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Mertton, Dorothy - San Ramon  
Dorothy Mertton Jan 20, 1931 - Jan 15, 2015 San Ramon Dorothy Mildred Mertton entered into rest at her home on January 15, 2015. Dorothy was born on January 20, 1931 in Nokomis, Saskatchewan, Canada to William and Dorothy Riach. She was a long-time resident of San Mateo, lived for 13 years in the Summerset Adult Community of Brentwood, California and most recently resided in San Ramon, California. Dorothy was the loving wife of 53 years to Frank, and devoted mother to William, Dianna, and Margaret. Dorothy is also survived by her six cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kathleen, Kendra, Kyle, Hayley, and Hannah, as well as her two great-grandchildren Finnley and Henry. She is also survived by her sister Phyllis and brother Bill who reside in Canada. After staying home to raise her children, Dorothy worked as a valued employee at several bay-area firms including Fluor and Visa. Dorothy was also an active and dedicated parish member of the Transfiguration Episcopal Church in San Mateo for over 30 years. Dorothy's warm, megawatt smile, and her care and affection for people endeared her to all whose lives she touched. A memorial service will be held for Dorothy on Saturday, January 31 at 2:00 pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Those wishing to send flowers are asked by the family instead to donate to the American Cancer Society.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 27, 2015

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McDonald, Roderick William - San Jose  
Roderick William McDonald 4/9/1945 - 1/17/2015 Resident of San Jose Rod passed away peacefully at home in San Jose on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the age of 69. He was born to Norton Lee McDonald and Helen Kimbro McDonald in Jacksonville, FL. Norton was in the military and Rod spent his early childhood in Japan, upstate New York and Panama. His family returned to Lakewood, Washington where Rod went to middle school and to Cloverpark High School, graduating in 1963. Rod then attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington graduating in 1967. He was honored for his basketball success and inducted into the Whitworth University Heritage Hall of Fame. Also, In 1967 he was honored as a NAIA All American. Following an honorable discharge from the US Army, Rod was drafted by the ABA Utah Stars where he played professional basketball from 1970-1973. He was quickly nicknamed "The Rocket" by his teammates and proudly wore #14 jersey as a member of the 1971 Utah Stars ABA championship Team. He met his beloved JoEden and they married in 1971. After 6 years in Utah, they moved to San Jose and raised their daughter Ann and son David. Rod's career besides basket was in the hotel and transportation industries. Rod was a devoted family man. His greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his family. He looked forward to annual summer trips to San Jose Family Camp where bridge and gin rummy were played and books were read by the river. Rod enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting activities and was often at the baseball field or at a water polo game proudly watching them play. He was a dedicated husband, cherished father, best grandpa, loving brother, caring uncle and loyal friend. He will be deeply, deeply missed and always lovingly remembered. Rod is survived by his wife of 43 years JoEden, his daughter Ann (Rich), son David (Rachel), grandchildren Zach, Paige, Alec, and Porter, brother Fred (Karen), sister in law Debbie and his nieces and nephews Marne, Josh, Matt, Lauren, and Kate as well as his "favorite dog" Romeo who loved nothing more than to climb onto his lap and snore. Private family services are being arranged. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Whitworth University Athletics, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd, Spokane, WA 99251 or Christopher High Water Polo 850 Day Road, Gilroy, CA 95020 or any charity of your choice.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 25, 2015
Medinnus, Colleen - San Jose  
Colleen Medinnus Resident of San Jose Colleen Medinnus, beloved San Jose Unified School teacher for 50 years, dies peacefully surrounded by family. Our loving Grandma, dedicated teacher, and best friend passed away January 15, 2015 in the simple beauty and warmth of her son's farmhouse in Etna, California. She was 85. Born October 17, 1929 in the small farming town of Owatonna, Minnesota, Colleen was a brilliant student and, rare for the time, she was a stand out in math and science. While Colleen had hoped to become an engineer, that field was largely closed to women in the 1940s, and so she became a teacher. Far from an unwanted fallback, however, teaching would become her passion, and lifelong calling. Lured by abundant sunshine and endless orchards, Colleen moved from the Twin Cities to San Jose as a young wife and mother in 1959. That same year, Colleen joined San Jose Unified as a special reading and math teacher. Featured in the San Jose SUN newspaper in 1965, and Named Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1974, Colleen dedicated her life to children. Over the course of a 50 year teaching career, Colleen taught, tutored, and mentored thousands of children from all walks of life. All children were her angels, she would say, and reading was the gift she most wanted to give them. A talented educator, Colleen was also a committed mother, grandmother, and friend. With far more strength and energy than her tiny stature would suggest, Colleen helped however, whenever, and wherever she was needed. Selfless in her devotion, Colleen packed and unpacked houses as her children moved over the years, changed diapers, shopped for groceries (along with special treats), and, of course, read to her grandchildren. Colleen gave her children, grandchildren, and all who knew her something even more precious than her time: unwavering and unconditional love. Colleen finished every note, letter, and card with her signature smiley face, and closed every conversation, visit, or gathering by saying expressly how much she loved us. Colleen spent her last years volunteering at Willow Glen Elementary School, helping in the kindergarten, and sharing her energy and enthusiasm for teaching that time and age never diminished. Her family is grateful for the friendship and welcome offered to her by the teachers, children, families, and staff at that wonderful neighborhood school. Colleen would want a special word of thanks to be given to Dr Efren Rosas, his assistant Yolanda, and the nurses and staff of Kaiser San Jose Medical Center. Through their dedication and care, Colleen enjoyed the gift of nearly two more years of life, allowing her to see her granddaughters married, and to anticipate with tremendous joy the birth of her first great grandchild in August 2015. Colleen is survived by her children Mark Medinnus, Lisa Rodgers, Laura Grant Van Camp, and David Medinnus, and grandchildren Kelsey Seidell, Katie Ryan, Cameron Grant Van Camp, Daniel Grant Van Camp, and Anthony Medinnus. A gentle, humble person, Colleen asked that there be no formal service. Instead, her family held a celebration with close friends, toasting Colleen with peach Snapple, her favorite drink, and dining on a sampling of pastries from Dick's Bakery, a local treasure Colleen had frequented since 1959. For those who wish to honor her memory, Colleen hoped her commitment to reading might continue on through support for the San Jose Public Library Foundation http://www.sjplf.org .
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 25, 2015

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Mac Neal, Elizabeth Read - Sunnyvale  
Elizabeth Read Mac Neal January 14,1916 -December 29, 2014 Resident of Cupertino Elizabeth Guillman Read was born to Susan Guillman & Joseph Read in Philladelphia. Both brother, Cornelius & sister Susan Read died several years ago. Libby Read was the first female bank teller at Bank of America in Philladelphia. She married Samuel Robert Mac Neal on September 20,1941. Their only son Bob was born in 1944 before moving west . She continued at Bank of America Palo Alto , as a Vault Teller before finally settling in Cupertino. Sam worked at United Airlines & then as an Accountant for S.R.I. Both contributed many years of volounteer service. Sam enjoyed doing wheelchair repair, "Dories," & Docent Ranger at Hidden Villa & Curry Camp at Yosemite. Libby contributed more then 10,000 hours at Kaiser Hospital. They were married 73 years before they both passed in the comfort of their home. Samuel Robert Mac Neal born 2/3/1915-9/28/10. Libby was reunited with Sam in heaven on December29, 1914. Both are survived by son Bob Mac Neal of Aptos. Robynn(Sunnvale, CA) & Ryan MacNeal (Pine, AZ), Great Grandchild Sara Ann Mac Neal and their beloved dog Raisin. Neighbors & friends will always remember their kindness & generosity. Dobby Libby & Papa Sam will always remain in our hearts and many loving memories!
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 24, 2015

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Mancini, John - San Carlos  
John Mancini Jan. 1925 - Jan 2015 Resident of San Mateo John Mancini, beloved husband, father and grandfather ("Papa") passed away after a brief illness, just a few days after his 90th birthday. John is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Jean, daughter Joan, son Bob (Sara) and grandson, Andrew. Born in Comiso, Sicily, John was a true artist. He worked as a technical illustrator, including work on the Apollo program for NASA. He also painted modern landscapes that captured the Italian countryside in a colorful, studied style. His paintings have been shown in museums and special collections, as well as galleries. He was always ready with a story about Italy or art, never losing his love for both. His easy-going, warm manner and ready laugh made him a delight to be around. He will be so very missed. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Stroke Association at www.donatenow.heart.org/stroke or at 1-888-4 STROKE.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 23, 2015
Mavrakis, George Nick - San Jose  
George Nick Mavrakis July 30, 1920 - January 15, 2015 Resident of San Jose George passed peacefully at the age of 94. Born in Trinidad, CO the son of Cretan immigrants Nicholas P and Mary Mavrakis. Raised in the coal mining towns of Carbon County UT, graduated from the Business Institute in Detroit, MI. Preceded in death by 2 sisters, Liberty Mavrakis and Kula Francis. Survived by his loving and devoted wife of 70 years Thelma, 3 sons, Nick, George (Laura) and Steven and Jim Brunton whom he thought of as a fourth son, 5 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, brother Michael (Ruth) and many nieces and nephews. Upon marrying Thelma in 1944 in Price, UT, they settled in Salt Lake until moving to San Jose in 1964 where he was a Realtor and owner of Chubby's Broiler. A member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of San Jose serving on the Council Board including that of President and on the Mixed Council of the Diocese of San Francisco. He was a proud founder and President of the Icaros Chapter, Pan Cretan Assoc. A past member of the Pro Bowlers Assoc., bowling several "300" games. He also had a passion for fishing and took advantage of it whenever possible. George, dedicated to his Country, proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and Korean War. So proud of his two Honorable Discharges, the Flags of the United States and Marine Corps Pendant proudly waved displayed in his front yard. He was a lifetime member of the USMC League, VFW, The Disabled Veteran of America and the American Legion, Post 99. George loved being surrounded by his family and friends, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Patriarch of his family, and Icon of the Greek Community, a friend and mentor to all he came in contact with during his life, he will be truly missed but continued to be loved – May His Memory be Eternal. The Trisagion and Funeral Services will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1260 Davis St., San Jose. The Trisagion will be held on Thurs., January 22, 2015 at 7PM. The Funeral Services will be on Fri., January 23, 2015 at 11AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 21, 2015
Meierdierks, Stephanie Kaye - Palo Alto  
Stephanie Kaye Meierdierks Sept. 8, 1978 - January 7, 2015 Resident of Aurora, CO Stephanie Meierdierks of Mountain View, California, age 36, died peacefully on January 7, 2015, while hospitalized at Aurora, Colorado. Stephanie was born in Redwood City, California on September 8, 1978, a 4th generation Californian. She attended Mountain View schools, graduating from Saint Francis High School in 1996. She settled in Colorado, completing her professional education in radiology, followed by employment as a Radiology Technician at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. She enjoyed music performance, especially playing the piano and tuba. At St. Francis High School, she played in the marching band and the orchestra, as well as in two Drama Department musicals (once on the tuba, the other on baritone saxophone). In her youth, she was a member of Sigma Tau Theta Rho Girls Club, where she enjoyed traveling with other club members, and held office as Treasurer of the girls club state assembly. She was an 18 year member of Hermenia Rebekah Lodge #49 of Mountain View, where she often provided piano music at Lodge meetings. She was the loving companion of David Winters for 20 years, having first met in classes at St. Francis. She is survived by David Winters, her parents John and Jackie Meierdierks of Mountain View, her sister Kathryn Meierdierks Fagan of Rio Vista, California, and several cousins and a niece. She was predeceased by her brother Scott Edward Meierdierks. Celebration of her life will be held Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Alta Mesa Memorial Chapel in Palo Alto, California, followed by internment. Stephanie will be greatly missed and will be forever in our hearts.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 22, 2015
Miller, Genevieve Moran - San Jose  
Genevieve Moran Miller Los Gatos, California Died January 2, 2015 at the age of 98 at The Terraces of Los Gatos. She lived most of her life on the Peninsula. She played flute with the orchestra at Canada College, as well as for events at The Terraces. She was a teacher, and in retirement she traveled extensively and participated in many environmental projects. She was predeceased by her husband, Herold J. Miller, and her brother, William Moran. She is survived by a step-daughter and three nieces. Friends are invited to a memorial service on Wednesday, January 21, 2:00 p.m. at The terraces of Los Gatos.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 20, 2015
Mitchell, Karla - San Jose  
Karla Mitchell Dec. 21, 1942 - Jan. 16, 2015 San Jose Karla Kristin Mitchell, 72, died peacefully of natural causes on Friday, Jan. 16 at the Regional Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. Born Dec. 21, 1942 in Torrance, Calif. to the late Marjorie and Joe Brown. Karla grew up in Southern California, moved to Saratoga, Calif. in 1959, graduated from Los Gatos High School and attended Chico State University. She worked for many years as a librarian and educator at West Valley Community College. She is survived by her husband, Jim McLarney and two children; Teresa Froehlich and Timothy Mitchell, son-in-law, Michael Froehlich, her brother, Perry Brown, grandchildren; Olivia and Amelia Froehlich, nephews Chris, Greg, and Michael; nieces Tia and Alison, and her husband's children; Corby, Kevin, Patrick, Erin, Brett, and Cassandra. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. PST at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 81 N. Second St., San Jose, Calif., with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Sacred Heart Community Service, http://sacredheartcs.org
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 20, 2015
Moe, Mavis Skei - Los Gatos  
Mavis Skei Moe Sept. 24, 1936 – Jan. 18, 2015 Resident of San Jose With great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Mavis on Sunday, January 18th, 2015. A resident of San Jose since 1966, Mavis was born in Bismarck, North Dakota to Ruth and Einar Skei. As a young child, Mavis moved with her family to Bremerton and then to Seattle, Washington where she attended Lincoln High School and The University of Washington. At a local school dance in Seattle she met Alvin Moe who became her husband, and the love of her life for the last 57 years. Mavis was beautiful, compassionate and musically gifted – a fixer of teddy bears and a costume maker extraordinaire. She was devoted to her family and would do anything for those she loved. She is survived by her husband Alvin; daughter Karen Fleming (Tim), son John Moe and son Kris Moe (Arlin); grandchildren Alex Moe, Michael Fleming, Shannon Fleming, Erika Moe and David Moe; sisters Evelynne Maston, Corrine Randlett and Bonny Ajemian as well as many beautiful nieces and nephews whom she loved very much. We were all so blessed to have had her in our lives and we will miss her forever. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley in honor of Mavis. "They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are." St. John Chrysostom
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 23, 2015
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