Jean K. Eckert

Jean Eckert onlineBorn July 15, 1935 Huntington, NY. Died August 30, 2020 Sunny View Retirement Community, Cupertino, CA

 Jean Ann Kirchner, born in Huntington, New York, July 15th, 1935.  In high school she met the love of her life Richard (Dick) Eckert, and after marriage (1957), moving around the country first with the Navy, then with United Airlines, they settled in Los Altos, CA. in 1970.  Along their way they adopted two boys, Steven (1964) and Peter (1967).

 Jean’s love of model ship building, and all things nautical, from a young age continued to grow and in 1982 she founded the South Bay Model Shipwrights.  Returning to her hobby first with “kits”, she entered the Dutch yacht Mary 1660 into the Mariners’ Museum 1991 Scale Ship Model Competition, kit class.  She was the first woman to ever enter this national competition, and she took Bronze.  In 2000 she again entered the competition this time in the semi-scratch division (scratch built except for fittings) with her Nonsuch and took GOLD!

Joan E. (Wickstrom) Manchester

                               June 9, 1938 - July 11, 2020

A native of Menlo Park, Joan lived in Mountain View for 50 years with her husband, Mel, and daughters Julie and Susan. In 2014, Joan relocated to Austin, Texas, to be near her daughter and family.

Joan attended Menlo Atherton High School, Foothill College, and worked at Sylvania until staying home to raise her girls. Later, her love for children led her to become a preschool teacher and run a daycare in her home. Joan served her community through various charities, churches, and actively met needs wherever she could. Joan was laid to rest on July 20, 2020, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery joining her husband and daughter Julie. 

Joan is survived by her daughter Susan, son-in-law Joseph, grandchildren Juliana and David, brothers Richard and David, sister Diane, and extended family.

A memorial website can be found at

Michael Bergin Brennan

Michael Bergin Brennan onlineJune 28, 1941 - August 22, 2020

Michael "Captain" Brennan was born in San Jose. He grew up in Atherton, attending

Saint Joseph, Sacred Heart schools, Bellarmine Prep in San Jose , he excelled in football receiving an All American honorable mention. Mike attended San Jose State University and received his BA from San Francisco State.

His family was a great supporter of Nativity Church in Menlo Park where Mike was an alter boy for several years. His family spent most summers in Carmel which remained a favorite haunt in his adult years.

After leaving the Marine Corp he joined TWA as a pilot. He retired as captain on the 767 aircraft. Mike flew out of SFO and JFK during his 33 year career at TWA.

Throughly enjoying his international travel, he loved the cultures and cuisines of the world. His personality was uplifting and entertaining. Always a fun and exciting tale to be told by Mike. He was an avid reader spending a generous amount of free time relaxing with a good book. It was not uncommon for him to be reading several books at one time.

Martin E. Packard

Martin Packard onlineMartin E. Packard died July 30, 2020 of natural causes in his home in Los Altos Hills, California.  He had celebrated his 99th birthday earlier in the year with family and friends. 

He was married to Barbara Packard, who died in 2012, and they built a life together that is a legacy of achievement and inspiration to the friends, family, colleagues and many, many others who knew them and worked with them through the years.

Martin was at heart, and by profession, a scientist. He was a deeply thoughtful man, an innovator who believed that an engaging problem was nothing more than an exciting challenge to help make something that people could use to make their lives better. 

He placed high value on working collaboratively with colleagues and was humble about his own achievements. He often employed his dry sense of humor to put people at ease. 

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