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February 28, 2024

Obituary: Lucille Freitas (1922-2018)

Lucille M. Freitas was born in San Jose, California. Her parents were immigrants from Italy, Dominic Tomaso and Carmella Caporicci Tomaso. Lucille moved to Watsonville at a very young age and attended Notre Dame Catholic High School and Watsonville High School. Lucille worked at the Pajaro Valley Bank before she got married.

On June 8, 1947, Lucille married the love of her life, Clarence J. Freitas. They lived on the ranch in San Juan Valley. Lucille and Clarence were partners with L & C Freitas Farms. Lucille was a housewife and bookkeeper for the business.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Freitas; sisters Josephine Carol Monlon and Tommie Santora. She is survived by her two daughters, Elaine (Richard) Valentine of Seaside and Karen (Edward) Vyeda of Soquel; five grandchildren: Stephen (LeAnn) Valentine, Ryan (Kristin) Valentine, Eddie Vyeda, Kristen (David) Gabbard and Andrew (Kayla) Valentine. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Abigail and Leslie Valentine, Benjamin and Mathew Gabbard, and Madison and Justin Valentine.

Lucille enjoyed playing Bingo at the San Juan Community Center. She was a member of the A.S.T. Sorority in Watsonville for seventy years, ICF Branch #26 in Hollister and YLI #240 from Seaside.

Lucille loved all of her family and friends. She was a big letter writer back in the day. She had a strong Catholic faith and prayed the Rosary daily.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 P.M. at the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home Chapel; and on Friday, September 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Mission San Juan Bautista at 2nd and Mariposa Streets in San Juan Bautista; followed by the recitation of the Rosary beginning at 10:30 a.m. and a Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 a.m.

Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, 1100 Hillcrest Road in Hollister to be followed by a reception at Paine’s Restaurant, 421 East Street, Hollister at 1:00 p.m.