Obituaries 2022:

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Zhizhong Jin
February 6, 1937 - January 12, 2022
Campbell, California

Interment: Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, CA

Zhizhong Jin was born in Shanghai, China and passed away in Campbell, California. He was 84 years old.

Chin Kim Chin Tae Kim
November 4, 1944 - January 11, 2022
Milpitas, California

Funeral Service: Friday, January 21, 2022, 10:00 AM at Holy Korean Martyrs Catholic Church, San Jose, CA
Graveside service to follow
Interment: Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Fremont, CA

Chin Kim was born in Kyung Ki Do, South Korea and passed away in Milpitas, California. He was 77 years old.

Marian Louise Mulliken
April 8, 1947 - January 4, 2022
Santa Clara, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Marian Mulliken was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away in San Jose, California. She was 74 years old.

Mai Te Dang
July 26, 1943 - January 3, 2022
Sunnyvale, California

Witness Cremation: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 12:00 PM at Irvington Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, CA
Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Mai Dang was born in Vietnam and passed away in Mountain View, California. She was 78 years old.

Shirley Fox Shirley Jean Fox
January 23, 1928 - January 3, 2022
Nipomo, California

Graveside Service: Monday, January 10, 2022, 12:00 PM
Interment: Madronia Cemetery, Saratoga, CA

Shirley Ryan was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was the only child of Ed and Macie Ryan. Shirley's first test of resiliency was on Valentines Day, 1942 during a snowstorm when she and her parents boarded a train from Iowa to California so her dad could find work. After attending four different high schools throughout California, her family settled in Willow Glen where they purchased their first home, which remains in the family to this day. Shirley graduated from Notre Dame High School, class of '45, where she nurtured lifelong friendships. As a young career woman, she climbed the executive secretarial ladder at The Santa Clara Medical Association and Food Machinery Company.

In 1961, Shirley left her career and married Bernard Fox, a widower with three young children, Mari, Jim, and Sue. She embraced her new duties as a wife and mother, and completed the family with a beautiful baby girl, Judy.

1967 brought tragedy, as she was left as a widow. With the helping hands of her parents, she persevered in raising the family and took over the reins of her husband's growing candy vending business. Once the kids were independent, she returned to her career and retired in 1991 from West Valley College as an Executive Secretary.

Retirement brought time for travel, shopping, crafts, collecting all things Irish, Bingo, and spending time with granddaughters, Melanie, Olivia, Christina, Michelle, and Cami. She adored being GG to Madelyn, Quinten, Macie, and Max. Shirley was diagnosed with breast cancer eight years ago, and during this time, she lived life to the fullest until the very end. Her kind heart and quiet demeanor brought joy to all she met. We like to believe she is in heaven, dancing, and winning lots of Bingo games.

Shirley passed in Nipomo, CA. She was laid to rest in a private, Catholic burial in Saratoga, CA. A celebration of her life will take place near her favorite holiday, St. Patrick's Day.

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Esther Mary Torres
August 15, 1932 - January 3, 2022
Campbell, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Esther Torres was born in San Jose, California and passed away in Campbell, California. She was 89 years old.

Ben Cooper Ben Brandon Cooper
October 11, 1941 - January 2, 2022
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Pleasant Ridge Church Cemetery, Big Sandy, TN

Ben B. Cooper, age 80, died peacefully and surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 2, 2022 in San Jose. Ben was born in Paducah, Kentucky on October 11, 1941 to Travis and Della Mae Cooper. He delighted in sharing stories of his adventurous youth with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. He married the love of his life, Marlene, in 1962. They recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Together, they raised their three children, and later found true joy in watching their grandchildren and great-grandson grow!

An avid reader and perpetual student of history, Ben's interests grew into a love of travel with his wife as they toured the world by visiting many of the historic locations he had always read about. Together, by land and by sea, they explored the United States, Canada, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the North Sea. However, his fondest trips were with his children and grandchildren to Lake Tahoe and Hawaii.

Through his work and his business, Ben leaves an enduring legacy in the hearts of those who knew him and opened many doors for them along the way. Ben served on the Board of the Builders' Exchange of Santa Clara County for many years where he made lasting connections and friendships.

Ben is survived by his wife, Marlene J. Cooper; his children, Theresa Schetgen (Ronald) of Reno, NV, Pamela Craig (John) of San Jose, and Jason B. Cooper (Karin von Guenner) of Seattle, WA; his grandchildren, Nathan and Matthew Osterman, Katherine and Samuel Craig, Marlene E. and Coal Cooper; his great-grandson, Felix Pulvers; his sisters, Alice Conrad (John), and Jane Hunt (Dale); and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends who were like family.

Services will be set for a future date, and the family asks that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Smithsonian Institution and/or the National Park Foundation.

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