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Vanover, Claude - Seaside  
Claude Vanover February 21, 1923 - May 18, 2015 Resident of Seaside Claude Vanover passed away on the morning of May 18th. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife, Myrna Vanover; daughters, Jennifer Vanover and Linda Brunner; and many grandchildren. Claude was Retired from the U.S. Army where he served 22 years. He loved to paint and do woodworking. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading the Bible. A visitation will take place on Thurs., May 21st from 1pm-8pm. His Funeral will be Fri., May 22nd at 9:30am followed by burial. All services are at Seaside Funeral Home at Mission Memorial Park, 1915 Ord Grove Ave. in Seaside.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 19, 2015
Villaber, Belen Santos - Seaside  
Belen Santos Villaber February 13, 1937 - May 16, 2015 Resident of Marina Belen Santos Villaber passed away on May 16, 2015 at the age of 78. She was born on February 13, 1937 in Manila, Philippines and was raised in Pandi Bulakan. Belen attended the University of the East where she received a Bachelor's of Business Degree. As a Military Wife she spent her life living in many different places including Washington, South Carolina, Panama, and finally California. She herself worked as a Medical Clerk in the Government's Civil Services for over 20 years. Belen loved gardening, cooking, attending church services and functions, and most of all playing with her grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Demetrio Villaber and their son, Delmer Villaber, and daughters, Delma Lee and Darlene Chapa. She is also survived by her 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A viewing will take place on Saturday, May 23rd at 12 pm followed by a Funeral Mass beginning at 1pm. These services will be held at St. Jude Church, 303 Hillcrest Ave. in Marina. Visit www.seasidefunerals.com to offer condolences.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 21, 2015
Winningham, Joe - Seaside  
Joe Winningham May 30, 1935 ~ May 19, 2015 Monterey, CA We struggle to find the right words that made up our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend -- who himself was a man of few words. Quick-witted and ready to share a joke or verse in a song, he found interest in learning about others and the world around him. Joe was born, the youngest of 12 children, to a hardworking migrant family headed to California from Texas in the midst of The Depression. He was raised in Porterville and surrounding towns in the San Joaquin Valley, and met his life-long sweetheart Carol while young teens. Joe joined the Navy in 1952 at age 17 and was a hard-working and eager sailor who excelled at each assignment and was promoted through the ranks with ease. He served as a member of the Military Assistance Advisory Group in Taiwan from 1958-1961, and became a commissioned officer in the Medical Service Corp, serving on the U.S.S. Oriskany during the Vietnam conflict. When the aircraft carrier suffered a tragic fire, his name was erroneously placed on the deceased list, yet his wife and four young kids were blessed to learn it was only a clerical error. Joe was later stationed in Washington, D.C. with the Naval Bureau of Personnel and his last tour of duty brought him to the Monterey Peninsula as a medical administrator at the dispensary at the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field. It was here on the Peninsula in 1974 that he made the decision to retire, with a home, a wife, and four teen-aged kids. He settled into civilian life, working a variety of jobs in administration, purchasing, and management roles. When his wife's real estate career grew, he was happy to become the supporting spouse to her just as she had been for him throughout his career. This also gave him time to pursue his interests, as he was an avid reader, wordsmith, math whizz, and geography buff, and loved trivia, Jeopardy, and Saturdays at the radio listening to Prairie Home Companion. He played guitar and knew the words to every song written before the surge of Pop and Rock. Carol and Joe took road trips and enjoyed many travels throughout the country over the years. Family and friends made regular treks to their Monterey home for visits, to share stories or songs, tell jokes, seek advice, find comfort, or simply be in his gracious company. Joe raised his four kids and seven grandkids with the values that were instilled in him. Those of hard work, loyalty, honesty, and humility. His greatest attribute- an inspiring lesson to all- was his steadfast devotion to his family and most of all, to his wife Carol. They spent 60 married years together. Whether in the role of leader, partner, or back-up support, they were perfect complements to one another and role models to us all. Their love and commitment to each other grew deeper and more meaningful every day. He might scold us for writing such a wordy synopsis of his life but words can't possibly express to the world what he shared with those who knew and loved him. Joe is survived by his wife Carol, son Jeff Winningham, daughters Caren Hicks, Joanna Winningham (Kevin Navaille), and Cheryl Puckett; seven grandchildren: Aaron, Mike, and Alissa Hicks, Gracie and Clara Navaille, Morgan Kashata, and Emma Puckett; and sister Dean Elspas and step-sister Anne Sheehan. The family wishes to thank the Central Coast VNA/Hospice for their tender care and support over the past year. A graveside service and celebration will be held on what would have been his 80th Birthday on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Mission Memorial Park, Seaside. In lieu of flowers, might we suggest a donation be made in his honor to any school, club, library, or charity that promotes and assists in the education and enrichment of youth.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 24, 2015
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