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Gullo, Yolanda - San Jose  
Yolanda Gullo June 21, 1924 - April 21, 2015 Resident of San Jose Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Yolanda Gullo, departed this life peacefully in her home on Tuesday morning at the age of 90. Yolanda was the fifth of six children born of Italian immigrant parents, Anthony and Antoinette Scudero. Born in Gustine, Yolanda moved to San Jose at an early age. Childhood days were cherished playing stick-ball, picking prunes and cutting cots with family and friends, many from the Italian neighborhood off Lincoln Avenue. She attended San Jose schools and nurtured lifelong friendships with many schoolmates. While still a child she met her future husband, Louie, through family. They were sweethearts at San Jose High School where Yolanda graduated in 1943. Separated by World War II, Louie returned home and proposed. They were married April 22, 1945 and were a day short of celebrating their seventieth wedding anniversary when she passed. Yola, as she was called, loved being a wife, mother and homemaker. Her greatest joy was being with and caring for her family, the center of her life, and was especially devoted to her siblings and their families. She expressed her love in countless ways, preparing beautiful meals and desserts for everyone to enjoy and remembering her loved ones with cards and gifts. She was always there to support family and friends who needed a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen. Everyone who came into her home was treated as royalty. She touched them all by her loving and giving heart. In spite of lifelong health challenges, she always remained positive and demonstrated great strength, determination and courage as she battled lupus. She never allowed her illness to interfere with her dedication to family and friends. Yolanda leaves behind a legacy of love and was treasured by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Louie, her daughters Claranne Schirle (Ken), Stephanie Tucci (Nick), five grandchildren, Jennifer Bloomstrand (Erik), Jeff Schirle, Matt Schirle, Michelle Brice (Josh), Mike Tucci and three great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her cherished siblings, sister Rose Jones and brother Pat Scudero (Peggy), eleven nieces and nephews, many grand-nieces and nephews and caregiver Mary Ramirez. She was preceded in death by sisters Amelia Nardi-Travis, Ann Grossheider and Florence Barker. A mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Yolanda's life will be held on Thursday, April 30, 12:00 noon at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 15333 Woodard Road, San Jose with visitation beginning at 11:00 AM, followed by the rosary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to the Lupus Foundation, St. Jude Children's Hospital or Hospice of the Valley.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 28, 2015
Gutierrez, Cruz - South San Francisco  
Cruz Gutierrez Oct. 20, 1925 - May 2, 2015 South San Francisco Cruz Gutierrez, loving father and husband, passed on May 2, 2015. He was born on October 20, 1925 in Kingman, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Esther G Gutierrez and his eight children: Lucille, Linda, Vicky, Tina, Helen, Victor, Richard and Paul Gutierrez. He is also survived by his two brothers: Joe and Andres Gutierrez and his four sisters: Ramona, Carmen, Rebecca and Rose. He was Grandpa Cruz to 15 and Great Grandpa to 1. He is preceded by his wife Carol Gutierrez and his daughter Gloria Kurtz and great-grandson Baby Cruz Gutierrez. The viewing will be Thursday, May 7, from 5PM -9PM, rosary at 7PM at Garden Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 10AM on Friday, May 8, at All Souls Church in South San Francisco. Condolences may be made www.gardenchapel885.com Garden Chapel Funeral Directors (650)583-2510
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 5, 2015
Harms, Leslie Steven - San Jose  
Leslie Steven Harms Nov. 6, 1944 - Apr. 10, 2015 San Jose, California Leslie Steven Harms entered into rest on April 10th, 2015 at age 70. Loving son of Leslie W. Harms and Della L. Harms. Loving father of Jason L. Harms and grandfather of Jason L. Harms II, and Stephanie Harms. Brother of Nancy Goble (wife of Geoff), uncle of Sarah Goble and Beth Goble. He will fondly be remembered and missed by numerous cousins and friends. He was an Air Force Veteran and also a retired San Jose Firefighter of 35 years. Please join us in a celebration of life to be held at Lincoln Glen Church 2700 Booksin Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125, May 8th, 2015 at 3:00pm.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 30, 2015
Hart, Eldon - Scotts Valley  
Eldon Hart Sept. 1, 1923 - April 17, 2015 Scotts Valley, CA Born in Fresno, CA to Hazel & James Hart. Obtained a Degree from Stanford University, on a GI Bill, Volunteered in the 8th Army Air Force in WWII, Based at Suffolk, England. He was a Mechanic on B-12's, specializing in repair of Ball Turrets. After the war, Eldon married the love of his life Pauline, who he met in England & settled in Madera and started his family. Accomplishments include small business owner, Silver mine in the Sierras, Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds at Monterey School District, Foothill College, and De Anza College. Survived by his wife of 68 years "Pauline" Josephine Hart, Children: Vicki Hart, Allen & Joanne Hart, Dianne & Bob Tremain, Steve Hart, 9 Grandchildren & 5 Great Grandchildren. Deceased Sister, Phyllis Creamer. One of Eldon's hobbies was restoring classic cars. He once did a 1959 Cadillac which was used in "Good Old Days" parade in Pacific Grove. A Special Thank You to the Scotts Valley Hospice who enabled him to pass peacefully at home. A mass said at St. Johns, Felton May 17th 11:30 & later at St. Angeles in Pacific Grove.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News on May 3, 2015
Herbert, David P. - San Jose  
David P Herbert August 1, 1953 – April 29, 2015 San Jose, CA David Herbert lost his battle to lymphoma and is now at peace and out of pain. He was the beloved son of Ruth Herbert and the late Charles S Herbert, jr. of Palo Alto , dear brother of Charlie, Betsy and Randi, a cherished uncle of Emily, Austin, Alys and Alan, and a dear friend to many. The family would like to thank all of his caregivers at Sunnyvale Medical Clinic and El Camino Hospital for their outstanding dedication and support. With gratitude and respect, the family requests any donations to go toward a favored animal/nature conservation organization, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and to take a lasting moment to be kind to all life and pursue your passions.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 5, 2015
Hernandez, Hortencia R. - Spring  
Hortencia R. Hernandez Resident of Spring, TX Hortencia Hernandez, 85, passed away April 26, 2015. She was born in Doole, Texas on April 29, 1929 to Antonio Rodriguez and Hortencia Montalvo. Hortencia was married to Jesus B. Hernandez in May of 1943. She spent her life as a loving homemaker, enjoying shopping and sparkly jewelry. Hortencia was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her children, Elva Gonzales, Velia Kowalski, Olivia Lechman, Ana Tucker and Terecita Simmons; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; siblings, Minnie Villereal and Annie Perez of San Jose, California. Hortencia is also survived by many friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm, May 1, 2015, at Johnson Mortuary & Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Yuma, Arizona.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 30, 2015
Higbie, Dorothy Rich - Portland  
Dorothy Rich Higbie Resident of Lake Oswego, Oregon Dorothy Rich Higbie, wife of the late Reverend Alanson Higbie passed away peacefully on Friday April 24th in her residence at Mary's Woods Retirement Community in Lake Oswego, OR. She was 98 years old. Dorothy (or Dot) was born on March 4, 1917 to Wesley and Mary Rich in Middletown, CT. She was the second of six children and grew up in Middletown and Portland, CT. Dorothy graduated from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA in 1938. Following college, she obtained a BS degree in Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work in Boston after which she worked as a social worker in Portland, ME. In 1941, she married Rev. Alanson Higbie, a minister in the Episcopal Church. Dorothy actively partnered with her husband in his parish ministry while raising a family of 5 children. After serving parishes in Beverly, MA and Cincinnati, OH, Rev. and Mrs. Higbie moved to Burlingame, CA in 1960, where he served as the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church for 19 years. Dot was always very devoted to her children, grandchildren and her extended family and organized biannual family reunions. In retirement, the Higbies lived in San Luis Obispo, CA where they were very involved in community activities. Throughout her life, Dot was known for her welcoming spirit and her heart for the less fortunate. She often took the lead in organizing new ways of serving the community. One such example was her role as a co-founder of the Center for Independent Living, which provides a community for developmentally delayed adults. She was active in establishing and leading both the Literacy Council and Hospice in San Luis Obispo and was actively involved with Samaritan House in San Mateo, CA. Dot had a lifelong love of nature, which she developed as a girl scout and which flourished during long summers in the town of North Falmouth on Cape Cod. She was an avid hiker and would always bring along her binoculars and Field Guides for identifying birds, flowers and other flora and fauna. Dot's love of nature is a lasting legacy which has been passed down to the next generation. Dot had many interests which she pursued throughout her life. She loved learning new things and was a member of book groups for over 40 years. She was a very active member of the Mary's Woods community, where she served as a volunteer tutor, provided support and care to other residents and also served in volunteer roles at Christ Church, Lake Oswego. Her family and friends will miss her sparkling eyes, her hearty laugh and her love of wordplay. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Sally Camp of New York City and Mary Foltz of Portland, OR; her sons Alanson Higbie, Jr. of Colorado Springs, Wesley Higbie of San Francisco and Henry Higbie of Greenwich, CT; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She is beloved by many. A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church in Lake Oswego, OR on Friday May 8th at 11:00 AM. There will also be a Memorial Service held in the Chapel at Mary's Woods on Saturday May 9th at 11:30 am. Contributions in her memory can be made to Heifer International, which provides sustainable solutions to world hunger and poverty. Donations can be made on Heifer's website, www.heifer.org .
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 3, 2015
Hofslund, Irma "Sweetheart" - Redwood City  
Irma "Sweetheart" Hofslund 11-10-1906 - 04-22-2015 Redwood City Irma was a loving wife, sister, daughter, aunt, great aunt, great-great aunt & friend. Her teaching career started in Tripoli, Wisconsin. After moving to California in 1958 she then taught an additional 18 years at Kennedy Middle School & then worked as a substitute teacher after retirement. She was a member of Redeemer Luther Church in Redwood City & also was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Farm Hill Women's Club. In August 2014 Irma, an avid SF Giants fan was honored at AT&T Park and received a standing ovation. She also received Certificates of Recognition from the Redwood City School District, Board of Supervisors of SM County, Mayor of Redwood City Jeffrey Gee, California Legislature Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, California State Senator Jerry Hill, US Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswomen Jackie Spears and a letter from The President of the United States & First Lady. Irma is survived by her niece Linda Kinney (Glen Kinney), her nephew Joseph Roth (Leslie Roth). She also leaves behind 3 great nieces Dawn Stansfield (Nick Almonte), Robin Ward and Nora Roth, 1 great nephew Jim Koch & 5 great-great nieces Shannon, Erin & Dani Koch, Ashley & Candice Ward & 1 great-great nephew Chase Servin. Irma's countless friends are invited to her "Celebration of Life" at Redeemer Lutheran Church located at 468 Grand Street, Redwood City on Sunday, May 3 at 3pm. A reception will follow immediately after in the Luther Hall at Redeemer. In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of Irma Hofslund to: Bay Area Cancer Connections: 2335 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 - www.bcconnections.org .
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 3, 2015
Hudson, Patricia D. - Port Townsend Wa  
Patricia D Hudson Aug 22, 1927 - April 21, 2015 Port Townsend WA Patricia Dunn Hudson of Port Townsend, WA, died on April 21, 2015 at 87 years old. She passed peacefully at her daughter's home, surrounded by her children, to the accompaniment of a Bach prelude. Born August 22, 1927, in Oakland, CA, to Eda and Lemuel Dunn, Pat was the youngest of three siblings. She married Wayne Hudson in 1950 and was a loving mother to Kathleen, Susan and Curtis. Most of Pat's life was spent in the Bay Area. She was Director of Music at the Congregational Church of San Mateo for 29 years and proprietor of Potcarrier American Indian Arts in Burlingame for another fifteen. She semi-retired to Vashon, WA in 1987, then fully retired to Port Townsend in 2001. Surviving are her elder brother, all three children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in her name to the charity of your choice.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 28, 2015
Iusi, Donald J. - San Mateo  
Donald J. Iusi 1927-2015 San Mateo Donald Iusi passed away April 25, 2015 in San Mateo. He was 88. Born in Oakland, California on March 16, 1927, he was a long-time resident of San Mateo. He was the loving husband of Doris Calori Iusi; adored father of Donna Scheer (James); brother-in-law of Lawrence J. Caserza and the late Lena Calori Caserza; uncle of Ronald Caserza (Diane) and the late Pamela Pizzorno (the late Richard); great-uncle of Marcus (Jennifer) Caserza and Matthew (Melissa) Caserza, Valerie Pizzorno and David (Krystle) Pizzorno; and great-great uncle of Melina and Maya Caserza. He is also survived by several cousins, including Lucille Erigero, Charlene Iusi, and Carolyn Kenney, and by many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Madonna. He was a WWII Veteran, serving in the US Navy. He was a member of SIRS #142, an avid bowler, loved music, travel, and playing cards. His nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews enjoyed years of magic card tricks done for them at family gatherings. The family is grateful for the loving care he received from Annie Salonga and his many wonderful caregivers at Sunrise Belmont. Holy Mass will be offered for the repose of Donald's soul at St. Bartholomew's Church, Alameda de las Pulgas at Crystal Springs Road, San Mateo, at 11:00 am Friday, May 8, 2015. A reception will follow at a venue to be announced. Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Memorials to your favorite charity preferred.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 3, 2015
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