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“Gary” Gerard Grant Kerkvliet

"Gary" Gerard Grant Kerkvliet was born in Billings, Montana on March 13, 1949 and passed on December 28, 2016 in Turlock, California. He was preceded in death by his father Bernard Kerkvliet. He is survived by his mother Stella Kerkvliet, her partner Bob Gugler, his three younger siblings: brother Bernie and his wife Marianne and sisters Carol Kerkvliet and Dona Kerkvliet-Varin. He is also survived by his nieces Carla Garcia, Andrea Francis, Kyle Kerkvliet, Caleb Kerkvliet, Vanessa Varin and Elizabeth Varin. He is also leaves behind a growing number of great-nieces and great-nephews as well as numerous longtime friends.

February 03, 2017 | | OBITS


Multiple DUIs send Denair man to prison

A Denair man was sentenced to prison for two drunk driving arrests that happened a few months apart last year.

February 02, 2017 | | Crime


Playhouse Merced brings ‘Gypsy’ to the stage

Playhouse Merced will present the classic musical "Gypsy," the story of the ultimate stage mother and the childhood of Gypsy Rose Lee, who would become an icon of burlesque.

February 02, 2017 | | ARTS/LEISURE


Nageeba Baba Yonan

Nageeba Baba Yonan, 88, of Turlock, California, was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 27, 2017. A viewing will be held at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the same location on Saturday, February 4, at 10 a.m. in the chapel, followed by an interment at Turlock Memorial Park. A reception luncheon will be served at St. John's Assyrian Presbyterian Church immediately following the services.

February 02, 2017 | | OBITS


Starbucks goes Grande on principle

Starbucks apparently has two types of corporate citizenship - conscience and de-conscience.

January 31, 2017 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Renie (Elmquist) Bergstrom

Renie (Elmquist) Bergstrom, 72, passed away on December 27, 2016 at home in Redding, CA in the presence of her family from complications of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Born July 16, 1944 in Hilmar, California to Orville & Neomi Elmquist, Renie grew up attending Hilmar Covenant Church and Hilmar schools, graduating from Hilmar HS in 1962. She married Dick Bergstrom of Turlock, CA on September 11, 1965 and they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in 2016. Dick and Renie lived in Turlock, Lancaster, and Santa Barbara, retired to Grass Valley, and recently moved to Redding. Renie was actively involved in raising her ...

January 31, 2017 | | OBITS


Gloria Pekema

Gloria Pekema, 84, of Modesto, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 20, following a short illness.

January 31, 2017 | | OBITS


Linda Lee Parmley

Linda Lee Parmley died suddenly this week in Crows Landing, CA. She was 66. Linda was born in Turlock, CA to the late Manuel and Victoria Bettencourt in 1950. She is a graduate of Hilmar High School and was married to loving husband Ernie Parmley. Linda worked for the Stanislaus County Clerks Recorders Office for 19 years. Linda loved working outside in her garden, rooting for the 49ers, and spending time with her family and friends. She will be remembered as a very kind, generous, and creative person and will be missed by all who knew her.

January 31, 2017 | | OBITS


Billie Jo Nickell

Billie Jo (Jody) Nickell, a strong-willed wonderful wife and mother was born in Jay, Oklahoma in the winter of 1932 to Willie and Elsie Goss. Billie was married to Joe, the love of her life for 61 years, and they had two sons Mike and Darrin.

January 31, 2017 | | OBITS


Donald Paul Pendergrass

Donald Paul Pendergrass, an amazing human being, husband, father and son, passed away after a tragic accident. Born in Modesto, CA, Donald never was seen with a frown on his face as he was always smiling. He was a hard worker and jokester who loved life. Donald would stop whatever he was doing to help anyone whether he knew them or not.

January 31, 2017 | | OBITS


Excessive water use targets and penalties ordinance

On Aug. 29, 2016, the Governor approved Senate Bill 814 which requires urban water suppliers to establish a method to identify and discourage residential excessive water use. The legislation applies to residential customers only and authorizes water agencies to charge residential customers for excessive water use.

January 27, 2017 | | Government


Hazel M. Rehana

Hazel M. Rehana was born in the fall of 1938 in Hulburt Oklahoma. The youngest child to Joseph and Margaret Johnston, Hazel married the love of her life, William, in January of 1971 and together they raised their families. Hazel loved her family with all her heart and she will be deeply missed.

January 27, 2017 | | OBITS


Joseph James Freitas

Joe was born in Oakdale and grew up on the West Side (Newman, Gustine and Stevinson). He served in the Navy during WWII, allowing him the privilege of seeing the flag raised on Iwo Jima. He married Loreta (Rita) Lowe in 1947 and raised four children while a mechanic for Nutcher's Tractor, Leduc Ford and Tri Valley Growers. In 1972, in addition to his mechanic duties at TVG, Joe began farming walnuts in Gustine, in 1999 Joe sold the walnut ranch and moved to Turlock to enjoy complete retirement.

January 26, 2017 | | OBITS


Helen M. King

Helen M. King Born in Vilas, Florida on February 29, 1924. She passed away on January 21, 2017. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family and loved ones near & far.

January 26, 2017 | | OBITS


Valentines, anime and pigeons focus of February library events

Local branches of the Stanislaus County Library will offer a number of book clubs, crafting events and special programs throughout the month of February.

January 26, 2017 | | Local


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Births Feb. 8 to Feb. 15

• Charmaine Renee Tanis of Modesto is the mother of a 7-pound-8-ounce girl born Feb. 8 at Emanuel Medical Center.

February 17, 2017 | | Births


Remember when boycotts meant something?

The good old days. That's when you shopped for items based on prices and what they were selling you and not the political views ...

February 17, 2017 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


State Water Board readopts water conservation regulations

On May 9, 2016 Governor Brown issued an Executive Order calling for the State Water Board to adjust emergency water conservation regulations in response to ...

February 17, 2017 | | Government


Mildred Adelyn Carlson

Our mother went to meet her Savior the morning of January 30th, 2017 in the comfort of her home at 92 years of age. Mildred ...

February 17, 2017 | | OBITS


Mitsuyo Shiba

Mitsuyo Shiba passed peacefully February 10 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House. She was born in San Francisco third of five children to Kimiyo and Sadata ...

February 17, 2017 | | OBITS


Joe D. Vasquez

Joe D. Vasquez passed away at the age of 72 on Monday, February 13, 2017 while being in hospice care at home. Joe was born ...

February 17, 2017 | | OBITS


Dallas Nester

Dallas Nester, 73, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at Emanuel Hospital losing his battle with cancer. Dallas was born in Oklahoma and moved to ...

February 16, 2017 | | OBITS


Oroville Dam: Honestly, what do we expect?

Want to see California's future?

February 14, 2017 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


County declares state of emergency due to flooding

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors declared the county to be in a state of emergency Tuesday, in response to continued rain in the area ...

February 14, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Ruth Viola “Vi” Nelson

Vi was born in Turlock and went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 25. She was the youngest of five children born to ...

February 14, 2017 | | OBITS


Debra B. Stevens (Strom)

A committed and beautiful loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt passed peacefully in the early morning hours of her 60th birthday in Mission ...

February 14, 2017 | | OBITS


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