Edward "Eddie" Casillas
Edward "Eddie" Casillas died suddenly in Payson, AZ., at the age of 59.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, Nov. 3, at the Tres Pinos Church Hall at 11 a.m. Details were incomplete at press time and can be obtained from Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.
Garrik "Gary" Weinberger
Garrik "Gary" Weinberger of Gilroy, who worked at the Wardrobe and at Dick Bruhnís A Manís Store in Hollister for 17 years, died Tuesday in Los Gatos of a sudden illness. He was 81.
Mr. Weinberger, born in Czechoslovakia, was a former member of the Hollister Lionís Club. He served in the British Army during WWII.
Mr. Weinberger is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary, daughter Kathy Weinberger Dudgeon of Hollister and daughter Ann Weinberger Hayes of San Jose. He also is survived by three grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy. Donations can be made to the Lucille Packard Childrensí Hospital or the Gilroy Senior Center.
Josephine C. Welch
Josephine C. Welch, who for a number of years ran the 19th Hole bar with her late husband Lucky, died Sunday at Sunbridge Care Center. She was 75.
Mrs. Welch worked for Holex for seven years and received several letters of recognition for the quality of her work from companies such as Hughes Aircraft. She and her husband also operated a motel in Lake of The Ozarks for 10 years.
Mrs. Welch was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, the Altar Society at the church and a former member of Y.L.I. She loved music and dancing.
She is survived by her sons Gary Welch and Steven Welch of Tres Pinos and her mother Valentine Calleri of Tres Pinos. She also is survived by her sister, Albina McEwan of Hollister, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.
Services were Wednesday, with burial at Calvary Cemetery. Contributions are preferred to the American Lung Association.
Robert "Bobby" Carruth
Robert "Bobby" Carruth, a Vietnam Veteran, died October 13 . He was 53.
Mr. Carruth was born and reared in San Jose, and he came to the San Benito County 3� years ago. Mr. Carruth attended James Lick High School in San Jose. He was in the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam. Mr. Carruth enjoyed camping and the out-of-doors whenever he could. He enjoyed music of all types especially oldies and rhythm and blues. He was an avid collector of coins, cards, books, records. Mr. Carruth was a retired warehouseman for Bergen Brunswig Drug Company.
Mr. Carruth is survived by his wife Annie Carruth of Hollister, father Donato Loquiao of San Jose, Mother Josefina Loquiao of San Jose, daughter Tammi Abad of San Jose, son Gabriel Carruth of Modesto, son Evan Carruth of Hollister, sister Mary Archibeque of Milpitas, brother Don Loquiao of Los Banos, sister Sylvia Almendares of Twain Harte, sister Alice Guth of San Jose, sister Gloria Rojas of San Jose, a granddaughter and many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral services on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home Interment will follow at the National Cemetery, at Gustine.
Tome Joaquin Furtado
Tome Joaquin Furtado, who worked as a self-employed farmer and orchardist in San Benito County for more than 44 years, died Friday in Hollister. He was 97.
Mr. Furtado came to California and the county in 1921 from the Azores Islands. He was one of the original builders of the Portuguese Hall on Seventh and College Streets. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, and former member of the I.D.E.S., U.P.E.C., and the S.D.E.S. of San Benito County.
His nephews characterized him as "a man of strong convictions."
Mr. Furtado was preceded in death by his wife Rose M. Furtado in August 1980. He is survived by nephews Clarence Furtado of San Jose, Manuel J. Furtado of Hollister, and Manuel Furtado of Santa Clara. His nieces are Carmina Furtado of Santa Clara, Mary Gomes of San Leandro, and Lucy Bettencourt of Ontario, Canada. He also is survived by many cousins, great nieces and great nephews. Furtado was the last of five brothers and sisters.
Private funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel of Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Entombment followed at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Franklin "Frank" Lucio Garcia
Franklin "Frank" Lucio Garcia, who lived in Hollister most of his life, died Friday in San Juan Bautista. He was 37.
Born in Hollister, Mr. Garcia was a self-employed machinist who repaired, built, and designed machines.
He is survived by his father Regino Garcia of Mexico, daughter Darlene M. Garcia of San Juan Bautista, son Franklin Garcia Jr. of Hollister, brother Regino Garcia Jr. of San Juan Bautista, sister Rosemary Garcia of Santa Cruz, and uncle Pimi Rodriguez of San Juan Bautista. He had several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Garcia was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Garcia.
Services are pending through Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.
Mike P. Leyva
Mike P. Leyva, a resident of Hollister, died August 2, 2000 in Wichita, Kansas. He was 72.
Mr. Leyva served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and retired after 26 years of service.
Mr. Leyva is survived by his daughter, Pamela Armendariz of Prunedale, daughter Crystal Toller of Hawaii, son Michael Leyva of Salinas, sister Lucy M. Sanchez of Hollister, sister Frances Cantu of Hollister, son Ralph Leyva of Hollister. He is also survived by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Eleanor Leyva and his daughter Regina Leyva.
Funeral services have taken place in Wichita, Kansas with intermenty at Fort Scott National Cemetery. A local family gathering was held in his memory.
Donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Leland A. Nunes
Leland A. Nunes, who could hold worshipers at Mission San Juan Bautista spellbound with his saxophone renditions of "Oh Holy Night" and "Ave Maria," died Tuesday after a period of failing health. He was 78.
Mr. Nunes was a lifelong resident of San Juan Bautista who played with Bob Bouchardís Big Band, Evaristo Craveaís Trio at the Cutting Horse Restaurant and other groups.
Mr. Nunes attended San Benito High, San Benito Jr. College and San Jose State. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and served during WWII. After discharge, he worked for Ideal Cement Plant as a diesel mechanic and operated the family ranch in San Juan.
He was a member of the mission, the Leslie L. Garratt Post 69 VFW of San Juan and served two terms on the San Juan School Board. He was a lifelong volunteer fireman and served for many years on the San Juan Rodeo Barbecue Committee.
Mr. Nunes was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Nunes. He is survived by his daughters Cynthia G. Colbert of Austin, TX, and Cecilia Bravo of Hollister, son Leland Nunes of Salinas, sister Barbara Lorentzen of Hollister, and several grandchildren.
The rosary will be held at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista Friday at 7 p.m. Family and friends will meet at the mission for mass at 9 a.m. Saturday. Internment will follow at San Juan District Cemetery.
Visitation is Friday from noon until 5 p.m. at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Donations are preferred to the mission or to Catholic Charities.
Leland Nunez, a resident of Hollister, died Tuesday at a local convalescent hospital. He was 78.
Services are pending at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.