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Kawasaki, Isamu  
Watsonville Isamu Kawasaki Isamu Kawasaki, 74, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015, in Salinas. Isamu was born Aug. 8, 1940 in Terminal Island, to Jihei and Sakae Kawasaki. The family moved to Watsonville in 1952. His love was his son, Anthony. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and watching sports. Isamu was a strawberry farmer for most of his adult life, he also was a berry inspector for California Giant. He was preceded in death by his parents and younger sister, Misako. He is survived by his son, Anthony; siblings, Kiyoshi (Aileen), Yoshiko, Emi (Ken) Yamamura, (Kio Ouchida); four nephews, along with numerous cousins and a aunt. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at at Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge St., Watsonville, CA 95076.
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Mar. 26, 2015
Lizama, Abraham  
Soledad Abraham B. Lizama Abraham Lizama, 37, of Soledad, passed away suddenly Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Monterey. Abraham was born Feb. 25, 1978 in Salinas and had been a lifelong resident of Monterey County. Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be held today, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church, followed with burial at the Soledad Cemetery. Arrangements by Woodyard Funeral Home, 395 East St., Soledad, 831-678-9100, www.WoodyardFuneralHome.com
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Published in The Salinas Californian from Mar. 24 to Mar. 27, 2015
Nordhaus, Emil Ernest  
Salinas Emil Ernest Nordhaus Emil Ernest Nordhaus, 75, passed quietly Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Palo Alto Veterans' Hospital. Emil was born July 27, 1939 to Emil and Kathleen (Erdmann) Nordhaus, in Milwaukee, WI. His family moved to New Mexico where he graduated from Los Alamos High School. An avid learner, Emil went on to complete many business and liberal arts studies at various colleges throughout his lifetime. Emil served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965, achieving a SP4 ranking for his work in military communications and special weapons. He served in Fort Hamilton, New York, White Rock Station, (Los Alamos) New Mexico, and Fort Ord, (Seaside) California, where he fell in love with the central coast of California, married his wife Marjorie and together with their son, Daniel, they made their home in Prunedale. The Nordhaus family remained in Prunedale many years until health issues necessitated a move to Salinas where Marjorie passed away. In his last years, Emil resided with his dear friend, Cory Mahan, also of Salinas. After leaving the Army, Emil continued to serve his country and community in a civilian capacity, consulting with military and civilian clients in front line efforts to pioneer and integrate computer technologies into everyday work environments. Emil leaves behind his son, Daniel of Salinas; sister, Carla Riepe, of Edgewood, N.M.; brother, Michael Kaeske, of Park City, UT; and many friends. Emil will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him and we will be delighted when, in an age to come, we can all be together again. Emil's last wish is to be interned at the future Central Coast National Cemetery to be constructed at Fort Ord. Private donations are being sought to help secure larger funding for the cemetery. Bequests in Emil's honor may be made by check payable to "The Community Foundation for Monterey County" and mailed to: 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940. Please include "Veterans Cemetery Fund" in the memo line. Donations can also be made by visiting Community Foundation of Monterey County online at http://www.ccveteranscemetery.org/ or by calling The Community Foundation at 831-375-9712 M-F 8:30-5:00 p.m. A service in Emil's honor will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the Shoreline Conference Center and Chapel located on Fort Ord at 249 10th St. (corner of 10th and 3rd) Marina. Turn onto 2nd Ave., off of Imjin Rd./Pkwy. Take 2nd left onto 10th St. just past the shopping center. All are welcome.
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Published in The Salinas Californian from Mar. 13 to Mar. 28, 2015
Pacheco, Mary  
Hollister Mary Pacheco Mary Pacheco, 70, of Hollister, died Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Monterey, after a long batter with cancer. Mary was born April 21, 1944 in Gonzales, to father, Alfredo Dominguez and mother, Fermina Baray, who predeceased her. She grew up in a large, loving family with three sisters and three brothers. Mary married Joseph Pacheco on Dec. 5, 1964. Shortly after marriage they moved to Salinas, where the couple lived and raised their six children. Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and grandmother. When diagnosed with cancer in 2014, she remained dedicated to her family and in her will to fight her illness. She remained a brave, selfless and God fearing woman through her final days. She leaves behind her husband, Joseph Pacheco; her sons, Joseph (Tina), Anthony (Trisha), Steve (Leonore) and Tom (Tais); and daughters, Terry (Lazaro Maldonado) and Kristina (Bill Litt). She is also grandchildren, as well as her sisters, Delia Velasquez, Tita Gomez and Angie Plasquet; her brother, Joe Dominguez and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Alfredo and Daniel Dominguez. Mary requested to be buried near her mother at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Prunedale. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015. The Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015. Both will be held at St. Benedict's Church in Hollister. A reception will follow; all are welcome. The family would especially like to thank Hospice of the Central Coast for all their excellent work and loving care; the staff of Westland House for their constant, attentive treatment; and the amazing dedication and outstanding work of Dr. Srivinivas and her team from the Stanford Cancer Center. We would also like to especially thank Dr. Peter Coelho for his dedication and love during all the stages of her illness. Condolences: www.blackcoopersander.com
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Mar. 26, 2015
Peterson, Evelyn  
King City Evelyn Peterson King City lost one of her most beloved friends with the passing of Evelyn Peterson, 87, on Friday, March 20, 2015. Born Evelyn Marie Hilfiker on May 1, 1927 in Salem, OR, to Bernard and Emma (Fabry) Hilfiker. Evelyn was raised on the family farm to a pioneering family descending from Switzerland. She developed a strong work ethic, graceful dignity, and impeccable moral character. Evelyn attended Williamette University and graduated from Oregon State College of Education. She met and married Moylen Peterson in 1953 while teaching school in Portland. In 1955, they chose King City to build a wonderful life and raise their family. Working beside her husband, it was the beginning of a successful dental and real estate career spanning 60 years. Evelyn's family was the focus and love of her life. Her hobbies included tole painting, knitting, golfing, and dancing. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and several bridge clubs. In her later years she delighted in spending time with her grandchildren, the beach, and her Santa Barbara vacation home. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy, in 1973 and her husband of 57 years, Moylen, in 2007. She is survived by her daughter, Glenda (Justin) Allred, of King City; son, Eric Peterson of Santa Barbara; son, Maury Peterson, of Portland, OR; and grandchildren, Joseph Sproul, Tyler Allred, Nancy Allred, Chris Peterson and Sara Peterson. Evelyn cherished spending time with her family and requested of her friends, in lieu of flowers or donations, to spend quality time with their loved ones. Private family services have been scheduled. Arrangements have been entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 E. San Antonio Drive, King City, 831-385-5400, www.EFS-Cares.com .
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Mar. 26, 2015
Tavernetti, Lynne Ellen  
Las Vegas Lynne Ellen Tavernetti Lynne Ellen Tavernetti, 74, a retired social services supervisor in Orange County, passed away Feb. 25, 2015 at her residence in Las Vegas, following many years of physical impairments. Lynne was born Nov. 18, 1940, in Salinas. She was a graduate of Salinas Union High School and Hartnell Junior College. Her first love was always the theater where she excelled in many community playhouse productions. Lynne was preceded in death by her parents, Elton and Eva Tavernetti; uncle and aunt, Frank and Ellie Quadro and uncle, Edward Hansen. She is survived by her former husband, Lloyd Ebel of King City; son, Michael Ebel, currently teaching secondary education in South Korea; a retired brother, Terry Tavernetti of Las Vegas; sister, Pamela Bugland (Bruce), both retired in Hurricane, UT; brother, Martin Tavernetti of Lancaster; two nephews, Mark Hoffmann and Scott Barrett; and a niece, Sarah Tavernetti. Lynne was a very caring person who will be greatly missed by family and friends. Per Lynne's request, her services will be private.
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Published in The Salinas Californian from Mar. 26 to Mar. 28, 2015
Ward, Janice Kay  
Palm Springs Janice Kay Ward Janice Kay Ward, 66, passed away March 15, 2015, battling Stage 4 bone cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones in her home in the Palm Springs area as she passed peacefully. Janice was born Jan. 7, 1949 and raised in Salinas. Her daughter Tiffany was the light of her life and her greatest achievement. Tiffany and her husband Rob Grace brought another light to her life, her granddaughter, Makayla. Her brother, Dean Deupser and sister-in-law, Barbara Deupser, she loved to be around them and their kids. She loved to spend time with all of her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Janice was in real estate for 35 years and was involved in numerous committees and charities. There will be a Memorial for Janice on Friday, March 27, 2015, at 6 p.m., at Berwick park in Pacific Grove off Ocean View Blvd., in-between 9th & 10th. Please wear her favorite spring colors! There will be a dinner to follow, please RSVP to Annette, Tiffany, or Barbara.
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Published in The Salinas Californian on Mar. 26, 2015
Williams, Kathleen Ann  
Redding Kathleen Ann Williams Kathleen (Kathy aka Red), beloved daughter, sister and friend, went peacefully to be with The Lord on Sunday, March 15, 2015, surrounded by family, after a long struggle with Muscular Dystrophy and Congestive Heart Failure. Kathy was a very kind hearted, giving person, always giving to charities. She loved her dogs, watching old classic movies, listening to music, and was an avid fan of the 49'ers and Giants and loved spending time with family listening and telling stories. Kathy graduated from Gonzales High School in 1973 and retired from The Monterey County Social Services Dept. after 30 years of dedicated service. She was preceded in death by her father, John G. Williams, in 1977, and step-father, Thomas Arthur Miche' in 2000. She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth M. Miche; two brothers Michael A. (Patricia) Williams and James T. Miche'; two sisters, Colleen T. (Michael) Damron, Susan J. (Stephen) Van Hoy, and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2440 Hilltop Dr., Redding. Cremation at Allen & Dahl Funeral Home, in Anderson. Donations may be made to Kathleen's favorite charity: St. Jude's Hospital.
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Published in The Salinas Californian from Mar. 21 to Apr. 4, 2015
Wolf, Susie Ladell  
Salinas Susie Ladell Wolf Susie Ladell Wolf, 80, of Salinas, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at home. She was born July 15, 1934, in Madill, OK. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Orville E. Wolf; three children, David E. Wolf (Terry) of Gonzales, Suzan Wurz (James) of Salinas and Shelly Stockton of Sacramento. She also leaves behind her five grandchildren, Lisa Epstein (Jonathan), Jeff Wurz, David Scott Wolf, Sarah Tarplee (Josh) and Jacob Stockton, and one great-grandchild, Evan Epstein. Private burial has been held. The Celebration of Life will be held at noon, Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 315 E. Alvin Drive, Salinas, CA 93906.
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Published in The Salinas Californian from Mar. 21 to Mar. 28, 2015
Wright, Deborah Elaine  
Royal Oaks Deborah Elaine Wright Deborah Elaine Wright went to be with our Heavenly Father on March 3, 2015. With faith and inner strength, she fought a long journey with cancer with unparalleled resilience and grace. Debbie was a devoted mother, loving daughter and sister, and loyal friend. She was preceded in death by her father, John W. Wright. Surviving family members are: daughter, Haley Wright of Salinas; mother, Janet E. Wright of Royal Oaks; brothers, John (Linda) Wright of Aromas and Mark (Lisa) Wright of Corral de Tierra; three nieces, two nephews and one great-niece; and lifelong friend of 42 years, Terria (Lee) Odom-Wolfer and their children. Debbie's unconditional love and generous heart touched the lives of all who knew her. Born Jan. 16, 1959 in Sturgis, MI, to Janet (Myers) and John Wright, the family moved to Salinas on her 3rd birthday. Debbie graduated from Watsonville High in 1978 and received a degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant from Mt. Hood Jr. College in Gresham, OR. In 1986, Debbie traveled to Australia serving as a missionary for the Youth with a Mission organization; her desire to serve the Lord and impact lives was a lifelong commitment. She attended MPC and CSUMB receiving a teaching credential in 2002. Debbie spent her career as a kindergarten teacher. She adored her little ones, and children delighted in being in her class. In 2005, Debbie achieved her dream of becoming a mother by adopting her daughter, Haley, her greatest joy. Debbie was an active member of Salinas Valley Community Church. She was dearly loved and developed lifelong relationships with members of churches she attended throughout her life. In November of 2013, women from all over the country gathered locally for healing prayer, recounting memories, and demonstrating their commitment to Jesus. Debbie's infectious laugh and gift for telling stories made spending time together a pleasure. Her greatest gift was listening often over a cup of tea. Debbie was regarded as "fabulous", full of faith, strength, spirit and grace. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of her Life at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Salinas Valley Community Church, 368 San Juan Grade Road, Salinas, CA 93906. Services followed by refreshments. Donations in Debbie's memory may be made to Hospice of the Monterey Peninsula or Salinas Valley Community Church. Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
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Published in The Salinas Californian from Mar. 7 to Mar. 26, 2015
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