San Mateo County, California Obituary Collection
San Mateo County, California Obituary Collection - 2004 - 5
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Date: Thursday, 4 November 2010, at 5:48 p.m.
Sister Mary Henry
Religious of the Sacred Heart
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at Oakwood Convent of the Sacred Heart in Atherton for Sister Mary Henry, who died February 25 at age 95.
Donna Lorraine Donovan of Menlo Park died February 26, three days after her 81st birthday. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Elizabeth Fisher Stedman
A memorial service for Elizabeth Fisher Stedman will be held Thursday, March 4, at 10 a.m. at the Valley Presbyterian Church at 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Mrs. Stedman was 93.
Mrs. Stedman, who died February 9, was a resident of The Sequoias retirement community since 1990.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, in the chapel at Woodside Village Church in Woodside for Katharine Deahl Zaban. Ms. Zaban died May 16 at her home in Woodside. She was 97.
Ms. Zaban was a graduate of Stanford University, where she received a master's degree in clinical psychology. She worked as a psychologist for the San Jose School District for 30 years and was a lifetime member of the American Psychology Association.
Until recently, she worked as a docent at the Tripp Store in Woodside as a member of the San Mateo County Historical Association. In her earlier years she was a member of the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary to the Children's Hospital at Stanford and the Sequoia Hospital Auxiliary. With her husband, the late Harry Zaban, she was active in the Woodside Mounted Patrol.
Ms. Zaban is survived by her nieces Kathryn Anne Millar and Carolyn Shaw, nephew John Deahl Shaw, and stepchildren Harriet Eisner and Harry Zaban.
Memorials may be made to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 104, Mountain View, CA 94040 or a favorite charity. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Redwood Chapel, Redwood City.
Menlo Park resident
Dolores Theodore, a resident of Menlo Park for 37 years, died May 9. She was 67.
Ms. Theodore was a native of Houston, Texas. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Ted Theodore; daughters Andrea and Catherine; and siblings Yolanda Fuentes, Rita Vasquez and Frank Fuentes.
Funeral services were held May 12 at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Belmont. The family prefers donations to Philoptochos Ss. Cosmas and Damien Icon Fund, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont CA 94002. Arrangements were under the direction of O'Connell's Chapel, San Mateo.
Kenneth F. Uhland
Kenneth F. Uhland, a 20-year resident of Menlo Park, died May 8 at age 58. He had suffered from heart disease for nine years and cancer for four years.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Uhland attended Loyola High School and Loyola College in that city. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1977, which took him to the Gulf of Tonkin and around the world to five continents. Naval service brought him to Mare Island in Vallejo and he lived in the Bay Area for the rest of his life.
Mr. Uhland recently retired as a programer analyst for the Santa Clara County Communications Center, where he maintained the Computer-aided Public Safety System, including 911 dispatch.
Mr. Uhland handled light, sound and set construction for local community-theater groups, most notably the Menlo Players Guild. He volunteered for science fiction conventions all over the country and was awarded the Friend to Baycon Award this year. SiliCon created the Ken Uhland Award to honor the volunteer who serves the most.
Mr. Uhland joined Mensa in 1977, becoming the senior test proctor, the regional archivist, and the editor of the regional puzzle page.
At KTEH, Channel 54, he originated the concept of having all volunteer positions, including technical staff and phone volunteers, staffed by one group. In his case, it was Mensa members. He was recently qualified as a director at KTEH and trained volunteers at every other crew position.
Mr. Uhland is survived by his wife, Margaret Fruth of Menlo Park; daughter Catharine Hershey, also known as Carolyn Fruthland, of Menlo Park; an aunt and numerous cousins.
A memorial Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Private burial at sea will be held at a later date.
The family prefers contributions to Catharine Hershey's education or to KTEH, Channel 54.
Co-founder of trucking business
Margaret Elois Owens, a native of Menlo Park, died May 16 in Sacramento. She was 42.
Ms. Owens was raised by her maternal grandparents, Beulah Mae and Winifred Graze, in Menlo Park. She graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and attended Foothill College, where she competed on the Foothill Owls track & field team.
After she married Leonard Eugene Owens, she helped her husband found LMF Trucking in Sacramento. She was also employed as a claims processor at Blue Shield of California. She had worked as a data-entry clerk, hairdresser and bookkeeper. She loved riding motorcycles, family members said.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard E. Owens; daughter Francesca Owens, both of Sacramento; father Willie Edward Thomas of Huntsville, Texas; stepfather Leon Elders of East Palo Alto; six brothers, Abdul Rahman Graham of Sacramento, Shawn Ray Kennedy of Palo Alto, and Ronnie, Donnie, Rodney and Allan Thomas, all of Huntsville, Texas; sisters Lisa Thomas and Yolanda Hill, both of Huntsville, Texas; stepsisters Lynn Holland of Stockton and May Butler of Menlo Park; and adopted brothers Johnny Graze of Stockton and Robert Grave of Oklahoma City.
Services were held May 24 with interment at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno. Arrangements were under the direction of the Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, Mountain View.
Forty year resident of Woodside
Hal Townsend died May 21 after a prolonged illness. A 40-year resident of Woodside and a masonry contractor, he was 82.
He is survived by his wife Ardele; daughters Linda, Misty, and Lorie; and six grandchildren.
A gathering will be held at the family home at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27. Arrangements were under the direction of Woodside Chapel of Crippen & Flynn.
Ruth Mary Donohoe
Bookkeeper for Menlo Hardware
Ruth Mary Donohoe, who worked as a bookkeeper for Menlo Park Hardware for more than 40 years, died May 2. She was 96 and had lived in Atherton, Menlo Park and Redwood City for 75 of those years.
Ms. Donohoe was a member of the Church of the Nativity, the Young Ladies Institute, the Thursday Group at Church of the Nativity, and the Third Order of the Dominican at Corpus Christi Monastery, Menlo Park.
She is survived by nephews Richard and Robert Donohoe; Elizabeth Donohoe, widow of her late nephew Thomas Donohoe; and many great and great-great nephews and nieces.
A funeral Mass was held May 7 at Church of the Nativity with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. Arrangements were under the direction of John O'Connor's Menlo Colonial Chapel.
Catherine Suzanne Hicks
Native San Fransican
Catherine Suzanne Hicks died in Menlo Park on May 8. She was 79.
A native of San Francisco, she is survived by her daughters Carol of Menlo Park and Claire Covington of Campbell; and three grandchildren.
A memorial Mass celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at St. Denis Catholic Church at 2250 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park.
Donations in her memory may be made to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 104, Mountain View, CA 94040.
Arrangements are under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.
Optical laboratory owner
Wilbur (Bill) Clark, former owner of Wilby Optical Laboratory in Palo Alto, died May 4. A resident of Menlo Park since 1950, Mr. Clark was 89.
Mr. Clark was born in New Britain, Connecticut, and moved to California in 1944 with his wife, Geraldine. For many years he was a dispensing optician. He opened his own Wilby Optical Laboratory at Town and Country Village in 1957 and sold it in 1974, retiring at age 60.
Mr. Clark was also a musician, playing the saxophone and clarinet. He had a number of bands during the years. Some of his musicians, still known as Bill Clark's Band, entertain once a month at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto.
Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Geraldine, whom he married in 1938. No funeral service was held. His ashes were sent to New Britain, Connecticut, for burial.
General Motors employee
Cornelius U. Sartoris, a 25-year resident of Menlo Park, died May 11 at Stanford Medical Center. He was 92.
Mr. Sartoris was born in Auburn, Illinois, and lived in the Chicago area during his working years when he was a welder for General Motors Corp. He retired after 37 years of service. He and his wife, Helen, moved to Menlo Park in 1979.
Mr. Sartoris is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen; sons Frank of Brisbane and Nelson of Springfield, Ohio, and daughter Nella Nemeth of Crete, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. His son David predeceased him.
Services were held May 13 at the Menlo Park chapel of Spangler Mortuaries. The family prefers memorials be to a charity of choice.
Tri Anchor Marine owner
Don M. Koblick of Woodside, who sold electronic fishing equipment and gear to fishermen at Half Moon Bay, died April 12 of cancer. He was 78.
Mr. Koblick would arrive at the Pillar Point Harbor on weekends with his truck piled full of pieces of fishing equipment from his warehouse, according to an article in the May 21 issue of the Half Moon Bay Review. Bringing needed equipment to the fishing community at the harbor, Mr. Koblick "always brought a fatherly image to the fishermen," said Harbor Commissioner Pietro Parravano.
An article also said Mr. Koblick was instrumental in helping local fishermen secure the right to sell their catch directly from their boats.
His memory was honored with a parade of boats followed by a military ceremony held near the American Legion Post 474 building near the Pillar Point Harbor on May 1.
Mr. Koblick was born in San Francisco and moved to the Peninsula as a child. He graduated from Los Lomitas School and Sequoia High School. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Marines for three years and saw action in the South Pacific.
After the war he graduated from San Jose State University. Fifty years ago he started Tri Anchor Marine, based in San Carlos and Menlo Park.
Mr. Koblick was also a volunteer adviser for the Sea Scouts and the fishing community of Pillar Point Harbor, say family members.
Mr. Koblick is survived by his wife, Jeanne Durrell Koblick of Woodside; children John Leo Koblick of Manteca, Robert Nathan Koblick of Woodside, and Donna Jeanne O'Brien of Healdsburg; and four grandchildren.
The family prefers memorials made in Mr. Koblick's name to the Veterans Affairs Hospice Care, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304.
Attorney and judge
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for John Richard (Jack) Berrett, a Menlo Park resident of 53 years who died suddenly of cardiac arrest on April 24 while vacationing on a cruise ship. He was 83.
Mr. Berrett was born in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an observer pilot with the artillery during World War II, rising to the rank of captain.
After graduating from Stanford Law School, he married Mary Ruth Freeman of Santa Cruz. He was in private practice in Redwood City for many years, and later became an unemployment insurance appeals judge. After retiring in 1990, he continued to work part-time until his death.
Mr. Berrett will be remembered for his integrity, generosity, kindness and sense of humor, say family members.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary; and children Judith and Richard Berrett; and nephew Michael Davis.
A celebration of the life of William (Bill) Wood will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, at Christ Church, 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Mr. Wood, a resident of Portola Valley for 17 years, died May 3 of complications from Alzheimer's disease, from which he suffered for 11 years. He was 69.
Mr. Wood was born in England, where he played professional soccer for many years. After he and his wife, Marlene, were married, they emigrated to the United States in 1963.
The Woods opened an antique store, Tea Caddy Antiques, in Burlingame, which they operated for 22 years, before moving to Menlo Park. Tea Caddy Antiques is now located at 1060 Evelyn St.
Mr. Wood would have wanted to say thank you to all for the love and dedicated care given him for so many years, says his wife, Marlene, who is his only survivor. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Francis Joseph Van Poppelen
Silicon Valley pioneer
A memorial Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park, for Francis Joseph (Joe) Van Poppelen Jr. of Atherton, an early leader in the semiconductor industry. Mr. Van Poppelen died May 11 in Rancho Mirage where he had a winter home. He was 76.
From 1975 to 1989, Mr. Van Poppelen was associated with National Semiconductor Corp., where he was senor vice president, worldwide marketing and sales, and a member of the CEO's management committee.
Mr. Van Poppelen was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was educated at Fairfield Prep, Cornell University and Northeastern University, where he graduated from the School of Business in 1952.
Early on in his career he worked in sales at General Electric, Motorola, and Signetics Corp., becoming president of the U.S. semiconductor division of International Telephone & Telegraph Corp. from 1965 to 1968. In 1968 he moved to Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corp., where he became group vice president, electronic equipment divisions, with seven divisions and 13 plants under his direction.
Since 1989 he had served as a consultant and business/marketing adviser to such firms as Advanced Micro Devices and Future Electronics. He served on the board of directors for GaSonics International, Novellus Systems, and ULSI Systems.
He was a former member of the Silicon Valley chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, now known as the National Conference for Community and Justice. He was a member of the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, serving on its board of directors, and a member of the Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage.
Mr. Van Poppelen was a dedicated family man, consummate host and generous benefactor, say family members. He enjoyed golf, tennis, travel and dominoes.
He is survived by his wife, Marian; children, Linda Benevento of Portola Valley, Lauren Sabatini of Menlo Park, David Van Poppelen of Belmont, Eric Van Poppelen of Hermosa Beach, and Gretchen Mathews of Portola Valley; and seven grandchildren. The family prefers memorials be made to a charity of choice.
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