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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:29 pm

Fred J. Silva

Sebastopol native, CCC veteran

Fred J. Silva  was born on Feb. 18, 1923. He died on Sept. 17, 2012 at the age of 89 in Santa Rosa.

He was the husband of the late Thelma Silva and father of Leslie Hunziker (Matthew) and Jeff Silva (Julie) all of Santa Rosa. He was the grandfather of Brian Hunziker, Lindsay Hunziker-Foskett, Jordan Silva and Jarrod Silva as well as the great-grandfather of Makayla Hunziker, Ashley Foskett and Brenden Foskett.

A Sebastopol native, Silva graduated from Analy High School. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1941 and served in Santa Barbara, CA. In 1946, he married Thelma Tocchini, his wife of 56 years, who passed away in 2002.

Silva worked early on in the HVAC industry and for many years at Sonoma State University. He enjoyed his work there and made many friends. He was a member of the SIRS Club, Autumn Leaves, and the Analy Tiger Men’s Breakfast Group.

 Services were held on Sept. 22 at the Parent-Sorensen Mortuary in Sebastopol. He was buried at Sebastopol Memorial Lawn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476.

Nobuko Oho Rhodes

Married to Frank Rhodes

Nobuko Oho Rhodes passed away at home in Sebastopol on Sept. 17, 2012. She was a longtime resident of Napa and retired from the food services department at Napa State Hospital. She was active with Napa Valley College Tai Chi Class for many years. Nobuko has been actively involved in her Christian faith through church work both here and in Japan.

Rhodes has battled Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a little known but disabling brain disease for the last four years.

Rhodes leaves her husband, Frank Rhodes of Sebastopol. She also leaves her three sons, David O. Rhodes of Suisun City, Bruce A. Rhodes (Marianna) of Napa and Mark I. Rhodes (Delia) of Sebastopol.

Rhodes is also survived by her grandchildren, Daniel Joseph and Hannah Grace Rhodes of Sebastopol and Josh Hippauf of Napa and Sgt. First Class Kevin Peterson of Ft. Lewis, WA. She also leaves one great-grandson Jayden Peterson of Williams, CA.

Also surviving are  sisters twin Mrs. Masako  Stone (Robert) of El Paso, TX, Atsuko Bell (Watson) of Chandler, AZ, and her brothers, Ryusuke Oho of Kawasaki, Japan and Yosihisa Oho of Yokohama, Japan.

Services were held on Sept. 25 at Sacramento Valley V. A. National Cemetery, Dixon, CA.

Lester Kent

Shared his music with many

Les Kent, of Sebastopol, died at the age of 88, on Sept. 23, 2012. He was born on Jan. 27, 1924 in Canadian, Texas to Carl and Jewell Kent.

Kent is survived by wife Connie of Sebastopol, son Gordon, daughters Sharon Kent, Karen Hammond (Kent) and son-in-law James Hammond, all of Colorado Springs, CO. In addition, he is survived by five granddaughters and five great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and a great-grandson.

Kent proudly served his country, joining the Navy in December 1941. He served on the destroyers USS Thrush, USS J. Fred Talbot and survived the sinking of the destroyer USS Borie in October 1943.

Kent shared many interests during his life, especially his family and music. He played guitar for over 65 years, entertaining his family and friends with his music for many years.

In Sebastopol, Kent played his music for the Alzheimer’s Home and the Apple Valley Nursing Home. He had a very full life and will be so dearly missed by all whom loved and knew him. Per his wishes, he was cremated and will be buried in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, where he grew up and lived for many years.

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