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Herman Doornenbal Sr.

Herman Doornenbal, Sr., 88, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Bethany Home in Ripon on Saturday, Aug. 1.
He was born in Veenendaal, The Netherlands, on March 17,1921. His parents were Marinus and Jacoba Doornenbal.
Mr. Doornenbal met his wife, Clasina (De Kleer) during the German occupation of Holland at the time of WWII. They were married on Sept. 25, 1946 and came to Ripon, California on July 4, 1947. They worked hard toward their goal of starting their own dairy. They were able to start on a rented dairy in Ripon in 1951, and ...

August 12, 2009 | | Obituaries

Bertha Olbrycht

Bertha Bronia Olbrycht, 92, died Sunday, Aug. 9.
She was born in New York where she met her husband Al Olbrycht.
She graduated as salutatorian from her high school in New York and received her masters degree from Columbia University.
Mrs. Olbrycht was very religious her entire life and praised God for making it possible to be the first in her family to graduate from college and become a teacher. She taught in New York, Tennessee, and California.
She was an avid opponent of too much homework, believing that children needed time with their families with friends.
She was active ...

August 12, 2009 | | Obituaries

Audrey Pettinger

Audrey May Pettinger, 90, died Friday, July 31 at English Oaks in Modesto.
She was born in Blue Earth, MN to Forest Ankeny and Pearl (Held) Ankeny. She was a resident of Dale Commons, Modesto for the last five years.
She graduated from Blue Earth High School and was crowned Miss Blue Earth in 1937. She married Donald Pettinger and lived in Blue Earth until l945. Later that year they moved to California because her husband was in the Navy stationed at Treasure Island. She and her family moved to Oakdale in l948. In 1962, she and her family relocated ...

August 12, 2009 | | Obituaries

Larry Ratto

Larry A. Ratto, 73, died Saturday, Aug. 8 at Memorial Medical Center.
Mr. Ratto was a native of Oakdale. He lived in Riverbank 45 years.
He served in the U.S. Army.
He was a forklift operator at Silgan Containers for 30 years.
He is survived by his companion, Doris Lee of Riverbank; children, Paula Luttrull of Modesto and Rick Ratto of Reno, NV; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
No visitation. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 at Oakdale Citizens Cemetery.
Oakdale-Riverbank Memorial Chapels in charge of arrangements.
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August 12, 2009 | | Obituaries

Echelberger, Salter Exchange Vows

Melvin "Douglas" Echelberger of Oakdale and Julie Marlene Salter of Livermore united as husband and wife on June 10, 2009.
After an engagement, which started in a small restaurant in Paris, the couple exchanged vows as husband and wife in a double ring ceremony at Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii.
Presiding over the ceremony was the Reverend Kimo Kirkman.
The bride is the daughter of Philip Salter and Anna Whiting of Livermore. She is a 1980 graduate of Livermore High School and is currently employed as a sales representative with Pleasant Holidays Travel Company.
Standing at the side of the ...

August 05, 2009 | | Weddings

Gomes Couple Marks 60 Years

Vern and Phyllis Gomes celebrated their 60th anniversary on July 4, 2009 by repeating their vows before a large group of friends and family. The ceremony took place at Oakdale community Church, followed by a reception at the Masonic Hall.
The couple met at church when Vern was getting his training for the Ministry. A whirlwind courtship followed (March to July). They were married on July 3, 1949 in Turlock, Vern's birthplace.
In the fall of that year, they returned to Eugene, Oregon (Phyllis' home) and site of University of Oregon and Bible School for Vern. Vern pastored churches ...

August 05, 2009 | | Anniversaries

Chandler graduates from basic military training

Air Force Airman Stephen P. Chandler graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Scott Chandler of San Ramon and stepson of Rob Godlewski of Oakdale.
Chandler is a 2005 graduate of California High School, San Ramon.

August 05, 2009 | | Announcements

Knights Ferry News for August 5, 2009

The Saturday morning fire in the 15000 block of Orange Blossom Road sent a big black plume of smoke into the air. The Ali family warehouse was completely destroyed. They conducted their wholesale floral business from that building. The first on the scene was Dave Rorabaugh with his backhoe, (he lives behind there on Horseshoe Road), to make a fire break. Many fire engines responded to the blaze.

August 05, 2009 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News for August 05, 2009

Members of the Oakdale Garden Club are the first group to answer the request by members of the Valley Home Community Center Board of Directors, for help in planting trees at the new Valley Home Community Park. Following a discussion of what type of tree to plant, member, Rosalie Osman made a motion for members to plant four types of Oak trees, which would include the local native Oak. The club's donation will help call the public's attention to the native Oaks, which were prevalent in this area at one time. The members were unanimous in their decision ...

August 05, 2009 | | Valley Home News

Super Produce Story Time At Save Mart

Tucked away in part of the produce section at the Oakdale Save Mart, a group of youngsters snacked on wheat crackers and salsa while listening to a story on Saturday morning. Then they got to take a guided tour, looking over the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the store.
The gathering was the latest in the summer Super Produce Story Time series at the local supermarket, offered each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Silva chose the book 'Chicks and Salsa' to read on Saturday and offered salsa - with the healthier alternative of ...

August 05, 2009 | | Local Business

Thief Sentenced To Prison

Willis W. Farmer, 31, of Oakdale, was sentenced to state prison for a total of five years after pleading no contest to a residential burglary and also admitting a prior conviction in San Joaquin County.
The case arose out of events that occurred on March 26, in Oakdale. Defendant Farmer confronted an acquaintance about a perceived slight and disrespect towards Farmer. As a result, defendant Farmer told the victim that he was going to take something of value from him and entered the victim's home without permission. Farmer had the victim, against his will, assist in carrying the victim ...

August 05, 2009 | | Crime

Local Resident Preps For Adventure Race

Oakdale resident and multi-sport athlete Mark Richardson has joined professional adventure racing team Tecnu Extreme/Staphaseptic. They are heading to South Dakota for the PrimalQuest adventure racing Championships that brings the best co-ed teams of four from all over the globe from Aug. 15-24.
Teams will mountain bike, paddle, run, rappel into caves, navigate, and mountain climb their way over a 600-mile course in the backcountry testing the boundaries of human endurance.
"He has slowly been becoming a killer multi-sport athlete and adventure racer, and this year we were excited to welcome him aboard professional adventure racing team Tecnu Extreme ...

August 05, 2009 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Oak Valley Community Bank Announces Promotions

Oak Valley Community Bank announced the promotions of June Lopez to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager and Kimberly Karp to Assistant Customer Service Manager. Both Lopez and Karp work in the Bank's full-service branch in Escalon, located at 1910 McHenry Ave.
Lopez has 18 years of banking experience and has been with Oak Valley Community Bank since 2002. She was instrumental in the opening of the Escalon branch, serving as Customer Service Manager.
"This promotion is in recognition of June's outstanding performance and dedication to the Bank and its customers. She is pro-active in developing business and builds ...

August 05, 2009 | | Local Business

An Honest Business

Dear Editor,
I want to thank Oakdale Recycle Center for being so honest the other day. I decided to clean up around the ranch as I do two or three times a year. I gathered up all the recyclable stuff and took it to the Oakdale Recycle Center on my way to Oakdale. While I was checking out to get the money I was having a conversation with the clerk while she was guiding a truck on the scale and adding up my tags. She finally got the truck on the way and gave me my money. A few days ...

August 05, 2009 | | Your Views

Thank You, Oakdale

Dear Editor,
The Oakdale Police Officer's Association would like to thank the citizens of Oakdale for all their support this year as we faced the tough economic times together. We were faced with layoffs (8) that would have seriously affected the safety of you and your family. The Oakdale Police Officer Association chose to take the following concessions in order to preserve the level of safety you deserve.
1) Switching to a new medical insurance provider, which saved approximately 5 percent or $80,000.
2) Agreed to take 12 furlough days saving approximately $102,220.
3) Yearly physical fitness ...

August 05, 2009 | | Your Views

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CHP Distracted Driving Enforcement

Year in and year out, thousands of people have been killed by distracted drivers and even more have been injured. By simply changing your driving ...

October 01, 2015 | | Local News


Eulah May Clinkenbeard, a long-time resident of Oakdale, CA, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at her home with her children by her side.

September 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dewey Wayne Hill, 76, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Troy and Lillie Hill and brother ...

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Owen Goldsmith lost his life in the Butte Fire on September 16, 2015. Born on October 8, 1932 in Borger, Texas, he was preceded in ...

September 30, 2015 | | Obituaries

Valley Home News

Important water meeting in Valley Home! The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 8th in the Valley Home School gymnasium, 13231 Pioneer Avenue. The ...

September 30, 2015 | | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News

Linda Morris is home recovering from knee surgery. Knights Ferry hopes you are up and about soon!

September 30, 2015 | | Knights Ferry News

Tuesday Forum For OID Candidates

The League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County is sponsoring a forum for candidates running for the office of Board of Directors of the Oakdale ...

September 28, 2015 | | Local News

California Trees: State Of Emergency

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) submitted a request to Governor Jerry Brown and California Office of Emergency Services Director, Mark Ghilarducci, to declare a State ...

September 26, 2015 | | Local News

Students Share the Impact of One Purpose Scholarships

As volunteers came together to report their fundraising progress in the fourth week of the campaign, Luke Gonzales was among the One Purpose scholars on ...

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

Denham Applauds Papal Visit

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) issued the following statement after His Holiness Pope Francis of the Holy See's address to a joint session ...

September 24, 2015 | | Local News

Valley Home News

Cody Fleischer fundraiser this weekend at the beautiful Dardanelle Resort! Join the fun at this scenic high Sierra mountain resort while helping Cody with over ...

September 23, 2015 | | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News

Gary and Sharon Page's grandson Sam Page is the quarterback for the Sonora Wildcats and Sam saved the game against Hilmar with a last ...

September 23, 2015 | | Knights Ferry News

Bloomingcamp Ranch Hosts Annual Harvest Festival

Bloomingcamp Ranch will host its Annual Harvest Festival this weekend, with activities scheduled on both Saturday Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27. The two-day celebration ...

September 23, 2015 | | Local News

Time Capsule Opening Wednesday

Members of the Oakdale Children's Play Park Committee have a special event set for Wednesday, Sept. 23.

September 22, 2015 | | Local News

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