John A. Bagatella|
Nov. 30, 1926 ~ March 28, 2014
Resident of Santa Cruz
John A. Bagatella was born to a Santa Clara Valley farming family on November 30, 1926, and born into eternal life on March 28, 2014 in Santa Cruz, California.
John worked on the family farm for many years before serving his country in the United States Coast Guard. After returning, he became a Santa Clara County Sheriff, rising to the rank of sergeant. Upon his retirement from law enforcement in1983, he returned to full time farming and ranching in the Santa Clara Valley and Fairfield area.
John belonged to AMSLAV, was a stakeholder in Napredak Hall in San Jose and belonged to S.A.C.O. in Watsonville. He enjoyed socializing with friends and family, always willing to engage in conversation with anybody. He loved hunting and fishing, traveling the world and was proud of taking 18 trips to Croatia in the last 19 years.
John was preceded in death by his father, Frank Bagatella; mother, Helen (Kovacic) Bagatella; brother, George Bagatella and long time companion, Twoana Gross. He was survived by many cousins in the United States, Austria and Croatia.
Visitation will be held at Mehl's Colonial Chapel on Thursday, April 3rd 3-9:00 p.m. with the rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Clare Parish 941 Lexington St, Santa Clara, CA on Friday, April 4th at 1:00 p.m. with burial to follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St, Santa Clara, CA.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Apr. 1, 2014