It's a world-famous grass, and crucial to our bellies. It's called Zea mays by botanists; rock-heads like me call it corn. Compared to many plants, it's excellent at tolerating drought and heat - almost in a class by itself in that regard.
Jose Coelho Dias Jr., age 87, of Azores, died Dec. 23 in Biscoitos, Terceira, Azores. Services have been held.
A memorial service for Douglas Moren, 54, is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Livingston United Methodist Church, 11695 W. Olive, Livingston, Calif.
Wally Wood passed away suddenly at his Covenant Village residence in Turlock on Dec. 31, 2009 at the age of 84.
We Scandinavians have several strange customs, including our hallmark fish dish, which is cod that's been processed for days in caustic lye. This truly imaginative creation is known as "lutefisk," which means lye-fish.
Laercio Jose Amorim, 54, of Turlock, died Dec. 29 at Emanuel Medical Center. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4 at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Funeral Chapel, 286 West Main St., Turlock. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias. Prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan 4 at the same location. Burial will be at Turlock Memorial Park.
June Ann Wurm, 62, of Denair, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 27 after an 18-year struggle with cancer. She stepped through the door of eternity at her home, while she was surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 9, 1947, to Elmer and Hazel Nyquist of Turlock. She graduated from Turlock High School in 1965. She graduated in 1967 with an AA degree in Home Economics from Modesto Junior College, where she met her husband, Bob Wurm. Bob and June were married on June's 20th birthday and were happily married ...
Ella Talkington of Turlock passed away on Dec. 26 on the day of her 89th birthday. She was born to Anton and Annie Vrh in Saskatchewan, Canada. She moved from Canada to Turlock with her parents at the age of 3 1⁄2 and lived there until her death.
Jose Coelho Dias Jr., 87, of Azores, died Dec. 23 in Biscoitos, Terceira, Azores. A mass is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1200 Lyons St., Turlock.
A funeral service for Beatrice Samuel Joseph, 81, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4 at Allen Mortuary, with burial to follow.
• Falesoa Faumatu of Turlock is the mother of a six-pound-thirteen-ounce girl born Dec. 24 at Emanuel Medical Center.
Stephen "Stevie" Cardoso was born Dec. 15, 1984 in Merced to proud parents, Manuel and Jennie Cardoso. He died in a tragic car accident at 9:40 a.m. on Dec. 24, at the tender age of 25.
Hal Wahler, 74, of Hilmar, passed away after a short illness at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson on Dec. 24.
Marian Ruth Metzler, 90, went to be with the Lord in her heavenly home on Christmas Day 2009.
Rose Tomassetti passed away at age 88 on Dec. 27 at Emanuel Hospital in Turlock.
She is survived by her husband John Storment; children Charlene (Wayne) Fry of Turlock and Cathleen Siler of Delhi; stepchildren Edward Storment and Jennifer Storment, both of Delhi; brother Ed (Alice) Suszynski of June Lake, CA; grandchildren Jaime, Kathryn, Eric, Kayla and Ricardo; great grandchildren Aleigha, Bryson, Ryleigh, Lauryn and Madison.
He is survived by his son Benjamin Hake of Denair; siblings Robert (Vicky) Hake of Denair, Linda (Ted) Pinson of Ohio, Sandra (Allen) Niles of Wyoming; and two grandchildren Marcus and Nicolas Hake of Denair. Doug was preceded in death by his wife Josephine in 2004, his parents Leland and Margaret Hake, and sister Carol Alford.
Launa was born in Hazard County, Kentucky to James and Cassie Begley and passed away at the age of 80 in Turlock, California. She was one of eight children who grew up in a modest home in Kentucky. At the age of twelve, her family moved to Oakland, California. She graduated from Biola University, where she also met her husband Ted Dixon; together they shared 45 years of marriage until he passed away in 2006.
She is survived by her daugters Tamara and Kelin Hritz; adopted daughter Christine Alcantara; brother Ken Feliciano; Godson/nephew Carl Rose; nieces Megan and Kristin Feliciano; nieces/nephews William and Paula Fredson; cousin Kimberly Vally; her best friends Roxanne Grubb, Judi Price and Pamela McGuire, and her dogs Copper, Lucky, Puppy and Maggy.
Jonah Peter Parker, son of Adam and Danae Parker, was born at 10:41 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2015 at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, CA. He weighed 5 lbs., 4 oz. and was 17.5 inches tall. He spent his short time on Earth in the arms of his loving parents. Jonah passed into the arms of his Heavenly Father just one hour after he was born.
Survived by his children William Cox Thornton III (son), Kelby Thornton (daughter) Tamara Thornton (daughter in law) and Alina Thornton (granddaughter). He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Thornton.
Larry is survived by his wife Beverley Smith, two children: Jenae Smith Worsham (Bill) and Byran Smith (Holly), grandkids: Dusty Worsham and Zane Smith, mother-in-law: Patricia Cash, sisters: Geneva Herrington Meza (Gil) and Kathy Smith Specker (Dan), parents: Charles Smith (Donna) and preceded in death by his mother Bernice Smith and father-in-law Bill Cash.
Rinks Atsushi Sano was born on Bacon Island in the Sacramento Delta to Suyehichi and Tsute Sano. He passed away on Friday afternoon at Mercy Medical Center in Merced. His father moved his family to Yerington, Nevada when Rinks was a toddler to work as a sharecropper. After living in Nevada for a few years, the family moved to Livingston to work in farming for the Kishi family. Rinks graduated from Livingston High School in 1940. In 1942, Executive Order 9066 forced Rinks and his family first to the Merced Assembly Center at the Merced Fairgrounds, and then on to ...
Marian Ciriscioli, 90, of Turlock passed away January 24, 2015 surrounded by her loving
One of Denair High School's best baseball players in the past decade will return this spring to take over as varsity coach.
• Paige Awai of Patterson is the mother of twin boys - 6-pounds-7-ounces and 5-pounds-11-ounces - born Jan. 14 at Emanuel Medical Center.
Anamarie Orozco peruses the books for sale at the annual Friends of the Turlock Public Library book sale. The sale features more than 10,000 books, both hardcover and paperback, to choose from, with prices ranging from 25 cents to $1. All proceeds are donated to the library to help pay for programs and materials. The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Entries are now being accepted for the second annual Central California Arts Showcase exhibition taking place this spring at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto.
The Theatre Department at California State University, Stanislaus is presenting "Beanie and the Bamboozling Horror Machine" by Roy C. Booth and Bob May as this year's children's production.
The Stanislaus Business Alliance is helping local companies by connecting them with employees that are not only qualified for positions, but likely to do well in unique environments, through their WorkKeys Program.