Posted On March 13th, 2011 -


Having touched the lives of more than a thousand families over the course of her career as a teacher, Gayle Nathe died March 2nd, 2011. Surrounded by her husband, Don and her two daughters, Tristan and Alayna, Gayle departed in peace after the breast cancer she had defeated six years earlier returned.

Gayle had served as Director of the First Congregational Church Nursery School for 30 years.

Born Gayle Marie Tallo, she was raised in Honolulu, where she graduated from Maryknoll school. She moved to the mainland to attend Seattle University, where she met Don Nathe. The two were married in Honolulu in 1968 and moved to Palo Alto two years later.

Gayle loved the ocean since childhood and spent countless days with her grandchildren playing at the beach near their Santa Cruz home.

Besides her husband, Don, of 42 years, she is survived by her mother, Gladys Tallo of Palo Alto; her daughters, Tristan of Oakland and Alayna of Santa Cruz; and her three grandchildren, Teagan, Kirra and Kadin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gayle Nathe Fund of First Congregational Church Nursery School, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303, or to Breast Cancer Connections, 390 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto, Ca 94306. Proceeds from the Gayle Nathe Fund will go toward improvements to the school’s vegetable garden, landscaping and environmental sustainability.

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