Death Notices: Recent Deaths Jan. 18 - Feb. 9

Recent deaths of people with Cupertino connections.

Ruth "Ruthe" Hall Hammer

Sept. 8, 1920 - Jan. 18, 2013

Resident of Cupertino

Ruth Hall Hammer, aka "Ruthe", joined her dearly departed husband, and high school sweetheart of 63 years, Tom Sr. on Jan 18.

Ruthe's at peace now after a long struggle with COPD. She was born Sept. 8, 1920 in Indianola Iowa, to Margaret and Byron Hall. Ruthe's childhood was filled with the joys of having two older sisters and life in the south central Iowa farming community of Milo.

Ruthe graduated from Indianola High and Simpson College. She's survived by son, Tom Jr., daughter-in-law Sueling, grandchildren Nick and Ellenore, sister Virginia Ott, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Most of her retirement years were spent in Minnesota where she lived with Tom Sr. on the shores of Lake Minnetonka near Minneapolis, MN. After moving to California in 2009, she lived at the Sunny View Retirement Community in Cupertino.

Ruthe retired from the Minneapolis Public Schools after 20 years teaching. That followed earlier stints in Iowa in business (CPA), and teaching. After moving to Minnesota in 1957 she helped Tom Sr. run "Hammer's Hardware" in Richfield.

Ruthe was many things to many people; wife; mother; grandmother; auntie; business woman; teacher; neighbor. She touched us all and left the world a better place. We miss her. The Minnesota memorial service was Feb. 17 at the Excelsior United Methodist Church in Excelsior, MN.


Harwood G. Hopkins

Aug. 19, 1931 – Feb. 4, 2013

Resident of Cupertino

Beloved Husband of Willow Hopkins of Cupertino. Loving father of Judith E. Matheson of New York City; Pamela A. Hopkins of Cupertino. Cherished grandfather of Stephanie K. Erwin and James Erwin of New York City, and Shane M. Hopkins of Cupertino. He is survived by 10 brothers and sisters. He was predeceased by three brothers.

He served in the US Air Force for 24 years and served in Viet Nam and Korea. He worked for Hewlett-Packard for 25 years. 

Friends and family were invited to attend funeral service on Feb. 13 Bethel Church, 1201 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose. Reception followed at the church. He was laid to rest at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos with military honors.

Alice Kolski

March 1, 1921 – Feb. 8, 2013

Resident of Cupertino

Loving mother to John and Kathy. Preceded in death by her husband Joseph Kolski.

Friends were invited to attend a funeral service Feb. 15 at Lima Campagna Sunnyvale Mortuary. Interment followed at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery. 

Jimmy Leland Page

Sept. 22, 1937 - Feb. 4, 2013

Resident of Cupertino Jim went to be with the Lord on Feb. 4. He was born in Texas and moved to California in 1942. He worked for Lockheed for 45 years. He is survived by his wife Jolene, children Roger, Bret, Carrie and Derek, daughter in-law Robin, and grandchildren Alex and Dan.

Marlene A. Penney

Resident of Cupertino

Marlene Penney passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9. She will be deeply missed.

Friends were invited to attend a Memorial Mass Feb. 15 at St. Joseph of Cupertino Church.


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