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Farr, Charlotte Elise - Basalt  
Charlotte Elise Farr June 7, 1927 - July 27, 2015 Resident of Capitola Charlotte Elise Farr, 88, of Capitola, passed away July 27, 2015 in San Jose, CA, her loving family by her side.Charlotte was born in Fresno,CA ;the only child of John and Anna Willms Davis.She attended Fresno State where she met and married Richard Lyman Farr.Their life together brought them to San Jose, CA to begin raising their family together. Charlotte was known for her endless philanthropy and volunteer work with the Valle Monte League, San Jose Symphony,League of Women Voters and Trinity Episcopal Church. Her career in high fashion included runway modeling.She walked the runway with live animals,once an ocelot on a leash.She earned her pilots license much to the surprise Richard. Charlotte moved to Aspen, CO in the early 1970's with her four children.She began her professional career at Protection Services Inc.Her position there opened many opportunities at organizations including Continental Inn, Glory Hole, and Aspen Alps before retiring from Carol Ann Jacobson Realty.Charlotte loved spending time outdoors, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, attending Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Ballet, Aspen Theater Company or just cheering on her children and grandchildren from the sidelines. Her passion for travel extended to many exotic places including India, Costa Rica, Europe, Cuba and China to name a few. Her spirit for the outdoors gave Charlotte the opportunity to spend her later years wintering on the sunny beaches of Capitola, CA and summering in the beautiful mountains of Aspen, CO. Charlotte is preceded in death by her grandson Kyle Farr.She is survived by her son Ryan Farr (Kay), grandsons Forest and Sidney; daughter Lisa Farr Lenzini, grandsons Matthew and Christian; daughter Carmen Farr Dowley, granddaughters Katherine, Elizabeth and Madeline; son Corey Farr (Heidi), grandson Aiden. In lieu of a service, Charlotte's wish was that everyone spend time outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature for her. The family will be honoring her wish by spreading Charlotte's ashes over the two places she loved the most; the magnificent Rockies and a warm sunny beach.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 4, 2015
Ferreira, Al - Alamo  
Al Ferreira Alamo Al Ferreira, 72, of Alamo, California passed away on July 20, 2015, surrounded by his family. The funeral Mass service will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM at St. Isidore's Church (440 La Gonda Way, Danville, California). Burial will follow on Friday, July 31st at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Al was born in Oakland to Albert A. (Buster) and Lucille Ferreira. He and his sister, Melody Sue, grew up in Berkeley and Lafayette. Al followed his grandfather, father and uncles by going into the contracting business, first as a Sales Engineer for Johnson Controls, then a Service Manager for Scott Co. of California, then later as the founder of Ferreira Service Inc. Al was an inspiration to many as he lead family and friends on annual backpacking treks through the Sierras; the Sawtooth Ridge, Peeler Lake and the Sonora Pass were among his favorite destinations. He was an Eagle Scout and an accomplished outdoorsman. He hunted wild boar and pheasants, floated the Sustut River, and fly fished throughout many remote areas of Alaska and Canada with his Uncle Mel, his son, Austin and many fishing buddies. He loved to walk along the beaches at Sea Ranch, although he was equally content hiking above the Sierra timberline, skiing throughout California and Zermatt, flyfishing in any river, and riding motorcycles and dirt bikes with his son. Al is survived by his wife, Susan Ferreira and his children Darla Jean Ferreira, Kimberly Ann Ferreira, Ashley Anne Ferreira Hodges and her husband, Bill Hodges, Austin Ferreira and his wife, Jordan Gillman Ferreira, his grandson, Aedan Ferreira, his granddaughter, Lilah Ferreira, his sister, Melody Ferreira, and his uncle, Mel Ferreira.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News on July 29, 2015
Filippone, Consuelo - San Jose  
Consuelo Filippone Resident of San Jose Consuelo passed away on Saturday, July 25th at the age of 91. Connie "Chelo" was born Consuelo Gonzalez Barrera near Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, on December 31st 1923. The second oldest of six, half her family was born in Mexico and half in Texas. During World War II, Connie served as a telephone operator in Eagle Pass, Texas. As the war came to a close, two of her brothers relocated to the bay area after serving in the US Army. Soon after, the rest of the family followed them to San Jose, California. Connie, as a young woman, was an active community member often volunteering her time. She worked for Hewlett Packard from the earliest days of Silicon Valley. She enjoyed travel, sewing, and photography, but animals were her passion. She later met and married Vincent Anthony Filippone in 1973. Though she never had any children, she leaves many nephews and nieces that will greatly miss their beautiful "Nina". Consuelo is survived by her sister Rosa Elia Rodriguez, and brother Alfredo Gonzalez. She is preceded in death by her husband Vincent Filippone, sister Minerva G. de la Rocha, and brothers Jesus and Rodolfo Gonzalez. Friends and family are invited to a Rosary on Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 PM at Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel, 710 Willow St., San Jose, CA 95125. Mass and Funeral to celebrate Consuelo's Life will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 31st at St. Martin of Tours Parish, 200 O'Connor Drive, San Jose, CA 95128.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 29, 2015
Fisher SNJM, Sister Gemma - Saratoga  
Sister Gemma Fisher, SNJM Jan. 18, 1921 - July 23, 2015 Saratoga, Ca. The morning of July 23, 2015 Sister Gemma Fisher (Sister Arthur Mary) was called home by the God whom she had so faithfully followed as a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 72 years. Sister Gemma was born in Oakland, California in 1921. Sister Gemma's presence to and genuine concern for each person was a hallmark of her lifetime of ministries. She was in elementary education as teacher and principal at Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Sacred Heart (Oakland), Saint Francis de Sales (Oakland), Saint Mary (Los Gatos), Saint Anselm (San Anselmo), Marylrose (Oakland), All Souls (Alhambra), Saint Bede (Hayward) and Saint Elizabeth (Altadena). She was founding principal of Saint Mary, Los Gatos. She served as Director of Adult Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 16 years. In this role she often gave classes and retreats, especially on prayer. Following her work in the Archdiocese Sister Gemma was in parish ministry at Saint Andrew for 6 years. After her ministry at Saint Andrew she was the SNJM Director of Associates for 12 years in Southern California and then for the California Province. She is remembered for her deep faith, spirituality and prayerfulness. With gentleness and graciousness Sister Gemma was present to each person she encountered. Her fidelity to friends, her tireless commitment to the development of lay leadership, and devotedness to her beloved associates were especially important to her. She is survived by cousins, John Babbitt, Diane Flournoy and Ida Ludwig. She will be remembered fondly by the Sisters of the Holy Names and SNJM Associates. Sister Gemma's Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Marie Rose Center, 65 W. Rincon Avenue, Campbell, California. Her burial will be at 10:15 am on Monday, August 3, 2015 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at .
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 31, 2015
Forner, Barbara Olivia - San Mateo  
Barbara Olivia Forner Aug. 20, 1941 - Jul. 30, 2015 Resident of San Mateo On July 30, 2015 Barbara passed away while in the loving care of her family. She fought a courageous battle against a most devastating disease while never complaining, offering a smile to all that visited her and continuing to worry about those around her ahead of her own wellbeing. Such was the nature of this elegant lady who always had a kind word and a gentle appreciation for anyone who had the privilege of knowing her. Many will fondly remember her during her 41 years living in San Mateo. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James Forner, daughter Annette Boynton (William), son Rob Forner (Madeline) and daughter Tiffany Forner (Todd Pound) and sister-in-law Nan Forner of Santa Barbara, CA. She leaves behind four grandchildren, Tyler Forner, Wyatt Pound, Sadie Boynton and Everett Pound. They will all miss their "Grammy" and the joy they brought to her as they shared their successes and learnings in life. Barbara was born in Santa Barbara, CA August 20, 1941, the daughter and only child of Charles and Margaret Burke. She attended Santa Barbara local schools graduating from Santa Barbara High School in 1959. Upon graduation, she enrolled in Knapp College of Nursing to pursue her lifelong goal of becoming a nurse. After graduating in 1962 she began her nursing career at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. She left nursing in 1967 to pursue her intended second career as a mother. A stay-at-home Mom for over 23 years, she devoted herself to her three children, their education and activities. When the youngest left for college, she re-entered nursing and spent 10 rewarding years as an office nurse in a local orthopedic office. An avid swimmer, Barbara was a longtime member of the Marlin Masters swim group. During the years following her retirement from lap swimming she could be found at the Joinville pool and, more recently, doing water exercise at the San Mateo Athletic Club at CSM. Barb and Jim, as their friends all knew them, were fortunate to have had numerous opportunities to travel. They shared memories of places visited from Tahiti to Istanbul. Their last trip was to Spain in the spring of 2014. Most memorable to Barb was a trip "home" to Scotland followed by a trip to Nova Scotia in search and discovery of her ancestral families. Add to those her memories of London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Budapest, Vienna, Lucerne and multiple small ship cruises. The family wishes to thank Dr. Richard Jordan for his care of Barbara over the past several years. The family also extends their gratitude to Dr. Gary Pasternak and his group of amazingly gifted nurses at Mission Hospice who helped us through this most difficult loss of wife, mother, grandmother and friend to so many. The family invites her many friends to join them for a celebration of her life to be held at the San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo, CA on Friday, August 14 from 12pm until 4pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made in her memory to one or both of her favorite charities, Habitat for Humanity and/or the Nature Conservancy.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 2, 2015
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