Obituaries

Famous Santa Cruz Astronomer has Died

Famous Santa Cruz Astronomer has Died

The following press release was issued by UC Santa Cruz SANTA CRUZ — Jerry Nelson, a pioneering astronomer known for his innovative designs for advanced telescopes, died June 10. A professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, Nelson was project scientist for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and had served as project […]



SVWD Mourns Passing Of District Director Ken Kannegaard

SVWD Mourns Passing Of District Director Ken Kannegaard

The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) is saddened to announce the passing of District Director Ken Kannegaard on May 27, following a courageous battle with cancer. Director Kannegaard was a highly dedicated public servant, first elected to the Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors in 2006, and reelected in 2010 and 2014. He served […]



Patricia Ann Bonora

Patricia Ann Bonora

April 14, 1927 ~ June 16, 2017 As a third generation Santa Cruz Mountain farm girl, Patricia Ann Bonora grew up always working hard. Her parents, Arno and Charlotte Fidel, were respected farmers and early settlers of the predominately Swiss-German Skyland community. Pat was a dedicated student, walking nearly three miles to school, and to […]



Jack O’Neill

Jack O’Neill

March 27, 1923 ~ June 2, 2017 Credited with the invention of the Wetsuit • Founder of the O’Neill brand and O’Neill Sea Odyssey Surfer, ocean lover, boating enthusiast, wetsuit pioneer, balloonist, and founder of the iconic worldwide surf company O’Neill, Jack O’Neill has passed away in Santa Cruz, California, of natural causes at the age of 94 surrounded […]



Steven Dale Glaum

Steven Dale Glaum

Nov. 26, 1954 ~ Jan. 24, 2017 On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, a long-time resident of Aptos, Steven Dale Glaum peacefully passed away. He was 62. Steve was a member of the Aptos High Sports Hall of Fame, Peninsula Oilers Baseball Hall of Fame, U.C. Riverside Athletics Hall of Fame and NCAA DII College World […]



Betty Hagstrom

Betty Hagstrom

April 2, 1925 ~ December 30, 2016 A very special person left us on December 30th. Aptos resident Betty Inez (Holm) Hagstrom passed away, leaving an empty space in the lives of family, friends, and people she had touched. Betty was born in San Francisco on April 2, 1925 in the elevator of the hospital. […]



Kenneth (Ken) Thomas

Kenneth (Ken) Thomas

June 14, 1942 ~ October 28, 2016 Friends and family sadly gathered on November 16 – 17, 2016 to say farewell to a beloved husband, father, grandfather, mentor, and friend, Ken Thomas, who passed away unexpectedly at his Aptos home, he was 74 years old. As a much loved, long time educator, coach, and community advocate, […]



Noreen Santaluce

Noreen Santaluce

Originator of “Seniors in Action” September 12, 1921 ~ October 11, 2016 By C.J. With a twinkle in her eye, Noreen Collins Santaluce would address a room full of her 90’s Club friends and announce “None of us will get out of here alive, so we may as well have fun!” And so it was […]



Joseph P. Citti

Joseph P. Citti

October 26, 1933 ~ September 10, 2016 Joe passed away peacefully at Dominican Hospital surrounded by his loving family, while wanting them to know he was holding his deceased dachshund, Mickey, in his arms and that he could see his mother waiting for him. Born in San Jose, California on October 26, 1933, Joe cherished his […]



Steven J.B. Hanley

Steven J.B. Hanley

January 26, 1937 ~ December 24, 2015 Born at the beginning of WWII in Taplow, England to Nancie Naylor and James Harris Hanley, Steve and family (sister Carolyn) moved to Rhode Island and Bermuda, then with brother Paul, to Tumacacori, Arizona and finally West Los Angeles. After a year at Radley School, Steve attended UCLA […]



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