LaVerne Birdsong, 85, of Ceres, passed away early Wednesday at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. She was born in Tulia, Texas to Jim and Cora Pearson and attended schools in Texas before moving to California in 1940. She worked for years in the food processing industry and was involved with plant management as well as driving fork lifts.
Michael Hurd, 58, of Stockton, died March 17 in Stockton. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Funeral Chapel. A graveside service is scheduled from 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 at Turlock Memorial Park, 575 N. Soderquist Rd. Burial will be at Turlock Memorial Park.
Born in Geneva, Neb., Bob Tatro moved to Antioch, Calif. in 1956. He married Betty Jane Wilson in 1957, and later moved his wife and family to Turlock in July 1965. He was employed with Pacific Bell as a coin I-M technician for 37 years. Bob and his family operated a commercial hog ranch in Turlock's west side.
A private service was held for Elinore D. Estante, 88, of Turlock. She was a homemaker for 58 years and enjoyed painting with oil and water coloring. She is survived by sons, David C. Estante and Allen Jenson, both of Turlock; brother, Donald Andrino of Turlock; three grandchildren; and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by husband, Felimon Estante; brothers, Richard Andrino and Frederick Andrino; and sister, Adeline Ababan.
Stanley Delinski Jr., 82, of Turlock, passed away at Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday. He was born in Omaha, Neb. to Stanley and Mickelina Delinski in 1927. Stanley was raised in Peoria, Ill. and enlisted in the Navy during WW II. After the war, he moved to San Bernardino. Stanley met Joanna Jones and married her in 1950. They lived most of their lives in the San Bernardino area before settling to Turlock in 1999 to be closer to their daughter.
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.