John P. Withers, Jr.

OBIT John Withers onlineJohn P Withers, Jr. of Los Altos Hills passed away on August 20, 2018, and is finally reunited with his wife, Sandy, whom he adored. He valiantly fought a debilitating lung disease for years, refusing to be bedridden, and painstakingly planned for his family's future right up until the very end. His unbending will and razor-sharp mind were intact, softened only by his big heart and his love for his children and grandchildren who surrounded him on his last day. He was born on Christmas Day, 1942 to John and Clara Margaret (nee Grantham) in Washington, D.C, and grew up in Greensboro, NC. He attended Woodberry Forest School in Virginia for high school and went on to Princeton University and then Stanford Graduate School of Business. He settled in Los Altos Hills, CA with his wife, Dorothy "Sandy" Dent, and together they raised three children and built a marriage that was admired by all. The first half of his career was spent in sales at Inmac Corporation and the second half was as a restaurateur and the owner of Kirk's Steakburgers, his favorite restaurant from business school. His final years were spent devoted to his wife's battle with cancer and then confronting his own disease, while trying to extract the most out of life.

Milton Sommers

OBIT Milton Sommers onlineMilton Sommers passed on August 21, 2018 at Kensington Place in Redwood City. He was the cherished father of Lois Eckmann of Los Altos and the late Nathan Andrew Sommers and beloved father-in-law of Stuart F. Eckmann. Milton’s wife of over 60 years, Ethel L. Sommers predeceased him in 2010 as did his parents, Louis and Rebena Sommers. Milton was born March 26, 1924 in Baltimore, MD and, other than 2 years in England during WW2 and the 7 months in Redwood City, lived his entire life in Baltimore. He was a CPA who never practiced and real estate was his lifelong career. Milton retired in 2008 and turned his energies to playing bridge 4 days/week and participating regularly in tournaments in the North East US. He devoured books on bridge strategy. Our family would like to thank the individual caregivers and nursing staff at Kensington Place for the kind, gentle and protective way they looked out for Milton . They will be missed. Funeral services have already been held in Baltimore.

Kazunori Aozasa

OBIT Kaz Aozasa onlineJanuary 4, 1929 -- August 14, 2018 Kazunori (Kaz) Aozasa passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. He was 89. Kaz is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Kimiye Aozasa, sons Walter and Wesley Aozasa. Also his grandchildren Michael, Margueritte and Morgan Aozasa, Kendall and Carly Aozasa, Cole Aozasa and Ken Nakamura. He is preceded in death by his oldest son, Wayne Kazuo Aozasa, who passed away on December 3, 2017. Kaz was born and grew up in Shimane, Japan. He immigrated to the United States in 1950 and settled in San Jose where he met and married his wife, Kimiye Oshiba in 1957. They moved their young family to Los Altos in 1963, where Kaz took an active role in raising his three sons, encouraging their education and coaching them in Little League. 

Scouting News: Troop 33 honors new Eagle Scouts


Courtesy of Ray Blasing
Troop 33 celebrates its new Eagle Scouts, from left, Zack Moore, Winn Hartford and Kyler Blasing.

Boy Scout Troop 33 of Los Altos recently conducted its Eagle Court of Honor ceremony for three new Eagle Scouts.

The Eagle designation is the highest rank in Scouting.


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