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Conner, Mildred - Santa Cruz  
Mildred Conner Nov. 11, 1939 - July 6, 2015 Resident of Scotts Valley The world lost a beautiful soul when Mildred Ilene Hill Conner went to heaven on July 6th, 2015. She looked forward to being reunited with loved ones who had passed before, and finally got the opportunity as her children prayed her to heaven, surrounded by family and the love of many friends. She was always a devoted mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. We will miss her warm and friendly smile, charismatic personality, inner glow, yummy enchiladas, peanut butter ball recipe... and so much more. We were selfishly reluctant to let her go, but now she is socializing, gardening, sewing quilts with Grandma, camping and beach combing with Papa, cooking for the angels (if you see a fat angel, you'll see the evidence!), and singing that 'Old Time Religion'. Her days are filled with music, laughter and love, dancing the Charleston, enjoying everything decadent but never gaining an ounce, and, after giving them for 30 years, she is finally getting her much-needed massage! While on the Earth, she easily engaged people with great stories about her interesting life. There were no strangers to her, just friends she hadn't yet met. She was strong, smart, quick to laugh, and opinionated (some would call her stubborn, to which she would quickly reply "I am not, I just have better ideas"). She had a personality that was much bigger than her self-proclaimed five-foot frame (in her dreams!) If possible, she is even more beautiful than she was while earthbound. She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Velma Chappell, husband, Billy Joe Conner, and sister, Alma Lawrence. She is survived (and will be greatly missed) by her daughters and their spouses: Patricia and William Adams; Brynda and David Oldemeyer; and Sunni and Thomas Goodreau; her grandchildren: Courtney Taylor, Carly Adams, Joshua Oldemeyer, Stephen Oldemeyer, Robert Adams, and Joseph Adams; her great grandchildren Bentley, Kyla and Bryn; her "adopted children", step children, and many, many, many friends. We invite you to join us for a memorial service to honor her memory and celebrate her life at the Regeneration Church (formerly Scotts Valley Calvary Chapel), 1500 Green Hills Road, Scotts Valley, CA on Friday, August 7, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to make a donation in her honor to the charity of your choice – she would have liked that. If you would like to offer condolences to Mildred's family, share your memories and light a candle in her honor, please visit www.scmemorial.com
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 31, 2015
Stuart, Orla Sheila - Santa Cruz  
Orla Sheila Stuart April 22, 1950-July 17, 2015 Resident of Santa Cruz Born in Calcutta, India on 4-22-1950. Passed away in Santa Cruz, CA 7-17-2015 from cancer. Raised by her Ayah (Sheila's maid) in India till immigrating to Santa Cruz, CA in 1954. Went to Holy Cross Grammar and High School. Attended college at USF where she studied English, Journalism, Advertising and Computer Science. Orla also studied at Cabrillo College, San Jose State and Heald College. She worked for the County of Santa Cruz as an account clerk, before working as an administrative assistant at Seagate Technology. She also workd as an election clerk and as a digital imaging tech for the county. She was preceded in death by her father John "Harry" Stuart, Mother Sheila Mary Stuart and brother Oisin Stuart. She is survived by brother Orin (Arlene) Stuart of Sutter Creek, CA and several nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. Orla would take great pleasure at Christmas time helping her nieces and nephews do holiday crafts and wearing reindeer antlers and a Christmas light necklace to impress the family. Orla was an avid cat lover and had many of her cats on the cover of "Cat Fancy" magazine. She taught her cats Simi and Alex to jump over a broomstick held three feet in the air to earn their dinner! She was also an avid gardener and took much pride in showing her beautiful gardens. She had a heart of gold and would never do any harm to anyone. She spent a large portion of her life staying home with Harry and Sheila and taking care of them up until Sheila's passing in 2013. She was a very caring person and would often send cards and e-mails that reflected her unselfish love for others, and she always put so much thoughtfulness into selecting just the perfect gifts that were both meaningful and reflected the other person's interests. Orla was unselfishly devoted to family and friends in a way that is rare and exceptional. We (your family and friends) are all blessed to have been recipients of your love, generosity, kindness and giving nature. Orla took great pleasure in teaching her nieces Nicole and Courtney how to swim. Orla was an avid Democrat and worked tirelessly for the party especially at important election times. She loved music-especially country and Irish ballads. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. She loved to travel and had many wonderful trips with Harry and Sheila both overseas and in the US, Canada, and Mexico. She was an avid baseball fan and always wanted to know MLB scores and daily rooted for her beloved LA Dodgers. She also loved to watch golf, horse racing and tennis on TV. The family would like to thank the following for their wonderful care and concern during Orla's hospital and nursing home stays - Dominican Hospital and Doctors Yen, Massion and Bhuria, Stanford University Cancer Center and Dr. Karam, Hospice of Santa Cruz, and Pacific Coast Manor. A private ceremony celebrating Orla's life will be scheduled sometime in the near future. Orla rest in peace and fly with the angels until we meet again.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 31, 2015

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Giudici, Donald John - Santa Cruz  
Donald John Giudici February 6, 1933 - July 27, 2015 West Side Santa Cruz Native Recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Sunday and Monday for Don Giudici who passed away at his Santa Cruz home at the age of 82. The son of Stefano and Louise Giudici, he was born and raised on the west side of Santa Cruz, graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1951, and was the last patriarch of the neighborhood. He served in the US Navy from 1952 -1956, and returned to Santa Cruz where he worked at Modern Bakery, and later as a garbage collector for his father who owned the first sanitation company in Santa Cruz. For more than 33 years, Don worked as a beer and wine distributor for Favorite Brands, and retired with Southern Wine and Spirits. Following his retirement, he went to work part time for his good friend, Lucas Zaballos at U Save Liquors. He was a familiar face in the local girls' softball circuit, where he would show up to the games in his bright red Miller Beer truck. Don was very active with his girls throughout his life. Many fond memories will always be cherished of Don coaching his daughters in softball from the early age of 5 and into their adulthood. An avid poker player, Don and his poker buddies (Bob Zoccoli, Johnny Ghio, and George Kievlan) would meet for their weekly poker game which always included cocktails, food, and laughter. Don was always one to sign up and go on bus trips to Reno for the Italian Festival, and of course, Chukchansi and Cashe Creek. In his early years, he loved to mushroom hunt and was an accomplished gardener, raising and sharing hundreds of red onions with his family and friends. He was especially known for his dancing, and he and his wife Jeanie loved to do the jitterbug to their favorite song "Kansas City". Don was a devout Oakland Raiders fan and loved to watch any baseball or softball game on television. He loved all sports, whether it was men or women playing, professionals or amateurs. He especially enjoyed supporting his daughters and grandsons in all of their sporting events. Don's joy and the pure fun that was had by all, of recently taking his daughters, son- in-law, and grandson to an Oakland A's game will always be cherished. Don was a very civic minded person, and held numerous offices and duties with the Italian Catholic Federation Branch No 21, Marconi Club, member of the VFW, Sons in Retirement (SIRS), Druids, and a parishioner of Holy Cross Church. Don was a very loving man, all of his family and friends were always welcome in his home, he greeted them all with a smile and was always ready to share a drink with them. He was ready to have a good time with you whether you were a lifelong friend, family, a neighbor, or if he just met you, a Brandy Manhattan would be shared. He leaves his daughters and sons-in-law Elaina and Mike Shanks, Loreen Giudici-Kathrein and William Kathrein, and Stephanie Giudici and her partner A.D. Edwards. He also leave behind his grandchildren: Jonah Shanks and wife, Alisa ,Amanda Shanks, Samuel Giudici Ferreira, Dillon Kathrein, and his great grandchildren; Lexie Shanks, and Tyler Shanks along with several adopted family members that Don took in throughout his life including, Julie Furtado, Kari Himmelstrup, Wyatt Himmelstrup, and his adopted son Rick Dimeo. He also leaves behind his very good friend, Joann Juhl. Don was preceded in death by his wife Jean Giudici in 2005, his parents Stefano and Louise Giudici, his brothers: Stephen and John Giudici, and his sister Marie Tognetti. Friends may pay their respects at Holy Cross Church (126 High Street) in Santa Cruz on Sunday August 2, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The rosary will begin at 7 p.m. at the church and the mass will be celebrated on Monday, August 3, 2015 beginning 11 a.m. Burial will follow with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Jean. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to your favorite local charity in Don's memory.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 30, 2015
Harrell, Nicholas John - Santa Cruz  
Nicholas John Harrell August 5, 1983 - July 18th, 2015 Santa Cruz, California "Big Nick" was a local of Santa Cruz who was kind, loyal, funny, loving and sweet. He had a love of the water, outdoors, and riding his cruiser bike with his son. He had a legacy for being very strong and full of life. Nick was best known for making people laugh and joking around. He is survived by his son, Drake Harrell (7); his love of 10 years, Julie Elisabeth Pimentel; his mother and step-father, Karen and Jim Keener; his father, Bill Harrell along with sisters, brother, grandparents, family and friends. A celebration of Nick's life will be held at The Santa Cruz Horsemen's Association located at 1145 Graham Hill Road in Santa Cruz CA. The celebration will be Sunday August 2nd, 2015 at 3pm and will be pot luck style if you have a dish to share. BBQ will be provided. You can reach out to or follow RIP Nick Harrell on Facebook for updates, photos and memories. In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the Nick Harrell Memorial fund for help with the celebration and his son Drake set up at Bank of the West located at 1551 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 30, 2015
Locatelli, Luann Marie - Santa Cruz  
Luann Marie Locatelli February 26, 1956 - July 27, 2015 Lifelong Santa Cruz Resident Family and friends will gather in on Monday to say farewell to a loving daughter, mother, wife, grandmother, devoted sister and friend, Luann Locatelli who passed away on July 27th. Luann was born in Santa Cruz and lived her life with complete devotion to her family, displaying in the truest sense, "making a house a home." As a Santa Cruz High School graduate of 1975, she will forever be remembered as woman of compassion and determination, who overcame obstacles in her life, and gave others who she cared for, indescribable amounts of love and support. Luann was employed with ETR Publishing Company in Scotts Valley for 18 years, but her life was really all about her family. Luann is survived by her adoring husband, Daniel Locatelli, their daughter, Ashley Locatelli, and her beloved grandson, Casey. Luann also leaves her parents Delvio "Joe" and Anna Ghio, loving sister and brother-in-law Andrea and Michael McClelland, her niece and great-nephews, Brittany, Anthony and Brayden, and her Aunty Alma Ellis and cousin, Phillip Ellis. Amongst those left behind, truly heartbroken is Luann's constant companion of almost 7 years, Shortyboy. Luann believed completely in the glory and magnificence of our Savior Jesus Christ. May He, with His endless love and benevolence, grant peace and serenity to those she left behind. Friends may pay their respects at a viewing to be held on Monday, August 3rd at the Shrine of St. Josephs Guardian of the Redeemer on West Cliff Drive from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. A recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Committal services will be private. A special thanks is due to Dr.'s Michael Yen, Sally Arai and Joseph Hsu, who were all instrumental in Luann's brave struggle with her health challenges. We will be forever grateful. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and as well the S.P.C.A.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 30, 2015
Morrison, Gloria Ann - Santa Cruz  
Gloria Ann Morrison December 26, 1942 July 28, 2015 Graveside services will be held today, July 30th, in Santa Cruz, for Gloria Morrison who passed away in Santa Cruz with her loving family at her bedside, following a lengthy illness. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was 72 years old. Gloria attended Dalton high school in New York City and graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing in New York. Her career as a Registered Nurse spanned over 40 years. A longtime resident of Pasadena, California, she spent 35 of those years in service to others at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where Gloria leaves many lifelong friends and colleagues whose friendships she treasured. She loved to travel, and was a talented artist, creating beautiful quilts for family, friends, and organizational causes. Gloria will be remembered as a wonderful mother, caregiver, and advocate for animals. Her passion for dogs led her to support various animal care organizations and the adoption of pets who needed a loving home. She was a member of Temple Beth El Jewish Community in Aptos, and in her short time as a Santa Cruz resident, made many friends in both her synagogue and neighborhood. Gloria is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Tamy Leventhal of Stillwater, Minnesota; her daughter and son-in-law, Jaime and Carleton Curtis of Los Angeles, and their daughter Scarlet Curtis; her daughter Jennifer Morrison and partner Pam Conelly of Santa Cruz. Gloria also leaves her three beloved canine companions: "Dixie", "Petey", and "Zoey." She will be laid to rest at Home of Peace Jewish Cemetery in Santa Cruz with Rabbi Paula Marcus officiating, today at 3 p.m. Any kind acts of charity can be made in her memory to Hospice of Santa Cruz County. If you wish to share your condolences or reflections with her family, please visit www.pacificgardenschapel.com
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 30, 2015

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Billington, Vern - Boulder Creek  
Vern Billington March 31, 1966 - July 19, 2015 Resident of Boulder Creek Vern Billington was born on March 31, 1966, to Joan and Ron Billington. Raised in Boulder Creek, he graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School in 1984. He joined the U.S. Army in 1985 and after his service he went to the College of Oceaneering where he specialized in underwater welding and inspection. He worked for Pan Marine Constructors, Inc., Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. To all those that knew him, he was a great man. He was kind and generous, loving and caring, strong and protective, and an inspiration to all of us. We are all better people for having Vern in our lives – his impact on us will never be forgotten. We will miss Vern every day for the rest of our lives, but he will live on in our hearts. Vern is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Gina; daughter, Cherina; step-daughter, Shannin (& Jacob) Hunter; step-son Joe (& Summer) Carmack; mother, Joan Billington; sister Melissa (& Matt) Brown; grandchildren: Onyx, Carly, James, & Anna; niece, Cambria; and nephews, Carrick & Cameron. He was preceded in death by his father and best friend, Ron Billington, and his granddaughter, Julie. A Celebration of Life for Vern will be held at the Boulder Creek Fire Department, 13230 Highway 9, Boulder Creek on Saturday, August 1st at 2 PM. Everyone who knew Vern is invited to join us. In lieu of flowers, a family friend has set-up an account to honor Vern's wish for his daughter to finish college at www.gofund.me/zy2677q If you would like to send your condolences to Vern's family, share a memory or photo, or view his full obituary please visit www.scmemorial.com
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 29, 2015
Courtright, Ernest "Lee" - Santa Cruz  
Ernest "Lee" Courtright August 31, 1938 - July 23, 2015 Resident of Santa Cruz Services will be Wednesday, August 5th for Ernest Leland "Lee" Courtright who passed away on July 23, 2015 surrounded by his family. Lee was born August 31, 1938 the son of Ernest Leland "Pete" Courtright, Sr. and Mary Evelyn Snapp Courtright of San Jose. Lee spent his early years living in Santa Cruz and then Salinas before the family settled in Willow Glen. He attended Willow Glen High School where he played football and was a star athlete on the track team. Lee attended Cal Berkeley and graduated from San Jose State with his bachelors of science in political science. It was at Cal in Italian class where he met the love of his life and his future wife Lynne. They began their married life June 30, 1962, and he entered the auto business in the Bay Area. They decided to raise their family and make their home in Santa Cruz. Lee became an auto dealer in 1972, and at the time was the one of the youngest automobile dealers in the United States. Lee was politically active speaking before Congress as a representative of the automobile industry and locally as a member of the zoning board in Santa Cruz. He was an active Rotarian and especially enjoyed chairing the scholarship program. Recently he had been serving on the Dominican Hospital Foundation Board, which is developing plans for a healing garden. Lee was a very loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather, and he was a role model to many. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, boating, and most of all spending time with his family. Lee especially loved vacationing with his family on Maui and at their home in Lake Tahoe. He took great pleasure walking a stream fly fishing. Some special memories are fly fishing in Argentina, Kiribati, Alaska, the Bahamas and Montana with his son, Jim. Lee is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lynne Gaylord Courtright, his son and daughter-in-law Jim and Kassy Courtright and their children Nicholas, Jack and Samantha, his daughter and son-in law Molly and Patrick Shields and their children Conor and Summer all of Santa Cruz, his brother John Courtright, his uncles Raymond Spencer Snapp and Bill Snapp, aunts Pegi DiBari and Roberta Nigro, several cousins and countless wonderful friends. He will be missed, loved, and remembered by the many he touched throughout his life! In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Santa Cruz Rotary Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 497, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 or the Dominican Hospital Foundation, 1555 Soquel Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95065. A memorial service for Lee will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at the Oakwood Crystal Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Rd., Santa Cruz. If you would like to send your condolences to Lee's family, share a memory or photo please visit www.scmemorial.com
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 29, 2015
Grever, Zane Monroe - Lodi  
Zane Monroe Grever Feb 18, 1932-July 27, 2015 Lodi, CA Zane was born to Jesse and Margaret Grever in Eads, Colorado. He passed away at his home in Lodi, CA surrounded by his loving family. At age 7 he moved to Sunnyvale, CA and later migrated to Santa Cruz, CA, where, at the young age of 16, met the love of his life, Patsy Ruth Burns. They married October 31, 1948. They had 4 children, Zane and Patsy had a long, happy life together married for 65 years. During his lifetime he had many occupations. Dishwasher, working in the family leafmold business, working in a chemical plant and sheetrocker "Dry-Wall Specialist" as his primary occupation until retirement. His interests included traveling with wife, Patsy; golfing; fishing; hunting; and all things outdoors. He spent many years hosting at Seacliff State Park in Aptos, CA. He is survived by three of his children and their families. Sharlene & John Sullivan, Kathy Spears and Lori & Don Thomas. 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and three siblings, Doug Grever, Barbara Bale & Bruce Grever all of Caldwell, Idaho. Preceded in death by wife Patsy Ruth Grever and son Dennis Allen Grever , his parents and siblings Arthur, Alfred, Kenneth, Alice, Joe, Bill, Charlie, Luda, John, and Peggy. A memorial service will be held 7/31/15 at 1:00 pm. at the Evergreen Chapel, Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi, CA.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 29, 2015

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Cady, Richard "Dick" - Palo Alto  
Richard "Dick" Cady September 3, 1940 - July 3, 2015 Santa Cruz Richard "Dick" Cady passed away with his family by his side on July 3, 2015 a week after suffering a heart attack. In line with the life he always led, he put up an incredibly brave fight. Dick was born on September 3, 1940 in Oakland, California. He overcame a difficult childhood to become a successful and loving friend, husband, father to 7 children and grandfather to 9 grandchildren. Dick graduated from Watsonville High School in 1958. After high school, he joined the Air Force and was based in Alaska. On April 17, 1965, sometime after his discharge, he married the love of his life, Sally, in Wisconsin. The couple moved back to California a few years later. Dick became a police officer and fireman and later a dispatcher for the city of Sunnyvale. Being a risk taker, he decided to pursue his dreams and sold his house in order to buy his first Pool Hall, Red Carpet Billiards, in Santa Clara. Dick had taken up the game of pool at the age of 11 and had a great passion for it. It was his life's goal to perpetuate the sport he loved. Dick and Sally bought their second pool hall, Fast Eddy's Billiards in Santa Cruz County in 1980. The couple moved their 7 children to Santa Cruz in 1981. Dick was well known in the community. He was big on first impressions. He sized people up immediately and he certainly left quite an impression as well. He rebelled against the idea of being "politically correct". Dick never held back his opinions. He had no filter and you knew how he felt about everything and everyone. If he didn't have the ability to tell you his opinion in person, he wouldn't mind writing you a letter. He was famous (or infamous) for his letters. If you are in receipt of such a letter, I'm sure you've figured out by the tone and all-capital letters that he meant to use the word "egregious" not "gregarious". Although his honesty wasn't always welcome, nobody could disagree that he was a very genuine person. A rare gem, really. And if he liked you and respected you, he would do anything for you. Except clean. He hated to clean. But anything else. Dick had no fear. He thought he could do anything. He wasn't afraid of failing and sometimes he did. But his courage and tenacity also brought him great success and admiration. In addition to being an accomplished business man and a loving and dedicated father, he was an avid golfer, a talented pool player, a skilled poker player, a zealous coach (they didn't call him "Tricky" for nothing), the perfect pancake maker and the most committed and enthusiastic SF Giants and 49er fan on the planet. He had season tickets to both franchises. Family vacations were often spent at spring training camps and he (and his family) was also present for many momentous occasions such as the 89 earthquake at the Battle of the Bay and to witness "the catch" by Dwight Clark. An acknowledgement of Dick's life wouldn't be complete without mentioning his love for animals. A true measure of a person's character is the way he treats animals and Dick was very compassionate towards his pets, who were certainly considered part of the family. To the late and great parakeet "Taffy" (and his successors Dick named "Taffy II" and "Taffy III) to his most recently adopted one-eyed german shepherd fatefully named "Elvis", Dick was incredibly devoted to his fur/feathered babies. Dick had a great zest for life that will be sorely missed. Although he is well known for his grumpiness, he also enjoyed life to the fullest. The consummate family man, he was the loudest cheerleader at every grandchild's sporting event, danced at every wedding and his smile lit up every birthday party and holiday dinner. Dick earned a certain type of knowledge that could only be gained by living such a full and colorful life. He imparted his wisdom (such as: never take a bet unless you know you can win) onto his children who will pass it onto theirs. He has truly left a legacy to be proud of. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Sally, his children, Todd, Jill, Tami, Kim, Ricky, Randy and Kami (Goo), his grandchildren Taylor, Vanessa, Akira, Carly, Dexter, Kyler, Collin, Kenley (Peach), Brayden and his dog Elvis. A celebration of Dick's great life will be held at the Seascape Golf Course, 610 Golfclub Drive in Aptos, at 3:00pm on Saturday August 1, 2015.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 28, 2015
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