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Barbara J. Buzza
Oct. 7, 1929 - April 1, 2014
Portola Valley, California

"Isn’t this FUN?" . . . that is what life was for Barbara J. Buzza! Born to Mario J. Soldavini, an Italian immigrant from Lonate Pozzolo, and Jane A. Varni, whose family farmed “veg-a-tables” in the sandy hills of San Francisco. The City was where Barbara grew up, attending a middle school built on the same dune where her grandfather, Tomaso, grew his cabbages and carrots. From here she moved on with lifelong friends to Lincoln High School, so newly constructed during the war that their sporting events were held at Kezar Stadium. The college years took "Saldi" to San Jose State, where she was pinned a D.G. and met sisters who sang together through the years of 'Hannah, the Delta Gamma' and 'It’s a Grand Old Flag!' Here is where a tag-a-long Theta Chi, selling Prell shampoo at the sorority houses, first locked eyes with this Italian beauty. The wedding bells chimed as Barbara married Glenn, and for fifty-nine years their gaze never strayed from one another. Wanting to live in the "country," these newlyweds purchased a barely built home in a unique new suburb called Ladera. Working hard to create a rewarding life, here is where their son John and daughter Christi...

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Herb Wong
March 18, 1926 - April 20, 2014 Menlo Park, California

Easter Sunday this year saw the passing of Herb Wong, 88, a long-time Menlo Park resident renowned internationally as a jazz expert and educator. A mysterious box sparked Mr. Wong's lifelong fascination with jazz. As young boys, he and his brother Elwood had just moved with their parents to Stock...

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Mary S. Brabant
June 24, 1931 - April 17, 2014 Pinedale, Wyoming

Mary Sullivan Brabant passed away peacefully on April 17. She was born Mary Teresa Sullivan on June 24, 1931, in Detroit. Her parents, Michael Joseph Sullivan from Lacca, County Kerry, and Cecelia Elizabeth Moran from Roskeen, County Mayo, had emigrated from Ireland in the 1920s and settled in Detro...

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Jerry A. Romano
April 22, 1933 - April 10, 2014 Palo Alto, Calif., California

Jerry A. Romano (80) of Palo Alto, Calif., passed away on April 10 from heart failure. He grew up in his never-to-be-forgotten Monkey Corner neighborhood in Malden, Mass. His affection for this area led to his authorship in 2006 of the book "Monkey Corner: Life on the Outside Looking In." He wrot...

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Leta S. Miller
Sept. 30, 1923 - April 9, 2014 Palo Alto, Calif., California

Leta Skaug Miller, a resident of Palo Alto, passed away at Stanford Hospital on April 9, 2014, with many of her family at her bedside. She was born on Sept. 30, 1923, in Fargo, N.D., the second of three sisters. She spent her childhood and young adulthood in Rio Linda, Calif., at that time a small ...

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