Andrew S. Gonzales
Andrew S. Gonzales, 88, died on Jan. 15, 2004. A former resident of Gilroy, he had lived in Shady Cove, Oregon, for the last nine years.
Gonzales was born in Hilo, Hawaii, and came to California at the age of 3. He attended local schools and as a young man worked for the Porter Peabody Ranch in Gilroy. Later, he went on to own his own ranch in San Martin. After retiring from ranching, he worked for the Gilroy School District as a bus driver for nine years, receiving many “safe driver awards” during that time.
He was a handyman, discovering practical things before their time. He met and married Louise Olivieri of Gilroy. They were married for 53 years.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; son David H. Gonzales; daughter-in-law Elsa; and granddaughter Andrea, all of Florence, Ore. He also is survived by sisters Lucille Isenburger of Antioch, Vicky Henzi of Westwood, Anne Scettrini of Morgan Hill; brothers Frank Giminez of Morgan Hill, Tony Giminez of Morgan Hill, Moises Giminez of Mission; aunt Romona Corchero of Union City; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
James Robert Price
James Robert Price died Jan. 19, 2004, in Gilroy.
A loving husband, a fantastic father, a generous grandfather, and a loyal friend, he will be missed by all who knew him. He was born in Belzoni, Missouri, on Nov. 24, 1925, and with his parents, Ralph and Ella, three brothers and one sister made the great migration to California’s Central Valley in 1934.
He served his country as a staff sergeant in World War II, and was a lifelong patriot who loved his flag and country. He was a devoted Christian who lived his faith every day and in every way.
He was an astute entrepreneur, starting several successful businesses during his life. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved great food (particularly down home Southern cooking), fine wine and good friends. In his youth, he was a pilot who enjoyed the freedom of flying. In later years, he became a world traveler enjoying cruises to exotic ports.
He was the ultimate optimist whose favorite saying was “Today is another day of golden opportunity”!
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anne; daughters Sandy, Sherry, and Beth; sons-in-law Paul, John and Gary; grandchildren Chris, Amanda, Ashley, Daniel, Alexis and Ryan; sister Lois; and brothers Paul, Jack and David.
A memorial service was today, Jan. 23, at Advent Lutheran Church. Arrangements were under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that any donations be made to the Clinical Cancer Center, Stanford Medical Center, c/o Dr. Charlotte Jacobs, 1000 Welch Road, Suite 202, Palo Alto, CA 94303 in the hope that cancer can be cured.
Ciccillo Frank Filice
Ciccillo Frank Filice, 72, died Jan. 13, 2004, at his home in San Francisco.
Mr. Filice was a member of St. Monica’s Church, San Francisco. He was a retired auditor for the Public Utilities Commission for the state of California. He graduated from Gilroy High School, Hartnell College, Salinas, and Golden Gate San Francisco with a bachelor of arts degree in business. He was a member of the California State Employees Association. He was an Air Force veteran (with rank of sergeant) of the Korean Conflict.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ciccillo “Cicci” and Clementina Filice; survived by his loving brother Bruno Filice and his wife, Pearl, of Danville, Mary Cutter, of Gilroy, and Joyce Marks and her husband, Bob, of Morgan Hill. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be Saturday at noon at Our Lady’s Chapel, St. Mary’s Church, Gilroy, under direction of Habing Family Funeral Home.
The family asks that any donations be made to favorite charity or memorial masses.
Melissa Ann Ferro
Melissa Ann Ferro died Dec. 23, 2003, of respiratory failure while asleep at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, Oregon.
Born at Stanford Hospital, Stanford, Jan. 29, 1988, Melissa lived in Morgan Hill until January 2001 at which time her family moved to McMinnville, Oregon, and later to Salem. She suffered from a rare form of muscular dystrophy but remained active with the aid of a power wheel chair. She was a sophomore at West Salem High School. Melissa maintained high academic and personal achievements and was a source of inspiration to those who knew her.
Melissa is survived by her parents, Bill and Pam Ferro of Salem; grandmothers Margaret Ferro of Menlo Park and Alberta Harris of Jamestown; and several aunts and uncles.
Memorial Mass will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill.
John L. Berney Jr
John L. Berney Jr. died Jan. 24, 2004, in Morgan Hill.
Mr. Berney’s career as an educator of 28 years included teaching biology at Pioneer and Leland High schools, and as administrator at Hacienda Science Magnet and Gunderson High schools. John’s summers were spent at Boy Scout Camp High Sierra in various capacities including camp director for 10 of those years.
Upon his retirement from the San Jose Unified School District in 1989, John enjoyed membership in many service and social organizations. John had many hobbies including piloting light planes, woodworking, and traveling extensively with his wife, Dorothy. He and Dorothy were married for 45 years.
He was the loving husband of Dorothy, father of Andrew N. Berney of Chandler, Ariz., and John E. Berney of Morgan Hill. He was the grandfather of Jenna and Stephen Berney of Chandler, Ariz., and grandfather to many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass to held at Saint Julie Billiart Parish, 6410 Cottle Road, San Jose, on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Kaiser Santa Teresa Hospice, 275 Hospital Parkway #825, San Jose.
Arrangements are undermade by Byrgan and Company of Los Gatos.
Gilroy native Karl Valdez died in his home on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004. He was 55 years old.
Mr. Valdez was a seventh-generation Californian. Mr. Valdez was a Gilroy High School graduate. He was also a member of the United States Navy and was stationed on the USS Mattaponi (AO-41) during the Vietnam War. Mr. Valdez then resided in Gilroy and worked in many trades. He worked for Garden Valley Foods, The Garlic Room, Sportsman’s, Gilroy Foods, Ducor and was a volunteer for the Gilroy Garlic Festival Gourmet Alley for 24 consecutive years.
He is survived by his daughter Melissa Marie Valdez of Gilroy; stepson Christopher Jacob VanBuren of Squaw Valley; mother Henrietta Valdez; sisters Amy Valdez-Batty, Rita Doherty of Gilroy and Lori Valdez of Morgan Hill; brothers Alan Valdez of Gilroy, Ralph Valdez of Aromas, Steve Moore of San Jose, Larry Valdez of Fresno; brothers-in-law Dieter Batty, Phil Gervasio and Paul Doherty, all of Gilroy, and Tim Reimer of Morgan Hill; sisters-in-law Donna Valdez of Aromas, Mary Valdez of Fresno and Judy Moore of San Jose; nephews Isaac and Fred Gervasio, Jacob and Nicholas Batty, Jason Doherty, Tim Reimer, David and Glen Grimes, Dwayne Roberts and Larry Hernandez; nieces Jana Doherty-Hernandez, Sarah and Becky Valdez, Margaret Roberts, Marlene and Cindy Moore, Angela Reimer, Elena Valdez and Debi Swanson; and numerous great-nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Valdez and brother Alfred Valdez who was killed in the Vietnam War.
Burial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, at St. Mary’s Cemetery
Angelina Nava Corona
Angelina Nava Corona, born in Crows Landing, on Nov. 18, 1935, died Feb. 4, 2004 in Gilroy.
Angelina loved spending time with her puppy Lulu and planting flowers, and most of all spending time with her friends dancing, listening to music and laughing.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Angelina is survived by her children Rosa Linda Corona, Ignacio Corona Jr. and wife Marla, Anthony Corona and wife Paula, Patricia Camacho and husband Joe, Jessie Ortiz and husband Ralph, Stella Aguirre and husband Pete, and Elvira Henderson and husband Jeff. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 8, noon-5 p.m., at Johnson Funeral Home, with a Vigil Service beginning at 5 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Angelina’s name at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gilroy. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery
in Morgan Hill.