Week of May 2, 2002
Helen B. Chamberlin
Helen B. Chamberlin died in West Covina April 25, 2002. She was 88.
Mrs. Chamberlin was born in Albany, N.Y., and had lived for many years in Hollister, then moved in 1998 to Glendora.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stuart, who died in 1994.
Mrs. Chamberlin was a member of the Hollister Seventh Day Adventist Church, AARP and was active in the local senior citizens while living here. She was employed for many years as a food supervisor at Monterey Bay Academy in Watsonville.
She is survived by her son Stephen Brinkerhoff of Glendora, stepchildren Peter Chamberlin of Wilmington, N.C. and Denella Drennan of Virginia Beach, Va. and four grandchildren.
Arrangements have been made for cremation with interment at St. Helena Cemetery in St. Helena, Calif.
Donations are preferred to Monterey Bay Academy, c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home, 363 7th St. Hollister, CA 95023
Alice Oerman, a Hollister resident, died April 23, 2002. She was 69.
Mrs. Oerman was born in Reynolds, Penn., and came to San Benito County in 1956. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was an organist, pianist, choir director and chairman of worship committee. She was on the original committee to start the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hollister. She was also a member of Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary, Treasurer of San Benito County Republican Central Committee, a life member of PTA, a Red Cross water safety instructor and swimming instructor.
Along with being a homemaker and housewife, she gave private piano lessons and was a music teacher's aid for Joe Ostenson for 25 years before retiring in 1994. She took an active part in the high school band boosters and middle school band.
Mrs. Oerman is survived by her husband Edgar Oerman of Hollister, sons Edward Oerman of Hollister and Steven Oerman of Perris, four grandchildren and step-brother Ellwood Schaeffer of Oceanside.
A memorial will be held May 4 at 1 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2300 Airline Hwy., Hollister. Graveside services and inurnment will be held at a later date at Zion's Stone Church Cemetery, West Penn Township, Pennsylvania Funeral arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory, 870 San Benito St., Hollister.
Contributions are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, Boy Scout Troop #436 of Hollister or the Monterey Bay Area Council of Boy Scouts.
Raymond J. Fortado Jr.
Raymond J. Fortado Jr., a veteran of the Vietnam War, died in Gilroy on April 21, 2002. He was 54.
Mr. Fortado was a native of Gilroy and attended local schools. Mr. Fortado was employed for Tree Haven and RC Perry Trucking until becoming self employed as a mechanic.
Mr. Fortado is survived by his children Michael D. Fortado of San Francisco, Raymond A. Fortado of Elk Grove and Kelly Fortado of Cumby, Tex. He is also survived by two grandchildren, siblings, Richard Fortado of Oakdale, Dorrae 'Chickie' Frederick of Vacaville and many nieces and nephews. He was the dear friend Randy Munoz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Sr., and Doris Fortado.
The funeral was April 25 at the Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy. Donations are preferred to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gilroy Post 217, 74 W., 6th St., Gilroy.
Lynda Kaye Stanco
Lynda Kaye Stanco died April 19, 2002 in Morgan Hill. She was 36.
Mrs. Stanco was a native of San Jose and graduated from Santa Teresa High School. She was formerly a district yard duty employee for the Morgan Hill School District. She began working for the district in October 2000 and supervised children for the lunch-hour recess at Nordstrom Elementary School. She resigned from her position in February of this year to begin a nursing program at Gavilan College.
Mrs. Stanco is survived by her husband Richard Stanco, and children, Jennifer, Peter, Jonathan and Daniel. She is also survived by her parents Ronald and Donna Satterlee and her siblings, Cindy Nichols and Allen Satterlee and many nieces, nephews and sister in laws.
A memorial was held April 23, 2002, at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose.
Jack B. Wright
Jack B. Wright, a U.S. Air Force, WWII Veteran, died in Watsonville on April 28, 2002. He was 87.
Mr. Wright was born on September 3, 1914 in Hollister. He attended San Benito High School and Modesto State College.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hollister and played for the Texaco All Stars Baseball Team from 1933-1940.
Mr. Wright worked as a police officer for the city of Salinas from 1945-1957 and retired as lieutenant. He then moved to South Lake Tahoe and was manger of security for Harrah's Club for 23 years. He enjoyed traveling and reading during his retirement.
He is survived by his children, Julie G. and Jerry Wright, both of Hollister; and his sister Norabelle Wright of Salinas.
Mr. Wright was preceded in death in 1985 by his wife Evangeline P. Wright.
Private cremation will be though the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Crematory. Private burial will take place in the family plot at the IOOF Cemetery in Hollister.
A memorial mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Friday at 11 a.m. Donations are preferred to the Pet Friends or S.P.C.A of San Benito County c/o The Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.
Week of April 25, 2002
Lupe Aceves died in Gilroy on March 18, 2002. He was 73.
Mr. Aceves worked for Purity Stores, Super Save, Nob Hill Foods and Food Villa in Gilroy. He retired from P.W. Market in 1991. He was a lifetime member of Union Local 506 and served on its executive advisory board. He also served on the Gilroy Planning Commission and was involved with St. Mary's Church. Mr. Aceves was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Wheeler Hospital and was a chairman of the South Valley Intercommunity Hospital Board of Trustees in 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Aceves of Gilroy, and his children and their spouses, Lorraine and Dan Carey of Chandler, Ariz., and Louisa and Steve Augusto of Lodi. He is also survived by three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was March 20 under the direction of the Habbing Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers family would appreciate donations to St. Mary Church or St. Joseph's Center both of Gilroy.
Jesus A. Barocio
Jesus A. Barocio died April 21, 2002 at Hazel Hawkins Hospital. He was 57.
Mr. Barocio lived in Hollister for nearly 12 years after arriving from Mexico. He was born in Michoacan and was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Over the years here he had worked for San Benito Foods and Classic Salads and was a member of the Teamster's Union.
He is survived by his children Socorro Barocio of Los Angeles, Blanca Estella Barocio of Hollister, Cecilia Barocio of Hollister, Jesus Barocio Jr. of Hollister, Gabriel Barocio of Hollister and Monica Barocio of Hollister, his brothers and sisters Antonia Barocio of Mexico, Martin Barocio of Hollister, Maria Barocio of Hollister, Jose Barocio of Hollister, Luis Barocio of Maryland and Elias Barocio of Hollister and his mother, Esperanza Barocio of Mexico. He is also survived by his grandchildren.
Visitation will be on today after 2 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. A Rosary will be at 7 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.
The funeral will begin on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home and then proceed to Sacred Heart Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment and graveside services will follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery.
Bettye Luhnow Bailey
Bettye Luhnow Bailey was surrounded by her loving children when she died on April 20, 2002 after an eight-month battle with cancer. She faced her illness and death with dignity, courage, and a gentle humor, inspiring her family, friends, and neighbors.
Bettye Lee Luhnow was born on August 21, 1922 to Harold and Ila Luhnow in Dallas, Tex. Mrs. Bailey graduated from Southwest High School in 1939. She attended Stanford University, earning an AB in Economics in 1943 and an MA in Economics in 1946. She graduated with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of Cap and Gown. She married James Alfred Bailey on November 9, 1946.
Mrs. Bailey was very active in charitable and philanthropic organizations including St. Bartholomew's Women's Guild, Garden Caf', the Assistance League, Operation School Bell, Turnstyle, and was a Stanford volunteer. Her enthusiasm and forthrightness made her a welcome addition to every group. She was incredibly generous with her time and her talent.
She was a member of the Stitchery Group, an organization that created needlepoint works of art for Filoli and other public places. She sewed beautiful clothes, knitted fabulous sweaters, and made thousands of needlework Christmas ornaments over the years. Her decorated holiday cookies are famous across the U.S., where shipments to grandchildren in college or to nieces, nephews and friends in distant cities were eagerly anticipated. Although she was an excellent gardener, her neighbors loved her more for her kindness and warmth than for her lemons and flowers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Bailey, who died in March 2000. She is survived by her children Mary Cranston, Susan Bailey Harnden of San Francisco, Tom Bailey of Sacramento, Nants Foley of Hollister, and seven grandchildren.
A mass in celebration of the her life will be said at 10 a.m. on April 29 at St. Bartholomew's Church, 600 Columbia Drive in San Mateo. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Donations are preferred to the Stanford University Bettye Luhnow Bailey Cap and Gown Scholarship Fund care of the Stanford Alumni Building, Gift Processing, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6105.
Everett V. Cesco
Everett V. Cesco died at Hazel Hawkins Northside Convalescent Home on April 22, 2002. He was 80.
Mr. Cesco was born in Kingsburg, Calif., and reared in Hollister. He lived in Fremont for 25 years before returning to Hollister 15 years ago. Mr. Cesco is a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Navy, where he was on the heavy cruiser New Orleans in the South Pacific. Mr. Cesco was a former member of the Elks Lodge. He worked as the main mechanic at Guardian Packaging.
Mr. Cesco is survived by his wife, Mary F. Cesco of Hollister, his children and their spouses, Leroy and Virginia Cesco of San Leandro, Trent and Rebecca Cesco of Fremont and Craig and Elizabeth Cesco of Fremont, step daughters Bernice Galdos of Hollister and Mary Caldera of Santa Maria. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, his sister Bruna, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son James Cesco and two sisters.
Memorial services will be held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home, 870 San Benito St., Hollister. Graveside services will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hollister. Funeral arrangements and cremation are under the direction of the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory.
Phil Holley of Morgan Hill died on April 18, 2002. He was 54.
Mr. Holley was a native of San Jose. He served in the Navy from June 1966 to October 1969. Mr. Holley was employed by Associated Concrete for 18 years, was a NASCAR member and raced for many years on speedways in both San Jose and Watsonville.
Mr. Holley is survived by his wife, JoAnn Holley of Morgan Hill, his father Lloyd Holley of Arkansas, stepchildren Danni Hernandez of Hollister, Scott Carlton of Hollister, Raene O'Neil of San Juan Bautista, Jennifer Foster of Hollister and Shayne Erickson of Morgan Hill. He is also survived by his sisters Betty Spencer of Arkansas and Peggy Rose of Nevada; eight grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Memorial services were Thursday at the Pedrizzetti Winery, 1645 San Pedro Avenue, Morgan Hill.
Milan O. Rowe
Milan O. Rowe died in Kirkland, Wash., on April 18, 2002. He was 94.
Mr. Rowe, known as Bud to his family and friends, was born in the former ranching community of Mulberry, Calif. in 1907. His mother's maiden name was Martina Florence Waters, his brothers, cousins and extended family and friends played an important role in his life and he spoke often of people from Hollister and surrounding area with fondness.
Bud lived in more than 20 cities in California during his working career, as well as Honolulu, Richmond, Va., Wyoming, Cleveland, Ohio, and later Seattle. His business friends, and lodge members from the IOOF and Elks Lodge brought him many happy memories and enriched his life experiences. He always went back to talking of his family and roots in Hollister and the Salinas area. His love of good Mexican foot stayed with him his whole life and his enjoyment and appreciation of life's best included three wives, all of whom preceded him in death.
Bud died peacefully knowing he was loved. Final resting place will be in the IOOF Cemetery in Hollister.
Local arrangements are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.
Richard Sosa died on April 20, 2002 at Stanford Medical Center. He was 31.
Mr. Sosa is a graduate of San Andreas School and was a member of Sacred Heart Church. He was employed with Couch Distributors at the time of his death. He and his wife, Sonia, were married in 1990 in Salinas.
He is survived by his wife, Sonia of Hollister, his children Adriana Sosa, Richard Sosa Jr. and Richard Sosa III all of Hollister, his parents Juan Sosa of Sacramento and Guadalupe Castillo of Houston, Tex., his grandmother, Petra Sosa of Pharr, Tex., and his brothers and sisters, Sandy, Christina, Vanessa, Ray, Andrew, Crystal, Diana and Natalie. He is also survived by his aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral is today, leaving Black Cooper at 9:30 a.m. for Sacred Heart Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery.
A special memorial fund in memory of Richard will be set up through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home, 363 7th St. Hollister, CA 95023.