Maria Botello Rangel
Maria Botello Rangel died from heart complications Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at San Francisco Kaiser Hospital. She was 74.
Maria was a native of Zacatecas, Mexico. She moved to Gilroy in 1965 from Ft. Worth, Texas. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, baking and cooking wonderful Mexican food.
She was the loving mother of Gloria Ledesma, Antonio B. Rangel, Amelia R. Diaz, Elizabeth Dowler, Virginia Vasquez, Blanca R. Vasquez, Alice Haro, Rosemary Morales, Agustin Rangel Jr., Samuel Rangel, Humberto Rangel and Robert Rangel; grandmother of 31; and great-grandmother of 14. She also is survived by many sons- and daughters-in-law.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Agustin D. Rangel.
Visitation takes place at noon with funeral services at 2pm on Saturday, May 7, at Habing Family Funeral Home.
Vincent Marrello, 58, of Morgan Hill, died May 5, 2005.
Vincent was employed at IBM as a research scientist and later worked for Hitachi. He enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing, jet skiing and just about any other outdoor activity. Most of all he loved being with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Janice; and children Gina Marrello Athwal and Mark Marrello.
Visitation takes place from 7-9pm on Wednesday, May 11, at Habing Family Funeral Home. Services take place at noon on Thursday, May 12, at the funeral home followed by Funeral Mass St. Catherine’s Catholic Church at 1pm. Entombment follows at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park.
John J. Holson Jr.
John J. Holson Jr. died of cancer on Feb. 22, 2003
Mr. Holson, 81, was born in San Francisco on Sept. 7, 1921, and grew up on a 20-acre ranch in Los Altos before moving to Gilroy in 1949. Mr. Holson was active in the Boy Scouts of America and several Gilroy youth groups when raising his children. In 1974, Mr. Holson joined the building department of the city of Gilroy where, as a senior building inspector and consultant, he oversaw the renovation of several city landmarks, including Old City Hall, built in 1906, and the Gilroy Museum.
But it was his service as an Army medic in China, Burma and India during World War II that Mr. Holson was most proud. There he received a special commendation for tending to sick and wounded soldiers who helped regain control of the Burma Road in 1945, a treacherous route stretching across that country which had been captured by Japanese troops and where some of the region’s most ardent fighting took place.
Asia was a far cry from the apricot orchards and grassy fields of Northern California where Mr. Holson attended Mountain View High School and was raised by his Chicago-born mother, Bessie, and his father, John Sr., who had emigrated to the United States from Bohemia in the late 1890s. Like many soldiers who fought then, he returned, got married and began a family. Mr. and Mrs. Holson met on a blind date in August of 1946.
The two exchanged marriage vows in February 1949 and moved to Gilroy. Then Mr. Holson owned a paint store, Holson’s Paint Bucket, but after four years closed the shop and went to work at a local manufacturing company for nearly two decades. He was an expert craftsman, having built the family’s beach house as well as custom furniture for himself and his children.
Mr. Holson was a thoughtful father devoted to his family. They spent summers and holidays at a beach house near Santa Cruz where Mr. Holson, an expert hunter and fisherman, taught his children to fish in nearby ponds. For 35 years he was a member of the Reinosa Hunting Club, a 1,600-acre ranch outside of Tres Pinos.
He is survived by his wife, Gandi, with whom he recently celebrated his 54th wedding anniversary, as well as children Grace Malson, John Holson, twin sons Michael Holson and Vincent Holson, Mary Connolly, 45, twin daughters Gondie Chavez and Frances Hampton, and Laura M. Holson; and seven grandchildren.
Elks services took place Feb. 27 at Habing Family Funeral Home followed by Funeral Mass at St. Mary Church. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery.
The family asks that any contributions be made to the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce, Feed The Fish Program, attn: Carol Eli, P.O. Box 517, Weaverville, CA, 96093. The phone number is (530) 623-6101.
Sean Ryan Miranda-Fajardo
Sean Ryan Miranda-Fajardo died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003.
Sean’s battle with cancer will be overshadowed by his determination to overcome his hardships and his gentle kindness to all who knew him, especially children who were drawn to his presence. Sean’s gift to all of us was to touch our hearts that we might also touch others.
A celebration of his life will be held at noon Saturday, March 1, at South Valley Community Church in Gilroy.
A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers that family asks that any donations be sent to The Sean Ryan Miranda-Fajardo Leukemia Fund, San Benito Bank, 301 The Alameda, Suite G, San Juan Bautista CA 95045.
Madeline Victoria Joiner
Madeline Victoria Watson Joiner, 85, of Morgan Hill, died Feb. 18, 2003, in Gilroy.
She was known as “Nena” to all of her grandchildren. She will forever be remembered for her beautiful blue eyes and loving smile.
Madeline is survived by her children Gary Joiner and wife Jean of Gainesville, Ga., Ruth Joiner Reeves of Hendersonville, N.C., Mark Joiner and wife Paula of Gilroy and Vicki Joiner Schwob and her husband Dan of Boulder, Colo.; grandchildren Barry and Roddy Joiner, David, Rachael and Sarah Madeline Reeves, Erik, Neill and Kathryn Joiner and Matthew Joiner Schwob; and several great-grandchildren.
Madeline was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip.
A memorial service was Feb. 21 at Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy. Interment was at the Presidio in San Francisco.
Tom Harris, son of David and Carol Harris, died May 9, 2005.
Born in May 20, 1970, he was a 1988 graduate of Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill. He received his A.A. in music from Gavilan College and was working toward a degree in geology at San Jose State University.
Tom was a gifted musician, artist and performer. He was the bass player for the alternative rock band, “The Chant,” which performed locally for more than a decade. Tom was recognized for his guitar skills in Bassist Magazine. Tom appeared on stage and performed in the orchestra on numerous occasions with South Valley Community Theatre. He is remembered by local audiences for his portrayal of Ellard in the Center Stage production of “The Foreigner.”
A motorcycle enthusiast, Tom worked as a quality control engineer at Indian Motorcycle Co. from 1999-2002. He participated in Indian’s cross-country Centennial Ride in 2001, riding from Maine to Chicago on an Indian Motorcycle Chief and rejoining the ride with Allison in San Luis Obispo.
In 2001, Tom’s love of science brought him back to school at San Jose State University to pursue his dream of becoming a geologist. While attending university, Tom was employed by Kaiser Permanente, Santa Teresa.
Tom was an avid outdoorsman, who loved camping, rock collecting, hiking, bicycling, rock scrambling and sailing in the San Francisco Bay. His favorite destinations included Yosemite, Death Valley, Pinnacles National Park, Henry Coe State Park and Uvas Canyon County Park. He was often accompanied on his adventures by his beloved German shorthair pointer, Brodie.
Tom is survived by his parents of Gilroy; his girlfriend Allison Hodgdon of Los Banos; his brother David Harris of Fresno; his sister Nancy Harris of Berkeley; and uncle cousins and grandmother in Amsterdam, N.Y.
A visitation will take place at Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy, from 10am to 1:30pm today, May 14, followed by a 2pm Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gilroy.
A memorial barbecue is planned for Sunday, June 5, from 11am to 5pm at Uvas Canyon Park. Details can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
A memorial scholarship has been established in honor of Tom at San Jose State University. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tom Harris Geology Scholarship - SJSU Foundation, San Jose State University, Office of Development & Alumni Relations, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0257.