Nancy Shingler Messner

Nancy Shingler Messner passed away January 22, 2019, in Palo Alto, CA at the age of 80 years. Nancy was born on April 28, 1938 in Altadena, CA, to Arthur Lewis Shingler and Bertha Gunn Shingler. She grew up in Altadena and Pasadena, CA. Nancy attained a B.A. in Speech Communications from Pasadena College and an M.A. from San Francisco State University. She taught high school in Riverside, CA and Sacramento, CA for four years, and then began a career as a college instructor in 1965. During her career, she taught speech, communications, group discussion, and rhetoric at San Jose State University, Foothill College, De Anza College, West Valley College, St. Joseph’s Seminary, Cañada College, and other institutions. Nancy retired in 2000. Before her untimely passing, Nancy was also an avid reader and a brilliant chef. Her study was always packed with books that she had either just finished reading or was in the middle of reading, and to her dying day she always preferred a good book to any sort of movie or television entertainment.

Norman Barsi

Norman Barsi 020619 onlineNorman Richard Barsi passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 23, 2019, at the age of 93. Norm was born in San Francisco on December 19, 1925, to Dario and Avelia Barsi. He grew up in the City, but had many adventures out in the country near Glen Ellen with his Cousins. The family moved to San Carlos where Norm attended Sequoia High School. He graduated early so he could enlist in the Navy during World War II and he served our Country for the remainder of the war. Shortly after his discharge from the Navy, Norm met Ann Denevi and they were married on February 1, 1948. It was a love story that would span more than seventy years.

David James Baumgartner

David James Baumgartner 013019 online(October 1959 – November 2018) David Baumgartner lived a full and well-traveled life. Growing up in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, he graduated from Chester F. Awalt High School and studied at UC Santa Barbara and Westmont College. His many interests included traveling the USA – especially to beaches and national parks, music, gardening, and also protecting animals and butterflies. David’s enjoyed working as the World Music Manager at Tower Records for many years, and also at several West Coast nurseries caring for the plants and giving advice about gardening. One of David’s best friends from Tower Records complied a short play list (https://tinyurl.com/ycpkyomp), highlighting some of David’s favorites – which also included Colombian cumbias, gospel music, and Hawaiian music. Over the years, David moved around a lot, but he made friends everywhere he landed, especially through fellowship at churches and support groups.

Gordon Stewart Inghram

Gordon Stewart Inghram, 94, passed away in Ashland, Oregon on January 7, 2019. By his request, no funeral was held. He was born on May 15, 1924 to Allen Inghram and Grace Kirkman Inghram, in Portland, Oregon. Gordon graduated from Mountain View High School in California in 1942. He served in the Army Air Force from February 4, 1943 to January 18, 1946. He served as a radio and radar man, in the rank of Private First Class, and was a part of the Leyte Gulf Invasion. Gordon’s first marriage was to Joan Espinoza in 1948, with whom he had two sons, David Inghram and Brad Inghram. Gordon owned Los Altos Auto Parts from the 1960s until he retired in 1984. Gordon met Phyllis in 1978 when her daughter introduced them when she worked in a shop next to Gordon’s. They married in 1983, and lived in Fort Jones from 1985 until they moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2015.


Schools »

Schools
Read More

Sports »

sports
Read More

People »

people
Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

photoshelter
Browse and buy photos