Vernon H. Estey, 90, a third generation native and life-long resident of Benician, passed away Saturday in a local hospital following a brief illness. Vern served in the United States Army during World War II, from 1941-1946. Vern returned to Benicia and opened his own real estate office, Estey Real Estate, in 1946 with his wife Frances.
Adeline Souza was born in Keyes, Calif. and attended Hughson schools. She married Manuel S. Souza in 1941, and settled in Turlock. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Souza owned and operated Manuel S. Souza Dairy and the Diamond Hay Company. Mrs. Souza was a member of Sacred Heat Catholic Church in Turlock. She loved and was dedicated to her family and was always involved with their activities.
JW, as he was known to his friends, loved to share his music. For 16 years he was a disc jockey. He was well-known in the Mother Lode for his early morning show "Scrabbled Egg and Ham" on station KVML, the voice of the Mother Lode. In 2004, he was the honorary Grand Marshall of the Mother Lode Round Up Parade in Sonora.
Carl Zarcone, 99, of Gustine and long-time resident of Patterson, passed away peacefully Monday at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson with his wife, Jeanne, by his side. He was nine months short of his 100th birthday.
Virgil Dean Richberger, 89, passed away on Dec. 24, 2009, at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. He was born in Oakland, Calif., the eighth of 12 children to parents William Richberger and Hazel Ross. Virgil graduated from Berkeley High School. He joined the Navy Seabees and served with the 38th CB during World War II on Kodiak and Adak Islands in Alaska.
Iva Erickson, 90, passed away at Covenant Village Care Center on Jan. 1. She was born in Holdrege, Neb. to Joseph and Teckla Johnson and graduated from Loomis High School in Loomis, Neb. in 1936. She married Herbert Raymond Erickson on Jan. 5, 1941, at Calvary Baptist Church in Turlock. They lived in the Bay Area (Berkeley, Oakland and Castro Valley) until 1974, when they returned to Turlock. Iva worked as an office administrator for CalFarm Insurance in Modesto until her retirement in 1984. She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Turlock.
Lenore was born in the Windy City, Chicago, to parents Wright and Cleta Mae Butterbaugh. Oak Park, Ill. was her home through grade school and high school. She attended Manchester College in Indiana where she met her future husband, Gene Palsgrove. They were married June 1, 1946. After graduating from college in 1948, Lenore and Gene accepted a challenging assignment directing a community rehabilitation project in South Modesto. Daughters, Kathleen and Rebecca, arrived during this tenure.
Irene Velma Casey, 93, passed away with her family by her side. She is survived by her children, Gene Casey and Colleen Whitcomb, both of Hughson; brother, Alfred Black of Hughson; six grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.
Diana Lee Pfeil, 65, of Turlock, passed away unexpectedly at Emanuel Medical Center, with her family by her side. Diana has was born in Turlock and after moving away for some time she returned to Turlock, and resided here for the last 29 years.