Watsonville High School Alumni

Watsonville, California (CA)

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In Memory Of Watsonville High School Alumni

Bill (billy) Keldsen
Bill (Billy) Keldsen
Class of 1974
Passed Jun 12, 2013
(no additional information)
Donald Stracener
Donald Stracener
Class of 1957
Passed Aug 13, 2012
(no additional information)
Doyal Stracener
Doyal Stracener
Class of 1959
Passed Jun 15, 2017
(no additional information)
Erik Hoppe
Erik Hoppe
Class of 1967
Passed Jun 13, 2018
No details were given and his services was private. I found out only about a week ago after running in to Wayne Benson and he told me of Erik's passing. Those that knew him knew what a great person he was and friend. I personally am going to miss my friend and the great
family man he came to be.
Glenn Mcmahon
Glenn McMahon
Class of 1969
Passed Jul 18, 2017
Glenn passed in a motorcycle accident. Died in San Louis Obispo, CA left a wife two children and two grandchildren. Also one sister, Ida class of 1966.
Laurel Ruth (mcdill) Gephart
Laurel Ruth (McDill) Gephart
Class of 1963
Passed Dec 06, 2018
Laurel Ruth (McDill) Gephart entered the Kingdom of Heaven on December 06, 2018
after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Born in Chicago IL on January 24,
1944, to Lois (Tatter) and Samuel Rutherford McDill, a Baptist minister. Laurel spent
her childhood in the Chicago area. The family moved to Watsonville, California in
1961 where Laurel graduated from Watsonville High School in 1963. In April 1964, Laurel
married Bruce D. Gephart of Dolton, IL. They settled in Illinois and raised two
children. In 1975 the family moved to Morgan Hill, California. Laurel received a
Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and later a Masters in Education
from Santa Clara University.

Laurel worked in elementary education in the Morgan Hill, CA school district. She
loved shaping young minds and being in the classroom. Laurel taught at El Toro
Elementary until she retired in 2013 after almost 30 years in the classroom.

Laurel attended Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church for four decades. Laurel was
fortunate to have had many opportunities to travel the world on church-related
mission and family vacations. Laurel lived in Morgan Hill CA from 1975 to 2017. In
2017, she moved to Williamsport, TN to be closer to her son Stephen and his family.

A celebration of her life will be held at Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church 16970 de Witt
Ave., Morgan Hill, CA 95037 on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 at 12:00 PM. A reception will be
held in the church fellowship hall following the celebration.

Laurel is survived by her son Stephen (Nola) Gephart of Franklin, TN and their four
children, Garrett, Brett, Trent, and Nola K. Her daughter Laura (Daniel) Libby of
Orcutt, CA and their four children, Wesley, Arielle, Destiny, and Michael. Her sister
Carol (Robert) Misson and brother Brik (Lynn) McDill.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations to Moody Bible Institute or Cancer
Care be made in Laurel’s name. If you have any memories that you’d like to share
with Laurel’s family, please write them up and bring with you to the celebration to deposit in the memory box.
Marvin Stephens
Marvin Stephens
Class of 1965
Passed Jan 30, 2017
(no additional information)
Sandra Keldsen (root)
Sandra Keldsen (Root)
Class of 1975
Passed Dec 28, 2012
(no additional information)
Sandy Sparks
Sandy Sparks
Class of 1979
(Passed date unknown)
My dearest friend since HAHyde kindergarten passed sometime around 1999 from complications with lung cancer... she had a daughter Stephanie who now lives in Brady Tx with her husband Mark Carpenter.. I believe Sandy also had two sons.. names unknown. Several years before Sandy got sick, she sadly lost...back to back ....her brother Randy Sparks in a roll over accident and only a few years later lost her mother to stomach cancer. Her lost must have been terribly hard on her. Thinking back on the tragic pain she must have felt ...makes me so sad. Her only sister, Brenda is still alive... last I heard she lives in Canada. I miss her so and think of her often. Rest In Peace my best friend.. I will love you forever honey.

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