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Ave Maria Memorial Chapel

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Our Obituaries

Aurelio Nolasco

June 6, 1925 - November 8, 2017

Aurelio Nolasco passed away at home surrounded by his family on November 8th, 2017. He was 92. Aurelio was a native of Michoacán, Mexico but lived in Watsonville for the last 20 years. He had a passion for the outdoors, especially gardening and horses. He enjoyed many aspects of life and family festivities, where he was the center of attention captivating his family with his stories. He loved...
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Melissa Medrano-Ramirez

July 21, 1993 - November 5, 2017

Melissa Medrano-Ramirez passed away on November 5th at home in Aromas surrounded by her family. She was born on July 21, 1993 to her proud parents Blanca and Jose Luis Medrano. She was 24. Melissa was a vivacious spirit who embraced all aspects of life. She enjoyed reading and listening to music. She was very passionate about Art and History. She graduated with honors from The University of...
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Miye Yamashita

March 9, 1918 - October 29, 2017

Miye Yamashita passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. She was 99. She enjoyed crocheting blankets and giving them to family and friends. She also looked forward to going to the JACL Senior Center every Thursday to meet with her friends to chat and play bingo. She will always be remembered for her yasashii (kind, caring, and generous) demeanor and for always thinking of others before herself. ...
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John Rocha, Jr.

May 6, 1918 - October 9, 2017

John Rocha Jr. of Watsonville, CA passed away peacefully on October 9, 2017 at the age of 99. John was born in Riverdale, CA on May 6, 1918. He grew up working hard with his family in the dairy business, with the help of his late wife, Violet Rocha. They created a successful cattle ranch business. He enjoyed spending time with family, traveling in his motorhome and driving around the ranch...
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Crisofono "Chris" Gallardo

April 20, 1925 - October 5, 2017

Crisoforo "Chris" Gallardo died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 in Paso Robles. He was 92. Mr. Gallardo was a hardworking man. He enjoyed his family vacations to El Paso, Texas traveling by train. He was employed with Southern Pacific for 26 years. He also took part in building the tracks and bridges at Roaring Camp in Felton. Mr. Gallardo was also an...
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Juan Antonio Godinez

June 14, 1960 - October 2, 2017

Juan Antonio Godinez died peacefully on Monday, Oct. 2 2017 at home surrounded by his family. He was 57. He was born on June 14, 1960 in Leon Guanajuato Mexico to Cipriano Godinez and Juana Lopez. However, he was a resident of Watsonville for over 40 years. Mr. Godinez was a member of St. Patrick's Church as well as the choir El Buen Pastor. He enjoyed gardening, and listening to music. He...
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Linda Wong Yee

December 16, 1949 - September 30, 2017

Linda Wong Yee died peacefully at home on September 30th with her sons at her side. She was 68. She was born in China on Dec. 16, 1949 to Sau Ngun Yu and Yun Wong. She was a longtime resident of Santa Cruz County. She was a fantastic culinary cook who loved to use fresh produce to create her spectacular dishes. She enjoyed nice long conversations with her sons and friends. at home or in nice...
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Petra Garcia

December 4, 1930 - September 30, 2017

Petra Garcia passed away on September 30th 2017 in Watsonville. She was 86. She was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; however she lived in Watsonville for the last 40 years. She was a woman of many wonderful traits. She loved listening to music and spending time in her garden. She enjoyed watching Spanish gossip programs. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She is survived by her...
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Grace Chapin

March 27, 1929 - September 29, 2017

Grace Margaret Chapin 3/27/1929 - 9/29/2017 Grace was born March 27, 1929 on Broadis Street to John & Dina Crosetti and was a lifelong resident of Watsonville, CA. In 1952 she met and married her husband Donald Chapin Sr. Grace is survived by her Son & Daughter in law, Donald Chapin Jr. and Barbara, her Daughters and Son in laws, Marilyn and Jim Valentine, Janet and Vernon Snodderly, Carol...
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Mary Carpenter

August 24, 1940 - September 26, 2017

Mary Helen Preston Carpenter Mary Helen Preston Carpenter died on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. She was 77. She was born on Aug. 24, 1940, and was a long-time resident of Watsonville. She attended Watsonville High School and California Polytechnic State University with her focus on Home Economics. She enjoyed gardening, baking and being with her family on holidays. She also was a big fan of the...
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Jennie Gervasio

April 28, 1961 - September 11, 2017

Jennie Gervasio passed away unexpectedly on September 11, 2017. She was 56. She was a longtime resident of Watsonville born on April 28, 1961 to Juan Gervasio and Esther Galvan. She enjoyed listening to oldies, singing, dancing, and had a characteristic sense of humor that would brighten anyone's day, along with a distinguished smile and a unforgettable signature laugh. Her family referred to...
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Robert Hanson

October 30, 1930 - September 7, 2017

Robert Nelton Hanson, former Dean of the Business School at Northern Michigan University, passed away on September 7, 2017. Robert was born on October 30, 1930 in Tyro township, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, to Henry N. and Pearl (Davidson) Hanson. He was baptized and confirmed at Israel Lutheran Church. After attending country school at Yellow Medicine County District #29, he began...
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Luis Ayala, Jr.

August 31, 1950 - September 5, 2017

Luis Ayala Jr. passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Sutter Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. He was 67 years old. He was born on August 31, 1950 to Luis Ayala and Irene Pena. Luis Ayala Jr. was a wonderful husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, and a great man. He was born in Wisconsin, raised in Texas, and lived in Watsonville for the last 50 years. He was a faithful...
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Consuelo Higareda

September 3, 1927 - September 4, 2017

Consuelo Higareda Renteria died on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 in Watsonville, a day after celebrating her 90th birthday. She was born on Sept. 3, 1927 to Ricardo and Micaela R. de Higareda. Ms. Higareda Renteria is preceded in death by her siblings, Ascencion Higareda Vda. De Zamora, Cecilia Ramirez, Reyes Higareda, Manuel Higareda, Pedro Higareda and Maria de los Angeles Escamilla. She is...
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Silvino Zafra Torralva

September 5, 1965 - September 3, 2017

Silvino Zafra Torralva died on Sunday, Sept. 3rd, 2017 in Prunedale, two days before his 52nd birthday. He was born in Oaxaca, Mexico on September 5th, 1965 to Arnulfo Zafra and Raquel Torralva de Zafra. Silvino had a passion for the outdoors specifically gardening. He enjoyed to cook, write poetry and spend time with his friends and family. He was a very compassionate, adventurous, amiable...
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Toribio "Peewee" Uribe, Sr.

September 7, 1947 - August 30, 2017

Toribio "Peewee" Uribe Sr. died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. He was 69. He was a kindhearted man that enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved his Dallas Cowboys and was a big auto enthusiast. He loved gardening, camping, gambling and spending time with his family. He enjoyed his Tejano Music greatly. He prided himself as being American born, and a...
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Victoria Felipe

February 28, 1922 - August 25, 2017

Victoria Felipe died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 surrounded by her family at Valley Convalescent Hospital in Watsonville. She was 95. She was born in the Philippines but was long-time resident of Watsonville. She worked in a local cannery for 20 years. She enjoyed time with her family and loved to shop. She also enjoyed crocheting while watching WWE professional wrestling. She is...
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Richard Walker

March 7, 1918 - August 19, 2017

Richard Langan Walker passed away peacefully on August 19, 2017 surrounded by his family. Richard was born in Pasadena, California in 1918 and was the eldest of six children of Frank and Miriam Walker. Richard spent his youth in Southern California and attended the California Institute of Technology where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. Richard served in the United States Army Air...
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Lillian Hungerford

October 19, 1974 - August 17, 2017

Lillian Valera Hungerford died suddenly on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Union Gap, WA. Chili Lili, as she was known to her friends, was born Oct 19, 1974 in Ft. Worth Texas to Terry Lee Hungerford (Andellyn) and Judith McDonald and raised in Watsonville, CA. She is survived by her parents, her son Adrian Ramirez, Sisters Celeste Doyle (Patrick), Bethanye McDonald (Luke McGillic), Lena Smith ...
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Glen Witmer

August 18, 1942 - August 12, 2017

Glen A. Witmer passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday August 12th, 2017. Glen was born on August 18, 1942 in Carmel, CA to his proud parents Fred and Virginia Witmer. He graduated from Watsonville High School in 1960, attended Cabrillo College, and served 6 years in the California National Guard as an E6 Sergeant. He also worked for Pacific Telephone Company for 3...
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Hugo Sorensen

April 6, 1928 - August 8, 2017

Hugo Sorensen Hugo G.F. Sorensen died on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital In San Jose. He was 89. Mr. Sorensen was born in Esbjerg, Denmark on April 6, 1928. He immigrated to Canada in 1957. It was there that he tried various occupations such as gold mining, as well as owning a gas station and doing truck repairs. Eventually he ended up working for Pilkington Glass where he...
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Peggy Arispe Avalos

September 21, 1947 - August 3, 2017

Peggy Arispe Avalos passed away surrounded by loved ones on Thursday August 3, 2017 at Dominican Hospital. She was 69 years old. Peggy was a native of Watsonville born on September 21, 1947 to her proud parents Pauline Varela and Daniel Arispe. Peggy was a well-known figure for her willingness to help others in the Senior Community. She was the site Manager of congregate meals for Community...
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Bernardo "Benny" Vasquez

July 4, 1957 - July 20, 2017

Mr. Bernardo A. (Benny) Vasquez passed away at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Texas on the 4th of July, 1957 to his proud parents Josefina and Martino Vasquez. Benny loved to dance, play pool and play cards. He enjoyed making people laugh. He was a hard working carpenter because he loved his job. He was a wonderful person with a big heart. He enjoyed helping others. He...
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Elma Rempillo

October 20, 1932 - July 18, 2017

Elma Velasco Rempillo Elma Velasco Rempillo died at home surrounded by her family. She was 84. She was a native of Watsonville born on Oct. 20, 1932 to Jose and Paz Velasco. She earned her BS degree in Accounting and graduated with honors. Mrs. Rempillo worked for Santa Cruz County and retired. She is survived by her children, Jose, Vilma and Vicente; and her siblings, Nancy Domingo,...
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Ruben Joseph Piña, Sr.

May 27, 1961 - July 15, 2017

Mr. Ruben Joseph Piña Sr. passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday July 15 in Watsonville. He was 56 years old. He was a native of Watsonville. Mr. Piña loved family barbecues and being with his grand-children. He had a passion for coaching his kids in sports. He enjoyed playing horseshoes and basketball. Ruben loved his classic rock and roll music but first and foremost he believed in Our Lord...
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Esther Campos

August 3, 1931 - July 5, 2017

Esther Campos passed away peacefully at her home in her sleep on July 5th. She was born August 3, 1931 in Santa Barbara California, at the age of 6 she moved with her parents and siblings to Watsonville. She is preceded in death by her parents, Augusto and Natalie Campos, and her brother Joe Campos. In her early years Esther worked for the Strawberry Advisory Board. She then worked for...
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Lillian Lou Jaime Gil

February 16, 1956 - July 3, 2017

On July 3, 2017 Lillian Lou Jaime Gil peacefully passed away surrounded by her family. Lillian was a woman of many wonderful traits. She loved to dance and watching old movies. Lillian also enjoyed listening to music, crocheting and giving them out as gifts. She was preceded in death by her brother; Christopher Jaime. Lillian is survived by her children; Jason Henri, Robert I. Gill and Cody...
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Herman Gaither

February 5, 1924 - May 14, 2017

Herman Gaither passed away on Sunday, May 14th 2017 at Dominican Hospital of Santa Cruz. He was 93. Born in Arkansas, Mr. Gaither followed his older brothers' lead and moved to California in the early 1950s. He first settled near Ft. Bragg in Rockport, where he worked in a lumber mill. He eventually moved to Watsonville and was a mechanic for Granite Construction Company for over 35 years. He...
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Elizabeth Frances Adair

August 25, 1922 - May 14, 2017

Elizabeth Frances Adair, resident of Aptos, California, was born on August 25th, 1922 to Kenneth McKee Coykendall and Katherine Easterby Maynard. Elizabeth died peacefully in her home on Mother's Day, May 14th, 2017. Elizabeth is survived by her husband of seventy-five (75) years, Vern Lee Adair, whom she met at a college dance. Together they had four children; Robin Katherine Adair, Robert...
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Juana Valdez Hernandez

January 22, 1922 - May 5, 2017

Juana Valdez Hernandez went home to be with her Savior on May 5, 2017. Juana was 94 years old. She was a resident of Watsonville, Ca. for 53 years. She was born on January 22, 1922 in Don Diego, San Luis Potosi, Mexico to Matilde and Maria Sanchez Valdez. She married Sebastian Hernandez in 1939. They immigrated to the United States in 1945, and after a few years in Texas, they settled in...
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Jennie A. Montoya

April 21, 1927 - April 30, 2017

On April 30, 2017 Jennie A. Montoya peacefully passed away in Santa Cruz surrounded by her family. She was 90. Jennie was a woman of many wonderful traits. She enjoyed taking walks to Pinto Lake Park, gardening and cooking authentic Mexican food. She was very family oriented. She was totally devoted to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jennie was a woman of strong faith. She will be...
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Rosalia R. Gaspar

September 14, 1914 - April 26, 2017

On April 26, 2017 Rosalia R. Gaspar peacefully passed away surrounded by her family at her residence in Royal Oaks. She was 102. Rosalia was born on September 14, 1914 in Pance, Ramos Tarlac Philippines. She loved to cook, play softball on her younger years and was a member of the Filipino Community of Watsonville. Most of all Rosalia's life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She...
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Dolores Harlan

May 26, 1922 - April 18, 2017

Dolores was born in Fresno, California on May 26, 1922, and died peacefully with her daughter by her side late Tuesday night April 18th. She was 94 years old and had truly looked forward to meeting her Lord. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband Wayne, in 1997. She is survived by her only daughter, Debbie Harlan of Aptos, three grandchildren, Valerie (Taylor) Greene of Reno, Nevada, Amy ...
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Roselia Medina Garcia

June 11, 1968 - April 17, 2017

Roselia Medina Garcia, 48 of Watsonville, California passed away peacefully in her home on April 17th, 2017. Born June 11th, 1968 in Agua Blanca, Jalisco; she is the daughter of Francisco Medina and Maria Napoles. Despite fighting Multiple Myeloma for 4 years, she always remained strong for her family. She loved cooking, and always provided help, as well as consolation to those she loved. ...
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June Bennett Estill Glenn Hoskins d'Estelle

June 20, 1920 - April 13, 2017

June Bennett Estill Glenn Hoskins d'Estelle, beloved partner of Peter A. Navarro, passed away in Watsonville on April 13 at age 96. June was born on June 20, 1920 in Alameda, CA. She was the daughter of Chester D. and Virginia C. Estill. June is preceded by her sister Lois Marilyn Waikiki in 2001 (Walter d. 2007). Her brother Wayne D. Estill (Beverly) lives in Malibu, CA. With her late...
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James M. Flores

August 23, 1955 - April 13, 2017

On Thursday, April 13, 2017 James M. Flores peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Prunedale. He was 61. James enjoyed classic car shows, Judo, fishing, going camping and BBQing with his family and friends. James was an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Raiders and was a member of Castroville Midnights Car Club. James proudly worked for Granite Construction for over 30...
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Kelly Lynn Hurley

September 26, 1985 - April 11, 2017

Kelly Lynn Hurley passed away unexpectedly in New York City on April 11, 2017. Kelly was born on September 26, 1985 to Susie M. Southwood and Robert E. Hurley, Jr. in Watsonville, CA. She was 31 years old. Kelly was a fitness enthusiast, avid reader, a strong activist for social change and enjoyed engaging discussions. She also loved traveling, philanthropy, wine tasting and rooting for her...
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Marcelina Lopez Ruiz

May 21, 1932 - April 6, 2017

On April 6, 2017 Marcelina Lopez Ruiz peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 84. Marcelina was born on May 21, 1932 in Bellavista, Jalisco Mexico. Marcelina was a woman of many wonderful traits. She loved attending her daily Elderday in Santa Cruz, where she loved her friends and the staff dearly. Ultimately, her life was devoted to her family and their...
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Kathleen McGrath

June 13, 1944 - April 4, 2017

Kathleen McGrath of Watsonville passed away on April 4, 2017 in her home of her mother, Dorothy McGrath. She died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 72 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Her son Harold and his wife Leticia Rodgers, who had tirelessly cared for her since 2014, were by her side. Kathleen was born on June 13, 1944 in Oceanside, CA to her parents George and Dorthy (Loveless)...
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Francisca C. Felix

October 5, 1929 - April 2, 2017

On Sunday, April 2, 2017 Francisca C. Felix peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 87. Francisca was a woman of many wonderful traits. She was a long time employee of Ametex Pacific Ext and Smith and Vendiver. Ultimately, her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She cherished spending time with them especially her grandchildren and great...
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Rafael Vergel Lopez

August 18, 1922 - March 30, 2017

On Thursday, March 30, 2017 Rafael Vergel Lopez peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 94. Rafael was born on August 18, 1922 in Guanajuato, Mexico. Rafael was a big fan of crossword puzzles and Western Films. He was very into story telling about his past experiences and was a proud retired Chief of Police in Jacona, Michoacán. Rafael will be forever missed and...
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Maria De La "Luz" Marin Zungia

March 24, 1958 - March 30, 2017

On Thursday, March 30, 2017 Maria De La "Luz" Marin Zuniga peacefully passed away surrounded by her family Salinas. She was 59. Maria was born on March 24, 1958 in Acambaro Guanajuaro, Mexico. Maria enjoyed dancing, gardening and flowers. Ultimately, she loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. To a loving Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother and Friend you will be forever...
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Ruby Mae Handley Franzke

January 8, 1918 - March 28, 2017

Ruby Mae Handley Franzke, age 99, was residing in Gladstone, Oregon at the time of her death on March 28, 2017. She was born in Tracy, California on January 8, 1918, the first of two children born to Nettie Jane Garlick and Alexander Handley. Her brother, Grover, was born when Ruby was a teenager. Ruby graduated from Salinas High School and then moved with her family to Soquel, California where...
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Gladys Blair

February 24, 1928 - March 27, 2017

On Monday, March 27, 2017 Gladys Blair peacefully passed away surrounded by her family. She was 89. Gladys was a woman of many wonderful traits. She enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with her family especially her grandchildren who meant the world to her. Gladys will be will forever missed and cherished by all that knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents; Walter and Ethel...
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Tanumia Fepulea'i

August 26, 1926 - March 27, 2017

Our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Tanumia Fepulea'i died peacefully in Aromas at the home of her daughter Fiaau (Ohmann) and son-in-law Kent Ohmann on Monday, March 27th at 5am, surrounded by her loved ones. Tanumia was born in the South Pacific, in the Manu'a island of Ta'u (American Samoa), in the village of Faleasao. She moved to Menlo Park, California 39 years ago and later...
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Eva Ortiz

May 27, 1942 - March 26, 2017

On Sunday, March 26, 2017 Eva Ortiz passed away surrounded by her family in Santa Cruz, CA. She was 74. Eva loved taking long walks with her husband and enjoyed going to Church on Saturdays. She was a woman of strong faith who was always ready to help others. Her favorite pastime was to be around her family, especially grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; Elvira and Emiterio...
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Jennie R. Lopez

May 6, 1925 - March 26, 2017

On Sunday, March 26, 2017 Jennie R. Lopez peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 91. Jennie was a woman of many wonderful traits. She was retired from Green Giant and worked for 25 joyful years. Ultimately, her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She cherished spending time with her grandchildren who meant the world to her. Jennie also enjoyed...
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Robert Cervantes

August 3, 1968 - March 21, 2017

On March 21, 2017 Robert Cervantes passed away unexpectedly in Salinas California. He was 48. Robert was born on August 3, 1968 in Castroville California. Robert's life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He loved his cat, drawing beautiful pictures and enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Carlos Cervantes Sr. Robert...
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Virginia E. McClune

May 20, 1925 - March 21, 2017

Virginia E. McClune passed away on March 21, 2017 in Covina, CA. She was born on May 20, 1925 in Hanford, CA to parents Everett & Maude Hamilton. She married Dale W McClune in 1946 and after living in Watsonville for 57 years, spent her last 12 years with her daughter in Azusa. She is survived by her 2 children, daughter-in-law, grandchild, 2 great-grandchildren, uncle and numerous cousins....
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Celeste da Gloria Melo

December 19, 1933 - March 20, 2017

On Monday, March 20, 2017 Celeste Da Gloria Melo passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 83. Celeste was born on December 19, 1933 in São Mateus Terceira Acores. She moved to Watsonville in 1985. Celeste was a woman of many wonderful traits. She loved to crochet and enjoyed her ice cream. Above all, she cherished spending time with her family especially her grandchildren...
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Gerald Patrick Marquez, Sr.

March 15, 1953 - March 19, 2017

On Sunday, March 19, 2017 Gerald Patrick Marquez Sr. peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Modesto. He was 64. Anyone who knew Gerald would know he enjoyed riding his bike and recycling. He was not one to stay in one place, as his favorite pass time was his travels with his wife. He was always planning their next adventure. If there was a glow on his face or a twinkle in his eye it...
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J Asuncion Vega

April 2, 1941 - March 14, 2017

Mr. J Asunción Vega Heredia passed away on Tuesday March 14, 2017 in Watsonville, CA in the presence of his family at home. Mr. Vega was born on April 2, 1941 in Purépero de Echáiz, Michoacán, México to Maria Heredia and Lúcio Vega. As a young boy and teen, he herded sheep and cattle alongside his brothers. At the age of twenty-one he married his sweetheart Serapia Vega Cendejas and...
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Carmen Ponce Gaytan

July 16, 1968 - March 9, 2017

Carmen Ponce Gaytan passed away unexpected on March 9, 2017. She was only 48 years old. Carmen was a kind person who loved to help, friends and family. She enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children Alejandra Gonzalez, Alicia Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez and Juan Gonzalez and 7 grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 16th from 5 PM to 9 PM...
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Anthony Aguilar Ontiveros

October 11, 1928 - March 1, 2017

On March 1, 2017 Anthony Aguilar Ontiveros peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 88. Anthony was born on October 11, 1928 in Winfield, Kansas. He enjoyed many aspects of life especially family festivities. Anthony had a loving charismatic demeanor and loved a variety of music and his sport was dancing to corridas and cumbias as well as singing along with the...
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Alwyn L. Fox, Jr.

January 30, 1926 - February 28, 2017

Alwyn L. Fox, Jr., LCDR USNR, 91 of Lake Stevens, WA passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Born in Santa Rosa, CA on January 30, 1926, Al spent his childhood in Sacramento, CA. He lived much of his life in Santa Cruz, CA before moving to Washington in 2000. At the young age of 17, Al joined the Navy to pursue his passion for aviation. At the completion of flight...
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Robert Lorenzo Perez

August 14, 1964 - February 28, 2017

On February 28, 2017 Robert Lorenzo Perez unexpectedly passed away in Watsonville. He was 52. Robert attended Watsonville High School, Cabrillo College and San Jose State. He loved helping people, perusing a career in the medical field and Pharmacy Tech. Robert worked for the Central Coast Alliance for Health, Dr. Benjamin Potkin and Dr. Rajinder Singh and Dr. Jay Johnson. He also enjoyed...
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Maria Olivia (Rivas) Alanis

August 3, 1944 - February 26, 2017

On Sunday, February 26, 2017 Maria Olivia (Rivas) Alanis peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 72. Maria was born on August 3, 1944 in Torreon Coahuila, Mexico. Maria was a woman of many wonderful traits. Her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She enjoyed the outdoors and loved to cook. Maria was a very generous person and always loved to help...
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Amos Butler

February 11, 1932 - February 23, 2017

Amos Alfred Butler, 85, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 23, 2017 following a year long illness. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy (Pope) Butler; his sons George, Steve and David, wife Ronda; his daughter Laura, husband Frank; siblings Stella, Letha, and Dean; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his dog Spud. Born February 11,...
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Josefina Zamora

September 23, 1931 - February 22, 2017

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Josefina Zamora peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Royal Oaks. She was 85. Josefina was born on September 23, 1931 in Michoacán, Mexico. Josefina's life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Her love and constant care will be forever missed and always cherished in our hearts....
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Delfina Rivera Ancheta

December 15, 1925 - February 19, 2017

Delfina Rivera Ancheta, a Watsonville resident for nearly 60 years, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2017, at Valley Convalescent Hospital. She was 91. Delfina was born in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines on December 15, 1925, to Juan and Leonora Rivera. She was the eldest of ten children and left her rural home for Manila to help support the family. She was a war bride. In 1948, on...
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Jose Carmen Lopez

March 26, 1933 - February 18, 2017

On Saturday, February 18, 2017 Jose Carmen Lopez peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 83. Jose was a man of many wonderful traits. He loved the Oakland A's baseball and enjoyed BBQing for his family and friends. Jose also enjoyed gardening, mariachi music, dancing with his beloved wife and spending time with his family who he truly cherished. To a loving...
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Baldomero Zaragoza

March 10, 1931 - February 12, 2017

Sunday, February 12th, long time resident of Watsonville, Baldomero Zaragoza, passed peacefully surrounded by his family. He was 85. Baldo was an active parishioner at Saint Patrick's Church, serving as a Eucharistic minister, with the Ministry for the sick, and for Charismatic retreats. After retiring, he was a stay at home grandfather, for 18 years, to his eldest granddaughter, Erika Delgado...
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William C. O'Gorman

October 9, 1921 - February 9, 2017

William C. O'Gorman, born October 9, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, passed away peacefully at his home in La Selva Beach on February 9, 2017. Bill stood proudly for the U.S. Army in World War II and served as a medic in the 79th Infantry in Normandy, France. He started his family in Ridgefield, Connecticut and later moved to Santa Clara, CA. After retirement from Prudential Insurance he moved to...
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Lee Anthony Cisneros

December 23, 1968 - January 30, 2017

On Monday, January 30, 2017 Lee Anthony Cisneros peacefully passed away AT 4:20 AM surrounded by his family at his home. He was 48. Lee graduated from Watsonville High School in 1987 and owned his own automotive repair shop. He supported his children in various softball and basketball teams. Lee was a very loving and generous man, Father and Husband who will be truly missed. Lee is survived by...
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Antero J. Reyes

November 17, 1942 - January 29, 2017

Antero J. Reyes 74 yrs. peacefully passed away encompassed by his family on Sunday January 29, 2017. Antero enjoyed rebuilding cars, racing, caravan camping at Pine Crest Lake with family and friends, and a big fan of science fiction books, movies and tv shows. Antero leaves his beloved wife; Estella J. Reyes, children; Debra Montanez, Vincent Reyes, Stacie A. Espinosa, Teresa (Ramon) Reyes...
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George Horace Colburn

January 24, 1946 - January 27, 2017

On Friday, January 27, 2017 George Horace Colburn peacefully passed away in Watsonville. He was 71. George Colburn was an extremely talented photographer who specialized in aerial shots of racing yachts and nature. For many years he owned a fishing boat and had a lucrative business as a fisherman. On the slopes George was a hip-swinger extraordinaire. George will be missed. George was...
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Ronald Peter Blevins

April 7, 1936 - January 25, 2017

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Ronald Peter Blevins peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Royal Oaks. He was 80 Ron was married to his loving wife Virigina for 53 years. He was an avid photographer and enjoyed model trains and guns. He loved camping, fishing, and exploring the back roads of the Sierra Nevada with his family in tow. Ron especially enjoyed exploring ghost towns and...
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Steven Dale Glaum

November 26, 1954 - January 24, 2017

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, a long-time resident of Aptos, Steven Dale Glaum peacefully passed away. He was 62. Steve was a member of the Aptos High Sports Hall of Fame, Peninsula Oilers Baseball Hall of Fame, U.C. Riverside Athletics Hall of Fame and NCAA DII College World Series Hall of Fame. Steve was drafted by the Detroit Tigers Baseball team in 1977 and played in their AAA organization...
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Joseph Ralph Baxter

July 19, 1943 - January 22, 2017

Joseph Ralph Baxter passes away peacefully with loved ones all around on January 22nd 2017. Joe graduated from Camden High School in San Jose, California in 1962. After high school Joe worked as a carpenter during the day and as a tow truck driver at night. He married his high school sweetheart, Sunny Clair Thornagle in 1964. Joe built a custom home in Boulder Creek in 1975 so that his...
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John Phillip Bergwall

July 12, 1946 - January 19, 2017

John Phillip Bergwall died suddenly and unexpectedly on January 19th 2017. John was born in Vallejo, CA. to Cecil and Phillip Bergwall. The family often visited Santa Cruz in the 1950's and 60's and John moved to Santa Cruz in the early 1970's. He obtained a business degree from Cal State Fullerton and an Art History degree from UCSC following two years at Cabrillo. His first artistic love was...
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Alexander Valenzuela Arellano

December 2, 1950 - January 19, 2017

Alexander Valenzuela Arellano was carried in the arms of God to be with his wife June and his son Alex on Thursday January 19th surrounded by his family and friends. Alex was born in Calexico and later moved to Watsonville, California where he lived for more than fifty years. Alex was the oldest son of Bonifacio and Maria Arellano who preceded him in death. Alex is survived by his children...
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Norman Haney

April 4, 1927 - January 17, 2017

Mr. Haney was born and raised in Coalinga, CA. He joined the Navy on his 18th birthday in 1945 and mustered out as a Fireman 2nd class in August of 1946. He married a hometown girl, Loy Phelps on September 11, 1948. He graduated from Fresno State and moved to Watsonville in September of 1950 to begin his career teaching at Watsonville High School. Mr. Haney taught life science and driver's...
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Gary Lester Liebenberg

November 11, 1944 - January 14, 2017

Gary Lester Liebenberg died peacefully in his home in Hollister on January 14, 2017 after a long illness. He was 72. Gary was born on November 11, 1944 in Santa Cruz to his parents, Lester and Margaret Liebenberg. He graduated from the San Lorenzo Valley High School in 1963. Soon after, he joined the army with his twin brother, Arthur, where they served as Military Police. Both Gary and Art...
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Maria Garza Alaniz

November 20, 1923 - January 13, 2017

Maria Garza Alaniz, born on November 20, 1923 passed away on January 13, 2017. Maria was born in Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua Mexico. She migrated to the States to support her family. She worked for Goodwill and Mission Linens in Santa Cruz. She was a strong woman of faith and we are going to miss her dearly. She honored God's will by faithfulness until death, and she will receive the crown of life...
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George Colburn

January 24, 1946 - January 11, 2017

Don, a long time resident of the Bay Area, who in retirement moved to Capitola, passed away on Jan.11, 2017 due to Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Portland, OR. Don is survived by his wife of 45 years, Luisa; his daughter, Camille; his grandchildren, Sebastian and Sabrina; and his sister Elaine. He is preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Francis "Blackie"; and his brother Gary. ...
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Maria Estela Avalos Sanchez

October 22, 1944 - January 11, 2017

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Maria Estela Avalos Sanchez peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in San Jose. She was 72. Maria was a woman of many wonderful traits. Her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She loved to take care of her grandchildren, enjoyed cooking, shopping and cherished being a housewife. To a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend you will be...
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Clay Maxwell Pamphilon

December 18, 1942 - January 5, 2017

Clay Maxwell Pamphilon, 74, died Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at his home with his family after a long battle with cancer. He leaves a wife of nine years, Elena, his daughter Lisa, sons Cameron and Sean and three grandchildren. Born and raised in the East Bay, son of Max and Marjorie, Clay moved to the South Bay to raise a family. In the early years he attended El Cerrito HS and then went on to...
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Kathy Margarita Willoughby

August 8, 1947 - January 2, 2017

On Monday, January 2, 2017 Kathy Margarita Willoughby peacefully passed away in Watsonville. She was 69. Kathy loved to read her bible and meditate. Ultimately, she loved her family and her children were her greatest accomplishment in life. Kathy also, enjoyed cooking for her friends and family and cherished spending time with her grandchildren. Kathy is survived by her children; Kris (Thomas)...
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Frances Marie Davis

May 22, 1926 - January 2, 2017

Dearly loved Frances Marie Davis peacefully passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017. Formerly Frances Marie Lopes, she was born May 22, 1926 in Gilroy, California, the only child to Pete and Lucille Lopes. Her family moved to Watsonville when she was very young. She graduated from Watsonville High School in 1944 and married Gordon H. "Bud" Davis on June 24, 1945. She was a loving mother to her...
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Jose Reyes Delgado

January 4, 1932 - December 26, 2016

On Monday, December 26, 2016 Jose Reyes Delgado peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Royal Oaks. He was 84. Jose was born on January 4, 1932 in Guanajuato, Mexico. He enjoyed many aspects of life. Jose loved baseball, especially watching his favorite team the SF Giants and also enjoyed boxing. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and loved his family dearly. Jose was an...
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William Jean Manger, Jr.

September 26, 1930 - December 24, 2016

On Saturday, December 24, 2016 William Jean Manger Jr., peacefully passed away in Salinas. He was 86. William was born on September 26, 1930 in Los Angeles, CA. William was a man of many wonderful traits. He was a resident of Aromas for several years. He was a proud owner of Mangers Upholstery and was renowned for his custom upholstery on vintage vehicles. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating,...
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Salvador M. Luna

September 2, 1944 - December 23, 2016

On Friday, December 23, 2016 Salvador M. Luna peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Salinas. He was 72. Salvador was born on September 2, 1944 in Durango, Durango, Mexico. Salvador was a long-time resident of Watsonville for over 50 years. He was a proud owner of Luna Appliances serving the Watsonville Community for over 30 joyful years and was a mentor to many in the appliance...
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Carmen "La Mama" Ruiz

September 1, 1948 - December 22, 2016

On Thursday, December 22, 2016 Carmen Ruiz "La Mama" peacefully passed away surrounded by her family. She was 68. Carmen was born on September 1, 1948 in Villamar Michoacán, Mexico. She enjoyed going camping with her grandchildren and going to the flea markets. Carmen was also a gambler at heart but ultimately, her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. To a loving Wife, Mother,...
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Scott Martinez-Valencia

September 17, 1992 - December 18, 2016

On Sunday, December 18, 2016 Scott Martinez-Valencia unexpectedly passed away in Fresno, CA. He was 24. Scott was born on September 17, 1992 in Watsonville, CA to his proud parents; George Martinez and Vicky Valencia Martinez. Scott was a man of many wonderful traits and a true handyman. He was a mechanic and had a passion for auto body work. Scott enjoyed dirt bikes, farm work, BBQing and...
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Mike Novie Bulaich

January 7, 1936 - December 16, 2016

Mike Novie Bulaich passed away suddenly in his Santa Cruz home on December 16, 2016 at the age of 80. Mike was preceded in death by his parents Milan Bulaich and Vukosava (Ilich) Bulaich. He was born Novica Milan Bulaich on January 7, 1936 in Grahovo, Montenegro. At the age of 3, he migrated with his parents to the United States making their home in Watsonville. In 1957, he became a...
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Flossie Witt Mitchell

February 15, 1920 - December 14, 2016

Flossie Witt Mitchell, born February 15, 1920 died peacefully December 14, 2016 in Watsonville, California surrounded by family and friends. Flossie lived in Ridgeville, Indiana for over 85 years. Flossie was born in Kentucky to Fred and Kate Witt. She moved to Ridgeville in 1929, and was the first of her family to graduate from Ridgeville High School. She married Harold Mitchell Christmas...
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Barbara Jetter

September 11, 1923 - December 14, 2016

Dearly loved, Barbara Jetter passed December 14, 2016 surrounded by family and love. Creative, quick-witted and original, Barbara loved to write, dance, sing and make jokes her entire life. Barbara's curiosity and welcoming nature inspired an adventurous full 93 years, touching numerous others. She is survived by 3 children, Pam, Laurie and Gary, and one grandson, Charlie. Remembrances will...
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Jesus Caballero Lazo

March 6, 1933 - December 14, 2016

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Jesus Caballero Lazo peacefully passed away surrounded by his family. He was 83. Jesus was born on March 6, 1933 in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He loved listening to Nortena Music and to play his accordion. Jesus also enjoyed working on cars and watching boxing. Ultimately, his life was devoted to his family and their happiness. To a loving Husband, Father,...
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Hazel Yvonne Franotovich

January 19, 1924 - December 13, 2016

Although greatly saddened, we are at peace with Mom's death, which ended her long-term struggles with ill health. Her last hours were spent with her children- Nancie, Maureen, Katie and Michael (son-in-law). Hazel Franotovich was born in Salinas to Rose and Alexander, who immigrated from Russia. She grew up in San Jose and Los Angeles. After marriage, she lived in the San Juaquin Valley, Santa...
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Teresa Robledo Orozco

June 6, 1926 - December 8, 2016

Teresa Robledo Orozco passed away on December 8, 2016 with her Loving family by her side. She was a 90 years old native of San Pedro Tesistan Jalisco, México She was born on June 6, 1926 to her proud parents Jose Orozco and Abundia Flores. Teresa worked in a local cannery for 30 years. She was a very hard working woman. She would balance work with being a mother and a loving wife to her...
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Edwardo Sanchez-Nanez

April 18, 1947 - December 7, 2016

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Edwardo Sanchez Nanez peacefully passed away in Watsonville. He was 69. Edwardo was a man of many wonderful traits. He enjoyed the outdoors, going fishing, watching the waves, cars, reading, landscaping and horticulturalist. Edwardo also loved to BBQ and spend time with his family who meant the absolute world to him. To a loving Father, Brother, Grandfather and...
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Jesus "Jess" Vega, Sr.

July 7, 1934 - December 5, 2016

Jesus (Jess) Vega Sr. passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016. He was 82. Mr. Vega was born in El Torro, CA and raised in Hollister, then moved to Watsonville to purse employments at the Watsonville Cannery. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and children and loved to fish and take rides to Hollister to visit his brothers and sister and eat at the A&W restaurant. He was preceded in death...
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Ruth Hutton

January 4, 1919 - December 5, 2016

On December 5, 2016 Ruth Hutton quietly slipped from this life to the next, at home in her bed as she wished. Ruth was born and raised in Watsonville, and with the exception of a couple of newlywed years in Pajaro, lived her entire life on the land on which she was born. A life long member of the First Baptist Church of Watsonville, she was active in the church until her health prevented it. ...
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Reyna Ortega

January 6, 1971 - November 30, 2016

Reyna Ortega was born in Torreon Coahuila Mexico On January 6, 1971 to her proud parents Maria and Demetrio Puentes. She has been a resident of Watsonville since 2002. Reyna loved to cook. She made the best flour tortillas among other things. She also loved to dance and was an avid fan of Las Chivas soccer team. She survived by her 11 year old daughter Reyna Isabel Ochoa Ortega, her...
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Emilia Vazquez

July 18, 1953 - November 26, 2016

On Saturday, November 26, 2016 Emilia Vazquez peacefully passed away in the comfort of her home surrounded by her entire family in Watsonville. She was 63. Emilia was a woman of strong character and many wonderful traits. Her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. Emilia was a devoted and loving mother but her more important role was always that of grandmother. To a loving Wife,...
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Jerry Duane King

May 8, 1936 - November 26, 2016

On Saturday, November 26, 2016 Jerry Duane King peacefully passed away in comfort of his wife at their residence in Watsonville. He was 80. Jerry was a man of many wonderful traits. He was an outstanding pilot and loved to fly and always enjoyed looking into the beautiful sky. His life was also devoted to his beloved wife and her happiness. Jerry was a very generous man who always willing to...
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Lena Marie Gilardoni

July 22, 1940 - November 25, 2016

On Friday, November 25, 2016 a long-time resident of Watsonville, Lena Marie Gilardoni peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 76. Lena enjoyed many aspects of life. She loved gardening, cooking for her friends and family and reading. Lena ultimately cherished spending time with her grandchildren who meant the world to her along with her dog Vito. Lena's love,...
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Manuel "Jessie" Martinez

October 4, 1954 - November 21, 2016

On Monday, November 21, 2016 Manuel "Jessie" Martinez unexpectedly passed away in Watsonville. He was 62. Manuel is survived by his children; Juan, Sandra, Zoila, Angelica and Jorge and his mother, Isaura Moreno. He is also lovingly survived by his siblings; Jose Luis, Lupe Maria Elena, Lourdes, Jose and his 7 grandchildren. Visitation services will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from...
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Allison Lewis Rider

April 7, 1926 - November 20, 2016

Allison Lewis Rider passed away peacefully on November 20, 2016 surrounded by family. During the last months of his life his primary caregiver was his grandson Luke Dwyer. Allison was born in Watsonville, CA, April 7, 1926, to Isabella Fraser and Homer Allen Rider. The youngest of 4 children, his only sister Kathryn (Kay) was a doting and loving sister until she passed away recently at 99+ years...
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Graciela "Grace" Valdivia

December 13, 1938 - November 10, 2016

Graciela "Grace" Valdivia, 77, of Watsonville died peacefully in the presence of her family after a battle with cancer on November 10, 2016. Born on December 13, 1938 in Bakersfield, CA. She is predeceased by her parents Eleuterio and Pilar Lopez, sister Jenny, and brother Joe. She spent that last 57 years of her life married to Nazario "Nate" Valdivia of Watsonville, CA. After her birth she...
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