Alex Schwendig slipped into the presence of his loving heavenly Father on Monday, Dec. 20 at the Covenant Village Care Center in Turlock. He was born on Dec. 26, 1934 in Berlin, Germany. He came to America with his family in 1945, finally settling in San Francisco, where he graduated from Poly High School and the University of San Francisco. He never forgot those people who did so much for him during the years he was integrating into American culture. He was quick to help others whom God brought to his attention.
Bonnie Jo Arnold passed away at Emanuel Medical Center. Bonnie Jo met and married her high school sweet heart, Phillip Arnold, in 1966. They had two sons who preceded her in death, Robert Arnold, who passed away in 2004, and Phillip Arnold, who passed away in 2006. Bonnie Jo was a rescuer of animals, and was a sweet and kind woman who everybody liked. Bonnie Jo leaves behind her husband Phillip; daughter, Julie Robertson; granddaughters, Sydney Arnold, Marci Robertson and Jodi Skaggs; and grandson, Timothy Robertson.
Helen Marie Sackerson, 93, of Turlock passed away on Dec. 15, 2010.
Maria Olga Jimenez, 57, of Turlock passed away on Dec. 24.
Mark Richesin, 50, of Lake Don Pedro passed away at Mercy Hospital in Merced.
Mark is survived by his wife, Sandy Richesin of Lake Don Pedro; sons, Mark Richesin II of Modesto, Craig Maines of Ceres, Jeremy (Jennifer) Maines of North Pole, Alaska and Benny (Brittney) Maines of Turlock; four grandchildren; and his parents, Carl and Carol Richesin.
William R. "Bill" Henley, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Modesto after an extended illness.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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