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Mrs Jean Cheng Sao Koo

Mrs Jean Cheng Sao Koo

Birth
China
Death 25 Jun 2012 (aged 91)
Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Burial Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Memorial ID 92760622 · View Source
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Jean Cheng Sao Koo
June 30, 1920 - June 25, 2012
Resident of Palo Alto

Jean C.S. Koo passed away peacefully on June 25 in her home in Palo Alto with her family at her side. Born in China, Jean travelled to the United States for the first time in 1944 to study at Rhode Island School of Design. She returned to Shanghai to marry William Koo. As the Cultural Revolution swept over China, William realized there would never be freedom and opportunity for an education for their children, Peter, Paul, John and Michele. He escaped China in 1957 in an attempt to bring his entire family to freedom. Jean travelled alone with her 4 young children out of the reaches of Communist China to be reunited with William in 1961 in Hong Kong. In 1963, Jean and William travelled with all four of their children to San Francisco and established their home in Palo Alto.

Jean worked at the Stanford University Main Library, later Green Library for over 30 years in the cataloguing department. After her retirement, she was asked to return to aide in digitalizing the cataloguing system.

Jean was born with a flare, elegance, and style that she carried to the day she died. She touched everyone she met with a profound tenderness and genuine love and all felt her warmth and graciousness. She came to be simply known as "Na" not only to her grandchildren but also to everyone in her life. She loved traveling and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her 4 children: Peter Koo (Debbie), Paul Koo (Darice), John Koo (Teresa Yang), Michele Koo (Rick Lehman) & 9 grandchildren: Ryan Koo (Kendall), Jackie Koo, Lauren Koo, Wesley Koo, Dani Koo, Spencer Koo, Cameron Lehman, Alex Lehman, and Sydney Lehman.

A viewing will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 3rd at St. Albert the Great, 1095 Channing Avenue in Palo Alto, with a funeral mass scheduled to start at 11am at the church. Interment will take place at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 29, 2012.


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  • Created by: Mark Utley
  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92760622
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mrs Jean Cheng Sao Koo (30 Jun 1920–25 Jun 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92760622, citing Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Mark Utley (contributor 47178748) .