Florence Stuart passed away peacefully June 4, 2012

Florence Stuart passed away peacefully June 4, having been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  A Menlo Park resident for 55 years, she was well loved by family and friends.

The youngest of four and only daughter of Swedish parents, she grew up in  Michigan’s Detroit area through the depression years. The multicultural neighborhood in which she lived gave her a remarkable ear for understanding many linguistic accent variations and many cultures.

She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in business, and was the first of her family to attend college, working her way through.  This provided her a deep appreciation for quality education.

It was there that she met her husband, Robert Stuart. The newlyweds moved to Chicago where she became an elementary school teacher while Robert attended Loyola University Dental School. In 1957 they moved to Menlo Park where he started a dental practice while she managed their home and family.

A social pioneer in many ways:  Florence gave assistance to immigrants who worked at Webb Ranch in the 1960’s; she became an expert on the San Francisco Bay ecosystem by researching and writing a definitive work for the League of Women Voters. In the 1970’s divorce prompted a redirection from housewife to Real Estate Agent. In the 1980’s she became a breast cancer survivor and at all times was an advocate of independent thinking, common sense, and good humor.

She had the good fortune to travel with friends and family: Thailand, England, Australia, Tasmania, London, Paris and surrounding areas, Germany, Amsterdam/Holland, Hawaii, and Panama.

Florence is survived by her four children, four grand-children, and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial is scheduled July 28, 2 pm at Ladera Community Church, 3300
Alpine Rd, Portola Valley.

In Honor of a Patriot

“You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom.” Clarence Darrow

Sanford Keller
May 4, 1941-April 12, 2012
Palo Alto, California
Submitted by Michael and Kimberly Osborne

Sanford “Sandy” Keller, the son of Jewish immigrants, who became a lawyer for the rights of the poor and powerless, passed away on April 14th.

Keller devoted his life to helping prisoners and other clients who could not pay him. His toughest fight lasted 12 years and took him from the parole board to regulatory panels and all the way to the federal courts. It ended on Dec. 4, 1989, when the federal court of appeals overturned the conviction of Mr. Keller’s client Francisco Perez, who had been wrongfully convicted in 1977 on charges of armed-robbery.

Sanford Isaac Keller was born on May 4, 1941, in Palo Alto. He attended Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, and graduated from USC and Santa Clara Law School.

In 1970, he went to work for a federally financed legal services agency in a basement storefront in downtown San Francisco. Three years later, he joined the Legal Aid Society, to represent indigent clients in the Bay Area. He first worked on criminal cases, and then on appeals for the society. In 1983, Mr. Keller started a private practice, mainly taking clients who could not afford to pay him much, if anything. He retired from full time law practice in 2001.

Mr. Keller is survived, in addition to his wife, by their daughter, Kimberly Osborne; two sons, Kyle of Seattle, Wash., and Matthew of New York City, N.Y.; a sister, Caroline Lehman of San Jose, Calif.; and a granddaughter.


Larry Ventresca’s Memorial Service

Larry B. Ventresca
July 22, 1951-Oct. 1, 2011
Resident of Palo Alto

Larry B. Ventresca passed away on Sat. Oct. 1, 2011 at the age of 60 yrs. He had a career in property management and development. Larry was family oriented and was always dedicated to helping everyone. He was extremely good with children, spending significant time with them and being a role model.

Larry will be missed by his family and friends for the rest of their lives.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00 Noon at the Gates of Heaven Cemetary, 22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024

A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 1:00 P.M. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto. Please view/sign guestbook at: