Celebrity Obituaries

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Erik Eugene Hoppe

June 20, 1948 - June 4, 2018

Erik Hoppe died on June 4, 2018 at his home, with his wife by his side. He was 69. Mr. Hoppe was born in Long Beach, California on June 20, 1948 to John Hoppe and Venecia Mortensen. He was an owner and operator of a local, wholesale nursery for 50 years. He enjoyed restoring old cars and making furniture out of wood or wrought iron. Mr. Hoppe also enjoyed going on family camping trips. He is...
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Virginia Elizabeth Rosewall

January 16, 1928 - June 2, 2018

Virginia Elizabeth Rosewall, 90, died at home of natural causes on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in the presence of her husband, Tom. Virginia was born in Salinas, to Rose and Paul Rima, and came to Watsonville in the late 1940s in order to attend Moreland Notre Dame High School as a boarder. While at the school, she met her husband-to-be, Tom Rosewall, Jr., at a school dance. Virginia attended the...
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Andres Garcia Jimenez, Sr.

November 30, 1944 - May 29, 2018

Born, November 30, 1944, in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico, Andres Jimenez, Sr. was the son of Jose Dolores Jimenez and Bernardina Garcia. On May 29, 2018, he died peacefully at the age of 73 at Watsonville Post Acute Center. Mr. Jimenez moved to Watsonville and work at Berman Metals as a truck driver. He also worked in the local agricultural industry as a tractor operator, finally retiring as...
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Jeremiah Silva

November 10, 1979 - May 28, 2018

Jeremiah Lee Silva, 38 passed away May 28, 2018 from complications from health issues. He was born November 10, 1979 to Thomas Lee and Sharon Rose Silva. Jeremiah loved his children, his brothers and sisters, the Raiders, and was a big movie fan, and missed and loved his Pampa and Maggie very much, and now he will be reunited with them. His brothers and sisters loved him very much and will be...
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Joseph Florez

March 27, 1943 - May 21, 2018

Joseph Andrew "Joe" Florez passed from this world on May 21, 2018, at the age of 75. Joe was born in Artesia, New Mexico, but grew up in Watsonville, where he met and married his beloved wife, Rosie. Together they raised 3 children and were also incredibly loving and involved grandparents to 7 grandchildren. Joe was a strong and quiet man who put family above all else. He was also adventurous,...
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George Orville Clough

May 7, 1922 - May 21, 2018

George Orville Clough peacefully passed away Monday afternoon, the 21st of May 2018, surrounded by his family. In his 96 years he lived a full life working closely with his father in the trucking business, serving his country in WWII aboard the USS Marcus Island as an Aviation First Machinist, and then returned home to be an incredible and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He spent his...
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Esperanza A. Monroy

July 18, 1930 - May 20, 2018

Esperanza A. Monroy died peacefully at a local convalescent home surrounded by her family on May 20, 2018. She was 87. Ms. Monroy was born in Araro, Michoacán, Mexico and has been a resident of this community for 47 years. She was a loving mother, dedicated her life to her late-husband and children, being a homemaker she always cooked delicious meals for her large family and kept her home neat...
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Paula Jennings

September 12, 1938 - May 20, 2018

Arlene Paula Jennings died on May 20, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was 79. Arlene worked as a cook and baker for Pajaro Valley School District at Freedom School for 25 years until she retired. She was an avid San Francisco Giants fan and enjoyed playing Sudoku and spending time with her family. Arlene enjoyed listening to country music and watching Wheel of Fortune. She enjoyed going on...
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Robert Anthony Zottarelli

June 6, 1945 - May 11, 2018

Robert Zottarelli, aka "Bob," "Zott," and "Noisy," passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, May 10, 2018. He was born June 6, 1945 in Queens, New York. His family took a train across the U.S. to eventually settle in Niles, California. In 1980, after the passing of his parents, Ernest and Frieda Zottarelli, he moved his family to Santa Cruz County, settling in La Selva Beach in 1983. ...
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Susumu Tamashiro

October 3, 1930 - May 10, 2018

Susumu "Chokey" Tamashiro passed from this world on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Santa Cruz, CA. He was 87 years old and still worked 3 days a week as a gardener for customers who were like family to him. He worked for many of them for over 40 years. Chokey, as he was known on the mainland, was born in Lahaina, Maui on October 3, 1930. He moved with his family to Kapaa, Kauai where he and his...
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Yoneko Jane Jofuku

January 21, 1930 - May 10, 2018

Services are May 27 for Jane Jofuku, who passed away May 10, 2018 at the age of 88. Jane was the second of three daughters born to a former Tokyo chef, Tsunekichi, and his wife, Hatsuko Amy. The family lived in Fresno, California, until their WWII internment first in Jerome, Arkansas, then in Tule Lake, California. Upon the family's return to Fresno, Jane trained to become a beautician and...
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Clemente Mota Rodriguez

October 11, 1968 - May 9, 2018

Clemente Rodriguez. Mota murió pacificamente en su hogar rodeado por su familia en Mayo 9, 2018. El Tenia 49. El Senior Rodriguez nacio de Bardomiano Rodriguez y Elvia Mota en Octubre 11, 1968 en Michoacan, Mexico. Trabajo en la Construccioń como obrero por 20 años. siendo el mas reciente BRW Construction Inc. El fue muy trabajador y amaba a su familia. En su tiempo libre atendia su jardín...
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Maria Valdobinos Mendoza

December 24, 1954 - May 7, 2018

Maria Mendoza Valdobinos died at Dominican Hospital on May 7, 2018. She was 63. Ms. Mendoza was born to David Mendoza and Emilia Valdobinos in Michoacán, Mexico on December 24, 1954. Maria has been a resident of this community for 45 years, was employed 27 years at Bird's Eye Foods until its doors closed. She was a hard worker who always provided for her children, also an independent woman,...
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Felicitas "Nena" Marquez Gallardo

June 11, 1950 - May 4, 2018

Con mucho pesar y dolor la Familia Gallardo anuncia que Felicitas Gallardo falleció el viernes, 4 de Mayo del 2018 a la edad de 67 años. Nació en San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco, México y emigro a Watsonville, CA en los 60s. Sus pasatiempos favoritos de Nena eran convivir con su familia, hermanos y amigos. También le gustaba trabajar, bailar, atender a su jardín, viajar y sobre todo...
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Arthur Thomas Templeman, Jr.

November 11, 1927 - May 2, 2018

Arthur Templeman Arthur Templeman, a longtime resident of Santa Cruz County, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. He was 90. Born in San Mateo, his parents, Arthur and Doris moved to Carmel to raise their three children. Mr. Templeman had fond memories of his "glory days" playing on the lightweight basketball team and basking in the sun on Carmel Beach. He graduated...
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Herbert Moreno

January 26, 1930 - May 1, 2018

The passing of Herb Moreno, 88, on May 1, 2018 recalls to all who knew him a man with an infectious smile, generous spirit and good humor. Herb was an inspiration to all who knew him, no more so than after a debilitating stroke in 1994. In the most difficult of times, Herb maintained his unique humor, resilience, and a positive attitude. He lived a long and full life: an athlete in his early...
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Bradley Talbot Pinkernell

July 30, 1923 - April 22, 2018

Dr. Bradley T Pinkernell passed away peacefully at his home in Watsonville CA on April 22, 2018 at age 94. Brad was born and raised in Brooklyn NY before volunteering as a pharmacy mate for three years in the Navy during WWII. Following the war, Brad utilized the GI bill and ROTC to earn his MD from Syracuse Medical School. Brad then served his country again with an internship at the VA...
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Richard Robert Eustice, Jr.

October 25, 1946 - April 17, 2018

Richard Robert "Bob" Eustice Jr. passed away April 17, 2018 in Moss Landing. He was born in Watsonville in 1946, where he attended local schools and graduated from Watsonville High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, and spent three years serving in Germany. Known for his carpentry skills, Bob spent many years working in construction. His passions in life were outside: driving his...
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Jose Transito Siordia Renteria

August 10, 1939 - April 15, 2018

J. Transito Renteria Siordia passed away peacefully on April 15, 2018 at a medical center in San Francisco. He was 79. J. Transito Renteria Siordia was born to Magdaleno Siordia and Maria Renteria in Jalisco, Mexico on August 10, 1939. He was a resident of this community for 27 years and was a hard working person who was employed at local berry farms for 25 years. Mr. Siodia was a friendly...
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Joseph Henry Rosa

September 23, 1926 - April 10, 2018

Joseph Henry Rosa passed away peacefully on April 10th, 2018. He was born September 23rd, 1926 in Watsonville and lived a full & happy life. His life included joining the U.S. Navy Aircore as a gunner. On his release from the Navy, Joe farmed with his father in Watsonville until 1950. In 1965, he joined the Castroville fire department, now known as the North Monterey County Fire Department, and...
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Mary Gamez Gonzalez

May 30, 1935 - April 7, 2018

Mary (Connie) Gamez Gonzalez died peacefully in the hands of God on April 7, 2018. She was born May 30, 1935 and was a native of Lincoln, Nebraska. Mrs. Gonzalez lived in Watsonville for 70 years. She had worked for Del Mar Cannery for 25 years, from which she retired. She also worked at picking raspberries with her children for George Cowel. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great...
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Carlos Hernandez

May 13, 1938 - April 7, 2018

Carlos Hernandez passed away on April 7, 2018 in Watsonville Community Hospital. He was 79. Carlos Hernandez was born to Jose Sanchez Hernandez and Catarina Zapata in Madero, Texas on May 13, 1938. He was raised in Texas and has lived in Watsonville for over 40 years with his brother Gregorio. He worked in agriculture most of his life. He loved watching western and wrestling movies. Every...
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Betty Louise Jones

November 3, 1930 - April 6, 2018

Betty Louise Jones died at Watsonville Community Hospital April 6, 2018. She was 87. Born in Compton, California, to Louis and Katherine Glavinic. She grew up there and graduated from UCLA in 1951. Betty Lou was a gifted educator. Her teaching career began in Dallas, Texas, and in 1954 the family moved back to California where she taught in Compton. She was a pioneer in teaching "Total...
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George J. Kovacich

December 30, 1923 - April 5, 2018

George J. Kovacich passed away at Montecito Manor on April 5, 2018. He was 94. A native of Pucisce, Croatia, George was born December 30, 1923, to Gabriel and Vinka Kovacich. He immigrated to the Pajaro Valley in 1961. George was a cook at the Miramar Grill for 30 years. He was a hard-working man who lived a full life. George and Lucy both loved gardening and grew many varieties of...
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Richard Elia Faggioli

December 4, 1921 - March 24, 2018

Richard E. Faggioli died peacefully in his Corralitos, CA home at the age of 96. He was the son of Bertha H. and Elia A. Faggioli. His wonderful wife, Georgiana Patty Faggioli, predeceased him in 2001. Throughout his long life, he was first and foremost devoted to his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an accomplished professional and executive....
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Mary Ann Gurovich

July 6, 1928 - March 24, 2018

A Watsonville native and daughter of immigrant Croatians, Mary Ann Gurovich, age 89, passed away March 24, 2018. She was born July 6, 1928, and has left an outstanding legacy as a Registered Nurse that spanned nearly 50 years. Mary Ann graduated from Moreland's Notre Dame Academy in 1945, and Providence College of Nursing in 1948. She began her nursing career at Watsonville Hospital and left...
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Roger Elwood Alm II

May 19, 1965 - March 18, 2018

Roger Elwood Alm II passed away late afternoon on Sunday March 18, 2018. His loving family helped support his spiritual journey to his heavenly home. He is with us all and will remain a bright ray of light that illuminates our memories with his smile, laughter, as well as in our hearts with his overflowing love and kindness he shared with everyone he encountered. He was a husband of nearly 30...
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Barbara Padilla

May 23, 1930 - March 14, 2018

Barbara Padilla died surrounded by her family on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. She was 87 years old. Mrs. Padilla was born on May 23, 1930. She was a lifelong resident of Watsonville. Her strong work ethics contributed to her 25 years of employment history at the Green Giant Cannery and various raspberry fields. Her joyful, loving, and giving personality was valued by her family and friends. ...
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Sally Ann Recio

August 20, 1944 - March 11, 2018

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Sally Ann Dalisay Recio passed away at Hayward Healthcare and Wellness Center in Hayward California due to natural causes. She had been struggling with Alzheimer's disease. She was 73 years of age. Mrs. Recio was a long-time resident of Watsonville. She was born on August 20, 1944, to Jose Antaran Dalisay of the Philippines and Beatrice Maxeen Reed of Kansas in...
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Janece Carter Streig

August 16, 1954 - March 5, 2018

Janece Carter Streig died unexpectedly in Salinas, California on March 5, 2018 at the age of 63 years. She was peaceful and in the presence of her family. Janece is survived by her mother Bessie Jane Carter of Sunnyvale, her husband of 28 years Mark Streig of Watsonville, children Melissa and Charlie, sister and in-laws Charla Carter, Dave and Jan Streig, and Eric and Debi Streig, and nieces and...
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Nicolasa M. Toledo

May 2, 1928 - March 5, 2018

Nicolasa M. Toledo, a long-time resident of Watsonville, passed away at Watsonville Nursing Center on March 5, 2018. She was 89. Nicolasa was born to Jose Marines and Lucina Martinez in Mexico on May 2nd, 1928. Nicolasa met her husband Jesus Toledo in Mexico and they were married for 56 years. She was a resident of Watsonville for 45 years and worked as a line worker at Watsonville Canning...
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Elsie Mae Fleck

June 7, 1922 - March 4, 2018

Elsie Mae Fleck died at her daughter's home in Simi Valley March 4, 2018. She was 95. She was born in Crosby, Texas, and grew up in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. In 1937 Mrs. Fleck moved to California living in several places before coming to Aromas in 1983 and finally Watsonville in 1994 where she lived until three years ago. Mrs. Fleck was a homemaker who loved baking, cooking and tending...
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Rafael J. Velez

April 27, 1931 - March 3, 2018

Rafael James Velez was born on April 27, 1931 in Watsonville, Ca. In the days leading up to his death Rafael was surrounding by his loving family. Rafael died at home with his daughter on Saturday, March 3, 2018. He fought a long battle with Alzheimer's. Rafael proudly served in the US Army from 1951-1953. He fought in the Korean War, where he received a Purple Heart and many other honors....
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Linda Marie Garcia

May 25, 1949 - March 1, 2018

Linda Marie Garcia died at her home in Watsonville surrounded by her family March 1, 2018. She was 68. A native of Miami, Oklahoma, she lived part of her childhood there before moving to Buena Park, CA. She has lived in Santa Cruz County for the last 45 years. Mrs. Garcia worked for some time at Lynx Electronics before going to work at Bunny's Shoes in Santa Cruz as a bookkeeper for 15 years...
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Jessie S. Gabug

February 17, 1981 - March 1, 2018

Jessie S. Gabug passed away unexpectedly at Watsonville Community Hospital on March 1, 2018. He was 37. Jessie S. Gabug was born to Inosencio Gabug and Cresencia Sanchez in the Philippine Islands on February 17, 1981. He had a passion for the culinary trade, therefore he worked as a cook in restaurants and a nursing home for 12 years. He was a friendly and caring person, always willing to share...
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Rufina Antuna Fuentez

July 10, 1923 - February 28, 2018

In loving memory of Rufina Antuna Fuentez, age 94, who passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in San Jose, CA. Rufina was born in Durango, Mexico and emigrated to the United States in the 1940's where she married Tomas Fuentez. Rufina retired in 1977 from Watsonville Cannery after 20 yrs. of service. Rufina was extremely talented and loved to dance and entertain her...
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Clara Hester Radin

August 8, 1931 - February 22, 2018

Clara Hester (nee Stackhouse) Radin passed from this life on February 22, 2018, at the age of 86 due to complications from cerebellar ataxia. She joins her husband of sixty five years, John P. Radin, who passed recently in December 2017. Clara was born on August 8, 1931 in New London, CT, to Amos and Anna Stackhouse. The eldest of three children, she leaves her brothers, Amos and William. ...
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Luciile A. Colendich

November 5, 1933 - February 22, 2018

Lucile "Lou" Chapin Colendich passed away February 22, 2018. With her health declining the last couple of years, she suffered a stroke shortly before her death. She was 84. Lou was the daughter of Johnny and Ruth Chapin and a 5th generation Watsonville resident. She attended Mintie White Grammar School, E.A. Hall Middle School, and Watsonville High School for one year. Having to miss her...
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Epifania Mireles Lerma

January 12, 1930 - February 21, 2018

Epifania "Fannie" Lerma, née Mireles, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2018, in Riverbank, CA. She has joined her husband, Juan (John), and their three sons, Johnnie, Lico, and Frankie, into the Lord's welcoming embrace. She was 88. Fannie was born on January 12, 1930, in Coleman, Texas to Pedro and Estefana Mireles. She lived her youth in Texas and moved with her family to Watsonville,...
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Francisco Alvarez

October 26, 1918 - February 19, 2018

Francisco "Pancho" Alvarez passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Watsonville Community Hospital on February 19, 2018. He was 99. Francisco Alvarez was born to Dolores Alvarez and Concepcion Rodriguez on October 26, 1918 in La Huerta, Jalisco, México. He has been a resident of this community for over 40 years. Before retiring he worked as a laborer in the strawberry ranches...
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Robert Wilson Fiorilla

February 2, 1924 - February 16, 2018

Robert Fiorilla passed away at a local hospital on Friday, February 16, 2018. He was 94. Robert was born on February 2, 1924 in Buffalo, New York. He grew up in Homer, Michigan where he attended grammer and high school. In his senior year at Homer High he decided to join the U.S. Navy. WWII was happening at this time and he soon found himself on a ship headed for Guadalcanal. Following his...
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George Alberto Argueta

October 12, 1991 - February 13, 2018

George Argueta passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the age of 26. Mr. Argueta was born on October 12, 1991 in Watsonville California. He attended the local elementary school, junior high and high school. Since a very young age he proved himself to be a loving brother and son. He was a friend like no other, loyal until the very end with a heart of gold. His charisma, self...
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Maria Amelia Furtado

November 21, 1930 - February 12, 2018

Maria Furtado, 87, a native of the Pico Azores, Portugal, passed away February 12, 2018 surrounded by her family members. She leaves behind three sons, Joe Furtado (Diane), Aluzino Furtado and Mario Furtado (Rene); two sisters, Beatrice Lucas and Adilia Terra both from Salinas; eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Her eldest granddaughter, Elaine Furtado, has been her loving and...
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Rogelio Gutierrez Jacobo

May 21, 1983 - February 11, 2018

Rogelio Jacobo Gutierrez passed away at Dominican Hospital on February 11, 2018. He was 34. Mr. Jacobo was born to Rogelio Jacobo Herrera and Maria Dolores Gutierrez on May 21, 1983 in Michoacán, Mexico. He was self-employed as a handyman and construction worker, who was very responsible and a hard worker for many years. He enjoyed events with bulls and horses (rodeo). He was a loving son and a...
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Grace Greer

December 31, 1917 - February 5, 2018

Our "Amazing Grace" Greer passed peacefully at Montecito Manor in Watsonville, CA on February 5, 2018, just over a month past her 100th birthday. Her bright spirit, enduring energy and love of family and many friends will be dearly missed by all. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Eugene Greer. She is survived by her companion John "Jack" Kemerling of Aptos, and her children:...
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Guadalupe G. Chavez

February 20, 1927 - February 3, 2018

Guadalupe Chavez was born on February 20, 1927 in Huandacareo, Michoacan. She married Federico Chavez at an early age with whom she shared a happy 66 years of marriage with. They were blessed with 14 children, 51 grandchildren, 91 great grandchildren, and 27 great-great grandchildren. Mama Lupita, as known by her family, enjoyed gardening, cooking, spending time with her family and the occasional...
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Daniel Rivas

November 1, 1963 - February 3, 2018

Daniel "Danny" Rivas passed away in Watsonville surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 3, 2018. She was 54. Mr. Rivas was born in Watsonville to Ruben and Margaret Rivas. He loved motorcycles, classic cars, music and dancing. Most of all he loved his dogs. Mr. Rivas had a smile and laughter that could light up a room. He was always joking around and making people laugh. Mr. Rivas was...
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Enedina - Lopez

November 25, 1963 - February 1, 2018

Enedina Lopez Silva passed away peacefully at San Jose Regional Hospital, surrounded by her loving family on February 1, 2018. She was 55. Enedina Lopez was born to Antonio Lopez and Aurelia Silva on November 23, 1963 in Michoacán, Mexico. She was an excellent home maker and a loving mother to her four grown sons and their spouses. She was a giving person who enjoyed cooking for her family and...
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Fausto Gomez Romero

September 22, 1946 - January 31, 2018

Fausto Romero Gomez passed away peacefully at his Watsonville residence, surrounded by his family on January 31, 2018. He was 71. Mr. Romero was born to Margarito Romero and Maria Jesus Gomez on September 22, 1946 at Michoacán, Mexico. He has been a resident of this community for 50 years and was a hard worker always providing for his family, working as a forklift driver at local canneries for...
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Victor Joseph Vasquez

March 6, 1956 - January 30, 2018

Victor Joseph Vasquez died unexpectedly in his sleep January 30, 2018, in Modesto. He was 61. Victor was born in Watsonville March 6, 1956 to Dorothy and Marcelino Vasquez. He enjoyed bike riding, cooking for his family and barbequing. Victor was a proud grandfather of his seven grandchildren. He is also survived his son, Aaron; his brothers, Patrick and Anthony; sisters, Cindi and Vicki;...
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Robert L. Ledesma

September 19, 1927 - January 26, 2018

Robert L. Ledesma passed away peacefully on January 26, 2018 at his home in San Jose. He was 90. Mr. Ledesma was born on September 19, 1927 in Oxnard, California to Joseph and Remedios Ledesma. He originally came from Squaw Valley with his wife Clara of 25 years; they previously met in Watsonville. He was a resident of Watsonville working as a truck driver for the Salinas Disposal Service for...
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Anthony Tony Bobeda

December 25, 1931 - January 26, 2018

Tony died peacefully on Friday, January 26, 2018 after a brief illness at Regional Medical Center in San Jose. Tony was a life long resident of Watsonville, born on December 25, 1931. He attended local schools and graduated from Watsonville High School in 1950. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1951-1955, with the 1094th special weapons squadron at Manzano...
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Joy Lee Cooper-VanAuken

December 15, 1936 - January 24, 2018

Joy Lee Cooper-VanAuken passed away January 24th after a fifteen year battle with cancer. She had just turned 81 in December. Joy was the daughter of Orville and Elsie Cooper of Watsonville, CA. She grew up in Watsonville, graduated salutatorian of Watsonville High class of 1954 and was an accomplished violinist. She married Bob Hestand while attending U.C. Riverside, and after graduating,...
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Laura Lara

June 23, 1968 - January 19, 2018

Laura Lara passed away peacefully at her Watsonville home on January 19, 2018. She was 49. She was born to Felicia and Reynie Medrano on June 23, 1968 in Watsonville Ca. In her free time she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and playing board games with them. We will miss her laughter, her company, her stories, her smile, and her random hellos at our front door, and her text...
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Juvenal Roa Silva

June 2, 1977 - January 17, 2018

Juvenal Silva Roa passed away at Dominican Hospital surrounded by his family on January 17, 2018. He was 40. Mr. Silva was born to Refugio Silva and Ana Maria Roa on June 2, 1977 in Mexico City D.F. He has been a resident of this community for 22 years, working as a forklift driver at local produce cold storages for 18 years. Mr. Silva was a hard worker who was very responsible to his job and...
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Augustine Salazar

June 22, 1933 - January 15, 2018

Augustine, "Tim" as he was known to all passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 15, 2018, where he joined his Beloved wife Rita on their 63rd Wedding Anniversary. He was 84. Tim Salazar, was born Augustine Evan Salazar in the small Northern New Mexico town of Las Vegas to Juan and Mariquita Salazar. He was the 4th of 5 children. During his early days he helped his family on...
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Akio Idemoto

October 16, 1936 - January 15, 2018

Akio Idemoto passed away on January 15th, 2018 at the age of 81, due to complications from cancer. Akio is survived by his sister, Mary Iwami; his brothers, Kunio(Agnes) and Tom(Miyo); his sons, Jon, Roger(Sai) and Michael; his grandchildren, Shina and Iris; and his companion for the last 10 years, Kristin Okimoto. His wife of 40 years, Kay, preceded him in death in 2003. Akio was born in...
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Jesus Alvarez

September 20, 1926 - January 15, 2018

Jesus Alvarez died at Watsonville Community Hospital January 15, 2018. He was 91. A native of Jalostotilan, Jalisco, Mexico, he has lived in Watsonville since 1961. Mr. Alvarez worked in the strawberries for 40 years. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening, raising cattle, trips to Reno, and watching the Dodgers. Mr. Alvarez leaves his wife, Maria de Jesus, of the family home in Watsonville;...
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Shirley Barbara McGrath

June 25, 1927 - January 14, 2018

Shirley Barbara McGrath, age 90 of Watsonville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 14, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born to the late Arthur and Hazel Edsberg on June 25, 1927. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Jim McGrath. Shirley graduated from Watsonville High School in 1945. She married Jim McGrath, of Watsonville, in 1949. Shirley and her husband...
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Keith Jensen

August 24, 1984 - January 11, 2018

Keith Earl Jensen, loving son, accomplished artist, wit, avid "Trekkie," died at Watsonville Hospital. A native of Corralitos, he descends from a long line of Jensens. He earned a first class ranking in the Boy Scouts of America. He was a straight-A student at Aptos High. His life was cut short by end-stage Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. He's survived by his parents, David and Maria Jensen;...
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Maria Rebecca Mendez

December 22, 1919 - January 9, 2018

Maria Rebecca Mendez died peacefully surrounded by her children and family on January 9th. She was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma on December 22, 1919. She had 3 brothers, Victor, Jose and Pedro and a sister, Lupe. She was preceded in death by her son, Elias Mendez and her husband, Vicente Mendez. She raised 9 children: Rita Macias, Frank (Frances) Martinez, Richard (Lydia) Martinez, Vicente (Sylvia)...
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Aurora M. Lopez

April 7, 1931 - January 8, 2018

Aurora M. Lopez died at Watsonville Community Hospital January 7, 2018. She was 86. She was born in Mexico and has lived in Watsonville 66 years. Mrs. Lopez retired from Green Giant after 23 years. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and gambling, but her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family. Mrs. Lopez is survived by her children, Gabe (Beatrice) Lopez, Isabel (Robert) Suarez,...
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Gabriel Delgadillo Gutierrez

July 8, 1955 - January 7, 2018

Gabriel Gutierrez Delgadillo passed away at Dominican Hospital surrounded by his family on January 7, 2018. He was 62. Mr. Gutiérrez was born to Enrique Gutiérrez and María Guadalupe Delgadillo on July 8, 1955 in San Juan Cósala, Jalisco México. As a young man, 46 years ago, Mr. Gutierrez came to this area, where he settled down and raised a family. He worked in many jobs and places but...
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Hermelinda Jimenez

July 7, 1932 - January 5, 2018

Hermelinda Jimenez passed away in a Santa Cruz Health Care Center on January 5, 2018. She was 85. Mrs. Jimenez was born to Antonio Maravilla and Luciana Garcia in Guanajuato, Mexico on July 7, 1932. She and her family have resided in this community for 40 years. She was an excellent home maker, always cooking good meals for her large family. Mrs. Jimenez was a generous person and a strong...
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Richard Bruce Streig

December 16, 1949 - January 4, 2018

Richard Bruce Streig, 68 of Watsonville CA died peacefully Thursday, January 4th surrounded by family and friends at Watsonville Community Hospital. Richard was born at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland CA. Richard was a 6th generation Pajaro Valley resident, residing the majority of his life in Corralitos and Watsonville. Richard spent his life dedicated to his career with 7Up, in sales; and...
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Jesus A. Sanchez

July 6, 1934 - January 4, 2018

Jesus A. Sanchez passed away at Watsonville Community Hospital surrounded by his family on January 4, 2018. He was 83. Mr. Sanchez was born to David Sanchez and Herminia Avalos at Michoacán, Mexico on July 6, 1934. He has been a resident of this community for 53 years. He was a hard worker, always providing for his large family working in the lettuce fields. He loved his children and...
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Joel Ryan Lewis

January 3, 2018

Joel passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He is survived by parents, Vic and Nancy; sons, Ryan and Nicolas Lewis and Shane Steckler; brother, Randall and nieces, Kendra and Georgianna. Joel attended Bradley Elementary, Aptos Junior and Aptos High School. His last employment was at TJ's Classic Car Restorations. Joel was a loyal friend who was always ready to help his friends with...
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Maritza Solano

August 19, 1984 - January 1, 2018

Maritza Solano passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 at a hospital in San Francisco. She was 33. Ms. Solano was born and raised in Watsonville but has lived in many places throughout her life. She worked at Ace Hardware in Watsonville on East Lake for the past couple years. Ms. Solano was a free spirit. She loved music and dancing and her laughter could fill a room. She loved to be the...
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Helen L. Beavers

October 17, 1936 - December 27, 2017

Helen L. Beavers died December 27, 2017, at her home in Freedom. She was 81. A native of Watsonville, she has lived her entire life here. Mrs. Beavers was a waitress for 50 years and worked at several Watsonville restaurants. She last worked at Cabrillo Lanes, retiring after 29 years there. Mrs. Beavers was a member of the Bull Riders Association and followed their circuit. She was also on...
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Jaime Gallo Abundis

April 12, 1974 - December 26, 2017

Jaime Abundis died unexpectedly at his Freedom home on December 25, 2017. He was 43. Mr. Abundis was born to Pedro Abundis and Maria Gallo in Watsonville on April 12, 1974. He attended local schools and graduated from Aptos High. He worked for Preston Pipeline Inc. for 9 years and helped upgrade the NASA Center, Stanford Hospital and build the 49er's Stadium. He was a happy, friendly, and caring...
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Laura Daniel Brown

August 18, 1954 - December 23, 2017

Laura Daniel Brown of Aptos, who was an active community member and local government administrator, passed away on December 23rd. Laura was raised on a ranch in Moreno Valley, California. She learned to operate a vehicle by driving her family's tanker truck to the bulk water station when the ranch wells went dry. Ironically, the highlight of her long career in public service was as General...
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Anita Barba

March 13, 1933 - December 17, 2017

Anita Barba passed away at her home in Watsonville on Sunday, December 17, 2017. She was 84. Mrs. Barba was born in Mexico to Ruben and Mercedes Magana. She attended Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Pajaro regularly up until her health declined in the past year. She loved to get dressed up to attend Mass. Mrs. Barba also loved to listen to music, was a great cook and traveling to Mexico...
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Mac Lendon Wafford

September 24, 1954 - December 13, 2017

On December 13th, Mac Wafford passed away at the age of 63. He passed away at the age 63. He leaves behind his wife, Debbie Wafford of 45 years. Together they have a Son Eric (Kim) Wafford from Watsonville and Daughter Erin (David) Camphouse who live in Grants Pass, Oregon. Four Grandchildren Orey (Jenna) & Ezra Wafford, Shasta & Trinity Camphouse. Mac was born in Coalinga, California on...
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Manuel Maciel

November 23, 1938 - December 13, 2017

Manuel J. Maciel, age 79, died on Wednesday December 13, 2017 in his home, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on November 23, 1938, in Topo S. Jorge, Azores, to Adao J. Maciel & Maria C. Maciel. He came to California in 1960, where he later meet his wife Maria J. Maciel of 47yrs. He has been a long time resident of Watsonville, CA. He worked at the Watsonville cannery for 35yrs and also...
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John P. Radin

May 20, 1926 - December 7, 2017

A well-known native son, John Paul Radin died at home of natural causes on December 8, 2017 at the age of 91. John was the younger son of Croatian immigrants, Peter and Mare Radin. Born in Watsonville, he attended local schools and worked beside his father and older brother, Peter, in the family apple orchard. On the day of his high school graduation in 1944, he received his draft notice. ...
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Maria Natalia Mendes

December 24, 1943 - December 6, 2017

Maria Natalia Mendes passed away at her home in Royal Oaks on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. She was 74. Mrs. Mendes was born in Sao Jorge, Azores to Manuel and Maria Matos and emigrated to Hollister in 1968. She has lived in this area for the past 10 years. She was a talented seamstress, hardworking and dedicated wife and mother. She loved her grandchildren and taking care of all her animals....
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Natividad Buenio DeMayo

September 8, 1956 - December 4, 2017

Natividad "Naty" Buenio De Mayo passed away at Dominican Hospital on Monday, December 4, 2017. She was 62. Mrs. De Mayo was born September 8th, 1956 in Tondo (Metro Manila), Philippines. She was the 5th of 6 children and the 3rd daughter of Silvestre Buenio and Victoria Gadiano Buenio. Mrs. De Mayo was a nursing graduate of St. Rita Hospital School of Nursing & Midwifery in Manila,...
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Virginia J. Miller

January 20, 1939 - December 3, 2017

Virginia J. Miller passed away at her residence in Aptos on Sunday, December 3, 2017. She was 78. Mrs. Miller was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and has lived in Aptos for the past 17 years. She was a school teacher for the San Jose Unified School District for 25 years. Mrs. Miller was an avid golfer and tennis player. She belonged to the Seascape Golf Club and was a tennis coach at Pioneer...
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Frances Goon

January 6, 1919 - December 1, 2017

Watsonville resident Frances Goon passed away at the age of 98 in her home on the morning of December 1, 2017. Born in San Francisco in January of 1919 to William and Young Shee Jang, she was the eldest of eight children. She spent her childhood in San Francisco's Chinatown, attending Commodore Stockton School, until her family moved to Watsonville and then to Salinas, where she graduated from...
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Bento G. Nunes

September 23, 1950 - November 26, 2017

Bento "Ben" G. Nunes died surrounded by his family at his home in Salinas Sunday, November 26, 2017. He was 67. A native of the Sao Jorge, Azores Islands, the family immigrated to the United States in 1959. He has lived in Salinas for the last 30 years. Mr. Nunes worked for 35 years as a supervising mechanic at various garbage disposal companies, the last being Tri-Cities Disposal. He would...
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Charles Galsim DeMayo

September 1, 1954 - November 25, 2017

Charles Galsim DeMayo, known to his friends "Charlie", passed away peacefully, with his wife of 40 years by his side, on Saturday, November 25, 2017. He was 63 years old. Mr. DeMayo was born to Victorino and Josephine DeMayo on September 1, 1954, in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines, where he completed his schooling. In 1972, he migrated to the United States and started his new life in...
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Eugene Manuel Lopes

September 18, 1945 - November 24, 2017

Eugene Manuel Lopes, age 72, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, November 24, 2017 among loved ones at his home in Aromas, California. He was born on September 18, 1945 in the town of Rosais in São Jorge, Azores to Manuel and Rosa Avila Lopes. He immigrated to California in 1962 with his family. Gene loved carpentry and worked as a general contractor for most of his adult life,...
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Sue Giottonini

February 27, 1921 - November 24, 2017

Sue Giottonini, age 96, passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017 in her home in Watsonville, California. She was born in Stockton, California, the youngest of five children. Her parents, Angelo Nomellini and Erina DaValle Nomellini, emigrated from Lucca, Italy, after spending several years in Argentina. Sue graduated from Stockton High School and attended Delta College excelling in art. Sue...
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Robert A. Chadwick

June 25, 1931 - November 23, 2017

Robert A. Chadwick passed away at Watsonville Community Hospital on Thursday, November 23, 2017. He was 86. Mr. Chadwick was adopted in Rockingham, Vermont to Robert and Edna Chadwick and has lived in Watsonville for the past 11 years. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War and achieved the rank of Pn2 before being honorably discharged in 1953. He was a member and active in the honor...
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Juan Carrillo Lomeli

July 23, 1952 - November 21, 2017

Juan Carrillo Lomeli passed away at his home surrounded by his family on November 21, 2017. He was 65. Mr. Carrillo Lomeli was born to Juan Carrillo and Sara Lomeli on July 23, 1952 in La Milpilla, Jalisco, Mexico. He has been a resident of this community for about 37 years. He was a hard worker, who always provided for his family. He worked in the apple orchards and later moved onto work as a...
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Manuel Melgoza Magana

August 9, 1965 - November 20, 2017

Manuel Melgoza-Magana passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017. He was 52. Mr. Melgoza was born in Michoacán, Mexico and has lived in Watsonville for the past 36 years. He worked at Hurtado Farms for the past 20 years. He was a hardworking man that was dedicated to his family and provided well for them. Mr. Melgoza enjoyed watching boxing and soccer, especially the Las Chivas. Mr....
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Patricia Diane Michielssen

May 26, 1929 - November 17, 2017

Patricia D. Struve- Michielssen, 88, passed away peacefully, Friday November 17, 2017 at her home. She was born in Watsonville on May 26, 1929 to Hans and Adele Struve. She grew up in Moss Landing at what's considered her heritage, The Fog Ranch that her grandfather built in 1915. Patricia is survived by her children Adele Miriam "Mimi" Woolem (Dennis Woolem) and Hans "Chris" Michielssen. She...
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Francisco J. Hernandez, Sr.

October 4, 1922 - November 10, 2017

Francisco J. Hernandez Sr. passed away at his home in Pajaro on Friday, November 10, 2017. He was 95. Mr. Hernandez was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico to Anastacio and Teodora Hernandez. He worked as a machine operator for Green Giant for 20 years. He enjoyed gardening and going to the Plaza to hang out with his friends. Mr. Hernandez was devoted to his catholic faith and attended Our Lady...
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Rickey Dean Bryan

November 14, 1945 - November 9, 2017

Rickey Dean Bryan passed away peacefully at a local nursing home on November 9, 2017. He was 71. Mr. Bryan was born in Salinas to Charles Bryan and Maria Brown on November 14, 1945. As a young man, he was intrigued with the mechanism of cars, he loved to work on them that he became a certified mechanic. He worked for fifty years in local auto shops and was proud he could diagnose a car problem...
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Loiza Elizabeth Martinez

June 14, 1947 - November 4, 2017

Elizabeth Martinez passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017. She was 70. Mrs. Martinez is survived by her beloved only child, Liliana Martinez; two grandchildren and many other family members. Visitation will be held at Mehl's Colonial Chapel from 10:00-1:00 pm on Thursday, November 9 with the Rosary recited at 11:30 am. A graveside service will be held at Valley Public Cemetery also on...
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Robert Peter Pavlovich

February 25, 1941 - October 27, 2017

With heavy hearts we share with you the loss of our Dad, our "Jedo", our Big Bob. He was Sandy's Husband, Dad to Cathie, Tami and Staci. Grandfather to Ky, Trey, Haley, Hunter and Mason. Bob was the younger brother to Bill, and the son of Ann and Tony. He was loved by his family and friends, and he will be sadly missed by so many. Bob fought a brave battle with Parkinson's and Lewy Body...
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Albert Ramirez Rodriguez, Sr.

November 20, 1962 - October 27, 2017

Albert Ramirez Rodriguez passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the age of 54. Albert was born in Watsonville to Geraldo and Isabel Rodriguez, where he was raised in Pajaro and worked at the Pajaro Food Center for 10 years with his younger brother. Albert graduated from Watsonville High School in 1980. Albert has worked at Couch Distributing for the past 25 years where he was...
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Eileen Joan Kogut

June 5, 1928 - October 25, 2017

Eileen Feconda Kogut passed away in her home on October 25, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, she was the youngest of ten children and the daughter to Italian immigrants, Giuseppina DiMucci Feconda and Angelo Feconda. She survived her beloved husband of fifty years, Val Andrew Kogut. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother of six, and...
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Thomas Stepovich

August 7, 1943 - October 18, 2017

Tom passed away at the age of 74 after a brief illness. A native of Saratoga, he moved to Aptos in 1997. Tom is survived by his beloved wife, Patty of 44 years, his son Greg (Susie) and his sister, Marcia, as well as his happy companion "Duffy" his dog. Tom also leaves numerous cousins and sister/brother's-in-law. Tom and Patty enjoyed traveling and over the years visited most of Northern...
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Maria C. Nunes

November 4, 1926 - October 16, 2017

Maria C. Nunes died October 16, 2017, at her home in Watsonville, surrounded by her family. She was 90. A native of Sao Jorge, Acores, she has lived here since 1973. She worked for Pajaro Valley Greenhouses for 15 years before retiring. Mrs. Nunes was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church and worked on the many events put on by the church's Our Lady of Fatima Society. She...
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Moses S. Ramirez

May 15, 1967 - October 14, 2017

Moises S. Ramirez passed away at his home in Moss Landing on Saturday, October 14, 2017. He was 50. Mr. Ramirez was born to Jose and Manuela Sanchez on May 15, 1967. He graduated from North County High School. He enjoyed Batman, watching cartoons, playing Playstation and was an avid Seattle Seahawks fan. He loved to spend time with his family. He was a fun and sweet person. Mr. Ramirez is...
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Mitchell Bulich

February 7, 1922 - October 13, 2017

Mitchell Bulich, 95, a long time grower, packer and shipper of Pajaro Valley apples, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 13, after a short illness. He was born on February 7, 1922, in the Prunedale/Vega District of Watsonville. He attended local schools and graduated from Watsonville High School in 1940. Mitchell served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as an ammunitions...
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Alberto Arizmendi

June 10, 1959 - October 12, 2017

Alberto Arizmendi passed away at his residence surrounded by his family on October 12, 2017. He was 58. Mr. Arizmendi was born to Salvador and Herlinda Arizmendi on June 10, 1959 in Guerrero, Mexico. He settled in this community about 25 years ago working hard and providing for his family. He enjoyed being self-employed as a landscaper for 22 years and held a second job working the night shifts...
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Gregory Lynn Spence

October 26, 1965 - October 9, 2017

Greg Spence passed away October 9, 2017. Greg loved to go fishing and listen to rock 'n' roll. He was a hard-working man who worked for Boyer and Moyer fertilizer companies for numerous years. He is survived by his life partner of 33 years Sharon Silva. He has numerous siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. His children and grandchildren include Robert, Tina, Cera, Cebrina, Cin,...
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Gabriel Velasquez Orozco

February 27, 1950 - October 5, 2017

Gabriel "Bielo" Velasquez Orozco passed away at his home surrounded by his family in Watsonville on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from a 17 years battle with cancer. He was 67. Gabriel grew up in Mexico and has lived in this area for the past 40 years. He started working from the age of eight when he began gathering firewood for his family in Mexico. He worked for Monterey Mushrooms for 35 years as...
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