Alvera Borges

Former Milpitas Grammar School student

Longtime Milpitas resident Alvera Borges died Aug. 11, 2009 at the age of 91.

Born in Manteca on Aug. 7, 1916, Mrs. Borges moved to Milpitas at the age of 11, where she finished seventh and eighth grades at Milpitas Grammar School (now the Milpitas Public Library).

She later married Manuel Borges and had one son, Clarence "Sonny" Borges.

She attended Heald Business College and worked for Commonwealth Builders in Menlo Park until her retirement.

Mrs. Borges was an active member and past president of the Sociedade Portuguesa da Rainha Santa Isabel. She was also a 29-year member of the Milpitas Historical Society.

Mrs. Borges moved into her parents' home on Main Street in 1984, where she lived until five months ago when she fell ill. She then moved in with her daughter-in-law Carol Borges in Morgan Hill and lived there until her death.

Mrs. Borges was preceded in death by her husband and son. She is survived by grandson Charles Luis Borges and great-great grandson Charles Adam Borges, both of Morgan Hill; and great-great granddaughter Melissa Ann Borges Langgin of Oklahoma.

Friends are invited to attend funeral services Monday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at Keno's Funeral Home, 27 Winsor St., Milpitas. The family requests donations be made to your favorite charity, in lieu of flowers.

Malacha "Mickey" (Fox) Martin

Former Milpitan

On July 31, 2009 Malacha (Fox) Martin lost


her two-year battle with pancreatic cancer in Ardmore, Okla. at the age of 62.

Malacha, or "Mickey," as many of her local friends called her, was a resident of Milpitas from 1971 to 1996.

During her 25 years in Milpitas, Mrs. Martin was an active member of Sunnyhills Methodist Church. While raising her children here she was very involved in the community, with their friends and in their classrooms. A passionate seamstress, she sewed costumes, prom dresses and quilts for her kids and many in the neighborhood.

In 1996 she and her husband Bob began a journey cross country living in many locations from Martha's Vineyard, Mass. to Sonora, Calif. During this time she made many friends in many places. She finally retired on her family farm in Oklahoma in late 2007.

In June Mrs. Martin made her final trip to Milpitas, visiting the church, family and friends that she loved. She will be dearly missed.

Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband of 39 years, Robert Wayne Martin and three sons, Russell Martin and wife Malia of Milpitas, Daniel Martin of Lawrence, Kan., and James Martin and fiancee Angel of Albuquerque, N.M.; and one daughter, Wendy Kaess and husband Mike of Bakersfield, Calif.

She is also survived by a brother, Lyndal Fox and wife Joan of South Bend, Ind.; granddaughters Morgan and Andi Kaess of Bakersfield, Calif.; nephews Joel Fox and wife Jenny of Indianapolis, Ind., and Andrew Fox and wife Jenny of Mishawaka, Ind.; and great-niece and nephew Ava and Drew Fox of Mishawaka, Ind.

Maxima F. Farin

Philippines native

Maxima Floresca Farin died Aug. 4, 2009 in San Jose at the age of 80.

Born in Narsico, Philippines on Oct. 1, 1928, Mrs. Farin loved to sing, dance, garden, cook and pray.

She is survived by her children, Nora and Dionisio, Mercy and Rene, Fina, Cita and Henry, Alexis, Ramon and Faye, Linda, Jun, and Ferdi and Maria; grandchildren Janet and Erwin, Erwin and Kikay, Michelle and Frank, Nelson, Dioni and Jona, RJ, Patti and Vince, Alain, Paolo and Jenny, Rex, Allene, Al-Jon, Andrew, Angela, Raemon, Anna, Kelsey, Jamey and Antonio; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services have been held.