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Catharine Ann Fruth
April 3, 1923 - March 15, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Catharine Ann Hershey Fruth, aged 91, has gone home to God. She died March 15, 2015, of complications of Parkinson's disease. She was born April 3, 1923, in her grandmother's house in Indianola, Iowa. Her father did not see his firstborn for a week because a blizzard blocked his way from the family farm 10 miles to the south. She and her four younger brothers were raised there. She attended Simpson College and graduated from Iowa State University where she met her husband, the love of her life. After living in Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, and Burbank, California, they moved to Palo Alto where they raised their four children. During her 57 years of living in Palo Alto, California, she served as the president of the Hays PTA and chapter president of the AAUW. After her youngest child entered school, she became a special education teacher's aide, and completed a master's in home economics education from San Jose State University. Her work inspired her to complete a second master's, in special education, from Notre Dame in Belmont, California, and to teach children with learning disabilities for over 10 years. Her husband of 57 years, Carroll Fruth, preceded her in death, as did a...

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Dorothy Mitchell
April 6, 1918 - March 25, 2015 Menlo Park, California

What an incredible life! Dorothy Mitchell passed away peacefully on March 25, 2015 at age 96 surrounded by loved ones at the home of her daughter, Kathy Kenney-Baskin of Menlo Park, CA. Dorothy, better known as “Anyu” (Hungarian for mother) was born in Budapest, Hungary as Dorothy Renyi on April ...

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Aileen D. Schiel
Oct. 11, 1928 - March 20, 2015 Portola Valley, California

Aileen Dina Schiel, 86, of Portola Valley, California, died on Friday, March 20th. She is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, George Ellis Schiel. Aileen was born to the late Remo and Annie Marchi on October 11, 1928. Aileen graduated from Sequoia High School and lived in Woodside until...

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Vincent Collins
June 19, 1944 - March 19, 2015 Palo Alto, California

Vincent DePaul Collins II, 70, resident of Palo Alto, California, taken from us on March 19, 2015. Son of Margaret Collins, brother of Andrea and Patrick Collins, and loving father to Vincent, Jackie and Mechelle Collins. Caring grandfather of six children who loved him dearly. Collins lived in, ...

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Ruth K. Jackson
June 3, 1921 - March 15, 2015 Atherton, California

Ruth Ford Jackson, 93, died March 15, 2015 in Redwood City, California with family members by her side. She was born Ruth Katherine Ford on June 3, 1921, to the late Ernest and Ruth Ford of Hebron and later Laurel, Mississippi. Ruth graduated from high school in 1939 and received a Bachelor of...

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