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ROBERT HENRY BRUNKER

Born in Evanston, Illinois he resided (with his father) in Lake Forest Illinois until 1950. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a BA in sociology, he also spent four years in the Navy ROTC program and received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps. On July 5, 1952 he married Beverly Buck whom he met at college. As a 1st Lieutenant he left the Marine Corps to pursue the job of managing the family ranch in Knights Ferry, California. He and his new wife spent a year in San Louis Obispo and he took as ...

October 18, 2016 | | Obituaries


HARRIET “BERTIE” ARMSTRONG

If everyone in the world were a little more like Bertie the world would be a better place. Harriet (better known as Bertie) Armstrong, passed away in her sleep with her devoted family by her side on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the age of 93.

October 18, 2016 | | Obituaries


ROY D. COOK

Roy D. Cook of Kingman, Arizona, passed away on September 25, 2016. Born January 30, 1949 in Joliet, Illinois, he was the son of Joseph and Adeline Cook. He was preceded in death by both parents (Joseph and Adeline Cook) and one brother Gerald (Jerry) Cook.

October 18, 2016 | | Obituaries


FAITH JOHNSON

Faith Carolyn Johnson died peacefully in her home on October 2, 2016 in Oakdale, California at the age of 89.

October 12, 2016 | | Obituaries


DAN PETRONI

Dan Petroni was born to Lido and Odulia Cobarrubia Petroni of Oakdale, Ca. Dan had three siblings Deborah Canevari (Mike), Victoria Pope, and Joe Petroni (Wendy). Dan played sports at Oakdale High School; football and baseball were his favorite. After High School he attended Columbia Junior College and Refrigeration Trade School in Oklahoma. After college he went to work at Sun Valley Ski Resort in Idaho. Dan then settled in his family's business, Oakdale Poultry Co. He ended his career as Manager of Business Development, for Americold in Modesto, Ca.

October 12, 2016 | | Obituaries


SALVADOR GARCIA JR.

A beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother went home to Jesus on October 6, 2016. He was 73 years old and spent his last 10 years of life in Oakdale, CA. Though his earthly body was weak with various illnesses, he was made strong with much love for God, family, and friends. He was born in McAllen Texas on March 24, 1943, son of the late Salvador Garcia Sr. and Francisca Flores Garcia. He married his beloved wife, Lydia on August 21, 1963 who went to be with the Lord on Nov. 7, 1999.

October 12, 2016 | | Obituaries


ARTEMIO GARZA

Artemio Garza was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and lived-for a brief time-in Monterrey, Mexico before moving to California at the age of 17. Art met the love of his life, Rosa, while working at Hunt Wesson. In 1970, Art began working for the Oakdale Police Department and was there for five years before transferring to Modesto Police Department; he retired from MPD as a detective in 2001. Art quietly departed this life Friday, September 30, 2016. His beautiful life will forever be cherished by his children; Artemio Jr. (Bianca) Garza, Patti Knowles, Luis (Anita) Garza, and Monica (Mike) Usrey ...

October 04, 2016 | | Obituaries


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September 28, 2016 | | Obituaries


NICOLE LUCY GUTRIDGE

My princess Nicole raised herself up to a higher plane of life peacefully in her sleep at home following a two year seven month battle with multiple myeloma at 3:02 a.m., Friday, September 16, 2016. As a teenager she had thought about being a nun and spent her life selflessly caring for others starting as oldest of seven with three brothers; Phillip, John and Andre and three sisters Susan, Lillian and Denise. All but one of them, Lillian who passed on in 2011, still live in England as does her mother Jean Cattermole. She is also survived by ...

September 27, 2016 | | Obituaries


JOHN RYAN VAN UNEN

John Ryan Van Unen was born in Manteca, CA April 16, 1973. He entered into rest September 16, 2016 at age 43. He graduated from Oakdale High School in 1991 and attended Modesto Junior College. He was employed as an anodizer at Pac West Coating. He will be remembered for his generous spirit, kind heart and willingness to help those in need. He loved music, fishing, motorcycles and had a special love for his daughter Amber Van Unen. He is survived by his daughter Amber Van Unen of Oklahoma City, his parents John and Linda Van Unen of Oakdale, sister ...

September 27, 2016 | | Obituaries


LOIS SCHACK

Lois Marie Schack, of Oakdale, CA, passed away September 16, 2016 in Oakdale CA. Visitation will be held at Oakdale Memorial Chapel in Oakdale on September 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St John's Lutheran Church on September 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. with Reverend Kevin DeHope officiating. Graveside service at Lakewood Memorial Park 2 p.m. Oakdale Memorial Chapel is handling the funeral arrangements.

September 20, 2016 | | Obituaries


JACQUELINE CAROL (EVANS) FOSTER

Jacqueline Carol (Evans) Foster of Oakdale was received by the Lord on August 24, 2016, with family at her bedside. She was born November 26, 1925, in Oakland, California to Albert and Elsie Evans. Jackie and her family moved to Hayward when she was five years old. She attended Fairview School, Bret Harte Middle School and Hayward High, where she met her future husband, Raymond Keith Foster. Jackie and Ray were married November 25, 1944, while Ray was on leave from the Marine Corps during WWII. They lived on Kelly Hill in Hayward for 54 years, where they raised their ...

September 20, 2016 | | Obituaries


GARY LYNN BRESHEARS

Gary Lynn Breshears, 78, passed away on September 8, 2016 surrounded by family. Gary was born in Modesto at Robertson Hospital to Roy and Mearle Breshears on August 15, 1938. He grew up in Oakdale, where he graduated from Oakdale High School. Gary raised his family in the community and worked at the Oakdale Leader until moving to Manteca in 1974. In Manteca Gary owned and operated Breshears Printing for 35 years. During this time he developed many professional relationships and personal friendships. He was an honest and well-respected member of the business community. Gary was a member of the ...

September 13, 2016 | | Obituaries


PETER ESPINOSA

Peter Espinosa went to be with the lord at the age of 88. Peter was born in Oakdale, CA to parents Marcos and Isabel Espinosa. He graduated from Oakdale High School in 1946, where he met his wife, Magdalena. Peter and Magdalena have known each other since they were 5 years old, which turned into high school sweethearts and marriage of 67 years. While attending Oakdale High, Peter was on the 1946 Championship basketball team. He also participated in pole vaulting and track. Peter also participated in a dance band that was so popular, they performed at other schools and ...

September 13, 2016 | | Obituaries


CAROL SUE CONLEY

Carol died peacefully at home with her husband at her side; and her family had lovingly said their good byes. Sue, as her husband always called her in their 53 years of marriage, was a person of strong faith and did not fear death. She knew she would be in the arms of Jesus Christ when he was ready to receive her.

September 13, 2016 | | Obituaries


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Shirley Serpa

Shirley Jean Serpa of Oakdale, CA passed away peacefully at home at the age of 89. She was born in Greenwood, PA and moved to ...

December 07, 2016 | | Obituaries


ROBERT EDWARD GILBERT

Robert Edward Gilbert, age 93, with his family nearby, died Sunday, November 20 in Oakdale after a brief illness. Born in Oakdale to Amos L ...

December 06, 2016 | | Obituaries


DOROTHY SKINNER

Dorothy Skinner, age 82, passed away on November 24, 2016 at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Modesto, California with her family by her side. Dorothy was ...

December 06, 2016 | | Obituaries


ALTA RAY FANNON GATES

Alta Ray Fannon Gates is survived by her children John W. Gates, Cindy D. Gates, Kelly M. Gates, Steve A. Gates, and Tearsa J. Gates ...

December 06, 2016 | | Obituaries


WILLIAM T. LEDO JR.

Bill and his family moved from Hayward and settled in Oakdale in 1973. He sold real estate and had various other businesses. He belonged to ...

December 06, 2016 | | Obituaries


ALETIA WEBB COPIN

Aletia Copin (66) passed from this world peacefully at her home with her loving family surrounding her, following a short illness. She is survived by ...

November 30, 2016 | | Obituaries


GORDON ALBERT PIMLEY

Gordon Albert Pimley was born on December 12, 1926 to parents William Gordon and Frances Helen (Cole) Pimley in Hayward CA. He entered into eternal ...

November 22, 2016 | | Obituaries


CLAUDIA JEANNE PARRISH

Claudia Jeanne Parrish went peacefully into the hands of the Lord on November 5, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. Claudia was born on ...

November 22, 2016 | | Obituaries


GARY RUSSELL MICHENER

Gary passed away November 15th at Manteca Care & Rehabilitation Center after a short battle with brain cancer. Gary was a lifelong resident of Oakdale; he ...

November 22, 2016 | | Obituaries


DEBORAH N. PINKERTON (HEWITT)

Deb, wife of Oakdale native, Bret Hewitt, passed away in the afternoon of Sunday, October 23 after a determined and valiant battle of a recurrence ...

November 16, 2016 | | Obituaries


NANCY JEAN KESTERSON DYMKE

Nancy passed away Nov. 5, after a battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 17, 1949 to Irving and Patricia Kesterson in Palo Alto, CA ...

November 16, 2016 | | Obituaries


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