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Silva, Joseph - Vallejo  
Joseph Silva Sept. 27, 1921 - May 18, 2016 Fairfield, California Joseph Silva, 94, passed away peacefully on May 18 in Fairfield, California. Prior to his death, he was a patient at David Grant Medical Center and Fairfield Post-Acute Rehabilitation. Joseph was born on September 21, 1921, in Lowell, Massachusetts, and has lived in Vallejo since 1951, most recently at the Brookdale Vallejo Hills Senior Living facility. Joseph was in the US Navy during World War II and worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard for 36 years as an electrician, nuclear inspector, and engineering technician. He was very proud of his service to the country. He was active with the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, and Seniors in Retirement (SIRs). Joseph and his wife enjoyed square dancing and country dancing with many clubs in the Vallejo area for 40 years. They also enjoyed traveling all over the world together. He was preceded in death by Florence, his wife of 71 years, his mother, Carmina, his father, Joseph Silva Sr., his sister, Mildred Mendonsa, and his brother, Al Silva. Survivors include his son, Ronald Silva (Pat); nieces and nephews Stephen Bennett (Shirley), Jeffrey Bennett (Marla), Jerri Fife (Perry), Nancy Harrold (Jim), Susan Neumann (Norbert), Sharon Hillman (Mel), Terry Medina (Myrna), Michael Medina (Debbie), Rick Medina (Debi); and goddaughter Diane Hernandez. The Silva family wishes to thank Karen Delfin for her care of Joseph during the last years of his life. At his request private family services were held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Santa Cruz, CA. Arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of Twin Chapels Mortuary, Vallejo (707) 552-6696. wwwTwinChapelsMortuary.com View the online memorial for Joseph Silva
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 27, 2016
Stanley, Henry M. - Santa Cruz  
Henry M. Stanley Feb. 17, 1927 - May 20, 2016 Boulder Creek Hank was born in Seattle, Washington, and spent his early years roaming his neighborhood and playing in the many vacant lots. He was outside whenever possible. He is survived by his loving wife Evelyn (Evie) of sixty seven and one-half years, daughters Maureen, Kathleen and Christine, three great sons in law, seven wonderful grandchildren, and six great grandchildren and numerous enjoyable extended family members. Hank spent much time in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains as a teenager hiking with the Boy Scouts and other groups. He attained the rank of Life Scout. During the summers of 1943 and 1944 he served on fire suppression crews in Oregon and Washington. He entered the Navy Aircrew program following graduation from Garfield High School and soon after boot training and Aircrew radio school was selected to enter Naval Aviation training. Hank earned his Naval Aviator's wings in August 1948. He and Evie were married shortly thereafter. He served as a Naval Aviator in the Korean conflict and during the period when the Navy was converting from "round engine" airplanes to jet engine aircraft. In 1957 he left active duty and entered the engineering program at San Diego State. He was graduated three years later with an electrical engineering degree, thereafter working on projects in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. Meanwhile he remained associated with Naval Aviation through the Naval Reserves by flying on weekends as well as for two weeks active duty annually. Hank's mid-life crisis comprised a decision to enter Law School at the University of Santa Clara in 1968. Three years later he was graduated with a Juris Doctor degree and passed the California Bar Exam. He subsequently passed the Federal Patent Bar exam and spent six years with a San Francisco Intellectual Property (I. P) law firm. He moved from the law firm to the I. P. section of the corporate law department at FMC in Santa Clara. Upon retirement from day to day law practice in 1989 he consulted for domestic and foreign I. P. entities. Afterward he prosecuted patent applications for individuals and small businesses until 2008. His favorite pastimes were roaming the U. S. and Canada with Evie in their RV and playing golf whenever possible. His wealth lay in the devotion of his large loving family and his many golf "partners", all of whom enriched his life immeasurably. View the online memorial for Henry M. Stanley
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 27, 2016
Thalls Jr., Wayne - Santa Cruz  
Wayne Thalls Jr. September 22, 1924 - May 18, 2016 47 Year Resident of Santa Cruz Surrounded by his wife and children, Wayne Thalls Jr., passed away peacefully in Santa Cruz on May 18, 2016. Born and raised in Marion, Indiana, Wayne attended the University of Iowa, and served his country stateside as a radio operator and flight engineer in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. His career in communications spanned more than 40 years, and included positions with the Indiana State Police in Indianapolis, and at RCA in Chicago, IL, Pittsburgh, PA, and Camden, NJ. In 1969 he was recruited by Plantronics in Santa Cruz, and towards the end of his career worked at several Silicon Valley startups. Wayne was a member of the National Defense Executive Reserve (NDER). He was a lifelong HAM radio operator (KB6KN), and was a member of the Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club, including service as club president. Immediately after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Wayne spent eight days directing Santa Cruz county-wide HAM communication efforts of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) unit at the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services. Family was very important to Wayne. Driven by his passion for history and a gift for storytelling, he was a prolific researcher and writer. He was a member of the Santa Cruz County Genealogical Society, and served for a number of years in the History and Genealogy room at the Main Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library. Wayne is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Rosemary (Eberle) Thalls of Santa Cruz and their children Jerry Thalls (Ann) of Sunnyvale, Debbie Saunier (Elmer) of Freedom, Tish Scargill (Ray) of Hollister, and Angela Thalls (Neil McKenzie) of Soquel; grandchildren Lindsey, Janelle, Kaleena, Christine, Graeme, Jordan, Griffin and Fiona; great-grandchildren Trajan, Auden, Autymn, Estrella, Questen, Zenen, Kingsten and Kali; sister Pat Maley of Marion, Indiana, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wayne Thalls, Sr. and Clara Christina Thalls (Magers), and sisters Ruth Thalls and Lois Haley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church, 126 High St., Santa Cruz on Tuesday May 31, beginning at 11:00am, a reception at Holy Cross Hall will follow. Military Honors will take place at an afternoon committal ceremony at Holy Cross Cemetery, Santa Cruz. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made in Wayne's memory to the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County, to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. View the online memorial for Wayne Thalls Jr.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel from May 27 to May 29, 2016

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Armacost, Paul Alvin - Santa Cruz  
Paul Alvin Armacost August 5, 1934 - May 22, 2016 Soquel, Ca. Beloved brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Born August 5, 1934 in San Francisco, Ca. Passed away in Santa Cruz, Ca. on Sunday, May 22, 2016 of natural causes at the age of 81. He's lived in Soquel, Ca. for the last 16 years. Formally of Moss Landing, Ca. He was an adventurer, commercial fisherman, and pipe fitter welder. A member of the Elks Club, the N.R.A. and Ducks Unlimited. Proceeded in death by his father and mother Joseph Howard and Adah Mabel Armacost of Arvin, Ca., and Sister Donna Kindig of Bakersfield, Ca. He is survived by his Sister Joann Martin of Modesto. Daughter Carolann (Duke) Martin of Hornbrook, Ca. Son Christopher (Janis) Armacost of Soquel, Ca. Grandchildren Emily Martin of Monterey, Joseph (Lisa) Martin of Yreka, Ca. Sam Martin of Montague, Ca. and Kevin Armacost of Soquel, Ca. 6 great grandchildren and several friends! The family will hold a private memorial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. View the online memorial for Paul Alvin Armacost
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 25, 2016
Edgar, Robert Stuart (Bob) - Santa Cruz  
Robert (Bob) Stuart Edgar Sept. 15, 1930-Feb. 1, 2016 Resident of Santa Cruz A Memorial to celebrate Bob's life will be held at UCSC: Kresge Town Hall, 1156 High St. in Santa Cruz on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Please go to kresge.ucsc.edu for details. View the online memorial for Robert (Bob) Stuart  Edgar
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 25, 2016
Kintz, Elizabeth - Santa Cruz  
Elizabeth Kintz August 20, 1925 - May 18, 2016 Resident of Capitola Elizabeth "Betty" Kintz of Capitola, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2016, at her home with her family by her side. Betty was born in Jackson Hole, WY and moved to California in her teen years. She met the love of her life, Clem Kintz, in high school and they married in March of 1945. Betty lived a full of doing the things she enjoyed including square dancing, camping, and boating with her family. She was very proud of her home and garden and the many accomplishments of her family. In her later years her enjoyment could be found with gatherings of her family and friends or just playing cards & dominos with those she loved. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Clem, her son John, her parents George & Grace Hays, her brothers Vern & Ken Hays, sister Marnie Lee and her son-in-law Marvin Manwarren. Betty is survived by her loving daughters Sharon Manwarren & Shirley Fritz (Frank), grandchildren David Manwarren (Tammie) & Lorilyn Manwarren, great-grandchildren Matthew & Justin Manwarren, and her 4-legged grandkids JC, Brandy, & Ghost. Per her wishes there will be no services held as her ashes will be spread at sea with her husband & son-in-law at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz County or your favorite charity, on her behalf. View the online memorial for Elizabeth  Kintz
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 25, 2016
Sanchez, Leonard - Palo Alto Ca  
Leonard Sanchez Oct. 11 1948- April 28- 2016 Santa Cruz Co. Leonard was a loving husband, a Vietnam veteran, and retired telephone installer. He was also a talented artist and musician. Survived by wife, mother, 2 brothers, a sister and their spouses. As well as 13 nieces and nephews, 17 great nieces and nephews and 3 great great nieces and nephews. Until we meet again in heaven. Santa cruz -Wattsonville cremarorium View the online memorial for Leonard Sanchez
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 25, 2016

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Vesey, Fred - Sacramento  
Fred Vesey Oct 17, 1947 - May 10, 2016 Sacramento, Ca Fred Thomas Vesey, 68, passed away after a nine-month battle with cancer at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. His beloved wife, Katrina, was at his side, holding his hand when he spoke his final words "I love you baby". He is survived by his mother Mattie Vesey of Valley Springs; wife Katrina Vesey of Carmichael; brother Jeff Vesey of Santa Cruz; sister Marchand Heimann of Valley Springs; daughters Stacey Garrett of Red Bluff and Kippin Hoffman of Las Vegas; stepson John Gallen of Point Loma/San Diego; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Fred was preceded in death by his Aunt Lily Vigil and father George C. Vesey. There will be a celebration of Fred's life on June 18, 2016 at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, California. The traditional service will start at 11:00am. Please follow below link for additional information. http://memorial.yourtribute.com/Fred-Vesey/ View the online memorial for Fred Vesey
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 24, 2016

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Brooks, Lindsay Sheldon - Santa Cruz  
Lindsay Sheldon Brooks July 8, 1982-May 16, 2106 Lifelong Resident of Aptos "She is joy" is how one friend described Lindsay Brooks. Lindsay passed peacefully on May 16th after suffering a traumatic head injury in an automobile accident on April 19th. She was 33 years old. Although Lindsay was small in stature, her flashing smile radiated far. Her generous heart overflowed with kindness. Her contagious laugh and bright soul brought joy to her many friends and loved ones. Lindsay loved the beach and was passionate about animals. She was loyal to her friends and their pets. She embraced any small adventure that came her way. Lindsay was also an avid SF Giants Fan. A life long resident of Aptos, Lindsay graduated from Monte Vista Christian High School and attended Cabrillo College. She was a familiar face at World Savings and Loan, Wachovia Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank for over twelve years. She graduated from National Holistic Institute to become a massage therapist. Enthusiastic about her new profession, she loved working at Elements of Life Chiropractic office in Capitola. Lindsay is survived by her mother, Susan Brooks and her loving companion, Dan Holdren, both of Aptos; her sister Morgan Brooks of Seattle, WA; and a host of beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Ronald Paul Brooks. A memorial service and celebration of life are being planned for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 4:00pm-8:00pm. Please contact the family for information. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Fiona's House. Information at http://www.fionashouse.org/InMemoryOf.html View the online memorial for Lindsay Sheldon   Brooks
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 20, 2016
Clarke, Olive Jean (Reeves) - Santa Cruz  
Olive Jean (Reeves) Clarke June 8, 1920 - May 6, 2016 Resident of San Mateo Olive Jean (Reeves) Clarke passed away peacefully from natural causes at age 95 in San Mateo, California where she resided since 1950. She was grateful to be able to live in her own home with loving attention and care through her final days. Jean had a wry sense of humor, was bright, curious, and a lifelong reader. Having grown up poor with Depression era values, Jean shopped for bargains in stores and thrift shops and was a firm believer in sound financial planning, with a no frills lifestyle. Hot cocoa was part of her basic food group and if she couldn't drink her hot cocoa any more, it was a sign it was time to finish up business here. Jean was born at home in Lebanon, South Dakota to Owen and Jessie Reeves. The family migrated back and forth from South Dakota to Riverside County for health and financial reasons. Jean obtained her Bachelor's degree from UCLA during WWII. She majored in English because she had access to Shakespeare and other books without cost and needed to work as a secretary to support herself. Jean obtained a teaching credential at UC Berkeley. She first taught migrant farmworker students in southern California, and then taught English in the Hayward area. For 30 years she taught high school business and English classes throughout the San Mateo Union High School District. Jean was proud of taking her high school aged children on a sabbatical trip through more than 20 countries in Europe and elsewhere in 1967-68. Later she enjoyed travel to Hawaii, Mexico and Washington, D.C. Jean corresponded during WWII with her future husband, "Pat" Harold V. Clarke (deceased August 2000) and was married in 1949. She is survived by her daughter, Carole Clarke, residing in Santa Cruz, and her son John, residing in Morro Bay and married to Barbara. She is also survived by her two grandchildren: Brian Clarke, residing in Cambria, and Rose Clarke, living in West Los Angeles and married to Sean Olmos-Arreola. Jean appreciated the loving efforts of former daughter-in-law, Lisa J. Miller, in raising two fine grandchildren alongside John. Jean is predeceased by her only sibling, Dorothea Reeves Hotson, in 2011 at age 101. Final interment will be at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park. At Jean's request, no services are planned. View the online memorial for Olive Jean (Reeves) Clarke
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 21, 2016
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