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Schweitzer, Ryan "Buzz" - Monterey  
Ryan "Buzz" Schweitzer February 8, 1970 ~ December 9, 2014 Santa Cruz, CA Ryan "Buzz" Schweitzer made his journey home on December 9, 2014. Buzz was raised in Placerville, CA and later called Santa Cruz his home. Buzz had a soul that radiated love and light. The second you met him, you were insured a friend for life. His love was endless and made all those who knew him feel so blessed to have shared precious time with him. His laughter was the best medicine for all of our souls and his smile was able to take the darkest days and make them light. Buzz had talents that were far and wide. His youthful spirit made the world a playground. He was an amazing artist who brought us into his world through his sketches. He was an athlete that made all things look so easy. Whether he was bruised or broken, you would still find him on the baseball field where he was the best one-eyed third baseman around! He was flawless on the pavement, carving his way to all his favorite spots and always looking for an empty pool to ride away his days on four wheels. His love for dirt bikes gave him skills on the TT track that were comparable to none. Although his bike wasn't the first across the finish line, he was always on the podium! Buzz was preceded in death by his daughter, Taylor Schweitzer, brother SSG Vincent Wayne Ashlock, and uncles Randy, David and Kevin. He left the world a better place to his mother Margot Stengel, father Neil Schweitzer, sister Dawn Doss (Josh), brother Lonnie Everson, uncles Brian and Jeff Watry, nephews Vincent, Jessee and Steven, nieces Sierra, Ruby, Kali, and Erica, and so many devoted friends. Although Buzz left us too soon and unexpected, we take comfort in knowing he has been embraced by the wings of his Angel, his daughter, Taylor Schweitzer. We know that his soul has been mended by their reunification. There will be a Celebration of Life held on Dec. 27, 1:00pm, American Legion Post 591, 1000 Playa Dr., Seaside, CA 93955. All are welcome.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 25, 2014
Witte, Lois Fae - Scotts Valley  
Lois Fae Witte July 9, 1920 - Dec. 10, 2014 Scotts Valley Fae Witte died in Dominican Hospital three days after being admitted. She was born to Ernest Witte and Hettie Weedman in Dale, Indiana. Although her mother died when she was very young, Fae recalled a happy childhood with her father, stepmother Beatrice Hoops Witte and brother Richard Gail Witte. Always appreciative of her many blessings, Fae felt especially fortunate to have been born into a family that valued education for both girls and boys and could afford to educate their children through graduate school. Fae earned a B.S. degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, and her M.S. and Ph.D from Indiana University in Bloomington. She taught kinesiology at Eastern New Mexico University; Western Illinois University; University of California at Santa Barbara, and San Jose State University. She retired in 1975. Fae loved golf and continued to play until she was 90. In 2011 she fell and broke her hip which ended her golf game, but she always looked forward to getting back on the course. At 94, Fae had outlived most family and members of her "Family of Friends" including her partner, Del Evans, who died in 1998. Fae is survived by her nieces, Vikki Relter of Louisville, Kentucky, and and Sarah Neighbors of Santa Claus, Indiana, and nephew, Richard S. Witte of Evansville, Indiana. As she wished, Fae was able to remain in her home until her last few days because of the close involvement of her friends, Joyce Nordquist and Aleshia Brevard, and the excellent care provided by her caregivers from Care from the Heart. A celebration of Fae's life and placing of her ashes will be held in early 2015. If you would like to participate, call Joyce at 831-335-1060 or email to: jdnjd@cruzio.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Fae's memory can be made to Monarch Services (formerly Women's Crisis Support - Defensa de Mujeres) at 1685 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95065, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 25, 2014

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Fernandes, Carmina Elaine - Newman  
Carmina Elaine Fernandes Jun 10, 1927 - Dec 19, 2014 Soquel Carmina Fernandes passed away peacefully Dec.19, after a brief illness. She was born in Tulare to the late Frank M. Baptista and Maria Souza Mendes. Carmina graduated from Gustine High School and lived in Santa Clara, LaSelva Beach & Soquel for many years. She was married for 47 years to husband Richard T. Fernandes before his passing & had one daughter, Gloriana Jarnagan from Capitola, who recently passed away in September. Also deceased, sisters Mary J. Nunes of Crows Landing & Lena T. Salles of Gustine. Survivors include Dolores Jackson of Crows Landing, Gerry Rodriguez (Xavier) of Turlock & Cindy Mutoza (Mike) of Newman. Carmina enjoyed camping trips, Red Hats, knitting & was an excellent seamstress. Carmina volunteered at St. Joseph's Monastery of the Poor Clares in Aptos, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Capitola and Cindy's Celebrations in Santa Cruz. A Visitation will be held at 9:00 am, followed by a Rosary at 10:00 am, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am at the Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles Catholic Church at 370 Linden Ave. in Gustine on December 30th. Joint burial of Carmina & Gloriana to follow at Hills Ferry Cemetery in Newman. Services conducted by Hillview Funeral Chapel, Gustine.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 24, 2014
Harman, Sarah "Dusty" - Forest Grove  
Sarah "Dusty" Harman 01-16-1936 - 12-06-2014 Forest Grove, OR Private services will be held at a later date. Dusty was born in Kalispell, MT. She was one of two children born to Victor and Nellie (Spicer) Gardner. As a child Dusty moved around a lot following her step father's work and they lived in Montana, Washington, Oregon and California. She attended Santa Cruz High School and graduated with the Class of 1952. She met her husband, Thomas Harman, while at a party in Santa Cruz, They soon began dating d they were married on November 22, 1952 in Los Angeles, CA. They made their home in Santa Cruz until 1982 when they divorced. In 1987 she moved to Aloha, OR to be closer to her daughter and then to Forest Grove in 2007. Dusty was a loving and devoted mother to her four children. She also worked as a manager/coach at the Surf-n-Bowl in Santa Cruz. When she moved to Oregon she began working at Oregon Bolt Inc. and retired in 2002 when her granddaughter was born. She enjoyed bowling and competed in bowling leagues throughout the nation. She was also a great cook, an animal lover and crossword puzzles. She was close to her grandchildren. Dusty is preceded in death by her parents Victor and Nellie, her step-father; Robert McQueen, a son; Michael, and two brothers; Ronald Gardner and Edward McQueen. Survivors include her children and their spouses; Debbie Austin and her companion, Charlie Howard both of Forest Grove, Tom and Niki Harman of Santa Cruz, Jim and Jennifer Harman of Diamond Springs, CO, four half siblings and their spouses; David and Jean McQueen of Fernwood, ID, Margaret Preciado of Louisville, KY, John McQueen of ID, and Frank McQueen of CA, five grandchildren; Cody, Lloyd, Virlyene, Allison and William Jr., and two great grandchildren; Lucia and Clyde. Duyck & VanDeHey Funeral Home 503-357-8749 Online condolences at dvfuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 24, 2014
Radin Sr., Peter Mitchell - Watsonville  
Peter Mitchell Radin, Sr. Feb. 26, 1925 - Dec. 21, 2014 Resident of Watsonville Peter Mitchell (Pete) Radin, Sr. passed away on December 21, 2014 at the age of 89. Pete was the elder son of Peter Radin and Mary Vlahutin Radin, Croatians who had immigrated to California in the early 20th Century from the Konavle Valley near Dubrovnik. Pete was born on February 26, 1925, and a year later the family moved from Gilroy to the Pajaro Valley to begin farming there. Pete attended local schools, and lived in Watsonville for the rest of his life. During World War II, Pete served in the United States Army as an infantryman in the European Theater. Pete was wounded in action, and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge (CIB). After the war, Pete earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from San Jose State. As a college student, he would ride the train home on weekends to help his father on the family ranches. After traveling abroad and gaining experience as an accountant, he turned to farming as his life's work. Pete was soon introduced to a young woman from another Watsonville farming family, Anna Louise Resetar, and on April 2, 1956, they were married. Pete delighted in his apple and apricot orchards. He was especially fond of Newtown Pippins, but he also cultivated his own apple varieties, including the "Radco Red." Pete worked on the family ranches nearly every day for more than six decades. Pete loved his family and friends. Pete was honest, honorable, kind, and generous, as well as good-humored and mischievous with a real twinkle. He enjoyed joking, swapping stories, and visiting with his buddies at the local coffee shops. Pete was a longtime member of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau, the Watsonville Elks Lodge, and the American Legion. Pete leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Anna Louise (B.B.) Radin, two children, Peter Mitchell Radin, Jr. (Kathleen Trafton), and Michelle Radin Deen (Kenneth), and granddaughter Alisa Marie Deen. Pete is also survived by his only sibling, John Radin (Clara), nieces Cathryn Radin Freitas and Susan Radin Gallagher, and brother-in-law William Resetar. A visitation will be held at Mehl's Colonial Chapel on Monday, December 29 from 5 - 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Help of Christians Valley Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 30 at noon, with burial services immediately following. Should friends desire, contributions in Pete's memory may be made to The Kidney Project at the University of California, San Francisco ( pharm.ucsf.edu/kidney.need ) or to Pets In Need (871 Fifth Avenue, Redwood City, California 94063).
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 24, 2014

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Barnett, Mary - Ben Lomond  
Mary Barnett July 19, 1923 - Dec 2, 2014 Ben Lomond Born Mary Brooks Ogg in Los Angeles, she graduated from UC Berkeley (1944) after serving there as editor of the Daily Cal. Starting as a cub reporter for the San Jose Mercury News at age 20, Mary had a journalistic career spanning over 50 years, writing for many newspapers including the Valley Press, the Watsonville Register Pajaronian and Aptos Greensheet, several weeklies from Lodi, Yreka, Red Bluff, and from throughout Santa Cruz County, as well as for many national magazines with feature articles in diverse subjects especially travel, garden and health. She was founder of the Obispo News Service in the 1960's, covering San Luis Obispo county for the LA times and the Sacramento Bee before becoming co-owner/editor of the Ruidoso News in New Mexico to close out that decade. Mary was devoted to the truth--- she was an investigative journalist who was dedicated to holding the government accountable to its citizens. She exposed many "back-room" deals in her time. Mary didn't only speak truth to power: she spoke "You better watch your ass" to power. She exposed the failure of the proposed Zayante Dam project to provide adequate earthquake protection, inaccuracies in water volume, and other problems that resulted in the eventual discontinuation of this project. As well, she was very involved in the halting of a massive sewer project planned for the San Lorenzo Valley, by showing inaccuracies in the reporting of water contamination that was being used to justify the project. Furthermore, the riparian meadow of Henry Cowell Park was saved negative environmental impact because of her research and reporting on the proposed building of tent cabins in one of the few remaining meadows of this kind in California. Like several of her investigations, she proceeded despite opposition even from her newspaper bosses. She was very active in the Democratic Party and a strong advocate for civil rights. While in San Luis Obispo in the late 1960's she organized the highly successful "Strike Out Measles" campaign, bringing in local hero and Cy Young award winner Jim Lonborg of the pennant winning Boston Red Sox to help in the cause. Her passion for the environment included an expertise in native plants, mushrooms and birds. She maintained active membership in both the Sierra Club (over 50 years) and the California Native Plant Society. Her hobbies included photography, watercolor painting and hiking through nature. Her long list of interests spoke to her desire to grab what she could from each day of life and make the world a bit better for having lived in it. Mary was known for a raging temper, an unshakeable single-mindedness, and sometimes cursing like a sailor, but would turn out article after article, well researched and often including tidbits of information that others had preferred to be swept under the rug. She always knew from her earliest days she wanted to be a journalist. She was incredibly passionate about justice, fairness, and truth, and if she had passed in her heyday, a great throng of high ranking officials and political office holders would have paid their respects. While she wrote news copy well into her 70's, she eventually developed a dementia that slowed her participation but never dampened her enthusiasm for life. She leaves behind her three sons: Fred Barnett, Dan Barnett, and Michael Fitzgerald, as well as a daughter in law: Becky Fitzgerald. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband (Barney), her parents and two brothers and many of her friends. The family hopes that there are those still living who can remember her numerous by-lines and will honor her memory by booting out a corrupt official in her name. Memorial Service in planning for January--- if interested please email mcfitzgerald@sbcglobal.net
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 23, 2014
Fiorilla, Madeline - Watsonville  
Madeline Fiorilla Feb. 26 1924-Dec 20 2014 Watsonville Madeline (Previsich) Fiorilla died at home, in Watsonville, on December 20, 2014, at the age of 90. Madeline is survived by her daughter Betty Lee Kittle, son-in-law Bob, grandson Bobby Kittle, grand-daughter-in-law, Tami, grand-daughter Erin Le Francois, grand-son-in-law, Gerry, great-grandchildren Jordan and Taylor Kittle, Aidan, Quentin, and Madeline Rose Le Francois, brother-in-law Bill Sanchez, niece Donna Shannon, nephews Jim Sanchez, Gary Nygren, John Previsich, and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Madeline was born on February 26, 1924 to Andro and Isabelle Previsich in the Ferndale District of Watsonville. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Andy and sister Rose Sanchez. She graduated from Watsonville High School in 1942. Madeline worked as a cafeteria manager for Pajaro Valley Unified School District, retiring from Aptos High School in 1990. An accomplished seamstress, Madeline loved quilting, volunteered at the Watsonville Historical Society, participated in Senior Yoga at Watsonville Hospital and her Better Breathing Group in Santa Cruz. Her family is exceedingly grateful to the numerous family members, friends, and caregivers who returned her love by being there for her. Donations can be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz, who provided exceptional care. A loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend... She was loved.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 23, 2014

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Armor, Shirley - Santa Barbara  
Shirley Armor August 18, 1930 - December 14, 2014 Santa Barbara It is with love and gratitude for the life we were given and the lives we have shared that we say "Goodbye, for now" to our beloved Mom, Shirley Armor, who on December 14, departed for a joyous reunion with Cam and other loved ones in paradise. Rest in peace, Mom. We miss you already. Born Shirley Marie Ainge on August18, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to George and Marie Ainge and brother Ken, Shirley was a bright light during a difficult time. The Ainge family endured the Great Depression, finding precious security in George's job as a manager for Sears, Roebuck Company. After many moves, the family finally settled in Santa Barbara, where Ken and Shirley would attend High School. A Beautiful and outgoing girl, Shirley made many friends and served as President of her class. It was at the University of California at Santa Barbara that she would meet the love of her life, Campbell Armor. As the story goes, the two young lovers began dreaming of a future together. A family of four boys was their wish, and so it would be. After giving her all in raising her boys, Shirley would enjoy a long and successful career in real estate in Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. Shirley is survived by her four loving sons: Thomas of Buellton, Anthony, (Kate) of Santa Cruz, Stuart of Palm Desert, and Matthew of Santa Barbara, as well as her three precious grandchildren: Hunter, Conor, and Alysson, who knew her as "Gram". Her sister-in-law Althea of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. Shirley also had many friends whom she loved and cherished, in particular Mary Kay, Gingie, and her dear friend and confidant Arlene. A family memorial and scattering of her ashes will be held in Santa Barbara. "Fly away Shirley Bird, your sunrise sing the words, In our hearts they will ring, and in the night I will dream, of Shirley Bird."
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 21, 2014
Campbell, Norman - Aptos  
Norman Campbell June 3, 1928-November 22, 2014 Aptos Norman Gordon Campbell, 86, of Aptos, passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2014 as a result of a fall. Born June 3, 1928 in Palo Alto to Nan (Flint) and Benjamin Campbell, Norm lived most of his life in California. Norm had a passionate love of Huntington Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains and Kauai, Hawaii. He loved to build things, from benches to cabins, a skill he learned from his father. He was a proud member of the Masonic Temple for over 40 years. Norm was best known for being a consummate salesman and knew just about every detail of the cement/concrete business and was always happy to inform you of the difference between the two. He successfully sold cement until he was 81 years old. Norm took extreme pride in his grandsons, Owen and Benjamin Perry. He is survived by his grandsons, his daughter Jill, and her husband Bill Perry. He was predeceased by his son, Myron Donald Campbell, as well as his younger siblings, Myron Campbell and Sally Nelson. Norm had a big personality and his spirit was captured in his love of his many good friends, good food, his signature look of Hawaiian shirts, and his ability to share stories. A Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Aptos Community Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, Norm would probably be happiest if all his friends registered and voted as members of the Republican party.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 20, 2014
Carmichael, Betty - Bend, Oregon  
Betty Carmichael Nov. 12, 1921-Dec. 9, 2014 Bend, Oregon Betty Lillian (Thomas) Carmichael was born November 12, 1921 in Oakland, CA and went to be with the Lord December 9, 2014 at the age of 93 in Bend, Oregon. She was the daughter of Floyd and Nellie Thomas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, William Harold Carmichael. She is survived by her children: Charlene (and Bob) Pagett of Scotts Valley, CA; Bill (and Nancie) Carmichael of Camp Sherman, OR; and Jim (and Carol) Carmichael of Bend, OR. She leaves 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Betty lived many years in Scotts Valley, CA and worked as a social worker for the county of Santa Cruz and as a bookkeeper for her husband's contracting business. As Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma she will be dearly missed by her family. She was a multi-talented lady, fabulous cook-even winning first prize one year at the Santa Cruz County Fair Apple Pie Contest. She always lived her life faithful to God and serving others. She will be buried in Redmond, Oregon next to her beloved husband. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Assist International, PO Box 66396, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home 541-382-2471
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 21, 2014
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