Morgan Hill resident Ronald Anthony “Tony” King died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, in Dinuba. He was 45.
King was born in Nashville, Tenn., and had lived in Lincoln Park, Mich., for 10 years before coming to California 22 years ago. He worked as a groundwater remediator for the past six years and was also the drummer for the band Shakedown.
He was a member of the Morgan Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Flycasters, Inc.
He is survived by his wife, Marie King of Morgan Hill; children Eddie King and Emily King, both of Morgan Hill; parents Edward and Margaret King of Lincoln Park, Mich.; his brothers and sisters, Judy Redmer, Charlie King, Robert King and Linda Sluder, all of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 10, at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home in Hollister.
The Rev. John Amelio of Glad Tidings Church in San Juan Bautista officiated.
The family asks that any donations be made to a trust fund for King’s children, in care of Marie King, Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home, 870 San Benito St., Hollister, CA 95023.
Roscoe Kenneth Parks
Roscoe Kenneth “Ken” Parks died Dec. 30, 2004. He was 86.
Ken will be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his sons Mike and his wife Karen of Morgan Hill, Tim and his wife Kris of Seaside, Ore.; grandchildren Kevin, Brian, Garrett and Samantha; great-grandson Will. Mr. Parks was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen.
The family sends their heartfelt thanks to Georgia (Gyn) Baricuatro, his caregiver.
Remembrances may be made to a favorite charity.
It was Ken’s wish that arrangements be made with the Neptune Society.
No services were held.
Ann Moyer Silva
Ann Moyer (Backers) Silva died peacefully in her sleep last week.
Ann was born in Washington, D.C., on May 16, 1935, later living in and attending school in San Francisco.
She used her MS in Nursing and her training in specialized courses to care for patients needing critical care and hospice services.
She worked as a hospice nurse in Morgan Hill.
Those who knew Ann acknowledged her “gift” for assisting both adults and children who were in pain and/or facing death.
Ann’s strong belief that people should be allowed to “die with dignity” helped her bring comfort and peace to many patients and families.
Ann was mother to four children: Carl Backers of Morgan Hill, Lisa Backers Koltun, Angela Backers of South County and Steven Backers; and grandmother of nine.
Friends wishing to remember her may make donations to the Ann Moyer Silva account at the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation (www.makewish.org).
Ann’s family chose this foundation because they know how rewarding it was for Ann to help children with terminal illness realize their wishes and dreams.
Her yard and home were filled with the other love in her life … hundreds of teddy bears.
In her honor, the family donated Ann’s bear collection to Shriner’s Hospital and shelters for women and children.
In this way, her generous and giving spirit will continue to help those in need.
Memorial service takes place at 4pm on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Adventure Christian Church, Roseville.
Arrangements were under the direction of Lincoln Funeral Home.
Dr. Pankaj Oza was born in the loving home of Govindlal and Ramagauri on June 18, 1945, and died on Jan. 1, 2005, at his home in Morgan Hill.
Born and raised in the city of Ahmedabad, India, he excelled in medicine and became a professor of physiology at B.J. Medical College Civil Hospital.
Very generous at heart, he led many philanthropic medical camps and helped needy individuals get medical help at no cost.
He also served for a short term as clinical assistant at Perth Amboy General Hospital in New Jersey.
After his early retirement he chose to spend time with his lovely granddaughters Shivani and Tejal at his family residence.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Reena; children Satyen and Pranay; daughter-in-law Shilpa; brothers Kandarp, Sudhir and Pradip; and sister Siddhida.
Funeral services and cremation took place at Habing Family Funeral Home and Gavilan Hills Crematory.
Mildred P. Willard
Mildred P. Willard, 79, of Murrieta, died Dec. 31, 2004, at her home.
Mildred was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Stroud, Okla.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Horace Willard; sons Larry Willard of Los Gatos and Gary Willard of Murrieta; sisters Sylvia of Gilroy, Bernice of Oroville, Ruby of Stanton and Julie of Redding; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were Jan. 5, at Saddleback Church in Lake Fores.
Interment was at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Charlotte Statti, through her 74 years of life, touched the hearts and minds of her family and friends. She died on Jan. 6, 2004.
She is memorialized as a loving wife, caring mother, adoring grandmother and courageous friend. Through Charlotte’s relentless devotion to her family and friends compounded by her generosity, amazing culinary skills, passion for art and strong sense of style, she became an integral part of our lives.
As she did in this lifetime, she is becoming the cornerstone for her friends and family in the next. For the short time we are apart, we will miss you.
Charlotte is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Al Statti; daughters Vanessa Aquilina and Alice Miller; son-in-law Greg Miller; adoring grandchildren Paige Aquilina and Gregory Miller; sisters, Martha May Bough and Alice Chiala; brothers Cliff Pitcock, Harold Pitcock and Al Pitcock.
Funeral Mass takes place at 11am on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at St. Catherine’s Parish. Interment follows at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
The family asks that any donations be made to UCSF ALS Clinic or Odyssey Hospice.
Arrangements were under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Grace Elaine McNeill
Grace Elaine McNeill was born April 25, 1927, and died Dec. 31, 2004.
Grace was a native of Arizona, but made Morgan Hill and the surrounding area her home for most of her life. She was active in the Valle Del Sur Antique Automobile Club.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin McNeill of Santa Nella; daughter Melinda Glen of Harrisburg, Pa.; sons Matthew of Paradise and Shawn of Madison, Wis.; nine grandchildren; sister Nora Gooding of Gilroy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside Internment takes place at 1pm on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the National Cemetery
in Santa Nella. Memorial service follows at the Ramada Inn.