H. Reid Whiting
H. Reid Whiting, a Coastside resident for nearly 30 years and the father of Los Ninos Nursery School owner Tom Whiting, died at age 90 in the Belmont Convalescent Hospital following a long illness.
Of his father, whose biography he is writing, Tom Whiting said, "Here was a man who was intelligent and had stories to tell." Mr. Whiting, he said, was a lawyer and a gifted storyteller who made telling colorful stories about his own growing up an integral part of parenting his four children.
"He was very good at telling stories and kept us all enthralled" with often-lively anecdotes from his own life. "He would regale us with stories about his growing up, rich with colorful anecdotes.
"He was a wonderful father, teaching his children every day the fun of life and of being a parent," his son said.
But one thing that Mr. Whiting did not talk freely about was his legal work, particularly when there were confidentiality issues involved.
"He had a finely tuned professional ethic," Tom Whiting said, "and was a devoted father."
Mr. Whiting was born in Portland, Ore., and grew up in Livermore. He started college at the University of California, Berkeley, and finished at Stanford University with a degree in political science. From there, he earned a degree in law at Hastings School of Law in San Francisco.
Just before the war, he started a legal practice. With the Navy during World War II, he served, as they used to say, "in both theaters" - the South Pacific theater on several small islands and the European theater in North Africa. After the war, he returned to California and resumed his legal practice.
Mr. Whiting also taught law from 10 to 15 years at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He lived for 40 years in Menlo Park. From about 1970 to 1995, Mr. Whiting had lived in Moss Beach.
He and his wife traveled enthusiastically and extensively.
They went to Africa, Southeast Asia - "they loved Bali in particular," his son said - and, while in their sixties, traversed New Zealand and Europe on motorcycles.
People would stare at "the white-haired Americans on motorcycles," chuckled Tom Whiting.
Mr. Whiting focused on arbitration during the last five years of his legal practice, from which he retired in 1994. Then he lived at Three Bells of Montara until relocating to the convalescent home in Belmont.
Mr. Whiting is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mary Ann Whiting, who died in 1993.
He is survived by his four children, Ann Whiting of New York City, Tom Whiting of El Granada, Kendall Whiting of Jackson, Calif., and Jerry Whiting of Half Moon Bay. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Whiting had requested to be cremated. Family services are planned.
Geraldine "Gerry" Lintt
Geraldine "Gerry" Lintt, the mother of Lintt's Trout Farm (on Highway 92) owner Bruce Lintt, died due to heart failure May 31 at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, where she had worked as a registered nurse.
Mrs. Lintt leaves a legacy of loving care of her family.
"She was very devoted to family and friends," said her granddaughter, Morgan Lintt, who recalled how, as she was growing up, she and other grandchildren raised animals with their grandmother on her 17-acre Half Moon Bay ranch. "She was always there to help."
She also left a picture of a "strong lady with a heart of gold," her granddaughter said. "She was the toughest lady ever," said Morgan Lintt. "There are funny, crazy stories of her beating up a bear with a broom. She was tough, tough."
Mrs. Lintt was born Geraldine Gurney to Marion and Muriel Gurney, in Tuolumne, on Dec. 26, 1919. She married Bud Lintt in 1939, and the couple lived in San Francisco and Redwood City until they settled in Half Moon Bay in 1954. They gravitated to the Coastside for its country atmosphere and for Bud's job with Pilarcitos Quarry.
On the coast, they raised four sons. Once the boys were grown, however, Mrs. Lintt went back to school to become a registered nurse. She worked at Kaiser until she retired in her 70s.
Mrs. Lintt was involved with 4-H, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Her granddaughter also recalled Mrs. Lintt as a "very strong-willed" person who battled on despite health challenges in later life that included nine strokes. She was an avid gardener too, the granddaughter said. "She was so wonderful with her garden."
Mrs. Lintt is preceded in death by two brothers who died in childhood and another brother, Guy Gurney, who died a couple of years ago. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bud Lintt of Half Moon Bay, by her sons and their wives, Marty and Maxine Lintt and Bruce and Kris Lintt of Half Moon Bay, and Barry and Vicki Lintt and Duane and Suzana Lintt of Redwood City.
She is also survived by grandchildren Debbie Spencer, Kelly Volksen and Brad, Charlie, Lauren, Jimmy and Morgan Lintt, and seven great-grandchildren.
Services are planned for June 3 in Tuolumne, where Mrs. Lintt will be buried. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Coastside Adult Day Health Center.
Valerie Charilene "Charly" Palmer
Valerie Charilene Palmer, a 32-year Coastside resident who went by her nickname of "Charly," died May 23 at age 67 at her Half Moon Bay home following a long illness.
Ms. Palmer was born on June 23, 1935, in Oxnard, Calif., to Dr. Charles J. and Dorothy Fern McElwin Robinson. She grew up in Oxnard and graduated in 1953 from Oxnard High School.
In the 1960s, she worked as a bartender at the Lighthouse Bar in Manhat-tan Beach. In the late 1960s and early '70s, she worked for AT&T as a supervisor.
She moved to Half Moon Bay in 1972, where she worked for many years as a bartender at several bars, including the Half Moon Bay Inn.
"For those who knew her, she will be sorely missed," said her son, Thomas C. McMillan of Reno.
Ms. Palmer is survived by her son and his wife, Thomas and Jackie McMillan of Reno, and three grandchildren, Daniel, Brian and Raechal, also of Reno.
Per her request, no services will be held. She is to be buried at the Ivy Lawn Cemetery
Kimberly Sue Aspelund
Kimberly Sue Aspelund, a 12-year Coastside resident, died peacefully at her Half Moon Bay home on Jan. 8, at age 43 and following a three-year bout with cancer.
Ms. Aspelund was born in Montana and grew up in Fremont. She graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy, and went on to earn a master's degree in psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology on the Peninsula.
Ms. Aspelund worked as an occupational therapist for 18 years, in many locations including Harbor UCLA Medical Center and Stanford University Hospital. In more recent years, she coordinated the occupational therapy program for the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County.
For eight years, she worked with the Spring Street Shelter, an emergency homeless shelter in Redwood City that helped clients transition into long-term housing. Working with clients in the psychology arm of occupational therapy, helping them find meaningful work as part of rehabilitation, she became known as "the hope of Spring Street Shelter."
"Her life was about service to others, and finding a way to provide hope to people," said her husband, David Danielson of Half Moon Bay.
Ms. Aspelund loved living in Half Moon Bay, her husband said. "It was here that she found great friends and neighbors, a healthy and happy environment and a town that deeply resonated within her," he said.
She also loved life, he continued. "(Kim) found numerous ways to explore and rejoice in all that life has to offer," he said.
She enjoyed walking her two dogs on the Coastal Trail. She also loved knitting, flower arranging and sharing experiences with good friends.
"She will miss and be missed by" people she met through many avenues, such as friends she met at a local donut shop while playing cribbage, or at the No Strings Attached Breakfast in Half Moon Bay.
With her husband, she cooked and served for about eight years with the No Strings Attached Breakfast. She was also active with a book club made up of friends on the Coastside.
Ms. Aspelund is survived by her husband of 14 years, David Danielson of Half Moon Bay, her parents Lowell and JoArlene of Fremont, her sisters Janet, Nancy and Lorelei and brothers Curt and Mark, 18 nieces and nephews, many in-laws, cousins and her two dogs and two cats.
In celebration of Ms. Aspelund's life, friends are invited to a memorial celebration this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Sweetwood Campground, off the Coastal Trail just opposite Frenchman's Creek. Friends are asked to bring a blanket or beach chair, something for a potluck meal, and to "come with Kim stories to share and hear."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Sutter VNA Hospice, 700 South Claremont, Suite 220, San Mateo, CA 94402, or to a charity of choice.