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Adame, Miguel 060329 p7
Miguel Adame   Nov. 16, 1953 — March 13, 2006
A funeral service was March 18 for former Grayson resident Miguel "Mike"
Adame, 52, of Coffeyville, Kan. Mr.
Adame was born in Los Angeles. He was a 1971 graduate of Sylmar High
School in Sylmar. His family moved to
Grayson in 1972 and then from Grayson to Coffeyville, Kan., in 1983. Mr.
Adame enlisted in the Army in the 1970s and
most recently served with the 1011th of the U.S. Army, stationed in
Baghdad. He returned to Coffeyville in 2004 and
retired from the Army in 2005 after more than 30 years of service. He
worked 15 years in the maintenance department of
Spears Manufacturing in Caney, Kan. Mr. Adame was a parishioner of Holy
Name Church and a member of Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 1022 and American Legion Post 20, all in Coffeyville.
Mr. Adame is survived by his son, Mario
Serna of Los Angeles; mother, Tillie Rivera of Coffeyville; brothers,
Ernie Adame and Edward Adame, both of
Coffeyville, and Frank Adame of Havelock, N.C.; sister, Angie Alvarado of
Patterson; exwife, Jeannie Adame of
Modesto; stepchildren, Tina Gonzalez, Kathy Bernal and Ismael Gonzalez,
all of Modesto; 14 stepgrandchildren; and
several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
his father, Miguel Adame; brother, Salvador
Adame; and stepfather, Martin "Ruben" Rivera. Burial was in Penwell-
Gabel Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in
Coffeyville, with military rites, including taps and a 21-gun salute.

Alexander, Yvonne Marie 061122 p9
Yvonne Marie Alexander   April 20, 1934 — Nov. 15, 2006
Services were Tuesday for Yvonne Marie Alexander, who died Nov. 15 at her
home in Redding.     Mrs. Alexander, 72,
was a Patterson native and attended Patterson schools. She moved to
several places throughout the U.S. after she was
married, including Tracy and Missouri, before moving to Redding in 2005.
She was a homemaker and a mother of eight
children. Mrs. Alexander is survived by her husband, Alex Alexander of
Redding; sons, Christopher Perry of Morro Bay
and Timothy Perry of Lakeport; daughters, Tamara Perry of Coeur D'Alene,
Idaho, Lorraine Perry of Redding, Mary
Hamby of Stafford, Va., Christina Alexander of Williamsburg, Va.,
Caitland Alexander of Reseda and Karen Alexander
of San Jose; mother, Mae Belle Rogers of Patterson; brother, Ronald
Rogers of Patterson; sisters, Edwina Rogers of
Modesto and Jeanette Carlstrom of Saugus; 22 grandchildren; and 14
greatgrandchildren. Tuesday's visitation and
funeral service were at Hillview Funeral Chapel in Patterson. Burial
followed in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800
Highway 33.

Allport, Daryl E 060415 p9
Daryl E. Allport   June 13, 1923 — April 11, 2006
Funeral services were Thursday for Daryl E. Allport of Nacogdoches,
Texas, who died Tuesday at The Arbor Assisted
Living Center Nacogdoches. Mr. Allport, 82, was born in Patterson to
Norman E. and Mary Jane Murray Allport. He
served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated from the
University of Texas. He was a retired accountant
with the former Sun Oil Company. Mr. Allport is survived by his
daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Enock, and her
husband, Mike, of Mont Belvieu, Texas, and Kathleen Bolash, and her
husband, Kevin, of Grafton, N.H.; son and
daughter-in-law, Joe Allport, and his wife, Debbie, of Appleby, Texas;
sister, Vera Franklin of Huntington Beach; six
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his
wife, Dorothy Jean Smith Allport, and a son,
Norman A. Allport. Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville, Texas,
handled arrangements.   Memorial
contributions in Mr. Allport's name may be sent to the Seamans Cemetery
Association, Route 1, Box 328, Chester, Texas

75936

Almquist, Arthur C 060517 p8
Services set for Charles Arthur Clifton Almquist; Services will be
Saturday at Patterson District Cemetery for longtime
Patterson resident Charles Arthur Clifton Almquist, who died Nov. 25,
2005, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Mr. Almquist, 92,
was a native of Cannon Falls, Minn., and lived seven years in Kent, Minn.
He moved to Patterson with his family in
1922. Mr. Almquist lived in Patterson until he moved to Turlock in 1994.
He had been a resident of Covenant Village of
the Great Lakes in Grand Rapids the last two years of his life. Mr.
Almquist was a farmer and apricot grower who also
worked for Patterson Vining Company for many years. He was an active
member of the Patterson Covenant Church and
served it in various capacities.   Mr. Almquist is survived by his
sister, Marian Dahlgren of Kingsburg; two sons, Terry
Almquist of Shelby Township, Mich., and Ken Almquist of Williamsburg,
Va.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecille Almquist.
Saturday's graveside service and committal of
the urn will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800
Highway 33, in Patterson. Memorial contributions
in Mr. Almquist's name may be sent to the benevolence fund at Covenant
Village of the Great Lakes, 2510 Lake
Michigan Drive N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Hillview Funeral Chapel in
Patterson is handling arrangements.

Alvarez, Hector 060104 p3
Man dies in flood waters Saturday Hector Alvarez, 41; A Crows Landing
man drowned in Orestimba Creek, outside of
Newman, on Saturday after the car in which he was a passenger went off
the road in the midst of the weekend's storm. A
car that carried Hector Alvarez, 41, hit flood waters and entered the
swift waters of the creek, according to California
Highway Patrol. The driver, his daughter Brisa Alvarez, 21, hit four feet
of flood waters as she approached the Orestimba
Creek crossing while traveling north on Eastin Road at about 11:30 p.m.
Heavy rainstorms caused runoff in the creek bed,
which resulted in flooding on Eastin. Brisa Alvarez did not see the flood
and hit the water at about 50 mph and lost
control of her 2001 Kia, a CHP report said. The CHP does not suspect
drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.
The car came to rest in the creek, and the fast-paced water disabled the
car and pushed it to the east. Brisa Alvarez called
family members on a cell phone, and the family called police. Her mother
and brother arrived on the scene, but their
vehicle was stopped by the same flood waters. Brisa Alvarez was able to
escape the creek, but her father drowned and
was pronounced dead at the scene. Residents may drop off contributions
for the Alvarez family at KFC, 15014 Rogers
Road, Patterson.

Alvarez, Hector R 060107 p9
Hector R. Alvarez; A funeral service is pending n Mexico for Hector R.
Alvarez, 41, of Crows Landing, who died
Saturday in an automobile accident in Newman. Mr. Alvarez was a native
of Mexico and lived in Crows Landing 25
years. He worked four years as a farm laborer with B & B Ranch in Crows
Landing. Mr. Alvarez is survived by his wife,
Maria de Lourdes Alvarez of Crows Landing; children, Hector R. Alvarez
Jr., Brisa Alvarez, Rosaura Alvarez and Ruby
Alvarez, all of Crows Landing; brothers, Eric Alvarez and Jose Luis
Alvarez, both of Newman; sisters, Irma Duran of
Gustine, Celia Gonzalez of Modesto, Esther Gonzalez of Newman and Maria
de Jesus Rodriguez of Patterson. A
visitation was observed and a rosary was recited Thursday at St.
Joachim's Catholic Church, 1121 Main St., Newman.
Funeral service and burial will be in Mexico.   Hillview Funeral Chapel,
1258 R St., in Newman, is handling
arrangements. Contributions in Mr. Alvarez's name may be sent to or
dropped off at KFC, 15014 Rodgers Road,
Patterson.

Alves, Richard E 060125 p3
Patterson motorcyclist killed on Interstate 580; A 32-year-old Patterson
man was killed Friday night when his motorcycle
ran into the back of a big rig on Interstate 580 near Tracy. Richard
Edward Alves was pronounced dead at the scene,
according to the San Joaquin County coroner. California Highway Patrol
officers reported that Alves was riding fast as
he approached the truck around 8 p.m. on I-580 near Chrisman Road. "For
an unknown reason, he hit the back of the
truck," CHP officer Bob Rickman said. The crash caused Alves' helmet to
split down the front. Alves was thrown off the
motorcycle before the vehicle went under the truck's back tires. He slid
onto the grassy center of the median, east of
Highway 132. The motorcycle was found the same area as Alves' body. The
truck driver, Pablo Osornia, 47, of South
Gate, officers he had been driving around 55 mph in the slow lane at the
time of the accident. After he felt the crash, he
told officers, he pulled off the roadway and stopped.    Alves, a
supervisor at Berkeley Farms Dairy in Hayward, had lived
in Patterson four years. Officers urge anyone who might have witnessed
the accident to call the Tracy CHP office, 835-
8921. The accident is under investigation.

Alves, Richard E 060125 p7
Richard Edward Alves; A memorial service will be Thursday for Richard
"Rick" Edward Alves, 32, of Patterson, who
died Friday in a motorcycle accident near Tracy. Mr. Alves was a native
of San Leandro and had lived in Patterson four
years. He previously lived in Livermore. He was a supervisor at Berkeley
Farms Dairy in Hayward eight years.   Mr.
Alves was a member of Teamsters Union Local 853. He enjoyed golfing,
fishing, snowboarding and dirt-bike motocross
racing and was an avid Oakland Raiders fan. Mr. Alves is survived by his
wife, Malea N. Alves of Patterson; daughters,
Tess Tavare and Heather Alves, both of Patterson; parents, Richard and Jo
Ann Alves of Oakley; siblings Brian Alves
and Jennifer Alves, both of Oakley; and a nephew and six nieces.
Thursday's memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson. Contributions
in Mr. Alves' name may be sent to Trust
Fund for Daughters of Rick Alves, c/o Bank of the West, 5 Plaza,
Patterson 95363.

Amaral, Dennis D 060624 p10
Dennis David Amaral; March 2, 1947 — June 18, 200A memorial service will
be Thursday for Dennis David Amaral,
59, of Modesto, who died Sunday at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
Mr. Amaral was a native of Newman and had
lived in Modesto four years. He previously lived in Newman, Crows Landing
and Patterson. He was a butcher for 30
years and last worked at Dave's Meat Service in Modesto for a year. He
was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in
Vietnam. Mr. Amaral was a 1967 graduate of Patterson High School. He
enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and motorcycle
riding.   Mr. Amaral is survived by his companion, Kim Grisham of
Modesto; sons, Tony J. Amaral of San Francisco and
Dennis Amaral-Fitzsimmons of Oakland; parents, Manuel and Joyce Amaral of
Newman; brothers, David Amaral of
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, and Anthony Amaral of Ceres; and two
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
two brothers, Mike D. Amaral and Craig W. Amaral. Thursday's memorial
service will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 1258 R St., in Newman. Burial of the urn will follow in
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053
W. McCabe Road, in Gustine. Hillview Funeral Chapel in Newman is
handling the arrangements.

Avila, Telmo M 060208 p11
Telmo Medeiros Avila   March 19, 1948 — Feb. 3, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday for Telmo Medeiros
Avila, 57, of Valley Springs, who died
Friday at St. Joseph's Medical Center in San Andreas.    Mr. Avila was a
native of the Azores and came to the United
States in 1961. He graduated from University of Sacramento. He lived in
Valley Springs one year and previously had
lived in Patterson three years, Turlock two years and Modesto 20 years.
Mr. Avila was a retired dairyman who had been
in partnership with his brother inlaw, Jose Ramos, for more than 25
years. He was a parishioner of St. Andrew's Catholic
Church in Valley Springs and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson.
Mr. Avila was a treasurer for St. Anthony's
Society, a Portuguese Catholic group in Patterson. He was a past
treasurer of the Crows Landing Pentecost Association
and a vice president of the S.E.S. Council No. 40 in Patterson, a
Portuguese organization. He was also a member of the
Senior Golf Club at La Contenta Golf Club in Valley Springs. Mr. Avila
is survived by his wife, Margaret Avila of
Valley Springs; brothers, Jose Avila of Rodeo, Eduardo Avila of
Providence, R.I.; Luis Avila of Honokaa, Hawaii, and
Antonio Avila El Nido of Canada; sisters, Maria Medeiros of Ontario,
Canada, and Cecilia Ramos of Turlock.   He was
preceded in death by a brother, Edunio Avila.   Thursday's Mass will
begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
529 I St., Patterson. Burial will follow in Patterson District Cemetery,
10800 Highway 33, Patterson. Visitation will be
observed from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church, followed immediately by
the recital of a rosary. Hillview Funeral Chapel,
450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling arrangements. Memorial
contributions in Mr. Avila's name may be sent
to St. Anthony's Society, P.O. Box 111, Patterson 95363.

Azevedo, Joseph 061122 p9
Joseph Azevedo May 17, 1918 — Nov. 16, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday for Joseph Azevedo of
Patterson, who died Thursday at his daughter's home
in Fairfield. Mr. Azevedo, 88, was a native of Crows Landing and a
lifetime resident of Patterson. He was a U.S. Army
Veteran and served during World War II. He worked for Bank of Newman in
Patterson for 18 years, Commercial Bank in
Patterson for 17 years and a convenience store in Hilmar for 21 years. He
was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church and the last living member of Jack Stewart's Band. Mr. Azevedo is
survived by his sons, Donald Azevedo of
Albuquerque, N.M., David Azevedo of Modesto, Daniel Azevedo of Riverbank
and Dennis Azevedo of Santa Clara;
daughters, Joanne Azevedo Cook of Fairfield and Jeannette Barnes of
Citrus Heights; sister, Marianne Brown of Tracy;
nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his wife, Mary Azevedo. Tuesday's Mass
will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in
Patterson. Burial will follow in San Joaquin Valley
National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, in Gustine. Visitation will be
observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson, followed
by the recital of a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Memorial
contributions in Mr. Azevedo's name may be sent to Northbay Hospice, 1300
Oliver Road, Suite 210, Fairfield 94534; or
to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto 95356-9259.

Banda, Antonia De Leon 061128 p8
Antonia De Leon Banda   May 5, 1907 — Nov. 28, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday for Antonia De Leon
Banda, who died Tuesday at Emanuel Medical
Center in Turlock. Mrs. Banda, 99, was a native of Mexico and a 52-year
Patterson resident. She was a farm laborer and a
homemaker and had previously lived in Arizona and Texas. She was a
parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in
Patterson and a member of Sociedad Guadalupana Parroquia Sagrado Corazon
of Patterson. Mrs. Banda is survived by
her son, Raul Banda of Modesto; daughter, Maria Molina of Patterson;
sister, Petra Zepeda of Patterson; eight
grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 13 great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Gonzalo Banda, and a daughter, Ernestina Banda. Friday's Mass will begin
at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
529 I St. Burial will be in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway
33. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m.
Thursday at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in
Patterson, followed by a rosary.

Barnes, Janis 060429 p5
Two Patterson Residents Die in Separate Crashes; Orland Woman also
Killed, Passengers Hospitalized
Two Patterson residents and an Orland woman died in two separate car
accidents on rural roads between Patterson and
Turlock on Tuesday. Josefina Flores, 42, of Patterson, was killed in an
accident on Central and Monte Vista avenues
early Tuesday after her car ran a stop sign, according to a California
Highway Patrol report. Her son was hospitalized
with major injuries and later released. Rudy Ramirez Sr., 64, also of
Patterson, died in a collision Tuesday evening on
West Main Street, west of Crows Landing Road, after a 2006 Toyota Matrix
drifted into his lane of traffic, according to
the CHP. The driver of the Matrix, 58-year-old Orland resident Janis
Barnes, also died at the scene. Her 7 year old
Turlock grandson, who was in the car, was airlifted to Children's
Hospital Central California in Madera with major
injuries. In the latter incident, Ramirez was headed westbound in a 1993
Toyota pickup on West Main Street at about
5:25 p.m. An eastbound headed 2006 Toyota Matrix, driven by Barnes, for
some reason crossed into the westbound lane.
Ramirez appeared to have seen the Matrix drift into his lane, according
to the CHP, and he turned his pickup to the right.
However, he could not avoid crashing into the Matrix, and the left front
of each vehicle crashed into the other head on.
The front ends of both the blue pickup and the silver Matrix were
crumpled, and parts of the Matrix's engine were
exposed following the accident. Mountain View Fire Department and
American Medical Response responded to the
accident, and Patterson Fire Department and Patterson District Ambulance
assisted. Steve Hall, a division chief for
Patterson Fire Department, said emergency responders initially extracted
Ramirez from his pickup, thinking he had a
pulse, but later discovered he did not. Ramirez was returning from his
work in Turlock at the time of the accident, his
son Ruben Ramirez said. Ramirez had lived in Patterson 41 years and had
been a welder for Foster Farms for 26 years.
Ruben Ramirez said his father was often quiet, but people paid attention
to him when he spoke. He was a strong
Christian, and a true American, he said.     CHP closed West Main Street
between Carpenter and Crows Landing roads for
about two hours after the crash. Everyone involved in the accident wore
safety restraints, and the vehicles were traveling
at unknown speeds, according to CHP reports. In the earlier Tuesday
accident, Flores was traveling eastbound in a 2005
Nissan Sentra on Monte Vista Avenue at 5:57 a.m. and had slowed to about
1 to 5 mph when driving past a stop sign at
Central Avenue, according to CHP reports. Hughson resident Randy
Yarberry, 38, was traveling southbound on Central
Avenue in a 1998 Dodge Ram at about 60 mph when the Sentra crossed Monte
Vista Avenue in front of him. The front
of the Ram hit the left side of the Sentra. The impact caused both
vehicles to veer eastward, and the Ram overturned and
landed in an oat field. Flores' son, Javier Solis, was transported to
Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with major
injuries. He was released Thursday. Yarberry was transported with minor
injuries to Emanuel Medical Center in
Turlock. Everyone involved in the accident wore seat belts. Flores'
sister, Ermelinda Flores-Bearrup, said Flores was on
her way to drop off Solis at Pitman High School in Turlock before heading
to her job at Wellness Recovery Center in
Modesto. Flores, who like, Ramirez, was active in her church, grew up in
Patterson and graduated from Patterson High
School in 1981. She returned to Patterson last year after having lived
in Modesto for many years.
The reason she returned to Patterson was because she remembered and loved
Patterson as a kid, Flores-Bearrup said.

Becker, Felix 060708 p9
Felix Becker   May 18, 1929 — June 30, 2006
A memorial service will be Sunday for Felix Becker, who died June 30 at
his Patterson home. Mr. Becker, 77, was a
native of Marienberg, Germany. He had lived in Patterson since 1986, when
he moved from Fremont. He was a butcher
by trade and enjoyed gardening and woodworking as hobbies. He was
dedicated to his family and worked hard for a
living. His family describes him as a man of many hidden talents. Mr.
Becker is survived by his wife of 53 years, Herta
Hilde Becker of Patterson; sons, Uwe Becker of Napa and Michael Becker of
London, England; daughter, Annelie
Becker of Fremont; sister, Jeannette Accermann of Bochum, Germany;
brothers, Johnny Becker of Oakley and Hansi
Becker of Bochum; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Sunday's memorial service will begin at 1:30 p.m. at
Patterson Covenant Church, 435 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. The
Neptune Society, 711 Fifth St., in Modesto is
handling arrangements.

Bedoy, Frances R 060913 p10
Frances R. Bedoy   Oct. 3, 1950 — Sept. 8, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today for Frances R. Bedoy
of Modesto, who died riday at Alexander
Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. Mrs. Bedoy, 75, was a native of Tucson,
Ariz. She lived in Modesto 20 years and had
previously lived in the Patterson area 30 years. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Bedoy was a parishioner of St. Jude's
Catholic Church in Ceres and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson.
Mrs. Bedoy is survived by her children, Ralph
Bedoy and Raymond Bedoy, both of Modesto, and Mary Ann Gamez of
Patterson; two brothers in Arizona, a sister in
Porterville and seven sisters in Arizona; seven grandchildren; and 11
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
her usband, Frank Bedoy. Today's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson.
Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, 1141 Scenic Drive, in
Modesto. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las
Palmas Ave., in Patterson is handling arrangements. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Bedoy's name may be sent to
American Cancer Society, Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 4368 Spyres Way,
Modesto 95356.

Benitez, Manuel J 060830 p5
Former Local Resident Killed in Crash
A former Patterson resident died in a Modesto car crash early Saturday,
and the California Highway Patrol says street
racing may have been involved. Manuel Jose Benitez, 21, of Newman died
at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto from
wounds he received in the accident.   Benitez's 1999 Honda Civic failed
to halt at a stop sign at Garner Road at 12:40
a.m. after he headed westbound on Leckron Road at a high rate of speed,
according to CHP reports. The car became
airborne and landed on the west side of Leckron Road, where it lost
control and hit some trailers after traveling in a
southwest direction. Then it hit a truck. Witnesses said Benitez had been
racing with another car, and that car eventually
fled the scene. CHP Officer Tom Killian said information about the car
was not included in the CHP report he had read.
The area is a common place for street racing, Killian said. "I hope that
other kids learn from this," Benitez's aunt,
Maggie Perez, said this week. Benitez was raised in Patterson and
graduated from John B. Allard Community School in
Turlock. He attended Modesto Junior College and insurance school in
Modesto. "He had his future planned," Perez said.
Though his family moved to Newman five years ago, Perez said Benitez
spent much of his time visiting family in
Patterson. She said he was known by friends and family for often joking
around, and everyone who met him loved him.
I think everyone remembers his smile, she said.

Benitez, Manuel Jose 08/30/2006, p 5
Manuel Jose Benitez   Aug. 1, 1985 — Aug. 27, 2006
A memorial service will be Saturday for Manuel Jose Benitez of Newman,
who died Sunday at Memorial Medical Center
in Modesto. Mr. Benitez, 21, was born in Modesto and raised in Patterson
and had lived in Newman five years. He
graduated from John B. Allard Community School in Turlock and attended
Modesto Junior College. He also attended
Insurance School of the Central Valley in Modesto. He enjoyed rebuilding
and racing sports cars. He was a Jehovah's
Witness. Mr. Benitez is survived by his parents, Rosy and Manuel Benitez
of Newman; sister, Judith Benitez of
Newman; and grandparents, Rosario and Rogelio Benitez and Maria Vizcaino,
all of Patterson. Saturday's memorial
service will begin at 6 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 270
Weber Ave., in Patterson. Visitation will be
observed from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, in
Turlock.

Betry, Irene Mary Jane 061115 p9
Irene Mary Jane Betry Dec. 11, 1911 — Nov. 9, 2006
A graveside service was Monday for Irene Mary Jane Betry of Patterson,
who died Thursday at Covenant Village Care
Center in Turlock. Mrs. Betry, 94, was a native of Green Bay, Wis., and
had lived 60 years in Patterson. She was a
homemaker and a member of the Patterson 50-Plus Club. Mrs. Betry is
survived by her daughter, Mary Lou Dark of
Patterson; sister, Kay Krause of Patterson; three grandchildren; and six
greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Patterson
District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Betry's name may be sent to
Stanislaus Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance, 400 12th St., Suite 4,
Modesto 95350. Hillview Funeral Chapel in Patterson
handled arrangements.
Bogart, James J 060401 p6
James J. Bogart   Dec. 30, 1944 — Feb. 24, 2006
A funeral service will be Sunday for James Jay Bogart, 61, of Patterson,
who died Feb. 24 at Veterans Hospital in Palo
Alto. Mr. Bogart died after a brief illness related to complications
from long-term use of rheumatoid arthritis medication,
which had caused his immune system to be compromised. He was a native of
Vernal, Utah. He worked as a sign
fabricator in Florida and in Escondido, then retired in 1997 and moved to
Patterson. His parents, now deceased, had
lived in numerous states before they settled in Escondido. Bogart
enlisted in the U.S. Army and went to Vietnam when
he was 19. He then moved to Florida, where he lived 15 years, after he
returned from military service. He moved back to
Escondido in the late 1980s. Mr. Bogart is survived by his companion of
14 years, Linda Rayan of Patterson; son,
William Baines Bogart of Florida; sisters, Betty Potter and Tana Woolsey,
both of Escondido, and Charlotte McGill of
McDonald, Tenn.; two brothers, Jack Bogart of Redding and Joseph Bogart
of Escondido; and a grandchild. He was
preceded in death by his father, Louis Bogart; his mother, Irminna
Bogart; and two brothers, Bobbie Bogart and Bill
Bogart. Sunday's service will begin at 11 a.m., with Coy Roberts
officiating, at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery,
32053 W. McCabe Road, Gustine.

Borba, Edward A 060401 p6
Edward A. Borba   June 7, 1919 — March 29, 2006
A funeral service will be Tuesday for Edward A. Borba of Modesto, who
died Wednesday at Evergreen Rehabilitation
and Care Center in Modesto. Mr. Borba, 86, was a native of Newman and
lived there 37 years before moving to
Modesto, where he lived 48 years. Born to Joe and Rosa Borba, he was
raised on a dairy and was a self-employed
dairyman in Newman for many years. After he moved to Modesto, he worked
at Borden's/Knudsen's, where he made ice
cream until his retirement. He was a member of the U.P.E.C. Council No.
52, a Portuguese organization. Mr. Borba
served in the U.S. Army during World War II from October 1942 until
September 1945. He was in the Army Aviation
Unit and built airstrips in the Pacific. Mr. Borba was a fan of the San
Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants. He
liked to play cards and loved to work in his garden. He was known to
grow the most beautiful roses and the best
tomatoes. Mr. Borba is survived by his children, Patricia Jenkins and
Mary Blaylock, both of Modesto, and Kathleen De
la Cruz of Turlock; brother, Ehrman Borba of Corvallis, Ore.; sister,
Rose Lucas of Newman; six grandchildren and 11
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Borba,
whose family was well-known on the West
Side. Visitation will be observed from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 1258 R St., Newman.   Tuesday's
funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at the chapel. Burial will follow
in Hills-Ferry Cemetery, 1334 W. Stuhr Road,
Newman. Memorial contributions in Mr. Borba's name may be sent to
Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 4368 Spyres
Way, Modesto 95356.

Borges, Mary A 060301 p14
Mary Angela Borges   Oct. 9, 1912 — Feb. 25, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday for Mary Angela
Tavares Borges of Patterson, who died
Saturday at English Oaks Convalescent Hospital in Modesto. Mrs. Borges,
93, was a native of Tercera, Azores, and had
lived in Patterson for 23 years. She was a homemaker, a parishioner of
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson and a
50-year member of the U.P.P.E.C., a Portuguese group. Mrs. Borges is
survived by her son, Stanley Borges of Santa
Rosa; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.   She was
preceded in death by her husband, Joseph V. Borges,
in 1967, and by two brothers and two sisters. Thursday's Mass will begin
at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
529 I St., Patterson. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. Friday in Tulare
Public Cemetery, 900 E. Kern St., Tulare. Visitation
will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450
W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Borges' name may be sent to Father Connors
Endowment Trust Fund, P.O. Box 1174, Patterson
95363; or to Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 4368 Spyers Way, Modesto
95356.

Branscum, Trevor 060708 p1
Patterson neighbors stunned by Gustine family's deaths
A few Patterson residents expressed shock this week upon discovering that
their former neighbors were involved in an
apparent murder-suicide in Gustine. Gustine resident Trevor Branscum,
38, is suspected of shooting his four children
with a bolt-action rifle early Tuesday before shooting himself, according
to Gustine Police Department reports. The
Branscum family lived on Moray Way in Patterson for a couple of years
before moving to Gustine, about 17 miles south
of Patterson in Merced County, along Highway 33. "I don't have any
answer for this," said former Patterson neighbor
Joann Lee, who is friends with Branscum's wife, Amanda Trimble. Lee said
Branscum was "a nice guy," who seemed
goodof with his children. "The kids were always climbing all over him,"
she said. Police said they found Trimble lying
in the middle of the road on the 1600 block of Via Colabria around 1:30
a.m. Tuesday, when they responded to reports of
a possible shooting there. When they entered the house, they found the
bodies of Branscum and children Aubrie, 12,
Jacob, 10, and twins Taylor and Alyssa, 5. Merced County Sheriff Mark
Pazin said it appears Branscum shot Aubrie
first, in the master bedroom, before shooting Jacob in his bedroom and
the twins in the front room on the couch. Then, it
appears Branscum shot himself in the kitchen, with his left hand in a
rifle sling to stabilize the gun as his right hand
pulled the trigger. All the children appeared to be asleep when they
were killed, Pazin said. The sheriff's department
says Branscum's blood alcohol level was .28 percent, more than three
times the legal driving limit, and beer bottles were
scattered throughout the house. Police had previously received a report
at 12:16 a.m. that Branscum and Trimble had
gotten into an argument at Borrelli's Market on Jensen Road. Police had
heard Trimble was in the store buying personal
items when Branscum arrived. The two soon entered into a verbal argument.
Gustine Police Chief Don Hutchins said
video surveil- lance tapes did not reveal any screaming or hollering. The
store's owner told police that Trimble had
started to pull out of the parking lot in a sil- — Joann Lee ver van when
Branscum tterson neighbor jumped into the van
through Branscum family an open window. The couple left the area in an
unknown direction, and Gustine police used all
available resources to find the couple and their van. Trimble had
visited with a friend of hers after the incident during a
cooling off peri- od before she returned to her home and found her
husband lying dead in a pool of blood and saw the
bodies of the twins, police said. Trimble collapsed in front of her
house, and her friend contacted police. Lee expressed
shock this week about the entire incident, and she said Branscum and
Trimble had seemed to get along well. "I've never
seen them mad or angry," Lee said. "I've never seen them fight at all."
Another former Patterson neighbor, Mary Ortiz,
expressed similar sentiments. "They were good people, as far as I know,"
Ortiz said. "What goes on behind closed doors,
I don't know." Lee said the Branscum family lived on Moray Way beginning
when the 5-year-old twins were three or
four months old. They moved to Gustine in 2003 because their home
payment there was about the same amount as their
rent payment in Patterson, Lee said. She said Trimble had tried to
encourage her family to move to Gustine, too.
Lee said the Branscum family was not widely known throughout the
neighborhood, but the children were involved in
sports. Another neighborhood family, whose daughter was best friends with
Aubrie, is on vacation, she said, and
probably has not yet heard about the incident. Lee found out about the
incident while she was eating at Quizno's on
Wednesday, when her daughter picked up a copy of the paper outside and
ran crying into the restaurant. Lee said she had
talked to Trimble just a few days before. "I just want to find Amanda
and tell her I love her," she said Hutchins said all
evidence at this time points to the incident being a murder-suicide.
Police say all evidence indicates the rifle was not
planted at the scene. Hutchins said police have recently learned that
Branscum and Trimble had a strained marital
relationship, but Branscum did not have a history of domestic violence.
Trimble and Branscum were married on
Valentine's Day 2003, but they had been a couple for 17 years, and all
four children were theirs. Branscum was laid off
from his job in the Bay Area about a year ago, and he had been working as
a glazer on the new Kaiser Permanente
medical center project in Modesto, Hutchins said. The Modesto position
was a lower-paying job, and Trimble had to go
to work for the first time, as a waitress in Santa Nella. Regardless of
the motive for the shooting, Lee said things will be
difficult for Trimble in the days to come. "I don't know how a person
can go on living like that," Lee said. "It's going to
be one of those things that's going to take God."

Brennan, Charles 060628 p10
Charles Brennan   Feb. 24, 1935 — June 3, 2006
Charles Brennan, 71, of Henderson, Nev., died June 3 at a hospice in
Henderson. Mr. Brennan was a native of Mobile,
Ala., and a U.S. Army veteran who served as a military policeman in
Korea. He had a limousine service in Gardena until
he retired and moved to the Las Vegas area in 2004. He enjoyed
volunteering at Opportunity Village, a nonprofit group
dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities and their
families. Mr. Brennan enjoyed playing Santa Claus
at Opportunity Village's Magical Forest fundraiser each Christmas season.
He also enjoyed fishing and boating at his
lakeside cottage in Minnesota and had looked forward to this summer at
the lake. Mr. Brennan was well known for
riding his oneof- a-kind motorcycle. He took his mother with him in a
caboose specially made for her when they traveled
from Redondo Beach to Patterson to visit relatives.    Mr. Brennan is
survived by his wife, Margaret Brennan of
Henderson; sister, Dorothy Luiz, and her husband, Walter, of Patterson;
and many nieces and nephews in the Patterson
area.

Brown, Robert Iliff 060909 p12
Robert Iliff Brown   Jan. 1, 1919 — Sept. 4, 2006
A graveside service will be Tuesday for Robert Iliff Brown of Patterson,
who died Monday at his home. Mr. Brown, 87,
was a native of Chico. He lived in Patterson three years and had
previously lived in Alameda County many years. Mr.
Brown was a self-employed residential construction worker for 10 years.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II,
having served in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. Mr. Brown was a member of
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 819.
He enjoyed woodwork, and he made the furniture for his home. He also
built his own boat and enjoyed boating on the
Delta. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Margaret K. Brown of Patterson;
son, Ronald Wayne Brown of Pine Grove;
daughters, Bobbie Williams of Minden, Nev., and Tammie Silva of
Livermore; sister, Eleanor Brierley of San Jose;
seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Tuesday's graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. at San Joaquin Valley
National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, in
Gustine. Memorial contributions in Mr. Brown's name may be sent to Reel
Recovery, Attn: Stan Golub, 160 Brookside
Road, Needham, MA 02492. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave.,
in Patterson, is handling arrangements.

Camargo, Almada 060902 p4
State investigating Westley accident    Almada Camargo, 47
State worker safety officials are investigating a local farm equipment
accident after a Calexico man was killed in
Westley last week. Almada Camargo, 47, died Aug. 23 after he was crushed
between a tractor and a flatbed trailer near a
tomato field north of Stark and Howard roads, said Deputy Royjindar Singh
of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's
Department. Singh said Camargo had been continually dropping off trailer
loads about 100 yards away from the field and
then returning empty trailers to the field. Coworkers became concerned
after they had not seen Camargo for a while, and
they went to where he had been dropping off melons to find him already
dead. Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the
scene at 11:20 a.m. The incident has been classified as an industrial
accident. California Occupational Safety and Health
Administration is investigating the matter, as the agency typically does
in fatal work-related cases. Camargo worked for
Patterson farm labor contractor Benjamin Arroyo, and the accident
happened on land farmed by the Bays family, said
Dean Fryer, a spokesman for the state Department of Industrial Relations.
Fryer said the investigation will look into the
cause of the accident and determine whether Camargo had received proper
training. He said it appears Camargo had put
the tractor in reverse in the lowest gear and then climbed off the
tractor to align the hitch with the trailer. A receptionist
at the office where Arroyo works said the company could not say anything
about the accident, indicating that it was a
matter of general policy. Singh said the incident appeared to be a freak
accident, and he said the sergeant investigating
the matter had not seen a similar case in a long time. "It doesn't sound
like a frequent thing," Singh said. Camargo
worked for Patterson farm labor contractor Benjamin Arroyo, and the
accident happened on land farmed by the Bays
family, said Dean Fryer, a spokesman for the state Department of
Industrial Relations. Fryer said the investigation will
look into the cause of the accident and determine whether Camargo had
received proper training. He said it appears
Camargo had put the tractor in reverse in the lowest gear and then
climbed off the tractor to align the hitch with the
trailer. A receptionist at the office where Arroyo works said the
company could not say anything about the accident,
indicating that it was a matter of general policy. Singh said the
incident appeared to be a freak accident, and he said the
sergeant investigating the matter had not seen a similar case in a long
time. "It doesn't sound like a frequent thing,"
Singh said.

Campbell, Thomas Eugene 061213 p9
Thomas Eugene Campbell Sept. 2, 1925 — Dec. 3, 2006
A funeral service was Thursday in Silverton, Ore., for Thomas E. Campbell
of Ocean Park, who died Dec. 3 in Long
Beach. Mr. Campbell, 81, was born in Portland, Ore., the only child of
John and Hallie Palmer Campbell. He grew up in
Portland, where he graduated from Jefferson High School. He entered the
U.S. Navy in September 1943. He served as
an aviation electronics technician in the Asiatic-Pacific area of action
and was honorably discharged in November 1946.
Following his military duty, Mr. Campbell attended Oregon State
University, where he obtained his bachelor's degree.
Mr. Campbell worked 18 years for Stokely-Van Camp Foods as a quality-
control supervisor. He then worked in the same
capacity for Patterson Frozen Foods before ending his working career at
Safeway Stores and retiring in 1986. He and
Wanza Baker were married Dec. 10, 1971, in Reno, Nev. His family lived in
Patterson for 30 years before the couple
moved to Ocean Park in 1999. Mr. Campbell enjoyed living by the ocean,
fly-fishing, working crossword puzzles and
playing golf. Mr. Campbell is survived by his wife, Wanza Campbell, who
lives at the family home in Ocean Park;
daughters, Janette Campbell of Lakeport, Paula Vahey of San Leandro,
Leslie Sequeira of Brentwood, Heather Campbell
of Beaverton, Ore., and Sarah Campbell-Roos of Vancouver; eight
grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was
formerly married to Jean Elaine VanSeyoc. Memorial contributions in Mr.
Campbell's name may be sent to the
Alzheimer's Association, care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box
417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

Champion, Charles Craig   061220 p17
Charles Craig Champion Dec. 21, 1926 — Dec. 14, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday for Charles Craig
Champion of Newman, who died Dec. 14
at English Oaks Convalescent and Rehabilitation Hospital in Modesto. Mr.
Champion, 79, was a native of Amherst,
Texas, and a 45-year Newman resident. He was a U.S. Army veteran who
served during World War II and the Korean
War. Mr. Champion worked as a warehouse foreman for the Carnation
Creamery in Newman for 42 years. He was a
member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He
had a passion for carpentry and
woodworking and was an excellent repairman who would repair televisions
and all types of household and electrical
appliances. He had many friends on the West Side. Mr. Champion is
survived by his wife, Caroline Champion of
Newman; daughters, Cheryl Ann Champion of Denver, Colo., and Crickett
Marin of Newman; brother, Monte Champion
of Union Gap, Wash.; sister, Dorothy Champion-Boyd of Santa Clara; three
grandchildren; and three great-
grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Buddy Champion, and his parents,
Dallas and Lillian Champion. Thursday's
Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Joachim's Catholic Church, 1121 Main
St., in Newman. Burial will be private.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 6 p.m. today at Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 1258 R St., in Newman, followed
immediately by the recital of a rosary. Memorial contributions in Mr.
Champion's name may be sent to Disabled
American Veterans, c/o 4951 Arroyo Road, Building T34, Room 100,
Livermore 94550.

Cassity, Eleanor A 060128 p14
Eleanor Augusta Cassity   Feb. 27, 1918 — Jan. 24, 2006
A memorial service will be Wednesday for Eleanor Augusta Holst Cassity of
Gustine, who died Tuesday at Stanford
University Medical Center in Stanford. Mrs. Cassity, 87, was a native
and lifelong resident of Gustine. She was a
librarian at the Gustine Library 30 years. She was a graduate of Gustine
High School and a member of Gustine Historical
Society.   Mrs. Cassity is survived by her children, Michael E. Cassity
and Karen Souza, both of Gustine; sisters, Evelyn
Pascoe of Gustine and Carol Raven of Patterson; grandchildren, Kathleen
Gerhart and Michelle Souza; and great-
grandchildren, Kyle Gerhart, Kara Gerhart and Scooter Souza. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Robert
Cassity; brother, Ernest Holst; and a grandson, Scott Souza. Wednesday's
memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 515 First Ave., Gustine.   Contributions in Mrs.
Cassity's name may be sent to Gustine
Historical Society, 803 Laurel Ave., Gustine 95322; or to a charity of
the donor's choice.

Ceja, Jose J 060607 np
Jose Jesus Ceja   Mar 8, 1920 - June 1, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday for Jose Jesus Ceja of
Turlock, who died Thursday at his home.
Mr. Ceja, 86, was a native of Maleton, Jalisco, Mexico. He lived in Texas
until 1965 and then moved to Patterson, where
he remained until he moved to Turlock seven years ago. Mr. Ceja worked as
a farm laborer most of his life and also was
a longtime custodian at the Westley Hotel and Westley Market. He enjoyed
gardening, and he loved plants and flowers.
He also enjoyed cooking, and he loved having his children at home with
him. Mr. Ceja is survived by his wife, Amelia
Ceja of Turlock; sons, Jesse Ceja of Modesto and Raul Ceja, and his wife,
Roseanne, of Stockton; daughters, Maria
Herrera and Irma Van Tassel, and her husband, Roger, all of Turlock, and
Olga Ceja of Modesto; 11 grandchildren; and
12 great-grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by his parents,
Refugio and Anastacia Ceja, three brothers and a
sister. Burial was in Turlock Memorial Park, 575 N. Soderquist Road, in
Turlock. Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, in
Turlock handled arrangements.   Memorial contributions in Mr. Ceja's name
may be sent to the American Diabetes
Association, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Codorniz, Emily M   061007 p16
Emily M. Codorniz   May 13, 1924 — Oct. 4, 2006
Services will be Tuesday for Emily M. Codorniz of Gustine, who died
Wednesday at San Luis Convalescent Hospital in
Newman. Mrs. Codorniz, 82, was a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and
lived in Gustine for 50 years. She worked 10
years for Patterson Frozen Foods and was a member of International
Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 748. She was a
parishioner of Our Lady of Miracles Catholic Church in Gustine and
enjoyed gardening. Mrs. Codorniz is survived by
her husband, Antonio M. Codorniz of Gustine; son, Tony Codorniz of
Gustine; brother, Jose Aguiar of Terceira, Azores,
Portugal; two grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by two brothers, Manuel Aguiar
and Antonio Aguiar. Visitation will be observed from 9 to 10 a.m Tuesday
at Our Lady of Miracles Catholic Church, 370
Linden Ave., in Gustine, followed immediately by a rosary and Mass of
Christian Burial. Burial will follow in Hills-
Ferry Cemetery, 1334 W. Stuhr Road, in Newman. Memorial contributions in
Mrs. Codorniz's name may be sent to the
American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto 95350. Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 515 First Ave., in Gustine
is handling arrangements.

Conner, Robert L 060211 p9
Robert Lee Conner   Feb. 13, 1933 — Feb. 8, 2006
Services will be private for Robert Lee Conner of Patterson, who died
Wednesday at his home. Mr. Conner, 72, was a
native of Texas and had lived in Patterson 18 years. He previously had
lived in Gilroy eight years and in Louisiana and
Texas. Mr. Conner was a trainmaster for Southern Pacific Railroad 42
years. He also served in the National Guard. He
loved bowling and golf and was an avid San Francisco 49ers football fan.
Mr. Conner is survived by his wife, Dorothy J.
Conner of Patterson; children, Mike S. Conner of Elk Grove and Susan K.
O'Hara of Monterey; and four grandchildren.
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling
arrangements. Contributions in Mr. Conner's
name may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation, 553 Pilgrim Drive,
Suite C, Foster City 94404.

Copeman, Lillie M 060315 p14
Lillie Mae Copeman    Dec. 21, 1926 — March 12, 2006
A funeral service will be Monday for Lillie Mae Carson Copeman of Angels
Camp, who died Sunday at her home.
Mrs. Copeman, 79, was a native of Bunch, Okla., and had lived in Angels
Camp five years. She previously lived in
Arnold 20 years and in Patterson 45 years before that Mrs. Copeman was a
floor lady at Patterson Frozen Foods 25 years.
She was a member of the Teamsters Union. Mrs. Copeman is survived by her
daughters, Brenda Ramos and Delila Cole,
both of Patterson, and Tish Davis and Gete LeMaux, both of Angels Camp;
brothers, George Carson of Blythe and Gene
Carson of Patterson; sister, Naomi Brough of Turlock; six grandchildren;
and 12 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Paul Copeman, in 1986. A funeral service will
begin at 1 p.m. Monday at Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson. Burial will follow in
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33,
Patterson. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at
Hillview Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions in
Mrs. Copeman's name may be sent to Father Connors Endowment Trust Fund,
P.O. Box 1174, Patterson 95363; or to
Shriner's Children's Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento 95817.

Correa, Joe M 060712 p10
Joe Maria Correa   June 24, 1934 — July 9, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday for Joe Maria
Correa, 72, who died Sunday at his home in
Patterson. Mr. Correa was a native of Kanapolis, Kan., and had lived in
Patterson 44 years. He had previously lived in
Newman 18 years. Mr. Correa was a truck driver 22 years and drove for R.
Cali Brothers Trucking and for Azevedo
Hulling the past nine years. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart
Catholic Church of Patterson and a member of the
Teamsters Union Local No. 386. Mr. Correa is survived by his wife, Lupe
Correa of Patterson; son, Joe M. Correa Jr. of
Texas; daughter, Anita Munoz of Ceres; brother, Andrew Correa of Turlock;
sister, Lorraine Rios of Turlock; five
grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Friday's Mass of Christian Burial
will begin at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will follow in Patterson District
Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33.   Visitation will be
observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, followed immediately by the
recitation of a rosary, at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450
W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Visitation will also be observed from 9
a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday at the chapel.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Correa's name may be sent to the American
Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave.,

Correa, Joe M 060715 p7
Joe Maria Correa   June 24, 1934 — July 9, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday for Joe Maria Correa,
72, who died Sunday at his Patterson home.
Mr. Correa was a native of Kanapolis, Kan., and had lived in Patterson 44
years. He had previously lived in Newman 18
years. Mr. Correa was a truck driver 22 years and drove for R. Cali
Brothers Trucking and for Azevedo Hulling the past
nine years. Mr. Correa was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
of Patterson and a member of the Teamsters
Union Local No. 386. Mr. Correa is survived by his wife, Lupe Correa of
Patterson; sons, Joe M. Correa Jr. of Texas and
Richard Correa of Patterson; daughter, Anita Munoz of Ceres; brother,
Andrew Correa of Turlock; sister, Lorraine Rios
of Turlock; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.   Friday's Mass
was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in
Patterson. Burial was in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33,
in Patterson. Memorial contributions in Mr.
Correa's name may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave.,
Suite 8, in Modesto 95350. Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson, handled
arrangements.

Cortina, Joaquine Jr 060705 p4
Drowning Leaves Family with Questions; Searchers Battle River's Sudden
Drop-off, Swift Current That Carried off 11 -
Year-old; Grayson — Family members and the sheriff's department are
still looking for an 11-year-old Modesto boy
who appears to have drowned in the San Joaquin River at Laird Park on
Saturday. Joaquine Cortina Jr. was visiting the
park Saturday with family friends when he went under around 2:20 p.m.,
according to Stanislaus County Sheriff's and
Westport Fire department reports. He disappeared after currents swept him
under while he helped a younger friend out of
the water.   The sheriff's department still had not recovered Joaquine's
body by press time Tuesday. "We need people to
go out there and look for his body," said his grandmother, Mercedes
"Mercy" Cortina, on Tuesday. Joaquine stood near
the water's edge with his friends, a 10-year-old boy and 6-yearold girl,
when the girl began to venture into shallow water,
according to sheriff's and family reports. The girl had a difficult time
getting back to shore because of the strong current,
and Joaquine walked out to her and returned her safely to shore, but then
became caught in the current himself. Joaquine
began yelling for help, and the parents of his friends said he struggled
in deeper water just before going under. The
parents, who were about 15 feet from the water's edge, immediately
searched the water for the boy, but they could not
find him, according to sheriff's reports. Joaquine's aunt and uncle,
Priscilla and Jimmy Santiago, said Saturday that their
nephew did not know how to swim, and he was not wearing a life jacket at
the time. Cortina said Tuesday that her
grandson saw his 6 year old friend as a little sister. "His mother
always told him, ‘Watch out for your sisters,'" she said.
He didn't even think about how he couldn't swim. Nearby park dwellers
had a cell phone and called 9-1-1. The
sheriff's dive team searched the area where witnesses last saw the boy.
Water in that area was about 3 feet deep, but a
shelf suddenly drops to 15 feet deep. Just a little farther out from
where Joaquine probably entered the water, there is a
second 15-foot drop, where the current is even stronger. "The water is
so swift, the divers don't even want to be out
there," Chief Gary Thompson of the Westport Fire Department said
Saturday.   Divers, who were tethered to a tree, were
quickly swept to the middle of the river as they looked for Joaquine. As
a result, recovery attempts in the zero-visibility
water were impossible, Sheriff's Department officials said. The dive team
checked some large flat areas of the river
bottom, but they said there were no signs of the boy. The dive team
could not measure the speed of the current, but they
said it is unsafe. Two fire department boats from Modesto and one from
Patterson helped with Saturday's search.
Firefighters searched the river's edge and used poles to search other
areas of the river downstream from where they
believe Joaquine entered the water. Sheriff's patrol staff members
continue to be assigned to patrol area levees and
riverbanks during their shifts to look for the boy. "The victim could
have floated miles away, or he could still be in the
area, snagged up on something," said Lt. Tim Beck of the Sheriff's
Department. The dive team has made no more
searches because of swift water and murky conditions. Cortina, who was
at the park with family and friends Monday for
a prayer vigil, said the water had receded since the weekend, and the
steep drop-off that had previously been underwater
was visible. The river bottom where Joaquine was standing appeared to be
sandy, she said, which likely made it difficult
for her grandson to push his way out. Cortina said she saw only one
deputy patrolling the area Monday, and she wished
there were more of an effort to find Joaquine. She said the family has
considered renting a boat to search for the boy.
The family is upset, because there is no one out there looking, she said.
She said Joaquine's mother hopes her son's
body is found soon so they'll have closure the matter. Joaquine's aunt,
Shelley Cortina, described her nephew as an
angel. "All that he was into was Jesus and school work," she said. "He
was a good kid, you know?" Thompson said
drowning incidents seem to be more common on holiday weekends. Swimming
is allowed in the San Joaquin River at
Laird Park, but it is not a good idea, he said. He noted that a boat
carrying six people capsized under a bridge in the same
area about four months ago, and only one person was wearing life vest. In
that case, however, all of them were rescued.
Mercy Cortina said she believes the river at the park not safe for
recreational uses, and there should be a more visible
sign that makes that clear. "The cry of the family is, ‘Don't take
children there,'" she said. "It's not safe."

Cortina, Joaquin Jr 060715 p7
Joaquin Cortina Jr.   June 14, 1995 — July 1, 2006
Funeral services were Thursday for Joaquin Cortina Jr., who died July 1
in a drowning accident in the San Joaquin River
at Laird County Park near Grayson. Joaquin, 11, was a student at
Shackelford Elementary School in Modesto. He
enjoyed basketball, football, video games, horseplay and having fun. He
was also affiliated with Calvary Chapel Ministry
Center. Joaquin is survived by his mother and father, Brandy and Joaquin
Cortina of Modesto; brother, Epitacio Cortina
of Modesto; sisters, Athena Cortina, Desiree Cortina and Reina Cortina,
all of Modesto; grandparents, Santiago and
Mercedes Cortina of Modesto and Angelita "Angie" Blanco of Texas and Rose
Silva of Yosemite. He was preceded in
death by grandfather Ralph Silva. Burial was in Lakewood Memorial Park,
900 S. Santa Fe Ave., in Hughson.
Memorial contributions in Joaquin's name may be sent to account No.
150146 at Valley First Credit Union, P.O. Box
1411, Modesto 95354. Lakewood Funeral Home, 900 S. Santa Fe, in Hughson,
handled arrangements.

de Espinoza, Francisca E 060429 p8
Francisca Escudero de Espinoza   Jan. 17, 1922 — April 25, 2006
Services were Friday for Francisca Escudero de Espinoza of Patterson, who
died Tuesday at Emanuel Medical Center in
Turlock. Mrs. Espinoza, 84, was a native and lifelong resident of Mexico
and had recently moved to Patterson. She was
a homemaker. She loved gardening and especially her roses. She liked
playing guitar and piano and enjoyed traveling.
She especially enjoyed her coffee first thing in the morning. Her
children remember her as a great role model of strength
who was loving and kind to everyone. She will be remembered as a
spiritual, positive person who handled situations and
gave advice with wisdom. Mrs. Espinoza is survived by her children, Luis
Espinoza and Dora Escudero, both of
Patterson, Edmundo Espinoza of San Diego, Fernando Espinoza, Manuel
Espinoza, Eva Espinoza, Ofelia Espinoza and
Consuelo Ortiz, all of Mexico, Lydia Graciano of Newman, Isela Gonzalez
of San Jose and Susana Atsatt of Lodi;
sisters, Lorenza Hernandez and Esther Cruz, both of Texas; 33
grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and many great
great grandchildren. Friday's visitation and prayer service were at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in
Patterson. Burial of the urn will be in Mexico.

Dennis, Andrew C 060318 p9
Andrew Clinton Dennis   June 8, 1929 — March 16, 2006
A funeral service will be Tuesday for Andrew Clinton Dennis of Modesto,
who died Thursday at Memorial Medical
Center in Modesto. Mr. Dennis, 76, was a native of Pauls Valley, Okla.
and had lived in Modesto for 49 years. He
previously lived in the Grayson and Westley areas for 23 years. Mr.
Dennis was a pressman for the James Rivers
Company for 31 years. He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church
in Modesto. He was also was a veteran of
the U.S. Army Air Corps. Mr. Dennis is survived by his children, Clinton
W. "Dean" Dennis of San Francisco and
Sandra Johnson of Granite Falls, Wash.; brother, M.C. Dennis of Modesto;
sisters, Sue Mundy and Connie Murray, both
of Modesto, Janice Newnold of Turlock and Letress Perkins of Oklahoma;
eight grandchildren; and 10 great-
grandchildren. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson.
Burial will follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33,
Patterson. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8
p.m. Monday at the chapel.

Densmore, Robert C 060920 p10
Robert C. Densmore   March 14, 1926 — Sept. 8, 2006
No services are planned for Robert C. "Bob" Densmore, who died Friday in
Reno, Nev. Mr. Densmore, 80, was a native
of Wisconsin. He moved to Patterson in 1932 with his family. He graduated
from Patterson Union High School in 1944
and then served two years in the U.S. Navy. He also graduated from the
University of California, Berkeley. After college,
he went into administration at Children's Hospital in San Francisco for
20 years. In 1977, Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame
chose Mr. Densmore as director of central administration for all of their
hospitals. He was selected as the first president
and chief executive officer of the newly formed Catholic Healthcare West
in 1986. After he retired from health care in
1989, Mr. Densmore moved to a small, quiet horse ranch in Coleville. Mr.
Densmore is survived by his wife, Sue
Densmore of Coleville; a daughter, Joan; two sons, Robert Densmore and
Kenny Densmore; a sister, Jerry Armabel of
Pasco, Wash.; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents and a brother, Harold Densmore, a former
Patterson city attorney. At the request of Mr. Densmore and his family,
there will be no funeral service. His ashes will be
buried in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.

Diniz, Joe V 060304 p9
July 19, 1929 — Feb. 28, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for Joe Vaz Diniz,
76, of Patterson, who died Tuesday at Doctors
Medical Center in Modesto. Mr. Diniz was a native of Conceicão, on the
island of Terceira in the Azores. He had lived
in Patterson 39 years and worked as a self-employed dairyman. Before
that, he lived in Cypress 12 years. Mr. Diniz was
a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson and a director
of the Festa for St. Anthony's Celebration of
Patterson, Our Lady of Fatima Society of Turlock and Our Lady of Miracles
Catholic Church of Gustine. He loved to
play cards in Hilmar Casa of the Azores. He loved soccer, and his
favorite team was Benfica FC of Lisbon, Portugal.
Mr. Diniz is survived by his wife of 50 years, Adelaid C. Diniz of
Patterson; children, Joe Vaz Diniz Jr. and Rosalie
Teixeira, both of Patterson; sister, Maria Oliveira of Conceicão; and
four grandchildren. Tuesday's Mass will begin at
10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson. Burial
will follow in Turlock Memorial Park, 575 N.
Soderquist Road, in Turlock. Visitation will be observed from noon to 8
pm. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Chapel, 286 W. Main St., in Turlock. A
vigil and the recital of a rosary will be at 8 p.m.
Monday at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, 2602 S. Walnut Road, in
Turlock Contributions in Mr. Diniz's
name may be sent to Father Connors Endowment Trust Fund, 529 I St.,
Patterson 95363; or to Sacred Heart Catholic
School, 505 M St., Patterson 95363.

Dobbel, John L 061021 p17
John L. Dobbel   June 11, 1931 — Oct. 19, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for John L. Dobbel
of Modesto, who died Thursday at Alexander
Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. Mr. Dobbel, 75, was a native of Woodland.
He lived in Modesto three years and
previously had lived 17 years in Patterson. He was a carpenter for 50
years and last worked at Signature Properties in
Pleasanton. A U.S. Army veteran, he served during the Korean War. He was
a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Patterson. Mr. Dobbel was also a member of the Lions Club and
Knights of Columbus in Patterson. He
enjoyed fishing and riding dirt bikes. Mr. Dobbel is survived by his
fiancée, Dorothy Pierce of Modesto; son, Nick
Dobbel, and his wife, Patricia, of Roberts, Mont.; daughter, Janet
Beeler, and her husband, Dan, of Elko, Nev.;
grandchildren, Sandra and Alex Beeler of Elko; and stepchildren, Deena
Souza of Patterson, Clint Pierce of Atwater and
Nicholas Pierce of Modesto. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Beatrice Agnes Dobbel, who died in 1992, and
brother, Roger Dobbel. Tuesday's Mass and the recital of a rosary will
begin at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will follow at Dublin Cemetery, 6600
Donlon Way, in Dublin. Visitation will be observed
from 9:30 to 11 a.m. that same day at the church. The family prefers, in
lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions be
sent to Memory of John L. Dobbel, c/o U.S. Bank, 13 Plaza, Patterson
95363. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 650 W. Las
Palmas Ave., in Patterson is handling arrangements.

Doe, John 060913 p4
Crash kills canyon resident; A Del Puerto Canyon-area resident died on
Del Puerto Canyon Road on Friday, after his
pickup ran off the roadway for an unknown reason. The 69-year-old man,
whose family had yet to be found and notified
as of Monday, was partially ejected from his 1984 Dodge pickup just west
of Patterson. The man died of a fractured neck
caused by blunt force trauma injuries, according to the Stanislaus County
Sheriff's Department's coroner's division.
He was not wearing a seat belt, according to a California Highway Patrol
report. Someone spotted the pickup around 5
p.m. Friday, and the CHP does not know when the accident occurred. The
cause and exact time of the accident are still
under investigation.

Doe, John 060401 p5
Man Killed in I-5 Accident; Westley — A Southern California man died
Thursday after his car veered off an
embankment on Interstate 5 and landed in Ingram Creek just north of the
Westley exit. The 79-year-old Valley Village
resident, whose name the California Highway Patrol withheld, was
pronounced dead by the time paramedics arrived.
The man's 1997 Lexus LS400 was in the fast lane when it drifted off the
roadway and hit a bridge guardrail at about 3
p.m., according to CHP and fire department reports. The car then crossed
eastward over both northbound lanes, drove
off the shoulder and rolled down an embankment into the creek. CHP
officer Al Coussirat said it was unknown why the
car initially drifted off the road. Steve Hall, division chief for West
Stanislaus Fire Protection District, said Westley
firefighters, who were first responders at the scene, initially tried to
perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim.
He said it appeared the man was wearing a seatbelt, but he had received
blunt-force traumatic injuries from the crash.
Hall said fatigue or sometimes weather can cause a car to drift off a
freeway embankment, though it appeared weather
did not play a role Thursday. "It's pretty uncommon," he said. The
car's windshield was smashed and its hood was open
as it stood upright in the creek after the accident. The airbag inside
the car had deployed.

Doe, John 060617 p4
Man's Body Found in Canal near Westley; Stanislaus County Sheriff's
detectives are trying to identify a young man's
body that turned up in the California Aqueduct near Westley on Thursday.
Two firefighters from West Stanislaus Fire
Protection District retrieved the body after they received a call around
12:12 p.m., said Steve Hall, a division chief with
the fire district. He said they found the body near Hamilton and Welty.
Sheriff's department detectives investigated the
scene around 1:30 p.m. and took the body to the Stanislaus County
Coroner's facility in Modesto, where investigators
will begin the process of identifying the victim. An autopsy was expected
to be finished by today to determine the exact
cause of death. The unidentified body, believed to be a Latino male
between the ages of 18 and 30, was found near a
canal gate by a state Department of Water Resources worker.   Deputy
Wagner DeFreitas of Patterson Police Services
said the body was in bad condition. Though investigators have yet to
determine where the young man was from, papers in
his pocket indicate that he made a money transfer from Stockton to
Mexico, DeFreitas said. Detective Marc Nuno the
Sheriff's Department said there were no obvious signs of trauma such as
broken bones, bullet holes or stab wounds. The
man was wearing blue jeans, black leather jacket, black boots and an
ostrich belt. He had no identifying marks, tattoos or
scars. The California Aqueduct begins at the Sacramento River Delta and
runs to Southern California, providing water
for farm and residential uses. The Sheriff's Department asks that anyone
who has information about the body found in
the waterway contact the county coroner's office at 567-4500.

Duling, Mary D 060708 p9
Mary Dee Duling   Oct. 27, 1928 — July 3, 2006
A memorial service will be today for Mary Dee Duling, who died Monday at
Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock.
Mrs. Duling, 77, was a native of Yankton, S.D., and had lived in Turlock
the past 33 years. Mrs. Duling was baptized and
confirmed at Plover Methodist Church in Plover, Iowa. She attended
Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she
met and married her husband, Jack Duling.   After she raised her three
children, she completed her education at San
Diego State University and then taught for more than 20 years in the
Patterson Unified School District, most of the time
at Las Palmas School. Mrs. Duling was a member of The Daughters of the
Nile and PEO for more than 30 years. She
also volunteered at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Turlock, where she
enjoyed membership in the Light Class and
Senior Choir. She also collected stamps for more than 40 years and had a
huge collection in various categories.
Mrs. Duling is survived by her husband, John Leon Duling of Turlock;
daughters, Julia Duling Kirwan of Rancho Palos
Verdes and Dyann Dee Duling of El Centro; son, the Rev. John Duling of
Nebraska City, Neb.; brothers, Tom McEwen
and Alex McEwen, both of Washington; and three grandchildren. Mrs.
Duling was preceded in death by two brothers, a
sister and her parents, Mildred Drake McEwen and Phillip Alex McEwen.
Today's memorial service will begin at 2 p.m.
at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., in Turlock. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Duling's name may
be sent to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock
95380. Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, in
Turlock is handling arrangements.

Duran, Adrian A 060719 p12
Adrian A. Duran   Sept. 23, 1993 — July 16, 1006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday for Adrian A.
Duran, who died Sunday at University of
California, San Francisco Children's Hospital in San Francisco. Adrian,
12, was born in Modesto and lived in Stanislaus
County and Patterson all of his life. He was a student at Creekside
Middle School in Patterson. Adrian enjoyed riding his
bicycle and electric scooter. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart
Catholic Church in Patterson. Adrian is survived by
his parents, Joaquin and Guadalupe Duran Moreno of Patterson; brother,
Alex Duran of Patterson; sister, Mayra Duran of
Patterson; and grandparents, Graciela Moreno of Mexico and Faustino
Audelia Garcia of Arvin. Thursday's Mass will
begin at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson.
Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in South Kern
Cemetery District, 15543 S. Vineland Road, in Arvin.   Visitation will be
observed from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Whitehurst
Norton & Dias Chapel, 286 W. Main St., in Turlock. A 7 p.m. vigil will
also be observed today at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Patterson.

Duran, Steven Luis Sr. 061101 p17
Steven Luis Duran Sr.   Jan, 14, 1956— Oct 30, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday for Steven Luis Dunn
Sr. of Patterson. who died Monday at
Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. Mr. Dunan, 50, was a native of Dos
Palos and a 22-year Patterson resident. He had
previously lived in Kerrnan. He worked 12 years as a forklift driver for
Westley Bean Warehouse. Mr. Duran was a
parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. He enjoyed
wrestling and was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan.
Mr Dunn is survived by his wife, Yolanda Duran of Patterson; sons, Steven
L Duran and Anthony P. Duran, both of
Patterson; daugters Theresa M Duran of Patterson; brother Efren Duran of
Kerman; sisters, Yolanda Gusman of
Patterson and Linda Gutierrez, Delia Padra and Josie Rodriguez, all of
Kerman; and two grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his parents, John and Pilar Duran, and a granddaughter,
Adriana Duran. Friday s Mass will begin at 1:30
p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson, along with
the recital of a rosary Burial will follow in
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. Visitation
will be observed from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Memorial
contributions in Mr. Duran s name may be
sent to the National Kidney Foundation, 131 Steuart St., Suite 520, San
Francisco 94105.

Duran, Steven Luis Sr. 061104 p12
Steven Luis Duran Sr. Jan. 14, 1956 — Oct. 30, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday for Steven Luis Duran
Sr. of Patterson, who died Monday at Emanuel
Medical Center in Turlock. Mr. Duran, 50, was a native of Dos Palos and a
22- year Patterson resident. He had
previously lived in Kerman. He worked for 12 years as a forklift driver
for Westley Bean Warehouse. Mr. Duran was a
parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. He enjoyed
wrestling and was an avid San Francisco 49er fan.
Mr. Duran is survived by his wife, Yolanda Duran of Patterson; sons,
Steven L. Duran and Anthony P. Duran, both of
Patterson; daughter, Theresa M. Duran of Patterson; brothers, Efren Duran
of Kerman; sisters, Yolanda Gusman of
Patterson, Linda Gutierrez, Delia Parra and Josie Rodriguez, all of
Kerman, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by his parents, John and Pilar Duran and granddaughter, Ariana
Duran. A rosary was recited and Mass was
celebrated Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. Burial
followed in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800
Highway 33, in Patterson. Memorial contributions in Mr. Duran's name may
be sent to the National Kidney Foundation,
131 Steuart St., Suite 520, San Francisco 94105. Hillview Funeral Chapel
in Patterson is handling arrangements.

Earp, Kasey C 060816 p9
Kasey Christopher Earp   Dec. 25, 2004 — Aug. 11, 2006
Services will be Saturday for Kasey Christopher Earp, 1½, who died Friday
in Bradford Island. He was born in Santa
Clara and lived in Bradford Island.   Kasey is survived by his mother,
Theresa Earp of Patterson; father, Justin Raby of
San Jose; stepfather, Jeff Fulks of Bethel Island; grandparents, Kevin
and Dianna Earp of Patterson, Brian and Susan
Joyce of Fremont, Tony and Sheryl Alvernaz of Bethel Island and Vince
and Kelly Aragon of San Jose; great-
grandparents, Wallace and Joyce Dick of Selma, Ed and Rainey Tanner of
Modesto and Jan Fernandez of Jackson; and
great-greatgrandfather, Otis Drewry of Fremont. Saturday's funeral
service will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Burial will follow in
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in
Patterson. Visitation will be observed from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the
chapel.

Eggers, William V 060517 p8
William V. Eggers; A chapel service will be today for William V. Eggers
of Manteca, who died Thursday in Modesto.
Mr. Eggers, 84, was born in Stockton and lived in the Manteca and Ripon
areas 70 years. He grew up in Patterson and
also lived in Tracy. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1940 to 1965
and retired as a master sergeant. He later retired
from Tracy Defense Depot, where he was a general equipment manager. Mr.
Eggers was a member of the Sequoia
Heights Baptist Church of Manteca and American Legion Karl Ross Post 16
of Stockton. His hobbies included gardening
and reading. He will be remembered by his family as a loving father,
grandfather, brother and friend.   Mr. Eggers is
survived by his children, Pamela E. Cary of Eureka and Marilyn L.
Villines, and her husband, Wes, of Ripon; brothers,
Dennis Eggers of Tracy and Leroy Eggers of Newman; sister, Meralee Light
of Manteca; five grandchildren; and 13
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle
Eggers, who died in 1998, as well as his son, William
F. Eggers, and two sisters and two brothers. Today's chapel service will
begin at 11 a.m. at P.L. Fry & Son, 290 N.
Union Road, in Manteca. Burial will follow in Park View Cemetery, 3661
French Camp Road, in Manteca. Memorial
contributions in Mr. Eggers' name may be sent to the American Heart
Association, 1212 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite 5D,
Stockton 95207.

Elias, Rufino F 060614 p14
Rufino Flores Elias   Oct. 29, 1914 — June 2, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday for Rufino Flores
Elias, 91, of Patterson, who died June 2 at Kaiser
Permanente Hospital in Santa Clara.   Mr. Elias was a native of
Albuquerque, N.M., and had lived in Patterson 25 years.
He was a self-employed cabinetmaker 30 years.   He was a parishioner of
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. He
was also a member of Patterson 50-Plus Club, Las Palmas Pool Players
Association and Sociedad Progresista Mexicana
Inc. of Milpitas. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.    Mr.
Elias was born to Bruno and Andrea Elias of
Albuquerque, and had three brothers and two sisters. When he was a
toddler, the family moved to Los Angeles, where he
met and married his wife, Ruth. The couple had five children.   Mr. Elias
mastered the skill of carpentry, mended his own
clothing, cut his own hair, cooked and enjoyed working with new gadgets.
His family will remember him for his energy,
humor, hospitality, determination and strong spirit.   Mr. Elias is
survived by four children; six grandchildren; and five
great-grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by his wife and one
child.   Friday's combined rosary and Mass of
Christian Burial will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will follow in San
Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, in Gustine.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave, in Patterson.

Emmons, Betty M 060805 p10
Betty Marie Emmons   Feb. 18, 1926 — Aug. 1, 2006
Services will be today for Betty Marie Emmons of Patterson, who died
Tuesday at her home. Mrs. Emmons, 80, was a
native of Kansas and had lived in Patterson for 70 years. She was
selfemployed and owned D & B Communications for
22 years. She was as a dispatcher for the Patterson Fire Department, a
Little League coach and a Girl Scout leader. She
was also involved with the Patterson Apricot Fiesta. Mrs. Emmons is
survived by her sons, Harold Lea Emmons and
Howard Gene Emmons, both of Patterson, and David Lynn Emmons of Fallon,
Nev.; daughter, Donna Marie Beffa of
Modesto; brothers, Clifford Brainard of Ceres and Leroy Brainard of
Modesto; sisters, Leila E. Kirchoff of Wisconsin,
Jane Murphy of Bridgeville, Leola Mello of Turlock, Margaret Santos of
Modesto, Beulah Boyd of Rocklin and Winifred
Brainard of Wisconsin; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Donald Emmons, and a brother, Eugene Brainard.   Today's graveside
service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Patterson
District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Emmons' name may be sent to
Patterson Fire Department, P.O. Box 565, Patterson 95363; or to Patterson
Apricot Fiesta Fireworks Fund, P.O. Box 442,
Patterson 95363. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in
Patterson, is handling arrangements.

English-Tersigni, Mary 060802 p8
Mary ‘Dorene' English-Tersigni   Sept. 24, 1930 — July 21, 2006
Graveside services will be Saturday for Mary "Dorene" English-Tersigni of
Ukiah, who died Friday at Howard Memorial
Hospital in Willits. Ms. English-Tersigni, 75, was a native of Riverton,
Iowa. She moved to Patterson in 1937 and lived
in the area until 1953. She was a former resident of Modesto and Los
Banos and had lived in Ukiah for the past 41 years.
Ms. English-Tersigni graduated from Patterson High School in the class of
1948. She worked as a secretary for the
Patterson Police Department and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's
Department. Ms. English-Tersigni also worked for the
Department of Selective Service and the Department of Social Security.
She retired from federal service and worked for
Worster Thompson Accounting Firm before taking a job at Thompson Tax
Accounting in Ukiah, where she worked at the
time of her death. Ms. English-Tersigni is survived by her son, Tony
Tersigni, and his wife, Kim, of Dana Point; brother,
Robert English of Patterson; and two grandchildren, Trevor and Samantha.
Saturday's graveside service will begin at
9:30 a.m. at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.
Memorial contributions in Ms. English-
Tersigni's name may be sent to a charity of the donor's choice. Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in
Patterson is handling arrangements.

Echevarria, Esperanza Ruby 061220 p17
Esperanza Ruby Echevarria Feb. 2, 1952 — Dec. 18, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday for Esperanza Ruby
Echevarria of Patterson, who died Monday
at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. Mrs. Echevarria, 54, was a
native of Stockton. She lived in Patterson for
33 years. She was a homemaker and mother of four children and a
parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in
Patterson. Mrs. Echevarria is survived by her sons, George Echevarria and
Francisco Echevarria, and her daughter,
Esperanza Echevarria, all of Patterson; mother, Esperanza Riveira, and
sister, Olegaria Caldeloron, both of Stockton; and
a grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Joey Echevarria.
Thursday's Mass will begin at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will follow in Patterson
District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33. Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson is handling
arrangements.

Farinha, Joaquin 060706 p8
Former Patterson resident Joaquin Farinha of Lincoln died Sunday in
Roseville. Mr. Farinha is survived by his daughters,
Katrina Farinha of Sacramento and Melissa Farinha of Reno, Nev.; a son,
Joaquin Farinha of Elk Grove; brothers, Frank
Farinha of Wheatland and John A. Farinha of Patterson; and sisters, Rose
Faria and Connie Musson of Patterson and
Mary Carvalho of Sacramento. Services are pending.

Farinha, Joaquin 060708 p9
Nov. 8, 1927 — July 2, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today and a graveside
service will be Monday for Joaquin Farinha of
Lincoln, who died July 10 in Roseville. Mr. Farinha, 79, was born to
Mary and Frank Farinha of Patterson and graduated
from Patterson High School in 1948. Mr. Farinha contributed his time and
efforts to many organizations throughout his
life, as a member of the Lincoln Lions Club; director of Placer County
Water Agency; nine-time president of the
Portuguese Holy Ghost Celebration; two-time charter member of the Knights
of Columbus in both Newman and
Patterson; director of Lincoln Riders Club; president of the California
Dairymen All-Jersey Program; and the only
Portuguese member of the Swiss Club. Mr. Farinha was loved for his
laughter, his positive outlook on life and his
unending kindness. His family remembers that he always had a smile for
everyone, a joke to tell and pearls of wisdom to
share. "If you can't laugh at your problems," he would say, "then you've
got a problem." His family remembers how his
mirth and positive personality influenced and affected hundreds of people
throughout his life, making him a most loved
and respected individual. Mr. Farinha would not pass judgment and could
easily forgive, his family says, because his
heart was so big.   He embraced life and spent mornings on the deck of
his house with a cup of coffee, watching the
hummingbirds in his yard, and would always say, "I've had a good life."
To his family, he was a lion among men.
Mr. Farinha is survived by his son, Joaquin Farinha II, and his wife,
Marcia, of Elk Grove; daughters, Katrina Farinha of
Sacramento and Melissa Farinha of Reno, Nev.; brothers, Frank Farinha of
Wheatland and John A. Farinha of Patterson;
sisters, Mary Carvalho of Sacramento and Rosie Faria and Connie Musson,
both of Patterson; grandchildren, Alex and
Madison Farinha of Elk Grove; and many nieces and nephews. Today's Mass
of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. at
St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 4450 Granite Drive, in Rocklin. A
graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. A rosary was
recited Friday. Memorial contributions in
Mr. Farinha's name may be sent to Father Connors Endowment Trust Fund,
P.O. Box 1174, Patterson 95363. Lassila
Lincoln Funeral Home, 406 H St., in Lincoln, is handling arrangements.

Farinha, Stanley Joseph 061018 p8
Stanley Joseph Farinha   June 23, 1937 — Oct. 14, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday for Stanley Joseph
Farinha of Patterson, who died Saturday at
Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Mr. Farinha, 69, was a Patterson
native and lifetime resident. He was a
maintenance worker for Patterson Irrigation District for 20 years and
previously a dairyman for many years. He was a
parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson and a member of
the local coffee group Knights of the Square
Table. He was also a member of the Festa do Divino Espirito Santo, a
Portuguese organization. Mr. Farinha is survived
by his wife, Neta Farinha of Patterson; and two brothers, Anthony Farinha
of Turlock and John Farinha of Patterson.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Domingos Farinha and Joe
Farinha. Friday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St. Burial will follow in Patterson
District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33. Visitation
will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, followed
immediately by the recital of a rosary. Memorial
contributions in Mr. Farinha's name may be sent to Father Connors
Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 1174, Patterson 95363.
Hillview Funeral Chapel in Patterson is handling arrangements.

Fields, Ruby M 060503 p7
Ruby Mae Fields    Aug. 27, 1925 - April 29, 2006
A graveside service will be Thursday for Ruby Mae Fields of Patterson,
who died Saturday at Brandel Manor in Turlock.
Mrs. Fields, 80, was a native of Oklahoma and had lived in Patterson 43
years. She worked 10 years as a waitress at the
T-Bone Steak House in Patterson. Before that, she was a clerk at Musson's
Sporting Goods and Liquor Store in Patterson
many years. She enjoyed playing bingo and pinochle and loved to cook
meals for her children and grandchildren. Mrs.
Fields is survived by her sons, Frank Fields of Austin, Texas, and Bobby
Joe Fields of Patterson; daughter, Sharon
Zimmerman of Modesto; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of
40 years, Joe Fields. Thursday's graveside service will begin at 10 a.m.
at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway
33, in Patterson. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Fields' name may be sent
to Hospice of Emanuel Medical Center, P.O.
Box 819005, Turlock 95380. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas
Ave., in Patterson is handling arrangements.

Figueroa, Inez 061115 p9
Inez Figueroa May 8, 1935 — Nov. 8, 2006
A graveside service was Tuesday for Inez Figueroa of Patterson, who died
Nov. 8 at Memorial Medical Center in
Modesto. Mrs. Figueroa, 71, was a native of Puerto Rico and lived 11
years in Patterson. She was a homemaker and
mother of five. She was also a member of Patterson Christian Fellowship
in Patterson. Mrs. Figueroa is survived by her
husband, John Figueroa of Patterson; sons, John Figueroa and Gary
Figueroa, both of Patterson, David Figueroa of
Hawaii and Paul Figueroa of Washington; daughter, Janet Sizar of
Washington; sister, Juana Okendo of Riverbank; eight
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Patterson
District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.
Hillview Funeral Chapel in Patterson handled arrangements

Fisk, Amelia 060805 p10
Amelia Fisk    Oct. 12, 1932 — Aug. 3, 2006
A funeral service will be Tuesday for Amelia Fisk of Modesto, who died
Thursday at Emanuel Medical Center in
Turlock. Mrs. Fisk, 73, was a native of Lompoc and had lived in
Patterson, Escalon, Vernalis and Modesto. She was a
Patterson High School graduate. After she married William Fisk, the
couple farmed in Vernalis. She was also a
businesswoman.    She attended Calvary Temple in Modesto. She was a member
of the Red Hat Society and loved to
garden. Mrs. Fisk especially loved her children and grandchildren. Mrs.
Fisk is survived by her four sons, Mathew
Ramos of Riverbank, Christopher Ramos of San Luis Obispo, Joseph Ramos of
Riverside and Phillip Snelling of Tracy;
two daughters, Cynthia DeCamara of Modesto and Natalie Dickman of
Turlock; two sisters, Isabel Azevedo of Modesto
and Lena Byrom of Norco; four brothers, Herman Santos of Winters, Alfred
Santos of Hughson, Jimmy Santos of
Morgan Hill and Pete Santos of San Jose; nine grandchildren; and six
great- grandchildren. Tuesday's funeral service
will begin at 11 a.m. at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel, 419 Scenic Drive,
in Modesto.

Flores, Josefina 060429 p5
Two Patterson Residents Die in Separate Crashes; Orland Woman also
Killed, Passengers Hospitalized
Two Patterson residents and an Orland woman died in two separate car
accidents on rural roads between Patterson and
Turlock on Tuesday. Josefina Flores, 42, of Patterson, was killed in an
accident on Central and Monte Vista avenues
early Tuesday after her car ran a stop sign, according to a California
Highway Patrol report. Her son was hospitalized
with major injuries and later released. Rudy Ramirez Sr., 64, also of
Patterson, died in a collision Tuesday evening on
West Main Street, west of Crows Landing Road, after a 2006 Toyota Matrix
drifted into his lane of traffic, according to
the CHP. The driver of the Matrix, 58-year-old Orland resident Janis
Barnes, also died at the scene. Her 7 year old
Turlock grandson, who was in the car, was airlifted to Children's
Hospital Central California in Madera with major
injuries. In the latter incident, Ramirez was headed westbound in a 1993
Toyota pickup on West Main Street at about
5:25 p.m. An eastbound headed 2006 Toyota Matrix, driven by Barnes, for
some reason crossed into the westbound lane.
Ramirez appeared to have seen the Matrix drift into his lane, according
to the CHP, and he turned his pickup to the right.
However, he could not avoid crashing into the Matrix, and the left front
of each vehicle crashed into the other head on.
The front ends of both the blue pickup and the silver Matrix were
crumpled, and parts of the Matrix's engine were
exposed following the accident. Mountain View Fire Department and
American Medical Response responded to the
accident, and Patterson Fire Department and Patterson District Ambulance
assisted. Steve Hall, a division chief for
Patterson Fire Department, said emergency responders initially extracted
Ramirez from his pickup, thinking he had a
pulse, but later discovered he did not. Ramirez was returning from his
work in Turlock at the time of the accident, his
son Ruben Ramirez said. Ramirez had lived in Patterson 41 years and had
been a welder for Foster Farms for 26 years.
Ruben Ramirez said his father was often quiet, but people paid attention
to him when he spoke. He was a strong
Christian, and a true American, he said.     CHP closed West Main Street
between Carpenter and Crows Landing roads for
about two hours after the crash. Everyone involved in the accident wore
safety restraints, and the vehicles were traveling
at unknown speeds, according to CHP reports. In the earlier Tuesday
accident, Flores was traveling eastbound in a 2005
Nissan Sentra on Monte Vista Avenue at 5:57 a.m. and had slowed to about
1 to 5 mph when driving past a stop sign at
Central Avenue, according to CHP reports. Hughson resident Randy
Yarberry, 38, was traveling southbound on Central
Avenue in a 1998 Dodge Ram at about 60 mph when the Sentra crossed Monte
Vista Avenue in front of him. The front
of the Ram hit the left side of the Sentra. The impact caused both
vehicles to veer eastward, and the Ram overturned and
landed in an oat field. Flores' son, Javier Solis, was transported to
Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with major
injuries. He was released Thursday. Yarberry was transported with minor
injuries to Emanuel Medical Center in
Turlock. Everyone involved in the accident wore seat belts. Flores'
sister, Ermelinda Flores-Bearrup, said Flores was on
her way to drop off Solis at Pitman High School in Turlock before heading
to her job at Wellness Recovery Center in
Modesto. Flores, who like, Ramirez, was active in her church, grew up in
Patterson and graduated from Patterson High
School in 1981. She returned to Patterson last year after having lived
in Modesto for many years.
The reason she returned to Patterson was because she remembered and loved
Patterson as a kid, Flores-Bearrup said.

Flores, Josefina R 060429 p8
Josefina Ruiz Flores   Aug. 26, 1963 — April 24, 2006
Services will be Monday for Josefina Ruiz Flores of Patterson, who died
Tuesday in a car accident in rural Turlock.
Ms. Flores, 42, was born in Raymondville, Texas, and raised in Patterson.
She was a 1981 graduate of Patterson High
School. Ms. Flores moved from Patterson to Modesto in her early 20s and
returned to town a year ago. She worked for
Stanislaus County more than 18 years and most recently was a clerk at the
Wellness Recovery Center in Modesto.
Ms. Flores was a member of New Harvest Christian Church in Modesto. She
was very involved with her church, and she
adored her children and family. Ms. Flores is survived by her children,
Crystal Solis, Javier Solis and Jesus Solis, all of
Patterson; brothers, Jose Gonzales of Patterson and Daniel Gonzales and
Israel Flores, both of Modesto; and sisters,
Luisa Garcia of Livingston, Texas, Lucia Verduzco of Lathrop, Ernestina
Flores of Keyes, Marina Flores-Rodriguez of
Delhi and Ermelinda Flores-Bearrup of Patterson. She was preceded in
death by her parents, Ernesto and Josefina Flores.
Visitation will be observed from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Salas Brothers
Chapel, 419 Scenic Drive, in Modesto. Monday's
funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. at the chapel. Burial will be in
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in
Patterson. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Flores' name may be sent to
Valley First Credit Union, 1419 J St., in
Modesto.

Franzen, Georgena Gomes 061028 p18
Georgena Gomes Franzen   March 9, 1924 — Oct. 24, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday for Georgena Gomes
Franzen of Merced, who died Tuesday at her
home. Mrs. Franzen, 82, was a native of Newman and attended Orestimba
High School. She married Ben Gomes in 1941
and lived in Newman another 59 years. She was a school bus driver for 28
years and advanced to supervisor. One of her
fondest memories was taking first place in the State School Bus Rodeo. In
1981, she married Jim Franzen, a former
Stanislaus County supervisor, and raised red brangus cattle at their
ranch in Gustine. After her husband's death in 1989,
Mrs. Franzen maintained the ranch on her own until July 2000, when she
moved to Merced. Mrs. Franzen was a
parishioner of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Merced. She was a member
of the Newman Historical Society, Gustine
Historical Society, Orestimba 50-Plus Club, Merced Senior Social Club and
Yosemite Institute No. 117. She also was an
honorary lifetime member of the Catholic Daughters of America chapter in
Newman. Mrs. Franzen is survived by her
son, Daniel Gomes, and daughter, Agnes Stone, both of Merced;
grandchildren, Michelle Fagundes, Paul Stone, Deanne
Cortez and Phillip Gomes; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Jim Franzen; her
parents, Manuel and Delfina Duarte; and her sister, Mary Azevedo.
Monday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at St.
Joachim's Catholic Church, 1121 Main St., in Newman. Burial will follow
in Hills-Ferry Cemetery, 1334 W. Stuhr Road,
in Newman. A visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday,
followed by the recital of a rosary at Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 1258 R St., in Newman.

Furtado, Ruth E 060809 p9
Ruth Elizabeth Furtado    Oct. 28, 1933 — August 5, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today for Ruth Elizabeth
Furtado of Patterson, who died Saturday at
Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Mrs. Furtado, 72, was a Patterson
native and lifelong Patterson resident. She was
a homemaker. Mrs. Furtado was also a cook for Thee Bakery in Patterson
for 12 years. She graduated from Patterson
High School in 1952 and was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
in Patterson. She was a member of the
Sacred Heart Young Ladies Institute and the Altar Society. Mrs. Furtado
is survived by her husband, Manuel Furtado of
Patterson; sons, Manuel Furtado Jr., Greg Furtado and Timothy Furtado,
all of Patterson, Anthony Furtado of Westley
and Jamie Furtado of Modesto; daughters, Debbie Azevedo of Patterson and
Carol Brown of Rathdrum, Idaho; sister,
Margaret Michelena of Patterson; 14 grandchildren; and two great-
grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by a son,
Christopher Furtado, and two brothers, Wallace Garcia and Walter Garcia.
Today's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will follow in
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Furtado's name may be sent to Father
Connors Endowment Trust Fund, P.O. Box 1174,
Patterson 95363. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in
Patterson, is handling arrangements.

Garcia, Katherine 060128 p14
Katherine Garcia   Sept. 4, 1926 — Jan. 23, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday for Katherine
(Garcia) Garcia of Patterson, who died Monday
at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Mrs. Garcia, 79, was a native of
Fresno and had lived in Patterson 17 years. She
was a process sorter with Gentry's, a spice company in Gilroy, 25 years.
She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Patterson and a member of the Teamsters Union. Mrs. Garcia is
survived by her children, Frank A. Garcia and
Billy Garcia, both of San Jose, Larry Garcia of Fresno, Harry Garcia,
Barbara Vega and Florence Garcia, all of
Patterson, and Linda Bravo of Modesto; brother, Joaquin Puentes of
Mexico; sisters, Margie Estrada and Nellie Martinez,
both of Fresno; 15 grandchildren; and 19 greatgrandchildren.   She was
preceded in death by her husband, Frank Serna
Garcia; a brother, Mark Anthony Garcia; and a daughter, Betty Stewart.
Monday's Mass and rosary will begin at 11 a.m.
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson, with burial to
follow at 2 p.m. in San Joaquin Valley National
Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, Gustine. Visitation will be observed
from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday
at the church.


Garcia Ramiro 060715 p3a/b (missing obit text)


Garcia, Ramiro G 060719 p12
Ramiro G. Garcia   July 12, 1966 — July 11, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday for Ramiro Garcia,
39, of Patterson, who died July 11 at Doctors
Medical Center in Modesto. Mr. Garcia was a native of Tulare and had
lived in Patterson 36 years. He was a cotton
machine operator the past four years. Mr. Garcia is survived by his
parents, Ruben Garcia and Alicia Garcia of Patterson;
son, Ramiro Garcia Jr. of Patterson; daughter, Ruby Garcia of Patterson;
brothers, Rico Garcia and Ruben Garcia Jr. of
Patterson; sister, Lisa Ochoa of Patterson; and a grandchild.   Friday's
funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at the church.
Burial will follow at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33,
Patterson. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7
p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson,
followed immediately by the recital of a rosary.
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson, is
handling arrangements.

Gatz, Joan M B 060125 p7
Joan M. Bennett Gatz; A celebration of life will be Sunday at River Oak
Arena in Patterson for Joan M. Bennett Gatz of
Ceres, who died Friday in a car accident. Mrs. Gatz, 53, was born in
Modesto and had lived in Ceres most of her life. She
was a rancher and co-owner of Gatz Team Roping Horses and Arena
Productions. Mrs. Gatz was a graduate of Modesto
High School and attended Modesto Junior College. She loved horses and art
and was a member of Oakdale Cowboy
Museum, Women's Team Roping Association, American Cowboy Team Roping
Association, National Team Roping
Association and United States Team Roping. She was raised by her
grandparents, Grace and Perley Dexter. Mrs. Gatz is
survived by her husband, Donald Gatz of Ceres; stepchildren, Tracy Gatz
of Modesto and Dennis Gatz of Texas; mother,
Betty Johnson of Turlock; a brother, Mark Johnson of Corning; and sister,
Shelly Long of Grants Pass, Ore. She was
preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Bennett and Dale Johnson.
Sunday's celebration of life will begin at 10:30
a.m. at River Oak Arena, 2929 Old Las Palmas Ave., Patterson. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Gatz's name may be sent
to Breast Cancer Research Foundation for "Tough Enough to Wear Pink,"
2018 Santa Fe Ave., Hughson 95326. Franklin
& Downs Colonial Chapel, 12th and G streets, Modesto, is handling
arrangements.

Gehri, Fred William ‘Bill' 061018 p8
Fred William ‘Bill' Gehri   May 6, 1923 — Oct. 14, 2006
Services will be Saturday for Fred William "Bill" Gehri, who died
Saturday at his San Antonio Valley home after a
lengthy illness. Mr. Gehri, 83, was a native of San Jose. He was a U.S.
Marine during World War II and fought at
Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He returned to the U.S. to marry his wife, Evelyn
Mohr, for a union that lasted almost 60 years.
He worked more than 43 years for the Santa Clara County Road Department.
He modernized impassable roads into a
usable system without the help of engineers. A monument honoring Mr.
Gehri stands next to a bridge he built in the San
Antonio Valley that bears his name. He will be missed by his family and
friends. Mr. Gehri is survived by his wife,
Evelyn Gehri; his children, Bill Gehri of Sonora, Linda Scoles of Modesto
and Bonnie Hyman of Snelling; eight
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Saturday's memorial service
will begin at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
124 S. Del Puerto Ave., in Patterson. Memorial contributions may be sent
to Roberts Ferry Grammar School, Dean
Hyman Scholarship Fund, 101 Roberts Ferry Road, Waterford 95356; or to
Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite No.
100, Dublin 94568-3151.

Gibbs, Robert E 060125 p7
Robert Eugene Gibbs; Graveside services will be today for Robert Eugene
Gibbs, 84, of Turlock, who died Sunday at
Elness Convalescent Hospital in Turlock. Mr. Gibbs was a native of
Oklahoma and had lived in Turlock 28 years. He
previously had lived in Patterson and Westley. He was a maintenance man
at the Westley Warehouse six years. He was
also a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 5059 in Turlock. Mr. Gibbs is
survived by his caregiver, Lilly Cole of Turlock; son, Ricky Gibbs of
Oklahoma; sisters, Sylvia Dennis of Patterson, Dora
Ward of Newman, Goldie Hettervik of Yuma, Ariz., and Wilma Sue Pearson of
Indianapolis, Ind. He was preceded in
death by his wife, Dreda White Gibbs; his brother, James Gibbs; and a
sister, Treba Mae Powell. Today's graveside
service will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800
Highway 33, Patterson. Visitation will precede the
service from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas
Ave., Patterson.

Gomes Mavis Hazel 061227 p9
  May 9, 1928 — Dec. 23, 2006
Services will be Thursday for former Patterson resident Mavis Hazel Gomes
of Turlock, who died Saturday at Alexander
Cohen Hospice House in Modesto. Mrs. Gomes, 78, was born in Eckman,
Bottineau County, N.D., and attended school
there. She moved to Patterson in 1945. She married Llewellyn Gomes on
Feb. 24, 1952, and the couple moved to
Turlock. She was a homemaker and a lifetime member of Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church in Turlock. Mrs. Gomes is
survived by her husband, Llewellyn Gomes of Turlock; daughter, Kemily Ann
Gomes Sneed, and her husband, Wayne, of
Glendale, Ariz.; brother, Ralph Kjonaas of Pahrump, Nev.; sister, Irene
Lucas of Grass Valley; two grandchildren, Jaime
Lynnette Sneed of Glendale and Garrett Sneed of Bakersfield; and two
greatgrandchildren, Walter Lee Jarvis IV and Lee
Jordyn Jarvis, both of Glendale. She was preceded in death by a brother,
Alvin Kjonaas. Thursday's graveside service
will begin at 1 p.m. at Turlock Memorial Park, 425 N. Soderquist Road, in
Turlock. A memorial service will follow at 2
p.m. that same day at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., in
Turlock. Visitation will be observed from
noon to 6 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Allen Mortuary,
247 N. Broadway, in Turlock. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Gomes' name may be sent to the American Cancer
Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto
95350; or to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock
95380. Condolences may be sent online via the
mortuary's Web site, www.allenmortuary.com.

Gonzales, Simon B 060701 p10
Simon Bernal Gonzales   Dec. 18, 1964 — June 21, 2006
Funeral services were June 25 at St. John's Catholic Church in Hermleigh,
Texas, for Simon Bernal Gonzales, 41, who
died there after a lengthy illness. Mr. Gonzales was a native of Snyder,
Texas, and was a truck driver for B.J. Services in
Snyder for many years. Mr. Gonzales loved the San Francisco 49ers
football team and loved all of his nieces, nephews
and cousins. During his time off from work, he enjoyed traveling around
Texas. He lived in Patterson from 1985 to
1992. Mr. Gonzales is survived by his mother, Mary Bernal of Hermleigh;
two brothers, David Gonzales of Sweetwater,
Texas, and Raul Villa of Carlsbad, N.M.; two sisters, Alicia Villa of
Patterson and Irma Villa of Sweetwater; six
nephews; four nieces; and four uncles.   Burial was in Hermleigh Cemetery
in Hermleigh. Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral
Home, 3101 College Ave., in Snyder handled arrangements.

Gray, Bill H 060812 p9
Bill H. Gray   July 1, 1934 — Aug. 2, 2006
A memorial service will be Tuesday for Bill H. Gray of Ceres, who died
Aug. 2 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
Mr. Gray, 72, was a native of Portsmouth, Ohio, who had lived in Ceres
seven years. He was an appliance repairman for
40 years. He was a Master Mason, Davidson No. 236 in Flint, Mich., a
member of Patterson Masonic Lodge No. 488 and
a member and Past Patron of No. 417 Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Gray
is survived by his wife, Lorraine "Lorry" Gray
of Ceres; children, William Gray Jr. and Milinda Stockwell, both of
Oklahoma City, Okla., Sherry Simmons of North
Branch, Mich., Timothy Gray, Chrystal Cowan and Heather Cowan, all of
Ceres, and Becky Gray of Flint; and 12
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Vera
Gray; a brother; and a sister.   Tuesday's
memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. at the Masonic Hall, 600 N. Sixth
St., in Patterson. Services will conclude at the
Masonic Hall. Memorial contributions in Mr. Gray's name may be sent to
Patterson Masonic Lodge No. 488, P.O. Box
1172, Patterson 95363; or to the Order of the Eastern Star No. 417, P.O.
Box 993, Patterson 95363. Colonial Chapel --
Franklin & Downs, 704 12th St., in Modesto is handling arrangements.

Guce, Geraldine M 060304 p9
Geraldine Malvas Guce   Jan. 27, 1964 — Feb. 28, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday for Geraldine Malvas
Guce, 42, of Gustine, who died Tuesday at
her home. Ms. Guce was a native of the Philippines and had lived in
Gustine three years. Before that, she lived in the
Bay Area several years. Ms. Guce was an accountant for 12 years for DHL
Co. Ms. Guce is survived by her parents,
Maximo and Violeta Guce of Gustine; brother, Christopher Guce of
Gustine; and sisters, Ederlina Caughman of
Roseville, Nikki Guce Vasquez of Gustine, Marissa Guce of Patterson and
Maxine G. Reyes of Milpitas. Monday's
Mass will begin at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Miracles Catholic Church, 370
Linden Ave., Gustine. Burial will be private.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 515 First Ave., Gustine, followed
immediately by the recital of a rosary. A second visitation will be
observed from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday at the
chapel.

Gutierrez, Jesus 060301 p14
June 30, 1975 — Feb. 22, 2006
Jesus Gutierrez, 30, of Westley, died Wednesday at Emanuel Medical Center
in Turlock. Mr. Gutierrez was a native of
Los Angeles and a longtime resident of Westley. He was a custodian for
the Patterson Unified School District eight
years. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson
and a 1994 graduate of Patterson High School.
Mr. Gutierrez is survived by his wife, Maria Gutierrez of Westley; sons,
Gabriel Gutierrez of Westley and Jesus
Gutierrez Jr. of Modesto; parents, Vincente and Alicia Gutierrez of
Westley; brother, Vincente Gutierrez Jr. of North
Carolina; sister, Edith Gutierrez of Patterson; and grandfather, Luis
Patlan of Mexico. Friday's Mass will begin at 11
a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Patterson District Cemetery,
10800 Highway 33, Patterson. A visitation will be
observed from 5 to 7 p.m., followed immediately by the recital of a
rosary, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St.,
Patterson. Memorial contributions in Mr. Gutierrez's name may be sent to
Gloria Pinedo c/o Gutierrez Family Trust, Tri
Counties Bank, 17 Plaza, Patterson 95363. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450
W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling the
arrangements.

Halcon, Daniel 060412 p6
Sept. 9, 1946 — April 10, 2006
Services will be Friday for Stockton resident Daniel Halcon, who died
Monday at Hospice House in Stockton. Mr.
Halcon, 59, was a native of El Centro and had lived in Stockton four
years. He had previously lived in Tracy, Milpitas,
San Jose, Salinas and Patterson. He worked 21 years as a service
representative for Pacific Bell Telephone Co. Before
that, he had worked for Firestone Tire Company. He was a union steward
for both Pacific Bell and Firestone Tire. He
was an avid Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Raiders fan, and he enjoyed
playing sports. He was a U.S. Army veteran
and served in Vietnam. He was a graduate of Patterson High School. Mr.
Halcon is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann
Halcon of Stockton; children, Daniel Halcon Jr. and Tracy Halcon, both of
Stockton; mother, Teresa Halcon of Patterson;
brothers, Roland Halcon and Ignacho Halcon, both of Salinas; sisters,
Irene Parker of Patterson and Angie Hester of San
Diego; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father,
Ignacio Halcon, and a sister, Mary Halcon.
Friday's services will begin at 10 a.m. at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450
W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson. Burial will follow
in Patterson District Cemetery. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7
p.m. Thursday at the chapel, followed
immediately by the recital of a rosary. Memorial contributions may be
sent to Hospice House, 3888 Pacific Ave.,
Stockton 95204.

Handley Winnie Lee 061230 p11
Sept. 7, 1916 — Dec. 24, 2006
Services were Thursday for former Patterson resident Winnie Lee Handley
of Turlock, who died Sunday at Emanuel
Medical Center in that city. Mrs. Handley, 90, was born in Missouri and
grew up in Kansas. After marrying, she traveled
throughout the Northwest during World War II. She moved to Hayward in
1963, to Patterson in 1998 and finally to
Turlock in 2000. Mrs. Handley worked as a glass worker for Owens-Illinois
Glass Co. in Tracy for 13 years. She enjoyed
doing embroidery and crossword puzzles and playing cards. Mrs. Handley
was a member of Patterson Christian
Fellowship and had attended Grace Community Church in Ceres for the past
year. Mrs. Handley is survived by four
daughters, Yvonne Needens of Gardnerville, Nev., Janet Pickrel of
Patterson, Shirl Cordova of Littleton, Colo., and
Linda Merrithew of Reno, Nev.; brother, Lee Creek of Illinois; 13
grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-
greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford
Handley, and four children. Thursday's funeral
service was at Grace Community Church, 3754 E. Service Road, in Ceres.
Burial was in Tracy Cemetery, 600 W. Schulte
Road, in Tracy. Condolences may be sent online via the mortuary's Web
site, www.allenmortuary.com.

Hicks, Dyan S 060322 p14
Dyan Shugart Hicks   July 12, 1937 — March 17, 2006
A celebration of life will be Sunday for Dyan Shugart Hicks, 68, of Crows
Landing, who died Friday at her home.
Mrs. Hicks was a native of Bakersfield and had lived in Crows Landing 45
years. She was a librarian at the Turlock
Public Library 20 years. She was a graduate of Escalon High School and a
graduate of Modesto Junior College, where
she earned her associate's degree. Mrs. Hicks enjoyed gardening, reading
and working crosswords and jigsaw puzzles.
She loved playing with her grandchildren and traveling to Lake Tahoe with
her dear friend, Patty Crow, and to Sea Cliff
Beach in Aptos with her family. Mrs. Hicks is survived by her children,
David Hicks, and his wife, Rachel, and Debra
Davis, and her husband, Sam, all of Crows Landing, Dennis Hicks of Santa
Cruz and Donnie Hicks, and his wife, Sharon,
of Modesto; brother, Bob Shugart, and his wife, Diane, of Ukiah;
grandchildren, Frankie Hicks, Zachary Hicks, Nichole
Davis, Chelsea Hicks, and Jimmy Hicks, and his wife, Brandi; and great-
grandchild, Kilee Hicks. Sunday's celebration
of life will begin at 1 p.m. at the Hicks family home in Crows Landing.
Contributions in Mrs. Hicks' name may be sent
to Hospice of Emanuel Hospital, P.O. Box 819005, Turlock 95381.

Hicks, James D 060719 p12
James Downey Hicks   March 31, 1925 — July 14, 2006
A funeral service will be Thursday for James Downey Hicks of Patterson,
who died Friday at his home. Mr. Hicks, 81,
was a native of Oklahoma and had lived in Patterson 75 years. He was co-
founder and co-owner of H & M Trucking in
Patterson. Before he helped found the trucking company, he was a rancher
in Vernalis.   He served as an airplane
mechanic in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Mr. Hicks was a
member of the Masonic Lodge No. 488 in
Patterson. He was also a longtime, generous supporter of the Patterson
Apricot Fiesta and a longtime San Francisco
Giants fan. Mr. Hicks is survived by his wife, Frances Hicks of
Patterson; son, Jim Hicks, of Coto De Caza; daughter,
Carol Costa of Modesto; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and many
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his parents, B. F. Hicks and Flora Hicks, and his 13 brothers
and sisters. Thursday's graveside service will
begin at 10 a.m. at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in
Patterson. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8
p.m. today at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in
Patterson. Memorial contributions in Mr. Hicks'
name may be sent to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1663, Modesto 95354.

Hodges, Claire J 061108 p9
Claire J. Hodges June 5, 1930 — Nov. 5, 2006
A funeral service will be Thursday for Claire J. Hodges of Turlock, who
died Sunday at Bel Air Lodge Nursing Home in
Turlock. Mrs. Hodges, 76, was a native of Providence, R.I., and had lived
10 months in Turlock. Before that, she lived 16
years in Manteca and 15 years at the El Cajon Senior Community in El
Cajon. Mrs. Hodges was an office maintenance
worker for 10 years. She was a member of Franco-American War Veterans and
coordinated annual yard sales to raise
funds for the El Cajon Fire Department. Mrs. Hodges was instrumental in
organizing events at the El Cajon Senior
Community. She also enjoyed crocheting and making craft projects, as well
as collecting knick-knacks. Mrs. Hodges is
survived by her son, Raymond Hannagan of Modesto; daughter, Mary Martin
of Patterson; sisters, Beatrice Lindgran of
Rhode Island and Anna De Lorenzo- Fitzgerald of Arizona; 11
grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Thursday's
funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, 18601 Crows Landing Road, in
Crows Landing. Burial will follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800
Highway 33, in Patterson. Visitation will be
observed from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las
Palmas Ave., in Patterson.

Hooper, Pauline Clara 060927 p10
Pauline Clara Hooper   Nov. 9, 1916 — Sept. 25, 2006
A funeral service will be Friday for Pauline Clara Hooper of Modesto, who
died Monday at her home. Mrs. Hooper, 89,
was a native of Denlow, Mo., and had lived in Modesto for 15 years. She
lived in Patterson from 1943 to 1984. A
homemaker, she also worked 25 years for Patterson Frozen Foods. She was a
member of the Modesto Women's Bowling
League and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 748. Mrs.
Hooper is survived by her sons, Vern Hooper of
Tennessee, Allan Hooper of Patterson and Dwayne Hooper of Tennessee;
daughters and care-givers, Anita Jackson of
Texas and Alice Gonsalves of Modesto; six grandchildren; and three great-
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Vern Hooper Sr., and two grandchildren. Friday's graveside
service will begin at 11 a.m. at Patterson
District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. Visitation will be
observed from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Hooper's name may be sent to
Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto 95356; or to a charity of the
donor's choice.

Hoyle, Virginia 060823 p9
Virginia Dare Hoyle   Feb. 9, 1919 — Aug. 21, 2006
Services will be Friday for Virginia Dare Hoyle of Ceres, who died Monday
at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
Mrs. Hoyle, 87, was a native of Shelby, N.C. and had lived at Hale Aloha
Nursing Home in Ceres the past two years.
Before that, she lived in Patterson eight years and Vallejo 45 years. She
was a homemaker her entire life. Mrs. Hoyle was
a Sunday school teacher at Southern Baptist churches in Vallejo and North
Carolina, and was Sunday school treasurer at
Grace Independent Baptist Church in Vallejo. She was a seamstress and
enjoyed her dachshunds, gardening, flowers,
traveling and cooking for her family.   Mrs. Hoyle is survived by her
daughter, Brenda Moren, and her husband, the Rev.
Ken G. Moren, of Patterson; grandsons, David J. Moren of Modesto and
Kenneth J. Moren of Patterson; and great-
grandchildren, Amanda D. Moren of Roseville and Aaron Moren and Allison
D. Moren, both of Modesto. Friday's
graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery,
2201 Sacramento St., in Vallejo. Visitation will be
observed from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las
Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Hoyle's name may be sent to Family Christian Center
Building Fund, 18 S. Sixth St., Patterson

95363

Ibarra, Sylvia Yolanda 061108 p9
Sylvia Yolanda Ibarra   Nov. 15, 1960 — Nov. 2, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday for Sylvia Yolanda
Ibarra, who died Thursday in Turlock. Mrs.
Ibarra, 45, was a native of Oakland and a former longtime resident of
Fremont. She enjoyed visiting Indian casinos and
playing various computer games. Mrs. Ibarra is survived by her husband of
25 years, Carlos Ochoa of Grayson; mother,
Dolores Melena Guzman of Turlock, and stepfather, Joaquin S. Guzman of
Newark; daughters, Apolinar Zepeda of
Fremont, Raquel Zepeda of San Diego and Carly Ochoa of Grayson; sisters,
Diana Chimpky Palafox of Patterson,
Maryann Chimpky Hernandez of Ripon, Leticia Ibarra of Tracy and Rosemary
Rosales of Fremont; brothers, Rocio Ibarra
of Aurora, Colo., Bob Chimpky of Livermore, Tracy, Antonio Luis Guzman
Sr. of Brentwood, Victorio Ibarra Jr. of
Tracy and George Guzman of Fremont; and grandchildren, Roberto, Emily,
Messiah, Sintriana and Xevelia. She is also
survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews,
godchildren, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was
preceded in death by a granddaughter, Angel. Thursday's Mass will begin
at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Catholic Church, 40382 Fremont Blvd., in Fremont. Burial will follow in
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 26230 Mission
Blvd., in Hayward. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Fremont
Memorial Chapel, 3723 Perlata Blvd., in
Fremont. A vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions in
Mrs. Ibarra's name may be sent to the American
Cancer Society, 1700 Webster St., Oakland 94612.

Isquierdo, Francosco 060218 p4
Westley Man Drowns When Car Goes into Canal    Francisco Isquierdo, 44
A Westley resident's body was found in the Delta-Mendota Canal on Tuesday
night. Francisco Isquierdo, 44, drowned
after the car he was driving went into the canal about half a mile south
of Hamilton Road, according to the Stanislaus
County coroner's office. Investigators said they are not sure how his
car ended up in the canal. Isquierdo's family told
police he had been missing since Feb. 11. The family suspected he was
missing when he didn't show up for work
Monday. "Whenever he's gone for more than a day he would call," said
Adela Isquierdo, Francisco's sister. Amelia
Isquierdo, Francisco's sister-in-law, found evidence his car entered the
canal Tuesday while she was searching for him,
said Tom Killian, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. She
found skid marks and a piece of Isquierdo's car
close to where police found the body at about 3:09 p.m. "They always
drive the canal because they live by the canal,"
Adela Isquierdo said. Francisco Isquierdo worked as a welder and was
born in Patterson. Killian said there were no
safety restraints for the driver in the red 1993 Ford Escort that
Isquierdo was driving. He said it is still unknown whether
drugs or alcohol were involved, and that the investigation will continue.
Whenever he's gone for more than a day, he
would call." Adela Isquierdo Fernando Isquierdo's sister Elias
Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Uner investigation: Tire skid marks indicate where the automobile driven
by Francisco Isquierdo veered into the Delta-
Mendota Canal. Police found Isquierdo's body there Tuesday night. The
Stanislaus County coroner said the Westley
resident had drowned.

Isquierdo, Francosco 060218 p9
Francisco Isquierdo   Oct. 5, 1961— Feb. 14, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday for Francisco
Isquierdo, 44, who died Tuesday in Westley.
Mr. Isquierdo was a Patterson native and a lifetime resident of Westley.
He was a welder for Paul Frederico four years.
Mr. Isquierdo previously worked 10 years for Fisco Farm & Industrial
Supply Co. in Tracy. He was a parishioner
of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. An avid Oakland Raiders
football fan, he enjoyed family and friends and
lived life to the fullest. He was a 1979 graduate of Patterson High
School. Mr. Isquierdo is survived by his parents,
Julian Sr. and Guadalupe Isquierdo of Patterson; brothers, Jose Luis
Isquierdo, and his wife, Norma, Julian Isquierdo Jr.,
and his wife, Amelia, and Jesse Isquierdo, and his wife, Gabby, all of
Westley, and Robert Isquierdo and Javier Isquierdo
both of Patterson; sisters, Adela Isquierdo, Connie Isquierdo and Lupe I.
Ortiz, and her husband, Robert, all of Patterson,
and Antonia Ruddick and her husband, Lewis, of Turlock. He was preceded
in death by a nephew, Julian Robert
Isquierdo. Wednesday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson. Burial will
follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, followed immediately by the recital of a rosary, both at the
church. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las
Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling arrangements.

Jacinto, Sabino J 060621 p13
Sabino Jone Jacinto   Jan. 13, 1913 — June16, 2006
Memorial services will be Saturday and burial will be Monday for Sabino
Jone Jacinto, 93, who died Friday at Central
Park in Fremont. Mr. Jacinto was a native of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte,
Philippines. He immigrated to the United States
in 1934, earned his citizenship and had since lived in California. He
lived in Union City the past 43 years. Mr. Jacinto
was a lifelong agricultural consultant, supervisor and farm laborer
throughout California, from Marysville to the Imperial
Valley. He was a former employee of Fudenna Bros Inc., Perry Farms and
Ardenwood Historic Farm near Fremont. He
retired in 2001 and enjoyed cooking at family barbecues and picnics,
babysitting his great- grandchildren, taking walks
and driving to the hardware store and post office. He also enjoyed
vacationing in the Philippines, taking road trips to
Arizona and Nevada, fishing and inventing things. Mr. Jacinto was a fan
of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. He liked
to watch their games and his favorite westerns on television. One of his
proudest accomplishments was his participation
in the construction of Washington High School's Tak Fudenna football
stadium in Fremont. Mr. Jacinto will be most
remembered for his gentleness, compassion, generosity, selflessness,
dedication, work ethic and unconditional love for
his family and friends. Family members said he was role model for all of
them. Mr. Jacinto is survived by his three
children, Genoveva Bagaosian of Union City, Brenda Higginson of Manteca
and Brent J. Jacinto of Patterson; younger
brother, Rosendo Jacinto of Aurora, Isabela, Philippines; 14
grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren, plus another
expected in September. He was preceded in death by his first wife,
Eleazara Jacinto, and his second wife, Joy Jacinto.
Saturday's memorial services will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Chapel of the
Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., in Hayward, and
burial will follow at 10 a.m. Monday. Visitation will be observed from
4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, also at the chapel.
Condolences may be sent Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd.,
Hayward 94544; or to brekit@gmail.com.
Jackson, Lucy M 060329 p7
Lucy Mae Jackson   Aug. 7, 1917— March 24, 2006
Services will be Thursday for Lucy Mae McKenzie Jackson, who died Friday
at Vintage Faire Convalescent Hospital in
Modesto. Mrs. Jackson, 88, was a native of Hazen, Ark., and had lived in
Modesto 28 years. She previously lived in
Patterson 23 years. She was a homemaker and was affiliated with First
Baptist Church in Patterson. Mrs. Jackson is
survived by her children, Jessie Jackson of Visalia, Janette Testerman of
Sanger and Betty Watts of Oklahoma City,
Okla.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Earl Jackson, and a
daughter, Rosemary Pope. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8 p.m.
today at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las
Palmas Ave., Patterson. Thursday's graveside service will begin at 2
p.m. at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800
Highway 33, Patterson.

Jimenez, Ricardo L 060729 p15
Services Planned for Ricardo ‘Richard' Lombrana Jimenez   March 2, 1954 —
July 21, 2006
A funeral service will be Monday for Ricardo "Richard" Lombrana Jimenez
of Grayson, who died Friday in San Pedro.
Mr. Jimenez, 52, was a native of San Antonio, Texas, and a former
resident of Westley, Patterson, Grayson, Modesto and
Southern California. He worked in auto parts sales for 16 years at Napa
Auto Parts in Patterson. He had a variety of
occupations in the automotive industry. Mr. Jimenez was a volunteer
firefighter for the Westley-El Solyo Fire
Department and was a boxing coach for the Patterson Police Activities
League, PAL. Mr. Jimenez also served as assistant
pastor for the Grayson Assembly of God Church. He had a passion for
basketball, boxing, fishing, singing and playing
the guitar. He was a devoted and loving father and grandfather. Mr.
Jimenez is survived by his wife, Nancy Jimenez of
Turlock; son, Ricardo Jimenez of Turlock; daughters, Stephanie Jimenez
and Christina Jimenez, both of Turlock; brother,
Dale Butler of Modesto; sisters, Elayla Fitch, Lina Butler, Gladys
Quintero and Alice Banda, all of Modesto; and two
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Oralia Lombrana,
and a brother, Enrique Jimenez.   Monday's
funeral service will be at 10 a.m. at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las
Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Burial will follow
in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at
the chapel.

Johnson, Elwood Carl 060920 p10
Elwood Carl Johnson   Oct. 30, 1927 — Aug. 26, 2006
A graveside service will be Saturday for Patterson High School graduate
Elwood Carl Johnson, who died Aug. 26 at his
home in Los Angeles. Mr. Johnson, 78, was born in South Dakota and moved
to Patterson at age 8. He graduated
from Patterson High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Army from 1945
to 1949. He graduated from University of
California, Davis, with a degree in civil engineering and worked for the
state until he retired. He then found that he didn't
care for retirement and worked for the city of Riverside as a city
engineer for another 10 years. Mr. Johnson is survived
by a stepson, James Freeman of Anaheim, and a sister, Dorothy Reis of
Patterson. Saturday's graveside service will begin
at 9 a.m. at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.

Johnson, Merrill G 060412 p6
Merrill George Johnson    Nov. 6, 1917 — April 9, 2006
Services will be Friday for Merrill George Johnson, 88, of Patterson, who
died Sunday at Vintage Faire Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center in Modesto. Mr. Johnson was a native and resident
of Chicago until 1920, when he moved to
Patterson with his parents, George and Mabel Johnson. He lived in
Patterson 77 years, and then in Modesto and Turlock
the last eight years of his life. He was a 1935 graduate of Patterson
High School. He farmed with his family and was a
plumber with J.E.M. Electrical and Plumbing in Patterson 15 years. He
was a 40-year Teamsters Union plumber. He
served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II at Stockton Field
and Fort Sumner in New Mexico. Mr. Johnson
was a member of the Covenant Church in Patterson, American Legion Post
168 and the Modesto regional group of the
Horseless Carriage Club of America. Though he restored numerous antique
automobiles, his favorite was the Ford
Model T. He and his wife, Helen, were married in 1941. They loved to
travel and visited many exotic locations in Asia,
South America and Europe.    Mr. Johnson is survived by his children, Dale
M. Johnson of Morro Bay, Dennis G. Johnson
of Patterson and Marilyn Lee Henderson of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada;
sister, Florence Phillips of Patterson; three
grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his wife, Helen Sigrid Johnson, in 1994.
Friday's funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at Patterson Covenant
Church, 435 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson. Burial
will be private. Memorial contributions in Mr. Johnson's name may be
sent to Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 4368
Spyres Way, Modesto 95356; or to Covenant Church Memorial Fund, 435 W.
Las Palmas Ave., Patterson 95363.
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling
arrangements.

Juarez-Overby, Irene Tillie 061110 p14
Irene Tillie Juarez-Overby   April 14, 1969 — Nov. 6, 2006
Services will be today for Irene Tillie Juarez-Overby of Modesto, who
died Monday at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
Medical Center in San Francisco. Ms. Juarez-Overby, 37, was a native of
San Jose and had lived in Modesto the past two
years. Before that, she lived in Patterson for 11 years. She was a
receptionist for Super Cuts for five years. She was a
member of the Patterson Fire Ladies Support Group and a past Cub Scout
leader. Ms. Juarez-Overby is survived by her
parents, Benito Juarez of San Jose and Margaret Dascomb of Modesto; son,
Jonathan Ruiz of Tracy; brother, Benny
Juarez of San Jose; and sisters, Margaret Barbosa of Modesto and Lacy
Juarez and Heather Juarez, both of San Jose.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson,
with a funeral prayer service at 6 p.m. Inurnment will be private.
Memorial contributions in Ms. Juarez-Overby's name
may be sent to Trust Fund for Jonathan Ruiz, c/o US Bank, P.O. Box 1328,
Patterson 95363.

King, Sharon L 060118 p7
Sharon Louise King   Feb. 14, 1952 — Jan. 12, 2006
Funeral services were Monday in Ridgeway, Va., for former Patterson
resident Sharon Louise King, who died Jan. 12 in
Dannville, Va. after a short illness. Mrs. King, 54, was the daughter of
the late Johnny and Melba King of Patterson. She
attended local schools and graduated from Patterson High School in 1970.
Mrs. King is survived by her son, Jerry Allen
Saunders of Martinsville, Va.; sister, Sandra Kanto of Patterson; and
brother, David King of Patterson. Community
Funeral Service, 109 Fontaine Drive, Ridgeway, is handling arrangements.

Kjonaas, Ann A 060706 p8
Ann Azevedo Kjonaas   Jan. 1, 1921 — June 27, 2006
A memorial service will be Sunday for Ann Azevedo Kjonaas, who died
Thursday at Loma Linda University Medical
Center in Loma Linda after a battle with leukemia. Mrs. Kjonaas, 85, who
lived in Cherry Valley, was a native of
Patterson and attended local schools. She enjoyed flying up north with
her husband in their airplane to visit family and
friends. She also enjoyed gardening and making crafts. She loved to
write letters and kept in touch with many friends in
Patterson and elsewhere during her travels over the years. Mrs. Kjonaas
is survived by her daughter, Kris Reade, and her
husband, Oscar, of Cherry Valley; sisters, Rosemarie Starcher of
Patterson and Vivian Espy of Blue Diamond, Nev.;
brothers, John V. Azevedo of Patterson and Tony Azevedo of Temecula; four
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and
many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Kjonaas was preceded in death by her
husband of 56 years, Alvin O. Kjonaas; her son,
Kurt; and a twin sister. Sunday's memorial service will begin at p.m. at
Beaumont Presbyterian Church, 702 Euclid Ave.,
in Beaumont.

Koster, Clifford W 060524 p9
Clifford William ‘Cliff' Koster; Services will be Thursday for Clifford
William "Cliff" Koster, 84, a third-generation
member of a pioneer Vernalis-area farming family who was a staunch
advocate for securing water for agriculture and for
preserving farming as a way of life. He died Friday morning at New Hope
Care Center in Tracy after being hospitalized
a month following a stroke. Mr. Koster was born to William and Mabel
Koster on the Koster Ranch established by his
grandparents, Nicolaus and Wilhelmina Koster, in 1880. As a child and
youth, he attended New Jerusalem School and
graduated from Tracy High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army Air
Force during World War II, reaching the
rank of staff sergeant as an aircraft-maintenance specialist in England
and Scotland. Family members said that even at the
age of 84, he could recall the model, weight, horsepower, wingspan and
armament of airplanes he worked on during the
war.   Mr. Koster raised a variety of crops on the family farm in the
Vernalis area and continued farming walnuts until
1997, when he retired. For a number of years, he served as a board member
and president of the Hospital Water District,
which later was consolidated into the Patterson-based Del Puerto Water
District. Mr. Koster was the district's first board
president. A longtime member of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau, he served as
president in 1977-78 and for a number of
years was chairman of the Farm Bureau's water committee. Mr. Koster was a
director of the Tracy Soil Conservation
District, which later became the San Joaquin Resource Conservation
District. He was a member of the California
Resource Conservation District Water Conservation Committee. He was
inducted into the San Joaquin County
Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1994. Mr. Koster served as a trustee of the
New Jerusalem School District. He was a
member of the Tracy Rural Fire District and a volunteer firefighter. He
was also a past member of the Native Sons of the
Golden West. As a member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor
Association, he hosted "gas ups" — demonstrations
of vintage tractors, combines, threshers and stationary engines. The last
gathering was in July 2005 to commemorate the
Koster Ranch's 125th anniversary.   Family members said Mr. Koster would
express himself on a number of issues,
especially those dealing with agricultural water and preservation of
farming, in handwritten letters to local politicians. He
enjoyed talking to "old-timers" and reminiscing about the old days. His
memory was a constant resource in recalling
farming history and machinery specifications. He enjoyed being with his
family and grandchildren. Survivors include his
wife of 51 years, Onalee Koster of Tracy; two sons, Andrew Koster, and
his wife, Tammi, and William Koster, and his
wife, Celeste, all of Tracy; a daughter, Diane Koster of Tracy; seven
grandchildren, Derek and Paul Koster of Stockton
and Nicolaus, Vincent, Jacob, Zachary and Arianna Koster, all of Tracy;
brother, Frank Koster of Chico; and sister,
Thelma Bennett of Tracy. Thursday's services will begin at 10:30 a.m. at
Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Ave., in
Tracy. Visitation at the mortuary will be observed from noon to 5 p.m.
today. Burial will be in Tracy Cemetery, 600 E.
Schulte Road, in Tracy. Memorial contributions in Mr. Koster's name may
be sent to the Tracy Historical Museum, P.O.
Box 117, Tracy 95378; or to the First Presbyterian Church, 101 Berverdor
Ave., Tracy 95376.
Koster, Clifford W 060527 p10
Clifford William ‘Cliff' Koster    Jan. 27, 1922 — May 5, 2006
Services were May 11 for Clifford William "Cliff" Koster, 84, a third-
generation member of a pioneer Vernalis-area
farming family who was a staunch advocate for securing water for
agriculture and preserving farming as a way of life.
He died May 5 at New Hope Care Center in Tracy after being hospitalized a
month. Mr. Koster was born to William and
Mabel Koster on the Koster Ranch, established by his grandparents,
Nicolaus and Wilhelmina Koster, in 1880. As a
youth, he attended New Jerusalem School and graduated from Tracy High
School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army
Air Force during World War II, reaching the rank of staff sergeant as an
aircraftmaintenance specialist in England and
Scotland. Mr. Koster raised a variety of crops on the family farm in the
Vernalis area and continued farming walnuts
until 1997, when he retired. He was active in many ag-related groups. Mr.
Koster expressed himself on a number of
issues, especially those dealing with agricultural water and preservation
of farming, in hand-written letters to local
politicians. He enjoyed talking to "old-timers" and reminiscing about the
old days, as well as being with his family and
grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Onalee Koster of
Tracy; two sons, Andrew Koster, and his wife,
Tammi, and William Koster, and his wife, Celeste, all of Tracy; a
daughter, Diane Koster of Tracy; and seven
grandchildren, Derek and Paul Foster of Stockton and Nicolaus, Vincent,
Jacob, Zachary and Arianna Koster, all of
Tracy; brother, Frank Koster of Chico; and sister, Thelma Bennett of
Tracy.

LaTorre, Peter P Sr 060614 p14
Peter Paul LaTorre Sr. June 10, 1912 — June 11, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today for Peter Paul
LaTorre Sr., 94, who died Sunday at his Patterson
home.   Mr. LaTorre was a native of Herkimer, N.Y., and had lived in
Patterson three years. He previously had lived in
the Bay Area for many years. He worked 39 years as a railroad-car
repairman for Southern Pacific Railroad. Mr.
LaTorrre was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson.
He was a member of the Italian Catholic
Federation, the Cardinal Merry Deval Council in Oakland and the Old Rails
Club. He was also a past Grand Knight of the
Knights of Columbus. Mr. LaTorre is survived by his children, Michael
LaTorre of Alamo, Dr. Peter P. LaTorre Jr. of
Patterson, Frances C. LaTorre of Hayward, Luceen J. Dunn of Norman,
Okla., and Lorraine C. Brescia of Rockville, Md.;
sisters, Isabel LaTorre of Livermore, Florence Wittmayer of Santa Clara
and Virginia Casavant of Oakland; 11
grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his wife, Violet LaTorre.   Today's
combination rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will begin at noon at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in
Patterson.   Visitation will be observed from 8 to 10:45 a.m., today at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave.,
in Patterson. Entombment will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Sepulcher
Cemetery, 26320 Mission Blvd., in Hayward.
Memorial contributions in Mr. LaTorre's name may be sent to Father
Connors Endowment Trust Fund, P.O. Box 1174,
Patterson 95363; or to P.R.I.D.E. ,Patterson Recognizing Individuals
Determined to Excel, P.O. Box 1543, Patterson 95363.

Lgnacio, Cliinton L 060823 p9
Clinton Lee Ignacio   Oct. 5, 1956 — Aug. 18, 2006
Services will be today for Clinton Lee Ignacio of Patterson, who died
Friday at his home. Mr. Ignacio, 49, was a native
of San Jose and lived in Patterson three years. He also had lived in
Stockton. He was a self-employed truck driver for 25
years and previously had worked as a carpenter. Mr. Ignacio graduated in
1974 from Piedmont Hills High School in San
Jose. He was a member of Patterson Christian Fellowship in Patterson. Mr.
Ignacio enjoyed river rafting and riding his
motorcycle. He was a gun collector and an avid San Francisco 49ers fan.
Mr. Ignacio is survived by his wife, Christina
M. Ignacio of Patterson; son, Jacob R. Ignacio, and his wife, Maria, of
Stockton; daughter, Andrea S. Ignacio of
Stockton; parents, Jacob G. Ignacio and Elsie F. Ignacio of San Jose;
brothers, Curtis H. Ignacio, and his wife, Nancy, of
Clintonville, Wis., and Wade Ignacio, and his wife, Terry, of Pleasanton;
sister, Kari K. Costa of Fremont; and
granddaughter, Destiny Alcantara of Stockton. Today's funeral service
will begin at 11 a.m. at Hillview Funeral Chapel,
450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Visitation will be observed from 10
to 11 a.m. at the chapel before the service.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Ignacio's name may be sent to the American
Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8,
Modesto 95350; or to St. Joseph's Medical Center, 1800 N. California St.,
Stockton 95204.

Lindner, Charles A 060426 p8
Charles August Lindner III   July 31, 1935 — April 22, 2006
A funeral service will be Friday for Charles August Lindner III, 70, of
Modesto, who died Saturday at Doctors Medical
Center in Modesto. Mr. Lindner as a native of Los Angeles and had lived
in Modesto one month. He previously lived in
Patterson 40 years. He came to Patterson in the mid-1960s to open the
first service station, Ingram Creek Mobil Gas
Station, on Interstate 5 in Stanislaus County. He sold the station after
he opened an H&R Block office in Patterson and
worked as a self-employed accountant. He sold that office several years
ago. Mr. Lindner was on the first board of
directors of the I-5 Association and served as past president of the
Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce and
Patterson Rotary Club. He was Patterson city treasurer 25 years and
served as a trustee of Patterson Unified School
District for 20 years. A longtime supporter of the Apricot Fiesta, Mr.
Lindner was the anonymous donor who paid for the
fireworks display for the first year of the Fiesta. He was also a past
troop committee chairman for Boy Scout Troop 81 of
Patterson. He served on the board of directors of El Solyo Village
Foundation more than 25 years and for many years
was its treasurer. One of the original members in 1984 of the Knights
of the Square Table coffee group, he was its first
and only secretary until early this year. Mr. Lindner is survived by his
wife, Gloria "Glorietta" Lindner of Modesto;
children, Charles August Lindner IV of Mill Valley, Timothy John Lindner
of Martinez and Anjanette Petty of Idaho
Falls, Idaho; stepson, Eddie Dozadelli of Los Banos; brother, Melvin
Morris of San Fernando Valley; and 11
grandchildren. Friday's funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. at
Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 530 Fourth St., in
Modesto. Burial will be private. Contributions in Mr. Lindner's name
may be sent to Progressive Missionary Baptist
Church, 530 Fourth St., Modesto 95351. Hillview Funeral Chapel is
handling arrangements.

Lisaraga, Edgar 060920 p3
The body of a 19-year-old man was found in the Delta-Mendota Canal late
Monday after the van he was driving Friday
afternoon fell into the canal north of Patterson. Edgar Lisaraga, a
Mexican resident who had been living in Westley and
working as an irrigator, drove into the canal just north of Zacharias
Road around 3:20 p.m. Friday, said Deputy Royjindar
Singh of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. A person then found
Lisaraga's body in the canal about six miles to
the south near Ward Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Monday and called Patterson
Fire Department, which contacted the
sheriff's department, according to sheriff's and fire department reports.
A California Highway Patrol report said it has
not been determined why the van Lisaraga was driving ran off the roadway.
Lisaraga had been traveling southbound in a
1995 Ford Aerostar from one job site to another, according to CHP and
sheriff's reports. He was not wearing a seat belt,
according to the CHP. Coworkers in a car in front of the van noticed the
van overturned in the water after looking behind
them, Singh said. They said the van might have hit a concrete pipe in the
water, causing it to overturn, he said. The
windshield was smashed, possibly because of the pressure as the van
entered the water, Singh said. A towing company
found the vehicle in the canal around 5:40 p.m. Friday. Lisaraga was not
inside.. The sheriff's department dive team was
initially dispatched to the scene, but the team was sent back after the
tow company found the van, Singh said. He said
sheriff's officials determined at the time that the dive team would not
be able to find the body, noting that the van had
been found 50 feet south of where it fell into the canal. "If (the
current) moved a van 50 feet, just think of what it can do
to a person," Singh said.

Liston, Don 060405 p6
Celebration of Life Planned for Don Liston   June 3, 1938 — March 29,
2006
A celebration of life will be April 23 for former Patterson resident Don
Liston of Sutter Creek, who died March 29
surrounded by his loving family after he sustained critical injuries in
an accident in Pine Grove two days earlier. Mr.
Liston, 67, was born in La Junta, Colo., and grew up in Tucson, Ariz. He
graduated from University of Arizona with a
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1960 and pursued a career
at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Del
Monte and Tektronix. In 1972, he moved his family to Patterson, where
his daughters graduated from high school.
While he continued to work as an engineer, Mr. Liston returned to school
and earned his master's degree in psychology
from John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area in 1990. After he
graduated, he moved to Amador County to complete
his internship. In 1994, he was licensed as a marriage and family
counselor. He practiced in Sutter Creek for 10 years
before he retired. Mr. Liston had an infectious zest for life and loved
to learn new things. He enjoyed spending time
with family and friends and liked to tell stories and help people. He had
many interests, including woodworking, taking
care of his home and his land, gardening and fixing all things mechanical
— from tractors and old equipment to cars and
model airplanes. His love of the wilderness and the wonders of nature
led him to hiking, backpacking, sailing, and
traveling in his recreational vehicle. He also liked to read, work on
his computer and play practical jokes. His favorite
music included Souza marches, Dixieland jazz and classical music, from
Bach to Boccelli. He enjoyed animals,
especially dogs, and he loved chocolate- chip cookies. Mr. Liston is
survived by his loving wife, Judy; daughters, Anne
Liston and Paula Hartman; sons-in-law, Troy Corliss and Keith Hartman;
twin grandchildren — the newest loves in his
life — Katelyn and Trace Hartman; sister, Kathy Bevan; brother-in-law,
Owen Bevan; niece and nephew, Shaan and Ian
Bevan; stepchildren, Karen, Michael and David Lerner; daughters-in-law
Nancy and Debbie Lerner; and grandchildren
Anita and Jennifer Hugely and Ryan and Cameron Lerner. The April 23
celebration of life will begin at noon at Volcano
Armory Hall, 21349 Consolation Street, Volcano. Memorial contributions
in Mr. Liston's name may be sent to A-PAL
Humane Society, P.O. Box 190, Jackson 95642; to Pine Grove Firefighters'
Association, P.O. Box 157, Pine Grove
95665; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Lopez, Donato M 060128 p14
Donato M. Lopez   Nov. 9, 1926 — Jan. 25, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for Donato M.
Lopez, 79, of Patterson, who died Wednesday at
Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Mr. Lopez was a native of Eloy, Ariz.,
and had lived in Patterson 43 years. He was a
farm laborer 63 years and last worked for Juan Salinas, a labor
contractor in Patterson. Mr. Lopez was a parishioner of
Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Cursillos
Movement, a religious organization based in
Arizona. Mr. Lopez was the founder and first coach of the Patterson
Tigers Mexican-American baseball team. He also
had played in a mariachi band in Arizona. Mr. Lopez is survived by his
wife of 59 years, Margaret Lopez of Patterson;
children, Richard Lopez, Jimmy Lopez, Eddie Lopez, Virginia Rodriguez,
Irma Olvera and Terry Reyes, all of Patterson,
Frank Lopez of Modesto and Vangie Macias of Turlock; brother, Jesus Lopez
of Arizona; sister, Pat Morales of Arizona;
16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Tuesday's Mass will begin
at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
529 I St., Patterson, with burial to follow in Patterson District
Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson. Visitation will be
observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church, followed immediately by
the recital of a rosary. Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling arrangements.

Luna, Gertrude L 060708 p9
Gertrude L. Luna   Sept. 13, 1910 — July 2, 2006
Services will be private for Gertrude Lillian Perdeau Luna of Patterson,
who died Sunday at San Luis Convalescent
Hospital in Newman. Mrs. Luna, 95, was a native of Malden, Mo., and had
lived in Patterson 15 years. She was a
homemaker who liked gardening, sewing and making crafts.    She was a
Worthy Matron for the Order of the Eastern Star;
chapter founder of Southeast Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars Women's
Auxiliary; and a 25-year Retired and Senior
Volunteer Program volunteer. Mrs. Luna is survived by her caregiver,
Diane Lloyd of Patterson; three grandchildren; 10
great-grandchildren; and a great- great grandchild. She was preceded in
death by two brothers, two sisters and a
grandson, Wade William Smith Jr.    Memorial contributions in Mrs. Luna's
name may be sent to the Alzheimer's
Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. No. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.
Eaton Family Funeral and Cremation Service,
513 12th St., in Modesto is handling arrangements.

Mariscal, Yolanda 060805 p10
Yolanda Mariscal   Jan. 20, 1969 — Aug. 3, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for Yolanda
Mariscal of Westley, who died Thursday at her home.
Mrs. Mariscal, 37, was a native of Jacona, Michoacan, Mexico, and had
lived in Westley for 15 years. She was a
homemaker and mother of three children. Mrs. Mariscal is survived by her
husband, Miguel Mariscal of Westley; son,
Miguel Mariscal Jr. of Westley; daughters, Nancy Mariscal and Elizabeth
Mariscal, both of Westley; parents, Eliseo and
Teresa Mata of Mexico; brothers, Eliseo Mata of Westley, Armando Mata of
San Diego, Jose Mata and Ignacio Mata,
both of Mexico, and Manuel Mata of Georgia; and sisters, Esperanza Mata
and Josephina Mata, both of San Diego.
Tuesday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529
I St., in Patterson. Burial will follow in
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. Visitation
will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson, followed
immediately.

Martinez, Jesus A 060204 p9
Jesus Antonio Martinez   May 20, 1936 — Feb. 2, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for Jesus Antonio
Martinez, 69, of Westley, who died Thursday at
his home. Mr. Martinez was a native of Pinos, Zacatecas, Mexico, and had
lived in Westley 30 years. He was a cannery
worker at Stanislaus Food Products Company in Modesto 10 years. Mr.
Martinez was also a parishioner of Sacred Heart
Catholic Church in Patterson. Mr. Martinez liked to work in his garden
and loved listening to music and watching "El
Chavo del 8." He was a very caring father and grandfather to his family,
and his great happiness was being with his
grandchildren. Mr. Martinez is survived by his wife, Maria Martinez of
Westley; children, Saul Martinez, Monica
Martinez and Perlita Martinez, all of Westley, and Eduardo Martinez of
Patterson; sisters, Ramona Saldavar of Modesto
and three more sisters of Mexico; and five grandchildren. Tuesday's Mass
will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 529 I St., Patterson. Burial will follow in Patterson District
Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson. Visitation
will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450
W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, followed
immediately by the recital of a rosary.

Martini, Bartholomew D 060816 p9
Bartholomew David ‘Bart' Martini   Nov. 11, 1921 — Aug. 12, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday for Bartholomew
David "Bart" Martini of Patterson, who died
Saturday at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. Mr. Martini, 84, was a
native of San Jose and had lived in Patterson 52
years. He was a farmer for 60 years.    He was a parishioner of Sacred
Heart Catholic Church in Patterson and a member
of Turlock Golf and Country Club. He was a World War II U.S. Army
veteran. He was the Past Grand Knight for the
Knights of Columbus and also a member of the Patterson Lions Club and the
Apricot Producers Association. He served
on the board of directors of Federal Land Bank, Patterson Water District,
Del Puerto Hospital District and Pacific Coast
Producers Cannery. Mr. Martini is survived by his son, Joe Martini of
Gustine; daughter, Joan Martini of Los Gatos; two
grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his
wife, Marion Martini, in 1998. Friday's Mass of
Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will follow in
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.    Visitation
will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson, followed
immediately by the recital of a rosary.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Martini's name may be sent to Our Lady of
Miracles Educational Center Memorial Fund,
370 Linden Ave., Gustine 95322; or to Father Connors Endowment Trust
Fund, P.O. Box 1174, Patterson 95363.

Mata, Martin O 060809 p9
Martin Olivarez Mata   Sept. 5, 1947 — July 25, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 31 in Glendale, Ariz., for
Martin Olivarez Mata, who died July 25 at his
Glendale home. Mr. Mata, 58, was a native of Texas and lived in
Patterson from 1965 to 1971 before moving to Arizona.
He was a heavy equipment operator for various companies in the Phoenix
area. Mr. Mata was a parishioner of St.
Augustine Catholic Church in Glendale, where he was a lector and was
involved in various church groups. He loved
music and spending time with family and friends.   Mr. Mata is survived
by his partner, Natalia G. Mata of Glendale; two
sons, Rene Mata and Juan Mata, both of Glendale; a daughter, Sonia Mata
of Glendale; a sister, Juanita Ybanez of
Patterson; and a grandson, Armando Mata of Glendale. After the Mass at
St. Augustine Catholic Church, Mr. Mata was
laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, Ariz. Harper Funeral
Home, 1246 E. Jefferson St., in Phoenix handled
arrangements.

Matoza, David Louis 061129 p9
David Louis Matoza   Oct. 16, 1931 — Nov. 24, 2006
Inurnment will be private for David Louis Matoza of Gustine, who died
Friday at his home. Mr. Matoza, 75, was a native
of Gustine and lived there 67 years. He was a postmaster for the U.S.
Postal Service in Gustine for 38 years. He was a
parishioner of Our Lady of Miracles Catholic Church in Gustine and a
member of the Gustine Lions Club, 20-30 Club
and Native Sons of the Golden West. He was also one of the founders of
the Modesto H.O.G.S. Chapter. Mr. Matoza is
survived by his companion, Junie M. Manding of Gustine; stepson, Richie
Guillermo of Manteca; stepdaughter, Michelle
Gines, and her husband, Corey, of Stockton; and four step-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Matoza's name
may be sent to Our Lady of Miracles Educational Fund, 370 Linden Ave.,
Gustine 95322. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 515
First Ave., in Gustine is handling arrangements.

Mayoral, Genevieve S 060415 p9
Genevieve Sisneroz Mayoral   May 11, 1940 — April 12, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for Genevieve
Sisneroz Mayoral, 65, of Patterson, who died
Wednesday at her home. Mrs. Mayoral was a native of Brawley and had
lived in Patterson for 55 years. She was a
homemaker and a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed
traveling with her husband in their motor
home. Mrs. Mayoral is survived by her husband, Salvador M. Mayoral Jr. of
Patterson; children, Salvador Mayoral III of
Patterson and Victor Mayoral of Modesto; brother, Robert Sisneroz of
Turlock; sisters, Jessie Felix of Stockton, Virginia
Granillo of Sacramento, Lucy Granillo of Manteca and Marie Sisneroz of
Lathrop; six grandchildren; and a great-
grandchild. Tuesday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson. Burial will
follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m.
Monday at the church, followed immediately by the recital of a rosary.
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas
Ave., in Patterson is handling arrangements.

McGee, Vera 060712 p10
Vera McGee   Aug. 14, 1925 — July 8, 2006
A graveside service will be Thursday for longtime Patterson resident Vera
McGee, 80, who died peacefully at her home
in Patterson on Saturday. Mrs. McGee had lived in Patterson since 1943.
She was an instructional aide for the Patterson
Unified School District for 10 years. She was recognized for her
involvement in community projects. She served as a
member of the Patterson Senior Center Board, the Interfaith Ministries
Board, the Westside Food Pantry and the
Salvation Army Brown Bag Program. She was also a co-chair of the Apricot
Fiesta recipe contest and volunteered at the
St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop. Mrs. McGee is survived by her daughter,
JoAnne Stewart; three granddaughters; and a
great-granddaughter.   She was preceded in death by her husband, John D.
McGee, and two sons, Billy and Bennie
McGee.   Thursday's graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. at Patterson
District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in
Patterson. Memorial contributions in Mrs. McGee's name may be sent to the
American Diabetes Association, 2720
Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 110, Sacramento 95833; or to a charity of the
donor's choice. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450
W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling arrangements.

McKenry, Ruth M 060607
Ruth Marie McKenry   Aug. 20, 1922 - June 2, 2006
Funeral services were Tuesday for Ruth Marie McKenry of Kingsburg, who
died Friday at the Fresno home of her
daughter, Carol Houk. Mrs. McKenry, 83, was born to George and Josephine
Traver on Long Island, N.Y. She
graduated from Bellevue School of Nursing in New York in 1943, after
which she served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant
junior grade during World War II. Mrs. McKenry lived in Patterson 30
years before moving to Kingsburg in 1978.
A retired registered nurse, Mrs. McKenry loved to travel and worked
tirelessly in local, state and federal politics. She was
active in California Women for Agriculture many years. Mrs. McKenry is
described by her family as a strong,
independent woman with a "tell it like it is" spirit. Mrs. McKenry is
survived by her husband of 28 years, Scott McKenry
of Kingsburg; son, Tom Houk, and his wife, Maddy, of Patterson;
daughters, Jean Marie Mahaney, and her husband,
Steve, of Arlington, Va., Peggy Massey, and her husband, Joe, of Modesto
and Carol Houk of Fresno; brother, George
Traver of Oceanside, N.Y.; sisters, Lois Hansen of Patterson and
Josephine Link of Virginia; grandsons, Danny Houk of
San Francisco, Andy Houk of Sacramento, Matt Houk of Watertown, N.Y., and
Charlie Houk Garoupa of Santa Monica;
granddaughters, Rebecca Houk Garoupa of Fresno and Kylen Marie Mahaney
and Kate Mahaney, both of Arlington;
stepson, Larry McKenry of Fresno; stepdaughter, Judy Clary of Selma;
step-grandchildren Curtis Clary of Fowler, Kris
Colvin of Tulare, Sean and Scott McKenry of Fresno, Joy McKenry of
Kingsburg and Alicia De La Torre of New York
City; and six great grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Graveside services were at Belmont Memorial Park, 201
N. Teilman Ave., in Fresno. Page Funeral Chapel, 2014 Arrants St., in
Selma handled arrangements Memorial
contributions in Mrs. McKenry's name may be sent to Medical Relief
Foundation, 801 Airport Way, Suite D, Modesto 95354.

Medeiros, David 061028 p17
David Medeiros   Feb. 28, 1938 — Oct. 24, 2006
Services will be private for David Medeiros, 68, of Newman, who died
Tuesday at his home. Mr. Medeiros was a project
manager for TCI Cable in Mountain View and retired in 2000. He was
responsible for the on- ite construction of many
TCI Cable installations all over the world. Mr. Medeiros dedicated most
of his leisure time to use his many building skills
to upgrade his home. In his earlier years, Mr. Medeiros was an avid
musician and played bass guitar with a number of
Bay Area rock bands. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed cruising
the Sierra Nevada range on his Harley-
Davidson motorcycle. Mr. Medeiros is survived by his wife, Jessie Hopkins
of Newman; children, Jody Medeiros of
Martinez, Rob Medeiros and Scott Medeiros, both of Placerville, and Wendy
Medeiros of San Jose; two stepchildren,
Melenie Santos and Jeff Hopkins, both of Turlock; elder brothers, Lee
Medeiros of Mountain View, Hawaii, and Dee
Medd of Modesto; 12 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his mother, Edwina
Winnie Boston of Patterson, in January. Hillview Funeral Chapel in
Newman is handling arrangements.

Medeiros, Humberto 060610 p8
Humberto ‘Herb' Medeiros    July 7, 1928 - May 4, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday for Humberto
Medeiros, a 50-year resident of Patterson, who died
Thursday after a brief battle with lung cancer. Mr. Medeiros, 77, was
born in 1928 in Fall River, Mass., then returned
as an infant to his mother's native Brazil. When he was 8, his family
moved to the island of São Miguel in the Azores
Islands, where he lived until 1945. At 16, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean
on a freighter to New England, where he worked
in agriculture in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.   He married his wife,
Florence, in 1950 and eventually moved to
Patterson to begin business as Medeiros Brothers Dairy with his brother,
Manuel. Later, the Medeiros Brothers began to
grow apricots, and they remained in the agriculture business until 1991.
Mr. Medeiros also worked 19 years for Patterson
Irrigation District as a ditch tender. He retired in 1991. Mr. Medeiros
was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
in Patterson and a member of Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the
I.D.E.S., a Portuguese society. He will be
remembered as an ardent fan of all things Portuguese, especially of John
Phillip Sousa marches, festas, sopas, caldo
verde, and playing the drums with butter knives. He was a devoted
husband, a committed father and a hardworking man.
Mr. Medeiros is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Florence
Rodrigues Medeiros; seven children and their
spouses, Louis and Marianne Medeiros of Carmel, Katherine Medeiros and
Thomas Reuscher of Ripon, Joan Medeiros
and Kevin Eckery of Sacramento, John and Bev Medeiros of Oakdale, Linda
and Richard Greger of Gustine, Teresa and
Kevin Crispin of Half Moon Bay, and Frank and Dana Medeiros of Hilmar; 12
grandchildren, Neil, Lindsay, Michael,
Colleen, Erica, Amelia, Heather, Ariel, Russell, Aaron, Joshua and
Ashlee; sister, Maria Campos, and her husband,
Humberto, of Fall River; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his brother, Manuel Medeiros of
Patterson, and his parents, Luis and Alzira Medeiros of Fall River.
Visitation will be observed from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, with a rosary to follow, at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las
Palmas Ave., Patterson. Monday's Mass of
Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
529 I Street, Patterson. Burial will follow in
Patterson Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson.   In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions in Mr. Medeiros' name
may be sent to the Northern California Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation, 3 Harbor Drive, Suite 105, Sausalito
94965; or to the American Cancer Society, Modesto Chapter, 604 Ford Ave.,
Suite 8, Modesto 95350.

Mejia, Juan 061014 p14
Juan Mejia   July 21, 1931 — Oct. 11, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday for Juan Mejia of
Patterson, who died Oct. 11 at his home.
Mr. Mejia, 75, was a native of Mexico and lived in Patterson for 50
years. He was a farm laborer for 30 years and worked
at Patterson Westside Farm, owned by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. Mr. Mejia is survived by his wife,
Rosa Elena Mejia of Modesto; son, Johnny Mejia of Kentucky; daughter,
Elena Galvan of Stockton; brothers, Jose Mejia
of Patterson and Alfredo Mejia of Texas; and two grandchildren.
Thursday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will follow in Patterson
District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in
Patterson. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave.,
in Patterson, followed immediately by the recital of a rosary.
Meyer, Edward D H 060322 p14
Edward Donald Henry Meyer   June 9, 1916 — March 16, 2006
Graveside services will be Thursday for Edward Donald Henry Meyer of
Patterson, who died Thursday at Memorial
Medical Center in Modesto. Mr. Meyer, 89, was a native of Brainerd,
Minn., and had lived in Patterson three years. He
previously had lived in Oakdale four years and before that in Pollock
Pines for 10 years. He was a member of Church of
Christ in Patterson and a World War II U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Meyer is
survived by his wife, Sybil Meyer of Patterson;
daughters, Jerri Davidson of Patterson and Nancy Hooper of San Jose; five
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Thursday's services will begin at 11 a.m. at San Joaquin Valley National
Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, in Gustine.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson.
Contributions in Mr. Meyer's name may be sent to Church of Christ, P.O.
Box 571, Patterson , CA 95363

Miranda-Magana, Roberto 060304 p9
Roberto Miranda-Magaña   Feb. 24, 1968 — March 1, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday for Roberto
Miranda-Magaña of Patterson, who died
Wednesday at his home. Mr. Miranda-Magaña, 38, was a native of Mexico
and had lived in Patterson six years. He
previously lived in Richmond from 1989 to 2000 and in Mexico before that.
He was a field superintendent for Etter &
Sons Construction for 17 years. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart
Catholic Church in Patterson and also a member of
the E.P.J., Encuentros de Promocion Juvenil, a religious group based in
Oakland. Mr. Miranda-Magaña enjoyed quail
hunting, fishing and soccer. He was an avid fan of Futebol Clube
American, a soccer team. Mr. Miranda-Magaña is
survived by his wife, Angelica M. Miranda of Patterson; children, Roberto
Carlos Miranda, Luis Angel Miranda, Mayra
Alexandra Miranda and Elsa Noemi Miranda, all of Patterson; parents,
Justino and Ernestina Alvarez of Patterson;
brothers, Ramon Miranda and Jesus Miranda, both of Richmond, Leonel
Miranda, Fernando Miranda, Arnoldo Miranda,
Amado Miranda and Armando Miranda, all of Patterson, and Justino Miranda
of New Mexico; and sister, Mariela
Quintana of Patterson. Wednesday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St.,
Patterson. Burial will follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800
Highway 33, Patterson. A visitation will be observed
from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed immediately by the recital of a
rosary, at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las
Palmas Ave., Patterson.

Mora, Francisca   061108 p9
Francisca Mora   June 4, 1916 — Nov. 4, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday for Francisca Mora of
Patterson, who died Saturday at her home.
Mrs. Mora, 90, was a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, and lived 25 years in
Patterson. She was a homemaker and mother
of eight children. Mrs. Mora was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Patterson. Mrs. Mora is survived by
her sons, Carlos Mora of Mexico, Roberto Mora and Jesus Mora, both of
Patterson, and Juan Mora of Redlands;
daughters, Socorro Boyso and Rosa Vela, both of Patterson, and Sara
Gonzalez of Westley; brother, Manuel Garcia of
Mexico; sisters, Juanita Garcia and Florencia Garcia, both of Mexico; 28
grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus Mora, and a daughter,
Amelia Robles. Tuesday's Mass began at 11
a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. Burial followed in
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in
Patterson. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson
handled arrangements.

Morales, Arturo C 060520 p14
Arturo Carlos Morales; Services will be private for former Patterson
resident Arturo Carlos Morales of Selma, who died
Tuesday at Selma Community Hospital. Mr. Morales, 91, was a native of
Nogales, Ariz., and moved to Patterson in 1956.
He moved to Selma in 2005. Mr. Morales was a farm labor contractor. He
had been a parishioner of Sacred Heart
Catholic Church in Patterson and a member of the Knights of Columbus, a
church organization. Mr. Morales was on the
board of directors of Golden Valley Health Centers of Patterson,
Livingston and Merced. He also helped with the Senior
Meals on Wheels program. His family remembers him as a man who loved to
help people. Mr. Morales aimed to make
sure low-income people could take advantage of the opportunities they
were offered. Mr. Morales is survived by his wife
of 67 years, Isabel V. Morales of Selma; sons, Arturo Morales Jr. of
Stockton, Jimmy Morales of Idaho and David
Morales of Selma; daughters, Irene Sandoval of Selma and Margie Trujillo
of Livingston; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-
grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by a son, Bill Morales.   Flowers or
memorial contributions in Mr. Morales' name may be sent to Irene
Sandoval, 2361 Hick St., Selma 93662. Thomas-
Robinson Funeral Home, 2345 McCall Ave., in Selma is handling
arrangements.

Moren, Kenneth L 060107 p9
Kenneth L. Moren; A funeral service will be today in Turlock for
longtime minister Kenneth Lewis Moren, 83, of
Denair, who died Tuesday at Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care
System.   The Rev. Moren, 83, was a native of
Bowie, Texas, and lived in Stanislaus County 33 years. He was a minister
of Four Seasons Christian Fellowship Church
in Turlock for 10 years. Before that, he was a minister for Assemblies of
God churches in California for almost 40 years.
The Rev. Moren enjoyed reading the Bible, gardening and working on cars.
The Rev. Moren is survived by his wife, Ann
Moren of Denair; children, Ronald Moren of Denair, Kenneth Moren of
Patterson; Charles Moren of Valley Springs;
Mary L Moren-Favrat of Sacramento and Stevan P. Moren of Ione; brothers,
Jack Moren of Bakersfield and Joseph
Moren of Comanche, Okla.; sisters, Louise Land of Bakersfield and Susan
Bramhall of Dallas; eight grandchildren and
nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and
three sisters. Today's service will begin at 1 p.m. at
Four Seasons Christian Fellowship Church, 216 Columbia St., Turlock.
Burial will follow in Ceres Cemetery
Association, 1801 E. Whitmore, Ceres. Visitation was observed Friday at
Whitehurst Norton & Dias Chapel, 286 W.
Main St., Turlock.

Muniz, Jeffery A 060111 p5
Patterson man killed in rollover on Cox Road; A Patterson man died
Saturday after his car overturned and struck at least
two almond trees on Cox Road south of Grayson at about 11:30 a.m.
Jeffery Muniz, 32, was pronounced dead at the
scene minutes later, after suffering from blunt force injuries to the
head, neck and chest, according to the Stanislaus
County Coroner's Office. "It was very traumatic," Westley-El Solyo fire
chief Mike Lara said of Muniz's injuries.
Muniz was headed northbound in a 1999 Mercury on Cox Road, just south of
Frank Cox Road, when he lost control of
his car, according to a California Highway Patrol report. The car swerved
and then continued along the muddy east
shoulder of the road, where it slid sideways into a tree, said CHP Brian
Gantt, who was at the scene. The right rear of the
car struck another tree, according to the CHP report, and Lara said the
car hit a third tree, too. Preliminary reports
indicate the car was traveling at a high rate of speed, Gantt said, and
the CHP report said it appeared Muniz was not
wearing a seatbelt. "The major impact was on the driver's side," Gantt
said. A local resident spotted the accident and
reported it to emergency dispatchers. Muniz was not breathing and had no
pulse when firefighters and ambulance crews
arrived, Lara said. Muniz, a self-employed handyman, was a Fremont
native who had lived in Patterson for 15 years. He
was married and had three children. Muniz's wife, Anna, said Tuesday that
he had been traveling from his Patterson
home to his parents' home in Riverbank at the time of the accident.

Muniz, Jeffery A 060111 p14
Jeffery Allen Muniz   Nov. 29, 1973 – Jan. 7, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday for Jeffery Allen
Muniz, 32, of Patterson, who died Saturday
south of Grayson of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Mr.
Muniz was a native of Fremont and had lived in
Patterson for 15 years. He was a self-employed handyman one year. Mr.
Muniz was a parishioner of Sacred Heart
Catholic Church in Patterson and a volunteer at the Parent Resource
Center in Modesto. He liked to fix cars, loved to
play with his children and was loved by his family. Mr. Muniz is survived
by his wife, Anna Muniz of Patterson;
children, Jeffery Muniz Jr., Amber Muniz and Alina Muniz, all of
Patterson; parents, Javier and Barbara Moreno of
Riverbank; brothers, Elias Muniz of Modesto and Javier Moreno Jr. of
Riverbank; sister, Salina Moreno of Riverbank;
and grandparents, Leo and Dora Ramirez of Riverbank and Idolina Moreno of
Newark. Thursday's Mass will be
celebrated at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St.,
Patterson. Burial will follow at Patterson District
Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson. Visitation will be observed from
5 to 7 p.m. today, followed immediately by
the recital of a rosary, at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas
Ave., Patterson. Memorial contributions in Mr.
Muniz's name may be sent to The Muniz Children Trust Fund, U.S. Bank, 13
Plaza Circle, Patterson. Hillview Funeral
Chapel in Patterson is handling the arrangements.

Nelson, Ruth G 060429 p8
Ruth Geraldine Nelson   July 21, 1930 — April 25, 2006
Services will be Tuesday for Ruth Geraldine Gieselman Nelson of
Patterson, who died Tuesday at Memorial Medical
Center in Modesto. Mrs. Nelson, 75, was a native of Evansville, Ind.,
and had lived in Patterson 44 years. She was a
homemaker and had worked at Patterson Frozen Foods 15 years. She also
farmed apricots many years with her husband.
Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Patterson 50-Plus Club and a 10-year
volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store in
Patterson. Mrs. Nelson is survived by her children, David Nelson of
Turlock, Mark Nelson and Kevin Nelson, both of
Patterson, Beverly Brodie of Murphys and Carol Scott of Denair; 15
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Reuben Sven Nelson, in
1999. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m.
Monday at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson.
Tuesday's graveside service will begin at 11
a.m. at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Nelson's name
may be sent to Federated Church Memorial Fund, 45 S. El Circulo,
Patterson 95363.

Newrick, Ruby R 060218 p9
Ruby Rosalind Newrick   Dec. 30, 1911 — Feb. 11, 2006
Services will be Wednesday for Ruby Rosalind Wroe Newrick of Patterson,
94, who died Saturday at San Luis
Convalescent Hospital in Newman. Mrs. Newrick, was born and raised in
Oldham, England, and had lived in Patterson
three years. She previously had lived in Copperopolis 13 years and
before that in Fremont four years. Mrs. Newrick also
lived in Walled Lake, Mich., for a year between her returns to England.
She was a member of Church of the Ascension
Episcopal Church in Copperopolis. Mrs. Newrick worked 10 years at Skefco
Ltd., a ball bearing manufacturer in Luton,
England, before she married in 1934. She worked in a munitions factory
throughout World War II. After the war, she and
her husband owned and operated a fishand-chips shop in Oldham, England,
from 1944 to 1954 and a green grocer
produce store in Shaw, England, from 1954 to 1964. Before her retirement
in 1976, she worked two years at The G.E.C.
Ltd., a light bulb company in Luton. Mrs. Newrick is survived by her
daughter, June Jackson, and her husband, Leonard,
of Patterson; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Harold
Newrick, in 1986. Wednesday's memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas
Ave., Patterson. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions in Mrs.
Newrick's name may be sent to the American
Cancer Society, Modesto Field Office, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto
95350.

Obaid, Saddam (Sam) 060902 p4
Very gratefully we would like to thank all the community being gathered
with us in remembrance of his memory. Always
remember him just the way he was: happy and lovable with family and all
his friends. Asking Allah may his soul rest
peace today, tomorrow and forever. In Memory of Saddam Obaid (Sam)
January 2, 1982 - August 28, 2006

Obaid, Saddam (Sam) 060902 p4
Cordialmente les damos las gracias a toda la comunidad abernos acompañado
al recuerdo de su memoria.
Recordandolo siempre como el era, alegre y amoroso para toda su gente y
sus seres queridos. Pidiendo a Allah que
alma descanse en paz hoy, mañana y siempre. Asi sea De mi parte del amor
de tu vida te digo que nunca te voy
olvida y que siempre vas hace, el amor de mi vida. TE AMO AMOR BABY Sam,
Mas Que Mi Patron Mi Amigo y Mi
Hermano Por Siempre Luis Your love Karen and Family Obaid En memoria de
Saddam Obaid (Sam)

Olguin, Bartolo 060617 p13
Bartolo Olguin   Aug. 24, 1924 — May 22, 2006
Services are pending for former Patterson resident Bartolo Olguin, who
died May 22 at Triumph Rehabilitation Hospital
in Sugarland, Texas. Mr. Olguin, 81, was a native of Cardenas, San Luis
Potosí, Mexico. An irrigator and farm laborer,
he moved to Patterson in the early 1950s from Texas, then moved back to
Texas in 2005. He was a parishioner of Sacred
Heart Catholic Church in Patterson and a member of La Beneficiencia
Sociedad Edad de Oro in Modesto. He liked to
visit with his friends and play cards at Patterson's North Park. Mr.
Olguin is survived by his son, Antolin Olguin of
Brownsville, Texas; three daughters, Maria Del Rosario of Rochelle, Ill.,
Angelita Leal of Brownsville and Maggie
Rivadeneyra of Houston; many sisters, including Maria Rivera of
Patterson; many brothers, including Bruno Olguin of
Patterson; and nine grandchildren. Earthman Funeral Directors, 2420
Fannin St., in Houston, is handling arrangements.

Oliveira, Joe De Jr 060524 p9
Joe De Oliveira, Jr.; A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
Thursday for longtime Newman resident Joe De
Oliveira Jr., 91, who died Friday at his home. Mr. De Oliveira was a
native of Candelaria, São Miguel, Azores. He moved
to the U.S. with his family at age 16 and was a resident of Newman 75
years. He was a self-employed dairyman 36 years
and a farmer, and he had also worked for and retired from Copeland Lumber
Company. Mr. De Oliveira was the dean of
Past Supreme Presidents of the S.E.S. Supreme Council, serving as Supreme
President in 1948-49 and as a member of
S.E.S. Council No. 7 of Gustine 65 years. In 1985, he was president and
chairman for the 50th anniversary of Our Lady
of Miracles Celebration. He was also a past secretary and past treasurer
for the celebration. Mr. De Oliveira was
president of the Gustine Pentecost Society in 1959, and a past treasurer
for the society, having served as part of it for 35
years. He was a 75-year member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a
member of the Portuguese fraternal organizations
I.D.E.S., Luso-American, U.P.E.C. and Brotherhood of Saint Anthony. He
was a member of the Cabrillo Civic Clubs of
California and the Golden Agers of Los Banos. He was a parishioner of Our
Lady of Miracles Catholic Church in
Gustine. Mr. De Oliveira is survived by his daughter, Eleanor Beach of
Newman; son, Henry De Oliveira of Patterson;
brother, Albert De Oliveira of Stockton; sisters, Elsie Silveira and
Agnes Silveira, both of Newman, Sarah Martell of
Turlock and Dorothy Menezes of Los Banos; five grandchildren; and 11
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his wife, Lorraine De Oliveira, and a son, Joe De Oliveira. Thursday's
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m.
at Our Lady of Miracles Catholic Church, 370 Linden Ave., in Gustine.
Burial will follow in Hills-Ferry Cemetery, 1334
W. Stuhr Road, in Newman. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m.
today at the church, followed immediately by
the recital of a rosary. Memorial contributions in Mr. De Oliveira's
name may be sent to the S.E.S. Supreme Council
Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 247, Santa Clara 95052-0247; or to a charity
of the donor's choice. Hillview Funeral Chapel,
1258 R St., in Newman is handling arrangements.

Ornelas, Dimas 060111 p6
Investigators are trying to determine whether a body that turned up in
the Delta-Mendota Canal near gustine on Monday
night have been a victim of a November accident near Westley. The Nov.
22 incident, in which a van of five farm
workers plunged into the Delta-Mendota Canal, left at least three people
confirmed dead and one survivor.
We're treating this as suspicious until we determine the subject's
identification and cause of death, said Sgt. Jason
Goins of the Merced County Sheriff's Department about Monday's finding.
A canal tender found the body at about noon
Monday while doing maintenance work near Whitworth and Butts roads, Goins
said. Irene Garcia, the Merced County
coroner's assistant, said it is hard to determine much about the victim
other than that he is male. At this point, his
clothing is the only distinguishing feature investigators have to help
identify him, she said. "He's been in the water for a
long, long, long time," she said. Garcia said the family of 15-year-old
Stockton resident Dimas Ornelas, who has been
missing since the November accident in Westley, has contacted the
coroner's office. The sheriff's department also is
working with the California Highway Patrol, which handled that case,
Goins said. Garcia noted there are other missing
people in the area, so it is too early to determine whether the body is
Dimas'. Dimas, who the CHP believes drove the
Chevrolet Astro along the canal bank north of Needham Road on Nov. 22, is
the only person in the van at the time who
remains missing. The bodies of passengers Alicia Garcia, 16, and Ismael
Hernandez, 31, were both recovered the day of
the incident, and the body of Martin Albores, 28, was found in the canal
northwest of Newman on Dec. 4. Dimas's
brother, 17-year-old passenger Miguel Ornelas, is the only known
survivor. Ornelas was able to swim through the rapid
water of the canal, reach a side ladder and pull himself to safety.

Ornelas, Dimas 060308 p5
Coroner: Recovered Body Was Local Farmworker; A body that turned up in
the Delta-Mendota Canal near Gustine in
January was a farm worker involved in a November accident near Westley,
according to a Merced County coroner's
report. DNA tests showed a boy found in the canal Jan. 9 was Dimas
Ornelas, 15, of Stockton. Ornelas had been missing
since Nov. 22, when a van carrying farm workers plunged into the Delta-
Mendota Canal north of Needham Road, leaving
four people dead. Ornelas was the driver of the van, according to
California Highway Patrol reports. Ornelas, whom the
CHP believes drove the Chevrolet Astro along the canal bank, was the only
person in the van still missing. The bodies of
passengers Alicia Garcia, 16, and Ismael Hernandez, 31, were both
recovered the day of the incident, and the body of
Martin Albores, 28, was found in the canal northwest of Newman on Dec. 4.
Ornelas' brother, 17-year-old passenger
Miguel Ornelas, was the only survivor. He pulled himself up a ladder to
escape the canal. A canal tender found Ornelas'
body Jan. 9 while doing routine maintenance work near Whitworth and Butts
roads. When the body was first found, the
Merced County Sheriff's Department said it was hard to determine much
about the victim other than that he was male.
The coroner determined that Ornelas had drowned. The sheriff's
department outsourced the DNA test, results of which
were received Feb. 14. The department immediately contacted the teen's
family, deputy coroner Jackie Hicks said
Monday. The state Department of Industrial Relations is investigating
the employment-related aspects of the accident,
and results of that should be complete by May 22, said department
spokeswoman Renee Bacchini. The department's
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement will determine whether the
workers' employer, Salida-based Jose Alfaro, was
licensed and at least 18 years old. The division of Occupational Safety
and Health will investigate safety issues regarding
the driver and the van itself.

Ortiz, Jose C 060311 p9
Jose Cueva Ortiz   Nov. 27, 1923 — March 9, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday for Jose Cueva
Ortiz of Patterson, who died Thursday at his
home. Mr. Ortiz, 82, was a native of Mexico and had lived in Patterson
one year. He previously had lived in Los
Angeles many years. Mr. Ortiz was a 20-year employee of a paper factory
and enjoyed golfing. Mr. Ortiz is survived by
his daughter, Angie Ortiz of Sacramento; sister, Maria Concepcion Ortiz
of Mexico; nephews, Lonides Ortega and
Vicente Ortega, both of Westley, Miguel Ortega, Mariano Ortega and
Alberto Ortega, all of Patterson, and Jose Ortega of
Stockton; nieces, Ana Maria Arreola, Sara Estrella, Teresa Ortega and
Maria Palafax, all of Patterson, and Graceala
Figueroa of Woodland. Wednesday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson.
Burial will follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33,
Patterson. A visitation will be observed from 5 to
7 p.m. Tuesday, followed immediately by the recital of a rosary, at
Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson.

Ortiz, Jose P 060816 p9
Jose Pedro Ortiz   Jan. 31, 1924 — Aug. 14, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday for Jose Pedro
Ortiz of Patterson, who died Monday. Mr. Ortiz,
82, was a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and had lived in Patterson
25 years. He worked 25 years in the road
construction industry. He enjoyed gardening, walking and being in the
company of family, friends and neighbors. Mr.
Ortiz is survived by his sons, Javier Ortiz, Arturo Ortiz and Pedro Ortiz
Jr., all of Patterson; daughters, Amalia
Momberger of Salt Lake City, Utah, Antonia Ortiz DeCastillo of Mexico,
and Olga Ortiz and Yolanda Ortiz, both of
Patterson; five brothers and four sisters, all of Mexico; 24
grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and two great-great
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Antonia Barrera De
Ortiz. Thursday's Mass of Christian Burial
will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in
Patterson. Burial will follow in Patterson District
Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. Visitation will be observed
from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson, followed immediately by the
recital of a rosary.    Memorial contributions
in Mr. Ortiz's name may be sent to Community Hospice Inc., 4368 Spyres
Way, Modesto 95356- 9259.

Palafox, Esperanza V 060719 p12
Esperanza V. Palafox   Oct. 20, 1953 — July 13, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today for Esperanza V.
Palafox of Patterson, who died Thursday at her
home. Mrs. Palafox, 52, was a native of Mexico and had lived in
Patterson for a year. She was a resident of Stanislaus
County for two years and had previously lived in Santa Clara County 25
years. Mrs. Palafox was a homemaker.   Mrs.
Palafox is survived by her husband, Carlos G. Palafox of Patterson;
father, Fortino Verduzco of Mexico; mother,
Reynalda Lucatero Verduzco of San Jose; sons, Jesus Palafox of San Jose
and Gonzalo Palafox of Stockton; daughters,
Carmen Palafox of Virginia Beach, Va., Vanessa Palafox of San Diego and
Nereida Palafox of Virginia Beach; brothers,
Miguel Verduzco of Florida, Fortino Verduzco and Osvaldo Verduzco of San
Jose and Adan Verduzco of Fremont;
sisters, Maria Verduzco of San Francisco, Socorro Negrete of Madera,
Guillermina Verduzco of Texas and Guadalupe
Verduzco of San Jose; and eight grandchildren. Today's Mass of Christian
Burial will begin at 1 p.m., at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. Visitation will be observed
from noon to 1 p.m. today at the church. Burial will
follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas
Ave, in Patterson, is handling arrangements.

Pantosa, Felizano 060923 p15
Feliziano Pantosa Feb. 2, 1973 — Sept. 21, 2006
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday for Feliziano
Pantosa of Patterson, who died Thursday in Modesto.
Mr. Pantosa, 33, was a native of Mexico and lived in Patterson for a
year. He was a self-employed retail auto salesman
for 10 years. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in
Patterson. Mr. Pantosa is survived by his wife,
Rosalva Pantosa; sons, Julio Pantosa, Kevin Pantosa, Juan Pantosa and
Arturo Pantosa; daughters, Sonia Pantosa and
Judith Pantosa, parents, Efrain Pantosa and Victorina Pantosa; brother,
Julio Pantosa; and sisters, Anna Pantosa,
Marybell Pantosa and Elizabeth Pantosa, all of Patterson. Tuesday's Mass
will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will follow in Patterson District
Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson.

Parr, Betty Lee 061220 p17
Betty Lee Parr   Oct. 18, 1929 — Dec. 16, 2006
A funeral service will be today for Betty Lee Tafolla Parr, 77, who died
Saturday at Memorial Medical Center in
Modesto, with her son at her side. She was born to Inez Alderete Tafolla
and Laura Rogers in San Angelo, Texas. She
worked as a psychiatric technician for 41 years, including at Agnew State
Hospital in Santa Clara, and retired from
Stanislaus County Behavioral Health Services.
Mrs. Parr was a member of First Baptist Church in Patterson and Preceptor
Xi Phi of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was a
devoted intake registrar/record-keeping volunteer and former president of
the Westside Food Pantry in Patterson. She
also served as a grand juror for Stanislaus County for a term. Her
resilient and courageous spirit through many trials
and losses over the years was an inspiration to many. Her smile
demonstrated her desire to maximize joy in everyday
living. She had a strong work ethic that continued throughout her life.
She enjoyed taking beach trips, listening to various
genres of music, dancing, working on word puzzles, shopping for bargains,
gardening, sewing, traveling and watching
documentaries about wild animals and exotic places.
Mrs. Parr is survived by son Thomas Lee Gomez, and his wife, Diana
DeYoung Gomez, as well as their children, Thomas
Lee Gomez II and Jennise Gomez Towle, and grandchildren, Ava Gomez, Riley
Towle and Carson Lee Towle, all of San
Jose; and daughter Deborah Parr Noblitt, and her husband, Robert Noblitt,
and their daughter, Rachel Noblitt, all of
Patterson.
Other survivors are Mrs. Parr's grandchildren Gina Gomez, and her
children, Jacob and Julia Dominguez of San Jose and
Julie Gomez of Newport News, Va., and Sarah Gomez of San Francisco;
sisters, Mildred Hanstein of San Jose and
Charlyn Gaeta of Victorville; four nephews and two nieces; and a host of
extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James H. Parr; sons,
Joe Gomez and Charles Richard Gomez;
daughter, Alice Parr; and grandson, Christopher Gomez.
Today's funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at Hillview Funeral Chapel,
450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Burial
will follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Parr's name may be sent
to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1144, Patterson
95363.

Parker, Lois 061101 p17
Lois Parker   March 19, 1918 — Oct 26, 2006
A funeral service was Monday for former Crows Landing resident Lois
Parker of London, Ark, who died Thursday at
Saint Mary s Regional Medical Center in Russellville, Arkansas. Mrs.
Parker, 88, was born to the late Benjamin and
Leila Stroud Bratton in Dardanelle, Ark. She was a member of Flat Rock
Baptist Church near London. Mrs. Parker is
survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Sandie Parker of
Mariposa and Herb and Thresa Parker of London
two daughters and three sons-in-law, Betty and Chuck Maddox of Nevada
City Jane and Ron Wood of Pasadena and Bud
Odom of Grants Pass, Ore.; a brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and
Peggy Bratton of Camden, Ark.; a sister, Mickey
Strickland of Russellville; 26 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and
seven great-greatgrandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Jock Thomas Parker; two daughters and
a son-in-law, Florence and Chuck Sund and
Vera Odom; a brother and five sisters; and two grandchildren. Burial was
in Brock Cemetery near London. Shinn Funeral
Service of Russellville handled arrangements. An online obituary and
guest book are available at www.shinnfuneraLcom.

Poole, Esther C 060419 p7
Esther Cloe Poole    Aug. 8, 1926 - April 11, 2006Services will be today
for Esther Cloe Bennett Poole, 79, of Sun
Valley, Nev., who died Tuesday in Reno. Mrs. Poole was a native of
Crosbyton, Texas, and had lived in Sun Valley nine
years. Before that time she lived in Patterson, on and off, for 16
years, and before that in Alameda 46 years. She was a
homemaker and worked 20 years for Mother's Cookies in Oakland. Mrs. Poole
was affiliated with the Baptist Church
wherever she lived. She loved to spend time with her children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Pole is
survived by her husband, Carl G. Poole of Sun Valley; sons, Bruce Edwin
Poole of Napa and William Carl Poole of
Patterson; daughters, Sue Carol Poole of Fernley, Nev., and Doris Mae
Dickson of Concord; 13 grandchildren; and five
great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two
sisters.Visitation will be observed from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. today, followed immediately by the funeral service at Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in
Patterson. Burial will follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800
Highway 33.

Porto, Allison R 060325 p9
Allison Rheann Porto   Sept. 11, 1983— Mareji 19,2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday for Allison Rheann
Porto of Patterson, who died Sunday at
Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Miss Porto, 22, was born in Hayward
and had lived in Patterson since 1989. She
was a food service worker. She graduated from Modesto High School in
2001, where she played softball and volleyball.
She attended Modesto Junior College. Miss Porto was a parishioner of St.
Stanislaus Catholic Church in Modesto. She
liked to sketch as a hobby and especially loved her dog, Roxie. Miss
Porto is survived by her companion, Will Patterson
of Modesto; parents, Jeff and Joanne Porto of Patterson; grandparents,
Cindie and Robert Darvo of San Lorenzo,
Rosemary and Robert Porto of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Wilbur and Brenda
Silva of San Lorenzo; and great-grandfather
Melvin Mathews of Oakland. Monday s Mass will be celebrated at 11 a,m.
at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 709 J St.,
Modesto. Services will conclude at the church. Sunday's visitation will
be from 3 to 9 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m.,
at McHenry Chapel Franklin & Downs, 1050 MeHenry Ave., Modesto.
Memorial contributions in Miss Porto s name
may be sent to St. Stanislaus School Athletic Programs, 1416 Maze Blvd.,
Modesto 95851.

Prevostini, Clyde M 060823 p9
Clyde Mario Prevostini   Feb. 5, 1926 — Aug. 19, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today for Clyde Mario
Prevostini of Patterson, who died Saturday at his
home. Mr. Prevostini, 80, was a native of Dos Palos. He lived in
Patterson 55 years and previously lived in Los Banos.
He worked 20 years as a maintenance engineer at Del Puerto Hospital in
Patterson until his retirement. He previously
worked 18 years for E.L. Fink & Son Plumbing of Patterson and five years
for Joaquin Azevedo Dairy in Patterson.
Mr. Prevostini was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy during the
Asiatic- Pacific campaign. He was a parishioner
of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson and a member of the Knights
of Columbus at the church. He was also a
member of the American Legion. He was grand marshal of the Patterson
Apricot Fiesta parade in 1990, a volunteer
firefighter for the Patterson Fire Department and a board member for El
Solyo Village. He was also a member of the
Golden Agers of Los Banos. Mr. Prevostini loved spending time with his
family, including his grandchildren and great-
grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and traveling.   Mr. Prevostini is
survived by his wife, Betty M. Prevostini of
Patterson; sons, Steve Prevostini of Patterson and Mike Prevostini of
Modesto; daughter, Clydene McNatt of Turlock;
sisters, Eloise Girotti of Monterey and Alice Di Lorenzo of Los Angeles;
five grandchildren; and five great-
grandchildren. Today's Mass will begin at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will
follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Prevostini's name
may be sent to Father Connors Endowment Trust Fund, P.O. Box 1174,
Patterson 95363. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450
W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson, is handling arrangements.

Radtke, Debra L 060830 p5
Debra Lee Radtke   Oct. 9, 1955 — Aug. 24, 2006
A memorial service was Sunday for Debra Lee Radtke of Patterson, who died
Thursday at her home. Mrs. Radtke, 50,
was a native of Glendale and had lived in Patterson four years. She was
the owner of DLS Enterprises, a notary public
and a homemaker. Mrs. Radtke graduated in 1973 from Hoover High School in
Glendale. She was a member of the Gold
Wing Road Riders Association. She enjoyed crafts and time spent with her
grandson and family. She also enjoyed
traveling on her motorcycle. Mrs. Radtke is survived by her husband,
Mark A. Radtke of Patterson; daughters, Erica Lee
Mann of Mississippi and Laura Mae Burnett of Washington; father, Merle
Eugene Miller of Nice; mother, Willadean L.
Stelmack of Pomona; sisters, Christina Leach of Pomona, Cherish Nicitich
of Hillsboro, Ore., and Janein White of
Pomona; and a grandson. She was preceded in death by her brother,
Michael Miller. Memorial contributions in Mrs.
Radtke's name may be sent to the Leukemia Society of America, 3105 Fite
Circle, Suite 101, Sacramento 95827.
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson, handled
arrangements.

Radulovich, Tari C 060412 p6
Tari Cartwright Radulovich   March 3, 1955 — April 6, 2006
Funeral services were Saturday for Tari Cartwright Radulovich, who died
Thursday in Orem, Utah, after a battle with
breast cancer. Mrs. Radulovich, 51, is described as a selfless person
who devoted her life to her family and to bringing
individuals closer to the Lord. Mrs. Radulovich was Miss Teen South Salt
Lake City in her youth. She earned a
bachelor's degree in business administration from City University in
Bellevue, Wash., and was working to complete a
distance-learning master's degree in education from Capella University in
Minneapolis. Professionally, her career
included stints as president of The TARI Group in Salt Lake City, a
computer company; senior manager of KPMG in Los
Angeles, an accounting and consulting firm; and president of Unix Source
America in San Francisco, a computer
company. She left her professional career to devote her time and talents
to raising her children, whom she home
schooled. She was the author of "Eternal Harvest," a book that offers a
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
perspective on home schooling and accelerated learning. She was also a
guest and keynote speaker at LDS home
schooling conferences across the country. Mrs. Radulovich spent her life
in Utah, the San Francisco Bay Area and
Newman. She was married to her husband, Michael, in the Oakland Temple.
She was a past member of the Crows
Landing Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was
well-known on the West Side and will be
missed by her family and friends. Mrs. Radulovich is survived by her
husband, Michael Radulovich, of Orem; her
children, Brandali Radulovich Dribble, and her husband, Dustin, Mickelle
Radulovich and Steven Radulovich, all of
Orem; and her parents, William and Marilyn Cartwright of St. George,
Utah. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery in
Salt Lake City. Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, in Utah, handled
arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family
via www.larkin mortuary.com.

Ragsdale, Lew H Jr 050902 p13
Lew H. Ragsdale Jr.   July 26, 1961— Aug. 28, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Patterson for Lew H. Ragsdale Jr.,
45, of Modesto, who died Monday in Turlock. Mr. Ragsdale was a native of
San Diego. He was a resident of Modesto the
past 15 years and previously had lived five years in Patterson. Mr.
Ragsdale was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service
for 19 years. He had worked out of Turlock Post Office the past 15 years.
Mr. Ragsdale is survived by his wife, Monica
Gonzales of Modesto; sons, Paul Ragsdale of Newman and Matthew Ragsdale
of Modesto; and daughter, Shawn
Ragsdale of Modesto. Inurnment will be private.

Raines, Beulah A 060208 p11
Beulah A. Raines   April 5, 1910 — Jan 25, 2006
Private family services were for Beulah A. Raines who died Jan. 25 in
Danville at the age of 95.   Mrs. Raines was born
in San Mateo and was a 1927 graduate of Burlingame High School. She
enjoyed playing field hockey and participated in
many track and field events while in college. After she graduated from
San Jose State University, she started her
elementary school teaching career in Crows Landing at Bonita Elementary
School. She married Ray T. Raines in 1935,
and then taught for many years as a substitute teacher in the Patterson
Unified School District. Mrs. Raines enjoyed
playing the piano and played for student performances while she was a
teacher at Bonita Elementary School. She
continued to practice and play the piano until recently for her own and
others' enjoyment. Playing bridge was another
hobby Mrs. Raines enjoyed throughout her life. She and her husband lived
in Patterson for many years. They moved to
Pacific Grove when Ray retired from ranching in the Patterson area. The
couple lived there until 1996, when they moved
to a retirement community in Walnut Creek. Ray Raines died March 21,
1999. Mrs. Raines is survived by her daughter,
Jeanette Raines Quick of Lafayette; grandson, Robert T. Quick of Ione;
granddaughter, Wendy A. Peterson of Seattle;
and two greatgrandchildren, Nate and Holly Peterson of Seattle.

Ramirez, Enrique D 060610 p8
Enrique Diaz Ramirez    Feb. 5, 1918 — June 8, 2006
A funeral service will be Monday for Enrique Diaz Ramirez of Patterson,
who died Thursday at Colony Park Nursing &
Rehabilitation Center in Modesto. Mr. Ramirez, 88, as a native of
Santiago Papasquiaro, in Durango, Mexico, and had
lived in Patterson 10 years. He previously lived in Inyo six years. He
worked seven years as a cannery worker for
Contadina Foods. He was a member of El Nuevo Pacto Church in Modesto.
Mr. Ramirez is survived by his wife, Maria
Elena Ramirez of Patterson; children, Fernando Ramirez, Santiago Ramirez,
Antonio Ramirez, Estela C. Zarate and Lidia
Gallagos, all of Chicago, Javier Ramirez of Patterson, Enrique Ramirez
Jr. and Otlia Arellano, both of Inyo, Alicia Prado
of Modesto, and Maria Elena Corral and Ana Nevarez, both of San Jose;
brothers, Jose Ramirez of San Jose and
Armando Ramirez of Mexico; 38 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Monday's services will begin at 10 a.m. at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Burial
will follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800
Highway 33. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the
chapel.   Memorial contributions in Mr.
Ramirez's name may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Modesto Field
Office, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto,
95350; or to El Nuevo Pacto Church, 1309 12th St., Modesto 95350.

Ramirez, Rudy R 060429 p8
Rudy R. Ramirez   Feb. 8, 1942 — April 25, 2006
Rudy R. Ramirez, 64, of Patterson, died Tuesday of injuries sustained in
an automobile accident between Patterson and
Turlock. Mr. Ramirez was a native of Coleman, Texas, and had lived in
Patterson 41 years. He was a welder for Foster
Farms Co. for 26 years and an active member of Ward Avenue Baptist Church
in Patterson. He was a great father,
grandfather and husband. He loved his family and his children and worked
hard to provide for them. He was very
compassionate, very generous and a strong Christian. He loved his home
state of Texas and also enjoyed living in
California. Mr. Ramirez is survived by his wife, Julia Ramirez of
Patterson; children, James Ramirez, Rudy Ramirez Jr.
and Ruben Ramirez, all of Patterson, Christina Gamez of Modesto and
Sylvia Poyorena of Escalon; brothers, Julian
Ramirez, Nicolas Ramirez, Jessie Ramirez, Ramiro Ramirez and Conception
Ramirez, all of Texas; sisters, Carmen
Trinidad and Dora Calk, both of Texas; 15 grandchildren; and a great-
grandchild. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7
p.m. Tuesday at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in
Patterson, followed immediately by an evening
service. Wednesday's funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. at the
chapel. Burial will follow in Patterson District
Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. Memorial contributions in Mr.
Ramirez's name may be sent to the American
Diabetes Association, Sacramento Office, 2720 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite
110, Sacramento 95833.

Ramirez, Rudy Sr 060429 p5
Two Patterson Residents Die in Separate Crashes; Orland Woman also
Killed, Passengers Hospitalized
Two Patterson residents and an Orland woman died in two separate car
accidents on rural roads between Patterson and
Turlock on Tuesday. Josefina Flores, 42, of Patterson, was killed in an
accident on Central and Monte Vista avenues
early Tuesday after her car ran a stop sign, according to a California
Highway Patrol report. Her son was hospitalized
with major injuries and later released. Rudy Ramirez Sr., 64, also of
Patterson, died in a collision Tuesday evening on
West Main Street, west of Crows Landing Road, after a 2006 Toyota Matrix
drifted into his lane of traffic, according to
the CHP. The driver of the Matrix, 58-year-old Orland resident Janis
Barnes, also died at the scene. Her 7 year old
Turlock grandson, who was in the car, was airlifted to Children's
Hospital Central California in Madera with major
injuries. In the latter incident, Ramirez was headed westbound in a 1993
Toyota pickup on West Main Street at about
5:25 p.m. An eastbound headed 2006 Toyota Matrix, driven by Barnes, for
some reason crossed into the westbound lane.
Ramirez appeared to have seen the Matrix drift into his lane, according
to the CHP, and he turned his pickup to the right.
However, he could not avoid crashing into the Matrix, and the left front
of each vehicle crashed into the other head on.
The front ends of both the blue pickup and the silver Matrix were
crumpled, and parts of the Matrix's engine were
exposed following the accident. Mountain View Fire Department and
American Medical Response responded to the
accident, and Patterson Fire Department and Patterson District Ambulance
assisted. Steve Hall, a division chief for
Patterson Fire Department, said emergency responders initially extracted
Ramirez from his pickup, thinking he had a
pulse, but later discovered he did not. Ramirez was returning from his
work in Turlock at the time of the accident, his
son Ruben Ramirez said. Ramirez had lived in Patterson 41 years and had
been a welder for Foster Farms for 26 years.
Ruben Ramirez said his father was often quiet, but people paid attention
to him when he spoke. He was a strong
Christian, and a true American, he said.     CHP closed West Main Street
between Carpenter and Crows Landing roads for
about two hours after the crash. Everyone involved in the accident wore
safety restraints, and the vehicles were traveling
at unknown speeds, according to CHP reports. In the earlier Tuesday
accident, Flores was traveling eastbound in a 2005
Nissan Sentra on Monte Vista Avenue at 5:57 a.m. and had slowed to about
1 to 5 mph when driving past a stop sign at
Central Avenue, according to CHP reports. Hughson resident Randy
Yarberry, 38, was traveling southbound on Central
Avenue in a 1998 Dodge Ram at about 60 mph when the Sentra crossed Monte
Vista Avenue in front of him. The front
of the Ram hit the left side of the Sentra. The impact caused both
vehicles to veer eastward, and the Ram overturned and
landed in an oat field. Flores' son, Javier Solis, was transported to
Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with major
injuries. He was released Thursday. Yarberry was transported with minor
injuries to Emanuel Medical Center in
Turlock. Everyone involved in the accident wore seat belts. Flores'
sister, Ermelinda Flores-Bearrup, said Flores was on
her way to drop off Solis at Pitman High School in Turlock before heading
to her job at Wellness Recovery Center in
Modesto. Flores, who like, Ramirez, was active in her church, grew up in
Patterson and graduated from Patterson High
School in 1981. She returned to Patterson last year after having lived
in Modesto for many years.
The reason she returned to Patterson was because she remembered and loved
Patterson as a kid, Flores-Bearrup said.

Reader, Harry A 060218 p9
Harry Allen Reader   Nov. 16, 1955 — Feb. 14, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for Harry Allen
Reader, 50, of Newman, who died Tuesday at
his home. Mr. Reader was a native of Fairfield and had lived in Newman
three years. Before that, he lived in Patterson
42 years. A 1973 graduate of Patterson High School, he was a cheese
processor three years with F & A Dairy in
Newman and a parishioner of Patterson's Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Mr. Reader is survived by his wife, Kristin
Reader of Gustine; children, Melissa and Allison Reader, both of Gustine;
mother, Zelda Reader of Modesto; and sisters,
Tina Graver and Jeanne Asher, both of Modesto, and Patty Harrison of
Novato. He was preceded in death by his father,
Harry Reader. Tuesday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson. Burial will be
private. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave.
Contributions in Mr. Reader's name may be sent to the Reader Children
Trust Fund, c/o Tri County Bank, P.O. Box 217,
Patterson, 95363.

Remily, Muriel L 060121 p15
Muriel Leah Remily   Nov. 5, 1914 — Jan. 17, 2006
Funeral services will be private for Muriel Leah Bates Remily, 91, of
Carmel Valley, who died Tuesday at Pacific Grove
Convalescent Hospital. Mrs. Remily was a native of San Jose and had
lived in Carmel Valley six years. She previously
had lived in Patterson 10 years. She was a pianist who performed at the
Monterey Jazz Festival and was a recording artist
in the 1950s. Mrs. Remily worked as a Santa Clara County social worker
and owned a hair salon in Cupertino for many
years. She was affiliated with Community Church of Christ in San Jose and
was a member of the Native Daughters and
the Musicians Union of San Jose. She also enjoyed oil painting. Mrs.
Remily is survived by her daughter, Barbara Keller
of Carmel; brother, Robert Bates of Stockton; grandchildren, David Keller
and his wife, Stephanie, and Sand Mullen, all
of Patterson; great-grandchildren, Chase Mullen, Zachary, Emma and Justin
Keller, and Noelle Ochoa and her husband,
Michael, all of Patterson; and great-great grandchild, Michael D. Ochoa
of Patterson. She was preceded in death by a
grandson, Michael Keller. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas
Ave., Patterson, is handling arrangements.

Rightsell, Alma A 060218 p9
Alma Amelia Rightsell   July 22, 1930 — Feb. 11, 2006
Family services will be private for Alma Amelia Rightsell, who died Feb.
11 in Windsor. Mrs. Rightsell, 75, a Patterson
native, lived in town until July 1978, when she moved to Sonoma County.
Mrs. Rightsell was an avid gardener who
grafted her own fruit and nut trees and was famous in her neighborhood
for her vegetables and heirloom tomatoes.
She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Windsor
and previously of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Patterson. She was well-loved and will be missed. Mrs.
Rightsell is survived by her husband of 56 years, Don
Rightsell of Windsor; son, James Rightsell of Patterson; siblings, Julius
Boschi, Annie Barcellos and Rose Silva, all of
Patterson; and grandchildren, Patrick and Nicole Rightsell, both of Santa
Rosa. She was preceded in death by a son,
Kenny Rightsell. Adobe Creek Funeral Home, 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma,
is handling arrangements.

Rightsell, Wealthie C. 061018 p8
Wealthie C. Rightsell   Sept. 6, 1907 — Oct. 14, 2006
A memorial service will be today for Wealthie C. Rightsell of Patterson,
who died Saturday at her home.
Mrs. Rightsell, 99, was a native of Riverton, Iowa, and had lived in
Patterson for 69 years. She was a homemaker and
previously worked at Patterson Frozen Foods for many years. She was a
member of the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters Local Union No. 748.
She was a member of Patterson Covenant Church.
Mrs. Rightsell is survived by two sons, Don Rightsell of Windsor and
Charles Rightsell of Boulder, Colo.; two brothers,
Glenn Scoles and Gordon Scoles, both of Iowa; a sister, Kathryne Brown of
Ventura; eight grandchildren; three great-
grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Rightsell; a son, Duane
Rightsell; a daughter, Joyce Rightsell; and
two sisters, Frances Scher and Joanne Mullins.
Today's service will begin at 10 a.m. at Patterson Covenant Church, 435
W. Las Palmas Ave. Inurnment will be private.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Rightsell's name may be sent to the
Patterson Covenant Church Memorial Fund, 435 W.
Las Palmas Ave., Patterson 95363.
Hillview Funeral Chapel in Patterson is handling arrangements.

Ripley, Michael 060125 p7
Michael Ripley; Services will be Friday for Michael Ripley of Grayson,
who died Friday at Doctors Medical Center in
Modesto. Mr. Ripley, 59, was a native of Fagatogo, American Samoa, and
had lived in Grayson two years. He was a bus
boy for the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco 40 years. Mr.
Ripley was a U.S. Navy veteran. He liked to watch
football and baseball. Mr. Ripley is survived by his son, Michael Ripley
of Maui, Hawaii, and daughter, Nadine Ripley of
Oahu, Hawaii; brothers, Lafaele Ripley of San Francisco, Faleagafua
Ripley and Sio Ripley, both of Samoa, and Vitile
Puaauli of Modesto; sisters, Theresa Savaii of San Jose, Rose Gomez of
Patterson and Nie Poteki of Modesto; and two
grandchildren.   Friday's graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. at
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33,
Patterson. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Eaton
Family Funeral Home, 513 12th St., Modesto.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Ripley's name may be sent to Community
Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto 95356.

Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Wlm A 060513 p17
William Antonio Rodriguez-Gonzalez    Jan. 2, 1982 - May 1, 2006
Services were this week for William Antonio Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 24, of
Los Angeles, who died May 1 in Blythe.
Mr. Rodriguez-Gonzalez was a native of El Salvador. He lived in Los
Angeles four years and previously had lived in
Patterson 10 years.   Mr. Rodriguez-Gonzalez is survived by his parents,
Jose Rodriguez of Kodiak, Alaska, and Juanna
Gonzalez of El Salvador. Burial was in Patterson District Cemetery,
10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, handled arrangements.

Rogers, Helen G 060208 p11
Helen Grace Rogers   Oct. 15, 1909 — Feb. 4, 2006
Services will be private for Helen Grace Palmgren Rogers, 96, of Turlock,
who died Saturday at Turlock Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Rogers was a native of Kankakee, Ill., and
had lived in Turlock six years. She was a
homemaker and ranch owner with her husband in the Turlock and Modesto
areas for 40 years. She then retired to Moss
Landing, where she lived 38 years. Mrs. Rogers is survived by a son, Bob
Rogers of Santa Barbara; daughters, Eleanor
Giles of Patterson and Mary Ann Rogers of Modesto; eight grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Rogers
was preceded in death by her husband, Jim R. Rogers; a son; and two
grandsons. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las
Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions
in Mrs. Rogers' name may be sent to a charity
of the donor's choice.

Ruiz, Isabella 060715 p7
Isabella Ruiz   July 7, 2006 — July 7, 2006
A funeral service was Friday for newborn Isabella Ruiz of Modesto, who
died July 7 at Doctors Medical Center in
Modesto. Isabella is survived by her parents, Hector Ruiz and Julie
Flores of Modesto; grandparents, Asuncion and
Alicia Ruiz of Patterson and Baltazar and Gertrudis Flores of Ceres;
greatgrandparents, Agripina Vargas of Patterson,
Pascual Flores of Modesto and Rosalio and Filomena Ruiz and Jovita
Cantoran, all of Mexico. Visitation was observed
at McHenry Chapel- Franklin and Downs, where a rosary was recited. Burial
was in Ceres Memorial Park, 1801
Whitmore Ave., in Ceres.

Sabio, Nepamoceno S 060304 p9
Nepamoceno Soller Sabio   March 15, 1912 — Feb. 24, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday for Nepamoceno "Nep"
Soller Sabio, 93, of Patterson, who died
Friday at his home. Mr. Sabio was a native of Cabugou, Philippines, and
had lived in Patterson a year. He previously
had lived in Fresno for many years. Mr. Sabio was a supply officer for 30
years in the U.S. Navy and served in the
Merchant Marines before he retired in 1976. He was a parishioner of
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson and a
member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group. Mr. Sabio is
survived by his daughter, Therese Segura of
Patterson; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-
great-grandchildren. Monday's Mass will begin at
10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson. Burial
will follow at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in San Joaquin
Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, Gustine. Visitation will
be observed from 5 to 7 p.m Sunday at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, followed
immediately by the recital of a rosary.
Contributions in Mr. Sabio's name may be sent to Knights of Columbus,
Father Rose Council No. 4178, P.O. Box 214,
Patterson 95363; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Sai Millie, C. 0611-28 p9
Millie C. Sai   April 5, 1915 — Nov. 24, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday for Millie C. Sai,
91, of Patterson, who died at home Friday after
a four-year battle with cancer. Mrs. Sai's desire to live and be with her
husband and family defied all odds given by the
medical profession. A week before she died, she and her husband, Raymond,
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary
Nov. 17, along with their family. She was born in Gustine to Filemina and
John Borrelli, the third eldest of 12 children.
She worked at the Carnation plant in Gustine until she married her
husband, Raymond, in 1946. The two spent most of
their time together in Merced and Modesto before retiring and moving to
Patterson. Mrs. Sai lived a full and active life.
Besides raising two daughters, she worked full time and retired from
Montgomery Ward in Modesto after many years of
service as a department manager. She regularly attended reunions at
Hometown Buffet with her friends from Ward's.
Throughout the years, she was a member of the Native Daughters of the
Golden West, the Italian Catholic Federation and
the Patterson Garden Club. Mrs. Sai was a devout Christian and
parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Her faith
and Catholic beliefs were a major part of her life and contributed to who
she was as a person and how she lived her life.
Mrs. Sai was ahead of her time, balancing a career with family. Her
family remembers her as a true example of genuine,
unconditional love and an inspiration to all who knew her. Her husband,
Ray, describes her as a "hard-working woman
who took wonderful care of her husband." "She was a wonderful woman," he
said. Mrs. Sai is survived by her husband,
Raymond Sai of Patterson; daughters, Flora Rae Washburn of Lexington,
Ky., and Jo Ann Sai Floriani of Danville;
brothers, Joe Borrelli and Frank Borrelli, both of Gustine; sisters,
Angie DePonte of Modesto, Edith Ghisletta of
Patterson, Mary Nunes, Sue Beard Gamberdilli of San Anselmo;
grandchildren, Nicole Kilgore, Lori Washburn, and Sai
Washburn; and great-grandchildren, Gage Washburn and Conor, Keenlyn and
Caidan Rose Kilgore. She was preceded in
death by two brothers, Frank Borrelli and Tony Borrelli, and a sister,
Josephine Marttuci. Thursday's Mass will begin at
10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. A
reception will follow. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, in Gustine.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m.
today at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson,
followed by a rosary. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions in Mrs. Sai's name may be sent to Community
Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto 95356; or to
Father Connors Endowment Trust Fund, P.O. Box 1174, Patterson 95363.

Salais Eudolio 061230 p11
Eudolio Salais   Oct. 27, 1942 — Dec. 24, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday for Eudolio
Salais of Patterson, who died Sunday at his home.
Mr. Salais, 64, was a native of Crystal City, Texas, and had lived in the
Turlock area and in Patterson. He was a farm
laborer for 37 years and a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in
Patterson. He enjoyed fishing. Mr. Salais is
survived by his mother, Margarita Salais of Patterson; brother, Hector
Salais of Modesto; and sisters, Olivia Salazar of
Stockton, Soyla Nino of Patterson and Lilia Esqueda of Ceres. Wednesday's
Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 1200 Lyons St., in Turlock. Burial will follow in
Turlock Memorial Park, 425 N. Soderquist Road.
Visitation will be observed from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a vigil at 7
p.m., at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Chapel, 286
W. Main St., in Turlock.

Samples, Charlene L 060121 p15
Charlene L. Samples   Feb. 15, 1937 — Jan. 12, 2006
An open house memorial service will be Sunday in Manteca for Charlene
LaRae (Higby) Samples, 68, of Patterson, who
died Jan. 12 at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. Born in Chicago, Mrs.
Samples grew up and attended schools in
Livermore. She later moved to Woodland, where she lived 35 years and
worked as a nurse at Woodland Memorial
Hospital more than 20 years. Mrs. Samples then moved to Tracy to be
closer to her family, and eventually retired in
Patterson. Mrs. Samples enjoyed camping, playing pool and watching
Lifetime television. She was a special
grandmother to her grandchildren and loved talking to her daughters on
the phone daily. Mrs. Samples looked forward to
her weekly hair appointment with Cathy in Patterson and enjoyed going to
town for shopping, eating and visiting with
friends and family. She will be remembered for her contagious laugh and
her fun-loving personality. Mrs. Samples is
survived by her children, Donald Lee Samples Jr. of Idaho Falls, Idaho,
Dennis Clyde Samples, and his wife, Patty, of
Severy, Kan., Cheryl Jean Jacobson, and her husband, Jake, of Patterson
and Carene Lin Brandrup, and her husband,
Monte, of Manteca; a brother, Lloyd Higby, and his wife, Jean, of
Manteca; 11 grandchildren; and seven great
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years,
Donald Samples Sr. Sunday's open-house
memorial will begin at 2 p.m. at the home of Carene and Monte Brandrup in
Manteca. For information: P. L. Fry & Son
Funeral Home in Manteca, 239-1242. Burial will be in Monument Hill
Memorial Park, 35036 Country Road 22,
Woodland. Contributions in Mrs. Samples' name may be sent to a charity of
the donor's choice.

Samuelson, Gene P 060107 p9
Gene Paul Samuelson; Services will be Jan. 14 for Gene Paul Samuelson,
67, who died Dec. 23 at Enloe Medical Center
in Chico after a fiveyear battle with cancer.   Mr. Samuelson was a
native of Lincoln, Neb., and lived in Omaha before he
moved to Patterson in 1987. He and his wife moved to Magalia in 2003. Mr.
Samuelson was a district job office manager
for Peter Kiewit Sons in Omaha and after retirement worked for Pan
Pacific Recreation Vehicles in French Camp. He
enjoyed camping and nature. Mr. Samuelson was a member of Craig Memorial
Congregational Church in Paradise.
Mr. Samuelson is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janet Samuelson of
Magalia; a daughter, Danielle Dowd, and her
husband, Keith, of Paradise; a stepmother, Berdena Samuelson of Lincoln;
a brother, Roger Samuelson, and his wife,
Lenore, of Ellsworth, Kan.; and a granddaughter, Mackenzie Dowd of
Paradise. A Celebration of Life will begin at 1
p.m. Jan. 14 at Craig Memorial Congregational Church, 5665 Scottwood
Road, Paradise. Contributions in Mr.
Samuelson's name may be sent to Craig Memorial Congregational Church at
that same address. The Neptune Society of
Northern California, 1353 E. Eighth St., Chico 95928, is handling
arrangements.

Sanchez-Torres, Alfonso 060201 p7
Alfonso Sanchez-Torres   Jan. 7, 1953 — Jan. 23, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday for Alfonso Sanchez-
Torres of Fort Worth, Texas, who died
Jan. 23 at Kindred Hospital Southwest in Fort Worth. FMr. Sanchez-Torres,
53, was a native of Mexico and had
lived in Fort Worth three months. He previously had lived in the
Patterson and Gustine areas 10 years. He was
a construction worker 20 years.   Mr. Sanchez-Torres is survived by his
daughter, Maria Carmen Rico of Patterson;
brothers, Amador Bejines of Hollister, Secundino Bejines, Arnoldo Sanchez
and Ramiro Sanchez, all of San Jose,
Belongro Bejines of Michoacan, Mexico, and Elizondo Sanchez of Patterson;
sisters, Ma Guadalupe Bejines of San Jose,
Ana Bejines of Guanajuato, Mexico, Piedad Sanchez and Estela Sanchez,
both of Michoacan, Vitalina Sanchez of
Stockton and Maria Elena Sanchez of Long Beach; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother,
Adan Sanchez. Friday's Mass will begin at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson. Burial will
follow in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson.
Visitation will be observed from 9 to 10:45 a.m.
Friday at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson.

Santos, Guerrero Q 060415 p9
Services Planned for Isabel ‘Beck' Leon Guerrero Quintana Santos   Jan.
15, 1920 — April 10, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday for Isabel "Beck"
Leon Guerrero Quintana Santos, who died
Monday at the home of her son, J. "Chaka" Santos, and his wife, Rosanne,
in Lathrop. Mrs. Santos, 86, was born in
Inarajan, Peca, Guam. She settled in Union City when she came to the
United States. Her family remembers her as a
loving and nurturing mother and homemaker. She loved to prepare
elaborate meals for family and friends. Mrs. Santos
also crocheted beautiful tablecloths and was a great Guamanian and
American pastry baker. Mrs. Santos was a frequent
visitor to Patterson and enjoyed her friends there. She was a
parishioner of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Union City
and St. Joseph's Solidarity of Mary in Guam and a member of the Alameda
Guam Club, a service and social organization.
Mrs. Santos is survived by her sons, J. "Chaka" Santos, of Lathrop,
Michael Q. Santos of Alameda and Roy Q. Santos of
Port Orchard, Wash; daughter, Vicenta "Vennie" S. Gunter of Patterson;
sisters, Maria Q. Cruz of Inarajan and Cecilia Q.
Balajadia of Fremont; brothers, Alejo L.G. Quintana of San Jose, Mariano
L.G. Quintana of Sunnyvale, Jose L.G.
Quintana of Las Vegas, Thomas L.G. Quintana of Oakland and Ramon Quintana
and Vicente Quintana, both of Guam;
10 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews;
and a very special caregiver, Gemma. She
was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Mesa Santos; a sister,
Victoria L.G. Quintana; and four bothers, Francisco
Quintana, Joaquin Quintana, Joseph Quintana and Daniel Quintana.
Wednesday's Mass will begin at 1 a.m. at Holy
Spirit Catholic Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Burial will be in
Irvington Memorial Cemetery, 41001 Chapel
Way, Fremont. Chapel of the Roses, 1940 Peralta Blvd., Fremont, is
handling arrangements.

Schali, Gerald 060823 p3
Patterson native killed in crash; A Patterson native who was a well-
loved nurse died in a car crash early Saturday while
he drove home after visiting in Patterson. Gerald Schali, 38 of Turlock
died after his truck struck a wooden utility pole
just east of Jennings Road and !lipped, ejecting him, said officer Tom
Killian of the California Highway Patrol. The
1987 Patterson High School graduate was headed eastbound on West Main
Street at about 1:55 am., when his 2004
Chevrolet Silverado went off the road after failing to negotiate a left-
hand curve, according to CHP reports. The truck
drove through a barbed-wire fence before hitting the utility pole He was
not wearing a seat belt., Killian said. The CHP is
investigating whether alcohol played a role in the crash. "It's just a
big loss to the dialysis community and to the nursing
community," said Kim Baker, administrative nursing director of Parkway
Kidney Center in Modesto. Baker said Schali's
patients and coworkers alike were saddened by his death. Staff members
formally notified patients as they sat the waiting
room. "People were just stunned," she said. She said some patients said
that they were supposed to be in failing health,
not Schaff. '"The patients can't make sense of it;' she said. Baker
said certain patients preferred to be cared for by
Schali's, who would sing songs and joke with them. She noted that
undergoing dialysis can be a difficult. experience,
with patients spending three to four hours at a time at the clinic, three
days a week. "He was like a ray of sunshine,"
Baker said. "Even when he would have a had day, he would put on a smile."
Schali's sister, Cathi Schali-Lopez of
Hughson, said the family found a note from a coworker in Sehali's wallet
that said, 'Thanks for being my hero." He
leaves behind his wife, a 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son.
"He was always surrounded by family;" his sister
said. A trust fund has been set up for Schali's children. Contributions
may be sent to account No. 2218093558 at West
America Bank, 600 E. Main St., in Turlock.

Schali, Gerald W 060823 p9
Gerald Wayne Schali   June 27, 1968 — Aug. 19, 2006
Services will be Thursday for Gerald Wayne Schali of Turlock, who died
Saturday in a car accident near Patterson.
Mr. Schali, 38, was a native of Patterson and graduated from Patterson
High School, where he was an outstanding
wrestler on the undefeated 1986 team. He earned his nursing credentials
from Modesto Junior College.   He worked as a
registered nurse at Parkway Kidney Center in Modesto, where he was loved
by his patients and coworkers. He liked
making people feel comfortable. Mr. Schali loved his family very much. He
also liked to fish, wrestle, sing and play
guitar. Mr. Schali is survived by his wife, Sandra Schali of Turlock;
son, Jacob Schali of Turlock; daughter, Kaylee
Schali of Turlock; parents, Janet Leaf Schali and Carl Schali of Hughson;
sister, Cathi Schali-Lopez, and her husband,
Robert Lopez, of Hughson; brother, Greg Schali, and his wife, Kathy, of
Cottonwood; and many nieces, nephews, aunts,
uncles and cousins. Thursday's funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. at
Cornerstone Covenant Church, 4105 Crowell
Road, in Turlock. Burial will follow in Patterson District Cemetery,
10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. Visitation will be
observed from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, in
Turlock. Memorial contributions in Mr.
Schali's name may be sent to WestAmerica Bank, Kaylee and Jacob Schali
Trust, account No. 2218093553, 600 E. Main
St., Turlock 95380.

Silva, Johnnie R 060701 p10
Johnnie Richard Silva   July 25, 1923 — June 28, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday for Johnnie
Richard Silva, 82, of Modesto, who died
Wednesday at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.   Mr. Silva was a native
of Crows Landing and had lived in
Modesto the past 12 years. He attended Bonita Elementary School and
Orestimba High School. He was a dairyman in the
Stanislaus County area. He later moved to the costal range and lived in
Salinas and Santa Cruz before buying Scotts
Valley Dairy in Santa Cruz. He organized and built the first drive-
through outlet creamery, which he named Santa Cruz
Dairy Creamery and Outlets Drive-Thru. He also processed and marketed
milk from the dairy herd. In his later years, Mr.
Silva became a clothier and opened First Impressions Men's Clothing Store
in Capitola. He enjoyed providing quality,
custom-tailored clothing for his customers.    Mr. Silva was the chairman
of the Cabrillo Club and president of the Young
Men's Institute and the Mountain Charlie's Optimist Club. He was a member
of the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge,
Lions Club, Italian Catholic Federation and St. Joseph's Catholic Church
in Modesto. Mr. Silva was also a counselor at
the Catholic Youth Association Camp in Felton.    Mr. Silva is survived by
his wife, Cher Silva of Modesto; son, Richard
John Silva of Santa Cruz; daughter, Patricia Ann Kutscher of Hays, Kan.;
brothers, Tony Silva of Chowchilla and Edwin
Silva of Aptos; sisters, Dorothy Cardenas of Crows Landing, Evelyn Silva
of Patterson and Marianne Worsham of
Modesto; stepmother, Deolinda Silva of Patterson; three grandchildren;
and a great-grandchild. Wednesday's Mass will
begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in
Patterson. Burial will follow in Hills-Ferry Cemetery, 1334
W. Stuhr Road, in Newman. Visitation will be observed at 8 a.m.
Wednesday at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las
Palmas Ave., in Patterson, followed immediately by the recital of a
rosary.   Memorial contributions in Mr. Silva's name
may be sent to the American Cancer Society Modesto Field Office, 1604
Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto 95350.

Silva, Lloyd G 060204 p9
Lloyd George Silva   Oct. 22, 1924 — Jan.30, 2006
Services are pending for Lloyd George Silva, 81, of Patterson, who died
Monday at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock.
Mr. Silva was a native of Turlock and had lived in the Newman and
Patterson areas 70 years. A 1945 graduate of
Patterson High School, he was a self-employed farmer for 40 years before
he retired. In his younger years, Mr. Silva had
been a commercial tuna fisherman and diver. He would sail out of San
Diego and go along the Mexican and Central and
South American coasts and to the Galapagos Islands. Mr. Silva is
survived by his wife of 54 years, Theresa B. Silva of
Patterson; son, Mark Silva, and his wife, Anne, of Guerneville; daughter,
Kay Johnson, and her husband, Tim, of
Patterson; brother, Joe S. Silva of Merced; sister, June M. Fones of
Redwood City; and grandchildren, Marshall Johnson
and Kimberly Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe P.
and Mariana Silva; and a sister. Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling
arrangements. Contributions in Mr. Silva's name may
be sent to American Diabetes Association, Sacramento office, 2720 Gateway
Oaks Drive, Suite 110, Sacramento 95833;
to the National Kidney Foundation, 553 Pilgrim Drive, Suite C, Foster
City 94404; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Silveria, Manuel 061209 p11
Manuel Silveria   May 10, 1925 — Dec. 3, 2006
Services were Friday for Manuel Silveria, 81, who died Sunday at his home
in Stockton. Mr. Silveria was born in
Patterson and moved with his family to Tracy when he was 9 years old.
After 10th grade, he left school to help support
his family and, over the next few decades, became a successful
businessman.
Mr. Silveria began his career as a politician in September 1969, when he
was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the
Stockton City Council. After completing that term, he was elected to the
post in 1970 and again in 1974 and 1978.
Following his third term on the council, he successfully ran for mayor
and served until he was termed out of council
service. He was appointed to the Port Commission following his stint as
mayor and served for three years. He was also
affiliated with the Masonic Order, Morning Star Lodge, Scottish Rite
Temple and San Joaquin Shrine Club.
Family and friends will remember Mr. Silveria as a wonderful family man
and a giving person. He was a devoted
husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Mr. Silveria is survived by his wife of 27 years, Joyce Silveria;
children, Pat Ehlers, and her husband, Leroy, and Sharon
Simas, all of Stockton, and Jim Silveria of Lodi; stepchildren, Jimmie
Rishwain of Westwood, Jeff Rishwain, and his
wife, Connie, of Santa Maria and John Rishwain, and his wife, Kathleen,
of Stockton; grandchildren, Craig and Randy
Powell, John and Gina Simas, Allison and Emily Rishwain, Alec and Demetra
Rishwain, and Isabel, Olivia and Natalie
Rishwain; great-grandchildren, Carlyn and Keaton Powell, A.J. and Amber
Powell, and Oliver and Mason Lane;
extended family members, Lori Lane, and her husband, Warren, and Kim
Wetzig, and her husband, James; and several
nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Brown; and brother, John
Silveria. Burial was in Cherokee Memorial Park
in Lodi after a funeral service at St. Basil's Greek Orthodox Church in
Stockton. Chapel of the Palms in Stockton handled
arrangements. Memorial contributions in Mr. Silveria's name may be sent
to St. Basil's Church Memorial Fund, 920
March Lane, in Stockton.

Smith, Hallie M 060503 p7
Hallie Mae Smith   Feb. 6, 1925 - April 27, 2006
Services were Monday for Hallie Mae Smith, 81, of Patterson, who died
April 27 at Memorial Medical Center in
Modesto. Mrs. Smith was a native of Spiral, Okla., and had lived in
Patterson 50 years. She was a homemaker who had
worked for Armor and Co. and Douglas Aircraft, both in Oklahoma City. She
moved to California in 1955 and worked
at Blue Goose Canning Co. and Tillie Lewis Cannery in Patterson for many
years. She was a union stewardess and a floor
lady at Tillie Lewis. She was affiliated with First Baptist Church in
Patterson. Mrs. Smith is survived by her children,
Russell "Rusty" Smith of Patterson, Mary Louise Greenwood of Empire,
Patricia Henzel of Modesto and Cookie Welch
of Washington; brother, Everett Smith of Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren; and
12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Russell Smith; a son, Donald Scroggins; two
brothers; a sister; and a son-in-law. Burial was in
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson. Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in
Patterson, handled arrangements.

Soares, Dennis M 060812 p9
Dennis Michael Soares   April 21, 1951 — August 7, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for Dennis Michael
Soares, 55, of Crows Landing, who died
Monday in Ridgecrest. Mr. Soares was born in Modesto and had lived in
Crows Landing 55 years. He was a fifth-grade
teacher at Von Renner School and most recently Hunt Elementary School in
Newman for 32 years. He was a graduate of
Orestimba High School in Newman and attended California State University,
Stanislaus, in Turlock and Fresno Pacific
College, where he received his master's degree. He was a member of the
California Teachers Association. He was a
founder and president of Newman Performing Arts and had received the
Stanislaus Arts Council Excellence in Arts
Award in theater. Mr. Soares is survived by his mother, Dorothy
Cardenas, and stepfather, Art Cardenas, both of Crows
Landing; brother, Donald Soares of Modesto; sisters, Doreen Dinneen of
Yerington, Nev., and Deanna Soares of
Sacramento; and stepgrand-mother, Deolinda Silva of Patterson. He was
preceded in death by his father, Manuel Soares.
Tuesday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Joachim's Catholic Church,
1121 Main St., in Newman. Burial will follow in
Hills-Ferry Cemetery, 1334 W. Stuhr Road, in Newman. Visitation will be
observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the
church, followed immediately by the recital of a rosary. Memorial
contributions in Mr. Soares' name may be sent to
T.O.S.C.A Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 18, Newman 95360. Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 1258 R St., in Newman, is handling
arrangements.

Spencer, Richard ‘Tim' 060916 p12
Richard ‘Tim' Spencer   June 3, 1938 — Sept. 12, 2006
A graveside service will be Monday for Richard "Tim" Spencer, 68, of
Stockton, who died Tuesday at his home after a
two-year battle with lymphoma. Mr. Spencer was born in Patterson to
Richard and June Spencer. He graduated in 1956
from Patterson High School, where he was active in Future Farmers of
America. After high school, Mr. Spencer studied
at Modesto Junior College and University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He
enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1958. Mr. Spencer was
stationed in the medical laboratory at Tripler Army Medical Center in
Hawaii. Mr. Spencer owned and operated Spencer
Laboratory in Stockton for many years, and was involved in international
biomedical consulting. He and his wife,
Barbara Spencer, planted grapes in Amador County in the 1970s and later
opened St. Amant Winery, where they
produced award-winning wines. Mr. Spencer is survived by his wife of 41
years, Barbara Spencer of Stockton; son,
Stuart Spencer, and his wife, Carrie, of Stockton; daughters, Lori
Auchard, and her husband, Damon, of Stockton and
Kim Greer of Sunol; granddaughters, Madison and Sydney Spencer, Mackenzie
and Makaela Auchard, Jaimie Greer and
Megan and Sarah Ford; sister, Nancy Brewer of Modesto; and brother,
Michael Spencer of Riverside. He was preceded in
death by his brothers, Pat Spencer and Jerry Spencer. Monday's graveside
service will begin at 1 p.m. at Garden of the
Holy Family at Cherokee Memorial Park, Highway 99 and Harney Lane, in
Lodi. A celebration of life will follow at St.
Amant Winery. Memorial contributions in Mr. Spencer's name may be sent to
Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific
Ave., Stockton 95204.

Stout, Norman D 060510 p7
Norman D. Stout    May 15, 1928 - May 1, 2006
A memorial service will be May 19 for former Patterson resident Norman
DeWitt Stout, who died May 1 at Memorial
Medical Center in Modesto. Mr. Stout, 77, was born in Oaks, N.D., and had
lived in Patterson 48 years before he moved
to Modesto. He was an electrician 45 years for International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers. Mr. Stout was a member
of First United Methodist Church in Modesto, where he was part of the
choir. He was a past master of Free and Accepted
Masons and a past patron of Order of the Eastern Star. He was an avid
bridge player.   Mr. Stout is survived by his wife,
Barbara "Bobbi" Stout of Modesto; four children, Helen Stout of Modesto,
Jacquelyn Neil of San Diego, Ted Curtis
Ewalt of New Hampshire and Danny Ewalt of Atascadero; two sisters, Gete
Garvy of Mesa Grande, Ariz., and Shirley
Seyverson of Fargo, N.D; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
Samuel and Manda Stout, and two brothers. The May 19 memorial service
will begin at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist
Church, 850 16th St., in Modesto. Memorial contributions in Mr. Stout's
name may be sent to First United Methodist
Church, 850 16th St., Modesto 95354; or to Scottish Rite Hearing and
Speech Clinic, 33 W. Alpine St., Stockton 95204-
4236. Salas Bros. Funeral Chapel, 419 Scenic Drive, in Modesto, is
handling arrangements.

Taglio, Theresa L. 06110 p14
Theresa L. Taglio   July 22, 1915 – Nov. 6, 2006
A graveside service will be Monday for Theresa L. Taglio of Gustine, who
died Monday at Emanuel Medical Center in
Turlock. Mrs. Taglio, 91, was a native of Los Banos and a 66-year
resident of Gustine. She was a homemaker for 71
years. Mrs. Taglio graduated from Oakdale High School. Before she
retired, she worked in postal services in Los Banos
and Gustine and also as a bus driver. Mrs. Taglio was the first newspaper
carrier for the Merced Sun Star. She was an
avid San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants fan. She also liked
working crossword puzzles. Mrs. Taglio is
survived by her sons, Bill Taglio of Gustine and Jim Taglio of Ukiah;
daughter, Doris Onstine of Gustine; brothers, Bill
Lorea of Oakdale and Lawrence Lorea of Roseville; sisters, Lucille
Stewart of Modesto, Steph Mullin of Sonora and Isy
Carson of San Leandro; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Raymond Taglio. Monday's graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. at Hills
Ferry Cemetery, 1334 W. Stuhr Road, in
Newman. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillview
Funeral Chapel, 515 First St., in Gustine.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Taglio's name may be sent to Gustine
Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 16, Gustine 95322;
or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Torres, Jean C 060517 p8
Jean Charlotte Torres; A funeral service will be celebrated today for
Jean Charlotte Torres of Patterson, who died Friday
at her home. Mrs. Torres, 64, was a native of Altas, Okla., and had lived
in Patterson 37 years. She was a homemaker
who volunteered for many activities at her church, New Hope Church of the
Nazarene. Mrs. Torres also coached girls
softball. She loved shopping, gardening, decorating and going to the flea
market. Mrs. Torres is survived by her husband,
Richard O. Torres of Patterson; children, Larry Summers of Merced, Jamey
Krum of Modesto, Tammy Krum Kelton of
Fresno, Lee-Ann Krum Pires of Modesto and Sarah Torres of Turlock;
brothers, David Smith of Oregon and Bobby
Smith of New Mexico; sister, Bonnie Daugherty of Mississippi; 12
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by a son, David Krum. Today's funeral service will be
at 10 a.m. at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W.
Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Burial will follow in Patterson District
Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, in Patterson.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Torres' name may be sent to New Hope
Church of the Nazarene, 1720 E. Las Palmas
Ave., Patterson 95363.

Torres, Maria L 060329 p7
Maria Lucha Torres   Dec. 30,1956 — March 23, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today for Newman resident
Maria Lucha Torres, 49, who died Thursday at
her home. Ms. Torres was a native of Mexico and had lived in Newman 10
years and Crows Landing 15 years before
that. She lived in Stanislaus County all of her life. She worked at San
Jose Airport in airplane interior maintenance and
was a parishioner of St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Newman. She was
member of the Teamsters Union as a cannery
worker. Ms. Torres is survived by her sons, Ramon Haro and Roberto Haro,
both of Newman; daughters, Celene Zapien
and Martha Delgado, both of Modesto; mother, Mercedes Savedra Torres of
Newman; brothers, Jesus Torres and Martin
Torres, both of Newman, Salvador Torres of Grayson and Jorge Torres of
Stanislaus County; sisters, Lupe Torres of San
Jose and Christina Torres Garcia of Delhi; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be observed from 9 to 10 a.m. today
at St. Joachim's Catholic Church, 1121 Main St., Newman, followed
immediately by a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial
will follow in Hills-Ferry Cemetery, 11134 W. Stuhr Road, Newman.
Memorial contributions in Ms. Torres' name may
be sent to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309,
Dallas, TX 75265-0309 Hillview Funeral
Chapel, 1258 R St., Newman, is handling arrangements.

Trujillo, Lorenza Archuleta 061125 p10
Lorenza Archuleta Trujillo   Dec. 14, 1928 – Nov. 19, 2006
A funeral service will be Monday for Lorenza Archuleta Trujillo of
Patterson, who died Sunday in Patterson. Mrs.
Trujillo, 77, was a native of Greeley, Colo. and was a resident of
Patterson for 16 years. She was a homemaker and
mother of four. Mrs. Trujillo is survived by her sons, Virgil Trujillo of
Livermore and Charles A. Trujillo of Newark;
daughters, Nadine Anunciacion of Fremont and Ruby Deadder of Merced;
brother, Joel Archuleta of New York; sisters,
Dina Archuleta of Louisiana, Martha Aparcio of Visalia, Ruthie Archuleta
of San Diego and Josie Hamby of Arizona;
nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Esaias Trujillo, in 2004. A
visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday at Hillview Funeral Chapel,
450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Monday's
funeral service will be at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Memorial Park & Mortuary,
300 Curtner Ave., in San Jose, followed by a
graveside service. Contributions in Mrs. Trujillo's name may be made to
Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way,
Modesto, 95356- 9259.

Vargas, Gregorio 060412 p6
Gregorio Vargas   May 9, 1937 — April 8, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today for Gregorio Vargas,
who died Saturday at his home in Patterson.
Mr. Vargas, 68, was born in El Ausilo, Michoacan, Mexico, and moved to
Patterson in 1989   He was a groundskeeper
and a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. He is
survived by his wife, Trinidad Vargas of
Patterson, and two sons and a daughter, all of Texas. Today's Mass will
begin at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 529 I St., Patterson. Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in Patterson
District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson.
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling
arrangements.

Vargas, Raymundo M 060225 p14
Raymundo Moreno Vargas   Jan. 4, 1943 — Feb. 19, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for Raymundo Moreno
Vargas of Edwards, who died Sunday at
Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster. Mr. Vargas, 63, was a native of
Indio and had lived in Edwards five years. He
previously had lived in Modesto from 1989 to 1997. He was a butcher at
Edwards Air Force Base and had worked 18
years in the commissary there. He was also a U.S. Army veteran who had
served in Vietnam and a member of the
Disabled Army Veterans. Mr. Vargas had relatives and friends on the West
Side. He liked to collect and refurbish old
vehicles. Mr. Vargas is survived by his wife, Matilda Vargas of Edwards;
daughters, Eva Mendez and Elisa Ortiz, both
of Modesto; brothers, Frank Vargas of Riverside and Steve Moreno of
Escondido; sisters, Isabel Robles of San
Bernardino and Angie Corona of Fresno; and five grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Isabello and
Matiana Vargas, and two brothers and a sister. Tuesday's Mass will begin
at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Miracles
Catholic Church, 370 Linden Ave., Gustine. Burial will follow in San
Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W.
McCabe Road, Gustine.   Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m.
Monday at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 515 First
Ave., Gustine, followed immediately by the recital of a rosary.

Veatch, Carrol 060118 p7
Carroll ‘Rocky' Veatch   Sept. 15, 1933 — Jan. 12,2006
A memorial service will be Saturday for Carroll "Rocky" Veatch of
Patterson, who died Thursday at his home. Mr.
Veatch, 72, was a native of Hill City, Kan. He moved to Patterson 10
years ago after living in San Jose for many years.
He was a facilities engineer at IBM 25 years. Mr. Veatch served in the
U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was proud
to be a veteran. He enjoyed hunting, camping and being outdoors. He was
a member of the Masonic Lodge and the
Moose Lodge. Mr. Veatch is survived by his children, Kathleen Gail Hinkle
of San Jose, Deborah Lynn Veatch of Scotts
Valley and Valerie Ann Charon of Salida; a brother, Wayne Veatch of
Madera; sister, Evelyn Campbell of Santa Maria;
and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit
and Florence Veatch, and two brothers.
Saturday's memorial service will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Franklin & Downs
Colonial Chapel, 12th and G streets, Modesto.
Services will conclude at the chapel.

Verschelden, Gregory L 060830 p5
Gregory Leo Verschelden   May 26, 1961 — Aug. 25, 2006
A memorial service will be Friday for Gregory Leo Verschelden of Modesto,
who died Friday at Doctors Medical Center
in Modesto. Mr. Verschelden, 45, was a native of Patterson and lived in
Modesto 40 years. He was a carpenter 25 years
for Montgomery Builders. He enjoyed playing golf and was a fan of the
San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco
Giants. He liked making people laugh. Mr. Verschelden is survived by his
father, Charles Verschelden of Sonora;
brother, Mark Verschelden of Modesto; and sister, Lynne Agee of Modesto.
He was preceded in death by his mother,
Marlene Halseth Verschelden. Friday's memorial service will begin at 1
p.m. at Salas Bros. Funeral Chapel, 419 Scenic
Drive, in Modesto.

Villanueva, Jesus O 060708 p9
Jesus Osequera Villanueva   April 25, 1967 — July 6, 2006
Services will be next week for Jesus Osequera Villanueva, 39, of Turlock,
who died Thursday at Doctors Medical Center
in Modesto. Mr. Villanueva was a native of Mexico and had lived in
Turlock four years. He was a maintenance worker
for McCormick Spice Company for three years. Mr. Villanueva is survived
by his mother, Guadalupe Osequera
Villanueva of Mexico; brothers, Javier Villanueva of Santa Rosa, Ricardo
Villanueva of Patterson and Juan Villanueva,
Gonzalo Villanueva and Ignacio Villanueva, all of Mexico; and sisters,
Leticia Arellano of Patterson, Littia Villanueva of
Turlock and Yolanda Villanueva of Mexico. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will follow
in Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway
33, in Patterson. Visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday,
followed immediately by the recital of a rosary, at
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson.

Vizzolini, Marie L 060607
Marie Louise Vizzolini   Jan 24, 1924 - June 2, 2006
A celebration of life service will be Saturday for Marie Louise ,Cameron,
Vizzolini of Patterson, who died Friday at Casa
de Modesto in Modesto. Mrs. Vizzolini, 82, was a native of Hartshorne,
Okla., and had lived in the Westley and
Patterson areas 70 years. She was a homemaker who had graduated from
Patterson High School. She was the first female
member to join the Sportsmen of Stanislaus and was an avid tennis player.
Mrs. Vizzolini is survived by her sons, Bob
Vizzolini of Newman, Stan Vizzolini of Modesto and Bill Vizzolini of
Napa; sister, Betsy Campbell of Kings Beach;
eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death
by a sister. Saturday's celebration of life service
will begin at 10 a.m. at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave.,
in Patterson. Memorial contributions in Mrs.
Vizzolini's name may be sent to P.R.I.D.E., Patterson Recognizing
Individuals Determined to Excel), P.O. Box 1543,
Patterson 95363.

Walcott, Eunice I 060201 p7
Eunice Iris Walcott   Nov. 22, 1910 — Jan. 26, 2006
A graveside service will be Thursday for Eunice Iris Mitchell Walcott of
Modesto, who died Thursday at Modesto
Convalescent Hospital. Mrs. Walcott, 95, was a native of Oklahoma. She
came to Patterson when she was a child
and lived most of her life here. She spent some years in El Centro and
Holtville, then moved to Modesto four years ago.
Mrs. Walcott was a homemaker and sales clerk for J.M. McDonald in El
Centro for 20 years. She was a school bus
driver in the Patterson area for several years and a member of First
Baptist Church in Patterson. Mrs. Walcott loved
gardening, taking bus trips with her friends and going to Patterson
Senior Center for lunch. Mrs. Walcott is survived by
her daughters, Myrtle Rockwood of Patterson, Mildred Wrinkle of Lebanon,
Mo., and Victoria Brooks of Oakdale; 15
grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-
grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her son,
William Brooks. Thursday's graveside service will be at 2 p.m. at
Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33,
Patterson. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, is
handling arrangements. Memorial
contributions in Mrs. Walcott's name may be sent to Alexander Cohen
Hospice House, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto

95356

Walcott, Eunice I 060128 p14
Eunice Iris Walcott   Nov. 22, 1910 — Jan. 26, 2006
A graveside service will be Tuesday for longtime former Patterson
resident Eunice Iris Mitchell Walcott, who died
Thursday at Modesto Convalescent Hospital. Mrs. Walcott, 95, was a native
of Oklahoma. She came to Patterson when
she was a child and lived most of her life here. She also spent some
years in El Centro and Holtville. Four years ago, she
moved to Modesto. Mrs. Walcott was a homemaker and sales clerk for J.M.
McDonald in El Centro for 20 years. She was
also a school bus driver in the Patterson area for several years. Mrs.
Walcott was a member of First Baptist Church in
Patterson. Mrs. Walcott loved gardening, taking bus trips with her
friends and going to Patterson Senior Center for
lunch. Mrs. Walcott is survived by her daughters, Myrtle Rockwood of
Patterson, Mildred Wrinkle of Lebanon, Mo., and
Victoria Brooks of Oakdale; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and
four great-great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her son, William Brooks. Tuesday's graveside service
will begin at 2 p.m. at Patterson District
Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson. Contributions in Mrs. Walcott's
name may be sent to Alexander Cohen Hospice
House, 4368 Sypres Way, Modesto 95356. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W.
Las Palmas Ave., Patterson, is handling the
arrangements.

Wear, Donald Eugene Jr. 061115 p9
Donald Eugene Wear Jr.   Sept. 10, 1954 — Nov. 9, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday for Donald Eugene
Wear Jr. of Gustine, who died Thursday in
Merced. Mr. Wear, 52, was a native of Gustine and lived there all his
life. He was a truck driver owner-operator for 26
years. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Miracles Catholic Church in
Gustine. An avid duck hunter, he was also a
member of Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association. He had many
friends in Patterson. Mr. Wear is survived
by his parents, Donald Eugene Wear Sr. and Delores L. Wear of Gustine;
and his daughter, Taylor Hansen of Newman.
He was preceded in death by his brother, David Anthony Wear, in 1972.
Friday's Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at
Our Lady of Miracles Church, 370 Linden Ave., in Gustine. Burial will
follow in Hills-Ferry Cemetery, 1334 W. Stuhr
Road, in Newman. Visitation will be observed from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at
the church, followed immediately by the
recital of a rosary. Memorial contributions in Mr. Wear's name may be
sent to Our Lady of Miracles Educational Center,
370 Linden Ave., Gustine 95322. Hillview Funeral Chapel, 515 First St.,
in Gustine is handling arrangements.

White, Brook Scott 060909 p4
Local man dies in car accident
A Patterson-area man died Wednesday night after his car struck a walnut
tree at Sycamore and Eucalyptus avenues.
Brook Scott White, 44, was driving south on Sycamore Avenue when his 2000
Lincoln veered southeast and crashed into
the tree on the northeast corner of the intersection at about 8:40 p.m.,
according to a California Highway Patrol report.
The impact threw White, whose seat belt was unbuckled, out of the
vehicle. Emergency workers pronounced him dead
at the scene. CHP officials do not know why White veered from the road or
how fast he was driving. They do not suspect
alcohol was involved in the accident. "Everyone is pretty shocked and
sad," said White's sister, Karen Zuniga. "We're
praying for the strength to get through." White was married and had four
daughters. He worked for United Rentals
in Tracy. The night of the accident, White had been at his mother's house
in Patterson, celebrating his oldest brother's
birthday, Zuniga said. Family members believe he was going back to his
house on the 700 block of Magnolia Avenue
when the car crashed.

White, Brook Scott 060909 p12
Brook Scott White   Aug. 28, 1962 — Sept. 6, 2006
A memorial service will be Tuesday for Brook Scott White of Patterson,
who died Wednesday in an automobile accident
northeast of town. Mr. White, 44, was a native of Castro Valley. He
lived in Patterson 15 years. Mr. White was a truck
driver for United Rentals in Tracy for eight years. He enjoyed auto
racing and NASCAR. Mr. White is survived by his
wife, Susan White of Patterson; mother, Joan White of Patterson;
daughters, Andrea, Megan, Chelsea and Lauren White,
all of Patterson; brothers, Bret White of Patterson and Brad White of
Dublin; and sister, Karen Zuniga of Patterson. He
is preceded in death by his father, Walton White. Tuesday's memorial
service will begin at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour's
Lutheran Church, 650 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. Memorial
contributions in Mr. White's name may be sent to the
Brook White Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of the West, 5 Plaza, Patterson.
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas
Ave., in Patterson, is handling arrangements.

White, Walton D Jr 060607 p7
Walton Dudley White Jr. Dec. 18, 1936 - May 28, 2006
A memorial service will be Saturday for Walton Dudley White, Jr., 69, who
died May 28 in Canyonville, Ore.
He died peacefully in his sleep during a long haul overnight assignment
to Myrtle Creek, Ore.   Mr. White had lived in
Patterson 15 years. Before moving to Patterson, he lived in San Leandro.
Mr. White was the district manager for Pepsi
Cola Corp. in Emeryville 22 years. He then worked another 10 years for
Safeway/SDMI. Shortly after he retired, he re-
entered the workforce in a job he enjoyed as a long-haul, overnight truck
driver for Winco Foods in Modesto. He also
enjoyed golfing, woodworking, fishing, spending time with his wife and
playing cards with his sister. Mr. White is
survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan Annette White; three sons, Bret
White and Brook White, both of Patterson,
and Brad White of Dublin; a daughter, Karen Zuniga of Patterson; 11
grandchildren; and two sisters. Saturday's
memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church,
650 W. Las Palmas Ave. A reception will
follow in the church hall.

Wier Bernadette Mary 12/23/2006, p17
Sept. 13, 1918 — Nov. 26, 2006
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Jan. 3 for former Patterson
resident Bernadette Mary Wier of Modesto,
who died Nov. 26 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Modesto. Mrs. Wier,
88, was born in Portal, N.D. She lived in
the Bay Area before moving to Patterson, where she lived until the early
1970s. Her first husband, Doug McElhern,
was a local pharmacist. She worked 36 years as a teacher and counselor in
Modesto City Schools. Mrs. Wier was a
parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She was an avid golfer
who won many awards and was a member of
Turlock Country Club. Mrs. Wier is survived by her stepchildren, Doyle
McElhern of Auburn, Susie Whiting of St.
Louis, Mo., and Bill Wier of Colorado Springs, Colo.; step-grandchildren,
Scott McElhern, Kimberly McElhern and Ross
Whiting; and three step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by her sisters, Ione Thompson and Gertrude
Moore. The Jan. 3 Mass will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima
Catholic Church, 505 W. Granger Ave., in
Modesto. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Wier's name may be sent to
Monsignor Kennedy Educational Fund, c/o Our
Lady of Fatima Catholic School, 501 W. Granger Ave., Modesto 95350; or
Modesto Teachers Association, 817 Coffee
Road, Modesto 95355. Franklin and Downs Colonial Chapel, 704 12th St., in
Modesto is handling arrangements.

Wilkinson Marilyn S 060125 p7
Marilyn S. Wilkinson; No services are planned for Marilyn Louise
Sheppard Wilkinson of Patterson, 81, who died
Saturday at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. Mrs. Wilkinson was a
native of San Francisco and was raised in
Berkeley, where her father was a dentist. She played the cello in the
Berkeley Young People's Symphony and graduated
from Berkeley High School in 1942. She graduated from College of the
Pacific (now University of the Pacific) in 1946
with a bachelor's degree in education and an elementary teaching
credential. Mrs. Wilkinson was active in college
politics and was a member of Epsilon Lambda Sigma, now Delta Sigma. She
enjoyed reading, music, gardening and
sports. After teaching fourth grade for five years in Stockton Unified
School District, Mrs. Wilkinson and her husband,
Fran, whom she met in high school biology class, moved to Patterson when
he took a teaching position at Grayson School
in Westley.   She taught preschool at Walnut Acres in Patterson 21 years
and retired in June 1989. Mrs. Wilkinson is
survived by her husband of 59 years, Fran Wilkinson of Patterson; a son,
Bruce Wilkinson, and his wife, Marty, of
Turlock; grandchildren, Thomas Wilkinson of San Francisco, Christina
Buehner, and her husband, Steve, of Turlock, and
Jared and Andrew Wilkinson, both of Turlock; and great-grandchildren,
Sean Wilkinson Walker and Joshua Buehner,
both of Turlock. She was preceded in death by son Jim Wilkinson. Allen
Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, Turlock, is
handling arrangements. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Wilkinson's name
may be sent to the Ronald McDonald House,
520 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto 94304.

Wiseman Neil L 060819 p9
Neil L. Wiseman Sr.   July 9, 1929 — Aug. 15, 2006
A celebration of life will be today for Neil L. Wiseman Sr. of Newman,
who died Tuesday at Emanuel Medical Center in
Turlock. Mr. Wiseman, 77, was a native of Warsaw, N.Y., and attended
college in Worcester, N.Y. He married his wife,
Doris George, in 1951, lived in San Ramon in 1962 and worked for Singer
in San Leandro. He retired in 1995. Mr.
Wiseman moved to Patterson in 1989 and moved to Newman three years ago.
He was a volunteer fire captain in San
Ramon and later belonged to Masonic Lodge No. 488 and Order of the
Eastern Star No. 417, both in Patterson. He
enjoyed collecting computers and model trains.   Mr. Wiseman is survived
by his wife, Doris Wiseman of Newman; sons,
Neil Wiseman Jr. and Lon Wiseman, both of Newman, and Eric Wiseman of
Modesto; daughter, Joanne Holder of
Fresno; six grandchildren; and two step grandchildren. Today's
celebration of life will begin at 4 p.m. at Allen Mortuary,
247 N. Broadway, in Turlock. Burial will be private. Memorial
contributions in Mr. Wiseman's name may be sent to The
Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, D.C.,
20037.

Wonn Nola Jean 061118 p14
Nola Jean Wonn   March 27, 1941 — Nov. 10, 2006
Services will be private for Nola Jan Wonn of Patterson, who died Nov. 10
at St. Thomas Retirement Center in Turlock.
Mrs. Wonn, 65, was born in North Dakota to Edwin Wonn and Laura Josepha
Strand. She was raised in Vallejo, where
she lived most of her life. She was a secretary and moved to Patterson in
1999. She helped with hospice care and enjoyed
bowling, working crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble. Mrs. Wonn is
survived by her children, Katie Cassarino of
Tracy, Karen Celli of Boise, Idaho, and Kevin Byrne of Folsom; siblings,
Dennis Wonn and Karen Quisenberry, both of
Vallejo; and four grandchildren. Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling
arrangements.

								
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