Fay Conlee Oliver

Fay Oliver 011619 onlineFay Conlee Oliver was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1927, to Verna and Clifton Conlee. She died peacefully in her home with her family gathered around her on December 2, 2018. Fay was the second of four girls, with whom she enjoyed close relationships all her life. She played the cornet, and went to college on a music scholarship. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Millsaps College in 1949, and later obtained her teaching certificate. She taught English in New Albany, MS, before answering an ad to teach in the “Golden West.” A natural adventuress, she left all her friends and family in her early twenties, moving to Erie, Colorado, where she continued to teach English. Having made a promise to God when she was a child, she then attended graduate school at Berkeley Baptist Divinity School (now American Baptist Divinity School of the West), earning her Master’s in Christian Education in 1955.

Gary Halkens

Born in August 1934. He passed October 2, 2018. He had been very sick and died in his sleep. Gary was a great employee of the San Francisco Water Department. He spent his working time making water available for homes and businesses everywhere on the peninsula and some spots elsewhere. He always had dreams of being able to help all places obtain water and other necessities. Everyone who was close enough to approach him was able to get help. Gary also helped the Ski Patrol, in the Sierras covering many accidents where there were all kinds of injuries. He also helped neighbors with home needs, and, of course, handled his family’s needs. He loved to build things and please everyone with his abilities. He will be sadly missed by family and those who knew him over his many years.

Dwight & Phyllis Brede

OBIT Dwight&Phyllis Brede online 010219In Memoriam Dwight & Phyllis Brede (1923-2017) - (1929-2018) Phyllis and Dwight Brede, residents of Los Altos Hills, CA since 1962, passed away, respectively, on November 1, 2018 and April 26, 2017, peacefully and pain-free. Phyllis and Dwight will be remembered for their joie-de-vivre and love of reading, travel, opera, and citizen and community engagement. Dwight, born in Nanking, China of his professor and artist parents, was raised in Michigan and completed his accelerated BS in Electrical Engineering at Cornell followed by Naval Officer Training at Columbia University and posting to the Pacific. Post-WWII, Dwight moved to CA to complete his MS at Stanford in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, then worked on international engineering projects and commenced his doctoral studies at UC Berkeley. There he met and married Phyllis, originally from Berkeley, started a family, and returned to the Navy during the Korean War; upon return, he pursued his engineering career at Ampex Corporation, contributing to the pioneer innovations in audiotape technology.

Martha Gaspich

Martha will be remembered for her elegant style; for her warmth and compassion; and for her culinary skills, especially her delicious pies. Martha and her late husband, Robert J. Gaspich, M. D., met over the operating table in Chicago, where Bob was a medical student, and she was a student nurse. Martha returned to school years later, walking over the hill from her home in Los Altos Hills with her dog Skipper, to Foothill College, where she earned her degree in nursing. She then worked as a Registered Nurse for twenty-five years at El Camino Hospital. Bob was one of the cofounders of the hospital and had been Chief of Medicine. Martha worked full-time while raising eight children and still made time to contribute to her community as a volunteer, including putting on golf tournaments at Los Altos C. C. to raise money for orphan children. Martha and Bob loved to dance and to attend concerts and plays here, in NYC, and in London. Martha cofounded the Los Altos Hills Club with Lorna Corbetta and Lorraine Shanafelt.


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