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Manuel Ramirez

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Manuel Ramirez died peacefully on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 in Watsonville. He was 64.
Mr. Ramirez loved to watch, test and cook in the kitchen. Rachel Ray was his favorite and enjoyed watching her cooking show. He also enjoyed listening to the radio and cherished time with his family and friends. He will be missed
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Joanne Yahiro

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Joanne T. Yahiro, a long-time resident of Watsonville, died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, surrounded by her family in her home. She was 69.
Mrs. Yahiro attended E.A. Hall Elementary School, Watsonville High School and Cabrillo College. She enjoyed attending the Western Presbyterian Church of Watsonville and was an active member of their community. She
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Bill Sanchez

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
Bill Sanchez died at Watsonville Hospital on January 17, 2015.  Bill is survived by his daughter Donna Shannon, his son-in-law Bob, son Jim and his fiancée Janice Melena; niece Betty Lee Kittle and her husband Bob, niece Anna Artiaga  and nephews  Gary Nygren, John Previsich, Anthony Artiaga and Robert Sanchez and many great and great great nieces and nephews. Bill
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Michael G. Ruso

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
Taken from us too early, Mike died on January 21, 2015 from heart failure at the age of 57.  He was born on August 12, 1957 in Watsonville, CA.  Mike attended Moreland Notre Dame, Watsonville High School class of 1975 and graduated with a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University in 1979.  He returned to Watsonville to start his
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Ane Metkovic

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
December 8, 1922, January 20, 2015
Ane was born in Mikulici, Croatia to Bozo and Mare Metkovic on December 8, 1922. She immigrated to Watsonville in 1959 and worked for many years in the frozen food industry in the Pajaro Valley. She loved gardening and cooking throughout her life, and enjoyed these pastimes after her retirement.
Ane passed away peacefully
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Cipriana Guzman

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
April 15, 1928 -January 2, 2015
Resident of Watsonville, CA
Cipriana Guzman was born in Tortugas, New Mexico on April 15, 1928 and died on January 2, 2015 in Valley Convalescent Hospital in Watsonville.
Cipi, as called by family and close friends, lived a life defined by her care and compassion of developmentally disabled children and young adults. As
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Adrian Lopez

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
AROMAS -- Adrian G. Lopez died on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 in Aromas. He was 59.
He was born on Dec. 16, 1955 in Santa Rosa, Zacatecas to Adrian and Anna Lopez-Gonzales. He loved listening to music and spending time with his family, friends and dog Dana.
He is survived by his wife, Ofelia Lopez Estrada;
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Jim Halvorson

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Jim Halvorson died on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. He was 66.
Mr. Halvorson was born on Aug. 21, 1948 in Appleton, Wis. He was an avid San Diego Chargers fan, as well as a San Diego Padres fan. He worked for Delta Glass in Freedom for over 30 years. He was a quiet man, but would
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Anita Ledesma

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Anita Ledesma died on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. She was 95.
She was born July 26, 1919 in Del Rio, Texas. She resided in Las Lomas from the early 1960s. Mrs. Ledesma was a strong woman of faith and courage. She was loving and caring, who enjoyed being with her family. Her passions were cooking,
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Bert Taddei Sr.

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Bert Daniel Taddei Sr. died on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. He was 88.
Mr. Taddei was born on Jan. 2, 1927 to Antino Martin Taddei and Mary Ellen Richman. He worked at Driscoll Strawberries. He retired in 1999. Mr. Taddei was the pillar of his family, always ready to help a family member in need. He
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Shayne Michael Farmer

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
Shayne Farmer died on December 16, 2014 at the age of 46. After suffering from debilitating seizures for a number of years, he finally succumbed to one.
Shayne graduated from Watsonville High School in 1987, served in the Air Force and owned a furniture store in Marina for many years. An outdoorsman and an athlete, he particularly enjoyed
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Debora Guerra


Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Debora Guerra died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. She was 57.

More than anything, she loved her family and the residents she cared for as a Nurse Assistant.

Her mother, Mary Wandler, died the same day.

She is survived by her father, John Lara; sons, Francisco and Ramiro Romero; daughter,
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Anita Ledesma

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Anita Ledesma died on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. She was 95.
She was born July 26, 1919 in Del Rio, Texas. She resided in Las Lomas from the early 1960s. Mrs. Ledesma was a strong woman of faith and courage. She was loving and caring, who enjoyed being with her family. Her passions were cooking,
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Pedro Hernandez Valenzuela

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
SALINAS -- Pedro Hernandez Valenzuela of Salinas and formerly of Watsonville, died on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. He was 77.
He was born on Feb. 15, 1937 in Mexico.
Visitation will be held 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 at Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 East Alisal St., Salinas, CA 93901. Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
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Elizabeth Robertson

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Elizabeth Robertson died at Watsonville Community Hospital on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. She was 74.
  Mrs. Robertson loved spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren and was always willing to go traveling. She attended Landmark Missionary Baptist Church for many years.
  Mrs. Robertson is survived by her son, Perry Robertson of Watsonville; daughters, Cindy Smith of
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Jim Halvorson

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
Jim Halvorson was born on August 21, 1948 in Appleton, Wisconsin, and went home on January 16, 2015 to be with our Lord.
Jim was an avid San Diego Chargers fan, as well as a San Diego Padres fan. He worked for Delta Glass in Freedom for over 30 years. He was a quiet man, but would do anything to
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Joseph J. Crosetti

Modified: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
Joseph J.  Crosetti Jr.  died January 15, 2015,  at his home in Watsonville, surrounded by his daughters.  A Watsonville native, he was born February 3, 1942, to Joe and Theresa (Muzzio) Crosetti.  He graduated from Watsonville High School in 1959,   and then attended the University of San Francisco.  J. (J.J. or Joe as he was also known) was a member
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Jose Gutierrez

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
BAKERSFIELD -- Jose Antonio Gutierrez died unexpectedly in Bakersfield on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. He was 36.
Mr. Gutierrez was born to Lucio Gutierrez and Maria Muñoz in California on Jan. 25, 1978. He resided in this community for many years before he moved to Bakersfield. There he worked as a driver/operator for Snow Well Service Inc. He
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Eladio Mendoza

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
  WATSONVILLE -- Eladio Contreras Mendoza died at his home in Watsonville on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. He was 83.
  Mr. Mendoza was born in Michoacán, Mexico and moved to this area over 50 years ago. He loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and enjoyed going on long trips with them. He also liked to read, spend
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Genevieve Jane Young

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
Genevieve Jane Young passed away peacefully on Jan. 11, 2015 at Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz.  She was 87.
Genevieve was born to Frank and Madeline Travers, a pioneer family of the Pajaro Valley.  She graduated from Watsonville High School and went to work at Fords Dept Store where she met Richard "Dick" Young.  They fell in love and married.  They
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Raul Escamilla Cervantes

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Raul Escamilla Cervantes died peacefully surrounded by his family in Watsonville on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. He was 53.
Mr. Escamilla Cervantes was born on Feb. 12, 1961 in Zamora Michoacán, Mexico to Jose and Martha Escamilla-Cervantes. He was a noble, humble and hardworking man. His life was devoted to his family and their happiness.
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Jose Gutierrez

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
BAKERSFIELD -- Jose Antonio Gutierrez died unexpectedly in Bakersfield on Jan. 6, 2015. He was 36.
Mr. Gutierrez was born to Lucio Gutierrez and Maria Muñoz in California on Jan. 25, 1978. He resided in this community for many years before he moved to Bakersfield. There he worked as a driver/operator for Snow Well Service Inc. He was
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Zota McChesney Halterman

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
  SANTA CRUZ -- Zota McChesney Halterman died at Driftwood Health Care Center in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. She was 86.
  Mrs. Halterman lived in this area since 1955. She was an avid tennis player and actively played the sport into her 80s. She loved to read but most of all she loved her family. She will be
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Matthew Paljetak

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Matthew James Paljetak died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 38.
Mr. Paljetak died on Aug. 10, 1976 to Mato and Judy Paljetak. He was born and raised in Watsonville where he lived his entire life. He loved Santa Cruz County, especially the Pajaro Valley where he
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David Stanley Soito, Jr.

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
David Stanley Soito, Jr. born Jan. 23, 1977 in Watsonville and died at the age of 37 on Dec. 28, 2014 in Prunedale, Ca. David worked as a farm mechanic. He had his father's love of racecars and in 1998 he was the street stock champion at Watsonville Speedway. His father, David Soito, preceded him in death. He is survived
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Jennie Sabina Donatini

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
May 22, 1933, January 9, 2015
Resident of Aptos
Jennie Donatini age 81 passed away peacefully at her home in Aptos on January 9, 2015 surrounded by her four daughters. Born in San Francisco to Italian immigrants, Anselmo and Richetta Azzaro, Jennie moved to Santa Cruz with her family at the age of 13. She attended Santa Cruz
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Laureen Marie Swan

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
Laureen Marie Swan died on Jan. 5, 2015 after a long illness. She was 75. Ms. Swan was born December 7, 1939 in Seattle, Washington to Maybelle and John Swan. The family moved to Santa Cruz when her father completed his tour of duty in the Navy and accepted a position at Salz Tannery. She grew up in Santa Cruz
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