Jean Low Knipper

JeanLowKnipper onlineOctober 25, 1924–March 22, 2020   On March 22, 2020, Jean Low Knipper, third-generation Californian and beloved family matriarch, passed away in Los Altos at the age of 95. Jean was the loving wife of Albert Emil (Bert) Knipper (predeceased in 1981), a devoted mother of four daughters and adoring grandmother and great-grandmother.   Jean was born in San Francisco on October 25, 1924, the only child of Thomas Griffin Low and Florence May Jeffery Low. She attended Lowell High School and City College. In 1953, Jean married Bert in San Francisco. They later moved to Redwood City and in 1964 settled in Los Altos Hills where they raised their family and Jean lived until 2017. She enjoyed her last three years living at The Terraces of Los Altos.  

Frances Vivian Henderson

Frances Henderson onlineFrances Vivian Henderson, vibrant, joyful, loving, beautiful and a life-long learner was born March 9, 1926, and passed away peacefully on March 16, 2020. A 1st generation Californian from an Illinois family that immigrated to California in 1908. Frances is survived by 3 daughters (Cynthia Riordan, Carol Danaher, and Christy Pogue), 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She loved and was loved deeply. In 1943, she met her husband, William Charles Henderson, at a dance while he was on leave from the Navy. Their eyes met across the dance floor and it was love at first sight. They remained in love throughout their 63-year marriage. She created a welcome and dynamic home for her family and others that was rarely without homemade cookies and pies. Her child rearing philosophy was one of providing opportunity and experiences that would build life-long confidence and development of interests. She faithfully carried on her grandmother’s tradition of family meals as a time for connection and nourishment.

Sue Sinclair: First woman Los Altos police officer was well respected


Courtesy of Patrick Langner
Sue Sinclair was the first female officer hired by the Los Altos Police Department. Mrs. Sinclair served the department for more than 10 years, earning the respect of her colleagues and the community. 

Sue Sinclair was as humble as they came and committed to doing her job well. So when trouble arose, the former Los Altos police officer was usually the first on the scene.

Mrs. Sinclair, who had the distinction of being the first woman police officer in Los Altos, died March 25 at her home in Lake Oswego, Ore., after a battle with cancer. She was 76.

Jeanne Jacques Straube (Nee Malicord)

JeanneStraubePic2 onlineJeanneStraubepic1 onlineOct. 15, 1928 - Feb. 28, 2020 Jeanne Straube, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 28th, 2020, at her home in Los Altos Hills, California. Jeanne was born on October 15, 1928 in Monessen, Pennsylvania and moved to Eagle Rock, CA with her mother, Janet Riddle Malicord (Norman), when she was nine. She loved being a ‘SoCal’ girl, enjoying swimming in the ocean, beach volleyball and trips to Mexico. She majored in French and English at UCSB (and also in ‘Boys’ as she liked to say). She was a Francophile at heart, continuing to study French, and traveling in France throughout her life. She taught 6th grade, but her fondest memories were flying for United Airlines where she was a flight attendant and lived in Chicago and NYC.


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