In Memoriam

Agnew, Russell (1914-2011)

Babcock, Bruce (1926-2008)

Bonham, Ken (ca. 1928-1999)

Broom, Wendell (1926-2007)

Buck, Frank (1917-2014)

Burge, Hornsby (ca. 1919-1991)

Bursa, Adolph (1922-2012)

Earl, Robert “Bob” (1941-2021)

Escher, Louis Alfred (1926-2020)

Fellows, Robert “Bob” (1926-2019)

Firth, Ray (1919-1920)

Giovanetti, Al (1917-2004)

Goding, Joe (ca. 1918-1999)

Graulich, Norm (1935-2018)

Gularte, Ed (1942-2019

Harvie, Austin (ca. 1918-1987)

Jones, Howard (1929-2018)

Kerns, Norman (ca. 1918-1983)

Lee Knisley (1925-2020)

Moser, Walter (1917-2005)

Moss, Don (1920-2007)

Peterson, Fred (ca. 1915-1991)

Roberts, Cleaver (ca. 1915-1990)

Robinson, Charles (1944-2009)

Vierra, Fred 91931-2013)

Walling, Ben 91924-2004)

Walls, John (ca. 1909-1985)

Westphall, James (1939-2015)



Robert F. Earl

Robert Frederick “Bob” Earl, 80, of Salinas, Calif., passed away on Tuesday, 18 May 2021. Born 15 March 1941 in King City, Calif., he was the son of the late Leo Lambert and Lillian Mercedes (Beyer) Earl.

A 1959 graduate from Salinas High School, Robert enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he proudly served until 1965, as a sonarman and electrical repairman. He later became a union journeyman electrician with IBEW. Robert had a passion for bowling, in which he scored a perfect game of “300.” He also loved watching football, being a diehard San Francisco 49ers fan. After his retirement in 1999, he became active with Sons in Retirement, holding several leadership positions. His family and friends will miss his subtle sarcasm, great sense of humor and warm smile which were cornerstones of his personality.

Robert is survived by his wife of 57 years, Phyllis Jean (Webb) Earl, four children Daniel (wife Debbie (Markus) Earl) of San José, James (wife Bridgette (Mihm) Earl) of Michigan, Deborah Camacho (husband Mark) of Roseville, and Jennifer Gray (husband Don) of Sacramento; four grandchildren, Aleyna and Alexa Camacho of Roseville, Levi and Eva Earl of Michigan. Robert was preceded in death by his two siblings, Dick of Georgia and Dorothy Walter of Sonora.

No services are planned. Interment will be at Garden of Memories in Salinas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the American Heart Association.



Louis A. Escher

Louis Alfred Escher, 93, of Salinas, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, September 12, 2020. He was born December 9, 1926 in Salinas, California to parents Marcel and Marie Escher.

Louis graduated Gonzales Union High School in 1945. After high school Louis joined the United States Navy and was a Seaman First Class on the USS Chikaskia (AO-54). He recently attended a ship reunion in 2018 and was honored as the oldest living crew member of the USS Chikaskia in attendance.

While visiting his mother in the hospital after a surgery, Louis met his life-long love, Erika, who he married in 1966. The couple was married for 47 years until Erika's death in 2013. They enjoyed spending time together at the ranch, often picnicking or doing yard work, traveling to various vacations and visiting Erika's family in Germany. Erika was the love of his life, they are now joined again to spend eternity together.

Louis worked for Granite Construction for 37 years before retiring and still joked about his occupation by often replying when asked how he was doing "pretty good for a boogered up ol' truck driver."

Louis loved being at his ranch outside of Gonzales. He enjoyed hunting, cutting wood, helping his friends with their cattle and ranching and he never turned down a good barbeque lunch. Mostly, Louis enjoyed life. He was one of the busiest 90+ year old you'd meet, between going to a friend's bbq or a club meeting, his calendar was always full.

He was a likable, generous, caring, loving, and good-hearted person with a smile that was infectious. If you met Louis then you made a new friend, because he never met a stranger. To say the least, he was a character, and had a one-liner for any situation and enjoyed getting a good laugh out of people by telling a quick joke.

Louis was an active member of many clubs including the American Legion Post 81, the Sons in Retirement, the Swiss Rifle Club, the Swiss American Club and the Madonna Del Sasso Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife Erika Escher of Salinas; brother and sister-in-law Enos (Gloria) Escher of Soledad; niece Lynn Gianolini of Greenfield.

Louis is survived by his great-nieces Jody, Marti and Amanda Gianolini of Greenfield; nephew Ken Escher; great nieces and nephew Sophia, Alana and Blaine Escher of Colorado.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901. A Rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., at Madonna Del Sasso Catholic Church, 320 E. Laurel Dr., Salinas, CA 93906.


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Robert “Bob”

Robert “Bob/Pops” Fellows, a resident of Gonzales, CA, passed away July 11, 2019 at Eden Valley Care Center in Soledad after a brief illness at the age of 93. He was born April 27, 1926 in Santa Ana, CA to Howard and Susie Fellows and lived in Gonzales for over 85 years. Upon graduation from Gonzales High School, he enlisted in the Navy and served in WWII as a gunner's mate in theSouth Pacific.

After the war, he married the love of his life, Verena Studer. At the time of Verena's passing in 2011, they had been married 64 years.

Bob started his career as a butcher and returned to school attending Hartnell College and UC Berkeley where he obtained his vocational teaching credential in meat cutting. He worked as a meat cutting instructor for over 30 years at the Soledad Correctional Facility until his retirement in 1986.

Bob served as an assistant Boy Scout master, was a member of the Gonzales Community Presbyterian church and the Salinas Sirs. He was a member of the Gonzales American Legion Post 81 for over 73 years where you could often find him giving orders at the legion's barbeque pit.

Up until recently, Bob enjoyed building furniture, wahoo game boards and frames for family and friends. He was an avid San Francisco Giants fan and enjoyed traveling, especially with his wife and playing yogi and wahoo with his grandchildren. In his earlier days, he also enjoyed hunting and golfing.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Verena, his son, Robert and sisters, Joleen Vanoli and Patricia Williamson.

He is survived by his brother, Richard Fellows of Gonzales; sons, Steve (Linda) and Tom (Cindy) Fellows of Gonzales, Daughter-in-law Evelyn Fellows of Medford, OR, six grandchildren; Jim (Janelle) Fellows of Lancaster, CA; Jeff (Yaneth) Fellows of Quartz Hill, CA; Tricia (Dan) Seduski of Silver Spring, MD; Holly (Jamie) Halligan of Albany, OR; Karen and Kathy Fellows of Gonzales, eight greatgrandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Cremation with private burial at Gonzales Cemetery.

Memorial service in Bob's honor will be held on Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Gonzales Community Presbyterian Church, 4th and Day Streets, Gonzales. Reception immediately following at the American Legion Hall, 419 5th Street, Gonzales, CAC. 93926.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gonzales Community Presbyterian Church, PO Box 715, Gonzales, CA 93926, or VNA/Hospice Foundation.

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Edward J. Gularte

Salinas - Edward John Gularte, age 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 4, 2019. He was born to Manuel and Maggie Gularte on January 2, 1942 on the family ranch in Salinas.

Ed graduated from Salinas High School where he played football for the Cowboys, and continued his education at Hartnell College, University of San Francisco, and Fresno State University While attending Hartnell, he met the love of his life, Barbara Miller. They married December 21, 1963 and had three children.

Ed continued the family legacy of farming alongside his brother as Gularte Brothers Farms, growers of lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. He was a dedicated and humble farmer until his retirement in 2000.

Ed loved the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, even when they were losing, and was an accomplished bowler. He was the secretary for the Salinas Bowling Association for dozens of years, and was a member of Sons In Retirement (SIRS). He loved spending time with his grandchildren, attending their sporting and school events, graduations, and parties, and giving them countless tractor rides. Dad always had an answer for any question he was asked, whether it was true or not. His favorite times were gathered around a bbq pit with his family, while sharing stories and eating linguine, and he always seemed to be the big winner of family Dime Me games. Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and special events with family and friends at the house made him so happy. He could tease like no one's business and had the most infectious smile and laugh.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Barbara, sons, Kirk (Rae) and Kelly (Marsha), daughter, Mindy (Chris), grandchildren Jaymi, Adam, Paige, Josh and Nate, brother, Manuel (Laura), sisters, Rose (Don) Dennis and Betty Gularte, sixteen nieces and nephews and many cousins. Ed was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, and sisters Elaine Cunha and Lucille Harbin.

Memorial Mass will take place on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 1:30p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 22 Stone Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Salinas Wranglers Youth Bowling Association, 1081 South Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901, or Gateway Center of Monterey County, 408 Salinas Street, Salinas, CA 93901.


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Lee Knisley

Leland (Lee) F. Knisley passed away peacefully in his home Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He led a very full, productive, loving, and fun-filled life.

He was a California native, a 1942 graduate of Berkeley High School, and joined the Marines on his 18th birthday to fight for our country in WWII. He was the recipient of two purple hearts, the first for his service in the horrific battle of Peleliu.

He became a journeyman electrician after the war and joined the Electrical Union (IBEW #243 then #234) where he was a huge asset in union negotiations. Leland was a charter member and was recently awarded a 70-year pin. He was a union member for a total of 72 years. It was difficult to drive through town with him and not have him pointing out buildings left and right that he wired.

He met Dolores Hischier at the Santa Clara County Fair (a set up from a friend) and they were married on July 2, 1950. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary before Dolores' death following a routine surgery in 1995.

Lee loved his social life and was a vital part of The Native Sons of the Golden West, Elk's Lodge, Elkampers, SIRS, VFW, and the American Legion; volunteering many hours to these organizations as well as delivering Meals on Wheels. He always loved a good debate about politics and social issues. Watching San Francisco Giants play baseball and Monday night football at the Native Sons were favorite pastimes.

Being passionate about boating, fishing in Monterey Bay and water skiing, he taught hundreds of friends and family to water ski—his favorite lesson: "Stand up like a Marine!" Never one to back down from new challenges, Lee learned how to snow ski at the age of 65! He was always game for anything. In his later years, he especially looked forward to annual trips with all of his children and grandchildren.

Lee was a loving and generous husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his lady-friend Helen Gong; four children, Mark Knisley (and his wife Deborah), Janet Webb, George Knisley (and his wife Pamela), and Ruth (Bourquin-Odens) Gardner (and her husband David); 11 grandchildren; his family friend/caregiver Catherine Risso; his cat; and several greatgranddogs. He was predeceased by his amazing wife, Dolores (Hischier) Knisley, two sons, Martin and Paul Knisley, and his son-in-law Scott Bourquin.

He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. A celebration of life will be held in his honor once it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, SPCA of Monterey County, VNA/Hospice or Colorado Bike MS.

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Ray Firth

Long time Salinas resident, Raymond Albert Firth, died peacefully at Pacific Coast Care in Salinas, at the age of 100. (August 28, 1919 - March 14, 2020)

Native son to England, born in Brighton on August 28, 1919 to Albert and Anna Firth. He and his sister Ellen were blessings after his father’s release from the Reuleben German prison. Newborn babies after WWI were dubbed ‘Peace Child’. As an infant the family moved to Italy where they enjoyed life speaking 3 languages, English, German and Italian. As Mussolini grew in power, Ray’s father recognized familiar tensions building in Europe and requested transfer. Work was secured in the United States, so the family emigrated to their new home in Chicago in late 1925. Ray grew up in the city and summered in Wisconsin when possible, graduated from Senn High, was active in rowing, basketball and ice skating. Ray attended Northwestern University, studied Marketing and even taught dance at Arthur Murry dance studio one summer. One of his first jobs was with Sears Roebuck and Company, of which he was most proud.

He became a US Citizen in February 1941 and 3 weeks later, on his mother’s birthday, March 11, 1941, he was drafted into the United States Army. Training camp was on the west coast and so was his sister Ellen. In the first days of December 1941, Ellen drove Ray to San Francisco to his new assignment aboard the SS Monterey, a fast troop carrier, that was bound for the Philippines. As the SS Monterey sailed somewhere in the Pacific, Pearl Harbor was bombed.

Under blackout conditions the ship returned to San Francisco, resupplied and set out on December 16, 1941, to be the first of four supply ships to arrive after the attack on Pearl. Ray was assigned to Pupukea for communications, standing watch along Oahu’s North Shore in the event there were to be another attack. This assignment lasted six months.

After Hawaii, Ray returned to the mainland in the summer of 1942. Ray attended officers training and spent a great deal of time at Camp Roberts training new recruits in artillery. This is where Ray fell in love with the California coast and all its beauty. He served until the end of the war where he was assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana to await discharge papers. Ray spent many evenings at the officers club and met his dance partner and future bride Catherine Margaret Bone. They fell in love and married six months later in June of 1946.

Sears & Roebuck Company happily took Ray back after the war as the newlyweds settled in Modesto. The baby boom began for many after WWII and Ray became father to seven. There was another move with Sears to San Luis Obispo but only for a short while. In 1954 Sears transferred Ray to Salinas and boy did he love it. Totally in love with the weather especially having grown up in Chicago, he always commented how gorgeous it was around here.

Ray became a Catholic around 1956 and always admired Msgr. Thomas J. Early for his leadership. Ray & Kay joined the Lyons Club, participating often in fundraising selling white canes outside supermarkets with all the kids in tow. Ray was a Boy Scout troop leader for his son’s troop and was often fondly remember by those young scouts in their adult years. Ray loved music, especially the classical music station which was always on in his home. However, when it came to a dancing, it was big band music; Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Begin the Beguine, and so many more. Another claim to fame is Ray could make the bests Manhattan in town. When company arrived, Ray was quite the host and always ready with chips, cheese and a libation.

Ray owned and operated Firth’s Hardware on North Main St. during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. After the store closed, he sold insurance for California Farmer and assisted friends and family in establishing living trusts. He kept active, loving his golf game and his lunches with the SIRS. Sherwood Lake Mobile Home Park was a great move for Ray and Kay in the summer of 1989. Ray served on the board at the Park for several years and was very keen on helping the organization stay a course of steady maintenance and financial strength. He called it home for over thirty years.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents Anna and Albert Firth, his sister Ellen Prendergast, wife Catherine, granddaughter Genevieve and his beloved companion of the last 12 years, Carol Waddell.

He is survived by his children: Anne Firth, Thomas Firth (Treva), John Firth, Mary Firth, Jane Firth, Barbara Frenchu (Bob) and Kathi Firth. Niece Laura Downing (Larry). Grandchildren: Steven Firth (Melissa), Christopher Firth (Peggy), Joshua Hair (KC), Travis Hair (Elizabeth), Heather Firth, Lynn Harris (Scott), Stephanie Bright (Will), Aimee Firth, Alexandra Firth and Anthony Frenchu. Great grandsons Nathan, Cole and Chaas Firth, great granddaughters Casey Cawelti (Ian) and Lexi Plummer (Joe) and 6 great, great grandchildren.


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Howard Jones

Howard Jones, a resident of Salinas, CA, passed away on November 17, 2018 at the age of 89. Born in Fruitland, Idaho, he settled permanently in Salinas California after completing college at the University of Boulder Colorado. He earned his Master’s degree at San Jose State. He served during the Korean War in the US Army. Howard retired as an administrator and school teacher from the Salinas City School District where he had a positive impact on many young lives starting their journey in the world.

Howard’s greatest passion throughout his entire life was music and everything surrounding it. Handy with his hands, he owned a business and repaired all classes of musical instruments for the local school districts in Salinas and the Monterey County Symphony for over three decades. An accomplished musician, he played the Baritone and Euphonium in the Pacific Brass and Watsonville Community Bands, traveling throughout the United States and also overseas. His favorite skill was singing, he was the song leader at church and also a member of multiple choirs throughout his life. He was a long-time member of the Senior Singers. He was frequently referred to as Mr. Music.

In his retirement years, Howard was an active member of the Active Senior’s, Inc. where he was President for 2 years, 2011-2012 and remained active with the group until his death. He also took up Rosemaling (decorative folk art) and painted Christmas ornaments, plates and other gifts.

Howard is survived by Shirley, his wife of 30 years; his two sons, David (Melinda) and Brad; two grandchildren, LT Scott Jones and LT Katherine Smith (Devereux) both serving in the US Navy; great granddaughter, Elisabeth Smith; and brother-in-law Larry Hill. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Lois Jones and his sister Linda Hill.

He lovingly embraced his step children, Warren and David Clark who preceded him in death. He is also survived by step daughter, Carolyn Putman (Bernie); granddaughters, Stephanie Wurster (Nicholas), Amber Clark (Steve Vaughn); great granddaughters, Alyssa and Hailey Vaughn.

We thank his many doctors who cared for him these past 3 years and his loving caregiver Debbie Garcia.

A man of faith, Howard is still with us, he is just singing in a different place.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Compass Church Youth Program, 830 Padre Drive, Salinas; Active Seniors, Inc, 100 Harvest Street, Salinas, or your favorite charity.

A Memorial Service will be held 1:30 pm Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Compass Church, followed by a reception, at 830 Padre Drive, Salinas, Ca. 93901.


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Norm Graulich

Norman George Graulich, "Norm", 83, lifelong resident of Salinas passed away on Oct. 11th, 2018. He was born on May 15th, 1935 in Salinas, Ca. to Edwin and Minnie (Solomon) Graulich. He graduated from Salinas High School. He went on to work with Hayward Lumber Co., P.G.&E Co., and for many years as a purchasing agent for Bruce Church Co. Norman enjoyed his 20 year membership with SIRIS (Sons in Retirement) Salinas chapter 89, serving as the attendance membership chairman. He looked forward to visiting with his "coffee buddies" at the Cherry Bean Coffee Shop and gardening. He also loved sports, especially NFL football, the Warriors, the Giants and the 49ers.

Norman is survived by his wife of 48 years, Irene (Guidotti) Graulich. They traveled together, enjoyed time together and always attending Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spreckels, Ca.

Norman is also survived by his brother Les of Santa Maria, Ca., sisters Louise Soroken and Bette Kraul of Salinas, Ca. and Dorothy Hammons of San Jose, Ca. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and other loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Albert and Howard Graulich.

Visitation will be 3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday, October 22, 2018 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.

Funeral Mass will be held 11:00a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1 Railroad Ave. Spreckels, CA. 93962.

Burial will be at 3:00p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Soledad District Cemetery, 1711 Metz Road, Soledad, CA. 93960.

Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

Published in The Salinas Californian from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20, 2018


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Frank E. Buck

Frank Edward Buck, 96 of Salinas, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, with his family by his side. He was born May 7, 1917 in Fargo, N.D. He graduated from Fargo High School and North Dakota State University.

While serving in the US Navy during World War II he studied meteorology at the California Institute of Technology in preparation for his active duty service in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. He retired as a Commander after 20 years in the Naval Reserve.

He began his career in Boy Scouting in Duluth, MN and also worked in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Vallejo as a Scout executive. In 1968, he moved with his family to Salinas as the Executive of the Monterey Bay area Council. He retired in 1979 after 39 years in Scouting. Later he was Executive Director for the Old Town Association of Salinas.

He served his community as a 40 year member of the Salinas Rotary Club and as a board member and ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Sons in Retirement, Masons, Shriners, Scottish Rite, First Presbyterian Church and Elks. He was wine steward for the Steinbeck House.

At the age of 60, he earned his private pilot license. For many years he acted as a Marshall in the Crosby Golf Tournament. He will be remembered for his daily jokes and his ability to tell a funny story. He could lasso, perform magic and blow the bugle.

Frank was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Catherine, and by his daughter, Cay Wiant.

He is survived by his daughters, Marjorie Barnett and husband Bill, Virginia Apt, Joanne Buck; son-inlaw, Jon Wiant; grandchildren, Greg and Doug Barnett, Meg and Teddy Wiant, Jason and Jeremy Apt, Michael and Michelle McCall, and three greatgrandchildren.


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Fred Vierra

Alfred "Fred" C. Vierra, Jr. 81, of Salinas, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013. He was born September 21, 1931 in Oakland, CA.

He was a member of St. Theodore Church in Gonzales (former Alter boy), American Legion Post #81, Salinas Elks Lodge #614, SIRS, Masonic Lodge, Marine Corps League, Society of American Foresters and Gonzales Rotary Club.

Alfred graduated from Gonzales High School, and attended Hartnell College. He served in the Marine Corp.

He was a South County Business Man. Served on Gonzales Planning Commission, and Monterey County Grand Jury. Started the Annual Gonzales 4th of July Celebration, past Chairperson for Gonzales Centennial Celebration, past President of the Gonzales Booster Club, Gonzales Volunteer Fire Dept. and Gonzales Chamber of Commerce, and while in business in Soledad he was past President of the Soledad Chamber of Commerce and Soledad Rotary Club.

Alfred loved to travel, fish, cook and spend time with his family, grandchildren and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred C. & Helen Vierra.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Jane Vierra of Salinas, children, Cindy Vierra of Salinas, Jeff (Cari) Vierra of Salinas, Annette Vierra of Salinas, sister, Violet Bernard of Salinas, granddaughter, Rachel Vierra of Salinas and grandson, Jake Vierra of Salinas.


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Adolph Brusa

Adolph B. Brusa, 89, of Salinas, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012. He was born August 23, 1922 to Adolph and Albina Brusa, who emigrated to this country from Switzerland.

He was raised in Gonzales and graduated from Gonzales High School.

Adolph served in the Marines in World War II, fought on Iwo Jima and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He married Betty War on July 5, 1947.

He worked as a meat cutter and became an owner of The Salinas Drive In Market.

Adolph and Betty bought their house in Salinas in 1950 and he lived there the rest of his life. Their son, Brian, was born in 1948 and daughter, Christine "Tina" was born in 1951.

Adolph was active in Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball in Salinas and helped bring Pop Warner Football to the area. He was a member of The First United Presbyterian Church for many years and later became a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church. He volunteered for many years for Meals on Wheels. Throughout his retirement he volunteered in elementary schools tutoring children in reading. For the last decade he tutored adults in English at the California Educational Training Center working there up until the week before his death. He was a member of SIRS, The Swiss American Club, and The Monterey County Historical Society.

He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Betty, in 2000; his brother, Henry Brusa and by his youngest sister, Wilma Brusa Esser.


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Russell Agnew

E. Russell Agnew, 97, passed away Monday, October 17, 2011, at Salinas Valley memorial Hospital with his family by his side.

Russ was born July 3, 1914 in San Francisco, the youngest of four boys. The family soon moved to Alameda, where Russ attended school. he was a world class swimmer, setting several national records and one school record that was never broken.

russ's friend, Herb Caen, once wrote in his column that he only new one person who sam across the Golden Gate, sailed out the Golden Gate, walked over the Golden Gate, drove over the Golden Gate and flew over the golde Gate and that person was Russ Agnew. Russ swam across the Golden Gate for the first time at the age of 14, in 1928. he sailed out the Golden Gate in 1934 to spend a year and a half at sea working on a merchant ship. He walked over the Golden Gate on Pedestrian Day in 1937 at the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. He drove over on many occasions and flew over in his travles leaving and returning from SFO.

Russ moved to Salinas in 1950 and built the family home in San Benancio Village. For many years he was the owner of the Corral de Tierra market and gas station. he was very active in the community. He was a Cub Scout Leader of Pack 92, and a Scout Master of Troop 93. he was a Little League baseball coach for the California Rodeo Little League baseball team. he was on the school board of Washington Union School District for 25 years and he was a Director of the California Rodeo.

He retired in 1979 and traveled extensively with his wife, Eleanor. They traveled to Europe, Canada, Alask and 48 other states, missing only Texas. Their favorite trip was to Hawaii, and for 15 years they would stay in Hawaii for the month of May.

In his retirement, Russ became active in SIRS, working on numerous committees and holding elected positions. In 1989, he was elected State President and was granted an Honorary life membership.

Russ and his wife, Eleanor, moved to Villa Serra in February 2000. While at Villa Serra, Russ continued his activities in SIRS and was active on numerous Villa Serra committees.

Russ was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor and his son, Robert.

He is survived by his son, Gene (Candy) Agnew and his granddaughters, Erin (Trent) Blair and Shannon (Nick) Montemurno and six great-grandchildren.

He will forever be remembered as a loving and caring Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Friend.

A private family service was held at the Garden of Memories Cemetery. he was buried next to Eleanor, his wife of 64 years.

Donations can be made to: "St. Baldrick’s Foundation," 1333 Mayflower Ave., Suite 400m Monrovia, CA 91016. Funding for pediatric cancer research.

Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Chapel.


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Charles Robinson, 65, passed away Friday, June 5, 2009.

He was born April 30, 1944 in manila, Arkansas. he moved to California in 1950.

Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Berdie Mae Robinson; sons Rujhn (Melissa) and Terrence Robinson; daughter Charlesa Robinson; his mother Lillia Robinson; four grandchildren Andrew Williams, Lamont Robinson, Kalani Robinson, and Raena Robinson; sisters Opal Robinson Allen; Deanetta Robinson Vickers (Tyrone, Sr.), Yolanda Robinson, Annette Robinson, Tonette Robinson; brothers Rev. Larry Robinson (Shirley), Donald Robinson Fox (Cindy), Danny Ray Brown, Edward Lee Robinson, Jerry Robinson; and a host of aunts, one great uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his fathers, Edward B. Robinson and Robert E. Robinson; mother, Beverly Robinson; sisters, Willie Lee Washington; Alice Faye Flemming, and Teresa Fox; brother Terry Robinson; and two nephews, Levon Roy Davis and Aaron Vickers.

Visitation: 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St. Salinas, Calif.

Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, June 11 at Northminister Presbyterian Church, 315 Alvin Drive, Salinas.

Burial with honors: Will follow at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas.

Arrangements by: Struve and Laporte Chapel.


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Bruce Babcock

Bruce Babcock, 81, of Salinas, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Salinas Valley memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Dinuba. He was a retired property tax appraiser for Monterey County.

Bruce graduated from Salinas High School in 1946. He was a long-time member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Salinas. Member of the Salinas Elks Lodge No. 614 BPOE in Salinas, and a member of the S.I.R.S., and the American Legion, Post No. 31 of Salinas. Bruce was honored several times for his continual blood donations to the American Red Cross. His hobby was cutting and delivering firewood for many years. he enjoyed golfing and staying active.

Military service: He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the Aircraft Carrier Wasp.

Survivors: Wife, Norma Babcock of the family home; daughters, Sherry Forsgren of Columbia, S.C., Cheryl Brooks of Bradley, Terry Schneider of Redding; sons, Bill Babcock of Virginia City, Mont., Rickey Babcock of Alder Point, Steven Thomas of British Columbia, Canada; grandchildren, Grant Cole, Jennifer Bidaurreta, Allyson Cole, Billy Babcock, Tad Babcock, Don Babcock, Kelly Fischer, Rosalyn Schneider and Eric Schneider; and nine great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 580 Larkin St., Salinas.

Inurnment: Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas.

Memorials: American Red Cross, 942 Lupin Dr. Salinas, Calif. 93906 or to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 580 Larkin St., Salinas, Calif. 93907.

Arrangements: Healey Mortuary & Crematory, 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas;


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Wendell Broom

Wendell J. Broom, 81, of Salinas, passed away Friday morning, Dec. 28, 2007, at Salinas Valley memorial Hospital. He was born March 19, 1926, in Waterloo, Ind.

He was the superintendent for Soledad Union School District from 1962 to 1983.

Wendell was a longtime member of First Baptist Church. He was also a member of SIRS.

Survivors: Wife of 57 years, Henrietta Broom of Salinas; sons, John (Cindy) Broom and Steve (Zuzzanne) Broom of Salinas; daughter, Barbara Broom of Oakhurst; grandchildren, Brad, Lacy, Jenny, Greg, Chrissy, Garett, Colin and Keirsten.

Memorial services: Will be held at 1 p.m . Thursday, Jan 3, 2008, at First Baptist Church, 1130 San Vincente Ave., Salinas.

Memorials: Donations can be made to First Baptist Church or donor’s favor charity.

Arrangements: by Struve and Laporte Chapel.


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Don Moss

W. Don Moss, 87, of Salinas, passed away Friday, May 11, 2007.

He was born on Jan. 23, 1920, in Olustee, Okla., to his parents Oree and Dee Moss.

Don moved to Salinas from Caldwell, Idaho, in 1952, with his wife and family. He retired from the Salinas Police Department in 1979 after 27 years of service. he delivered Meals of Wheels for many years and served as an elder for the Alvin Drive Church of Christ for 45 years.

Memberships: Don was president of the Retired Public Employees Association, Salinas Chapter; past president of Sons In Retirement; a member of California Peace Officers Association; Monterey County Police Officers Association and American Legion Post 31.

Military service: U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

Survivors: Wife of almost 65 years, Roberta Moss of Salinas; children, Dolores Peoples of Fallon, Nev., Don Moss of Dayville, Ore., and Cheri Carl of Salinas; sisters, LaNell Wynia of Las Vegas, Nev., and Bobbie Francis Johnston of Nampa, Idaho; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visitation: 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St. Salinas.

Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Church of Christ, 249 E. Alvin Dr., Salinas.

Memorials: In his name of American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.


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Walter Moser

Walter A. Moser, 87, of Salinas, died of natural causes, Monday, May 2, 2005, at his home.

He was born Sept. 18, 1917, i West Covina. he was raised in Yuma, Ariz., and has resided in Salinas since 1937, when his father opened Moser’s Food Marts in what was then called Alisal.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired as general manager of Mitchell Silliman Co., after a 40-year business career.

Mr. Moser was a longtime member of the California Warehouse Association, the American Warehouse Association of Manufacturers, and served as secretary for the California Bean Shippers Association. He also was a member and officer of Sons in Retirement.

His many interests included gardening, bowling and traveling, including Central America, Europe and Alask. He especially loved spending time with his wife and enjoyed their many shared interests.

Survivors: His wife, Alice Michael Moser of Salinas; sons, Michael Moser of King City, Peter Moser of Shasta City and David Moser of Merlin, Ore.; daughter, Linda Ringstrom of Paso robles; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services: At his request, no services will be held.

Memorials: Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 957A Blanco Circle, Salinas 93901 or Greenpeace, 702 H St. NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Arrangements: Struve and Laporte funeral Home, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas.


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Ben Walling

Ben W. “Bud” Walling, 80, died Dec. 19, 2004, after a short and sudden illness.

He was born Sept. 4, 1924, to Verda and Benjamin Walling of Los Angeles. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family as he spent his 80 years taking care of people and making sure they never wanted for anything while he was around.

Bud graduated from Fairfax High School in 1943 and worked for Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank until he received his draft notice. He was assigned to Fort Polk in Louisiana where he met his wife, Betty. After his service years, he moved into the world of broadcasting.

He missed life in California so they moved back to Los Angeles, where he secured a position at a local television station. Wayne Walling, his son, was born 1949, Bud, Betty and Wayne moved from the L.A. area to Salinas where he joined the staff of KSBW. He spent his years there doing commercials, radio spots, and the evening weather reports.

He was most noted for his role as Santa Clause. Each year, form Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, Santa and Judy Oates’ Mrs. Clause commanded the airwaves, reading letters from children until it was finally time to load up the sleigh on Christmas Eve. The Santa suite was never put away fro very long, as he made appearances from the Salvation Army and for several neighborhood children over the next few years.

A lifetime caregiver, Bud joined the Meals on Wheels team and the Food BAnk for Monterey County,working there on nearly a daily basis for the next several years till he moved to Idaho in 2003 to be near his daughter. He left behind memories of his wife as well as many good friends.

Bud touched so many. His quiet ways and unassuming personality will be truly missed as will his love and devotion to his family and to so many others.

Memberships: Salinas Kiwanis Club, acting as its president from 1975 to 1976.

Memorial service: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. Service location is at the water’s edge at the park just outside the Tinnery Restaurant, Ocean View Boulevard and 17th Street, Pacific Grove.


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Al Giovanetti

Albert H. Giovanettie, 87, of Salinas, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, after a lengthy struggle with Parkinson's disease.

He was born May 22, 1917, in Modesto. He paternal grandfather came to California in the mid-1800s from Switzerland. his maternal great-grandfather came to California by wagon train in 1864. Both established large ranches near Modesto in Stanislaus County. Albert grew up on his grandfather Angelo Giovanetti’s ranch. He attended Modesto High High School, Modesto Junior College, University of California, Berkeley, and graduated from San Jose State University.

He was hired as the first Juvenile Officer for the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, appointed as Stanislaus County’s Chief Probation Officer in 1952, and in 1959 was appointed Chief Probation officer of Monterey County. After retirement in 1974, he was a consultant and teacher in the field of administration of justice.

Albert’s special interests were fishing, hunting and gardening. His love for the game of bridge made him not only a master player, but a teacher of the game as well.

Military service: He served in World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action while serving with the 11th Armored Division. he was also awarded the Good Conduct medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign medal, World War II Victory medal and the American Campaign medal.

Memberships: Life member of the California Alumni Association and McHenry Museum and Historical Society. he was past state president of the California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association, past president Retired Public Employees Association, and Big Sir (Sons in Retirement Branch 89) and a member of the American Legion Post No. 31.

Survivors: Wife, Dolores of Salinas; sons, Geoff of Alexandria, Va., and Greg and Marty, both of Salinas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St. Salinas.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, McHenry Museum and Historical Society, care of Bob Santos, 1402 I St., Modesto, CA 95354-1402; VNA Hospice, 957-A Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA 93901; or donor’s favorite charity.


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Ken Bonham
ca. 1928-1999

Kenneth Samuel Bonham, 71, of Salinas died Monday at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Cincinnati and lived in Salinas for 24 years. He was ambassador for the Salinas Chamber of Commerce and received a certificate of special congressional recognition in recognition of service to the community. He also received a certificate from Ombudsman for Long-term Care for outstanding service in the true spirit of volunteerism. he was active in local and state politics.

Military service: Chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army, serving 21 years in the Army, including the Korean War and Vietnam War. He also served one year in the Marine Corps.

Memberships: Life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6849, life member of Military Order of the Cootie.

Survivors: His wife, Liselotte Bonham of Salinas.

Services: Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Starve and Laporte Funeral Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St.

Memorials: May be made to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Oncology Dept., 450 E. Romie Lane, Salinas, CA.


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Joe Boding
ca. 1918-1999

Joseph Harold Goding of Seattle died Tuesday in Seattle. He was 81.

He was born in Skagway, alask, and lived in Salinas from 1974 to 1998. he worked for White Pass Yukon Railroad before joining Pan American Airways. During his 35-year career with PanAm he was regional sales manager in Ketchikan, Alask, and regional director in Auckland, New Zealand, and Western Canada. he retired to Salinas. He was an active member of the communities he lived in. He was a city councilman and mayor of Ketchikan, Alask.

He was elected President of All Alaskan Cities. He was an honorary lifetime member of Skagway Elks Lodge No. 0431, a Rotarian in Ketchikan and an active member of SIRS of California.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Seattle; his daughters, Barbara Foster of Seattle, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; his sister, Evelyn Franich of Fairbanks, Alaska; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Private family services were held in Seattle. Memorials may be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Butterworth Manning Ashmore in Seattle.


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Hornsby Burge
ca. 1918-1991

Hornsby Burge died Friday at Salinas Valley memorial Hospital. He was 72.

A native of Barger, Ark., Mr. Burge retired from the Navy after 21 years. He served during World War II and the Korean War. he lived in Salinas 31 years.

Mr. Burge was a member of Salinas Moose Lodge No. 1165, Elks Lodge No. 416 of Salinas, and was a past “Big SIR” in Seniors [sic] in Retirement of Salinas.

He is survived by two sisters, Clata Gendreau of Florence, Ore., and Lillian Horton of Clear Lake.


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Cleaver Roberts
ca. 1915-1990

W. Cleaver Roberts of Prunedale died Wednesday at Hospice of the Central Coast following a lengthy illness. He was 75.

A native of Modesto, Mr. Roberts had lived in Salinas for eight years. he was a graduate of Modesto High School and Modesto Junior College. He was owner and manager of Roberts Office Furniture Repair Service, a longtime member and past Big S.I.R. of Seniors [sic] in Retirement of Salinas, volunteer driver for the Alliance on Aging and volunteer guide for the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife, Bette Roberts of Prunedale; three daughters, Peggy Ann Weishaar of Redwood City, Donna Lynne Fetisoff of Redwood City, Wendie Santarelli of Forth Worth, Texas; two sons, John T. Hill and Eugene F. Hill, both of Arlington, Texas; one brother William Louis Roberts Jr. of Huntington Beach; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Healey Mortuary Chapel. Inurnment will take place at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. Memorials may be made to Salinas Valley Hospice, 210 Capital St., Salinas, 93901 or to Hospice of the Central Coas, P. O. Bo.x 2480, Monterey, CA 93942-2480.


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Fred Peterson
ca. 1915-1991

Fred H. Peterson of Salinas died Thursday afternoon at Salinas Valley memorial Hospital following a sudden illness. he was 76.

A native of Bakersfield, Mr. Peterson lived in Salinas since 1976. he was a retired landscape contractor and a former deputy with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. he was a member of the Sons in Retirement Society No. 28 of Monterey and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Peterson is survived by his wife, Freda Peterson of Salinas, one son, Richard B. Peterson of Carmel; one daughter, Sandi Boyd of Carlsbad; one sister, Betty Winchell of Bakersfield; and one grandchild.

Friends may call at Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Union Cemetery in Bakersfield. Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.


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Austin Harvie
ca. 1918-1987

Austin I. Harvie of Salinas died Saturday at Natividad medical Center after an illness. he was 69.

Mr. Harvie was a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, and he had lived in the Salinas Valley for 39 years. he retired from Pacific Gas & Electric Company in 1984 after working for 35 years in the King City and Soledad areas.

Mr. Harvie was a member of the following organizations: Soledad Little League, with whom he served as secretary-treasurer; the Soledad Planning Board; the Soledad Volunteer Fire Department; the Soledad Methodist Church; Sons in Retirement branch 89 with hom he was served as “Big Sir”; the PG&E Retirees Club; the First United Presbyterian Church; the immediate past Skipper of the Mariner Club; the Service League of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital; and the Salinas Elks Lodge. He served as a volunteer ambulance driver and attendant in Soledad, and was an avid bridge player, and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Beulah Harvie of Salinas; a daughter, Gayla Ann Bandy of Cottage Grove, Ore.; three sons, Dana A. Harvie of Arroyo Seco, Morris W. Harvie of Sacramento, and Letson Harvie of Pendleton, Ore., currently serving as a missionary in Central America; three sisters, Edith Wood of Nova Scotia, Myrtle Nix of Waltham, Mass., and Lene Mackalese of Baltimore, Md.; two step-daughters, Kathryn Gorman and Judy Lamb of Ontario, Canada; two brothers, Harold Harvie of Nova Scotia, and Cecil Harvie of Pasadena; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Healey Mortuary. Memorial services under the direction of the Elks will begin at 7:30 p.m. today at the mortuary chapel. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Presbyterian Church. Cremation is under the direction of the Healey Mortuary.


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John Walls
ca. 1909-1985

John S. Walls of 1166 San Mateo Drive, Salinas, died Tuesday at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. he was 73.

A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., he had lived in Salinas 55 years.

He had attended the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma before arriving in Salinas in 1930. Here, he occupied himself by soliciting and advertising for the local newspaper, sold cars and bought a service station.

He then served intermittently as a special officer with the Salinas Police Department in 1935-36, while continuing to work at his other jobs.

After accepting a permanent assignment with the Salinas Police Department in 1937, he advanced to the rank of lieutenant in 1944. He took a leave of absence to serve with the Criminal Investigation Detachment in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific theatre before leaving the Army in 1947.

He then entered the insurance field in the Monterey-Salinas area before owning his own agency in Stockton in 1952. he returned to Salinas in 1956 as an investigator with the California Division of Motor Vehicles, from wich he retired 20 years later.

He was a member of Salinas Elks Lodge 614, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Advisory Council, the Monterey County Peace Officers Association and held the office of Big Sir in what is now Santa Lucia Branch 89 (Salinas) of Sons in Retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Vivien Walls of the family home; a son, John R. Walls of Folsom; four grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Struve & Laporte Funeral chapel, with the Rev. Joe Walton officiating.


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Norman Kerns
ca. 1918-1983

Norman R. Kerns of Salinas died Saturday at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula following a lengthy illness. He was 65.

A native of Saugus, he had been a resident of Salinas for 40 years [and] had been an accountant for the Monterey County Auditor’s Office for 25 years before retiring in 1977.

He was an elder of the First United Presbyterian Church, a member of the Alisal Lodge 163 of the International Order of Odd Fellows, the Monterey County Historical Society, a past president of the Monterey County Employees Association, a retired member of the Public Employees Association, a past Big Sir of the Sons in Retirement chapter 89 of Salinas and was secretary of the board of trustees at the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

He is survived by his wife, Lydia Kerns, of the family home; three daughters, Patricia Willingham and Janet Bradely, both of Salinas, and Norma Zermeno of Gilroy; two brothers, Frank Kerns of Torrance and Bert Kern sof King City; one sister, Alice Rust of La Pine, Ore.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Presbyterian Church.

Officiating will by the Rev. Arnold Nelson, pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. M. L. Kemper, minister emeritus.

Entombment will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Officer’s of the Alisal Lodge 163 IOOF will officiate at the entombment rites.

Contributions may be made to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula or to the donor’s favorite charity.

Friends may call at the Struve & Laporte Funeral Chapel from 7 to 9 tonight or until 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

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