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Maria C. Nunes - October 16, 2017

Maria C. Nunes died October 16, 2017, at her home in Watsonville, surrounded by her family. She was 90. A native of Sao Jorge, Acores, she has lived here since 1973. She worked for Pajaro Valley Greenhouses for 15 years before retiring. Mrs. Nunes was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church and worked on the many events put on by the church's Our Lady of Fatima Society. She loved animals and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and...

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Alberto Arizmendi - October 12, 2017

Alberto Arizmendi passed away at his residence surrounded by his family on October 12, 2017. He was 58. Mr. Arizmendi was born to Salvador and Herlinda Arizmendi on June 10, 1959 in Guerrero, Mexico. He settled in this community about 25 years ago working hard and providing for his family. He enjoyed being self-employed as a landscaper for 22 years and held a second job working the night shifts in local canneries. He also liked to do mechanic...

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Apolonia Madolora - October 4, 2017

Apolonia "Maria" Madolora passed away in her sleep October 4 at her son's home after a long battle with Dementia/Alzheimers Disease. Born in Baccara Ilocos Norte Province Philippines she immigrated in 1957 with her 5-year old son Francisco to be reunited with her husband Santiago who was unable to bring them to the US after their marriage and the birth of their son. They settled into Watsonville and had a daughter Veronica in 1958. Apolonia...

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Kathleen Mary Dias - September 28, 2017

Kathleen Dias passed away peacefully on September 28, 2017 surrounded by her family at the age of 84. Mrs. Dias was born to Jerry and Margaret Hayes on the family ranch and was the 3rd generation born in the Pajaro Valley, and continued to live in the Pajaro Valley until the time of her death. Kathleen married the love of her life, Everett Dias in 1957. They were happily married for 49 years until Everett's death in 2006. She was also...

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Eleanor Marquez - September 25, 2017

Eleanor Leyvas Marquez had a full life before passing Monday, September 25, 2017, at the age of 90. Born in Yuma, Arizona February 10, 1927 to Louis and Maria Leyvas, Eleanor arrived in Watsonville in 1947 with her first husband, John V. Toledo and never left. In the early 60's Eleanor met the love of her life, Ramon M Marquez whom preceded her in death in May 2004. ` Eleanor started out as a housewife eventually moving on to working in...

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Gerald Michael Iannarelli - September 20, 2017

Gerald Michael Iannarelli, resident of Aromas, CA, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. He was 55. Gerald was born March 12, 1962 in Queens Village, New York to Salvatore and Edna (Firenze) Iannarelli. A graduate of St. John's University in New York, Gerald established himself as well respected Athletic Trainer. Early in his career he worked with professional hockey teams across the country such...

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Mary Miloglav Birimisa - September 16, 2017

Mary Birimisa passed away at her home in Watsonville on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from a long illness. She was 94. A native of Picete in the Konavle Valley of Croatia, Mrs. Birimisa came to the United States in 1961. After meeting her husband, John, in the 1980's Mrs. Birimisa worked as a food service substitute at cafeterias for the Pajaro Unified School District. She was a fine cook, baker and enjoyed sewing and doing alterations. She...

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Joseph Jerome Tomasello - September 15, 2017

Joseph Jerome Tomasello, 81, passed away peacefully at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Friday, Sept. 15th, 2017. He was born in Watsonville to Antonio and Mary (Crossetti) Tomasello. Joe graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory '54 and later earned business degree from Santa Clara University '58. Joe married Lori Triolo in July of 1959. He then went to serve in the US Army at Fort Mason from 1960-1962. After his military service, Joe...

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Alfredo Freddie Riojas - September 12, 2017

Alfredo "Freddie" Riojas died September 12, 2017, at his home in Watsonville. He was 74. A native of Eagle Pass, Texas, he has lived in Watsonville since 1955. Mr. Riojas worked for Del Mar Foods for 30 years as a forklift driver in the shipping and receiving department. He enjoyed working with wood, building and fixing anything. He also loved to shoot pool and spend time with family. Mr. Riojas leaves his wife, Darlene; a daughter, Diane ...

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Martha Villa Gomez - September 11, 2017

Martha Villa Gomez died September 11, 2017, at Watsonville Community Hospital. She was 80. A native of Atoca, New Mexico, she has lived in Watsonville for 68 years. Mrs. Gomez graduated from Watsonville High School in 1955 and married her husband, Herbert, in 1956. They were married 59 years before his passing in 2015. She was manager of the repair service department of AT&T for 22 years, retiring in 1990. Mrs. Gomez was a collector of...

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