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Madeline Parsons Hogan Obituary

Madeline Lydia Parsons Hogan
Madeline Lydia Parsons Hogan

November 7, 1918 - March 25, 2017
Born in Salinas, CA
Resided in Escondido, CA
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Madeline Lydia Parsons Hogan passed away March 25, 2017 in Escondido California at the age of 98 losing a four year battle with Dementia. Madeline was a California Native, was a member of the Manual Silva Family, immigrant Farmer/Dairyman from the Azores Islands. Madeline was born and raised in Salinas California attending Graves School, Roosevelt School and Salinas High School. Madeline was a graduate of Hartnell Junior College where she received a associate degree in accounting, the first in her family to seek a higher education, which ultimately became her life's work. She had a passion for life, lived it to the fullest, loving God, family, friends, gardening, country music, folk dancing, horses, dogs, and babies. She also was great American, she had a passionate love for her country!

Upon graduation from Hartnell College (1939, Madeline got an office job at Richardson Motors, the Chevrolet dealership in Salinas, where she met the love of her life, Bernard Robert Hogan(Bernie the ultimate Irishman)), who had just gotten out of the United States Marine Corp. After a year or so of courtship, they eloped to Carson City Nevada, got married and began a forty-two year ' Love Bird Adventure' and relationship. During the World War II, Bernie served in the United States Navy and they had two Sons, Leonard (Lenny) Robert Hogan, born in Salinas in 1942 and James (SKIP) Bernard Hogan, born in Riverside CA in 1945. After the war they returned to Salinas to create a family home, which was a high priority for both of them.

Madeline and Bernie were a good example of how opposites marry and create the necessary setting for a great successful family. Between the two of them, there was never a 'dull' moment. They worked hard together saved their money and built the perfect family home in the Boronda neighborhood, formed a business they both could participate in, and supported the larger family circles of both the Hogan and Silva families. They were an amazing couple and achieved everything they ever set out to do. Life was not a perfect, but it was always a lot fun.

Madeline was the ultimate stay at home mom she created a Book Keeping/Tax service, that she and Bernie operated out of their home, which became the neighborhood's kid hang out and a great place for the family members/ friends of all ages to get help. Madeline during the families early years baby sat for all the cousins, was very active in the local PTA and was a leader in the parent support group for many sport teams at North Salinas High School 1960-64.This included conducting weekly pizza parties at their home for the entire varsity football team.

Their two sons, following in their parents foot-steps, both got married, moved to Southern California and started their own successful couple owned businesses: Lenny a Landscape Contracting Company(Shasta Landscape of Escondido CA)with Wife Susan and family: and Skip a Landscape Architecture Firm (HRP Landesign) with wife Judy and family in Laguna Beach CA.

The two sons and wives presented the 'Love Bird' team with four grand-children, one girl and three boys. Bernie and Madeline built a Cabin in Arroyo Seco CA and purchased a motor home/boat for the sole purposes of traveling and entertaining their precious grand kids. Traveling up and down the Coast of California, Madeline taught them how to cook and sew, Bernie taught them how to fish, swim and camp from a Marine's perspective. Following the sale of their business, they retired and were fortunate to be able to travel across the United States at will and many exotic places which included the Caribbean.

In 1983,' The Love Bird ' team was broken a part by Bernie losing a long battle with Lung Cancer. Needless to say, these were 'tough' years for Madeline, but as the strong women she was, she adjusted her life by expanding her lady support group of friends (joining the Salinas Active Seniors), and reconnected with her brothers and sisters in a closer way. This allowed Madeline to gain confidence again so she could continue to support her family and resume traveling the world including Australia, New Zealand and Europe. In 1989 she attended her 50th High School reunion and met the next love of her life Grover W. Parsons of San Juan Batista California.

After dating for over a year, on her seventy-second birthday (November 7, 1990), Madeline and Grover Parson's got married at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located in Salinas. It was the Beginning of another "Love Bird" adventure relationship and they shared the mutual love for country living and ranching, by splitting their time between his Ranch house and her Salinas house. They also did a lot of traveling across the United States and thoroughly enjoy their 'Country Life Style' together in every manner until she lost Grover in December of 1999 to Lung Cancer.

In 2002, at the age of 84, Madeline moved to Rancho Bernardo, Ca to get closer to both Son's families. Again her survivor instincts took over and Madeline created a new life style home where she lived by herself and her then best friend in life, Isabelle a Border Collie who closely watched over. Mom loved gardening, had a terrific 'Green Thumb' and then experienced a new generation of babies and kids, her Great Grand daughters and sons. Madeline loved to watch the news, NFL Football and Country Music Shows and was very famous for pies and her favorite banana cream chocolate birthday cakes with money hidden in them. Madeline drove till 92 and lived life to the Fullest". In 2012 Madeline was diagnosed with Dementia and moved to Silverado of Escondido, a Dementia care facility, until her passing. The family is very thankful to the staff and management of Silverado for the loving care that Madeline received.

From her family's perspective, Madeline always demonstrated an amazing ability to adjust to all of life's challenges that she had to face in her life, and always in a positive youthful way. They believe it is connected to one her personal philosophies and a questions she would always ask "How old would you be if you did not know how old you were? Well her answer was always" it is how old you act". Mom always acted and looked ten years younger, was always physically fit and was not afraid of doing any tasks that she wanted to get done. She will always have a special place in all of their hearts and she has set the bar high for them to follow.

Immediate Family Members:
The James Bernard.(SKIP) Hogan Family: son Skip and daughter in-law Judy Hogan; grand-son Timothy J. Hogan wife Amanda and great grand-daughter Presley Luna Hogan, Vista CA; grand daughter-in-law Anna Hogan and great grand- daughter Brianna Emilee Hogan Mission Viejo, CA.
The Leonard Robert (Lenny) Hogan Family: son Len Hogan and daughter in-law Susan Hogan Escondido; grand- daughter Debra Prescott and grand -son- in law Don Prescott, great grand-daughter Katie and Kristen, and great grand-son Shane , Escondido, CA.; grand-son Dan Hogan and grand-daughter- in-law Lisa, great grand-son Cameron and great grand-daughter Ella, Fallbrook CA.

Silva Family Nephew and Nieces:
Edward Silva Jr. Gonzales, CA.
Gerry Bennet, Salinas, CA
Janet Lewis, Salinas, CA
Gloria Hooks, Salinas, CA
Katheryn Boyer, Paso Robles, CA
Yvonne Morisolli, Soledad, CA
Patricia Dahl. Salinas, CA

Funeral Mass will be held 1:30p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, 22 Stone Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.

Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.

Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte.
Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com




Funeral Mass
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
22 Stone ST
Salinas, CA US 93901
Thursday, March 30, 2017
1:30 PM
Garden of Memories Cemetery
850 Abbott ST
Salinas, CA US 93901
Thursday, March 30, 2017