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Abele, Guido Gregor - San Jose  
Guido Gregor Abele Jan. 22, 1935 - Aug. 5, 2015 Resident of San Jose Guido passed away at the VA Hospital in Menlo Park after losing his battle with complications of Dementia. He is survived by his wife, Connie, dad, Walter Moneta, daughters, Heidi Abele-Ralston (Chris), Lisa Hendricks (Than), Corinne Jennings (Michael), grandchildren Brooke and Eric Jennings, Caroline Ralston and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Guido was born in Stuttgart, Germany and came to America with his family in 1950. After High School, he joined the USAF and met the love of his life, Connie, a stewardess for Northeast Airlines. They began a 3 year courtship by mail. After his discharge, he enrolled at the University of Washington. He married Connie and began a new life in Seattle. He worked for Boeing and United Technology Corp, working to pioneer solid rocket fuel. He enjoyed the life of a Rocket Scientist. Golf was his favorite sport and he was a member of Almaden Country Club. He and Connie enjoyed traveling the world. Private services were held for Guido and he was laid to rest with military honors on Mon., 8/17/15. Donations in his honor may be made to Veterans Hospital, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 91025 c/o VA Community Living Center.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 30, 2015
Adams, Oran Thomas - Fair Oaks  
Oran Thomas Adams May 14, 1931 - August 25, 2015 Resident of Campbell Tom lived a full and notable life. Born in Bisbee, Arizona, he moved to California as a teen, attending San Jose High School, class of 1949. He served in student government and was a champion wrestler. His education continued at Oregon State, San Jose State and Stanford. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Bream as a demolition expert. He was a memorable teacher and coach at numerous high schools, finishing his career as a coordinator for San Jose High International Baccalaureate program. Residing in Campbell, CA for over 50 years, his gardening skills and sports cars were admired by all. Other passions included travel and college football, and he was a jazz aficionado. He was preceded in death by mother Flo and wife Louise. He is survived by daughter Kathy, grandsons Kyle, Brian & Brett, and longtime friend Dee. For the many friends he collected along the way, a Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, September 27. For details, email daughter Kathy at: fordkathy@att.net
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 29, 2015
Barry, Thomas N. - Los Altos  
Thomas N. Barry Resident of Palo Alto Thomas N. Barry, known as the "Trivia Man" at the Palo Alto Senior Center, passed away August 20, 2015. Barry was age 95. Barry was born in Chicago, Illinois, August 16, 1920, the son of a Greek immigrant father and a Vermont school teacher mother, a Phi Beta Kappa. Barry was always proud to have been a newspaper boy for the Chicago Daily News while attending Carl Schurz High School Upon graduation from high school, Barry enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) June 1938, and was sent by train to Jordan Valley, Oregon, a small southeastern town of cattle ranches, cowboys, sage brush and rattlesnakes. He loved his year in Oregon, an exciting time for a city boy. From 1939 to 1942 Barry was employed as a produce manager in one of the First National Tea Co. self-service stores in Chicago. On May 7, 1942, Barry enlisted in the US Army in Chicago, at age 21, and was assigned to the 8th Armored Division, in Fort Knox, Kentucky. In September of 1942 he was assigned to the newly formed 13th Armored Division, Camp Beale, California, and served as a platoon sergeant in California and later in Camp Bowie, Texas. In January, 1945, the 13th Armored Division was shipped overseas to France. Sergeant Barry was a combat infantry platoon sergeant in Germany in April and May 1945. He was nominated for a Bronze Star for action under fire in southern Germany in April 1945. In May of 1945, Barry was wounded in Simbach, Germany; the bullet penetrating Sergeant Barry's bladder, resulting in two months in German and French and American hospitals. After a 1945 Army discharge, Barry was employed for two years as an auto insurance underwriter in Chicago, and as a special insurance agent in Minneapolis. In 1948 Barry attended The University of Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Science in General Studies. Barry was the 1950 Homecoming Chairman and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and President of the Political Science Fraternity. Barry's academic goal was to earn three college degrees, which he did in 1961, with a Doctorate in Education from Stanford University. Barry was employed by the Palo Alto Unified School District as a teacher for 28 years, including head of the Social Studies department at Wilbur Jr. High School, and as a Teacher of European History at Palo Alto High School, 1975 – 1982. After his academic career, Barry enjoyed seven travel tours to historic sites in England, France, Greece, Morocco, Israel, Rome, Spain, Portugal, Vienna, Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest and others. Barry served as a former Commander of Palo Alto American Legion Post 375, Past President of The Sons of the American Revolution, and President of the Palo Alto Republican Assembly. Although a life-long Republican, he supported Barack Obama in 2008 for President. He was an avid baseball fan, managing and coaching Little League teams in Palo Alto. He is survived by his second wife Carol, whom he married in 2003, when he was 83 and she, 79; a daughter, Wendy and son-in-law Lawrence Ernst of Woodland, CA, grandson, Michael D. Ernst of Honolulu, Hawaii, step daughters Ann, Kathryn and Nancy McCampbell, a brother, Philip H. Barry, of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and a sister, Lorraine B. Latoria, of Bartlett, Illinois,. Friends are invited to attend the funeral services, Monday, August 31st at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Spangler Mortuary, 399 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA www.spanglermortuary.com . Phone: 650-948-6619 Interment will follow at Alta Mesa Cemetery, Palo Alto.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 28, 2015
Bermudes, Kenneth - Cottonwood  
Kenneth Bermudes Dec. 16, 1960 - Aug. 4, 2015 Resident of Cottonwood Kenneth was born in San Jose California, to Johanna Sutton and the late Richard Bermudes. Kenneth is survived by his daughter Rayann Bermudes, his mother Johanna Sutton, his sister Joanna Brown, and two nieces Lindsay Fernandez and Toni Brown. A graveside service will be held Monday August 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery in Santa Clara, CA.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 29, 2015
Blakiston, Eleanor - Los Gatos  
Eleanor Blakiston Oct. 8, 1915 - Aug. 14, 2015 Los Gatos Eleanor passed away peacefully on August 14, 2015 at the age of 99. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Walter of 73 years, her beloved brother Len Goldmann and her parents Edmund and Eleanor de Prefontaine Goldmann. Eleanor was born and raised in San Francisco. Eleanor was known as Maamaa to her grandchildren. She was an exceptional lady that was a roll model to her entire family. She was fair and honest and always led by example. All of us have benefited by having her a part of our lives. Eleanor was a very creative artist and loved to paint glasses and ornaments that became collective items she continued painting into her 99th year. Eleanor is survived by her two daughters, Suzanne Bertolozzi and Virginia Kooper, and son in laws, Rudy Bertolozzi and Jim Kooper. Eleanor is also survived by her loving grand children, Teri Loeffler, Steve Bertolozzi, Dax Gaffney, Susie Bertolozzi Valencia, Danielle Wall, and Karyn Homeriki, and eight great-grand children. Also her dear friend Arzell Brustad. The family would like to thank the staff at The Plum Tree Convalescent Hospital, Vitas Hospice, and Felicia Pounds. There are not enough words to thank Nieves (Bess) Mercado, and Jasmin Distura who were angels in disguise. They cannot be thanked enough. A celebration of Eleanor's life is planned for October. A date set aside for her 100th Birthday. May she rest in peace.
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Published in Los Gatos Weekly Times Obits from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2015
Bowman, Pat  
In Loving Memory Pat Bowman July 25, 1928-August 15, 2015 We remember our mother, born Patricia Ruth Sanvidge, as a vibrant, quick-witted woman ahead of her time. Born in Seattle in an era when women had few choices, she and her sister Irene graduated from the University of Washington School of Nursing. Ever intrepid, Pat promptly headed to California to work at San Francisco General Hospital where she met her husband and lifelong companion, Walt Bowman. They were loving and devoted parents to their children Leslie, Carson, Shannon, Jamie and Cameron and amazing grandparents to Anthony, Katie, Shannon, Lindsay, Evan, Brendan, Hallie, Connor and Chloe. Mom loved her great grandson Mekhi but was unable to know her second great grandson Lincoln. Pat was spirited, had a great sense of humor and boundless energy. When Walt took an overseas exchange in Llandaff, Wales she packed up the children, aged three to fourteen, and spent a year in a rural Welsh community. Open minded and politically active, she and Walt belonged to the ACLU, participated in marches and hosted James Baldwin when hotels would not. She was instrumental in helping her close friend Janet Gray Hayes become the first female Mayor of a major American city. She loved the ocean and spent much of her time in Santa Cruz where she maintained several rentals. Mom died peacefully surrounded by family members. There will be a private family celebration of Pat's life in lieu of a service.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News on Aug. 30, 2015
Burkhart Jr., Howard N. - San Jose  
Howard N. Burkhart, Jr. Aug. 6, 1929 - Aug. 18, 2015 Resident of Saratoga Howard passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 18th at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara, California. He was born in San Jose, California to the late Howard, Sr. and Muriel C. Burkhart, and was a lifelong California resident. He attended Los Gatos High School, and graduated from San Jose State with a degree in accounting in 1952. Following his Army service in Korea, he spent his career in the accounting and finance fields at various companies in the Bay Area. Howard married Marcia, his wife of 61 years, in 1953. They moved to their home in Saratoga in 1963 and he lived there for the rest of his life. After retiring, he spend countless hours on one of his favorite hobbies - model building. He also took up gardening, spent almost every Sunday morning at the Santa Cruz Flea Market, and above all was an avid fisherman, making the annual Alaska salmon trip for the last twenty years. He is survived by his wife, Marcia, daughter Elise (Art), and son Bret (Heather); also, granddaughter Michelle, great-grandson Isaac, twin brother Lloyd, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Karen. Howard always lived life on his own terms, and encouraged other to do the same. He was loved by many, and will be deeply missed. A private memorial will be held at a later date.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 28, 2015
Butler, David A. - San Jose  
David A. Butler June 19, 1932 - August 8, 2015 Former resident of Monte Sereno, CA for 39 years In Loving Memory... David is survived by his loving wife Daryl Jeanne, his children Karen Fairburn of Los Gatos, Gregory Butler of Los Gatos, and Jeffrey Butler of Shingle Springs, CA. Son in law Heath Fairburn, daughter in law Tammie Butler, and 4 grandchildren, Hamilton Fairburn III, Whitney Fairburn, Brooke Butler, and Blaid Butler. Nieces Sally Lull, Carol Epstein, Janet Licata, and nephew Robert Butler. He is predeceased by his parents Agnes and Vincent, brother Collins Butler and sister Dorothy Love. David was born in Pacific, Mo. and grew up in Webster Groves, Mo. He joined the Air Force serving 2 yrs. in Tripoli, North Africa and 2 yrs. at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. David & Daryl married in 1958, moved to San Diego for 4 yrs., and then moved to San Jose where he was the owner of Trend Furniture for 27 yrs. In 1974 the family moved to Monte Sereno. David was a past member of the Los Gatos Lions Club, and lifetime member of the Lions Eye Foundation. David retired in 1994 and enjoyed traveling in his motor home. He was a true dog lover, and took his Shepherds everywhere. David battled prostate cancer, he passed away peacefully with his family holding him on August 8th in Santa Cruz, CA. Friends and family are invited to David's Celebration of Life on September 12th in Santa Cruz. Info: contact KarenFairburn@yahoo.com.
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Published in Los Gatos Weekly Times Obits on Aug. 28, 2015
Canihan, Robert - San Francisco, Ca.  
Robert Canihan Resident of Roseville Robert Canihan, August 26, 2015, a native of San Francisco, CA, age 77 years. Husband of the late Susan Canihan. Loving father of Terri Thatcher, Keith (Michelle) Robbins, Kelly (Shawn) Crandall and Chris (Malia) Canihan. Cherished grandfather of Westin, Gavin, Adam, Cole, Kyle, Lilly, Dallin and Ian. Brother of William Canihan and Karen Byrnes. Beloved companion of Joan King. Consummate educator in life and in the classroom, a passion for sailing and the Tahoe basin and a true son of San Francisco. Friends are welcome for visitation Friday, August 28, 2015 from 4-8PM at PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (6335 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA, 916-725-2109) and are invited to attend services Saturday, August 29, 2015, 1PM. For service location call Price Funeral Chapel.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 28, 2015
Catania, Samuel F. - San Jose  
Samuel F. Catania September 29, 1923 - August 27, 2015 Resident of San Jose Sam Catania was born on September 29, 1923 to Joseph and Rose Catania. Up until his illness, he was an active 90-year-old with the energy of a man half his age. His creative genius was first recognized when at 18, he worked for JP Hendy and developed the engine blueprints for the WW2 warship, the Jeremiah O'Brien. That vessel is docked at the wharf in San Francisco. Sam was an extraordinarily multi-talented man. With the skills of a carpenter, he built his own home; with the skills of a welder he created structures; with the skills of a chef he delighted friends and family with BBQ's and homemade Italian food. He could visualize, create and find mechanical solutions to anything he was presented with. In 1946, he helped Andy and Aram Amerian establish a successful produce business and remained with that company until his retirement in 1986. Through his travels in the produce network he met many people with his contagious smile and sense of humor. Everyone became his friend. Not one to sit back and relax in retirement, he became a fixture at Galli Produce where he volunteered as a fix-it man. He leaves behind Alice, his wife of 68 years, children Linda, Michael (Karen) and Greg. He was adored by his granddaughters Christina Courrejou (Brian), Jennifer Dalcanto (Patrick) and Lindsay McClure. He anticipated the birth of Logan Dalcanto. He also leaves behind his sister, Mary Cetani, sister-in-law Florence Lopez Dufur, and many nieces and nephews. Sam was preceded in death by his siblings Vince, Joe, Josephine, Effie (Sister Mary Cabrini), Rose Zito, half siblings, Tony Jangrus and Lena Stovall. Thanks are extended to hospice. Family and friends are invited to attend a Vigil Service Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at LIMA-CAMPAGNA-ALAMEDA MISSION CHAPEL, 600 S. Second Street, San Jose, with Visitation beginning at 2:30 P.M. Funeral Mass Friday, September 4, 2015 at 12:30 P.M. at Sacred Heart Church, 325 Willow Street, San Jose. Interment to follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Sept. 2, 2015
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