Allan Varni: World traveler, educator, dedicated volunteer

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Mr. Varni

Both at home and abroad, Allan Varni spent most of his life helping people. The positive-thinking, lifelong educator enriched the lives of countless at-risk kids. He traveled all over the world helping the less fortunate, experiences that led him to remind his fellow Rotary Club of Los Altos members, “Remember, we are the lucky ones.”

Fremont  Nash

Fremont Nash online 090220November 19,1939- August 14, 2020

Our beloved Fremont Dwight Nash, age 80, of Cupertino, passed away on August 14, 2020 with his family at his side.  He was the oldest of three children whose parents were Diane and Fremont Sr. Nash.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years Shirley, and his daughters Sara Liebert of Auburn, Ca.  Mary Snow and her husband, Dave, of Sunnyvale Ca. and his granddaughters Madison Snow, Kathryn Snow, and Hannah Liebert, whose hearts will be filled with loving memories of their Grandpa/Papa.

Fremont was born in San Francisco and graduated from Menlo Atherton High School and attended the college of San Mateo.  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Upon returning from the service, Fremont started his work with PG&E where he completed 38 years of service before retiring.  However, he soon joined the Mountain View Police Department for an additional 15 years where he made many friends.  Fremont was a long-time resident of Los Altos.

Catharine (Howell) Zander

CathyZander onlineCatharine (Howell) Zander, age 72, long-time resident of Los Altos, CA, passed away at home on 15 August 2020 from ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease). She is survived by Paul Albert Zander, her husband of 51 years; her children Virginia (Craig) Joplin and David Zander; and grandson Julian Anderson. Cathy was born to Thomas and Mary (Simmons) Howell in Cleveland, OH on Labor Day, 1947. The irony was her dad’s complaint that he couldn’t take an extra day off work for the birth because it was already a holiday. She was the oldest of four siblings: Mariette (Howell) St-Germain, A. Allen Howell, Robert Howell, all of whom survive her. On 16 August 1969, she married her best friend, Paul Zander in Cleveland. One year later, the couple moved to Los Altos, CA and became active members of the community.

Maryanna Elizabeth Rice Bowers

MaryannaBowers onlineMaryanna Elizabeth Rice Bowers passed peacefully on August 13, 2020, a month and a half before her 97th birthday. She left this world surrounded in the loving embrace of all who knew her. She was an inspiration. Elegance personified. A giver of her heart, a giver of her time and attention. She understood people. She knew how to care for everyone. And she did so unabashedly.  She was a sharp and sage confidant who could see through to the heart of any circumstance, an endless fountain of wisdom and grace. 

Maryanna adored cats like no one else. Cat earrings, statues, calendars and postcards.  She’d nearly always had a cat and always swore she would never have another after the heartbreak she would endure at their passing. Without fail though she would end up back at the shelter, rescuing another.  Another kitty who had won the jackpot. She would frequently mix up their names, but each earned a unique love and held a special place in heart. Each one provided necessary comfort, solace and joy through the trials and tribulations of a long life, well lived.


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