Edna Gomez, who came to Hollister two years ago to be close to family, died Dec. 23. She was 70.
Mrs. Gomez was born in Los Angeles and lived there for most of her life. She attended Mission San Juan Bautista locally.
Mrs. Gomez is survived by her daughter, Edna Gomez of Hollister, her siblings Maria Fregoso and Aurora Martinez of Los Angeles, Ernesto Fregoso and Maria Elva Calderon of Guadalajara, Ana Rosa Fregoso of Soyatlan, Mexico, Rosario Fregoso of Guadalajara, Socorro Fregoso and Gilberto Fregoso of Guadalajara. She also is survived by the Trigo Family of Hollister.
Services and interment will be in Soytaltan Del Oro, Jalisco, Mexico. Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas "Ted" Edward Royal
Thomas "Ted" Edward Royal, a former president and member of the Hollister Exchange Club, died Dec. 21. He was 80.
Mr. Royal was born in Bissell, Canada and came to San Benito in 1951. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired in 1978 as owner and operator of Royal TV & Appliance. Mr. Royal was a member of the Presbyterian Church, past president and member since 1967 of the Hollister Exchange Club, a member of Elks Lodge, former director and member of the Chamber of Commerce, past president of SIRS and was very active with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Mr. Royal is survived by his wife Lila Royal of Hollister, son Larry Edward Royal of Santa Clara, daughter Judy Ann White of Chicago, Ill., daughter Lori Lee Owens of White Salmon, Wash., sister Jean Manett, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Gladys Lohoar and brother Wallace Royal.
A private memorial services was held Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church. Interment was at San Joaquin National Cemetery in Los Banos. Arrangements for cremation were under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory in Hollister.
Contributions are preferred to the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 485, Hollister, CA 95024.
Joe "Blackie" Salcido
Joe Salcido, a Hollister resident, died December 24. He was 74.
Mr. Salcido was born in Madera and came to San Benito 48 years ago. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the V.F.W. of Hollister. Mr. Salcido was a truck driver for 40 years and last worked for Tony Lomanto Trucking.
Mr. Salcido is survived by his wife Antonia Salcido of Hollister, son Joe "Bobby" Salcido of Orange County, daughter Marlene Salcido Gabriele of Hollister, son Sylvester Salcido of Hollister, son Freddie Salcido of Hollister, son Robert Salcido of Hollister, sister Carmen Rivera of Holtville, brother Manuel Salcido of San Diego, brother Richard Salcido of Los Angeles, brother Rudy Salcido of El Centro, sister Connie Salcido of Holtville, brother Henry Salcido of San Diego, 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be today at 9:30 a.m. from Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home proceeding to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a funeral Mass offered at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Hollister.
Zenaida Alvarez, a Hollister resident, died December 14, 2000. She was 85.
Mrs. Alvarez was born in Mexico and came to San Benito in 1957 to 1963, she then moved to Morgan Hill until 1998, when she returned to San Benito. Mrs. Alvarez was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a cook for Progresso Tamale Parlor restaurant in the 1950’s and she also work for 10 years at the Hollister Canning Co.
Mrs. Alvarez is survived by her son Jose Aguayo of Hollister, son Manuel of Gilroy, daughter Consuelo of Mexico, daughter Aurora Aguayo of Mexico, brother Moises Alvarez of Mexico, brother Eusebio Alvarez of Mexico, sister Josefina Alvarez of Mexico, sister Cuca Alvarez of Chicago, brother Guillermo Alvarez of Chicago, 20 grandchildren 20 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Monday at the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Burial and graveside services will followed at Calvary Cemetery in Hollister.
Julia F. Cervantes
Julia F. Cervantes, a Hollister resident, died December 14.
Mrs. Cervantes was born in Reynoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico and in 1954 she married her husband Jose in Mexico. She came to Hollister from Texas in 1960. Mrs. Cervantes was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Guadalupana Society.
Mrs. Cervantes is survived by her husband Jose Cervantes of Hollister, daughter Janie Garcia of Hollister, three granddaughters and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Cervantes was preceded in death by her sister Maria Martinez who died in 1997.
The rosary and vigil was December 17 at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home with mass at Sacred Heart Church. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery.
Arvie H. Shockey
Arvie H. Shockey, a Hollister resident who worked for Tri-Valley Growers, died December 13. She was 80.
Mrs. Shockey was born in Speer, Okla., and came to San Benito County in 1954 living in Hollister and Tres Pinos. She had attended the Church of Christ where she was baptized as a young girl.
Mrs. Shockey is survived by her son Ray Shockey of San Juan Bautista, son Mel Shockey of Gilroy, sister Janie Pitchard of Fullerton, sister Peggy Lindsey of Baytown, Texas, and two grandchildren. Mrs. Shockey was preceded in death by her husband Ivan Shockey, who died in 1989, daughter Marilyn, two brothers and one sister.
Services were Saturday at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Pennington of The First Presbyterian Church will officiated. Interment was at the IOOF Cemetery Columbarium.
Donations are preferred to the American Heart Association.
Manuel W. Silveira
Manuel W. Silveira, a local cowboy whose flashy horse and silver saddle made him popular in local parades, died Dec. 18. He was 86.
Mr. Silveira was born in Castroville and came to San Benito in 1959 from San Jose.
"Manuel Silveira will be remembered as the ‘Cowboy of Cowboys’. Everyone always enjoyed listening to his stories of the past," his family wrote on his obituary notice. Manuel paraded with his horse Jimmy (a fifth-generation descendant of Trigger) in various cities and received many awards. He was Grand Marshal in Morgan Hill’s Fourth of July parade in 1997. He was also Grand Marshal in the last parade in San Juan Bautista. Over the past years Mr. Silveira was involved in Future Farmers of America, a member of the World’s Fast Draw Association for 15 years and he participated in shoots and shows at San Benito County Fair. He was a member of the N.R.A. and the San Jose Horsemen’s Association.
Mr. Silveira is survived by his wife Angelina M. Silveira of Hollister, son Pete Silveira of Hollister, son Manuel of Washington, son Jim of San Jose, son Henry Silveira of Prunedale, daughter Betty Montero of Hollister, daughter Delfina Sheets of Los Banos, brother Henry Silveira of Modesto, brother Edward Silveira of San Jose, sister Lollie Silveira of Manteca, 32 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Silveira was preceded in death by his daughter Julie Barnard.
Arrangements have been made for cremation through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. Friends are invited to attend a mass at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista on Saturday at 9 a.m. A reception will follow.
Timothy C. Vanderford
Timothy C. Vanderford, a Hollister resident, died December 14. He was 52.
Mr. Vanderford was born in Michigan, and came to San Benito in 1997 from Morgan Hill. Mr.Vanderford enjoyed the outdoors and loved to take his children and stepchildren camping and fishing. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to others. Mr. Vanderford was a Maintenance Technician for the Morgan Hill Unified School District for 15 years.
Mr. Vanderford is survived by his wife Devon McDonald of Hollister, daughter Jennifer Vanderford of Dover, Mass., son Landon Vanderford of Dover, Mass., stepdaughter Lindsay Occhipinti of Hollister, stepson Jonathan Occhipinti of Hollister, father James Vanderford of Oregon, mother Lois Vanderford of Oregon, sister Diane Brazil of San Jose, brother Daniel Vanderford of Palm Beach, Fla., brother Joel Vanderford of Paradise, sister Sally Kirts of Gilroy and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the family home in Hollister on Friday at 2 p.m. for a memorial service. Cremation has been arranged through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory, Hollister, CA.
Donations may be made to the Diabetes Society at 1165 Lincoln Ave., San Jose or c/o the mortuary chapel.
John "Jack" Curtis
Jack Curtis, a WWII veteran, died in Sutherlin, Oregon on Dec. 10. He was 79.
Mr. Curtis was born in Boston and attended school there. He lived in San Benito County from 1984 to 1989. Mr. Curtis was a veteran of WWII, serving with U.S. Navy and was Aviation Radioman First Class. He served in the Navy for seven years. Mr. Curtis and his wife were members of Thousand Trails Travel Parks, and a former member of V.F.W. He was a commercial lobster fisherman for 10 years when he was discharged from the Navy. He loved to fish, loved the out of doors, and while in Hollister he fished as often as he could at San Luis Dam or O’Neil Forebay; Coyote Lake and Anderson Dam. He and his wife traveled the western states with his motor home. He was known for his pool playing capabilities.
Mr. Curtis is survived by his wife Anna "Ann" Curtis of Sutherlin, daughter Cynthia Curtis of Hollywood, daughter Patricia (Ruben) Cardenas of Brea, son John Curtis Jr. of Los Angeles, son Robert Curtis of Los Angeles, stepson Robert Copeland of Railroad Flats, stepson David Copeland of San Mateo, stepson Charles Copeland of Burlingame, stepdaughter Anna Marie Colburn of Burlingame, 18 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
At Mr. Curtis’ request, arrangements for cremation were made through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory.
Donations may be made to the Hospice or Cancer Society c/o Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.
Victor T. Gotschall
Victor T. Gotschall, a recent Hollister resident, died Dec. 11. He was 89.
Mr. Gotschall was born in Sanborn, Iowa and was a foreman for 25 years at the Union Carbide Company. Mr. Gotschall came to the San Benito County several weeks ago.
Mr. Gotschall is survived by his son Terrence Gotschall of Hollister, grandson Clint Colon of Colorado Springs, CO., sister Margaret Kamp of Glendale, sister Helen Gotschall of Glendale, brother George Gotschall of Palmdale, Florida, sister Gladys Morlock of North Dakota and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Gotschall was preceded in death by his wife Mildred A. Piety Gotschall.
Graveside services will be held at Oak Hill Memorial Park on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. to which friends are invited. Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Frank Z. Medina
Frank Z. Medina, a Hollister resident, died Dec. 11 at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He was 61.
Mr. Medina was born in Gilroy on October 4, 1939. He came to the San Benito County more than 61 years ago. Mr. Medina was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Hollister. Mr. Medina was a diesel mechanic for Joe Bisceglia’s Highway Garage, Frank Sanchez Trucking and worked for Muenzer’s many years ago.
Mr. Medina is survived by his sister Concha Perreira of Hollister, sister Mary Martinez of Hollister, sister Rosie Haas of Hollister, brother Fred Medina of Los Banos, sister Inez Silva of Salinas and many nieces and nephews.
Mass was Wednesday at St. Benedicts Church. Interment with military honors will today 10 a.m. at San Joaquin National Cemetery, Gustine.
Donations are preferred to St. Benedicts Church c/o Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home.
Mary E. Pintello
Mary Pintello, a former Bolado golfer, died Dec. 11. She was 84.
Mrs. Pintello was born in North Walpole, New Hampshire and attended high school in Vermont. Mrs. Pintello had been in the San Benito County since 1973. She is a former member of Sacred Heart Parish and a former member of Bolado Park Golf Club. Mrs. Pintello was a homemaker.
Mrs. Pintello is survived by her husband Salvatore "Sam" Pintello of Hollister, son Tom Pintello of San Juan Bautista, son Rodney Pintello of Morgan Hill, son James Pintello of Dallas, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
At Mrs. Pintello’s request, arrangements for cremation have been made at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. Private interment of her cremains will be at San Joaquin National Cemetery Gustine.