Services will be Saturday for Marc Diamond, who died Wednesday at his Watsonville home. He was 54.
Mr. Diamond was born in Oakland and came to Watsonville as a child.
He attended local schools and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Mr. Diamond returned to Watsonville to work at the family business, Watsonville Dressed Beef, then opened his own business, D&M Meats.
He worked for Pepsi as a driver and in sales for 16 years before retiring.
Mr. Diamond enjoyed golf, bowling, playing poker and watching any kind of sport.
He is survived by son Jon Diamond of Watsonville; daughter Dyan Diamond of Watsonville; brother Bruce Diamond of Watonville; sisters Sue Cooper of Discovery Bay and Barbara Brooks of Watsonville; three grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Corralitos Community Church, 26 Browns Road.
Contributions are preferred to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreath Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.
Arrangements are by Mehlís Colonial Chapel.
November 1, 2002
Esther M. Johnson
At her request, no services will be held for Esther M. Johnson, who died Tuesday. She was 94.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Oakdale, and grew up on a ranch in Escalon. She moved to Soquel in 1987 to be closer to her family.
Mrs. Johnson lived in Tracy from 1929 until the 1960s. She moved there to work in Westlakeís Drugstore, which later became Homer Allenís Drugstore.
She opened her own gift shop in downtown Tracy, then worked at Holly Sugar for several years before moving to Mendocino in the 1960s. There, she managed Zachaís Bay Window Gallery for nearly 20 years.
She is survived by daughter Karen Levin of Tracy; two granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; and many other relatives.
Contributions are preferred to Heartland Hospice, 2511 Garden Road, No. B200, Monterey, CA 93940, Habitat for Humanity, or to a charity of choice.
Arrangements are by Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel.
November 1, 2002
Sidney T. Seymoure
Services will be private for Sidney Taylor Seymoure, who died Sunday at Watsonville Community Hospital. He was 86.
Mr. Seymoure was born in Bishop and lived in Redondo Beach, Oakdale, Trona, Bridgeport and Fresno before moving to Watsonville in 1970.
He lived in Oakdale for most of his adult life, where his family owned a ranch.
Mr. Seymoure attended Oakdale High School, Modesto Junior College and UC Berkeley.
He worked as a chemist for American Pot Ash during World War II, was a cattle and sheep rancher in Oakdale and a contractor for the state parks service.
He then worked as an independent contractor specializing in mobile home installation and repair for many years before retiring in 1978.
Mr. Seymoure loved to read, cook and use his computer. He was a member of Lutheran Community Church.
He is survived by his former wife, Donna Mae Milne of Oakland; daughter Penny Rhoeberg of Kenosha, Wis.; sons Robert Seymoure of Albany, Sidney Seymoure of Sacramento and Paul Seymoure of Watsonville; sisters Almadell of Oregon and Eula Love Merrihew of San Mateo; and eight grandchildren.
His wife Dorothy Seymoure died in 1991, and a grandson, Kobe Anthony Seymoure, died in 2000.
Contributions are preferred to Lutheran Community Church, 95 Alta Vista Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076; or to Community Interplay Preschool, 95 Alta Vista Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076.
Arrangements are by the Neptune Society in San Jose.
November 1, 2002
Margaret Daisy Metiver
No services are planned for Margaret Daisy Metiver, who died Thursday at Valley Convalescent Hospital. She was 88.
Mrs. Metiver was born in San Jose and raised in the Santa Clara Valley. She lived in Florida after marrying Dick Metiver in 1940, while he served in the Air Force, and the couple then relocated to Soquel.
Mr. Metiver was killed in 1951, while testing a plane.
Friends knew Mrs. Metiver as "Maggy," and say she had a wonderful sense of humor and a spunk that kept many entertained.
She is survived by a son, Richard Metiver of Aptos; a grandson, Tyson; niece Diane Balke of Watsonville; and several nieces and nephews in the Sacramento area.
Cremation arrangements are by Mehlís Colonial Chapel.
November 2, 2002
LaVonne J.M. Spurgeon
A memorial open house will be Nov. 16 for LaVonne Jean Moser Spurgeon, who died Tuesday at Kaiser Hospital in Stockton. She was 71.
Mrs. Spurgeon was born in Lodi and moved to Santa Cruz with her family in 1945. She moved to San Jose in 1955 and to a ranch in Lodi in 1972.
Mrs. Spurgeon graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1948 and married Charles Spurgeon in 1950.
While in Santa Cruz, she worked as a receptionist for Dr. Alan H. Nittler.
Mrs. Spurgeon loved her pets, the outdoors and gardening.
She is survived by sons David and Charles Spurgeon Jr., both of Lodi; a daughter, Charlee Spurgeon of Stockton; brothers Ronald Moser of Clovis and Dean Moser of Santa Cruz; five grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mrs. Spurgeon cared for her husband, Chuck, for many years until his death in 1997.
A memorial open house will be noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at her home, 2560 Knobcone Lane, Lodi. Call 426-0449 for information.
Contributions are preferred to Hospice Caring Project of Santa Cruz County, PO Box 670, Aptos, CA 95003.
November 7, 2002
Services will be today and Friday for Jorge Javier Guzman-Ramirez, who died Monday at Monterey Community Hospital after an auto accident near Moss Landing. He was 26.
Mr. Ramirez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and had lived in Watsonville for 10 years. He worked as a machine operator for Indalex for seven months.
He liked to play football and soccer and was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and the Chivas of Guadalajara.
He is survived by his fiancee, Elizabeth Guerrero of Watsonville; his mother, Elena Ramirez of Mexico; his father, Arturo Guzman of Salinas; his stepfather, Fidel Garcia of Salinas; daughters Stephanie and Lizbeth Ramirez, both of Watsonville; brothers Arturo Ramirez and Fidel Garcia, both of Mexico; sisters Ofelia Garcia and Lupita Ramirez, both of Mexico; five uncles; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A vigil service is at 7 p.m. today at Davis Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrickís Church.
Mr. Ramirez will be buried at Watsonville Pioneer Cemetery.
November 7, 2002
Priscilla S. Baumbach
Services will be Saturday for Priscilla Supnet Baumbach, who died Oct. 13 of ovarian cancer. She was 54.
Ms. Baumbach was born in Stockton and grew up in Lathrop. She lived in Lodi for 18 years before moving to Santa Cruz in 1990.
Mrs. Baumbach worked as an administrative secretary for Santa Cruz city schools and Cabrillo College.
An artist who worked in various media, she exhibited her work in Santa Cruz and often donated art work to charitable organizations.
She also enjoyed traveling, ocean kayaking, hiking, taiko drumming and live music.
She is survived by stepdaughters Wendy Vosburgh of Truckee and Tami Western of Lodi; stepfather Johnnie McCurdy of Lathrop; a brother, Sam Supnet of Modesto; sisters Bonnie Supnet of Lathrop and Norma Hallmark of Lodi; and four grandchildren.
Services will be noon Saturday at Oakwood Memorial Park Crystal Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz.
Following cremation, her ashes will be spread across the ocean.
Contributions are preferred to the American Cancer Society, Dominican Hospital Education Building, 1555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065, or to Hospice of San Joaquin, 2609 E. Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA 95210.
November 7, 2002