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Campbell, Bruce Brian  
Bruce Brian Campbell November 21, 1970 - August 22, 2015 Salinas Bruce Brian Campbell, 44, went to be with his family and Jesus in heaven on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.He was born Nov. 21, 1970, in Salinas. Bruce attended Monterey Peninsula College, Evergreen Police Academy, and graduated from Rhema Bible College. For the past 20 years, he has managed the Hardy Cattle Ranch. He was in 4-H, and enjoyed cooking and photography. He loved the outdoors and being closer to God, camping, reading, watching movies, and being with family and friends. He was a very devoted father and Christian. He was cherished by all who knew him and will be sorely missed by all. He was preceded in death by his father, Don Campbell; his paternal grandmother, Drue Griffin; his maternal grandmother, Marjorie Hardy, and his maternal grandfather, Sid "Snook" Hardy. He leaves his mother, Sydney; his daughter, Briana, and lots of other loving family and friends. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Struve & Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901. Celebration of Life to be held at Salinas Valley Community Church, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cathedral of Faith, 2315 Canoas Garden Ave., San Jose, CA 95125; Cowboy Church International, P.O. Box 696, Chandler, AZ 85244-0696, and Salinas Valley Community Church, 368 San Juan Grade Road, Salinas, CA 93906. Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
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Published in The Salinas Californian from Aug. 28 to Sept. 12, 2015
Clark, Douglas  
Douglas Clark September 4, 1952 - August 23, 2015 Aromas Douglas Clark, 63, of Aromas, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He was born Sept. 4, 1952, in San Jose. Throughout his life, Doug's biggest passion was music. He played trumpet, tuba, guitar, mandolin, and banjo, and was part of the band Backcountry. He was the 'sound guy' for local contra dances in Monterey and Aromas, and managed the soundboard at the Aromas Grange's concerts and Aromas Day. He is survived by spouse, Michelle Faeth; children, Rachel and Laura; siblings, Mike Clark, Carolyn Rowland, Mary Barr; five nieces and two nephews. Celebration of Life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at Aromas Grange Hall.
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Sept. 2, 2015
Finney, Kara Elizabeth  
Kara Elizabeth Finney September 27, 1991 - August 25, 2015 San Jose Kara Elizabeth Finney, 23, of San Jose, passed away peacefully after a brief illness Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Kaiser Permanente Santa Teresa Medical Center in San Jose. Kara was born Sept. 27, 1991, at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. She was a student at A.B. Ingham School for many years. Kara's favorite things included her grandparents, Cal and Vera Johnson of Illinois; her sister, Amy; Amy's friends, music, Disneyland, horseback riding and swimming. She is survived by her parents, Jane and James Finney of Illinois, and her sister, Amy of San Francisco. A Memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at Living Hope Church of the Nazarene on 1375 Josselyn Canyon Road, Monterey. Her family wishes to thank her wonderful teachers at A.B. Ingham School, the Star Riders horseback riding program for disabled children, her favorite doctor and advocate, Dr. W. Reid Giedt of Salinas, the caring staff at Natividad Medical Center, and her wonderful caregiver of the last two-and-a-half years, Romarie Aquino of San Jose. Contributions may be made to the Natividad Medical Foundation, Kara Elizabeth Finney Memorial Fund for Neurodevelopmental Services. Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Sept. 2, 2015
Martin Jr., Julian "Juvy"  
Julian "Juvy" Martin Jr. October 29, 1956 - August 27, 2015 Sacramento Julian (Juvy) Martin Jr., 58. died unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Sacramento. He leaves behind his wife, Grace Martin; his daughters, Valerie (Richard) Nunley and Vanessa Martin; grandsons, Andrew and Anthony Magana; and granddaughter, Aubrey Nunley. Julian was born Oct. 29, 1956 in Tijuana, Mexico, to father, Julian Martin Sr., who preceded him in death and mother, Susana Martin. Julian was a hard worker, devoted husband and father and loyal friend. He worked as a construction laborer for 38 years and retired at the age of 50. He lived in Sacramento for four years but always considered Castroville his home. Julian loved old cars and loud oldies music. He was an original member of the Castroville Midnighters Car Club. Julian loved being around family and friends. He was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan, loved boating, camping and coaching softball. His pride and joy are his grandchildren, Andrew and Anthony Magana and Aubrey Nunley. He is survived by his wife of 36 years; daughters, and grandchildren, all of Sacramento; mother, Susana Martin of Castroville; brothers, Carlos Martin of Castroville, Oscar (Yolanda) Martin of Salinas, Enrique Martin of Arizona; sister, Vickie (Mike) Castro of Soledad, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Julian Martin Sr. and sister, Diana Martin Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 East Alisal St., Salinas, CA 93901 Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at Our Lady of Refuge Church, 11140 Preston St., Castroville, CA 95012. Burial will take place at a later date at Castroville District Cemetery, 8442 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039. Arrangements by Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 East Alisal St., Salinas, CA 93901; 831-424-9700. Online condolences: www.altavistamortuary.com
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Published in The Salinas Californian from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2015
Sanchez, Hilda A.  
Hilda A. Sanchez 05/19/1940 - 08/27/2015 Salinas Hilda A. Sanchez, 75 of Salinas went to be with our Lord August 27, 2015. She was surrounded by those who loved her. Hilda was born May 19, 1940 in Presidio, TX to Carmen and Ofelia Alvarez. She was a beautiful and fun loving person who enjoyed talking and socializing with everyone she met. She is survived by 7 children; Richard "Chaz" Sanchez, Vincent Sanchez, Nathan Sanchez, Ofelia Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Robert (Mariah) Sanchez, and Abigail Sanchez. She leaves 9 Grand Children, 5 Great Grandchildren, Ralph Ceballos, her loving longtime companion. Her siblings, Margaret Beltran, Mary Lou Vizcarra, Abby Martinez, Grace Alvarez-Lujan, Hector Alvarez, Oscar Alvarez, and Viviano Alvarez. She was preceded in death by her son David Sanchez, and parents, Carmen and Ofelia Alvarez. Funeral Services will be held at Healey Mortuary on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Rd., Salinas, CA 93905. www.healeymortuary.com
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Sept. 2, 2015
Tschumperlin, Elsa Gail Shonsby  
Elsa Gail Shonsby Tschumperlin September 30, 1934 - August 21, 2015 Salinas Our sweet and loving mother and grandmother, Elsa Gail Shonsby Tschumperlin, also known as Grammy, 80, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 in Salinas, surrounded by family. Elsa was born Sept. 30, 1934 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to William Shonsby and Gail Adair Shonsby. She was the youngest of three children, siblings Bill Shonsby and Joanne Shonsby. The family relocated to Williston, North Dakota until Elsa reached the age of 10 before moving to Salinas, which would become her home for the rest of her life. Elsa entered Fremont Elementary School in the fifth grade. She then went on to Salinas High School and graduated in the class of 1952. It was at Salinas High where she met Joe Tschumperlin. They were high school sweethearts and later married in 1954. After marrying, Elsa worked at Coast Counties Title Company as a bookkeeper. Upon the birth of her first child, she became a full time homemaker raising four children. She took on part time work throughout the years working for The Emporium, The American Heart Association, and The Multiple Sclerosis Association. Elsa also volunteered her time to the PTA (receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award), Continental Little League, Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, and North Salinas High School Boosters. She spent many hours at sporting events such as football, baseball, and swim meets. Her life centered around the lives' of her children. She took part in some civic activities such as trying to save Salinas' original city hall building. She also looked forward to getting together with old classmates at Salinas High reunions. Her hobbies included reading, antique hunting, art, gardening, knitting, and babysitting four of her grandchildren full time. Elsa was preceded in death by husband, Joseph Tschumperlin, married 57 years; daughter, Laurie Tschumperlin; brother, Bill Shonsby, and sister, Joanne Shonsby. She is survived by daughter, Kim (Tschumperlin) Crook (Jeff) of Salinas; son, Scott Tschumperlin of Hollister; son, Mark Tschumperlin of Salinas; grandchildren, Jennifer DeMoor, Sarah DeMoor, Michael Crook, Megan Crook, McKenna Tschumperlin, Taylor Tschumperlin, Mark Boles, and great-granddaughter, Elisa Rocha. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Struve and Laporte Chapel. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 4850, Salinas, CA 93912; Coastal Kids Home Care; the American Diabetes Association, or your favorite charity. Our family would like to thank the hard-working nurses and staff at The Ridge for their dedication and thoughtfulness in caring for our mother and grandmother. Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
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Published in The Salinas Californian from Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, 2015

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Franco, Calixta S.  
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Sept. 1, 2015
Kawahira, Misao  
Misao Kawahira November 5, 1924 - August 26, 2015 Salinas Misao Kawahira of Salinas passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. She was born on November 5, 1924 in Kagoshima, Japan. In 1960, she immigrated to the United States and has been a resident of Salinas Since 1968. Misao was a member of the Salinas Buddhist Temple and also belonged to the Engan Nansatsu Doshikai Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Meizo Kawahira and son-in-law, Etsuo Yamaguchi. She is survived by her son, Akira (Lillian) Kawahira of Salinas, daughter, Atsuko Yamaguchi of Salinas, her grandchildren, Nicole Kawahira of So. San Francisco, Casey Kawahira of Salinas, Rick (Yayoi) Yamaguchi of Salinas, Tony (Jaime) Yamaguchi of La Habra, CA., great grandchildren, Sayuri and Sumire Yamaguchi of Salinas, and Airi Yamaguchi of La Habra, CA. Visitation will be held 3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA. 93901. A Memorial Service will be held 3:00p.m. Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Salinas Buddhist Temple, 14 California Street, Salinas, CA. 93901. Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Sept. 1, 2015
McKeil, Stanley William  
Stanley William McKeil February 24, 1929 - August 9, 2015 Chino Valley, AZ Stanley William McKeil, 86, of Chino Valley, AZ, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. He was born Feb. 24, 1929, in Columbia, SD. Stan joined the U.S. Army at age 17 with his mother's written permission. He served in Germany, later in Korea as a MP. He was discharged in 1952 from Fort Ord as Staff Sergeant. He loved the Salinas Valley, so he stayed and started his family. He worked for Salinas Valley Vegetable Exchange and other farm companies for the next 30 years. He relocated to Oxnard to continue farming with Dave Walsh and Jackson Farms until he retired in 1994. After retiring, he lived the next 21 years in Chino Valley keeping active with his yard and many of his neighbors, feeding birds and stray animals, watching the Grand Ole Opry and NASCAR races. Stan was preceded in death by his wife, Ben Ruth Cogburn McKeil; his son-in-law, Mark Lipham; his father, William Bingham McKeil; his mother, Hazel Severson McKeil Strong; his step-father, Kenneth Strong; his brothers, Dennis, Darrell and Dean Strong, and his sister, Judy Strong Gefroh. Stan is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deloris; daughters, Elizabeth (Phil) Spiegl Jr. of Fallbrook, Marlene McKeil of Happy Valley, Jennie McKeil of Ontario, Crystal (Rich) Foster of Spreckels, Rocky Lipham of Ault, CO; his stepdaughter, Marty (Bob) Bennett of Lerna, IL; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two great great-grandchildren; his sister, Susie Strong Brubakken of Britton, SD, and sister in-law, Karen Brubakken Strong of Britton, SD. We would like to thank the Prescott VA Medical Center Staff for listening to his kidding around, letting him enjoy his cookies and candy, and mostly the wonderful care given to our loving husband, dad and grandfather. A Memorial with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at the VA Chapel, 500 N. Hwy 89, Building 152, Prescott, AZ 86313. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Prescott VA Medical Center, AZ. On-line condolences and memories can be made at ruffnerwakelin.com
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Sept. 1, 2015

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Cracknell, Emily Jo  
Emily Jo Cracknell August 25, 2015 Salinas Emily Jo Cracknell, of Salinas, a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, after a full and happy life. Jo was the youngest of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond O'Dell Williams of Easley, SC. She attended Easley High School, Baylor University, and Charlotte Memorial School of Nursing. She was a surgical nurse at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital before starting her family. Jo loved her life in the Salinas Valley. She will be remembered as a consummate chef, a seamstress extraordinaire, an avid golfer, an energetic volunteer, and a passionate gardener. But, what most defined Jo was her extraordinary commitment to the love of her life, Cliff, and her family. She leaves a beautiful legacy and will be greatly missed by her family and friends who all loved her as much as she loved them. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no formal service as Jo willed her body to medical research at Stanford University in the hope that doing so may one day bring a cure to others with cancer. Her generous spirit and zest for life will be sorely missed but always remembered by those that knew her and whose lives she touched. Jo is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 60 years, Cliff; and her adoring children, Robyn (Mark) Drever, Jody (Joe) Annotti, and Paul (Erin) Cracknell. Jo's light will forever shine bright through her seven grandchildren and a community of friends whom she treasured. Memorials in Jo's honor may be made to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital at 450 E. Romie Lane, Salinas, CA 93901 or the charity of your choice.
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Aug. 31, 2015
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