Miscellaneous San Benito County, California Obituaries - 2001

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Week of March 8, 2001

Michael Thomas Ghione
Michael Ghione, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, died March 2. He was 55.
Mr. Ghione was born and reared in Hollister and attended Gavilan College. After graduating high school he joined the Air Force. He worked for various construction companies before becoming a self-employed carpenter. He is a former member of Carpenters Union Locals in Gilroy and Martel, CA antique. He loved his Harley and collecting and restoring cars. He loved the out of doors.
Mr. Ghione is survived by his wife Harriet Ghione of Sonora, son Brian Ghione of Modesto, son Jeremy Ghione of Modesto, daughter Stacey Ghione of Sonora, son Randal Ghione of Sonora, his father Frank Ghione of Sonora, sister Gale Campbell of Sonora, four grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his mother Reba Ghione, who died June 2000.
Arrangements have been made for cremation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Private interment at IOOF Cemetery, Hollister.
Donations to Cancer Society preferred.

Hortense E. "Tessie" Roe
Hortense Roe, a former Hollister resident, died February 24. She was 90.
Mrs. Roe was born in Denver. She served in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII and had been the postmaster at Tres Pinos Post Office in the past. Her interests include floral design and geology. She married Earl Roe at Carmel by the Sea in 1951. When she lived in the Hollister area she attended the Calvary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Roe is survived by her sister Hazel Hupfer of Arvada, CO, sister Dorothy Harrington of Denver, CO, nephew Carl Berglund of Westminster, CO, nephew Keith Berglund of Arvada, CO, niece Dolores Rich of Arvada, CO, nephew Donald Hupfer of Woodlake Park, CO and niece Lorrayne Eagles of Lakewood, CO.
Graveside services were March 6 at the IOOF Cemetery. Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Elsie R. Schieler
Elsie Schieler, a Hollister resident, died March 5, 2001. She was 94.
Mrs. Schieler was born in Germany and she came to America in the 1920’s following WWI and lived in Gilroy for many years. Her husband Adolf was a self-employed plumber in Gilroy. She moved to Hollister from Gilroy in 1979 to be close to her daughter and family after her husband Adolf died.
Mrs. Schieler is survived by her daughter Elizabeth "Betty" Lomanto of Hollister, grandson Nick Lomanto of Hollister, granddaughter Kristy Marcus of Hollister, grandson Russell Lomanto of Hollister, six great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.
The funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Rev. David Rodriguez of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment and graveside services will follow the funeral at the IOOF Cemetery where Mrs. Schieler will be interred next to her husband.
Donations are preferred to Hazel Hawkins Southside Convalescent Hospital c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.

Cyrus G. Shoghi
Cyrus Shoghi, a Hollister resident, died March 4. He was 67.
Mr. Shoghi was born in Tehran, Iran, and came to San Benito nine years ago. He enjoyed playing golf, traveling through the United States and to his homeland. His interests include gardening, fishing and cooking. He spent his life in the electronics industry in San Jose.
Mr. Shoghi is survived by his son Paul Shoghi of San Diego, son Darin Shoghi of Napa, daughter Melissa Shoghi-Smith of Washington, son Jason Shoghi of Chicago, brother Dariouche Shoghi of San Clemente, brother Barham Shoghi of San Jose, brother Bahman Shoghi of Mt. View, four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements for cremation have been made through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. The graveside service was Wednesday at the Los Gatos Memorial Park, Los Gatos, CA.
Donations may be made to the Cancer Society c/o the mortuary chapel.

Week of March 1, 2001

Ilse Josefa Bedolla
Ilse Josefa Bedolla, a toddler who lived in Hollister, died Feb. 21 at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto. She was 2.
Ilse is survived by her father Rigoberto Bedolla of Hollister, her mother Lily Perez of Gilroy, brothers Richard Anthony Andrade of Gilroy and Rigoberto Bedolla Jr. of Hollister. She also is survived by grandparents Josefa Bedolla of Mexico and Isaias Bedolla of Chular and Gustavo and Guadalupe Perez of Mexico, Olivia Hernandez, Sandra Bedolla of Chular, uncle Steven Hernandez of Gilroy and aunt Connie Hernandez of Gilroy, aunt Marie Ascencio of Chular, many great aunts, great uncles and cousins.
A vigil was Monday at Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy. The funeral was Tuesday with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
A memorial trust fund has been established at South Valley National Bank, Account #52047636. The family would appreciate that those who wish to make donations in her memory.

Ernest Frank Castro
Ernest Frank Castro, a Hollister native, died Feb. 25 at his home in Gustine. He was 50.
Mr. Castro had lived in Gustine for 10 years. He worked as a warehouseman with Safeway Company for eight years.
Mr. Castro attended Our Lady of Miracles Catholic Church in Gustine and was a Vietnam Army Veteran.
Mr. Castro is survived by his parents, Ernest and Hazel Castro of Gustine; his brothers, Ray Castro of Angels Camp, Ken Castro and Gary Castro both of Gustine; his sisters, Barbara Nelson of Gustine and Mary Jimenez of Hollister.
A graveside service was held Wednesday at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella.

Violet E. DeRosa
Violet DeRosa, a Hollister resident, died February 27, 2001. She was 76.
Mrs. DeRosa was born in Gustine and came to San Benito over 50 years ago. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 6359 of San Juan Bautista. Mrs. De Rosa’s life work was as a homemaker and a housewife.
Mrs. DeRosa is survived by her son, James DeRosa of Hollister, grandson Bryan DeRosa of Hollister, sister Georgia Giannotti of Castroville and nephew William Giannotti of Hollister. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph DeRosa, who died in 1981, and daughter Nancy DeRosa.
The funeral will be today at 9:30 a.m., when family and friends will gather at the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home then proceed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a funeral Mass commencing at 10 a.m. Burial and graveside services will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

David Phillip McKibben
David "Puncher" McKibben, the former owner of Frenchy’s Bar in San Juan Bautista who gained notoriety in the late 1980s after inventing a plastic horseshoe that was considered more natural than steel, died Feb. 23 in his sleep at home in Hollister. He was 58.
Mr. McKibben was a farrier popular among horse owners in both San Benito County and around the country who appreciated that his invention was a more humane and natural fit on horses’ hooves.
"He was called all over the country to shoe crippled horses,’’ said Jonean Chance, a local engineer who designed McKibben’s plastic shoe for him. "He could re-grow a hoof with that restoration shoe. He was really good at what he did."
Mr. McKibben’s plastic horseshoe was written about extensively in the late 1980s in both the local media and national horse journals. But it was his roping abilities for which he was best known. McKibben competed at both the Cow Palace in San Francisco and at the world’s richest team roping event in Denton, Texas, and, of course, at Bolado Park.
Mr. McKibben was born and reared in Yearington, Nev., where his family was involved in cattle ranching. He was a graduate of Reno High School.
Mr. McKibben attended Gavilan College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys’ Association and a team roping competitor on the U.S. rodeo circuit.
Mr. McKibben is survived by his daughter, Stacy Frusetta of Hollister, friend Gilbert Love of Hollister, brothers Herbert McKibben of Paradise and Joe McKibben of Reno, stepsister Judy Mick of Colorado, two grandchildren and four nieces and nephews.
A memorial will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Reno.
Contributions are preferred to the David P. McKibben "Shoe for a Horse Fund."

Carl "Buddy" Picha
Carl "Buddy" Picha, a former heavy machine operator for Granite Rock, died Feb. 22. He was 73.
Mr. Picha served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and lived most of his life in Hollister. He is survived by his wife, Jan Picha, whom he married in 1963.
Mr. Picha also is survived by his children Bob Picha of Hollister, Buzzy Picha of Hollister, Janet Jones of Stockton, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Private cremation is through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 3, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tres Pinos.
Donations are preferred to Hazel Hawkins Hospitals Foundation.

Donald Carl Seaholm
Donald Seaholm, as former NASCAR driver in the 1950’s, died February 26, 2001. He was 71.
Mr. Seaholm was born March 30, 1929 in Seattle, Wash., and came to San Benito in 1979. He was in the Merchant Marines during WWII. In the 1950’s he was a NASCAR race driver and upon retirement worked on engines all his life. He was an employee of A.M.S. Engines in Salinas and a former employee of Forburg Co. of Oakland, and various well-known auto part companies in Monterey County and San Benito County.
Mr. Seaholm is survived by his son, Mark Nicodemus of Hollister, daughter Alice Nicodemus of Moreno Valley, son Steven Nicodemus of Romania, son David Wilson of Portland, son John Wilson of Stanislaus County, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Martha Catherine Seaholm who died in 1987.
A private cremation has been arranged through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. Friends and invited to attend the graveside service on Monday, March 5, 2001 at 3 p.m. at the IOOF Cemetery, Hollister.
Donations may be made to the Heart Fund c/o Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.

Brenna L. Whitehead
Brenna Whitehead, a Hollister resident, died February 20. She was 53.
Mrs. Whitehead was born in California and raised by her grandparents in Grand Prairie, Texas. She has lived in Hollister for the last 10 years after moving here from San Martin.
Mrs. Whitehead is survived by her husband Terry Hubbard of Hollister, son, Trevor Gonzalez of San Jose, son Sean Markham of Livermore, daughter Tammy Bails of Arizona, brother Greg Ferrare of Colorado.
A memorial service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Ed Sweeney will officiate. Cremation will be followed by private inurnment.

Week of February 15, 2001

Catarino H. Arriaga
Catarino Arriaga, a carpenter for Tri Valley Foods, died February 7. He was 74.
Mr. Arriaga was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, received his education at the Mexican schools and came to San Benito in 1962. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and Local 890 United Brotherhood of Teamsters. Mr. Arriaga loved being a carpenter and building things. He also loved family gatherings.
Mr. Arriaga is survived by his wife Amelia M. Arriaga of Hollister, daughter Martha Gonzalez of Hollister, son Jose Arriaga of Santa Maria, daughter Beatrice Arriaga of Hollister, daughter Rose of Hollister, 12 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Recitation of the rosary was held Sunday at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Hole. Interment was at San Juan District Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation c/o the mortuary chapel.

Ernest N. Casados
Ernest Casados, a veteran of WWII, died February 11. He was 88.
Mr. Casados was born in Santa Fe, N.M., came to California in 1941, then moved to San Benito in 1979. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, St. Benedict Church, Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Committee on Scouting and was a Sacred Heart School volunteer. Mr. Casados became an Eagle Scout in 1932 and received the Harmon Scholarship award given to outstanding Scouts of America. He spent 15 years as a Eucharistic Minister with Sacred Heart Church and was a volunteer scout leader until after World War II in which he later became a Scout Executive for 30 years. During the war he was an aircraft draftsman in San Diego.
Mr. Casados is survived by his wife Lily H. Casados of Hollister, daughter Gloria Popowski of Hollister, son Don Casados of Cypress, sister Emily Lucero of Santa Fe, N.M., three grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends visited Tuesday afternoon at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home and attended a vigil service, Tuesday 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., followed by burial at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Albuquerque. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date in Hollister.
Contributions are preferred to St. Vincent DePaul, Sacred Heart School or Fishes & Loaves.

Joan Miller Densmore
Joan Densmore, a transportation supervisor with the Hollister School District, died February 8. She was 52.
Mrs. Densmore was a member of The Anglican Episcopal Church and was an active member of the Girl Scouts of America. She had worked for the Hollister School District for over 20 years and for the last 15 years she had been the transportation supervisor.
Mrs. Densmore is survived by her husband Robert Densmore of San Juan Bautista, daughter Nikki Densmore of San Juan Bautista, daughter Lesley Densmore of San Juan Bautista, daughter Diana Salazar of Southern California, father Benjamin (Jim) Miller of Redwood City, brother Craig Miller of San Francisco Bay Area, brother Bruce Miller of San Francisco Bay Area.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 2066 Cienega Road, Hollister. Private inurnment, graveside services, arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.
Contributions are preferred to the Joan Densmore Surviving Children’s Scholarship Fund at San Benito Bank, Account number 641000115981 or in care of the funeral home.

Steffi DeWitt
Steffi DeWitt, a Hollister resident, died February 10. She was 83.
Mrs. DeWitt was born in Germany and came to San Benito in the 1930s and was the head cook for Almaden Vineyards for many years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Mrs. DeWitt is survived by her husband Lloyd DeWitt of Hollister, son Robert Lee DeWitt of Hollister, son Joseph M. DeWitt of Hollister, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Services were February 14 with burial at the IOOF Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to a charity of choice in memory of Mrs. DeWitt.

Robert E. "Bob" Deyarmin
Robert Deyarmin, a U.S. veteran, died February 6. He was 69.
Mr. Deyarmin was born and raised in San Benito and attended San Benito High School and San Benito Jr. College in the class of 1949. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict with the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Deyarmin was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Hollister Post 9242 V.F.W. and Hollister Lodge No. 1436 B.P.O.E. Mr. Deyarmin was an avid 49er and San Francisco Giants fan, he loved all sports and he enjoyed going to Reno.
Upon discharge from the Air Force, he worked for Bank Of America in Gilroy, and then he went to work for the Post Office in Hollister, from which he retired. While at the Post Office he served as a Hollister City Clerk for eight years. Upon total retirement from the Post Office he worked for both Union 76 Stations in Hollister to keep busy.
Mr. Deyarmin is survived by his wife, Will Mae Deyarmin of Hollister, son Robert Deyarmin Jr. of Susanville, son Jeff Deyarmin of Hollister, sister Betty Brookshire of Hollister and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Arrangements for cremation have been made through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. Friends attended the memorial service at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home Friday. Private followed at IOOF Cemetery with military honors.
Donations are preferred to the Stroke or Heart Foundations c/o the Mortuary Chapel.

Eleanor E. Fultz
Eleanor Fultz, a Hollister resident, died February 7. She was 83.
Mrs. Fultz was a former resident of Burlingame for many years. She lived in San Jose for eight years before moving here in 1980. Mrs. Fultz and her husband were married for 61 years last February. She was a homemaker most of her life, she and her husband enjoyed fishing in the Pacific Ocean and she enjoyed playing golf.
Mrs. Fultz is survived by her husband Clyde W. Fultz of Hollister, son Ronald Lloyd of San Jose, son Dennis Lee Fultz of Redwood City, son Donald George of Hollister, four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, brother Bill Asmussen of South San Francisco, sister Vernice Rogers of San Luis Obispo and several nieces.
Arrangements are being made for cremation at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. A memorial services will be scheduled at the funeral home chapel at a later date to which friends will be invited.

Marilyn Lucchetti
Marilyn Lucchetti, a founding member of Sacred Heart Bingo and a Hollister resident, died February 6.
Ms. Lucchetti attended Sacred Heart Convent, Norte Dame high school, San Benito Jr. College and Heald Business College. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church. Ms. Lucchetti was an avid reader, traveler – visiting every state in the U.S. and the Caribbean and Panama. She enjoyed going to the symphony and plays in the Bay Area. She worked for Winn & Co. Insurance Office in Hollister as a receptionist and an executive secretary.
Ms. Lucchetti is survived by her mother, Mary Lucchetti of Hollister, sister Terry Cruz of Hollister niece Stacey Cruz Rodriguez of Hollister, nephew Michael Cruz of Hollister, aunt Lena Pacheco of Hollister, aunt Margaret Klobucar of San Francisco, aunt Rose Falcone of Hollister, aunt Lois Matulich of San Jose and numerous cousins. She preceded in death by her father John A. Lucchetti.
Visitations was held at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home on Friday. Entombment was at Calvary Mausoleum.
Donations may be made to Visiting Nurses or San Benito Home Health Care c/o the Mortuary Chapel.

Katharina "Katie" Mahaffey
Katharina Mahaffey, a former owner of the restaurant concession at Bolado Park Golf Course, died February 7. She was 77.
Mrs. Mahaffey was born in Eggenfelden, Germany, and came to San Benito 45 years ago from Germany. She operated the restaurant concession at Bolado Park Golf Course for many years with her husband. When they retired her husband passed away shortly after and then she went to work for Paine’s Restaurant and later managed the Brand Club. Mrs. Mahaffey was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary of Hollister.
Mrs. Mahaffey is survived by her sister Maria Haas of Downey, nephew Dieter Haas of Santa Monica and many nieces and nephews in Germany. She preceded in death by her husband James Clarence Mahaffey, who died in 1965.
Arrangements have been made for cremation through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. Her cremains will be buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery at San Bruno next to her late husband.

Morris C. Risinger
Morris Risinger, a Gilroy resident, died February 7. He was 84.
Mr. Risinger was born in Terry Prairie, Mont., and moved to Morgan Hill from Eagle Point, Ore., in 1999 when his wife Fay died in Eagle Point. Prior to his retirement Mr. Risinger had worked in various lumber mills. They had lived in Eagle Point 15 years. Mr. Risinger’s wife Fay had many relatives in Hollister area.
Mr. Risinger is survived by his son Richard Large of Oregon, daughter Nancy Casto of Auburn, daughter Dixie Booher of San Juan Bautista, son Richard Risinger of Gilroy, daughter Linda Gonzalez of Gilroy, close friend Sharon Conrad of Morgan Hill, close friend Gladys Aichele of Morgan Hill and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Fay Risinger and son Max Risinger.
Graveside services were held February 12, 2001 at the IOOF Cemetery in Hollister. Rev. Ardyss Golden of the United Methodist Church in Hollister officiated. Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home in Hollister, CA was in charge of the arrangements.
Donations are preferred to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Risinger.

Myrtle A. Waters
Myrtle Waters, a Hollister resident and former rural schoolteacher, died February 10. She was 101.
Mrs. Waters was born in Chicago and had been in San Benito since 1920. She attended what is now San Jose State University and received a teaching credential. The college was called San Jose Normal School. She taught in county schools for 25 years and was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Waters is survived by her daughter Mary Mattos of Hollister, daughter Sarah Schmidt of Hollister, daughter Joan Destefanis of Hollister, sister Thelma Shelvock of Hollister, nine grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Waters, who died in 1977, and her daughter Martha Waters who died in 1948.
Funeral services were held February 14 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Joan Gardner officiated. Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Donations are preferred to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home, 363 7th Street, Hollister, CA 95023.

Week of February 8, 2001

Grace M. Agness
Grace M. Agness, a Hollister resident, died February 2. She was 76.
Mrs. Agness was born in Hamler, Ohio and moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1970. She came to San Benito two years ago from Scottsdale. Mrs. Agness was a graduate of Lima Memorial Hospital of Nursing in Ohio and had worked as a nurse during WWII, when she met her husband Robert Claude Agness. She had been a registered nurse all of her working life. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Agness is survived by her daughter Julie Passon of Hollister, sister Mildred Brandt of Toledo, Ohio and sister Norah Menchoffer of Dayton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Claude Agness in 1991.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory. Private burial at sea is planned.

Dale Evans dead at 88
LOS ANGELES – (AP) Dale Evans, the singer-actress who teamed with husband Roy Rogers in popular Westerns and wrote the perennial songs ``Happy Trails To You'' and ``The Bible Tells Me So,''died Wednesday. She was 88.
Evans died of congestive heart failure at her home in Apple Valley in the high desert east of Los Angeles, said Dave Koch, son-in-law of Evans' son Dusty.
Evans' son and other family members were at her side. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Koch said. Evans was active in Christian evangelism and wrote more than 20 books, including the best-selling ``Angel Unaware.'' That was a poignant account of the brief life of the only child she had with Rogers, Robin, who was born retarded and died at 2. They also had three children by previous marriages and five adopted children.
In a 1984 Associated Press interview, she called her travel to promote Christian causes ``the most meaningful, the most enjoyable part of my life. ... I can only do what I do because of Roy. He's so understanding.''
Evans was born Frances Octavia Smith on Oct. 31, 1912, in Uvalde, Texas.
When she was a girl her family moved to Osceola, Ark., where she attended high school.
She was the ``Queen of the Cowgirls'' to Rogers, the ``King of the Cowboys.'' She rode her horse, Buttermilk, beside him on his celebrated palomino, Trigger.
The first movie she made with Rogers, already an established singing cowboy star, was ``Cowboy and the Senorita'' in 1944. They married in 1947, and together appeared in 35 movies, including such Saturday afternoon favorites as ``My Pal Trigger,'' ``Apache Rose'' and ``Don't Fence Me In.''
When the B Western faded in the early 1950s, they began their television career. ``The Roy Rogers Show'' ran from 1951 to 1957; later incarnations included ``The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show,'' 1962, and ``Happy Trails Theatre,''1986-89, a show of repackaged Rogers and Evans movies on cable TV's Nashville Network.
She and Rogers recorded more than 400 songs.
Rogers died in July 1998 at age 86.

Lucille Wilson McCulley
Lucille Wilson McCulley died of Alzheimers complications on February 3 at Ygnacio Valley Nursing Home in Walnut Creek. She was 85.
Mrs. McCulley moved from Hollister to be near family in the Walnut Creek area several years ago after being diagnosed with Alzheimers. Prior to that she made her home in Hollister for over 55 years.
Mrs. McCulley was born and raised in Kentucky. She moved to California in the mid-30s, met and married her husband Earl and settled in Hollister. Lucille was a proud homemaker and joined Hollister Methodist Church. She was also active in the local "Rebecca's".
After her husband's death in 1978 and her eldest daughter’s death in 1979, she began volunteering for the "Grandmothers" teacher's aid program at San Juan Bautista Elementary School. Later she worked part time for several years at the "Sugar Plum."
Mrs. McCulley is survived by her sister Mary Carter in Kentucky, brother William Rogers in Arizona and half sister Joyce Wagoner in California. She also is survived by her son Byron McCulley in California and daughter Linda Steele in Pennsylvania.
There will be a private family service to scatter ashes. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, (800) 272 3900 or http://web.archive.org/web/20020821074019/http://www.alz.org/.

Addie I. Sparks
Addie Sparks, a Hollister resident, died February 5, 2001 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital in San Andreas. She was 90.
Mrs. Sparks was born in Arkansas and has been a past resident of Hollister and Watsonville, just moving to San Andreas less than a year ago. She had worked as a clerk for various retail stores over the years.
Mrs. Sparks is survived by her son, Newton Sparks Jr. of Groveland, son Lee Sparks of Groveland, daughter Robbie Reprice, sister Marie McNapp of Sedona, Ariz., 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Newton Sparks, Sr. who died in 1990.
Graveside services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at the IOOF Cemetery in Hollister. Rev. Jerry Guthrie will officiate. Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home in Hollister is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen C. Wood
Helen C. Wood, a Hollister resident, died January 30. She was 93.
Mrs. Wood was the daughter of Ambrose Cunning, who practiced law in San Benito County many years ago. She was born in San Francisco and reared in Hollister. She had lived in Berkeley for the last five years. During her working life she was an office manager for the California Library Association.
Mrs. Wood is survived by her son Roy David Wood of Richmond, daughter Katherine M. Tonkyro of Berkeley, grandson Dr. Roy Allen Wood of San Francisco, and several grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held today at 2:45 p.m. at Chaparral House, 1309 Allston Way, Berkeley. Interment services will be on February 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the IOOF Cemetery in Hollister in the family plot. Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home in Hollister is in charge of the arrangements.

Week of February 1, 2001

Gloria J. Acosta
Gloria Acosta, a teacher’s aide for R.O. Hardin, died January 25. She was 60.
Mrs. Acosta was born in El Mulato, Chihuahua, Mexico and came to San Benito 41 years ago. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and New Beginnings, was a former member of Local 890 Warehousemen and the Teamsters of Salinas.
Mrs. Acosta loved to cook and collect porcelain figurines. She had worked for both the Hollister Canning Company and Fairview Packing Company. Mrs. Acosta was a teacher’s aid for the Hollister School District for over 10 years.
Mrs. Acosta is survived by her husband Robert Acosta of Hollister, daughter Alice Ramona Acosta of Hollister, son Ted Alfredo Jimenez of Fremont, son Sam Felix Jimenez of Texas, and several grandchildren nieces and nephews.
The rosary was Monday at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Mass was Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church.
Donations may be made to Scleaderma Foundation c/o the mortuary chapel.

Austreberto Bermudez
Austreberto Bermudez, a Hollister resident, died January 27. He was 84.
Mr. Bermudez was born in Queretaro, Qto. Mexico and came to the United States in 1942, where he resided in Colorado. He returned to Mexico, where he married his wife Felicitas in 1948, and they moved to Texas and then worked their way to California in 1955. They lived in the Santa Rosa area and came to Hollister in 1967. He last worked for the Chardee Ranch as a tractor driver.
Mr. Bermudez was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Mr. Bermudez is survived by his daughter Mary B. Gonzalez of Brownsville, Texas, son Pete Bermudez of Gilroy, son Felix Bermudez of Hollister, son Marty Bermudez of Seaside, daughter Judy Rodriguez of Hollister, and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Felicitas Bermudez, who died in 1997, son Ralph Bermudez, daughter Socorro B. Joaquin and son Austreberto "Bobby" Bermudez.
Friends can pay their respect to Mr. Bermudez today at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home until 9 p.m. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will begin Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home and then proceed to Sacred Heart Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m.
Interment and graveside services will follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery.

Manuel J. Furtado, Jr.
Manuel Furtado Jr., a World War II veteran, died January 29. He was 79.
Mr. Furtado was born in San Jose and came to San Benito in 1950. He served in the 8th Air Force in World War II in England. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, S.D.E.S. Lodge of Hollister and a former member of the Hollister Elks’ Lodge. Mr. Furtado was a field supervisor for Krueger Foods Inc. in Gilroy and formerly had been with Del Monte and Vlassic Foods.
Mr. Furtado is survived by his wife, Evelyn D. Furtado of Hollister, son David M. Furtado of Lakeview, Oregon, daughter Kathleen Mozzone of Gilroy, brother Clarence Furtado of San Jose, and several grandchildren.
Friends may visit at the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home today after 10 a.m. and are invited to attend the recitation of the Holy Rosary Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Services will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. proceeding to St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1200 Fairview Road, Hollister for a funeral Mass commencing at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow at the Mausoleum in Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to American Cancer Society or St. Benedict Church Building Fund.

James R. Hornback
James Hornback, a veteran of World War II, died January 27. He was 73.
Mr. Hornback was born in Mayfield, Kentucky and came to California in 1948. He came to San Benito in 1958 from Southern California. Mr. Hornback served a short period in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II. He is a member of the Model A Ford Club of America and a technical advisor of the local chapter known as the Cherry A’s. Mr. Hornback was also an avid bowler. He was a businessman for over 30 years in Gilroy as the owner of Gilroy Machining.
Mr. Hornback is survived by his wife Dorothy Hornback of Hollister, son James Robert Hornback Jr. of Hollister, son Glen L. Hornback of Ventura, daughter Kimberley Marquez of Hollister, son Kevin L. Hornback of Gilroy, son Keith A. Hornback of Santa Rosa, son Kerry M. Hornback of Ventura, son Kenneth S. Hornback of Yucca Valley, brother Bob Hornback of St. Charles, Missouri, brother Gordon Wienecke of St. Charles, Missouri, sister Kathy Wilson of North Carolina, 11 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home Saturday, February 3 at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements for cremation and private inurnment and under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory in Hollister.
Contributions preferred to Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation.

Helen E. Lavagnino
Helen Lavagnino, a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, died January 25. She was 93.
Mrs. Lavagnino was born February 25, 1907 in San Juan Bautista. She was raised in San Juan Bautista, attending schools in Hollister and graduated from Hollister High in 1925. In 1926 she was married to Laurence J. Lavagnino, Sr. In 1933 they moved to San Francisco and then moved to Santa Maria in 1934, where they continued to reside. She is a long time member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West and also the Order of Eastern Star.
Mrs. Lavagnino is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Larry and Donna Lavagnino of Santa Maria, four grandchildren, four great grandsons and special care-giver, Delia Lopez of Santa Maria. She was preceded in death by her husband Laurence J. Lavagnino.
A graveside service was held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the San Juan Bautista Cemetery in San Juan Bautista. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Marian Medical Center Foundation, 1400 E. Church St., Santa Maria, CA 93454 or to any favorite charity. Services are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary.

Nancy LoBue
Nancy LoBue, mother of Hollister Council Member Tony LoBue, died January 28 after a short but hard-fought battle with cancer. She was 61.
Mrs. LoBue, a native of Sicily, Italy, who lived in Hollister for 25 years, became known in San Benito County last year for her impassioned protests against death penalty foe Sister Helen Prejean. Mrs. LoBue’s beloved daughter, Rosellina, was murdered in a San Jose robbery in 1987.
Mrs. LoBue met and married her husband, orchardist Salvatore LoBue, while visiting San Jose on a tourist visa. They were married for 33 years.
Mrs. LoBue became a homemaker and gave birth to daughter Marie LoBue-Peterson of Hollister and son Tony LoBue. After moving to Hollister from San Jose in 1975, Salvatore LoBue continued farming apricots, cherries and walnuts at orchards around San Benito County and in the Central Valley.
At about the time the family was celebrating Tony LoBue’s District 4 city council victory last November, Nancy LoBue, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer.
The family visitation will be Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday at Lima Family Mortuary, 710 Willow Street, San Jose. The rosary will be Sunday at 7 p.m. at the mortuary chapel. The funeral procession will leave the chapel at 9:30 a.m. Monday for services at Holy Cross Church in San Jose.

Servo Deus Ribeiro
Servo Deus Ribeiro, a Hollister farmer, died January 24, 2001. He was 96.
Mr. Ribeiro was born Lisbon, Portugal and received the equivalent of a college education in Portugal before coming to America. Mr. Ribeiro had lived in San Benito for over 60 years. He was a member of the I.D.E.S., Old Mission San Juan Bautista, Knights of Columbus, Eagles of Hollister Aeire 1017, San Juan Service Club and teamsters Local 890 of Salinas.
Mr. Ribeiro was a self-employed farmer all his life; he was also a foreman for Hollister Canning Company for 25 years. Prior to working there he was employed at Spreckels Sugar and at Ideal Cement Plant.
He enjoyed raising his own grapes to make wine, growing his vegetables, as well as raising animals. Upon his retirement from the cannery he was a custodian at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista for 15 years, maintaining the mission, its grounds, the altars within the missions and the priests garments all through his generosity.
Mr. Ribeiro is survived by his son, Albert D. Ribeiro of San Juan Bautista, daughter-in-law Esther Aguirre Ribeiro of San Juan Bautista, granddaughter Priscilla Georgina A. Ribeiro of San Juan Bautista, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary M. Ribeiro, who died February 1999.
The funeral was Saturday with interment at San Juan Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Hospice c/o Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home Chapel.

Week of January 25, 2001

Eva Geneieve Grow
Eva Geneieve Grow, a Hollister resident, died January 7 at her home. She was 85.
Mrs. Grow was born July 14, 1915, in Ogden, Utah. She married David Wendell Grow on August 30, 1940 and they were married for more than 57 years.
Mrs. Grow and her husband came to San Benito in 1946 and helped settle what was then known as "Harmony Hills" up San Juan Canyon Road in San Juan Bautista. They returned to Utah in 1971.
Mrs. Grow was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Her interests included painting, playing the piano, knitting, playing games with family and entertaining friends. She was a wonderful example of love and charity.
Mrs. Grow is survived by her son David Grow of Pleasant Grove, Utah, son Daniel Grow of Rogue River, Oregon, son Joel Grow of Hollister, son Lorin Grow of Hollister, daughter Chari of Crawford of Orem, Utah, daughter Julie Dabo of Hollister, daughter Cindy Patton of Charleston, West Virginia, 34 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, brother Leon Poulson, sister Helen Phister, sister Fern Turner and sister Bessie Hartwell.
The funeral was January 13 at the Sharon Stake Center in Orem, Utah with Bishop Lon Bowen conducting. Pallbearers were grandsons: Lonny and Steven Grow, Brian and Matthew Grow and Mitch Dabo III and John Dabo. Honorary Pallbearers were grandsons: David Grow III, Gregory Grow, Joel Grow, Jr., Daniel Grow, Jr. and Tyler Dabo. Mrs. Grow was laid to rest at the Orem City Cemetery with the dedicatory prayer given by her son Daniel Grow, Sr.

Ray LeDuc
Ray LeDuc, a veteran of the U.S. Marines, died January 17.
Mr. DeDuc was born and reared in Hollister and moved to Gilroy in 1965. He served in the U.S. Marines in the late 50’s. Mr. DeDuc loved to restore old cars and was an artist, painting in oils. He was a butcher and worked for Nob Hill in Gilroy for many years before getting a job delivering meat for Mohawk Packing Company.
Mr. LeDuc is survived by his wife, Vonceial LeDuc, of Gilroy, daughter Felicia LeDuc of Gilroy, daughter Nanette LeDuc of Newark, grandson Rashawn Smith of San Jose, mother Nettie LeDuc of Hollister, brother Robert LeDuc of Vancouver, Wash., sister Michelle Canez of Hollister, and two nephews.
The funeral was held Tuesday at Grunnagle Ament Nelson. Burial and graveside services followed at I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to your favorite charity.

Servo Deus Ribeiro
Servo Deus Ribeiro, of Gilroy, died January 24. He was 96.
Mr. Ribeiro is the father of Albert Ribeiro of San Juan Bautista. Arrangements are pending through Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.

Henry George Zanger III
Henry George Zanger III, whose father was a founding brother of Casa de Fruta, died Jan. 19 in Colorado after a long battle with cancer. He was 35.
Mr. Zanger grew up on his grandfather’s ranch and often accompanied his father, Henry George Zanger Jr., on agricultural rounds. As a child he swam in Pacheco Creek and camped at the family ranch on Mt. Hamilton.
Mr. Zanger attended grammar school at North County School in Hollister, where he belonged to Ausaymas Cub Scouts and Pacheco 4-H. He graduated from Palma High School in Salinas, where he lettered in football. In 1988 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from De Vry Institute of Technology in Southern California with a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems. He lived in Denver and worked for Great West Life as a computer programmer/analyst.
Mr. Zanger is survived by his wife, Jodi, and sons Jacob and Zachary of Colorado, and mother, Mary T. Zanger of Hollister, sister Maria Zanger-Middleton of Annapolis, Md., brother Peter Zanger of Hollister, and sister Isabella Zanger of Hollister. He also is survived by numerous aunts, uncles cousins and friends in the area.
The service will be Saturday in Colorado. A memorial fund to benefit his children has been established. A memorial mass will be celebrated at the family home on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. The address is 7380 Pacheco Pass Highway.

Week of January 18, 2001

Laura Lenora Bettencourt
Laura Bettencourt, whose daughter lives in Hollister, died January 14. She was 91.
Mrs. Bettencourt was born in San Luis Obispo and after marrying Joseph Silva Bettencourt in 1926, lived in Hayward and Sacramento. Mrs. Bettencourt returned to the area in September.
Mrs. Bettencourt survived by her son Joseph "Stanley" Bettencourt of Sacramento, daughter Laura J. Rossi of Watsonville, daughter Darlene L. Williams of Hollister, daughter Gloria K. Wade of Sacramento, brother Tony Silva of Salinas, sister Eva Filice of Salinas, sister Lorraine Gamboa of Salinas, sister Mamie Di Maggio of Seaside, 29 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Bettencourt was preceded in death by her husband Joseph S. Bettencourt in 1978, daughter Geraldine P. Duncan in 1999, daughter Lucille M. Howard in 1984, daughter Joan N. Machado in 1999, son John C. Bettencourt in 1994, son Arnold M. Bettencourt in 1984.
The service will be January 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Sacramento.
At the family’s request, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice Association.

Brother Frank Luke Dalton, CFC
Brother Frank Luke Dalton, CFC, a Christian Brother of Ireland, died January 11. He was 63.
Mr. Dalton was born in Philadelphia and moved with his family to Monterey Park when he was eight. After graduating from Cantwell High School, Montebello, he entered the Christian Brothers of Ireland in 1955. As a brother Mr. Dalton taught in Vancouver and Burnaby in British Columbia; Palma High School from 1964 –1969 and 1988 – 1999. Mr. Dalton also taught in the Brother’s high schools in Butte, Montana; Joliet, Illinois; Burbank, Illinois, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Cantwell High School, Montebello, California.
Mr. Dalton graduated from Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y., and earned a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.
In addition to Mr. Dalton’s teaching duties, he coached football, wrestling, and the pole vault. Mr. Dalton enjoyed mountain hiking and camping out. During his final stay in Salinas, he tutored and counseled the migrant labor camp children in the Gonzales area. Working with the Franciscan Workers, he held summer camps for the pre-teen migrant labor camp children. He was a commissioner on the Monterey County Juvenile Justice Commission.
Mr. Dalton is survived by his mother Sally Dalton of Simi Valley, sister Sally Ryan of Simi Valley, numerous nephews and nieces in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Christian Brothers’ Retirement Fund or the Brother Dalton Scholarship Fund, care of Palma High School, 919 Iverson Street, Salinas, 93901.

Helen E. Davis
Helen E. Davis, a member of the Aromas Grange, died January 12 in Salinas. She was 91.
Mrs. Davis was born in Iowa and moved to Aromas from Castro Valley in 1969. She was an artist who enjoyed working with clay.
Mrs. Davis was wife of the late Harry F. Davis, who died in 1984. She is survived by her children, Vernon Davis of Fresno, Richard Davis of Aromas and Ellen Gardner of Lodi. She also is survived by her brother, Kenneth Cole of Denver, 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughters Phyllis Woolson and Linda Voellemeke.
Graveside services were Tuesday at the IOOF Cemetery with the Rev. David Rodriguez of The First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Eleanor R. Diaz
Eleanor Diaz, an interpreter for San Benito County Superior Court, died January 13. She was 68.
Mrs. Diaz was born in Los Angeles, and come to San Benito 65 years ago. Mrs. Diaz was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Teamsters Union Local #890 of Salinas and a Union Representative. She was an interpreter for San Benito Superior Court. She also worked for 35 years as a floor leader last for Tri Valley Growers.
Mrs. Diaz is survived by her husband Jesus Alfonso Diaz of Hollister, daughter Alice Haro of Hollister, son Abbie Diaz of Hollister, son Alfonso Diaz Jr. of Hollister, daughter Diane Diaz Hopkins of Hollister, son Larry Diaz of Hollister, sister Erlinda Carrillo of Hollister, sister Sally Zuniga of Hollister, brother Elidoro Ruiz of Hollister, brother Tony Ruiz of Hollister, sister Josephine Aguirre of Walnut, brother Clemente Ruiz of San Clemente, brother Chapo Ruiz of Los Angeles, 18 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Wednesday with burial and graveside services at Calvary Cemetery.

Mary Ann Elrod
Mary Ann Elrod, a Hollister resident, died January 11. She was 59.
Mrs. Elrod, was born in Redwood City, and lived in Hollister for six months in 1998, though she resided most of her adult life in Sacramento.
Mrs. Elrod is survived by her husband Tim Elrod of Sacramento, daughter Crystal Uribe of San Jose, son Rudy Uribe of Sacramento, son Eddie Uribe of San Jose, sister Shirley Morris of Stockton, sister Bev Caplette of Hollister, sister Barbara Preader of Holland, brother Richard Preader of Corning, brother Billy Preader of Corning, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Visitation is today at 11 a.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John Amelio of Glad Tidings Church officiating. Interment and graveside services will follow the services at Calvary Cemetery in Hollister.

Buzz Hart
Buzz Hart, a lifelong Hollister resident, died January 10. He was 90.
Mr. Hart married his wife Irene, June 21, 1936, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hollister. He was a contractor and member of Operating Engineers Union and Excavating and Grading Contractors Association. He attended Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and has a degree in Electrical Engineering. He had been the past president of Hollister Exchange Club.
Mr. Hart is survived by his wife Irene Hart of Hollister, brother Willard Hart of Hollister, nephew Don Hart of Hollister, nephew Jere Ehrich of Hollister, nephew Paul Hart of Houston, nephew Mick Ehrich of Gilroy, and also by other nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Thursday with the Rev. John Amelio of Glad Tidings Church officiating. Interment and graveside services followed at the IOOF Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to San Benito County Library c/o Black Cooper Sander funeral home.

Buster Intravia
Buster Intravia, an orchardist and Elk, died Jan. 16 at Sunbridge Care Center. He was 81.
Mr. Intravia was an avid fisherman and golfer, and was a trucker who once ran the Hollister Weigh Station. He also operated a Yamaha Golf Cart business. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and received a lifetime membership to the Hollister Elks Lodge after 58 years as a member.
Mr. Intravia is survived by his wife, Lucy Intravia of Hollister, and children Chris Intravia of Hollister and Joanne Ramirez of South Pasadena. He also is survived by three granddaughters, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation is today from noon until 7 p.m. at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. The funeral is Friday at 9:30 a.m., proceeding from the funeral home to Sacred Heart Church for a 10 a.m. mass. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Silvia P. Whitaker
Silvia P. Whitaker, who fled Cuba during the revolution and lived in San Juan Bautista and Gilroy, died January 14. She was 63.
Mrs. Whitaker worked as a technician with Fairchild Industries.
Mrs. Whitaker was married to the late Wayne Whitaker, who died in 1977. She is survived by her son James Whitaker of San Juan Bautista and two grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at San Juan District Cemetery in San Juan Bautista. The Rev. John Amelio of Glad Tidings Church will officiate.

Week of January 11, 2001

Marie J. DaRoza
Marie DaRoza, a Hollister resident and avid bowler, died January 6. She was 68.
Mrs. DaRoza was born in San Jose and spent most of her life in Hollister. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Y.L.I. of Hollister for over 30 years and a member of the Hollister Women’s Bowling League. Mrs. DaRoza’s family and her home were her primary interests, said her four children. Mrs. DaRoza was a homemaker for more than 45 years.
Mrs. DaRoza is survived by her son Mark DaRoza of Hollister, son Danny DaRoza of Hollister daughter Janice DaRoza of Morgan Hill son Dean DaRoza of Hollister, brother John Lomanto of Hollister, brother Carmen Lomanto of Hollister, brother Sam Lomanto of Hollister, sister Marian Falconi of Hollister, sister Lucy Intravia of Hollister and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Anthony DaRoza, who died January 1992 and her brother Tony Lomanto.
The funeral was Wednesday and entombment followed at Calvary Mausolem.
Donations are preferred to the Visiting Nurses or Cancer Society c/o the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home chapel.

Jennei S. Lombardi
Jennei Lombardi, a Hollister resident, died January 8. She was 87.
Mrs. Lombardi was born November 14, 1913 in Chicago, IL., and had lived in Hollister for the past 11 years.
Mrs. Lombardi is survived by her son Anthony Lombardi of Hollister, brother Sal Termini of Berwyn, four grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Anthony Lombardi, who died March 1997.
Visitation will be today from 4-8 p.m. at Mission Mortuary Chapel in Monterey. The vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mortuary Chapel. Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at San Carlos Cathedral, Monterey. Burial will follow at the San Carlos Catholic Cemetery also in Monterey.
Contributions are preferred to Leukemia Society of America, Northern CA Chapter, 832 Folsom Street, 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107-3465.

Marie Christensen Rezendes
Marie Christensen Rezendes, a long-time volunteer for the Hazel Hawkins Auxiliary, died suddenly Jan. 8 while a patient at the hospital. She was 85.
Mrs. Rezendes was born in Hollister, raised on the Flint Ranch and attended San Juan Grammar School and Hollister High School. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, the Native Daughters of the Golden West, the San Benito County Cattlewomen’s Association, the San Benito County Employees Association and was a former member of the B.P.W.
Mrs. Rezendes worked as a clerk in San Benito County Superior Court for 20 years and before that worked for 20 years at Tiffany Motor Co.
Mrs. Rezendes was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Rezendes. She is survived by siblings Thelma Shumway of Turlock, Ted Christensen of Stockton and Grace Edlund of Richfield, Idaho. She also is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Contributions are preferred to the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation or to the Hospital Thrift Shop.

Sergio A. Sanchez
Sergio A. Sanchez, a Hollister resident, died January 2, 2001. He was 30.
Mr. Sanchez was born in Hollister and graduated from San Benito High School. After high school he served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Sanchez is survived by his mother Theresa Sanchez of Hollister, brother Luis Sanchez of Hollister, daughter Melissa Sanchez of San Diego, daughter Isabel Sanchez of San Diego, daughter Sarah Sanchez of San Diego, grandmother Isabel Garcia of Hollister and grandfather Manuela Garcia of Hollister. He was preceded in death by his brother Ed Sanchez, who died in 1998.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory. Private family inurnment is planned.

Week of January 4, 2001

Sally Ann Banks
Sally Ann Banks, a Hollister resident, died January 1. She was 53.
Mrs. Banks was born in Hollister and attended Hollister schools and went to Gavilan College. Her interests were her family, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed dancing and horseback riding. Mrs. Banks was a receptionist at the former Coopers & Lybrand Accounting Firm in San Jose.
Mrs. Banks is survived by her husband James Kenneth Banks of Salina, Kansas, son Brian Garcia of San Jose, son Tyson Garcia of San Jose, daughter Danielle Horio of San Jose, brother Adolph Cosio of Hollister, brother Gilbert Cosio of San Jose, brother Robert Cosio of San Juan Bautista, brother Joseph Cosio of Santa Cruz, brother Harvey Cosio of Hollister, sister Molly Clemente of Folsom, sister Helen Andrade of Hollister, several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mrs. Banks was preceded in death by her brother Pete Cosio and sister Marian Lopez.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral services on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be today from noon until 7 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. until service time.

Missa Carney
Missa Carney, who fled revolutionary Russia in 1928, died December 29 at Southside Convalescent Hospital in Hollister. She was 89.
Mrs. Carney was born in Krevoya Osero, Russia. She came to the United States in 1928 after civil war broke out in Russia after the revolution. She and her husband had lived in various places in the United States and she had been involved in the Red Cross during WWII. She met her husband, Clarence, who died in 1979 working with the Red Cross.
Mrs. Carney received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California-Berkeley and for many years was a psychiatric social worker for the State of California. She moved to Hollister from Palo Alto in 1996 to be with her daughter. She had lived most of her married life in Palo Alto where she belonged to Hadassah, a Jewish Women’s organization.
Mrs. Carney is survived by her daughter Martha Lantz of Hollister, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she preceded in death by her brother Milton Polissar.
A private interment will be at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto today. Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations are preferred to the charity of your choice.

Reynalda Mendoza
Reynalda Mendoza, a Hollister resident, died December 23. She was 77.
Mrs. Mendoza was born in Mexico and came to Hollister in October from Coalcoman, Mexico, to visit family when she fell ill. While in Hollister she attended Sacred Heart and St. Benedict’s Church and was a member of a prayer group at Sacred Heart Church.
Mrs. Mendoza is survived by her daughter Teresa Bautista of Hollister, daughter Amelia Milanes of Hollister, son Juan Andrade of Fresno, son Eliodoro Andrade of Mexico, daughter Graciela Andrade of Mexico, daughter Ofelia Andrade of Mexico, daughter Alicia Andrade of Mexico, sister Maria Mendoza of Mexico, brother Antonio Mendoza of Mexico, brother Cristobal of Mexico, brother Nolberto Mendoza of Mexico, sister Francisca Mendoza of Winnemucca, NV, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Rosary and vigil service was Friday at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Funeral and interment will be in Coalcoman, Michoacan, Mexico. Friends paid their respects Friday afternoon and evening at the funeral home chapel.

Joanne M. Pettie
Joanne M. Pettie, a Hollister native who worked for Chamberlain Acres, died Dec. 31 after a sudden illness. She was 64.
Mrs. Pettie attended San Benito High School and moved away with her family until 1974, when she returned. She worked at Tri-Valley Growers for six years and at Chamberlain for 20.
Mrs. Pettie is survived by her children Ida Richardson Hill of Florida, Robert Pettie of Hollister and Frank Pettie of Hollister, her sisters Barbara Bravo of Hollister and Mary Fartes of Hollister. She also is survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Evening services will be today at 7 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home, with the funeral Friday at 10 a.m.


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