Hally Goodyear, 91 died in her Morgan Hill home on Nov. 22, 2003.
She moved to Morgan Hill in 1998 to be closer to her family following the death of her husband, Harry. She was the last remaining sibling of a family of 11 from Illinois. She was born Hally Mae Spry on March 15, 1912, to Essie and Raymond Spry. Her father moved his family to Detroit, Mich., in 1929 after finding work in the auto industry. Hally married Harry Goodyear on Aug. 30, 1932. They had their only child, Roger Goodyear in 1933.
Hally loved to play cards and was happiest when socializing. A good hearted woman, she helped raise a number of nieces, nephews and children of friends and neighbors over the years.
She is survived by her loving son Roger of San Jose, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Her final resting place will be Roseland Park Cemetery
in Berkley, Mich.
Local arrangements were handled by Johnson Funeral Home.
Gregory Kossob died unexpectedly at his Morgan Hill home of cardiac arrest on Nov. 23, 2003.
Greg was born Nov. 21, 1952, in San Jose and lived in Sunnyvale and Morgan Hill his entire life. He graduated from Sunnyvale High School where he was active in football, wrestling and was an avid surfer. He reminisced fondly of the Santa Clara Valley of old as a sea of fruit orchards. During Greg's early years the family lived and worked in a local orchard after his parents immigrated to San Jose from Austria where they had been displaced from the Ukraine and Russia by World War II. Greg's earliest job was as a warehouseman in a local Sunnyvale cannery. He then obtained his license and worked as a general contractor.
Greg moved with his family to Morgan Hill in 1990. He changed careers and went to work for the City of Gilroy in the water department. He was active in the union at Gilroy and served a term as union president. He challenged himself to learn the water business and secured many state certificates. He traveled locally and to Nevada for water related conventions.
Greg enjoyed fishing and camping trips to Tuolumne. He was an avid trap shooter. He loved to travel to Las Vegas and play slot machines. He enjoyed puttering in his yard where he grew fruit trees, pineapples, strawberries, grape vines and vegetables. Greg even made a tropical garden spot complete with palm trees and pink flamingos for his wife who was always homesick for Florida.
Greg was a beloved, kind, generous and unique man. He also had a unique sense of humor and a silly side to that humor that few ever saw. Greg will be deeply and forever missed.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; sons Eric Kossob, Luke, Seth (DeAnn) and Richard (Kandi) Sanfilippo; grandchildren Ashley, Jeffrey and Justin Sanfilippo, Dorion and Kabryna Woodlaw; a brother Nick Kossob (Debby); nephews Nick, Jason and a niece Theresa.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Katarina Kossob.
Visitation will start at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, with funeral services at 11 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, 17720 Monterey Road. Interment will follow at the Serbian Cemetery
Richard A. Hanson
Richard Arthur Hanson, 81, of Morgan Hill, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003.
He was a veteran of World War II, past president of Kiwanis, past president of Fish and Game Club, past president and Man of the Year of Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of directors of Bank of Amercia and Morgan Hill Police Auxiliary. He retired from GTE after 35 years of service and was an avid sportsman.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years Erma Hanson; brothers Russell B. Hanson of Oregon and Paul Hanson of Auburn; sisters Pat Smith of Utah and Diane Frydenger of Paynes Creek; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by a brother Gary Hanson.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 2, at Johnson Funeral Home with interment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
The family asks that any donations be made to a favorite charity.
Darwin E. Miller
Darwin E. Miller, 63, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003 after a lengthy illness.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and an Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He started a band called Nicky and the No Names. They filled in as the band the night Buddy Holly and Richie Valens crashed.
He was the loving husband of Shirley L. Miller of Gilroy, father of Sheryl Williams (Stewart) of Idaho, Ruth Rafferty (Don) of Hollister, Delbert Woodcock (Corina) of Porterville and Deborah Cooper (Cory) of Morgan Hill. He was the grandfather of Stephanie (Jason), Shawn and Suzanne; Jacob (Joselyn), Andrea (Nathan) and Cory; Mylon; Cordel and Tyler, and the great-grandfather of Emma. Darwin was the brother of Don Miller of Iowa, Gary Miller of Tennessee and the late Ron Miller and Patty Miller.
He and Shirley married Feb. 15, 1969. He then worked as a circuit board designer for Lockheed, Seagate, National Semi-conductor and Miller Enterprises. He designed the Lem antenna for Apollo 11 spaceship and earned his pilot's license in 1986 at San Martin Airport. He was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness on Jan. 28, 1984. From that point on he shared as a volunteer in the worldwide preaching work of Jehovah's Witnesses, which he enjoyed more than all his other accomplishments.
We are happy he is no longer suffering but awaiting a resurrection to a paradise earth. - John 5:28-29.
A memorial services take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 985 Barrett Ave., Morgan Hill, under direction of Habing Family Funeral Home, Gilroy.
Alejandro M. Torres
Alejandro M. Torres, 85, died in San Jose on Dec. 2, 2003, after a brief illness. He was a native of San Jose, Costa Rica.
Mr. Torres worked at Gentry’s for 15 years and has been a Gilroy resident for more than 45 years.
Mr. Torres was preceded in death by his wife Petra R. Torres and a stepdaughter Margaret Trevino. He is survived by his stepchildren, Estela Morales, Clara Lugo, Robert Alonzo, Jess Alonzo, Nellie Trevino, Paul Alonzo, Rudy Alonzo and Jose Alonzo, all of Gilroy, Charles Alonzo of Kentucky, and Raul Alonzo of Clear Lake. He is also survived by numerous great grandchildren.
Services were this afternoon, Dec. 5, at Habing Family Funeral Home followed by burial at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park, Gilroy.
Robin E. (Peckham) Lovato
Robin E. (Peckham) Lovato died, Dec. 1, 2003, in San Jose.
She was born May 10, 1954, in Redding,
She was a devoted mother to her three children and was giving of herself. She loved watching football (the 49ers), loved music, especially her son Marco’s band (Bambu). She had a love for animals. She loved shopping with her daughters.
Her smile and laughter will be remembered by her friends and family. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by Jorge Lovato and her children Melissa, Marco and Melynda of San Martin. She was the daughter of Don and Ruth Peckham of Roseville; sister of Steve (Patty) Peakham of San Jose, Mark (Celia) Peckham of Redwood City, Leslie (Russ) Hayslip of Morgan Hill, and Stacey (Mike) Little of Livermore; daughter-in-law of Carmen Lovato; sister-in-law of Esther Lovato, Rick Lovato, Tony and Helen Garcia. She was a wonderful aunt to Kyle, Scott and Bryan Hayslip, Cory and Tyler Peckham, Matthew and Mark Little, Andrew Peckham, Angela Lovato and Kristen Lovato.
Services were this afternoon, Dec. 5, at Johnson Funeral Home followed by private interment at Los Gatos Memorial Park.
Lila Barbieri, 87, died Dec.1, 2003, in Los Gatos. A native of Quincy, Ill., she lived in Campbell.
She was the beloved mother of Michael and wife Nonie Barbieri; dear grandmother of Deana, Lindsey and Angela Barbieri; sister-in-law of Anita Barbieriand Lena Conely; and lifetime business partner of Gene and Kay Brink.
She was the loving wife of the late Mario Barbieri for 49 years.
A memorial service will be at noon Sunday, Dec. 7, at Darling and Fischer Chapel of the Hills, 615 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos.