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Bairos Sr., Anthony Richard - Santa Cruz  
Anthony Richard Bairos, Sr. Nov. 16, 1940 - May 1, 2016 Resident of Santa Cruz Anthony R. Bairos, Sr. passed away on May 1, 2016 at Dominican Hospital at the age of 75. Tony was born on November 16, 1940 in Davenport, the son of Joaquin Bairos and Amelia Della Mora. He grew up in Davenport and Santa Cruz where he attended Santa Cruz High School. Tony served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1957-1962. He loved his country and was proud to have served in the Marines. As a young man Tony worked at the Cement Plant in Davenport. He later owned and operated Dan & Tony's Paint and Body Shop until his retirement in 2003. He loved cars and was a Hot Rod enthusiast. He was a member of the Santa Cruz Elks Lodge and a former member of the Santa Cruz Host Lions Club. He served as past president of the California Auto Body Association and of the Corvette Club. He also was a member of the Marine Memorial. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Mary Ann Bairos; children, Rene Bairos, Anthony Bairos, II and Angela Bairos; his mother, Amelia Della Mora and his brother, Carl Della Mora. He is also survived by five grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Joaquin Bairos. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 515 Frederick St., Santa Cruz, CA on Friday May 6, 2016 at 10:00 am. Interment will follow with military honors at Santa Cruz Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care of Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel. For those wishing to share a memory or express your condolences to Tony's family, please visit www.pacificgardenschapel.com . In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wounded Warriors or to Toys for Tots. View the online memorial for Anthony Richard Bairos, Sr.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 3, 2016
Dreizin, Sylvia - Soquel  
Sylvia Dreizin Jan. 26, 1918 - Apr. 26, 2016 Soquel At the age of 98, Sylvia Hess Dreizin died peacefully in her own home. Sylvia was born in Paterson, New Jersey. She married her husband, Sam, and they moved to Clifton, New Jersey and had two daughters. In 1961 Sam died in a tragic car accident. In that moment Sylvia's life changed forever. She learned to drive and worked full time as a secretary. In 1971, Sylvia moved to California to begin a new life. Here she continued working and retired from Intel. Sylvia is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Bruce) Shulman and Eileen (Hodge) Dreizin. She also leaves five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and her younger sister. Sylvia will be remembered for her spunk, energy, and wonderful sense of humor. In retirement, Sylvia worked with preschoolers. Like she did with her children and grandchildren, she must have entertained them with her silly jokes and imaginative stories. Because of her love of children, the family asks that donations be made to the Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center. View the online memorial for Sylvia Dreizin
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 3, 2016
Fitch, Robert DeWitt "Bob" - Santa Cruz  
Robert "Bob" DeWitt Fitch July 20, 1939 - April 29, 2016 Resident of Watsonville That which encourages me to write my own obituary is probably vanity, which functionally exposes a known element of my character -- stubborn independence. Fortunately my self-absorbed self has retreated in my seniority as I am increasingly required to release control to a team of thoughtful caretakers. Seventy-six years is pretty good endurance since as a child I thought 50 was old and 60 was certainly the end. Furthermore I have fulfilled an inspiration that occurred at 15 years of age upon hearing Pete Seeger sing: How do I know my youth is all spent? My get up and go has gone up and went. In spite of it all I'm able to grin And think of the places my get up has been. Two instant & lasting inspirations: 1) The goal of life is neither happiness nor comfort: The goal is fulfillment. 2) An eschatological (end times) philosophy: When making decisions imagine reflecting back from your final days able to say "I chose the right places to be." In my final days I feel the fullness and I am thankful for the places my get-up has chosen to be. These "places" have included numerous brother and sister comrades-in-mischief, the caring of several loving partners (Carolyn Runes, Lynne Simcox, Annie Boudreau, Allison Luterman, Karen Mallory, Ester Centers, and Karen Shaffer), my loving sister (Shelley Herting), the challenge and inspiration of four children (Kevin Schultz, MaKaWa Alexander, Benjamin Fitch, Jaxon Ravens Fitch) and three grandchildren (Lucas Fitch, Simon Schultz, Camellia Alexander). To these intimates I also apologize. They are aware that I am difficult to live with, certainly eccentric. And some times a cloudy boundary separates my self-serving piety and passionate idealism. Please forgive me for this selfishness and confusion. My life has been enriched by global travel, and the opportunity to photo document & know leaders and workers of various nonviolent campaigns for social justice. I have been uniquely inspired by engagement with Pete Seeger, the folk musician who walked his song and talk; by Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated leader of the black civil rights movement who reminded all that the scaffold of peace is justice; and by Dorothy Day, journalist, titular parent of the Catholic Worker Movement soon to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church even though she vigorously declared, "don't call me a saint." As a folk song writer and sing-along facilitator, I have been especially nourished by labor & political folk music traditions. I've had the good fortune to fiscally support myself, family, political activities and photography with a lifetime of employment in various human service occupations including campaign organizing & administration, low income & homeless housing development, military resistance and resistor counseling. I am surprised yet especially honored that my life concludes with establishment of a physical heritage. Images of many of the fine people and places my "get up has been" are a preserved & freely accessible as the Bob Fitch Photo Archive at the Stanford University Libraries: https://exhibits.stanford.edu/fitch/browse Because of it all, I am able to grin! Make mischief! Memorial Services will be held at Peace United Church (formerly First Congregational Church), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 on Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 2:00pm. If you would like to offer your condolences to Bob's family, share your memories and light a candle in his honor, please visit www.scmemorial.com Photo by David Bacon View the online memorial for Robert "Bob" DeWitt Fitch
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 3, 2016
Reich, Gary - Watsonville  
Gary Reich Aug. 30, 1949 - Apr. 26, 2016 Watsonville View the online memorial for Gary Reich
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 3, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Boedeker, Mary D. - Soquel  
Mary D. Boedeker Jun 4, 1928 - Apr 19, 2016 Soquel On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Mary D. Boedeker passed away surrounded by her family. She was 87. Mary was a woman of many wonderful traits. She was a graduate of Manteca High class of 46, received her Nursing Degree from Saint Mary's San Francisco class of 50. Mary was one of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 45 years. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; Frank and Vada Triglia and brothers; Frank and Al Triglia. She was survived by her children; Anne (Bill) Black, Theresa (Dennis) Crouch, Diane Boedeker, Miriam Maclin, Henry (Patricia) Boedeker and siblings; Elise, John, Joseph (Hazel) Triglia, Carmel Melgren and Daniel (Marie) Triglia. She is also lovingly survived by her grandchildren; Becky, Alex (Micqaela), Gabe (Sabrina), Gene (Erin), Paul (Carmen), Darren, Hilary, Zachary, Analiesa, Tyler, and great grandchildren; Desi, Myles, Isaac, Jonah, Senecah, Tosawi, Necee, Lissette, Devon, Koa, Easton. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lewy Body Dementia and Kindred Care Santa Cruz County in Mary's name. Private Services "How Blessed We've Been" View the online memorial for Mary D. Boedeker
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 1, 2016
Brown, Marilyn Jean - Santa Cruz  
Marilyn Jean Brown May 25, 1923 – April 26, 2016 Resident of Santa Cruz A private committal will be held in Santa Cruz for Marilyn Brown who passed away peacefully in Santa Cruz this past Tuesday. She would have celebrated her 93rd birthday next month. Born in Red Oak, Iowa, Marilyn was blessed with intelligence and determination; graduating from high school at the age of 16, and immediately enrolling at the University of Nebraska. Marilyn earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Nebraska at a time when few women were able to obtain a college education. For more than 20 years she had a career in the banking industry. She lived and worked most of her life in Nebraska, and later in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Marilyn moved to Santa Cruz in 1987 to be near her daughter and her family. Marilyn enjoyed reading, classical music and knitting. She was an accomplished Bridge player, and cherished the friendships that she made throughout the years. She was a longtime member of Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, and will be remembered by her church family. Marilyn is survived by her daughters, Lisa Hoesing of Santa Cruz and Christine Thompson of London, England. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren Kayla and Ian Hoesing, and her great grandson, Don Hoesing. Marilyn was preceded in death by her daughter, Dennise Carol Brown of Santa Cruz in 2014. The Memorial Service is to be held at Peace United Church of Christ, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 11:00 A.M. Any kind acts of charity can be made to: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060. View the online memorial for Marilyn Jean  Brown
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 1, 2016
Bussi-Warns, Maxine - Watsonville  
Maxine Bussi-Warns Resident of Watsonville Maxine Bussi-Warns of Watsonville passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at home with her husband Larry by her side. Maxine was born in Macomb, Illinois where she lived until 1938. That same year, Maxine moved to Colorado and resided there for four years. In 1942, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in Civil Service with the Armed Forces. She met a gentleman named Aldo Bussi, there were married in 1944. Maxine and Aldo spent many years volunteering with the Los Angeles Red Cross. Maxine and Aldo moved to Scotts Valley in 1978 and she became a "Happy Camper" doing her gardening and raising flowers. In 1984, they moved to Montevalle Mobile Home Park in Scotts Valley, where she and Aldo enjoyed volunteering for various park activities. Aldo passed away in 2002. Maxine moved to Oak Tree Villa in Scotts Valley, there she met a gentleman named Larry Warns, they were married in 2003. In 2004, Maxine and Larry moved to Valley Heights in Watsonville where they enjoyed 12 years of quiet time and each others company. Maxine was a real people person, she enjoyed the company of others, every one loved her dearly, she was a great lady. Maxine is preceded in death by her first husband, Aldo Bussi, and her brother, Bill Duncan. She is survived by her husband, Larry Warns of Watsonville. At Maxine's request, there will be no services. She asks that donations be made to the Visiting Nurses Association, Hospice of Santa Cruz County or to your favorite charity. View the online memorial for Maxine  Bussi-Warns
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 1, 2016
Cummings, Roxanne - Santa Cruz  
Roxanne Cummings October 18, 1950 - April 3, 2016 Santa Cruz Roxanne Cummings died at home in Santa Cruz on April 3rd surrounded by her five children. Her two greatest passions in life were family and homebirth, and there is no place she would have rather taken her last breath. Born in Berkeley to Marion and Jack, Rox was the eldest of three children. Rox was inspired to study homebirth when she overheard a woman speaking about her plans to have her baby at home. In that moment she felt a powerful call to be a Midwife. She traveled to Tennessee to study with Midwife Ina May Gaskin at the Farm Midwifery Center and apprenticed with homebirth Midwife June Whitson. She became a Certified Nurse Midwife through UC San Francisco and helped open The Birth Place in Palo Alto, one of the first out-of-hospital birth centers in California. She partnered with Kate Bowland and together they launched Midwives of Santa Cruz. It was a local landmark for healthcare practitioners for 30 years, serving over 2,000 pregnant women and their families. Roxanne loved being a Midwife and would often remind herself as she drove off to a birth that she was living her dream. In 2005, Rox began studying Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting. Incorporating this with her knowledge as a Midwife and mom, she taught a class for pregnant couples. Rox said, "out of everything in this world, the most interesting thing to me is the concept of families; their formation and their dynamics, especially around the time of birth and early parenting. The foundation of consciousness, learning about heartache, love, dreams, suffering and disappointment, the concept of not being alone, of having to work with others, to create a life together and grow into a family system. From babies, to toddlers, to teenagers and adults, we are so close in contact with something that is profoundly holy." She was honored to teach about what she loved most. Her fascination with families made her an incredible mother. She met David Potter in 1979 and fell in love with his three children, Jeremy, Serena, and Chaska. They married and had two daughters, Oriana and Belle. Roxanne loved being a mom. She was loving, supportive and made life magical. A fabulous cook, her kitchen was always brimming with delicious comfort food. She had a beautiful voice, and singing with her family brought her great joy. She loved to travel, most recently returning to her beloved Scotland, where her mother was born. She loved to dance, do yoga, walk by the ocean and sip rosé on her porch. A true Scot, she loved a good cuppa tea. Rox was incredibly generous and loyal. Her sense of humor was witty and charming. Her sparkly blue eyes were enchanting. Roxanne was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Jack. She is survived by her children; Jeremy, Serena, Chaska, Oriana, Belle and her husband Collin, spirit daughter Celeste, her dear sister Skipper and many nieces and nephews. Roxanne was diagnosed with a Sarcoma in October of 2014. She gracefully carried out her life spending time with her loved ones, and reflecting on life and death with deep appreciation. In February she walked her daughter Belle down the aisle at her wedding, a milestone she was so proud of. She died feeling that her cup was full. There will be a celebration of her life on May 15th at 2:30 pm, in the Community Building at Mount Madonna Center, 445 Summit Rd, Watsonville. It is an honor to come together as her community in recognition of her life and the amazing woman she is. She loved a good toast, so raise a glass to Roxanne in celebration of a life well lived! View the online memorial for Roxanne Cummings
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 1, 2016
Heiner, Jay R. - Santa Cruz  
Jay R. Heiner July 2, 1932 - April 13, 2016 Dr. Jay Ronald Heiner, age 83, of Center Harbor, NH & Scotts Valley, CA died suddenly on April 13, 2016 at home with his wife, Helen by his side. Jay was born on July 2, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Ronald and Josephine (Ensign) Heiner. He attended Salt Lake City Elementary School and graduated from Wichita High School North in Wichita, Kansas, in 1949. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and then graduated from Northwestern University of Medicine in Chicago in 1956, as a Doctor in Medicine. Jay served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force for two years and was stationed in Okinawa where he was also a member of the Public Health Council. Upon leaving the service, he returned to the University of Utah to continue his studies in Psychiatry. He completed his residence at St. Vincent Hospital in New York City, NY. Several aspects of his professional career include, teaching medicine at the Univ, of Iowa, his private practice Mentis Medical Group in Cupertino, California, Medical Director of the Psychiatric Dept. at Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose, CA. After moving to New Hampshire, he served as medical Director of Genesis of Laconia and as a staff psychiatrist for Carroll County Medical Health in Wolfeboro. He was a dedicated doctor to the care of his patients as well as his staff. While at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA, he partnered professionally with Helen O'Neill RN, CADC to provide addictive disease treatment for patients and health care professionals. With similar interests and goals, the successful team soon developed into a lifelong, caring and loving marriage. Upon blending their families, Helen became the bond what would bring the family together. Jay was a man of distinct intelligence and curiosity. He was a kind and gentle man with a quick sense of humor. Being a prolific reader and a conscientious, lifelong student, he became an expert in the study of theology, the culture of India and a meticulous student of the Bible. He loved to travel and visited many parts of the world, including India, China, Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Israel and Europe. His is survived by his wife Helen, five children, Carolyn Melissa Ney, Susan Kathleen Patz, Katrina Maria Childs, Dr. Mark D. Heiner, and Robert Francis Finkeldie, 16 grandchildren and one great granddaughter, his beloved sister Shannon Schaeffer Gerety and husband Richard, her three daughters and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, his grandson David M. Heiner and his beloved dog Smokey. Services will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Meredith, NH on May 21, 2016 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow the Mass at Oakland Cemetery, Mereditch, NH. View the online memorial for Jay R. Heiner
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 1, 2016
Hildreth, Octavia - Santa Cruz  
Octavia Hildreth Oct. 9, 1977-April 3, 2016 Resident of San Francisco Octavia Hildreth passed away on April 3, 2016. Octavia was a bright and beautiful young woman with a passion for the Giants. Her mother, Michele Hildreth Young, preceded her in death on January 7, 2016. She is survived by her long time friend, Jerry Oliver and many aunts, uncles and cousins for whom she deeply cared. Born in Mountain View, Octavia spent her youth in Santa Cruz where she graduated from Santa Cruz High School, Class of 1994, and attended Cabrillo College. While in Santa Cruz, Octavia was employed by Bay Photo Lab, Santa Cruz Cinema 9, Kelly's French Pastries and Trader Joe's. She attended San Francisco State University and most recently was employed by Whole Foods. Octavia was an avid SF Giants fan! A Memorial Bench has been designated at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in honor of Octavia and her mother, Michele. View the online memorial for Octavia Hildreth
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 1, 2016
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