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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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Dorothy Louise Hammond

Dorothy L. Hammond, 91, passed away at Paramount Court in Turlock. She was the third of four children born in Archer County, TX, to Myla and John Mark Towles. Her siblings were older brother Raymond, who died while piloting a plane during WWII, older sister Rena, now deceased, and younger sister Marklene, who died as a child.

January 20, 2015 | | OBITS


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