|Week of January 31, 2002
Fernanda Mendez Avila
Fernanda Mendez Avila died in Hollister on January 27, 2002. She was
Mrs. Avila was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and came to San Benito County
in 1971. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and Jovenes De Antano,
where she enjoyed going on Mondays and Wednesdays. She was an accomplished
seamstress who made clothes and quilts. Music was a pleasant past time
She was a homemaker more than 80 years; she started taking care of
family in the mountains of Mexico where she lived as a young girl. The
last 25 years of her life were spent with her son and daughter-in-law,
Manuel and Elba Avila.
Mrs. Avila is survived by her sons and their spouses; Manuel and Elba
Avila of Hollister, Leonardo and Martha Avila of Gustine, Pedro and Esperanza
Avila of Long Beach, and Francisco and Anastasia Avila, sister Magdalena
Herrera of Mexico, 24 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and many nieces
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herculano Avila, in 1968.
Visitation will be held at the Grunnagle-Ament Nelson Funeral Home
on today from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Recitation of the rosary will be this
evening at 7 p.m. Family and friends will eave the mortuary chapel on Friday
morning at 9:30 a.m. to go to Sacred Heart Church for a Mass at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Elvira Burnson, an early pioneer for the English as a Second Language
Program, died in Santa Cruz on Jan. 7, 2002.
Mrs. Burnson was devoted to her church, family and community. She was
a dedicated schoolteacher for more than 45 years and founded the ESL Program
in the South County. She was active in the Gilroy program at the time of
She is survived by her daughter, Paula Burnson of Santa Cruz, sisters
Josefa Rodriguez of San Jose, Delia Rodriguez of San Jose, Lidia Rodriguez
of Mountain View. She is also survived by several generations of nieces
The funeral will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church,
Gilroy. A reception will follow at Coyote Grange Hall, Monterey Highway
just north of Morgan Hill. Committal Services will be on Monday at 10 a.m.
at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park, Gilroy. Services are being directed by
Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy.
The family prefers donations to the Elvira Burnson Memorial Fund, Migrant
Workers Educational Program, c/o United Methodist Church, 7600 Church St.,
Gilroy, Ca., 95020.
Frank S. Carbonel
Frank S. Carbonel, who was born in the Philippines, died Jan. 26 in
Morgan Hill. He was 97.
Mrs. Carbonel moved to Hollister 76 years ago and worked for many years
in the seed business. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Hollister
and St. Catherine’s in Morgan Hill, as well as the Legionaros del Trabajo
of America. He moved to Morgan Hill three years ago because of his failing
He was preceded in death in 1991 by his wife Marina Carbonel. He is
survived by his children and their spouses: Teresa and Rudy Cayabyab of
Morgan Hill, Frances and Ernie Marlan of Alameda, Frank Jr. and Lelia Carbonel
of Pittsburgh, and eight grandchildren.
A rosary and vigil is Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander in Hollister.
The funeral is Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m., proceeding from funeral home to Sacred
Heart for an 11 a.m. Mass. Interment follows at the IOOF Cemetery. Donations
are preferred to The National Brain Tumor Foundation or the American Heart
Loretta M. Hodges
Loretta M. Hodges, who was born in Hollister, died Jan. 12 in Mesa,
Ariz. She was 76.
Mrs. Hodges, a homemaker, was born in Hollister Sept. 7, 1925. Her
husband preceded her in death in 1991.
She is survived by her children Loretta Felix, Donald, John and Jeffrey
Hodges, sisters Edna Graves and Laurel Emerson, brothers Robert and Fermin
Graves, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The service was Jan. 17 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mesa.
Memorials are preferred to the Arizona Kidney Foundation, 4203 E. Indian
School, Suite 140, Phoenix, Ariz., 85018.
James D. Johnson
James D. Johnson died at his home in Hollister on Jan. 18, 2002. He
Mr. Johnson was born in Duluth, Minn. He had lived in San Benito County
for about 20 years and had worked for Control Data in the 1960’s as a computer
engineer. He left to start Computer Communications Inc. in Southern California.
He served as vice president and held the patent for their primary product
that dealt with computer terminals. He also served on the board of seven
different electronic companies.
His hobbies were photography, gourmet cooking and opera. He was also
an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in Hollister.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his children Jennifer Johnson of Seattle,
Wash., and Jeffrey Johnson of Japan.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral
Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory. Private family inurnment will take place
in Minnesota, where he was born.
Marjorie Mansmith died in Hollister on Jan. 25, 2002. She was 91
She was born in Ransom, Ill. She had been a resident of San Juan Bautista
since 1955 moving here from Minnesota. She was a member of Mission San
Mrs. Mansmith is survived by her children and their spouses: Judith
Ann Hendricks of Janesville, Minn., Gene and Laura Lee Mansmith of McClearly,
Wash., and Hon and Juanita Mansmith of San Juan Bautista. She is also survived
by seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death in 1998 by her husband James Mansmith, sister
Beulah Brown and her brother Wesley Thomson and her grandson Patrick Mansmith.
Private cremation services are being arranged through Black Cooper
Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Crematory.
Donations are preferred to Hazel Hawkins Hospitals Foundation of San
Juan Library Auxiliary c/o Black Copper Sander Funeral Home, 363 7th St.,
Hollister, Ca. 95023.
Frank L. Mondo
Frank L. Mondo died in Hollister on Jan. 25, 2002. He was 86.
Mr. Mondo was born in Salinas. He and his wife Erma were married in
1946 in Castroville. He had worked for Gavilan College prior to his retirement
and served in the US Army during WWII and the National Guard.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, and Knights of Columbus San
Benito Council #1792, where he was a 4th Degree member. He was involved
in his community through his affiliation with Sons in Retirement (SIRS)
Italian Catholic Federations, Elks Lodge #1436, Boy Scouts of America and
Mr. Mondo is survived by his wife, Erma Mondo of Hollister, his children
and their spouses, Larry and Caroline Mondo of Prunedale and Ed Loeser
of Hollister, his brother and sister-in-law Chet and Margaret Mondo of
Fresno, two grandchildren, one great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday at Sacred Heart
Church. The fourth Degree Knights of Columbus participated and Rev. Michael
Miller was the celebrant.
Entombment services will be private at Calvary Cemetery with Elks Lodge
#1436 officiating with the priest. Donations are preferred to Sacred Heart
School, c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home, 363 7th St., Hollister, Ca.,
Marilynn A. Mullen, a bookkeeper for Fortino’s, died at her home in
Hollister on Jan. 24, 2002. She was 67.
Mrs. Mullen was born in Chicago and came to San Benito County in 1969
from Fairfield. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church. She enjoyed spending
time with her children and grandchildren, as well as working on her garden.
She worked as a bookkeeper for Fortino’s and Fortino’s Total Home for 22
She was preceded in death by husband Raymond Francis Mullen, who died
Mrs. Mullen is survived by her daughters and their spouses: Sharon
and Donnie Cabral of Hollister and Karen Mullen and Steve Anderson of San
Leandro, seven grandchildren, siblings Ken Meyers of Mission Veijo and
Marge Hassler of Elmhurst, Ill, Aunt Marg Oliver of Illinois, and many
in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been made for cremation at the Grunnagle Ament Nelson
Funeral Home and Crematory. A mass was held Saturday at Sacred Heart Church
and was followed by Inurnment at St. Benedicts Church Columbarium. Donations
are preferred to the Cancer Society c/o Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral
Gladyce N. Nishita, a former resident of San Juan Bautista, died in
San Jose at the Plum Tree Care Center on Jan. 19, 2002. She was 84.
Mrs. Nishita was born in Stockton and raised in Parlier. After graduating
high school, she married her husband George and moved to San Juan Bautista
She was a member of the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, J.A.C.L of San
Juan Bautista, San Benito County Howa Kai and the San Jose Yu Ai Kai. She
worked for 25 years as a bookkeeper for Frank Gould and then the King and
Domingues accounting firms.
Mrs. Nishita is survived by her son and his wife, George and Linda
Nishita of San Jose, grandchildren, Jeff and Kimi Nishita of San Jose,
siblings and spouses Glenn and Ritsuko Kawaka of San Juan Bautista, Frank
and Betty Nishita of San Juan Bautista, John and Mabel Kadotani of Santa
Cruz. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband George Nashita, who had been
in the farming business in San Juan.
The funeral was Wednesday at the Grunnagle Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.
Interment and graveside services followed at the San Juan District Cemetery.
Week of January 24, 2002
Delorese Clark Sadler Eikenberg
Delorese Clark (Sadler) Eikenberg, a long-time resident of San Juan
Bautista, died Jan. 15, 2002 at her home in Altaville. She was 68.
Mrs. Eikenberg was born September 19, 1934 in East Los Angeles, and
grew up there and in the Imperial Valley. For many years, she served as
a postal carrier in San Jose and Hollister and as a school bus driver and
Special Education aide in both California and Colorado.
Gifted with a talent for needlework and a variety of handicrafts, which
she shared with friends and family alike, Dee also taught the art of oil
painting in many communities, including Altaville. An avid bowler, she
directed a junior league in Hollister during the 1970’s. She was a Chihuahua
breeder for more than 15 years. Mrs. Eikenberg moved to Calaveras County
in April of 2000, where she attended the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
She is survived by her five children, Myonica Gibler of Aromas, Andy
Rowe of Tukwila, Wash., Myrna Uhlig of Clatskanie, Ore., Bob Rowe of San
Bruno, and Kristi Sadler of San Juan Bautista; seven grandchildren, and
one great grandchild. Also surviving are her sister and brother-in-law,
Geraldine and Glenn Graham, and brother Marvin Clark, of Altaville, many
nephews, nieces, and special friends, including Heather Harvey and Lance
A special service was held on Jan. 19, at the Seventh-day Adventist
Church in Altaville, with Pastor Darrel Leamon presiding. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests donations for Dee’s memorial to be sent to U.S. Bank,
P.O. Box 607, Altaville, California 95221, in her name.
Elizabeth C. Hanna
A private service will be held for Elizabeth C. Hanna, who died in
Gilroy on January 3, 2002.
Mrs. Hanna was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on April 19, 1917. She graduated
from the University of Iowa and married Edward R. Hanna on May 10, 1941.
The early years of their marriage were spent in Gilroy and Palo Alto. The
couple moved to Hollister in 1948.
Mrs. Hanna was a homemaker and raised three children. Mrs. Hanna was
an enthusiastic bridge player and an avid reader. She enjoyed her affiliations
with the Hazel Hawkins Auxiliary and the Children’s Home Society.
She is survived by her two children and their spouses; Molly and George
Cole of Redding and Tim and Jackie Hanna of Sagle, Idaho; five grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Hanna is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter,
Jane and her brother Jim Clark.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Hazel Hawkins Hospitals Foundation,
911 Sunset Drive Hollister, CA., 95023.
Helen M. Holstrom
Helen M. Holstrom, a former Morgan Hill resident, died in Hollister
on Jan. 21, 2002. She was 82.
Mrs. Holstrom was born in San Jose. She has been a resident of Hollister
for nearly 10 years and had lived in Morgan Hill, where she attended Live
Oak High School. She later attended NYA Finishing School in San Jose.
Mrs. Holstrom had been active in PTA at Machado School in Morgan Hill
and a 4-H Leader and was involved with Young Life.
She is survived by her daughter and son Linda Luttrell and Richard
Holstrom, both of Hollister, her sister, Louise Gallarda of Tracy and her
five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband Louis Holstrom, who died in 1970.
Memorial services will be held on Feb. 2, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Machado
School in Morgan Hill. Roger Britt of Victory Christian Training Center
in Hollister will officiate.
Donations are preferred to Hospice or Machado School Fund c/o Black
Cooper Sander Funeral Home, 363 7th St., Hollister, Ca., 95023.
A reception will follow the services at the school.
Florence Lydon died on January 15 at Hazel Hawkins Convalescent Hospital
after a long illness. She was 87.
Mrs. Lydon graduated from Whittier High School. She represented the
city of Whittier in the California Rodeo in Salinas. While attending the
University Of California Davis, she met her husband Rocky Lyon and after
marriage the family lived in Santa Cruz and San Mateo before moving to
Hollister, where she lived for more than 50 years.
She was fond of animals and her home was a halfway house for injured
and orphaned animals. She also enjoyed playing the organ and played at
events throughout the region. The spirit of competition was woven through
her entire life. She appeared on television quiz shows and won blue ribbon
baking entries at the San Benito County Fair.
Mrs. Lydon had a passion for baseball and auto racing. She taught herself
how to keep the official scorebook of baseball games and scored many regional
baseball tournaments for Little League. She also scored at car races such
as the Laguna Seca and Sears Point and finally retired from the SCCA with
27 years of service.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, Rocky of Hollister,
her sons and their spouses, Sandy and Ann of Aptos, and Stuart and Tess
of Salinas. She is also survived by three grandchildren. Her two sisters,
Mary Jane and Dorothy and her daughter Susan Kozen preceded her death.
There are no services planned. In lieu of flowers the family would
prefer donation in her name made to the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation,
711 Sunset Dr., Hollister, CA., 95023. Arrangements for cremation are under
Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory.
Leah Rose Trotter
Leah Rose Trotter, a lifelong resident of San Benito County, died in
Hollister on January 13, 2002. She was 98.
Mrs. Trotter was born in the Bitterwater area and lived in San Benito
County all her life. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church. She was a
homemaker and had been a clerk with J.C. Penny Co. in Hollister many years
She is survived by grandchildren, Gary Norton of Hollister, Jo-Ann
Hushbeck of Hollister, Kitty Haugen of Hollister, Toni Johnson of Minnesota
and Larry, Mike and Jimmy Lomanto of Hollister. She is also survived by
numerous great-grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by late husband C.J. Trotter, who died in
1956 and daughters, Alberta “Bert” Grogan and Edna M. Lomanto.
A funeral mass was offered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Jan.
16. Burial and graveside services followed at Calvary Cemetery. Funeral
arrangements and services are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home. Contribution are preferred to St. Benedicts Church.
Week of January 17, 2002
Viola “Vi” Armijo Arzaga
Viola “Vi” Armijo Arzaga, a beloved secretary at San Martin/Gwinn School
for more than 30 years, died on Jan. 13. She was surrounded by loved ones.
Mrs. Arzaga was preceded in death by her husband, Jose.
Mrs. Arzaga is survived by her children, Steve Arzaga of Morgan Hill,
Ralph Arzaga of Leesburg Va., Mike Arzaga of Hollister, Trish Arzaga of
Modesto, Alice Howard of Morgan Hill, grandchildren, Christopher Arzaga
of Columbus, Ohio, Chloe and Christopher Howard of Morgan Hill, two great
grandchildren, as well as her sisters, Gloria, Dora, Martha, Beatrice,
Lydia, Maxine, Irene and brother David.
Mrs. Arzaga was born in Las Cruces, N.M. Jan. 25, 1931. She spent most
of her life in Morgan Hill, graduating from Live Oak High School in 1950.
She moved to San Francisco for a time but relocated to Morgan Hill in 1960.
Mrs. Arzaga was a great friend to many in the school district, community
and church. A memorial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at Shadow
Mountain Baptist Church at the corner of Llagas and Hale in Morgan Hill.
Helen O. Carrillo
Helen O. Carrillo, a former resident of Hollister, died Jan. 12 at
her home in Newark. She was 83.
Mrs. Carrillo attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Immaculate
Conception Church when she lived here. She was kitchen manager and cook
at the Presidio Army Base in San Francisco.
Mrs. Carrillo is survived by her children, Oflilia Salazar, Irma Solis
Mercado, Mario Carrillo, Marco Carrillo, Jose Carrillo, Xochilt Perez,
Gracie Martin, all of the Bay Area. She also is survived by 25 grandchildren
and 15 great grandchildren.
The funeral was Wednesday with Fr. Larry Betrozoff of Immaculate Conception
officiating. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Frank Ghione, a veteran of WWII and the Army Air Corps, died on Jan.
8, 2002 at his residence in Sonora. He was 78.
Mr. Ghione was born in Hollister in 1923 and attended San Benito High
School. He lived in Hollister for 77 years before moving to Sonora 14 years
Mr. Ghione was a member of Hollister Lodge #1436 B.P.O.E.; Hollister
V.F.W. Post #9242; SIRS, and was a Hospice volunteer and a member of the
Spudnut Doughnut Gang. He worked for the Pacific Telephone Company for
36 years and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America.
He and his wife Reba, who died June 2000, were married for 51 years
and had traveled throughout the United States. Besides gardening, traveling
and collecting telephones, Mr. Ghione enjoyed his grandchildren and great
grandchildren and going on fishing trips with them. He also enjoyed cooking.
Mr. Ghione was preceded in death by wife Reba Ghione and son Michael
Ghione, who died March 2001.
Mr. Ghione is survived by his children: Gale Campbell of Sonora, Harriet
Ghione of Sonora and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sister Esther
O'Neal of Petaluma.
A memorial service will be Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at Grunnagle Ament Nelson
Funeral Home. Services will follow at the IOOF Cemetery with military honors
provided by Hollister Post 9242 V.F.W. Hollister Elks members are requested
to assemble at the mortuary chapel on Saturday at 10:45 a.m.
Mildred “DeDe” Smith
Mildred “DeDe” Smith, a homemaker who enjoyed baseball with her grandchildren,
died Jan. 8 at Southside Convalescent Hospital. She was 78.
Mrs. Smith attended Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart and St. Benedicts
churches. Her grandchildren were her fulltime enjoyment.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Smith in 1994.
She is survived by her children Terri Andrade, Becky Kostielney and
Don Smith, all of Hollister, six grandchildren, one great grandchild, sister
Helen Kutz of Hollister, Charles Corotto of Sonora, several nieces and
The mass was Jan. 14 at Immaculate Conception with burial at Calvary
Cemetery. Donations are preferred to the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
at Stanford c/o Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.
Jerry Orabuena, a lifetime resident of Hollister, died Jan. 8, 2002
in. He was 67.
Mr. Orabuena worked for Garden Valley Foods and Hollister Canning Co.
for many years. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and was
a member of Teamsters Union Local 890.
Mr. Orabuena is survived by his wife, Corrine Orabuena of Hollister,
his children, Laura Tijerina, Joe Orozco, Dorothy Orabuena, Jerry Orabuena
Jr., Jo Ann Orabuena, Carla Stout, Carla Vargas, Elias Quezada and Julie
Hannah all of Hollister, his brothers and sisters, Carmen Orabuena of Hollister,
Annie Leon of Hollister, Frank Orabuena Jr. of Hollister, John Orabuena
of Tracy, Shirley Orabuena of San Jose and Helen Garcia of Merced. He is
also survived by numerous grand, great grand and great great grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was celebrated on Jan. 11, 2002 at 5:30 p.m. at Sacred
Heart Church. Reverend Dick Clark was the celebrant.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral
Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.
Eva Parra died on Jan. 10, 2002 at the age 42 at Hazel Hawkins Hospital.
Mrs. Parra was born in San Jose and came to San Benito County in 1996.
She attended James Lick High School in San Jose. She was a member of Sacred
Heart Parish and enjoyed being with her family.
Mrs. Parra also enjoyed arts and crafts and hobbies. She was a bingo
supporter at Sacred Heart Bingo and enjoyed motorcycling with her husband.
She was a homemaker and former employee of Pacific Bell.
Mrs. Parra is survived by husband, Rick Parra of Hollister, and children
Joseph D. Parra, Danae Parra and Qiana Parra and granddaughter Ariana Parra
of Hollister. She is also survived by siblings Barbara Morales, Mary Badella,
Gilbert Vasquez, John Vasquez and Daniel Vasquez and many nieces and nephews.
A rosary was held Monday at Grunnagle Ament Neslon Funeral Home. A
mass was held at Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday morning followed by interment
at Calvary Cemetery.
Week of January 10, 2002
Cosme Fidel Ocampo Lopez
Cosme Fidel Ocampo Lopez, a member of Sacred Heart Church and Teamsters
Local 890, died in Hollister on Dec. 29, 2001. He was 45.
Mr. Lopez was born in Mexico City. He had lived in Hollister for 14
years and worked for San Benito Foods for many years. He and his wife,
Evangelina, were married in 1980 in Mexico.
He is survived by his wife, Evangelina Ocampo of Hollister, his son,
Ricardo Ocampo Arciniega of Hollister, brothers and sister Elena Ocampo,
Gloria Ocampo, Maria Clara Ocampo, Filiberto Ocampo, Santos Ocampo and
Manuel Ocampo. Mr. Lopez is also survived by many cousins.
A memorial service was held on Jan. 4, 2001 at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart
Church. Reverend Miguel Grajeda was the celebrant. Interment and services
will be held in San Bartolo, Mexico D.F.
Madge R. Young
Madge R. Young, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution
and resident of San Benito County for 51 years, died Jan. 4 in a convalescent
hospital in Watsonville. She was 88.
Mrs. Young was a homemaker and member of the Native Daughters of the
Golden West and Sacred Heart Church. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Curtis G. Young, in 1991.
Surviving her are daughters Leslie A. Plecque of San Jose, Katherine
G. Rey of Hollister, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren, and
several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Monday at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home with
Fr. Miguel Grajeda. Interment was at the IOOF Cemetery. Donations are preferred
to the Heart Association or VNA c/o the mortuary chapel.
Lovel R. Broadfoot
Longtime San Benito resident Lovel R. Broadfoot died on Jan. 3, 2002.
He was 87.
Mr. Broadfoot was born in Salem, Mo. He was an orchardist and farmed
apricots and walnuts. He liked to fish, camp and hunt.
Mr. Broadfoot, husband of the late Doris Broadfoot, is survived by
his daughter Arlene Taylor of Lacy, Wash., two grandchildren and three
The funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Black Cooper Sander Funeral
Home. Reverend Richard Smith of the United Methodist Church officiated.
Interment and graveside services were at the IOOF Cemetery.
William Alan Cullumber
William Alan Cullumber, a member of Knights of Columbus, died on Dec.
31, 2001 at his home. He was 64.
Mr. Cullumber was born on March 8, 1937 in San Juan Valley and has
lived in San Benito County all this life. He attended local school and
graduated from San Benito High School, when he went to work for Cullumber
Mr. Cullumber was a San Juan Bautista Council Member during the late
1960’s and early 1970’s. He played City League basketball and was a Little
League coach. Mr. Cullumber was a Boy Scout Leader and nearly was an Eagle
Scout. He was also a San Juan Volunteer Fireman. He and his wife, Stella,
were married 45 years last August.
Mr. Cullumber loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Stella Cullumber of San Juan Bautista,
his children and their spouses: Carolyn and Jason Noble of Tres Pinos,
Cynthia and Ron Morgan of Hollister, Charlotte and George Netto of Santa
Clara, Alan Jr. and Terry Cullumber of Hollister. He also is survived by
seven grandchildren, siblings Betty Hutchinson of San Juan Bautista, Joe
Cullumber of San Juan Bautista and Shirley Maggini of Healdsburg. He is
also survived by many nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Grunnagle Ament
Nelson Funeral Home. Reverend John Amelio of the Church of Glad Tidings
officiated. Private burial will be at the San Juan District Cemetery. Contributions
are preferred to the Community Pantry, Pet Friends or Hospice.
Charlotte Velasco Ortiz, a charter member of M.A.C.E. in Hollister,
died on January 4, 2002 at her Hollister home. She was 71.
Mrs. Ortiz was born in San Juan Bautista and lived in San Benito County
all her life. She attended San Juan Grammar School and San Benito High
School. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and Old Mission San Juan
Mrs. Ortiz was also involved with many local clubs such as Eagles Auxiliary
No. 1017 of Hollister, the Catholic Ladies Aid Society and TOPS. She was
a former employee for Tri-Valley Growers for 15 years and was a teacher’s
aid at San Benito High School for 21 years. There she was “The Detention
Lady” and affectionately called “Sarge” by many students. She also was
the Queen of the Snorkels.
She was the first vice president of the Sacred Heart Mother's Club
and was the hamburger chairman for many years. She was also manager of
Bolado Park Concessions from 1972-1976. Her later years were spent as a
caregiver to children and the elderly.
She is survived by her children and their spouses: Michael and Jill
Ortiz of San Juan Bautista, Marti McKim of Hollister, Rose Ortiz of Hollister,
Rick Ortiz of Hollister, loving companion Rogelio Sanchez of Hollister,
siblings Mary Sellen of San Juan Bautista, Raymond Velasco of Hollister,
Anita Morris of Antioch, Lupe Ortiz of Hollister, Richard Velasco of San
Juan Bautista. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren
and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Elvira
Visitation was Monday at the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Mass
was at Old Mission San Juan Bautista with interment San Juan Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to American Lung Assn/Pulmonary fibrosis c/o the