Harry A. Rhodes
Services will be Thursday for Harry A. Rhodes, who died Sunday at his Watsonville home. He was 80.
Mr. Rhodes was born in San Luis Obispo. He lived in the Watsonville area for 72 years.
Mr. Rhodes graduated from Watsonville High School and served in the Army during World War II, stationed in the Pacific Theater.
He worked as a clerk for Southern Pacific Railroad for 40 years and enjoyed raising cattle and tending his ranch. He was a member of Watsonville United Presbyterian Church for many years.
He is survived by daughter Jennifer Rhodes of Watsonville; son Harry D. Rhodes of Aptos; and two grandchildren.
His wife, Angeline Rhodes, died in 1989, and his brother, Richard Rhodes died in March.
Friends may call from 2-5 and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Davis Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park.
April 15, 2003
William ‘Bill’ Campbell Berry
Services will be Thursday for William "Bill" Campbell Berry, who died Sunday at Dominican Hospital. He was 87.
Mr. Berry was born near Bronson, Kan. He lived in Wichita and Philadelphia before he and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Capitola in 1978 to be near his son’s family.
He was an active member of the Capitola and Soquel communities, family members say.
Mr. Berry served in the Navy during World War II. He worked as a industrial engineer for Boeing Aircraft Co. for 37 years.
Mr. Berry was a Masonic Lodge member for more than 50 years and was active in the Santa Cruz Shrine Club, serving as honorable president from 1999-2000. He was also president of the Alimur Home Owner’s Association in Soquel for several years.
Mr. Berry was an avid deep-sea fisherman who bowled and played pool weekly.
He is survived by sons Lonnie Berry of Ben Lomond and James Berry of Boston; daughter Janice Jurek of Prospect Park, Penn.; sisters Verlin McKee, Elizabeth Thompson and Wilma Raguiel, all of Texas; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
His wife of 58 years, Dorothy Berry, died in 1997.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Confidence Hall, Soquel Masonic Lodge, 3001 Main St., Soquel.
Contributions are preferred to Shriners Hospital for Children, Burn Unit, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
April 15, 2003
RICHARD JOEL SHERER
A memorial service will be held this Saturday for Richard Joel Sherer, who passed away unexpectedly from heart failure, in Monterey, California on Thursday, April 10, 2003. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 1, 1948, he was 54 years old. He moved to Riverside, California and graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1966, and later graduated from San Jose State University in 1970 with a major in business.
Richard moved to the Aptos area more than 25 years ago and owned and operated Teddy Bear Toy Store in Aptos, as well as Theodore Bear Toys in Saratoga, California. At the time of his passing, he was affiliated professionally with the Marine Mammal Center at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Friends of the Sea Otter, also in Monterey.
An avid sportsman, Richard particularly loved to play softball and managed and sponsored several teams with Aptos Little League. He was an avid San Jose State Spartan team supporter and will be remembered dearly as a devoted, committed person who enjoyed many friendships.
Richard maintained an abiding and loving relationship with his family, and will be deeply missed by his parents, Dr. Harry and Ruth Sherer of Mission Viejo, CA.,, his children, Pamela and Salo Lippert of Taos, New Mexico, brother, Alan Sherer and nieces Rachel and Sophie all of Scotts Valley, CA.; nephew, Loren White of Capitola, and his step brother, Chester Sherer and step sister, Carol Stollwerk both of New York
Friends and family will gather on Saturday, April 19, 2003 at Seacliff Beach (near Café Rio) between the hours of 4:30 to 6 p.m. A private cremation has been arranged under the care of Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel. Any remembrances may be made in Richard’s name to The Friends of the Sea Otter, Monterey, CAor any helping charity organization of your choice.
April 16, 2003
THERESA MARIE MAZZONE-ELLIS
Services will be held Thursday for Theresa Marie Mazzone-Ellis, who died April 11 at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. She was 47.
A Santa Cruz native, born on October 25, 1955 she graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1974. She worked as a Dental Hygienist for many years and was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church. She loved gardening, cooking and was a talented painter.
She is survived by her husband, Doug Ellis of Bonny Doon; her father, Nick Mazzone of Santa Cruz; sister and brother-in-law, Rose Ann Mazzone and John Eicholz of Scotts Valley; mother-in-law, Shirley Ellis of Santa Cruz; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Jan Ellis of Ben Lomond; godson, Kyle Hartz of Santa Cruz; two nieces, three nephews, and two cats, Sadi and Toby.
Her mother, Bonnie Mazzone, preceded her in death.
Services will be held Thursday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakwood Memorial Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road in Santa Cruz. Interment will follow at Oakwood Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Make A Wish Foundation or Hospice Society of Santa Cruz.
April 16, 2003
Akira ‘Bill’ Tao
Services will be Friday for Akira "Bill" Tao who died April 14 after a long illness. He was 79.
Mr. Tao was born in Watsonville. He served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service during World War II, and returned to Watsonville after the war.
Mr. Tao farmed in the Pajaro Valley for 47 years before retiring. He was a member of the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, the Watsonville Adult Buddhist Association, the Japanese-American Citizens League, the Watsonville Bonsai Club and the Yuki Tei Kei Haiku Society.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mitsuyo of Watsonville; sons Glen Tao of Walnut, Paul Tao of Watsonville and Alan Tao of Irvine; brother Howard Tao and four grandchildren.
His brothers Tom and Yotsuo and sister Kazuko Tsurumoto died before him.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel, 222 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge St., Watsonville.
April 17, 2003
Egon Peter Winter
Services will be Saturday for Egon Peter Winter who died April 14 after a brief illness. He was 90.
Winter was a longtime Capitola resident and worked on Santa Cruz County’s general plan as an economic consultant. He also helped to develop a community plan for the Santa Cruz Eastside in 1959.
He was a retired professor of economics at West Valley College, a graduate of Ohio State College and Colorado State College and he earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.
Winter was a native of Germany and escaped the Nazi regime with several of his family members.
He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Aptos, the Penney University and many professional associations.
He was a published writer and poet and was an avid reader.
He is survived by son Kirk Winter and daughter-in-law Dennita of Alaska, six grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Services are 10 a.m. at the Mission Chapel of Santa Cruz Memorial Park, 1927 Ocean St.
Contributions to your favorite charity are preferred.
April 17, 2003
Horace C. McMahon
Services will be Saturday for Horace Caulkins McMahon, who died Tuesday. He was 68.
Mr. McMahon was born in Michigan and had lived in Ben Lomond.
He is survived by son Michael MacMahon; daughters Carolyn Knudtson and Beth Fread; former wife Marion MacMahon; sisters Charlie Adams and Peckie Church; and four grandchildren.
Friends and family will gather to celebrate his life at 4 p.m. Saturday at the jetty at Twin Lakes Beach behind the Crow’s Nest.
April 17, 2003
Robert William Rolls
Services are pending for Robert William Rolls, who died Wednesday in Watsonville. He was 95.
Mr. Rolls was born in Santa Paula, and had live in Watsonville for 60 years.
He as a member of the Teamsters, Pajaro Masonic Lodge No. 110, and the Shrine and Scottish Rite clubs of Watsonville.
He is survived by wife Marjorie "Midge" Rolls of Watsonville; sons William Rolls of Watsonville and John Rolls of Mound Valley, Kan.; daughters Evelyn "Eve" Mealor of Watsonville and Dorothy Henry of Tomball, Texas; stepson Douglas Smith of Palo Alto; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be Pajaro Valley Memorial Park. Davis Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.
April 17, 2003