two railroad tickets to anywhere in the continental United States. They hopped on the train and headed west to Los Angeles, California. It was in Los Angeles, that Claire met her future husband of 69 years, Lloyd. They were married and moved to San Luis Obispo where she worked to help put Lloyd through Cal Poly. Engineering degree in hand and a job awaiting at United Air Lines, they moved to the Bay Area.

Louise Limbach Spangler

Louise Spangler 112719 onlineLouise Limbach Spangler passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends. She was 88 years old. Louise had a very rich and accomplished life. Family and community service were her hallmarks. She was an active and creative person and re-invented herself many times. While raising her four daughters (which she would say was her magnum opus), Louise was a tireless volunteer with the Girl Scouts, Allied Arts Guild, the West Bay Opera, and Christ Episcopal Church. She co-owned the Gold Thimble needlepoint shop in Woodside and was an avid amateur photographer. Later, she expanded her horizons, working with Nature Expeditions International, and then pursued a career in publishing with Houghton Mifflin.

Jean San Juan: LA dance instructor taught generations of students

Courtesy of Jordan Micek
Jean San Juan, founder of the San Juan School of Dance in Los Altos, touched the lives of countless young dancers.

Jean San Juan, founder of the San Juan School of Dance in Los Altos, died Nov. 9. An icon on the local dance scene who taught and inspired generations of young dancers, Mrs. San Juan was 86.

Dance was Mrs. San Juan’s lifelong passion. She started dancing in her native England at age 4 and began attending a boarding school for ballet at 9. She earned an advanced degree in ballet from the Royal Academy of Dancing in London when she was just 15. She opened her first school at 18 before moving to the United States.

Helen Gualtieri

Helen Gualtieri 112019 online9/9/1919-11/11/2019 Helen Gualtieri, 100 of Los Altos Hills, passed away gracefully on November 11th. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she met her husband, Virgil. They married during the war in 1943 and were married for 72 years.  They moved to California, where they raised their boys.  Always a strong and passionate woman, she had a successful 21-year career as a Supervisor at Kaiser, where she retired from in 1986. In retirement, she volunteered, gardened, was an avid traveler, and attended art classes at the Los Altos Senior Center.  She enjoyed mediums of oils and watercolors. “A rainy day turns into a sunny day when I’m painting.” Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; and sons Lee and Randy.  Survived by daughter-in-laws Kathy and Debbie; grandchildren Lee Michael, Kevin, Sarah, and Ryan; great-grandchild, Haylee.

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