Miscellaneous San Benito County, California Obituaries - 2001

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Week of April 26, 2001

Arlene Allen
Arlene Allen, an Aromas resident who was featured in The Pinnacle in December 1999 after a group gave her a new mobile home for Christmas, died in Hollister on April 18. She was 83.
Mrs. Allen was born in Iowa and moved to Aromas from Salinas in 1978. Her great passion in life was her love for her cats. In 1999 she was taking care of her mother and living in a home that leaked so badly the light fixtures filled with water. Christmas In April bought her a new mobile home, which she shared with her cat, Rosie, and others.
Mrs. Allen is survived by her daughter, Laurie Moss of Hollister, son Darrell Allen of Sacramento, mother Marjorie LaTour of Hollister, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Heath, in 1986.
A service was held on April 23 at Garden of Memories memorial Park in Salinas.
Donations are preferred to a charity of choice that will benefit the care of animals. Arrangements are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home in Hollister.

Shirley M. "Honey" Bailey
Shirley Bailey, a Hollister resident, died March 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 grandchildren.
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 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.

Loretta Ione Claypool
Loretta Ione Claypool, who grew up in southern San Benito County, died April 17 in Santa Clara. She was 87.
Mrs. Claypool spent her childhood in San Benito and was the daughter of the late Murt and Maude Shields. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Claypool.
Mrs. Claypool was a second-grade teacher for more than 40 years in the Santa Clara Unified School District, a member of the Eastern Star and a long-time volunteer at the Santa Clara Senior Center.
She is survived locally by cousins Viella Hardin and Dorothy Marentis of Hollister.
Services were April 20 at the Lima Family Mortuary in Santa Clara.

Corinne L. Garat
Corinne Garat, founder and member of the local Childrenís Home Society, died April 18. She was 98.
Mrs. Garat was born in Erie, Kansas and came to San Benito in 1941. She is founder and member of the local Childrenís Home Society, now the Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center, and had an honorary privileged membership. She also was a former trustee of San Benito High school.
Mrs. Garat was an avid bridge player and played all her life up until just a few weeks ago. She was the youngest of eight children and married into a pioneer western family with ranch holdings in both Elko County, Nev. and San Benito County. Her husband, George, was a longtime rancher related to the Indart family.
Mrs. Garat is survived by her son Tom Garat of Hollister, granddaughter Irene Sanchez of Tres Pinos, granddaughter Michelle Kaus of Mariposa, granddaughter Heather Garat, who is in the U.S. Navy, grandson Josh Garat of Grants Pass, Ore., four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Garat was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Garat, who died in 1958.
The funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Burial and graveside services followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to the Gabilan Chapter, Kinship Center c/o the funeral home.

John M. Maddux
John M. Maddux, a long-time Hollister resident most remembered for barbering, died April 22. He was 59.
Mr. Maddux was born January 13, 1943 in Tulare and had spent most of his life in Hollister. Mr. Maddux was a graduate of San Benito High School and the Barbers College in San Jose. He was a member of the Hollister Lodge No. 1436, B.P.O.E. and the Newman Rotary Club. He had lived in Newman for 12 years, working for Patchetts Ford Dealership and for M & M Chevrolet. He worked as a barber both in San Jose and Hollister from 1960 to 1973.
Mr. Maddux opened his first barbershop on Fourth Street in Hollister in 1965 and later he moved his shop to the corner of Briggs Alley and San Benito Street behind the familyís jewelry store. He was the first male appointment only shop in Hollister and was very successful. When Mr. Maddux retired from barbering he sold cars for Tiffany Motor Company both at the original location and the new one. He loved the out-of-doors, golfing, water skiing at Bass Lake, Lake Shasta and Coyote Lake in Gilroy. Mr. Maddux enjoyed riding motorcycles and driving with his wife to the Monterey Coast. He always wanted to go to Alaska and two years ago, while his health permitted, he and his wife traveled there. Square dancing was also an interest. While in Newman Mr. Maddux was a eucharist minister at Our Lady of Miracles Church in Gustine.
Mr. Maddux is survived by his wife, Terri Maddux of Hollister, mother Alice L. Maddux of Hollister, son John Maddux Jr. of San Jose, daughter Julie Hogeman of Hollister, daughter Amie Bland of Hollister, daughter Stephanie Bland of Hollister, brother Rick Maddux of Hollister, three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass today at 6 p.m. at St. Benedictís Church, 1200 Fairview Road, Hollister. Inurnment will follow at St. Benedictís Columbarium.
Donations are preferred to the Newman T.O.S.C.A. Scholarship Fund, St. Benedicts Building Fund or the American Cancer Society c/o Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.

Lois D. Sanard
Lois D. Sanard, a Hollister resident died April 18. She was 74.
Mrs. Sanard was born in Sacramento and has been a Hollister resident for many years working for the Bank of America and was active with Welcome Wagon. She attended Immaculate Conception Church in Tres Pinos, as well as Sacred Heart Church in Hollister and earlier in her life attended the Methodist Church. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Order of Easter Star. While with Bank of America she was the first involved with the Young Savers Program through local schools.
Mrs. Sanard is survived by her daughter, Janet Jaurigue of Salinas, son Paul Sanard of Hollister, brother Bob Molander, sister Shirley Green, brother Wallace Molander, sister Carmel Johnson sister Dorothy Clanton, and three grandchildren. Mrs. Sanard was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Sanard, who died in 1974.
A memorial Mass was held on April 21 at Sacred Heart Church in Hollister. Rev. Dick Clark was the celebrant with music by Margaret Velho.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.

Paul L. Thoman
Paul Thoman, a well-known figure at San Joseís Mel Cottonís Sporting Goods, died April 23. He was 83.
Mr. Thoman was born in Cincinnati and had lived in San Jose for many years, working for FMC Corporation for 30 years. After retirement he joined Mel Cottonís Sporting Goods and in the summers worked as a senior ranger naturalist at Tioga Lake in Yosemite National Park. He was an avid photographer.
Mr. Thoman is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Claudia and Cliff Cardoza of Hollister, son James J. Thoman of San Jose, granddaughter Julie Ann Scola of Saratoga, granddaughter Debra Jean Papazzian of Salinas, sister Margaret Clark of Elbert, Colo., brother Victor Thoman of Calistoga, brother Neil Thoman of Grass Valley and three great grandchildren. Mr. Thoman was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Thoman, in 1998 and his brother James Thoman.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Donations are preferred to a favorite charity in memory of Mr. Thoman.

Marcos Jorge Torres
Marcos Jorge Torres, an infant boy, died in Santa Clara on April 18. He was three days old.
Marcos is survived by his mother, Christina Torres of Hollister, father, David Hernandez of Salinas, grandfather George Torres of Hollister and grandmother Martha Marquez of Hollister.
A funeral and graveside services were held Monday at Calvary Cemetery.

David A. Valderrama
David Valderrama, a Hollister resident, died April 21. He was 52.
Mr. Valderrama was born in Phoenix and came to San Benito County in 1954 as a young boy. He was employed in the lawn service business for the past year.
Mr. Valderrama is survived by his daughter, Olga Hansen of Hollister, son Michael Valderrama of Santa Cruz, brother Eulogio Valderrama of Riverside, brother John Valderrama of Northridge, sister Maria del Refugio Godinez of Phoenix, sister Rudy Valderrama of Montebello, sister Margie Canales of Hollister, sister Connie Aguilar of Turlock, sister Rosie Martinez of Hollister, brother Domingo Valderrama of San Jose, brother Herman Valderrama of Hollister, sister Emma Robles of San Jose, brother Bob Valderrama of Morgan Hill, brother Ruben Ponz of San Jose, brother Daniel Valderrama of San Jose, granddaughter Kaylee Shay Hansen, granddaughter Nicole Hansen also many nieces and nephews. Mr. Valderrama was preceded in death by his sister Carmen Morales.
Visitation will be on today from noon until 9 p.m. A prayer service will be conducted at 7 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. The funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Church of God of Prophecy on Virginia Street in Hollister. Pastor Duarte Orellana will officiate. Interment will follow at the IOOF cemetery.

Week of April 19, 2001

Grace Bray
Grace Bray, a lifelong San Benito County resident, died April 17 at Mee Memorial Hospital in King City.
Mrs. Bray was born and reared in the Bitterwater area and was the daughter of the late Nessen and Mary Schmidt.
The funeral at 2 p.m. Friday will be held under the direction of Whitehurst-Grimm Funeral Home, 429 Bassett St., King City.
Mrs. Bray is survived by sons Albert and Alvin and daughter Mary Anne. She also is survived by brothers Roy Schmidt of Hollister, Jef Schmidt of Bitterwater, sisters Faye Franscioni of Greenfield and Amy Lou Hall of Oklahoma. She also is survived by several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Mee Memorial Hospital or to your favorite charity.

Arthur P. Donaleche
Services will be held Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at San Juan Bautista Cemetery for Arthur P. Donaleche, who died in December. Mr. Donaleche will be given a traditional Native American ceremony, and a veteranís ceremony with color guard.

Joseph Thanquilino Moreno
Joseph Moreno, a veteran of the U.S. Army, died April 9. He was 76.
Mr. Moreno was born in Hollister and lived in Reno/Sparks area for 25 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1941-1951. Mr. Moreno was a chef at Harrahís Casino.
Mr. Moreno is survived by his wife, Glenna Moreno, of Sparks, Nev., son Joseph Moreno, Jr. of Sparks, Nev., daughter Sharon Moreno of Sparks, Nev., son Leon McBride of Boise, Id., son Mark Messanger, son Ronnie Moreno, daughter Donna Moreno, daughter Karen Smith, daughter Joni Moreno all of California, sister Erma Dehn of Minnesota, sister Loretta Sandoval, brother Fernando Moreno, brother Charlie Moreno all of California, 22 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Visitation was held Monday at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Interment with military honors was will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Eunice A. "Sam" Ramsay
Eunice Ramsay, a Hollister resident, died April 12. She was 75.
Mrs. Ramsay was born in San Francisco and moved to Hollister 12 years ago from Morgan Hill. She and her husband, Harry, were married in 1973 in Reno, Nev. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and had worked with her husband many years ago in his business, Harry Ramsay Sales.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 20 at 2 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. A reception will follow the services at Mission Oaks Mobile Home Park clubhouse.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Coopers Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.

Week of April 12, 2001

Ruth E. Cardoza
Ruth Cardoza, a former Hollister resident, died April 2, 2001. She was 80.
Mrs. Cardoza was born in Fresno and resided in Hollister for most of her life. She lived the last four years in Green Valley, Ariz.
Mrs. Cardoza is survived by her son Anthony Cardoza of Redding, daughter Nancy Vineyard of Sahuarita, Ariz., daughter Cathy Giattino of Green Valley, Ariz., seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, brother Richard Miranda of Hollister, sister Delores Tufts of Santa Cruz, sister Beatrice Gill of Albuquerque, N.M. and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Cardoza was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Cardoza.
A memorial Mass was celebrated April 10, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Private internment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Juan Manuel Lizarraga
Juan Lizarraga, a Hollister resident, died April 2. He was 43.
Mr. Lizarraga was born in Sinaloa, Mexico and came to San Benito 25 years ago. Mr. Lizarraga worked for Tri Valley Growers and Ferry Morse Seed Co. He and his wife, Margarita were married in 1979 in Hollister and he was a member of the Teamsters Union Local #890.
Mr. Lizarraga is survived by his wife Margarita Lizarraga of Hollister, brother Tomas Lizarraga of Mexico, brother Ramon Lizarraga of Mexico, brother Rafael Lizarraga of Mexico, sister Frances Gutierrez of Hollister, sister Priciliana Covarrubias of Hollister.
A memorial services will be held on April 14 at 5 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.
Arrangements and cremation are though Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.

Peter Franklin Troia
Peter Franklin Troia, an Army veteran and avid hunter, died April 11 at home after a battle with cancer. He was 57.
Mr. Troia served with the National Guard and was a member of Sacred Heart Parish. He loved hunting for ducks and deer, trout and salmon fishing and competitive skeet shooting. H was a production supervisor in the sheet metal industry for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years Angelica "Angie" Troia, daughter Tina Chahanovich of Florida, son Vincent Troia of Hollister, son John Troia of San Francisco, mother Betty Troia of Ukiah, eight grandchildren, two brothers and one sister and several nieces and nephews.
The service will be April 16 at noon at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home followed by interment at San Joaquin National Cemetery with military honors at 2 p.m. Visitation is Sunday from 1-5 p.m. and on Monday from 8 a.m. until service time.
Donations are preferred to the cancer society care of the mortuary chapel.

Week of April 5, 2001

Felicitas Alvarez
Felicitas Alvarez, a Hollister resident, died March 28.
Mrs. Alvarez was born in Durango, Mexico and came to San Benito in 1944. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mrs. Alvarez enjoyed traveling to Reno on the Senior Bus Tours. She was employed as a farm and cannery worker, including Churchill Nut Co. and San Benito Foods, where she spent 40 years.
Mrs. Alvarez is survived by her husband Mariano Alvarez of Hollister, daughter Mary Gonzales of Hollister, son David Holquin of Martinez, daughter Annie Dominguez of Hollister, son Richard Holquin of Hollister, son Charlie Alvarez of Hollister, daughter Margie Alvarez of Hollister, son Larry Alvarez of Hollister, brother Manuel Chavez of Hollister, step-brother Rudolph Rodriguez of Roseville, 15 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Alvarez was preceded in death in death by her daughter Alice "Leacha" Alvarez, who died in 1984.
The rosary was held Sunday evening at and the funeral was Monday at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home, with mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial and graveside services were at the Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy Elizabeth George Holkesvick
Dorothy Holkesvick, a Hollister resident and Red Cross volunteer, died March 30, 2001. She was 84.
Mrs. Holkesvick was born in Chicago and came to San Benito in 1976. She lived in San Juan Bautista for 27 years. She helped process blood at Red Cross blood banks and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Hollister, the Grandmotherís Club of Hollister, the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary, the Womenís Club of Hollister, the Red Cross Auxiliary and the San Juan Bautista Library Auxiliary. Mrs. Holkesvick served for three years in the WAC during World War II. Mrs. Holkesvick and her husband owned a very successful business in Fullerton. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed playing the piano and nurturing her familyís love of music.
Mrs. Holkesvick is survived by her daughter Holly Joanne Wood of Hollister, daughter Vivian Ruth Cochneuer of Bakersfield, son Dr. Reid Edgar Holkesvick, granddaughter Mindy Blythe Andrews of Glendale, many grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mrs. Holkesvick was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Edgar Holkesvick.
Interment was Wednesday at San Juan Bautista District Cemetery. Donations may be made to the San Juan Bautista Library Auxiliary c/o the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home mortuary chapel.

James Jaime
James Jaime, a WWII veteran, died March 31. He was 82.
Mr. Jaime was born in Lemoore and spent most of his life in Hollister. He spent the last five years in San Jose so he could be near his son David and his wife Beverly. He worked for many years for Tri Valley Growers and the companies that preceded Tri Valley Growers. He was a member of Abundant Life Foursquare Church in Hollister and Cathedral of Faith in San Jose. He had served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and was a member of Teamsters Union Local 890.
Mr. Jaime is survived by his son David Jaime of San Jose, daughter Henrietta Jamie of San Jose, daughter Pauline Buncie of Latrobe, PA, daughter Cecilia Jamie of San Jose, daughter Christine Perry of Hollister, son Daniel Jamie of Mechanicsburg, PA, sister Dolores Alvarez of Hollister, sister Eloise Gomez of Sunnyvale, brother Angelo Jamie of Hollister, nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Marceline "Marty" Jaime who died in 1994, son Greg Jamie, brother Ralph Jamie, brother Vincent Jamie, sister Margaret Burris and sister Gladyís Quintero.
A memorial service will today at 10 a.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Rev. Bob Rufener of Abundant Life Foursquare Church will officiate. Inurnment will be at the IOOF Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to Reaching Out Food Distribution Program, c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.

Raymond Eugene Morrissey
Raymond Morrissey, a Navy veteran, died April 3. He was 67.
Mr. Morrissey was a longtime resident of San Benito County and his friends and family knew him as "Handsome Ray." Mr. Morrissey was born in New Rochelle, New York and was raised in Tucson, Ariz.
He was an alumnus of University of Arizona, where he met and married Linda, his wife of more than 40 years. Mr. Morrissey was honorably discharged from the Navy and continued a long career in Aerospace Quality Assurance. He was an avid U of A Wildcat and LA Dodger fan and lived to tell colorful stories and jokes. He was an active member of the Republican Party and thoroughly enjoyed lively debates. He attended numerous Republican functions including the National Convention and Presidential Inauguration. He was also a member of the Cattlemanís Association and Friends of Rodeo.
Mr. Morrissey is survived by his wife Linda Morrissey of Hollister, daughter Jeannie Glass of Hollister, daughter Melinda Perez of Hollister, two granddaughters, brother Jim Morrissey of Southern California, brother Ed Morrissey of Southern California, sister Elizabeth "Betty" Monroe of Southern California, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Mr. Morrissey life Friday at 11 a.m. at Black-Cooper-Sanderís and a reception immediately following at his home.
Memorials are preferred to Hazel Hawkins Hospital.

John Anthony Pitre
John Anthony Pitre, a WWII veteran, died March 31. He was 79.
Mr. Pitre was born in Boston and graduated from Santa Clara University and Santa Clara Law School. He was a veteran of WWII and served as a reconnaissance pilot for the U.S. Army.
Mr. Pitre was a former long time resident of Palo Alto, Los Gatos, and lived in Hollister for the last 14 years. He had spent 20 years in the insurance business in San Francisco prior to owning and operating Arcade First Aid & Hospital Supply Company in South San Francisco. Mr. Pitre enjoyed the friends he made as a result of his business and social activities. He was an active alumnus of Santa Clara University and was a fan of the 49ers and San Francisco Giants fan. He was a founding member of Palo Alto Golf Club, the N.C.G.A. and Ridgemark Golf & Country Club.
Mr. Pitre is survived by his daughter Pamela Malkin of San Luis Obispo, son Michael Pitre of Petaluma, son Tony Pitre of Arcata, daughter Mary Pitre of San Francisco, eight grandchildren, and sister Cecily Olson of Los Altos. Mr. Pitre was preceded in death by his wife Jan L. Pitre, who died November 10, 1991.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on April 7 at 1 p.m. at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Arrangements have been made for private cremation through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory.
Donations are preferred to the South County Dialysis Center of Gilroy c/o of the mortuary chapel.

Frederick W. Rohnert, II
Frederick Rohnert, a Hollister resident, died at his home after a six-month bout with cancer. He was 36.
Mr. Rohnert was born in Salinas and spent most of his life in San Benito. He attended Pacheco School, Ausaymas School, Spring Grove School, Robert Louis Stephenson School in Pebble Beach and Albertsonís College in Idaho. He was a member of the Hollister Land & Cattle Association, Tres Pinos Boosters Club, a director of the Pacheco Pass Water District, director of Mid State Mutual Insurance and a local farmer and owner of the Ausaymas Farms.
Mr. Rohnert is survived by his wife Allison Rohnert of Hollister, son Alexander Rohnert of Hollister, son William Rohnert of Hollister, mother Marie Rohnert of Hollister, stepbrother Keith Meiggs of Guerneville, stepbrother Christopher Jancik of Twin Falls, Idaho, stepbrother Mark Meiggs of Oakdale and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Rohnert was preceded in death by his father Frederick W. Rohnert who died in 1981.
The funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home, followed by a reception at Marie Rohnertís home. Graveside services will be private with the family at I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to the San Benito Home Health Care, National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance or your favorite charity c/o Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.

Week of March 29, 2001

Richard A. Campbell
Richard A. Campbell, who was born in Owatana, Minn., and lived in Hollister for 45 years before recently moved to Tampa, Fla., to live with his son, died March 18. He was 86.
He operated the now non-existent Mobil Gas Station at the corner of Fourth
and West Streets and was a member of local business service clubs. He was an avid golfer into his 70s and was a regular at the Waylandís lunch counter and at Jerry's during coffee hours.
He is survived by his son Bruce S. Campbell of Tampa, Fla., daughter Carol A. Freburg of San Juan Bautista, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Arrangements for cremation and private inurnment are being arranged in Tampa. Donations are preferred to the donor's favorite charity in memory of Richard A. Campbell.

Sandra K. Underwood
Sandra K. Underwood, who lived in Hollister for 10 years and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, died March 21. She was 56.
Mrs. Underwood is survived by her daughters Christine Roach of Hollister, Deborah Arant of Idaho, Shelley Parks of Idaho and Traci Bradshaw of Idaho, mother Pauline Huckleberry of Texas, brother Bill Lester of Idaho, and four grandchildren.
The funeral was Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Hollister with Bishop D.K. Michaelson presiding.

Week of March 22, 2001

Florence E. Allman
Florence Allman, a Hollister resident, died March 14, 2001. She was 100. Mrs. Allman came to San Benito over 50 years ago and is a retired secretary.
Mrs. Allman is survived by her close friend Mona Molina of Hollister and has no known living relatives.
A private graveside services was held Friday afternoon at the Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California. Arrangements are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home in Hollister.

Homero Bermea Dominguez
Homero Dominguez, a WWII veteran, died March 14. He was 74.
Mr. Dominguez was born in Del Rio, Texas, and came to San Benito three years ago from San Jose. Mr. Dominguez was the owner and operator of Dominguez Tires in San Jose for 20 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran from WWII.
Mr. Dominguez is survived by his daughter Amalia Baxley of Stage Coach, Nevada, daughter Leticia Parra of Hollister, daughter Mary Helen Rodriguez of San Jose, daughter Gloria Dominguez of Morgan Hill, son Homero C. Dominguez of San Jose, brother Filimon Dominguez of San Jose, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Natalia C. Dominguez.
Friends and family attended the graveside services at San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella. Contributions are preferred to the American Diabetes Association.

Pedro de Jesus Garcia
Pedro Garcia, a Hollister resident, died March 18, 2001. He was 37.
Mr. Garcia was born in Santiago Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico and came to San Benito for a brief time before falling ill. He was employed with Quintero Labor Contractors.
Mr. Garcia is survived by his mother Maria de Jesus of Mexico, brother Raul de Jesus Garcia of Hollister, brother Tereso de Jesus Garcia of Hollister, sister Nastasia de Jesus Garcia of Mexico, sister Francisca de Jesus Garcia of Mexico and sister Maria de Jesus Garcia of Mexico.
Mr. Garcia will be sent back to his home in Oaxaca for funeral services and burial. Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond R. McDonald
Raymond McDonald, a Hollister resident, died March 17. He was 86.
Mr. McDonald was born in Ohio and came to Hollister in the 1950s. Mr. McDonald and his wife Laverne were married in 1932 in Kentucky. His various occupations included real estate broker, land developer, building contractor and a veteran of WWII. Mr. McDonald and his family lived in Iberia and Galion, Ohio, Sarasota, FL, Fresno and San Jose. He is a member of the Hollister United Methodist Church.
Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife Laverne McDonald of Hollister, son Larry McDonald of Hollister, son Duede McDonald of Hollister, daughter Eileen Gaudin of Hollister, brother-in-law Carl Albright of Hollister, six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Hollister United Methodist Church at Fifth and Monterey Streets. Interment and graveside services will follow at the IOOF Cemetery. A reception will follow the funeral services at the social hall at the Methodist Church.
Donations are preferred to Hollister Untied Methodist Church c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.

Betsy Ann Stewart
Betsy Stewart, a long-time resident of San Juan Bautista known for the beautiful flowers she grew in her yard, died March 13. She was 102.
Mrs. Stewart was born in St. George, Utah. Mrs. Stewart and her husband were married in Salt Lake City and then moved to Oakland. They moved to San Juan Bautista in 1944 to be closer to their daughter. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Hollister Womenís Club and Luck Library Auxiliary.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by her granddaughter Roxanne Hanson of Santa Cruz, grandson Jeff Wikoff of Hollister and grandson Jerry Wikoff of Clear Lake, six great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Glenn Stewart who died in 1977 and her daughter Lorraine Wikoff who died in 1974.
A graveside services was March 17, 2001at San Juan District Cemetery, where Mrs. Stewart was laid to rest next to her husband.

Week of March 15, 2001

Darrell Clifford Burns
Darrell Burns, a former Navy Seal who was the first disc jockey for local KMPG radio, Sunday. He was 68.
Mr. Burns was born in Modesto and was raised in Hollister for most of his life. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as a U.S. Navy Seal.
Mr. Burns was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Texas Lodge #46 of San Juan Bautista and the Magnolia D.E.S. of Gilroy. When Mr. Burns came out of the service he worked as a deputy clerk for San Benito County. He then became an interior decorator for Sears & Roebuck and later was a heavy equipment operator before he had a Coca Cola route. Mr. Burns became the first disc jockey of the local KMPG Radio Station when it originally opened. He then became a deputy Sheriff for Monterey County in the communications department. From 1965 to 1970 he was a Hollister police officer, leaving to become a private investigator. For 17 years until his retirement he had his own Electronics Company.
Mr. Burns late parents were Clifford and Cleone Burns, known as Mom and Pop Burns, who ran Bolado Park for many years.
Mr. Burns is survived by his wife Kathryn J. Burns of Hollister, son Darrell Kenneth Burns Jr. of Hollister, daughter Deborah Willard of Hollister, son Christopher Burns of Hollister, daughter Kathy Borg of Florida, daughter Melanie Spremich of Morgan Hill, sister Lola Brennan of Fresno, 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory. A private memorial services is planned at their residence.
Contributions are preferred to the San Benito Home Health Care.

Ernest N. Casados
Ernest Casados, a Hollister resident, died February 11.
Mr. Casados is survived by his wife Lily Casados, daughter Gloria Popowski of Hollister and son Don Casados of Cypress.
A memorial mass was held at Sacred Heart Church Saturday. He was buried at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum in Albuquerque, N.M. on February 17.

Abner L. Fancher
Abner Fancher, a WWII veteran, died March 8. He was 76.
Mr. Fancher was born in San Luis Obispo and came to San Benito in 1965. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 9242 of Hollister and Hollister Lions Club. He was a former Army National Guard Reserve member and a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in WWII, when he received the Purple Heart Medal. Mr. Fancher had worked many years as a young man as a cowboy for various ranches in San Luis Obispo area. He then worked for the department of forestry in the late 1950ís and early 1960ís until going with Caltrans as an equipment operator for 16 years until his retirement.
Mr. Fancher is survived by his Delfina M. Fancher of Hollister, son Michael Fancher of North Carolina, daughter Janet Beelart of Cupertino, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, brother Wilbur Fancher of New Cuyama, brother Polk Fancher of Idaho and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Fancher was preceded in death by his son Dale Fancher in 1972, sister Jessie Montgomery and brother Sherman Fancher.
A memorial was held Tuesday in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Private inurnment will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Hollister.
Contributions are preferred to the Lionís Eye Foundation of California or your favorite charity.

Clyde W. Fultz
Clyde Fultz, a Hollister resident, died March 8. He was 83.
Mr. Fultz was born in Berryville, Arkansas, and came to California in 1937. He settled in King City and met his wife, who was a native of Soledad. When WWII started he moved to Burlingame to work at Bethlehem Steel. After retirement he moved to Hollister in 1980. He and his wife were married for 63 years. They enjoyed fishing and gardening together. He was a member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Union Local 467 of San Mateo. He had been a plumber for over 42 years.
Mr. Fultz is survived by his son Dennis Lee Fultz of Redwood City, son Donald George Fultz of Hollister, brother Don Fultz of Chandler, Arizona, brother Fayte Fultz of Salem, Oregon, sister Roxie Phillips of Arkansas, four grandchildren, nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor E. Fultz who died February 7, 2001.
Arrangements have been made for cremation through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. Private interment will be held at a later date. No services are scheduled.
Donations may be made to the Cancer Society c/o the mortuary chapel.

Anthony "Tony" J. Gonzales
Tony Gonzales, a former Marine, died March 9. He was 81.
Mr. Gonzales was born in Youngstown, Ohio and left Hollister 50 years ago and moved t Sacramento. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Marines. Mr. Gonzales was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was self employed having worked in several different occupations.
Mr. Gonzales is survived by his wife Juanita Gonzales of Sacramento, daughter Catherine Scattini of Hollister, daughter Antionette Meyer of Hollister, son Harry Dean Morris of Sacramento, daughter Cynthia Gonzales of Placerville, daughter Regina Charette of Sacramento, daughter Dona Watts of Sacramento, five grandchildren, sister Bessie Lucas of Hollister, sister Bernice Sharer of Hollister, brother Nick Gonzales of Hollister, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother John Gonzales and sister Stella Miguel.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home followed by burial and graveside services at Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to St. Benedict Church in Hollister or the Parkinsonís Association.

Helen V. Jacinto
Helen Jacinto, a Hollister resident, died March 6. She was 82.
Mrs. Jacinto was born in Tollerberg, Colorado in 1918 and has been a Hollister resident since 1955. She was a homemaker and liked to cook. She and her late husband Juan were excellent dancers and won several dance contests. She also liked gardening and had many pets. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, AARP and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Mrs. Jacinto is survived by her son William Jacinto of Hollister, grandson William Jacinto, Jr. of Hollister, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Juan Jacinto and daughter Berta Jacinto.
A rosary and vigil service was held Monday. Funeral services were Tuesday with interment and graveside services at the Calvary Cemetery.

Sarah Elizabeth "Betty" Krone
Sarah Elizabeth "Betty" Krone, a former local teacher, died March 2 in Bulliton.
Mrs. Krone was born in 1907 in Labam, Washington. She married John Krone in 1927. She taught school in San Benito County at the Santa Ana, Enterprise and South Side schools. Her husband John preceded her in death.
Betty loved golf and won many trophies. She is survived by her children David Krone of Etna, daughter Vera Ann Prommer of Orange County, Carolyn Howard of Missouri, nine grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. No services are planed.

Carmen V. Rodriguez
Carmen Rodriguez, a Hollister resident, died March 9. She was 77.
Mrs. Rodriguez was born in Los Angeles and came to San Benito when she was six years old. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and she was a homemaker all her adult life.
Mrs. Rodriguez is survived by her brother Tony Ruiz of Hollister, brother Manuel Ruiz of Hollister, several niece and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother John Ruiz.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary was Monday at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. The funeral was Tuesday with burial and graveside services at the Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to San Benito Home Health Care, American Cancer Society or St. Benedict Church.

Feliciano M. "Felix" Salcido
Felix Salcido, a WWII veteran, died March 8. He was 80.
Mr. Salcido was born in La Union, Texas and came to San Benito in 1969. He served in the US Army during WWII and was a member of Mission San Juan Bautista. He was active in the Senior Citizens Program.
Mr. Salcido is survived by his son Felix Salcido of Mountain View, son Baldo Salcido of San Juan Bautista, daughter Angie Talavera of Hollister, stepson Gilbert Munoz of Hollister, stepdaughter Carol Rivera of Hollister, sister Lupe Gonzales of Wilmington, sister Rory Rocha of Canutillo, Texas, sister Josephine Orozco of Pittsburgh, brother Juan Salcido of La Union, Texas, 12 grandchildren, nine step grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Oscar M. Salcido, stepson Armando Munoz, father Luis Salcido, mother Manuela Salcido, sister Amalia Perez, brother Luis Salcido and brother Robert Salcido.
The funeral was at mission San Juan Bautista where a mass of Christian burial was celebrated. Interment and graveside services were at San Juan District Cemetery with military rites being offered by San Juan Bautista VFW.
Donations are preferred to the Senior Citizens Program in Hollister c/o the funeral home.

Theresa Vargas Sanchez
Theresa Sanchez, a Hollister resident, died March 9. She was 75.
Mrs. Sanchez was born in Reedley and came to San Benito when she was a young girl. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Teamsters Union Local 890 and worked for many years for Tri Valley Growers.
Mrs. Sanchez is survived by her son Benjamin Sanchez of Hollister, daughter Judy Ann Sanchez of Hollister, brother Frank Vargas of Hollister, sister Soledad Sanchez of Hollister and sister Sara Hernandez of Mexico.
The Rosary and vigil was Wednesday. The funeral services will begins today at Black Cooper Sander and then proceeds to Sacred Heart Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment and graveside services will follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery.

Albert Fred Yensan
Albert Fred Yensan, a retired Major for the U.S. Army, died March 8. He was 89.
Mr. Yensan was born in Grand Island, New York and came to San Benito 14 years ago. He lived in California from 1920-1955, Germany from 1955-1958 and moved back to California in 1958. He was a member of B.P.O.E. 1436 of Hollister, American Legion of Carmel, Ridgemark Golf & County Club, S.I.R.S. at Ridgemark, TROA-Retired Officers Association and the 66th Panther Division Ė those who served in Europe during WWII. He served both in WWII and the Korean War. He was a self employed real estate broker for Bernard Young Realty in Medford, Oregon before moving to Hollister. He served in the military for 28 years. His hobbies were golf and playing cards.
Mr. Yensan is survived by his wife Doris Virginia Yensan of Hollister, brother Oscar Yensan of Florida, sister Mildred Cipollone of Lemon Grove, sister Millicent Herman of New York, sister Roberta Yensan of New York, son James Yensan of Louieville, Colorado, son Jerald Yensan of Denton, Texas, two grandsons, two granddaughters, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been made for cremation through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. At his request there will be no services. Interment of his cremains will be at San Joaquin National Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to Alzheimerís Association or Hospice of Central Coast c/o the mortuary chapel.


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