Wedding: Lindsay Leaver and Conor Schofield

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Conor Schofield and Lindsay Leaver


Lindsay Leaver and Conor Schofield were married May 23 at the bride’s parents’ home in Los Altos Hills.

Anniversary: Barbara and Frederick Brown, 75 years

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Frederick and Barbara Brown

Barbara and Frederick Brown, longtime residents of Los Altos and Mountain View, recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

The couple summed up their long marriage this way: “Married in war – still in love during the COVID-19 war.”


Toward the end of World War II on June 23, 1945, Ensign Frederick J. Brown, United States Navy, married Barbara M. Badertscher of the San Francisco Ballet. The year before while home on leave, Frederick’s mother, Naomi Brown, asked him to deliver a package the post office had incorrectly delivered to another Naomi Brown, who happened to be Barbara’s ballet instructor. When Frederick delivered the package, he complimented the other Mrs. Brown on her daughter’s framed photo on the piano. Mrs. Brown later said Frederick seemed like a nice young gentleman, so she asked him if he’d like to meet her favorite ballet student.
During their courtship, Frederick completed his naval flight training in the Bay Area, while Barbara performed in the San Francisco Ballet, including in the premiere of “The Nutcracker.” After their marriage, Frederick deployed to the Pacific theater and Barbara was employed by Universal Pictures in Hollywood, where she was part of the golden age of movie musicals. Frederick stayed in naval aviation for a career that spanned from biplanes to jets. Barbara occasionally taught ballet to the young girls on base while providing a warm and comfortable home.
After retiring from naval aviation, Frederick worked for Lockheed in Sunnyvale as an engineer and later as a scientist. He followed that with a third career teaching engineering at San Jose State University. His classes were always filled, with a waiting list of students.
Barbara continued her college studies and earned a bachelor’s degree in French literature with highest honors.
The Browns still enjoy gardening, and every evening as they sit on the couch together to watch television, they hold hands and contemplate their future together.

Shannon Michael “Mike” Drew

ShannonMDrew onlineJuly 15, 1926 – May 24, 2020 Shannon Michael “Mike” Drew passed away on May 24, 2020 at his home in Los Altos. Mike was born 7/15/1926 outside of Truckee, California. He grew up in Palo Alto and attended Sequoia High School in Redwood City. After serving in the Army Air Corps in the Philippines at the end of WWII he attended UC Berkeley graduating in 1950 with a degree in Economics. He married Marilyn (Mary) Jean Shehan June 24, 1950. He began his career with Merrill Lynch in San Francisco, eventually retiring from Kidder Peabody in 1988, his career highlighted by receiving the “Investment Banker of the Year” award from the San Francisco Bankers Club. In addition he served on the Board of the El Camino Hospital Foundation, the NASD Board of Governors, and was a past president of Los Altos Golf & Country Club. He served on the committee for the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley where he spearheaded fundraising activities for the benefit of the Library. His wife Mary predeceased him in 2015. He is survived by his three children, Dana Drew Nord, Kathleen Drew, and Douglas Drew, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Mountain View, CA at a future date. Contributions honoring Mike Drew can be made to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Mountain View, CA or the El Camino Hospital Foundation, Mountain View, CA. Donation can be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation.org.

Mario Barbieri

MarioBarbieri onlineResident of Los Altos A proud, hardworking man, Mario died peacefully June 12, 2020. He was an exceptional businessman. He has left behind his beloved wife, Sandra Hanson Barbieri, brother Victore (Nino) and Anna Barbieri, and many cousins in Bedonia, Parma, Italy. He is also survived by many friends and acquaintances. Mario was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on June 8, 1926. His parents, Augustino and Maria and older brother, Giovanni, immigrated because of lack of work during the Depression in Italy. His father worked as a window glazier. By age five, Mario and his family returned home. As a child, he worked hard on the farm, building his character alongside his family. When World War II surrounded Bedonia in 1944, Mario joined the Italian resistance movement as a partisan. He had many stories about the brutal conflict when he was aged 18 to 20 years. In November 1947, at age 21, he arrived in Los Altos, California with US $7.50 in his pocket.


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