|Week of October 19, 2001
Ann Elizabeth DeRosa
Ann Elizabeth DeRosa, a longtime San Benito County resident, died Sunday,
October 14 at the age of 95.
Mrs. DeRosa moved to San Francisco from Pennsylvania with her parents
when she was two years old. She came to San Benito County at the age of
16 and a few years later, on November 28, 1925, married Frank G. DeRosa
at Sacred Heart Church in Hollister. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church,
and was also active in A.Y.L.I., traveling with them on many trips. She
especially enjoyed visiting Hawaii. She loved to play Blackjack with her
friends locally and also in Tahoe.
Mrs. DeRosa was a self-employed homemaker and devoted mother to her
daughters, especially Betty Lee DeRosa who needed special care all her
life and now survives her mother. When her husband was alive they operated
a trucking company and he farmed in San Juan Bautista and in Southside
Mrs. DeRosa is survived by her daughter Beverly Rodgers and son-in-law
R.C. Rodgers of Hollister, daughter Betty Lee DeRosa of Hollister, granddaughter
Denise Thome of Hollister, great grandsons Nathan Michael Thome and Kevin
Rodgers Thome of Hollister, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was
preceded in death by her husband Frank G. DeRosa, who died in 1985, her
grandson Don William Rodgers, brothers John Volosing and Andrew Volosing,
and sister Mary Stout.
Friends are invited to visit at the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Friday from 9
a.m. until 12:30 p.m. when family and friends will leave the mortuary to
attend a 1 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church. Interment will follow at the
IOOF cemetery in Hollister.
Donations are preferred to Sacred Heart School c/o the mortuary chapel.
Week of October 11, 2001
Jose M. Ruiz
Jose M. Ruiz, A Hollister resident, died on Wednesday, October 10 at
the age of 66.
Mr. Ruiz is survived by his wife, Maria Ruiz of Hollister, his children
and their spouses, Beatriz and Sergio Ruiz of Paramount, Jose Elias and
Maria Enoes Ruiz of Lowell, Ariz., Sergio and Vilma Ruiz of Van Nuys, Alicia
and Samuel Solorio of Hollister, Lidia and Jesus Orozco of Lomita, Juana
and Jose Zendejas of Paramount, Maria Guadalupe and Jaime Ruiz of Upland,
Maria de Los Angeles Ruiz of Hollister, Siria and Fernando Cortez of Gilroy
and Miguel and Araceli Ruiz of Hollister. He is also survived by 10 brothers
and sisters and 27 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Mr. Ruiz was born in Cerrito Colorado, Michoacan, Mexico. He and his
wife, Maria, were married in 1956 in Cerrito Colorado, Mexico. He came
to the Hollister area at the age of 17 and worked many jobs, the last being
with San Benito Foods. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and Teamsters
Local 890. He died at Hazel Hawkins Hospital.
The Rosary was on Friday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church.
The funeral began on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Black Cooper
Sander Funeral Home and proceeded to St. Benedict's Church where a Mass
of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:00 a.m.
Interment and graveside services followed the Mass at Calvary Cemetery,
Friends paid their respects at Black Cooper Sander on Friday from noon
until 5:30 p.m. and then at Sacred Heart Church from 6:00 until service
Fred Wayne Strome
Fred Wayne Strome, owner of San Martin Electric, died on Tuesday, October
2. He was 64.
Mr. Strome owned and operated San Martin Electric for over 30 years.
He was active in the V.F.W., Fish and Game, Ducks Unlimited and Elk’s of
He is survived by his wife, Claudine (Karen) Strome, his children;
Christine Sirianni of Palo Alto, Claudette Sexton and her husband Lee of
Kent, Wash., Janet Green and her husband Steve of Redwood Valley, David
Newsome of Modesto, Greg Lammers of Morgan Hill, Kent Lammers of Cubia,
N.Y., Joan Hill of Turlock, sister Pat Neel of Fresno, as well as five
Visitation was held at Johnson Funeral Home in Morgan Hill on October
9 from 5 – 8 p.m. The funeral took place at Johnson Funeral Home on October
10 at 9:30 a.m. with internment following at San Joaquin Valley National
Cemetery, 32053 West McCabe Road, Gustine.
Family requests donations to the American Disease Research Foundation,
50 Court Street 306A, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201-4801 or American Cancer Society
1717 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 100, Campbell, Calif. 95008-0607.
Fred L. Todd
Fred L. Todd, a Hollister resident, died on Thursday afternoon at the
age of 86.
Mr. Todd was born in Oklahoma and came to Hollister 20 years ago at
the age of nine. Mr. Todd formerly owned and operated the Mission Freight
Lines and sold his business to Delta Freight Lines in the early 1960’s
where he continued to work as General Manager until his retirement.
Mr. Todd served in the Army Air Corp. during World War II. He served
as a civilian flight instructor and was an active pilot with the Air transport
Command in Alaska and China. Mr. Todd was awarded the D.F.C. and the Air
Medal W/2 Cluster. Mr. Todd loved to fly and flew eight years with the
Civil Air Patrol on Search and Rescue. He was still flying at the age of
Mr. Todd was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tres
Pinos, SIRS of Hollister, Ridgemark Golf and Country Club, Incline Village
Golf and Country Club, LaRinconda Country Club and was a former member
of the Hollister Elks Lodge.
Mr. Todd is survived by his wife, Angela B. Todd, his children and
their spouses Judith and Bob Lyon of Oakland, Bruce and Cindy Todd of Los
Gatos, son Robert Todd of San Diego, grandchildren Paul Lyon of Santa Rosa,
Kristin Sankey of Australia, Julie Horn of Fremont, Robyn Todd of Berkeley,
Alyson Todd of San Diego, Robert Todd and Christine Todd of Los Gatos as
well as three great grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered Tuesday, October 16 at 11 a.m. at the
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tres Pinos. Fr. Larry Betrozoff
Services and arrangements for cremation are under the direction of
Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home in Hollister.
Contributions are preferred to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church,
Disabled Veterans of America or Hospice.
Week of October 5, 2001
Frances Garrett Jones
Frances Jones, a native of the San Juan Valley, died Thursday, September
20 at the age of 94.
Mrs. Jones was born in 1907 on Bixby Lane in San Juan Valley. She was
raised on her family’s farm, where they grew sugar beets, which were transported
by horse and wagon to Sprecklel’s Sugar Company in Salinas.
Mrs. Jones is survived by her daughter, Beverly Jones, son Clarence
Jones Jr., and brother Bud Garrett of Hollister. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Clarence Jones, and her sisters Helen Garrett and Esma
Mrs. Jones was interred in the family plot at the IOOF cemetery in
Marcos Castaneda Lopez
Marcos Castaneda, a Hollister resident, died at his home early Tuesday,
October 2 at the age of 85.
Mr. Castaneda was born in El Teul de Gonzalez Ortega, Zacatecas, Mexico
and came to the United States in 1945 as a “bracero.” He saw the Statue
of Liberty as he arrived in New York and the experience made a lasting
impression on him. He moved from New York to Texas and arrived in California
in 1952. He worked for many farmers in the area during his working life.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and was married for 51 years
to his late wife, Elpidia Perez de Castaneda, who died September 17.
He is survived by his children, Hector Castaneda of Morgan Hill, Olivia
Castaneda of San Mateo, Joseph Marcos Castaneda of Hollister, Ana Maria
deAlba of Hollister, Norma Castaneda of Hollister, Sylvia Castaneda Patton
of San Jose and Daniel Castaneda of Gilroy, his sister Luz Maria Flores
of Palmdale as well as 13 grandchildren.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 1 p.m. at Sacred
Heart Church. Friends may gather at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home at
12:15 to prepare to go to the Church.
Interment will follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery.
Janie Helen Martindill
Janie Helen Martindill, a South Santa Clara resident, died Wednesday,
September 17 in Morgan Hill at the age of 92.
Mrs. Martindill was a long time resident of Bell Gardens, Calif., but
had lived the last six years of her life in the Santa Clara Valley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie G. Martindill, son
Richard E. Martindill, brothers Fay Clark German, Glenn Donovan German,
Norman James German and sisters Gladys Irma Hansen and Cleapha Rosella
“Wink” Mathewson. She is survived by her son Steven L. Martindill of Morgan
Hill, sister Nellie J. Harsh of Roland Heights, Calif., and grandchildren
Travis James Martindill, Katie Michelle Martindill, Ashlee Nicole Martindill,
Corey Scott Martindill and Tobey Jozef Martindill.
Mrs. Martindill was a very active member of the Bell Gardens Baptist
Arrangements are being handled by Johnson Funeral Home, 17720 Monterey
Street, Morgan Hill.
Services will be held at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif.,
on Monday, October 8 at 3 p.m.
Mary Hernandez Moura
Mary Hernandez Moura, a long time Hollister resident, died Sunday,
September 30 at the age of 81.
Mrs. Moura was born on March 10, 1920 to Bridget and Frank Hernandez,
former orchardists in Paicines and Hollister. She moved to San Benito County
in 1930 and attended San Benito High School.
She is survived by her husband, Edward Moura of Hollister, sons Frank
Arzie of Hollister, Larry Arzie of Los Gatos and George Howard of New York,
stepsons Allen Moura of Newark and Mark Moura of San Diego, sisters Betty
Sanchez of Modesto, Frances Hernandez of Hollister, Eleanor Pitta of Union
City and Madelene Aguilar of Union City, brother Chris Hernandez of Modesto,
granddaughters Chantel Howard of Los Gatos and Alicia Howard of New York
and step grandson Jeremy Moura of Newark as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother Justo Hernandez, stepson Jonathan
Moura and grandson Scott Arzie.
The funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission
Boulevard in Hayward.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to “Scott Arzie Memorial
Scholarship Fund” in care of Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.
Leo Dwain "Hap" Richardson
Hap Richardson, a resident of Prunedale, died Saturday, September 22,
at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital from complications after lung cancer
surgery. He was 72.
Mr. Richarson was born on April 12, 1929 in Leedy, Oklahoma and lived
in Prunedale for nearly 40 years. He joined the United States Navy in 1944
and began his active duty in Bainbridge, Maryland as a Military Police
Officer, and later took reassignment as a heavy equipment operator. He
was decorated with five medals of honor including a World War II Victory
medal, American Area Campaign medal, European African Campaign medal, Asiatic
Pacific Campaign medal, and Good Conduct medal. He retired from the United
States Navy in 1967 after 23 years of service.
After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Richardson settled in Monterey County
and sold British cars on the Monterey Peninsula. He joined the Jaguar Club
of the Monterey Bay as a charter member, joined the Sports Car club of
America. He raced British sports cars as a hobby and sped himself to multiple
finish lines throughout California and as far away as Ontario, Canada.
His precision driving caught the attention of many sports writers and became
the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. He raced and collected
trophies until 1974 when his new hobby ? roping horses - forced him to
hang up his helmet and buy a saddle.
Mr. Richardson opened Hap's Trailer Sales in 1972. He sold his trailers
to other local racers who needed to haul their cars back and forth to various
racing venues. Over the years, the demand for car trailers transitioned
into a demand for horse trailers, and following that business trend, he
built Hap's Trailer Sales into the business it is today.
Mr. Richardson was an active member of the Monterey County Sheriff’s
Posse and was always available when help was needed.
Mr. Richardson was devoted husband, father, and trustworthy friend.
He loved life and was very well known for his laughter and teasing. When
he was in the Navy, he earned the nickname "Hap" because he was always
happy and would never let an opportunity slip by to say something funny
to make others laugh.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jeannie Richardson of Prunedale,
daughter, Tammy Richardson of Orlando, Florida, and granddaughter, Amy
Nilsson also of Orlando, Florida.
A memorial service for Mr. Richardson will take place at 11 a.m. Friday
at the Monterey County Sheriffs Posse Grounds located at 395 Old Natividad
Road in Salinas. A potluck reception for family and friends will follow
immediately after the service. For directions and information, call Hap's
Trailer Sales at 449?1144. Cremation has taken place.
Arrangements are under the direction of Struve and Laporte Funeral
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American
Week of September 27, 2001
Rosario Cuevas, a Hollister resident for six years, died on Friday,
September 21 at the age of 47.
Mrs. Cuevas was born in Mexico and moved to Hollister to be with her
family. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and worked for Hollister
She is survived by her children, Jorge Sayun Cuevas of Mexico City,
Abril Sayun Cuevas Arredondo of Hollister and Janin Sayun Cuevas of Jalisco,
her sons in law Juan Arredondo of Hollister, and Jose Zaragosa of Mexico
and her daughter in law, Fabiola Marin of Mexico, her brothers and sisters,
Alfredo Cuevas of Hollister, Miguel Cuevas of Mexico, Margarita Cuevas
of Mexico and Ignacio Cuevas of Mexico and her granddaughter, Brenda Arredondo
of Hollister, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral
Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.
Interment will be in Panteon San Lorenzo, Culhuacan, Mexico.
Hugh Leon Little
Mr. Hugh Leon Little, a Hollister resident, died of natural causes
on Tuesday, September 18 at the age of 74.
Mr. Little was born in Columbia, Missouri and served in the Navy during
World War II. He was employed as a night clerk at the Thrifty Inn Motel
for the last two years.
He is survived by his sons; Michael Little of Hollister and Mark Alexander
of Redwood City as well as five grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis Memorial Chapel
Master violinist Isaac Stern dead at 81
By MARTIN STEINBERG
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Isaac Stern, the master violinist who saved Carnegie
Hall from the wrecking ball, died Saturday, September 22. He was 81.
Stern, who was one of the last great string players of his generation
and helped advance the careers of a new generation - including Itzhak Perlman,
Pinchas Zukerman and Yo-Yo Ma - died of heart failure at New York Weill
Cornell Medical Center.
``Isaac was far more than a musician. He was a person who was outstanding
in everything, whether thinking about politics, or business, or as a humanitarian,''
said Sandy Weill, chairman of Carnegie Hall and chairman of Citigroup.
Weill said he and Stern, Carnegie's president, worked ``to create a
proper kind of endowment to rebuild the hall. And we were very, very successful.''
Five-foot-6, rotund and with pudgy, dimpled hands, Stern commanded
a rich tone and steady rhythm from his 18th century Guarneri instrument.
With his dynamo energy and fluid bow strokes, he was equally at home with
the mathematical contortions of Bach, the fury of Beethoven, the syncopations
of Brahms and the convulsions of 20th century composers.
He was one of the most recorded classical musicians in history, making
well over 100 recordings.
Supporter of Israel, tireless concertizer, teacher and raconteur, Stern
played well over 175 performances at Carnegie Hall, America's musical temple
renown for its acoustics.
The hall at Seventh Avenue and 57th Street was built by industrialist
Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1891 with a concert conducted in part by
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
``Carnegie was, is and will not be only a building. It's an idea. It's
a mythology, a necessary mythology about music,'' Stern recalled in a 1997
interview with CNN's Larry King.
In the late 1950s, as the city was planning Lincoln Center, a developer
proposed razing Carnegie and building a 44-story office tower with panels
of bright red porcelain and diagonally placed windows. Life magazine in
1957 described the architect's plan as ``a strange-looking checkerboard.''
Using his prestige and his contacts among fellow artists and benefactors,
Stern rallied the opposition, eventually securing legislation that enabled
the city to acquire the building in 1960 for $5 million.
``I talked a lot,'' Stern told King. ``It's something I do very well.
When you believe in something, you can move mountains. I knew that this
could not disappear from the face of the Earth.''
Stern was born in 1920 in Ukraine in the fledgling Soviet Union. His
parents brought him to America when he was 10 months old, settling in San
Believing that music was an essential ingredient to education, they
started him on the piano at age 6. Two years later, after hearing a friend's
violin playing, he picked up the fiddle and wound up playing it for the
rest of his life. Ironically, he never went to college.
He studied at the San Francisco Conservatory and with Naoum Blinder,
concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony and a violinist of the Russian
school of playing.
``He taught me to teach myself, which is the greatest thing a teacher
can do,'' Stern recalled in a 1987 interview with the Guardian.
At 16, Stern attracted his first national attention, performing the
Brahms Violin Concerto with Pierre Monteux conducting the San Francisco
Symphony in a concert broadcast on national radio.
Seven years later, on Jan. 8, 1943, he made his Carnegie Hall debut
in a recital produced by the impresario Sol Hurok. Performing with pianist
Alexander Zakin, who became his longtime accompanist, Stern played Mozart,
Bach, Szymanowski, Brahms and Wieniawski.
``I played almost defiantly, to demonstrate my skills, to show them
all what I was capable of doing with the fiddle,'' Stern recalled in his
1999 memoir, ``My First 79 Years.''
The performance attracted the attention of composer-critic Virgil Thomson.
Writing in the New York Herald Tribune, Thomson proclaimed him ``one of
the world's master fiddle players.''
He later played in countless places around the world: in Iceland, Greenland
and the South Pacific for Allied troops during World War II; in Moscow
after Stalin's death; on Jerusalem's Mount Scopus immediately after Israeli
soldiers recaptured it in 1967; in China months after Washington restored
full diplomatic relations in 1979. One country he refused to perform in
was Germany, which he boycotted for years because of the Holocaust.
During the 1991 Gulf War, a concert in Jerusalem was interrupted by
a siren warning of an Iraqi Scud missile attack. After the audience put
on gas masks, Stern returned to the stage and played the Sarabande from
Bach's D minor Partita for solo violin. Stern didn't wear one, saying he
doubted Saddam Hussein would fire missiles at Jerusalem with its many Muslim
holy sites and large Palestinian population.
``It was a very eerie sensation to look out in the hall with the audience
covered with gas masks,'' he said.
Through the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, he helped finance
the studies of many Israeli performers, including Perlman and Zukerman.
He also helped arrange for Ma to study with the great cellist Leonard Rose
- Stern's partner in the much recorded Istomin-Stern-Rose trio, along with
the pianist Eugene Istomin; and approached Hurok about the sensational
At his peak, Stern would perform more than 200 concerts a year - two
every 31/2 days.
He also played in the movies ``Humoresque'' and ``Fiddler on the Roof''
and on TV's ``Sesame Street.'' The Academy Award winning documentary ``From
Mozart to Mao'' chronicled Stern's performance and tutoring in China in
1979 after the Cultural Revolution.
Stern ended his boycott of Germany in 1999 for a nine-day teaching
seminar, saying it was time to see how young German musicians were absorbing
their musical heritage of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn.
``It isn't very human not to give people a chance to change. The time
came when I wanted to hear, search and think. With my visit, I forgive
nothing,'' he said at the time.
``I have a responsibility to pass on to the next generation what I
learned from my teachers,'' Stern said. ``It keeps me young and reminds
me where I came from. Teaching young artists is like giving water to a
Survivors include his wife, Linda Reynolds Stern, whom he married in
1996; three children from a previous marriage, daughter Shira, a rabbi,
and sons Michael and David, both conductors; and five grandchildren.
Stern, president of Carnegie Hall since 1960, ``was the inspiration
for all of us to scale higher heights to create an institution that would
really make the world feel better,'' said Weill. ``What we did in reaching
out to young people in public schools was really unique.''
Stern, who suffered from heart disease for several years and had undergone
bypass surgery, was in and out of the hospital for the past six weeks,
Their last conversation was a few weeks ago, and ``his spirits were
good right to the end,'' Weill said.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carnegie Hall Isaac
Stern Education Endowment Fund. The funeral will be private, Diebold said.
V. Keith Stone
Mr. V. Keith Stone, a descendant of a pioneer family in San Benito
County, died in Forsyth, Montana on Saturday, September 23 at the age of
Mr. Stone was orphaned in 1934 and raised by Claude L. Stone. He married
Josephine Hooton on November 7, 1942 in Hollister. He dry-land farmed with
Claude Stone in San Benito County until 1967, when he moved to Montana
to continue farming.
He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Edward Stone and his
brothers Jim Sanborn and Doug Sanborn. He is survived by his daughters
and their husbands; Virginia and Dennis Stevenson of Montrose, Colo., June
and Everett Baker of Hollister, and Judy and Ted Bacon of Wise River, Mont.,
his son and daughter-in-law Marvin and Mary Stone of San Juan Bautista,
his son K. Vernon Stone of Sheridan, Mont., his sisters Shiela Wyatt and
Jan Rica and his brothers Mack Stone and Macy Sanborn, as well as 14 grandchildren
and 14 great grandchildren.
Week of September 21, 2001
Refugio M. Campos
Mr. Refugio M. Campos, a Hollister resident, died Tuesday, September
18 at the age of 75.
Mr. Campos was born in Tyler, Texas, moved to Gilroy in 1948 and became
a resident of San Benito County in 1994. He worked in the Landscaping and
Maintenance Department for the City of Gilroy for many years. Most recently
he had worked as a self-employed gardener. He enjoyed working in his own
yard, where he planted vegetables and created his own garden. He loved
spending time with his family and being outdoors. He was a member of the
Full Gospel Tabernacle Church as well as the Bethel Church in Gilroy.
Mr. Campos is survived by his wife, Eleanor Campos of Hollister, his
daughters; Ambrosia Campos of Hollister, Louise Ruiz of Riverside, Esther
Garcia of Hollister and Virginia Campos of Greenfield, Calif., his sons
Clifford Campos of Gardnerville Nev. and Refugio Campos, Jr. of Carson
City, Nev., his son-in-law Joe B. Garcia of Hollister as well as nine grandchildren,
two great grandchildren, several brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Thursday, September 20 at 3 p.m. at Calvary
Cemetery under the direction of the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.
Elpidia Perez de Castaneda
Elpidia Perez de Castaneda, a Hollister resident, died on September
17 at the age of 72.
Mrs. Perez de Castaneda was born in Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico.
She and her husband Marcos were married in 1950 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
They moved to Hollister from Texas many years ago. She was a member of
the Sacred Heart Church.
She is survived by her husband, Marcos Castaneda Lopez of Hollister,
her children, Hector Castaneda of Morgan Hill, Olivia Castaneda of San
Mateo, Joseph Marcos Castaneda of Hollister, Ana Maria DeAlba of Hollister,
Aracelia C. Samarron of Morgan Hill, Leticia C. Valenzuela of Hollister,
Norma Castaneda of Hollister, Sylvia Castaneda Patton of San Jose and Daniel
Castaneda of Gilroy, her brothers and sisters, Luis Perez, Amador Perez,
Salvador Perez, Rosa Magana and Domitila Perez, all of Mexico, as well
as 13 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church
on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Interment and graveside services will follow the
Mass at Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Cooper Sander Funeral
Glenn E. Copas
Glenn E. Copas, a Hollister resident, died in his home Monday, September
10 at the age of 64.
Mr. Copas was an adventurer at heart and had ridden his motorcycle
to the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota this summer with his son, Gary. He
rode the four corners of the United States with his friend Les, and recently
He was an avid gardener, and specialized in tomatoes and squash. His
friends and family reaped the benefits of his efforts. He was a respected
income tax preparer and Realtor for over 25 years with more than 600 clients.
He is survived by his sons Gary and Bryan, daughters-in-laws Catherine,
Sandra and Gina, grandchildren Ashley, Gregory Jr., Taylor and Caitlyn,
as well as brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Olive, his wife of 37
years Leonette, his twin brother Gordon, his sister Shirley Gafford and
son Gregory Sr.
Memorial services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness,
1024 Piedmont Road, San Jose on Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made in his memory to
the National Parks Conservation Association, 1300 19th Street N.W., Washington,
Mrs. Ayako Fujimoto, a Morgan Hill resident, died Wednesday, September
5 at the age of 84.
Mrs. Fujimoto was a member of Wakayama Kenjin Kai Morgan Hill Howa
Kai and San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin.
Mrs. Fujimoto is survived by two sons; Isao Fujimoto and Kazuya Fujimoto,
eight daughters; Yoshiko Kajiko, Toyoko Ohmi of Japan, Motoko Seto, Coleen
Salsbery, Janet McCabe, Ann Fujimoto, Shigeko Perryman and Tomiko Franklin,
and by her 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her husband Taichi Fujimoto, and three children Keiko, Shoko
The funeral was held on Wednesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at the San
Jose Buddhist Betsuin, 640 N. 5th St. under the direction of Willow Glen
Nancy J. Montoya Leighty
Nancy J. Montoya Leighty, a long-time Hollister resident, died on September
15 at the age of 55.
Mrs. Leighty was born in Dixon, N.M. She and her husband, Bill Leighty,
were married July 18, 1970 in Hollister. She last worked for Sunnyslope
Christian Center and completed many projects there, including fundraisers
and dinners. She enjoyed traveling and home decorating.
Mrs. Leighty is survived by her husband of 31 years, Bill Leighty,
her father Victor Montoya, her brothers and their wives, Richard and Mary
Lou Montoya, and Sam and Marilyn Montoya, all of Hollister, her sister-in-law
Debby Heinrich of Michigan, her aunt Marge Pieper of Florida as well as
other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her
mother, Antonia Montoya, who died in 1995.
Family and friends were at the funeral home chapel after 6 p.m. Tuesday
to greet friends. The funeral services were held on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
at Sunnyslope Christian Center. Interment and graveside services followed
the funeral at I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to Sunnyslope Christian Center in Mrs. Leighty’s
Flor Antonia Martinez
Flor Antonia Martinez, a California native and Hollister resident for
more than nine years, died on Saturday, September 15. She was 15.
Ms. Martinez was born in Huntington Park. She attended local schools
and was enrolled at San Benito High School.
She is survived by her parents Jose and Martina Martinez, her brothers
Jose F. Martinez, Juan Martinez, Joel Martinez, her sisters Marissa DeAlba,
Melisa Lucatero, Melinda Martinez and Marisol Martinez, her maternal grandmother
Dora Villalon, her paternal grandfather Rafael Martinez, her paternal grandmother
Carleta Martinez as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit at the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home on Wednesday
after 9 a.m. The rosary will be offered Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at
the funeral home. Funeral services will begin Thursday morning at 9:30
a.m. from the funeral home proceeding to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for
a funeral Mass commencing at 10 a.m. Services will conclude at the church
with cremation to follow through the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory.
Robert A. Renz
Mr. Robert A. Renz, a life-long resident of San Benito County, died
on Sunday, September 16, at the age of 89.
Mr. Renz was a local rancher and farmer all of his life and was well
known in the Hollister community. He was educated in local schools and
was one of the founders of the Sunnyslope Water District, and served on
their board for over 25 years. He also served on the Hollister Elementary
School Board for several years.
He is survived by; his wife, Nina Renz, his son Jerry Renz, his daughters
Shirley Broadfoot and Kathy Chestnut, all of Hollister, his granddaughters;
Juli Latham, Kim Cirelli, Gina Grant, Felicia Costa, Karen Eichler, and
Annette Chestnut, his grandsons; Robert Vieira, Jeff Vieira, Bruce Vieira,
and Todd Renz, as well as 15 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers George Renz and William
F. Renz, Sr., and his sisters Anna Walker and Ida Thorp.
Friends may visit at the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral home between
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. today and on Friday morning until service time.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the funeral
home and will be officiated by Reverend David Rodriguez of the First Presbyterian
Church. Cremation will follow with inurnment to be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery
Contributions are preferred to either the American Cancer Society or
the American Heart Association.
Week of September 13, 2001
Patsy I. Cobb
Patsy I. Cobb, a native of Hollister, died Monday, September 10 in
San Luis Obispo at the age of 76.
Mrs. Cobb was born June 11, 1925 to the late Chris and Ruth Smith of
Hollister. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Billy A. Cobb of
Morro Bay; sons Randy Cobb and wife Linda of Hollister, David Cobb and
wife Debi of Cambridge, Neb., Chris Cobb and wife Ruth of Atascadero, Calif.;
daughters, Sondra Rogers and husband Niall of Largo, Fla., Janet Cole and
husband Preston of Carmel Valley, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and 16 great
No services are planned at her request. Cremation and the scattering
of her ashes at sea will take place off the coast of Morro Bay, Calif.
Magdalen “Maggie” Colbert
Maggie Colbert, a longtime resident of Hollister, died on August 26
at the age of 42 after a battle with cancer.
Mrs. Colbert was born on February 23, 1959 in Cleveland Ohio. She graduated
in 1977 from West High School and attended El Camino Junior College in
Her family said she was inspiration to all of them and they will love
She is survived by her husband Kenneth Colbert of Hollister, sons Kenny,
Nick, Daniel and Bobby Colbert of Hollister; parents Mario and Olga Pietrantonio;
mother-in-law Dorothy Howell, siblings and spouses Pete and Stefanee Pietrantonio,
Anna and Kit Cody Angie and Jeff Fleming and Yolanda Young; brother-in-law
David Colbert, sisters-in-law Patricia Geddings and Judy Collins; and many
nieces and nephews.
Services were August 31 at White and Day Memorial in Redondo Beach.
Burial followed at the Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Donations are preferred to the American Cancer Society.
Ivan L. Michell
Ivan L. Michell, a resident of Hollister since 1972, died September
9. He was 92.
Mr. Michell moved to Hollister from Fullerton, Md. to be near his family.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollister and belonged
to the Sunnyside Lodge #577, F&AM in Torrance for more than 50 years.
Mr. Michell was a sheet metal worker in the Los Angeles area for more
than 25 years. He retired in 1971 and moved to Hollister the following
year, focusing his time and energy on his family and his ranch.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathrine S. Michell, who died
in 1999 and his daughter, Joan Egger, who died in 1997. He is survived
by his son-in-law Arnold Egger of Md.; his grandchildren and their spouses
Michael and Catherine Egger of Md., Nelson and Sheryl Egger of Md., Kathrine
and James Filice of Hollister, Ellen and Dale Doxtater of Md., and Julie
and Jaime Switzer of N.M., his nieces and 11 great grandchildren.
Friends are invited to join the family at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum
Chapel, 1100 Hillcrest Road, Hollister, at 1 p.m. today for the funeral.
The Rev. David Rodriguez of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate.
Contributions are preferred to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the
First Presbyterian Church.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home in Hollister.
Randolph “Randy” Jayson Sanchez
Randolph Jayson Sanchez, a longtime Hollister resident, died on Monday,
September 10, at the age of 36 after he was involved in a serious automobile
Mr. Sanchez was educated at local schools and worked as an assembler
for various local companies.
He is survived by his mother, Rachel C. Sanchez of Hollister, his sisters,
Nancy Sanchez of Hollister and Yolanda Martinez of San Diego, his brothers;
Harold James Sanchez, Randy Sanchez and Anthony Sanchez Jr., all of Hollister,
as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death last year
by his father, Antonio C. Sanchez.
The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home. Burial and graveside services will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to the American Diabetes Association.
Andrew J. Stagnaro
Friends and relatives of Andrew Joseph Stagnaro are invited to attend
a memorial service on September 15 at 3 p.m. at 7430 Lovers Lane in Hollister.
Mr. Stagnaro, a former Hollister resident and member of the Professional
Rodeo of California Association, died August 25 at the age of 65.
Week of September 6, 2001
Mr. Bernard Franklin Bargar
Bernard Bargar, a resident of Morgan Hill, died August 28 at Saint
Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy. He was 87.
Mr. Bargar was born in Benson, Nebraska on January 22, 1914. He was
the third of 11 brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded him in death.
He married his late wife, Dorothy Elizabeth Beaman from Ceresco Nebraska,
in 1938. They remained married for 44 years until her death in 1982.
Mr. Bargar and his family lived in Ashland, Nebraska and many relatives
still live in the area. Mr. Bargar worked for the Burlington Railroad during
World War II and was a carpenter on several large construction projects
in eastern Nebraska. In 1957 he moved his family to San Jose, where he
was employed as the maintenance foreman for the Ordinance Division of Food
Machinery Corporation. Following his retirement in 1978, he lived first
in Gilroy, then spent seven years with his youngest sister in Ashland,
Nebraska in the 90s, and retuned to live in Morgan Hill after her death.
Mr. Bargar is survived by his youngest son Kenneth, daughter-in-law
Diane, granddaughters Stacey, Kaylee, Sheree and Jarae, great-grandchildren,
Jason, Alan, Alexander, Ashley, Trevor and Troy of Sunnyvale; his oldest
son Keith, daughter-in-law Chere, grandsons Bill and Scott and grandchildren
Tyler and Kali of San Martin.
Mr. Bargar was very devoted to his family and friends. He enjoyed helping
people and could always be counted on to apply his considerable skills
to their building and remodeling projects. He often anticipated friends’
needs and acted generously to help, as he did when he surprised neighbors
by painting the exterior of their house while they were on vacation. Not
one to sit back and take things easy, at the time of his death Mr. Bargar
had nearly finished remodeling the home he lived in during the last three
years of his life.
Visitation was held on September 1 at 2:30 pm at the Johnson Funeral
Home in Morgan Hill. Funeral services were held at the funeral home at
Interment will be in Ashland, Nebraska.
Joseph F. Corrales
Joseph F. Corrales, the wife of Hollister Mayor Peggy Corrales who
was known locally and by motorcycle enthusiasts around the country as “Hollister
Joe,” died last Thursday. He was 54.
“He had an opinion about everything,” said former Hollister Mayor Richard
Boomer. “He loved San Benito County. He’d help everybody out that needed
help. He’s just a good guy.”
Mr. Corrales spent much of the last two months with his wife of 37
years slowly traveling the coast of California, Oregon and Canada. Born
in Hollister, Mr. Corrales was a lifelong county resident.
Mr. Corrales owned a 1967 Police Special Harley-Davidson. An avid gun
collector and an accomplished marksman, Mr. Corrales was a long-time member
of the National Rifle Association.
“He was just one of those special people you meet once in a lifetime,”
said Jeff Contival of Lock, Stock and Barrel, where Mr. Corrales would
sometimes stop to talk about hunting. “He had his own set of rules, and
they were a good set of rules.”
A graduate of San Benito High School, Mr. Corrales served in the Army
during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1972.
He worked over the years for Granite Construction Company and Piazza
Construction as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Sacred Heart
Church, Operators Engineers Local #3 and LULAC.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Corrales is survived by his son Joseph
M. Corrales of Hollister, and siblings Jorge Corrales of San Francisco
and Faith Corrales of Oklahoma.
A rosary was held Tuesday. The funeral was Wednesday with interment
and military rites at Calvary Cemetery with honors provided by VFW Post
Donations are preferred to Hospice or LULAC Scholarship Fund c/o Black-Cooper-
Sander Funeral Home.
Ann Nevis Damkar
Ann Nevis Damkar, a long time South Valley resident and mother of San
Benito County District Attorney Harry Damkar, died September 2 after a
period of failing health. She was 92.
Mrs. Damkar was born July 4, 1909 in San Pablo, Contra Costa County,
the only daughter of Joaquin and Maria Nevis. As a child, she grew up speaking
only Portuguese, her parents’ native language. During her formative years,
she learned many domestic skills and also assisted her brothers who as
youngsters worked on farms in Contra Costa County.
When she was 16, she married her first husband in an arranged marriage.
The couple had two children, Celeste Avilla and Maybelle Avilla. During
this time Ann worked at a paper plant in Crockett. The marriage was short-lived
and at age 19 she became a single mother. With the assistance of her family,
who helped care for the children, she began to commute to San Francisco
by ferryboat. She trained as a nurse, working days at San Francisco General
Hospital and nights as a waitress at a small coffee shop across the street
from the Ford Motor Company assembly plant.
On St. Patrick’s Day in 1930 she met Harry N. Damkar, himself an immigrant,
who worked as a tool and die maker at the Ford plant. The couple married
on September 30, 1930, and remained married for 67 years until Mr. Damkar’s
death in 1997. The couple lived in San Francisco and later moved to San
Pablo as the depression worsened. Eventually, Mr. Damkar found work in
San Jose and the family moved to Morgan Hill. They purchased a small parcel
of land and grew strawberries. Mrs. Damkar and a friend then started a
small café business, “Ann and Winnies Truck Stop” in Morgan Hill.
The two women ran the business until World War II worsened and Mrs. Damkar
sold the truck stop and temporarily moved to Alameda County, where she
took a job in the Naval Ship Yards in Richmond. She was trained as a welder
and worked welding ship’s cabins on Liberty Ships.
After the war the family returned to Morgan Hill, where they purchased
and ran the “21 Mile House” truck stop, a red wooden building that still
stands on Monterey Highway. They kept a menagerie of horses, birds, dogs,
cats and even monkeys at the truck stop to attract business. During these
years, the family had grown with the addition of daughter Ann Marie and
later with son Harry J. Damkar.
The couple built the Hillview Nursing home in Morgan Hill, which they
operated for 14 years. During this time they also purchased and ran an
orchard and a ranch. After selling the nursing home the family operated
a second nursing home, the “County Guest Home,” also in Morgan Hill. After
selling this business, the family operated the old “Morgan Hill Hotel,”
and managed the Greyhound Bus Depot. In addition to owning farms, the family
ran a number of other businesses, including an ornamental stone business,
rental properties, and real estate investments.
In 1981 they retired to Hollister. Mrs. Damkar spent many years caring
for her husband, who had been in failing health. Mrs. Damkar loved to paint,
and also loved ceramics. She combined her love of both and hand-painted
and fired many dishes in her kiln that she gave away as gifts. She also
crocheted and knitted and made Afghans and blankets for her family. Her
children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends best remember
Ann for her cooking and baking; she would make giant plates of Christmas
cookies for them each year. She also loved to play cards, especially Cribbage
She was preceded in death by her husband Harry and daughter Celeste
Matranga and grandson Timothy Kruse. She is survived by her children; Maybelle
Farotte of Gilroy, Ann Marie Kruse of Reno, and Harry J. Damkar of Hollister,
13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and two great- great grandchildren.
The funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral
Home in Hollister. Burial will follow at San Juan Bautista District Cemetery.
The family requests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society
or the charity of choice.
Carlos Jesus Casas Escobar, Jr.
Carlos Jesus Casas Escobar Jr., infant son of Carlos and Raquel Escobar
of Hollister, died in San Francisco on August 28 at the age of two months.
Carlos Jesus was born in Hollister. He is survived by his parents,
Carlos and Raquel Escobar of Hollister, grandparents Jesus and Julia Casas
of Hollister and Brigido Escobar of Mexico, as well as numerous aunts,
uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Maria
del Carmen Escobar and his uncle, Mario Escobar.
A rosary was held August 31. The funeral was September 1 at Sacred
Heart Church, where a Mass of the Angels was celebrated.
Interment and graveside services followed the Mass at Calvary Cemetery.
Mrs. Lupe Maria Martinez
Mrs. Lupe Maria Martinez, a resident of Morgan Hill, died in Gilroy
on August 27. She was 73.
Mrs. Martinez is survived by her children: Albert Ron Martinez, Janet
Martinez and Donna Sue Martinez, all of Morgan Hill, her brother John Cesena
of Encenitas, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Albert R. Martinez.
Visitation and the funeral were September 1 at the First Baptist Church
in Morgan Hill. Interment was held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Morgan Hill.
Joe R. Ramirez
Joe R. Ramirez, a resident of San Juan Bautista, died Monday, September
3 at the age of 75.
Mr. Ramirez was born in Sanger, California and moved to San Benito
County when he was 9. He was educated at local schools and served in the
U.S. Army from 1950 to 1956.
Mr. Ramirez was an auto mechanic for over 40 years at Tipton’s, formerly
known as Jones Chevrolet. He loved to bowl and was captain of the Valley
All-Stars for years.
Mr. Ramirez is survived by his wife of 45 years, Annabell Ramirez,
his daughter Sandy Spevax and son-in-law John Spevax of Los Banos, brother
Manuel Ramirez and sister-in-law Margie Ramirez of Hollister and his sister
Ruby Jaime of Hollister, as well as four grandchildren, four great grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private family graveside service will be held on Friday at the San
Juan Cemetery. Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson
Funeral Home and Crematory.