EVA ESPERANZA GAMBOA
Eva Esperanza Gamboa age 77 died in her Watsonville home on December 2nd after a courageous two year battle with cancer.
A native of El Salvador she immigrated to the United States in 1962 with her husband and sons.
Her family will remember her for her love of life, children and her love of nature. Beloved mother of four sons, Augusto and his wife Josephine of San Jose, Bob and his wife Celeste of Watsonville, Jorge and his wife Kelly of San Jose and Jose Luis of San Jose.
Her husband Augusto Gamboa died in San Jose in 1990.
She also leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her proudest moment was when she received her American Citizenship in April 2000.
The family would like to thank Dr. Talisman Pomeroy and his staff at the Soquel and Watsonville offices for all their attention and wonderful care.
A private service will be held in San Jose at a later date.
December 7, 2003
Services will be Friday for Mildred Burns who passed away December 7, 2003 at a local convalescent hospital. She was 87.
Mildred was born in Coal Fork, West Virginia to Morris and Maude Burke. She was the second child in a family of eleven. She came to Santa Cruz in 1954 where she was a devoted wife and mother. She was noted for her wonderful pies, beautiful flowers and garden and won many blue ribbons for her sewing, embroidery, crotchet and hand made quilts.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Burns of Soquel; two sisters, Jennie DeRenzo of Santa Cruz and Josie Flournoy of Capitola and many loving nieces and nephews. Her only child, Tommi Dixon preceded her in death on September 18th of this year.
Services will be at Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel 1050 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz, Ca. Friday December 12, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Oakwood Memorial Park, Paul Sweet Rd, Santa Cruz, Ca.
December 10, 2003
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday for Dennis Marc, who passed away in Santa Cruz on Thanksgiving Day November, 27, 2003, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Born in San Francisco on March 14, 1941, he was 62.
Mr. Marc graduated from Jefferson High School in Daly City where he excelled in basketball and track. He later attended the College of San Mateo and San Jose State where he continued his basketball career. In 1964, he moved to Santa Cruz and began working in the milk business. He owned and operated his own milk distributorship in Santa Cruz for more than 43 years. He truly cherished the many lasting friendships he made throughout his life. His family and friends will forever remember him as a person who lived his life in both loving and helping people unconditionally.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Janice Marc of Santa Cruz, his two sons, Dennis S. Marc and Justin D. Marc both of Santa Cruz. He also leaves five grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews. Mr. Marc was preceded in death by his brother, R. Steven Willis of Santa Cruz.
The memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday December 6, 2003 at Holy Cross Catholic Church (126 High St.) in Santa Cruz beginning at 11:30 a.m. A private cremation and committal is under the direction of Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel (1050 Cayuga St.) in Santa Cruz. The family prefers that any remembrances be made to The American Cancer Society Santa Cruz Chapter @ Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital (1555 Soquel Dr. Santa Cruz, CA. 95065) OR: Hospice Caring Project of Santa Cruz County (PO BOX 670, Aptos, CA. 95001)
December 1, 2003
James R. Smith
Services will be Saturday for Jim Smith, co-founder of Roudon-Smith Winery, who died at his home in Capitola Nov. 23. He was 73.
Mr. Smith lived in Santa Cruz County for nearly three decades.
The great project of his life was the winery which bears his name. Mr. Smith, who grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm during the Depression, envisioned a rural lifestyle for his family of four children. In 1971, he met Bob Roudon, a self-taught winemaker, while they worked at Amdahl Corp. in Sunnyvale. The two men hatched the idea of a winery which would support their families, and they chose the Santa Cruz Mountains as the location.
For the first several years, the winery was a weekends-only project as Roudon and Smith worked full time in the electronics industry. To make ends meet, Smith would continue working in Silicon Valley until the early 1980s, spending time at National Semiconductor and Northern Telecom.
In the meantime, he oversaw the yearly grape crush and supervised the winery’s bottling operation. Drawing on his technical and mechanical expertise, Smith designed and built the bottling line and conveyor systems used by the winery.
The original winery was on Mountain View Road near St. Clare’s Retreat. In 1977, a larger building with a tasting room was completed on Bean Creek Road just outside Scotts Valley. Smith lived in a house on that property for 28 years before moving to Capitola last month. He was a fixture in the tasting room, pouring wine for thousands of visitors.
Smith displayed his mechanical aptitude early in life. At age 10, he plumbed his family’s farmhouse for running water. He later studied engineering, mathematics and biology at St. Norbert College and Wisconsin State College at Oshkosh. After a two-year stint in the Army, which stationed him in Alaska during the Korean War, he completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin.
In the summer of 1956, working as an intern for Rocketdyne Corp. in the Los Angeles area, Smith met June Wright, whom he married a year later. They celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary in July.
In the 1960s, Smith worked as an engineer and manager for several years at both RCA and Litton Industries in the suburbs of Los Angeles. The family moved from Southern California to Sunnyvale in 1971, then moved to the winery outside Scotts Valley in 1975.
Smith is survived by his wife, June; sons Jeffrey of San Rafael, Bradford of San Jose and Jason of Scotts Valley; daughter Joy of Santa Cruz; brother John of Appleton, Wis.; sisters Elizabeth Greely of Green Bay, Wis., Rose Ella Popeck of Springfield, Va., and Kathleen Jacques of New Berlin, Wis.; and two grandsons.
Brothers Arthur and Leo, and sisters Anna Mae Scheel and Irene Hoffman died before him.
A memorial Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday at San Agustín Catholic Church in Scotts Valley. A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz.
Donations are preferred to The Sanctuary Fund (for a future homeless shelter), c/o Tom Brezsny, Monterey Bay Properties, 620 Capitola Ave,. Capitola, CA 95010.
December 2, 2003
Alfredo A. Garcia
Services are Wednesday for Alfredo Avalos Garcia, who died Thursday at Stanford. He was 45.
Born in Michoacan, Mexico, the Watsonville resident had lived in the area for 25 years. He worked for Carl Dobler and Sons Farms.
Garcia enjoyed fishing, repairing automobiles, and family gatherings.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea Garcia of Watsonville; children Adrian G. and Alfred Garcia, both of Watsonville; brother Juan Garcia of Watsonville; sisters Angelica Aquayo of Salinas, Sabina and Isabel Garcia and Maria Ledesma, all of Watsonville; and two grandchildren.
Friends may call from 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. today at Davis Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville. A rosary service will be 7 p.m. today at Davis Memorial Chapel.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 721 Main St., Watsonville.
Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pioneer Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.
December 2, 2003
Beulah A. Hall
Services will be Wednesday and Thursday for Beulah Hall, who died at a Sacramento hospital Nov. 26. She was 88.
Born in Dunnegan, Mo., Mrs. Hall moved from Missouri with her husband, settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. They were longtime residents of El Cerrito and moved to the Soquel/Santa Cruz area in 1972. She worked as an inspector for Pabco Fiberboard Co. for more than 20 years. After a stroke which physically limited her, Mrs. Hall moved to the Sacramento area two years ago to be with her family.
She was an active volunteer of California Grey Bears, the Live Oak Senior Center and the Watsonville Senior Center. A talented dancer, she loved to dance at senior center functions. Her family will remember her fashionable style and her fondness for dressing up. She also loved to collect and wear different types of jewelry.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Her husband of more than 50 years, Homer Hall, died in Santa Cruz in 1991. Two brothers and three sisters also died before her.
Friends may call at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz on Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. Services will be noon Thursday at Pacific Gardens Chapel. The Rev. Paul Barton will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park.
Arrangements are by Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, Santa Cruz.
Donations are preferred to California Grey Bears, 2710 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95065.
December 2, 2003
Services are Thursday for Ramon Lomeli-Cervantes, who died Sunday in Watsonville. He was 39.
Lomeli-Cervantes was born in San Pedro, Mexico, and was a resident of Watsonville. He had lived in the area for 25 years.
He is survived by his father, Ramon Lomeli of Watsonville; children Cindy Lomeli, Violeta Lomeli, Marisol Lomeli and Fabiola Lomeli, all of Watsonville; brothers Roberto Lomeli and Everardo Lomeli, both of Watsonville; and sisters Martha, Yolanda, Raquel and Norma Lomeli, all of Watsonville.
Friends may call 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Davis Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville. A rosary service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Davis Memorial Chapel.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Assumption, 100 Salinas Road, Pajaro.
Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.
December 2, 2003
Frank ‘Pop’ Fox
Services will be Thursday for Frank "Pop" Fox, who died Sunday at Watsonville Community Hospital. He was 71.
A native of Grimes, Okla., he had lived in the area for 40 years, most recently in Aromas.
His family said he enjoyed building his home in Aromas.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Fox of Aromas; daughters Marlena Brewer of Delano and Jody Price of Aromas; brother Ray Fox of San Diego; sister Mary Cox of San Diego and Edith Wolfe of Grass Valley; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and special friend Jolyne Hunter of Corralitos.
His son Derek Fox died in 1980.
Services will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Corralitos Community Church, 26 Browns Valley Road, Corralitos.
Davis Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Contributions are preferred to the Corralitos Community Church, 26 Browns Valley Road, Corralitos, CA 95076.
December 3, 2003