Dwight & Phyllis Brede

OBIT Dwight&Phyllis Brede online 010219In Memoriam Dwight & Phyllis Brede (1923-2017) - (1929-2018) Phyllis and Dwight Brede, residents of Los Altos Hills, CA since 1962, passed away, respectively, on November 1, 2018 and April 26, 2017, peacefully and pain-free. Phyllis and Dwight will be remembered for their joie-de-vivre and love of reading, travel, opera, and citizen and community engagement. Dwight, born in Nanking, China of his professor and artist parents, was raised in Michigan and completed his accelerated BS in Electrical Engineering at Cornell followed by Naval Officer Training at Columbia University and posting to the Pacific. Post-WWII, Dwight moved to CA to complete his MS at Stanford in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, then worked on international engineering projects and commenced his doctoral studies at UC Berkeley. There he met and married Phyllis, originally from Berkeley, started a family, and returned to the Navy during the Korean War; upon return, he pursued his engineering career at Ampex Corporation, contributing to the pioneer innovations in audiotape technology.

Martha Gaspich

Martha will be remembered for her elegant style; for her warmth and compassion; and for her culinary skills, especially her delicious pies. Martha and her late husband, Robert J. Gaspich, M. D., met over the operating table in Chicago, where Bob was a medical student, and she was a student nurse. Martha returned to school years later, walking over the hill from her home in Los Altos Hills with her dog Skipper, to Foothill College, where she earned her degree in nursing. She then worked as a Registered Nurse for twenty-five years at El Camino Hospital. Bob was one of the cofounders of the hospital and had been Chief of Medicine. Martha worked full-time while raising eight children and still made time to contribute to her community as a volunteer, including putting on golf tournaments at Los Altos C. C. to raise money for orphan children. Martha and Bob loved to dance and to attend concerts and plays here, in NYC, and in London. Martha cofounded the Los Altos Hills Club with Lorna Corbetta and Lorraine Shanafelt.

Carol Phy

OBIT Carol Phy online 0102191931-2018 Carol was born to Harold and Marie Bunce in Pasadena CA August 21,1931. She met her future husband Bill at a New Year’s Eve party in 1953, they were married a short time later. Together they raised two children Linda and Scott. In 1962 Carol and her family moved from their home in Southern California to Los Altos Hills where she continued to live until her recent move to the Terraces in Los Altos. At her home in Los Altos Hills Carol pursued her love of cooking, gardening and canning surrounded by many animals; cats, dogs, chickens, horses, rabbits and a “damn” duck or two. Carol was affectionately known as “deer grandma” for the many deer that frequented her yard. It was her challenge to maintain her yard and keep the “damn” deer out of it.

Esther Summerfield Anderson

OBIT Esther Summerfield Anderson online 122618Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 8 in Pacific Grove at her home at Canterbury Woods. Her family was by her side. Esther was born June 20, 1926 and was raised in Los Angeles, California. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Anderson, who she met when they were both studying at Stanford University. Bob and Esther married in 1947, and raised their four children at the family's home in Los Altos, before retiring to Pacific Grove in 1986. Esther was an extremely dedicated and long-time volunteer at both Stanford Hospital and the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP). Esther leaves behind daughter Robin Minor (David) of Walnut Creek, son Chris (Susan) of Austin, son Thomas of Glen Ellen, and son Jon (Geri) of Hacienda Heights, as well as nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Esther was a very devoted mother and grandmother.


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