Services are today for Jose Martinez, who died Monday in Santa Cruz. He was 74.
A native of El Paso, Mr. Martinez was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He served in the Marine Corps from 1945 to 1961, retiring as a sergeant. He received the World War II Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
He worked as a security guard in Santa Cruz for several years. He enjoyed reading, especially Western novels. He also loved fishing with his buddies.
He is survived by wife Maria Martinez of Santa Cruz; daughters Cynthia Duran and Catherine Martinez, both of Santa Cruz; sons Joe Martinez Jr. of Windsor, Colo. and Michael Martinez of Aptos; brother Albert Rodriguez of San Francisco; 11 grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service is at 11 a.m. today at Santa Cruz Memorial Park Garden of Honor, 1927 Ocean St., Santa Cruz. Services will be officiated by Pastor Barney Wiget of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship. The Marine Corps will bestow military honors.
Arrangements are by Oakwood Memorial Chapel.
April 25, 2003
Lois Faye Hallburg-Lukin
Private services have been held for Lois Faye Hallburg-Lukin, who died April 8 of natural causes. She was 76.
Ms. Lukin was a native of Washington state and lived in the Watsonville/Freedom area for nearly 35 years. She moved to Soquel in 1999.
She is survived by many family members and friends.
Arrangements are by Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz.
April 28, 2003
Trevin Scott Dilfer
Services will be Wednesday for Trevin Scott Dilfer, who died Sunday at Stanford University’s Lucile S. Packard Children’s Hospital. He was 5.
Trevin, the son of Trent and Cassandra Dilfer of Fresno, died after a 40-day battle against heart disease.
At his bedside were his father Trent Dilfer, an Aptos High graduate and current Seattle Seahawks quarterback, his mother Cassandra and sisters Madeleine, 7; Tori Belle, 4; and Delaney, 9 months.
Initially, there existed the possibility of a heart transplant saving the child. But that changed for the worse, said John Wallace Franzman, Cassandra Dilfer’s father.
Trevin is also survived by his grandparents, Marcie and Frank Lynch of Aptos, Peggy and Doug Dilfer of Capitola, and Cheri and John Wallace Franzman of Clovis and Donna and Bill Murray of Fresno.
A public celebration of Trevin’s life will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Peoples Church in Fresno, 7172 N. Cedar Ave.
Cards and remembrances can be sent to Riverpark Bible Church, 7500 N. Millbrook Ave., Fresno. Contributions may be sent to TD4HIM Foundation, PO Box 6613, San Jose, CA 95150.
Arrangements are under the direction of Whitehurst Chapel in Fresno.
April 29, 2003
Teodomira ‘Domira’ Navarro
Services will be Wednesday for Teodomira "Domira" Navarro, who died April 26. She was 100.
Mrs. Navarro was a native of San Pedro Tesistan, Jalisco, Mexico. She married Domingo Ramirez at age 16, helping him to raise three daughters. She later had five daughters of her own.
She witnessed the revolutions fought by Pancho Villa, Carranza, Zuniga and Emiliano Zapata. Mrs. Navarro was given the nickname "La Mujer De Bronce (Woman of Bronze)" by her granddaughters, who were amazed by the strength of a widow who raised eight daughters and lived to 100.
She lived in Watsonville with her daughter Lupe Garcia and enjoyed telling grandchildren stories from the 100 years of her life.
She is survived by daughters Lupe Garcia of Watsonville, Jesus Ramirez Guzman of Los Angeles, Baudelia Ramirez and Ramona Rodriguez of Gaudalajara, Mexico, Zenaida Ramirez of Visalia, Esperanza Ramirez of Tijuana, and Maria Serrano of Sacramento; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Her daughter, Refugio Parra, and husband, Domingo Ramirez, died before her.
Friends may call Mehl’s Colonial Chapel Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A Rosary will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 222 E. Lake Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church. Burial will follow at Valley Public Cemetery.
April 29, 2003
Services have not been set for Sedelle Bloch, who died April 23 in Santa Cruz. She was 83.
Mrs. Bloch, the daughter of Russian immigrants, was born in Chicago.
Mrs. Bloch moved to Los Angeles a few years after marrying Ira Bloch in 1942. There she had a successful career in real estate and raised three children.
Mrs. Bloch settled Aptos nearly 20 years ago. She supported the Meals on Wheels program.
She is survived by her son Randy Bloch of Los Angeles; daughters Leslie Paonessa of Santa Monica and Susan Bloch of San Francisco; sisters Esther Zeegen of Encino and June Feldman of Santa Monica; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
April 29, 2003
Hilda Virginia Bowron Richardson
Services will be Thursday for Hilda Virginia Bowron Richardson, who died Sunday in Santa Cruz. She was 91.
A native of Roanoke, Va., she came to Santa Cruz in 1927 and attended Santa Cruz High School and business college. She worked at the old Santa Cruz Hospital (now Branciforte Plaza), the county recorder’s office, and the county clerk’s office in the old courthouse on Cooper Street.
She enjoyed traveling, gardening, furniture making and knitting and made lap robes for nursing home patients at Christmas. She also wrote children’s stories and had many of them published, some in Braille and foreign languages.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Santa Cruz for more than 50 years and belonged to Twin Lakes Church for several years.
She is survived by her granddaughter, Melissa Richardson-Smith, great-grandson Zachariah Smith, daughter-in-law Michelle Richardson, grandson Eric Asche, and former daughter-in-law Kathy Freeman, all of Santa Cruz.
Her husband, Walter, and her son, Robert, died before her.
Graveside services will be at Oakwood Memorial Park, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, Thursday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Paul Barton of Twin Lakes Church will officiate. Contributions are preferred to Mount Hermon Christian Association, Mount Hermon, CA 95041.
April 30, 2003
Alice L. Procter
Services will be Saturday for Alice L. Procter, who died April 22 in Santa Cruz. She was 74.
Mrs. Procter moved to Capitola from Fresno in 1946. She met and married her husband, James B. Procter, in 1951.
Mrs. Procter loved sewing quilts, taking neighbors shopping and was active in the school PTA.
She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7263, where she held many offices. She was a member of the Pacific Christian Fellowship and the Liberty Baptists Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by daughter Charlotte Barnes of Palm Springs; sons Roy Vanvolkinburg of Albany, Mo., and John Procter of Santa Cruz; sisters Christine Bartlett of Brookings, Ore., and Vera Heatherton of Watsonville; and eight grandchildren.
Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Baptist Church, 2155 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz.
The Neptune Society will scatter her ashes in the bay.
April 30, 2003
Services will be Saturday for Larry Welch, who died Wednesday in Los Gatos after a long illness. He was 53.
A Berkeley native, he graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School. He later worked as a painter and painting contractor for 15 years. For seven years he worked as an addiction counselor.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting in the mountains. One of his favorite places was Kennedy Meadows in the High Sierra, where he spent time with family and friends.
He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Lakers, Dodgers and Rams. He had been a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1975.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Toni Welch of San Jose; daughters Emily Somps-York of Brookdale and Nicole Welch of San Jose; sons Shane Welch of San Jose and Larry Welch Jr. of San Jose; mother, Yvonne Fetscher of San Luis Obispo; sisters Carol Welch Richards of San Luis Obispo and Sharon Lee Welch of Thousand Oaks; and two grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall, 3588 Bayou Drive, San Jose. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Memorial Park, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz. Oakwood Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Contributions are preferred to the Welch Grandchildren Trust Fund at Bank of America, c/o Toni Welch, 251 Llewellyn Ave., Campbell, CA 95008.
April 30, 2003