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

Monica Leal

February 26, 2003 - June 15, 2018

On June 15 Monica Leal passed away unexpectedly in Madera California. She was 15. Monica was born in Watsonville. She was a vivacious individual that embraced life. She loved her family and enjoyed picking on her sisters. She enjoyed being silly, especially making silly videos and playing on her phone. She loved to swim, listen to many different types of music and eat Hot Cheetos. She is...
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William Allen Schulz

January 17, 1958 - June 8, 2018

William Allen Schulz, born 1/17/58, passed away on 6/8/18 after a four-year relationship with metastatic prostate cancer. Bill was the husband of Jeanie Bell, stepfather of Jessica and Sara Bell and beloved sibling of Becky Schulz-Trotter, Bob Schulz and Betsy Schulz. He is also survived by his animal companions; Shasta, Lassen & Kitty. Bill, aka TheFixitGuy, was best known for his amazing...
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Nicholas Alaga

September 18, 1942 - June 5, 2018

Nick was born in Watsonville on September 18, 1942 and peacefully passed away with his family by his side on June 5th. Nick met the love of his life at Cabrillo Lanes Bowling Alley in 1964 and would marry her six months later. He and Pat spent 53 years together. They raised three children and spent many hours cheering on their grandchildren at various sporting events. Nick's children,...
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Julie Keru Torrecillas

June 16, 1966 - May 28, 2018

Julie Keru Torrecillas, passed peacefully on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was 51. A Watsonville Native, born and raised. At an early age, Julie developed a strong entrepreneurial spirit whether selling Holiday Cards, picking berries, or setting up a lemonade stand all in order to purchase gifts for loved ones "on her own." Julie enjoyed a strong church life...
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Maria Esther De La Torre

February 25, 1935 - May 23, 2018

Maria Esther De La Torre Passed away peacefully at home in Watsonville on May 23 after a long and courageous fight with an illness that ultimately ended her life on earth. She was 83. Maria was born on February 25, 1935 in Mexico to her proud parents Pastor and Maria Inez De La Torre. She endured many hardships, but her courageous spirt, hard work and perseverance against life's obstacles was...
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Brian Scott Cisneros

January 25, 1965 - May 18, 2018

On Friday, May 18, 2018 Brian Scott Cisneros peacefully passed away in Watsonville. He was 53. Brian was born on January 25, 1965 and graduated from Watsonville High School in 1983. He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting. Brian was a highly skilled landscaper and love spending time with his dog. Brian is survived by his parents; Miguel and Barbara Cisneros and siblings; David Cisneros,...
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Albert Garza

September 5, 1947 - May 11, 2018

On Friday, May 11, 2018 a long-time resident of Watsonville, Albert Garza peacefully passed away surrounded by his family. He was 70. Albert was a man of many wonderful traits. He worked for Martinelli's for many joyful years. He was an avid sports fan, loved dancing and coached little league for several years. Albert is survived by his children; Irene Garza Smith, Albert Jr., Eddie (Dalia)...
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Norbert Joseph Kowalkowski

October 28, 1937 - May 8, 2018

On May 28, 2018 Norbert Joseph Kowalkowski passed away peacefully after a short 2 month illness at home. Born to Jeanette and Norbert Kowalkowski in St. Cloud Minnesota. He attended private Catholic Schools after his mother died when he was 10 years old. He had a athletic basketball scholarship to St John University Minnesota. He obtained his Masters in Education Administration at SJ Cal State. ...
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Mary Martha Price

November 10, 1926 - May 6, 2018

(Mary) Martha Price was born November 10, 1926 in Cottonwood, Arizona to Christian and Mabel Sailer. She attended first through eighth grade in Clemenceau, Arizona. During her early years she enjoyed working on the Sailer chicken ranch. The family was active in their church and worked to reach their community with the Gospel. Martha's parents wanted their children to attend a christian school....
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Leonardo Solorzano

January 9, 1935 - May 1, 2018

Leonardo Solorzano passed away on May 1st in Watsonville. He was 83. Leonardo was born on January 9th 1935 in Mexico to his proud parents Proto and Aldegunda Solorzano. He was family oriented man. He enjoyed reading and scratching lottery tickets whenever he had the chance. He was a sports enthusiast that loved watching soccer and baseball; he was an avid Dodgers fan. Mr. Solorzano was a...
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Haruyo Betty Yagi

March 13, 1924 - April 23, 2018

Haruyo "Betty" Yagi died peacefully at home on April 23, 2018. She was born on March 13, 1924 in San Leandro, California. Betty graduated from Alameda High School in 1942. Because she was relocated during World War II, Betty attended Greeley State College. When she returned to Alameda after the war, she attended UC Berkeley where she earned a bachelor's degree in dietetics. After working at Santa...
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Francisca Huerta Lujan Ontiveros

March 9, 1933 - April 21, 2018

On April 21, 2018 Francisca Huerta Lujan Ontiveros peacefully passed away in Watsonville. She was 85. Francisca had a passion for dancing, fine clothes and stiletto heels. She made the finest Mexican food and stacks of homemade flour tortillas with butter. She always offered to take care of her grandkids. Francisca was a hard worker, holding several jobs at one time with a cleaning business of...
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Betty L. Curtis

August 28, 1933 - April 16, 2018

On Monday, April 16, 2018 Betty L. Curtis peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 84. Betty graduated from Watsonville High School and Cabrillo College. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse for over 25 joyful years at Valley Convalescent Hospital. Betty will be forever missed and always cherished within our hearts. Betty is survived by her beloved husband, Clarence...
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Maricela Margarita Gutierrez Romero

October 29, 1984 - April 9, 2018

On Monday, April 9, 2018 Maricela Margarita Gutierrez Romero unexpectedly passed away in Watsonville. She was 33. She was born on October 29, 1984 in El Salvador. Maricela loved Karaoke, dancing and making jewelry. She had a heart transplant and completed the medical assisting program at Cabrillo College. She also participated in many different "Donate for Life" Events. Maricela will be...
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Anthony Tony Souza

August 8, 1936 - April 7, 2018

Tony Souza of Watsonville passed away on Saturday at the age of 81. He was born and raised in Watsonville where he graduated from St. Francis High School. As a young man, Tony was a truck driver for Louie Morosco in the mid 1950's hauling produce to the North Bay. He served in the U.S. Army for two years between 1959 and 1962 spending time in Washington State and Germany. He then worked for the...
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Gabriel Gonzalez

February 9, 1974 - April 6, 2018

On Friday, April 6, 2018 Gabriel Gonzalez peacefully passed away surrounded by his family. He was 44. Gabriel was a native of Ranchos De Arriba Nayarit, Mexico. He loved the San Francisco 49ers, bbqing, spending time with his daughter, family and friends. Gabriel worked as a farm worker, a sales representative in car dealerships, real estate agent, business owner and did side jobs around the...
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Celia Alejo De Hipolito

March 7, 1948 - April 4, 2018

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Celia Alejo De Hipolito peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. Celia was devoted to her family and their happiness. She cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her love and memory will be forever cherished and always held within our hearts. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Hipolito...
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Gordon Leroy Holley

April 20, 1932 - March 26, 2018

Gordon Leroy Holley, better known as Lee Holley passed away suddenly on Monday March 26th, 2018 at the age of 85. Lee Holley was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 20, 1932. Lee was a graduate of Watsonville High School, and following high school, he joined the Navy in 1951. He served as an Aviation Ordinanceman on the USS Bairoko during the Korean War until 1955. Lee aspired to be a cartoonist...
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Rigoberto Madrigal

July 18, 1937 - March 22, 2018

On March 22 Rigoberto Madrigal passed away peacefully in Santa Cruz. He was 80 years old. Rigoberto was born on July 18, 1937 in Mexico. He migrated from Coalcoman, Michoacán in 1967 to Watsonville, CA where he began his career as a farm foreman with Mellody Ranch and soon after his family joined him. He was very respected by many of those in his farm community. He retired after dedicating 30...
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Michael (Mike) Steven Bredy

November 14, 1971 - March 20, 2018

Mike was a California native living most of his life in Santa Cruz County. He had a lifelong passion for sports. He spent most of his younger years as an avid football player, earning several awards, such as Offensive Player of the Year from Aptos High School Varsity Football and All Conference Linebacker for Cabrillo College. All of this eventually lead to earning a full football scholarship to...
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Maryann Pengelly

August 12, 1932 - March 12, 2018

Maryann Pengelly passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on the afternoon of March 12, 2018. She was 85. She was born in Watsonville, California to Martin and Mary Sglav on August 12, 1932. Maryann attended Moreland Notre Dame Academy and Watsonville High School. She had a variety of jobs in her career which included stints at Valley National Bank and Deluxe Foods in Aptos, yet by far,...
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Herbert W. Chadwell

January 27, 1927 - February 27, 2018

Herbert W. Chadwell passed peacefully into glory on February 27, 2018 at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his parents Dayton and Clara, sister Virginia, and brother Richard. He leaves his wife of 66 years, Gloria; daughters Karen (Wayne) Moses, Marilyn (Pat) Edwards, Joan (Fred) Wilkinson, Patty (Todd) Spellman and Janice Tibbs. He also leaves 12 grandchildren: Wendy (Moses)...
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Eleanor Lehman Murphy

September 25, 1922 - February 26, 2018

Eleanor Lehman Murphy was born on September 25, 1922 in Moss Landing, CA to William and Daisy Lehman. A lifelong California resident, she made Watsonville her home for over 70 years. She graduated from Watsonville High School in 1941 and married the love of her life, Walter Murphy, in October 1941. Eleanor enjoyed playing bridge, traveling and knitting. She hosted a weekly quilting group for...
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Tony Carrillo, Jr.

January 10, 1937 - February 25, 2018

Tony Carrillo died on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was 81. He was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 10, 1937 to Camila Acosta and Tony Carrillo. He loved to restore cars but most of all he loved to spend time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Maria Reyes Carrillo; and children, Diana (Oscar), Veronica (Hector), Richard (Sofia), Pilar (Angel), Sabino (Claudia), Rosa,...
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Helen Jane Sanchez

January 27, 1923 - February 24, 2018

On Saturday, February 24, 2018 Helen Jane Sanchez peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Gilroy, CA. She was 95. Helen was a woman of many wonderful traits. Her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. She enjoyed baking, canning and making quilts, for which she received numerous awards. In her younger years she worked in the canneries of Watsonville, as well as in the...
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Jewell Funk

November 12, 1922 - February 23, 2018

On Friday, February 23, 2018 Jewell Funk peacefully passed away surrounded by her family in Watsonville. She was 95. Jewell was born on November 12, 1922 in Oklahoma and came to California during her high school years. She was a woman of many wonderful traits. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Watsonville and was very devoted to her family. Jewell enjoyed spending time...
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Ruth Minnie Kraus

September 9, 1925 - February 21, 2018

Ruth Minnie Kraus was born on September 9, 1925 on Long Island, New York to George and Grace Beckwith. Ruth married Joseph Kraus in 1947. During WWII, she sewed parachutes in the war effort. She was an electronics assembler in San Mateo for EIMAC, a division of VARIAN for 19 years and retired in 1976. Ruth made Watsonville her home for close to 40 years. Ruth and her husband moved to...
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Arne M. Thirup

February 12, 1928 - February 21, 2018

Arne M. Thirup, the former President of Pajaro Valley Greenhouses, Inc. died peacefully on February 21, 2018 at the age of 90, surrounded by his loving family. Arne was born and raised in Denmark, one of six children of a greenhouse operator. He was educated in the field of horticulture, came to the United States in 1953 for an internship program in Indiana, and eventually made his way to...
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Donald Beeson

August 24, 1927 - February 17, 2018

Don was born in Long Beach, CA on August 24, 1927 to William and Georgia Beeson. Five years later his sister Joan joined the family. He lived in Lost Hills, CA and graduated from Lost Hills Elementary in 1941. He attended Wasco High School and then Taft High where he met his future wife, Evelyn. After graduation from Taft High he spent some 20 months in the Army and was discharged as a corporal....
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Richard Baldwin Hipp II

January 2, 1956 - February 9, 2018

A native resident of California. A Father to three daughters: Virginia, Alexandria, and Gabrielle. Brother of four sisters: Sue, Cathy, Denise, and Lisa Grandfather of Seven: Cyrius, Damian, Sebastian, Sunny, Jocelyn, Serena, and Nevaeh. Son of Richard Baldwin Hipp Sr. and Diane Hipp Also survived by Sixteen nieces and nephews, Thirty-one Great Nieces and Nephews and his Mother Inlaw...
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Pedro Senties

February 25, 1952 - February 9, 2018

Pedro Alejandro Senties Chavez died unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 in Watsonville. He was 65. Mr. Senties was a native of Mexico who had been a resident of Royal Oaks for the last 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his children, his siblings and his granddaughters. He would play hide and go seek and jump rope with his granddaughters. He also took them out for cheeseburgers. He would...
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Martin B. Lopez

January 1, 1970 - February 9, 2018

On February 9, 2018 Martin B. Lopez peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 48. Martin was born on January 1, 1970 in Tijuana B.C. Mexico. He was an avid soccer player for more than 30 years and was number 16 with Atletico Watsonville. Above all his life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He loved family gatherings and spending time with his children. ...
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Gerard Mabie

May 18, 1946 - February 6, 2018

Gerard (Jerry) Mabie died on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at San Jose Regional Center after a tragic accident. He was 71. He was born on May, 18, 1946 in San Francisco to Eldon and Eleanor (Gustafson) Mabie. He spent his growing up years in Watsonville, where he enjoyed family outings, tinkering with gadgets and later electronics, camping and other activities. He spent his adult years in San Jose,...
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Jose Juan Aguilar

April 16, 1967 - February 2, 2018

Jose Juan Aguilar, a resident of Santa Cruz, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2018. He was 50. Mr. Aguilar was born April 16, 1967 in Salvatierra Guanajuato. He was a very friendly man who loved to take daily walks and would sum up a conversation with anybody that he would meet. He is survived by his mother, Audelia Ferrer-Duran; brothers, Jose Jesus Aguilar, Fernando Aguilar;...
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Thomas Guy Hewett

December 12, 1933 - February 1, 2018

On Thursday, February 1, 2018, Thomas Guy Hewett peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Freedom, CA. He was 84. Thomas was born on December 12, 1933 in Walters, Oklahoma. Thomas graduated from Watsonville High School and served as an Air Policeman in the US Airforce. He was later employed with the Watsonville Fire Department and he retired as Captain after 30 years of service. He...
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Ygnacio Duran Avila

June 30, 1934 - January 28, 2018

On January 28th Ygnacio Duran Avila passed away surrounded by his family in Capitola. He was 83. Ygnacio was born in Chihuanua, Mexico and later moved to Watsonville. He was a dedicated family man that worked very hard. He worked at Clint Miller Farms for more than 40 years as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Above all he loved his family very much and cherished spending time with them. He is...
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Rene J. De La Torre

April 29, 1973 - January 16, 2018

Rene J De La Torre passed away on January 16th in Moss Landing. He was 44. Rene was a resident of Watsonville. He graduated from Watsonville High School and later attended Cabrillo College. To a loving Son, Brother and Friend you will be forever missed and your memory cherished in our hearts. He is survived by his mother, Rosa De La Torre; and his brother Sergio De La Torre. There will be a...
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Kenneth Kerman Kannely

October 1, 1927 - January 9, 2018

On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Kenneth Kerman Kannely peacefully passed away surrounded by his family. He was 90. Kenneth was a 3rd generation Gilroy, California native, where he last resided in Watsonville, CA. He worked for Granite Construction Company as Equipment Manager for the majority of his working career, retiring in 1993. He loved ocean fishing, and traveling with Charlene. He loved...
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Ron Castle

August 8, 1937 - January 2, 2018

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, Ron Castle peacefully passed away in the presence of his wife Rachel at home. He was 80. Ron was a resident of Aptos for over 40 happy years. He was a retired Civil Engineer with CalTrans and volunteered for the Sheriffs Office in Aptos for over 10 years. Ron was the past President with Sons in Retirement and served on the Board of the Italian Catholic Federation,...
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Genevieve Juanita Martinez Diaz

September 16, 1931 - January 1, 2018

On Monday, January 1, 2018 Genevieve "Juanita" Martinez Diaz peacefully passed away surrounded by her family at Watsonville Community Hospital. She was 86. Juanita enjoyed dancing, watching movies, staying indoors and being surrounded by her loved ones. She was devoted to her family and their happiness. She will be truly missed and her memory cherished within our hearts. She is survived by her...
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Esther Betanzo

November 1, 1950 - December 28, 2017

On Thursday, December 28, 2017 Esther Betanzo peacefully passed away surrounded by her family. Esther was born on November 1, 1950 in Oaxaca, Mexico. She was a devoted Catholic and nurturing Mother. She cherished spending time with her family who meant the absolute world to her. To a loving Wife, Mother, Sister and Grandmother you will be forever missed and your memory held close to our hearts....
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Juan Balderas Ruano

April 9, 1957 - December 27, 2017

On Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Juan Balderas Ruano peacefully passed away surrounded by his family. He was 60. Juan was born on April 9, 1957 in Mexico to his proud parents; Juan and Elisa Balderas Ruano. Juan enjoyed many aspects of life. Most importantly he appreciated and cherished the time spent with his family who meant the absolute world to him. To a loving Husband, Father, Brother and...
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Donald W. Chisholm

December 18, 1946 - December 21, 2017

Donald W. Chisholm, 71, known to most Wally, died December 21, 2017 of pancreatic cancer. He passed away at home with his wife, Beth, nephew Dennis, family, close friends and beloved dog Wendy by his side. He was born on December 18, 1946 to Fred (Poppy) Chisholm and Dorothy (Annie) (Smith) Chisholm in Freedom, CA. As a kid he enjoyed baseball and go-kart racing. As a young man he was the #2...
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Isabel G. Espiritu

July 1, 1934 - December 13, 2017

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Isabel G. Espiritu passed away unexpectedly. Isabel was a woman of many wonderful traits. She loved reading, dancing (even though she wasn't that good at it,) gardening especially tending to her orchids. Isabel was also a very long time member of the Filipino Community of Watsonville. She received her Bachelors in Science Degree in Education from Camiling...
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Claudine Lopes

July 17, 1935 - December 12, 2017

On December 12, 2017 Claudine passed from the Loving arms of her Family to the open arms of her Savior. She was 82. Claudine was born to Frank and Bettie Tibbitts on July 17th 1935 in Watsonville, Ca. She married Ronald H. Lopes on August 14th 1954. They were married for 63 years until her passing. Claudine loved fishing and camping with family and friends. She enjoyed gardening and pickling...
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Judy Anne Ragsdell

September 17, 1948 - December 4, 2017

On Monday, December 4, 2017 Judy Anne Ragsdell passed away surrounded by her family. She was 69. Judy was born and raised in Watsonville, graduating from Watsonville High School, and attended classes at Cabrillo College. She was a devout Catholic who fully lived a lifetime of being a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife and friend to us all. She possessed an amazingly warm and open heart, and she...
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Jose Guadalupe Gomez Lepe

December 6, 1946 - December 1, 2017

On Friday, December 1, 2017 Jose Guadalupe Gomez Lepe peacefully passed away surrounded by his family. Jose was born on December 6, 1946 in Jalisco Mexico. His life was devoted to his family and their happiness. He cherished family gatherings and spending time with his grandchildren. To a loving Husband, Father, Brother and Grandfather you will be forever missed and your memory always cherished...
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Jesse P. Ramirez

December 10, 1967 - December 1, 2017

On December 1, 2017 Jesse P. Ramirez peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at Dominican Hospital. He was 49. Jesse was a man dedicated to his community. He thrived to help children and teens stay away from gangs by building lowrider bikes. In 2012 he won Father of the Year. He was a great, selfless man that will be forever missed. Jesse is survived by his beloved wife, Christine J....
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Frank "Bud" Capurro

November 23, 1925 - November 30, 2017

On Thursday, November 30, 2017 Frank "Bud" Capurro peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at his residence. Bud was a well-respected member of the local agricultural community. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Bud was also a proud member of the 20/30 Club, Elks Club, Moss Landing Yacht Club, Knights of Columbus and Mora High School Boosters. Ultimately, Bud loved spending time...
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Daniel W. Martin

January 20, 1940 - November 29, 2017

On November 29, 2017 Daniel W. Martin passed away surrounded by his family in Monterey. He was 77. Daniel was born on January 20, 1940 and was a man of many wonderful traits. He was a plumber and a proud member of First Baptist Church for many years. Ultimately, he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. To a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend you will be forever...
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Stephen Martinelli

May 29, 1930 - November 28, 2017

Stephen C. Martinelli, the former President of S. Martinelli & Co, died peacefully at home at the ripe old age of 87 on November 28th, surrounded by his loving family. He represented the third generation of the award-winning apple juice and sparkling cider company that was founded by his grandfather, Stephen G. Martinelli in 1868. He joined the family owned and operated business as an...
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Pedro Guillermo Sanchez

January 8, 1976 - November 19, 2017

On November 19, 2017 Pedro Guillermo Sanchez peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at Stanford Hospital. He was 41. Pedro enjoyed many things such as horses, Rodeo's, classic cars, traveling to Mexico and spending time with his family and friends. To a loving Son, Brother and Friend you will be forever missed and your memory always cherished within our hearts. Pedro is survived by...
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Elena Guzman-Jimenez

August 13, 1934 - November 16, 2017

Elena Guzman Jimenez passed away at home in Aptos surrounded by her family on November 16th. She was 83. Elena was born in Andocutin, Guanajuato, Mexico on August 13th 1934 to her proud parents Ramon Guzman and Florencia Jimenez. She was a family oriented woman who loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking. She was very active, and enjoyed going on walks as often as possible. She...
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Ryan Garrett

May 13, 1987 - November 15, 2017

It is with Great sadness that the family of Ryan Garrett of Watsonville, Ca announces his passing on Nov. 15th at 4;03 am at the young age of 30, as a result of injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident. Ryan will be forever remembered by his Mother and Stepfather Kris and John Hanna, Father and Stepmother Steve and Patty Garrett, his younger brother Miles Garrett and Siblings by Marriage...
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Victor Lopez

November 3, 1955 - November 10, 2017

Victor Mendoza Lopez passed away at home surrounded by his family in Watsonville on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. He was 62. Mr. Lopez was born in Jalisco, Mexico to Domingo B. and Aurora M. Lopez but moved to California at only 2 months old. He enjoyed many aspects of life. He was a hard worker that was passionate about his jobs; he worked for Pillsbury, Green Giant, Del Mar Foods and later with...
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Aurelio Nolasco

June 6, 1925 - November 8, 2017

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

July 21, 1993 - November 5, 2017

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

January 3, 1952 - November 3, 2017

Billy Joe Silapan passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in Watsonville. He was 65. Mr. Silapan was born on Jan. 3, 1952 to Isabelo Silapan and Pauline Doris Silapan. He was a devoted family man who loved spending time with his kids. He enjoyed watching his son's high school football games. He had a passion for playing his guitar and played as often as possible. He enjoyed spending time...
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Miye Yamashita

March 9, 1918 - October 29, 2017

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

May 6, 1918 - October 9, 2017

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

April 20, 1925 - October 5, 2017

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

June 14, 1960 - October 2, 2017

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

December 16, 1949 - September 30, 2017

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

December 4, 1930 - September 30, 2017

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

March 27, 1929 - September 29, 2017

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

August 24, 1940 - September 26, 2017

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

April 28, 1961 - September 11, 2017

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

October 30, 1930 - September 7, 2017

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

August 31, 1950 - September 5, 2017

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

September 3, 1927 - September 4, 2017

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

September 5, 1965 - September 3, 2017

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

September 7, 1947 - August 30, 2017

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

February 28, 1922 - August 25, 2017

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

March 7, 1918 - August 19, 2017

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

October 19, 1974 - August 17, 2017

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

August 18, 1942 - August 12, 2017

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

April 6, 1928 - August 8, 2017

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

September 21, 1947 - August 3, 2017

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

July 4, 1957 - July 20, 2017

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

October 20, 1932 - July 18, 2017

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

May 27, 1961 - July 15, 2017

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

August 3, 1931 - July 5, 2017

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

February 16, 1956 - July 3, 2017

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

February 5, 1924 - May 14, 2017

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

August 25, 1922 - May 14, 2017

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

January 22, 1922 - May 5, 2017

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

April 21, 1927 - April 30, 2017

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

September 14, 1914 - April 26, 2017

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

May 26, 1922 - April 18, 2017

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

June 11, 1968 - April 17, 2017

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

June 20, 1920 - April 13, 2017

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

August 23, 1955 - April 13, 2017

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

September 26, 1985 - April 11, 2017

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

May 21, 1932 - April 6, 2017

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

June 13, 1944 - April 4, 2017

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

October 5, 1929 - April 2, 2017

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

August 18, 1922 - March 30, 2017

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

March 24, 1958 - March 30, 2017

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

January 8, 1918 - March 28, 2017

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

February 24, 1928 - March 27, 2017

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