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Shaaron Marie Wright Resident of Santa Clara It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Shaaron Marie Wright on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the age of 65 from liver cancer. Shaaron passed peacefully at her home with family, friends and her beloved puppies at her side. Shaaron was born on March 8, 1949 in Quincy, MA and moved to Tampa, FL when she was a few months old. She spent the next 12 years living in Tampa until the family relocated to San Jose, CA in 1962. Shaaron was a graduate of Pioneer High School in San Jose and attended a local beauty college upon graduation. She worked as a beautician for several years before going to work at San Jose Hospital. A few years later, she went to work for Ford Aerospace as a Xerox operator, then as a data bank specialist and eventually transitioned into the logistics field that she really enjoyed. While working for Ford, she wanted to get into the security field, so she took a security course at a private school and was the honor graduate from that course. She used her security skills in variety of ways because she worked on classified programs for many years. She also took management courses at Mission College. Loral Systems purchased Ford Aerospace and later Lockheed Martin purchased it. Same facility, same desk, same job … just had a different sign out front. Shaaron retired in 2009 following 36 years of service. While she was working, Shaaron loved to organize parties and celebrations for her co-workers. She was the unofficial "party queen" of Lockheed Martin. Shaaron always appreciated the people who provided services that were frequently overlooked by many. Each Christmas, Shaaron made a trip to See's to purchase candy for ALL of the service organizations such as security, material handling, repro, photo lab, maintenance, computer support, etc. Needless to say, Shaaron never had to ask twice when she needed support from these organizations. Lockheed Martin had a Spirit Award that was given to deserving employees by other employees – versus by management personnel. Each winner would then choose the next employee to receive the Spirit. Shaaron was selected to receive this award and when it was her turn to select the next recipient, she chose the wonderful maintenance man who kept their office area clean and neat. He was blown away because he had never been recognized for his contribution to the project or to the company. When she retired, Shaaron became very active in several veterans organizations to include Chapters CA-3 and CA-6 of the Women Marines Association (WMA), our local Bay Area WAVES detachment and supported events for veterans at the VA facilities in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. She loved to provide surprises or goodies at each gathering and always tried to recognize each person's birthday. For the past 4 years, Shaaron served as a Director for the Loyal Escorts of the Green Garter (LE) that is an auxiliary for the Women Marines Organization. She loved attending the WMA conventions every 2 years and made many friends in the LE Hospitality Suites where convention attendees partied all night long. Shaaron never met a stranger. She always treated everyone as a friend she had not yet met. Whenever she noticed someone who looked like they needed a smile or a kind word – Shaaron filled that need and she always left the people smiling and having a better day. Shaaron was a woman of many skills. She could sing, hummed all the time – with or without music, and had taken drama – which gave her skills she frequently used. Her greatest loves were her puppies, gardening, listening to music, classic movies and spending time with her many friends. She was an artist who could draw, sketch or oil paint anything from cartoon characters to beautiful scenes such as the Golden Gate Bridge. She was very crafty and made beautiful floral arrangements from real or artificial flowers. She created hand made greeting cards or added her own personal drawings to commercial cards and always decorated her home and office space for every holiday – large or small. People who knew Shaaron, never had to wonder what the next holiday would be because her home or office always advertised the season or holiday well in advance. Shaaron had an amazing sense of humor. No matter what topic or situation arose, she would instantly come up with a hysterical comment that was totally appropriate. Many called her Shaaron Rickles because of her quick wit. And don't even think of taking her on in a joke telling contest, because she literally knew "a million of them". When Shaaron was diagnosed on 23 January, everyone wanted to see her and her comment was that "she felt like a National Monument" that is on everyone's bucket list. Shaaron truly appreciated the outpouring of love and concern during her last few months. She received so many wonderful gifts, cards, flowers, visits and prayers from the wonderful people she was blessed to call friends. Shaaron's treasured puppies were at her side 24-7. They will be lost without her. Liver cancer took Shaaron from us way too soon, but Heaven must be a happier place now that Shaaron is there to entertain and amuse the angels. May the Good Lord Bless and keep her forever in his care. She will be greatly missed until we meet again. Per Shaaron's request, there will be no funeral service as she will be cremated and her ashes will be dispersed at sea. At a later date, we will hold a celebration of her life and everyone will be notified of the date, time and place. Here again, we will be honoring Shaaron's request that it be held at a pizza parlor. She wants the event to be an informal and happy event because she doesn't want her passing to make anyone feel sad. In lieu of flowers, Shaaron has requested that you please make a donation to one of her favorite pets/vets charities as shown below: Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) 901 Ames Avenue, Milpitas, CA 95035 Women Marines Association (WMA) General Fund P.O. Box 377 Oakes, PA 19456-0377. Read Obituary
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Charles Robert Yirchott, Jr. (Chuck) Resident of San Carlos Passed away quietly on April 17, 2014 at Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, California, following a brief battle with brain cancer. Born in Fargo, North Dakota, January 6, 1940, to Rob and Mary Adamchuk Yirchott, he attended Fargo's Shanley High School, where he was active in sports and singing groups, graduating in 1957. He attended the University of North Dakota, transferring to the University of Denver, where he graduated in 1962 with a degree in Business Administration, Finance major. The West Coast called, and following commencement he moved to Los Angeles, in the employ of Bank of America, beginning a career span of 33 years. Initially involved in branch banking and consumer finance, he became a domestic corporate lender, which evolved to corporate lending in Tokyo Branch in the early 1970's. After two years back in Los Angeles in credit administration, Chicago offered a new location and more corporate lending to Midwest clients. The Bank's holding company parent in San Francisco was next with responsibilities for administration of the nonbanking subsidiaries, a very diverse group of activities. Three years later the Bank entered into a joint venture agreement with 17 Korean businesses to form a new commercial bank in Seoul, KorAm Bank, with a goal of assisting the government in introducing western banking practices and the corporate nomad was selected to be the Bank of America's senior representative. The call to be global head of the internal credit examination function came during the mid 1980's, a challenging but rewarding time in the Bank's history. He retired in 1995 and spent parts of the next ten years doing contract work for accounting and financial-related companies, which took him on assignments to Seoul, Singapore, Istanbul, Agana, and myriad locations throughout California. In 1991, he met San Francisco native Nancy Noren, whom he married in 2001 after mutually enduring ten years of long-distance courtship. The couple enjoyed dining out, golf and travel together, and their home date nights with favorite TV programs. Nancy died on January 2, 2014. Chuck is survived by his brother-in-law John Noren and his wife Trudy (Lindsay and Jay) of Marin County, sister-in-law Arlene Appleton of Washington State, (Will and Scott), and several cousins in the upper Midwest. Viewing and visitation will be at Cypress Lawn Cemetary, Colma, California, on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10 a.m. The service will be at 11 a.m., followed by internment and reception at Cypress Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the Wounded Warriers Project. Read Obituary
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Jene Louise Zenner February 4, 1926 - April 7, 2014 Resident of Santa Cruz Jene Louise Zenner beloved wife, mother of six, grandmother of fifteen, and great grandmother of one, died peacefully on Monday April 7th, 2014 at the age of 88. Married in 1946, Jene was a loving wife to her husband Harry for 64 wonderful years (he preceded her in death in 2010). She lived a faithful, full and vibrant life dedicated to her family, her community, her art and our country. Her family, friends and community will long revere her active service and leadership. Born in Waukegan Illinois, Jene moved to California in 1933, and was raised in San Diego. She attended San Diego State University where she passionately studied art, specifically painting and sculpting. San Diego is where she met her husband to be, Harold Joseph Zenner prior to the end of World War II. During her 27 years as a Navy wife, Jene and family moved to 18 different communities across the country until she insisted, in 1964, that Santa Cruz become their permanent home. In Santa Cruz Jene imbedded herself deeply in the community both socially and through her astonishing history of service including but not limited to: League of Women Voters Santa Cruz founding member and President; an elected trustee of the Santa Cruz City School District; Pasatiempo Homeowners Association President; Rotary International's Inner Wheel founding member and President; UCSC Women's Club President; American Field Service President; Family Service Board member; Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Director; Santa Cruz Symphony Guild Ways and Means Chairman; Dominican Hospital Auxiliary; Santa Cruz Art League. She was a committed member of the Catholic faith as a parishioner first at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, where she taught catechism, followed by Holy Cross Catholic Church where she was a lector and active fund raiser. In 2003 Jene was honored to receive the "Women helping Women Award" from Soroptimist International & the California State Senate for her vision and tireless dedication to the founding and establishment of Siena House, a maternity home for women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Jene loved to travel and spent many treasured anniversaries with her devoted husband Harry on the beach at Bellow's Air force Base on Oahu, Hawaii. She cherished the annual family reunions she and Harry began at Sea Ranch, which continue to this day. She was passionate about her art, and enhanced her skills working on her bronze sculptures at Cabrillo College. She nurtured a love of art in her children and grandchildren as well. Harry always described Jene as having a "beautiful mind" which she actively nurtured in her constant studies of highly varied topics and interests. She was a proud mother of six children; Mark Zenner (who precedes her in death and was formerly married to Linda Bell) of Denver, Colorado, Dr. Bruce Zenner of Davis, CA, James Zenner married to Pauline of Santa Cruz, CA, Paul Zenner married to Elissa of Encinitas, CA, Audrey Billet married to Lambert of Redwood City, CA, and John Zenner married to Lisa of Alameda, CA. The family would like to thank her caregiver Gloria Ortega, Gordon Manor, Pathways Hospice Services and Jene's physicians for their incredible support during the last few years of her life. We wish Godspeed to our beloved Mama. A Catholic Funeral Mass with be held at St. Joseph's Church, 435 Monterey Ave., Capitola on Thursday April 24th at noon. The Mass will be followed immediately by a reception at the same location. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Siena House Maternity Home, 108 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. If you would like to send your condolences to Jene's family, share your memories, view or post photos or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.scmemorial.com . For those wishing to send cards or remembrances please address them to: The Zenner Family, C/O of Santa Cruz Memorial, 1927 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Read Obituary
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Eleanor Emma Zielski Resident of Los Gatos Eleanor Emma Zielski, resident of Los Gatos and most recently of Loomis, CA, Eleanor passed away on March 27, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband, John, and is survived by her three daughters, Eileen Schleifer, Barbara Phillips and Nancy Neideffer, son-in-laws Frank, Harry and Mike, grandchildren, Kristin, Jason, Kasey, Nicole, Haylee, and Amy. Eleanor was a devoted wife and mother. She loved caring for others, gardening, and cooking. She attended Bound Brook High School in New Jersey and after graduating continued her studies to obtain her RN from Somerset Hospital School of Nursing. In 1979 she returned to school at San Jose State and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. A talented nurse, she began her career in a private doctor's office in New Jersey. When she and her husband, John, moved their family to California in 1960, she started working for the V.A. Hospital in Palo Alto. Eleanor was dedicated to serving the veterans and helped thousands during her 45 year career with the VA. She was creative, innovative and not afraid of taking risks necessary to make improvements in her personal and professional life. She truly loved life and saw goodness in every person she met. She will be missed by all who knew her and especially by her family. A private funeral service was held at Alta Mesa Cemetery and Funeral Home in Palo Alto. Family requests in lieu of flowers donations made be to the Nursing Home VA Palo Alto Health Care System or VA Hospice Care Center, located at VAPAHCS, 3801 Miranda Ave., Bldg 100-4A, Palo Alto CA, 94304. Please request a receipt with donation for your tax deduction. Read Obituary
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