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Andrea & Jim Habing Coming Home Written By J. Chris Mickartz Virginia & Fred Wood A ndrea Habing, with her husband Jim, defy the old adage that “you can’t go home again.” After living in a number of homes throughout the community over the years, they decided to remodel the former Gilroy home of Andrea’s deceased parents, Fred and Virgina Wood. Then Andrea and Jim moved back home! Fred and Virginia Wood had purchased the ranch style home back in 1962, before 54 it was completed. The road in front of the home was not yet a reality and it faced a vacant lot, but somehow they knew that it was the place where they wanted to raise their three daughters, Loni, Angel and Andrea. Fred had just accepted a position with the City of Gilroy as the City Administrator, a job he held for 15 years before retiring. Purchased basically with a handshake, the 2,382 square foot home, built by Morton and Fortino Contractors, GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 cost them $24,000. Fast forward to today, Andrea and Jim Habing, are enjoying life in the family- home, having remodeled it from top to bottom. Her journey home has taken many turns, although all within the con- fines of her home town, Gilroy – except for her time in college. It was in college that she asked a fellow Gilroyan to her college graduation party, which led to a proposal and in July of 1984 she married