From Santa Cruz, California:
October 2, 2001
Evelyn G. Rutherford
Memorial services will be Thursday for Evelyn G. Rutherford, who died of natural causes at a local hospital Saturday. She was 86.
Born in Normandy, Tenn., Mrs. Rutherford resided in Watsonville for 67 years. She was a retired bookkeeper with Hunting-Bye Refrigeration and was a member of the Rebecca Lodge, a womenís organization.
Mrs. Rutherford is survived by sons Wayne E. Switzer of Georgetown, Texas, and Dan J. Switzer Jr. of Del Mar; daughter Marilyn L. Schultz of McCormick, S.C.; stepson Jim McMurry of Covina; sister Lou Rose of Penelope, Texas; and eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husbands Dan J. Switzer Sr., Clifford McMurry and John Rutherford.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville. Memorial services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. graveside at the Pajaro Valley Memorial Park, Hecker Pass Road, Watsonville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donorís choice. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.
Ruth F. Stapleton
Memorial services will be Saturday for Ruth F. Stapleton, who died at a nursing home in Santa Cruz on Thursday. She was 83.
Ms. Stapleton, a native of Illinois, moved to California in 1942. She had lived in Santa Cruz for about five years. She worked for Crocker Bank for 25 years. Her hobbies included reading, playing bridge, singing with the choraleers and serving as president of the Willow Glen chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons in 1993.
Ms. Stapleton is survived by her daughter, Carol Sheets of Scotts Valley; sisters Lillian Newbore of St. Louis, Mo., and Rosemarie Alter of Eugene, Ore.; granddaughters Casi Fulkerson and Tina Zamora; and one great-grandson, Jesse Fulkerson.
Memorial services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at San Agustin Catholic Church, 257 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Alzheimerís Association of Santa Cruz, 1777A Capitola Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
Services are Wednesday for Marie Bejarana, who died Saturday in her Watsonville home.She was 90.
A Hemsdale, Mont., native, Mrs. Bejarana had lived in Watsonville for 20 years. Mrs. Bejarana worked as a nurseís aide.
She is survived by sons Edward Bejarana of Ben Lomond and John Bejarana of Watsonville; sister, Grace Parker of Butte, Mont.; one grandchild; and one niece. She is preceded in death by husband Rodolfo Bejarana.
Visitation is today at 10 a.m. at the Oak Hill Funeral Home, 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Funeral Homeís Chapel of Roses. Arrangements are by Oak Hill Funeral Home.
October 5, 2001
Services are Sunday for Bill Falke, who died Tuesday. He was 68.
Mr. Falke was born in Colorado, where he graduated from Rifle High School. He was a surveyor for the Army Corps of Engineers in Korea.
He lived in Missouri and Arizona and settled in Watsonville to be near his grandchildren. Mr. Falked worked for the Campbell Fire Department for 16 years.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Falke; daughters Patsy Hammerstrom and Pam Falke-Krueger; sisters Bonnie Lombardo and Clara Lee; and six grandchildren.
Services are from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Pajaro Village Clubhouse, 739 Bronte Ave., Watsonville.
Contributions are preferred to the American Cancer Society or Hospice Caring Project.
Elaine Von Dorn
Services will be private for Elaine Von Dorn, who died Sept. 27 in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was 79.
Mrs. Von Dorn was born in North Dakota. She lived in Rio del Mar before moving to Scottsdale in November 2000.
Mrs. Von Dorn graduated from East High School in Denver. She was the first woman vice president at Crocker Bank in San Francisco.
Mrs. Von Dorn was a member of the UCSC Womenís Club, the UCSC Book Club, the Santa Cruz Womenís Club and the Mended Hearts.
She is survived by her husband, Frederick Von Dorn; daughter Christine Payne; son Bob Williams; stepson James Von Dorn; sisters Harriett Cramer of Soquel and Lucille Frederick of Kirkland, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Contributions are preferred to the Arizona State University Cancer Research Institute, 27 E. Morten Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021.
Olga M. Grassi
Services are Monday for Olga M. Grassi, who died Wednesday in Santa Cruz. She was 81.
Mrs. Grassi was born in Firebaugh. She had lived in Santa Cruz for more than 80 years.
Mrs. Grassi graduated from Holy Cross High School. She worked in the grocery business and as a secretary for an electric lighting firm.
Mrs. Grassi enjoyed collecting Mexican dishes and country chickens. She also enjoyed the ocean and reading and writing. She had several articles published in Ocean Life Magazine and other publications.
Mrs. Grassi was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Mended Hearts Club and the Seabright Association.
She is survived by sons Michael Grassi, Joseph Grassi and Steven Grassi, all of Santa Cruz; daughters Diane Grassi of Santa Cruz, Michele Wynn of Waterford and Jennifer Devine of Santa Cruz; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Joseph Grassi, died in 1987.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the chapel.
Contributions are preferred to a charity of the donorís choice.
Margie Elois Butler
Services are Monday for Margie Elois Butler, who died Wednesday in Watsonville. She was 67.
Mrs. Butler was born in Parkland, Okla. She had lived in the Watsonville area 41 years.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, James L. Butler of Watsonville; daughters Cheryl Perkins, Lynn Powers, Arleen Betz, Brenda Daniels and Katie Hollesen, all of Watsonville; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Church of the Nazarene, 710 Green Valley Road, Watsonville. Burial will follow at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park.
Friends may call from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Davis Memorial Chapel in Watsonville.
Contributions are preferred to the Hospice Caring Project of Santa Cruz, 6851 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.