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Juanita Marie Blair

Juanita Marie Blair, beloved mother to ten wonderful children, went to be with the Lord the day after Christmas. Born in Wolverton, Oklahoma in the fall of 1934, Juanita grew up with five brothers.

December 29, 2017 | | OBITS


Richard Dula

Richard Dula died peacefully, surrounded by family, following a long illness. He was 80. Richard attended Turlock High School, lettering in football and graduating in 1955. He married Nadene Rowland in 1957 and they had two children, Rick Dean Dula and Jay Alan Dula. Though they eventually divorced, Richard and Nadene remained lifelong friends until her death in 2010. Richard was very proud of his military service. He joined the Navy in the '50s and rose all the way to Master Chief, the highest rank possible for an enlisted man. Richard served with the Command Reserve Patrol Wing Pacific, "The ...

December 29, 2017 | | OBITS


Laverne Theresia Mord Nelson

LaVerne Theresia Mord Nelson, born May 30, 1919, had the distinction of being the first baby girl born in Hilmar and was the 4th child of Charles and Agnes Mord. She passed away at her home in Hughson on December 27 at the age of 98. As a child she attended Hilmar Covenant Church and Hilmar schools. After her graduation from Hilmar High she went to work in the bay area for a short time. She returned to the area and worked for Bethany Home in Turlock. It was while working in Turlock she met her future husband Elwood Nelson ...

December 29, 2017 | | OBITS


James Stewart Pierce

James Stewart Pierce, age 85, passed away peacefully at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson on December 22. He is the beloved father of Susan Fowle, Steven Pierce, Timothy Pierce, and Tamara McCorkle all of Turlock/Denair. He has six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and four great, great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Norman Pierce of Waterloo, Iowa. His wife of 60 years, Patricia, predeceased him in 2011. Jim also leaves behind his beloved companion, Laverne Jones. Jim was born in Plainfield, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Air Force stateside during the Korean conflict as ...

December 29, 2017 | | OBITS


Geri Lynn

Geraldine Lynn, known as Geri, 63, unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, December 20. Geri was born in July of 1954 in Turlock to Jerial and Elsie Olson. She was named after her father and was the youngest of five children, Esther, Edith, and Bonnie, and Clifford. Geri grew up in Turlock, graduated from Turlock High School, attended Modesto Junior College, and worked for over forty years as an accounting manager at Valley Distributors in Turlock. In 1974, Geri married Roger Lynn, and they had two daughters, Jennifer and Julie. The family was and continues to be close, and Geri loved ...

December 29, 2017 | | OBITS


MAICOT MARTINEZ

Maicot Yardley Martinez of Hilmar, passed away at the age of 29 on December 21, 2017 in Turlock, CA. He was born on August 31, 1989 in Stockton, CA to his parents Jose and Herlinda Martinez. He was survived by his wife, Shannon Martinez, who he met at the age of 16. They have three beautiful girls Liliana, 7, McKinley, 2, and Evelyn, 1 month old. He worked seven days a week at A & B Truck Repair and Modesto Tires, both located in Modesto, CA. He enjoyed working on his cars, spending time with his family and watching football. He ...

December 27, 2017 | | OBITS


Civil rights and labor activist Dolores Huerta to speak at Martin Luther King Commemoration

The keynote speaker for the 24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration AT Modesto Junior College is Dolores Huerta, an influential labor activist and leader of the Chicano civil rights movement who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers.

December 26, 2017 | | Education


Clifford Roger Falk

Cliff R. Falk, 80, of Turlock died December 23, 2017 at Post Acute Care in Turlock. He was born in Hilmar, CA and raised in Turlock. He worked for Park-In-Market in Turlock for several years before opening up Budget Grocery in Modesto. Cliff belonged to the Turlock Sportsmen Club and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, football, baseball, and boxing.

December 26, 2017 | | OBITS


Warren “Bud” Nelson

Warren "Bud" Nelson, 94, lived a long life and went to be with Jesus on Christmas Day. Born in Wilmar, Minnesota at home in 1923, Bud was the youngest of 4 children. The family moved to California while Bud was still a toddler. Bud, a dairyman for over 50 years, was a "country boy" through and through. He was married to his wife Dorothy for over 66 years when she passed in 2012. Bud was a very loyal husband. He was a generous and selfless man, not only with his wife but also with his neighbors, and would always help ...

December 26, 2017 | | OBITS


Small donations can make a big difference

I have heard many suggestions on ways to help the homeless and low-income persons during this holiday season and beyond. One easy way is to go into your closets at home and pull out those usable coats and jackets this winter to help keep the homeless warm this winter.

December 22, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Pounding in the New Year

Every December, the Livingston United Methodist Church brings in hundreds of community members and volunteers for its annual Mochi Tsuki ceremony, a Japanese New Year's tradition that requires many hours of physical labor for the pounding of rice cakes.

December 22, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Births Dec. 14 to Dec. 20

• Carie Myers of Delhi is the mother of a 4-pound-11-ounce boy born Dec. 14 at Emanuel Medical Center.

December 22, 2017 | | Births


Big tax hit on way so spend $1B on Medi-Cal for illegals

Assemblyman Phil Ting says he's concerned about how the federal tax cut proposal will end up being a tax increase for middle-class and working-class Californians.

December 19, 2017 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


An interview with CDFA Secretary Ross on organic agriculture

The Organic Produce Network had the chance to ask California Department of Food Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross what CDFA is doing to assist California organic growers and farmers and the growth of organic agriculture throughout the state.

December 19, 2017 | | Government


Dance studio icon recognized for achievements

For over 30 years, local dance company Backstage Academy of Dance has brought the classic Christmas tale of "The Nutcracker" to life, with dancers of all ages performing what has become a holiday tradition in Turlock. Following the final performance of this year's production on Sunday, Backstage Director Kristi Garcia was presented with certificates of recognition from local legislators for her decades of commitment to teaching youth the art of dance.

December 19, 2017 | | Local


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Beer enthusiasts gather for Blaker Brewing opening

A packed crowd gathered last week to celebrate the grand opening of Blaker Brewing - Ceres' first-ever craft micro-brewery and tap room.

January 19, 2018 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


Births Jan. 12 to Jan. 16

• Alicia and Derek Buckner of Los Banos are the parents of a 9-pound-3-ounce boy born Jan. 12 at Emanuel Medical Center.

January 19, 2018 | | Births


One man’s crumbs are another man’s lunch

The price we pay for living in California can be taxing - literally.

January 19, 2018 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Water conservation tips for the winter

There are many more ways to conserve water during the winter than turning off your sprinklers. While turning your sprinklers off will contribute to a ...

January 19, 2018 | | Government


Stan State receives $2.37M bequest from Hilmar couple

A lifetime dedication to saving by a Hilmar couple has resulted in the single largest gift from an individual ever made to California State University ...

January 16, 2018 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Education


For Sacramento politicians, charity deductions begin at home

It's nice that somebody in Sacramento finally thinks we're paying too much taxes.

January 16, 2018 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Douglas Lee Merritt

Douglas "Doug" Merritt, 71, was born to LaVerne and Maxine Merritt in Turlock. He passed away at home on Monday.

January 16, 2018 | | OBITS


Births Jan. 5 to Jan. 10

• Johanna Rivera of Turlock is the mother of a 6-pound-9-ounce girl born Jan. 5 at Emanuel Medical Center.

January 12, 2018 | | Births


Denham: Congress must find a path for Dreamers, better border security

America has a rich history of immigration, and many who came here in search of a better life have contributed to the greatness of our ...

January 12, 2018 | By Rep. Jeff Denham | Editorial


The myth legal pot will rain $$ on government

If you really believe legalizing marijuana will reduce black market sales substantially the obvious question is "what have you been smoking?"

January 12, 2018 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Glen Dean Winans

Glen was the first born child of Glenn and Ruby Winans on May 6, 1929, in Topeka, Kansas. His younger brother, Dale, was born about ...

January 12, 2018 | | OBITS


Ellie Kenefick Crean

Ellie was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Vincent and Eleanor Kenefick and passed away at the age of 70 after an extended illness. She was ...

January 12, 2018 | | OBITS


Victor Francis Velleca

Victor was born at Landstuhl, Germany Military Hospital in 1963 and passed away peacefully with his family by his side after a long illness. At ...

January 12, 2018 | | OBITS


Mary E. Weiss

Mary Elizabeth Greene Weiss went peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Monday morning, December 18, 2017.

January 12, 2018 | | OBITS


Souraya I. Aziz

Souraya I. Aziz, 87 years old, died peacefully on January 10th, 2018 in Turlock, California. Souraya was born May 7th, 1930 in Beirut, Lebanon, daughter ...

January 12, 2018 | | OBITS


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