Miguel Angel Solorzano, 17, of Atwater, died March 20 in Modesto. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 30 at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Funeral Chapel, 286 W. Main St., Turlock. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on March 30, also at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias. Burial will be private.
Evelyn B. Gawthrop, 102, of Atwater, died March 5 in Turlock. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 27 at First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Hillcrest Blvd., Inglewood. Burial will be held at Inglewood Cemetery.
Joe Blanc Sr., of Turlock, passed away peacefully at Memorial Hospital on Tuesday evening to be reunited with his beloved wife Helen, who preceded him in death by 11 days. Joe was born in Turlock, the first C-section delivery by Dr. Eric Julien, to Emil Bernard and Anna Matilda Granberg Blanc. Emil was a butcher employed in various local stores and Anna was a mother and homemaker.
Charlie passed away on March 21 in Atwater at the age of 93. Charlie was born in Stamford, Texas on Feb. 1, 1917, to Annie Vaughan Bourland and Charlie Donohoo. He moved to Modesto in 1937, where he met and married Frances Catherine Skarka. They lived in Modesto until moving to Denair in 1943. Charlie lived in Denair until 2009, when he moved to Atwater to live with his daughter. During World War II, he worked at McClellan AFB in Sacramento. He then transferred to Castle Army Air Base in Atwater, being one of the first of 20 civilian workers ...
Annette Coelho, 46, of Turlock, passed away at home with her family at her side on Monday, March 22. She was born in Turlock to Duane and Bernice Avila in 1963. Annette was raised in Turlock and graduated from Turlock High School in 1981. She worked for Dr. Avila, Dr. Clark and Dr. James as a receptionist. Annette married Daniel Coelho in 1998. She loved watching football (Oakland Raiders) and NASCAR (Kasey Kahne). She also enjoyed reading and crocheting. She was a past member of Mountain View 4-H.
William "Bill" Duncan, Jr., 87, of Bonita, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 7. William was born Feb. 6, 1923, in Arkansas, and then moved to Turlock as a boy. He was the son of William and Gertrude Duncan and brother of Pauline Duncan. Bill lived in Bonita for 37 years with his family before returning to his hometown of Turlock for retirement. He moved back down to San Diego in 2006 to be closer to his daughters. Bill was a Marine and served in World War II. He attended Turlock High School and Modesto Valley Junior College ...
Mary Evelyn Atwood passed away at home in Fresno on March 18, 2010. Evelyn was born in April 1920 in Rocky Ford, Colo. After growing up and going to college in Colorado, she lived in Turlock for about 60 years before moving to Fresno to live with her daughter. During Evelyn's time in Turlock, she was involved in various civic projects, taught in Headstart, volunteered in Migrant Education and contributed to improving the west side of Turlock. For many years, Evelyn practiced as a beautician both in Turlock and Modesto.
Visitation for Jose E. Soares, 86, of Los Banos, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Funeral Chapel. A A rosary/ mass is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 25 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1545 Center Ave., Los Banos, CA. It will be officiated by Father Manuel Sousa. Burial will be at Los Banos District Cemetery.
Marcella (Kaber) Laffin, 80, of Turlock, passed away at her home at Paramount Court. Marcella "Dolly," "Bubba" Laffin lived a full life involved as a Cub Scout leader, PTA officer, YLI officer, choir director, bowling secretary for several leagues and entered many crafts in county fairs.
A memorial service for Shawn William Avila, of Delhi, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Funeral Chapel in Turlock. It will be officiated by Pastor Gregory Frazier.