Henry (Hank) Lessing

HenryLessing onlineResident of Los Altos & The Forum at Rancho San Antonio On Memorial Day, 2020, Henry (Hank) Lessing, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away at the age of 95. Henry was born in New Orleans in February, 1925, and spent most of his young life in Kerrville, Texas. In June of 1943, he joined the Army Air Corps program. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and received his wings in June 1944. Postwar, Henry attended University of Illinois where he met his wife, Kathryn (Kay) Petersen, and earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1948 he began his 32 year career with NASA. He continued his education at Stanford University graduating with a Masters of Engineering Science. As a natural born leader, he rose to the position of Chief of the Avionics Systems Branch. After retiring in 1980, he began his second career of 32 years as a Professor of Mathematics at San Jose City College.

Russ Hubbard

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERARussell (Russ or Rusty) Scott Hubbard, 79, passed away March 24, 2020 after a fighting a battle with cancer. He was born in San Jose on May 23, 1940. He grew up in Palo Alto, California and lived on Fulton St. (Christmas Tree Lane). He attended Walter Hays Elementary School, Jordan Jr. High School and Palo Alto High School. He was a very good athlete and played football at Paly High where he scored a touchdown at Stanford Stadium at the annual Thanksgiving Big Game against Sequoia High School. He went on to play football at Foothill College and at San Francisco State. Rusty lived in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills for many years and for the past few years he made his home in Folsom, California. Russ worked during his youth and early working career for Hubbard & Johnson Lumber Company (Palo Alto, Mtn. View, San Jose, Redwood City, Napa) which was founded by his father Wesley (Bud) Hubbard (also former Santa Clara County Supervisor).

Delores (DOLLY) Kennedy Albright

Delores Albright onlineApril 29, 1932 – May 5th, 2020 Delores (Dolly) Kennedy Albright of Carmel Valley, CA passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on May 5th, 2020 surrounded by her four children and is now reunited with her husband Dr. George Albright (predeceased in February 2020). Born in Coraopolis, PA on April 29th, 1932, Dolly was the daughter of Gene and Marie Kennedy. After graduating from Mount Mercy College (now Carlow College) with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Home Economics, she began her career as a teacher at Moon High School in Moon Township outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Soon after she met and married the love of her life George Albright of Crafton, PA, a medical student enlisted in the U.S. Navy and completing his internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital. While stationed in Hawaii, Dolly gave birth to Karla and twin boys David and Doug. Soon after a move to Rochester, MN, their fourth child Greg was born. After living briefly in Long Island, New York, Dolly and George moved their young family to Los Altos Hills, California.

Guido Edmond Van Thillo

Guido Van Thillo onlineGuido Edmond Van Thillo, 83, of Los Altos CA passed away on April 14th, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Guido was born Dec. 15, 1936, in Antwerp Belgium, to Edmond and Victoria Van Thillo, the oldest of 4 children. He came to America in 1960. He loved America, and especially California where he made his home. He bravely battled lung cancer for a year and a half and kept a positive outlook and never quit fighting. His favorite expression was, “Keep on truckin’!” He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara (Meade) and daughters Elizabeth, Katie, Christina and Annie, grandchildren: James, Madison, William and Charlie, Sophia, Sam and Spencer, and his brother Hugo (Monique van Thillo), and sister Lydwina (Luc Charlier) of Belgium, and his brother Chris (Grace) in southern California. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Belgium. Guido has three sons from a previous marriage, Edwin, Eric and Ethan and two grandsons, Mark and Kurt. Guido and Barbara met and married in Laguna Beach in 1974, where their four daughters were born. They shared an appreciation for the local museums, art shows, and sailing with friends and family on their sailboat “Phaedra”.

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