Mabel Baptista was born in Gilroy to Everett and Velma Beghtel. At age 2, her parents did not survive an automobile accident and Mabel moved to Waterford. She graduated from Hughson High School where she met the love of her life, Roy Baptista. They were married in 1949, and lived happily until Roy passed on March 10, 1986.
Audrey L. (Jacobsen) Clarke, respectively known as Grandma Peggy, was born in Pomona, Calif. on Oct. 5, 1929, and passed away gracefully on March 8, 2010. Traces of her unique lifetime participation, imagination, accomplishments and many dreams fulfilled will linger on forever. Peggy's hard working, courageous and charismatic energy was a blessing to all. She touched her kind hands upon many lives and was an inspiration to those around her. She guided her family with great strength, selflessness and held close to her heart the priorities of loved ones.
Donald Petersen passed away of natural causes. He leaves his wife, Verna Petersen; son, Tristan Petersen; daughter, Lauren Willis; grandchildren, Samuel Petersen and Logan Willis; brothers, Rodney Petersen and David Petersen; and sisters, Dorothea Petersen-Serrano and Chella O'Bryant.
Walter Welker, 59, of Hilmar, passed away on March 7 at home. He was born in Kennett, Mo. to Carl and Joyce Welker in 1950. Walter served in the Army for three years during the Korean War. He lived in the Central Valley for most of his life and settled in Hilmar in 2006. He was a U.S.D.A. inspector for 15 years. Walter was a member of the Hilmar Covenant Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed football, wrestling, video games and camping.