Jack Sayre Hollen

OBIT Jack HollenFEBRUARY 2, 1930 – JUNE 15, 2018
On June 15, 2018, Jack Sayre Hollen, our loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather went to be with our Lord in Heaven. Jack was born on February 2, 1930 in Condon, Oregon. He attended the Condon schools and excelled in sports and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his Father. He was the youngest of four children (his brothers: William and Ted Hollen and his sister Joy Maxine Hollen Barnett who all preceded Jack in death). Jack learned the values of honesty, respect and goodwill to others at an early age from his Mother and Father: Noble and William Hollen. He was employed by Bryce Logan at Condon Motors. Jack attended Oregon State University majoring in Food Science and Technology and where he met his sweetheart, Beverly. They were married on June 30th, 1951 in Payette, Idaho. Following graduation in 1952, Jack and Beverly moved to Lodi, CA and later to Modesto, Ca where Jack started his career in the food industry with the United States Department of Agriculture. Their son, John Charles Hollen (Jack jr.) was born in January 1955. Later that year Jack and Beverly moved to San Carlos, CA when Jack was hired by Topco Associates, Inc., a privately held food buying organization providing services for their member grocery chains throughout the country. In 1957, their daughter Kathy Hollen Davis was born and later that year the family moved to their current residence of 61 years in Mountain View, CA. Jack’s career with Topco was unparalleled with regard to his ability to build strong business relationships with frozen food packers and canners throughout the country and Topco Associates. During his 36 year tenure at Topco, Jack managed responsibilities as Quality Control Manager, Canned Food Buyer and Frozen Food Buyer. He earned the respect from the suppliers and member stores that Topco represented as a champion for quality and a effective buying manager to assure rail car and truck load shipments arrived timely in accord with the member store buyer’s instructions. He worked tirelessly to achieve the success he earned but most importantly his aim was always to pursue noble goals to provide for his family. Jack was loved by his family and friends and he made this world a better place for everyone who knew him. After retirement from Topco in 1993 Jack and Beverly arranged summer travel vacations and created lifetime memories (including awesome fishing trip memories) for the family to destinations including Alaska, Canada and annual trips to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Since 2001 the family has celebrated annual reunions at their son’s cabin in McCall, Idaho. Jack was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1988. For 30 years Jack carried his torch with dignity and would not allow the symptoms of Parkinson’s to interfere with his life. He lived his faith everyday of his life and his spirit will stay strong with family and friends who love him. 

Scouting News: Troop 37 Boy Scouts receive Eagle rank

Boy Scout Troop 37 of Los Altos held an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony June 3 to recognize its three new Eagle Scouts.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest designation in Boy Scouts. To earn the rank, Scouts must complete and lead a community service project, hold troop leadership positions, perform service and complete a minimum of 21 merit badges.

Miriam Brandstatter

OBIT Miriam BrandstatterOn June 4, 2018, Miriam Brandstatter, age 97, passed peacefully at the Veteran’s Hospice unit in Palo Alto, CA. She was surrounded by her family after nearly twenty months of being cared for by the skilled, and compassionate staff. Miriam leaves an impressive legacy of serving her country as a World War II nurse, practicing public health nursing including a master’s degree from Stanford in Public Health, and later becoming a licensed psychotherapist in private practice until she retired at age 90.

Miriam touched the hearts of all those who knew her with her wit, passion for life, and courage in the face of many hardships, always demonstrating amazing resilience. Her husband, Julius, preceded her in death in 2004, after 56 years of marriage. Miriam lived at Bridgepoint Assisted Living for five years with her beloved poodle, Benni, and the many friendships she cultivated. Miriam loved classical music, reading, watching CNN and entertaining.

Miriam will be greatly missed by her three daughters, Andrea Spira and her partner, Louis Gecenok, Carol Myers and her husband, Daniel Dlugose, and Nancy Eiger and her partner, Mike McGillis, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Her spirit and perseverance will live on as a reminder to appreciate the preciousness of life.

Barbara Benn

OBIT Barbara BennOur beloved Barbara has passed away. Born in San Francisco to Russian Emigrants, William and Nellie Daniloff. Barbara attended Mountain View High School and started her restaurant career at Clark’s Burgers in Mountain View. In 1970, her family moved to West Point, California. Barbara and her sister Elsie ran two successful Gold Country restaurants, the dining room at Mace Meadow Golf Course and the Creek Side Inn. She worked at Giannini’s Restaurant in Pine Grove as a bartender for nine years. Her customers loved Barbara. 

She is survived by her son David (Chris) granddaughters Leah and Rebecca, her daughter Julie (Mike, deceased) and her sisters Nancy Menacho of Sunnyvale, California, Tanya Johnson of Poulsbo, Washington, many nieces and nephews and her longtime partner, Wally Crane. She would have welcomed her first great-grandchild this summer. She was predeceased by her parents and her sisters Mary Jones, Ann Howland and Elsie Ilse. Barbara was a beautiful lady with a big heart. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.As Barbara would say at the end of every phone conversation, “Talk to you mañana.”The family requests donations are made to the Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, CA.

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