Scouting News: Troop 37 Boy Scouts receive Eagle rank

Boy Scout Troop 37 of Los Altos held an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony June 3 to recognize its three new Eagle Scouts.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest designation in Boy Scouts. To earn the rank, Scouts must complete and lead a community service project, hold troop leadership positions, perform service and complete a minimum of 21 merit badges.

Miriam Brandstatter

OBIT Miriam BrandstatterOn June 4, 2018, Miriam Brandstatter, age 97, passed peacefully at the Veteran’s Hospice unit in Palo Alto, CA. She was surrounded by her family after nearly twenty months of being cared for by the skilled, and compassionate staff. Miriam leaves an impressive legacy of serving her country as a World War II nurse, practicing public health nursing including a master’s degree from Stanford in Public Health, and later becoming a licensed psychotherapist in private practice until she retired at age 90.

Miriam touched the hearts of all those who knew her with her wit, passion for life, and courage in the face of many hardships, always demonstrating amazing resilience. Her husband, Julius, preceded her in death in 2004, after 56 years of marriage. Miriam lived at Bridgepoint Assisted Living for five years with her beloved poodle, Benni, and the many friendships she cultivated. Miriam loved classical music, reading, watching CNN and entertaining.

Miriam will be greatly missed by her three daughters, Andrea Spira and her partner, Louis Gecenok, Carol Myers and her husband, Daniel Dlugose, and Nancy Eiger and her partner, Mike McGillis, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Her spirit and perseverance will live on as a reminder to appreciate the preciousness of life.

Barbara Benn

OBIT Barbara BennOur beloved Barbara has passed away. Born in San Francisco to Russian Emigrants, William and Nellie Daniloff. Barbara attended Mountain View High School and started her restaurant career at Clark’s Burgers in Mountain View. In 1970, her family moved to West Point, California. Barbara and her sister Elsie ran two successful Gold Country restaurants, the dining room at Mace Meadow Golf Course and the Creek Side Inn. She worked at Giannini’s Restaurant in Pine Grove as a bartender for nine years. Her customers loved Barbara. 

She is survived by her son David (Chris) granddaughters Leah and Rebecca, her daughter Julie (Mike, deceased) and her sisters Nancy Menacho of Sunnyvale, California, Tanya Johnson of Poulsbo, Washington, many nieces and nephews and her longtime partner, Wally Crane. She would have welcomed her first great-grandchild this summer. She was predeceased by her parents and her sisters Mary Jones, Ann Howland and Elsie Ilse. Barbara was a beautiful lady with a big heart. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.As Barbara would say at the end of every phone conversation, “Talk to you mañana.”The family requests donations are made to the Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, CA.

Arloa Joy Kelsen Mulock

OBIT Arloa Mulock 2Arloa Joy Kelsen Muloch, 94, of Los Altos, CA, passed into God’s eternal care on May 18, 2017.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois to Clarence and Gertrude Lange, and granddaughter of Jacob and Harriet Benner, cigar manufacturing magnates.  Arloa had some of the best times of her life at the Lutheran Camp Arcadia on the shores of Lake Michigan, where her parents had a summer home.  She was active in her church throughout her life.
Arloa attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and was active in Tri Delta Sorority.  She met her husband Arthur Kelsen, who had a masters degree in Chemical Engineering, while he was a lieutenant in the Navy during WWII.  After living in Ohio for many years, they moved to California in 1957.  Arloa worked for years at Cunningham’s Clothing Store in Los Altos.  She was an avid animal lover, protector and supported many animal rights causes.  She played golf, tennis, swam, ran Bay to Breakers and Bridge to Bridge until her 80’s and travelled with friends all over the world.  The San Francisco Giants were a passionate interest of hers.  She was a consummate entertainer and belonged to many organizations including the Widow and Widowers and Lindbergh Lodge.  Arloa loved concerts, museums, plays and was an active volunteer.  She was also a member of the Raging Grannies and was a feminist before it was fashionable.  Arloa was brave and fearless and lived life to the fullest, completing everything on her bucket list.

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