Sherrie Ann Mooney
Sherrie Ann Mooney Stewart died Dec. 24, 2002, at St. Louise Hospital.
Stewart had been ill since the passing of her son in July.
She was born in Shawnee, Okla., July 13, 1954. She will be greatly missed by all her friends and family. Stewart will be remembered for her helpfulness to everyone and her caring and sharing ways. She was active in art, antiques, ceramic and, of course, gardening. Stewart was also part owner of Morgan Hill Antiques.
Sherrie is survived by her loving husband of 22 years Pat; their other twin son Dan; stepdaughter Marie of Texas; mother Mickie Mooney of Arkansas; sister Kathy Cieciwa of Arkansas; and brother Dan Mooney of Oklahoma.
Stewart was preceded in death by her son John Paul this last July on her birthday. She was also preceded in death by her father Dan Mooney.
Private services were held by Johnson’s Funeral Home.
Ernestina Reyes Banuelos
Ernestina Reyes Banuelos died Dec. 25, 2002, in San Jose, following a lengthy illness. She was 70.
Mrs. Banuelos was born and raised in Westmoreland of the Imperial Valley. At a young age she put her education aside to raise her siblings and care for her father. In 1950 her family settled in Gilroy after working for many years as migrant farm workers. Mrs. Banuelos worked as a nurse's aide at Wheeler Hospital and as a line worker at Gentry's. She later returned to school to become a teacher's aide.
In 1971 she began a 28-year career with the Gilroy Unified School District as an adult education aide, Title VII aide, and as a school/community liaison at Eliot, El Roble, San Ysidro, Glen View, Rucker, and Las Animas elementary schools, at Mt Madonna High School, and at the OASIS Independent Study Center. She counted her school colleagues as some of her best friends and enjoyed helping the students.
She was a long-time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine classes at St Mary's Church, was a Cub Scout den mother, served on numerous committees for the school district and community and was a member of the Latina Coalition. She loved reading, gardening and cooking. Although she faced many difficult challenges in her life, she inspired others with her enduring positive attitude. She was loved and respected by her family and friends and will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her son and his wife Richard and Suzy Banuelos of Gilroy; grandchildren Rafael and Isabella Banuelos of Gilroy; sister, Mary Reyes Garza of Watsonville; sister-in-law Nellie Reyes of Morgan Hill; aunts Amparo Acosta of Gilroy and Victoria Valdivia of Hollister; and many nieces, nephews and cousins in this area and the Imperial Valley.
She was preceded in death by her father, Refugio C. Reyes; her husband Luis Banuelos; and brothers Refugio Reyes Jr., Crespin Reyes and Phillip M. Reyes.
Her family has requested that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Ernestina Banuelos Memorial Scholarship Fund at Washington Mutual Bank, Gilroy, or to the Diabetes Society of Santa Clara Valley, San Jose.
Vigil Service was held Monday at Habing Family Funeral Home, Gilroy. Services began this morning at the funeral home and then proceed to St. Mary's Church for a Funeral Mass. Burial followed at St. Mary's Cemetery, Gilroy.
Clemente G. Contreras
Clemente Gonzalez Contreras of Morgan Hill died March 19, 2004, at the age of 31. He was killed in an construction accident in Castro Valley in Alameda County.
Clemente was born in Jalisco, Mexico on December 23, 1972.
Clemente is survived by his wife, Caritina Gonzalez; two baby daughters Natalie and Nayelie Gonzalez of Morgan Hill; parents Juan Jose Gonzalez and Natividad Contreras of Jalisco, Mexico; brothers Benito and wife Flor Gonzalez, Benjamin Gonzalez of San Jose; sister Olga Gonzalez of Walnut Creek; father- and mother-in-law Jesus and Maria Juarez of Morgan Hill; and uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was the brother-in-law of Rosalina and Juan Montemayor, Joel and Monica Juarez, Elvia and Miguel Gonzalez, Jesus Juarez, all of Morgan Hill. He had a large extended family and many close friends.
Clemente will be greatly missed by his family and friends who remember him as a very special person who always had a smile and was always joking. He was a kind and gentle person who liked to help people. He was a wise and very hard working man.
Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. today, March 26, with Vigil Service at 6 p.m., at Johnson’s Funeral Home. Services will begin at noon Saturday at the funeral home followed by Mass at 1 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Church
Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Arthur W. Bettencourt
Arthur W. Bettencourt died Sunday, March 21, 2004, in Gilroy after a lengthy illness. A native of Crows Landing, he was 78.
Bettencourt moved to Gilroy as a year-old baby. He attended Gilroy Schools and served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. He returned in Gilroy in 1977.
Bettencourt is survived by his sister Helen Hogan of Hollister; nephew Tim Hogan of San Juan Bautista; niece Caroline Brooks of Morgan Hill; great-nephews Patrick and Tom Hogan of San Juan Bautista; great-nieces Alyssa and Katie Brooks of Morgan Hill; and numerous cousins.
He is the son of the late Manuel and Rose Bettencourt.
Memorial Mass will be Monday, April 5, 2004, at 8 a.m. at the Mission San Juan Bautista.
Arrangements were by Habing Family Funeral Home.
Sandra K. Mauk
Sandra K. Mauk died March 21, 2004, in Los Gatos. She was 54.
Sandra was born in Glendale on April 12, 1949, to Teresa and Frank Reynolds. With her older brother Patrick, they moved to Mountain View. She graduated from Holy Cross High School and in 1969 went to work as a clerk for Pacific Bell (now SBC) in Palo Alto.
In 1973 she met Michael Clay Mauk and they were married July 29, 1979, at St. Joseph’s Church in Mountain View. Brigette Marie, their only child was born April 19, 1979. Sandy’s focus on her career was always second to her family and friends. Her involvement with her daughter’s 13-year participation at Branham Dance and three years as a color guard member at Westmont High School kept Sandy’s world revolving around her family. She loved every minute of life.
Sandy also loved to cook, read, camp, attend auto races and play with the apple of her eye, her grandson Jonathan. At the height of her career as a manger with SBC, she retired on January 6, 2004, and looked forward to retirement near her daughter and son-in-law Nathan and grandson Jonathan in Placerville.
Her dream was cut tragically short by a sudden illness. She was diagnosed with uterine cancer approximately a year ago and was told that it was terminal just two weeks ago. Sandy was a 15-year resident of Morgan Hill. All who knew Sandy feel love and adoration for this truly loving, selfless woman who only wanted to make others happy.
Sandy, your family and friends will remember you always, and a day won’t go by without missing your beautiful smile or laugh. Your memories will live on within all the lives you touched.
A Memorial Mass took place March 24, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Church, 582 Hope St., Mountain View.
Arrangements were made by Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, Mountain View.
Grace Evans Baker
Grace Evans Baker died March 24, 2004, at Gilroy Healthcare in Gilroy. She was 88.
Mrs. Baker lived in Aromas for over 40 years. Her Arabian horse ranch, “Baker’s Acres,” was known throughout the United States and England for breeding and producing national champions. Her known knowledge and love of horses, especially her beloved “Arab,” brought her much recognition and numerous awards througout the show circuit.
Her husband, Major Robert L. Baker, Retired U.S. Army, preceded her in death in 1979.
She is survived by her brother Arthur Lee Hattensty and his wife Laverne of Willamina, Oregon; nephew Jim Lieberman and his wife Judy of Gilroy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
To honor Mrs. Baker’s wishes no service’s are planned, arrangements for cremation have been made through the Neptune Society. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose.