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Maria Hernandez

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Maria del Rosario Parra de Hernandez died peacefully in Watsonville on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was 96.
Mrs. Hernandez was a loving mother, grandmother and cherished time with her family and friends. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, arts and crafts, reading and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rafael Hernandez
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John Larkin


Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- John C. Larkin died at home on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. He was 69.
Mr. Larkin was born on April 15, 1945 to Emmett V. and Fanny P. Larkin. He was a native and lifetime resident of Watsonville. He was a graduate of Mora High School. He worked for the family business, Larkin Refrigeration, and was a
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Willard Mowery

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Willard Ray Mowery died peacefully surrounded by his family in Watsonville on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. He was 98.
Mr. Mowery retired as a Major after serving 20 years in the Unites States Air Force. He loved to travel in his RV and all over the U.S., Baja and Canada. He enjoyed playing bridge and all
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Mauricio Baca

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Mauricio Baca died peacefully in his sleep Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 surrounded by family. He was 83.
He was born on Feb. 29, 1932 in Raton, New Mexico. He fell in love and married his soulmate Paula (Carranco) on Dec. 8, 1951. He made Watsonville his home for 65 years. He worked at Del Mar Foods
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Raymond Marquez

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Raymond A. Marquez died peacefully at a hospital in San Jose on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was 80.
  Mr. Marquez was born Jan. 17, 1935 in Seaside and has been a lifelong resident of Watsonville. He had a love of John Wayne, western movies and classical music.
  Mr. Marquez is survived by his lifelong love, Rose
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Lorene Middleton

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Lorene Middleton died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 in Watsonville.
She was born in Erie, Kan. Mrs. Middleton devoted her life to serving her family and children. She owned and operated her own daycare for many years and then became a foster mother for the County of Santa Cruz loving and caring for drug addicted babies and
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Natalia Barrera Silva

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Natalia Barrera Silva died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 in Watsonville. She was 74.
She was born on Dec. 1, 1940 to Gudelio and Carmen Barrera in Mexico City. She was a lifelong devoted wife, mother and homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
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Nancy Ann Sykes

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
  WATSONVILLE -- Nancy Ann Sykes died at home on Nov. 24, 2014. She was 51.
  Ms. Sykes was born in Watsonville to Jim and Frances Heick. She lived in Watsonville and attended Mintie White, EA Hall, Watsonville High School and Cabrillo College. She was married in 1985 to Terry Sykes and they lived in Watsonville, Hollister, Oakdale and Modesto. She
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Francisco "Pancho" Ibarra

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
On January 25, 2015 Francisco "Pancho" Ibarra passed away peacefully at Dominican Hospital surrounded by all his children and loved ones. He was 71. Francisco was born in El Gigante, Aguascalientes, Mexico on October 4, 1943 to Miguel and Otilia Ibarra.
Francisco immigrated to Watsonville in 1961 during the "Bracero Program" at the age of 18, where he started
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JOANNE T. YAHIRO

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
"God is in control of our lives"
On January 11, 2015, a long time resident of Watsonville, Joanne T. Yahiro, peacefully passed away in her home, surrounded by her family. Joanne attended E.A. Hall Elementary School, Watsonville High School, and Cabrillo College. She was an active member of Westview Presbyterian Church of Watsonville and was devoted to her family and
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Raymond Luis Travers

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
Raymond Luis Travers passed away peacefully at his home on January 22, 2015 in Carmel Valley, California.  Ray was born in Watsonville, California on October 14, 1921 to Manual and Florence Travers.  Ray's great grand-parents and parents were pioneering farm families in Watsonville.  His mother's father settled in Monterey after the whaling ship he traveled on from the Azores docked
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Evelyn Sprague

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
July 12, 1928-January 8, 2015
Santa Cruz
Evelyn Ruth (Bloom) Sprague passed away January 8, 2015 resulting from complications of a fall two days before Christmas.
Evelyn was born on July 12, 1928, third generation born in Watsonville to Lauran and Ethel Bloom, Pioneer family of the Pajaro Valley. She lived most of her 86 years in Watsonville, where she
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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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