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Sentinel Sunday, January 24, 1999 A-9 Obituaries Louie Torchio A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday for Louie Torchio, who died at his Scotts Valley home Thursday. He was 77. Mr. Torchio was born in Asti. Italy, and moved to Santa Cruz as a child. Mr. Torchio graduated from Santa Cruz High School, where he was the longtime record holder for the shot-put. From the time he was a youth, he worked in the local fishing industry. Mr. Torchio later worked for Santa Cruz County, retiring in 1987. He was an avid sports fan and ah excellent cook. He is survived by his son. Darrell Torchio of Santa Cruz; two daughters, Ellen Day of Soquel and Barbara Torchio of Huntington Beach; five stepchildren, George Rausch of Jackson, Mich., David Rausch of Redmond, Wash., Tom Rausch of San Jose, Suzi Smith of Anchorage, Alaska, and Aliceanne Rausch Connors of Scotts Valley; 20 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass ol Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Church, 126 High St, Santa Cruz. Friends may call todayfrom 1 to 5 p.m. at Norman's Family Chapel, 3620 Soquel Drive, Soquel. A private cremation will be held with inurnment in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Contributions are preferred to the Visiting Nurses Association, 1041 41st. Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Mary Ahbolin No services are planned for Mary Elizabeth Ahbolin, who died Thursday in Los Gatos. She was 79. Mrs. Ahbolin was born in San Francisco and was a long-time resident of the Oakland area. She moved to Santa Cruz in 1976. For more than 10 years she taught cooking in the Piedmont Adult Education Department. An avid hobbyist, she enjoyed quilting, painting and sculpting. She also was an accomplished cook. Mrs. Ahbolin is. survived by daughter Leslie Ferrill of Georgia; and two grandchildren. At her request, no services will be held. Arrangements are handled by Norman's Family Chapel, 3620 Soquel Drive, Soquel. Remembrances are preferred to the American Diabetes Association, 1475 S. Bascom Ave.,. Suite 103, Campbell, CA 95008. Iris Douglas ' Services will be Monday for Iris Douglas, who died Wednesday in a Sacramento hospital. She was 100. Mrs. Douglas, who lived in Santa Cruz County for the last 12 years, celebrated her centennial birthday two months ago with many of her relatives in California attending the special event. Born in Sheffield, England, she was educated in Derbyshire. In 1919, she enrolled in the British Red Cross and after training joined the Voluntary.Aid Detachment. She served in military convalescent hospitals in Yorkshire and Essex. While she was a V.A.D., she met her future husband, A.L. Douglas of the Cameron Highlanders regiment, who had been wounded in the war. They married in 1921 and had three daughters. Mr. Douglas died in 1935. In 1940, in one of the first enemy actions involving civilian casualties in World War II, Mrs. Douglas and her daughters escaped death when a bomber crashed in the street opposite their house in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. After raising her family, Mrs. Douglas began a second career involving her love of travel. In 1950, she signed with the Pacific and Orient Shipping Lines as a stewardess and completed many voyages on P&O ships. One of her favorites took several weeks and. sailed from South Hampton to the Cape of Good Hope, Africa, stopping at a number of ex Pacif ica bomb suspect identified Th Associated Pn PACIFICA The woman who died when the minivan she was sitting in exploded had a history of mental illness and may have been seeking revenge against a former neighbor she had threatened before, police and her ex-husband said. LaLonna Marie Duffy, 46, was blown apart early Thursday on a residential street while she apparently sat in the rented minivan with 1000-Tlme & Temperature 1111-Lottery I 1 100-See today's business page for the latest stock quotes, updated every 15 mlnutesl I I Saa trwinv's Snorts Done jfor the latest sports scores I otic ports of East Africa. Later she joined the New Zealand Shipping Co. and made several voyages from England to that country via the Panama Canal. She retired in 1962 and began a series of visits to California to be with her daughters and grandchildren. In 1979, Mrs. Douglas permanently moved to California. She is survived by three daughters, Joan Carr of Leeds, Yorkshire, England; Kathleen Taylor of Sacramento and Barbara Burt of Corrali-tos; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 532 Center St, Santo Cruz, with the Rev. Martin Yabroff of St Philip's Episcopal Church officiating. Cremation will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Norman's Family Chapel, Soquel. Edward Pope' Services will be Tuesday for Edward Mack Pope, who died Friday at Dominican Hospital after a J lenguiy mness. AVJ He was 68. I 1 Mr. Pope had lived in Santo Cruz County for more than 40 years. Prior to that he lived in Paso Robles. He was a Are Edward Pope captain with the California Department of Forestry, most recently as dispatcher at the Felton emergency command center. He retired after more than 42 years with the CDF. Previously he worked in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties. During his career, Mr. Pope, whose nickname was "Pumper," fought fires throughout the state. In 1988, he was named CDF firefighter of the year. He was a charter member and two-term president of the local chapter of the CDF Employees Union. He also was a 40-year member of the Masonic Lodge of Paso Robles. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, camping, boating and gardening. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara Pope; and daughters Melodee Pope-Keverline of Wat-sonville and Robynn Lee of Felton. A memorial service will be at noon Tuesday at Corralitos Community Free Methodist Church, 26 Brown's Valley Road, Corralitos. Private burial will be at Oakwood Memorial Park. Arrangements are handled by Santa Cruz Memorial Park Funeral Home. . Michael Cruse Services will be Monday for Michael J. Cruse, who died Wednesday at his home in Scotts Valley. He was 44. Mr. Cruse was born in the Philippines and grew up in Sunnyvale. He graduated from Peterson High School and later attended West Valley Junior College. He was employed by Kaeding Performance in Campbell, and for many years worked as a machinist building high-performance engines for race cars. Mr. Cruse loved sprint car racing. He also was an avid sports fan and enjoyed reading and camping. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Cruse of Scotts Valley, mother Lenora Cruse of Sunnyvale; sisters Patricia Cruse of San Diego and Maureen Cruse of Bend, Ore.; and a large extended family. His father, Raymond Cruse, and brother, Kenneth Cruse, died before him. A memorial mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at Church of the Resurrection, 725 Cascade Drive, Sunnyvale. Arrangements are handled by Norman's Family Chapel, Soquel. Contributions are preferred to the SPCA, 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062, or the Ronald McDonald House, 520 Sandhill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304. the bomb on her lap. Police said Saturday it appeared the device was a pipe bomb. Duffy, an accountant, was living in Minnesota and had returned to Pacifica earlier in the month to pick up property left behind after a divorce from Edward Theiss, who said his ex-wife had a history of mental illness. Theiss, who now lives in Sunnyvale, said that while Duffy was prone to violent behavior, "I never thought she'd get that far." Mim e i Htm to ae I I I ICall (851) 425-6597 (NEWS) O Press the four-digit category you wdnt to hear I 3 To rrtum to the main ' mrnu, press any time. Scotts Valley's C.R. Roberson dies SCOTTS VALLEY C.R. Roberson, one of Scotts Valley's founding fathers, died Friday in the city. He was 84. He was an original city councilman, beginning his service Aug. 2, 1966, the day Scotts Valley became a city. He served eight years on the council. Mr. Roberson also spent 14 years on the Scotts Valley school board. In addition, be served two terms on the county grand jury and was the first Community Club representative from Scotts Valley to the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Roberson was bom in Deneson, Texas, and moved with his family to Cimarron, Kan., when he was about 12. He grew up there, graduating high school in 1934. ' He married Marcia Payne in Delta,- Colo., in 1939. Dog-sledding hero dies at 94 Th Nsw Yoric Tlmss It was one of the great cliffhang-ers of the 20th century, one that held a nation in thrall for more than a week in 1925 as the world wondered whether a supply of life-saving serum would make it -to icebound Nome, Alaska, in time to save the town's 1,429 residents from a raging diphtheria epidemic. The tale has often been told, but when Edgar Nollner died on Monday at his home in Galena, Alaska, it seemed time to tell it once more: Nollner, who was 94, was the last of the 20 intrepid mushers and more than 150 dogs who became national heroes when they made their way in relays through raging storms over 674 forbidding miles to save a town and carve a legend in the snow. The race against death, as it was called, inspired statues and speeches and eventually the annual Iditar-od dog sled race, but to Nollner it was simply a day's work. The son of a Missouri man who came over the Chilkoot Pass for the 1890s gold rush, Nollner, whose mother was an Athabascan Indian, was born 10 miles upriver in Old Village, but from the age of 15 he made his home and his living in the Yukon River town of Galena. He was 20 when the call went out for the territory's best dog sledders to form a relay from the railhead at Nenana to Nome. Like the others, he was an experienced musher who carried the mail and other supplies by dog sled, raced and used his sled to haul wood and carry home the area's abundant game. It was on Jan. 21 that the first omi nous Morse code message from Dr. Curtis Welch, Nome's only physician and the head of the Public Health Service's most remote outpost clacked out over radiotelegraph to "Ouside," as Alaskans called the rest of the world. Reporting several cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious and often fatal respiratory ailment and two deaths, Dr. Welch, who was rapidly using up Nome's 7,500 units of six-year-old antitoxin, issued an urgent appeal for more of the serum, the only hope, he warned, of averting a full-scale epidemic in a community whose large Eskimo population had proved vulnerable to alien diseases. A supply of 300,000 units, enough to cure about 100 patients or treat perhaps 300 exposed to the disease, was swiftly traced to the Anchorage Railroad Hospital, but the question News ABCs "This Week" Topics: Impeachment and politics of it Guests: Pat Robertson, founder and chairman of the Christian Coalition; Sens. Richard Shelby, RvAia., and Robert Torricelli, D-NJ.; and Reps. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, and Bill MCollum, R-Fla. CBS' "Face the Nation" Topic: The impeachment trial. Guests: Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; John Breaux, D-La.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; and Charles Bakaly, spokesman, Office of the Independent Counsel. NBCs "Meet the Press" Topic: The Senate trial of President Clinton. Guests: Sens. Larry Craig, R-Idaho; Slade Gorton, R-Wash.; Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Ernest Hollings, D-S.C.; Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Gordon Smith, R-Ore., Use the equity in your home to pay off credit cards and other monthly debts. BAD CREDIT? NO PROBLEM!! GOOD CREDIT? NO PROBLEM!! No Income Verification LOANS!! Self Employed! Delinquent Taxes! Bankruptcies! Judgements! IRS Liens! Rental Property! Home Purchases! Let me Call Tim Castro 475-0595 yy" Manzanita Mortgage, Inc. TSTS 2601 41st Avenue, Ste. D Soquel, CA 95073 C.R. Roberson Gleason died in 1961. Mr. Roberson continued operating the company for several more years as Roberson was how to get it the 1,000 miles to Nome. Delivery by air seemed the obvious answer, but with Alaska's only two airplanes, both open-cockpit models, crated for the winter, the territorial governor, Scot C. Bone, knew such an effort would be futile and in the frigid, windy weather almost certainly fatal. He was willing enough to let pilots risk their lives, but he would not risk' the serum. So, turning to a more reliable, . 19th-century technology, he ordered the serum sent by rail from Anchorage to Nenana, 298 miles to the north. From there, it would be a matter of men and their dogs. The train arrived at Nenana at 10:30 p.m. on the 27th, and the fur-wrapped 20-pound cylinder was handed over to Wild Bill Shannon, who lashed it to his sled, called out to his malamutes and set off down the frozen Tanana River into history. At a time when Nome received almost all of its winter supplies by dog sled, it normally took a musher 15 to 20 days to make the trip over the old Iditarod Trail, and never less than 9. But with 20 different mushers and dog teams dividing the trek into short sprints, the serum flew across the territory, arriving in Nome on Feb. 2 .in a record 5 days and 7 hours. Nollner, who had the 10th leg, had been scheduled to take a 42-mile run, but when his married younger brother, George, asked for a role, he let him drive the last 18 miles. Like others, Nollner, who ran his leg at night covering the 24 miles . from Whiskey Point to Galena in three hours, reported so much blowing snow that he could not see his dogs but really did not need to. The dogs, led by his trusty Dixie, knew the trail and never faltered. Nollner's friend- Charlie Evans did not fare as well. On his 30-mile run from Bishop Mountain to Nula-to, Evans' two lead dogs froze to death in harness, so he did the obvious thing he took their place and pulled along with his other dogs on 1 the final miles of the run. Within days' after the serum arrived in Nome (frozen but quickly thawed), the epidemic, which claimed five lives, had been broken. For all the acclaim it received, the serum run marked the end of an era. Before the year was over, Alaska's scheduled air service and the proliferation . of snow machines shows and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine; and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde, R-IU. CNN's "Late Edition" Topic: Trial of the president. Guests: Sens. John Chafee, R-R.L; Phil Gramm, R-Texas; John Breaux, D-La., and John Kerry, D-Mass.; Reps. Lindsey Graham, R-S C, and Chris Cannon, R-Utah; former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, R-Tenn.; former Attorney General Dick Thorn-burgh; Lanny Davis, former Clinton White House special counsel; and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine. "Fox News Sunday" Topic: The impeachment trial. Guests: Sens. Di-anne Feinstein, DCalif.; Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The Associated Press help you- ill) During World War n, Mr. Roberson worked in Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Oregon in defense jobs. - After the war, he moved to Oakland, where he and bis brother Glea-son operated a grocery store for two years and then moved to Scotts Valley," where they established Roberson Brothers Construction Co. in 1946. They built several hundred roads and subdivisions in the Monterey Bay area. brought an end to mushing as an essential north country occupation. The Iditarod, a network of interconnecting trails extending for more than 2,000 miles, was soon abandoned until parts of it were revived in 1973 for the annual race. . To Nollner, a treasured fixture at the modern Iditarod race, greeting the mushers as they came through Galena, the serum run was just part of a lifetime in the wild. A man who recalled when caribou, beavers, foxes and wolverines abounded, and the springtime skies would be so black with migrating geese that a single shot could feed a family for a month, he continued to live the outdoor life. A gregarious sort who was widely admired, he was always the life of the parry at the great north country potlatch celebrations, and he liked dancing almost as much as he did hunting. Along the way, he married twice and fathered two dozen children, 20 of whom survive, along with what some of them insist are more than 200 grandchildren and no telling how many great-grandchildren. Santt .Cruz MemoriaL r-"i..rfTi.,..W. . V 1927 Ocean Street 426-1601 WHITE & WESSENDORF Thoughtful Funeral Services Since 1880 3301 Paul Sweet Rd., Santa Cruz (Aefoss from Dominican Hospital) You are welcome to write about your loved ones in an "In Memoriam" Classified Department 429-2496 SCATTERINGS AT SEA Charters (408) 476-2648 2210 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, California 95062 I SUPPORT GROUPS FOR BEREAVED We are a self-sufficient, innovative, and resourceful society. We have countless special interest groups where people can share expertise and glean advice from others. It is an ingenious and popular way to do a better job, whatever our task. This eruption of self-help groups has found its way into the lives of those who are bereaved. The new national awareness of death and the significance of grief has encouraged many mourners to join with others who share their Phone 476-6211 3620 SOQUEL DRIVE SOQUEL Uc 0FD1299 Brothers, but later changed the name to C.R Roberson Inc. He continued to use that name until Granite' ; Construction bought the business in 1977. : He helped start Cub Scouts and Little League in-Scott Valley as well as build ball fields in San Loren-1 to Valley and Scotts Valley. He was honored in 1977 for his civic activities by re-. ' ceiving the Exchange Club Citizen Annual Achieve-' ment Award. He is survived by two sons, Ron and John Roberson, . ; both of Scotts Valley, sister Minnie Magouirk of Texas; ' brother, Glenn Roberson of Oregon; 11 grandchildren; , and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and. -nephews. ( His wife, Marcia, and son Doug died before him. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Santa Cruz Bible Church, 440 Frederick St, Santo Cruz. , Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Norman's Family Chapel, 3620 Soquel Drive, Soquel. Lottery Saturday Super Lotto 3, 6, 10, 28, 31, and 38 Estimated jackpot $20 million. Daily 3 1, 5,2 Daily Derby 1st 3, Hot Shot 2nd, 10, Solid Gold; 3rd, 8, Gorgeous George. 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These groups frequently offer support, comfort, and good advice to people at a time when they are most in need. It is a great resource to have available for people in distress. NORMANS family chapel

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