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Causey, Darien Barr - Clearlake  
Darien Barr Causey Aug. 9, 1956 - Dec. 28, 2014 Santa Cruz and Clearlake, CA Of Santa Cruz, CA, passed into his next life unexpectedly in his sleep. He was 58. The 2nd son of Roland Charles Causey and Margaret Marianne Suttle, he was born and raised in Long Beach, CA, where he went to St. Anthony's, winning top sales awards. After his mother died in 1971, he spent time in Central America with his youngest sisters and dad until moving to Ben Lomond in 1973 to be near his older sisters. A business wiz, he co-owned and operated a successful sand-candle business in his early teens. Darien loved his family above all. He loved nature and sailing, having grown up sailing in the Santa Catalina channel on his family's yaht. Darien adored rock and roll music and would often sneak out with Chansonette to festivals or concerts whenever he could. Darien said his strong faith in God guided him. He was sensitive, loving, charismatic and the life of the party with his great sense of humor, infectious laugh and passion for life. Darien is remembered as a talented, organic gardener and gifted chef, often preparing sumptious meals for family and friends. In 1990, Darien started Causey's Carpet Cleaning which he successfully ran until late 2014. He was also an extremely talented freelance jeweler, known for featuring abalone shells in his uniquely gorgeous designs. Darien moved to Clearlake in 2014 to begin a real estate investment business and study for his real estate broker's license. Darien is survived by his two wonderful daughters (Elicia Causey and Rachelle Gardener of Salt Lake City, UT) son Quentin Causey of Clearlake, 7 grandchildren, and sisters Angelique Eddins (of Yucca Valley), Chansonette Connolly Spoon and Remie Casillas, both of Soquel. Darien's parents, brother Blaise and sisters Monique and Colette have predeceased him. A private memorial will be held in Pebble Beach, with immediate family only.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 31, 2015
Corwin, Margaret Ann - Santa Cruz  
Margaret Ann Corwin May 29, 1932-January 20, 2015 Santa Cruz Margaret Corwin passed away early Tuesday morning. All her children and grand children were able to say goodby during the weekend before he death. She will be greatly missed by all who have known her. Margaret was born in Fairbury, Nebraska to Norman and Genevieve Chaney. Norman died when Margaret was young, and Genevieve was left to raise five children on her own. She moved to Grand Island, Nebraska where her parents lived, and worked as a cook. Margaret attended Grand Island High School, and there she met Marvin Corwin. They were married and started a family just after Margaret graduated. Marvin worked for the railroad and became a heavy equipment operator. Work took them all over the mid-west, down to Arizona, and eventually to California. They spent many years in Whittier and then moved to Santa Cruz in the 1980s. Margaret was an avid Bridge player and enjoyed tournaments and outings to play with many dear friends. She was a prolific and talented quilt maker, and her quilts adorn the beds, walls, and couches of homes in many states. Marvin proceeded her in death in 2014. They had been together for over 60 years. She is survived by two siblings Peggy Smith, and Robert Chaney of Southern California. Her sisters Ruth Poe and Norma Scobie have passed. She is survived by Deborah Corwin and her partner Laura Diem of Watsonville, her son Mark Corwin and his wife Terry of Santa Cruz, her daughter LeeAnn Corwin and her wife Jennifer Faler of Albequerque N.M, and her daughter Lisa Corwin of Bend Oregon. She also was blessed with five grandchildren and five great grand children. Services will be held at the end of February.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 31, 2015
Hadland, Norma - Santa Cruz  
Norma Hadland April 11, 1952 - January 23, 2015 Santa Cruz Norma Jean (Sandusky) Hadland, born April 11, 1952 in Las Vegas, NV passed with grace and dignity, surrounded by her beloved husband and sons, on January 23, 2015 after a brave two-year battle against pancreatic cancer. Norma and her husband George were childhood sweethearts that have adored each other since meeting in high school. A long-time resident of Santa Cruz's Westside, Norma lived her life filled with bright colors, embracing a variety of cultures, loving the warmth of a sunny day and a gentle ocean breeze, and was always eager to participate in the promise of a new adventure. Those who knew Norma were drawn to her beautiful smile, sense of style and love of life. Throughout the many years, Norma and George opened their home to help wayward youngsters choose a better path, resulting in many lifelong friendships that continue to this day. Norma was an active member of Santa Cruz Neighbors and was recognized by former Santa Cruz Mayor Lynn Robinson in May of 2014 for her dedication to the local community. Norma especially enjoyed life by camping, boating and other outdoor activities with friends and family. Norma found joy in teaching water aerobics and made many close friends through her classes. Norma renewed her talents in court reporting later in life, working with local colleges by performing closed captioning for hard-of-hearing students. Norma is survived by her loving husband George, sons Christin and his wife Christy, Jeremy and his wife Cheryl, four grandchildren, sister Carmen, niece Mary Deanne, and brother Gene (Juggins). She was preceded in her passing by her parents, Marcelina and Gene, and two brothers Stanley and Kenny. A celebration of Norma's life will be held at the Louden Nelson Center in Santa Cruz on Saturday, Feb 7th with moments of remembrance at 2pm and 4pm. In remembrance of Norma, please wear bright colors and kindly consider a donation in Norma's memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org .
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 31, 2015
Helie-Edwards, Rolonda Marie - Santa Cruz  
Rolonda Marie Helie-Edwards May 13, 1969 - January 25, 2015 A Resident of Elk Grove Rolonda Marie Helie-Edwards was born May 13th, 1969 in Santa Cruz, Ca. to Doris Marie Edwards and Frank Edwards. She attended Santa Cruz High School where she graduated in 1987. Rolonda resided in Elk Grove, Ca. with her two children. Anyone who knew Rolonda knows she was a woman of many talents. Her passions in life; singing, dancing and fashion modeling are what gave her life until her untimely departure on January 25th, 2015. Rolonda Edwards-Helie leaves to cherish her memory, two children, Devyn Helie and Kiki (Kiaura) Helie, her mother, Doris Edwards, her father, Frank Edwards and his wife, Mrs. Shirley Edwards, her grandfather Robert Lowery, and her two sisters, LaToya Stanley and Angie Taubodo. She is also survived by her six uncles, seven aunts, 36 first cousins and a multitude of second and third generation cousins. Many of those who she called her extended family she loved as her family. She is preceded in death by her brother Frank Raggae Edwards, her grandmothers Rodessia Lowery and BetsyAnn Palmer, her grandfather Arthur Palmer and uncle, Jessie L. Palmer. Funeral services will be held at Garfield Park Circle Church, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz on Saturday, January 31, at 1:00 P.M., and graveside services will follow at Santa Cruz Memorial Park. Visitation at the church will begin at 12:00 Noon. If you would like to send condolences to Rolonda's family, please visit www.scmemorial.com
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 31, 2015
Kirkpatrick, Louise Elinor - Santa Cruz  
Louise Elinor Kirkpatrick Dec. 30, 1916 ~ Jan. 26, 2015 Resident of Aptos Louise E. Kirkpatrick, 98, passed away peacefully at her home in Aptos, California, surrounded by her loving family on January 26, 2015. She was born in Claremont, Minnesota, the last remaining of 9 children. She married Harold (Kirk) Kirkpatrick on September 3, 1939. A year later they migrated to San Francisco, California where they started a family. Louise is survived by four sons, David, James (Diane), Jan (Cathy) and Joel (Lorrie) Kirkpatrick in addition to 9 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. After raising her children in San Bruno, she returned to school and earned her BA Degree in History from San Francisco State University. She began her career as a librarian at various Community Colleges. She was a member of AAUW, the League of Women Voters, and Resurrection Catholic Community. Her passions included travel, politics, literature, music, environmental and humanitarian causes. In 1994 she and her husband moved to Aptos to be near the ocean. Services will be held Wednesday, February 4th at Resurrection Catholic Community Church in Aptos at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Doctors Without Borders, or Catholic Charities.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 31, 2015
Yahiro, Joanne T. - Santa Cruz  
Joanne T. Yahiro "God is in control of our lives" Watsonville, CA On January 11, 2015, a long time resident of Watsonville, Joanne T. Yahiro, peacefully passed away in her home, surrounded by her family. Joanne attended E.A. Hall Elementary School, Watsonville High School, and Cabrillo College. She was an active member of Westview Presbyterian Church of Watsonville and was devoted to her family and friends. During her 40 month struggle with pancreatic cancer, Joanne truly believed in her motto: "God is in control of our lives". This message is found in many of the entries in her journals she kept over the past years. "In 2011, God started us on a journey that was both worrisome and a blessing. He has revealed himself to us in so many ways, and we have felt His presence in every step of our journey. We don't know what His plan is for us, but we know he is totally in control of our lives, and we are so grateful for the way he loves us and cares for us." The prayers of her Westview Church family, and community members and friends supported and sustained Joanne and her family through this journey. Joanne is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, Willie Yahiro, and children Jeff Yahiro and Joy Uchida. Joanne is also lovingly remembered by her sister, Jane Kawahara, her two grandchildren, and many cousins, aunts, and uncles. A Celebration of Joanne's Life will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2pm, at the Westview Presbyterian Church, First Street in Watsonville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Westview Presbyterian Church or your favorite charity.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 31, 2015

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Baldwin, Norman B. - Santa Cruz  
Norman B. Baldwin February 6,1920-January 21,2015 Cupertino Norman B. Baldwin passed away peacefully January 21, 2015, just two weeks before his 95th birthday. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1920 and grew up in Port Chester, New York. He was very successful in school and graduated from New York State Teachers' College (State University of New York at Albany) in Albany, New York. There, he met Louise Michelle Swire, whom he married in 1943 and with whom he enjoyed 60 years of marriage. She preceded him in death in 2003. Norman served in the Navy's Seabees Unit during World War II and spent the war in the South Pacific. Upon return, Norman attended Stanford Business School on the GI Bill. He began his real estate agency, Baldwin Properties, in 1953 in Palo Alto. Norman and Louise raised their three children in Palo Alto. Norman was active in several charitable organizations; Stanford Club, Optimists, and the Elks Club. The family also enjoyed many activities like swimming and bingo as members of the University Club, Palo Alto. In 1968, a second home was bought in the Rio Del Mar area of Aptos. Upon retirement in 1983, they made it their home. Norman lived in Aptos until 2004 when he moved to the Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino to be closer to his son. In Santa Cruz County, he was active in SIRS (Seniors in Retirement) and the Optimists. Norman enjoyed learning new things, traveling, fishing, boats, his grandchildren, and crossword puzzles. He will be remembered for his optimism, his love of learning, his generosity, and his infectious laugh. Norman is survived by his children, Phyllis Swan of Aptos, Ann Baldwin May (William) of Santa Cruz, Howard Baldwin (Monica) of Sunnyvale; five granddaughters: Hillary Swan (Gonzalo) of Topeka, Jessica Swan of Alameda, Lindsey Lucero (Sam) of San Francisco, Monica May of San Diego, Angela May of Los Angeles, and four great-grandsons. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lee Levy of Palo Alto, three nieces, and a nephew. This spring, the mixed ashes of Norman and Louise will be spread on the Monterey Bay with the immediate family present.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 30, 2015
Carpenter, Robert - Santa Cruz  
Robert Carpenter March 17, 1928 - January 23, 2015 Santa Cruz Robert Carpenter went Peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on January 23, 2015 at Dominican Oaks where he had been surrounded by his Loving Son Glenn and Glenn's Family. Robert "Bob" D Carpenter was Born March 17th 1928 to Earl Stewart and Maggie Courtney Carpenter in Worcester Massachusetts. He grew up in Auburn Mass with one older Brother Stewart. In 1946, at Auburn High Bob met his true love Marion with whom they celebrated 56 wonderful years of Marriage. She preceded him in passing in 2007 but Bob always held her close to his heart. Bob's son Scott also sadly preceded him in Death in 2010. After graduating in 1946 from Auburn High School he entered the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he received an Engineering Degree and Graduated in the class of 1949. The Academy and His Classmates meant so much to Bob that he attended the yearly Reunions including his MMA 65th Class Reunion this past September. After college Bob went to sea and worked on container ships and tankers for a year and a half sailing around the world then launched his career selling large capital equipment for Langston Co. He was the International Sales Manager and became one of the first frequent flyer "Million Milers" in the USA. In 1951 He married Marion and had his first child, Scott. Shortly thereafter they moved to Pennsylvania and in 1955 had their second Son, Glenn. In 1956 they moved to Deerfield Illinois and in 1958 moved to Saratoga California where they raised their boys and lived for 19 years. In 1977 they made a move to Santa Cruz California finally settling into Pasatiempo in 1982. He and Marion loved to travel, he loved the ocean, belonged to the Santa Cruz Yacht Club and had several boats in the harbor over the years including a sailboat which he used to race in Monterey Bay with his family. Bob retired in 1984 and thus began a passion for golf. He spent most of his time on the golf course since retirement, known by the locals as the "one handed putter" and up until last year at age 85, he was still caring his clubs around 18 holes up to 3 time a week. Staying in touch with his New England relatives and friends was very important to Bob as he visited with them often. He is survived by his Loving Family, Son Glenn and Glenn's wife Teri, Grandson John, and Johns wife Lillian and Great-Grandson Cruz. Granddaughter Kristen and Grandson Daniel. Grandsons Ian, Great-Grandson Hadrian and Grandson Barrett and Granddaughter Emily Paige and their mother Laura. A cousin and numerous nieces and nephews who meant so much to Bob and who were so good to him also. Bob will be remembered and appreciated by his Family for his example of Integrity and Responsibility, his Steadiness and Patriotism. Bob was a great story teller and he also loved animals and his closest companion till the end was his little shiatsu dog "Cloe". There will be a private Family Memorial out on the Monterey Bay because of Bobs Love for the Sea. In lieu of Flowers please send a donation in Robert Carpenters name to "Hospice of Santa Cruz" at www.hospicesantacruz.org or "The Massachusetts Maritime Academy" at www.Maritime.edu . Thank you. Santa Cruz Memorial in charge of arrangements, 426-1601
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 30, 2015
Ibarra, Francisco "Don Pancho" - Watsonville  
Francisco "Don Pancho" Ibarra October 4, 1943 - January 25, 2015 Watsonville On January 25, 2015 Francisco "Don Pancho" Ibarra passed away peacefully at Dominican Hospital surrounded by all his children and loved ones. He was 71. Francisco was born in El Gigante, Aguascalientes, Mexico on October 4, 1943 to Miguel and Otilia Ibarra. Francisco immigrated to Watsonville in 1961 during the "Bracero Program" at the age of 18, where he started working as a field worker in the strawberry fields. His love for working in agriculture eventually led him to start his own strawberry farming business, IBARRA BERRY FARMS. At the peak of his business, Francisco harvested over 450 acres of his own strawberries. His love for the agricultural industry didn't end there. Francisco also managed his own labor camp at "his beloved ranch", where throughout the years he housed thousands of farm workers and families. He continued with his passion until the day he joined his parents and siblings in heaven. Francisco was an amazing, loving and hard working father to all his children. We were blessed to learn from a great man who believed in strong work ethic as he paved the way for us all to thrive for success. Many who knew Francisco, knew him as a man of his word, where a hand shake was as good as a signed contract. He left an impression on anyone who met him as a confident individual who demanded respect. After all, he was a self made businessman who left behind a legacy of strength, pride and leadership. A loving father, grandfather, friend and businessman, the most honorable man we all knew. Forever in our hearts, he will be missed but never forgotten. Francisco leaves behind his children; Miguel (Kathy), Francisco "Prieto", Juan "Pelon" (Marilu), Maria Vasquez, Veronica "Vero" (Hugo) Morales, Esteban "Mi Estivon Steak", Pedro "Kaki", Francisco "Panchin" (Lupe), Chayito (George) Rodriguez, Ralph, Arturo "Tuta", Rosalba "Mi Oshi" (Cain) Rodriguez, Sandra "Mi Sandunga", Francisco "Mi Yiyaso", Alejandra "Mi Juni", Roberto "Mi Chito", Liz Vanessa "Lizva", and their mothers Juana Salinas, Maria Reynoso and Rosalba Alvarez. His siblings Juan Ibarra, Josefina Ibarra, San Juana Reyes and Maria De La Luz Nieto. He also leaves behind twenty-one grandchildren and one to arrive soon. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Guadalupe, Pedro, Daniel and Maria De Jesus. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at his beloved ranch at 143 Paulsen Rd. Watsonville. Followed by a rosary at 7:00 pm Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am Friday, January 30, 2015 at St. Patrick's Church, 721 Main St. Watsonville. Burial will follow at Valley Public Cemetery, 2445 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville. A celebration of life will follow after the burial at our father's beloved ranch at 143 Paulsen Rd. Watsonville. Everyone is welcome to attend. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 East Alisal St. Salinas (831) 424-9700. Online condolences:www.altavistamortuary.com
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 30, 2015
Travers, Raymond L. - Watsonville  
Raymond L. Travers Oct. 14, 1921~Jan. 22, 2015 Resident of Carmel Valley Raymond Luis Travers passed away peacefully at his home on January 22, 2015 in Carmel Valley, California. Ray was born in Watsonville, California on October 14, 1921 to Manual and Florence Travers. Ray's great grand-parents and parents were pioneering farm families in Watsonville. His mother's father settled in Monterey after the whaling ship he traveled on from the Azores docked there. His father's parents settled in Watsonville and homesteaded farmland. Although an only child, Ray had many cousins and family throughout the Pajaro Valley in Watsonville. When you were with Ray, you would always run into someone that knew Ray, and when you asked Ray who that was, he would invariably answer, "Oh, he's a cousin." Ray attended Watsonville High School, followed by attendance at St. Mary's College. He left college to fight in the Pacific during WWII as a Sergeant in the United States Army. After WWII ended, Ray continued farming apples in Watsonville. Ray developed and improved the processing and storage of apples in 1956 by introducing the first controlled-atmosphere cold storage in California. This was a sophisticated scientifically-based system that extended the storage life of Newtown Pippin apples by four to six months. Ray was an innovative grower who sought information on best practices and new techniques. He replaced standard-sized fruit trees with semi-dwarf trees which simplified pruning, thinning, and picking. During the polarized beginnings of the United Farm Workers Union, Ray was one of several farmers to sign contracts with the United Farm Workers. He also served on one of their first boards and was given a retirement party by Caesar Chavez that included apple pie. Ray was a pragmatist who recognized changing conditions in the global apple market, resulting in divestment of his farming properties in Watsonville and San Juan Bautista. Upon his retirement, Ray and Ursula moved to Carmel Valley, California. He was happily married to Ursula Travers until her death in 2009. Together they were active in the California Dressage Society. Ray encouraged her horseback-riding expertise and took pride in her ability to train dressage horses. Pioneering heritage played out through Ray's life in his can-do positive attitude and belief in hard work and self-determination. Ray always faced his experiences in a positive way. Ray was preceded in death by his son Manual. Ray is survived by his daughter, Marlena Hirsch and husband Barry, his son, Raymond F. Travers and wife Tori, grandchildren: Lily Hirsch (Austin), Martin Hirsch (Karen), Amanda Travers, Amber Travers, and 5 great grand-children. Visitation will be held at Mehl's Colonial Chapel on Monday, February 2, 2015 from 4-6:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on February 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Valley Catholic Church located at 2401 East Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California. Burial will follow at Valley Catholic Cemetery. Mehl's Colonial Chapel has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel from Jan. 27 to Jan. 30, 2015
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