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Kirk Cowan

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Kirk D. Cowan Jr. MBA '71 passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015, surrounded by his family.

Kirk was born at home to Kirk and Margaret (Rohrer) Cowan, in rural Leeds, ND, on April 14, 1936. He attended school in Leeds where he was very involved in school activities and was a member of the 1954 state champion Leeds Lions basketball team. After high school graduation he married his junior high school sweetheart Carol (Copeland).

Kirk loved the land and always wanted to farm. He received a mechanical engineering degree from North Dakota State University and an MBA from University of Santa Clara in California. He worked in the nuclear power industry for nearly 40 years. He worked for General Electric in San Jose, CA while living and farming walnuts in Morgan Hill, CA and worked for WPPSS at Hanford while living and farming apples, cherries and pears in Grandview, WA.

Kirk had John Deere green running through his veins and after retirement immersed himself in farming and collecting and restoring his John Deere 30 series tractors.Kirk loved spending time with his family and friends. He leaves behind Carol, his beloved wife of 61 years; son, David (Susan) of Grandview, WA; daughter, Celeste (Charlie) Fender of La Center, WA; grandchildren, Tracy (Zach) Stroud, Danelle (Nik) Lubisich, Riley Fender, Caeden Fender and great-grandchildren, Mavrick and Axle Stroud. He is also survived by one sister, Diane (Lyle) Long. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Irene Nestegard.

submitted Nov. 9, 2015 2:13P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '71
Frank H. Filice Jr.

Frank H. Filice Jr. M.A. '71, a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on June 1. He was a strong, passionate, and kind man who loved God, his family, and friends. Frank spent 39 years in the Campbell Union High School district as a coach, drafting teacher, counselor, vice principal, and principal.

Frank was born in 1937 in San Jose, graduated from San Jose State University, and earned his master's degrees in counseling and education at Santa Clara University. He was married in 1974 and had two children. He was a devout family man who enjoyed coaching his children's sports teams, playing golf, volunteering for the church and community, and playing cards and chess. 

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Frances; devoted children Frank and Christy; daughter-in-law Heather; and grandchildren Nico and Cora.

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 2:04P


Katharine Gould
Katharine Antolch Gould '75, October 22, 1930, to September 3, 2011. A resident of Milpitas, Kathy passed away peacefully and quietly while taking an afternoon nap. There was no medical condition that could have forecast this. 
Born in Hollywood California to Croatian father John Antolch and Russian mother Klavdia Kolesnikova, who met and married in China then emigrated to Canada and then to California. Kathy spent most of her young life in Hollywood taking classes in the arts, enjoying tennis, and snow skiing.
While employed by Lockheed she moved to the Bay Area, where she became proficient in many artistic endeavors including oil painting, graphic arts and flower arranging. She loved to travel, having visited Japan, China, India, Europe, and the Soviet Union where she served as a guide for a graphic arts exhibit. This suited her well since she spoke fluent Russian. Also six months in Italy with husband Roger while he was on assignment with Lockheed.
She continued water and snow skiing into her mid-seventies. She made friends easily, was very popular, and always ready to help any way she could. She loved going to lunch with friends. A great hostess to many home dinners, pool parties and special events on the holidays. Kathy was loved by all her many friends and family for her loving and forgiving nature and always cheerful and helpful to all, even strangers.
She is survived by her husband Roger, brother Paul Antolch, and cousins in Canada and Croatia. Kathy was an avid supporter of Bronco Bench and went to basketball and volley ball games and fund raisers.
submitted Jul. 21, 2015 12:22P
GRD Law '75
Edward L. Niland

Ed Niland '68, J.D. '75 died on August 4, 2015. Ed's death was due to complications associated with the treatment of esophageal cancer. Ed lived in Scotts Vallley. He practiced law from his office in Los Gatos. He is survived by his wife Julia and daughters Jessica and Danielle.

submitted Aug. 17, 2015 2:11P

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