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Michael Wayne Blair

Michael Wayne Blair passed away Oct. 25, 2014. Born and raised in Merced CA, Mike was the fourth of ten children born to Ray and Juanita Blair. Mike was a Bee Keeper and many times traveled for his work.

October 28, 2014 | | OBITS


Bonnie Belle Falke

Bonnie Belle Falke, 84, of Turlock, California, passed away at Emanuel Medical Center, after a brief illness on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Bonnie was born to Glenn and Linnie Watson in Eden, Idaho. She was raised in Turlock, attended Turlock area schools, graduated from Turlock High School in 1948. She married the love of her life, Wallace Peterson Falke. They were married for 56 years.

October 28, 2014 | | OBITS


Ernest Samuel Cross III

Sam Cross, 65, died peacefully at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, CA after a year-long struggle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Cyndy, and his sister Susie Sellers (Duncan) of Colorado Springs CO, brother-in-law Steve (Glenda) Flentje of Fullerton CA, and mother-in-law Bev Flentje of Payson AZ.

October 28, 2014 | | OBITS


William Henley

William R. "Bill" Henley, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Modesto after an extended illness.

October 24, 2014 | | OBITS


Kenneth E. Falkenberg

Kenneth Falkenberg, of Turlock, passed away at home after a two year battle with cancer. Kenneth was born in Caldwell, Kansas to Bert and Rita Falkenberg. He attended school in Claremore, OK before moving to California at age 12. He attended Hawthorne School and Turlock High School. After high school he served in the National Guard and worked 32 years for Hartvickson Poultry. He became a self-employed poultry hauler for a total of 56 years before retiring in 2000. Kenneth enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching football. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.

October 21, 2014 | | OBITS


Carmendale Fernandes

Carmendale Fernandes, 90, of Stockton passed away on October 15, 2014. She was born August 25, 1924, in Turlock to parents, J.C. and Clara Fernandes. Carmendale was raised in Turlock, attended local schools and graduated from Turlock High School. She then attended San Jose State College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and later completed her Master's degree. Carmendale taught school in Sunnyvale from 1946-1988. She was the coach of the debate and speech teams during her tenure at Sunnyvale High School and was nationally known for her work in the field of speech and ...

October 21, 2014 | | OBITS


Greg Fairbairn

Greg Fairbairn passed away in Modesto on October 16, 2014 at the age of 59. Greg was born on July 3rd, 1955 to James and Blanche Fairbairn in Sacramento, CA. He has been a resident of the Turlock area for the past 31 years.

October 21, 2014 | | OBITS


Austin Cowan

Austin Cowan, 85, loved BBQ, ragtime tunes, joking around, and reminiscing about working for "Ma Bell." Born in Hope, NM, to Vera and Audi Cowan, he came of age during the Great Depression. A hard working and determined man, he made a career with the Bell Telephone Company helping advance our nation's communication infrastructure. Austin had an adventurous life with many chapters.

October 17, 2014 | | OBITS


Kirk Anthony James

Kirk James passed away after a short illness at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. He grew up in Delhi, attended schools there and graduated from Livingston High School in 1976. Kirk worked for Norcal Nursery and for the last 2 ½ years worked for Wendell Trinkler Jr.

October 14, 2014 | | OBITS


Alice Maggard Andrews

Alice went home to be with the Lord and Savior on Sept 25, 2014. Alice attended the Neighborhood Church of Redding for 30 years and was an active member of Stephens Ministries. Alice lived a full and happy life; she enjoyed shopping, playing cards, QVC and dancing. She was an avid square dancer for many years. She had many wonderful friends.

October 10, 2014 | | OBITS


Maria Manuel Nunes

Maria M. Nunes, 77, of Turlock, passed away Wednesday, October 8. Also known as Mary, she was born September 23, 1937 to Francicso and Maria Freitas on the island of Terceira in the Azores. She married Jose "Joe" C. Nunes in 1956 and they immigrated to the United States in 1968 with their children, Alfred and George. Mary loved to sew and was an excellent seamstress. She made suits for her husband and sons. When she was able, she would be active in Sacred Heart Church and Our Lady of Assumption in Turlock, but she was most involved with family ...

October 09, 2014 | | OBITS


Joseph Anthony Linhares

Joseph "Joe" Linhares, 89, of Turlock, died peacefully on Sunday at his home. He was born in Turlock to Antonio and Marie Linhares and spent his entire life here. He attended Tegner School, a one room schoolhouse, and in September of his senior year at Turlock High School he eloped to marry his high school sweetheart, Irma Commons.

October 07, 2014 | | OBITS


Dean West

Dean West passed away at the age of 79. The youngest of six children, Dean grew up to believe in hard work. He was a good provider and was a very charitable and humble man. He was always reaching into his pocket to help others. In Dean's younger years he was very passionate about horses and had a love for animals throughout his life.

October 07, 2014 | | OBITS


Donald Malcom Chittock

Donald Malcom Chittock, 62, died at his Turlock home surrounded by loved ones. He succumbed to complication from an industrial accident which curtailed the last nine years of his life.

October 07, 2014 | | OBITS


Bruce Leon Wejmar

Bruce lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. He was born and raised in Turlock and attended Turlock schools and graduated from Turlock High School in 1965. An Army Veteran from 1966-1968, he served in Vietnam from 1967-1968. Bruce worked for International Paper/Evergreen for 42 years.

October 03, 2014 | | 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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