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Patrica "Trish" (Towry) Corby '76 passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 9, 2014, after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Trish was a patented inventor, an innovator, and a businesswoman. Trish is pre-deceased by her immediate family, but is survived by many friends, most notably her Santa Clara roommate, and dearest friend Robin Munson '76, who cared for Trish on her final journey. Trish will always be remembered by her life long "family of friends" that came to be from her days at Santa Clara University. She was living in Meridian, Idaho.
Maureen Romano ’76 passed away on Feb. 12, 2014 at the age of 59 from complications due to pneumonia. Maureen was born in Seattle, Wash. on March 12, 1954, the second child of Dr. Robert and Mary Jean Parker Romano. Maureen is survived by her father Robert, sister Anne Sarewitz (Stephen), brothers Robert, Jr. (Cathy), Stephen (Juliet), John (Grace), and James (Brooks) as well as her many nieces and nephews: Maureen, Julia, and Alison Sarewitz; and Joseph, Tommy, Mary Claire, Henry Romano ’12, Will, Juliet, Matt, Mark, Caroline, Joshua and Nicholas Romano. Her mother, Mary Jean, predeceased her. Maureen graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart Forest Ridge, received her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University that included a year in the Gonzaga-in-Florence program and obtained an MBA from the University of Washington. After a hiking accident in 1982, Maureen resided at Providence Mount St Vincent in West Seattle, where she created a life for herself enriching the lives of everyone around her. She leaves behind her extended family of caregivers, volunteers, and residents at Providence Mount St Vincent. Maureen's lifelong friends remained a constant in her life both before and especially after her accident. Every year, her Forest Ridge classmates would gather at the Mount to celebrate her birthday, bringing immense joy to Maureen as she reminisced with each and every friend. She never knew a stranger, only a friend she hadn't met. Her memory for names was impeccable. She greeted all by name- and usually with the nickname she created for them. Maureen never lost her sense of humor making all around her feel at ease. Maureen's interests included a love of languages, travel, tennis, skiing and singing. She loved singing loudly I Left My Heart in San Francisco, bringing back memories of her life in the Bay area.
Joseph P Kelly III ’76, May 5, 1954, to Feb. 12, 2014. He was a resident of Santa Clara, the son of the Hon. Joseph P. Kelly ’34 and Cloiva Kelly of La Cañada. In 1972, Joe continued the family tradition of attending Santa Clara University and resided in the Bay Area ever since. Relatives who also attended SCU were cousins Kelly Idiart ’71, Roger Idiart ’75, and Daniel J. Kelly ’70. For close to 20 years Joe was a faithful employee of Old Republic Title Company. Joe traveled extensively and became a cruise expert. He enjoyed all things English and Irish. His untimely passing has left his family and friends with memories of his love, laughter, wit and kindness.
John G. Houston MBA '76 died on October 31, 2014, after a 13-year battle with prostate cancer. John was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on December 7, 1937. He graduated from University of North Carolina in 1963. He completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 1976. He was very proud of his military service in The United States Navy, where he served on active duty during the Viet Nam War. He continued as a Reservist until 1989 with 26 years of service, and retired as a Commander. He worked as a Real Estate Broker. John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Bev, a son, Parker, 35, and his wife Anni, of El Dorado Hills, and a son, Taylor, 34, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. John loved music and he loved to sing!
James McCullough M.A. '76 on May 24, 2008.
Gene Mackey ’76, born Dec. 18, 1952, a resident of Danville, died on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the age of 59, lovingly surrounded by his children and dear family friend the Rev. Vincent Scott. Gene was born in San Francisco in 1952 and lived his childhood years in South San Francisco attending Los Cerritos Elementary, Parkway Junior High, and graduating from South San Francisco High School in 1971. He joined the United States Air Force and was ready for deployment to Vietnam when the war ended. He was a 1976 graduate of Santa Clara University majoring in business and was then credentialed as a CPA, with his first professional job working at Ernst and Young in San Francisco. Gene began a 35-year career in the real estate and mortgage industry with Security Pacific and Better Homes, then ultimately opening his own real estate mortgage company, Bay Pacific Realty, with his wife Mary. In 1998 he joined Chase Manhattan Bank's Home Loan Center. From there Gene moved his career path to manage: First Horizons Mortgage Co., Washington Mutual Loan Center, Countrywide Home Loans and then ending his mortgage career with Bank of America Home Loans in Danville, where he lived. He loved building company offices and mentoring the marketing and sales associate staff as well as the support staff that so loyally worked alongside him. Survived and forever loved by his wife, Mary, sons; Scott (Courtney), Kevin (Shelley), his devoted son Sean, who always remained an inspiration of grace and courage for Gene, and grandchildren Jack, Taylor, Sabrina and Stefanie. Gene is also survived by his parents Gene and Margaret Mackey, married 63 years, brother Robert (Pam) and nephews Ryan and Adam. Gene was predeceased by his beloved infant baby brother, David.
Florence Muniz Sprague '76 on April 27, 2010. Florence was a unique and amazing woman, born before her time. Unable to afford university, she attended nursing school and served her country as a cadet nurse in a military hospital. She would work as a nurse well into her seventh decade. In 1946 she met and married the love of her life, Neal Sprague. Florence supported Neal through dental school and moved with him to Sunnyvale where they established their practice and raised their family. Florence received her bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1976 and went on to teach classes at De Anza College and adult education programs. She was an avid student and a passionate teacher. She loved gardening, writing, reading, and travel. Florence celebrated the millennium with a three-month-long cruise around the world, adding to the 85 countries she had visited. She was a voracious reader, and loved sharing the books and movies she liked best. Florence also loved dancing, ice cream, and, most of all, her family. She is survived by her sister Sally, daughters Jan and Karen, her grandchildren, and many, many friends. She is now enveloped in the loving arms of her husband Neal and her son Don, who went before her to prepare the way.
Dennis McClenahan '76, age 60, passed away suddenly on May 30, doing what he loved – playing tennis. Dennis will be remembered as a loving partner, father and friend, a successful businessman, a superb athlete, and a generous community volunteer. He lived a rich life, excelling in many domains. Most important, he will be remembered for his kind and generous sprit and his strong devotion to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
Dennis was a resident of Palo Alto and was raised in Santa Clara, Calif. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in 1972 and Santa Clara University with a B.S.C in Finance. He was a College All-American wide receiver at Santa Clara University and, upon graduation in 1976, he signed a professional football contract with the Oakland Raiders. Dennis's 35-year insurance career began in 1979 with Jardine Insurance Brokers, followed by Nationwide Insurance from 1988-1993. He then went on to own and operate D.A. McClenahan Insurance Agency before joining Professional Insurance Associates, Inc. as a Vice President in 2003.
Dennis was an incredible athlete, excelling at all sports. His particular passion was tennis. Dennis played on numerous USTA league teams and in many tournaments throughout the state. He was greatly admired by his teammates and opponents alike. In 2012, he was ranked number 1 in Northern California and number 7 in the state in his age category. Dennis was known as a formidable competitor as well as a true gentleman on and off the court.
He was active in the community as well. Dennis was a former member of the Santa Clara Preparatory Alumni Council as well as a past member of Santa Clara University Board of Fellows. Dennis enjoyed participating in fundraising events for the Canary Foundation, Menlo Charity Horse Show, and tutoring children from the Sacred Heart Nativity School. Dennis leaves behind his son Tyler (daughter-in-law Helen), daughter Molly Featherstone (son-in-law John), daughter Murphy, and his grandchildren, Cade, Max, Archer, Oakes, and Enzo. He is survived by his partner Laura Lauman, his brother Bob McClenahan, and sister Judy Vollenweider.
Dean Brackley, S.J., M.Div. ’76, died Oct. 16, 2011, surrounded by members of his community and several of his closest friends at the Jesuit infirmary in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, following a six-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. Kevin Burke, S.J., Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology, wrote: "Dean was one of the Jesuits assigned to El Salvador following the assassination of the six Jesuits and their two co-workers at the University of Central America in November 1989. His contribution to the mission of the UCA and the Central American province of the Society of Jesus was exemplary. Indeed, he became a key link in the chain of witnesses keeping alive the memory of the Central American martyrs in El Salvador and in the universal Church. He was a great human being and a great Christian. It is an honor to recognize him as an alumnus of the Jesuit School of Theology."
Charles Dean Williamson '76 March 21, 1954 - Dec 17, 2013 Resident of Santa Clara Past away at age 59. Born and raised by James and Pauline Williamson in Sunnyvale and survived by sister Rosemary Albrecht and brother James. "Chuck" graduated from Sunnyvale High School in 1972, obtained a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University in 1976, and two Masters Degrees in Human Resources from Boston University and Chapman University. He served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the medical corps and then worked for the U.S. Veterans Service Hospital in Palo Alto until he retired in 2010. Chuck enjoyed current events, movies, dining out and his cat Rusty. Chuck loved traveling, visiting 48 states, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.
Audrey Bernfield M.A. ’76, died on her seventy-fifth birthday, November 3, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. Audrey was an innovative force at several universities. At Stanford, she nurtured students in the Program in Human Biology while building an advising system that became a model for the nation. Later, as Director of Undergraduate Advising, she championed the view that college is a place for intellectual exploration where students discover the passions that lead to meaningful lives and careers. As Director of Enrichment Programs at Harvard Medical School, she developed programs that expanded medical students' engagement in the world at large, and was the first non-physician elected president of the International Health Medical Education Consortium, now known as GHEC. She was a lifelong crusader for reproductive rights, starting as a counselor and eventually serving on the boards of several women's health organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Boston. She also served on the boards of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus; The Transition Network, an organization for professional women who are transitioning to retirement; New Georges, a New York City theatre company; and as President of the 1661 Foundation, which supports the development of young progressive leaders. Audrey earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Clara. She is survived by her children, Susan and her husband Claude Millman, Jim and his wife Camilla Enders, Mark and his wife Rachel Saunders, and four grandchildren. Her husband Merton R. Bernfield died in 2002.
Timothy William Reed ’77 passed away on Aug. 23, 2010. A fourth generation Californian, with ties to Santa Clara Valley Pioneer Families, he was born in San Jose to William and Jane Reed. He was raised on the family ranch in Sunnyvale and grew up picking and drying fruit. He graduated with honors from Homestead High, De Anza College and Santa Clara University, receiving his Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry. Reed worked in the electronics industry prior to undertaking a major career change. Over the years he worked as an Independent contractor, Property Manager before settling in on a career as an Accountant. His passion in life revolved around his interests and hobbies and his favorite team the Forty-niners. He loved to search out unique experiences and tasting foods from different cultures. He was an avid reader and collector of books and periodicals. Other interests included martial arts, history, politics, music and movies. He is greatly missed by his surviving family, loving parents Bill and Jane, brother Patrick with his wife Roseann and family, along with his many cousins, their spouses and extended families. He will be fondly remembered for the attributes which made him shine. His thoughtfulness, generosity, loyalty, dedication and work ethic, his good nature, humor and of course his trademark grin.
Timothy Eugene Griswold '77, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on October 22, 2014. Tim was born July 2, 1955 to Lee and Patricia Griswold, the fourth of six children. Tim and his five siblings, Mike, Rick, Steve, Coralee and Tom grew up on Cold Creek Ranch in Newark Valley, where he learned the value of hard work and dedication. He attended high school in Eureka, NV, where he excelled in track for the Eureka Vandals, graduated Valedictorian and earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in California. He earned his B. S. degree in Commerce from the school of business and completed the exams for his C.P.A.
Upon graduation in 1977, he joined the firm of Read & Powell and in 1978, married the love of his life, Judith Scheier. They were blessed with two children: Lucinda Elizabeth and Nicholas Scheier Griswold. In January 2003, Tim started his own business, Tim E. Griswold, CPA; which he maintained until his passing. In 2008, Tim was fortunate to become a grandfather of two little boys, Ryan Griswold Cochran and Xavier Ray Griswold. Tim was pre-deceased by his father in January of this year. He is survived by his wife, mother, five siblings, two children, grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Monica Griswold.
Tim loved sports, and coached his children's various teams as they grew up. When it came time to hang up his coaching hat, Tim joined his wife in the stands for every game, including those requiring long trips out of town. His favorite sport was baseball and the Dodgers were tops as far as he was concerned, sparking an ongoing banter with his beloved daughter-in-law, Monica. While they tormented each over their choice of teams, she was the first to provide Dodger memorabilia, which always brought a smile to his face. Tim was a loving husband, an attentive father, an adoring grandfather, caring family member and very dear friend. At age 59, the loss of him was too soon, and deeply felt by the lives he touched.
Steven Emerson Curtis M.S. ’77, our wonderful husband, father, Papa, and hero, passed away on January 5, 2013 after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer. He valiantly inspired others and proved that this is still a day of miracles. Steve was born in Salt Lake City on March 16, 1948 to Reuben Emerson and Alice Call Curtis. He graduated from Highland High School and served an LDS mission to Northern Germany. He married his eternal sweetheart, Janice Derrick in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in electrical engineering and received a master's degree from Santa Clara University in California. He spent the majority of his career designing medical imaging equipment and managing research and development departments. He loved solving mathematical engineering problems and was granted many patents. Steve was a man of absolute integrity. He had sound judgment and great wisdom. He possessed charity for all and so appreciated the love and prayers offered for him during his health struggles. He left a legacy of love, service, humor, and devotion to his family. He endured to the end with steadfast faith in the Savior and a testimony of the gospel. He was without guile and was a true disciple of Christ. Steve loved gardening and his beautiful flowers were legendary. He passed on his love of camping and hiking in the mountains and national parks to his family. He loved music and sang every chance he had in choirs, quartets and duets with Jani and was an excellent choir director. He enjoyed traveling and saw much of the world. He delighted in the scriptures and was continually immersed in them. He had an extensive knowledge of the gospel and lived its principles with exactness. He served faithfully in many callings, but his favorite was teaching, where he constantly bore his testimony of the love, kindness, and mercy of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Jani, their children Michael (Rochelle) Curtis, Matthew (Brooke) Curtis, Alisa (Kevin) Bolander, Jennifer (Alan) Stout, and 14 grandchildren.
Richard F. Lee JD '77 died peacefully on January 9, 2012, after living bravely and valiantly with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and ALS. Rick never complained or felt self-pity about his diagnosis. Instead, he accepted it and committed himself to staying active and serving others. Until his final month, he volunteered at the Unity Shoppe and Central Office of AA, and loved walking long distances sharing hope with everyone he met. He participated in a research project at UCSF so future families will not experience this devastating disease.
Rick was born in San Francisco to Bruce P. Lee and Barbara L. Lee (Pierce), and raised in Millbrae, California. From the time he was a toddler he was the consummate jokester. In his own inimitable way he was also a leader. He was captain of the safety patrol at his elementary school, and senior class president at Mills High School. He was on the debate team at UCSB, and graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara Law School in 1977. He returned to Santa Barbara as an associate at Schramm & Raddue where he later became a senior partner.
He was married to Barbara Conway from 1976 to 1990 and they had three wonderful children: Allison, Andrea and Adam. In 1993 he married Diana Jessup and together they adopted Diana's foster daughter Lorraine Monroy. Rick loved being a father and grandfather.
He also loved being a lawyer and helping people. When Schramm & Raddue dissolved, he opened his own office where he enjoyed representing a wide variety of clients. In 2007 he joined Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy LLP where he practiced until his medical retirement in 2010. He had a passion for correcting injustices, whether the cause was worth millions of dollars or none at all.
Rick held leadership roles in many civic organizations, including Legal Aid, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Alano Club, Barristers' Club, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and Teen Court. Rick was a role model in dealing openly and candidly with the challenges he faced in life. He was proud to have 29 years of sobriety and to have survived prostate cancer. Rick had amazing stamina and always strove to see the best in people. His commitment to enjoying life and helping others will live on in the many people he mentored and loved. One of the greatest gifts Rick received in his last year was the loving care of his son-in-law Nathan who was his full time caregiver.
Rick is survived by his wife Diana; his children Allison in San Francisco, Andrea (Nathan) Ridgell in Santa Barbara, Adam in San Francisco, and Lorraine (Marcus) Haynes in Las Vegas; his brother Steve in Santa Barbara; his sister Janet in Lincoln; his grandchildren Kaden and Kashton Ridgell, Anthony, Monique and Chauntal Monroy, and Brooklynn Haynes; and his aunt and cousins in the Sanfillipo family. His parents and sister Joanne predeceased him.
Mimi Murray Meriwether ’77 died on September 28, after a very long struggle with cancer. Born in Pittsburg, PA in 1955, Mimi' s early schooling was at The Trinita dei Monti in Rome, Italy, where her family resided for a number of years while her father pursued business interests in Europe. Returning to the United States, her family settled in Pebble Beach, California in 1966. Mimi entered Santa Catalina School in Monterey, and remained there until completing her high school years. After her freshman year at Santa Clara University, Mimi transferred to Georgetown University, where she graduated in 1977. Mimi's marriage to John Meriwether brought her to New York City living and then to their home in North Salem, NY. In later years Mimi found great serenity in her cherished Taos, New Mexico. Mimi was beloved by friends beyond number. The charity in her heart was unrestrained, and often found exercise in her generosity to friends in need. The parade of visitors to the hospital from near, far and very far was remarkable. How she was loved! Mimi was a profoundly spiritual person whose virtue was evident to all who knew her. Many times she traveled to Medjugorje, a place of pilgrimage in the former Yugoslavia, where she often brought friends as her guests. From childhood, Mimi loved horses, and she became a very accomplished competitive horsewoman. She achieved international success in the demanding sport of three day eventing, which has been likened to competing in a triathlon. Arrestingly courageous in coping with her illness, Mimi was small of frame and had an extraordinary sweetness and magical delicacy that captivated all who had the great grace of knowing her. Mimi's parents, Mr. and Mrs James G. Murray, Jr. are deceased, as is her sister, Pamela Murray, who was a nun. She is survived by John Meriwether, her sisters Joan Murray, Judy Allrich and Patricia Huse and by her brother James G. Murray, III. She leaves three nieces, five nephews and an enormous number of friends, particularly Heather Croome-Carroll and Diane Summers, who were so good to Mimi in her sickness as were so many others.
Michael Peter Bini ’77, a resident of Scotts Valley, died in December 2013. Michael, a gifted storyteller, passed away after a brief illness. He leaves behind his daughter, Casey Lynn Colwell, his parents, Louis and Marie Bini, his sisters—Suzanne Shehadeh, Adrienne Bini, and Tosca Bini (Adam Lawrence)—his brother, Robert Bini (Sarah Lindsay), his niece, six nephews, and many relatives. A graduate of Santa Clara University, Michael, 59 years old, worked in commercial real estate for over thirty years. His generous heart and free spirit will be greatly missed.
Michael James Zelensky '77, 58, died Aug. 2, 2014, in Ketchikan. He was born Sept. 16, 1955, in Tacoma, Washington. He lived his early years in Seattle, where he attended Our Lady of Fatima School until eighth grade and graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1973. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1977, and after earning his law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1983, Mr. Zelensky came to Ketchikan that same year to clerk in the law offices of A. Fred Miller. Then, Mr. Zelensky and the late Richard Whittaker were partners in the firm of Whittaker and Zelensky for a number of years. For the past 20 years, Mr. Zelensky had a sole practice. He was a member of the Alaska Bar Association, and Ketchikan Bar Association. Mr. Zelensky sponsored and played on Ketchikan “B” League basketball teams for several years. He also enjoyed climbing mountains, first climbing Mt. Adams with his father when he was 16. In 1974, he climbed Mt. Rainier with his close friend, Gary Spees. He also hiked along the west coast of Vancouver Island with friends Bill Jandl and Graham Whyte. He climbed many of Revillagigedo Island’s peaks, including Dude, Ward, Minerva, Deer and Mahoney mountains. He enjoyed kayaking with friends around Ketchikan, and in the Hakai Passage of British Columbias. He was the master teacher of chess and backgammon for his nephews and nieces. Mr. Zelensky is survived by his wife, Myra; daughter, Alexa Ruth; mother, Rose Zelensky of Seattle; sister, Gena (David) McReynolds of Bothell, Washington; members of his wife’s family, Roland and Alaire Stanton, and Loren and Carol Stanton, all of Ketchikan, Bruce and Kathy Stanton of Washington state, and Ralph Stanton of Hawaii; nephews and nieces, Ethan and Megan McReynolds, Daniel and Jacqueline Stanton, Felice Salmon and Brooke Stanton, and Peter, Brendan and Clara Joy Stanton.
Lisa Marie (Regalia) Weekes '77 passed away on July 30, 2011 from complications from a recent surgery. Born in San Francisco on August 8, 1955 she was a true City Girl having attended St Stephens and the St Rose Academy before graduating with a BA from Santa Clara University. Lisa travelled the world and lived in Los Angeles and Chicago before returning home to the Bay Area to live in San Ramon. Lisa was an incredibly kind and talented woman whose grace and humor touched everyone who had the pleasure to know her. Her beauty and generosity to others will be remembered for many years to come. Her courage and dignity during her medical challenges were both inspiring and humbling to her family and dearest friends. Lisa is survived by her husband of 31 years Terry Weekes '76 and her two treasured sons Connor and Kienan; her brothers Andrew Regalia (Judy Regalia) and Chris Regalia '74 (Kathryn Regalia); her aunts and uncles Elvira and Barney Lindemann, Don and Susan Sheehan and Joan Parina; her sister and brother-in-laws, cousins and many nieces and nephews who she cared for greatly; her dearest friends and her beloved golden retriever Woody! Lisa was preceded in death by her father Andrew Mario Regalia and Eleanore Marie Regalia of San Francisco.
John Vincent Giacomazzi ’77 went to Jesus and his eternal reward on Oct. 7, 2014. He was 59 years old. John was born in San Jose on Jan. 6, 1955. He graduated from James Lick High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Santa Clara University in 1977. John stated when he walked across the stage, "It was the happiest day of my life." He worked for the U. S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division in Menlo Park and enjoyed scuba diving until he was incapacitated by neuromuscular atrophy, the progressive and debilitating disease that he endured all of his life.
John is survived by an aunt, Esther Long of Parker, Colo., and cousins Laura Long of Sunnyvale, Calif., Richard Long of Cottonwood, Calif., Michael Long of Jacksonville, Fla. and Mark Long of Parker, Colo. He is also survived by his close friend and caretaker Eileen Hansen and his special friend Julia Pezzini. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Jeanne (Long) Giacomazzi and his brother, Joseph Giacomazzi. John is also predeceased by his two very special canine service dogs "Rather" and "Rio." In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Canine Companions, Santa Rosa, Calif. or Santa Clara University Alumni Family.
Joan Marie Vellequette M.A. ’77, a resident of Los Altos, Calif. for 51 years, passed away peacefully on Nov. 13, 2012. Joan is survived by her loving husband, Murlin Vellequette MBA '68, her sister Margaret Bouthillier (& husband Conrad), her brother-in-law Roger Vellequette, her sister-in-law Bernadette Hall, and her eight children: Joseph Vellequette (& wife Suzy), John Vellequette, David Vellequette (& wife Mary), Mary Singleton (& husband D.J.), Ann Frates, Mark Vellequette '86, MBA '91 (& wife Mary Beth), Michael Vellequette (& wife Kim), and James Vellequette. Joan was blessed with 21 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren - all of whom she loved deeply. Joan had a knack for remembering everyone's birthday, graduation, and anniversary - while making it all look easy. Born Joan Marie Lynch in Chicopee, Mass., her family later moved to Michigan where she attended the University of Detroit as a Chemistry major graduating in 1951. Joan dated Murlin Vellequette in college and they married in 1952. Over the next 9 years, they lived in Huntsville, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati, and then moved to California in 1960 when Murlin accepted a position with Fairchild Semiconductor. In Los Altos, they bought one of the first homes in the Highlands area, where they made many close friends in that great neighborhood. Recently, with family and some long-time friends, Joan and Murlin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, a true milestone of enduring love. Early on, Joan worked as a Chemist for Ethyl Corp., and then devoted herself to the whirlwind of raising eight children. Joan returned to college and obtained a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 1977. She also volunteered for many years with the St. Simon Catholic Parish ministries, the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary, and for St. Francis High School. Later on, she enjoyed being the office manager and psychological testing coordinator for the Behaviordyne Pyschological Corp. in Palo Alto, and she also acted as the bookkeeper for the family business. Joan's personal interests varied from celebrating and quietly helping her family, to frequent travels, to being an extremely avid reader. Her travels included India, Europe, China, Australia and many trips with family to destinations all over the US. Annual summer trips to Myrtle Beach were a favorite, and no one will ever forget seeing Joan and Murlin parasailing together way up in the sky during one terrific Vellequette & Bouthillier Family Reunion. Joan was always selflessly full of life and love, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew and cherished her.
Janet C. Winter MA ’77, of Folsom, Calif., passed away peacefully Nov. 28, 2011, at her home. Janet was born Nov. 1, 1940, in Pinckneyville, a daughter to John and Elizabeth (Emling) Winter. She was a 1958 graduate of Pinckneyville Community High School, did her undergraduate studies at SIU Carbondale, earning a bachelor of science, and then attained a masters degree in arts and education from Santa Clara University. Janet was an avid gardener, was artistic, adventurous, loved painting and was skillful and handy in making home repairs for herself as well as her family. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, loved spending time with and caring for her family and will be dearly missed by all her knew her. Janet is survived by one daughter, Pippa (Andy) Austin of Folsom, Calif.; one granddaughter, Stephanie Austin of Folsom, Calif.; three sisters; and two brothers, Bonita Knight of Du Quoin, Lyle (Debbie) Winter, Merle (Shirley) Winter, Delores Higgerson, all of Pinckneyville, and Joyce (Sam) Stine of Tremonton, Utah; her caregiver for the last year and great-niece, Melissa Knight, and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers-in-law, Roy Knight and Ross Reel.