Obituaries 2021:

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Frances Houn Frances Lu Houn
June 25, 1927 - February 22, 2021
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Frances Houn was born in Henan Province, China and passed away in San Jose, California. She was 93 years old. Frances immigrated to the United States in 1950 where she attended Rivier College in Nashua, NH.

She met Franklin Wu Houn in Washington DC while she was working a summer job in the Library of Congress, China collection and he was a research assistant for the same department. In 1955, at age 27 they married and traveled across the US as Franklin pursued an academic career in political science at various universities. Their children were born in those university towns: Fred Wei-han (Palo Alto, CA), Florence (Lansing, MI) and Flora (Northampton, MA).

Frances raised her family in Amherst MA. All three children attended Amherst Regional High School and Harvard University. Her son Fred, a renowned jazz musician and activist, predeceased her (1957-2014). Her daughter Florence is a physician and her daughter Flora is an attorney.

Frances moved to Cambridge, MA in 1977 and lived in The Cambridge Homes, Assisted Living Community (2004-2014). Her articles on life in the US were published in the Hong Kong press. She participated in rallies and concerts for racial equality that featured music by her jazz artist son.

She is survived by her two daughters and her grandchildren, Ethan Linghou Goldberger, Emma Lu Hoffman and Julia Hou Hoffman. She has a younger brother, Lue Yun-Han, residing in Taiwan with wife, Lue Yu Anna, daughter, Lue Ruei Jin, and son, Lue Ruei Hsi, Mow Yu-Jin, wife of Ruei His, and their son, Lue Shao Hua. There are surviving nieces in China: Lue Ruei Zhi, Lue Ruei Hua, Lue Ruei Fang, Lue Ruei Sheng, and Lue Ruei Min.


Josefa Martinez
February 17, 1933 - February 22, 2021
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Josefa Martinez was born in Jalisco, Mexico and passed away in San Jose, California. She was 88 years old.


Robert Crowell Robert Edward Crowell
May 12, 1956 - February 20, 2021
San Jose, California

Memorial Service: Thursday, March 11, 2021, 11:00 AM at San Jose Funeral Service, San Jose, CA
Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

It is with great sadness and love that we mourn the passing of Robert Edward Crowell. Bob passed away on February 20th, 2021. Bob was at home and passed peacefully in his sleep. A caring husband and father, Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Patricia Crowell, and his twin sons, Eric and William Crowell. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Clayton Lee Crowell, and sister, Jacqueline Crowell.

Born in California to Jack Crowell and Marjorie Turner Crowell. Bob was raised in Marinwood, California where he attended Terra Linda High School. Bob was a proud veteran and patriot, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division where he earned his Expert Infantry Badge. Following an honorable discharge, Bob worked as a Master Optician, a Clean Room Technician, and an ASE Certified Technician.

Bob was a true patriot and has passed to a better place. May he rest in peace, let not your heart be troubled.

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Pamela Kathryn MacLaren
July 28, 1941 - February 17, 2021
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Pamela MacLaren was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and passed away in San Jose, California. She was 79 years old.


Ann Susan Dalton
January 14, 1964 - February 16, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Ann Dalton was born in England and passed away in Palo Alto, California. She was 57 years old.


Franklyn Erwin Wecks
May 25, 1923 - February 15, 2021
Scotts Valley, California

Graveside Service: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 12:30 PM
Interment: San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, CA

Franklyn Wecks was born in Portland, Oregon and passed away in Scotts Valley, California. He was 97 years old.

Franklyn was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Wecks.


Gene Mesick Gene Ellsworth Mesick
May 29, 1931 - February 13, 2021
Morgan Hill, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Gene Mesick, 89, a 45 year resident of Morgan Hill, passed away on Saturday, February 13. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Gilroy. He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Elaine; son, Mark; grandson, Allan (son of David Mesick, deceased); three step-children, and five step-grandchildren.


Audrey Morgan Audrey Ann Morgan
April 16, 1932 - February 10, 2021
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, CA

Our beloved mother, Audrey Morgan, passed away on February 10 after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her adoring husband, Michael Morgan Sr; and sons, Bradley Joseph, and Michael Jr.

Born Audrey Ann Ketch on April 16,1932 to Laurence and Imelda Ketch, she spent her childhood in Willow Glen. Audrey attended Saint Leo's grade school and graduated from Notre Dame High. It was while walking to school one day that Audrey met the love of her life, Michael Morgan, when she boldly asked him for a ride to school. That ride not only garnered her a date and a marriage proposal but six wild children and 67 years of wedded bliss. Audrey and Mike were the perfect couple sharing a life filled with joy and laughter. Anyone who passed through their door were immediately pulled into their magic.

As a mother, Audrey was loving and nurturing and always found a way to spend individual time with each of her children. She was a beautiful, no-nonsense, straight forward woman with an incredible sense of humor and a beautiful singing voice. She prided herself on her volunteer work with the PTA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Hospice of the Valley. Audrey was a well-read, politically savvy, outgoing woman loved by her entire family and all their friends. Audrey and Michael traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, yet home was her favorite place on earth, and "Wife and Mother" her favorite title.

Audrey is survived by her four children, Allyson Rainieri (Dan), Tracy Morgan (Judy), Larry Morgan, and Margaret Delong (Dave); 9 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She will remain in our hearts forever.

We'd like to thank Kaiser Santa Clara Hospice for their exceptional care, her nurse, Julie and caretakers, Fea and Rose. A celebration of Audrey's life will be held at a post-Covid date.

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Leonard Roman Kulig
August 18, 1945 - February 9, 2021
San Jose, California

Graveside Service: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 12:15 PM
Interment of Cremated Remains: Los Gatos Memorial Park, San Jose, CA

Leonard Kulig was born in Czestochowa, Poland and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 75 years old.


Kitty Pui Lan Wong
June 30, 1954 - February 2, 2021
Los Altos, California

Visitation: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Alameda Family Chapel, Saratoga, CA
Funeral Service: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 10:00 AM at Alameda Family Chapel, Saratoga, CA
Graveside Service: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 02:00 PM
Interment of Cremated Remains: Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, CA

Kitty Wong was born in Hong Kong, China and passed away in Santa Clara, California. She was 66 years old.


Willie Murl Hill
April 26, 1943 - February 1, 2021
Igo, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Willie Hill was born in Bakersfield, California and passed away in Mountain View, California. He was 77 years old.


Jerry Smith Jerry Mervin Smith
November 27, 1954 - January 31, 2021
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Jerry was born in San Jose, CA, to Lorraine and Mervin Smith, and lived all of his life here.

He is survived by his three brothers, Martin, Charles, and Michael. He was a loving husband to Nancy Ann (Schultz) and a loving, gentle dad to Rebecca Lynn (Villa) and Deborah Alicia (Patterson). He also was a loving grandpa to Juan Jr, Alex, Sofia, David, and Giovanni Villa. He was a fun uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

He was an avid Giants fan and loved the 49ers and Warriors. His best times were spent at the park with his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed for his laugh and great sense of humor.


Memia Carolino Duque
August 12, 1928 - January 30, 2021
Santa Clara, California

Visitation: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM at San Jose Funeral Service, San Jose, CA
Funeral Service: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 12:00 PM at San Jose Funeral Service, San Jose, CA
Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Memia Duque was born in Bolinao, Philippines and passed away in Santa Clara, California. She was 92 years old.


Gertrude May Reich
October 23, 1919 - January 29, 2021
Santa Clara, California

Interment: Mission City Memorial Park, Santa Clara, CA

Gertrude Reich was born in Bakerfield, California and passed away in Santa Clara, California. She was 101 years old.


Wayne Curtis Leneweaver
February 8, 1959 - January 28, 2021
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Wayne Leneweaver was born in Danville , Illinois and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 61 years old.


Donald Brown Donald Ellison Brown
July 8, 1948 - January 27, 2021
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Don was born in July 1948 to Sergeant Owden Brown and his German civilian bride, Eva, in Hof, Germany. Don was joined three years later by brother Bernie, and another three years later by Mike. The military family would relocate numerous times during Don’s childhood; to Goose Bay, Labrador; Guam; Omaha, Nebraska; and eventually to Atwater, California. While in Omaha, Don’s father was killed tragically, and Don viewed this as a major turning point in his life. He often said it was like having life be in color, and then suddenly it all went black and white. Don’s mother remarried and soon Don found himself to be the 17 year old big brother to another baby boy, Charlie.

Don passed away from COVID-related pneumonia on January 27, 2021 at Kaiser Santa Clara. The family extends its heartfelt thanks to the many doctors and nurses who took care of Don, from his ER visit at Kaiser San Jose to his 3 weeks at Kaiser Santa Clara. We would also like to thank the Palliative Care Team headed by Dr. Cohen for their support and guidance.

Don was my love; a devoted and caring husband and father; skilled in woodworking, car and motorcycle mechanics, and cooking; a charismatic leader, who readily charmed store clerks, teachers and salesmen, with a quick wit that would delight and draw you in. We, fittingly, met over the phone at work at IBM. (Those who know Don, can attest to his absolute fondness for the phone. After his stroke we used a toy telephone in therapy to help him start talking again.) I was a packaging engineer and he was a parts buyer, and I first talked to him about packaging specs for some motors. He was sarcastic and irreverent in that first call, if I remember correctly. In subsequent calls, I found him to be hilarious and spot on in his observations. We soon found we liked to call each other, even when we had no real business to discuss. We eventually met in person, liked what we saw, started dating, moved in together, and got married, about a year after our first date.

Don’s last corporate position was with IBM, as a contracts administrator. He took an 8-year bridge to retirement, to embark on what was, arguably, his most important position, that of stay-at-home dad. In 1992 that was a pretty big deal, since dads who stayed home at that time were few and far between. I remember him coming home from picking up the kids at preschool one day and lamenting that none of the other mothers would talk to him. They thought he was a flake or a loser. But he soon charmed them by bringing homemade chocolate chip cookies. And Mrs. Haddad was overjoyed to have a male helper in the classroom, who could help corral the kids and keep order. He helped in both kids’ classrooms and quickly became a favorite of several of their teachers.

Don was the founder and President of the Classic Japanese Motorcycle Club. The club’s purpose was to come together and enjoy Japanese bikes. No matter what the condition, the size, or the type, all were welcomed. He wrote a monthly newsletter, organized small group rides, and hosted an annual swap meet. Don bought and sold hundreds of bikes during this time, and loved meeting people, working a deal, talking about bikes.

Don served his country in the U.S. Army. He was inducted in February of 1971, and Honorably Discharged in November of 1972. During that time he received a National Defense Service Medal and a Marksman M16 certificate. As Don would later say, he proudly ‘flew a desk’ during the Vietnam era, stationed primarily in Germany, doing paperwork.

Don is survived by his wife, Donna Brown, and their children, Matthew and Jennifer.

Don has been cremated and, due to the ongoing pandemic, a memorial service will be held later in the summer when it’s safe to gather.

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Kenneth Martinez Kenneth Allen Martinez
January 17, 1963 - January 27, 2021
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, CA

Kenneth Martinez was born in Mountain View, California and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 58 years old.


Richard Duncan Cullins
September 26, 1932 - January 26, 2021
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Richard Cullins was born in Detroit, Michigan and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 88 years old.


Luis Arturo Narvaez
October 7, 1953 - January 25, 2021
San Jose, California

Visitation: Monday, February 8, 2021, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Queen of Apostles Church, San Jose, CA
Funeral Mass: Monday, February 8, 2021, 12:00 PM at Queen of Apostles Church, San Jose, CA
Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Luis Narvaez was born in Managua, Nicaragua and passed away in Santa Clara, California. He was 67 years old.


David Maldonado
June 12, 1959 - January 23, 2021
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

David Maldonado was born in San Jose, California and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 61 years old.


Francis Xavier Thomas
November 10, 1968 - January 21, 2021
Saratoga, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Francis Xavier Thomas, loving son, brother, father, uncle, and friend passed away January 20, 2021. He was born on November 10, 1968 in San Jose, California to Dorothy and Eli Thomas. Already blessed with seven children, Francis became part of the busy, loving, Thomas household. Francis, the youngest son, was intelligent, creative, and possessed a talent for building. From a young age, he had grand plans for his future. Francis became a Boy Scout and fell in love with the natural world. He had an innate connection to Earth’s natural splendor.

After completing high school at Bellermine College Prep, he went on to graduate from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. In 1991, he earned a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Later that year, he started his own successful landscape company, Franscape, designing extraordinary outdoor environments with water features for custom homes and estates in the Silicon Valley.

In 2013, Francis began dating Julie Evarkiou and immediately fell in love. On January 23, 2015, they welcomed their precious baby girl, Jem, into the world. Jem and Julie were the light of Francis’ life.

Francis spent his final years as a proud and devoted father to Jem. They were often found playfully goofing around or in a loving embrace. Francis took great care with Jem’s bedtime rituals, reading stories and cuddling, and always taking the time to tell her that she was loved above all else.

Francis was always one with nature and no challenge could defeat him when he was creating with Mother Earth. However, Francis battled with mental illness and fought hard to get through the hardships of daily life until it finally overcame him.

Peace is what we all desire for Francis. We pray that he is resting with our loved ones in heaven. Francis leaves behind his parents, eight brothers and sisters, fourteen nieces and nephews, his beloved Julie and daughter Jem, and many friends.

The Thomas family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support from people who have come to share food, flowers, and stories of Francis. The memories and special moments shared with Francis will live on in the hearts and minds of many.

To help other millions of Americans affected by mental illness, please consider a donation in memory of Francis Thomas to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at www.nami.org/About-NAMI/Donate-to-NAMI.

Donations can also be made to Bellarmine College Preparatory Tuition Assistance Fund in memory of Francis Xavier Thomas at www.bcp.org/give.


John Vasquez
November 15, 1921 - January 21, 2021
Santa Clara, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA

John Vasquez was born in Sulfur, California and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 99 years old.


William Sargon Bebla
July 28, 1927 - January 20, 2021
San Jose, California

Funeral Mass: Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 10:00 AM at St Frances Cabrini Church, San Jose, CA
Graveside service to follow
Interment: Los Gatos Memorial Park, San Jose, CA

William Bebla was born in Rustov, Russia and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 93 years old.


Margaret Myint Myint Thein
December 30, 1943 - January 15, 2021
Saratoga, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Margaret Thein was born in Pyapone, Burma and passed away in Saratoga, California. She was 77 years old.


Eleuza Carlisle Eleuza Rubia Gignon Guimaraes Carlisle
January 4, 1947 - January 13, 2021
Newark, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Eleuza Rubia Gignon Guimarães Carlisle, affectionately known as “Leu”, passed away at home on January 13, 2021 in Newark, California at age 74.

Leu was born in Curituba, Brazil to Liège Gignon and Nicolau Pereira Guimarães. She was the sixth of what would be ten children.

She spent the first 27 years of her life in Brazil where she graduated from Universidade Cathólica de Campinas. She received her teaching credential and taught elementary school before coming to the United States in 1974.

She continued her studies in the United States and eventually met her husband and soul-mate, Dennis Wakefield Carlisle. In 1976, their daughter Natascha Suzanne was born. They lived in various cities in the Bay Area, ultimately settling in Newark, CA in 1986. While raising their daughter and running a home, she also worked as a substitute teacher, primarily with children with special needs.

Leu and Dennis had a special bond and shared a true love story for over four decades. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She very proud of her daughter Natascha, her three grandchildren Allie, Cydney and Andrew and great-granddaughter Aubrielle.

Leu was not only a great beauty on the outside, but on the inside as well. She had a kind, lively, and generous spirit. She had an amazing ability to make friends whether it was a neighbor, the cashier at the local grocery store or a stranger in the street. To know her was to love her.

While our hearts are heavy with loss, we celebrate the tremendous joy and love she gave our family and friends. She will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis; her daughter, Natascha Garcia; her son-in-law, Vince Garcia; three grandchildren, Allie Garcia, Cydney Garcia and Andrew Carlisle Garcia; one great-granddaughter, Aubrielle Angelize Garcia-Rios; sisters Jupira Bigotti, Ivone Guimarães, Noia Monterio Mendes and Liège Yara de Moraes; brothers Percey Guimarães and Hiram Guimarães; and many nephews and nieces

Due to the current pandemic, the family will hold a Celebration of Life on Leu’s next birthday in 2022 (because she loved a good party).


Nora Salacup Nora Laurencio Salacup
September 14, 1947 - January 12, 2021
San Jose, California

Visitation: Friday, January 22, 2021, 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM at San Jose Funeral Service, San Jose, CA
Interment: Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, CA

Nora Salacup was born in Pangasinan, Philippines and passed away in San Jose, California. She was 73 years old.


Jackson Alan Jenkins
January 21, 1998 - January 6, 2021
Gilroy, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Jackson Jenkins was born in San Jose, California and passed away in Gilroy, California. He was 22 years old.


Dale Montgomery Hopkins
April 12, 1942 - January 5, 2021
Los Gatos, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Dale Hopkins was born in Oakland, California and passed away in Santa Cruz, California. He was 78 years old.


Mariano Menchaca Martinez
September 24, 1919 - January 4, 2021
Los Angeles, California

Graveside Service: Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 02:00 PM
Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Covina, CA

Mariano Martinez was born in Mexico and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 101 years old.


Rebecca Agoo Rebecca Failano Agoo
March 26, 1962 - January 3, 2021
San Jose, California

Visitation: Monday, January 18, 2021, 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM at San Jose Funeral Service, San Jose, CA
Graveside Service: Monday, January 18, 2021, 02:30 PM
Interment: Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, CA

Rebecca Failano Agoo, affectionately known as Vicky, 58 years of age, of San Jose, California, passed away January 3, 2021.

She was born March 26, 1962, in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. The daughter of the late Daniel and Emilia Failano, she was the 3rd youngest of 8 siblings.

She graduated from Northern Christian College with Bachelor of Science in Commerce majoring in Accounting.

She was a loving wife to Joe Cadiz Agoo. They were together for 35 wonderful years. She was a supportive mother to Judimelle Failano Agoo.

Vicky was employed as Registration Clerk at the Kaiser San Jose Medical Center Emergency Department for 18 years, where she received multiple awards for her professionalism and her dedication. Her attention to admission details made any hospital confinement smooth and a pleasant experience to any patient and family who came to the hospital to seek care. Her coworkers found her quiet elegance and demeanor a breath of fresh air amidst the hustle and bustle of the very busy emergency room. Vicky was always reliable at work, ready to collaborate, help and assist and get the day’s work done with ease and joy.

Vicky was also an animal lover, and she took care of multiple pets that became family members, making sure that they were loved, cared for, and spoiled.

Her strong faith in God was of great value to her. Being born as an Adventist, she was raised among family and community that look to God as her savior and with the biggest hope and prayer in her heart that when the second coming comes, she will be one of those faithful who will be saved and resurrected with the Lord.

She will be missed greatly, and we look forward to meeting her again in the next morning with the Lord.

Services will be held on Monday, January 18, 2021 from 11-2pm at San Jose Funeral Chapel, 1050 S Bascom Avenue, San Jose. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose.


Yadira Bustos
October 8, 1975 - January 3, 2021
San Jose, California

Visitation: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM at San Jose Funeral Service, San Jose, CA
Graveside service to follow
Interment: Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, CA

Yadira Bustos was born in Jalisco, Mexico and passed away in San Jose, California. She was 45 years old.


Evelyn May Robbie
June 15, 1924 - January 3, 2021
Los Gatos, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Santa Cruz Memorial Park, Santa Cruz, CA

Evelyn Robbie was born in Goodland, Minnesota and passed away in Los Gatos, California. She was 96 years old.


Emmanuel Magno Fisico Emmanuel Magno Sevilla Fisico
December 24, 1963 - January 1, 2021
Campbell, California

Visitation: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM at St Elizabeth Catholic Church, Milpitas, CA
Funeral Mass: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 01:00 PM at St Elizabeth Catholic Church, Milpitas, CA
Interment of Cremated Remains: Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, CA

Emmanuel Magno Fisico was born in Lucena, Quezon, Philippines and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 57 years old.



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