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Friedenbach, Kenneth J. - Santa Cruz  
Kenneth J. Friedenbach Jr. September 19, 1944 - May 10, 2016 Resident of Santa Cruz Kenneth J. Friedenbach Jr, 71, passed away on Tuesday, May 10th in Santa Cruz California, after a valiant 12-year battle with cancer. Ken will be remembered for his superior intellect, gentle spirit, unwavering generosity, and devotion to his family. Ken was born on September 19, 1944 in San Jose, CA, the oldest son of Kenneth and Edna Mae (Cook) Friedenbach, both descendants of early California pioneers. After graduating from Pleasant Hill High School, where he had established himself as a math prodigy, Ken enrolled in Santa Clara University where he studied applied mathematics and excelled in many math competitions. This led to a prestigious graduate fellowship to study Mathematics at the University of New Mexico. It was in Albuquerque that he met Liz Alpert and her three children. Ken and the family moved to Santa Cruz in 1973 where he pursued a Doctorate in Information Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The title of his dissertation is "Abstraction Hierarchies: A Model of Perception and Cognition in the Game of Go." Writing a computer program to play the game of Go would become a lifelong pursuit and passion. During the span of his 30-year career, Ken's pioneering efforts in computer engineering and software development made a lasting impact on the burgeoning field of personal computing and semiconductor chip design. He worked for several computer companies including Santa Cruz Operation, TRW, Apple Computer, Cadence Design Systems, and was a co-founder of Sierra Research and Technology. At Apple, Ken was among the team of engineers who developed the Lisa, a forerunner of the Macintosh and the first computer to have a "mouse". In his retirement Ken enjoyed working on his Go game, spending time with friends and family, visiting with his grandchildren, and watching his beloved SF Giants and Golden State Warriors. Ken had grown up with a love of the outdoors, especially backpacking in the Sierras with his brothers and friends. This translated later in life to expeditions to exotic and remote places all over the world. Ken was a kindhearted man - friendly, unpretentious, and good natured. His optimism, honesty and personal integrity were hallmarks of his character, and he will be remembered as a great man from the inside out. Ken is survived by his wife Liz Alpert, his five siblings, Jennifer (Konecny), George, Mary (Walton), John and Peter, his three stepchildren, Ethan, Josh and Sarah (Larson), and his three grandchildren Aidan, Julia and Lillienne. A celebration of Ken's life will take place on Sunday, July 10, from 2-4 PM at the De Anza Park clubhouse, 2395 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz. View the online memorial for Kenneth J.  Friedenbach Jr.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 22, 2016
Grilli, Paulina - Carson City  
Paulina Grilli March 8, 1945 - May 6, 2016 Carson City, NV Born in Dennyloanhead, Scotland, to Victor and Lena Grilli. Immigrated to U.S. with family, in 1960. She lived in Massachusetts and California, before settling in Carson City, NV. Employed in the manufacturing and service industries. Her needlework and crocheting benefitted many. She enjoyed helping people and had a lifelong fondness of pets, especially cats. She was growing in her Christian Faith, and now enjoys God's Presence. Paulina was preceded in death, by her parents, and brothers, Victor, Robert, Joseph, and Francis. She will be dearly missed by her remaining siblings, John, Rosa Pearl, Peter (Twin), and Andrew, along with many family and friends. Graveside Service Thurs. May 26, 11AM, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Dr. Los Altos. View the online memorial for Paulina Grilli
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 22, 2016
Heldt, Marguerite Virginia Walton - Campbell  
Marguerite Virginia Walton Heldt Feb. 18, 1923-May 15, 2016 Resident of Campbell Marguerite was born in Evansville, IN and spent the last 54 of her 93 years in the West San Jose-Campbell area. She was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter. She is survived by six children, 17 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren. The memorial will be held on Wed, May 25 at 10 AM. View the online memorial for Marguerite Virginia Walton Heldt
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 22, 2016
Henninger, Clara Belle - Hayward Ca  
Clara Belle Henninger March 25, 1920 - May 15, 2016 Hayward CA Clara Belle Henninger was born March 25, 1920 near Unionville Iowa to Carl Ahee and Ethyl Sylvania Roberts Ahee. She was raised in Turlock, CA and received her nursing degree from UC Berkeley. She met her husband Arleigh Henninger at the Naval Hospital in Seattle, WA in 1945. They married 4 years later and bought a house in Hayward where they raised their two children. Clara Belle was a Navy nurse, and she worked for Alameda County, Planned Parenthood and HUSD as a nurse. Clara Belle and Arleigh traveled the USA and the world in retirement. Her interests also included bowling, horseshoes, ceramics, needlecrafts, Women's groups and gardening. Clara Belle is predeceased by her parents and her siblings Carl Ahee and Echo Pauline Essen and her husband of 65 years, Arleigh. She is survived by her daughter Joan Fosdick and son Roy Henninger, his wife Marilyn Moreno, her grandchildren Brent and Kevin Fosdick, Jose Moreno Brooks, Bianca and Carlos Henninger and her great grandson Jacob Fosdick. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 am, at the First United Methodist Church at 1183 B St., Hayward CA 94541 Memorial donations may be sent to the Hill and Valley Club at 1808 B St., Hayward CA 94541, for their Scholarship Fund. Grissoms Mortuary View the online memorial for Clara Belle Henninger
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 22, 2016
Hernandez, Nadine Antoinette - San Jose  
Nadine Antoinette Hernandez February 5, 1936 – May 14, 2016 Resident of Fremont, California Nadine passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. She is preceded in death by her daughter Theresa Marie and grandson Lewis Aitkens. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Louis Hernandez; 4 daughters: Norine Hall of Grants Pass, OR, Louise Arata (Ron) of Fremont, CA, Elizabeth Kent (John) of Boulder Creek, CA, and Elaine Glover of Colorado Springs, CO; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 siblings: Margaret Esquibel of Madera CA, James Martinez (Sarah) of Fremont, CA, and Evelyn (Edward) Lara of Madera, CA; and many nieces, nephews, and in laws. Nadine was born and grew up in Madera, CA where she married her High School sweetheart in 1954. They relocated to Los Gatos, CA where they lived for 40+ years. Nadine drove an 84 passenger school bus for the Los Gatos Unified School District for 10 years then worked in administration for the same school district for another 10 years before joining her husband as "The Boss" at their business, El Gato Auto Upholstery in Los Gatos, which they owned for 43 years. Nadine loved to spend time with friends and family camping and traveling throughout California, as well as bowling and golfing. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved to spend time with them, often supporting them at sporting events and graduation ceremonies. She is best-known for her generous, kind-hearted spirit, and her infectious laugh! A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 28th, 10am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536. Inurnment at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Nadine to The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center, 675 Almanor Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085 (800) 786-2958 www.thepi.org View the online memorial for Nadine Antoinette Hernandez
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Published in Los Gatos Weekly Times Obits on May 22, 2016
Koenig, David J. - San Jose  
David J. Koenig Resident of Menlo Park David J. Koenig, 73, who retired to Menlo Park in 2008, passed away from pancreatic cancer on May 2, 2016. He taught Political Science at Santa Clara University and later worked for thirty years as a manager in the Minnesota government. He leaves behind his spouse and partner of over fifty years, George Cameron, a sister Janet, and many friends who will miss his kindness, wit, passion for sports, and wide intellectual interests. View the online memorial for David J. Koenig
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 22, 2016
LaMorte, Vincent "Jimmie" - San Jose  
Vincent " Jimmie " LaMorte March 21, 1924 - May 16, 2016 Resident of San Jose Our Heavenly Father has called Jimmie to his eternal home. He is preceded by the love of his life, Dorothy and his first son, Randy. He is survived by his children Gary (Cynthia), Cheryl, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Private services to be held. Please sign online guestbook. View the online memorial for Vincent " Jimmie "  LaMorte
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 22, 2016
Lazzotti, Gary - California  
Gary Lazzotti Jul. 23, 1968 - May 15, 2016 Resident of San Jose Born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, Gary passed away in San Jose, California. He leaves behind the love of his life, Christina, two adorable daughters, Krista and Kailey, his dog, Kenzie, mother, Marion, two sisters, Karen and Yvonne, and nephews Daniel and Michael. A family man and amazing Husband and Father, loved by friends and family, he will be deeply missed. A Funeral service honoring Gary will be at 12:00 pm, May 28, at Willow Glen Funeral Home 1039 Lincoln Ave. View the online memorial for Gary Lazzotti
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 22, 2016
Sparrer, George Rahn - Grass Valley  
George Rahn Sparrer Aug. 13, 1938 - May 7, 2016 Resident of Santa Clara Loving husband, father, grandfather. Rahn passed away after a short illness. He was born and raised in San Jose. He leaves behind his son David Sparrer, daughter Diane (Jerry) Burns and 7 grandsons. View the online memorial for George Rahn Sparrer
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Takata, Ruth Ayame - Milpitas  
Ruth Ayame Takata May 26, 1923 – May 12, 2016 Resident of Milpitas Ruth Ayame Takata was born on May 26, 1923, in Reedley, California, the second child of Ryuzo and Yoshie (Iwane) Santo (immigrants from Shimane, Japan). We are sad to announce that she passed away from liver cancer on May 12, 2016, just two weeks short of her 93rd birthday. Before Ruth's first birthday, her family moved to San Jose, where they lived on Gish Road near Orchard School for more than 15 years. Subsequently, they moved to a farm on nearby Murphy Avenue, where later she and husband Yosh farmed for 30 years. She attended Orchard School, Peter Burnett Junior High School, and San Jose High School, from which she graduated in 1941. Ruth met our father at the movies in 1939 when she was only 16. Two years later, they were going steady and seeing each other every week. But their courtship was interrupted when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The following year, the U.S. government incarcerated all people of Japanese ancestry. Mom's family was sent to the internment camp in Heart Mountain, Wyoming, where Ruth first worked in the mess hall and later became a teacher. She wrote faithfully to Yosh, who had escaped going to camp by moving to the East Coast to live and work. After the closure of the Heart Mountain camp in 1945, Ruth joined Yosh in Minneapolis, where he was stationed in the U.S. Army. On August 18, 1945, three days after VJ Day, they were married by a justice of the peace in Minneapolis. After their wedding, they moved back to San Jose. Ruth was a farmer's wife for most of her marriage and worked extremely hard. But she also made time for her two children and was an excellent homemaker, seamstress, and cook. After Dad retired from farming in1975, they continued to live on Murphy Avenue for another 10 years. In 1985, they sold their property and moved to Milpitas. After Yosh died in 2005, Ruth continued to live in the Milpitas house for five more years, then moved to Palo Alto Commons, an assisted-living facility in Palo Alto, to be near her daughter and granddaughter. There she was a popular resident and enjoyed many of the activities, including bingo, exercise class, and handicraft classes. Ruth is survived by her daughter Lynn (Philip) Ritter, son Keith (Beverly) Takata; her grandchildren Marisa (Arthur) Reyes, Emily (Michael) Jolliff, Matthew Takata, Seth (fiancée Stephanie) Takata; and great-grandchildren Megan, Kyle, and Trevor Reyes, Scarlett and Anders Jolliff. On the Takata side, she was the last of her generation to pass away, but she is survived by12 loving nieces and nephews. On the Santo side, she is survived by her brothers, Chet and Roland, and two sisters-in-law, Sakaye (Roland) and Sumi (Robert), as well as by 8 loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brother Robert Santo and sister Mabel (George) Shimane. We would like to thank her physician Dr. Thaichan Jobalia, the staff at Palo Alto Commons, Pathways Hospice, and Senior Companions, especially her loving caregiver Betty Nava, for taking such good care of Ruth in the last month of her life. Funeral services have been held. View the online memorial for Ruth Ayame Takata
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 22, 2016
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