Helen Terra died peacefully on Sept. 5, 2009 at the age of 96. She was born in Hollister on March 12, 1913 to Joseph Silveira Medeiros and Filomena Gomes Medeiros. Her grandfather, an 1860 pioneer, was a shepherd in the Berkeley Hills prior to purchasing a ranch in Hollister. When Mrs. Terra was 3 the young family moved to their ranch on Clayton Road in the hills of East San Jose. She attended Houk Grammar School, a one-room school in the hills that has been closed for decades.
She drove on Mount Hamilton Road in a Model T Ford to Notre Dame High School where she graduated in 1932.
She married Frank A. Terra in 1934. The newlyweds' first home had three rooms and was built by her husband. In 1946 they purchased a home and orchard in Milpitas on Evans Road where they lived for the remainder of their lives.
Mrs. Terra was an active member of St. Elizabeth's Church. She served as a lecturer at daily Mass until her passing. She was also active in community organizations until her death. She was an early member of the Green Thumbs garden club and the Milpitas Historical Society. She was a member of the Grange, and several Portuguese fraternal organizations including SPRSI and UPPEC. She was a member of the first Parent Teacher Association at Milpitas Grammar School. Through the years she served in various roles including president of several organizations.
Her husband preceded her in death in April 1983, as did her son Albert
Mrs. Terra is survived by daughter Barbara Santos (Robert). She also leaves six granddaughters: Laurie Burgess (Dan), Patty Fogel, Valerie Santos, Virginia Hodge (John) Diane Gordon (Chris) and Bonnie Terra (Steve). She is survived by great-grandchildren Jonathan Burgess, Michelle Lloyd and Danielle Fogel. She also leaves great-great-grandchildren Jacob Burgess, Daniel Lloyd, Charliegh Burgess and Andrew Hoag. She is survived by her sister Hazel Aruda, along with many nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend her services. Visitation will be Sept. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m., with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Lima Family Cedar Lawn, 48800 Warm Springs Blvd. in Fremont. Funeral Mass will be Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth's Church, 750 Sequoia Drive, Milpitas.
Eulalio Gil Galindo
Loving father, husband, grandfather and brother, Eulalio Gil Galindo, died Aug. 21, 2009 after a long battle with diabetes.
A former administrator for the City of San Jose Parks and Recreation Department and most recently a western regional director for the Corporation for National Services under the Clinton and Bush administrations, Mr. Galindo provided leadership for more than 35 years.
In San Jose Parks and Recreation, Mr. Galindo was responsible for the Office on Aging, establishing the "freeze trigger" program which provided emergency shelters for countless homeless people in San Jose during the winter months, coordination of rescuing stranded residents during the Alviso floods, worked with the Gang Task Force and graffiti abatement, construction of the San Jose ice rink and establishing the community gardens for that city.
Mr. Galindo trained and placed AmeriCorp/VISTA volunteers throughout the Southwest region and California.
Born in Casa Grande, Ariz. in 1951, Mr. Galindo overcame humble beginnings. He earned a bachelor's degree in recreational management from San Jose State University and was involved in organizing the community to support Cesar Chavez and United Farmworkers.
Mr. Galindo was a devoted husband to Judy Salzman for 31 years. They were childhood sweethearts.
He is survived by his wife Judy and children Marcus (Kathy), Nicole, Michael and Matthew; grandchildren Noah, Kaleb and Devyn; mother-in-law Lucille Salzman; and siblings Irene Fernandez, Margaret (Rick) Newton, Alberto (Nancy) and Luis (Susana).
His parents, Eulalio and Rose Galindo, and a brother, Ernesto, preceded him in death.
A private memorial Mass and celebration were held.
David C. Trumbull
David Charles Trumbull of Milpitas died Aug. 26, 2009 following a heart attack. Born in Lawrence, Mass. to Charles and Mary Trumbull, he was the second oldest of five siblings.
Mr. Trumbull is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cathy, and children Jeffrey Trumbull and Elizabeth Mahler.
He was excitedly expecting his first granddaughter, Remy Justine Elizabeth Trumbull, in January.
Preferred to be known by his friends as Dave, he was a lover of music, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and greatly valued all of his friends and family. Generous to those who asked for his help, Mr. Trumbull held many of the same friendships he'd had since childhood.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Mr. Trumbull's name.