Deirdre E. O’Connor, AKA Nancy E. Schnabel

Deirdre O Connor 090419 onlineMay 31, 1931 -August 21, 2019 Deirdre passed quietly Wednesday, 21 August 2019. She was 88 years old. She led an extraordinarily diverse life Actress, housewife, mother, teacher, editor, playwright, Everything she did, she did very well with dramatic style Starting @ 3 years, she danced for neighbors on a makeshift stage 1 - 2 the dolly step.. Leads in high school & college musicals Started her own radio drama show while still a teen. Toured 42 states, doing one night stands in small & big towns in the ’50’s before television, or even electricity were common. Women’s and Civil Rights activist and back to the University life in the 60’s Became a gifted classroom teacher and reading specialist An increasing disability didn’t stop her: she wrote a book while still in a halo brace Starting amateur acting in the early 90’s - her first love. Packed in ice to ease the pain, she would come home positively glowing with the thrill of being on stage. Sprinkled throughout her life were theater critic, feature writer, acting coach, performer’s publicist, oh, and she designed and had built our delightfully authentic Victorian revival house.

Scouting News: Troop 33 honors 7 new Eagle Scouts


Courtesy of Martha Gomez
Troop 33’s new Eagle Scouts include, front row, from left: Benjamin Tice and Max Baler. Back: Jared Biesty, George Poppitz, Nitin Kumar, David McAllister and William Stanley.

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33 honored seven new Eagle Scouts during an Aug. 4 ceremony.

The Eagle designation is the highest achievement in Scouting, with only 4% of Boy Scouts attaining it. To earn the Eagle rank, Scouts must complete a minimum of 21 merit badges, lead a community service project, hold multiple troop leadership positions and perform community service.

Engagement: Elizabeth de Windt Berg, Daniel McCall Bernstein


Daniel McCall Bernstein and Elizabeth de Windt Berg

Elizabeth de Windt Berg and Daniel McCall Bernstein announced their engagement to be married June 13 at Berkshire School in Massachusetts.

The bride is the daughter of Megan Steck Berg of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Miyako Koinuma Hawkins

Miyako Hawkins 082819 onlineAUGUST 20, 1934-AUGUST 2, 2019 Miyako Koinuma Hawkins, much-loved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, passed away on August 2, 2019 at Schneidmiller Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Miyako Koinuma was born in Tokyo, Japan, August 20, 1934 to parents Shigeru and Ryo Koinuma (Kato). She was the only girl of their four children, with three brothers, Ichiro, Jiro, and Saburo, all of whom have pre-deceased their sister. She met her husband, Joseph Hawkins, in Tokyo while he was in the US Air Force stationed nearby, and she was a student at Aoyama Gakuin. They were married on October 20, 1954. After Joseph Hawkins was discharged from the US Air Force in 1955, they returned to the United States to California where they lived in Sacramento, East Palo Alto and then settled in Los Altos to raise their family over the next 30 years.


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