Jessie Mae Blomquist
Irvin C. Blomquist
All through their 64 years of marriage, Jessie and Irvin Blomquist of Loma Mar made fun and optimism part of their lives. Pioneers in the area, they watched as a greater community grew around them.
Their joy in living and sharing their lives together continued "right up to the end," said their son-in-law Art Mennick, of Lake Tahoe, who recalled that just a few days before her death, Mrs. Blomquist had asked him to come help her water down the wine for her dinner.
"They were always upbeat," Mennick said. "She was always rosy-cheeked. She had fun, loved life. And he - he was on top of everything."
So it seemed fitting that the couple passed away within four days of each other, in the Loma Mar home where they had shared those years. Mrs. Blomquist died at home Feb. 16, and her husband followed her, passing away at home on Feb. 20.
Both were 91.
Mrs. Blomquist was born Jessie Mae Fraser in Redwood City on April 10, 1912. Her father managed the Beeger Tannery in Redwood City, and her grandfather first arrived in San Francisco as a sea captain, in 1849.
Mr. Blomquist was born on Aug. 25, 1912, in Loma Mar - before it was Loma Mar, when it was still a township called Harrison. His parents operated a sawmill where Redwood Glen is now.
"He used to hunt squirrels where Memorial Park is," before there was even a park there, said Mennick. He recalled how his father-in-law, one day when he was a boy, had been puzzled when he was stopped by a forest service ranger who wanted to know what he thought of having a park there someday.
"They didn't know what a park was, then,' said Mennick.
In her youth, Mrs. Blomquist once was a Holy Ghost Festival queen. Mr. Blomquist spent his summers in Loma Mar, fishing with his grandfather, Oscar, who would come in from his work in the Alaska gold fields.
"They would spend the week cooking flapjacks and pancakes and eatin' abalone," said Mennick.
The Blomquists married in 1940. Upon their marriage, Mrs. Blomquist left her Redwood City home and relocated to Loma Mar. The couple maintained a separate home in Redwood City, though.
Mrs. Blomquist spent some time as a Candy Striper at one point, but devoted herself to her family as a homemaker. She was a member of the Native Daughters, Rebekah Lodge, and of the Order of the Eastern Star, which is a women's organization affiliated with the Masons.
In the 1920s, her husband and his father opened the first service station on the coast in Half Moon Bay. Later, Mr. Blomquist owned and operated Blomquist Oil Service from the 1930s to the 1960s, when it was sold to Granite Rock. The oil service was made up of five batch plants. He was also a pioneer in introducing the use of geothermal heat to process asphalt in his batch plant located in Steamboat Springs, Nev.
Mr. Blomquist was also a member of the Native Sons, the Masons and the Shriners.
"They always had fun," Mennick said. "They were always together."
The Blomquists are survived by two children and four grandchildren. Both had requested to be cremated, and at their request, no services are planned.
Jerry Alan Bradshaw
Jerry Alan Bradshaw, a resident of Half Moon Bay as a young man when he was also a member of the Half Moon Bay Spanishtown Dons Championship Drill Team, died peacefully Feb. 27 at the Sunnyvale home of his daughter Donna Bradshaw, who had cared for him at the end of a long bout with cancer. He was 68.
Mr. Bradshaw was born Jan. 27, 1936 in Oklahoma City, Okla. He graduated in 1951 from Presidio Junior High School in San Francisco, where he was the editor of the school yearbook. He then attended Half Moon Bay High School, where he played as tackle on the football team and guard on the basketball team, and also baseball, before graduating in 1954. He then attended the College of San Mateo from 1954 to 1956, driving a school bus to pay his tuition.
From 1953 to 1956, Mr. Bradshaw was a member of the Spanishtown Dons Championship Drill Team, led by former Half Moon Bay postmaster Manuel Sousa, and also of the elite Dons Drill Fours. With the Drill Fours, he appeared on television's Ed Sullivan Show in 1954, and met with then-congressmen J.R. Younger and Richard Nixon, on the steps of the capitol building in 1954. After their meeting, the team lunched with the congressmen in the congressional dining room.
In 1957, Mr. Bradshaw enrolled in the school of civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He was president of his dormitory, and every other semester he left school to work as an intern with the Guy F. Atkinson Company in South San Francisco, putting himself through school while helping build the Trinity Dam and Feather River Project from 1957 to 1959. After graduation, he worked for the Atkinson Company until he was drafted into the army in 1960. He underwent basic training at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and went to Korea. In time he went through Officers' Candidate School and became a company commander at Fort Belvoir in 1963.
Having married his first wife, Linda Francy of Washington D.C. in 1961, he moved to California in 1963 and settled in San Mateo. He worked for 15 years for Atkinson, in the highway division, and then for Dillingham Inc., the construction arm in the Tahoe Keys development. The couple raised three children before divorcing in 1971.
Mr. Bradshaw then went to Los Angeles, where in 1975 he married his second wife, Jo Ann Lindstrom, a fellow Atkinson and Dillingham employee. The couple divorced in 1983, and Mr. Bradshaw returned to northern California to work with the concrete inspection firm Smith Emery.
Mr. Bradshaw loved to read and kept up on current political events, said his sister, Jean Murphy of Meadow Vista, Calif. All through his life, she said, he maintained a love of "reading and discussing ideas with people."
He also stood out, she said, for his "fair-mindedness and ability to weigh issues."
"He was one of the most honest persons I knew."
Mr. Bradshaw is preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Francy, who died in 2000. He is survived by his children Donna Bradshaw of Sunnyvale, Donald Bradshaw of Walnut Creek and Dennis Bradshaw of Alameda County.
He is also survived by a sister, Jean B. Murphy of Meadow Vista, Calif., cousins John (and wife Luann) Sochor of Maui, Jim (and wife Donna) Sochor of Davis, and Judi (and husband Bob) Krebs of Brookings, Ore., and nieces and nephews Jack (and wife Candace) Quinlan of Half Moon Bay, and their children Sophia, John and Joseph, of Half Moon Bay and South San Francisco, and Terri and Holly Sochor of Davis.
Services have been held. Donations to charity are not requested, but if you have a memory of Mr. Bradshaw to share with his family, please send it to Jean Murphy via conventional mail at 2599 No. Lakewood Drive, Meadow Vista, CA 95722, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Memories can also be e-mailed to Mr. Bradshaw's son Dennis Bradshaw at mmbshaw1@ attbi.com.
Mario Alfred Arcangeli
Mario "Freddie" Arcangeli, whose family has owned and operated what is now the Arcangeli Grocery (also widely known as Norm's Market) since the 1920s, died at his home in Mountain View on Feb. 26, at age 88.
Mr. Arcangeli was born in San Francisco, the son of Sante Arcangeli, who founded the Pescadero Bakery and Grocery in 1929. His family relocated to Pescadero at that time, and Mr. Arcangeli graduated from Pescadero High School in 1934.
Two years later, in 1936, upon Sante's death, Mr. Arcangeli and his sister Louise took over the family store and operated it until the outbreak of World War II. At that point, Mr. Arcangeli became one of the first on the coast to volunteer to serve. He joined the Navy and served throughout the war in the submarine service in the South Pacific.
"He was very proud of being a veteran," said his nephew, Norm Benedetti of Pescadero.
After the war, Mr. Arcangeli returned to Pescadero to resume running the store. He did that until 1953, when he moved to Mountain View to work for Eastman Kodak.
Operation of the store was resumed in 1957 by Mr. Arcangeli's nephew, and it remains active today, currently owned by Mr. Arcangeli's grandnephew Mike Benedetti. Mr. Arcangeli worked for Kodak for 25 years until his retirement.
Mr. Arcangeli was the main attraction and the beloved center of family gatherings, said his nephew.
"He was a wonderful guy. Everyone loved him," said Benedetti. "Whenever there were family gatherings, the children wanted to know if Uncle Fred was coming."
Mr. Arcangeli is survived by his wife of 56 years, Edna Arcangeli, his son Ron Arcangeli of Quincy, Calif., and his grandson Anthony Arcangeli and great-granddaughter Marissa Arcangeli, both of Reno. He is also survived by his sisters Louise Ballard of Scotts Valley and Livia Walker of Mountain View, niece Roberta "Bobbie" Pimentel of Hayward, nephew Norm Benedetti and grandnephew Mike Benedetti, of Pescadero.
A private family service was held in Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to a charitable organization of choice or to the Pescadero Community Church.
Doreca Canoi Alivado Hawelu
Doreca Canoi Alivado Hawelu, known as "Grandma Dee" to her family, died peacefully on March 15 at 76 at the Hillsdale Convalescent Home, following a long illness.
Mrs. Hawelu was born in 1927 to Aurelia and Diego Alivado in Olaa (Keaau) on the big island of Hawaii. She married her husband, Charles Hawelu, on Nov. 21, 1950; the couple remained happily married until Mr. Hawelu's death in 1984.
Mrs. Hawelu served more than 30 years in the civil service, retiring at Travis Air Force Base in 1986.
Over the years she traveled and lived in various parts of the world with her family and husband, who was in the military. She came to Half Moon Bay six years ago.
Her family called Mrs. Hawelu a "loving and giving person who truly exemplified the aloha spirit." She enjoyed Hawaiian food, music and dance, and also singing and playing the ukulele and creating flower arrangements.
"She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be dearly missed by all who knew her," said her family. "Doreca's aloha spirit has left an indelible impression on all her loved ones that will be perpetuated for generations to come."
Mrs. Hawelu is survived by daughters Sharon Carroll of Los Angeles and Charlyn Hawelu-Johnson of Half Moon Bay, sons Keith Hawelu of Fairfield and Scott Hawelu of Half Moon Bay, grandchildren Travis Carroll, Robyn Monteleone, Maile, Lani, and Peter Johnson, and great-grandchildren Hannah and Joshua Carroll.
Mrs. Hawelu is also survived by brother Rueben Alivado of Hilo, Hawaii, and sisters Genevieve Akui of Waianae, Hawaii and Vivian Waltman of St. Helena, S.C.
A celebration of Mrs. Hawelu's life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 3 at her daughter's home in Half Moon Bay.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association.