Rita Marie McDevitt: Local matriarch devoted to faith, family

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Rita Marie McDevitt grew up, married and worked in San Francisco before moving to Los Altos in 1950.

Rita Marie McDevitt, daughter of Irish immigrants, who taught third grade for 10 years before retiring to raise her six children, became a matriarch of teachers, scholars, scientists and athletes. She died peacefully Aug. 22 with her children present at Villa Siena in Mountain View. She was 94.

Mrs. McDevitt passed on her faith and passion for learning to family members and beyond; she was the family photographer and daily scribe, renowned for keeping notes on the doings and accomplishments of her husband, John B. McDevitt, children and grandchildren. She was an avid swimmer, golfer, gardener and reader.

Wedding: Deepthi Welaratna and Jon Bernstein

Deepthi Welaratna and Jon Bernstein

Deepthi Welaratna and Jon Bernstein were married May 17 in San Francisco. A reception followed at the bride’s parents’ home.

The bride is the daughter of Usha and Sri Welaratna of Los Altos. She graduated from Los Altos High School and earned a degree in media studies at New School in New York City. She is CEO of Thicket.com.

Engagement: Jaclyn Radford and Kyle Recktenwald

Jaclyn Michelle Radford and Kyle Recktenwald

Jaclyn Michelle Radford and Kyle William Recktenwald have announced their engagement to be married in Los Altos in 2019.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Kathy Radford of Los Altos Hills. She graduated from Los Altos High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC San Diego and is pursuing a master’s in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, she was a scheduler for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C.

Scouting News : LAH Scouts earn Eagle rank

Chet and Jay Bhateja

Los Altos Hills twins Chet and Jay Bhateja, members of Troop 57 in Palo Alto, earned the rank of Eagle Scout June 28.

Chet completed 35 merit badges and was awarded an Eagle with two Palms, while Jay completed 36 merit badges and received an Eagle with three Palms.

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