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Luciana Manriquez ’13, 29, of Chino, died on June 25, 2013, when the sport utility vehicle she was driving collided with a big rig on southbound Interstate 880 in Fremont, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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Faculty member Stephen J. Corio ’68, MBA ’76 died on October 5. A double alumnus of Santa Clara University, Steve joined the faculty in the Leavey School of Business in 1998. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, he had a successful career with IBM and wanted to give back during his "second career" at the University, teaching in the Marketing Department. He was dedicated to his students throughout his time here, having taught undergraduate and MBA students alike. Students filled his classrooms and benefited from his wise counsel as a student adviser. Together with his family, we mourn Steve's death while also thanking God for the gift of his life. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
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Roberto "Robert" Rodriguez, April 7, 2014. Robert worked at SCU in Facilities from 1985 until his retirement in 2011. Robert was a mentor to many and offered a warm welcome to newcomers in Facilities. Robert is survived by his wife, two children, and grandchildren. Notes of condolences can be sent to Facilities. Please hold Robert and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
SCU Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Rick Blick died suddenly on Monday, June 2, from complications of a brain aneurism. Coach Blick coached the club team for two years, often suiting up with his players during practices. His contagious fun loving personality, his positive spirit, and his love of lacrosse and our team will truly be missed.
Richard W. Degnon, a resident of San Jose, was born Jan. 6, 1928. He is survived by daughter Kathleen Ransom; sons Timothy ’76, James, and Daniel; and nine grandchildren. Degnon was a 1953 journalism graduate of San Jose State University and worked as a reporter for the L.A. Times, Glendale News-Press, and San Jose Mercury-News. Degnon was SCU's athletic news director from 1962 to 1981. He was also a member of the Santa Clara Rotary Club and a board member of Branham Hills Senior Baseball League. He was the first president, in 1969, of Pioneer High School Sports Boosters Club. While in the Air Force, he edited Ladd Field, Alaska's, "farthest north newspaper in world". Degnon was the last serviceman to transfer from the Army to Air Force, June 30, 1948, before both became separate U.S. branches.
Michael Anthony Sweeney, of Santa Cruz, died in his home on March 26, 2013 of pancreatic cancer. He was 81. Sweeney joined the chemistry faculty at Santa Clara University in 1966, and he taught until the fall of 2012. In 2001 he was named professor emeritus. Prior to teaching he worked as a research chemist for Standard Oil, and also rose to the rank of captain while serving in the US Air Force.
Sweeney was born on Dec. 5, 1931 in Los Angeles, to James Robert Sweeney and Ruth (Bauter) Sweeney.
He attended Loyola High School, and in 1953 graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University, (then, Loyola University). He earned his master's, then doctorate in radiation chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1962. The research for his Ph.D. dissertation, Radiation Chemistry of Isopropyl Compounds, was directed by Nobel laureates Amos Newton and Glenn Seaborg at Lawrence Berkeley Labs, where Sweeney operated a cyclotron. During that period he is credited along with two other scientists with discovery of the isotope Rhenium (181).
He performed research and published scientific articles throughout his career. In conjunction with NASA-AMES, he studied the area of abiotic biosynthesis—the origin of organic molecules on the early earth and solar system, the formation of organic molecules resulting from radiation fluxes, and carbonaeous chondrite chemistry. His investigation into the radiation levels of the primitive Earth atmosphere added to our understanding of the origin of life.
In 1966 Sweeney began teaching chemistry at Santa Clara University. It was a position he called "the best job I've ever had." Students from his first graduating class presented him with a pamphlet titled "Sweeney's Similes," in which they had recorded many of the analogies from his lectures for which he was well-known. Ten of his first 11 chemistry majors went on to earn their doctorates in chemistry; the eleventh earned a J.D. Several of these students reached out to Sweeney during his final weeks, offering gratitude for his inspiration.
Sweeney is survived by three children, Matthew ’93, Anna ’86, and Daniel ’87, their spouses, and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Mission Santa Clara on April 11 at 6:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the Arts and Sciences Building on the Santa Clara University Campus, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. His ashes will be laid to rest in Ireland by his children.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a charitable donation be made to Santa Clara University, The Chemistry Dept., in Memory of Michael A. Sweeney, University Relations, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053; or via the web at www.scu.edu/give/
Donations will be awarded to a chemistry major who demonstrates interest in a teaching career.
Notes of sympathy may be sent to:
The Sweeney Family
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Mary Asuncion served Santa Clara University twenty-three years as senior administrative assistant in the Human Resources Office and the Mathematics & Computer Science Department.
Larry Hauser, part of the Broncos coaching staff from 1983 to 1997, died of complications from internal injuries earlier this month. The Chicago native served as Cal State University, Dominguez Hills men’s basketball coach from 1997 to 2004. During his tenure there, Coach Hauser developed eight All-California Collegiate Athletic Association and two NCAA All-Region student-athletes while leading the program to a second-place league finish during his first season as head coach.
Hauser graduated from Chicago State in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned his master’s degree in English in 1973. He was a highly successful high school basketball coach in Illinois and California prior to joining the coaching staff at Santa Clara University, where he recruited current NBA All-Pro and two-time MVP Steve Nash prior to going to CSU Dominguez Hills.
“I will remember Coach Hauser as a passionate and dedicated coach and educator with an extremely quick wit and strong sense of humor,” says CSUDH Patrick Guillen, athletic director. “He will certainly be missed.”
A Fresno resident at the time of his death, Hauser is survived by his wife Robyn and daughter Lindsey.
Kathryn Bauer Ivers, June 8, 1914 to July 7, 2012, was executive secretary to Athletic Director Pat Malley for more than 15 years; prior to that she worked in the Admissions office. Daughter of Julius J. and Mary A. Bauer. Kathryn was born in Chicago, Ill., and attended DePaul University. Preceded in death by loving husband Edward J. Ivers. Mother of Patricia "Irish" Burney ’67 (David) of Leesburg, Virginia, Barry (Sheila) Ivers of San Jose, and Michael ’71 (Sherry) Ivers of Sparks, Nevada. Grandchildren: Nathaniel, Laurel, Jonathan, Samantha, Danielle, and Barry. Great-grandmother of 5, and countless nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly. Kathy traveled the world with her husband, Army Lt. Col. Ed Ivers, and while living in Germany in the mid-fifties, was named Catholic Woman of the Year. Later, when the family moved to California, she was the assistant to the dean of Admissions at Santa Clara University (SCU), a position she had also held at Georgetown University a few years prior. Her love for SCU continued when she became the executive secretary to the Athletic Director, a position which she held until her retirement from SCU in 1980. She later lived in McLean, Va., with her daughter and her family. Kathy leaves behind many relatives and close friends in San Jose, Chicago, and McLean. Kathy was very proud of all three of her children, and especially proud of their graduating from college. She continued to love and encourage the next generation of her family always. She will be missed, but never forgotten.
Long-time law faculty member and Professor Emeritus Howard Anawalt died August 6, 2013, peacefully at home in his sleep. Professor Anawalt joined Santa Clara University School of Law in 1967 and was one of the first faculty members to specialize in the legal questions arising out of the high tech industry. He remained an active scholar and member of the Law School community even after he retired in 2003. Howard held a passion for teaching and a commitment to his profession which resonated with generations of students in his decades of service to the law school and the University community. He will be remembered as a kind and generous person who never hesitated to offer assistance to his students and colleagues.
George J. Alexander, former law school dean and professor emeritus, died peacefully July 29, 2013, after a prolonged illness. George led the law school from 1970 to 1985—a period of great growth both in enrollment and in prominence for the law school, making him one of the most influential deans in its 100-year history. During his time as dean, George emphasized scholarship, hired distinguished faculty, and with his commitment to diversifying the legal profession, recruited talented students of color from across the country. He led the law school in developing a more international law curriculum and established it as a pre-eminent global legal educator.
As professor, dean and friend of Santa Clara, George embodied the University’s mission and values by combining a high regard for academic rigor with a personal commitment to making the world a better place. While we mourn George’s death, we also thank God for the gift of his life. The University community will miss his leadership, wisdom, and friendship.
Edwin H. Taylor, born March 9, 1939, passed away March 10, 2012. It is with profound sadness that the firm of Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman (BSTZ) announces the passing of one of its founders, Edwin H. Taylor, after a battle with cancer. Ed passed away at the home he built and loved, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Gualala. Ed, a native of New Jersey, received degrees in electrical engineering, including an M.S. from Columbia University. He served in the United States Air Force at Midland Air Force Base in Texas. While in the Air Force, he earned a law degree from St. Mary's University in Texas. An opportunity to join an intellectual property firm in Los Angeles brought him to California in 1968. One of his assignments was to prepare and prosecute patent applications for what was then a small technology company. The company was Intel Corporation. Ed continued to represent Intel for more than 40 years, almost the entire span of his law career. In 1975, Ed and three other founders launched BSTZ, starting in a small office in Beverly Hills. From that modest beginning, the firm has grown to more than 65 partners and associates in six offices in four states. Most of the growth is attributable to Ed's efforts and skills, both as a lawyer and, more significant, as a builder of lasting relationships with clients, colleagues, and staff. In the early 1980s, Ed had the foresight to see that Silicon Valley was going to grow into a national and, ultimately, an international technology center. Accordingly, he convinced his partners that they should invest in opening an office in Sunnyvale. As is often said, the rest is history. Ed's clients include a virtual roster of successful Silicon Valley technology companies, including (in addition to Intel) Apple (since its inception), eBay, and Echelon. His legal career had several very notable accomplishments. He prepared patent applications for well known inventors such as Gordon Moore of Intel and Steve Wozniak of Apple. He was the lead litigator in Apple's ITC lawsuit against the Apple II clones, and he represented Apple in the seminal software copyright case Apple v. Franklin. He also pioneered the use of U.S. Customs to enforce U.S. copyrights for software. Finally, he had the ability to give practical advice to clients without overlawyering. Ed also gave generously of his time to the intellectual property community. For more than a decade, he was an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University Law School. He also was a co-chair of the Practicing Law Institute's Conference Program on "Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions", and served as a lawyer delegate to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference. Throughout his life, Ed was an outstanding athlete. He was an avid runner and cyclist; he ran marathons, competed in triathlons, and completed numerous century rides. He was also a certified scuba diver. His passion for scuba diving took him to locations all over the globe, from sites in the South Pacific to those off the coast of Israel. Construction was another of Ed's passions. At the start of his legal career, he built a house in the Hollywood Hills that was featured in Architectural Digest. After moving to head up the firm's Sunnyvale office, he built two uniquely designed houses in Mendocino County, one of which was also featured in Architectural Digest, in addition to many other magazines and books. Time permitting, he often worked on his houses while they were under construction by installing the electrical wiring and driving a bulldozer to grade the property. His colleagues at BSTZ, his clients and friends everywhere will miss him greatly.
Dr. Diane Hijos di Bari passed away on May 7, 2013. Dr. di Bari started teaching in the Liberal Studies Program in Fall of 2003. She was a popular and caring professor. She taught our Exceptional Child course (LBST 138) for the program a total of 17 times in the last ten years and impacted the education of hundreds of undergraduates.
Dr. di Bari had tremendous compassion for children and was a leader in the field. She was able to translate the science of exceptional children to individual lives. Santa Clara University and the Liberal Studies Program was fortunate to have her on our faculty.
Bahram Saghari, adjunct faculty in the Leavey School of Business, died on January 28, after suffering critical injuries from a tragic bicycling accident in 2011. Bahram joined the faculty in the Leavey School of Business in 2009 teaching courses in Operations Management and Information Systems. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, he worked at several Silicon Valley firms, including Oracle and Intel, as a software engineer. An avid bicycle rider and swimmer, he had been active in the bicycling community and was much loved by his students, friends and family members.
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Santa Clara University
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Noreen (Winnie) Fern Hook, June 11, 2013. A resident of Santa Clara, Hook was 107. She was born Noreen Fern Bastian on February 14, 1906, in San Jose to Louis and Fern Vicy Bastian. In 1923, she met and married Wilbur J. Hook, her husband of 60 years, who preceded her in death in 1983. They had two daughters Esther (Rick ’49) Rechenmacher and Sharon ’70 (Bill ’60) Gissler.
Therese King McNeil August 13, 1939 - February 7, 2014 Resident of Monte Sereno, Therese died peacefully with her family in the home she cared for and cherished after a two year struggle with cancer. Therese is survived by Don '57, her husband of fifty years, by their four sons: Peter '90 ( Patricia), Timothy (Katie), Patrick '92 (Erica), and Thomas '98 (Darcie) and nine grandchildren: May Margaret, Eamon, Dillon, Ryan, Keira, Will, Luke, Timothy and Cassidy. Therese was born of Irish immigrant parents in San Francisco, California. She attended St. Rose Academy and Dominican College of San Rafael. She taught school in Marin County, then in Campbell after her marriage. She loved teaching and was an inspiration to her students and everyone around her. She retired from teaching to raise her four boys - a very polite and well mannered group, of course. The job she retired to was loving, guiding and supporting her husband and family. She did her new job well and was loved and valued in return. She was president of the Bellarmine Mothers' Guild, chair of the Bellarmine Fashion show, and active in and an officer of a number of non-profit agencies. She was also a member of Santa Clara University's Board of Fellows. Therese's particular gift was her ability to make and keep friends. She was interested in the stories of those around her, and was able to share with them a love of life, a sence of humor, a generous spirit and a scrupulous honesty. Her friends are loyal and legion. Therese will miss them and they her.
Peter S. Carter Feb. 20, 1943 - March 6, 2013. He was a resident of Los Gatos and a longtime Silicon Valley advertising executive, acclaimed photographer, political advisor, fundraiser, and iconic Los Gatos and Santa Clara County civic leader. He died at his home in Los Gatos. He was 70. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and Georgetown University where he graduated from the School of Business in 1966. As co-founder, president and CEO of one of Silicon Valley's most prominent advertising and public relations firms, he played an instrumental role in the growth of Silicon Valley for more than three decades. In 1980 he was elected as an underwriting member of the global specialty insurance underwriting organization Lloyd's of London and served as a board member of the North American Association of Lloyd's. A lifelong Republican, Peter was widely known for his role as a trusted advisor, fundraiser, and confidant of government leaders and candidates from both political parties. He had a network of prominent political connections, both local and national. After retirement, he became increasingly known for his architectural photography, his photographs of friends and family, his sincere generosity, his culinary skills and legendary hospitality. His community affiliations included the San Jose Downtown Rotary Club (member since 1974), Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, San Jose Chamber of Commerce, San Jose Symphony, KTEH, Fellow of Santa Clara University(1991), Silicon Valley Capital Club, Los Gatos Police Foundation, Los Gatos Music and Arts and The Los Gatos Social Club. In addition to his wife, Dennise McNulty Carter, he is survived by two children from his first marriage, son P. Scott Carter '89 (Liza) and granddaughters Stephanie and Christina and son Shawn Villere Carter (Julie) and granddaughters Elle and Haley. Other survivors include his sisters Katherine Carter Powitchko (Jack), Patricia Carter Lowrie (Mike), Mary Carter Aulman (Mark), and V. Celeste Carter and brothers Joe Carter (Debbi), Paul Carter, Mark Carter, and Jonathan Carter (Deborah), in addition to numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren Edwin "Scottie"Heim, Celestine Lisewski Carter and R. Joseph Carter, his aunt, Barbara Fields and by his brother, Matthew Carter.
Pauline "Polly" Coughlan May 25, 1919 - Aug. 20, 2013. Resident of Gilroy, CA, Coughlan was born in Redwood City, Calif. She was the fifth of six children born to Florence and John O'Brien. Polly attended Mt. Carmel elementary school, Notre Dame Belmont High School and San Jose State University. She married Jim Coughlan ’39 after WWII and had three children, Molly, Nan and Peggy. Jim died in 1989. Polly was predeceased by her siblings and friends and her grandson, Christopher Henley. Polly is survived by her daughters and their spouses; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and four great grandchildren.
Mary Dianne Ravizza, a resident of Los Altos, passed from this life on April 21, after a brief struggle with cancer, surrounded and supported by family. Born on May 17, 1930 to Edgar & Mary Schott. She was raised in Santa Clara with her brothers, Larry Schott '53 (deceased) and Steve Schott '60. She attended St. Clare's grammar school, Notre Dame High School and San Jose State.
Dianne was woman of deep faith, and to many, a trusted and steadfast friend. She was a loyal wife to her husband, Gene Ravizza '50, a loving mother to her children Claranne Long '78 (Tim), Jesuit Community Member and Associate Professor Mark Ravizza S.J. M.Div ’99, and Greg Ravizza (Kathleen), and cherished grandmother to, Jenna Johnson (Jareb), Matt Long, Chris Long, Elena Ravizza and Luke Ravizza.
Notes of condolence may be sent to Mark c/o the SCU Jesuit Community.
James Michael McDonald ’61 (12/05/36 - 06/02/12) Coach Jim McDonald, 75, passed away peacefully in San Francisco on June 2, having endured multiple myeloma and related complications since 2003.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Francesca (Guheen) and daughters Christina D'Arcy (Finbarr) and Melissa Wagner (Nicholas). He is the proud Papa of Oliver Edward James Wagner. Jim is uncle to Jessica Guheen Wald (Adam), Colin (Carrie) and Ryan Guheen ’03, Paula, Kenny and the late Kevin Carolla, John Edmunds and Sandra Ledford. Jim is survived by his brothers-in-law Michael Guheen ’68, MBA ’70 (Cheryl) and Fred Carolla, and his sister-in-law Susan (Guheen) Desautels (Marc). He is predeceased by his parents, Valentine and Noreen McDonald, twin brother Jerome and sisters Patricia and Peggy; his in-laws, John J. Guheen II and Francis Arguello Guheen (nee Lemmelett) and brother-in-law John J. Guheen III.
Jim grew up in Eureka Valley and graduated from Most Holy Redeemer grammar school. He attended St. Joseph's Seminary in Los Altos for one year prior to attending Saint Ignatius College Preparatory on Stanyan Street and graduating in the class of 1955. Jim's collegiate athletic and academic adventures began at the University of San Francisco followed by a stint at Santa Clara University and then back to USF where he completed his B.S. in Business Administration, followed by a teaching credential and Master's degree in Education. In 1962, at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, Jim began what was to become a 50-year career as an educator and football coach. In 1971, Jim started teaching and coaching at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga. He retired in 2004, after 32 years of service and in 2005 he was inducted into the St. Mary's College Athletic Hall of Fame, an honor for which he was most humble. After his official retirement, Jim volunteered on the coaching staff of City College of San Francisco and was ecstatic to be a part of Coach Rush's 2011 National Championship team. Coaching at CCSF completed Jim's vision of coaching football until he died.
Jim made a positive impact in the lives of hundreds of young men and women and enjoyed the ongoing communication with so many of his former players and students. His spirits were buoyed with visits and phone calls from players and students throughout the years, especially during his illness. He delighted in hearing about their families, careers, and accomplishments. Jim valued family and friends and was extraordinarily loyal to the loved ones in his life. He referred to himself as a blessed man to be surrounded by his loyal family and friends, for they made him laugh and lightened his heart throughout his life. He felt fortunate to visit with them daily and weekly in his last months.
Jim was particularly grateful to the Jesuits for the impact they had on his formative years and how their philosophy shaped his life; he was grateful for how the individual Jesuits in his life guided and supported him as an adult, especially during his illness. Jim was also affected by, and deeply respected, the teaching mission of the Christian Brothers at Saint Mary's College. Additionally, donations of one's time or funds in support of the vocation of nursing would be an appropriate tribute, as Jim had a deep respect for the nurses who took such good care of him, calling them his angels. The family would like to extend its gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Hematology/Oncology practice at the University of California San Francisco and the UCSF Family Medicine Centerat Lakeshore; and in addition, the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Jewish Home in San Francisco who welcomed Jim and treated him like family. To all our friends who provided support and guidance and were always there for us during this time, our heartfelt thanks and love
Jacqueline Ithurburn, Oct. 9, 2013. Longtime Susanville resident Jacqueline (Jackie) Ithurburn passed away at Manor West Skilled Nursing Facility in Sparks, Nev. Her last days on the earth were spent with her family by her side. Jackie was born March 22, 1935 to George and Margaret (Corvello) Campidonica in Merced, Calif. She attended local schools and graduated from Merced High School. She went on to attend Hartnell College and San Jose State University. While attending San Jose State, she met the love of her life, Peter (Pete) Ithurburn '56, who was attending nearby Santa Clara University. They were married July 13, 1957 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merced. Jackie then moved to Susanville where she and Pete made their home. Jackie worked as a librarian at Diamond View School for several years in the 1970s. She devoted her life to her husband, children and eventually to her grandchildren. She was a past member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Caring and Sharing Group, past member of the Susanville Euskaldunak Basque Club and a devout member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Ithurburn, brother, Robert Campidonica, and parents, George and Margaret Campidonica. Jackie is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Bob) Pieper, of Susanville, and Catherine Ithurburn, of Sacramento sons, Stephen Ithurburn, of Yuba City, Christopher (Kathy) Ithurburn, of Sacramento, and Phillip Ithurburn, of Susanville. Jackie's grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel, Matthew, Jacob, Amy, Samuel, Micheal, Stephanie, Paul, Andrew, Makayla and great-grandchild, Liam, will miss her kind blue eyes. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Flora Cabral Komes, matriarch of Flora Springs Winery, peacefully passed away on Oct. 29, 2012.
Flora always described her life as beautiful, and so it was, from her roots in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was born Nov. 7, 1911, to her final days in the Napa Valley and in her beloved San Francisco.
Flora was a nurse and a nurturer, whether it was a bird with a broken wing, a small, struggling plant or a scraped knee. She first recognized her call to nursing when she was in fifth grade and read about Florence Nightingale. In 1931, after her graduation from McKinley High School, Flora boarded a Matson liner to the mainland - to San Francisco to attend St. Mary's Hospital School of nursing. Her first purchase when she arrived in chilly San Francisco was a warm coat.
By Halloween that first year, Flora had been introduced to Jerry Komes, who would become the love of her life. The attraction was mutual and he asked her out to a movie the next week, which happened to be her birthday. He arrived with a bouquet of violets - a practice that continued for the rest of their life together. He courted Flora for years, but she would not marry him until she completed her training, including a postgraduate degree at Shriner's Hospital. They finally married at morning mass at St. Agnes Church in San Francisco, Feb. 16, 1935.
Flora eventually gave up her career to raise their children. Jerry and Flora were quite a team. Flora supported his successful career at Bechtel Corporation and he was always quick to tell you that his accomplishments were not his alone, but possible because of his devoted Flora. They were married 66 years when Jerry died at the age of 89.
Flora always lived up to her name - she loved to garden and always had green plants thriving around her. Even after she moved to The San Francisco Towers, people would bring her their weak and dying plants to revive.
In 1977, after a several year search, Flora and Jerry purchased the property at the end of West Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena. Flora had immediately fallen in love with this land and quickly convinced her husband that this was the perfect place to "retire." They hiked the hills together and located the springs, and when their son, John, proposed that the old winery building on the property be revived, it only made sense that the winery should be called Flora Springs after these two sources of life. Instead of a retirement property, this became a new career for Flora and Jerry and their children.
Flora remained interested and involved with the winery until her death. Last year, the family was able to celebrate Flora's 100th birthday and people were astounded by her spirit and energy and radiant smile.
Flora is survived by her three children and their spouses, Michael ’58 and Pat Komes, John ’62 and Carrie Komes and Julie ’71 and Pat Garvey M.A. ’74 and daughter-in-law Rose Komes; seven grandchildren, Michelle (Steve) Dolge ’84, Jeannine (Dave) Ross, Lisa (Curt) Myers, Nadine (Scott) McIntosh, Kirsten Komes (granddaughter-in-law), Nat (Anne) Komes, Sean (Lindsay) Garvey and Joe Garvey; and 15 great-grandchildren, Jackson and Zoe Dolge, Tucker and Hayley Ross, Kyle and Keenan Myers, Peter and Mark McIntosh, Christian, Mary Grace, and Elisa Komes, Matthias and Charlotte Komes, Graham and Sabine Garvey. She also is survived by her devoted personal secretary, Catherine Cunningham. Flora is predeceased by her husband, Jerry Komes and her grandson, Otto Komes; her sisters, Philamena Kellogg, Adeline Spencer, and Ethel Helmboldt; and her brothers, Edward and Wilfred Cabral.
Emma Rita Shane Anderson, September 14, 1919, to March 31, 2012.
A resident of San Jose, Emma, 92, was born in Santa Clara to Rita and John Shane. She passed away at her home in San Jose with her constant loving companion and caregiver, Jane Escalante--who called her "Grandma" and made her happy with TLC, laughter, and love--holding her to the end. She was the beloved wife of the late Jack B. Anderson, who passed away Oct. 1989; loving sister of the late Walter Shane, who passed away Aug. 1986; sister-in-law of Mary Shane; devoted aunt of Mike Shane and many cousins. Emma attended Santa Clara H.S. and Heald Business College. She moved to San Jose when she married her dear husband Jack on June 25, 1947. Emma was an active partner and accountant in Jack's business, Globe Printing Co. on S. First St. in San Jose for over 50 years until Jacks' passing in 1989; when she continued operating the Globe until her retirement and closing of the business in Jan. 1997. Upon retirement, Emma became socially active in different organizations, among which were: the Catala Club of Santa Clara Univ., San Jose Univ. Heritage Society, the Caritas Society of Catholic Charities, California Pioneers of Santa Clara Co., the Comtemporary Arts Club and San Jose Country Club. Emma was a longtime resident of Linden Oaks (Willow Glen) loved by neighbors young and old. They will remember her as an avid gardener who always had a kind word to all of the passers by. They will remember the individual bags of candy that Emma made for all of the neighborhood children during Halloween. After selling her home in Pebble Beach, she spent her last years in her home in Willow Glen. Emma will be remembered always as a beautiful lady loved by all who knew her.
Elizabeth Mary Ginty, born May 25, 1917, the beloved daughter of Peter Francis and Margaret Mary Hamill of Oakland, died peacefully at her home on October 7, 2012 at the age of 95. She was a lifelong resident of Oakland/Piedmont having been born in Oakland, attending Piedmont Avenue School, graduating from Oakland Technical High School and completing two years of business college. She lived and raised her family in the same Piedmont home for nearly 67 years. She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church her entire life where she, as well as her mother and her daughter were married. She was active in the Mothers Club at St. Leo's school, from which her two children graduated. She was a volunteer and officer with the Holy Family Guild and a member of the Catala Club of Santa Clara University for over forty years. Elizabeth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a devoted caretaker of family and friends throughout her life. She was always cheerful and friendly to anyone she met; a ray of sunshine in any room she entered. She delighted in being a native Californian and was especially proud of her Irish heritage and her extended family in Ireland, whom she visited on many occasions with her late husband and brother and her grandchildren. Elizabeth was predeceased by her devoted husband of 53 years, John Francis Ginty, founder of Ginty Supply of Walnut Creek and by her dear brother, Edward Hamill of Oakland. She is survived by her daughter Margaret Shumm and husband Gary of Menlo Park, CA and her son John F Ginty, Jr. '70 and wife Maureen of Alta, CA. Elizabeth is also survived by her six grandchildren, Meghan Shumm Oliveri '01 of Danville, Erin Shumm and Kathleen Shumm Tuttle '05 both of San Jose, Flynn Ginty of San Francisco, Britte Ginty of Rochester, Minnesota and Devin Ginty currently residing in Helsinki, Finland; and her great-grandchild Emily Tuttle of San Jose.
Elizabeth "Betty" Sutro died peacefully on August 8 at her ranch in Napa at the age of 101 surrounded by family. She was a gracious and giving lady and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Betty was born in July 1911 to Philip Hanson Hiss and Caroline Dow Hiss at their home in New Canaan, Connecticut. She attended Tenacre Country Day School in Massachusetts, and was profiled in its 2011 newsletter, as both the school and Betty turned 100. She graduated from Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and was presented their distinguished alumni award in 2002. She moved to San Francisco after her marriage in October 1931 to John Sutro, who for many years was a distinguished attorney and partner at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro. In 1935 they moved to their new home in Presidio Heights, where she raised four children, many dogs and lived until her death. Betty will be remembered for her extraordinary caring and generosity, and for the impact she made on so many people. There were several organizations that she cared about and supported, but she was especially passionate and committed to St. Luke's Hospital (now part of the California Pacific Medical Center) and Laguna Honda Hospital. Betty was involved with St. Luke's for over 75 years, and helped found the St. Luke's Auxiliary 60 years ago. In 1984, as further acknowledgment of her commitment to improving the human condition, she was invested into The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. In February 2009, Betty was honored at a reception for her decades-long commitment to St. Luke's. Betty Sutro's spirit of giving has also been shown and known by her participation at Laguna Honda Hospital for the past 50 years. Betty was a founding member of the Laguna Honda Hospital Volunteers (now known as Friends of Laguna Honda), beginning her service on the board of that organization in 1957 and retiring in 2008. Throughout that time and after her retirement, she was devoted to the residents of Laguna Honda and open to answering their critical needs. In June 2010, at the opening of the newly revamped hospital, the Betty Sutro Meadow was dedicated in her honor and the meadow is now an active area for the residents of Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center as well as the residents of San Francisco. In the words of one friend, "She was a selfless act to others. She had the opportunity to give; she took it;she gave it." In 1994, Betty endowed the first academic chair at Santa Clara University School of Law, the John A. and Elizabeth H. Sutro Professor of Law. At the time of her death, Betty had been a member of the Town and Country Club for 66years. Betty loved the outdoors, and especially loved her ranch in Napa. She made the drive from San Francisco to Napa every weekend, and spent much of each summer there. There were always family and friends around. Her children and grandchildren and some of her great-grandchildren had large groups of friends visit on a regular basis. As a sampling; her son Stephen had his fraternity up for a weekend, a granddaughter's entire swim team came up, and a great-grandson's Boy Scout troop had several camping weekends there. Betty's story would not be complete without mention of her beloved dogs. When she was 12 years old her dog, Dixie, went with her to Tenacre Country Day School, although Dixie was asked to leave almost immediately. Throughout her life she always had a dog (or three), many of which have their portraits hanging in her bedroom. She is survived by her Labrador retriever, Dusty, who was at the foot of her bed when she died. A special thank you to her granddaughter, Margaret Mackey, NP, for all the love and care she gave "Gima" the last few years. The family also wishes to thank Bobby Cohen and Celedonia Garcia and his family for the invaluable care and support they gave her over the past 20 years, without which she would not have enjoyed those years as much as she did.
Betty was preceded in death in 1994 by her devoted husband, John, after almost 63 years of marriage. She also was pre-deceased by her beloved son, Stephen, in 1962, and her loving daughter, Caroline Mohun, in 1997. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Mackey ’91, of Los Altos, and her son, The Honorable John A. Sutro, Jr. (Loulie), of Kentfield. She also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.