Passed Away On: September 12, 2021

Bernard (Barney) Tranberg passed away at home with his children by his side on September 12, 2021 at the age of 93. Barney was born in a small house on Southside Road and was a lifelong resident of Hollister. He was the oldest child of the late Bernhard and Christine Tranberg and grew up in the Union District. He was a first generation American, his parents having immigrated from Denmark. He graduated from Union School and San Benito High School where he was a star football player. He continued to play football at San Benito County Junior College. Barney proudly joined the Marines in June 1945. In 1949 he married the love of his life, Charlotte (Punkie) Schmidt, and they were married for 66 years prior to her death in 2015.

Barney always enjoyed being outdoors. He started working in his parents’ orchard at a young age, he rode bulls at the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show, and could always be found helping local ranchers with their brandings. He was a Senior Appraiser for San Benito County and owned and operated Hollister Firewood Sales for many years.

Barney loved to fish and hunt. Baseball was also an important part of his adult life. He played on several local baseball teams and coached many of Hollister’s youth. He was a member of SIRS and loved to barbeque for their meetings. He was well known for his barbequed chicken, steak, and macaroni salad.

Barney is survived by his children Sharon (Jim) Smith and Don (Kelly) Tranberg. He was a loving grandfather “Papa” to Lynne (Shane) Stoughton, Fred (Diana) Soares, and Courtney and Sam Tranberg. He felt very blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time with his great-grandchildren, Scarlett and Felix Soares. He is also survived by his sister Janice (Stan) Klaumann and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Thank you to Bonita Springs Hospice. Our heartfelt thanks to Debbie Franco, Nada Sparling, Falakika and Piena Sili who lovingly and respectfully cared for him.

Donations can be made to the Jef Schmidt Memorial Scholarship Fund at San Benito High School or the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation. Per Barney’s request, only a private family interment at the IOOF Cemetery will be held.