|Week of August 30, 2001
Signe T. Crawford
Signe T. Crawford, who moved to San Benito County from Colorado last
year to be close to her son, died August 28. She was 98.
Mrs. Crawford was a Colorado schoolteacher and attended of Valley City
Teachers’ College in North Dakota, where she was born. She received her
BA and MA from Adams State College, was a member of the Methodist Church,
Order of the Eastern Star and PEO Ladies.
Mrs. Crawford is survived by her son and his wife, Ronald and Lawnee
Crawford of Hollister, siblings Ann Marie Wilson of Bayport, Minn., and
John Saugstad of Kathryn, N.D., her grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady H. Crawford.
Services will be in Colorado and donations are preferred to Athena
Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star care of Black Cooper Sander Funeral
Mark S. Garcia
Mark S. Garcia, a lifelong Hollister resident and local handyman, died
August 24 at Hospice House after a 1½-year illness. He was 44.
Mrs. Garcia is survived by wife Janelle I. Garcia of Hollister, children
Cora Beth Lausten of Lompoc, Mark James Garcia of Hollister, Gia Marie
Garcia of Hollister, mother Connie Garcia of Hollister, brothers Tony Garcia
of Hollister and Mike Land of Modesto, nephew Adam Garcia and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be scheduled later. Contributions are preferred
Paul Martinez Sr.
Paul Martinez Sr., an avid Raider fan and whose family brought him
to Hollister at age 2, died suddenly August 27. He was 59.
Mr. Martinez was a supervisor for M.C. Electronics of San Benito County
and was a proud owner of a 1972 Fort Pinto that still works. He also enjoyed
fishing and being with his family.
Mr. Martinez is survived by his children Roberta Martinez of Gilroy,
Paul Martinez Jr. of Hollister, Roxanne Martinez of Hollister and Richard
Gonzalez of Hesperia, sisters Pat Flores, Pilar Carranza and Carmen Castillo,
all of Hollister, 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous
The funeral is pending. Call for arrangements at Grunagle Ament Nelson
Margarite Paredes Sanchez
Margarite Parades Sanchez, who came to California in 1921 and settled
in San Benito County 16 years ago, died August 25 at Hazel Hawkins Southside
Convalescent Hospital. She was 87.
Mrs. Sanchez had worked in a sardine cannery in Oxnard, but spent most
of her life as a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Edgardo C. Sanchez, sons
Richard Castaneda and Rudy Reyes of Hollister and Ralph Reyes of Monterey,
and three siblings. She also is survived by seven grandchildren and 14
The funeral was Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with graveside
services at Calvary Cemetery.
Aurora C. Soria
Aurora C. Soria, an avid gardener born in Rangerville, Tex., died August
25 at home in Hollister. She was 69.
Mrs. Soria was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses and
was a homemaker all of her life.
Mrs. Soria was preceded in death by her husband, Santiago L. Soria,
and is survived by her children: Jose Luiz Ramirez of Fort Worth, Luz Soria,
Juanita Soria, Florestela Soria-Flores, Graciela Soria Tapia, Hortencia
Soria Renteria, Celia Soria and Santiago Soria Jr. all of Hollister, and
Martin Soria of Salinas. She also is survived by siblings Pablo Camacho
of Hollister, Ramona Camacho Garcia of Mexico, Concepcion Camacho of Mexico,
20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Tuesday at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home with
interment at Calvary Cemetery.
Andrew Joseph Stagnaro
Andrew Joseph Stagnaro, a member of the Professional Rodeo of California
Association, died August 25 after a long illness. He was 65.
Mr. Stagnaro, a lifelong Californian, had lived in San Benito County
for nine years. He was a team roper and former member of the Native Sons.
He owned and operated the Peanut Farm in Woodside for many years and was
a member of the Frontier Boys.
Mr. Stagnaro is survived by his loving companion Linda Stubo of Hollister,
children Wendy Von Haesler of Pollock Pines and Lisa Dean of Carmichael,
mother Anita Stagnaro of South San Francisco and siblings Anthony Stagnaro,
Joseph Stagnaro and Joann Bertolucci of the Bay Area, six grandchildren
and many friends and relatives.
Future memorial services are pending and arrangements for cremation
are through Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Contributions are preferred
to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.
Week of August 23, 2001
Mr. Hugh Hoover, a resident of Hollister for the past 18 years, died
Sunday, August 19 at the age of 80.
Mr. Hoover was born in Cleveland, N.C., and moved to Hollister from
Lompoc. He was a WWII veteran and served as a Chief Petty Officer in the
U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring in 1959. He was with Martin-Marietta Co.
at Vandenburg Air Force Base as a supervisor for 25 years.
Locally, Mr. Hoover was an active member of the United Methodist Church
of Hollister and a 50-year member of the F&A.M. and was a 32nd degree
Mason. He was a 20-year member of the Elks Lodge and Past Exalted Ruler
of the Hollister Lodge. He was also a Shriner and member of the Al Malika
Temple in Los Angeles. He was also a past big SIR and member of the Hollister
Mr. Hoover is survived by his wife, June K. Hoover of Hollister, daughter
Joyce Mullen of Capitola, brother Harry Hoover of Danville Va., two granddaughters
as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two
sisters and four brothers.
A memorial will be offered today at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 521 Monterey St., Hollister. Officiating will be Reverend Ardyss
Golden and Reverend Richard Smith. A memorial service will also be offered
by the Hollister Elks. Private inurnment will be Thursday morning at the
San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella.
Arrangements for cremation and memorial services are under the direction
of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory.
Contributions are preferred to the United Methodist Church in Hollister.
Fitzroy Lessey, a Hollister resident who moved to San Benito County
from New Jersey two years ago, died August 17 at the age of 70.
Mr. Lessey was born in Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies and attended
Naparima College and John Donaldson Tech Institute, both in Trinidad. He
was a member of the Sacred Heart and St. Benedicts Parishes. In Trinidad
he worked as a taxi driver, served with the police and military forces,
and was a refinery operator for Texaco. He came to the United States 25
years ago and worked as a Chemical Engineering Technician for Hoffman LaRoche
Pharmaceutical Company in New Jersey for 23 years.
Mr Lessey played baseball for Hoffman LaRoche, was a long distance
swimmer, played soccer and practiced aerobics in the water and on the beach
in Trinidad. He also enjoyed singing in the Choir in Trinidad and at his
Parish church in New Jersey and playing the piano. His family said he was
an excellent cook, well read, was mechanical with his hands and loved to
"His life was a continuing educational experience for him, he was constantly
sharing his experience with others," said daughter Margaret Winfree of
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shelia Lessey. He is survived
by his daughter Margaret "Hazel" Winfree, daughter Wendy-Ann Wattie, sons
Lyndon Lessey and Christopher Ayers of New Jersey and Sheldon Lessey of
New York, sisters Vilma Premdas and Rosalyn Boodh and brothers Ernest Ramdin
and Avis Ramdin, five grandchildren as well as many other relatives living
in Trinidad, New York and New Jersey.
The rosary will be this evening at 7 p.m. at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home. Family and friends will leave the mortuary chapel on Friday
morning at 10:30 a.m. to go to St. Benedicts Church for a mass beginning
at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
William J. Pipestem
William J. Pipestem, a Hollister resident since 1963, died August 15,
at the age of 78.
Mr. Pipestem was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. He had served in the
U.S. Marine Corps.
Locally, Mr. Pipestem volunteered his time daily to rescuing wildlife
including songbirds, bobcats, and deer for the Nan Pipestem Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center, named for his ex-wife. He was a retired machinist, having worked
for various shops for over 40 years.
His mother Lina Hollingsworth, father Jerald Pipestem, and his son
Jerry Pipestem preceded him in death. His cousin Betty Maynes of Salt Lake
City, Utah, daughters Janice Hostetler of Tennessee, Dawn Dubrul of Hollister,
Meredith Pipestem Zanella of Paicines, Nina Flynn of Hollister, son Brian
Pipestem of Hollister, and five grandchildren, Laura and Meredith Grimes
of Hollister, Carolyn Neiggemann of Paicines, and Ashley and Tonya Dubrul
of Hollister survive Mr. Pipestem, as does his beloved cat Queenie.
Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home and Crematory. Private family services will be held.
Contributions are preferred to the Nan Pipestem Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center, P.O. Box 2244, Hollister, Ca. 95024.
Week of August 16, 2001
Barbara Jean Felice
Barbara Jean Felice, a former Hollister resident, died Saturday afternoon,
August 11, 2001. She was 78.
Mrs. Felice was born in Santa Rosa. She lived in Hollister for 10 years
and has also lived in Gilroy, Butte County, Sonoma and Fresno.
She served the U.S. Navy in World War II and also served at the Hollister
Airfield. She worked with her husband in their advertising business, primarily
hat and t-shirt printing.
Mrs. Felice is survived by her husband Louis A. Felice of Fresno, son
Mark A. Felice of Fresno, grandsons Nicholas Felice and Robert Felice of
Fresno, and granddaughter Rebecca Felice of Fresno. She was preceded in
death by her daughter Carole Sue Felice, who died in 1986.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home. Interment was held at Calvary Cemetery. Contributions are
preferred to the Hinds Hospice, 1416 West Twain, Fresno, Ca. 93711. Arrangements
for cremation were under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral
Home and Crematory.
Erminia Luna, a former resident of the Morgan Hill Area who was living
in Avondale AZ, died on August 8, 2001 at the age of 79. She was a homemaker.
Visitation was held on Tuesday at Johnson Funeral Home. A vigil followed
visitation. A funeral mass was held on Wednesday at St. Catherine Church
in Morgan Hill.
Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Morgan Hill. Arrangements
were made by Johnson Funeral Home.
Violet L. Stray
Violet L. Stray, a Morgan Hill resident, died on August 12, 2001, at
the age of 73. She was a waitress at the old Jack’s Steak House until her
A Memorial service was held on Thursday at Johnson Funeral Home. Arrangements
were made under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Dolly D. Strohn
Dolly D. Strohn, a Paicines resident, died on August 10, 2001. She
was 76 years old.
Mrs. Strohn was born in Panoche Valley. She was married to James Strohn
in 1947. She worked for Hazel Hawkins Hospital and Southside Convalescent
Hospital for thirteen years before retiring. She was a homemaker all of
her adult life.
Mrs. Strohn is survived by her husband James Strohn of Paicines, children
Georgia Robinson of Hollister, Pete Strohn of Glide, OR, Janet Slibsager
of Hollister, Gene Strohn of Hollister, Louie and Kenneth Rey of Stockton,
aunt Lillian Arney of Coalinga, 12 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren,
and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandson,
Memorial services were held privately at Black Cooper Sander Funeral
Home. A reception was held for friends and family at the home of Georgia
Robinson, 547 Line Street, Hollister. Interment was held at the IOOF Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to Cystic Fibrosis, c/o Black Cooper Sander
Funeral Home, 363 7th St. Hollister Ca. 95023.
Haruko Tanimoto, a Morgan Hill resident, died on August 14, 2001 at
the age of 87. She was a retired nurse’s aide.
Services will be held on Sunday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Morgan
Hill Buddhist Community Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Week of August 9, 2001
Betsy Moscoso Bautista
Betsy Moscoso Bautista, a long-time resident, died on August 2, 2001
in Clark County, Nev., as a result of an auto accident. She was 48.
Mrs. Bautista was born in Badoc Ilocos Norte, Philippine Islands. She
studied at the College of Nursing in London, England then came to Hollister
She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and Sons of Badoc and Friends
of California. She enjoyed cooking—especially her Ensaymada pastries whom
she shared with co-workers and friends. She loved folk dancing—particularly
those native to her homeland.
She was a foster mother to many young children and teenagers and enjoyed
being with them as well as her own family. Her family stated, "She always
offered her to help those who she felt needed it, whether it be cooking,
health care, or just being there for them when they needed someone."
Mrs. Bautista was a nurse at Hazel Hawkins Southside for the last four
years and was traveling to Las Vegas because she had established a Home
Health Care Facility for the elderly there.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bartolome Moscoso, and is
survived by her mother, Maria Ladera Moscoso of Hollister, husband Orlino
Ibous Bautista of Hollister, daughter Marie Beth Lynn Bautista of San Diego,
son Michael Bartt Bautista of Hollister, sisters Iluminada Africa of Hollister,
and Alicia Corpuz, Anabella Amistad, and Estelita Torda all from Philippine
Islands, brothers Henry, Alonzo, and Jaime Moscoso all from Phillipine
Islands, in-laws Eusebio and Petronila Bautista, and several nieces, nephews
Visitation will be held today from noon until 5 p.m. and recitation
of the rosary will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelon Funeral
Home. On Saturday, family and friends can visit the mortuary chapel until
9:30 a.m. and then attend mass at St. Benedict’s Church at 10 a.m. Interment
will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Elmo Davis, a Hollister resident since 1985, died on February 18 at
the age of 80. Mr. Davis was buried on August 3 with military honors, at
San Joaquin National Cemetery. Lt. Davis served in the European Theater
in the Infantry during WWII earning the Purple Heart Bronze Star. Thereafter
he returned to Europe to serve at the Quartermaster Corps.
Mr. Davis was born in Lenore, Idaho. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree
from the University of Idaho and his Masters and Doctrines Degrees from
the University of California at Berkley and Davis in Horticulture, Vegetable
Crops and Genetics. He taught as Kansas State University, joined the U.S.D.A.
and served the Department until 1966 when he joined McCormick and Co. as
an agriculture scientist in Gilroy and Baltimore, Md. He was then transferred
back to Gilroy Foods in 1985, where he commuted from Hollister. He retired
in 1989. Dr. Davis was also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church
for many years and served on various committees.
Mr. Davis married Jean Ellen in Davis, CA in 1951. They celebrated
50 years of marriage in January. He was preceded in death by his parents
Robert Francis Davis and Cora Davis Browning, brothers Marion and Francis
and sisters Mae and Ella. He is survived by his wife Jean, sons E. Warren
Jr., T. Grant, and Glen R., brothers Otto and Lee, sister Velma Falbo,
half-sister Iona Calkins, 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollister
on February 16.
Maria M. Gutierrez
Maria M. Gutierrez, a Hollister resident for 50 years, died on August
2, 2001, at the age of 74.
Mrs. Gutierrez was born in Needles, Calif. She married her husband
Guadalupe Gutierrez in 1945. She worked for San Benito Foods and was a
member of Teamsters Local 890 and The Church of God of Prophecy.
She was preceded in death by her son, Frank Gutierrez, who died in
1968. She is survived by her children Raul Gutierrez of San Jose, Manuel
Gutierrez of Hollister, Yolanda Calimpong of Gilroy, Henry Gutierrez of
Hollister, Mary Montoya of Hollister, 14 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.
The funeral was August 4 at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Interment
and graveside services followed the funeral at the IOOF Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to The Church of God of Prophecy or Hazel Hawkins
Hospital Foundation c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.
Benito A. Juarez
Benito A. Juarez, a Hollister resident, died on Friday August 3, 2001,
in Gilroy. He was 79.
Mr. Juarez, a native from Mexico, came to San Benito County 28 years
ago. He loved to garden and take care of his roses. He also loved the outdoors
and enjoyed going to Reno. His favorite card games were 21 and Solitaire.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Teamsters Union
Local 890 in Salinas. He worked for San Benito Foods for 27 years.
Mr. Juarez is survived by his wife, Juanita Juarez of Hollister, son
Benito Juarez, Jr. of Hollister, daughters Elisa Juarez Garcia of Mexico,
Gloria Juarez Parks of Watsonville, Elia Alcaraz of Oregon, Maria-Isabel
Padilla of Oregon and Rosaura Juarez of Oregon, step-sons Philip Garcia
of Gilroy and James Garcia of Prunedale, brothers Francisco, Ishmael and
Arturo Juarez all from Mexico, sisters Maria, Catarina, and Guillermina
Juarez all from Mexico, 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
A rosary was held Monday at the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home
in Hollister. The funeral was Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial and Graveside services were held at Calvary Cemetery in Hollister.
Contribution are preferred to the American Cancer Society.
Frank L. Kittinger
Frank L. Kittinger, a Hollister resident, died on August 2, 2001, in
Hollister at the age of 99.
Mr. Kittinger was born in Castalia, Iowa. He moved to Hollister two
years ago from Paradise, Calif. to be with his stepdaughter, JoAnn Bray.
He attended Grace Bible Church in Hollister. He worked for many years in
sales for a lumber company, served in the U.S. Navy during WWI and was
a past member of the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Kittinger, who died in 1999,
and his stepson, Don Wallace, who died earlier this year.
Mr. Kittinger is survived by his stepdaughter and her husband, JoAnn
and Leon Bray of Hollister, his stepson’s wife Gayle Wallace of Levelland,
Tex., and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Private services were held on August 6 at Inglewood Park Cemetery in
Inglewood, Calif. Donations are preferred to Grace Bible Church, Seventh
and Monterey streets, Hollister, Calif. 95023.
Mariah Herrera Subia
Mariah Herrera Subia, an infant born in Hollister, died on August 2,
2001, in Palo Alto. She was two days old.
Mariah is survived by her parents, Rudy Subia and Destiny Herrera of
Hollister, siblings Jolene Subia of San Jose and Elijah Garcia of Hollister,
grandparents Herminia Alvarado of Hollister, Joey Subia of Atascadero,
Diane Rios of Hollister, Jeremiah Herrera of Sacramento, great-grandmother
Annie Leon of Hollister, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends and family can pay their respects on Monday, Aug. 13, 2001
from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Apostolic Bible Learning Center, Fifth and
East Streets in Hollister. The funeral is at 11 a.m. at the Church. Interment
and graveside services will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Black-Cooper-Sander
Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations are preferred to a memorial fund in memory of Mariah c/o
Black-Cooper-Sander Funeral Home.
Roy Edward Webb
Roy Edward Webb, a retired carpenter from San Jose, died August 5,
2001. He was 80.
Visitation for Mr. Webb was August 9 at Johnson Funeral Home in Morgan
Hill. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Morgan Hill.
Daniel Joseph Yetter
Daniel Joseph Yetter, a Hollister resident since 1991, died on Thursday,
August 2, 2001. He was 17.
Daniel was born in Santa Cruz. He attended Hollister local schools,
San Benito High School, and was attending Gavilan College. He played football
for the Balers, and he received his varsity "block" letter in track, for
shot put and discus.
He was a member of Abundant Life Foursquare Church. He was also a sheet
Daniel is survived by his parents, Ron and Linda Yetter of Hollister,
sister Kelli Yetter of Hollister, maternal grandparents Les and Emma Leeper
of Hollister, paternal grandparents Ron and Ladine Yetter of Watsonville,
several aunts, uncles and cousins, and life-long friend Matt Smith.
A memorial was held on Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church, 2066 Cienega
Rd. Contributions are preferred to Daniel J. Yetter Memorial Fun c/o Grunnagle-Ament-Funeral
Home, 870 San Benito St.
Cremation and funeral arrangements were under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Funeral
Home and Crematory.
Week of August 2, 2001
Jewel L. Burtovoy
Jewel L. Burtovoy, who loved traveling in her motor home, died in Hollister
July 27, 2001, after a two-year illness. She was 69.
Mrs. Burtovoy, a native of Alabama, was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary
in Redding, the Moose Lodge and the Eagles Lodge. She was a member of the
Thousand Trails in San Benito County for 25 years. She was a homemaker
for 50 years.
Mrs. Burtovoy was preceded in death last year by her husband Harry
Burtovoy. She is survived by children Harry L. Burtovoy of Hollister and
Judy Ann McClurg of San Bruno, three grandchildren, one niece and nephew.
Arrangements for cremation and private interment are through Grunnagle
Ament Nelson Crematory.
Jefferson Austin Maddox
Jefferson Austin Maddox, an active member of the Gilroy Church of Christ
and founder of the Hollister congregation, died July 25, 2001 in Louisiana.
He was 85.
Mr. Maddox was born in Arkansas, served as a second lieutenant in the
77th Infantry Division of the Army during WWII, then settled near Santa
Cruz to work with the Soil Conservation Service. In 1955 he moved to Hollister,
where he lived until 1992. He retired in the early 1970s after having worked
in USDA Soil Conservation offices in San Benito, Santa Clara, Monterey
and Santa Cruz counties.
Mr. Maddox was preceded in death by his three wives: Florence Margaret
Neill Maddox, Elizabeth Bette Long Hardison Maddox and Mary Louise Reid
Johnson Maddox. Survivors include children Bruce Austin Maddox of South
San Francisco and Eugene Denis Maddox of Maryland.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. on August 7 at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral
Home, followed by interment at the IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made
to the Alzheimer’s Association of the American Diabetes Association.
Melvin A. "Sock" Prandini Jr.
Melvin A. Prandini Jr., a former San Juan Bautista resident, died on
July 24, 2001, at his San Francisco residence. He was 49.
Mr. Prandini Jr. received his education in San Francisco’s school system.
He moved to San Juan four years ago. He was an avid Giants fan and he loved
to restore and maintain automobiles. He spent many years as an ornamental
iron worker in San Francisco. His most recent career was as a chef.
He was devoted to his mother and his children. Last year he helped
his mother daily after she suffered a stroke.
Mr. Prandini Jr., is preceded in death by his father Melvin A. "Mort"
Prandini Sr., who died in November, 1990.
He is survived by his mother, Ann Prandini of San Juan, his sisters
Pamela Ziegler of Elk Grove, Melene Murphy of Brentwood, Adele Prandini
of Pacifica, his daughters Marla Watkins of Idaho, Nicole Prandini and
Sarah Prandini, both of San Mateo, his son Tony Prandini of San Francisco,
his niece Alexis Tresemer of Elk Grove, his niece and nephew C.J. and Nelle
Murphy, both of Brentwood, and the Watkins children.
A rosary was held at Old Mission San Juan Bautista on Sunday, July
29th, 2001. On Monday, family and friends met at the Old Mission to attend
the Mass of Resurrection. Interment followed at the San Juan Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to the D.A.R.E. Program.
F. Gile Tiffany, Jr.
F. Gile Tiffany Jr., a Hollister native and brother of the late Charles
Tiffany, died on July 20 in Camarillo. He was 78.
Mr. Tiffany attended school in Hollister and served in the Navy during
WWII. He then graduated from Stanford University and Loyola School of Law.
He practiced law in Ventura County for 50 years.
Mr. Tiffany is survived by his wife, Dora Tiffany of Camarillo, daughters
Carol Palmer of Las Vegas, Elsa Allred of Ventura, Frances Broughton of
Camarillo, son John Tiffany of Fresno, sister-in-law Velma Tiffany, nephews
Bill and Bob Tiffany of Hollister, niece Susan Tiffany-Brown of Walnut
Creek, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Mary Anna Warren
Mary Anna Warren, a Hollister resident, died on July 28, 2001, at Hazel
Hawkins Hospital. She was 81.
Mrs. Warren was a resident of California for more than 60 years, but
is originally from Bloomington, Illinois. She was a homemaker.
She was devoted to her husband and his children. She was an avid water
skier and influenced her four sons, who became professional water skiers.
She and her husband owned roller skating rinks in Illinois and Iowa. The
couple had been married for more than 63 years.
Mrs. Warren is survived be her husband, Arthur Randolph Warren of Hollister,
her four sons, Gary, Michael, Thomas and Arthur Warren of Hollister, her
eight grandchildren, two grandchildren, siblings, Frieda Burmaster, Clyde
Imig, and Eloise Goodluck.
Visitation was Wednesday at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Friends
are invited to attend the funeral services on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the
mortuary chapel. Interment will be at San Joaquin National Cemetery.
Week of July 26, 2001
Omar A. Juarez
Omar A. Juarez died on Monday, July 23 in Hollister, at the age of
24. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
He came to Hollister at a very young age and lived here of his life,
graduating from San Benito High School. He was a member of Sacred Heart/
St. Benedict’s Church.
Mr. Juarez is survived by his son and daughter Ivan Juarez Garcia and
Jade Juarez both of Hollister, his parents, Ricardo and Martha Juarez of
Hollister, his sisters Martha Adriana Juarez, Lizbeth Juarez and Faviola
Juarez of Hollister, his great grandmother, Beatrice Zepeda of Hollister,
and his grandmothers Maria Castillo and Julia Garcia both of Guadalajara.
A Rosary will be held on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Benedict’s
Church, 1200 Fairview Rd.
The funeral is Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral
Home. A Mass of Christian Burial held at St. Benedict’s Church will follow
the services at 3 p.m.
Interment and graveside services will follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery.
Friends can pay their respects on Friday afternoon after 1 p.m. at
the funeral home chapel until 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday after noon.
Joe Mota, Jr.
Joe Mota, Jr., died on July 11, 2001, in Modesto. He was born and raised
on the former Sandi Ranch in the Santa Ana Valley. He was a W.W.II veteran.
Mr. Mota is survived by his wife Audrey Mota of Modesto, his sons Allen,
Ralph and Gene Mota of Modesto, his seven grandchildren and eight great
grandchildren, his brothers Jack "Dude" Mota of Modesto, Bob Mota of Turlock,
Mac Mota of Hollister, his sisters Geri Castro and Dolores Acosta of Hollister,
his nephew Brad Johnson Mota of Oregon, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Theresa Mota of Hollister
and brothers Milton and Cliff "Fat" Mota.
Katherine Petersen Laney
Katherine Petersen Laney died in Salinas on July 23rd, at the age of
85. She was born in San Juan Bautista on July 15, 1916. She lived there
for many years until she married her late husband, Del Laney, in 1978 and
moved to Salinas.
She was a member of The Rebekahs, Native Daughters of the Golden West,
Order of the Eastern Star and the VFW Auxiliary in San Juan.
Mrs. Laney is preceded in death by her two husbands, George Peterson
in 1973 and Del Laney in January of this year. She is survived by her children
and their spouses, George Petersen of Idaho Falls, ID, Henry and Charlene
Petersen, of Hollister, Peter and Judy Petersen of Central Point, OR, and
her 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Services will be held on July 27, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Black Cooper Sander
Funeral Home. San Juan Bautista Auxiliary will officiate.
Interment and graveside services will follow the funeral at San Juan
District Cemetery, in San Juan Bautista.
Donations are preferred to The American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s
Disease Foundation c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home, 363 7th St. Hollister,
Angelica Troia of Hollister died on July 19th, 2001, at the age of
55, at the Stanford Medical Center.
Mrs. Troia was originally born in Rosenheim, Germany. She lived in
San Jose and graduated from Campbell High School. She moved to Hollister
several years ago.
Her hobbies included going to musicals and plays in San Francisco and
San Jose. She was devoted to her family and her work as a service representative
for Netgear in Santa Clara County.
She is survived by her late husband Peter Franklin Troia, who died
this past April, her daughter Tina Chahanovich of Florida, her sons Vincent
Troia of Hollister, John Troia of San Francisco, her sister, Vera Amaya
of Campbell, her brothers Danillo Asko of San Jose, Milan Asko of Santa
Cruz, her nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral services on Friday, July
27th at 1 p.m. at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. A reception will
follow the funeral. Private interment will be held at San Joaquin National
Cemetery, Santa Nella, CA.
Donations are preferred to the EMANUS House or the American Cancer
Society c/o the mortuary chapel.
John S. Taylor
John S. Taylor, a San Benito County resident for almost 60 years, died
on July 17, 2001, at the age of 97, in Monterey. Mr. Taylor was born and
raised in London, England and attended London schools until he was old
enough enlist in WWII.
During the war, Mr. Taylor lived in the United States, which enabled
him to help his family and friends living in England by sending them large
packages of dry goods, items that were not available because of the war.
After finishing his term, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1928, at the age
of 24, arriving in Maine, where he worked on a dairy farm. He then proceeded
west where he met an English friend. They continued west and shared expenses
Mr. Taylor arrived in San Juan Bautista in 1942, where he dairy farmed
for Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox of Aromas. After they passed away, he went to work
for the Ideal Cement Plant.
In 1952, he married his late wife, Melecey Taylor, who passed away
in 1995. They lived in Aromas raising fryers, then sold their ranch in
1969 when they retired to San Juan Bautista.
Mr. Taylor was an avid oil painter - painting Mission scenes and portraits
- many of which are still being displayed near Bank of America. He supported
the Elementary School system, the Fire Department, and St. Augustine’s
Church. He also was a part of St. Augustine’s American Episcopal Church,
the A.A.R.P. and Texas Lodge No. 46 F. & A.M. of San Juan Bautista
- who awarded Mr. Taylor the Masonic Hirham Award, for his distinguished
services in the 1980s.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Melecey Taylor, his brothers,
W. Gordon Taylor, Rev. Frank Taylor, Timothy Taylor, Rev. Edmund Taylor,
and Leonard Taylor.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his stepson Peter King-Monk of Carmel, his
long time friend and caregiver Socorro Barajas of Hollister, his four nephews,
six nieces, and ten grand-nieces and nephews, all of England.
Friends are invited to attend the graveside service on Monday, July
30th at 11 a.m. at the San Juan District Cemetery. A reception will follow
at the V.F.W. Hall in San Juan Bautista.
Donations are preferred to the San Juan Fire Department, San Juan Elementary
School, or St. Augustine Church c/o Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.
Week of July 19, 2001
Joseph Y. Herrera
Joseph Y. Herrera, 82, died on Thursday, July 14, 2001 in Hollister.
He was born in Oxnard, California, and had been a long time resident of
San Juan Bautista before moving to Hollister.
Mr. Herrera was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during World War II. He
was part of the V.F.W. Leslie Garrett Post 6359 of San Juan Bautista and
was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He had formerly worked for Ideal
Cement Plant in San Juan Bautista, Granite Rockery in Aromas and spent
many years working on the Breen Ranch.
Mr. Herrera was a welder by trade and his hobby was working with both
wood and metal crafts. He was an avid Oakland A’s and Atlanta Braves fan,
as well as a very devoted grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Graciela Herrera of Hollister, his sons,
Martin J. Herrera of Carmel, Robert Herrera and Joseph P. Herrera, Jr.
both from Hollister, his daughters, Guadalupe H. Zuniga of Salinas, and
Estella Y. Herrera of Hollister, his eight grandchildren, his two great-grandchildren,
his brothers Angel Herrera of San Jose, John Herrera of San Martin, Tony
Herrera of Selma, Billy Herrera of Del Rey, Raymond, Pete, Ernie and Louie
Herrera, his sisters Francis Angel of Tracy, Inez Valdez of Pittsburgh,
Patsy Rodriguez of Ceres, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitations were held all day on Monday, July 16, 2001 with rosary
services at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Funeral services were
held on Tuesday morning from the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass
at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista.
Burial and graveside services where held thereafter, in the Veteran’s
section of the San Juan District Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to the San Benito Home Health Care or the
American Cancer Society and the Eugenia M. Flores Memorial Fun c/o San
Marjorie La Tour
Marjorie La Tour died in Hollister on July 16, 2001 at the age of 105.
She was born in Sioux City, Iowa. She moved from San Jose to Aromas in
Mrs. La Tour, wife of the late Louie La Tour who died in 1978, is survived
by her granddaughter and her husband, Laurie and Marlon Moss of Hollister,
Darrell Allen of Sacramento, her five grandchildren, and her three great
grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Arlene Allen,
who died earlier this year.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 1:00
p.m. at Garden of Memories in Salinas. Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home
will be in charge of the arrangements.
Week of July 12, 2001
Cindy Kubicek Stewart Ditton
Castroville resident, Cindy Kubicek Stewart Ditton, formerly of Lake
Dallas, TX, passed away July 4, 2001, at the age of 40, in San Juan Bautista.
Cindy was born in Borger, TX to John Kubicek and Earline Cooper Kubicek.
She attended Lake Dallas High School and was a hostess in area restaurants.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Ditton of Castroville, sons Matthew
Stewart and Garret Stewart of Arlington, TX, John Stewart of North Richland
Hills, TX, daughters, Mindy and Elizabeth both of North Richland Hills
and their father, David Stewart, her parents, John and Earline Kubicek
of Hickory Creek, TX, sisters, Lori Theio of OK, Tonya Copeland of Denton,
TX, Beckah Kubicek of Hickory Creek, her brothers, John Kubicek III of
Grand Prairie, TX, Eddie Kubicek of Florida, Mike Kubicek of Irving, Robert
Kubicek of Corinth, TX, and her five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 13, 2001 in Lewisville,
TX with interment in Swisher Cemetery in Dallas, TX.
Local arrangements were through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.
Leslie Earl St. John
Hollister native, Leslie Earl St. John, 79, died in Salinas on July
He was a resident of Salinas for many years and before that lived in
Hollister, where he worked for Hollister Garage as an auto mechanic. In
Salinas he worked for Kaiser Refractories until he retired in 1985.
Mr. St. John had been married to his wife, Thelma, for 52 years. He
served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 until 1945, earned the rank
of sergeant and received many decorations and citations. He was a member
of Mound Lodge # 166 IOOF for 55 years and International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers-Salinas Local #1824.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma St. John of Salinas, his children
Paul St. John of Hollister, Leslie St. John of Salinas, James St. John
of Salinas, Pauline Burton of Paris, Tex., 13 grandchildren and nine great
A memorial services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Black Cooper
Sander Funeral Home in Hollister. Rev. Ardyss Golden of the United Methodist
Church and Mound Lodge #166 IOOF will officiate. Interment will follow
the memorial services at the IOOF Cemetery.
Donations are refers to Visiting Nurses’ Association, PO Box 2480,
Monterey, CA 93942.
Anna Willis, a Hollister resident, died in Hollister July 7. She was
Mrs. Willis was born in Hot Springs, Ark. She moved to Burney and then
to Hollister. She has been a resident of Hollister for 32 years. Mrs. Willis
worked at the New China Café and owned her own restaurant at one
time. She also received her Certified Nurses’ Assistant certificate and
worked in the home health care field for many years. She also volunteered
for the American Heart Association.
Mrs. Willis, wife of the late James Willis who died in 1992, is survived
by her daughter and son-in-law Theresa and Danny Boyd of Hollister, her
sister, Adeen Brooks of Redding and her brother, Johnny Jones of Hayfolk,
her grandson, and three great grandchildren.
Friends and family paid their respects on Tuesday morning at Black
Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on July 10 at the
funeral home chapel. Interment and graveside services followed the funeral
at the IOOF Cemetery where she was interred with her husband, James.
Donations are preferred to the American Cancer Society in Mrs. Willis’
Week of July 5, 2001
Joe P. Angulo
Joe Angulo, a veteran of WWII, died June 29. He was 74.
Mr. Angulo was born in San Juan Bautista and was a veteran of WWII.
He served in the U.S. Army tank division. He was a member of Sacred Heart
Mr. Angulo worked for Ideal Cement Co. in San Juan Bautista for 20
years until it closed. He worked for San Benito County as a custodian for
10 years until his retirement. Mr. Angulo and his wife, Lupe Angulop, celebrated
their 51st anniversary last November.
Mr. Angulo is survived by his wife, Lupe Angulop of Hollister, daughters
Evelyn Valdivia of Hollister and Priscilla Angulo of Marina, two grandchildren,
brothers Gilbert Angulo of Los Banos, Charlie Angulo of Santa Nella, Ruben
Angulo and Manuel Angulo of San Juan Bautista, Moe Angulo and Alfonso Angulo
of Hollister, sister Isabel Ybarra of Hollister and numerous nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by children Mary Jo Angulo in 1959, Joseph
Daniel Angulo in 1989.
The funeral was Tuesday at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home and
Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to the VNA-Hospice of Hollister.=
Clark Allen Goldman
Clark Allen Goldman, a former Hollister resident, died on June 30.
He was 18.
Goldman was born in Gilroy and was living in Knoxville, Tenn. at the
time of his death.
Mr. Goldman is survived by his mother, Maria Goldman of Salinas, his
father, Don Goldman of Knoxville, Tenn., brothers, Adam and Gabriele Cardova
of Salinas, grandmother, Eleanor Goldman of Salinas, uncles, Randy and
Ross Goldman of Salinas, his aunt, Vicki Larson of Salinas, and several
nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service, officiated by John
Amelio, at the Church of Glad Tidings, 499 3rd St., San Juan Bautista,
on July 9 at 7 p.m.
Clarence M. Smith
Clarence Smith, a one-time partner in the Smith & Taliaferro Union
76 Service Station, died July 3 at Hazel Hawkins Southside Convalescent
Center. He was 93.
Mr. Smith was born in San Benito County and was a member of Hollister
Elks Lodge. He was a partner in the Smith & Taliaferro Union 76 Service
Station for nearly 30 years, until his retirement.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Mary Smith of Hollister, children
Myrna Klauer of San Jose, Gary Smith and Ricci Smith of Hollister, nine
grandchildren, several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his son Eugene Smith, and five siblings.
The funeral is today at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home. Graveside services and burial will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Week of June 28, 2001
Elizabeth "Babe" Dozal
Elizabeth Dozal, a former Hollister resident, died June 19. She was
Mrs. Dozal was born in Brawley, CA and lived in Atwater prior to moving
to Fresno just 3 years ago. She lived in Hollister from 1983 to 1995.
Mrs. Dozal is survived by her children Tony Huerta Jr. of Gilroy, Yolanda
Huerta of Morgan Hill, Maria Huerta of Gilroy, Ruben Huerta of Merced,
Rachel Rodriguez of Fresno, Roman Rodriguez III of Fresno, 3 brothers Ruben
Dozal of Hollister, Ralph Dozal of Salinas, David Dozal of Corcoran, 1
sister Norma Dominguez of Anaheim and 13 grandchildren.
Friends paid their respects June 21 at 9 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander
Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Friday 10 a.m. at Black Cooper
Sander Funeral Home. Louis Herrera of Victory Outreach officiated. Interment
followed the services at Calvary Cemetery.
William Richard Davis Jr.
William Davis, a Hollister resident, died June 22. He was 44.
Mr. Davis was born in San Jose and came to San Benito 11 years ago.
He received his education at Branham High School and West Valley College.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. David loved sports and played
in city recreation leagues. He loved his horses, working on his cars and
home and was a benefactor to many needy organizations and those who needed
assistance. Mr. Davis was a warehouse manager for Philip Semiconductor
in San Jose for 21 years.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife Della Perez Davis of Hollister, his
children Tanya Perez and Venito Perez of Hollister, mother Olive Davis
of San Jose, brothers Brian Davis of Morgan Hill, Lawrence Davis of San
Jose, uncle Buryl "JR" Moore of San Jose and many nieces and nephews. He
preceded in death by his father William Richard Davis Sr.
Arrangements for cremation have been made through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Crematory. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday at
1 p.m. at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 5100 Camden Ave., San Jose. Reception
Donations are preferred to St. Andrews Church in memory of William
Davis Sr. & William Davis Jr. for their stained glass window fund in
care of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.
Margaret A. Lucchelli
Margaret Lucchelli, a Hollister resident, died June 18. She was 66.
Mrs. Lucchelli was a life long resident of San Benito County and was
a resident of San Juan Bautista for well over 40 years. Mrs. Lucchelli
graduated from San Benito High School and was a school bus driver for the
Aromas/San Juan Elementary School Districts for the last 24 years, retiring
last June. She was a member of Old Mission San Juan Bautista, the Ladies
Auxiliary of Leslie L. Garratt Post 6359 and V.F.W. of San Juan Bautista.
Mrs. Lucchelli was an active bingo supporter for many years in San Benito
County, Salinas and Monterey. She loved to sew, knit and make arts &
crafts at her home. She was an avid 49er & Giants fan, and her love
of sports included the San Jose Sharks.
Mrs. Lucchelli is survived by her children Leonard Cardoza of Milpitas,
Deborah Ann Clift of Cupertino, 1 grandson and several brothers, sisters
and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her 1st husband
Daniel Cardoza who died in 1962 and her 2nd husband Robert Lucchelli who
died in 1994.
At Mrs. Lucchelli’s request a memorial Mass of Resurrection was held
last Friday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe chapel at the Old Mission San
Juan Bautista which was followed by interment at the family plot in San
Juan District Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Cancer Society or Spiritual Bouquets
offered c/o Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.
Baudelia "Valda" Perry
Baudelia "Valda" Perry, wife of the late John Perry, died June 26 in
Hollister. He was 70.
Mrs. Perry was born in New Idria and was a lifetime resident of San
Benito County. She was a member of The Apostolic Full Gospel Church of
Mrs. Perry is survived by her children, Tim Perry, John D. Perry, Monica
McPhail, all of Hollister, Desiree Campa of Morgan Hill and Gloria Vega
of San Jose. She also is survived by her siblings, Frank Chavez of Hollister,
Lena Cruz and Romelia Caloca of San Jose, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation is Friday from noon until 9 p.m at Black Cooper Sander,
with a prayer service at 7 p.m. The funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. with
interment at the IOOF Cemetery.
Alma Volandri Robba
Alma Volandri Robba died June 13, 2001. "In her own time and in her
own way," she wrote in her own obituary.
She was born in 1907 in San Francisco. She moved to Hollister in 1933
when she married Joe Robba, a local orchardist who was born in San Benito
County in 1906. He preceded her in death in 1987.
She is survived by a son, Joseph Robba, a granddaughter, Loring Merrick
Robba, and a daughter-in-law Claire Robba Giurlani, and many friends.
She arranged for cremation at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. There
will be no service. Financial or food donations are preferred to the donor’s
favorite charity or shelter.
John Edward Walter
John Edward Walter, a Hollister resident, died June 20. He was 53.
Mr. Walter was born in Woodland, CA and came to San Benito in 1996.
He received his education at the San Jose Schools and was a veteran of
the U.S. Army. Mr. Walter was a custodian with Eastside Union High School
for 27 years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Walter
loved fishing, lapidary, camping and riding roller coasters.
Mr. Walter is survived by his wife Sharon Walter of Hollister, 3 daughters
Angela Walter of Willow Glen, Raschell Floodman of Gilroy, Nicole Baker
of Hollister, 8 grandchildren, 3 brothers Tom Walker of Ravenna, Ohio,
Robert Walter of San Jose, David Walter of Longmont, CO, 2 sisters, Donna
Walker of San Jose, Marilynn Fowle of Fremont and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Monday, June 25th at 11 a.m. at the Home
Church, 10 Mansfield Rd. at Fairview Rd., Hollister. Pastor Barry Olson
officiated. Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home & Crematory.
Contributions are preferred to the John E. Memorial Fund.
Week of June 21, 2001
Virginia "Ginger" and Elmer "Al" Berg
Memorial services were held on June 16 for Al and Ginger Berg, longtime
residents of Hollister. Al died on January 23, 1991 at the age of 79, Ginger
on June 14, 2001. She was 87.
They were born and married in Chicago and lived there until 1952, when
they moved to California. They were preceded in death by their youngest
granddaughter, Elizabeth, who died at age 8. Survivors are Bill Berg of
Hollister, Zanne Mitchell of Santa Cruz and David Berg of San Jose, two
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
They were married 58 years.
Penny E. Fellows
Penny Fellows, a former Gilroy resident with children in Hollister,
died June 17 in Phoenix. She was 60.
Mrs. Fellows was born in Bagley, Minnesota. She came to California
from Oregon in 1970, settled in Gilroy and lived there for 12 years before
moving to Phoenix in 1982. Mrs. Fellows was a waitress for Denny’s in Gilroy.
She enjoyed bowling, dancing, doing crafts, and camping. She especially
loved her time with her grandchildren, working crossword puzzles and Canasta.
Mrs. Fellows is survived by her children, Ken Fellows of Morgan Hill,
Billy Fellows of Hollister, Teresa Terasaki of Hollister, four grandchildren,
brothers Dennis Haugen of Washington, Kermit Haugen of Washington, Ray
Haugen of Washington, Roger Haugen of Washington, Jerry Haugen of Montana,
sisters Alice Sampson of Idaho, Barbara Bostrom of Arizona and many nieces
Friends are invited to attend the funeral Thursday morning at 11 a.m.
at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Calvary
Donations may be made to the Cancer Society c/o the mortuary chapel.
Alma Volandri Roba
Alma Volandri Roba died June 13, 2001. "In her own time and in her
own way," she wrote in her own obituary.
She was born in 1907 in San Francisco. She moved to Hollister in 1933
when she married Joe Robba, a local orchardist who was born in San Benito
Country in 1906. He was preceded her in death in 1987.
She is survived by a son, Joseph Robba, a granddaughter, Loring Merrick
Robba, and a daughter-in-law Claire Robba Giurlani, and many friends.
She arranged for cremation at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. There
will be no service. Financial or food donations are preferred to the donor’s
favorite charity or shelter.
Week of June 14, 2001
Violet McKone, a Hollister resident, died June 9. She was 84.
Mrs. McKone was born in White Fish, Mont., and came to San Benito in
1937. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Young Ladies Institute of
Hollister and the Grandmothers’ Club. Mrs. McKone was a homemaker for most
of her life. She loved to do needlework, read and was devoted to her family
and did some traveling.
Mrs. McKone is survived by her son Patrick McKone of Pueblo, Colo.,
daughter Elizabeth Madruga of Martinez, four grandchildren, sister Gloria
Buckingham of Hollister, brother Delmer Paine of Hollister and many nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. McKone.
At Mrs. McKone’s request, arrangements have been made for cremation
at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory, followed by private interment at Calvary
Donations are preferred to Cancer Research c/o Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Raymond N. Torres
Raymond Torres, a long-time Hollister resident, died June 10. He was
Mr. Torres was born in San Diego and came to San Benito 60 years ago.
He served in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Torres was the "Jack of
all trades." He loved to repair cars, among other things, for his family
and friends. He also loved gardening and worked for more than 20 years
as a supervisor for Gentry Foods in Gilroy.
Mr. Torres is survived by his wife, Lupe Lujan of Hollister, daughter
Lucille Wardell of Hollister, sister Mary DeLaCruz of Hollister and sister
Mary Chavez of Lompoc, sister Jenny of Santa Clara, sister Rosie, numerous
grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his brother Joe Torres.
At Mr. Torres wish, there will be no funeral services and cremation
will be arranged by Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory.
Week of June 7, 2001
Manuel Freitas, the San Juan Valley’s "Mr. Agriculture," died June
2. He was 97.
Mr. Freitas ran Frietas Packing, which shipped locally grown fruits
and vegetables around the world. Mr. Freitas loved to watch things grow
and farming became his passion as well as his profession
Mr. Freitas was born in San Juan Bautista and was a charter member
of Old Mission San Juan Bautista and Knights of Columbus Council 1492 of
Hollister. He was a trustee of the Olympia Schools for many years.
Mr. Freitas was married to his wife, Dorothy Freitas, for 56 years.
Mr. Freitas enjoyed camping, claming, and driving his fifth wheel whenever
he could. He was still driving it at age 85 and turned in his license at
Mr. Freitas is survived by Dorothy Freitas of San Juan Bautista, children
Joseph Freitas of San Juan Bautista, Anthony Freitas of San Juan Bautista,
Jene Freitas of San Jose, Vivian Hoagland of San Jose, Mary "Tiny" Spina
of Hollister, Lorraine Tavares of Magalia, sister Carmina Baptiste, sister-in-law
Lucille Freitas, sister-in-law Alice Freitas, 14 grandchildren, 13 great
grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He preceded in death
by his brother William Freitas, brother Clarence Freitas, brother Laurence
Freitas and sister Lena Freitas.
Visitation was held at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home Tuesday
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The rosary was at Old Mission San Juan Bautista
Tuesday. The funeral was Wednesday at the mission with burial at Calvary
Donations are preferred to the Mission Restoration Fund or to Hospice
of Central Coast.
Betty L. Huffman
Betty Huffman, a former Hollister resident, died suddenly May 29. She
Mrs. Huffman was born in Nebraska and lived many years in the Hollister/Gilroy
area. She was a member of the New Jerusalem, and was a minister as well
as a counselor for her church.
Mrs. Huffman is survived by her children Katy Jean Stiltz of Volcano,
Janet Story of Granite Bay, Rick Huffman of Paso Robles, Andrew Huffman
of Grass Valley, and many other relatives.
A memorial service was Saturday at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.
Bernando R. Jaurigue
Bernando Jaurigue, a veteran of WWII, died May 28. He was 78.
Mr. Jaurigue was born in Oxnard and lived in Hollister most of his
He was a bartender for many years. He was also a member of Sacred Heart
Church and served in the Army during WWII. While he was involved with the
Community Service Organization he was helpful in passing legislation helpful
to migrant workers, including elimination of the short hoe. He also helped
start a local Head Start Program.
Mr. Jaurigue is survived by his children Richard Jaurigue of Hollister,
Bobby Jaurigue of Hollister, Tommy Jaurigue of Hollister, Roseann Jaurigue
of Phoenix, and siblings Rogelia Gaeta of Hollister, Ruby Zamora of Hollister,
Rosie Sandoval of Atwater, Ruth Larkin of Hollister and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Jaurigue, who died in 1999.
A memorial mass was celebrated on June 2 at Sacred Heart Church. Arrangements
and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan
Anna Mariottini Lavagnino
Anna Mariottini Lavagnino, one of the San Benito High School’s oldest
and most avid supporters of the Baler football team, died Monday. She was
Lavagnino, a SBHS graduate, was a common site at all Baler home and
away games. She could often be seen huddling under a blanket in the bleacher
seats with husband Augie, a high school sweetheart and former SBHS football
player in the early 1930s whom she married in 1991.
An avid cook and outdoor enthusiast, Lavagnino loved fishing at San
Justo Reservoir. She was known not to return until the couple, who launched
their boat themselves, caught their limit of trout.
She is survived by husband, August Lavagnino, daughter, Joyce Black
of LaHabra, and son, Raymond Mariottini, siblings Ida McPhail of San Jose,
Ines Lemos, Elsie Scagliotti, Armeda Dooling, Ray and Ralph Sabbatini of
Hollister. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews.
The visitation is in the Chapel of Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home
today from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The rosary will be at 7 p.m. this evening
at the mortuary chapel.
Family and friends will meet at St. Benedict’s Church on Friday morning
at 9:45 a.m. to attend a 10 a.m. mass. A reception will immediately follow
at St. Benedict’s Hall. Interment will be at Oak Hill Memorial Park, San
Jose, on Friday afternoon.
Donations are preferred to the Community Foundation Ann and Augie Baler
Football Fund, P.O. Box 2062, Hollister, CA 95023, or in care of the mortuary
Rebecca L. Love-Cauthen
Rebecca Cauthen, a photographer for P.C.A. portrait studios, died suddenly
May 29. She was 52.
Mrs. Cauthen was born in Gilroy and lived in Gilroy and Hollister.
She received her drafting certificate for Gavilan College and was one class
short of her BA Degree. She was a member of the Church of the New Jerusalem
in Gilroy. Mrs. Cauthen worked in the church’s outreach counseling program.
Mrs. Cauthen is survived by her father, Richard Huffman of Susanville,
son Seth Love of Gilroy, daughter Kimberly Love of Gilroy, sister Janet
Story of Granite Bay, CA, brother Rick Huffman of Paso Robles, sister Kathy
Stiltz of Volcano, brother Andrew Huffman of Grass Valley and 14 nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Betty Huffman who
died May 29, 2001.
The funeral was Saturday at Friends Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson.
Charles Maurer, a hod carrier who helped build the original Hollister
Convalescent Hospital, died June 1 after a short illness. He was 88.
Mr. Maurer was born in Mountain View and came to San Benito 83 years
ago. He was a member of Thousand Trails, Laborers-Hod Carriers Union of
Salinas and I.D.E.S. He loved to go the dances at I.D.E.S. Lodge. He helped
build the Fort Ord barracks and Northridge Shopping Center.
Mr. Maurer is survived by his children Charleen Huber of Hollister,
Paul Maurer of Cloverdale, three grandchildren, one great granddaughter,
nieces and nephews. Mr. Maurer was preceded in death by his wife, Neva
Louise Maurer, in 1967.
Funeral services will be held today at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home with private burial following at Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to the American Red Cross or the American
Joseph Benjamine Reyes Sr.
Joseph Reyes of Fresno died June 1. He was 47.
Mr. Reyes is survived by his, children Joseph Reyes Jr. of Hollister,
Yvette Reyes of Fresno, father Ruben Reyes of San Bernadino, mother Mary
Lou Reyes of Madera, siblings Ruben Reyes Jr. of Madera, Frank Reyes of
Hollister, Alfred Reyes of Hollister, Roberta Reyes of San Jose, Rachel
Robinson of Hollister, Stella Gutierrez of Hollister, Mary Martinez of
Hollister, Gloria Nunez of San Fernando.
Visitation is today from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Funeral Chapel
in Madera. Services are Friday, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery.
Yvonne Sanchez, a Hollister resident, died June 2. She was 60.
Mrs. Sanchez was born in Porterville, CA in 1940. She was a graduate
of Lincoln High School in San Jose where she lived most of her life until
her move to an apricot orchard in Hollister, where she built her own home
nearly 20 years ago.
Mrs. Sanchez worked in the construction industry for over 30 years
and held an engineering "A" license as well as a General Contractor’s.
She was a licensed Real Estate Broker and she was a proud member of MENSA.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, gambling and traveling.
Her travels took her throughout the U.S. as well as Mexico to climb the
pyramids, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Costa Rica and Paris.
Mrs. Sanchez is survived by her husband of 39 years Robert (Tiny) Sanchez
of Hollister, children Nancy Sanchez-Smit of Salinas and Bobby Sanchez
of San Jose, New York, Moscow, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., mother Oleta
Guinn of Santa Cruz, two grandchildren, loyal companion "Shredder" as well
as many loving friends and family members.
Funeral services will not be held at her request, rather a party will
be held June 9 at 1 p.m. at the family ranch and all friends and relatives
Week of May 31, 2001
Juan M. Ceja
Juan M. Ceja, an employee of Gilroy Foods, died May 26 in Hollister.
He was 40.
Mr. Ceja was born in LaJoya, Michoacan, Mexico, and was a resident
of Hollister for 20 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and Teamster’s
He is survived by his parents, Carlos and Cristina Ceja of Hollister,
siblings Maria Servin, Alicia Gonzalez, Cristina Ceja, Esperanza Ceja,
Enrique Ceja and Jesus Ceja of Hollister, Jose Luis Ceja of Modesto, Juan
Carlos Ceja of Miami, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The rosary and vigil is tonight at 7 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander, with
mass Friday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart. Interment will follow at Calvary
Cemetery. Visitation is today at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.
Roseltha E. Beard Green
Roseltha Beard Green, a former Hollister resident, died May 19 at Grand
Junction, Colo. She was 88.
Mrs. Green was born on April 19, 1913. When WWII ended, her husband,
David, started an optometry practice in Hollister, where they made their
home until he died in 1996. She returned to Colorado in 1998.
Mrs. Green belonged to the Hollister United Methodist Church, Fidelity
Rebekah Lodge, Athena Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and the Hollister
Mrs. Green is survived by her brother, Wallace Beard of Grand Junction,
and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Merle
Green, husband David Green, and brother Irving Beard.
Graveside services will be June 13 at 2 p.m. at the IOOF Cemetery.
Rev. David Rodriguez of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Black
Cooper Sander Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Week of May 24, 2001
Ruth Bowlus, a Hollister resident, died May 16. She was 89.
Mrs. Bowlus was born in Central City, Nebraska and came to Hollister
from San Fernando. She was a member of the Simi Valley Presbyterian Church,
Wings of History in Morgan Hill and the Soaring Society of America.
Mrs. Bowlus is survived by her son, Chuck Bowlus of Sparks, Nev., son
Jack Bowlus of Hollister, sister Prudence Preston of Burbank, 13 grandchildren
and numerous great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband William Hawley Bowlus who died in 1967,
four sisters, and sons Richard Bowlus and Bill Bowlus.
A private memorial service will be held on Saturday at the home of
Jack and Marian Bowlus, 3891 Cienega Road, Hollister. Rev. E. Lloyd Evans
will conduct the service.
Donations are preferred to Wings of History, c/o Black Cooper Sander
Funeral Home. Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander
Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.
Frank Furrer, a former Hollister resident, died May 17. He was 97.
Mr. Furrer was born April 2, 1904, in Switzerland and came to the U.S.
when he was 26. He settled in Santa Rosa then moved to Salinas, where he
worked for a dairy. After living in San Francisco and Prunedale, he retired
and moved to San Juan Bautista, where he lived from 1972 through 1998.
"He worked seven days a week except for going to church," said his
family. In 1998 he sold his five acres in San Juan Bautista and moved to
Dos Palos for health reasons.
Mr. Furrer is survived by his wife, Mary D. Furrer of Watsonville,
daughter Barbara Coelho of Salinas, son Frank Furrer Jr. of Watsonville,
three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and Pearl Poole of Dos Palos,
caregiver and very close friend. Mr. Furrer was preceded in death by his
daughter Susan Milligan.
The funeral was Tuesday at Old Mission San Juan Bautista with interment
at San Juan Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to a favorite charity.
Frank J. Galdos
Frank Galdos, a former Hollister resident, died May 20. He was 88.
Mr. Galdos was born in Amador City and came to Hollister in 1925. He
was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mr. Galdos retired from
the bakery business in 1963 after having owned and operated the Model Bakery
with his brother-in-law, Bill Garcia.
Mr. Galdos is survived by his daughter, Francine Head of Gilroy, siblings
Marie Vallejo, Louise Branum, Helen Garcia, Laura Baughman, Tom Galdos,
Juanita Marcus and Carmen Vieira, all of Hollister, seven grandchildren,
14 great grandchildren, 1 great, great granddaughter and numerous nieces
and nephews. Mr. Galdos was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Galdos,
who died in 1989, son Richard Swartz, who died in 1988 and sister Henrietta
A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home. Cremation and private inurnment will be at the Calvary Cemetery,
Contributions are preferred to the Hospice of the Valley, 1150 S. Bascom
Ave., Suite 7A, San Jose, CA 95128-3509.
Week of May 17, 2001
Donna Marie McCardle
Donna McCardle, a former Hollister resident, died April 20 in Washington
State. She was 53.
Mrs. McCardle was born May 28, 1947 in Worcester, Mass., and lived
in Hollister from 1973 to 1983. Mrs. McCardle was a community leader, poet,
singer and actress in many events in Washington.
Mrs. McCardle is survived by her husband Bill McCardle of Lakebay,
Wash., in-laws Barbara and Jack Galli of Hollister, sister Jacklyn Thomas
of Hollister, sister Felicia Andrade of Hollister, brother Guido Galli
of San Rafael, and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life took place in Tacoma April 26.
Memorials may be sent in her memory to Donna McCardle Acct. #83941,
Telco Community Credit Union, 8920 Key Peninsula Highway North, Key Center,
Washington 98349 to help defray her medical expenses.
Sammy Velva Poole
Sammy Poole, a Hollister resident, died May 14. She was 97.
Mrs. Poole was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and came to Hollister
in 1965. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Poole is survived by her children, Barbara Nolan of San Francisco,
and James Echols of Coarsegold, sister Hazel Jones of Phoenix, five grandchildren,
six great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death last year by her husband Elbert "Eddie" Poole.
The funeral is today at 10 a.m. at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
in Santa Nella. Friends can pay their respects after 9 a.m. at the Black
Cooper Sander funeral home chapel.
Luke Michael Wilson
Luke Wilson of Oregon died May 15. He was 2 months.
Luke is survived by his parents Sarah Hayhurst and Chet Wilson, grandmother
Cathy Lopez, grandfather Brad Wilson, all of Florence, Ore., and great
grandparents John and Jo Amelio of Hollister, and great grandparents Tony
and Naomi Schneider of Hollister.
Services are pending in Oregon.
Jenna Marie Zanger
Jenna Zanger, the infant daughter of Gene and Anne Zanger, died May
Jenna Zanger is survived by her mother Anne Zanger of Hollister, father
Gene Zanger of Hollister, grandparents Ruth and Done Urbancic of Gainesville,
Ga., grandparents Eugene and Pauline Zanger of Hollister, also aunts, uncles
A memorial services was held May 5 at St. Benedict’s Church. Rev. Miguel
Grajeda officiated with participation by Gary Byrne. Music was provided
by Ed DeGroot and Mary Blaser. Inurnment followed the services at St. Benedict’s
Columbarium. Arrangements were through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.
Week of May 10, 2001
Ellen A. Arthur
Ellen Arthur, a former Hollister resident, died May 1. She was 88.
Mrs. Arthur was born Nov. 9, 1912 in Hollister. She moved to Salinas
37 years ago. She was a retired elementary school teacher at Barden School
and received her B.A. and Masters degrees in education from San Jose State.
Mrs. Arthur was a member of the Salinas-Kushikino Sister City Association,
California Retired Teachers Association, American Association of University
Women, PG&E Coast Valley Retires, PG&E Moss Landing Retires, Salinas
Golf and Country Club, Elks, SIRS of Hollister, National Steinbeck Center,
PSEA of PG&E and was a charter member of Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Mrs. Arthur is survived by her daughter, Barbara Adams of Pollock Pines,
daughter Kay LeBarre of Palm Desert, six grandchildren and give great grandchildren.
A private family service will be held. Inurment will be at the Watsonville
Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association, 957-A Blanco
Circle, Salinas, CA 93901 or Visiting Nurse Association Adult Day Care,
45 Plaza Circle, Salinas, CA 93901.
Joe C. Gonzalez
Joe Gonzalez, a former worker for the quicksilver mines in New Idria,
died May 5. He was 91.
Mr. Gonzalez was born in Tepatitlan, Jalisco, Mexico and came to San
Benito in 1925. He went to New Idria in 1937 to work in the quicksilver
mines, then worked at Ideal Cement from 1947 until it closed. He was a
member of Sacred Heart Church.
Mr. Gonzalez is survived by his wife, Lupe Gonzalez of Hollister, son
Raul Gonzalez of Hollister, daughter Lydia Rubio of Hollister, daughter
Eva Sanchez of Hollister, daughter Josie Geray of San Jose, daughter Mary
Helen Subia of Morgan Hill, daughter Elizabeth Armendariz of Hollister,
daughter Grace Gonzalez of Hollister, daughter Esther Subia of Morgan Hill,
daughter Hope Larios of Hollister, 45 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren,
20 great, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews from Southern
California and Mexico.
The funeral was held Monday. Rev. Ron Green of St. Patrick’s Church
in Watsonville officiated. Interment was at the IOOF Cemetery.
Richard Tony "Church" Guttirez
Richard Guttirez, an Orange County Department of Public Safety worker
died. He was 52.
Mr. Guttirez was born in Bakersfield, is a past resident of Hollister,
but lived in Costa Mesa at the time of his death.
Mr. Guttirez is survived by his son, Richard Guttirez of Hollister,
daughter Julie Ann Guttirez of Hollister, mother Mildred Luna of Hollister,
siblings Joe Saldivar of Hollister, Connie Lopez of Ribbins, Jesse Guttirez
of Hollister, Genevieve Valdez of Santa Ana, Dionicio Guttirez of Hollister,
Arnold Guttirez of Hollister, Ruben Guttirez of Portland, Gilbert Guttirez
of Hollister, David Guttirez of Hollister, Betty Nash of Hillsboro, Ore.,
Sal Luna of Portland, George Luna of Hollister, three grandchildren and
numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A rosary and vigil will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander
Funeral Home. The service begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m. proceeds to Sacred
Heart Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11
a.m. Interment and graveside services will follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery.
Mary Dooling Hudner
Mary Dooling Hudner, one of San Benito County’s most prominent citizens
who once drove a stage on the treacherous road from Fremont Peak to Hollister,
died Saturday morning. She was 98.
A lifelong county resident and an active leader in numerous organizations,
Hudner’s importance to the community was demonstrated by the treatment
given to her at Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo, the county’s pre-eminent social
event, where she sat at the same box seat for 67 years.
"She was the main person," said Betty Breen, a close family friend.
"She knew everyone, and everyone knew her, kind of like the queen bee.
She was the focus of attention."
She married Paul Hudner in 1925. The same year she moved to the Hudner
Ranch off Highway 25, where she lived for the rest of her life. Hudner’s
maiden name was Dooling, an Irish family that moved to San Benito more
than 100 years ago.
The Hudners ran a successful cattle business for many years. After
her husband died, in 1970, Mary Hudner continued to run the business until
Hudner graduated from Fairview School as the top student in the county.
She was in the first graduating class of San Benito Junior College, now
Gavilan College. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and later Stanford, where
she received a degree in education.
Hudner’s father, Will Dooling, required his daughter to go to work
in 1924 before he allowed her to marry, so she put her degree to use as
a teacher of Latin and algebra at San Juan School.
"He insisted she learn to make a living before marrying so she would
learn to be independent," said Stephen Hudner, her son.
Some of the many organizations she belonged to included the American
Red Cross, Catholic Ladies Aid Society, Hazel Hawkins Auxiliary, the Democratic
Central Committee and the Cattlewoman’s Association, which voted her Cowbelle
of the year in 1984.
"She was past president of everything, and did it all with such grace,"
Hudner is survived by her three sons – John Hudner, of Eldridge, Philip
Hudner, of Kentfield, and Stephen Hudner, of San Francisco – as well as
nephew John Erkman of San Mateo and nieces Kathie Gaylord of Los Gatos
and Carol Dougherty Dougherty of La Quinta.
She is also survived by grandchildren Paul T. Hudner, Mollie Hudner
Thompson and great grandchild Ryan Hudner Thompson; grand nieces Melissa
Hickman, Mary Amelia Gorin and Devin Dougherty; grand nephews Steve and
John Gaylord, Dan Hudner Dougherty, Neil Pinkerton Dougherty, Andrew Nelson
Dougherty and John and Joseph Gorin; great grand nephews Sam and Jack Hickman.
Friends are invited to the Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
at 10 a.m. Friday morning. Private graveside services will precede the
Mass at Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to Sacred Heart School, The American Red
Cross or the San Benito Saddle Horse Association.
Lupe Aguilera Luna
Lupe Aguilera Luna, who has relatives in San Benito County, died suddenly
May 4 in Los Angeles. She was 53.
Mrs. Luna was born in Los Angeles, but looked forward to her yearly
visits to San Juan Bautista and Hollister, where some of her brothers and
She is survived by her husband, Bobby Luna Sr. of Los Angeles, and
her brothers and their wives, Vince and Mickie Luna, Lupe Luna, Rudy and
Juanita Luna of Hollister, Manuel Luna Jr., Robert Luna and Henrietta Patino
of San Juan Bautista, Raymond and Annette Luna of Gilroy, Gloria Luna of
Morgan Hill, Ruben Luna of San Jose, Rosemary and Pascual Casas of San
Diego, children Elizabeth Vargas of Montebello, Yvette Lozano of Los Angeles,
Richard Luna of Los Angeles, grandmother Cruz Aguilera of Los Angeles,
sisters Joann Baquera, Virginia Valencia, Dolores de Anda and brother Alfredo
Aguilera all of Los Angeles.
A rosary vigil was Wednesday in Los Angeles, followed by interment
at Calvary Cemetery on Whittier Boulevard.
Manuel R. Martinez
Manuel Martinez, a Hollister resident, died May 4. He was 90.
Mr. Martinez was born in Durango, Durango, Mexico and came to San Benito
more than 70 years ago. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church
and the Teamsters Union Local 890. He retired after 35 years with Gentry
Foods in Gilroy as a machine operator.
Mr. Martinez is survived by his daughter, Pauline Garza of Hollister,
son Jesse Martinez of Los Banos, brother John Martinez, brother Angel Martinez,
brother Louie Martinez, brother Filomen Martinez, adopted brother Gilbert
Perez and adopted brother William Perez, three grandchildren, and several
great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death in 1966 by his wife, Augustina Haro Martinez, and Juanita S. Martinez,
who died in 1981.
The funeral was Tuesday beginning at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral
Home proceeding to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Graveside services and
burial was followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Alan B. Nason
Alan Nason, a Bible teacher, died May 3 at his home in the San Juan
hills. He was 73.
Mr. Nason was born February 5, 1928 in Brawley. At 28 Mr. Nason was
paralyzed by polio. Despite this he was able to help people as a bookkeeper
with their business and finances and also as a Bible teacher.
Mr. Nason is survived by his brother, Tom Nason, daughter Carol Lindhorst,
June Nason, daughter Gloria Nason, son Mark Nason, son Rick Nason and six
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hollister Kingdom
Hall at the corner of Fairview and Fallon roads.
Donations are preferred to your local hospice or Worldwide Bible Education
Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Ida May Roybal
Ida May Roybal, a San Benito County resident, died May 3. She was 58.
Mrs. Roybal was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and was married to
her husband Pete for 30 years.
Mrs. Roybal is survived by her husband Pete Roybal, daughter Natalie
Waterbury, daughter Jennifer Roybal, grandson Sean Waterbury, granddaughter
Amanda Waterbury and many family members in New England.
A memorial services was held under the direction of Habing Family Funeral
Wayne S. Teeters
Wayne S. Teeters, a local farmer and dairyman, died May 7 at Hazel
Hawkins Hospital after a long period of failing health. He was 84.
Mr. Teeters moved to San Benito County in the 1930s and ran a dairy
in the Lovers Lane area, where he also raised walnuts, prunes and pears
most of his life. He was a member of the Farm Bureau, the Hollister Gem
& Lapidary Club, the San Benito County Historical Society and he served
on the Pacheco Storm Water District. He served in WWII as a radio mechanic
in the Army Air Corps.
Mr. Teeters is survived by his sister, Marie Wheeler of Danville and
numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death in 1994 by his wife,
Thelma O. Teeters.
A memorial service will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Grunnagle
Ament Nelson Funeral Home. A private graveside service will follow at Gavilan
Hills Cemetery in Gilroy. Friends are invited to a reception afterward
at Paines Restaurant in Hollister. Contributions are preferred to the San
Benito County Historical Society.
Week of May 3, 2001
Shirley M. "Honey" Bailey
Shirley Bailey, a Hollister resident, died April 19. She was 74.
Mrs. Bailey was born in Hollister. She and her husband were married
May 18, 1946 in Hollister, moved to Morgan Hill and she and her family
moved back to Hollister in 1962. She was lovingly called "Honey" by her
Mrs. Bailey is survived by her husband, Robert Bailey Sr., of Hollister,
daughter Judy Tompkins of Hollister, daughter Linda Harris of Lancaster,
mother Olive Thomas of Hollister, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren.
Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her son Robert Bailey Jr. and her
father Stanford Campbell.
A memorial service was held April 24 at Black Cooper Sander Funeral
Home. Rev. Joe Mallinson of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiated.
Inurnment was at the IOOF Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to charity of choice.
Anthony D. "Tony" Burgess
Anthony Burgess, an electronics installer, died April 27. He was 46.
Mr. Burgess was born in San Francisco and came to San Benito five years
ago. Mr. Burgess enjoyed camping and fishing. He loved WWII movies and
history. He took great pride in the TV and sound system that he designed
Mr. Burgess is survived by his brother, Andrew "Andy" D. Burgess of
Hollister, nephew Joseph Burgess of Hollister, niece Valerie Burgess of
Hollister, close friends Ed and Debbie Gerkie of Los Gatos and close friend
Lucy Peng of Los Gatos. Mr. Burgess was preceded in death by his father,
Edward Burgess, and mother, Marjorie Burgess.
A private cremation was conducted by Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory.
Friends attended a celebration of Mr. Burgess May 1 at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Donations are preferred to the Hospice of Central Coast c/o mortuary
Sandra "Sandi" Crowe
Sandra Crowe, a secretary at Calvary Christian School at Calvary Baptist
Church, died April 25. She was 56.
Mrs. Crowe was a Hollister native and grew up in San Juan Bautista,
where she attended school. She was a 1962 graduate of San Benito High School.
In school she was active in the drama club and performed in many productions.
She attended Salinas Beauty College in 1963.
She was married to Lloyd Crowe on December 1, 1973. In 1989 she retired
from the beautician business. Since that time she has been the secretary
at Calvary Christian School at Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Crowe was an
active member of the Calvary Baptist Church, the church’s youth group,
AWANA. She was very active in Little League baseball when her sons were
young. Mrs. Crowe loved playing scrabble and doing crafts. She and her
husband, Lloyd, recently started the L&S repair shop and were enjoying
having their own business.
Mrs. Crowe is survived by her husband, Lloyd Crowe of Hollister, son
Andy Sheehy Sacramento, son Danny Crowe of Sacramento, mother Doris Lavagnino
of San Juan Bautista, father Bill Lavagnino of San Juan Bautista, brother
Bill Lavagnino of San Juan Bautista, brother William Lavagnino, Jr. of
San Juan Bautista, sister Teresa Lavagnino of Redding, sister Carol Lavagnino
of Santa Barbara, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Friday at the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home with
services Saturday at the Calvary Baptist Church. Graveside services and
burial followed at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hollister.
Contributions are preferred to the Calvary Christian School c/o Calvary
Maria Guadalupe Ojeda
Maria Guadalupe Ojeda, a Hollister resident, died April 30. She was
Mrs. Ojeda was born in Mexico and came to Hollister in 1996. She was
a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Mrs. Ojeda is survived by her husband, Rafael Ojeda of Hollister, and
her children Yolanda Santoyo of Oxnard, Gerardo Ojeda of Florida, Maricela
Ojeda of Mexico, Celia Ojeda of Mexico, Imelda Ojeda of Mexico, Leticia
Ojeda of Hollister, Julia Yebra of Hollister, Consuelo Ojeda of Illinois,
Alonzo Ojeda of Illinois, Patricia Ojeda of Mexico, Olga Ojeda of Hollister,
Gloria Santoyo of Hollister, Cecilia Ojeda of Hollister, Maria Carapia
of Mexico, Ramon Carapia of Mexico, Jose Carapia of Mexico, Raymundo Carapia
of Mexico and her grandchildren.
A Rosary was held May 2 at 7 p.m. Funeral and burial will be in Salvatierra,
Agustin C. Ramirez
Agustin Ramirez, a Hollister resident, died April 24. He was 77.
Mr. Ramirez was born in Tampico Alto, Vera Cruz, Mexico and he had
worked in construction prior to retirement. He moved to Hollister in 1994
after his wife died. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and in San
Jose he was active with the Community Service Organization.
Mr. Ramirez is survived by his son, Larry Roybal of El Sobrante, daughter
Vera Martinez of San Jose, daughter Josie Ramirez of Hollister, son Gus
C. Ramirez of San Jose, daughter Socorro Ramirez of Mexico, son Amparo
Ramirez of Mexico, daughter Elvia Ramirez of Mexico, brother Rudy Campoy
of Mexico, brother Ramon Campoy of Mexico, sister Esther Campoy of Mexico,
seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. Ramirez was preceded
in death by his wife, Becky Ramirez.
A rosary and vigil service were held April 29 at Black Cooper Sander
Funeral Home. The funeral was Monday. Interment and graveside services
followed the Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Gilroy.