Donald E. Nelson
Donald Edward Nelson, 31, died Dec. 18, 2004, from a brain aneurysm at Ventura County Medical Center. He was born March 20, 1973.
Donnie graduated from Live Oak High School in 1991. He was a beloved father, brother, son, an honorably discharged Marine and a member of Morgan Hill Bible Church. Donnie was an avid photographer who enjoyed paint balling, playing volleyball and video games. Donnie was known for having a great sense of humor, or as he would love to say, “A sardonic wit.” He also had many good friends and neighbors who cared for him deeply.
In October of this year, Donnie began attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura. His dream of a career in photography was cut short, but we believe that God must have had a different plan. It is with peace we let him go.
Donnie is survived by grandparents Georgia Nelson, Doris Freeman and Edward Freeman; parents Dana and Bettie Nelson; siblings and spouses Rachelle Siefken (Steve), Danielle Causin (Clay), Michelle Siefken (Eric), Robert Nelson (Sarah); nieces Crysta and Callista Causin, and Charlotte Siefken; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Donald Edward Nelson.
Memorial service takes place at 2pm Sunday, Dec. 26, at Morgan Hill Bible Church.
For any additional information regarding flowers, donations through South Valley National Bank, or arrangements please contact the church at 778-5083.
Vernon Franklin Brown
Vernon Franklin “Brownie” Brown was born May 13, 1914, in a house on 11th and Reed in San Jose. He died Jan. 20, 2003.
Vernon was a Class A PGA Club professional for 48 years. He began his golfing career as a caddie at the San Jose Country Club. Later, he took over as professional and manager of the nine-hole Gilroy Golf and Country Club in 1955. His wife, Lorraine, cooked the best hamburgers in Santa Clara County and kept the pro-shop running when Vern was on the course. Brownie was always available to young players, professional golfers, anyone who wanted lessons or tips to improve their games. In 1971 the Browns retired to Morgan Hill.
Vernon and Lorraine met playing softball for the Sunsweet Growers Women’s Team. He was the coach and she was the shortstop. They were married Nov. 8, 1933.
His other passion was softball. After work, he spent time playing fastpitch softball with the Hollister Cowboys and Western Gravel in San Jose. The Hollister Cowboys won five state softball championships and placed second at the 1941 World Championships in Chicago. Vern and wife Lorraine were elected to the Santa Clara County Softball Hall of Fame.
He was of the generation that had little formal education but with the help of life’s experiences was able to put his many creative talents to good use. There are many events and stories attributed to the Brown family in Vern’s book, “The Hands Have It” written by son, Randall.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lorraine Ribisi Brown; sons Randall Brown of Arnold, Vernon Brown of Carmel Valley; granddaughter Julie Steindorf of Davis and her children Jack and Jenna; granddaughter Kristina Dyer of San Clemente and her stepson Travis and children Heidi, Lily, Noah and George; and grandson Randall Brown of Las Vegas Nev., and his sons Santino and Reno.
The family asks that any donations be made to a favorite charity.
Robert Harris Engles
Robert Harris Engles of Morgan Hill died Dec. 14, 2004, at the age of 55.
Engles was active for many years in real estate, specializing in commercial properties. He also served on the city Planning Commission.
Visitation takes place at 9:30am Monday, Dec. 20, followed by funeral service at 11am at South Valley Community Church, 8095 Kelton Drive, Gilroy.
Interment will be Mount Hope Cemetery, Morgan Hill, under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Jennifer Lee Kline
Jennifer Lee Kline, beloved daughter of Ruthi Haviland of Morgan Hill and Kenneth Kline of Staten Island, N.Y., died Dec. 7, 2004, due to complications of pneumonia.
She was “Jenni” to all who knew and loved her.
Born in Trenton , N.J,. on May 18, 1978, Jenni was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, seizures, microcephalia, quadriplegia and many other physical and mental disabilities. She was raised in Hightstown, N.J., and moved to Staten Island in 1990. She was a resident of the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Service Office and graduated from the Hungerford School in 1999.
Jenni loved being the center of attention no matter what the occasion. Though unable to speak, she was a happy child who smiled most of the time and whose laughter was infectious. She will be celebrating this Christmas face to face with her Lord, Jesus Christ.
In addition to her parents, Jenni is survived by her stepfather Alan Haviland, stepmother Mary Kline, stepsisters Alexis and Tara Hollywood, and her maternal grandmother Mildred Hulick.
Funeral and cremation services took place Dec. 10 in Staten Island. Memorial service takes place at 10am Dec. 18 at Morgan Hill Bible Church.
Charles Michael ‘Mike’ Stockam
Charles Michael ‘Mike’ Stockam died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Dec. 9, 2004. He was 55.
Mike was a loving, caring, honorable and loyal man who was passionate about his beliefs and feelings. He loved his family and close friends and boundlessly gave of himself for their needs. He was and continues to be deeply loved and respected by his family and many friends whom he left behind, while he patiently awaits their arrival to be reunited in a better place.
Mike loved sports, spirited debates and his job at the Morgan Hill School District as a groundskeeper, where he worked and was well known as “Big Mike” for nearly 25 years. More recently, became well known there for his tenacious loyalty and commitment to improving and protecting employee interests through union contract negotiations.
He is survived by his son Robert Stockam; daughter-in-law Shian; grandsons Taylor, Travis and Trace Stockam; mother Jane Stockam; sisters Louise (Patt) Stockam and Marie Motley of Texas; brothers Stan Stockam and sister-in-law Carol Stockam, and Eddie Stockam; nephew Don and wife Cathy Stockam, and Claude Stockam; greatnieces Megan Stockam, Dawn Stockam and Kim Eckelberger; and great-nephew Steven Eckelberger of California. He also is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins from coast to coast.
On Dec. 17, 2004, Mike was laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery
with his family and many of his friends in attendance. Interment was followed by the gathering of family and friends in the home of his brother, Stan, where we grieved Mike’s passing and celebrated the life of Charles Michael Stockam, a man of great physical stature and even greater heart and spirit.
The family thanks all of those who joined us to honor Mike Stockam. Circumstances beyond the control of the family made it impossible to give advance notice in the newspaper of the Interment Service. We apologize to those who wanted but were unable to attend. You are all welcome to contact Stan Stockam at 408-778-2480 for remembrances from the service.
Frank E. Alvernaz Sr.
Frank Everett Alvernaz Sr., 57, died Dec. 16, 2004, in Gilroy after a lengthy illness.
Frank was born in San Jose, but lived in Morgan Hill for many years. He worked in law enforcement and security most of his life. An old-time cowboy at heart, he enjoyed ranching, team roping, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his children Lynn Steed and husband Fred Steed of Morgan Hill, and Frank Alvernaz Jr. of Morgan Hill; grandchildren Shaylyn, Kayla, Mason, Amanda Rae, Shelby and Logan Steed of Morgan Hill, and Dustin Alvernaz of Morgan Hill; sisters Pat Drake and husband Bill of San Jose, Diana Smith and husband Jim of Morgan Hill, and Cheryl Hessling; brother Edward Alvernaz; and brother-in-law Bill Hessling of San Jose. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was the loving son of the late Frank and Margaret “Ellen” Alvernaz.
Visitation takes place from 3-7pm, Dec. 21, at Johnson Funeral Home. Services take place at 1pm on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at the funeral home.
The family asks that any contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
Steven T. Frandsen
Steven Thomas Frandsen, 52 of San Martin, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004.
Steve was a master mechanic for 30 years, working on everything from farm equipment to oil rigs. He will be deeply missed by all.
He is survived by his wife Lori; son Matthew; daughter Sarah; parents Leroy and Barbara Frandsen of San Martin; brother Karl and his wife Amy of Redding; sisters Gail and husband Craig of Morgan Hill, Darlene and husband Victor of San Jose, Betsy and husband Craig of Morgan Hill, Christine and husband Paul of Los Banos, and Dorothy and husband James of Morgan Hill. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services take place at 3pm today, Dec. 21, at Trinity Bible Church, Gilroy.
Arrangements were by Habing Family Funeral Home.
Marjorie E. Knepper
Marjorie Edith Knepper died Dec. 17, 2004.
Marjorie was a member of OTHERS Club and a longtime leader with San Martin 4-H.
She is survived by her children Susan McDowell and her husband Gary of Wasco, Steven Knepper and his wife Melanie of Gilroy, Bonnie Rawls and her husband Chris of Chowchilla, and Barbara Hulbert and her husband Ronald of San Martin; grandchildren Heather McDowell, Ronda and Robert Boykin, Joseph and Dana Rawls, Eric and Heather Rawls, Chad and Ginger Hulbert, Heath and Isabelle McDowell, Michelle and Joseph Martin, Kimberly Rawls, and Kristina Rawls; great-grandchildren Joshua, Emily and Tanner Boykin, Brooke and Jaden Rawls, Delaney and Joey Rawls, Kevin McDowell, Kendall Martin, Garrett Hulbert, and one more on the way.
Mrs. Knepper was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Knepper, sister Mildred Mason and brother Frank Dexter.
Funeral services take place at 2pm today, Dec. 21, at Habing Family Funeral Home. Burial follows at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park.
The family asks that ant donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2065 West El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040, or the Diabetes Society of Santa Clara Valley, 1165 Lincoln Ave. Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95125.
Robert M. Carroll
Robert Maurice Carroll, born March 22, 1933, in South Dakota, died Dec. 10, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Carroll, who worked for 15 years for the Morgan Hill Police Department, retired from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
Memorial service takes place at 4pm today, Dec. 21, at Oak Hill Chapel in San Jose. A gathering to celebrate his life follows the service.