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Ave Maria Memorial Chapel

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Our Obituaries

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 Elder Day 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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Antonia Galvan

July 20, 1939 - November 10, 2016

On Thursday, November 10, 2016 Antonia Galvan peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 77. Antonia was born on July 20, 1939 in Jalisco, Mexico to her proud parents; Jose Maria and Petra Martinez. Antonia was the first daughter of 11 children born to Jose Maria and Petra Martinez. She married Alfonso Galvan and together they raised 8 children. She enjoyed...
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Josefina Rivera

November 20, 1957 - November 8, 2016

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Josefina Rivera peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 58. Josefina's life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren, who she loved dearly. She also was an avid member of Saint Patrick's Church and had all her faith and hope in Divino NIÑO JESUS. Josefina is...
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Inda Clunie

November 20, 1957 - November 8, 2016

On Monday, November 7, 2016 Inda Clunie unexpectedly passed away in Salinas. She was 59. Inda was a woman of many wonderful traits. She enjoyed doing crafts, baking and working with her kids at school. She never met a person she didn't like. Her smile and love will be forever missed and always cherished. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ida Fuentes and brother, Richard Medina. Inda...
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Marylee Montoya

November 18, 1928 - November 2, 2016

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Marylee Montoya peacefully passed away surrounded by her family. She was 87. Marylee was born in Sallisaw, OK, and raised most of her adult life in Watsonville. Marlyee was married for 52 years to Ray Montoya Sr. Marylee liked dancing, car shows, parades, fishing, playing bingo, traveling and family and friends. You could see her regularly at the Senior Center...
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Wanda June Thompson

August 19, 1933 - October 28, 2016

On Friday, October 28, 2016 Wanda June Thompson peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 83. Wanda was a loving wife and mother with a big generous heart and sense of humor. Her greatest joy in life was service to her family. She truly loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and would travel anywhere anytime to be with them. She was preceded in...
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Roberto C. Godinez

March 17, 1968 - October 25, 2016

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Roberto C. Godinez passed away unexpectedly in Salinas. He was 48. Roberto was the greatest handy man ever! He always loved to help others and BBQing for his family and friends. His life was devoted to his family and their happiness and cherished spending time with them. To a loving Father, Brother, Grandfather and Friend you will be forever missed and always...
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Colleen B. Kramer

October 11, 1928 - October 22, 2016

On October 22, 2016 Colleen B. Kramer peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 88. Colleen was raised in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in French. Colleen raised her family in La Selva Beach she also was the office manager at Burgstrom Kramer Inc., for over 30 joyful years. She loved to travel on cruises, take Elder Hostel vacations and sang...
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Mary Louise Ochoa

September 10, 1951 - October 21, 2016

Mary Louise Ochoa, a lifelong resident of Watsonville, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on October 21, 2016. She was 65. Mary graduated from Watsonville High School in 1970 and was local bus driver for 35 joyful years. She loved to dance and was an avid Oakland Raiders and A's fan. Mary also enjoyed listening to Barbara Streisand. Mrs. Ochoa was preceded in...
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Rachel Alice Torrecillas

April 22, 1958 - October 20, 2016

Rachel Alice Torrecillas died peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. She was 58. She was born in Watsonville on April 22, 1958. She was full of life. She enjoyed going out on motorcycle rides. She was also a great sports fan. Her favorite teams were the 49ers and the San Francisco Giants. She loved attending their games. She is survived by her husband, Peter...
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Napoleon E. Hernandez

June 26, 1966 - October 18, 2016

Napoleon E. Hernandez (50) "Polo" a lifelong resident of Watsonville passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Watsonville Community Hospital with his family by his side. Polo was born on June 26, 1966 to Juan and Gloria Hernandez. Polo was a big man with an even bigger heart who truly lived life to the fullest. He was very family orientated and very giving. He had a great sense of...
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Baudelia Baeza

May 21, 1925 - October 15, 2016

Baudelia Baeza died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. She was 91. She was born in Michoacan, Mexico on May 21, 1925 to Angelina and Silverio Ceja. She loved to spend time with her family. She enjoyed going to casinos, watching television, gardening and making tamales. She loved her birds Niko and Pepe. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Manuel Baeza;...
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Robert R. Harris

March 16, 1963 - October 14, 2016

On Friday, October 14, 2016 Robert R. Harris peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 53. Robert enjoyed listening to his R&B and old school music. He loved tinkering with his electronics and to sing. He majored in accounting and enjoyed watching Sci-Fi. He will be remembered for his "Happy go Lucky" aspect on life and will be forever missed and cherished. He is...
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Maria Consuelo Vasquez Cortez

February 4, 1924 - October 8, 2016

On Saturday, October 8, 2016 Maria Consuelo Vasquez peacefully passed away surrounded by her family at her home in Watsonville. She was 92. Maria was born on February 4, 1924 in San Pedro Tesistan Jalisco, Mexico. Maria was a woman of many wonderful traits. Her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She loved to hand wash clothes and cook for her family. To a loving Mother,...
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Jose Antonio Alvarez

August 31, 1935 - October 4, 2016

Jose Antonio Alvarez passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on October 4, 2016. He was 81 years old. Jose was born to his proud parents, Jesus Alvarez and Odilona Mendoza on August 31, 1935. Jose was a hardworking man devoted to his family. He took the time to teach his older children to read and write. He was a vivacious man who loved to sing and dance among other hobbies such...
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Ken Anderson

October 8, 1957 - September 28, 2016

It is with the deepest sorrow that we share the passing of Ken Anderson. Ken was almost 59 years old when he passed from a stroke on September 28, 2016. Born in 1957, Ken spent 30 years developing his business - Central California Pool Covers, where he worked as the owner/operator and built relationships with loyal customers all over the Central Coast and Bay Area. In his younger years, Ken spent...
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Enrique Serrano Castro

June 15, 1958 - September 23, 2016

On Friday, September 23, 2016 Enrique Serrano Castro unexpectedly passed away in Watsonville, CA. He was 58. Enrique was born on June 15, 1958 in Xochimilco, Mexico. Enrique was a man of many traits and characteristics. He went to school for 9 years and owned Mi Mexico Restaurant. He loved many things about life such as soccer, dancing, running, working and being a role model for his family and...
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Eduarda Castro Altamirano

March 18, 1944 - September 23, 2016

On Friday, September 23, 2016, Eduarda Castro Altamirano peacefully passed away surrounded by her family. She was 72. Eduarda was born on March 18, 1944 in Xochimilco, Mexico. Eduarda's life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She cherished spending time with her grandchildren and cooking for her family. To a loving Mother, Grandmother, Aunt and Friend you will be forever missed and...
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Robert L. Crow

November 13, 1945 - September 20, 2016

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Robert L. Crow peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Coulterville, CA. He was 70. Robert was a man of many wonderful traits. He loved fishing; golfing, bowling and watching his great grandchildren grow. Robert had a true passion for his work and cherished spending time with his wife, Dianna. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lelan and Dorothy...
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Edgar Lopez Ayala

July 5, 1995 - September 19, 2016

On Sunday September 19, 2016 Edgar G. Lopez Ayala unexpectedly passed away in San Jose, CA. He was 21. Edgar was a car and motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed volunteering in the community and was a nursing student with a goal of becoming a Neuro Surgeon. Edgar most importantly had a big heart and loved to help everyone. His family and friends meant the world to him and his memory and love will be...
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Joaquin Mejia-Villa

August 23, 1951 - September 18, 2016

On Sunday, September 18, 2016 Joaquin Mejia Villa "El Guerro Palmas" unexpectedly passed away in Watsonville. He was 65. Joaquin was born on August 23, 1951 in Michoacán, Mexico. Joaquin loved music and played the accordion in a local group named, Lluvia Norteña in Watsonville. He will be forever missed and his memory and music will be forever cherished. Joaquin is survived by his children;...
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Alejandro Rivas-Carbajal

December 14, 1954 - September 6, 2016

On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Alejandro Rivas-Carbajal peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Santa Cruz. He was 61. Alejandro was born on December 14, 1954 in Sahuayo Michoacán, Mexico. Alejandro proudly worked for Big Creek Lumber for over 30 joyful years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, the outdoors, cooking and music. He loved spending time with his family and...
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Jeanette Rae Devery

August 14, 1963 - September 6, 2016

On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Jeanette Rae Devery peacefully passed away surrounded by her family at her residence. She was 53. Jeanette was a woman of many wonderful traits. She was a proud retired Fire Marshall for Central Fire Protection District and loved her horses and dogs. Jeanette competed in many horse shows and loved to garden. To a loving Wife, Sister and Friend you will be truly...
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Joe Roy Bachman, Jr.

March 23, 1936 - September 1, 2016

On Thursday, September 1, 2016 Joe Roy Bachman peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 80. Joe attended Watsonville High School and spent 4 years in the Army serving in Alaska. He enjoyed playing sports and coaching for several local leagues in Watsonville. Joe was the biggest SF Giants fan and was able to witness his team win the 2010, 12 and 14 World Series. Joe...
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Jose Jimenez-Vega

May 19, 1927 - August 30, 2016

On Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Jose Jimenez Vega peacefully passed away surrounded by his family. He was 89. Jose was born on May 17, 1927 in Michoacán, Mexico. Jose was a man of many wonderful traits and was a very hard worker. For over 50 joyful years he worked in the Central Coast. Jose's life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He loved to cook for friends and family and truly...
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Douglas Calvin Dewart

March 1, 1943 - August 14, 2016

Early Sunday morning on August 14, 2016, Douglas Calvin Dewart, 73, peacefully passed away at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada after having put up a courageous struggle with cancer with his devoted wife, Terry and family by his bedside. Doug was born on March 1, 1943 in San Mateo, CA to Elmer and Roseanna (Freeborn) Dewart. His love for nature and the mountains brought him to Portola, CA. He...
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Jean Grammy Foote

January 20, 1936 - August 13, 2016

Jean "Grammy" Foote passed away with her family by her side on the morning of August 13, 2016. She was 80 years old. Jean was born in Holtville, CA on January 20, 1936. Jean met her husband, Norm, in El Centro, CA and the two were married on January 18, 1958. Later that year they moved to Watsonville, CA, had two children and resided there until their passing. Jean was an avid swimmer and...
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Maria Concepcion Tolamatl

December 8, 1952 - August 6, 2016

On Saturday, August 6, 2016, Maria Concepcion Tolamatl Hernandez peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 63. Maria was a woman of many wonderful traits. Her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She cherished family gatherings, time spent with her grandchildren and cooking for her family. She is survived by her children; Hector, Fabian and Ernesto...
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Socorro Mendoza Madrigal

September 27, 1948 - August 5, 2016

On Friday, August 5, 2016 Socorro Mendoza Madrigal peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 67. Socorro was born on September 27, 1948 in Coalcoman Michoacán, Mexico to his parents; Ruben Mendoza and Josefina Madrigal. Socorro's life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and out at his farm. He loved...
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Victor Buffalo Velasquez

June 1, 1989 - August 2, 2016

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Victor "Buffalo" Velasquez unexpectedly passed away in Watsonville. He was 27. Victor was a man of many wonderful traits. He enjoyed to play and watch sports, go golfing, dancing, DJ at events and catering for the Ballesteros. Victor you will be forever missed and your memories always cherished in our hearts. Victor is survived by his brothers; Fernando Velasquez and...
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Marjorie Garland Watsonville

June 13, 1931 - July 30, 2016

Marjorie Garland, 85 went home to be with her heavenly Father on Saturday, July 30, 2016. She was born in Allis Hollow, PA where she met her late husband, Russell of 52 years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Watsonville. She leaves behind her four loving children; Jean (Ricardo) Mendez, Kenneth Garland, Sharon (Robert) Smith, Mark (Cindy) Garland, several grandchildren...
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Frank B. Lamoly

August 24, 1932 - July 30, 2016

Having put up a courageous struggle with cancer, Frank B. Lamoly passed away on July 30, 2016 at the age of 84. Frank was the Town Marshall at Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton CA. He had a deep love for horses and legends of the Old West. He is survived by his wife Rita of 53 years and his children; Wayne, Doreen, Bryan, Nella and step-daughter; Terry. He is lovingly survived by his 8...
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Anita F. Valdivia

October 5, 1952 - July 20, 2016

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Anita F. Valdivia peacefully passed away in Monterey, CA. She was 63. Anita was born on October 5, 1952 in San Luis Obispo and then resided in Salinas, CA with her children. Anita was a woman of many wonderful traits. Her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She loved to play Bingo and attend family gatherings. To a loving Mother, Grandmother and...
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