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Robert “Bob”
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1926-2019

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
1942-2019

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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Howard Jones
1929-2018

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
1935-2018

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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Fred Vierra
1931-2013

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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