Owen W. Kelley
Private services will be held for Owen W. Kelley, who died in Santa Cruz on Thursday after a brief illness. He was 91.
Mr. Kelley was born in Hartville, Mo., March 10, 1912. Two years later, the immigrant train helped him and his family move Kiowa County, Colo. In 1942, he married Lee Barnett and relocated to San Francisco. Four years later, they set up a household in Santa Cruz.
Mr. Kelley worked for Westinghouse Corporation before his retirement. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling and dancing.
He is survived by a sister, Erma Cable of Redding, and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz.
May 19, 2003
Lotte Emeline Cox Tasker
Services will be Wednesday for Lotte Emeline Cox Tasker, who died Friday in her Scotts Valley home of ovarian cancer. She was 53.
Mrs. Tasker was born in San Jose and raised in Saratoga. She and her husband, Jim, lived in San Jose for many years before moving to Scotts Valley in 1987.
Mrs. Tasker attended Saratoga elementary schools, Saratoga High School and San Jose State, where she earned an English degree and a teaching credential.
She and her husband met in 1969 at San Jose State, where she was a Sigma Kappa and he was a Delta Sigma Phi member. The couple married in 1972.
Three years later, they traveled to Australia to teach elementary and junior high school.
Mrs. Tasker was a committed educator who also taught at several Santa Clara Valley schools, including Valley Christian School in Los Altos, family members say, adding that her greatest accomplishment was the K-12 home education of her daughters, who are now in college.
Mrs. Tasker was active in her community, including at Santa Cruz Bible Church, where for four years she helped minister to others suffering from cancer in a support group. She also volunteered with 4-H, and her daughters took home several statewide awards, family members said.
She and her husband taught Sunday school classes for children.
"They were quite a couple," said her brother, Jack Cox.
Her legacy is her family and the many people she touched in a lifetime of sacrifice and love, all in the name of Christ, family members said.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jim Tasker of Scotts Valley; daughters Emily Bertholic of Scotts Valley and Jennifer Tasker of Scotts Valley; son-in-law Matthew Bertholic; granddaughter Whitney Bertholic; mother Flora Cox Pinschmidt of Saratoga; sister Maggie Johnson of San Jose; brother Jack Cox of Northridge; three nieces; one nephew; and several cousins.
Her father, Dr. Jack Cox of Saratoga, died in 1999.
Contributions are preferred in her name to Santa Cruz Bible Church, 440 Frederick Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Saratoga Federated Church in the village of Saratoga.
May 20, 2003
DeVane ‘Spike’ Pezzola
Services will be Wednesday for DeVane "Spike" Pezzola who died Saturday at a local convalescent hospital. He was 88.
Mr. Pezzola was born and raised in Daly City. He moved to San Jose in 1945 and to Santa Cruz in 1965.
In San Jose, he worked as a driver for Burgermeister Beer Co. During his Santa Cruz years, he worked for Walti-Schilling Meat Co. until retirement.
Mr. Pezzola enjoyed people and was active in many social organizations. He liked helping others and enjoyed walking, working in his garden and fishing.
He and his wife enjoyed eight cruises and visited 29 states in their motorhome.
Mr. Pezzola was a member of the Marconi Club, the Italian Catholic Federation and the Elks Lodge, where he was voted Elk of the Year.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth "Lee" Pezzola of Santa Cruz; brothers Neil Pezzola and Ernest Pezzola, both of Daly City; brother-in-law Vincent Carboni of San Jose; one niece; four grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.
His children, Michael and Dee Pezzola, died before him.
Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz.
A vigil service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, and services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at Pacific Gardens Chapel.
Contributions are preferred to Hospice Caring Project, PO Box 670, Aptos, CA 95003.
May 20, 2003
Paul Leon Mayou
Services will be Thursday for Paul Leon Mayou, who died Friday at his Oroville home. He was 75.
Mr. Mayou was born in Reedley and moved to Watsonville as a young boy. He moved to Oroville in 1996.
Mr. Mayou was a farmer and grew vegetables in the area for some 40 years, starting in 1955.
As a boy, he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 99, which met in the old Watsonville Grammar School. He was also a member of DeMolay, a Masonic youth organization. As an adult, he was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Mr. Mayou served in the Navy and Air Force and was a member of the American Legion.
His distinctive mustache, and former full beard, won him so many titles in the former Watsonville Whiskerino contest that he was deemed ineligible to compete so others might have a fighting chance.
Mr. Mayou was also an excellent chef, family members say, and developed his own line of spices. In Watsonville, he cooked for the annual Spring Lamb fund-raiser for several years.
He is survived by sons Leon Mayou of Watsonville, Marc Mayou of Prunedale and Jacques Mayou of Bend, Ore.; daughters Christine Mayou of Silverton, Ore., Michelle Marazzo of Oroville and Marybeth Sanchez of Watsonville; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
His wife, Anne, died in 1998.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park.
Contributions are preferred to the American Cancer Society, Dominican Hospital Education Building, 1555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065.
Arrangements are by Mehl’s Colonial Chapel.
May 21, 2003
Services will be Thursday for Elizabeth "Betsy" Friel, who died Sunday in Allegheny Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania. She was 79.
Mrs. Friel was born and raised in Natrona Heights, Pa., graduating from Mount Mercy High School there. In 1974, she and husband Jack Friel moved to Capitola, where they owned a convenience store. They later sold the store and went to work for Palace Office Supplies. Mrs. Friel worked in the bookkeeping office during that time.
When the couple retired from Palace in 1988 and moved to Pennsylvania, Mrs. Friel maintained her friendships here.
She enjoyed gardening, home projects and had a passion for quilting.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John W. Friel of Natrona Heights, Pa.; daughters Tricia Barrett of Santa Cruz and Ann Josefoski of Tarentum, Pa.; sons Duncan O’Friel of Pleasanton and Bill O’Friel of North Carolina; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Son John O’Friel died in 1993; son David O’Friel died in 1973.
Friends may call today at the Cicholski Zidek Funeral Home, 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, PA 15065. A burial Mass will be celebrated Thursday at Mount St. Peters Cemetery, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA 15068.
Contributions are preferred to Catholic charities or hospice programs.
Arrangements are by Cicholski Zidek Funeral Home, 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, PA 15065.
May 21, 2003
Ruth M. Arthur
Services will be Friday for Ruth M. Arthur, who died in Lexington, Ky., after a long illness.
Mrs. Arthur was a native of Los Angeles. She and her husband lived in Santa Cruz for several years before moving to Kentucky.
Mrs. Arthur was an artist who worked with oils and water colors.
She is survived by husband of 44 years, George Arthur of Lexington; daughter Marcia Hopkins of Lexington; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Memorial Park, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz. Arrangements are by Santa Cruz Memorial Park Funeral Home.
May 21, 2003
Services will be Saturday for Naomi Rosalie Hall Lehmann, who died Friday. She was 92.
Mrs. Lehmann was born in Houston, the second of 15 children of pastor W.W. "Hallelujah" Hall.
She was valedictorian of the 1928 graduating class at Central High School of Fort Worth, and in 1931 graduated from Glad Tidings Bible Institute of San Francisco.
She married Harold Sterett Lehmann n 1933 and their shared ministry with the Assemblies of God church spanned 68 years in Monterey, Oakland and West Africa.
In Africa, the couple established a Bible school, managed a printing press and helped translate the Gospel of John into Kusal and the New Testament into Dagbani. She typed the New Testament on a manual typewriter 10 times.
Some 60 years after her first college graduation, she and her husband graduated summa cum laude from Southwestern University. She also completed studies at the University of Oklahoma and Bethany College in Scotts Valley, which honored her with its Founder’s Award in 1999.
The couple retired to the Dallas area. She moved to Seaside after the death of her husband in 1998.
She is survived by daughters Gretchen Kast of Seaside and Linda Pendley of Dallas; sons David Kast of Seaside and Phil Pendley of Dallas; eight sisters; three brothers; four granddaughters; two grandsons and one great-grandson.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Chapel of Seaside.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Green Valley Christian Center, 376 S. Green Valley Road, Watsonville.
Mrs. Lehmann will be buried in Dallas.
May 21, 2003