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Joan Rien

Joan Ann Culford Rien, 76, died Wednesday, Aug. 12.
She was born in Livermore to Charlotte and Lloyd Culford, and raised there. She graduated from Livermore High School with honors and attended San Jose State University.
She was an elegant lady with enormous talent. Her life-long passion was art and music. She became an accomplished painter and classical pianist and organist.
Ms. Rien was one of the first women hired by the University of California, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory as a draftsman and technical illustrator. She retired in 1978 after 15 years, and from 1982-95 served as the bookkeeper for the ...

August 19, 2009 | | Obituaries


Rose Snyder

Rose Snyder, 60, died Monday, Aug. 10 in Oakdale.
She was born on Aug. 3, 1949 in San Mateo and lived in Oakdale five years.
She had an Associates Degree in Public Service Technology from the University of Toledo.
She was a "messenger" for Harvey's Shoe Repair Shop in Oakdale for four years.
She loved to travel by air and had visited numerous countries.
She was a member of Sierra Baptist Church.
She is survived by her sister, Helen Snyder of Seattle, WA; and niece, Irena of Portland, OR.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A service ...

August 19, 2009 | | Obituaries


Vanessa Sanchez

Vanessa Elena Sanchez, 25, of Oakdale died Sunday, Aug. 16.
She was a native of Modesto. She lived in Oakdale all her life.
Miss Sanchez was a home health caregiver.
She is survived by her parents, Victor and Teresa Sanchez, both of Oakdale; siblings, Veronica DeLosRios of Oakdale, Yolanda DeLosRios and Robert DeLosRios, both of Atwater; grandmother, Tina Rico of Modesto.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20 at Oakdale Memorial Chapel. Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 at St ...

August 19, 2009 | | Obituaries


Raul Arellano, Jr.

Raul Arellano, Jr., 12, died Thursday, Aug. 6 at Oak Valley Hospital.
He was born in Oakdale and lived in Oakdale all his life. He was going to be an eighth grade student at Oakdale Junior High School.
He is survived by his parents, Raul Arellano, Sr. and Mireya Villegas, both of Oakdale; brothers, Iziah Arellano, Adam Villegas, Lazzaro Arellano, all of Oakdale; grandparents, Ireneo and Micaela Arellano of Oakdale, Maria Rojero of Oakdale, and Manuel Villegas of San Jose.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, with a rosary at 6 ...

August 12, 2009 | | Obituaries


Ruby Cassidy

Ruby Suguitan Cassidy, 77, died Monday, Aug. 3 at her Riverbank home.
She was a native of California. She lived in Riverbank for 65 years.
She worked as a home caregiver for 10 years.
She is survived by her children, Frances Amesquita, Margaret Pryor, Shannen Mattingly, all of Modesto, Juanita Scott of Salida, Dora Cavaggion of Livermore, Debbie Valk-Bradshaw of Knights Ferry; sisters, Eva Valverde of Oakdale, Florence Trapp of Modesto; brothers, Louie Bugarin, Fred Fernandez, both of Modesto, John Fernandez of Riverbank, Leonard Bugarin of Nevada; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10 a ...

August 12, 2009 | | Obituaries


Gregory Crane

Gregory Joel Crane, 48, of La Grange died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in Modesto.
He was born in Sacramento. Mr. Crane was a native of California, spending most of his youth in Empire. He attended schools at Empire and received his GED from Downey High School. He also earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.
He was employed by Mariposa County as a Facilities Maintenance Manager. Before this job, he worked for many years at Frito Lay and Proctor and Gamble.
Born to a family of continual music, he loved classic country songs. He loved playing fast-pitch softball ...

August 12, 2009 | | Obituaries


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.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
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August 12, 2009 | | Obituaries


Glenna Arnett

Glenna 'Yvonne' Arnett, 75, of Modesto died Tuesday, July 28 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House, Hughson.
She was a native of Oklahoma and previously lived in Sonora for 25 years.
Mrs. Arnett owned and operated 'Beauty and the Budget,' a retail beauty supply store. She started her store in Modesto, then it moved to Oakdale, and finally to Sonora where it has been for over 15 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Dana Arnett of Riverbank; brother, Darrell Ireland of Modesto; and two grandchildren.
Graveside service was held July 31 at Oakdale Citizens Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to ...

August 05, 2009 | | Obituaries


Irene Baptiste

Irene Loraine Baptiste, 74, died Friday, July 31 at her Oakdale home.
She was a native of Hawaii. She lived in Oakdale 10 years.
Mrs. Baptiste was a bookkeeper for 12 years.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Alvin Baptiste of Oakdale; children, Wayne Froncek of Castro Valley, Larry Froncek of Hayward, Cathy Fitzsimmons of Valley Springs, Michael Froncek of Florida, Kathy Brunk of Aptos, Robert Baptiste of Alamo, and Judi Forth of Tracy; sisters, Evelyn Catron of Virginia, Rose Wallace of Hayward, Minnie DoSantos of Hawaii, and Angie Parlati ...

August 05, 2009 | | Obituaries


Richard Meier

Richard Eddie Meier, 64, of Oakdale died Saturday, Aug. 1.
Mr. Meier was a native of Venice, CA. He lived in Oakdale for two years.
He worked for Granite Construction for 18 years.
He is survived by his children, Jeff Meier of Montana, Bret Meier of Salinas, Shane Meier of Oakdale; sisters, Rita Mooney of Manteca, Delores Wilkinson of Montana, Linda Connor of Oklahoma; and four grandchildren.
A gathering will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Monterey Sheriffs Posse Grounds, Old Nativadad Road, Salinas.
Oakdale-Riverbank Memorial Chapels in charge of arrangements.
The Oakdale ...

August 05, 2009 | | Obituaries


Jean O’Hearn

Jean Lorraine O'Hearn, 76, died Friday, July 31 of cancer at Alexander Cohen Hospice House.
She was born in Modesto to Sylvester and Hattie Hoover.
She was one of the first women to become an office manager/controller for Aetna Life. Later, she was an accountant and office manager for the Moffet Company, San Jose. She retired to Oakdale 10 years ago.
She was active playing tennis, the piano, painting and knitting. She also learned to play bridge and participated in four bridge groups.
Her friends will remember her as an endless source of information, as well as her ...

August 05, 2009 | | Obituaries


Ross Paul

Ross Barton 'Bart' Paul, 73, died suddenly on Sunday, July 26 while on a golf vacation in Klamath Falls, OR.
He was born to Waite and Marlea Paul in Turlock. He grew up throughout the central valley of California. He graduated from Oakdale High School in 1954. In 1957, he fell in love with and married Hazel Howell of Modesto.
Mr. Paul served in the Naval Reserve prior to beginning his career. After his service, he returned to Oakdale and eventually moved to Modesto, where he and his wife raised their family.
He worked as a truck driver for his ...

August 05, 2009 | | Obituaries


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