Week of February 21, 2002
Lilla Pearl Rist Daniels
Life-long King City resident, Pearl Daniels died on Feb. 10, 2002. She was 89.
Mrs. Daniels was born Lilla Pearl Rist in King City. She attended the one-room Peachtree School, where she became known as Pearl. She attended King City High School and graduated with the class of 1931. She then attended a post-graduate year at King City High studying shorthand, which she used to document minutes of meetings of her beloved Home Department.
In 1934 she moved to town to care for her grandfather, Henry Rist after the death of her grandmother. Pearl lived and cared for him until his death in 1946. Pearl met her husband Clarence Daniels in 1936. Together they raised three children and continued ranching on the home ranch in the Peachtree Valley. She also cared for mother, Virginia Rist, until her death in 1974.
Pearl and her husband were active members of the Silver Kings and Queens. After Clarence's death in 1992, Pearl continued to travel with the Silver Kings and Queens. She took an active roll during the Salinas Valley Fair, sitting in various buildings as a greeter. Pearl entered prize-winning crochet work, divinity and chiffon cakes in many Salinas Valley Fairs.
She served as Treasurer of the Bitterwater Grange #748 for 50 years and was an active 4-H parent and was a member of Armor Rebecah Lodge for over 65 years, holding many offices including Noble Grand and Treasurer. She was also involved with the San Benito County Home Department at Bear Valley. She was a past member of the Community Baptist Church and currently a member of the First Baptist Church in King City.
Pearl is survived by her children and their spouses, Marvin and Pet Daniels of Pismo Beach, Marlene and Dough Thomason of Parkfield; grandchildren, Eric Daniels of Sacramento, Eben Daniels and wife Rene of Redding, Eron Daniels of Costa Mesa, Virginia and husband Greg Ramalho of Fresno, Marvin Lee Daniels of Fresno, Lilla Thomason and Douglas Thomason of Parkfield, and five great grandchildren.
Services were Feb. 15 at Whitehurst-Grim in King City with burial at King City Cemetery.
Jeffrey C. Conte
Jeffrey C. Conte, a recent graduate of San Benito High School, died Feb. 12, 2002. He was 20.
Mr. Conte came to San Benito from San Jose 11 years ago and was a graduate of San Benito High School, where he excelled in golf and liked to surf, snowboarding, dirt bike riding and had a love for the outdoors.
Mr. Conte is survived by his parents, Al and Debra Conte of Hollister, brothers Matthew Conte of San Diego and Douglas Conte of Hollister, grandparents Alfred and Dolores Conte of San Jose.
The funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1670 Cienega Rd., Hollister. Interment and grave dedication will be at Los Gatos Memorial Park in San Jose.
Donations are preferred to Community Pantry or a charity of choice in memory of Jeffrey. Arrangements are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.
Leonard T. Dunn
Leonard T. Dunn, a former minister who enjoyed fishing, died Feb. 17, 2002 in Hollister. He was 80.
Mr. Dunn was born in Pike County, Ark., lived in Hollister for 40 years and Bakersfield for 20. He was a member of The Apostolic Full Gospel Church of Christ, where he was minister.
Mr. Dunn is survived by his son, Jimmy Ray of Hollister, brothers Ray Dunn, Herbert Dunn of Bakersfield, Alvin 'Les' Dunn of Hollister, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Feb. 20 at The Apostolic Full Gospel Church of Christ. Donations are preferred to Sunshine Acres Children's Home.
Fidel Q. Gonzales
Fidel Gonzales, a Hollister resident, died Feb. 9, 2002. He was 83.
Mr. Gonzales was born in Gupareo, Guanajuato, Mexico and came to San Bentio in 1947. He was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses and worked for many years for San Benito Foods.
Mr. Gonzales is survived by his wife, Esperanza Gonzales of Hollister, daughters Gloria Castillo of Hollister, Alice Villegas of Fairfield, Elvia Almanza of Hollister, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Gonzales was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters Francisco Gonzales, Carmen Gonzales, Angel Gonzales, Esperanza Gonzales, Rosa Gonzales and son Carlos M. Gonzales.
A memorial was Feb. 16, 2002 at 10a.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2410 Fallon Rd., Hollister.
Amparo S. Labuguen
Amparo S. Labuguen, a line supervisor with Gilroy Foods, died Feb. 19, 2002 at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. She was 65.
Mrs. Labuguen was born in Echague, Isabela, Philippine Islands and was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Filipino-American Community Association. She moved to San Benito County in 1971.
Mrs. Labuguen is survived by her husband, Larry Labuguen of Hollister, children Marilyn Deykes of Alaska, Larry Labuguen Jr. of San Jose, Fernando Labuguen of New York, Josephine Franks of Arizona, Evangelina Jenkinson of Michigan, Johnny Labuguen of Hollister, Rosalie Dalton of Sacramento, Marcos Labuguen of Hollister, Elmer Labuguen of Hollister, siblings Manuel Saet and Milagring Gelileo of the Philipine Islands, 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation is 9 a.m. Monday at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home with the rosary service at 7 p.m. The procession leaves the funeral home Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for Sacred Heart Church and an 11 a.m. mass. Burial and graveside services follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Betty J. Larios
Betty J. Larios died in Hollister on Feb. 12, 2002.
Mrs. Larios was born in Hollister and lived in San Benito County all of her life. She attended Asuymas School and San Benito High School. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and a former member of the Elk's Ladies Auxiliary. She was a homemaker all her married life and worked as a production control manger for 26 years at Gilroy Foods. She also worked for two years for K&S Bakery and two years for Rovella's Gym.
She is survived by children Ida Larios of Napa, Eddie Larios of Nevada, Tom Larios and wife Cheryl of Hollister, Philip and wife Patty Larios of Chico, siblings Nettie LeDuc of Holliste, give grandchildren, in-laws and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Larios was preceded in death by husband, Ed T. Larios, who died July 2000, siblings, Mary Florence Vargas and George, Dick and Carl Large.
Services were Sunday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home of Hollister. Cremation and private inurnment were arranged by Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. Contributions are preferred to the American Cancer Society, San Benito Home Health Care, St. Benedicts Church or a charity of choice.
Ryan M. Perry
Ryan M. Perry, a Hollister resident and recent San Benito County High graduate, died Feb. 12, 2002. He was 18.
Mr. Perry was born in Watsonville and came to San Benito 10 years ago. Mr. Perry is a graduate of San Benito High School, where he played football and was on the track team. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He was attending Gavilan College and working at McKinnon Lumber Co.
Mr. Perry is survived by his parents Joe and Cynthia Perry of Hollister, brother Joe Perry of Hollister, grandparents Joe and Jean Perry of Watsonville, John Haas of Watsonville and Nellie Hanley of Eugene, Ore., uncles Chris Perry of Watsonville, Shawn Perry of San Jose, John Haas Jr. of Watsonville and aunt Mary Ann Barsi of Watsonville.
A Memorial Mass was held Feb. 15, 2002 at 11 a.m. at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 1200 Fairview Rd., Hollister. Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.
Santiago J. Sanchez
Santiago Sanchez, for 28 years a foreman for Bowles Farming, died Feb. 11, 2002. He was 93.
Mr. Sanchez was born July 25, 1908 in Spain. Mr. Sanchez left Spain at the age of eight with his family to work as laborers in the sugar cane plantations of Hawaii before settling in Hollister. Much of his early life was spent in Hollister in agriculture work and later a trucking business there and in Santa Clara. He was then a resident of Los Banos for 41 years, where he farmed and later became superintendent for Bowles until his retirement at age 72. Mr. Sanchez was a long time member of Union Beneficia Spanish Lodge of Hollister.
Mr. Sanchez is survived by his children Peter F. Sanchez of San Jose, Frances M. Cardoza of Los Banos, daughter-in-law Linda Sanchez, 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Frances C. Sanchez, and son Joaquin J. Sanchez.
Visitation was held Feb. 17 at Whitehurst Funeral Chapel, Los Banos followed by a Rosary. Burial took place at Los Banos District Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Chapel, Los Banos.
Irene J. Valdivia
Irene J. Valdivia, a former employee of Chamberlain Acres Children Center and daughter of Hollister Council Member Pauline Valdivia, died Feb. 11, 2002. She was 36.
Ms. Valdivia was born and reared in Hollister. She moved to Salem, Ore., 10 years ago where she was employed with the Salem-Kaiser School District as a bilingual aid. She was a graduate of San Benito High School in Hollister and attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem. Before moving to Salem she worked for Chamberlain Acres Children Center in Hollister. She had been a member of Sunnyslope Christian Center in Hollister.
Ms. Valdivia is survived by her parents Raul and Pauline Valdivia of Hollister, brother Raul Valdivia Jr. of Hollister, nephews Timothy, Matthew Valdivia of Hollister, niece Melinda, Alisia Valdivia of Hollister and grandmother Laura Vasquez of Hollister.
Services were Feb. 18 at Sunnyslope Christian Center in Hollister. Interment and graveside services followed at the IOOF Cemetery in Hollister.
Donations are preferred to Jovenes de Antano, c/o Black Coooper Sander Funeral Home, 363 7th St., Hollister.
Week of February 14, 2002
Roberta Jeannette Arnerich
Roberta Jeannette Arnerich died on Feb. 16, 2002 in Modesto.
Mrs. Arnerich was a native of Hollister and has lived in Modesto more than 50 years. She was a member of Oakdale Fallen Arches Square Dance Group and the Waterford Sportsman Club.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Mark (Mike) Jr. Arnerich, sons; Michael Arnerich of Modesto, Newell Arnerich of Danvile and four grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Feb. 10 at the Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association.
Fidel Q. Gonzeles
Fidel Q. Gonzales died in Hollister on Feb. 9, 2002. He was 83.
Mr. Gonzales, was born in Cupareo, Guanajuato, Mexico and was a member of Jehovah's Witness. He came to the area in 1947 and worked for San Benito Foods for many years.
Mr. Gonzales is survived by his daughters, Gloria Castillo of Hollister, Alice Villegas of Fairfield and Elvia Almanza of Hollister and son-in-law Antonio Almanza of Hollister, along with six grandchildren and many great-granchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his siblings Carmen Gonzales, Francisco Gonzales, Angel Gonzales, Esperanza Gonzales and Rosa Gonzales and his son, Carlos M. Gonzales.
A memorial services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 2410 Fallon Road, Hollister.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.
Joan Hannibal Grace of Morgan Hill died peacefully on Feb. 9, 2002 after a long battle with cancer.
Mrs. Grace was born on Feb. 3, 1935 in Willow Glen. She was self-employed as a property manger for over 20 years. She managed commercial and light industrial properties in Sunnyvale. After her retirement in January of 2000, she enjoyed working in her flower garden, fishing, traveling and a once a month trip to the Indian Casino. She loved to entertain family and friends with a barbecue on the deck of her home.
She is survived by husband, Larry Grace of Morgan Hill, her children and their spouses, Steve and Laurie Stahlheber of Watsonville and Susan and Roger Coy, and four grandchildren.
A barbecue will be held for family and friends on Feb. 28, 2002 at their home at noon. The family requests donations in Mrs. Grace's memory to the American Cancer Society, 1715 S. Bascom Avenue, Ste 100, Campbell, CA, 95008 or Hospice of the Valley, 1150 S. Bascom Avenue Ste. 7A, San Jose CA 95128.
Arrangements under the directions of the Johnson Funeral Home, Morgan Hill, CA.
Beverly 'Bev' J. Howland
Beverly J. Howland of Hollister died suddenly at home Feb. 6. She was 72.
Mrs. Howland worked for 30 years in the gaming industry as a dealer at Harrah's Lake Tahoe Casino.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald 'Buddy' Howland in 1999. She is survived by her children Susan Goertzen of Hollister, Doug Howland of Sacramento, and siblings Phil Sherwood of Nevada, and Nancy Rud of Grass Valley, three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements for cremation are through Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. As per her wishes, there will be no service, but the family would appreciate hearing from friends. Contributions are preferred to the Hollister Animal Shelter or Pet Friends c/o the funeral home.
Florence Murphy Newlin
Florence Murphy Newlin, born and reared in Hollister, died Feb. 2, 2002 at her home in Burlingame.
Mrs. Newlin graduated from Sacred Heart School in 1925 and San Benito High School in 1929. After moving away, she visited regularly and attended the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show every year.
Mrs. Newlin is survived by three daughters and their spouses, Kathleen and Mark Foote of San Jose, Barbara and Pat McCanta of Seattle, and Mary and Dohn Larson of Hollister, and five grandchildren.
Her husbands George L. Danzey and Joseph E. Newlin preceded her in death in 1951 and 1981 respectively.
A memorial to celebrate her life will take place at 11:30 a.m. March 2 at Sacred Heart Church. Memorials are preferred to the Sacred Heart School Foundation and the St. Benedicts Building fund c/o Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.
Julia F. Strohn
Julia F. Strohn died in Hollister on February 8, 2002. She was 90.
Mrs. Strohn was born in Salinas. She was a lifelong resident of San Benito County and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the San Benito County Farm Bureau and the Saddle Horse Association.
Mrs. Strohn is survived by her son and his wife, Ed and Angie Strohn of Paicines, and her grandchildren, Amy and Sandra Strohn of Paicines.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Strohn, who died in 1993 and her brothers, John and Andrew Shields.
A ceremony was held on Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Church Parish Hall, with private family inurnment at the IOOF Cemetery.
Donations are preferred to the Leukemia Society of America, The Saddle Horse Association Museum, Hazel Hawkins Hospitals Foundation or Immaculate Conception Church Restoration Fund c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home.