Samuel ĎSonnyí Eugene Palmer
Services will be today for Samuel "Sonny" Eugene Palmer, a former Santa Cruz resident who died April 4 in Grass Valley. He was 42.
Born in Kansas City, Kan., he graduated from Aptos High School and worked at Aviation and Electronic School in Colfax.
He was a member of Grass Valley Assembly of God and a licensed Baptist minister,
He coached Little League baseball and enjoyed tennis, fishing, camping and family time. He liked to play hallway soccer with his son and watch his wife dodge balls kicked her way.
He is survived by his wife, Rosanne Palmer, of Grass Valley; son Justin Palmer of Grass Valley; mother Dolores Palmer of Grass Valley; sisters Heidi Watson-Williams of Coos Bay, Ore., and Judy Handerhand of Grass Valley; and brother Richard Carter of Grass Valley.
His father, Pat Palmer, died in 2000.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at Grass Valley Assembly of God, 12582 Squirrel Creek Road, Grass Valley. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Grass Valley.
Memorial contributions are preferred to Grass Valley Assembly of God to buy childrenís bibles.
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Isabelo R. Pablo
Services will be Monday for Isabelo R. Pablo, who died Tuesday in Watsonville. He was 86.
Mr. Pablo was a native of Camiling Tarlac, Philippines. He had lived in Watsonville since 1977.
He worked for C&V Farms for 25 years as a farm and nursery worker.
He attended local Catholic churches.
Mr. Pablo enjoyed fishing, flying kites, riding his bicycle, weaving baskets and playing checkers.
He is survived by a son, Arturo Pablo of the Philippines; daughters Emilia Rosario, Crispina Rosete and Leonida Corpuz, all of Watsonville, and Cormelia Guting of the Philippines; 28 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
His wife, Elisa Pablo, died in 1965.
Friends may call Sunday from 4-9 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m.-noon at Mehlís Colonial Chapel, 222 E. Lake Ave. in Watsonville.
A rosary service will be 7 p.m. Sunday at Mehlís.
Services are 1 p.m. Monday at St. Patrickís Catholic Church, 721 Main St. in Watsonville. Burial will be at Valley Cemetery.
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Maura Lucilia Silva
Services will be Tuesday for Maura Lucilia Silva, a longtime Watsonville resident who died April 8 at Dominican Hospital. She was 60.
Born on the island of MaŮadas, SŠo Jorge, Azores, she came to Watsonville in 1962, immigrating to the United States with two of her siblings.
She spent 20 years working for Green Giant, then opened a child-care business in her home. An active member of St. Patrickís Church, she shared her faith in God with everyone. She enjoyed attending religious retreats and contributed a lot of time to the Portuguese community, particularly the I.S.T.W. organization.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Anselmo Silva of Watsonville; daughters Regina Azevedo, Linda Marie Ortega, Darlene Sandoval and Lucille Dutro; five grandchildren; her mother Rosa Azevedo; sisters Maria Bettencourt, Connie Azevedo, Cremilde Azevedo, Fetima Silva, Rosemary Silveira and Celeste Silveira; brothers JoŠo Azevedo and Frank Azevedo; and several nieces and nephews.
Her father, Francisco Azevedo, died before her.
Friends may call today and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Mehlís Colonial Chapel, Watsonville.
The rosary will be 8:45 p.m. Monday at St. Patrickís Church, Watsonville.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrickís Church with burial at 1:30 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery in San Jose.
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Cornelius ĎNeilí Talbert
Services will be Wednesday for Cornelius "Neil" Talbert, who died April 9 in Santa Cruz. He was 83.
A New Jersey native, Commander Talbert moved to Santa Cruz after retiring from the U.S. Navy.
He founded Darrow, Talbert and Co. Inc, an appraisal and real estate firm.
He was a graduate of Princeton University and the U.S. Naval Post-graduate School. He studied business administration for a year at Iowa State University and the University of California.
He was a member of the Rotary Club, the University of California Affiliates, SIRS and the president of the Santa Cruz chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
He also was a former vice president of the San Jose Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers, a member of the Santa Cruz Board of Realtors, the Elks Lodge and the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Navy League.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Talbert of Santa Cruz; and three sons, Neil Talbert of Scotts Valley, Peder Talbert of Santa Cruz and George Talbert of Paso Robles.
Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Memorial Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road in Santa Cruz. A reception will be 2-4 p.m. at the chapel.
Contributions are preferred to the American Diabetes Association or to the scholarship fund of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, P.O. Box 1011, Santa Cruz CA 95061.
Arrangements are by Santa Cruz Memorial Park and Funeral Home.
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Diego Raphael Lopez Molnar
Services will be April 20 for Diego Raphael Lopez Molnar, who died of respiratory failure March 28 in Puebla, Mexico. He was 3.
Born in Tucson, Ariz., he lived in Santa Cruz and Puebla, Mexico, attending a Montessori school. He loved music, dancing and playing with his friends. He also loved to swim. His favorite movie was "Toy Story" and his hero was Buzz Lightyear. He was fluent in Spanish and English.
He is survived by his parents, Jaime Lopez Lopez and Erika Molnar of Puebla, Mexico, grandparents Charles and Diane Molnar of Santa Cruz, and Bernardino Lopez Ramirez and Rita Lopez Mendez of Tlacolula, Mexico, and Amari Magdelena of Santa Fe, N.M.
Services will be 5:30 p.m. April 20 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 515 Frederick St., Santa Cruz.
April 12, 2003
Leland E. Thiel
Services were March 13 for Leland Thiel, who died March 6 in Modesto. He was 98.
Mr. Thiel was born in San Jose. He had lived in Modesto for 94 years, but owned a summer home in Capitola.
Mr. Thielís mother named him after Leland Stanford, the founder of Stanford University, in hopes that he would one day attend the school. After graduating from Modesto Junior College, Thiel did go to Stanford, where he joined the track team and the band. He graduated with an economics degree in 1929.
Mr. Thiel qualified for the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, but was unable to attend because of a bout of tonsillitis.
He opened his first shoe store in 1930. For the next 41 years, he owned and operated six shoe stores in Modesto and Sonora, including Thiel Shoe Store in Modesto.
After retirement, he worked with his son, Don Thiel, at his auto dealership, Thiel Motors in Modesto.
He enjoyed travel, and he and his wife spent many summers in Capitola. The couple stayed in a trolley car that Thielís grandmother had purchased in 1910 from the Santa Cruz, Capitola and Watsonville Railway Co. after it went out of business.
Mr. Thiel was a charter member of the Modesto DeMolay and a member of the Modesto 20-30 Club; the Modesto Masonic Lodge 206; Scottish Rite of San Jose; and Delta Sigma fraternity.
He is survived by son Don Thiel of Modesto; daughter Lynda Thiel of Modesto; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
His wife, Jean E. Thiel, died before him.
Arrangements were by Franklin E. Downs Colonial Chapel in Modesto.
Burial was in the Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson.
Contributions are preferred to the Community Hospice, 601 McHenry Ave., Modesto, CA 95354.
April 12, 2003
Albert Lewis Hosier
No services will be held for Albert Lewis Hosier, who died of a stroke at Providence Hospital, Medford, Ore., on March 28. He was 85.
Mr. Hosier was a California native. He lived in Santa Cruz and later lived in San Francisco and Richmond before moving to Oregon.
He was born with several birth defects and spent the first 10 years of his life in the Shrinerís Hospital in San Francisco. After being released from the hospital, he came to live with his family in Santa Cruz.
He attended Grant School and Branciforte School.
He served with the Merchant Marine during World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Edith Helen Hosier of Medford, Ore.; daughters Helen Ann Chandler of Central Point, Ore., and Ida Louise Hosier of Las Vegas; son Albert Eugene "Mike" Hosier of Shady Cove, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
His sisters, Dorothy Hester Hosier Recarse and Margurite Viola Hosier Phillips, both of San Francisco, and his brothers, Eugene Warren Hosier and Abram Levi Hosier, both of Santa Cruz, died before him.
Arrangements were by Abbey Funeral Home in Medford, Ore.
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