Gayle Norman Pinkney of San Jose passed away unexpectedly at the age of 76 on Feb. 11, 2011 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital at Santa Teresa.
Ricardo Sanchez, Jr. was born on Sept. 13, 1976, in Salinas, Calif. to Irma and Ricardo Sanchez, Sr. He was the loving brother of Miguel, Jose and Sonia Sanchez. Ricardo is survived by his children, Dominic, Gabriel and Andrew Sanchez. He was a loving uncle to Adrian and Leena Sanchez. He also leaves behind many friends and relatives. Ricardo will be greatly missed.
Hazel Lorene Ward, 88, of Turlock, died Feb. 15 in Turlock. She was born in 1922 in Dardanelle, Ark. She was a nurse's aide for 14 years and a member of Free Will Baptist Church of Turlock.
Aiden Loucks lost his battle with RSV on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Valley Children's Hospital in Madera. He was 2 1/2 years old. In that short time he changed our lives for the better and brightened our world. He loved music, dancing, French fries and going for rides in the truck. When he wasn't watching his favorite television show "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy," he loved playing outside and chasing bubbles. He has taken a piece of our hearts to heaven with him and will be missed.
Johnny Lopez, 15, of Modesto, was tragically taken from his family on Monday in a motor vehicle accident.
Joann McDuffie, 76, of Turlock, passed away at Brandel Manor. Joann was born in Arkansas to Garner and Lois. At the age of 12 she and her family relocated to Richmond, where her parents found work in the shipyards during World War II. Joann was married in 1959 to Rueal H. McDuffie, a native of Georgia and a Naval veteran of World War II. Rueal was discharged from the Navy at Treasure Island in San Francisco and together they moved to Fremont in 1962, where they settled and raised their three children. After the death of her husband, Joann moved ...
Leilah Stone, 96, of Turlock, passed away on Feb. 12 at Bel Air Lodge Convalescent Hospital. She was born in St. Joe, Mo. to Frank and Florence McCumber in 1914. At the age of six, her family moved to Los Angeles. In 1953, she moved to Bishop. She lived in Lakeport for 10 years and then Turlock for about six years. Leilah attended Church of Christ congregations everywhere she lived. She was invited to the 1932 Olympics as a sprinter and played semi-pro softball. Juanita was the starting pitcher in "League of Her Own" in Los Angeles. Leilah enjoyed traveling ...
Gloria Alberti was born in Newman to Celestino and Flora Beffa. She was raised in Gustine and settled in Stevinson where she lived for the past 50 years. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, George J. Hatfield Unit #91 in Stevinson and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Stevinson.
Vernon Burrell entered into rest, at the age of 78 years, on Feb. 3, 2011, ending a long struggle with illness. During his career Vernon worked for Fred Harvey Enterprise managing trading posts, hotels and cafes at the Grand Canyon and Cameron, Ariz. He worked for over 50 years in construction and retired as a general contractor. He supervised the construction of the new villages, schools and village utilities for Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay and Barrow, Alaska. Under that contract he hired and trained Alaska natives to support the local economy and job market. He was known to the Indians as ...
Marie died of natural causes at her home in the loving embraces of her family. Marie was born in The Cherokee Nation in The Indian Territory in Chouteau, Okla. She was very proud of her Cherokee heritage.
John Isaac was born in Baquba, Iraq to Isaac and Nano. He spent his childhood in several cities in Iraq, attending school and learning English. In 1942 he met the love of his life, Mary Yadgar, and married her.
Derek passed away tragically on Feb. 13 near Modesto at the age of 31. He was born in Turlock and was raised in Hilmar. He attended Hilmar schools and graduated in 1997. He received his A.S. degree from MJC in Computer Science. He worked for JHL Office Interiors for the past 10 years as a computer graphics designer and salesman. He was especially talented in computer and sound systems technology. He was a master of many trades and always willing to help anyone of his friends and their friends. He was talented, creative, funny and witty. His skills and ...
Michael Kennemer was born in Texas to James and Peggy Kennemer. The family moved to Alameda when Michael was young and he attended school and graduated from Encinal High School in Alameda. He worked for 30 years in road construction as a partner with his father. Together they worked on many roads in the Santa Clara County area. Later he worked as an estimator for Paving Construction Company in the San Jose area.
Sherry Lee Wayman, 47, of Turlock, passed away at Emanuel Medical Center after a long battle with illness. She was a lifelong resident of this area since she was born in Modesto and lived her life in Stanislaus County. She went to Downey High School in Modesto and was married to George D. Henry for several years. Sherry loved music and loved to sing, she enjoyed casinos, and she loved to ride her Harley. Her family tells how she loved to go to church, too. She also did some commercial cleaning when her health allowed.
William "Bill" Palmer, 53, of Turlock, died Feb. 13 at his residence. Bill was born September 1957, in Artesia, to the late Calvin and Helen Palmer. He was raised in Norwalk, and lived in Whittier and Perris Lake before settling in Turlock eight years ago.
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.
Gerita (Geri) Duree, age 72, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cassville, Missouri.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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