Florence Benz Perry
Florence ‘Skip’ Benz Perry died June 25, 2004, at her home in Morgan Hill.
Born June 15, 1919, to Frank and Nellie Benze in San Francisco, Skip spent most of her life in Morgan Hill and was known to many when she worked for many years as a nurse for Dr. Spencer at the Morgan Hill Clinic.
She enjoyed gardening and loved to cook and served many gourmet dishes to family and friends including her famous marinated mushrooms and garlic olives. Her animal friends were touched with her compassion as she always made sure food and shelter was abundant for them. It did not matter if they were dogs, cats, squirrels or skunks, she took care of them all.
Florence is survived by her sisters Catherine Butcher (Al), Ellie Leimas (Tony), Esther Stevenson and Marie Brindle (Richard) brother Daniel (Cecile); sister-in-law Donna Benz; 11 nieces and nephews (Karen, Cheryl, Danny Jr., Roy, Gary, Shawn, Markly, Jeff, Jerry, Elizabeth and Ruth); and her wonderful caregivers Linda (Holstrum) Luttrell, Wilma Flaherty and Hazel MacArthur.
She was preceded in death by her brothers John, Frank and David.
Skip’s independent and strong spirit will be missed by all.
Family and friends are invited to gather from 2-4 p.m. July 17 at the Daniel Benz residence, 1330 W. Edmundson Ave., in memory of her life.
Nicolasa M. Dimas
Nicolasa M. Dimas died July 5, 2004, in Gilroy.
“Nico” was a friend to all. She was very easy going, enjoyed entertaining at her home and loved to dance.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Juan Dimas.
She is survived by her four boys and three girls; stepdaughter Jovita Martinez and family; stepson David Dimas and family; 33 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and numerous other family members.
Funeral Mass was Thursday, July 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gilroy. Arrangements were under the direction of Habing Family Funeral Home.
Joan A. Bellavance-Crowe
Joan A. Bellavance-Crowe died July 4, 2004, in Gilroy. She was 74.
Born in Auburn, Maine, she was a member of Women in Touch II of Gilroy and active in the local Elks Lodge. Her hobbies were ceramics and basket making. Spending time with her family, friends and her great-grandchildren was her greatest joy. She loved to travel, especially on cruises, which she did as often as she could.
Mrs. Bellavance-Crowe is survived by daughter Roxanne and her husband Steven Mayne of Morgan Hill; grandchilden Jeannette and her husband Nicholas Crawley of Georgia, William and his wife Tracey Mayne of San Jose, Steven Jr. and his wife Mary Mayne of Gilroy; great-grandchildren Joshua and Tyler Crawley of Georgia, Trevor and Madison Mayne of San Jose and Dean Mayne of Gilroy; sister Anita Desjardins of Auburn, Maine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband William Crowe.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 28, 2004, at Habing Family Funeral Home, Gilroy.
The family asks that any donations be made to the local Elks Lodge major projects fund.
Carol Dee Haugland
Carol Dee Haugland died at her home surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, July 17, 2004.
Carol was born in Delta, Utah, on March 2, 1934, to Francis and Marie Smith. She was raised in Utah and had lived in California since 1963. She was married to Stan Haugland on May 20, 1972. They were later sealed together for time and eternity at the Oakland LDS temple.
Carol’s greatest work and joy was her family. She leaves behind a legacy of love, sacrifice, commitment and faith that will live on in the hearts of many.
Carol’s legacy lives on in her husband, Stan, of 32 years; children Gene Snyder, LaDawn Snyder and Juli Steenhuis; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Carol also leaves behind her brothers Bob Smith and Mike Smith.
A celebration of Carol’s life took place Wednesday, July 21. She was laid to rest at Los Gatos Memorial Park.
Mary Milazzo, 78, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at her home in Morgan Hill.
She was born on Aug. 23, 1925, in New York City, N.Y. and lived in San Jose and Morgan Hill for 52 years.
She was the loving wife of the late Charles W. Milazzo; beloved mother of Charles Milazzo and his wife Bette, Angela Ricketts and her husband Jesse and Brenda Fernandez and her husband Mervyn; cherished grandmother to the late Charles W. Milazzo IV, John Milazzo (Rita), Lisa Garcia (Mark), Jess Ricketts (Ann Marie), Anthony Ricketts, John, Joseph and Gianna Fernandez; much loved great-grandmother of Brianna, Marcus and Marissa Milazzo, Sara Garcia, Hunter and Nicholas Ricketts and Brittany Ricketts, and loving sister of John and Joseph DiBenedetto.
Funeral services took place at July 16 at Oak Hill Funeral Home’s Chapel of the Oaks. Burial services followed at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Mickey Clark, 51, died June 24, 2004, at home in Morgan Hill after a more than four-year courageous battle with cancer.
Mickey was a son, a brother, a husband, a father and a grandfather. He was an uncle, a nephew, a cousin and a friend. He was a man whose integrity and unfailing honesty touched everyone who knew him.
Mickey worked as a building contractor for 20 years and co-owned and operated Pyramid Homes of San Jose with his father Richard Clark and Jim and Randy Near. Later, he owned and operated Pacific Home Development in Morgan Hill and made a name for himself in custom home building and remodeling. He also once served as president of the Building Industry Association of Santa Clara County.
Mickey’s life reflected a deep love of God. He was involved in the music ministry for several churches, where he also served as a youth pastor and led Bible studies. His faith moved him to write music, much of which he played and recorded as a means of worship. He became involved in the ministry of Calvary Chapel in San Diego and served as assistant pastor of Calvary Chapel in the Imperial Valley, where he met his wife, Yolanda, to whom he was married for 27 years.
An avid outdoorsman, Mickey took helicopter skiing trips to Canada with his father, enjoyed fishing, backpacking with his son Daniel, abalone diving with his friend Rick and annual trips to Maui with his wife. He also loved to cook.
Mickey was born at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco, grew up in San Jose, and attended Los Gatos High School and San Diego State University. Mickey loved sport - especially baseball and judo, in which he earned a black belt - and, as a child, discovered a gift for music, playing the guitar, clarinet and piano. For his 50th birthday, Mickey’s family and friends gave him a Taylor Limited Edition 12-string guitar.
Mickey is survived by his wife, Yolanda; daughter Marlyss; son Daniel; granddaughter Marisa; father and mother, Richard and Vickie Clark of Carmel; sister Diane Williams and brother-in-law Tom Williams and nephew Tommy and niece Shannon, all of San Jose; brother Ken Clark of San Jose; nephew Jesse Dantzler of Watsonville; mother-in-law Mary Quesada of Holtville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mickey’s generous heart and gentle spirit will be missed by family and friends. He inspired all who knew him to live good lives and be better people.
His family wishes to thank those who knew and loved Mickey for their prayers, love and support. Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for Mickey on June 28 at Calvary Chapel of San Jose. To honor him, the Calvary Chapel of San Jose will complete a professionally recorded CD of Mickey’s original music, which was left unfinished due to his illness.
The family asks that any contributions be made to the RMC Worship Project, Calvary Chapel, 1175 Hillsdale Ave., San Jose, CA 95118; (408) 269-8331.
Dorothy M. Longinetti
Dorothy M. Longinetti died June 19, 2004, in San Martin. She was 85.
Mrs. Longinetti was born in Reno, Nev., but graduated from Merced High School where she performed in her own band to save money to attend dental college in San Francisco.
While in San Francisco, she attended college with Eda Longinetti Huber who introduced Dorothy to her brother Ray from Los Gatos, where he and his parents operated a dairy.
In 1959, Ray and Dorothy Longinetti purchased a ranch in San Martin, where her husband began a long career as a cattle buyer and rancher. In addition to being a loving housewife and bookkeeper for the family business, Mrs. Longinetti especially enjoyed designing, building, and remodeling homes and apartments.
She also enjoyed visiting family property in Wawona, (located in Yosemite National Park) that had been homesteaded by family ancestors in the late 1800's. Dorothy especially loved small children and animals. Her greatest joy was to see her grandchildren Jeff Drennon, and Caleb and Hannah Scherer as often as possible.
Mrs. Longinetti is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ray Longinetti, and their children, Renae Drennon, Gene Longinetti and Venice Scherer.
A private family service and internment was held June 22 at Los Gatos Memorial Park. Arrangements were by Habing Family Funeral Home, Gilroy.
The family requests that any donations be sent to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area, 1725 Montgomery St. 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111.