Anne Talcott

Anne Talcott


Over the course of Anne Talcott’s career since 1977 as a music instructor and choral director, she has made significant and outstanding contributions to music education at the District, County and State levels and to the personal and professional development of her students. Her work with the County and All State Honor Choirs goes beyond the job requirements, and she also gives a significant portion of personal time to venues off campus and to bringing music to the community. As an accomplished musician (piano, organ, guitar), Anne brings added value to the positions she holds.

As a driving force behind choral performances off campus and as director of the Manteca Community Choir, she gives others an opportunity to perform, further cultivates their musical potential, and facilitates music appreciation, inspiration and entertainment in the community at large. For over 40 years, Anne has held various positions as a music leader or accompanist in local churches.

The professionalism, life skills and inspiration she provides impact students beyond the classroom and field of music. She is held in high regard by students. parents, colleagues, school administrators and the public. Manteca Is fortunate to have her as a teacher, advocate for music education, mentor and friend.

The depth of Anne’s dedication and breadth of her accomplishments as an educator, a musician and a volunteer set her apart, and we feel that Anne meets the criteria and has earned her the honor of being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.

Dr. Ricardo A. Cuevas

Dr. Ricardo A. Cuevas

Health Care

Ricardo Cuevas was born.’ Tegucigalpa, Honduras, moving to Chicago, IL with his family at the age of three Ricardo attended Waihert High School, Dubuque, Iowa, and was a National Honor Society Student in both junior and senior years. He was accepted at the University of Iowa and completed a BS degree receiving the National Deans List Award in 1984. He was accepted at the prestigious University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Dr. Cuevas received his DDS degree from the University of Iowa in 1988 and worked in private practice in Chicago, and Sioux City, IA for two years. He came to Manteca in 1994 and purchased the Manteca Dental Group.

Dr. Cuevas joined the Manteca Rotary Club In 1995 and served as club President from 1998-1999. He received recognition from the Rotary International Foundation for his work on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, receiving the Rotary International Service Above Self Award.

Dr. Cuevas has been active in Manteca serving on the Board of Directors for Manteca CAPS, the Manteca Chamber o! Commerce, and the American Cancer Society. He was appointed to the Manteca Vision 20/20 Committee, was the founding President of the South San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and on the Manteca Library Task Force Committee. Dr. Cuevas serves on the St. Anthony School Advisory Board and is active with the Knights of Columbus.

Dr. Cuevas served as President of the San Joaquin Dental Society from 2003-2004 and has been a volunteer at many health fairs in the San Joaquin County.

Dr. Cuevas lives in Ripon with his wife Richa and their five-year-old daughter Eva.

Evelyn Moore

Evelyn Moore


Evelyn Moore is a 1953 graduate of Bryn Mawr College In Pennsylvania who returned to her native Oklahoma and entered the teaching profession. In 1961, Evelyn moved to California, settling In Manteca and beginning a teaching career In local schools that spanned 28 years. This Included positions at Lindbergh, French Camp and Nile Garden schools.

During this time she was active In professional organizations, which included two years as president of the Manteca Educators Association. This professional activism also included stints as head of the San Joaquin County Coordinating Council. California Teachers Association State Council representative and as a delegate to National Education Association assemblies.

After retiring from teaching ¡n 1994. Evelyn didn't really "retire." She just became involved ¡n a related area. She ran for, and was elected to, the Manteca Unified School District Board of Education. She has been re-elected three times. During this period, she has been San Joaquin County Area 3 representative to the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly for the past 12 years.

Serving on the school board Is energy- and time-consuming, but Evelyn stays Involved in many Other community endeavors, as well. She is a founding board member of Give Every Child a Chance, a local free tutoring program, working with children herself for 11 years. She also is an active member of her church and several community organizations.

Ms. Moore's lifetime involvement in education and her concern for the betterment of the Manteca community and its children will make her an outstanding member of the Hall of Fame.

Joseph P. Pellegrino

Joseph P. Pellegrino

At Large

Lt. Col. Joseph P. Pellegrino, USA-(Ret.)

After graduating from the University of Oregon in 1962. Joe was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Army. He served two tours in Vietnam as a Rifle Company commander and South Vietnam Army advisor. He was a highly decorated officer receiving the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

After attending the elite Armed Forces Staff College in 1975, he served In Korea. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal. While assigned to the Strategic Air Command in Washington D.C., Joe flew in support of Presidents Reagan and Carter, and top level military and civilian authorities of the Department of Defense, the Federal Emergency Administration, and the White House. His primary responsibility was the handling and security of sealed authenticators for the National Command Authority (NCA) while flying aboard U.S. Presidential support aircraft, Upon retiring from the Army in 1988, Joe was awarded the Army Legion of Merit Award.

Joe joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manteca Board in 1992, He served on the Board through 2000 including a year as President.

While being Executive Director of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce (2001-2003) Joe brainstormed and implemented the Flags over Manteca effort in the aftermath of Sept. 11th. He raised $60,000 in less than four months for 2,500 flags and poles.

Joe has been married to his high school sweetheart, Pat, for 47 years. They have three daughters and nine grandchildren who all live in the Manteca area.

Linda Freitas-Abeldt

Linda Freitas-Abeldt


Linda Freitas-Abeldt is truly a Mantecan. She was born and raised in Manteca and never hesitates to share with old and new residents where she was born and where she works. She is the daughter of Joe and Elsie Freitas from whom she learned that if you live in a community you must be willing to give back to that community. Linda has definitely followed the example of her parents.

Linda began by starting her own business while still in high school and it was called Linda Baton School. She not only taught baton but also instilled the concept of giving back to the community in her students, some of whom are now leaders in Manteca. She also was active in 4-H.

Linda became involved in a business with her parents called Manteca Travel and established a thriving business which is still a Manteca business based upon the principles that she incorporated into the endeavor. While working as a businesswoman, Linda has continued to be a leader in making people aware of the greatness of Manteca. Linda Freitas-Abeldt has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Manteca and has served as chairperson with distinction. She has served as a member and officer of the Manteca Boys and Girls Clubs and is currently serving as treasurer. Linda today, serves as the Director of the Manteca Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Under her leadership it is now recognized as one of the most productive and energetic organizations in the state.

Linda Freitas-Abeldt continues to volunteer, teach and be part of the community. She is continuing the legacy taught to her by her mother and father, that Manteca is a great place.

Lloyd Hayworth

Lloyd Hayworth


For someone who became an excellent dairy farmer, Lloyd Haworth didn't start out to be one. He worked for his father on a family-owned engineering business and studied drafting at Delta College. While attending Manteca High School, from which he graduated in 1962, he met Linda Dutra, his future wife. Linda lived on a family dairy. Married in 1963, the young couple moved to the family dairy nine years later to assist in operating Dutra Farms.

Lloyd managed to expand the 400-cow herd to 1,400 cows and 1,500 acres, growing his own feed. He had a strong interest in the work of the San Joaquin Dairy Herd Improvement Association, a group which monitors various aspects of that business to maintain consistent quality in milk.

Lloyd involved himself in every aspect of farming, becoming elected to the South San Joaquin Irrigation District Board of Directors. Described by other board members as amiable, he was excellent at resolving the occasional disputes that arose in the Board's work. He was also involved in the Tri-Dam Project, designed to maintain a constant water supply for all farmers. Among his many duties, Lloyd even found time to be involved in his church and in the activities of both local Portuguese societies.

Mr. Haworth was an outstanding dairyman and an even more extraordinary family man. He and his wife had four children: Larry, Lisa, Loren, and Trina, and 10 grandchildren. His beloved wife, Linda passed away in 1992 and Lloyd died in 2003.

Lloyd and his family built an incredible legacy and made an impact on the local farming community that will live on forever.

Sister Ann Veinta Britto

Ann Veinta Britto, FC

Community Service

After graduating from college, receiving her Teacher's Certificate and teaching for a year, this native of Bombay, India decided to enter the convent and begin religious life as a Daughter of the Cross. Spending the next eight years teaching In India, she volunteered in 1976 to come to California with other nuns to teach at parochial schools in Tracy and Stockton. In 2002, at the invitation of the pastor of Manteca's St. Anthony’s church. Sister Ann made a major change in her life.

Today, because of her Pastoral Care Ministry, Manteca's elderly are entertained by her free luncheons and planned bus trips. She started a Ministry of Caring, which brings people hope as they struggle with illness and aging. She regularly visits the homebound, those In hospitals or In care homes.

Sister Ann also organized the Ministry of Consolation. In which volunteers help families cope with the loss of a loved one. She operates a Grief Support Team to assist those of different faiths who are grieving and how to deal with stress and loneliness.

To reach out to the community’s youth, Sister Ann introduced a “Baby Shower for Jesus” during the Christmas season. People are encouraged to donate baby Items, which are in turn given to the Manteca Pregnancy Help Center. Many less fortunate babies are provided with clothes. food and other necessities.

Sister Ann's ministries are open to everyone. Regardless of a person's religion, culture of skin color, she loves them all.

Many refer to her as the "Mother Teresa of Manteca"