Scouting News: 5 local Boy Scouts earn Eagle rank


Courtesy of Helen Morris
Five Troop 37 Boy Scouts recently earned the Eagle rank.

Five Boy Scouts from Troop 37 in Los Altos have earned the Eagle rank, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts. The troop honored the Scouts at a Sept. 9 ceremony with attendees including the mayor of Los Altos and city council members from Mountain View and Cupertino.

During their time in the troop, the boys collectively completed more than 420 hours of community service in the Los Altos area and camped 308 nights, cycled 340 miles, hiked 267 miles, paddled 129 miles and earned 127 merit badges. All have held multiple leadership positions in the troop.

Berton N. Oppenheim


OBIT Bert Oppenheim onlineBerton N. Oppenheim of San Ramon, CA and Danville, CA, a former longtime resident of Los Altos Hills, CA passed on July 25th, 2018 after a short illness. He was 89. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Bert was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Cynthia, as well as his father Willard, mother Celia (Crost), brothers Gene and Lawrence, and sister Ethel (Cahn). Bert leaves behind his daughters, Amy (Mark) Seaman of Danville, and Julie (Tim) Wilcox of Oceanside, and his beloved grandchildren Kayla and Jenna (Seaman) and Parry and Trevor (Wilcox). Born in South Bend, IN, Bert studied Electrical Engineering at Purdue University after he completed his four years of enlisted service in the U.S. Air Force, where he was an educator and pilot. His personable nature, strong clear voice, quick wit and business savvy afforded him the ability to establish and grow a successful Electronics Representative Company as well as developing and manufacturing semiconductor-related process equipment.

Helen Presti

OBIT Helen Presti onlineHelen Presti, 92, died Tuesday, August 28th 2018 in her own bed with no complications. Helen died peacefully in her sleep. She leaves her daughter; Joellen Presti Pelz and husband Rob; son Joseph Presti and son Albert Justin Presti, granddaughter Lulu and grandson Joey. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph, parents Jenni and Ralph, and sister Ada. Born in Massachusetts, July 8 1926, where her father, during the depression, owned and operated a small travel agency that supported immigration efforts through Ellis Island, Helen became interested in operating a small business. She graduated from Malden High school class of 1944 and got a job working for the Navy as a secretary. Her mother, being an excellent cook with Italian cuisine, they typically ate fish from the Boston harbor on Fridays, especially clams, cohogs and oysters on the half shell and often enjoyed walks on the beach collecting shells. After relocating to California, she earned a BA degree from San Jose State University, majoring in Social Work.

Jean M. Ehret

OBIT Jean M Ehret onlineResident of Los Altos and Cupertino Jean Ehret passed away peacefully August 17, 2018 at the age of 99. The former Jean Marie Schanke was born November 13, 1918 in Mason City, Iowa and grew up in Minneapolis. Her father and mother were William Schanke and M. Jean Schanke, and her brothers were E. Wilkie Schanke and Robert Schanke (Alice), all of whom she survived. Jean will be missed very much by her children, Steven Ehret (Maurya) of San Jose, Nancy Lutton of Prospect Heights, IL, and John Ehret (Janelle) of Arnold, and by her grandchildren, Jeremy Ehret (Jessica Bertram) of Aurora, CO and Veronica Ehret of Oakland. Jean earned her B.A. in Music and her B.S. in Education at the University of Minnesota and later joined the faculty. She taught piano and was the accompanist to several student music groups. She has awarded a music scholarship fund to the university.


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