Class Notes | Obituaries
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Yolande Alix '82, resident of Campbell, Calif., passed away on September 12, 2009, at the age of 86 years. Wife of the late Roland Alix; dear mother of Joanne Alix of Campbell; John (Phyllis) Alix of Los Altos; David (Liz) Alix of Santa Barbara; Susan (Eric) Hultman of Campbell; and Peter (Sally) Alix of San Jose. Grandmother of Aimee, Sean, Adam, Christopher, Sara, Laura and Maddi, great-grandmother of Cadee. Yola was an avid reader, amateur genealogist and family historian. She was a member of the Catala Club of Santa Clara University, and St. Basil's Catholic Couples Club.
Thomas M. Small J.D. '82 passed away on January 26, 2011.
Thelma R. Epstein MA ’82, resident of Cupertino, passed away Dec. 6, 2011. Thelma was born in Dallas, Texas, and completed her BA in Spanish from Southern Methodist University. Thelma later earned advanced degrees, one in U.S. History from California State University, Sacramento, and another in Special Education, Learning Disabilities from Santa Clara University. Thelma devoted her life to family, teaching, community service and political activism. Thelma taught for nine years in Redlands, Calif., and then continued her career as an instructor of U.S. History at De Anza College for twenty-four years. She served as vice president of the Foothill-De Anza Faculty Association, president of the Bay Faculty Association, treasurer and governor for Retired Faculty of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, commissioner of the De Anza College Commission, and served on the boards of the Cupertino Library Foundation and the California History Center Foundation. Thelma was a lifelong member of AAUW, holding both local and statewide offices. She was an active member of Shir Hadash Congregation as well as an avid 49ers, Giants, and Stanford football fan. Thelma is survived by Raymond, her loving husband of fifty-four years, children Bruce (Toni), Julie (Joel), David (Andrea); seven grandchildren; a brother and a sister.
Sharon Louise Knopf J.D. ’82, MBA ’82, a resident of San Jose, passed away suddenly of a heart attack. Sharon L. Knopf was born February 10, 1956 in Munich, Germany to Arthur and Alice Knopf. Sharon graduated from Willow Glen High, UC Davis (BS) and Santa Clara University (MBA, JD). She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After graduation she formed a law practice, Sasaki and Knopf, with Dale Sasaki in 1984. Sharon served on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Quilt Museum, helping to propel it to prominent status. She was passionate about plants, animals and preservation of historic buildings supporting the Nature Conservancy and National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sharon is survived by her husband Richard Johns of San Jose, Calif., father Arthur Knopf of San Jose, sister Susan Crase and husband Dietrich Crase of Mountain View, brother Jeff Knopf and wife Stacie Knopf of San Jose, and several nieces, nephews, god-children and many cherished pets. She was preceded in death by her mother Alice in 2005 and recently by her beloved German Wire Haired Pointer, Gus (Gustav Runciter Von Wee). Sharon was a tour de force whose favorite activities centered on restoring her vintage home. A consummate shopper, she delighted in filling her home with her collected treasures. Overflowing with knowledge and creativity, Sharon had ideas and plans and invited friends to come along for the ride. Sharon has touched lives from the West Coast to the East Coast. All those touched by Sharon feel an immeasurable loss. We will miss her energy, enthusiasm, companionship and presence.
Paul Dennis Jr. M.A., Nov. 1, 2008.
Kathryn Lisa Garcia ’82, Jan. 30, 2012. A resident of San Jose, she was born June 25, 1960. Kathryn leaves to cherish her parents, Ismael and Angie Florez, and her husband of 27 years, Jay Garcia, and her two beautiful children, Jason and Veronica '12. Kathryn lived a full and admirable life while she was with us. Kathryn graced many stages with her beautiful dancing but is most known by her students with the teaching of dance, and of life. Kathryn was most proud of her family, who will remain strong and together, living up to her every expectation. She will be missed by all whom she touched. Kat, we love you.
Joan Marie Banich '82 passed away peacefully at home on Friday May 2, 2014, in Campbell, Calif. surrounded by many loved ones. Joan personified a life well-lived and touched many lives worldwide in her short time. While battling the bone marrow disease MDS for the past 11 years, she continued working at Cisco Systems while also being involved in GWLN (Women Leaders of the World) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team in Training. Joan was a graduate of Blanchet High School and Santa Clara University, a loving daughter and great mom and partner, an Aaron Gordon fan, a mentor, a hiker, an entrepeneur. She will be missed by all! Born in France on November 14, 1960, she is survived by parents Al and Lorraine Banich of Magnolia, sisters Peggy Hughes (Bill), Mary Clipsham (Barry), all of the Seattle area. Sister Cathy Bates (James) of Reno, as well as her husband Dave and daughter Atley Keller of Campbell, Calif. She is pre-deceased by her brother Steven.
Daniel "Danny" P. Lawless ’82—our beloved father, son and brother—left this life and entered eternal life on Friday, February 22, 2013. Danny was born in Phoenix on August 7, 1960. He attended Brophy College Prep and graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1982. Danny worked his entire career as a financial consultant. Danny is survived by his beautiful children, Dylan and Megan, his former wife and mother of their children, Hallie Lawless, his parents David and Ellen Lawless and siblings, Tom Lawless '77, J.D. '82 and Cathy Gaudreau (Bill). Danny was a great golfer and two time winner of The Men's Club Championship at Arizona Country Club. He was also a life member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds. Danny loved life, his family and his many friends. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Our family appreciates the enormous outpouring of love for Danny. Rest in peace our beloved Danny!