Miscellaneous San Benito County, California Obituaries - 2001

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Week of January 4, 2002

Joseph E. Andrade
Joseph E. Andrade died in Salinas on Dec. 24, 2001. He was 80.
Mr. Andrade was born in Sonora, Mexico. He came to his area as a young boy from San Gabriel, worked for many years for Tri-Valley Growers and was member of Teamsters Local 890. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Church and served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his children and their spouses; Joseph Jr. and Helen Andrade of Hollister, Lawrence Andrade of Hollister, Carol and Marty Martinez of Hollister, Steve and Chris Andrade of Hollister, Alex Andrade of Hollister, Annette and Danny Lopez of Hollister, and Michael Andrade of Hollister. His sister-in-law Mary Andrade of San Jose, 16 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his wife Rose Andrade, who died in 1984, children Abraham Andrade and Stella Wilson and brother Ernest Andrade.
A Rosary was held on Dec. 30, 2001 at Sacred Heart Church. Internment and graveside services followed that mass at Calvary Cemetery.

Gerald Max Johnson
Gerald Max Johnson, a World War II veteran, died Dec. 30, 2001. He was 79.
Mr. Johnson was born and reared in Hollister until going into the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Johnson worked in a printer for the Los Angeles Times newspaper for 15 years until his retirement.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his brother Melvin Johnson of Kansas, sister Peggy Thompson of Kansas, sister Aleen Dumont of Auburn, sister Juanita Valdez of Hollister, long time friend Jim Goodman of West Hills, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his sister Leona Ford.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hollister. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.

Ruth Bravo
Ruth Bravo died at Mark Twain Hospital in San Andreas on Dec. 24, 2001. She was 85.
Mrs. Bravo was born in Asarco, Durango, Mexico. She had been a resident of Hollister for many years with her husband “Nash” Bravo, who died in 1994. Recently she moved to San Andreas to be closer to her son, Richard and wife Lois of Calaveras County. When in Hollister she was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Mrs. Bravo is survived by her children Richard Bravo of Murphy’s, Helen Leininger of Saratoga, Dolores Owens, David Bravo of Redwood City and Gregory Bravo of Beaverton, Ore. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Mass will be on Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with interment at the IOOF Cemetery.

John Patrick Hastings
John Patrick Hastings died Dec. 14, 2001 at his residence with his family at his side. He was 76.
Mr. Hastings was born in Chicago and came to San Benito County 27 years ago. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, where he and his wife Lucille donated time to the parish. He was a self-employed businessman for over 30 years in the ornamental industry.
He and Lucille were married for 48 years last November. His interests were his family, his grandchildren and golf. Mr. Hastings was a former member of Ridgemark Golf and Country Club until his health prevented him from playing.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Hastings of Hollister, daughters, Judy Hooper and husband Don of Hollister, Bonnie Freeman and husband Fred of Santa Barbara, son Mike Hastings of Reno, brother Ted Hastings of Chicago, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son John Thomas Hastings in 1977.
Arrangements have been made through Grunnagle Ament Nelson Crematory for private cremation and entombment. A memorial mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Tres Pinos on January 5 at 10 a.m. to which friends are invited. Reception at the Hall will follow the mass. Donations are preferred to the Hospice of Central Coast c/o and Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.

Rose A. Mortara
Rose A. Mortara died in Santa Rosa on Dec. 19, 2001. She was 91.
Mrs. Mortara was born in Salinas in 1910 and came to San Benito County in 1988. She attended many Salinas schools and was a member of the Ladies Whisteria Circle of Druids of Salinas. Mrs. Mortara was a homemaker and co-rancher and business owner with her husband in San Benito County and Riverside.
She is survived by husband, Nathaniel H. Mortara of Hollister, son Richard Mortara and wife Rita Mortara of Santa Rosa, sister, Mary Valli of Riverside and cousins in the Hollister area.
Services for family only were held at Bellevue Mausoleum, Ontario, under the Direction of the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Memorials are preferred to the visiting nurses Hospice of Santa Rosa, 1110 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa, 95401.

Marcela Zavala
Marcela Zavala, a long-time Hollister resident, died in Los Banos on Dec. 28, 2001. She was 87.
Mrs. Zavala was born in Tucla, Tex. She had lived in Hollister from 1994 to 1999 moving here from San Antonio, and then moved to Los Banos in 1999 to be with her daughter. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Mrs. Zavala is survived by her daughter, Lillie Hildebrand of Los Banos, her nieces, Oralia Perez of Los Banos, and Margaret Lopez of Corpus Christy, Tex., two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
A Rosary and vigil service were held Wednesday. The mass is today at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Friends can gather at Black Cooper Sander funeral home at 11 a.m. to proceed to the church.
Donation re preferred to the Alzheimer’s Day Care Center c/o the Funeral Home.

Week of December 13, 2001

John Thomas Allen
John Thomas Allen, an expert rifleman who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team, died Dec. 8, 2001. He was 60.
Mr. Allen was a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marines from 1959 until 1971. He moved to Hollister from San Jose in 1992. He was a member of the NRA, the U.S. Practical Shooting Association, the California Rifle and Pistol Association and California Gunsports.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Allen of Hollister, and children John Allen of Auroroa, Ill., Rhonda Valentine of San Jacinto and Melinda Allen of San Jacinto.
Arrangements are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home, and interment with military rites will be at Riverside National Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to The American Diabetes Association or the UCSF Transplant Center, or a memorial fund at the funeral home.

Dennis Bryan
Dennis Bryan, who attended local schools and then moved back to Hollister for retirement, died Dec. 10, 2001. He was 65.
Mr. Bryan was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and worked for the State of California for 30 years in physical rehabilitation programs, especially for the blind.
He is survived by his father, Bob Bryan of Hollister. A family memorial will be held at a later date, but no donations or flowers are desired. Arrangements for cremation are by Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory.

Beverly Ann Clausen
Beverly Ann Clausen died in Salinas on Dec. 5, 2001. She was 66.
Mrs. Clausen was born in Long Beach on Feb. 18, 1935. She enjoyed travel, was involved with her husband in trap shooting and liked to paint. Mrs. Clausen was employed in Monterey County for many years in the Superior Court. She and her husband resided in San Juan Bautista and lived in Salinas for many years.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Deanna Wheetman. She is survived by husband Don Clausen of San Juan Bautista, daughters, Nancy Ann Tucker of Salinas and Dianna Grace Plamer of Soledad, sisters, Linda Dunn of Gonzales, Geraldine Spurling of San Jose and Patricia Tossie of Redding and two grandchildren.
The funeral was on Dec. 11 at the Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Donations are preferred to the American Diabetes Association or the Nan Pipestem Wildlife Rehabilitation Center c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.

Frances S. Gaxiola
Frances S. Gaxiola of Tracy, who once lived in Hollister, died on Nov. 29, 2001. She was 91.
Mrs. Gaxiola was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on June 4, 1910. She lived in Tracy for six years and previously was a resident of Hollister for three years. She enjoyed collecting dolls, crocheting, telling stories and gardening. She was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Tracy and Community Service Organizations in San Jose.
Ms. Gaxiola is survived by children, Rita Molina of Tracy, Joe Gaxiola of Sunnyville, Epifinia Huddin of Los Banos, Mary Alvarez of Modesto, Raymond Gaxiola of Casa Grande AR, Rosa Gaxiola of Hollister, Eugenia Andazola of Rio Rancho NM, Robert Gaxiola of Hollister and Ruben Gaxiola of San Jose, siblings Pete Santos of Sacramento, Virginia Rodriguez of Sacramento, Lupe Esparza of Sacramento, Mary Alcantar of Sacramento and Barney Santos of Salida.
Services were held Dec. 5 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

Edward H. Medaugh Jr.
Edward H. Medaugh Jr., married for many years to the late Hazel Palmtag of Hollister, died on Nov. 17, 2001.
Mr. Medaugh was born in Nashville. He Joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was stationed at the Navy Auxiliary Air Station in Hollister.
He retired from the San Mateo Fire Department, where he was Assistant Fire Chief. After his retirement he moved back to Nashville.
He is survived locally by sister-in-law Frances Palmtag of Hollister.
Memorial services were held on November 21, 2001 in Nashville. The family requests memorials to the charity of your choice.

Carlos Munoz
Carlos Munoz, a Lockheed Aerospace electronic technician, died Dec. 9 in Hollister. He was 42.
Mr. Munoz was born in Texas and as a child moved to Hollister, where he was a member of Sacred Heart Church. He attended Heald College in San Jose.
Mr. Munoz is survived by his son, Carlos Munoz Jr. of Hollister, mother and stepfather Maria and Al Razo of Hollister, father Roberto Munoz of Mexico, siblings John Munoz, Robert Munoz, Maria Irma Munoz of Hollister and David Munoz of Watsonville.
The rosary is today at 7 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. The funeral is Friday at the funeral home, proceeding to Sacred Heart Church for mass at 10 a.m. Interment and graveside services will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is noon today.

Eugene Richard Orlando
Eugene Richard Orlando died on Nov. 15, 2001 at the VA Hospice Care Center in Palo Alto. He was 77.
Mr. Orlando was born on June 16, 1924 in Tacoma, Wash. He came to San Benito County in 1930. He attended Hancock School in San Francisco, Fremont School, Sacred Heart School and Hollister High School. Mr. Orlando served in the 3rd Armored Division, Combat Command B –33rd, Armored Regiment, Recon Company of the Armed Forces, and was decorated with the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Latin Cross. He was employed by Jones Cheverolet/Tipton Motors for 45 years as well Hollister Garage.
Mr. Orlando is survived by his daughter Cheryl Rieger of Lompoc, Denise Orlando of Sycamore, Nancy Orlando of Hollister, twin brother Robert Orlando of Hollister, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Orlando’s arrangements were made through the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Private interment with military honors were held on Nov. 23 at San Joaquin National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the V.A. Hospice Palo Alto through Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.

Leslie Spencer
Leslie Spencer died on Dec. 5, 2001. He was 85.
Mr. Spencer was born and reared in Hollister. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Tirzah Spencer, and children Joan Destro, Sue Kinder and Elizabeth Stutz. He also is survived by children and grandchildren.
A memorial was held on Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill’s Drawing Room Chapel in San Jose.

Louise Ann Vieira
Louise Ann Vieira, who was born in Brown’s Valley and lived in San Benito County all her life, died on Dec.10, 2001 in Hollister. She was 98.
Mrs. Vieira was a rancher’s wife who worked right along with her husband, Charles Vieira, in the 1940’s in the Santa Ana Valley. Retiring from ranching during the war years, she went to work for the Fairview Cannery. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting, and was a homemaker for more than 70 years. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, a former member of the S.P.R.S.I., the Catholic Daughters, and AARP.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, who died in 1969. Her late brothers were Joe, Frank, and John Pacheco, and her late sisters were Marie Furtado, Josephine Meyer, Helen Alvarnaz, Annie Azevedo, Rose Silva, Ida Bonito, and Dollie Loveless. She is survived by her son Bill Vieira of Hollister, son Dick Vieira and his wife Carmen of Hollister, and son Ed Vieira and his wife Shirley of San Jose. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, a great great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held today before the service, which will start at 2 p.m. at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to the Community Pantry, care of the mortuary chapel.

Marie A. Verissimo
Marie A. Verissimo, who was born in the Azore Islands and operated a dairy in Palo Alto from 1930 to 1945, died Dec. 7 at home in Hollister. She was 94.
Mrs. Verissimo was a member of Sacred Heart Church, S.D.E.S. of Hollister, and helped her husband run an orchard in Coyote Valley from 1945 to 1972 and in Hollister from then until retirement.
She was preceded in death by husband Joseph Verissimo, and is survived by her sons Henry Verissimo and his wife, Patricia, of Hollister, and Arthur Verissimo and his wife, Aurelia, of Napa. She also is survived by nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
The rosary was Tuesday in the chapel of Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. The funeral was Wednesday at Sacred Heart, with interment following at Cavalry Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to a favorite charity or to Hospice of the Central Coast.

Week of December 6, 2001

Albert George Adam Balz Jr.
Albert George Adam Balz, Jr., a portrait photographer for 25 years who lived in San Juan Bautista, died at his home on Nov. 29 after a battle with cancer. He was 75.
Mr. Balz was born in Charlottesville, Va., and came to California in 1957. He has been a resident of San Benito County since 1972.
Mr. Balz graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Marines. He received the Purple Heart Award for tour duty in battle at Iwo Jima. He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the chambers of commerce of both Hollister and San Juan Bautista; he served on the Board of Directors of Parents serving Parents; was a member of the San Juan Service Club; Member of the Historical Society, Chairperson for Photography Dept. at San Benito County Fair; was a Commissioner of the San Juan District Cemetery; a volunteer for San Juan Fire Dept., and was a volunteer for many San Juan fundraisers. He monitored the old seismograph at the Mission San Juan Bautista and reported San Juan weather to the Free Lance newspaper.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Terri Perez Balz. He is survived by daughters Heidi Balz of San Juan and Trudi Baltz Sabel of Beverly Hills, sister Patricia and her husband Pat Vincent of Durham N.C., and many other relatives.
A celebration of his life will be Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. at the San Juan Bautista VFW Hall. Contributions are preferred to your favorite charity. Interment will be at the University of Virginia cemetery.

Eva Harlene Bentley
Eva Harlene Bentley, a claims adjuster with Allstate for more than 30 years, died Nov. 28, 2001 in Morgan Hill. She was 74.
Mrs. Bentley was a member of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. of Morgan Hill. She collected old dolls, was an avid reader, enjoyed walks and traveling. She loved dining at Cottage Green with her friends.
Mrs. Bentley is survived by her son Barry Bentley and his wife, Cheryl, and grandchildren Joseph and Erik Bentley.
A memorial service is Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. at her church in Morgan Hill, 16970 Dewitt Ave. Arrangements are through Johnson Funeral Home in Morgan Hill.

Frederick A. Brent
Frederick A. Brent, who worked for 30 years for Western Union maintaining microwave communications, died Dec. 3 at Hazel Hawkins Hospital. He was 88.
Mr. Brent was a native Californian who moved to San Benito County in 1961.
His wife, Ruth G. Brent, preceded him in death. Mr. Brent is survived by children Joseph N. Brent of Gilroy and Shefflee Brent, brothers Kenneth Brent of Fresno, Bob Brent of Red Bluff, Donald Brent of Chico, granddaughter Rochelle Gonzales of Fresno, and several nieces and nephews.
Private memorial services have been held with inurnment at the IOOF cemetery in Hollister.

Clarence Edgar Chamberlain
Clarence Edgar Chamberlain died on Nov. 21, 2001 in Carson City, Nev.. He was 92.
Mr. Chamberlain was born on June 4, 1909 in Grants Pass, Oregon. He was a self employed truck driver for forty years. Mr. Chamberlain lived in Hollister from 1972 to1997.
He is survived by sons, David Chamberlain of Minden, Nev., Logan Chamberlain of Hollister; brothers, Bill Chamberlain of Hollister and Harold Chamberlain of Reno, sister Lorraine Leek of Merced and grandchildren Barbara West of Canadian TX and Valari Chamberlain of Hollister.

Graveside Services were held in Nevada.
Frances S. Gaxiola
Frances S. Gaxiola of Tracy, who once lived in Hollister, died on Nov. 29, 2001. She was 91.
Mrs. Gaxiola was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on June 4, 1910. She lived in Tracy for six years and previously was a resident of Hollister for three years. She enjoyed collecting dolls, crocheting, telling stories and gardening. She was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Tracy and Community Service Organizations in San Jose.
Ms. Gaxiola is survived by children, Rita Molina of Tracy, Joe Gaxiola of Sunnyville, Epifinia Huddin of Los Banos, Mary Alvarez of Modesto, Raymond Gaxiola of Casa Grande AR, Rosa Gaxiola of Hollister, Eugenia Andazola of Rio Rancho NM, Robert Gaxiola of Hollister and Ruben Gaxiola of San Jose, siblings Pete Santos of Sacramento, Virginia Rodriguez of Sacramento, Lupe Esparza of Sacramento, Mary Alcantar of Sacramento and Barney Santos of Salida.
Services were held Dec. 5 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

Ann Z. Lyman
Ann Z, Lyman died in Gilroy on Nov. 28, 2001. She was 91.
Mrs. Lyman was born in Chicago. Prior to moving to Hollister last year to be near her son, she lived in Sun City, Ariz.
Mrs. Lyman worked for the U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture for about 30 years.
Mrs. Lyman preceded her husband, Chalmer K. Lyman, in death. She is survived her children and their spouses, Barbara and Gary Thronson of Livingston, MT and Yale and Julane Lyman of Hollister, brother Ed Zacha of Dallas, and three grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on Dec. 8 in Hamilton MT. Donations are preferred to the Salvation Army. Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.

Angie A. Monetti
Angie A. Monetti, who was born in San Jose and had lived in San Benito County since 1925, died Nov. 29 at the SunBridge Care Center in Watsonville. She was 81.
Mrs. Monetti was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was involved in the Mothers’ Club and scouting with her children as they were growing up. She collected rabbit figurines and at one time raised rabbits. She also had worked with her husband, John, at the Hollister Elks Lodge. She taught piano lessons for many years and was a graduate of San Jose State.
Mrs. Monetti was preceded in death in 1999 by her husband, John Monetti. She is survived by her children Rosie Monetti of Hollister, Jonatha Monetti of Houston, Tex., Tony Monetti of Roseville, and four grandchildren.
The funeral was Tuesday at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home proceeding to Sacred Heart for mass. Graveside services were at the Calvary Cemetery mausoleum. Contributions are preferred to the Elks Major Project of the American Heart Association c/o the funeral home.

Ronald Mosegaard
Ronald Mosegaard, who lived in San Benito County in his later years, died Nov. 27. He was 27.
Services for Mr. Mosegaard were in San Lorenzo, and he was interred in the Pioneer Section of the Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward.

John E. Mueller
John E. Mueller, a former fire engineer with the Department of Forestry, died Nov. 29 at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 59.
Mr. Mueller was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of Hollister, a former member of the C.B. Club and an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his sister, Deanna D. Henthorn, of Middletown, and nieces and nephews Marta White of Arkansas, Greg White of Hollister, Teri Stice of St. Helena, and Michael Henthorne of El Paso.
Graveside services were Tuesday at the IOOF Cemetery with Bishop Daryl Michaelson officiating.

Robert D. Trevino
Robert D. Trevino, former manager of many local golf courses, including Bolado Park, Gavilan Golf Course, Riverside Golf Course and Gilroy Country Club, died Nov. 29, 2001 in Gilbert Ariz. He was 70.
Mr. Trevino was born in Crystal City, Tex., and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tres Pinos. He was a member of the Mexican-American Golf Association.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Emma, daughters, Theresa Marie and Mary Esther Rodriguez; son Jamie; siblings, Roy Bertha Lujan, Armondo, Henry, Lazaro and Art; several grandchildren nephews and nieces.
A funeral mass will be as 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Week of November 30, 2001

John A. Conroy
John A. Conroy, father of Hollister City Council Member Brian Conroy, died Nov. 22. He was 69.
Mr. Conroy was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served during the Korean Conflict. He was a longtime member of San Jose’s Pate House, a recovery house, volunteering time to help others with recovery.
Mr. Conroy is survived by his children Brian, Stephen, Kevin, Jack and Patricia Conroy, Theresa Schmidt and Karen Bellantoni. He also is survived by his siblings Elizabeth Koehler and Eileen Griffin, companion Jan Newland, grandchildren Teresa, Tiffany, Joshua, John, Branden, Felisha, Joseph, Stephen, and Kathryn, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Rosary today at 7 p.m. at Lima Family Mortuary, 466 North Winchester, Santa Clara. The funeral Mass is Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Queen of Apostles Church, 4911 Moorpark Ave., San Jose. The family requests donations to the American Heart Association.

Friend, professional found murdered
OAKLAND (AP) – A San Jose Mercury News photographer who had been missing nearly a week was shot to death, police said Monday.
The body of Luci S. Houston, 43, was found in the back seat of her company car covered with a tarp near a Cemetery, about a mile from her home.
She died of multiple gunshot wounds, said police spokesman George Phillips, who would not say when Houston died.
Police have not identified any suspects, but they have questioned family members and neighbors.
Houston's estranged husband, Raymond Houston, showed up at the police station Sunday night with his lawyer, but refused to give a statement, Phillips said. The couple was planning to divorce, Phillips said.
Family members and friends said they had not seen or heard from Luci Houston since last Tuesday. She had planned to pick up a friend from Oakland International Airport on Wednesday and to attend a Thanksgiving get-together Thursday, they said.
About 200 friends and colleagues gathered outside the newspaper Monday to hold a candlelight vigil. They watched a slideshow of Houston's photographs projected onto a huge screen.
The Washington, D.C., native worked as a staff photographer at the Mercury News since 1993, and had previously been a staff photographer for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

Patricia Ann James
Patricia Ann James died of cancer on Nov. 24, 2001. She was 56.
Mrs. James was born in Edgewood, Md., on June 17, 1945. She was raised in Santa Ynez and later attended UCLA. She married Kenneth B. James in 1965. Together they had three daughters. A devoted wife and mother and natural teacher, Mrs. James was known for her creativity, service and the loving support she gave her family.
In 1983 Mrs. James received a bachelor’s degree in child development from Cal State Fullerton. She retired this year.
Mrs. James is survived by her husband Ken, of Glen Haven, Colo., their three daughters and their husbands Jennifer and Rob Bernosk of Hollister, Kelly and Paul Dean of Illinois and Molly and Dan Lundak of Denver. She is also survived by four grandchildren, her parents Charles and Betty Barnes of Lafayette, Indiana, sister Julie Stephen of Santa Ynez and brother David Barnes of Colorado.
Memorial services will be held at Tustin Presbyterian Church, Tustin, on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. The James family requests that remembrances in the form of donation be made to Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD Educational Foundation, designated for the Patricia A. James Memorial Teaching Recognition Grant, P.O. Box 115189, Carrollton, Texas 75011-5186.
Local arrangements were made through the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory.

Greg Landry
A memorial service for Greg Landry, who died nearly three weeks ago, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Hollister.
Mr. Landry was born April 9, 1949 in Long Beach and lived most of his life in Bakersfield. He moved to Hollister in 1987 and lived there with his family until he died. He was preceded in death by his Father, E.V. Landry in 1972 and brother Dewey in 1989.
Mr. Landry graduated from North High School in 1967, and attended Bakersfield College and Whittier College before joining the U.S. Navy. He was a Vietnam War Veteran. Mr. Landry worked for himself most of his life as the owner/operator of a trucking business. He was also employed by the City of Arvin as Director of Public Works and The State of California, Dept. of Housing Code Enforcement.
Mr. Landry loved to dance and was involved with many dance groups throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years Lori Landry and son Gregory of Hollister, mother Hilda, brother Bill and daughters Morgan, Megan and Meredith and Grandson CJ of Bakersfield and many loving relatives.
Contributions are preferred to the Monterey Council of Boy Scouts of America, c/o Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.

Julio M. Rojas
Julio M. Rojas, a Hollister resident, died Nov. 19, 2001. He was 31.
Mr. Rojas was born in Santa Monica. He was enrolled in Heald Business College and had moved to Hollister from the Los Angeles area in 1983. He attended San Benito High School and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.
Mr. Rojas is survived by his parents, Julio and Delfina Rojas, of Hollister, brothers Jesus Rojas, Moses Rojas of Hollister, sister Amelia Rojas of Hollister, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was Nov. 26 at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and at Church of God of Prophecy, where the funeral was held. Alvaro Orellano officiated. Interment and graveside services were at the IOOF Cemetery.

Virginia Bolen Simpson
Virginia Bolen Simpson, a former radio actress and member of the Athena Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star of Hollister, died at home Nov. 26. She was 89.
Mrs. Simpson was a member of the Republican Central Committee and the Republican Women’s Club and a football fan. She worked for the Santa Clara County Tax Collector’s office and in the 1950s was a Realtor in Los Angeles. In her early years she was an actor on radio shows, playing parts in old-time plays.
Mrs. Simpson was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Simpson, in 1994. She is survived by her daughter and her husband, Melanie and Lou Ravizza of Hollister, grandson Joe Ravizza of Fresno, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial at 11 a.m. Monday at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.

James Harold Sterner
James Harold Sterner, an avid ham radio enthusiast and retired IMB programmer, died Nov. 26 at Hazel Hawkins Hospital. He was 72.
Mr. Sterner served in the U.S. Army and moved to San Benito County in 1975. He was born in Williamsport, Penn. He worked for IBM for nearly 40 years.
Mr. Sterner was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Sterner. He is survived by his children, James H. Sterner Jr. of Clearlake, David Sterner of Glendale, Sandra L. Hanks of Hollister, siblings Evelyn Garman and Edward Sterner of Pennsylvania, five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial is planned. Contributions are preferred to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Association.

Week of November 22, 2001

Kevin Patrick Carrillo
Kevin Patrick Carrillo, an avid golfer and lifelong San Benito County resident, died Nov. 16 in San Juan Bautista. He was 23.
Mr. Carrillo attended San Juan Grammar School, San Benito High School and graduated from North Monterey County High School. He also attended Gabilan College, West Valley College in Sarasota and Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. He was a member of the Old Mission San Juan Bautista.
Mr. Carrillo is survived by his parents, Manuel and Ann Carrillo of San Juan Bautista and sisters Kasey Carrillo of San Juan Bautista and Sophia Fealy of Austin, Tex., as well as numerous aunts and uncles: Cheryl Whalen, Michael Whalen, Julia Aceves, Connie Ramirez, Rose Martinez and John Aparicio.
Mass was Tuesday at Old Mission San Juan Bautista, with burial at the Madronia Cemetery in Saratoga.

Fred George Frechette
Fred George Frechette, who grew up in Morgan Hill and managed the San Martin Feed Store, died Nov. 16, 2001 in Gilroy. He was 76.
Mr. Frechette attended the historic Machado School. He served in the U.S. Navy before settling in San Martin. Throughout the years he had his own wood-cutting business.
He is survived by his children Ben Frechette of Gilroy, Charles Frechette of Morgan Hill, Fred Frechette Jr. of Antelope and Laurie Clark of Gilroy. He also is survived by sisters Louise Gallard of Tracy and Helen Holstrom of Hollister.
A memorial will be held at his daughter’s house on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. The address is 10835 Watsonville Road, Gilroy.

Edna M. Goff
Edna M. Goff, a Hollister resident, died Nov. 14, 2001 at Watsonville Community Hospital. She was 89.
Mrs. Goff was born in Novato, but spent many years living in the San Juan Valley with her husband and family. She was an avid artist. Her parents were a pioneer family that came to California from Iowa. Her father was Lawrence Fischer and her mother was Lizzie Goetsh. Mrs. Goff was preceded in death by her two brothers, Earl Dean and Aurthur and sister Irene.
Mrs. Goff is survived by her husband, Elvin E. Goff of Hollister, children John E. Goff and Eugene E. Goff of Hollister, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren in Colorado.
Graveside services and interment was Nov. 20, at Templeton Cemetery in Templeton.
Donations in memory of Mrs. Goff can be made to a favorite charity c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.

Maria del Carmen Hurtado
Maria del Carmen Hurtado, a Hollister resident, died Nov. 12, 2001. She was 42.
Mrs. Hurtado was born in Huapeo, Michoacan, Mexico. She is survived by her husband, Rafael Hurtado of Hollister, children Jose, Salvador and Maribel Hurtado of Hollister, parents Jesus and Josefa Chavez of Alamogordo, NM, sisters Berta Gonzalez of Chicago, Teresa Ambriz of Chicago, Celerina Chavez of Alamogordo, brother Enrique Chavez of Alamogordo and grandchild Alexis Hurtado of Hollister.
Visitation was and mass were Nov. 16. Additional services will be held in Huapeo, Michoacan, Mexico, where she will be interred.

G.V. “Greg” Landry
G.V. “Greg” Landry, a Hollister resident, died Nov. 12, 2001. He was 52.
Interment and graveside services were Nov. 17, 2001 at Greenlawn Cemetery, Bakersfield. Family and friends are invited to attend the memorial service Dec. 1, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church, Hollister. Time will be announced in a complete obituary at a latter date.
Arrangements were made for cremation at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory.

Eugene Richard Orlando
Eugene Richard Orlando, a military veteran who came to San Benito County in 1930, died Nov. 15 at the VA Hospice Care Center in Palo Alto. He was 77.
Mr. Orlando attended Hancock School in San Francisco, Fremont School, Sacred Heart School and Hollister High. He served in the third Armored Division, Combat Command B 33rd Armored Regiment, Recon Company of the Armed Forces and received the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Latin Cross.
He was employed by Jones Chevrolet/Tipton Motors for 45 years and worked at Hollister Garage.
Mr. Orlando is survived by his children Cheryl Rieger of Lompoc, Denise Orlando, of Illinois, Nancy Orlando of Hollister, his twin brother Robert Orlando of Hollister, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson, as well as numerous other relatives.
Arrangements through cremation are through Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Private interment with military honors will be Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at San Joaquin National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the VA Hospice through the funeral home.

Lorraine Ritchie
Lorraine Ritchie, a former Hollister resident, died Nov. 13, 2001 at home after a short battle with cancer. She was 57.
Mrs. Ritchie was born August 14, 1944 in Hollister. Mrs. Ritchie was a nurse at the CYA for 13 years. She grew up on the Quien Sabe Ranch and attended local schools.
Mrs. Ritchie is survived by her husband of 37 years, John Ritchie, children Lorri and James Ritchie of Lodi, mother Dolores Smith and stepfather Howard of Concord, sister Barbara Smith of Arizona, brother Mark Gillaspie of San Juan Bautista, sister-in-law Jean Gillaspie of San Juan Bautista. She preceded in death by her father James Gillaspie.
Lodi Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alex T. Rivera
Alex T. Rivera, a Red Cross volunteer and former ranch foreman for Casa de Fruta, died Nov. 20 at his Hollister home. He was 77.
Mr. Rivera was a member of REACT, the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Boy Scouts, Knights of Columbus and was Citizen of the Year in 2000. He also was a former member of the San Benito County Grand Jury.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marcy Rivera of Hollister, children Alex Rivera Jr. of Fresno, Helen Sanchez of Hollister, Victoria Rivera of Salinas, Juanita Rivera of Hollister, Richard Rivera of Castroville, Manuel Rivera of Hollister, siblings Barney Rivera of Atwater, Mary Aranjo of Fresno, Natalie Agredano of Fresno, 15 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren.
The funeral is Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Interment and graveside services follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Larry Valencia
Larry Valencia, a Hollister resident and VFW member, died November 17, 2001. He was 56.
Mr. Valencia and his wife, Margaret, were married in Las Vegas in 1972. He was employed with Teledyne and had worked many years in Riverside before transferring to Hollister. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1965 to 1967 in the Vietnam War and was Past Commander of VFW Post 9242 and a member of Sacred Heart Church. He liked to fish and camp near the ocean and was an avid Rams fan.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Valencia is survived by children Eli Valencia of Hollister, Melissa Valencia of San Diego, Timmy Valencia of Hollister, parents Larry and Mary Valencia of Riverside, siblings George Valencia, Ray Valencia, Hector Valencia, Robert Valencia, Beatrice Steffen, Linda Idsten, Stella Diaz, Bertha Adame, Lizzie Cabrera of Riverside, grandchildren Eli Valencia Jr. and Anthony J. Valencia of Hollister.
A vigil and Rosary were Nov. 20, 2001. The funeral was Nov. 21 at Sacred Heart Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Interment and graveside service followed at Calvary Cemetery, where military rites were offered by VFW Post 9242.
Donations are preferred to Community Pantry c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.


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