RONALD M. JENNINGS
Ronald Milton Jennings, age 41, passed away Sunday at a Watsonville Nursing home due to complications from the Flu. He is survived by two daughters, Rebecca and Hannah Lipsker-Jennings of Washington, a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Terri Jennings of Santa Cruz, nephews, Matthew Jennings and Aaron Hill of Santa Cruz, nieces, Jessica Jennings and Shannon Gonzalez of Santa Cruz and Staci Sloma of Indiana. He leaves numerous cousins, Misha Spears & her daughter Ashley Jones both of Scotts Valley, Debbie Pastorelli and her husband Michael and son Nathan of Modesto, Rose Brandon and daughters, Crystal, Allison and Rachel of Weatherford, Texas, Michelle Ferstl and her husband Joe and their children. Jennifer, Cody and Cory of Texas.
His mother, Dorothy Jennings preceded him in death this past March. His father, William R. Jennings passed in April 1996. A brother, William Mark Jennings died in Dec. 1999 leaving behind life partner Claudia Rose of Santa Cruz.
Ronald left behind many friends in the Palmdale, Ca area where he had lived for several years. He greatly enjoyed the outdoors working most of his adult life as a carpenter and a landscape expert.
His hobbies included 4-wheel driving in the mountains and desert and motorcycle moto-cross racing.
Ronald was born on May 25, 1962 in San Diego, Ca, moving with his parents and two older brothers to Santa Cruz when he was a one year old. He grew up attending Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Capitola.
Friends may pay their respects at a viewing on Sunday Dec, 14 2003 from (12 noon to 4 p.m.) at Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel (1050 Cayuga St. in Santa Cruz. A Catholic blessing service will be at the chapel on Monday, December 15th, beginning at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place - Memphis, TN. 38105).
December 12, 2003
VIRGINIA (GINGER) C. CAMPBELL
Virginia (Ginger) C. Campbell passed away on Dec. 8, 2003 at her home in Soquel. She was born June 9, 1929 in Vancouver, Washington to Clyde and Dorothy Copland. Ginger graduated from Stanford University in 1951 with a BA in Special Education.
Ginger was secretary to University of California Chancellor Dean McHenry and in 1962-63 a member of the original team directed to establish a new campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz. She left UCSC when her husband was transferred to Scotland for four years. In 1967 she returned as administrative assistant to Chancellor McHenry until his retirement in 1974 and subsequently served as Administrative Analyst for him as an Emeritus Chancellor. She held other UCSC appointments with the Institute of Marine Sciences and the Chemistry Dept.
Ginger was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Long Marine Laboratory; first newsletter editor of Long Currents; Honorary Life member of UCSC Arboretum Associates; Representative on Soquel General Plan Review in 1968 and member of Save Soquel; Past President and Board Member of Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Club, establishing their Rescue Program in 1985.
She was a member of the San Jose Retriever Club, San Joaquin Labrador Retriever Club; Monterey Bay Hunting Retriever Club; Labrador Retriever Club Inc; and the Labrador Retriever Club of England.
Gingerís avocation along with her late husband Harold Donald Campbell, was the breeding, training, exhibiting and judging of Labrador retrievers. Recognized nationally and internationally, for more than three decades dogs carrying the Campbellcroft name, have garnered the highest accolades, in beauty, performance, temperament and style. The Campbellcroft legacy continues in Campbellcroft Labradors that have provided the foundation for other breeders to build upon.
Ginger is survived by her beloved Labrador Robin, two stepchildren and six grandchildren.
Donations may be made to UCSC Arboretum Associates and Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue, 6642 Cumberland Place, Stockton, CA 95219.
A memorial service will be held in January 2004.
December 12, 2003
Robert Clark passed away in Santa Cruz on December 8, 2003. He was 71. born in Philadelphia on December 18, 1931 to George and Marie Clark. He attended St. James Catholic High School Philadelphia. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard a destroyer during the Korean War. Upon discharge he married Jeanne Swann. He has been a resident of Santa Cruz County for the past 55 years. He was employed by the City of Santa Cruz on a survey crew and later by Caltrans as a highway worker from which he retired. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his great love of animals. His loves in life included going to the beach, golf, traveling to Mexico and being with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his 3 daughters: Cynthia and son-in-law John Maugeri and granddaughter Rachel of Watsonville, Marva and son-in-law Jim Fox and granddaughters Molly and Lily of Langley, WA, and Jennifer and Sam Blankenship and granddaughters Kate and Rebecca of Newark, Delaware. His brother Ralph Clark and his sister Maryellen Clark both of New Jersey.
As per Mr. Clarkís request a private memorial service will be held at a later date Cynthia may be contacted for dates and service times.
In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory are preferred to an animal welfare organization of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mehlís Colonial Chapel.
December 12, 2003
MARTIN B. LOCKE
Martin B. Locke died December 11, 2003, at his home in Pajaro Dunes. He was 81.
A native of Lockeford, he grew up there, attending local schools before being accepted at U.C. Berkeley where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Mr. Locke served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. While in New York City with the Merchant Marines, he met his future wife, Jean. They were married in New York City but returned to Lockeford where they lived for 21 years.
Mr. Locke was a pioneer in the mechanical harvesting industry. He invented and developed with his father a spinach harvester. He was involved with many other crops as a commercial harvester. His work brought him to the Salinas Valley, and he and Jean built a home at Parajo Dunes, where they lived for 37 yrs.
Mr. Locke loved the mountains in all seasons, but especially the winter sports. A pioneer skier, he made his first skis in woodshop in school. The family spent many wonderful seasons in the cabin he built at North Star.
Mr. Locke was a 50 year member of the Rotary Club, and he enjoyed traveling, fly fishing and hunting.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Jean, of Pajaro Dunes, his son, Kelly of Santa Monica, 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Victoria Thompson of Watsonville, and Stephanie and Bruce Golino of Capitola. Mr. Locke also leaves a brother, Chester, of Lockeford, a sister, Martha Zentner of Santa Cruz, and 7 grandchildren, Alex and Andy Locke of Santa Monica, Beth Thompson of San Francisco, Amy Isler of Pleasanton, Isaac and Anna Golino both of Los Angeles and Hillarie Golino of Santa Barbara.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Mehlís Colonial Chapel. Private graveside services will be held later at Harmony Grove Cemetery in Lockeford. Visitation will be Saturday from noon until the service at Mehlís. Contributions are preferred to Watsonville Rotary Endowment, P.O. Box 282, Watsonville, CA 95077.
December 12, 2003
LOUISE HELEN HODGES
Louise Helen Hodges passed away on December 12, 2003 at the Santa Cruz Healthcare Center of natural causes. She was 92 years old.
Louise was a native of Baltimore MD, where she was born and raised. She has lived in Santa Cruz since October 1989. Louise moved to California in 1948 with her husband and three children. She last worked at Mt. Pleasant High School in San Jose as the textbook clerk. Louise enjoyed gardening, reading, cats, the beach and bay in Santa Cruz. She spent her life sewing her own clothes and decorating her home. Later in life, she took up water color painting and enjoyed it for many years. Louise enjoyed volunteering at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History at Seabright Beach and one year had the record for signing up new members. She also volunteered in the Santa Cruz City Schools, helping the secretary at DeLaVeaga Elementary and worked in the library at Branciforte Elementary and Natural Bridges Elementary. She also volunteered at Natural Bridges State Park in the office. She also enjoyed driving her "elderly" friends around until she stopped driving herself. She also was a member of the St. Philips Episcopal Church in Scotts Valley.
Louise was a devoted grandma to Lincoln & Noah of Santa Cruz and spent many wonderful hours with them during their childhoods.
Louise is survived by one daughter, Linda Quale of Santa Cruz; 2 sons: Richard Hodges of Grass Valley & Greg Hodges of Eureka; 7 grandchildren and 3 nephews. She was preceded in death for 15 years by her brother Carl Heinmuller of Baltimore, MD.
No services have been planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Valley Churches United Missions, 9430 Love Creek Rd., Ben Lomond, CA.
December 18, 2003
A memorial service will be Sunday for Carol Linn, who died Nov. 21 in Ben Lomond after a prolonged illness. She was 69.
Born in Van Nuys, Mrs. Linn was a longtime San Lorenzo Valley resident and mother of six. She was active in Christian ministries and her vocal group "Sounds of Joy."
Mrs. Linn is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lloyd Linn of Ben Lomond; daughters Mary Hoff of Ben Lomond, Llori Meeko Palmer of Carson City, Nev., and Betsy Dunkleberger of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sons Daniel Linn of Minden, Nev., and Christopher Linn of Busan, South Korea; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her son, Timothy Linn, died in 1965.
A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Felton Bible Church, 5999 Graham Hill Road, Felton. Cremation was private.
December 18, 2003
George F. Mechlin
Services will be Jan. 10 for George F. Mechlin, who died Friday at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz from complications of pneumonia. He was 80.
Mr. Mechlin was born in Pittsburgh, and served in the Naval Air Force during World War II
He earned a bachelorís degree in 1944, a masterís in 1949 and doctorate in physics in 1951 from the University of Pittsburgh. He was general manager of the Westinghouse plant in Sunnyvale. In 1968, Mr. Mechlin directed three Westinghouse facilities at the same time: He managed the Oceanic Division near Annapolis, Md., which worked to advance the understanding of the undersea environment; he managed the Westinghouse Marine Division in Sunnyvale, which produced launch equipment for the Polaris and Poseidon missiles; and he was in charge of the Astronuclear Laboratory near Pittsburgh, which produced lightweight reactors, isotope power sources, thermoelectric devices and nondestructive testing equipment for the industry.
He was named vice president and general manager of the Astronuclear Laboratory, Oceanic and Marine Division in 1972. In 1973, he was named vice president of Westinghouse and general manager for Westinghouse Research Lab. He held these positions until he retired. He earned the Navyís Meritorious Public Service Award for his work on the Polaris launch. He was awarded both the Westinghouse Order of Merit and the corporationís highest award for individual achievement in 1961. Mr. Mechlin was a member of the American Physical Society and Sigma XI. He was also the past director of the Buhl Planetarium and the public TV station in Pittsburgh.
When he retired in 1987, he and his wife moved to Aptos. He was an active builder for Habitat for Humanity, an avid sailor, and a long-distance hiker who walked and hiked all over the world.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Mechlin; sons David Mechlin of Porterville and Tom Mechlin of Alameda; daughter Ann Rankin of Watsonville; and two grandchildren.
His daughter, Elizabeth Mechlin, and a brother, Jim Mechlin, died before him.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at Oakwood Memorial Crystal Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz.
Contributions are preferred to Habitat for Humanity, 9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos, CA 95003.
Arrangements are by Oakwood Memorial Chapel.
December 18, 2003
Ronald H. Austin
Services will be Saturday for Ronald H. Austin, who died Sunday in his Santa Cruz home. He was 60.
A native of Newark, N.Y., Mr. Austin worked in quality assurance for various Silicon Valley companies. He was interested in art, wood carving and model ship building.
He is survived by daughter Lora Lee Chapman of Scotts Valley; granddaughter Coral Grayson of Scotts Valley; and sister Betty Austin of Newark.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6401 Freedom Blvd., Aptos.
Arrangements are by Santa Cruz Memorial Park & Funeral Home.
Contributions are preferred to a favorite charity.
December 18, 2003