Jessica Amber Sheridan
Services will be Friday for Jessica Amber Sheridan, who died Aug. 7 in Santa Cruz. She was 17.
A native of Santa Cruz, Miss Sheridan lived in different parts of the county, including a foster home in Boulder Creek. She considered Santa Cruz her home, friends said.
Miss Sheridan was the victim of a stabbing Feb. 10. She had been in a vegetative state since.
Friends said Miss Sheridan was a vibrant, strong-willed teenager with a good heart. She enjoyed music, basketball and riding her bicycle. She also liked animals, and spent some of her time dog-sitting for neighbors.
She is survived by mother Deborah Sheridan of Santa Cruz; sister Serenity Sheridan; brother Zachariah Sheridan; grandparents Jeanne Gadke and David Kennedy Sr. of Washington; and many aunts, uncles and cousins in Northern California and Washington.
Contributions are preferred to the Jessica Sheridan Fund at the Bank of the West, 3820 Capitola Road, Capitola, CA, phone number 462-0100; account No. 034272658.
Arrangements are by Santa Cruz Memorial Park Funeral Home, 1927 Ocean St., Santa Cruz.
August 14, 2003
Robert ‘Bob’ Sands
Services will be Saturday for Robert "Bob" Sands, who died Saturday, Aug. 9, at his Santa Cruz home. He was 65.
A native of San Jose, Mr. Sands graduated from James Lick High School. After serving in the Army, he married in 1960 and settled in Salinas. There, he raised two children and made many life-long friends. In 1984, Mr. Sands met and married his second wife, Sharon. The couple settled in Santa Cruz, where he spent the next 18 years.
Mr. Sands worked at EMTEC Engineering in Morgan Hill. He was a passionate sports fan, especially favoring the Oakland Raiders. He traveled the country attending Super Bowls. In 1984, he met his wife at the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay.
He also loved golf and could be found every Friday and Saturday at the Pajaro Valley Golf Course. He loved the game and his golfing buddies, whom he loved entertaining, friends said.
In addition to wife Sharon, he is survived by daughter Deanna Vera of Salinas; son Craig Sands of Salinas; stepdaughters Alana Trudell of San Francisco and Carolyn Trudell of San Jose; mother and stepfather Jane and Gilbert Brownlee of Laguna Beach; brother Ron Sands of San Diego; sisters Judy Hogan of Laguna Beach, Christie Sands of San Jose and Roberta Bartlett of Chicago; and one grandson.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Memorial Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz.
Contributions are preferred to Project Purr, PO Box 891, Santa Cruz, CA 95061.
August 15, 2003
There will be no services for Norman Kaplan, who died Tuesday at his Bonny Doon home. He was 73.
A native of Chicago, Mr. Kaplan had lived in Santa Cruz County for 18 years.
He is survived by sons Jeffrey Kaplan of Boulder Creek; Marc Kaplan of Las Vegas; Kenneth Kaplan of Bonny Doon; and Lorence Kaplan of Shoreline, Wash.; and five grandchildren.
Contributions are preferred to the Hospice Caring Project of Santa Cruz County, 6851 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.
August 15, 2003
Robert D. Bridgette
Services will be Monday for Robert Dennis Bridgette, who died Tuesday at his Watsonville home. He was 46.
A native of Watsonville, Mr. Bridgette lived in the area throughout his life. He enjoyed scuba diving, playing guitar and held a black belt in tae kwon do.
He is survived by son Robert Nathan Bridgette of Watsonville; brother Tony Bridgette of Freedom; mother Peggy E. Bridgette of Watsonville; and father Robert N. Bridgette of Ahwnee.
Friends may call 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel, 222 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville. Graveside services will be held at Valley Cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday.
Arrangements are by Mehl’s Colonial Chapel.
August 16, 2003
Ernest T. Baron
Services will be private for Ernest Thomas Baron, who died Aug. 2 in Santa Cruz. He was 55.
A native of San Jose, Mr. Baron attended Camden High School in Santa Clara before moving to Santa Cruz County 30 years ago.
He worked as a network engineer for several local companies, including Seagate, Skyway and Raytek.
He was an accomplished sportsman. He enjoyed racquetball, mountain biking, tennis and surfing. But he loved soccer. He coached and played on many teams in the community league.
He was a devoted Raiders fan. He also played guitar in a rock band and loved to travel.
He loved spending time with friends and family, and enjoyed working with young people as a coach and a referee for soccer.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years Grita Orescan Baron of Santa Cruz; sons Jon Baron and Chris Baron, both of Santa Cruz; daughter Angelina Baron of San Jose; stepdaughters Celandine Orescan and Chana Orescan, both of Santa Cruz; sister Mary Weat of Santa Clara; mother Patricia Baron of Santa Clara; and two grandchildren.
August 16, 2003
Services will be private for Bernadine Cluney, who died June 27 at her Santa Cruz home. She was 76.
A native of Chicago, Mrs. Cluney loved to collect dolls, spoons and write letters to her family and friends.
She spent many years working at Wentworth Jr. High School in Calumet City, Ill., and many more years working at Burger King on 41st Ave.
She is survived by husband Albert Cluney of Santa Cruz; daughter Betty Ruiz of Santa Cruz; sons Dale Cluney of Indiana, Glenn Cluney of Urbana, Ohio, and Neil Cluney of Urbana, Ohio; sisters Donna Hayhurst of Bradley, Ill., and Phyliss Cluney of Santa Cruz; and five grandchildren. She was close to brothers-in-law Robert Cluney of Santa Cruz and Harold Cluney of Bradley, Ill.
August 16, 2003
Barbara Jane Harris
At her request, no services will be held for Barbara Jane Harris, who died Wednesday in Santa Cruz at a local care facility. She was 52.
Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., she attended schools in Layton and Kaysville, Utah, and earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Utah.
She enjoyed traveling the Pacific Southwest and Alaska, and moved to Santa Cruz 19 years ago.
Ms. Harris was active in the disability community in Santa Cruz, living independently until eight years ago, when she became a resident of Pleasant Care Rehabilitation Center in Santa Cruz.
Her family said she received wonderful care and made many friends with both the staff and residents of Pleasant Care.
She also served on the Santa Cruz Metro Elderly and Handicapped Advisory Committee.
She is survived by her mother, Jeanne Smith of Newcastle.; her two sisters, Carol J. Kirk of San Jose, and Nancy J. Rushforth of Las Cruces, N.M.; her two brothers, John Freeman Allgood of Austin, Texas; and Martin David J, Harris of Monument Valley, Utah. Ms. Harris also leaves her friend and companion, Frank Quinto of Santa Cruz.
A private cremation is under the direction of Santa Cruz Watsonville Cremation Service.
The family prefers that remembrances be made to Ombudsman/Advocate of Santa Cruz County or Heartland Home Health Care Hospice, 2511 Garden Road, Suite B-200, Monterey, CA.
August 16, 2003
Services were held in Los Angeles today for Barry Shemaria, who died Saturday at her Capitola home. She was 76.
Mrs. Shemaria was born in Louisville, Ky., and was a longtime resident of the Los Angeles area. She obtained her master’s degree from USC in library science, before working for Los Angeles County as a librarian for more than 36 years. She received numerous awards for her dedication in achieving literacy for children and adults.
Mrs. Shemaria volunteered at Children’s Hospital in Northridge, was an advocate for multi-culturalism and was recognized for her efforts in promoting the uniqueness in all people.
Mrs. Shemaria moved to Santa Cruz this past year to be near her family and continue volunteering, including reading books to children at the Live Oak Library.
Mrs. Shemaria was a member of Temple Beth El in Aptos, Jewish Women International, and the Sephardic Community.
She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Peg Shemaria-Hedman of Capitola and Irene Shemaria of Silverdale, Wash.; sons Mark Shemaria of San Rafael and Rabbi Yaakov Shemaria of Israel; a brother, Tim L. Bornstein of Lincoln, Mass.; and 12 grandchildren. Her husband, Albert, died before her.
Graveside services were at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills. Contributions are preferred to Temple Beth El Jewish Community in Aptos, the Hospice Caring Project of Santa Cruz County or your favorite charity.
August 18, 2003
June Chávez Silverman
Services will be Sunday for June Chávez Silverman, who died Thursday after a long illness. She was 75.
Mrs. Silverman was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Visalia. She graduated as valedictorian from San Diego High School in 1945, then received a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State and a teaching credential from the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1949, Mrs. Silverman was one of four Southern California students awarded a scholarship to study in Spain. There, she met and fell in love with Joseph H. Silverman, another of the four winners, who was working toward an advanced degree in Spanish literature. They married in 1951, and throughout the 38 years of their devoted marriage, both continued to be involved in a rich life that revolved around scholarship and Hispanic culture.
Mrs. Silverman taught French, Spanish and English as a Second Language at the high school, college, university and adult education levels in Southern California and in Santa Cruz, where she lived since 1968.
She is survived by her mother, Eunice V. Chávez, 95, of San Diego; and daughters Dr. Suzanne Chávez Silverman of Claremonte, Sheryl (Sarita) Chávez Silverman of the Monterey Peninsula and Laura Chávez Silverman-Love of New York; and three grandchildren. Her husband, father and two sisters died before her.
During her illness, Mrs. Silverman was cared for at home by Elena Hernández, Guillermina Barrera and their extended families.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 420 Melrose St. in Santa Cruz. Graveside services will follow at the Home of Peace cemetery on Meder Street in Santa Cruz.
Contributions are preferred to the Joseph H. Silverman Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o University Advancement, Carriage House, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, which Mrs. Silverman established to support scholarships in the field of Hispanic and Judeo-Spanish literature and oral tradition.
August 18, 2003