Jewel Fern Serpa
Services will be Thursday for Jewel Toohey Serpa, who died Friday in Watsonville. She was 92.
Mrs. Serpa was born in Jay, Okla., and moved to the area 35 years ago.
She owned a cattle ranch with her first husband. She also worked as a waitress as well as a grocery store clerk.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a foster grandparent.
She loved to cook. Her specialties were egg noodles and apple pies. She also liked to quilt.
Her husband of more than 20 years, Earl Toohey, and her husband of 13 years, Lewis Serpa, died before her.
She is survived by son Michael Toohey of Watsonville and two grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Davis Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Davis Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park on Hecker Pass Road, Watsonville.
Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.
May 28, 2003
Robert G. Probst
Services will be Thursday for Robert G. "Bob" Probst, who died Sunday in Watsonville Community Hospital. He was 39.
Mr. Probst, a native of Chicago, lived in Watsonville for 16 years.
Mr. Probst had been in the catering business since age 14. While in Watsonville, he ran the Santa Cruz Catering Co.
He is survived by wife Deysi of Watsonville; sons Robert Joseph and Glennon Calvin, both of Watsonville; brother Eric Wilmas of Kansas; sisters Robyn Carter of Whidbey Island, Wash., and Mychael DeLa Torre of Simi Valley; mother Collie Bernabe of St. Louis, Mo.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
A vigil service will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be 2:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church. Private cremation will follow. Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel.
May 28, 2003
Services will be private for Donald Vaswig, who died May 23 at Longmont United Hospital in Colorado. He was 59.
Mr. Vaswig was born in Oregon. He was a decorated Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps and was stationed at Moffett Field. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound and received his master’s in business administration from UC Santa Cruz.
He married Diane Gibson on Jan. 24, 1981, in Saratoga.
His family said Mr. Vaswig was a dedicated career man having been a former partner/owner of Harmony Foods in Santa Cruz. He also held controller and vice president positions at National Semiconductor Corp.
He moved from Santa Cruz to Niwot, Colo., five years ago. He attended Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot.
He was an avid skier, and a ski instructor and downhill racer in his youth, a talented tennis player, a daring scuba diver, an amateur horticulturist and mason, and a creative stained glass artist. He had a keen interest in investment research and loved to read Bible scriptures, his family said.
He is survived by his wife, Diane, son Kristian, and daughter Whitney, all of Colorado; and his mother, Dagny Vaswig of Washington.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Marie Vaswig, and his father.
Interment will be at Ryssby Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 3 Forest St., New Canaan, CT 06840.
May 28, 2003
Services will be private for Giulio Bardoni, who died Saturday in Aptos. He was 80.
Mr. Bardoni was a Santa Cruz native.
He farmed on the North Coast and in the Watsonville area for 40 years.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his three grandchildren, Jaeson, Gina and Michael Bardoni of Salinas.
He is survived by his wife, Rena Bardoni of Aptos; a daughter, Christine Volckening of Santa Fe, N.M.; a son, Dino Bardoni of Salinas; two brothers, Leo Bardoni of Sunnyvale and Silvio Bardoni of Santa Cruz; and three grandchildren.
Contributions are preferred to the American Cancer Society, 1555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, 95065.
Oakwood Memorial Chapel in Santa Cruz is in charge of arrangements.
May 28, 2003
Jacklyn ‘Jacki’ Erlin
Services will be private for Jacklyn "Jacki" Erlin, who died unexpectedly May 16 at her Santa Cruz home. She was 52.
Ms. Erlin was born in Oakland. She graduated from Santa Cruz High School with straight A’s, and from UC Davis.
She worked for a number of large corporations, including Levi Strauss and The Gap, where she rose to senior buyer.
Ms. Erlin’s travels took her to every continent and many different countries. Though diagnosed bi-polar at a young age, she carried on with her career for more than 25 years, returning to live in Santa Cruz from New York after the Sept. 11 attacks.
She is survived by parents Shirley and Richard Erlin Jr. of Santa Cruz; sister Kathi Davison of Texas; brother Rick Erlin; three nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She is also survived by friend Stan Gilula of New York.
Arrangements are by Santa Cruz Memorial Park.
May 28, 2003
Joan P. Peterson
Services are pending for Joan Patricia Peterson, who died Friday after a long illness. She was 72.
Mrs. Peterson had lived in Santa Cruz since 1964. She worked as a kitchen supervisor at Dominican Hospital for 20 years.
Mrs. Peterson was a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed painting and arts and crafts.
She is survived by sons Todd Peterson of Castro Valley, Stuart Peterson of Soquel, Curtis Peterson of Orange County and Jon Peterson of San Diego; and three grandchildren.
Contributions are preferred to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
May 28, 2003
KRYSTAL C. BRADY
On May 23,2003, Krystal C. Brady, age 23, slid her motorcycle around the fishhook to be with Jesus. Krystal, a Santa Cruz native and third-generation Westsider, was a graceful and accomplished surfer, a member of the Santa Cruz Furies, the Santa Cruz Longboard Union, and the Malibu Surfing Association, and a compassionate daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. Krystal worked as a sterile processing technician at Dominican Hospital and was studying to be a nurse at Cabrillo College. Krystal's faith in life, simple sincerity, and brilliant spirit of adventure will continue to inspire the many people who loved her. Krystal is survived by dad, Danny Brady, and brother, Tim Brady, of Santa Cruz; her mom, Carmen Brady, of Santa Monica; grandma and grandpa, Esther and Don Brady; of Sonora; aunt and uncle, Bonnie and Peter DiSalvo, and uncle, Don Brady II, of Sonora; aunt and uncle Patrick and Gerlinde Brady, of Santa Cruz; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. Services will be held at Christian Life Center at 1009 Mission Street at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2003, Immediately followed by a paddle-out at Cowell's Beach. For further information, please call 426-7733.
May 28, 2003
Christina K. Kinstler
Services will be Saturday for Christina Kanakos Kinstler, who died May 23 in Aptos. She was 86.
Ms. Kinstler was born in New York City and moved to Sacramento in 1946. She lived in Capitola for 18 years.
She was the manager of the circulation department of Carmichael Library in Sacramento County.
Ms. Kinstler was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Capitola, and enjoyed reading, going to the movies and sitting by the ocean.
She is survived by daughters Margaret Kinstler and Katie Bianco, both of Soquel; sons John Kinstler Jr. of Sacramento and Jim Kinstler of Soquel; sister Beatrice Riceman of Sacramento; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Services will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Capitola.
Contributions are preferred to Hospice Caring Project of Santa Cruz County, P.O. Box 670, Aptos, CA 95003.
May 29, 2003
Evelyn S. Ellison
Services will be private for Evelyn "Eve" Stevens Ellison, who died May 19 at Driftwood Health Center of pneumonia. She was 84.
Ms. Ellison was born and raised in Minneapolis. She lived in Redondo Beach and Torrance for 60 years before moving to Scotts Valley three years ago and then to Santa Cruz six months ago.
Mrs. Ellison graduated from the Minneapolis School of Art and Design and had a great interest in photography, graphic arts, politics and Buddhism.
She was a member of the Church of Religious Science in Redondo Beach since the 1950s.
She is survived by daughter Karen Carns of Downey; son Tom Ellison of Santa Cruz; and two grandchildren.
Her twin brother, Ben, died in 2001.
Contributions are preferred to Hospice Caring Project, PO Box 670, Aptos, CA 95003.
Arrangements are by the Neptune Society in San Jose.
May 29, 2003