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Hilbrink, Schulz, Valero, McCommon, Gannon, Martinez, Brandes

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Saturday, 26 January 2008, at 6:31 p.m.

From Santa Cruz, California:

May 31, 2002

John Christopher Hilbrink
Services are private for John Christopher Hilbrink, who died Tuesday at Watsonville Community Hospital. He was 42.
Mr. Hilbrink was born in Columbus, Ohio. He lived in Los Gatos for 30 years before moving to Watsonville two years ago.
Mr. Hilbrink graduated from Los Gatos High School and UC Davis. He was a landscaper for the San Mateo County Park Service for four years.
He is survived by his mother, Jean F. Hilbrink of Fairfield; brothers James E. Hilbrink of Eureka, and Joel T. Hilbrink of Alaska; and sister Lucinda Hilbrink of New Orleans.
Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.

Esther Kellogg Schulz
Services will be June 11 for Esther Kellogg Schulz, who died at Pacific Coast Manor on May 21. She was 100.
Ms. Schulz was born in Lansing, Mich. She lived in Hawaii, Aptos and Soquel for many years. She worked as a librarian in Hawaii and as a librarianís assistant at the Watsonville Public Library. She also wrote a monthly column for The Register-Pajaronian in Watsonville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Schulz, in 1998.
Services will be 11 a.m. June 11 at the Congregational Church of Soquel, 4951 Soquel Drive.
Contributions are preferred to the Congregational Church of Soquel, 4951 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073 or to a favorite charity.

June 1, 2002

Otmar Alberto Valero
Services will be held June 8 for Otmar Alberto Valero, who died from cancer Sunday in Campbell. He was 44.
Mr. Valero was born in San Francisco. He was raised in Campbell and had lived in Santa Cruz for five years.
Mr. Valero graduated from Westmont High School in Campbell in 1976 where he was a varsity football player, a varsity state championship wrestler and a varsity track and field pole-vaulter.
Family members say Mr. Valero worked in carpet installation and construction because it gave him the freedom to adjust his work schedule according to the ocean tide. They say his motto was "Donít worry about tomorrow."
He is survived by daughter Amber Clark of Klamath Falls, Ore.; parents Bob and Christa Werling of Campbell; brother Alexander Valero of San Jose; sisters Veronica Valero of Novato, Sylvia Davis of Saratoga, Virginia Stockstad of Santa Rosa, and Alycen Creigh of Sumner, Wash.; three nieces; seven nephews; and many aunts and uncles.
Services are at 11 a.m. June 8 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 12770 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga, CA (408) 253-7167.
A surfers memorial will be at 10 a.m. June 9 at Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz. For information, call Bruce Noland of Shoreline Surf Shop at 458-1380.
A trust fund is being set up for his daughter Amber Clark. For information, call (408) 378-7472 or (415) 897-2302.

Duane Everett McCommon
Services were held for Duane Everett McCommon, who died May 7 in Mesa, Ariz. He was 81.
Mr. McCommon was born in Colorado. He had lived in Santa Cruz from 1942 to 1955 before moving to Palatine, Ill. He was a member of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce and of the Santa Cruz Host Lions Club.
He worked at Culligan Soft Water Co. in Northbrook, Ill., and with an executive placement business in Chicago before opening the Mc Common Co. in Chicago.
He enjoyed golfing, fly-fishing and singing in a barbershop quartet and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Palatine.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Catherine Martin McCommon of Palatine, Ill.; sons JimMc Common of Redmond, Wash., and Steven McCommon of Barrington, Ill.; brother Al McCommon of Santa Cruz; three grandchildren; three nieces; one nephew; and one aunt.
His sister Stella McLain died in 1992.
Services were held in Prescott, Ariz.

Mick P. Gannon
Services will be held Monday for Mick Gannon, who died Thursday at his Santa Cruz home. He was 65.
Mr. Gannon was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He had worked for the city of Santa Cruz until an accident and diabetes complications forced him to retire.
Mr. Gannon attended San Jose City College where he was the vice president of the student body. He was a jazz and blues fan and aficionado and enjoyed the beach and spending time in the sun. For many years he could be found on the deck behind the Cocoanut Grove.
He is survived by brother Shannon Gannon of Santa Cruz.
His parents Paul and Margaret Gannon, and brother William Tim Gannon, died before him.
Services are at 1 p.m. Monday at Holy Cross Church, 126 High St., Santa Cruz. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the service time at the church.
A private internment will at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Contributions are preferred to the American Diabetes Association, 4040 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, CA 95117.
Arrangements are by Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens.

Raymond Lee Martinez
Services will be private for Raymond Lee Martinez, who died May 22 in a Watsonville convalescent hospital. He was 58.
Mr. Martinez was born in California and had lived in Watsonville many years.
He is survived by brother Loyde F. Martinez of Hesperia.
A private cremation will be at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park.
Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.

Bernard D. Brandes
Services will be private for Bernard D. Brandes, who died May 11 at his Watsonville home. He was 65.
Mr. Brandes was born in Booneville, Mo. He had lived in the Watsonville area for 10 years. Mr. Brandes served in the U.S. Air Force and was last employed as a cook.
A private cremation will be at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.

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