Cindy (Higgs) Wandler, 55, died Saturday, Jan. 14 at her Visalia home. She was born in Oakdale the oldest of three children born to Delbert Wayne and Merle Higgs. She graduated from Oakdale High School. Her greatest joys in life were her family and her faith in the Lord. She was the heart of her family. She is survived by her husband of more than 35 years, Jim Wandler; daughter, Erin Wandler; sister, Marlena Reese; ...
Grace B. Russell, 90, of Escalon died Thursday, Jan. 12 of natural causes in Oakdale. She was born in New York, N.Y. She was a resident of the Oakdale area for 37 years. She served as an officer in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and saw two tours of duty: World War II and the Korean conflict. She was among the first troops to occupy Berlin and saw the European theater of Allied operations with ...
Henry Burtschi, 85, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the Oakdale home he and his wife Lena built, surrounded by his wife and family.
Betty Jane 'Bubbles' Dutra, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 10. She was born in Springfield, Mo. and lived in a few other Midwest states before moving to Southern California. She moved to in Oakdale in 1959 and remained here, working as a waitress for several employers including the Live Oak Café, Nelson's Restaurant, The Busy Bee, and Hildegard's Deli. She retired in 1991. Ms. Dutra was a past president of her local Grandmother's Club and joyfully ...
Donna L. Lerch Roberts, 65, died Sunday, Jan. 1. She was the daughter of Ellsworth R. Lerch and Pearl L. Lerch of Oakdale. Upon graduating from Oakdale High School, she worked as a bookkeeper for most of her life. She worked for Ultra Mart in the corporate office, training employees across California. Ms. Roberts resided half the year in Oakdale and spent the other half in Parker, Ariz. She was a member of St. Mathias ...
Carol Sue Barnes, 62, died Monday, Jan. 2 in Modesto. She was born in Oakdale and lived here 62 years. Mrs. Barnes attended Oak Valley Church. She is survived by her children, David Barnes, Keith Barnes, Chasidy Barnes, all of Oakdale; siblings, Steve Blake of Turlock, Shirley Graser, Darla Barrow Mullins, both of Oakdale; grandchildren, Austin and Haley Barnes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Barnes; and parents, Curtis and Betty Blake. ...
Ronnie A. 'Ron' Dodd, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 5 at his second home in Thousand Palms after a battle with cancer.
George C. 'Trey' Jones III, 48, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at his home with his son and other family members at his side.
Charles Learoy Pearson, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. He was raised in the Central Valley with 12 brothers and one sister. He was a husband, father, brother, best friend, and a brave man. He met and married the love of his life, Diana (Bentley) Pearson. They had many adventures from farming grapes to raising cattle on their ranch in Oakdale. Mr. Pearson worked for Teichert Construction as an underground foreman. He and his son ...
James Lewis 'Jim' Schmitt, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Oak Valley District Hospital after a brief illness caused by complications from a tractor injury he suffered in May of 2009.
Carolyn Jean Searway, 52, of Riverbank, died Thursday, Jan. 5 after a 13-month battle against duodenal cancer.
Delores A. Griffith Theodosia, 67, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at her Farmington, New Mexico home after a long battle with cancer.
George L. Vieira, 81, died Monday, Jan. 2 at his Oakdale home with family after a month-long battle with cancer.
Roy 'Doc' William, 88, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. He was born in Amarillo, Texas. When he was a little boy, his grandfather Samuel Perdue told him that he had hands like a doctor. From that time on, he was known as Doc. At a young age, he moved with the Perdue family to Oakdale and lived here until his death. Mr. William was a graduate of Oakdale Joint Union High School, class of 1941. ...
Bethel 'Granny' Rogers, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 of natural causes in Modesto.
Doris Endsley, 86, died Thursday, Feb. 28.
Denvil Thomas Downing, 92, passed away recently.
Glen Edward Hoffman, 65, died Friday, Feb. 22.
Rafael Canchola Lopez, 77, died peacefully on Friday, March 1 with his family by his side.
Anita Medrano, 69, of Riverbank died Saturday, Feb. 23, following a year-long battle with cancer.
Martha S. Richter, 90, of Oakdale died Wednesday, Feb. 27 at home with her family at her side.
Caryl Fay Schot-Witt, 92, died Friday, March 1 at The Wach Inn Adult Foster Care in Grants Pass, Ore.
Ronald C. Blevins, 72, died Friday, Feb. 22 in Modesto.
Lena Blaser Burtschi, 86, died Monday, Feb. 18.
Joseph Akana 'Butch' Flores, 65, died Thursday, Feb. 14 of natural causes at home surrounded by loved ones.
Lila "Lee" DePriest Forbes, 92, died Monday, Feb. 18 in Turlock.
Joyce Earlee Gladys, 68, died Friday, Feb. 22 of pancreatic cancer in Oakdale.
Col. Kenneth Lee Moll, 85, died Thursday, Feb. 21 in Alexandria, Va.
F M Mooney, 96, died quietly Thursday, Feb. 21.
Robert Paul 'Bob' Reed, 69, died Sunday, Feb. 17 at home in Soulsbyville, with his wife and daughters at his side after a longstanding battle with Alzheimer's. He was born in Hinckley, Minn. He lived in Oakdale for 25 years and lived in Soulsbyville for the last 13 years. Mr. Reed was an educator and humbly affected countless lives throughout his 69 years of life and 36 years as ...