David Evan Bowen of Menlo Park died November 30, two months after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was 68.
Mr. Bowen was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and served in the U.S. Army in Korea following the Korean war. He met his future wife, Penelope, when both were students at San Francisco State University. Ten years later, he finished his degree in mathematics at Notre Dame College.
Mr. Bowen was an engineer at Lockheed for 35 years, retiring in 1994. After retiring, he and his wife, both hikers, visited many of the national parks in the West.
Mr. Bowen also enjoyed working on his cabin in Arnold. He was very family-oriented and was especially delighted with his grandchildren, said his wife.
For the past 15 years, prior to his illness, the Bowens hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 40 to 50 members of the Bowen family.
Mr. Bowen is survived by his wife, Penelope; son Kenneth, who is relocating to Colorado Springs; a sister, Genevieve Kopache of Albany, New York; two brothers, Bob Bowen of San Diego and Jack Bowen of Orinda; and two grandchildren
Owner of Home and Garden store
Ann Carter Huneke of Menlo Park died November 29 of complications associated with the treatment of cancer. She was 65.
Ms. Huneke, who was the proprietor of the Home and Garden gift store, 887 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, was born in Los Angeles. She attended Stanford University and, after college, resided in Woodside and Menlo Park. She was a member of the Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula and the Menlo Circus Club.
Ms. Huneke is survived by her children, Murray Huneke, Christine Huneke Kremer, and Lorraine Huneke; a brother, William Carter; and four grandchildren.
A private service will be held Sunday, December 7. The family prefers donations to the OKIZU Foundation, 16 Digital Drive, Suite 100, Novato, CA 94949. Arrangements were under the direction of Menlo Colonial Chapel.
Local business owner
Carolyn Williams of Menlo Park died suddenly on November 30 at Sequoia Hospital. She had been struck by a car on November 21 and was recuperating from a broken leg. She was 61 and in excellent health, say family members.
She was born in Ballinger, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in business administration. In 1978 she married Ernest "Bill" Williams and they settled in Menlo Park.
Ms. Williams ran her own word-processing business, Proof Perfect. She also edited several English and French publications and assisted Jeanne Gilmore O'Brien with the publication of "La Republique Clandestine, 1818-1848," published in France in 1998.
Before starting her business, Ms. Williams worked for SRI International for 17 years and traveled throughout the world.
Having developed an international taste for fine food, Ms. Williams enjoyed cooking, as well as gardening with her husband. She was an avid reader and lover of music and arts, say family members.
Ms. Williams is survived by her husband, Ernest of Menlo Park; mother Eva Calk of Menlo Park; sister Ann Storm of Denver; brother Lewis Calk of Los Altos; five nieces, three great-nephews and a great-niece.
Memorials in her name may be made to the Clinical Cancer Center at Stanford University or to the Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale.
Art collector, philanthropist
Eileen Denari Ludwig of Woodside and San Francisco died December 3 after a long struggle with lung cancer. She was 60.
A native of Manhasset, New York, she graduated with honors from the Tobe-Coburn School of Fashion in 1965 and joined Saks Fifth Avenue where, at age 26, she became the youngest buyer in the company's history.
In 1970 she married James J. Ludwig, vice president and regional manager for Saks Fifth Avenue in Northern California and moved to San Francisco. In 1976 the Ludwigs bought a house in Woodside where they spent their summers and many winter weekends. In 2002 they built a new house on their property and the former house was given away and moved.
Active in many philanthropic organizations, Ms. Ludwig was president of the San Francisco Opera Guild, a founding member and president of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCs), and a fund-raising panel member for the Donor Circle at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
She established endowments in her name at Achievement Rewards for College Scientists to provide scholarships for science students and The San Francisco Opera Guild for educational programs. She was an honoree, with her husband, at Zoofest in 1998 and at the opening of the "New Zoo" in San Francisco in 2002.
Ms. Ludwig and her husband donated many works from their collection to African Oceanic and Americas collection at the de Young Museum and the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. With her husband, she led five animal-viewing safaris to Southern and East Africa on behalf of the San Francisco Zoological Society.
The Ludwigs were active in the San Francisco and Woodside social scenes and were season subscribers to the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet and the American Conservatory Theater. She was a member of the Menlo Circus Club and the Burlingame Country Club.
Ms. Ludwig is survived by her husband, Jim; a daughter, Lisa Ludwig of San Francisco; two step-daughters, Nicole Ludwig McLeod of Nipomo, San Luis Obispo County, and Jessica Ludwig Kolbe of Santa Barbara; a brother, Dr. Gregory Denari of Saratoga; two sisters, Carol Saur of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Sandra Porter of St. Louis, Missouri; and three step-grandchildren.
A beautiful woman with impeccable fashion taste, she was considered one of the best-dressed women in the Bay Area, say family members.
Contributions may be made to the Eileen D. Ludwig Scholarship Fund at Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, P.O. Box 29405, San Francisco, CA 94129; or to the Eileen D. Ludwig Thoracic Oncology Fund for Lung Cancer Research at the UCSF Foundation, 1600 Divisadero, San Francisco, CA 94115.
Reusable forestry products pioneer
A celebration of the life of Irvin Wentworth of Menlo Park will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Mr. Wentworth died December 4 at Stanford Medical Center. He was 85.
Mr. Wentworth was born in Owatonna, Minnesota. His first job was in his sister's and brother-in-law's telephone business in Minnesota. Later he was a chauffeur for the president of the First National Bank in Chicago. He received a bachelor's degree in forestry from the University of Idaho, married Nancy Pye, and they started their life together in Idaho.
In 1958, Mr. Wentworth was employed by Willamette Industries in Albany, Oregon, where he led a team that developed a composite wood panel manufacturing process that was the genesis of particle board, a staple in the construction industry. Five years later, Mr. Wentworth supervised and pioneered refinements to manufacturing facilities in Waverly, Virginia, as vice president of Gray Products Co.
Later, he sold manufacturing facilities in the building products industry for an international engineering and equipment manufacturer.
Mr. Wentworth moved his family to Menlo Park in 1968. He was known for his devotion to his family, sense of humor, and love of college basketball, family members say.
After retiring, he settled into working for his church, Valley Presbyterian in Portola Valley. He was one of the original members of the San Mateo County Convalescent Ministry and helped his wife organize the annual Stanford Hospital Heart-Lung Transplant Picnic for the last 22 years.
Mr. Wentworth is survived by his wife, Nancy Pye Wentworth; son Rick Wentworth of Stuart, Florida; daughters Mary Rose Wentworth of Ukiah, Jaynie Wentworth of Foster City, and Ginger Petersen of Hollister; a sister, Inez Smith; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family prefers contributions to the Inter-Lung Disease Clinic, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Stanford University Hospital, Room 3143, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305-5236.
Harry Holland Jr.
Portola Valley resident
Harry Holland Jr. of Portola Valley died November 27. He was 83.
Born in Philadelphia, he attended Princeton University and Harvard School of Business. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
During his business career, he worked in the employee benefit field, retiring from the Zischke Organization in 1977.
From 1962 to 1975, the Holland family lived in Portola Valley, where Mr. Holland served as the last president of the Portola Valley Association, an organization that represented Portola Valley residents' interests until the town was incorporated in 1964.
He lived his final years at The Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley, where he met and married his second wife, Jean Mitchell Smith.
Mr. Holland is survived by his first wife, Sally B. Holland of Menlo Park, the mother of his four sons: Harry of Menlo Park, John of San Carlos, Tom of Santiago, Spain, and Bob of Redwood City; and sister, Alice Jones of Connecticut.
No memorial is planned. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller, Hapgood & Tinney.
Menlo Park resident
Services for Elizabeth "Betsy" Evart of Menlo Park, who died in a bicycle accident December 4, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 13, at Redwood Chapel, 847 Woodside Road, Redwood City. A reception at 2 p.m. will follow at The Acorn restaurant,1906 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Mary Ellen Burke
Mary Ellen "Mazie" Burke, a resident of Menlo Park for 24 years, died December 7 after a brief illness. She was 53.
Ms. Burke was born in Milton, Massachusetts, and attended Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. She was a volunteer at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park for four years, then was hired to become the school's librarian four years ago.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, William B. Burke; daughters Katherine Burke of Chatham, Massachusetts, and Ellen Burke of Menlo Park; her father, Dr. Herbert Minkel of Centerville, Massachusetts; a brother, Herbert Minkel Jr. of New York City; and sisters Ann Corkery of Salisbury, Connecticut, Jean Minkel of New Windsor, Massachusetts, and Maura Minkel Frackleton of Westford, Massachusetts.
The family prefers memorials to the Mary Clark Endowment Fund for St. Raymond School. A memorial Mass was held at Church of the Nativity. Arrangements were under the direction of the Menlo Park Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries.
Longtime Menlo Park resident
Beverly (Bette) Krost, who had lived in Menlo Park since 1954, died at home, surrounded by her family, December 5.
Ms. Krost was born in San Francisco and grew up in Daly City. She graduated from Jefferson High School, where she was valedictorian. She was offered several college scholarships, but chose to work to help support her family after the death of her father.
During World War II she worked at Treasure Island, where she met and later married Robert (Bob) Krost, a gunner's mate in the U.S. Navy. The couple moved to Menlo Park with their two daughters. For 30 years Ms. Krost helped her husband run their family business, Menlo Oaks Plumbing.
Ms. Krost enjoyed traveling and playing golf. She was an accomplished artist and enjoyed working in her garden, tending her roses, say family members. She was a member of St. Denis Guild for many years.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert; daughters Cathie Harry of Redwood City and Cindie Krost of Menlo Park; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery.
:Social services employee
Mildred S. Isheim, a resident of Menlo Park since 1978, died November 26 at age 92.
Ms. Isheim was born in Lakewood, Ohio. She was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, and earned master's degrees in language from Columbia University and in social service administration from Case Western Reserve University.
For many years she worked in social services for Broward County in Florida. After retiring, she moved to Menlo Park, where she was active at St. Raymond Church and volunteered as a Pink Lady at Stanford Hospital.
Southern Pacific accountant
Thomas B. Settle of Menlo Park died December 16 at Stanford Medical Center after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 83.
Mr. Settle was born in San Francisco and was a veteran of World War II. A resident of Menlo Park for 43 years, he was an accountant with Southern Pacific. He was a member and past officer of Palo Alto Elks Lodge No. 1471 for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara B. Settle of Menlo Park. Private services were held. Donations may be made to the Palo Alto Elks Lodge No. 1471, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Deltha O'Neal II
Menlo Park resident
Funeral services for Deltha Lee O'Neal II of Menlo Park will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 26, in the chapel of Spangler Mortuaries, 650 Live Oak Ave. in Menlo Park. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. at the mortuary.
A native of Sparkman, Arkansas, Mr. O'Neal died December 19 at his home. He was a laborer.
He is survived by his 10 children: Andre, Delta, Deltha Lee III, Patrice, Latoya, Allen, Rene, Desiree, Darius and Olivia; his parents Helen Tamplin of Menlo Park and D.L. O'Neal of Stuttgart, Ark.; his companion, Cloveral Deal; eight brothers and sisters; and seven grandchildren.