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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


Roy Bernell Hirschkorn

Roy Bernell Hirschkorn passed away Dec. 24, 2014 after a long illness. Roy was born July of 1938, in Turlock CA, and was a life-long resident. In his younger years Roy was a member of the Turlock Junior Marching Band and continued to play and enjoy music throughout his life.

January 02, 2015 | | OBITS


Naomi Shackelford

Naomi was preceded in death by her parents, her 5 siblings, and her son Rockie in 2013. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, J. Wayne Shackelford, her sons Gilbert Shackelford and Rodney Shackelford, both of Turlock, daughter-in-law Melanie Shackelford of Magna, Utah; 4 grandchildren: Tommy (Elaine) Shackelford of Sacramento, Erin (Kevin) Elser of Magna, Utah; Jack (Sarah) Shackelford, and Ruben Shackelford, both of Turlock; and 2 great-grandchildren: Olivia Elser of Magna, Utah and Clara Shackelford of Turlock.

December 31, 2014 | | OBITS


Jacqueline “Jackie” Joy Wenstrand

Jacqueline "Jackie" Joy Wenstrand, age 71, died December 27, 2014, in Sacramento, California.

December 31, 2014 | | OBITS


Barbara Marie Miranda

Barbara Miranda, 77, of Turlock, passed away peacefully at Alexander Cohen Hospice House after an extended illness.

December 23, 2014 | | OBITS


Rodrigo Manuel Rodrigues

Rodrigo Manuel Rodrigues passed away on Wednesday December 17th, 2014. Rod was born on October 31st, 1952 in Pico, Azores. Moved to Tracy, CA with his parents and siblings in 1967, then made Modesto his permanent residence. One of his many accomplishments was managing their family dairy with his father as a young adult, which lead him to owning and handling many rental properties. Rod enjoyed working hard to provide for his family. He married Sylvia Cisneros-Rodrigues in 2000. Rod loved family, fishing, dancing and traveling. He also enjoyed being a foster parent; raising 31 boys since 2001.

December 23, 2014 | | OBITS


Lon Brunson

A Celebration of Life service for this gentle man of integrity will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Rd. in Modesto.

December 23, 2014 | | OBITS


Laura B. Coombs

Laura passed away in Hilmar at the age of 94. Laura was born in Arnesen, Rocky Point, Minnesota to Bernard and Agnes Arnesen. She graduated from business college in Duluth, Minnesota and moved to San Francisco. Laura worked as a personal secretary to the President of Garnett Young & Co. After marrying her Navy husband Arthur, they lived in Oakland for 12 years, then moved to Livermore where Arthur worked.

December 19, 2014 | | OBITS


Robert Melvin Caires

Robert M. Caires peacefully passed away quietly at Paramount Senior Living in Turlock at the age of 84. Born July 19, 1930 in Oakland, Bob served 4 years in the US Naval Reserve from 1948 – 1952, during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he attended business colleges, Foothill and San Jose State Colleges. He joined the Internal Revenue Service as an agent in 1960 where he worked for 36 years until retiring. Bob was a member of the National Treasury Employee's Union, the Rosicrucian Order AMORC, Fraternal Order of Eagles, California Notary Association, L.A., YMCA, Mountain View ...

December 19, 2014 | | OBITS


John Gibson

John's life journey ended at home on Wednesday, December 17,2014 at 8:18p.m. He began a new life with those that preceded him in death; his beloved wife Imogene; daughter Brenda and his brother Paul.

December 19, 2014 | | OBITS


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Julia Tapia

She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Jesus Tapia, and three children: Jose M. (Sophia) Chavez of Turlock, Rosa (Juan Pablo) Vallejo of Turlock, and Jesus Ventura (Josefa Sanchez) of Turlock; 4 sisters, 2 brothers, and 7 grandchildren. She was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.

February 24, 2015 | | OBITS


Gerita Jorritsma Duree

Gerita (Geri) Duree, age 72, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cassville, Missouri.

February 24, 2015 | | OBITS


Mary Lois Bare

Mary Lois Bare, 91, of Hilmar, passed away at Turlock Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Mary Lois was born in Arkansas to Julius and Thelma Wegel. She attended schools in Arkansas. After High School graduation she married Charles Bare, a Seaman with the Merchant Marine. They settled in California, first in the Bay Area and then in the Central Valley in 1968. They were married nearly 62 years when he passed away in 2005.

February 24, 2015 | | OBITS


Rodrigo Jose Ortegaray

Rodrigo Jose Ortegaray beloved husband, father and grandfather went to be with Jesus this past Monday. Rodrigo was born in Managua, Nicaragua to Gustavo and Maria Ortegaray in August of 1954

February 24, 2015 | | OBITS


MaryJane Rico Haines

She is survived by her sisters Loretta (Larry) Soares of Hilmar, Lorraine Vierra of Hilmar and Jeannie (Rick) Gonsalves of Stevinson; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

February 24, 2015 | | OBITS


Bobbie Cheves

Bobbie Cheves, 87, of Turlock passed away peacefully on February 18, 2015. Bobbie was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. When she was young, her family moved to Pittsburg, CA. As a senior in high school, Bobbie moved to Modesto where she graduated from Modesto High School. She married Gene in 1947 and they raised their family in Ceres, CA. After retiring from the Telephone Company, Bobbie and Gene enjoyed traveling and line dancing. She spent the last several years of her life in Turlock, CA. Bobbie will always be remembered for her warm and friendly smile. Bobbie was preceded in death ...

February 24, 2015 | | OBITS


Pete Stavrianoudakis

Pete Stavrianoudakis, passed away last Saturday at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on February 28, 1936 to Pantelis and Maria Stavrianoudakis. He was a lifelong resident of Hilmar, where he attended grammar school and graduated from Hilmar High School. Pete was a farmer in Hilmar for most of his life and was involved with several community organizations including, Hilmar FFA, Valley Tractor Pullers Association, Hilmar Footbal Boosters and was a member of the Hilmar Lions Club since 1968. He was also a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Modesto.

February 19, 2015 | | OBITS


William Joseph Larson “Bill”

Bill was born and raised in Turlock. He graduated from Turlock High School in 1971 and CSU Stanislaus in 1975. Bill was very active in sports throughout his school years, playing basketball and baseball and later traveling overseas with Athletes in Action and Sports Ambassadors. Bill was an evangelist for all of his adult life. He started evangelism classes at Monte Vista Chapel and enjoyed teaching Bible studies. Bill gave generously of himself to others, investing in their lives. He was a substitute teacher with Turlock School District for many years.

February 17, 2015 | | OBITS


Henrietta “Sunny” Sweeney

Henrietta was born in Turlock to Henry and Ellen Gustafson, the youngest of 8 children. She peacefully passed away at Paramount Court in Turlock, her home for the past year and one-half.

February 17, 2015 | | OBITS


Arthur Yohannan

We are celebrating Arthur Yohannan's amazing life! Born in Oct. of 1925 in Yonkers, New York to Michael and Anna Yohannan, Arthur lived life to the fullest as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Arthur led an exciting life as a commercial building architect with his designs spanning from Beverly Hills to Turlock, CA.

February 17, 2015 | | OBITS


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