Pauline Simington Newcomer
Pauline Simington Newcomer, a longtime resident of Atherton and Menlo Park, died October 5 in Redwood City. She was 83.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, she graduated from Wheaton College and was an active member of the Center for Research for Women at Stanford University, of Friendly House, and the Menlo Park Public Library.
She was a supporter of women's rights and was involved with the National Organization of Women. With her husband, she was a supporter of Johns Hopkins Medical School, from which he graduated in 1918.
She is survived by four nieces and nephews. Her husband, Dr. H. Sidney Newcomer, preceded her in death. At her request, there were no services and her ashes were scattered at sea.
Registered nurse, photographer
Rex Berry of Menlo Park died June 6 at University Convalescent Hospital in Menlo Park. The cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest. He was 84.
Born in Wibaux, Montana, in 1914, he moved, at the age of 7, to Washington state where he attended St. Martin's high school and college.
He then moved to San Francisco where he received a registered nursing certificate at St. Joseph's Hospital.
He worked for many years at the UC Medical Center until he moved to Menlo Park with his family in 1965. He was employed at Stanford Hospital before retiring in 1973.
Throughout his years of nursing, Mr. Berry also attended Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he pursued his passion for the arts.
Family members said he was a talented artist and photographer who focused on the latter during his retirement. Aviation and Maui, Hawaii, were his favorite subjects, they said.
In recent years, Mr. Berry became wheelchair bound due to the effects of arthritis and two strokes. However, he fought back and was able to wheel himself in his small blue wheelchair almost every day to Lutticken's deli on the Alameda where he enjoyed the food and company. He always said the people were friendly and helpful, said family members.
Mr. Berry is survived by his wife Patricia; daughters Pamela and Susan; nieces and nephews Sheila, Greg, Lisa and Geoff, and their children.
Arrangements were by John O'Connor Menlo Colonial Chapel.
James Bowmar Rodgers
Early Lindenwood resident
Services will be held Friday, July 9, for longtime Atherton resident James Bowmar "Bow" Rodgers, who died June 21. He was 82.
Mr. Rodgers, a descendent of one of the early governors of Virginia, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He moved to Hillsborough, California, where he attended Hillsborough School, Burlingame High, and Menlo School. Mr. Rodgers went on to Stanford University, where he played football and joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.
Mr. Rodgers served as a Naval officer and pilot during World War II. When he returned from the war, he worked in the insurance business. He and his wife, Carol, now deceased, raised their two sons in Atherton.
Mr. Rodgers was one of the original residents of Lindenwood, where he lived for over 40 years. He served on the original Lindenwood Homeowners' Board and was instrumental in the early preservation of Lindenwood gates, walls and other artifacts.
Mr. Rodgers was a member of the Burlingame Country Club and the Olympic Club in San Francisco, a past president of the Guardsmen in San Francisco, and on the board of directors of the Avery-Fuller Welch Children's Foundation.
He is survived by his two sons, Bow Jr. of Atherton and Robert of Utah; and three grandchildren, Matthew, Jennifer and Kristen.
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at St. Catherine's Church in Burlingame. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Charles W. Laraway, a resident of Menlo Park for 35 years, died June 22. He was 70.
Mr. Laraway was born in Idaho. He was a manager at the Union Bank of California for 40 years, working in Menlo Park and San Francisco. He was active in the Kiwanis Club and Three Great Lights Masonic Lodge in Menlo Park.
He is survived by his wife Diana; daughter Leslie and her husband Rich Pentecost of Boring, Oregon; daughter Joni and her husband Jack Woodside of Atherton; son Brain and his wife Eve Laraway of Redwood City; grandchildren Eric, Ted and Beth Pentecost; and brother William and his wife Leona Laraway of San Jose.
Private family services were held. Memorial donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club Foundation of Menlo Park, PO Box 311, Menlo Park, CA 94026 or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Dr. John Frederick Scholer
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 7, for Dr. John Frederick Scholer, a resident of Atherton for 25 years, who died June 22. He was 77.
Born in Manhattan, Kansas, in 1922, Dr. Scholer attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He served as a navigator in the Air Force before getting his medical degree at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore. He interned at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and at the Mayo Clinic.
On the Peninsula, he joined the Palo Alto Medical Clinic and was a member of the Stanford Hospital staff until he retired in 1992. He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, cooking, skiing, and attending the symphony and the opera, said friends.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, four children, two stepdaughters, 10 grandchildren and his brother.
A memorial service will be held July 7 at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Phillips Exeter Academy, 20 Main Street, Exeter, NH 03833; or to MidPeninsula Hospice Foundation, 65 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
Arrangements were by Roller & Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Directors in Palo Alto.
Madeline R. White
Menlo Park resident
Madeline R. White, a resident of Menlo Park for 46 years, died May 23.
Mrs. White grew up in Union, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Westchester State Teacher's College and taught in Pennsylvania, Chicago, Oregon and Massachusetts. She and her husband were active in the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto. She volunteered at the Palo Alto Senior Center Nutrition Program and enjoyed walking, gardening and reading.
She is survived by her three sons, James F. White of South Bend, Indiana, Stephen T. White of Holden, Massachusetts, and D. Anthony White of Santa Rosa; and by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband of 62 years, Edwin T. White, died seven years ago.
There will be a memorial service and reception at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto at 2 p.m. on July 31. Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Frank J. Lodato
A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 1, at 5 p.m. at Stanford's Frost Amphitheater for Frank J. Lodato, who died in his Menlo Park home after a long struggle with cancer July 24. He was 73.
A lifelong resident of the Midpeninsula, Mr. Lodato was a longtime Stanford volunteer and the man who headed the search committee that led to Bill Walsh's first major head coaching job, family members said.
Over the past 30 years, Mr. Lodato served on Stanford's Board of Trustees, the Hospital Board, the Athletic Board, and as a University Fellow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Frank J. Lodato Fund for Cancer Research and Patient Care, c/o George Fisher, Medical Director, Oncology Clinic, Room M-211, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA 94305.
Chamber board member
Don Rosberg, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died July 23 in his home after a brief illness. He was 72.
Mr. Rosberg became involved in helping to run his wife's business, Westwind Womenswear, in 1987. He served on the board of directors of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce from 1989 to 1991 and again from 1994 to 1997.
He is survived by his wife Rita, and his children Susan and John, both of Illinois.
There will be no service. Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1720 Amphlett Blvd. #220, San Mateo, CA 94402.
Ruth Marie Artero
Bridge Life Master
Services have been held for Ruth Marie Artero, a resident of Menlo Park for 18 years, who died July 7 at Stanford University Hospital after a brief illness. She was 84.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she began her university studies at Duschene College in Omaha, then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she was a member of Mortar Board, an honorary society. She graduated with a degree in microbiology from Stanford University in 1936.
After working in Argentina, where her father was chief auditor for Amour & Co., she returned to the United States and married Claude James Artero, a mining engineer, in 1939. Fluent in Spanish, the Arteros moved to Bolivia, where they lived for a time at an altitude of 13,000 feet. At the beginning of World War II, Mrs. Artero returned to the United States with her daughter.
Family members said she enjoyed playing the piano and sewing, and that she was an avid reader. She worked for the PTA, and was a member of the American Association of University Women. She became a bridge life master and also was a successful, self-educated investor.
She is survived by Claude, her husband of 60 years; children Susan Basso of Menlo Park, James Artero of Camarillo, and Mary Artero of Trieste, Italy; and five grandchildren. A daughter, Joanne, preceded her in death in 1963.
Funeral arrangements were by Roller & Hapgood. Interment was private.
Memorial contributions can be made to Stanford University; the Leukemia Society, 55 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94107; or KQED, 2601 Mariposa Ave., San Francisco, CA 94107.
O. George Kennedy
Health care information specialist
Dr. O. George Kennedy, who helped pioneer the field of health care information technology, died July 10 at his Menlo Park home. He was 55.
Dr. Kennedy's career spanned more than 30 years. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he moved to Chicago in 1956. After graduating from Francis Parker School, Dr. Kennedy earned his MBA, MSE, and doctorate in health systems from Northwestern University.
Before founding the Kennedy Group in 1978, he was part of the management teams of IBM, Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's, TDS Healthcare System, Medicus, and Stanford University Medical Center. While forging TKG into an advisory firm with over 700 health care clients, he also taught at the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1997 he founded Infohealth Management Corp., an international information technology management firm.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Gordon Kennedy. Services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Martin Delberts Dike
World War II veteran
Martin Delberts Dike, a resident of Woodside for 35 years before moving to Nevada, died June 27. He was 77.
A native of Atlanta, Illinois, Mr. Dike was a member of the American Legion in Redwood City and a Marine veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Aileen Dike of Boulder City, Nevada; his children, Paula Finefroch of Woodside, David Dike of San Jose, and Martin Dike of Los Gatos; and six grandchildren.
He was buried in the Boulder City Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 5190 South Valley View, Suite 101, Las Vegas, NV 89118.
William (Bill) Evans
Retired electronics technician
William Evans, a retired electronics technician, died at Stanford Hospital July 16. He was 64.
A native of San Francisco, Mr. Evans was a Menlo Park resident for 20 years.
He is survived by his mother, Yvonne Buzzell, and brother Gary Buzzell. A memorial service has been held under the arrangement of John O'Connor's Menlo Colonial Chapel.
Due to illness, a celebration of the life of Madeline R. White, which had been scheduled for July 31, has been postponed indefinitely. Mrs. White, a resident of Menlo Park for 46 years, died May 23.
Kirk L. Aronstam
Menlo Park attorney
Kirk L. Aronstam, a Menlo Park business attorney for 23 years, died at his Palo Alto home July 22 after a brief illness with cancer. Mr. Aronstam's offices were located at 750 Menlo Ave.
Born in San Francisco, Mr. Aronstam lived in Tiburon before moving to Atherton with his family. He graduated from Menlo School and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon in 1968. He then entered the U.S. Naval Air Reserve, serving for three years in Lakehurst, N.J. After completing his military service, he received his law degree from the University of San Diego.
Mr. Aronstam was a devoted father to his daughter, Jessica, whom he accompanied to early morning ice skating practices and competitions around the country for almost 10 years.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and his daughter, Jessica; his father and stepmother Charles and Peggy Aronstam of Atherton; and his brother, Brian Aronstam of Palo Alto.
No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
65-year Menlo Park resident
Pauline Pegram of Menlo Park, a bank employee of American Trust (which later became Wells Fargo) in Palo Alto for 45 years, died August 3 at age 94.
Mrs. Pegram was born in San Francisco and moved to East Palo Alto with her family as a teenager. She graduated from Sequoia High School and worked for Western Union before becoming a bank teller.
After she was married to Winchester Pegram, the couple moved to Menlo Park. Mr. Pegram died many years ago.
She is survived by her sister Dorothy Schilder of Redwood City; nephew Larry Schilder of Orange, California; and other nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Pegram was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. Services were held August 6 at John O'Connor's Menlo Colonial Chapel with private burial at Alta Mesa Memorial Park.
Joseph J. Sauerland
Retired Coca-Cola bottler
Joseph J. Sauerland, a retired Coca-Cola bottler and longtime resident of Menlo Park, died July 29 after a brief illness. He was 89.
A native of Natzungen, Germany, Mr. Sauerland was a member of the Kolping Society of San Francisco.
He is survived by his son Joseph F. Sauerland and daughter-in-law Sharon, and son John F. Sauerland and his daugther-in-law Janet; his siblings, Ellizabeth Beine and Josepha Ischen, both of Germany; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresia Anna Sauerland, and his daughter, Rosemarie Currivan.
Services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1720 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 120, San Mateo, CA 94306.