Week of January 24, 2002
Delorese Clark Sadler Eikenberg
Delorese Clark (Sadler) Eikenberg, a long-time resident of San Juan Bautista, died Jan. 15, 2002 at her home in Altaville. She was 68.
Mrs. Eikenberg was born September 19, 1934 in East Los Angeles, and grew up there and in the Imperial Valley. For many years, she served as a postal carrier in San Jose and Hollister and as a school bus driver and Special Education aide in both California and Colorado.
Gifted with a talent for needlework and a variety of handicrafts, which she shared with friends and family alike, Dee also taught the art of oil painting in many communities, including Altaville. An avid bowler, she directed a junior league in Hollister during the 1970's. She was a Chihuahua breeder for more than 15 years. Mrs. Eikenberg moved to Calaveras County in April of 2000, where she attended the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
She is survived by her five children, Myonica Gibler of Aromas, Andy Rowe of Tukwila, Wash., Myrna Uhlig of Clatskanie, Ore., Bob Rowe of San Bruno, and Kristi Sadler of San Juan Bautista; seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Also surviving are her sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Glenn Graham, and brother Marvin Clark, of Altaville, many nephews, nieces, and special friends, including Heather Harvey and Lance Smith.
A special service was held on Jan. 19, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Altaville, with Pastor Darrel Leamon presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for Dee's memorial to be sent to U.S. Bank, P.O. Box 607, Altaville, California 95221, in her name.
Elizabeth C. Hanna
A private service will be held for Elizabeth C. Hanna, who died in Gilroy on January 3, 2002.
Mrs. Hanna was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on April 19, 1917. She graduated from the University of Iowa and married Edward R. Hanna on May 10, 1941. The early years of their marriage were spent in Gilroy and Palo Alto. The couple moved to Hollister in 1948.
Mrs. Hanna was a homemaker and raised three children. Mrs. Hanna was an enthusiastic bridge player and an avid reader. She enjoyed her affiliations with the Hazel Hawkins Auxiliary and the Children's Home Society.
She is survived by her two children and their spouses; Molly and George Cole of Redding and Tim and Jackie Hanna of Sagle, Idaho; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Hanna is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Jane and her brother Jim Clark.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Hazel Hawkins Hospitals Foundation, 911 Sunset Drive Hollister, CA., 95023.
Helen M. Holstrom
Helen M. Holstrom, a former Morgan Hill resident, died in Hollister on Jan. 21, 2002. She was 82.
Mrs. Holstrom was born in San Jose. She has been a resident of Hollister for nearly 10 years and had lived in Morgan Hill, where she attended Live Oak High School. She later attended NYA Finishing School in San Jose.
Mrs. Holstrom had been active in PTA at Machado School in Morgan Hill and a 4-H Leader and was involved with Young Life.
She is survived by her daughter and son Linda Luttrell and Richard Holstrom, both of Hollister, her sister, Louise Gallarda of Tracy and her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband Louis Holstrom, who died in 1970.
Memorial services will be held on Feb. 2, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Machado School in Morgan Hill. Roger Britt of Victory Christian Training Center in Hollister will officiate.
Donations are preferred to Hospice or Machado School Fund c/o Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home, 363 7th St., Hollister, Ca., 95023.
A reception will follow the services at the school.
Florence Lydon died on January 15 at Hazel Hawkins Convalescent Hospital after a long illness. She was 87.
Mrs. Lydon graduated from Whittier High School. She represented the city of Whittier in the California Rodeo in Salinas. While attending the University Of California Davis, she met her husband Rocky Lyon and after marriage the family lived in Santa Cruz and San Mateo before moving to Hollister, where she lived for more than 50 years.
She was fond of animals and her home was a halfway house for injured and orphaned animals. She also enjoyed playing the organ and played at events throughout the region. The spirit of competition was woven through her entire life. She appeared on television quiz shows and won blue ribbon baking entries at the San Benito County Fair.
Mrs. Lydon had a passion for baseball and auto racing. She taught herself how to keep the official scorebook of baseball games and scored many regional baseball tournaments for Little League. She also scored at car races such as the Laguna Seca and Sears Point and finally retired from the SCCA with 27 years of service.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, Rocky of Hollister, her sons and their spouses, Sandy and Ann of Aptos, and Stuart and Tess of Salinas. She is also survived by three grandchildren. Her two sisters, Mary Jane and Dorothy and her daughter Susan Kozen preceded her death.
There are no services planned. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donation in her name made to the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation, 711 Sunset Dr., Hollister, CA., 95023. Arrangements for cremation are under Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory.
Leah Rose Trotter
Leah Rose Trotter, a lifelong resident of San Benito County, died in Hollister on January 13, 2002. She was 98.
Mrs. Trotter was born in the Bitterwater area and lived in San Benito County all her life. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church. She was a homemaker and had been a clerk with J.C. Penny Co. in Hollister many years ago.
She is survived by grandchildren, Gary Norton of Hollister, Jo-Ann Hushbeck of Hollister, Kitty Haugen of Hollister, Toni Johnson of Minnesota and Larry, Mike and Jimmy Lomanto of Hollister. She is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by late husband C.J. Trotter, who died in 1956 and daughters, Alberta 'Bert' Grogan and Edna M. Lomanto.
A funeral mass was offered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Jan. 16. Burial and graveside services followed at Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements and services are under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Contribution are preferred to St. Benedicts Church.
Week of January 17, 2002
Viola 'Vi' Armijo Arzaga
Viola 'Vi' Armijo Arzaga, a beloved secretary at San Martin/Gwinn School for more than 30 years, died on Jan. 13. She was surrounded by loved ones.
Mrs. Arzaga was preceded in death by her husband, Jose.
Mrs. Arzaga is survived by her children, Steve Arzaga of Morgan Hill, Ralph Arzaga of Leesburg Va., Mike Arzaga of Hollister, Trish Arzaga of Modesto, Alice Howard of Morgan Hill, grandchildren, Christopher Arzaga of Columbus, Ohio, Chloe and Christopher Howard of Morgan Hill, two great grandchildren, as well as her sisters, Gloria, Dora, Martha, Beatrice, Lydia, Maxine, Irene and brother David.
Mrs. Arzaga was born in Las Cruces, N.M. Jan. 25, 1931. She spent most of her life in Morgan Hill, graduating from Live Oak High School in 1950. She moved to San Francisco for a time but relocated to Morgan Hill in 1960.
Mrs. Arzaga was a great friend to many in the school district, community and church. A memorial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at Shadow Mountain Baptist Church at the corner of Llagas and Hale in Morgan Hill.
Helen O. Carrillo
Helen O. Carrillo, a former resident of Hollister, died Jan. 12 at her home in Newark. She was 83.
Mrs. Carrillo attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Immaculate Conception Church when she lived here. She was kitchen manager and cook at the Presidio Army Base in San Francisco.
Mrs. Carrillo is survived by her children, Oflilia Salazar, Irma Solis Mercado, Mario Carrillo, Marco Carrillo, Jose Carrillo, Xochilt Perez, Gracie Martin, all of the Bay Area. She also is survived by 25 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
The funeral was Wednesday with Fr. Larry Betrozoff of Immaculate Conception officiating. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Frank Ghione, a veteran of WWII and the Army Air Corps, died on Jan. 8, 2002 at his residence in Sonora. He was 78.
Mr. Ghione was born in Hollister in 1923 and attended San Benito High School. He lived in Hollister for 77 years before moving to Sonora 14 years ago.
Mr. Ghione was a member of Hollister Lodge #1436 B.P.O.E.; Hollister V.F.W. Post #9242; SIRS, and was a Hospice volunteer and a member of the Spudnut Doughnut Gang. He worked for the Pacific Telephone Company for 36 years and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America.
He and his wife Reba, who died June 2000, were married for 51 years and had traveled throughout the United States. Besides gardening, traveling and collecting telephones, Mr. Ghione enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren and going on fishing trips with them. He also enjoyed cooking.
Mr. Ghione was preceded in death by wife Reba Ghione and son Michael Ghione, who died March 2001.
Mr. Ghione is survived by his children: Gale Campbell of Sonora, Harriet Ghione of Sonora and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sister Esther O'Neal of Petaluma.
A memorial service will be Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home. Services will follow at the IOOF Cemetery with military honors provided by Hollister Post 9242 V.F.W. Hollister Elks members are requested to assemble at the mortuary chapel on Saturday at 10:45 a.m.
Mildred 'DeDe' Smith
Mildred 'DeDe' Smith, a homemaker who enjoyed baseball with her grandchildren, died Jan. 8 at Southside Convalescent Hospital. She was 78.
Mrs. Smith attended Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart and St. Benedicts churches. Her grandchildren were her fulltime enjoyment.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert 'Bob' Smith in 1994.
She is survived by her children Terri Andrade, Becky Kostielney and Don Smith, all of Hollister, six grandchildren, one great grandchild, sister Helen Kutz of Hollister, Charles Corotto of Sonora, several nieces and nephews.
The mass was Jan. 14 at Immaculate Conception with burial at Calvary Cemetery. Donations are preferred to the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford c/o Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home.
Jerry Orabuena, a lifetime resident of Hollister, died Jan. 8, 2002 in. He was 67.
Mr. Orabuena worked for Garden Valley Foods and Hollister Canning Co. for many years. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and was a member of Teamsters Union Local 890.
Mr. Orabuena is survived by his wife, Corrine Orabuena of Hollister, his children, Laura Tijerina, Joe Orozco, Dorothy Orabuena, Jerry Orabuena Jr., Jo Ann Orabuena, Carla Stout, Carla Vargas, Elias Quezada and Julie Hannah all of Hollister, his brothers and sisters, Carmen Orabuena of Hollister, Annie Leon of Hollister, Frank Orabuena Jr. of Hollister, John Orabuena of Tracy, Shirley Orabuena of San Jose and Helen Garcia of Merced. He is also survived by numerous grand, great grand and great great grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was celebrated on Jan. 11, 2002 at 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Reverend Dick Clark was the celebrant.
Arrangements and cremation are through Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.
Eva Parra died on Jan. 10, 2002 at the age 42 at Hazel Hawkins Hospital.
Mrs. Parra was born in San Jose and came to San Benito County in 1996. She attended James Lick High School in San Jose. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and enjoyed being with her family.
Mrs. Parra also enjoyed arts and crafts and hobbies. She was a bingo supporter at Sacred Heart Bingo and enjoyed motorcycling with her husband. She was a homemaker and former employee of Pacific Bell.
Mrs. Parra is survived by husband, Rick Parra of Hollister, and children Joseph D. Parra, Danae Parra and Qiana Parra and granddaughter Ariana Parra of Hollister. She is also survived by siblings Barbara Morales, Mary Badella, Gilbert Vasquez, John Vasquez and Daniel Vasquez and many nieces and nephews.
A rosary was held Monday at Grunnagle Ament Neslon Funeral Home. A mass was held at Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday morning followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.