Miscellaneous San Benito County, California Obituaries - 2002

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Week of January 31, 2002

Fernanda Mendez Avila
Fernanda Mendez Avila died in Hollister on January 27, 2002. She was 92.
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 for her.
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 and nephews.
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
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 her death.
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 and nephews.
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 health.
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 Association.

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 was 70.
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
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 Juan Bautista.
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 Scarpum Cementum.
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., 95023.

Marilynn Mullen
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 years.
She was preceded in death by husband Raymond Francis Mullen, who died April 1999.
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 Home.

Gladyce Nishita
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 in 1938.
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 great nephews.
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 Smith.
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
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 ago.
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
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 ago.
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 nephews.
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
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
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 great grandchildren.
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 Construction.
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 Ortiz
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 Bautista.
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 Uribe.
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 mortuary.


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