— William Perkins, 77, of Morro Bay died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at a San Luis Obispo hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Lady Family Mortuary and Crematory of Arroyo Grande.
— Martin Wayne Brown, 54, of Grover Beach died Wednesday, Feb. 7, at his home.
Arrangements are pending at Lady Family Mortuary and Crematory of Arroyo Grande.
Hetty Faye Jenkins, 80, of San Luis Obispo died Monday, March 26, 2001.
Mrs. Jenkins was born March 6, 1921, on a farm in Midland, S.D., to Art and Nellie Larson. She was raised with four older brothers in Rapid City, S.D. She graduated from high school in 1939 and went to secretarial college. She then worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in South Dakota. She moved to Los Angeles during World War II. and worked at Swedlow Aeroplastics as a purchasing agent.
Mrs. Jenkins married Clayton “Ace” Jenkins on Jan. 26, 1945, and raised four children in Whittier. She had an energetic, loving, and giving nature. She was an active volunteer with the PTA, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and she worked as a teaching assistant and Braille translator for many years. She enjoyed working with her hands. She gardened, crocheted and helped her husband build furniture for family and friends. She also enjoyed baking, her specialties being pies and cinnamon rolls.
In 1992 she and her husband moved to San Luis Obispo. She became an active volunteer at Sierra Vista Hospital after the death of her husband. She loved being a “pink lady” and was known as the neighborhood’s “grandma.”
Mrs. Jenkins is survived by her brother Paul Larson of Rapid City, S.D.; son Ron and wife Gwenn of Huntington Beach; daughter Susan and husband Ke-Ping Tsao of San Luis Obispo; daughter Patricia and husband Harrol Fullbright of Huntington Beach; grandchildren, Mark Fullbright and wife Tara, Jeff Fullbright and wife Michelle of Huntington Beach, Danika Tsao and Kenyon Tsao of San Luis Obispo; step-grandchildren, Valerie and Kim; and great-grandson Shane Fullbright.
Memorial donations may be made to any charity of choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel of San Luis Obispo.
Griselda Patterson Brooker, 98, of Morro Bay, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at a San Luis Obispo hospital surrounded by her family.
A family memorial celebration was held Wednesday, March 21, on the Cayucos Pier.
Mrs. Brooker was born Sept. 11, 1902, in Earlham, Iowa. She was raised in Pasadena, and resided at various times in Vista, Escondido, Hawaii, Templeton, Atascadero and San Luis Obispo. She enjoyed traveling, reading and learning; she found joy and beauty wherever she went.
Mrs. Brooker is survived by daughters Gail Price of Petaluma, and Skye Patterson of San Luis Obispo; grandchildren Michael Woelke of Rifle, Colo., Elizabeth Hernandez of Alexandria, Va., Gary Spencer of San Diego, Laura Spencer of Huntington Beach, and Katherine Brooks-Patterson of San Luis Obispo; one great-great-grandchild; her sister Jean Bone of Redlands; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
Her family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Pacific Care Center in Morro Bay, Dr. Stephen Hilty, French Hospital Emergency Room staff and the nurses and staff of the Med-Surg Ward.
Fidel Vela III
Fidel Vela III, 42, of Santa Maria died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at his residence.
A visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a rosary at 7 p.m., at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria. The Rev. Manuel Liendo will officiate. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. John Neumann Church. The Rev. Emigdio Herrera will officiate.
Mr. Vela was born Dec. 31, 1958, in McAllen, Texas, to Fidel and Ramona Vela. His family moved to Santa Maria in 1961. He attended local schools and graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1976. He continued his education at Cal State Fresno where he received his degree in journalism. He returned to the local area and was employed with the United States Property and Fiscal Office in San Luis Obispo until his medical retirement due to complications of diabetes. As a result of the disease, he became an amputee. He joined the local support group Central Coast Amputees in Motion and helped provide support to recent amputees.
Mr. Vela’s love of writing lead to many articles being written and published in local area newsletters and newspapers. He also wrote many short stories on the adventures in his life. He never ceased to provide support to those in the community and became involved with teaching English as a Second Language for individuals working to attain their citizenship.
Mr. Vela is survived by his mother Ramona B. Vela; brother Jorge A. Vela and wife Librada; sisters, Elsa Vela, Sandra and husband Manuel Castro; nieces and nephews, Yesenia Vela, Ricardo Castro, Sidronio Romero, Reena Castro, Tomas Romero, Bianca A. Vela and Marcos Vela. He was preceded in death by his father Fidel Vela Jr., in 1991.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. John Neumann Church Building Fund.
Edith Jeanette Fowler Helt, 70, of Oklahoma died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at her residence in Weatherford, Okla.
Mrs. Helt was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Bakersfield to Fred Crawford Fowler and Grace Stewart Fowler. She was raised and attended school in Arroyo Grande. She married and moved to Okla. with her husband Joe Helt in 1947. She loved to work with her flowers and spend time at her favorite fishing hole.
Mrs. Helt is survived by her husband Joe Helt of Weatherford, Okla.; sons, Tommie Helt of Hydro, Okla., Floyd Helt and wife Elaine of Eakly, Okla.; Glenn Helt and wife Patty of Weatherford, and Richard Helt and wife Leigha of Weatherford; daughter Flora “Blondie” Boland and husband Jerry of Enid, Okla.; brother Lawrence Fowler and wife Judy of Santa Maria; sister Elizabeth Milne and husband Neal of Arroyo Grande; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father Fred Fowler; mother Grace Stephens; son J.E. Helt; grandson Thomas Helt and granddaughter Lori Boland.
Robert Dave Hooks, 77, of San Luis Obispo died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, in a San Luis Obispo hospital.
No services will be held. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Los Osos Valley Mortuary. A private inurnment will be held in Los Osos Valley Memorial Park.
Mr. Hooks was born Sept. 16, 1923, in San Francisco to Anita Buzzini and George Hooks. He served in the South Pacific during World War II as a Marine sergeant. He then taught in the Animal Science Department at Cal Poly, retiring as a professor after 22 years.
Mr. Hooks was a life member of the Marine Club in San Francisco, He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 66 of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club and the RAMS of San Luis Obispo. He was a sustaining alumnus of Poly Prep School in Brooklyn, New York, an alumnus of Cal Poly, alumnus of Iowa State University and a life member of the Cal Poly Alumni Association.
Mr. Hooks is survived by his wife, Lillian Hooks of San Luis Obispo; four step-sons, Jim L. Brown and wife Laurie of San Jose, Bud J. Brown and wife Jenna of Boulder Creek, Jack A. Brown of Paso Robles, and Ray W. Brown of Modesto; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nephews, Bill Hooks and wife Elaine of London, England, Randy Hooks of Ft. Lauderdale, and Joseph Hooks and wife Gail of Charlestown, R.I.; sister-in-law Ruth Hooks of Naples, Fla.; and five grand nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to any Cal Poly organization.
Arrangements are under the direction of Los Osos Valley Mortuary of Los Osos.
— Elsie Fields, 75, of Paso Robles died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at her home.
Services are pending with Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero.
— Robert F. Baldwin, 82, of San Luis Obispo died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, at his residence.
Burial will take place at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustin.
A memorial service will be held at Laguna Lake Mobile Estates.
Call Lady Family Sutcliff Mortuary in San Luis Obispo for information.
— Dorothy F. Eddy, 92, of San Luis Obispo died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at a Morro Bay convalescent home.
Arrangements are pending with Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo.
— Ernest Cosci, 80, of San Luis Obispo died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, in a local hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo.
Alfred M. Lovely
LOVELY — Alfred M. Lovely, 86, of San Luis Obispo died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at a local hospital.
Arrangements are under the direction of Central Coast Memorial Society.
Margaret Lucille Miller
MILLER — Margaret Lucille Miller, 77, of Arroyo Grande died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at an Arroyo Grande hospital.
Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
WEDGE — Gloria Wedge, 80, of Paso Robles died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at a local care facility.
Arrangements are pending at Kuehl Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles.
Memorial donations for Barbara Kuentzel may be made to the El Camino Art Association Barbara Kuentzel Fund, P. O. Box 1079, Pismo Beach, 93448.
Ronnie Joseph Walters
Ronnie Joseph Walters, 53, of San Luis Obispo died May 3, 2002.
Mr. Walters was born Nov. 20, 1948, and raised in Oakland, being baptized and confirmed at St. Lawrence O’Toole’s Catholic Church and graduating from Skyline High School in 1966.
Kathryn Norine Shaffer, 76, of Los Osos died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at her residence with her children at her side.
A celebration of life will be held at noon June 29 at the Los Osos Community Center.
Edmund Ryan III
Edmund “Ned” Ryan III, 53, of Paso Robles died Wednesday, June 5, 2002.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Rose Catholic Church in Paso Robles.
Mr. Ryan was born Dec. 27, 1948, in Los Angeles.
He graduated from Alemany High School in 1966 and received an associate degree in sociology from Los Angeles Valley College.
He also received a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Cal State Northridge and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Cal Poly.
Mr. Ryan was a retired teacher from the California Youth Authority.
He and his wife, Amelia, married on Oct. 15, 1983, at the Old Mission Church in San Luis Obispo.
He coached youth sports and was an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan.
He also enjoyed mainstream jazz, writing poetry, classic films and spending time with his family.
Alfred Mello Jr.
Alfred “Al” Mello Jr., 75, of Pismo Beach died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at his residence.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach.
Recitation of the rosary will follow at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pismo Beach.
Burial will follow at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
The Rev. Peter Parchem will officiate.
Graham Van Patten
Graham Van PattenGraham Lape Van Patten, 90, of Paso Robles died Thursday, June 6, 2002.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Santa Maria.
The Rev. Bruce McClain will officiate.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Grace Baptist Church in Paso Robles.
Shirley Jordan, 69, of Morro Bay died Friday, May 31, 2002, at a local hospital.
Mrs. Jordan was born Feb. 9, 1933, in Los Angeles.
She was raised in Walnut Park and graduated from South Gate High School where she met her future husband, Jerry Jordan.
Carmel Marti Day, 77, of San Luis Obispo died Friday, May 31, 2002
Mrs. Day was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Long Beach to Rabbi Julius Leibert and Leona Goodman Leibert.
She was an alumni emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona and dean and department head of the hospital administration graduate program at the University of Laverne.
She continued her career as professor at Laverne for 20 years.
Mary Klingensmith, 90, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, in San Luis Obispo.
A private service will be held.Mrs. Klingensmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas.
She is survived by her children, Joyce Kasparek of Los Osos; Linda Foss and husband James of Cambria; Ellen Miller and husband Tony of Honolulu; and Robin Schousboe and husband Ragner of Seattle; grandchildren, Michele West, Helice Callier, Wayne Kasparek, Brett Foss and Diana Foss-Alfke; great-grandchildren, Shayla Balentine, Chris Callier, Heather Callier, Drake Kasparek, Jed Foss-Alfke, Naomi Foss-Alfke, Haley Foss and Brianna Foss.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Klingensmith, in 1978.
Edith Mildred Armstrong Rayner, 84, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at her residence.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. June 16, 2002, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 890 Foothill Blvd. in San Luis Obispo.
James Fraser MacGillivray, 26, of Paso Robles died Thursday, May 30, 2002, from injuries suffered in a ranching accident in 1999.
Private services were held.
Mr. MacGillivray was born June 28, 1975, in Paso Robles.
He was raised on his family’s ranch in Adelaida where he managed the 100-acre grape vineyard and greenhouse operation.
Maurine Hill, 92, of San Luis Obispo died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at a San Luis Obispo hospital.
No services will be held.Mrs. Hill was born May 6, 1910, in Alvin, Texas.
She was raised in Arizona and spent most of her life since 1940 in California.
Mary R. Jenkins
Mary R. Jenkins, 95, of Bakersfield died Friday, May 31, 2002.Graveside services were held at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Bakersfield.
Mrs. Jenkins was born May 25, 1907, in Arroyo Grande and had resided in Bakersfield for 44 years.
She was the great-granddaughter of Francis Ziba Branch and Manuela Carlon Branch, founders of Arroyo Grande and owners of Rancho San Manuela Mexican Land Grant.
She worked as a medical secretary for 18 years and was last employed by Dr. Knudsen.
Clara Maude Rhyne, 94, of Paso Robles died Monday, June 3, 2002, at her residence.
No services will be held. A private interment will be held at the Rose Gardens at Paso Robles District Cemetery.
James E. Spreafico, 88, of Lodi and former longtime resident of San Luis Obispo County, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Gierhart, Wells and Donahue funeral home in Lodi.
Elvira Adelle Amyx, 90, formerly of Morro Bay, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Rideout Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Amyx was born in Alameda.
She lived in Salinas from 1931 to 1984.
She was a homemaker and past member of the Corral De Tierra Garden Club in Salinas.
Harry Gene Eckelberger, 77, of Shell Beach died Friday, May 31, 2002, in Long Beach.
A celebration of life with an open Hangar Party and barbecue will be held from noon to 6 p.m. June 16 at the Vintage Aero Hangar No. 46, at the San Luis Obispo Airport.
R.S.V.P. at 544-2195.