From Santa Cruz, California:
April 1, 2002
Dale Francis Kearns
Services will be today for Dale Francis Kearns, who died Friday. He was 91.
Mr. Kearns was born in Sacramento in 1910, the son of Minnie and John Kearns. He grew up in San Francisco, receiving his education there and in San Jose.
In 1939, he met his future wife, Alice Schween, who lived in Pleasanton. After marrying they lived in Burlingame.
After spending 35 years in the retail clothing business, Mr. Kearns and his wife retired to Santa Cruz. They were married 60 years.
He enjoyed playing golf, reading, gardening, taking part in church activities, and especially spending time with his family.
He is survived by son Marty Kearns of Cathedral City; daughter Kathy Milamof Aptos; and two granddaughters.
Mr. Kearns’ wife, Alice, died last year.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon today at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 515 Frederick St., Santa Cruz.
Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 2271 7th Ave., Santa Cruz.
Arrangements are by Benito & Azzaro’s Pacific Gardens Chapel.
May 28, 2002
Elsie Washburn Triebig
Services will be Thursday for Elsie Washburn Triebig, who died May 16 at her home in Santa Cruz. She was 86.
Mrs. Washburn was born in New York, and lived for many years in Vermont before moving to Santa Cruz County in the 1960s.
She was concerned about the environment, and was characterized by friends as a generous person who donated money to many charitable organizations. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star and AARP. She enjoyed reading and traveling.
Her husband, Robert H. Triebig, died in 1994.
She is survived by a sister, Doris McGuire, of LaPuente, a niece; and a nephew.
Services will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Benito & Azzaro’s Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz.
Contributions are preferred to the Newman Center, 285 Meder St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060, or to St. Francis Catholic Kitchen, 205 Mora St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
May 29, 2002
John Edward Russell
Services will be Saturday for John Edward Russell, who died Sunday after a long illness. He was 45.
Mr. Russell was a native of Redwood City and moved to Boulder Creek in 1982. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He adored his son, Walter, his family said. He enjoyed camping, nature, cooking and playing music.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Lynne Russell of Boulder Creek; son, Walter Russell of Boulder Creek; brother, James Russell of Klamath Falls, Ore.; sisters Kim Vester of Klamath Falls, Val Boman of Santa Rosa and Trudy Nelson of Sheridan; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents, James and Viola Russell, died before him.
A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Santa Cruz Memorial Park’s Mission Chapel, 1927 Ocean St. Extension, Santa Cruz.
Contributions are preferred to Hospice Caring Project, 6851 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.
Arrangements are by Santa Cruz Memorial Park and Funeral Home.
Services will be Thursday for Valerie Young, who died Monday at her home in Santa Cruz. She was 70.
Ms. Young was born in San Francisco and lived in Santa Cruz for the past 50 years.
She is survived by sons Michael Young of Santa Cruz, Steve Young of Aptos; and daughter Holly Wiley of Watsonville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Young, in 1992.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Oakwood Memorial Park Crystal Chapel at 3301 Paul Sweet Road.
The family asks that contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.
Mary Jo Wilburn
Services are today for Mary Jo Wilburn, who died Friday in Watsonville. She was 80.
Mrs. Wilburn was born in Seminole, Okla., and moved to the Watsonville area 15 years ago from El Paso, Texas.
She was a Southern Baptist Missionary for 43 years, serving in Uruguay, Venezuela, Texas and Juarez, Mexico.
She volunteered at Watsonville Community Hospital and at the E.A. Hall Middle School library. She also worked to rebuild the community after the 1989 earthquake.
Mrs. Wilburn enjoyed piano, painting and drawing.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Wilburn of Watsonville; daughters Candace Benson of San Francisco and Marilyn Frandeen of Watsonville; sons Jose Daniel McMurray of Washington, D.C., and James Michael McMurray of Sacramento; 10 grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Arthur Road Baptist Church in Watsonville.
Mrs. Wilburn will be buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha, Okla.
Contributions are preferred to Oklahoma Baptist University, Development Office, 500 W. University, Shawnee, Okla. 74801.
Services will be Friday for Delphine Cruz, who died Monday at Watsonville Community Hospital after a brief illness. She was 86.
Mrs. Cruz was born in Spreckels and had lived in Watsonville since 1933. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and worked in several area canneries for 20 years.
She is survived by a son, William J. Cruz Jr. of Salt Lake City; a daughter, Bernadine Cruz of Watsonville; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Her husband of 68 years, William J. Cruz Sr., died in July.
Friends may call from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel, 222 East Lake Ave., Watsonville. A rosary service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mehl’s.
A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Church. The Rev. Greg Sandman will officiate.
Mrs. Cruz will be buried at Watsonville Catholic Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to the St. Patrick’s Church Building Fund, 721 Main St., Watsonville, CA 95076.