Alys Wunderlich Bachler
Portola Valley resident
Services have been held for Alys Wunderlich Bachler of Portola Valley, who died January 28 at the age of 68.
Ms. Bachler was born in Missouri and had lived in Portola Valley for 35 years. She was a member of the San Francisco Golf Club Ladies Annex and the Desert Highlands Golf Club. She was also an active member of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.
Ms. Bachler is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert of Portola Valley; daughter Debbie Smerecnik of Novato; sons Phil and Craig Bachler of Atherton; sister Joyce Pearson of Idaho; and nine grandchildren.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Menlo Park Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries. Donations may be made to the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church or a favorite charity.
San Francisco bar pilot
Gordon J. Bradbury, a pilot who boarded cruise ships, tankers and aircraft carriers at sea to guide them into San Francisco Bay, died unexpectedly January 17 at his home in Woodside at age 82.
A resident of Woodside since 1971, he was born in San Francisco. During World War II, he served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. He graduated from the California Maritime Academy in Port Hueneme, California.
After the war he served in the Merchant Marines with the American President Lines, rising to the rank of captain. He later joined the San Francisco Bar Pilots in 1967, retiring in 1989.
Mr. Bradbury was a member of the American Merchant Marine Veterans and the Council of American Master Marines in San Francisco.
He is survived by his wife, Gabriele Bradbury, and daughter Bettina Bradbury, both of Woodside; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on the ship S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien in San Francisco at a later date.
Memorials in Mr. Bradbury's name may be made to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Arrangements were under the director of Crippen & Flynn Woodside Chapel.
Pearl Harbor survivor
James Edward Dunn, a 51-year resident of Woodside, died January 27 at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. He was 88.
Mr. Dunn was born in San Francisco. Soon after his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and, in the latter part of his career, served on the U.S.S. Oklahoma in Hawaii. He survived the attacks of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the battle.
He lived for some time in Capitola and San Bruno, but his love of the outdoors and horses led him and his wife, Georgette, to move to Woodside in 1954. He became a plumbing contractor and operated a business in Belmont for more than 35 years.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Georgette of Woodside; sons Tim of Placerville and Steven of Auburn; daughter Patricia Roque of Belmont; sister Marian Siri of San Mateo; and eight grandchildren.
Private services have been held. Memorials in his name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
Thomas R. Shellworth, a resident of Atherton for 36 years, died January 21. He was 82.
Mr. Shellworth was born in Spokane, Washington, and spent his early years in Portland, Oregon. At age 17, he enrolled in the Naval ROTC program at the University of Notre Dame, graduating with the rank of ensign. He was then assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Saratoga in the South Pacific ,where his ship engaged in several major battles and was disabled during the battle of Iwo Jima.
He then applied for Navy flight training and was sent to Dallas, Texas. After the war ended, he attended the Stanford University School of Business.
Mr. Shellworth met his wife, Lois, in San Francisco and they were married in 1955.
Mr. Shellworth's career was in the automobile business. He owned Shellworth Chevrolet in Morgan Hill, where the family lived for 11 years before moving to Atherton.
While living in Morgan Hill, Mr. Shellworth served on the local school board and was a member of the Rotary Club. Locally, he served as a lector at St. Denis Church in Menlo Park.
Mr. Shellworth is survived by his wife, Lois, of Atherton; and his children, Thomas Jr. and Peter of Vacaville, and Susan Hull of Laguna Hills.
Services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to Padua Dining Room, 3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, or a favorite charity.
More than 400 friends and relatives attended services at St. Robert's Catholic Church in San Bruno on January 22 for Quinn Henry Rosenberg, son of Sarah and Shanan Rosenberg of San Bruno. Quinn was born May 21, 2005, and died January 16, 2006.
Quinn's father, Shanan, is a graduate of Las Lomitas and La Entrada schools, and is a professor of exercise physiology and the head men's basketball coach at Foothill Community College.
Quinn is survived by his parents, Sarah and Shanan Rosenberg; grandparents Claudette and Bob Rosenberg of Woodside and Fran and Gene Lessen of Dallas, Texas; great-grandparents Marion and Claude Bergman of San Carlos; and aunt, uncle and cousin Erin, Kevin and Paedrin Gillett of Woodside.
A memorial fund has been established. Donations may be made to Foothill-DeAnza Foundation Gift in Memory of Quinn Henry Rosenberg, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022.
A funeral Mass was to be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 31, at St. Raymond Catholic Church in Menlo Park for Yvonne Alice McCarty. Ms. McCarty died at her Menlo Park home January 24 after a five-year battle with cancer. She was 79.
Ms. McCarty was born in Ellsworth, Minnesota, and moved to California with her family at age 16. After graduating from high school, she worked as a secretary with the FBI in San Francisco until marrying John McCarty in 1950. In 1958 they moved to Menlo Park, where they raised their eight children.
When the children were school age, Ms. McCarty worked as a department manager at Macy's, a teller at Crocker Bank and, finally, as a copy room manager at Alza Corporation until retiring in 1992.
Ms. McCarty was the first woman to serve as a eucharistic minister at St. Raymond Church, and she volunteered as a eucharistic minister to the sick and dying at Stanford Hospital for more than 20 years. She also served as a lector at St. Raymond and was twice president of the St. Raymond Mothers' Club
Ms. McCarty is survived by seven children, Bob of Georgetown, Mike of Menlo Park, Ann of Mountain View, Bill of Sacramento, Matt of Cool, California, Phil of San Jose, and Peggy of Mountain View; three siblings, Edwin Kohn of Sunnyvale, Cathy Barri of South San Francisco, and Mary Cortez of Pensacola, Florida; 10 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Her husband, John, and son, Tom, preceded her in death.
Memorials may be made to the St. Raymond Homeless Families Fund or to the St. Francis Center in Redwood City. Arrangements were under the direction of Menlo Colonial Chapel.
Alys Wunderlich Bachler
Services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, February 2, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for Alys Wunderlich Bachler, who died January 28 in her Portola Valley home. She was 68. The church is at 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.
Beauty school owner
A celebration of the life of Alfred Vlautin of Menlo Park will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 22, at the Burgess recreation center, 700 Alma St., in Menlo Park's Civic Center. Mr. Vlautin died January 11 at age 94.
Mr. Vlautin was born in San Francisco and met his future bride, Vera Easterday, at a dance in Rio Nido in 1932. They were married two years later, first making their home in Oakland, then San Francisco, where their sons were born. They moved to Menlo Park in 1955.
Mr. Vlautin owned and operated three successful beauty schools in Redwood City, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. After selling his businesses in the late 1960s, he volunteered many hours at the Menlo Park Library and the Menlo Park Veterans Administration facilities.
He also worked part time at Menlo College, where he patrolled the parking lot and delivered documents to board members in his Jaguar XKE.
An avid golfer, Mr. Vlautin played more than 500 golf courses throughout the world. He and his wife shared a love of learning and traveling, say family members. Their last trip was a three-week archaeological tour in Iran five years ago.
After Vera, his wife of 67 years, died in 2002, he attended the senior day care center at Rosener House and was looked after by his caregivers Solate Fisiihoi and Leslie Halaapiapi.
Mr. Vlautin is survived by his sons, Kent of Chicago and Alan of San Francisco; daughter-in-law Paule Methe; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, his family prefers those who knew Mr. Vlautin to "retain your happy memories of Alfred and be kind to one another."
Newcomers service director
Jeanne Elisabeth Crumpler, who operated the Newcomers' Welcoming Service in Menlo Park in the 1960s, died January 4 at age 77.
Ms. Crumpler was born in Salem, Massachusetts. Following a modeling career in Chicago in the 1950s, she married Les Crumpler, a professional musician. Once married, she opened a charm school and founded the Jeanne Ballard cosmetic line.
After she and her husband moved to California in 1962, she operated the Newcomers' Welcoming Service in Menlo Park. She was also a founding member of the Atherlons, a group of Atherton and Menlo Park community-minded women that is still active today. She was also a member of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Crumpler is survived by sons Randy of Menlo Park and Robert of San Francisco.
Services have been held. The family prefers memorials be made in her name to the Leukemia Society.
Native of Trinidad
Janet Eileen Stenger of Menlo Park died January 1 at Stanford University Medical Center. She was 90.
She was born and raised in Port of Spain Trinidad in the British West Indies.
After marrying Daniel Glen Stenger, she moved to Miami, Florida, in 1941. Because of her husband's employment with Pan American World Airways, they lived in many places in the world.
Ms. Stenger moved to Menlo Park in 1981 when her husband was ill.
She had many interests, including music and sports, but her family played the largest role in her life, family members say.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Jo-Anne Stenger, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass was celebrated January 3 at St. Raymond Catholic Church in Menlo Park.
James Manabu Momii of Menlo Park died unexpectedly at Stanford University Medical Center on January 8. He was 84.
Mr. Momii was a horticulturist who specialized in carnations. He opened the Jamo Nursery in San Jose in 1962.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Fumiko; daughters Joanne Tomoko Fung of Tracy, Susan Kisa Hartman of Menlo Park, and Beverly Keiko Miller of Redmond, Washington; and six grandchildren. He was the father of the late Timothy Ken Momii.
Services were held January 14 at Sneider & Sullivan Mortuary in San Mateo.
John J. Cooper
Varian vice president
John J. Cooper, a resident of Portola Valley for 50 years, died January 8 at Stanford University Medical Center. He was 81.
Mr. Cooper was born October 20, 1924, in Vincennes, Indiana. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Vincennes with the class of l942. He served as a bomber pilot with the U.S. Navy in World War II.
In 1945 he married Nathalie Brooke. He graduated from Stanford University in 1950 and Stanford School of Law the following year. He was in private practice until joining Varian Associates in Palo Alto, where he served as senior counsel and vice president. In 1990 he became a director of the corporation.
Mr. Cooper is survived by his wife, Nathalie, of Portola Valley; a brother, Bob Cooper of Brownsville, Indiana; and two nieces, a nephew, and two great-nephews.
During Mr. Cooper's youth, Ray Beless, former director of the Vincennes YMCA, was a valued mentor to him, his family said. The family prefers memorials be made to the Vincennes YMCA, 2010 College Ave., Vincennes, IN 47591.