Clementine Braycovich, a long time resident of the Pajaro Valley, died on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012 surrounded by her family. She was 97.
Clementine was born in San Francisco and moved to Watsonville with her family when she was 3 years old. Her family purchased a farm in the Green Valley area where she grew up and attended Hazel Dell Elementary School and graduated from Watsonville High School. She then helped her father, Frank Kusanovich, with his farming business doing bookkeeping and various other tasks and also developed into an exemplary homemaker and cook.
In 1940 she married George Braycovich and they rented a small apartment attached to the house she lived in before she died. Mrs. Adeline Snowden owned the house and ranch at the time, and upon her death, the Braycovich family acquired the property. Clementine was a very active partner with her husband in running their business, was devoted to the ranch and had a great love for it. She lived there for 72 years.
Clementine was also active in the Valley Catholic Church Altar Society for many years and served as President at one time. She was also a member of S.A.C.O. and volunteered her time for numerous bake sales. She treated everyone she met with kindness and respect and loved to laugh, smile and converse. She was a very devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother and her family will sorely miss her guidance and love.
She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Charles Banovac , and grandson, Michael Banovac of Los Altos. She also leaves 5 nieces and nephews. Clementine was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1995; her sisters, Mary K. Cross and Madeline Scurich; and brother, John Kusanovich.
In lieu of flowers you may make a donation in Clementine’s memory to the charity of your choice. A visitation will be held at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel on Thursday, November 29th from 3-6 p.m. Services are private. For the complete article see the 11-27-2012 issue.
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