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Veronica " Roni " Pedraza Obituary

Veronica " Roni " Eastman Pedraza Pedraza

September 25, 1956 - October 29, 2020
Born in Tacoma, Washington
Resided in Salinas, California
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Veronica "Roni" Pedraza passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 29th, surrounded by loved ones, after a valiant 15 year battle with cancer. She was an inspiration to so many.

Roni was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1956. She moved to California in 1958. The Eastman Family moved from San Jose to Salinas in 1965. Roni was the eldest of five siblings. She attended Sacred Heart School, Notre Dame High School (Class of 1974) and Hartnell Community College.

She worked in the field of Optometry for Dr. James Beaumont, Dr. Robert Honnors and Dr. James Flickner, before a career change to open "Little Angels Daycare". Roni saw a need for quality daycare for working mothers in the Salinas Valley after the birth of her son and provided loving care for so many children over the years. In recent years, she enjoyed her part time job working in retail at Rooms In Bloom/Head Over Heels in downtown Salinas. This was a perfect pairing for combining her love for clothes, shoes, home decor and people!

Roni is survived by her loving husband, Frank Pedraza, her son, Andrew Baudour, two brothers, Mike (Carol) Eastman, Richard Eastman and one sister, Debbie Eastman (Buddy) Parsons. She loved all her nieces and nephews - Mallory Eastman, Michael Eastman, Daniel Eastman, Rebecca Eastman San Agustin , Abigail Parsons and Adam Parsons.

Roni is preceded in death by her father, Edward Hamilton Eastman, mother Joyce LaBissoniere Eastman, brother, Edward Lawrence Eastman and late husband, Gary Jess Baudour.

Roni loved cooking, gardening, decorating, walking and most recently became an avid reader. She loved her many golden retrievers too! The holidays were her favorite time of year and she made every occasion so very special. She and Frank enjoyed their vacation home in LaQuinta - her "happy place". They turned an ordinary house into a model like vacation escape for all to enjoy while visiting the desert. Roni had such a beautiful sense of style - both in her personal presentation, as well as her home decor. No one would have ever guessed she was battling a life threatening illness, as she always looked so put together. She had an infectious smile and was always upbeat. She was always the first to volunteer for anyone in need. She was blessed with so many friends who were her support through her cancer journey.

Due to the pandemic, the family will be celebrating a private service at a later date.

Donations can be made to The AVON Breast Cancer Walk or Shoreline Church.




Funeral Home
Struve and Laporte Funeral Home
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901


The Avon Breast Cancer Walk
Shoreline Commuity Church
2500 Garden Road
Monterey, CA 93940