Miscellaneous San Benito County, California Obituaries - 2001

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Week of November 16, 2001

Grace Graham Bedell
Grace Graham Bedell, who taught for 35 years in the North County School District, died Nov. 12, 2001 at Southside Convalescent Center. She was 91.
Mrs. Bedell was born in Santa Clara and moved to San Benito County at age 7. She attended Sacred Heart School, San Benito Jr. College and received her teaching credential from San Jose State College.
She was an avid golfer and bridge player.
Mrs. Bedell is survived by her husband of 58 years, O.J. Bedell, her children, Martha Crum and John Bedell, all of Hollister, grandchildren Ruth Crum, Patrick, Matthew and Jeffrey Bedell, and five great grandchildren.
The mass is today at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Contributions are preferred to the Sacred Heart Alter Society.

Mary Laverne Busby
Mary Laverne Busby, a longtime Hollister resident, died Nov. 11, 2001 at St. Louise Regional Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Busby was born in Richmond and was married for 57 years to Max Enyeart Busby, who survives her. She was a member of Sacred Heart/St. Benedicts Church and loved to knit, cross-stitch, do craft work, travel and dine out.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter Peggy Pierce of Hollister and her husband, Ray, son Greg Busby of Garnerville, Nev., and his wife, Penny, siblings Raymond Mathews of Walnut Creek, Regina Reid of Sacramento, grandchildren Nathan Pierce, Lisa Paterson, Danylle Kelly, Sheri Perry, Kimberly Nichols, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The rosary was Wednesday. A mass of Christian Burial will be today at 3 p.m. at St. Benedicts, 1200 Fairview Rd., Hollister. Inurnment will follow at St. Benedicts Columbarium. A reception will be held at the Pierce home, 390 Tina Dr., Hollister.
Donations are preferred to the church building fund c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.

Brian Jason Gonzalez
Brian Jason Gonzalez, infant son of Brian Gonzalez and Joelene Madani of Marina, died Nov. 8, 2001 at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto.
Brian is survived by his sister, Leeandra Rodriguez of Marina, grandparents Arthur Gonzalez of Salinas, Linda Nixon of Fresno and Irma Martinez of Hollister.
Visitation is today from 9-10 a.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home, followed by the funeral and graveside services at the IOOF Cemetery. Pastor Jim Achiles of Grace Bible Church will officiate.

Betty Jones
Betty Jones, a well-known nurse retired from Hazel Hawkins Hospital, died Nov. 11, 2001. She was 82.
Mrs. Jones attended Sacred Heart School, Hollister High, San Benito Jr. College and St. Luke’s Nursing College in San Francisco. She worked as a nurse in San Francisco until the death of her father in 1944, when she returned to Hollister and married Alvin A. Jones. After raising her daughters, she worked for 20 years at Hazel Hawkins, retired in 1989 and worked as a volunteer until 1999.
She was a member of Scared Heart Catholic Church, a charter member of the Gabilian Chapter of the Children’s Home Society (now the Kinship Center) and a member of the board of the local hospice.
Her husband preceded her in death. Mrs. Jones is survived by daughters Judy Furman and her husband, Bernie, of Hollister, Sally Tiffany and her husband, Bill, of Hollister, grandchildren Johnathan, Christopher and Sara Tiffany. Her parents, the late William and Alice Regan, were prominent orchardists in the area.
A mass will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Private inurnment is at the IOOF Cemetery. Contributions are preferred to the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation. Arrangements are under Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory.

Yolanda Emma Brookshire Vogel
Yolanda Emma Brookshire Vogel died peacefully at home Nov. 10, 2001. She was 78.
Emma, as she was known to friends and family, was born in Hollister on Oct. 8, 1923, and lived there most of her life. She was the daughter of John Wesley Brookshire and Yolanda Tabaracci. She attended Hollister schools, and in 1941 went to work at Wimpey's restaurant in Hollister, where she met and married William Vogel, her boss. He preceded her in death in 1971.
Mrs. Vogel then worked for K&S Market until her retirement in 1990. She came back part-time until her illness in 1998.
Mrs. Vogel loved her family and often cooked wonderful meals for gatherings. She fought lung cancer and for the past 3½ years enjoyed time with her family.
Mrs. Vogel is survived by her daughter and her husband, Billie Lynn and Richard Shell of Sacramento, grandchildren Shalene Shell Walker, Richawn Shell, Corinne Shell and Richard Shell Jr. of Sacramento, three great grandchildren, brothers in Hollister and their wives, whom she considered her sisters: Robert and Virginia Brookshire, Wesley and Betty Brookshire and Marco and Barbara Brookshire, aunts Made Sanchez of Stockton, Madeline Tricamo of San Leandro, and Soriana (Susie) Shelton of Hollister, as well as numerous nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her younger sister Josephine, and sister-in-law Ann Brookshire.
The funeral was Wednesday at the chapel of Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Following the services the interment was at the IOOF cemetery. Contributions to Hospice Of The Central Coast would be appreciated c/o the mortuary chapel.

John P. Weiss
John P. Weiss, a former Hollister resident and California Highway Patrol officer, died in Manteca on Nov. 8, 2001, at the age of 89.
Mr. Weiss was born in Hollister and also lived in Tracy and Santa Cruz.
Mr. Weiss was the husband of the late Mildred Weiss, who died in February. He is survived by his sons, Robert Weiss of Tracy and William Weiss of Bothell, Wash., sister Andrea Ames of Hollister, sister-in-law Louise Rehmus of Hollister, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Nov. 14 at the IOOF Cemetery in Hollister. Rev. Ardyess Golden of the United Methodist conducted the service.
Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements and cremation.

Week of November 9, 2001

Charles Thomas Brooke
Charles Thomas Brooke, both a magician and engineer for Underwriters Laboratories, died Oct. 31 in Fremont. He was 90.
Mr. Brooke moved to San Benito County in 1975 and was a member of Ridgemark Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed golf, woodcarving and lapidary.
Mr. Brooke received his engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati. He was honored by IBM in 1985 with the company’s highest honor. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and a former member of Hollister Lodge No. 211 and Hollister Elks Lodge No. 1436. He served in the Pacific in WWII as a captain in the U.S. Army.
His wife, Annabel D. Brooke, a golf instructor at Gavilan College, preceded him in death. He is survived by his children, Michael Thomas Brooke of Cincinnati, Charles Dean Brooke of Lake Steven, Wash., and Cherilyn D. Brooke-Eleazarraraz of Fremont, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The funeral was Nov. 6 at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home with entombment at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Donations are preferred to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.

Sylvia M. Herrera
Sylvia M. Herrera, a native of Durango, Mexico, and a 25-year resident of San Benito County, died recently after a long illness. She was 39.
Ms. Herrera was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Ms. Herrera is survived by her parents, Raul and Aurelia Herrera, daughter Leana Rae Herrera, siblings Relen Martinez and Thelma DeLeon, all of Hollister, Raul Herrera Jr. of Sacramento, Leticia Churchill of Texas, Michael Herrera of Redwood City, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation is Thursday until 8 p.m. at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home with a rosary at 7 p.m. in the chapel. The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 a.m., proceeding to Sacred Heart Church for a 10 a.m. funeral mass. Burial and graveside service will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Hollister.

Ronald “Ron” John Koch
Ron Koch, a well-known San Benito County farrier, died of a heart attack Oct. 31 while hunting with his son, Glenn, near Cody, Wyo. He was 69.
Mr. Koch shod horses for more than 40 years and taught the horseshoeing program at Gavilan College for 21 years. He and his wife, Ramona, bought their dream ranch and built a horse-training facility near Paicines two years ago.
The death was a shock to his friends and hunting buddies.
“He was as lean as they come,” said Bill Tye of Gilroy. “He was real religious with his checkups, and his heart was in great shape.”
Mr. Koch – or Ron, as he preferred – was born March 11, 1932 in the Salinas Valley. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Amarillo, Tex., and studied horseshoeing at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
His passion was hunting and trophies decorate the Koch home. Instead of goodbye, he often said, “Keep your powder dry.”
“He was off doing something he truly loved and embraced when he passed away,” said friend Charlie Tobias. “I don’t know if we could ask for much more.”
Mr. Koch is survived by his wife of 21 years, Ramona, children Sally Welly of Sandy, Utah, Joanne Koch of Berkeley, Glenn Koch of Hagerman, Id., son-in-law Pete Welly and grandchildren Leane and Bryan Welly and Lindsey Connell.
His family wrote this about him: Those who knew Ron Koch could count on this: he always got there early. Whether he was arriving to shoe a horse, or meet a friend for a hunting trip, or even visit the dentist, he was always there before the appointed time.
So, to the friends and customers of the long-time San Benito County farrier and cowboy, it wasn’t entirely out of character when Ronald John Koch reached his final destination early.
Following his wishes, there will be no funeral, but friends are invited to an informal celebration of his life. Nov. 11 at the Koch ranch in Paicines.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the California Rifle and Pistol Association c/o Ramona Koch, PO Box 5, Paicines, 95043 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Curtis R. Miller
Curtis R. Miller, a former Hollister policeman, died Nov. 2, 2001. He was 79.
Mr. Miller was born in Cooperton, Okla., and came to Hollister from Tulare nearly 45 years ago. Mr. Miller and his wife, Josephine, were married in 1960 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Mr. Miller worked many years as the chief of probation for San Benito County, was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight and District Deputy.
The funeral was Nov. 5 at St. Benedict’s Church. A Mass of Christian burial was also held at St. Benedict’s Church with Msgr. Charles Fatooh. A private entombment was Tuesday at Calvary Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Bernice Schell
Bernice Schell, a Gilroy native and San Martin resident, died Oct. 31 at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose. She was 81.
Mrs. Schell was married to her husband, Roy Schell, for 63 years.
She was a graduate of Live Oak High School and attended San Jose State University. She and her husband co-owned the San Martin Country Store from 1946 to 1980. She was a member of the San Martin Presbyterian Church, Women in Touch and The Others Club. She was an avid golfer and member of the Gilroy Golf Course.
She is survived by her son, Peter Schell of Gilroy, and his wife, Carolyn, grandchildren Robert Schell of Highland and Chantelle Deaver of Riverside, two great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Betty Schell of Gilroy, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial was held Nov. 4 at San Martin Presbyterian Church under direction of Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy. The family would appreciate donations to the church memorial fund.

Stephen James Schmitt Jr.
Stephen James Schmitt, a close friend of Fr. Ed Fitzhenry at Mission San Juan Bautista, died Nov. 5 in an auto accident. He was 26.
Mr. Schmitt, of San Jose, was studying at DeAnza College to teach English in Japan.
He is survived by his parents, Stephen and Tamara Schmitt of Mears, Mich., sisters Stacy Schmitt of San Jose and Samantha Schmitt of Michigan, daughter Emma Schmitt of Japan, grandparents Donna Lathers, Barbara Neiboer and Charles Swift of Michigan.
Mass is Friday at Old Mission San Juan Bautista. Inurnment will be in Michigan.

Rosa Mendes Valadao
Rosa Mendes Valadao, a Gilroy resident, died Nov. 3, 2001. She was 80.
Mrs. Valadao was born January 1, 1921 in Fonte Bastarde, Terceira, Azores and lived in Gilroy for 23 years. Mrs. Valadao was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gilroy.
Mrs. Valadao is survived by her husband, Jose Valadao of Gilroy, sons Jose Valadao of Gilroy and Francisco Valadao of Livingston and 10 grandchildren.
The Rosary is Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Mary’s Catholic Church in Gilroy. Visitation was at Johnson Funeral Home, 17720 Monterey St., Morgan Hill.
Graveside will be held Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Gilroy.
Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Chapel in Modesto are in charge of arrangements.

Ignacio Villanueva
Ignacio Villanueva, who worked for Grimsley RediMix and was a member of Sacred Heart Church, died Nov. 2. He was 48.
Mr. Villanueva was born in Condembaro, Mexico, and came to Hollister from San Marcos 11 years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Matilde Villanueva of Tres Pinos, children Victoria Villanueva of San Marcos, Francisco Villanueva of Tres Pinos and Ignacio Salvador Villanueva of Tres Pinos, siblings Rafael Villanueva of San Marcos, Virginia Villanueva of Mexico, Agripina Villanueva of Escondido, Teresa Villanueva of San Marcos, Maria del Refugio Villanueva of San Marcos, Maria de Los Angeles Villanueva of North Carolina, and parents Manuel and Maria Villanueva of San Marcos.
Mass was Nov. 7 at Sacred Heart Church. The rosary was at 7 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Interment will be at the San Marcos Cemetery in San Marcos.

Week of November 2, 2001

Frank R. Arballo
Frank R. Arballo, a lifetime resident of Hollister, died in Morgan Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 23. He was 68.
Mr. Arballo was a member of Sacred Heart Church and prior to his retirement was employed by Granite Construction.
Mr. Arballo is survived by his children, Frank Arballo Jr. of Granite Falls, Wash., Penny Cordova of Mesa, Ariz., Michael Arballo of Yuma, Ariz., Sandra Martinez of Winslow, Ariz., and Patricia Arballo of Mesa, Ariz., his two brothers John and Joe Arballo both of Hollister, as well as 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Memorial services were held on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Rev. Miguel Grajeda of Sacred Heart Church officiated.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.

Angelina Bernal
Angelina Bernal, a longtime Hollister resident, died on Friday, Oct. 26 at the age of 83.
Mrs. Bernal was educated in Clovis and moved to San Benito County in 1939. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Catholic Ladies Aid Society of Sacred Heart Church. She enjoyed traveling often after her retirement from the Bank of America, where she was a teller for 16 years. She was also employed by Williams Pharmacy in Hollister for eight years, K & S Market for eight years and at the original Safeway on San Benito Street for three years.
She is survived by her brother, Gabriel B. Diaz of Hollister, as well as her close friends Ralph and Mae Landeros of Hollister, John and Virginia Tinoco and Edward and Louise Medina of Sanger.
Visitation was Monday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The funeral began Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home and proceeded to Calvary Cemetery for the graveside service.
Donations are preferred to the Catholic Ladies Aid Society at Sacred Heart Church c/o Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.

Katie L. Bisceglia
Katie L. Bisceglia, a Hollister resident for 70 years, died Friday, Oct. 26 at the age of 81.
Mrs. Bisceglia was born in Holtville. She was a member of Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception Parishes and belonged to Teamsters Local 890 of Salinas. She loved to crochet and often gave her handiwork as gifts to her family and friends. She enjoyed flying and traveled to Europe, Mexico and the East Coast. She also enjoyed traveling to Reno with her friends.
She was employed by the Hollister Canning Company and spent 35 years in that industry.
Mrs. Bisceglia was preceded in death by her parents, Zenon and Maria Luz Lopez, her son, Jesse Miranda Sr., brother Joe Lopez and sister Ynes Lopez. She is survived by her husband, Eugene J. Bisceglia Sr. of Hollister, son David Talavera Sr. of Hollister, daughters Cruz Arballo of Hollister, Rachel Rushing of Marina, Angie Garcia of Los Banos, Terry Juarez of San Juan Bautista and Diane Miranda of Hollister, her brothers Pedro Lopez, Celso Lopez, Ralph Lopez, Angel Lopez, Senon Lopez, and Isaac Lopez Sr., her sisters Juana Lopez, Maria Lopez, Victoria Reyes and Enedina Canales as well as 27 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A rosary was held Sunday at 7 p.m. at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. A Mass was held at 2 p.m. on Monday at St. Benedicts Church. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to the Heart Fund.

Helen E. Haruff
Helen E. Haruff, a longtime Hollister resident, died suddenly at her home on Oct. 28. She was 92.
Mrs. Haruff was born in Limon, Colo., and attended Colorado State College at Greeley. She received her teaching credential and taught at a rural school. She met her husband while he was in medical school at the University of Colorado and they were married when he graduated and became a doctor. The couple moved to San Benito County from San Francisco more than 60 years ago.
Mrs. Haruff was a homemaker and was active in the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary, Hollister Women’s Club, PTA’s of the local elementary and high schools and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Guild and Altar Society, among others. She was a Grand Master Bridge player, and played with two long-lived clubs. She also enjoyed Pedro nights in Tres Pinos as well as rummy with her grandchildren.
She traveled the world with her husband and recorded their trips through photography. She was proud of her garden and her home, which served as the center for family celebrations.
Mrs. Haruff was preceded in death by her husband John Haruff, who died in 1992, as well as her five sisters and one brother. She is survived by her daughter Marjorie Filseth of Toronto, son John J. Haruff of San Carlos, as well as three grandsons, two granddaughters and two great grandchildren.
Arrangements for private cremation were through Grunnagle Ament Nelson Crematory. Private interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, Colorado.
Donations are preferred to the Red Cross c/o the mortuary.

Sandra Lea Martin
Sandra Lea Martin died on Friday, October 26 in Boulder Creek, Calif. She was 44.
Ms. Martin is survived by her parents, Evan Thomas Post and Bette Arnott Post, her brothers and their wives, Michael Thomas Post and Marie of West Linn, Ore., Richard Allen Post and Jennifer of Morgan Hill, her grandmother Elsie Ingram of Gilroy as well as several nieces and nephews.
Ms. Martin was last employed as a Statistical Analyst with Applied Materials.
The memorial service will be held at Johnson Funeral Home in Morgan Hill on Thursday, November 1 at 11 a.m.
Donations are requested to St. Francis of Assisi, 17297 Chesbro Lake Drive, Morgan Hill, Calif., 95037.

Maria L. Moitoso
Maria L. Moitoso, a Hollister resident, died Friday, October 26 at Hazel Hawkins Convalescent Hospital. She was 68.
Mrs. Moitoso was born and educated in the Azore Islands. She came to San Benito County in 1957 and was employed by the Guerra Nut Company for over 30 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Portuguese organizations S.D.E.S. and I.D.E.S. She was a dedicated volunteer for the Portuguese Fiesta every year, which included decorating the Portuguese Hall. She loved to travel, camp, fish and take long walks outdoors. In her spare time she made afghans for her family. Her children say she was especially devoted to her family and loved family get-togethers.
She is survived by her husband, Antonio “Tony S.” Moitoso of Hollister, her son Tony Moitoso Jr. of Hollister, her daughter and son-in-law, Lidia and Chris Champion of Sacramento, her granddaughter Kristen Maria Champion of Sacramento, her brother Daniel Duarte of San Jose, her sisters Delfina Silveira of New York and Marta Dutra of Florida as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to the rosary on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Family and friends will leave the mortuary chapel on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to go to Sacred Heart Church for a Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Donation may be made to Children’s Cancer Research c/o the mortuary chapel.

Jerry Randolph Ruvalcaba
Jerry Randolph Ruvalcaba, a Hollister native, died on Wednesday Oct. 24 at the age of 41.
Mr. Ruvalcaba was a resident of Hollister all his life and worked mainly as a chef, most recently at the Ding a Ling Café.
Mr. Ruvalcaba is survived by his mother, Mary Lou Ruiz of Pacific Grove, his father, Evaristo Ruvalcaba of Hollister, his daughter, Laura Ruvalcaba of Reno, as well as his brothers and sisters, Larry Ruvalcaba of Woodland, Ronnie Ruvalcaba of Hollister, Gilbert Ruvalcaba of Hollister, Tracie Ruvalcaba of Hollister and Andrea Ruvalcaba of Gilroy.
Vigil and prayer services were held Monday at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. The funeral was Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Ruben Matuk and Jim DeLaPena officiated.
Interment and graveside services followed at Calvary Cemetery. A reception followed the graveside services at the Apostolic Full Gospel Church of Christ on Santa Ana Road.
Donations are preferred to a memorial fund in memory of Jerry c/o the funeral home.

Donald Francis Wills
Donald Francis Wills, a Hollister resident, died at his home on Friday, Oct. 26 after a long illness. He was 54.
Mr. Wills was an honor graduate of the University of Phoenix with a degree in business management. He worked as an analyst and business manager at United Technologies Corp. for the past 18 years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed conquering the Poppy Hills Golf Course. His hobbies included tending his garden, cooking, walking the beach at the dunes of Pajaro and listening to nature. He served in the U.S. Army as a guided missile mechanic during the Vietnam Era.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Wills. He is survived by his loving companion, Diane Darnell of Gilroy, parents Bertram and Theresa Wills of Haverhill, Mass., twin brother Dennis Wills of Leominster, Mass., brother Douglas Wills of Sacramento, sister Eileen Wills of Methuen, Mass., daughter Sherri Shedd of Derry, N.H., son Kevin Wills of Kanoehe, Hawaii, and grandson Nathan Shedd of Derry, N.H. He was a beloved friend of the McIntyre Clan.
A memorial mass will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista. A gathering of friends will take place at 3 p.m. at Jardines de San Juan restaurant in San Juan Bautista. Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Odyssey Health Care of Santa Clara County.

Week of October 26, 2001

Abel Campos
Abel Campos, a San Benito County resident for more than 40 years, died Saturday, October 20 at the age of 52.
Mr. Campos was an avid soccer player and coached the boys and girls soccer teams at Spring Grove School. He also played on and was a coach for a Hollister soccer team.
Mr. Campos was a bus driver for the North County School District and worked as a maintenance employee for Spring Grove School.
Mr. Campos is survived by his daughter and her husband Marisa and Ralph Palacio of Salinas, son Ariel Campos of Northridge, daughter Tina Campos of Hollister, parents Ausencio and Rita Campos of Hollister, sisters Marina Campos, Blanca Overpeck, Gloria Campos, Laura Orona and Abelina Campos, brothers Joe Campos, William Campos and Daniel Campos as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral was Tuesday at noon in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Burial and graveside services followed at Calvary Cemetery in Hollister.

Salvador A. Castro
Salvador A. Castro, a Hollister resident, died Monday, October 22 at the age of 75.
Mr. Castro was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and moved to San Benito County from Casa Grande, Ariz., in 1968. He was employed as a golf cart mechanic for Ridgemark Golf and Country Club.
Mr. Castro was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Castro, who died in February 1993. He is survived by his children, Michael Castro of Hollister, Mark Castro of Hollister, Lillian Castro of Santa Cruz, Sylvia Castro of San Jose, Rosemary Castro of Hollister, Victor Castro of Morgan Hill, Edward Castro of Marina, Elizabeth Castro of Hollister and Helen Castro of Hollister, as well as 27 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Private arrangements for cremation have been conducted by Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory in Hollister.

Adelaide Florence Grosslein Di Marco
Adelaide Florence (Grosslein) Di Marco died unexpectedly Oct. 21 in San Jose. She was 83.
She was born May 31, 1918, in Minneapolis, Minn. The family moved to Santa Clara County in 1938, when her father accepted the position of general manager for Bee Gee Manufacturing Co. in Gilroy. The family maintained a 10-acre prune and walnut ranch on Barrett Avenue in Morgan Hill.
Mrs. Di Marco attended San Jose State for classes that would enable her to enter nurse's training at O'Connor Hospital. She earned a certificate as a registered nurse in October 1941 from the old O'Connor Hospital, where the Midtown San Jose Safeway store now stands.
While working as a nurse in the old Wheeler Hospital in Gilroy, Mrs. Di Marco and her sister enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Both served at March Air Force Base in Riverside, where the future Mrs. Di Marco was promoted to first lieutenant. Mrs. Di Marco and her sister received orders to ship out to the Far East, but the orders were rescinded days before their scheduled departure when the war came to an end.
After the war, she returned to the family ranch. She would meet her future husband in January 1953 at his the medical practice he shared in Morgan Hill with Dr. J. Alison Cary.
"We were looking for a nurse," her husband recently said. "She made it clear that she'd only come to work part-time - until we found a permanent replacement."
The Di Marcos were married seven months later, on Aug. 11, at Mission San Carlos de Borromeo de Carmelo. A year later, Raymond accepted a residency in dermatology at Stanford Hospital.
Mrs. Di Marco is survived by her husband and partner of 48 years, Raymond H. Di Marco, M.D.; her sons, Michael, Robert, Jeffrey, Stephen, John, James and Paul, sister Marie L. Barrett and four grandchildren.
The Di Marcos reared their seven sons in San Jose while he maintained a 30-year dermatology practice in Sunnyvale.
"What a wonderful life we had together," her husband said. "She really was the most charming woman I ever met."
A funeral Mass was Thursday at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, 88 Race St., San Jose. Burial will follow in Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.

Theresa F. Smith
Theresa F. Smith, a San Benito County native, died on Sunday, October 21. She was 84.
Mrs. Smith was born in New Idria in 1917. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and worked as a homemaker and housewife most of her adult life.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Smith, who died in 1973, her son, John Smith, who died in 1999 and her sisters, Marty Machado, Margaret Gutierrez and Ida Larios. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Jim and Barbara Smith of South Lake Tahoe and Robert and Michelle Smith of Hollister, her daughter-in-law Diana Smith of Salinas, her brother Andrew Fernandez of Hollister as well as nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m.
Services will be held Wednesday morning from the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. proceeding to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a funeral Mass commencing at 10 a.m.
Burial and graveside services will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hollister.
Contributions are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Annie Duarte Sahagun
Annie Duarte Sahagun, a Hollister resident, died at Hazel Hawkins Hospital on Tuesday, October 16 after a brief illness. She was 62.
Mrs. Sahagun was born in Firebaugh Calif. She and her husband, Salvador Sahagun were married in Hollister in 1962. She worked most recently for Fairview Packing Co.
She was a member of Mission San Juan Bautista and the Teamsters Local 890. She was crowned Fiesta Rodeo Queen in 1958 and was involved in community affairs by helping translate for new immigrants in the area.
Mrs. Sahagun is survived by her husband, Salvador Sahagun of Hollister, her children and their spouses, Mary Theresa and Ramundo Alvarez of Hollister, Elizabeth Sahagun of Hollister, Caroline Sahagun of Hollister and Guadalupe and Alfredo Garcia of Hollister, her sisters Lucy Herrera of San Jose, Mary Avalos of Hollister, Lola Duarte of Texas, Paula Serrato of Salinas, Cecilia Duarte of Hollister and Lupe Duarte of Hollister, her brothers Peter Duarte of Hollister, Ralph Duarte of Hollister, Ramon Duarte of Hollister, Manuel Duarte of Hollister and Augustine Duarte Jr. of Hollister as well as ten grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Augustine and Francisca Duarte, her brothers, Johnny Duarte, Rudy Duarte, Josie Ortega and her niece, Mary Ann Duarte.
The Rosary was held on Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m. at black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.
The funeral began on Saturday, October 20 at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home then proceeded to Mission San Juan Bautista where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m.
Interment and graveside services followed the Mass at San Juan District Cemetery. A reception followed the services at the family home.
Friends paid their respects after noon on Friday at the funeral home chapel. Donations are preferred to The American Cancer Society.

Jose Luis Sanchez
Jose Luis Sanchez, an employee of Willow Creek Construction Co. and a Hollister resident for 20 years, died Oct. 20 in Hollister. He was 38.
Mr. Sanchez and his wife, Guadalupe, were married on Feb. 26, 1982, in Sahuayo, Michoacan, Mexico. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Sanchez is survived by his children, Armando, Maricela, Myra, Jose Jr. and Lisette Sanchez, all of Hollister, siblings Jesus Sanchez, Salvador Sanchez and Augustine Sanchez of Hollister, Alfredo Sanchez and Carmen Sanchez Ceja of Las Vegas, Olivia Avalos and Sandra Rogel of Mexico, Alicia Ochoa and Griselda Sanchez of Hollister. He also is survived by his father, Luis Sanchez of Mexico.
A rosary and vigil is tonight at 7 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. The funeral is 9 a.m. Friday beginning at the home and proceeding to Sacred Heart Church at 10 a.m. Interment and services will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Friends can pay their respects today until 9 p.m. at Black Cooper.

Theresa F. Smith
Theresa F. Smith, a San Benito County native, died on Sunday, October 21. She was 84.
Mrs. Smith was born in New Idria in 1917. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and worked as a homemaker and housewife most of her adult life.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Smith, who died in 1973, her son, John Smith, who died in 1999 and her sisters, Marty Machado, Margaret Gutierrez and Ida Larios. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Jim and Barbara Smith of South Lake Tahoe and Robert and Michelle Smith of Hollister, her daughter-in-law Diana Smith of Salinas, her brother Andrew Fernandez of Hollister as well as nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends visited the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m.
Services were Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and proceeded to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a funeral Mass at 10 a.m.
Burial and graveside services followed at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hollister.
Contributions are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association.


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