Sven V. Moberg
37-year resident of Menlo Park
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 18, for Sven V. Moberg, a 37-year resident of Menlo Park, who died March 28.
The service will start at 11 a.m. in Menlo Park's Bethany Lutheran Church on Avy Ave.
Born Jan. 17, 1910, in Mjolby, Sweden, Mr. Moberg was trained as a baker and immigrated to the United States in 1928 at the age of 18.
He worked through the Great Depression as a baker in Colorado Springs and married the love of his life, Iris Teater, in 1935, said his son Nils Moberg.
The couple moved to Hollywood, and in 1943, at age 33, Mr. Moberg was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served until 1945.
He spent the next 27 years as a baker in the Bay Area: first, by helping start Orowheat Baking Co. in Santa Rosa, then onto Colonial Bakeries in South San Francisco.
He later opened his own bakery in Redwood City, and finished his career with Pisano French Bread Bakery also in Redwood City.
After retiring in 1972 at age 62, he and his wife Iris enjoyed summer fishing trips on the Klamith River and spent their winters in the warm desert sun, said his son.
Mrs. Moberg died in 1995 after 59 years of marriage. Mr. Moberg remained at his home on Oakley Ave., where he could be found most any day sitting in his front yard, greeting neighbors as they passed by.
In addition to his son, Nils Moberg of Half Moon Bay, he is survived by his daughter, Sonja Wayman of Boulder, Colo., and seven grandchildren.
Sven's final wish, said his son, is to have his ashes scattered at sea with his wife's.
Norma E. O'Neill
Norma E. O'Neill, who lived in Woodside for 52 years, died Feb. 27 at Carlmont Convalescent Hospital in Belmont. She was 82.
Born in Illinois, she moved to Woodside after World War II to join her husband Emmett O'Neill, who died in 1984.
Services were held March 5 at Crippen & Flynn Woodside Chapel in Redwood City.
She was buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto.
A friend, Donald Davis, said she gave nearly her entire estate, including her Woodside home, to charity.
Bettye Daunt Heimsoth
33-year Woodside resident
Bettye Daunt Heimsoth, a Woodside resident for 33 years, died Feb. 24 after a brief illness.
Born in 1918 in Modesto, she and her husband moved to San Mateo in 1945 and then to Woodside in 1965.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Glenn Heimsoth of Woodside; children, Charles Heimsoth of Pacifica, Lynda Walker Backman of Foster City, and Gerry Heimsoth of Palo Alto; grandchildren, Sherri Walker Sands of Auburn, Mark Walker of Lincoln, Calif., and Colleen Walker Burnett of Grass Valley; and two great-grandsons, Cody Walker and Justin Sands.
"She loved her Woodside home with a passion and was an avid lover of animals and nature," said her daughter Lynda Backman. "She owned and rode horses for many years and after retirement was a full time 'mother' to her cats and dogs. She is deeply missed by her family and friends and pets."
FLoyd W. Campbell
Menlo Park stock broker
Floyd W. (Lefty) Campbell died March 22 after a short illness. He was 85.
Born in Portland, Mr. Campbell graduated from Stanford University, where he earned a varsity letter in baseball.
He was a stock broker in Menlo Park for 30 years, and a longtime member of the Menlo Club. He lived in Woodside from 1963 to 1988, then in Menlo Park until 1993, and then in Grants Pass, Calif.
He loved bridge, art and crafts projects, and spending time with family, said his son Dr. Mark F. Campbell of Woodside.
In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Ghormley Campbell of San Jose; his daughter Angel M. Treadaway of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandsons James of Salinas and Scott of Woodside; granddaughters Kristina of Woodside and Valerie of Salinas; daughter-in-law Renate K. Campbell of Woodside; and son-in-law V. Hal Treadaway of Scottsdale.
A private ceremony was held at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo.
Travel agency owner
A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, for Claire Janet Nealis, who died April 15 in an automobile accident on Interstate 280.
Mrs. Nealis was a passenger in a 1997 Mercedes, which broke down in the northbound lanes of the freeway on the Doran Bridge in San Mateo, and was struck from behind by a pickup truck. Her husband, Dr. Charles H. Nealis, driver of the car, was treated at Stanford Hospital and released.
Mrs. Nealis was a resident of Sharon Heights in Menlo Park for more than 30 years. Last year she and her husband moved to Los Altos. She was the owner of Ladera Travel Agency for 25 years.
A former high school valedictorian, Mrs. Nealis grew up in Oakland and attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
She was a member of Peninsula Volunteers Inc., and a longtime member of Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. She was an avid golf, tennis and bridge player. She and her husband traveled the world together.
Mrs. Nealis is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles (Jack) Nealis; her mother Evelyn E. Wixson; three children: Robert Scott Nealis of Danville, Kathryn Lynn Nealis of Los Gatos, and Craig Richard Nealis of La Mirada; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Neptune Society. The family prefers contributions to a charity of the donor's choice.
Co-owner Woodside Vineyards
Polly Mullen, who started Woodside Vineyards in 1960 with her husband Robert, died April 18 at her home in Woodside. She was 73.
Born and raised in Peoria, Ill., Mrs. Mullen was trained as a laboratory technician at Bradley University in Illinois. She married Robert Mullen in 1949 and they moved to Woodside, where they founded the winery that continues today.
Mrs. Mullen was very active at Woodside Village Church, where she worked for many hours in the office and in the gardens. She was especially interested in the Altar Guild and in the Christian Education program.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Mullen is survived by her mother, Grace Langston of Peoria, Ill. Memorial services were held April 26 at Woodside Village Church. Memorials may be made to Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Accounting firm executive
Michael N. Chetkovich of Atherton, former managing partner of Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche), died April 21. He was 81.
A 20-year resident of Atherton, Mr. Chetkovich was born in Angels Camp, son of Yugoslav immigrants. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
After graduation he joined the San Francisco accounting firm of McLaren, Goode, West & Co. During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy. In 1952 he became a partner in charge of the San Francisco office when McLaren merged with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. He transferred to the company's executive office in New York in 1967 and was managing partner of the firm from 1970 until his retirement in 1978.
He was chairman of the American Institute of CPAs in 1976-77 and received its gold medal for distinguished service in 1982.
After retiring, Mr. Chetkovich served as a director of American International Group, McDonnell Douglas and Phillips Petroleum. He devoted a great deal of time to his alma mater, especially the business school where he was a regents' professor, director of external affairs and special consultant to the dean.
He received many honors from the school including the university's Alumnus of the Year Award in 1985 and the Chancellor's Award in 1986. An endowed chair at the business school was established in his name in 1978.
Mr. Chetkovich served on the board of several volunteer organizations including chairmanship of the Executive Service Corps of Northern California, the Business Advisory Council of Religion in American Life, and the National Advisory Council of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Mr. Chetkovich is survived by his wife Alice; daughters Carol Chetkovich of Boston and Kathy Chetkovich of Boulder Creek; sons Mark Chetkovich of Santa Cruz and John Chetkovich of Los Angeles, and one grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, in the Wells Fargo Room of the University of California at Berkeley School of Business. Contributions may be made to the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley, the Bear Backers, or the university's International House.
Walter S. Butler
Former Woodside resident
Walter S. Butler, who moved to Menlo Park last year after living in Woodside for more than 40 years, died at his home on April 19. He was 83.
A memorial service for Mr. Butler will be held Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road in Redwood City.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Mr. Butler served in the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in the 349th troop carrier wing in China, Burma and India.
After moving to Woodside in 1956, Mr. Butler founded the Penn Construction Company where he worked as a contractor until he retired in 1990. He was a member of the Bay County General Contractors Association and the Builders Exchange.
Mr. Butler was also a member of the Woodside Road United Methodist Church, the Woodside Terrace Kiwanis Club, the Boy Scouts of America and the Sequoia YMCA.
He is survived by his wife Anne; two children, Penn Ayers Butler of Atherton and Lynn Butler Chichi of San Juan Capistrano; and three grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to the Chaddock Children's Foundation, 205 S. 24th St., Quincy, IL 62301, or to the Woodside Road United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94061.
Jessy Martin Phillips
Jessy Martin Phillips, a former book editor who lived in Palo Alto and Menlo Park for more than 50 years, died March 20 at the Lytton Medical Care Center in Palo Alto. He was 84.
A memorial service for Mr. Phillips will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 30, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Mr. Phillips attended Vanderbilt University for a brief period before serving in World War II with the Army near New Guinea. After completing his service, he returned home and received a bachelor's degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
Health problems associated with chronic asthma led him to California, where he became affiliated with the Stanford University Press as a book editor and freelance writer.
In addition to volunteering at animal shelters and nature conservation groups, Mr. Phillips was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.
He is survived by two stepnephews, Dan Buntin of Philadelphia and Rogers Buntin of Nashville, and two first cousins, Francis Potter of Nashville and Mildred Tandy Williams of Gracey, Ky.
Former Ladera resident
Nancy Woodruff Cortelyou of Mountain View, who lived in Ladera and also Menlo Park for many years, died April 19. She was 70.
Born and raised in Kansas City, she was graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1948. Mrs. Cortelyou lived in Ladera while married to Peter B. Cortelyou. She was an active volunteer for several organizations, including Children's Health Council and the Food Closet of All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto.
Survivors include her three children, Pamela Cortelyou of San Diego, William Cortelyou of Hillsboro, Ore., and Anne Cortelyou Brosnan of Menlo Park; son-in-law Jim Brosnan; and a granddaughter. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Drummond of Carmel.
Memorial services were held April 23 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Donations may be made to the Food Closet, 555 Waverley Ave., Palo Alto 94301.
Adelaide Kelly Wilde
Adelaide Kelly Hutton Wilde of Menlo Park, a Palo Alto dance teacher Park for 40 years, died March 8. She was 93.
Mrs. Wilde was born in Bluffton, Ind., and arrived in Palo Alto in 1906, two months before the April 18 earthquake. Her father was William H. Kelly, at one time owner-editor of the Palo Alto Times and postmaster of Palo Alto.
A graduate of Stanford University and Parsons School of Fine Arts, she toured America with a professional dance group in 1927. She studied at the Denishawn School in Los Angeles and with the Christiansen brothers at the San Francisco Opera Ballet Co.
In Palo Alto she joined Agnes and Frances Boone at their studio, teaching tap, ballet, tumbling and ballroom dancing. For many years she produced an annual recital, designing elaborate costumes for full productions held at Palo Alto Community Center.
In 1939 she married Dr. Donald V. Hutton and in the late 1940s became associated with the Royal Academy School of Dancing of England, limiting her work to ballet until her retirement at 69. Her husband died in 1972. She later married Drummond Wilde, who died in 1995. A 40 year resident of Menlo Park, she was one of the founders of the San Francisco Ballet Guild. She served on the board of the Senior Auxiliary to the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and was active in its fund-raising projects.
Mrs. Wilde is survived by her sister, Ann Kelly Marple Clagstone of Palo Alto; a stepson, Randall K. Wilde; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. The family prefers memorial donations to the Children's Hospital at Stanford or to the Alzheimer's Association, Research Division, 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos, CA 94022.
Benjamin P. Tipton, who lived in Menlo Park for 47 years, died April 20. He was 80.
A native of Visalia, he served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a retired employee of San Mateo County, where he worked as a vocational and housing specialist.
Mr. Tipton is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Whittle Tipton; son Steven and his wife Kristin; daughter Ann and her husband Michael; daughter Louise and her husband Mark; daughter Elaine and her husband George; son Mark and his wife Suzanne; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial was held April 24 at St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Menlo Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Conference, in care of St. Raymond's Church.
James Harlan David Rogers
Worked at IBM for 40 years
James Harlan David Rogers Sr. died April 24 at his Menlo Park home after a battle with cancer. He was 72.
Mr. Rogers served in the Air Force in the Philippines during World War II. After the war, he completed his schooling, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for 40 years for IBM.
A member of the Menlo Park 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mr. Rogers also served as scout master of Boy Scout Troop 215. He received the scout's Silver Beaver award.
Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Sloan Rogers; his children and their spouses, James and Corleen Rogers, Mark and Thaylene Rogers, Shawn and Todd Zenger, Heather and Lon Price, and Heidi and Skip Johnson; siblings David and Roberta Rogers; and 16 grandchildren.
Services are set for Tuesday, April 28, at noon at the Menlo Park LDS stake center, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., in Menlo Park. Arrangements were made by Roller, Hapgood & Tinney, in Palo Alto.
The family prefers that memorial donations be made to the Mid Peninsula Hospice or the Ensign-Lewis Foundation.
W. F. Batton
Atherton resident Wilbert F. "Bill" Batton, who worked as a general contractor and commercial developer in California for 52 years, died at his home on April 30. He was 84.
A reception for Mr. Batton will be held Friday, May 8, between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission Blvd., in Santa Clara.
A native of Verden, Okla., Mr. Batton left his family farm at an early age in search of work, picking cotton and apples, and later joined the Civilian Conservation Corps on the construction of the Grand Cooley Dam. As a traveling salesman, Mr. Batton claimed to have worked in every state, his family said.
Mr. Batton moved to California in 1943 after beginning his construction career in Anchorage, Alaska, where he built private homes and barracks for the Army.
He founded W.F. Batton & Co. Inc. in 1946 and built custom homes and apartments throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Mr. Batton was one of the first contractors to build tilt-up commercial buildings, his family said.
Many of Mr. Batton's buildings housed start-up companies in Silicon Valley, including his award-winning "Wedge" building in the Marriott Business Park, his family said. Another project in San Jose was recognized by the city as the "Outstanding Office Project" in 1990.
An avid sportsman, Mr. Batton enjoyed duck hunting and fishing as well as working in his garden, his family said.
He survived by his wife Marie; his daughters, Linda Batton, Marguerite Batton, Bonnie Keyes and Michelle Wright; three step-children, Harold, Jeanette and David Balzer; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Bonita Twombly, three nieces and two nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pulmonary Unit at Sequoia Hospital Foundation, 170 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94062, and the MidPeninsula Hospice Foundation, 65 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025.