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DeLeon, Glenn Martin - Seaside  
Glenn Martin deLeon June 14, 1965 - May 18, 2015 Seaside Glenn Martin deLeon, 49, of Salinas, CA passed away peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2015. He was born on June 14, 1965 and was a lifelong area resident of Salinas, CA. He was a former Correctional Officer at CTF and most recently was employed at Fox Racing. Glenn enjoyed spending time with the love of his life Sommer Bowlin and their adorable dog, Sophie. Although Glenn had no kids of his own, his children were all his nephews and nieces. He was everyone's favorite uncle and had a special gift of making everyone smile and laugh. Glenn had a passion for sports. He was a loyal fan of the SF 49ers, SF Giants and Golden State Warriors. His hobbies included cooking and spending time at the beach. It was rare to see Glenn without his dog, Sophie. Preceded in death by his parents, Andrew de Leon and Purie de Leon. He is survived by his partner of 18 years Sommer Bowlin of Monterey, brothers Ted Castillon and David deLeon of Salinas. Sisters Caroline deLeon and Catherine Juarez both of Salinas. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 1:00 PM to 7:00PM and rosary to follow at 7:00PM at Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 E Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901. Funeral and Mass will be held at 10:00AM, Wed, May 27, 2015 at Madonna del Sasso Church, 320 E. Laurel Dr., Salinas, CA 93906. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas, CA 93901. Arrangements by Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 East Alisal Street; (831) 424-9700. Online condolences: www.altavistamortuary.com
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 21, 2015
Duvall, Laurel Hirsch - Monterey  
Laurel Hirsch Duvall July 23, 1952- May 21, 2015 Monterey Laurel passed away, surrounded by family members, peacefully at her home in Monterey on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the age of 62. Laurel was born in Dayton, Ohio. The Monterey Peninsula was her favorite place in the whole world, where she resided for forty plus years. She is survived by her loving husband Pete Duvall; son Marc (Lauren); son Mason (Jennifer); Grandkids Jack, Dane, Emma Jo, and Jace. Siblings Sherman Shonk (Phyllis) Venice, FL; Sharon Vitz (Donald) Washington, D.C.; Holly Castor (David) St. Ignatius, MT; Merry Hirsch Dayton, OH; Alan Hirsch (Susan) Davidsonville, MD; Sharon Duvall Beaverton, OR; many Nieces and Nephews. Laurel worked for the Monterey County of Social Services for 35 years. She was an avid walker, scrabble player and reader. She enjoyed watching Jeopardy, had a wonderful sense of humor and a big collection of heart rocks. A warm thank you to Dr. Jerome Rubin for his wonderful care over the last 18 years. Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 P.M., Sun. June 7 at The American Legion, 694 Legion Way in Marina. In lieu of flowers please honor Laurel with donations to the American Cancer Society.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 24, 2015
Ferguson, George X. - Dallas, Texas  
George X. Ferguson October 22, 1919 - April 25, 2014 Dallas, Texas George Xavier Ferguson, age 94, of Dallas, Texas (formerly of El Paso, Texas and Salinas, California), will be buried with Honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Meyer, Virginia on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 10:45 am beginning with a service at the Old Post Chapel. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 25, 2014 after a long and productive life. A memorial service was held on May 3, 2014 for family and friends at Jaynes Memorial Chapel, Duncanville, Texas. George held distinguished careers as an Army Officer, Politician, and Educator, including: Retired Major, U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division (2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment); Retired High School Counselor and Political Science/History Teacher with El Paso Independent Schools (Jefferson High, Andress High); Executive Committeeman, Texas State Democratic Party; and Chair, El Paso Mexican-American Democrats. He was also Commandant, Military Order of World Wars; Member, Carmel Host Lions, California; and, owner of the first golf driving range in the Monterey Peninsula, California in the late 1940s. George held a Master's Degree in School Counseling and studied law. George was a decorated veteran of World War II with numerous medals including the Bronze Star and four Purple Hearts. George was nominated for the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry in Action after two battles in which he was wounded; however, he requested that his battalion commander withdraw the nomination and award it instead to the soldiers under his command. George was distinguished as one of five Ferguson brothers who volunteered, at their mother's urging, to defend our country in World War II. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the U.S. Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey as the Founder and Dean of the Romanic Languages Department where he authored and implemented innovative curriculum in the 1940s. Condolences may be sent to the Ferguson family c/o Monica Ferguson at gxf.arlington@gmail.com or 801-893-1430. For more information: www.jaynesmemorialchapel.com
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 24, 2015
Guidotti, Joseph B. - Salinas  
Joseph B. Guidotti Dec. 13, 1932 - May 18, 2015 Salinas Joseph Bart Guidotti, 82 of Salinas passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 in Salinas. He was born December 13, 1932 in Salinas, CA where he was a lifelong resident. He attended Watsonville High School where he was President of the Future Farmers of America. He served in the Korean War as a member of the 44th Combat Engineer battalion, becoming a carpenter, which was his vocation. Upon his return, he graduated from Hartnell College and subsequently began his career in the construction industry, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, eventually becoming a Project Superintendent. In this role, he oversaw many high profile construction projects in Monterey County, including Monterey Savings & Loan in Salinas, the Coca-Cola Winery in Gonzales and the Hyatt Convention Center and Hotel in Monterey, among others. Mr. Guidotti was a lifelong hunter and fisherman. He was also was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Salinas Elks Lodge #614, Ducks Unlimited, NRA, Monterey Swiss American Club, Carpenter Local Union #605, and S.I.R.S. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Guidotti, mother, Mary Prola, brother, Milton Dale Purdum. He was a devoted family-man and is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lorene Guidotti, of Salinas, son, Kevin Guidotti of Orinda and daughter, Valerie Mikkelsen of Salinas. He is survived by five grandchildren, including Scott, Olivia and Grace Guidotti of Orinda, and Amanda and Sarah Mikkelsen of Salinas. He is also survived by brothers, Richard Guidotti of Salinas, Clarence Guidotti of Prunedale, and sister, Gloria Brooks of Brentwood. Visitation will be held 1:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m Monday, May 25, 2015 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901. Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1 Railroad Ave., Spreckels, CA 93962. Burial to follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA 93901. American Cancer Society, 945 S. Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901, or Donor's Favorite Charity.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 22, 2015
Hoffman, Joni Bell - Seaside  
Joni Bell Hoffman May 3, 1963 - May 21, 2015 Resident of Seaside Joni Hoffman, 52, a local cardiology nurse practitioner, passed away on May 21, 2015, in Seaside, CA, after a 10-year battle with AL amyloidosis. She is survived by her loving husband of 21 years, David Hoffman, and their two beagles. She is also survived by her mother Mrs. Jean Bell of Garden Grove, CA; sister Kathy L'Heureux (Ray) of Pomona, CA; and brother Dan Bell (Jan) of New Durham, NH. Throughout her life, Joni was blessed with many wonderful, supportive friends and colleagues. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be announced at a later date. A donation in Joni's memory to the Amyloidosis Foundation (7151 N. Main Street, Suite 2, Clarkston, MI 48346) is encouraged in lieu of flowers.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 24, 2015
Johnson, Mary Margaret - Carmel  
Mary Margaret Johnson Dec. 19, 1949 - May 21, 2015 Carmel Mary Margaret passed away at home in Carmel on May 21, 2015. Born in Carmel, Mary Margaret spent her early childhood in Carmel Valley riding her horse and exploring the majesty of this slice of paradise we call home. She competed in horse shows at Holman Ranch and the Trail and Saddle Club, coming home with a rainbow of ribbons. Mary Margaret graduated from Carmel High in 1968, after receiving the Honor Choir Award for her beautiful voice. She graduated from nursing school at Foothill College, doing her clinical training at Stanford Medical Center. Mary worked for 26 years at CHOMP on Main South. For Mary, nursing was a calling, never a job. Mary was an enthusiastic member of the Family History Library in Seaside and the DAR, both of which encouraged her passion for genealogy, and helped her trace numerous relatives to the Revolutionary War and Colonial times. Her passion for history was enhanced by participation in the Gentrain Society, as well as in her support of Veterans. She volunteered for many local causes, and especially enjoyed her time spent volunteering at the American Cancer Society Shop in Pacific Grove. Mary enjoyed spin class and all of the wonderful friends she made there. The friendships made from childhood and her years of nursing at CHOMP, she held dear through her very last days. Mary Margaret's empathy, kindness, keen wit, and smile, made all of us feel cherished, important, and truly loved. She was a devoted and loving wife who lived a love affair for the ages. Everyone wanted what Mary and Norman had. She was the strongest and most loyal of sisters, Aunt and friend, never failing to be there, to listen, and somehow she always knew the right thing to say. Just the gesture of her gentle hand on an arm, could dial a distraught person back down to earth. She showed her uncanny wit and comedic timing at a very early age, shutting down any family discord with an eruption of laughter at how clever and truly funny she was. She played piano, but only for her own enjoyment, and Norman's. She loved opera, classic old movies, a lovely tea party, and all furry and feathered creatures. She remembered everything and everyone. She was courageous in her own quiet way, and the epitome of dignity and grace under pressure. She saw the best in people, and her positive outlook carried her and the rest of us through to her last breath. Mary was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mary Elizabeth and Gerald Gearhart Lefler, and her dear brother Jerry Lefler. She is survived by her beloved husband Norman Johnson, her sister Wendy Roy Lefler and husband Michael Simons, brother John Lefler, sister-in-law Heather Lefler, and her many adored nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, her godson Cody Noghera, and her many dear friends. A warm thank you to Dr. Jerome Rubin for his wonderful care these past several years, and to Hospice of the Central Coast. A celebration of her life will be held at Mary and Norman's home in Carmel, on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at 3:00 P.M., call if you need directions, 831 624-5179.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 28, 2015
Lenz, Lorretta - Seaside  
Lorretta Lenz July 23, 1955- May 21, 2015 Seaside It is with great heartache the family of Lorretta Lenz announces her passing. She is survived by her parents: Norma & Dick Groves, Marvin & Georgie Lenz. Her loving daughter-Jennifer Lenz. Grandson-Nick Feliciano & Stormi Garlow. Great-grandson-Ryder Feliciano. Siblings: Shirley Foster, Marvin Lenz, Cindy Lenz, Becky Childs, Darrell Lenz. Husband-Ken Clinton. Step-daughter Ali Clinton. Other grandchildren-Gary, Rob, Josh, Mike, Carrie Barb. Lorretta has spread her wings to join those who have passed before her and is no longer in pain. She will always be looking down as our guardian angel. She cherished the time with family and friends, loved gardening, sunsets from her home overlooking the Monterey Bay and volunteering at the SPCA. Please join us at the American Legion, Post #591 in Seaside on Tuesday, May 26th for a pot luck celebration of her AMAZING life beginning at 6:00 pm. With remembrance service to begin at 7:00 pm. Those who are unable to attend and would like to have a copy of full in depth tribute written for Lorretta can send request to weloveyouLorretta@yahoo.com. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation to the SPCA, Monterey County would touch Lorretta's heart.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 26, 2015
Marseguerra, Frank S. - Monterey  
Frank S. Marseguerra October 25, 1948 - May 18, 2015 Resident of Pacific Grove Frank was the sweetest, kindest, most loving man God put on this earth. He passed away after a six year battle with cancer. Born on the Monterey Peninsula, he attended San Carlos, Junipero and MPC before graduating from Oregon State. He spent many years as a professional entertainer singing and playing his guitar. Eventually, he settled down as a Pharmacist and retired from Central Avenue Pharmacy after many years. He loved athletics and was known for his dedication to practice and level of achievement. As a relative golf beginner he made a hole in one a few times, and broke 80. Frank is preceded in death by his parents: Rose and Frank Marseguerra. He is survived by his brothers: Peter (Becky) and Anthony (Shelley), nieces: Michelle Marseguerra Sai, Taylor Rose Marseguerra; cousins: Jean Reulbach, Mary Lou Malohn, Kathryn King, Sonny DeLoe, Mike (Denise) Marseguerra, Peter (Sachia) Marseguerra, Aunt Angelina Marseguerra, and his sidekick/best friend: Troppo. Thanks to all the people at CHOMP for the attention and comfort given. Memorial services will be held on June 4th at 10 a.m. at Mission Mortuary, 450 Camino El Estero, Monterey. Please visit www. missionmortuary.com for visitation guest book. We're going to miss you bro!
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 28, 2015
O'Ban, Shirley - Monterey  
Shirley O'Ban June 1, 1930 ~ May 4, 2015 Salinas, CA Shirley O'Ban passed away quietly and peacefully at her home on Monday, May 4, 2015 following a brief illness. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and her gentle spirit. Marion Eileen (Shirley) was born on June 1, 1930 in Independence, Missouri to Richard Val and Ellen Sarah Lock. She lived most of her life in various areas of California, but spent the majority of time in Monterey County where she made a lasting impression on everyone she met. She retired from the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, but painting was her lifelong passion. "If it doesn't move, I paint it," was her motto. She painted clothing, china, porcelains, memorial tiles for Westland Hospice House in Monterey, a bathroom sink, and even a set of emu eggs for a World Affairs Council luncheon. Post-retirement, she was an avid volunteer, working for Monterey County AIDS Task Force, Mid-Bay Emergency Food Bank, Suicide Prevention Hotline, Hospice of the Central Coast, Mozart Society of California, and Civic Club of Monterey, among other organizations. Shirley was pre-deceased by her beloved daughter, MaryAnne Warren. She is survived by two grandchildren, Sunday Hiemstra and her husband John of Ypsilanti, Michigan and Christian Warren of Los Angeles, CA and two darling great-grandchildren, Brailyn and Grayson Hiemstra. She also leaves a multitude of close friends who became her extended family. Per her request, there were no funeral services. However, a Celebration of Shirley's Life will be held on June 1, 2015 from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, California. Shirley planned this "party" for her 85th birthday prior to her passing. Memorial contributions in Shirley's memory are welcome and may be made to Animal Friends Rescue Project (for Rescue Rabbit Rock), Carmel Music Society, Monterey County Symphony Association, or Central Coast VNA & Hospice.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 27, 2015
Slichter, Donald A. - San Francisco  
Donald A. Slichter Februaty 18, 1932 ~ April 8, 2015 Moss Landing, CA Donald Allen ("Duke") Slichter passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2015 while vacationing in Florence, Italy with his wife of 30 years, Victoria. Duke was given his nickname by his father with whom he shared a birthday. Born on February 18, 1932 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Duke was raised in White Fish Bay and attended Milwaukee University School. Upon graduation, Duke proceeded on to Princeton University where he played football for his beloved Tigers, becoming a Life Member of the Princeton Football Association. He also became a member of Cannon Club and the Nassau Club. After graduating Cum Laude in 1954, he joined the U.S. Navy as an ensign, serving as a supply officer. Duke achieved the rank of Lieutenant before leaving the Navy in 1958. Taking a cue from his father, Duke took a job in the steelmaking business and moved west in 1958 to join Pacific Alloy Engineering Corp. in San Diego. There he worked in business management and pursued his interest in public policy and politics, managing Lionel Van Deerlin's first Congressional campaign. Duke's interest in public policy led him to the University of Michigan School of Law where he served on the Board of Editors of the Michigan Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, the national law student honor society. Duke joined the San Francisco law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP in 1961. Duke became a partner in 1968 and practiced corporate law. He served as Chairman of Orrick's Corporate Department during 1976-1980 and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee from 1978-1981. Duke's clients included technology-based investment banking firms Hambrecht & Quist and Robertson, Colman & Stephens. For many years Duke also represented Applied Materials, the world's largest semiconductor capital equipment company, served as Corporate Secretary of that company, and became a member of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries. Duke also had a large practice in the venture area representing both startups and venture capital firms. In the early '80's Duke led Orrick's entry into the Silicon Valley. While working in San Francisco, Duke became a member of the University Club and Villa Taverna. He developed a strong interest in the California Golden Bears football program and became a member of the San Francisco Grid Club. Ever the optimist, Duke cheered on his adopted Cal Bears during even the most difficult seasons, which were many. He rarely missed a home game. Duke retired in 1995 and contributed his time and efforts to his long standing passions for music, the arts, travel and Princeton. His love of classical music found its voice as a volunteer, donor and board member of the Carmel Bach Festival and enthusiastic supporter of Opera San Jose. His generosity and humor also found its outlet as pro bono advisor, donor and board member of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Duke's enthusiasm for Princeton knew no bounds and he regularly traveled to attend Princeton football games and class reunions. In 2014, Duke walked Princeton's "P-rade" for his 60th reunion, a milestone he was determined to accomplish. While Duke was working with Orrick, he and his wife Victoria lived in Los Altos. After retirement the pair spent more time at their vacation home in Moss Landing. As Duke's involvement in activities on the Monterey Peninsula increased, they shifted their main residence to their beach home. In 2013 Duke became a member of the Old Capital Club in Monterey. Duke's ingratiating wit and easy laugh endeared him to one and all. Less well known was his terrific singing voice and when the occasion warranted he would sing Dean Martin's "Volare". His impromptu performances surprised and delighted friends and unsuspecting patrons at various establishments. Duke was also known for his wry humor and zest for irony. At ease speaking in front of groups, he loved to regale one and all with self-deprecating stories including his highlight football experience as a Princeton Tiger – being run over and getting yelled at during practice by Princeton's Heisman Trophy winner. In addition to his wife Victoria, Duke is survived by his four children, KC (Ann), Katy (Steve McCormick), Mark (Emily Kingston) and Amy. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Chloe, Read, Martha, Kelly, Hannah, Duncan, Graham and Erin. A celebration of Duke's life will be held at 2:00 PM on June 25 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club. In lieu of flowers donations to an organization supporting one of Duke's interests would be greatly appreciated. To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.spanglermortuary.com
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 28, 2015
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