Obituaries 2022:

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Gary Pace Gary James Pace
July 12, 1946 - January 21, 2022
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Gary was born in Akron, Ohio on July 12, 1946 to Henry and Marcella Pace. Throughout his youth, he took great joy from working with his father in their basement workshop, which fostered a lifelong love of building and using tools. He regularly rode his bike across town to visit with his grandparents, helping them in any way he could and enjoying his grandfather’s many stories. He joined and eagerly devoted much time to DeMolay International. Gary earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Ohio State University, then did his graduate work in computer science at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

He and his wife Susan married in 1972 and moved to San Jose, California in 1976. He spent 31 years working for Lockheed’s aerospace division. Though he worked on many government contracts, the project he took the greatest satisfaction from was as leader of the flight software group for the Spitzer Space Telescope. He was very proud that during the years of the telescope’s space operations, their work performed flawlessly.

Gary and Sue had two children, Heather and Curtis, and three grandchildren, Jason, Ryan and Annabelle. Gary’s visits with his grandchildren became the light of his life. When not working, Gary loved to do projects around the house and to travel. He especially enjoyed visiting national and state parks, historical sites, and enjoying the beauty of nature. To him, each rock had a story to tell, and every old building was a fountain of rich history. He was active in the Masons and also enjoyed genealogical research, his mineral collection, classic movies, and books.

Gary died January 21, 2022 in San Jose after a long battle with heart problems. He is survived by his immediate family, as well as his brother Hugh’s family, which includes his wife Stephanie, children Hugh, Alexis, and Douglas, and their grandchildren Charlie and Caroline.

Everyone remembers Gary as a kind and generous man. He would ask that in lieu of flowers, you instead make a donation in his name to either Second Harvest Food Bank at or the Masonic Homes at

Gustavo Flores
August 18, 1955 - January 16, 2022
Milpitas, California

Memorial Mass: Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00 AM at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, San Jose, CA
Graveside service to follow
Interment of Cremated Remains: Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, CA

Gustavo Flores was born in Joliet, Illinois and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 66 years old.

Jerry McCone Jerry Michael McCone
August 7, 1958 - January 15, 2022
Morgan Hill, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Jerry “Michael” McCone was born on August 7, 1958, in Seattle, Washington, the son of John and Julie McCone. Michael grew up in Kent, Washington, along with his sister Janet and his baby brother “Dan”. He loved the San Francisco Giants and grew to love the ocean during his trips to the California shoreline.

Michael passed away on January 15, 2022, at age 63 at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose California. His recent battle with Covid 19 took his life too soon but he did his very best to battle the virus until the end.

He attended Kentridge Senior High School and shortly afterwards moved to the US Virgin Islands where he met his best friend Ron and started his career as a bartender. He then moved to Phoenix, Arizona and finally to Morgan Hill, California. When he was about to give up his residence in California and move back to Washington, he met his future wife Marjorie and son Robert. Marjorie and Michael got married on February 14, 1988 in Reno, Nevada. By November 1995 they welcomed their new born baby, Chandler McCone. Michael then changed his career into sales with the manufacturing industry and enjoyed his engagement with clients. At home, Michael enjoyed doing home improvement projects, gardening, lighting up the fireplace, enjoying a glass of wine, listening to Tom Waits, and spending time in the garage.

He is survived by his mother Julie McCone, sister Janet McCone, brother Dan McCone and wife Suzanne McCone, his wife Marjorie and sons Chandler, Robert and son-in-law Freddy.

He was preceded in death by his father, John McCone.

Cory Winters Cory Damon Winters
July 26, 1980 - January 13, 2022
San Jose, California

Memorial Service: Saturday, January 29, 2022, 11:00 AM at Community Chapel, San Jose, CA
Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Cory Winters was born in San Jose, California and passed away in San Jose, California. He was 41 years old.

[A Tribute Video will be posted here after the service.]

Zhizhong Jin
February 6, 1937 - January 12, 2022
Campbell, California

Interment: Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, CA

Zhizhong Jin was born in Shanghai, China and passed away in Campbell, California. He was 84 years old.

Jeffrey Hughes Jeffrey Allen Hughes
November 29, 1961 - January 11, 2022
San Jose, California

Visitation: Saturday, January 22, 2022, 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM at San Jose Funeral Service, San Jose, CA
Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Jeff passed away on January 11, 2022, with his wife, Angela and son, Matthew by his side. Jeff was born on November 29, 1961 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was a graduate of Harper Creek High School and a member of the marching band where he played the trombone. Jeff had a love for music and was an accomplished player of the drums and piano. He spent many years playing in several Bay Area bands.

He was a beloved and caring husband to Angela Hughes, and loving father to Matthew and Robert Hughes. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. He is also survived by his cherished family including his mother, Janet Moody; sister, Joanie Tobias (Steve); brother, Jimmy Hughes (Eileen); nephew, Frankie; and many more loved nieces and nephews.

Jeff approached everything in life with a positive and upbeat manner, always looking at the bright side. He was a loving, caring and giving person, always trying to help others. He spent countless hours volunteering, whether it was for hospice, food drives, or donations of all kinds. He had a big heart and was always a bright light everywhere he went. Jeff touched the lives of many people and the world is a better place because of him. He left us too early in his life and will be deeply missed and always remembered by all who knew him.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 1pm-4pm at San Jose Funeral Chapel located at 1050 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose.

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Chin Kim Chin Tae Kim
November 4, 1944 - January 11, 2022
Milpitas, California

Funeral Service: Friday, January 21, 2022, 10:00 AM at Holy Korean Martyrs Catholic Church, San Jose, CA
Graveside service to follow
Interment: Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Fremont, CA

Chin Kim was born in Kyung Ki Do, South Korea and passed away in Milpitas, California. He was 77 years old.

Marian Louise Mulliken
April 8, 1947 - January 4, 2022
Santa Clara, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Marian Mulliken was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away in San Jose, California. She was 74 years old.

Mai Te Dang
July 26, 1943 - January 3, 2022
Sunnyvale, California

Witness Cremation: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 12:00 PM at Irvington Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, CA
Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Mai Dang was born in Vietnam and passed away in Mountain View, California. She was 78 years old.

Shirley Fox Shirley Jean Fox
January 23, 1928 - January 3, 2022
Nipomo, California

Graveside Service: Monday, January 10, 2022, 12:00 PM
Interment: Madronia Cemetery, Saratoga, CA

Shirley Ryan was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was the only child of Ed and Macie Ryan. Shirley's first test of resiliency was on Valentines Day, 1942 during a snowstorm when she and her parents boarded a train from Iowa to California so her dad could find work. After attending four different high schools throughout California, her family settled in Willow Glen where they purchased their first home, which remains in the family to this day. Shirley graduated from Notre Dame High School, class of '45, where she nurtured lifelong friendships. As a young career woman, she climbed the executive secretarial ladder at The Santa Clara Medical Association and Food Machinery Company.

In 1961, Shirley left her career and married Bernard Fox, a widower with three young children, Mari, Jim, and Sue. She embraced her new duties as a wife and mother, and completed the family with a beautiful baby girl, Judy.

1967 brought tragedy, as she was left as a widow. With the helping hands of her parents, she persevered in raising the family and took over the reins of her husband's growing candy vending business. Once the kids were independent, she returned to her career and retired in 1991 from West Valley College as an Executive Secretary.

Retirement brought time for travel, shopping, crafts, collecting all things Irish, Bingo, and spending time with granddaughters, Melanie, Olivia, Christina, Michelle, and Cami. She adored being GG to Madelyn, Quinten, Macie, and Max. Shirley was diagnosed with breast cancer eight years ago, and during this time, she lived life to the fullest until the very end. Her kind heart and quiet demeanor brought joy to all she met. We like to believe she is in heaven, dancing, and winning lots of Bingo games.

Shirley passed in Nipomo, CA. She was laid to rest in a private, Catholic burial in Saratoga, CA. A celebration of her life will take place near her favorite holiday, St. Patrick's Day.

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Esther Mary Torres
August 15, 1932 - January 3, 2022
Campbell, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Residence

Esther Torres was born in San Jose, California and passed away in Campbell, California. She was 89 years old.

Ben Cooper Ben Brandon Cooper
October 11, 1941 - January 2, 2022
San Jose, California

Interment of Cremated Remains: Pleasant Ridge Church Cemetery, Big Sandy, TN

Ben B. Cooper, age 80, died peacefully and surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 2, 2022 in San Jose. Ben was born in Paducah, Kentucky on October 11, 1941 to Travis and Della Mae Cooper. He delighted in sharing stories of his adventurous youth with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. He married the love of his life, Marlene, in 1962. They recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Together, they raised their three children, and later found true joy in watching their grandchildren and great-grandson grow!

An avid reader and perpetual student of history, Ben's interests grew into a love of travel with his wife as they toured the world by visiting many of the historic locations he had always read about. Together, by land and by sea, they explored the United States, Canada, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the North Sea. However, his fondest trips were with his children and grandchildren to Lake Tahoe and Hawaii.

Through his work and his business, Ben leaves an enduring legacy in the hearts of those who knew him and opened many doors for them along the way. Ben served on the Board of the Builders' Exchange of Santa Clara County for many years where he made lasting connections and friendships.

Ben is survived by his wife, Marlene J. Cooper; his children, Theresa Schetgen (Ronald) of Reno, NV, Pamela Craig (John) of San Jose, and Jason B. Cooper (Karin von Guenner) of Seattle, WA; his grandchildren, Nathan and Matthew Osterman, Katherine and Samuel Craig, Marlene E. and Coal Cooper; his great-grandson, Felix Pulvers; his sisters, Alice Conrad (John), and Jane Hunt (Dale); and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends who were like family.

Services will be set for a future date, and the family asks that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Smithsonian Institution and/or the National Park Foundation.

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