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Known as a selfless doer, Grace Sautter went soaring with the angels from her Los Gatos home on August 14, 2015. She was born in 1921 in the family home on 13th Street in San Jose and moved to town in 1964.
Locally, Grace was well known for her volunteer work at the Village House, a now-closed restaurant that was run by volunteers who donated their profits to Eastfield Ming Quong.
"Grace was our dishwasher," Village House volunteer Shirley Johnson said. Johnson met Grace at the restaurant 42 years ago, and the women became fast friends. "She had a beautiful soul," Johnson said. "Everybody liked her and she loved people."
Grace loved her groups, too, including the Art Docents of Los Gatos, which she joined in 1971. She served on the docents' board and was a past president.
"Grace was one of those ladies who was busy all the time," Johnson said. "She still went to meetings even when she wasn't feeling well. When she couldn't drive anymore, people picked her up."
Her list of meetings to attend included Santa Clara University's Catala Club. Grace joined the women's club in 1980 and acted as its historian. The group raises scholarship funds for SCU undergraduates.
"Grace has kept meticulous records of Catala Club events--taking pictures, putting the scrapbooks together and when possible sending copies of her photos to subjects," Catala president Dianne Bonino wrote in November 2014. "Over the years Grace has been a loyal member."
Grace was also a working woman, who was employed by the Roos Bros. and Hale Brothers department stores in the 1930s.
In 1942 she joined the Anglo Bank that later became Wells Fargo. That job led her to become the first female president of the Santa Clara County chapter of the American Institute of Banking.
Armed with a commercial banking certificate from San Jose State, Grace remained in banking until 1963. But at the age of 65, following the 1986 death of her husband Fred, Grace returned to work at Wells Fargo in Los Gatos. By the time she retired in 2003, her banking career had spanned 61 years.
"Her greatest desire in life was to be a mother," son Bill Sautter '84 wrote. An only child, Sautter described Grace as an "extraordinary mother, wife and homemaker," who was also a woman of deep Christian faith. "What mattered most to her was love and harmony with family and friends," he wrote in her obituary.
Sautter also said his mother had a near-photographic memory and was an avid traveler and photographer, a 49er and Giants fan, and a constant letter writer who had beautiful penmanship.
It's a wonder she had time to be the caregiver for her older sister Elsie Sullivan, who is now 101 years old.
Donna Burdick, Nov. 14, 1929-Jul. 12, 2015, resident of Santa Clara. She was preceded in death by devoted husband George Burdick. Beloved mother of Robin Burdick, Geordie Burdick '79, Meg Mallamace, Beth Cintas and Adam Burdick. Loving mother-in-law of Ray Mallamace and Shari Burdick. Adored grandmother (Grandy) of Caitlin Cintas, Megan Cintas, Gwendolyn Burdick, Amanda Morris (Matt Morris) and Nicholas Seely. Cherished great-grandmother of Dakota Kundo and Mason Morris. Dearest sister of Aldean Simi and Julie Tuckey, and loving aunt to many adoring nieces and nephews.
Beverly Jane Honzel passed away Oct. 6, 2015, in her Lake Oswego home. Bev was born June 21, 1930, as the only child to Leona (Robertson) and Thomas Brown Young in Klamath Falls. After graduating from Klamath Union High School in 1949, she attended San Jose State College. Beverly married Andrew Honzel Jr. '53 in 1953, and they made an extraordinary team. Soon they were joined by sons, Mark '76 and Drew '78, followed by daughter, Karen. Bev was a selfless and devoted wife and mother. She was an exceptional cook and hostess, and delighted in friends becoming extended family. She created a home that welcomed all who entered. Bev was in every sense of the word a true gentlewoman. She was a trusted and loving partner to her husband of 61 years, Andy. Bev was a kind and loyal friend, always thoughtful and generous. Beverly was preceded in death by her son, Mark, and is survived by her beloved husband, Andy of Lake Oswego; son, Drew (Betsy) of Klamath Falls; daughter, Karen Musica (Mike) of Tacoma; grandchildren, Tyler Honzel (Nicole), Jack Honzel, Dana Angelos '10 (Greg), Hannah, Tory and Ellie Honzel, and Ali and Eric Musica; and two great-grandchildren.
Bob was born on July 12,1921, in San Mateo, CA., the oldest son of Aloysius Ignatius Valentine and Elena Ortiz, and was a fourth-generation Californian. He was raised in the Excelsior District in San Francisco with two younger siblings, Richard and Elena. As a young boy Robert spent his summers either at the Russian River or in the coastal Santa Lucia mountains where his maternal grandfather (Felix Ortiz) was a Basque rancher and farmer.
He graduated in 1939 from St. Ignatius High School, and then attended Santa Clara University receiving a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. During his senior year, Bob and his ROTC classmates were conscripted and sent to Fayetteville, NC, for basic training, followed by Officer's Training at Fort Sill, OK. He was then shipped out to Europe for the post war occupation period where he was stationed in Gorizia, Italy, with the 88th Blue Devil Artillery Division.
Following his return home, Bob received a masters degree in Civil Engineering and Business from Stanford University in 1949.
After graduation from Stanford, Bob was employed as an engineer with the bridge-building firm of Judson-Pacific-Murphy which built the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, among several others. In 1955, Bob was part of the engineering team that installed the lateral stabilizing system for the Golden Gate Bridge.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, Bob pursued the bachelor life in San Francisco, with particular interest in his service as "Dean of Women" for the Tuesday Downtown Operators and Observers (TDOs) whose primary focus was inviting young single women to lunch with them on Tuesdays at the Canterbury Hotel. ...perhaps the precursor to the match.coms of today. Bob also was one of the handful of skiers who discovered the Squaw Valley mountain area (and its apres-ski life) early on in the 1950s. He built a ski cabin there in time for the 1960 Olympics where he worked as a timekeeper.
Bob started his own engineering and construction firm, Valentine Corporation, in 1965. Today, fifty years later, the firm still operates from its headquarters in San Rafael, CA. with distinction.
He married Madeleine "Lani" Stephens on Valentine's Day in 1966. He is survived by his wife, and two children, Ellen Story Valentine Thompson '89 (John), and Robert O. Valentine, Jr. '91 (Ashley), and four granddaughters, Elise and Jules Thompson, and Laura and Emelia Valentine. His sister, Elena Valentine Corbett, of Medford, OR, also survives, plus numerous nephews and nieces. His brother, Richard, pre-deceased him.
In 1987 Bob and Lani purchased acreage in southern Mendocino County of 100 acres of planted Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Over the years he sold grape contracts to numerous wineries, and as an amateur winemaker himself, prided himself on winning numerous medal awards. A commercial wine venture under the label "Valentine Vineyards" was also developed, and to Bob's great delight, his 2003 Cabernet won Best of California at the prestigious Sacramento State Fair competition.
Bob was a past director of the Association of General Contractors of California, a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a former director of the Olympic Club, and a former director of Fort Mason Foundation.
Marty Pasetta '54, a veteran director of live TV extravaganzas, including 17 Academy Awards shows and inaugural galas for Presidents Carter and Reagan, has died. He was 82.
Pasetta died May 21, 2015, from injuries sustained in a car accident in La Quinta, where he lived. During four decades in television, Pasetta directed and produced specials for many of Hollywood's biggest names, including Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, and oversaw star-studded tributes to Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Astaire and Alfred Hitchcock. He was credited with convincing Elvis Presley to suspend his drug use and lose weight for the 1973 special "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii," which has been described as the first satellite broadcast of a live concert.
The Elvis special was Pasetta's proudest achievement, according to his son, Marty Pasetta Jr. According to some estimates, more than 1 billion people worldwide saw the concert.
The show he was best known for, however, was the Academy Awards. He directed every Oscars telecast from 1972 to 1988 and was responsible for introducing split screens, instant replays and musical numbers involving large numbers of background dancers, lasers and pyrotechnics.
His years with the Oscars show were also memorable for unscripted drama, on and off stage. In 1973, for example, tempers flared backstage when Sacheen Littlefeather accepted Marlon Brando's best actor award for "The Godfather" with an overtly political speech decrying the depiction of Native Americans in film. John Wayne was in the wings "and was so angry he wanted to go out and pull her off stage," Pasetta recalled in an interview with United Press International in 1984.
Then there was the time that presenter Charlton Heston's car blew a tire on the freeway. As a last-minute replacement for the actor known for playing Moses in the "The Ten Commandments" Pasetta yanked Clint Eastwood from his seat in the audience.
"That was the year the writers had got very clever," Pasetta recalled in the Chicago Tribune years later. "It was all written in Biblicalese — 'thou' this, 'thou' that — and poor Clint couldn't paraphrase it.... It totally freaked him out."
Pasetta also presided over the 1974 program disrupted by a naked man who "streaked" across the stage behind Elizabeth Taylor and David Niven. "We have been accused over the years of planning that one," Pasetta told the Chicago Tribune, "but it's not true."
The prank prompted a witty comeback from Niven, who said: "The man is showing off his shortcomings."
Martin Allen Pasetta was born June 16, 1932, in San Jose. He attended Santa Clara University, but dropped out to work at San Francisco's KGO-TV, where he rose to stage manager and producer. He later moved to Los Angeles, landing his first major directing job on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1967. He also helped launch and direct the long-running game shows "Wheel of Fortune" and "Love Connection."
In 1971, Fr. Schmidt asked Marty to take responsibility for securing the talent and staging the show at the Golden Circle Theatre Party, one of Silicon Valley’s most spectacular and successful fundraisers. Pasetta said, "Who could say no to Father Schmidt?" For the next 15 years, he flew in from Hollywood with entertainers, musicians, and a skeleton stage crew, all of whom donated their services to the University and made for an unforgettable legacy.
In addition to his son Marty, Pasetta is survived by his wife, Elise, daughter, Debbie Palacio '84, son Gregory and five grandchildren.
Superior Court Judge John Thomas Ball J.D. '58 passed from this life Nov. 10, 2015, in Reno, Nevada, from recent health complications at the age of 82. Born in San Jose, California, John spent his early years residing in the Santa Cruz Mountains before moving to Los Gatos, where he graduated from high school. John went on to obtain his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California Berkeley before enrolling in the University of Santa Clara where he obtained his Law Degree.
After practicing law for twenty-eight years in San Jose, John was appointed as a Municipal Court Judge for the County of Santa Clara serving three years before being elevated to the Superior Court of Santa Clara where he presided mainly in criminal cases for some twenty years.
Following his retirement and a move to Plumas County in 2001, John became part of the Assigned Judges Program traveling throughout Northern California for the past fourteen years hearing mainly felony criminal cases mainly in Lassen County. For the past four years Judge Ball has sat on the bench at High Desert Correctional Center as an Assigned Judge. Throughout his career on the bench Judge Ball has presided over one hundred homicide trials of which fifteen defendants were charged with the death penalty.
John became a member of Rotary in 1971 and was an active member of the of the Portola Rotary since moving to the Sierra's. He enjoyed the outdoors through fishing and snowmobiling and will be remembered fondly by many for his quick wit and fun loving teasing. John is survived by his wife: Patsy Williams Ball of Portola, son; Stanton Ball of Santa Cruz, and grandsons; Colter and Josh. John is preceded in his passing by his daughter; Claudia. John will be greatly missed by many in his judicial life and especially by those in his personal life.