Ave Maria Memorial Chapel

Our family is dedicated to helping you share the stories that make this community great. We provide a place to cry, to laugh, and most importantly, begin the healing process that follows the loss of a loved one. Whether traditional or unique, we help you create a meaningful way to say goodbye.


Our Obituaries

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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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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Seth Sundance Kolski

August 23, 1975 - July 19, 2016

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Seth Sundance Kolski unexpectedly passed away in Santa Cruz. He was 40. Seth was a man of many wonderful traits. He graduated from Marymount University and was a master digger and vinyl record collector. Seth had great knowledge of all styles and genres of music and was very well respected in the record collector community. Seth you will be forever missed and always...
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Ismael Cano-Arteaga

August 11, 1983 - July 13, 2016

Ismael Cano-Arteaga Ismael Cano-Arteaga died after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 32. Mr. Cano-Arteaga was born in Watsonville to Ramon and Veronica Cano on Aug. 11, 1983. He had a great personality with a strong sense of humor along with an infectious smile. He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his favorite team, the San Francisco Giants play. Mr. Cano is...
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Jesus A. Saldaña

April 28, 1940 - July 9, 2016

On Saturday, July 9, 2016 Jesus A. Saldaña peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Royal Oaks. He was 76. Jesus enjoyed playing Bingo at the Park Place Bingo in Salinas, attending the 49ner's and SF Giants games and watching his grandsons play football and baseball at Watsonville High School. He also loved working in his yard which he was very proud of. Jesus is survived by his...
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Gabriel Alvarez Zamora

November 15, 1923 - July 5, 2016

On Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Gabriel Alvarez Zamora peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Santa Cruz. He was 92. Gabriel was born on November 15, 1923 in Gomez Fariois Michoacán, Mexico. Gabriel was an excellent Husband, Father, Son, Brother and Grandfather. He was always proud of his achievements in life. Gabriel was a hard worker and was love and respected by all who knew him. He...
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Adriana Fuentes-Villegas

January 16, 1992 - July 5, 2016

On Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 the Lord above called another angel to join His heavenly kingdom. Adriana Fuentes-Villegas, or Addy as she was called by friends and family, was born on January 16th, 1992. She was 24 years young. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family, being a fun aunt to her niece and nephew, loved music and dancing, and loved her dog 'Coco'. She was a loving daughter,...
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Earl Layne

May 14, 1929 - June 29, 2016

Earl Layne, a resident of Watsonville, passed away on June 29, 2016. Earl was born May 14, 1929 to Curtis and Verna Layne. He grew up in Watsonville attending local schools and joined the Navy in 1948. Earl worked for PG&E for 35 years and developed many great friendships with his fellow employees. From his early years, Earl had a fascination with cars; working on them and collecting various...
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Johnnie Lopez

January 16, 1935 - June 28, 2016

Johnnie Lopez, a resident of Watsonville, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Johnnie was born in La Junta, CO on January 16, 1935. He lived in Watsonville most of his life. Prior to his retirement he was a carpenter. He leaves behind 3 sons: Johnny, Eddie and Michael, 2 daughters: Cynthia and Christina and 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and the mother of his children and good friend...
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Ruth Carolyn Morris

November 4, 1930 - June 25, 2016

On Saturday, June 25, 2016 Ruth Carolyn Morris peacefully passed away surrounded by her family at her residence. She was 85. Ruth was a woman of many wonderful traits. She cherished family time and loved gardening. Ruth also loved going to Starbucks to drink her coffee and socialize. Her smile, love and generosity will be forever missed and always remembered by all who knew her. Ruth was...
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Letchimy Lee Vena

April 23, 1938 - June 22, 2016

Letchimy Vena "Lee" peacefully passed away in her home on June 22, 2016. She was 78 years old. Lee immigrated to Santa Cruz in 1975 from South Vietnam with her 6 children and her mother. She was very proud to start a new life in the US. She worked for 30 joyful years as a CNA and business owner in the Health field. Lee devoted her life to her family, working hard and believing in God. Lee...
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Beverley Bontadelli

November 26, 1924 - June 17, 2016

On Friday, June 17, 2016 Beverley Bontadelli peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Aptos. She was 91. Beverley received a BA at San Jose State in 1947 where she met her husband, Ernie. They were married for 68 years. She taught management business classes. She worked in the office of their farming in business for 35 years. For most of her life Beverley was a quick witted, outgoing,...
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Luis Ramirez, Jr.

April 20, 1983 - June 14, 2016

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Luis L. Ramirez Jr. unexpectedly passed away in Watsonville. He was 33. Our "Hero" Always said family and loyalty first. Luis had a great passion for working out and training, proudly looking forward to becoming a professional in the near future. He was a full pledge Chiefs fan. He was always the life of the party with a great sense of humor. Luis had knowledge studying...
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Angelo Pimentel

March 7, 1931 - June 14, 2016

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Angelo Pimentel peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in San Jose. He was 85. Angelo was born on March 7, 1931 in Flores, Azores to his proud parents; Francisco and Maria Pimentel. Angelo was a man of many wonderful traits. He ran Custom Aluminum Windows from 1968 until he retired in 2000. He loved to walk his dog and cherished spending time with his family....
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Lucy Pedroza

April 21, 1926 - June 13, 2016

On Monday, June 13, 2016 Lucy Pedroza peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 90. Lucy was born on April 21, 1926 in Gomez Palacio, Durango Mexico. She was a very strong, independent and loving woman who will be truly missed. Lucy also surrounded herself with family, friends and her pets. Her most notable accomplishment was being a bookkeeper for a record company...
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Salvador Gutierrez

November 5, 1932 - June 13, 2016

On Monday, June 13, 2016 Salvador Gutierrez peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Marina, CA. He was 83. Salvador Gutierrez was born to his proud parents; Jose Gutierrez and Maria Tapia in Villa Jimenez, Michoacán. Salvador was a very kind and friendly person with a genuine smile. He had a green thumb when it came to planting and he enjoyed watching his crops grow. Ultimately,...
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Monica Martinez

February 10, 1969 - June 4, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, 2016 Monica Martinez peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 47. Monica was a woman of many wonder traits. Her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She enjoyed many aspects of life but truly cherished spending time with her grandchildren. To a loving Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother and Friend you will be forever missed and...
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Jessica Carrillo

May 11, 1982 - June 4, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, 2016 a native of Santa Cruz, Jessica Carrillo unexpectedly passed away in Moss Landing, CA. She was 34. Jessica was a woman of many wonderful traits. She loved to travel, dance, sing and was a major food critic. Jessica proudly graduated from CSUNM receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences. She was a great mother who dedicated her whole life to her two...
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Arturo "Tutis" Cervantes

March 23, 1960 - June 1, 2016

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Arturo Cervantes "Tutis" peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Monterey. He was 56. Arturo was born on March 23, 1960 in Mexicali, Baja California to his proud parents; Salvador and Lidia Cervantes Mr. Cervantes enjoyed playing with all his grandchildren and making his family laugh. He will be missed by countless family members and friends that...
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Alfredo A. Rios

October 27, 1947 - May 30, 2016

On Monday, May 30, 2016 Alfredo A. Rios peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 68. Alfredo was born in San Bernardo Guanajuato Mexico to his proud parents; Apolonio and Romana Rios. Alfredo was a very hard working man and who cherished his time working for the Martinelli's Company for many joyful years. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family and...
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Jose Rodriguez-Munoz

May 5, 1942 - May 29, 2016

On May 29, 2016 Jose Munoz peacefully passed away in Watsonville surrounded by his family. Jose was a dedicated, hardworking father who enjoyed working on cars. He also loved to watch boxing and classic Spanish movies. He enjoyed Pedro Infante Music. Ultimately, Jose's life was devoted to his family and their happiness. To a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend you will be forever...
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Matilde Zamora Lopez

May 22, 1927 - May 29, 2016

On Sunday, May 29, 2016 Matilde Zamora Lopez peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 89. Matilde was born in Michoacán, Mexico to her proud parents Ruben Zamora and Delfina Rios. Matilde life was devoted to her family. She was very family orientated and truly cherished the time she spent with her family. She was a very happy person who loved to cook and sing...
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Maria G. Herrera

October 30, 1940 - May 26, 2016

On Saturday, May 26, 2016 Maria G. Herrera peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 75. Maria was an active member of the Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church and loved to read the Bible. She enjoyed going shopping and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her comfort, love and smile will be forever missed and always cherished. Maria is...
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Sara L. Emmons

December 29, 1966 - May 23, 2016

On Monday, May 23, 2016 Sara L. Emmons peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 49. Sara was a loving daughter, sister, mother and friend. She would always make everyone laugh with her great sense of humor. Sara always knew how to cheer people up. She loved to dance and cook with her grandchildren. Sara is survived by her husband, Vernon Emmons and her children;...
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Brian Neil Jones

March 29, 1953 - May 22, 2016

Brian Neil Jones of Aptos, Ca passed away at home with his wife and daughter, Jenna by his side. His parents, Lincoln and Muriel Jones of San Jose, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Maryanne Avila Jones, children, Jenna Abed and Anisa Sanchez, siblings, Chris (Madeleine Heassler) Jones and Lynn (Glen) Cornett, nephews, Ian Jones, Ethan Clarke, Sean and Matthew Cornett, and...
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Linda Joan Moore

August 5, 1947 - May 22, 2016

On Sunday, May 22, 2016 Linda Joan Moore peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 68. Linda was a woman of many wonderful traits. Linda enjoyed many aspects of life such as Cowboy fast draw, traveling, knitting, tailoring, accounting, family cookouts, gardening and making floral arrangements. Ultimately, her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. Her...
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Lisa D. Heald-Caballero

October 7, 1963 - May 15, 2016

On Sunday, May 15, 2016 Lisa D. Heald-Caballero peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Gilroy. She was 52. Lisa was a woman of many wonderful traits. She was an avid member of her church, enjoyed music and was an event planner. She loved taking trips to help orphanages in Mexico and help out anyone in need. Most importantly, she had a great love for her children, grandchildren and...
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Floyd Earl Gaither

April 7, 1922 - May 14, 2016

On Saturday, May 14, 2016 Floyd Earl Gaither peacefully passed away surrounded by his family. He was 94. Floyd was a man of many wonderful characteristics. He served under General Patton in WWII receiving two Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. Floyd retired from Granite Construction as a foreman after 30 joyful years of service. Some of his projects included the Santa Cruz Harbor and Jetty,...
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Julie Leider-Galea

July 7, 1961 - May 9, 2016

Julie Leider-Galea passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side. She was 54 years old. She grew up in Hillsbourgh, CA attending the Hillsbourgh schools and went on to Burlingame High School where she graduated in 1980. After traveling and attending college she settled down in Burlingame, CA where she had three sons. For the last 15 years she has been happily living with her...
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Heriberto Vega Sanchez

March 29, 1976 - May 6, 2016

On Friday, May 6, 2016 Heriberto Vega Sanchez passed away in Watsonville at the age of 40. Heriberto was born on March 29, 1976 in Jocotepec Jalisco, Mexico to his proud parents; Fernando and Sara Vega. Heriberto was a happy, humorous and caring man. His life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He has been living here in Watsonville for over 20 years working to provide for his...
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Emilio Alvarado

April 12, 1953 - April 24, 2016

Emilio Alvarado grew up in San Marcos, Texas and moved to California in 1981. He found his calling in the news profession and worked as a journalist for many years, as well as being an award-winning short story writer. He was extremely proud of his son David, Lance Corporal USMC, and loved his daughters Jennifer and Emily dearly, as well as his four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. ...
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Jose Yerena Guzman

September 18, 1935 - April 22, 2016

On Friday, April 22, 2016, Jose Yerena Guzman peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Mexico. He was 80 Jose was born on September 18, 1935 in San Juan Cosala, Jalisco to his proud parents; Francisca and Pedro Guzman. Jose was a caring, loving and loyal man. His life was devoted to his family and their happiness. Jose took great joy of taking care of his plants and was a farmer for...
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Mary D. Boedeker

June 4, 1928 - April 19, 2016

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Mary D. Boedeker passed away surrounded by her family. She was 87. Mary was a woman of many wonderful traits. She was a graduate of Manteca High class of 46, received her Nursing Degree from Saint Mary's San Francisco class of 50. Mary was one of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 45 years. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; Frank and Vada Triglia and brothers;...
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John Patrick Blinkenberg

February 15, 1964 - April 16, 2016

On Saturday, April 16, 2016 John Patrick Blinkenberg passed away in Santa Cruz. He was 52. John was a man of many wonderful traits. He enjoyed many things about life such as hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling and rocking crawling. John also enjoyed spending time with his daughter and family. To a loving Father, Son, Brother, Grandfather and Friend you will be forever missed and always cherished. John...
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George Frank Hurley

February 20, 1929 - April 16, 2016

On Saturday, April 16, 2016 George Frank Hurley peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in San Jose. He was 87. George was a man of many wonderful traits. He was a horticulturalist, who loved his roses and was in the agricultural field for over 40 joyful years. George also was an avid fan of the San Francisco 49ers, enjoyed embroidering and cherished spending time with his family and...
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William Shannon Jr.

November 24, 1954 - April 14, 2016

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, William Shannon Jr. passed away in Santa Cruz. He was 61. William was a generous, loyal and caring man. He loved to eat, work on his cars and was a friendly man. William enjoyed landscaping and was always willing to help others. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. William is survived by his friend who was a father figure to him, Daniel Guzman. A...
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Joseph Michael Sancetta

February 10, 1947 - April 14, 2016

On Thursday, April 14, 2016 Joseph "Michael" Sancetta peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at Dominican Hospital. He was 69. Michael was a man of many wonderful traits. If you were a friend of Michael's, you never ever forgot him. His witt was like no other, he had a gift of humor that made everyone laugh. He will be forever missed by everyone he ever knew. Michael is survived by...
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Curtis Edward Longenecker Craver

December 4, 1975 - April 13, 2016

Life-long resident of Santa Cruz, Curtis Craver, age 40, died unexpectedly on April 13, 2016. He was the beloved and loving son of Laurie Longenecker and John Craver. Loving stepfather to Joseph Stanger. Curtis' passion was the ocean. He worked as both a recreational and commercial fisherman since he was a teen. His passion for life and the ocean was contagious. All who went with him out on the...
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Adrian Anthony Bocanegra

April 27, 2007 - April 13, 2016

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Adrian Anthony Bocanegra passed away in Los Lomas. He was 8 years old. Adrian was born on April 27, 2007 in Watsonville to his proud parents; Jose Bocanegra and Christina Lopez. Adrian was an avid sports player and a true athlete. He played for several teams such as for the Pajaro Valley Little League, Triple A Baseball #1, NFL Flag football, Watsonville Wildcatz...
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Israel Macias Marin

March 7, 1979 - April 13, 2016

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Israel Macias Marin peacefully passed away surrounded by his family. He was 37. Israel was born on March 7, 1979 in San Juan de Los Lagos Jalisco, Mexico to his proud parents; Gabino Macias de la cruz and Maria Marin-Garcia. Israel's life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He enjoyed working to provide for his family. He dedicated much of his time at the...
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Annie Jeanette Beaman

April 9, 1924 - April 12, 2016

Annie Jeanette (SIMS) BEAMAN passed away on April 12, 2016, only days after celebrating her 92nd birthday. She was born in Berkeley California, but except for a few years in Berkeley and in Lincoln Nebraska, she spent her life in and near Watsonville. She attended the old Calabasas School, and graduated from Watsonville High School, Class of 1942. She became a Certified Dental Assistant. ...
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Jim Clark

May 10, 1938 - April 10, 2016

Jim Clark, at age 77 went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, April 10, 2016. Jim will now be joining his soulmate Carolyn, who he loved and adored for their 45 years of marriage. Jim is survived by his three children and their spouses, Jackie Rodman and Laurie Knowles, Tim and Penny Clark, and Thomas and Deirdre Clark. The apple of Jim's eyes were his grandchildren, Brian James Rodman, Nicole...
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Frank M. Okamoto

May 12, 1965 - April 7, 2016

On Thursday, April 7, 2016 Frank M. Okamoto passed away surrounded by his family in Moss Landing. He was 50. Frank was born in Los Angeles, CA and then became a long time resident of North Monterey County. Frank graduated from North Monterey County High School and attended Hartnell College. Frank was a man of many wonderful traits. He worked for various jobs and lastly as a technician for a...
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Stephen "Steve" Noren

December 16, 1938 - April 6, 2016

Born in New York, son of Harry and Jean Nussbaum, Steve proudly graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, then earned his doctorate in philosophy from U. Massachusetts, Amherst. He came to the West Coast to teach at CSU Long Beach in the 1960's. In 1978, after years as a professor of philosophy, he became a CA real estate broker, and soon opened offices in Boulder Creek and Felton. From...
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Jesus "Jesse" Limon

March 26, 1961 - April 2, 2016

On April 2, 2016, Jesus (Jesse) Ramon Limon peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Castroville. He was 55. Jesus was a man of many wonderful traits. He was a foreman for Granite Construction for over 30 joyful years. Jesse was the number 1 Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors and Washington Redskins fan. He enjoyed going to sporting events with his family, casinos, BBQing and...
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Robert Longoria

June 12, 1966 - March 30, 2016

Robert Longoria passed away on March 30, 2016 at the age of 49. Robert is predeceased by his father Ernesto Longoria, his sister Yolanda Longoria and his bothers' Oscar Escobedo and Ernesto and Thomas Longoria. Robert will be dearly missed and is lovingly remembered by his mother Delia Longoria of Salinas, brothers Orlando Longoria of Salinas, Raul Escovedo of Sacramento; his sister Sonia...
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Johnny Walter Drinnon III

June 2, 1955 - March 27, 2016

Johnny Walter Drinnon III, 60 of Watsonville, California passed away on Easter Morning the 27th of March, 2016. John was born on the 2nd of June, 1955 in Anchorage, Alaska. John was educated at many colleges including UCLA, where he played on the basketball team. He also attended Fullerton, Riverside and Cabrillo, where he volunteered and ran the concession stand for 35 years. He was a second...
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Stella Marie Treanor

February 11, 1927 - March 24, 2016

On Thursday, March 24, 2016 Stella Marie Treanor peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 89. Stella was born on February 11, 1927 in Avery Island, LA. Growing up in the Tabasco Sauce state she picked peppers until she met her Husband, Garth. They decided to move to California where she became a telephone operator for AT&T. Stella was a woman of many wonderful...
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Maria Isabel Espindola

July 8, 1960 - March 22, 2016

On March 22, 2016 Isabel Espindola Garcia peacefully passed away surrounded by her family at Watsonville Community Hospital. She was 55. Isabel was a friendly and generous person who would like to help everyone. She was a great mother to her daughters and sons. Isabel was always smiling and was positive. She enjoyed listening to music, cooking, going to church, giving food to the homeless people...
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Francisco V León

April 2, 1927 - March 21, 2016

Francisco V. León passed away on March 21, 2016, in his home, surrounded by his family. Born April 2, 1927 in Rancho Nuevo, Michoacan, Mexico to Raymundo León and Enedina Vigil, Francisco lived in Mexico City for four years prior to coming to the United States as part of the Bracero Program. He became a permanent resident in 1962, his wife joined him in 1968, and later his children in 1970,...
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Nikolas Agustin Malliarodakis

July 7, 1991 - March 21, 2016

On March 21, 2016 Nikolas Agustin Malliarodakis unexpectedly passed away in Moss Landing. He was 24. Nikolas proudly graduated from North County High School and was currently attending Monterey Peninsula College. Ultimately, his life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He enjoyed hiking, photography, playing the guitar, writing poetry and spending time with his family and friends. To...
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Maria Guadalupe Ayala

December 1, 1989 - March 14, 2016

On Monday, March 14, 2016 Maria Guadalupe Ayala unexpectedly passed away. She was 26. Maria was born on December 1, 1989 in Watsonville to her proud parents; Javier and Anita Ayala. Maria was full of life, happy and always had a smile on her face. She had a true passion for dance and enjoyed working out at the gym. Maria also loved spending time with her family and friends who meant the...
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Barbara Lee Zavala

October 1, 1945 - March 5, 2016

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, Barbara Lee Zavala peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Bakersfield, CA. She was 70. Barbara was a woman of many wonderful traits. She loved her thrift stores, garage sales and her crocheting. Barbara also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. To a loving Mother, Sister, Grandmother and Friend you will be forever missed and always cherished....
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Jonathan Contreras

October 25, 1989 - March 5, 2016

On Saturday, March 5, 2016 Jonathan Contreras passed away surrounded by his family at San Jose Regional Hospital. He was 26. Jonathan was born on October 25, 1989 in Santa Cruz to his proud parents; Jose and Maria Contreras. Jonathan's life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He loved football and was an avid fan of the Oakland Raiders. Jonathan enjoyed playing his PlayStation,...
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John Robert Fischer

May 30, 1960 - March 4, 2016

John Robert Fischer has passed away on March 4 at home surrounded by his family after a long and difficult illness. His courage and determination to live his life as long and as full as he could with his beloved family in the face of an almost lifelong fight with death is what very few have the strength or will to do. Under almost insurmountable odds, John proved doctors wrong over and over again...
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Brendan Stealey White

April 1, 1938 - March 2, 2016

Brendan Stealey White of Morgan Hill passed away peacefully, surrounded by his entire family on Wednesday March 2, 2016 at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, Ca. Brendan was born in Sacramento, California to Michael Flatley of County Mayo, Ireland and Adrienne White of San Francisco, California. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith White of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brendan is father of...
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Jose "Joey" Limon, Jr.

March 29, 1955 - February 28, 2016

On Sunday, February 28, 2016, Jose "Joey" Limon Jr passed away surrounded by his family at Natividad Hospital in Salinas. He was 60. Jose's life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He enjoyed western movies and was an avid fan of the Golden State Warriors. Jose cherished family gatherings and took great joy caring for his grandchildren, nieces and nephews who meant the absolute world...
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Floria Maria Leet (nee Calugi)

July 11, 1922 - February 20, 2016

Floria Maria Leet (nee Calugi) passed away at the age of 93 surrounded by her family. Floria lived a long life filled with great love for all and she was profoundly loved by all who knew her. Born outside of Florence, Italy, she survived childhood polio, a Nazi invasion of her home, and the terrible privations of World War II. She became a translator for NATO and later immigrated to America....
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Esther Espino Perez

January 10, 1926 - February 20, 2016

On February 20, 2016, Esther Espino Perez peacefully passed away in Bakersfield, CA. She was 90. Esther was born on January 10, 1926 in Araro, Michoacan Mexico. Esther was a woman of many wonderful traits. Ultimately, her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, cooking, family gatherings, singing and dancing to her family and friends. To a loving...
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Mary Frances Savage

July 9, 1926 - February 19, 2016

Mary Frances Savage passed away on February 19, 2016 in her home in Watsonville. She was 89 years old. Mary was born on July 9, 1926 in Florin, California. In 1927 her family moved to the Castroville area where they purchased a small farm. She attended Elkhorn Elementary, a two room school house, then went on to graduate from Salinas High School. After the war, Mary worked as a telephone...
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Manuel Juarez Magana

January 26, 1938 - February 17, 2016

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Manuel Juarez Magana peacefully passed away surrounding his family in Watsonville. He was 78. Manuel was born on January 26, 1938 in Mexico to his proud parents; Juan Juarez and Maria Juarez Magana. Manuel's life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He was a jokester and enjoyed making people laugh, especially his family and friends. Even when he was...
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James Manuel Dorado Jr.

June 8, 1981 - February 6, 2016

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, James Manuel Dorado Jr unexpectedly passed away in Salinas. He was 34. James was born on June 8, 1981 in Salinas, CA to his proud parents; James Dorado Sr., and Arlene Jaquez. James enjoyed many aspects of life. He was a hard worker, enjoyed drawing, BBQing, spending time with his family who he cherished so deeply. James also was an avid fan of the San Francisco...
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Dorothy Elizabeth Trafton Skillicorn

February 6, 1913 - February 6, 2016

Dorothy Elizabeth Trafton Skillicorn was born in Watsonville on February 6, 1913. She left this earth to be with Jesus on February 6, 2016, her 103rd birthday. She was the only child of Thomas and Elizabeth Trafton, a pioneer family who settled in the Pajaro Valley in 1854. Dorothy attended Pajaro Grammar School and graduated from Watsonville High School. At 18, she married Elmer Skillicorn and...
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Roy Kaita

July 2, 1920 - February 5, 2016

Roy was born in Watsonville, CA to Kanezo and Kinu Kaita. He lived a very full life, working as a truck driver, dishwasher, and then made a good living for his family growing strawberries. He loved golfing, day trips to the casinos, and most of all, cars! Roy had the most amazing memory and often matched significant family events with his cars. He was always dedicated to his family and known...
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Rick Towner

December 27, 1959 - January 31, 2016

Rick Towner, a longtime resident of Morgan Hill, CA passed away peacefully in his home on January 31st, 2016. Rick is survived by his two children; Richard Towner and Jessica Gupton (Towner); His parents William and Dorothea Towner; his siblings: Tina Swennes, Ray Towner, Deborah Towner Little and Joe Towner; his four grandchildren: Micah, Mason, McKenley and Drake and many nieces and nephews -...
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Dolores Romero

August 13, 1945 - January 30, 2016

On Saturday, January 30, 2016 Dolores Romero peacefully passed away surrounded by her family. She was 70. Dolores was born on August 13, 1945 in Cueneo, Michoacán, Mexico to her proud parents; Ernesto and Francisca Juarez. Dolores was a woman of many wonderful traits. She cherished her family was a loving mother, grandmother and a wonderful cook. Dolores also was an avid member of the Spanish...
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Jose Barba Ramirez

December 12, 1967 - January 27, 2016

On January 27, 2016 Jose Barba Ramirez unexpectedly passed away at his residence in Watsonville. He was 48. Jose was born on December 12, 1967 in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico to his proud parents; Javier Barba Ramos and Maria Del Refugio Ramirez Vasquez. Jose was a 28 year member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Watsonville served as the Deacon, Elder and Sabbath School Teacher. He is...
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Richard J. Petznick

October 1, 1930 - January 13, 2016

Richard J. Petznick, 85, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully on January 13, 2016. A lifelong local resident, Richard grew up in Freedom attending Freedom School, Watsonville High, Hartnell and Cabrillo Colleges. He continued his education throughout his lifetime with a childlike fascination and insatiable curiosity for how something worked or how to improve a...
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Marilu Cano

January 18, 1955 - January 13, 2016

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Marilu Cano peacefully passed away surrounding her family in Watsonville, CA. She was 60. Marilu was a woman of many wonderful traits. Her life was ultimately devoted to her family and their happiness. She loved taking care of her grandchildren and shopping for antiques. Marilu always had her door open to her friends and family in need. She truly had a heart of...
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Jesus Campos

October 1, 1971 - January 9, 2016

On Saturday, January 9, 2016, Jesus Campos unexpectedly passed away in Watsonville, CA. He was 44 years old. Jesus was born on October 1, 1971 in Uruapan, Michoacán Mexico to his proud parents; Victoriano and Eduvina Campos. Jesus's life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He cherished spending time, talking and making his children laugh. Jesus had a big personality and was always...
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Rosa E. Dotson Perkins

July 17, 1942 - January 8, 2016

On Friday, January 8, 2016, Rosa E. Dotson Perkins passed away peacefully in Santa Cruz surrounded by her family after being diagnosed with cancer only two weeks prior. Rosa cherished many aspects of life, such as traveling with family, taking trips to Reno, playing the piano, keeping in touch with her relatives and her top priority was spending time with her grandchildren. Rosa was also a...
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Mario R. Dorado

June 18, 1952 - January 7, 2016

On Thursday, January 7, 2016, Mario R. Dorado peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 63. Mario was born on June 18, 1952 in California to his proud parents; Antonio Dorado and Carmen Robles. Mario is survived by 1 son, 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 10 siblings. We will miss your stories, humor and laughter. Daddy, thank you for all you have done for us. You...
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Rita Perezchica Ortiz

October 3, 1927 - January 4, 2016

On Monday, January 4, 2016 Rita Perezchica Ortiz peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville, CA. She was 88. Rita was born on October 3, 1927 in Aguascalientes, Mexico to her proud parents; Sixto and Desidora Perezchica. She was a devout Catholic who loved gardening and spending time with her loved ones. Rita's life was devoted to her family and their happiness. To our...
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Doris Cecelia Flores

February 26, 1924 - December 31, 2015

Doris Cecelia Flores was born on Feb. 26, 1924 in Sherman, Texas and passed away on Dec. 31, 2015 in Visalia, California at the age of 91. Doris was preceded in death by her first husband, Leon Fort, and Mauro Flores her second husband, as well as Jack Fort her oldest child. She is survived by her three children Juhree, Dale and Rodney Fort, 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, one brother...
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Micaela Guzman de Diaz

April 28, 1922 - December 28, 2015

On Monday, December 28, 2015, Micaela Guzman de Diaz peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 93. Micaela was born on April 28, 1922 in San Juan Cosala, Jalisco Mexico to her proud parents; Jose Rosa Guzman and Guadalupe Bernabe. Micaela was a woman of many wonderful traits. Her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She was a homemaker for 69 joyful...
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Robert M. Franks, Jr.

September 1, 1933 - December 28, 2015

Robert M Franks Jr. Born Sept 1, 1933 Died Dec 28, 2015 Bob was as big as the State of Texas where he was born. After finishing college in Texas A+I. He joined the Army and was a Signal corp film & photography officer. His military work led him to New York City, Europe and atomic testing in Nevada. He was married to Marianne Ratz in 1953 and they had four children: David, Douglas, Carol...
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Elvina Rubalcava

January 26, 1924 - December 26, 2015

On Saturday, December 26, 2015, Elvina Rubalcava passed away at El Camino Hospital surrounded by her children in Mountain View, CA following complications from heart surgery. She was 91 at the time of her death. She was born in Silver Bow, Montana on January 26, 1924 to Rosalio Luna And Maria Esparza Luna. Her parents and siblings Jesus (Eva), Jose (Maria), and Catalina (Raymond) Montalvo all...
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Dorothy Horvath

August 5, 1924 - December 25, 2015

Dorothy Horvath, of Watsonville, California, passed away on December 25, 2015. She was 91. Dorothy was born in Chicago, Illinois. Dorothy was widowed for the past 6 years after being married to Louis Horvath for 62 years. She worked as a hairdresser for several years and was a homemaker for most of her married life. She enjoyed lunches with her social groups, spontaneous trips, and...
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Glenda Joy Curlee Twaddle

February 1, 1955 - December 10, 2015

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, Glenda Joy Curlee Twaddle left us to be with the lord. She was born in Fort Bragg, CA on February 1, 1955. Glenda was a lot of fun and was truly loved by all. She will be forever missed and always cherished. She was preceded in death by her father, Bud Curlee on August 23, 2001. Glenda is survived by her dearly loved son, Henry Francis Hansen, Mother Rudy...
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Rosa Maria Herrera

June 28, 1972 - December 4, 2015

On Friday, December 4, 2015 Rosa Maria Herrera, unexpectedly passed away in Watsonville, CA. She was 43. Rosa was born on June 28, 1972 in Mexico to her proud parents; Felipe G. Herrera and Mara de Jesus Giron Herrera. Rosa was a woman of many wonderful traits. She loved to go dancing and to read. Rosa also enjoyed taking classes at a nearby Community College and working at the VNA and Hospice...
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Maria Ester Oretgon

May 8, 1947 - November 29, 2015

On Sunday, November 29, 2015, Maria Ester Ortegon peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. Maria was born on May 8, 1947 in Kingsville, Texas to her proud parents; Meliton and Diamantina Ortegon. Maria enjoyed going to bingo and going on trips to the casino. She loved family gatherings, especially going on walks around the town with her daughter and making conversations...
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Bill Kenichi Kajihara

July 2, 1939 - November 29, 2015

Bill Kenichi Kajihara passed away at his home in the presence of his family on Sunday, November 29, 2015 in Watsonville at the age of 76. He was born on July 2, 1939 in Garden Grove, CA, the seventh of ten siblings to the late Ippei "Paul" and Shizuko Kajihara. During WWII, Bill along with his parents and siblings were interned at Poston, AZ. The Kajihara family eventually moved to Watsonville...
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Salvador Heredia Caras

November 1, 1936 - November 29, 2015

On Sunday, November 29, 2015, Salvador Heredia Caras peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 79. Salvador was born on November 1, 1936 in Jalisco, Mexico to his proud parents; Jose and Cleotilde Heredia Caras. Salvador was a man of many wonderful traits. His life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He cherished every moment with them and had a true...
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Arnold Hamilton

August 9, 1915 - November 24, 2015

Arnold Hamilton, a longtime resident of Watsonville went to be with God on 11-24-15. He recently celebrated his 100 birthday in August with many of his family and friends. He was active in the California State Retirees Chapter 36 and the California State Employees Assn. having served as a Director in the 1980's. He was also a member of the Masons, Soquel/Santa Cruz Chapter, a member of the VFW...
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Ranulfo Ortiz Diaz

May 27, 1963 - November 21, 2015

On November 21, 2015, Ranulfo Ortiz Diaz peacefully passed around surrounded by his family in Santa Cruz, CA. He was 52. Ranulfo was born on May 27, 1963 in Mexico to his proud parents; Francisco and Carmen Ortiz Diaz. Ranulfo was a wonderful man whose life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He truly cherished family gatherings, especially being with his 4 grandchildren. Ranulfo...
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Rafaela Melchor

October 24, 1943 - November 16, 2015

On Monday, November 16, 2015, Rafaela Melchor peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Santa Cruz. She was 72. Rafaela was born on October 24, 1943 in Cofradia de Duendes, Tecolotlan Mexico to her proud parents; Elias Cosio and Ramona Espinoza. Rafaela's life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She cherished being surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She also...
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Jose Flores Serrano

December 5, 1924 - November 12, 2015

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, Jose Flores Serrano peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 90. Jose was born on December 5, 1924 in San Pedro Tesistan, Jalisco Mexico to his proud parents; Emiliano and Febronia Flores Serrano. Jose was a great grandfather who raised his 5 grandkids and great grandkids. He taught his grandkids the values of family, respect, pride,...
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