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Evelyn Jane Erickson

Evelyn Erikson passed away in Modesto at the age of 90 on January 9, 2015. A native of Turlock, Evelyn was the daughter of the late Arthur and Emma Erickson. She attended Turlock High School and was life-long member of the Turlock Covenant Church. She is the sister of the late Gloria Harmon of Modesto. Evelyn is survived by her brother, Gordon Erickson, of El Paso, TX; her niece, Sabrina Harmon, of Medford, MA; her nephew, Michael Harmon, of Modesto: and her great nephew, Eric Harmon, also of Modesto. A private memorial will held at a later date.

January 15, 2015 | | OBITS


Loren David Coelho

Loren David Coelho went Home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the age of 43, as a result of a tragic farming accident.

January 15, 2015 | | OBITS


Chano Tovar

Chano Tovar peacefully passed away January 7, 2015 at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Diana Tovar, daughter Erica Tovar, son Lucas (Anna) Tovar, grandchildren Noah and Ayden, brothers Adam, Joe and Jeff Tovar, sister Michelle Johnson and mother Rachel Tovar. He is preceded in death by his father Adam Tovar and sister Sandra Medeiros.

January 13, 2015 | | OBITS


Billy Lee Worden

Billy Worden, 62, of Ceres, passed away at home.

January 13, 2015 | | OBITS


Laurence Raymond Surber

Laurence was born in Sioux City, IA and was raised on a farm in Waterbury Nebraska and attended school there. He was in the Navy for two years during World War II, when he returned home he farmed for 2 years and then came to California in 1956. In 1959 he married Eleanor Skiles and together they shared 56 years of marriage. Laurence worked for the City of Turlock for 16 years and Turlock High School for 12 years.

January 13, 2015 | | OBITS


Walter Nelson Falke

Walter Falke passed away peacefully in his home on January 12, 2015 at the age of 86.

January 13, 2015 | | OBITS


Thelma Mae Caylor

Thelma Mae Caylor was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Jan. 13, 1930, and passed away on Jan. 2, 2015, in Modesto.

January 13, 2015 | | OBITS


Kathryn Marie Treat

Kathryn was preceded in death by her father Curtis Chastain. She is survived by her husband Rick Treat; mother Ila Chastain; sister Yonona Roach; daughters Sarah Wass (Jason) and Laura Treat; and grandchildren Sadie (8), Kallie (5) and Rhett Wass (3). A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Thurs. Jan. 8, 2014 at Merced First Assembly of God, 1350 Yosemite Pkwy, Merced CA 95341. A reception will follow immediately at the Elks Lodge 1910 "M" Street, Merced CA 95340.

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS


Mary Kokal

Mary Kokal was called by Our Father in Heaven. She left us with love, laughter and peace in her heart at Paramount Court Senior Living where she was surrounded with loving care.

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS


Gary G. Spurlin

Born and raised in Turlock CA. Volunteered at 17 to serve in US Armed Forces in the Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. He acquired his Master Degree at UOP and went on to work at San Quentin State Prison Stanislaus Sheriff Department, and later was a Director of Facilities in the hospital industry in Las Vegas, NV for 15 years. Gary is survived by his wife, Miko Spurlin of Stockton, CA., son, Zackary Spurlin of Stockton, CA., daughter, Christina Spurlin of Manteca, CA., and son, Nathan Spurlin of Turlock, CA., grandchildren: Clorissa Troche of Stockton, CA., Kristen Spurlin of ...

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS


Katherine Ann Martinez

Katherine is survived by her children Jennifer Martinez, Jamie Martinez and Frank Martinez; siblings Kristen Skinner, Kimberly King and Mike Nielsen; grandchildren Jayden Llimet, Jasmine Martinez, Hailey Wilson, Jacob, Chelsea and Natasha Harris; great-grandchild Markie Wilson and numerous nieces and nephews. Katherine is preceded in death by her parents John and Paula Nielsen.

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS


Katherine King

Kathy is survived by her adoring husband of 53 years, Floyd King; as well as her brilliant son, Brian King, of Columbia, Illinois and his son Justin and daughter Lauren; her obstinate daughter, Susan Carmon of Fair Oaks, California and her husband Joe and their children Samuel and Eric; her siblings Marv Anders of Fontana, California, Arlene Goldner and Vicky Draper of Clarkston Washington, Yvonne Roberts of Sheridan, Oregon, and Phil Bruni of Veradale, Washington (her baby brother Orlando Bruni was waiting for her at the Gates of Heaven); and enough extended family, friends, and fans to fill a good-sized ...

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS


Lionel Gomes

Lionel Gomes, 77, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Ceres. Lionel was born in Gustine, California to Henry and Mary Gomes, one of five children. He attended Monte Vista Grammar School and graduated from Turlock High School. He was a member of FFA and showed cattle while in high school. He joined the Marines in 1955 and served as a radio operator overseas during the Korean War. Lionel loved bowling. He managed the Divine Gardens Bowling Alley at one time. He owned the Olde Towne Bar in Ripon for 20 years. For the last 10 years he has hauled ...

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS


Reuben Harold Spitsen Jr.

Reuben Harold Spitsen, Jr. died Saturday, January 3, 2015 at his home in Turlock. He was born September 1933 in the family home in Hilmar on Riverside Rd. After he graduated from Hilmar High School in 1952 he was drafted into the United States Army and served from 1953 - 1955. He married Esther Tagge in 1956 and they lived on Riverside Rd. in Hilmar where they started a dairy with 15 cows. He then started a dairy on Crane Ave in Hilmar in 1963 where he started a pigeon hobby and joined Westside Pigeon Association. He and Esther belonged to ...

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS


Melvin D. Westbrook

Melvin "Mel" Westbrook, of Turlock, died at age 92 on Dec. 22.

January 02, 2015 | | OBITS


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Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald loved life...so much so, that when an eager opponent, "Cancer" challenged him in the ring he willingly accepted and fought to knock out the Big C! Iron Mike continued to fight until the end and left this world surrounded by his adoring fans...his wife, Diana McDonald, brother David McDonald, daughters Michele (Ray) VanNieuwenhuyzen, Melanie (Brian) Krigbaum and Manda (Paul) Hardy, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His legacy will live on every time his fans eat a wonderful meal, take in a local sporting event, support the arts, gather together for a cup of coffee, have ...

January 30, 2015 | | OBITS


Sol Mark

Sol Mark of Delhi passed away on January 22, 2015 at the age of 83 in Turlock, CA. He is survived by his loving wife Lema; his four children: Sherry, Karen, David and Steven; and his three grandchildren: Marissa, Megan and Mason. He was loved by many and had many friends. He will be forever in our memories as life will not be the same without him. He was our steadfast rock. We loved him and honor him.

January 30, 2015 | | OBITS


Martha Johnson

Martha Joan Johnson, age 55, of Turlock passed away due to Diabetes-related complications on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Doctors Medical Center.

January 30, 2015 | | OBITS


Cora Lee Bell

Cora Lee Bell, age 95, passed away at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House on Monday

January 30, 2015 | | OBITS


Loretta Jane Storment

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.

January 27, 2015 | | OBITS


Douglas Ross Hake

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.

January 27, 2015 | | OBITS


Launa “Lee” Dixon

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.

January 27, 2015 | | OBITS


Karen Elaine Hritz

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.

January 27, 2015 | | OBITS


Jonah Peter Parker

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.

January 27, 2015 | | OBITS


William Cox Thornton Jr.

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.

January 27, 2015 | | OBITS


Larry J. Smith

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.

January 27, 2015 | | OBITS


Rinks Atushi Sano

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 ...

January 27, 2015 | | OBITS


Marian E. Ciriscioli

Marian Ciriscioli, 90, of Turlock passed away January 24, 2015 surrounded by her loving

January 27, 2015 | | OBITS


Warren Eugene Brown

Warren is survived by his two daughters Cheryl Santos of Newman, CA and Joanie Hall of Torrance, CA, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his second wife Margaret Brown and his son Gary Eugene Brown in 2006, one sister and one brother.

January 22, 2015 | | OBITS


Ann Marie Rochin

She is survived by her children Roxanne Eaves, Michelle (Jermaine Davis) Howard and Andrew Rochin; father Donald Rochin; siblings Donna Marr, Anthony Rochin and Mark Rochin and six grandchildren Tyler, Jacqueline, D'Mya, Janessa, Jasmine and Darwin. Ann is preceded in death by her mother and sister Janet Barrios.

January 22, 2015 | | OBITS


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