Miscellaneous Madera County, California Obituaries


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Donald J. Hertenstein 
Social worker 
OAKHURST- Donald J. Hertenstein, 67, a retired Orange County social worker who had resided here for a decade, died at his home on November 20. 
Private funeral arrangements were held under the direction of Neptune Society. 
Mr. Hertenstein was born in Coal City, Illinois, on February 28, 1930. 
He formerly resided in Santa Ana while working as a social worker before retiring and coming to Oakhurst 10 years ago. 
He had earlier served four years as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. 
Mr. Hertenstein was the husband of Rachel Hertenstein of Oakhurst and the stepfather of Charlene Gross of Southern California and James Gross of Texas. Also surviving is his brother, Les Hertenstein of Coal City. 12-11-97

Frances Lucio 
OAKHURST - Frances Lucio, 90, died in Fresno on Saturday of last week. 
Graveside services were held Wednesday at Oakhill Cemetery, under the direction of Wildrose Chapel and Funeral Home of Fresno. 
She was born in Minnesota on November 3, 1907. 
Mrs. Lucio was the wife of Arthur Lucio of Oakhurst. 
Also surviving is her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Darlene Lucio of Oakhurst; and her daughters and sons-in-law, Irene and Jim Cross and Ida and Jim Hackman. 
Also, 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandson. 12-11-97

'Nita' Mayhall 
 Veterans auxiliary leader 
OAKHURST - Juanita (Nita) Mayhall, 70, died at a Fresno hospital on December 3. She was one of 11 brothers and sisters. Services were held Tuesday at Sierra Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at Oakhill Cemetery. 
She was president of the Veterans of Foreign Wats Auxiliary in Ahwahnee and of the Ladies Amvets Post No. 1997 in Oakhurst. She was also a member  of the Ahwahnee Chapel. 
Juanita and Lee were married on August 25, 1969. He was stationed at McChord Air Force Base, Washington. After Mr. Mayhall retired, they came to Oakhurst in 1976. 
Juanita loved life. She especially loved flowers, quilting, sewing and taking care of her beloved husband, Lee. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. 
Her daughter, Joyce, remarked that one thing she always admired about her mother was her remarkable strength and support. She was always willing to give a helping hand. She is loved very much and will be greatly missed, not only by her family, but by the numerous friends and neighbors gained over the years. 
Mrs. Mayhall was preceded in death by her daughter Linda Jean Cheek; her parents, Herman and Virgie Boatman; and her brothers, JT, Eck, Bill and George Boatman. 
She is survived by her loving husband, Lee R. Mayhall, Oakhurst; daughter, Joyce Barnes, Lynnwood, Washington; and sons, Tom Barnes, Reno; and Ronald Allen Barnes, Homer, Alaska. She also has a stepson, Bradford Lee Seals. 
Mrs. Mayhall was the grandmother of Jason and Adam of Homer; Brooke and Allison Seals. 
She was the sister of Milly Lancaster, Ahwahnee; Lassie Scrivner and Addie Jackson, Dinuba; Betty Jean Hamstrom, Kingsburg, James Boatman, Clovis; and Charles Boatman, Fresno. 
Remembrances: American Veterans Association, Post Office Box l 78, Oakhurst 93644. 12-11-97

Fred Stephens 
 Building inspector 
COARSEGOLD- Fred M. Stephens, a retired Madera  County building inspector, died at a Fresno hospital on December 1. 
Memorial services will be announced later. 
Mr. Stephens, 78, was born in Truman, Arkansas, on August 23, 1919. 
A resident of Coarsegold for 39 years, Mr. Stephens served 15 years as a building inspector prior to retirement. 
He has been extremely active in his community, serving as president of the Coarsegold Historical Society and as chairman of the Coarsegold Community Center board. He was grand marshal for the 1982 Coarsegold Rodeo. 
Mr. Stephens was a member of Sierra Masonic Lodge No. 788 and of American Legion Post No. 110. 
He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant. 
Mr. Stephens was also an avid hunter and fisherman. 
He leaves his wife of 55 years, Wanda. 
Mr. Stephens was the brother of Bea Holman and Jo Wooten of Seal Beach. Remembrances: Donor's favorite charity. 12-11-97

Ivan (Pat) Branaum Jr. 
• Engineer 
NORTH FORK – Ivan (Pat) Branaum Jr., a resident here for 15 years, died at a Fresno hospital on Friday.
A memorial service was held Wednesday at the St. Agnes Medical Center Chapel in Fresno. 
Mr. Branaum, 60, was born in Sabetha, Kansas, on July 26, 1937. 
He had worked as an engineer at St. Agnes Medical Center for 17 years. Mr. Branaum earlier retired from service with the U.S. Navy. 
He enjoyed travel, camping, fishing, and black powder guns. 
Mr. Branaum leaves his wife of 36 years, Judith, at their home in North Fork. 
He was the father of Lisa (and her husband, Kevin) Williams, Sacramento; and of Michael (and his wife, Debbie), Oxnard. 
Mr. Branaum was the grandfather of Sarah and Staci Branaum; and Stephen and Rachel Williams. 
Remembrances: St. Agnes Foundation. 12-18-97

Michael Becker 
• Area resident 
OAKHURST – Services were held Friday for Michael D. Becker, 21, who died December 9 of injuries received in a traffic wreck south of here. 
He was the son of Gary and Sherri Becker, Oakhurst; and the brother of Christopher and Kristina Becker, Oakhurst, and Matthew Becker, Mariposa. 
Mr. Becker was the grandson of Shirley Chanese and Ted and Joyce Becker, Oakhurst, and the great-grandson of Louise Hauser, Oakhurst. 12-18-97

Carl Douglas 
• Retired carpenter 
COARSEGOLD – Carl R. Douglas, a retired carpenter who resided here for 18 years, died last Thursday at a Fresno hospital. 
Services were held Monday at Creighton Memorial Chap-el in Kingsburg, where Mr. Douglas formerly resided. Burial followed at Kingsburg Cemetery. 
Mr. Douglas, 79, was born in Leonard, Texas. 
He was the husband of Marie Douglas of Coarsegold and the father of Jerry Douglas, Visalia; and Darrell Douglas, Fresno. 
Also surviving are five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 12-18-97

Del Kline 
• Retired stockbroker 
OAKHURST – Del Kline, beloved husband of Lois Kline, died on Thursday of last week at the age of 80. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday [December 20], starting at 11 a.m. at Ahwahnee Chapel under the direction of Pastor Jim Beard. 
Arrangements are being handled by Sierra Funeral Chapel. 
Mr. Kline was born July 20, 1917, in Wayne County, Mich-igan. 
For 20 years, Mr. Kline worked as a stockbroker and retired from Crowell-Weedon. 
He was a Mason for more than 50 years and belonged to Oriental Lodge No. 500 F&AM in Indiana. 
He also had been active with the Jaycees in Van Nuys, serving in numerous positions including president. He was a life member and president of Kiwanis in 1959 and was honored with the Legion of Honor for 25 years of service  to the Van Nuys Kiwanis. 
Prior to moving to Oak-hurst eight years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Kline lived in Calabasses. They attended Ahwahnee Chapel. 
Mr. Kline is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois; by daughters Sharon Detlof and Gail Bulling and sons-in-laws Bill Detlof and Erich Bulling. 
He was the grandfather of Jennifer Nickerson, Diana Detlof, Rachel and Laura Bulling. 
Also surviving are his sisters-in-law, Edna Liljeblad, Carmel, Indiana; and Polly Liljeblad, Philadelphia; and nieces Pamela Timoshenko, Modesto; Terese Hair, River-bank; and Cheryl Gale, Revere, Pennsylvania. 
Remembrances: Ahwahnee Chapel Building Fund, Post Office Box 115, Ahwahnee 93601. 12-18-97

Frances Lucio 
• Homemaker 
OAKHURST – Frances Lucio, 90, died in Fresno on Satur-day of last week. 
Graveside services were held December 10 at Oakhill Cemetery, under the direction of Wildrose Chapel and Funeral Home of Fresno. 
She was born in Minnesota on November 3, 1907. 
Mrs. Lucio was the wife of Arthur Lucio of Oakhurst. 
Also surviving is her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Darlene Lucio; daughter Elsie Ashmore of Oakhurst; and her daughters and sons-in-law, Irene and Jim Cross and Ida and Jim Hackman. 
Also, 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandson. 
This obituary last week failed to include Elsie Ashmore, daughter of Mrs. Lucio. 12-18-97

Frances Driscoll 
COARSEGOLD - Frances V. (Healy) Driscoll died in Fresno on January 4. She was 76. 
A memorial service will be held Sunday [January 18], 10 a.m. at St. Anne's Church in Raymond. 
Mrs. Driscoll was born in Boston on November 8, 1921, the daughter of John and Margaret Healy. 
Attending schools in South Boston, she graduated from St. Augustine's High School and Higgins Business School. 
After moving to California she was employed by the City of Garden Grove until her retirement. 
Her husband, Thomas Driscoll Sr., died last May 5. 
Mrs. Driscoll is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Terry Driscoll of Coarsegold. She was the grandmother of Shayne Erin, Fresno, and Sean Michael, Sacramento. 
Also surviving are her sister and brother-in-law, Doro-thy and Hilary McMahon, Tewksbury; and many loving nieces and nephews.1-15-98

Earl C. Bishop
Retired controller 
MARYSVILLE - Earl Clifford Bishop, 78, for 17 years controller for Sierra Telephone Company, died at a Marys-ville hospital on Saturday. 
No service was held. Inurn-ment was under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel in Yuba City. 
He was born in Thackery, Ohio, on February 4, 1919. 
Mr. Bishop had resided in Yuba City for five years. 
During his service with Sierra Telephone, Mr. Bishop was also extremely involved in community activites. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ameri-can Legion in Oakhurst and was a member of the Fresno Flats Historical Sites Associ-ation. 
He was also a member of Pearl Harbor Survival Associ-ation and the USS Virginia and USS San Juan reunion groups. 
Mr. Bishop is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth Bishop of Yuba City. 
He was the father of Janice Fox, Nevada City; Rebecca Countryman, Bakersfield; and Earl D. Bishop, Newberg, Oregon. 
He was the brother of Raymond Bishop, Hemet; and Doyle Bishop, St. Paris, Ohio. 
Five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive.  1-22-98

Gordon Johnson 
OAKHURST - Gordon L. Johnson, a resident here for 14 years, died on January 14. He was 73. 
Services were held Satur-day at the Little Church in the Pines at Bass Lake. Burial services followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Chatsworth. 
Mr. Johnson was born in Burbank on January 30, 1924. 
He served with the Army for two years and then worked as a machinist for the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station for 20 years. 
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Lenore. 
He also leaves his son, Gordon L. Johnson Jr. (and wife Liz); his daughter, Marina Stafford (and husband Michael). 
Mr. Johnson is also survived by a large extended family consisting of his stepsons Joseph, Gilbert, Ernesto, Mario, Avelino and Conrado Gonzales; and Kenneth, Thomas and Jonathan Prettol. Also, his stepdaughters, Fe Gonzales and Michal Russel. 
He was the brother of Charlotte Apuzzo of Arizona; Gene and Phillip Johnson (and wife Martha). He was the stepbrother of Harold, Jim, Bill and Marvin Asbury. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Sierra Fune-ral Chapel of Oakhurst. 1-22-98

Rachelanna Mathews 
COARSEGOLD - Rachelanna Mathews, 90, died at her home on January 14. 
Memorial services were held at Yosemite Lakes Com-munity Church on Saturday. 
Mrs. Mathews was born at Manhattan, Kansas, on April 21, 1907. She married Merton (Doc) Mathews in Colorado and they came to California in 1935. 
Known as "Pep" to friends and family, it was a name given to her by her father when she was very young because she was always cheerful, bright and peppy. 
Mrs. Mathews came to Coarsegold area in 1974. 
She is remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. 
She was the mother of Marilyn (Mari Kay) of Coarse-gold and Cynthia Carter (and husband Lee) of Carson City. 
She was the grandmother of Scott Carter, Studio City; and Richard Carter, San Jose. 
Mrs. Mathews was the sister of Sylvia Austin, Oak-hurst; Kathryn Flick, Florida; Maxine Young, Pennsylvania; and Jean Farrell, Kansas. 
Remembrances: American Heart Association, 1495 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93711, or a charity of choice. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Sierra Fune-ral Chapel of Oakhurst. 1-22-98

Ople Lee Smith 
Guest home owner 
OAKHURST - Ople Lee Smith, a long-time resident of Oakhurst and proprietor of Ople's Guest House, died on January 14. 
Services were held Tuesday at Oakhurst Community Church. The eulogy was offered by Mrs. Smith's son-in-law, Ted Reese, with music and song performed by her grandson, Lance Reese. 
Mrs. Smith was laid to rest alongside her husband, Julian, at Oakhill Cemetery. 
Mrs. Smith was born in Texas on April 2, 1911. 
After graduating high school in Oklahoma, she married Julian (Smitty) Smith on May 21, 1932. They migrated to California, where they owned and operated Smith's Complete Market at Five Points. Mrs. Smith became the first postmaster in the town, a position she held for 15 years. 
In 1945, the Smiths purchased the 4B Ranch that included a cafe, bar and Union 76 gasoline station at Oak-hurst. 
After retiring the grocery business in 1955, they moved to Oakhurst, built the family home and opened the 4B Ranch Feed Store. 
Years later, the Smiths owned and operated the no-rthern Madera County ga-rbage franchise until their retirement. "Smitty" died in January 1987. 
At age 75, Mrs. Smith opened the family home to visitors as a bed and breakfast. She kept active operating Ople's Guest House until her death. Mrs. Smith enjoyed visiting with her guests from around the world. Guest books placed in each room speak high praises of Ople and her hospitality. 
Always active, Mrs. Smith enjoyed hunting and fishing. Family gatherings were common at the Smith family home. 
Years ago, Mrs. Smith was also well-known in Oakhurst as the "Avon Lady," and was recognized as the top salesperson in the county. 
Throughout the years, Mrs. Smith was active in the community. She participated in many activities and organizations, such as the Sierra Trail Riders Association, Oakhurst Grandmothers Club, Sierra Mono Museum in North Fork, election polling place clerk, Fresno Junior Philharmonic, Oakhurst Home Department, and, most recently, Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce. 
Mrs. Smith died without pain or suffering and surrounded by her loving family. 
She was the mother of Clydie Reese; LaVeda Bevis, Madera; Geryl Smith and William (Pete) Smith, Oak-hurst; and Julian (JD) Smith, Lodi. 
Also surviving are grandson Todd Smith and many other grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her ex-tended family. 1-22-98

Louise Wagner 
OAKHURST - Memorial ser-vices have been held for Louise Wagner, 97, who died here on January 12. 
Mrs. Wagner was born in Patterson, New Jersey, in 1900. She came to California as a young bride of William O. Wagner in 1926. 
The Wagners settled in Inglewood. Later they moved to Eagle Rock, where they resided together for more than 50 years. 
After her husband's death in 1988, Mrs. Wagner came to Oakhurst. 
She has been a member of Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church. 
Mrs. Wagner is the mother of William Wagner (and wife Janet), Oakhurst; and Lois Wagner (and her husband Howard), Spokane, Washing-ton. 
She was the grandmother of Martha Wiens, Oakhurst; Matthew Wagner, Fresno; Colleen Peterson, Sunnyvale; Calvin Redmond, Louisville, Kentucky; and Peter Wagner, Boise. Also surviving are 16 great-grandchildren. 
Remembrances: Louise Wagner Memorial Fund, care of Sierra Vista Presbyterian. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Sierra Fun-eral Chapel, Oakhurst. 1-22-98

Patrick Grant 
Retired farmer
VISALIA - Patrick Allan Grant, 91, a retired farmer who helped establish Calvin Crest Conferences grounds near Oakhurst, died here on January 27. 
A memorial service was held Monday in Visalia. 
Mr. Grant, born in Califor-nia on November 22, 1906, was the son of a Scottish immigrant father, Patrick Charles Murray and Kath-erine Elizabeth Trankle Grant. 
He was the eldest of eight children and at the age of 21 took over the family, due to the death of his father. 
In 1929, Mr. Grant started farming on rented land northwest of Visalia. He pioneered reclamation of alkali land which was subsequently developed and sold more than 1,480 acres in the Visalia area. 
At the time of his death, Mr. Grant owned 1,000 acres near Coarsegold. He was a rancher and landowner in the Ray-mond-Coarsegold area since the mid-1970s. He moved to Visalia in November 1976, due to failing health. 
Mr. Grant formerly served as president of the California Farm Bureau and the Ameri-can Farm Bureau Federation. During his leadership of the California Farm Bureau, he originated the Farmer to Farmer Program, where thousands of young Japanese lived and worked on American farms for a year. He subsequently received the Order of the Emperor from Japan. 
He donated teams of horses and drivers for the building of Mineral King Bowl, now Sunkist Bowl, in Visalia. He was largely responsible for the formation of the hospital district that enabled the construction and operation of Kaweah Delta District Hos-pital in Visalia. 
He served on several school boards and as a member of the University of California Board of Regents for seven years. 
Mr. Grant was always active in the Presbyterian church, civic, agricultural and public affairs. 
He helped establish and build Calvin Crest Conference ground near Oakhurst, and served as a deacan and elder for many years. He was also a member of Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church of Oak-hurst. 
Mr. Grant leaves his wife of 66 years, Irene Chinowth Grant. He was the father of Joyce Greene, Coarsegold; and Peggy Petersen, Murray Grant, Edward Grant and Robert Grant, all of Visalia. 
Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 
Remembrances: California Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship, 2300 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento 95833; or Calvin Crest Conferences, 45800 Calvin Crest Road, Oakhurst 93644-9614; or a charity of choice.  2-5-98

Claude Wright 
OAKHURST - Claude D. Wright, 92, a resident here for 21 years, died on January 29. 
A memorial service will be held on Friday [February 6], starting at 1 p.m. at Sierra Funeral Chapel in Oakhurst. 
Mr. Wright resided in Santa Ana and worked for Holly Sugar Corporation from 1933 until his retirement in August 1968. The Wrights moved to Joshua Tree following retirement and resided there until coming to Oakhurst in the summer of 1976. 
Mr. Wright is survived by his wife of 70 years, Gwen Wright of Oakhurst. 
He was the father of Pauline Chadwick, Oakhurst, and was preceded in death by his son, J.R. Wright (Claude D. Wright Jr.). 
Mr. Wright was the grandfather of Pam Chadwick, Oakhurst; Michael Wright and Edward Wright, Tustin; Bill and Ben Wright, Cali-fornia; Rick Chadwick, Hawaii; Jack Wright, Idaho. 
He was the brother of Sayra (Teny) Kidwell, Santa Ana; and Vera Rice, Hemet. 2-5-98

Florence Mogensen 
OAKHURST - Florence Westman Mogensen, 87, retired from S&H Green Stamp Company and a resident here for five years died on Tuesday of last week. 
Her death on February 3, following a lengthy illness, came four months following the deaths of her two sons in October. 
Duane Mogensen, 63, Willow Creek, died on October 3 and Kenneth Mogensen, 65, Oakhurst, died on October 7. 
Because it was her wish to stay in her home, Mrs. Mogensen was cared for by her nieces Judy Ness, Carol McHamar and a great-great niece, Sara, during her illness. 
The whole family is extremely grateful for their self-sacrificing love and devotion. A special thanks from all of us to Judy, Carol, Sara and their husbands George and Bob, as well as the whole Hospice team for its loving care. 
In accordance with the wishes of Mrs. Mogensen, there was no service held. 
She was born in Park Rapids, Minnesota, on Octo-ber 19, 1910. 
Mrs. Mogensen was a member of the Oxnard Activity Club and of the Happy Hook-ers Craft Club of Oxnard. 
She is survived by her grandchildren, Connie Clark of Gardena and her husband, Jim; and by Vickie Pattison of Woodland and her husband, Tom. 
Also by her great-grandchildren, James, Robert and Kenneth Clark and Jennifer Peters of Gardena; and David, Lucas and Shawna Pattison of Woodland. 
She was the great-great grandmother of Amber Peters and Robert Pattison. 
Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. 
Remembrances: Hospice of Madera County or the American Cancer Society. 2-12-98

Ivan Norris 
Retired construction 
CHOWCHILLA - Ivan Caryl Norris, 82, a retired air compressor operator in the construction industry, died at a Merced hospital on February 6. 
Services were held Wednes-day, followed by burial at Chowchilla District Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Worden Funeral Chapel of Chowchilla. 
Mr. Norris was born in Republic, Missouri, on May 25, 1915. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Necie, and his parents. 
Mr. Norris was the father of Caryl Norris (and wife Mari-lyn) of Coarsegold. 
He was also the brother of Pearl Collins, Placerville; and of Paul Norris, Springfield, Missouri. Also surviving are three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 2-12-98

John W. Peck 
North Fork native 
NORTH FORK - John Wil-liam Peck, born here nearly 98 years ago, died on February 1. 
Services were held in Fresno on February 4. Burial followed at Clovis Cemetery. 
Mr. Peck was born February 28, 1900, the third of four children. He attended a one-room school at Hildreth, just east of O'Neals. 
He served with the U.S. Army from 1919-22 and on March 27, 1922, married Elsie Frederick. 
During the years of raising their family of nine children, Mr. Peck was a ranch foreman, worked in a sawmill and was a warehouseman. During World War II he built airplanes at a Lockheed plant in Fresno. 
After the war, the Pecks bought land at North Fork and Mr. Peck opened a cabinet shop and built a home. 
In 1953 he went to Aca-pulco to build a dining hall for the Latin American Or-phanage and felt God calling him to ministry - so another move. 
After 27 years of missionary service in Mexico, the Pecks returned to the United States. Mrs. Peck died soon after their return. 
Mr. Peck settled in Sanger, where he taught Sunday School. In 1980 he married Jessie Dorsey, who attended his classes. 
His wife survives as do his sons, David F. and Charles E. Peck; and daughters Doris Lautz, Evelyn Morvan, Doro-thy Smith and Pauline York. 
Also surviving are 31 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. 2-12-98

Ruth E. DeGraw 
OAKHURST - "Always that beautiful smile!" "A wonderful person!" Born in Fresno on March 28, 1920, Ruth E. DeGraw died on February 11. 
No services were held. 
Besides raising her family, she managed the Laundromat at the Old Farmers Market in Fresno. She went to work for Pacific Telephone in 1956 and was a service clerk in Fresno, Santa Clara and Salinas. 
After 20 years with the phone company, she retired and went to work on a cattle ranch on Greenhorn Mountain near Bakersfield. What a garden she had! 
She retired again in 1986 and came to Oakhurst. 
She loved to travel. 
Mrs. DeGraw was a member of Lady Elks Oakhurst Lodge No. 2724. 
Mrs. DeGraw leaves her husband, Gary J. DeGraw. She was the mother of Barbara and Jim Smith, Hemet; and Gae and Mel Reck, Redwood City. 
She was the sister of Blair Wallace, Fresno; and Virginia Schauer, Rocklin. 
Also surviving are her stepsons, Daryl DeGraw, Clovis; and Rex DeGraw, Redding. 
Remembrances: Oakhurst Elks Lodge, BPOE No. 2724, Post Office Box 2569, Oak-hurst 93644. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Sierra Funeral Chapel. 2-19-98

Gladys W. Felps  
Cafeteria chef 
OAKHURST - Gladys W. Felps, 92, a retired cafeteria chef, died here February 14. 
Services will be held Thursday [February 19], 11 a.m. at Sierra Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak-hill Cemetery. 
Mrs. Felps was retired from her duties as cafeteria chef for Fresno Unified School District. 
She was a member of the Grandmothers Club of Oakhurst, Order of Eastern Star and Mountain Community Women. 
She was the mother of Ruby Tarvin, Pinedale. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter, parents, two brothers and her sister. 
She was the grandmother of Deborah Fields and Randy Tarvin, Fresno; Brenda Ramos, San Pedro; Laura Johnson, Templeton; and Taulby Tarvin, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.   2-19-98

Nikki Kraft
Community leader 
OAKHURST - Nikki Diane Kraft died here February 15. 
She had lived with her husband, Dave Kraft, here for the past seven years and he described her as a "wonderful wife and companion." 
Services will be held Thurs-day [Febru-ary 19], 11 a.m., at Our Lady of the Sierras in Oakhurst. 
A very active resident of the community, Mrs. Kraft was serving as secretary of the Lady Elks, as a member of Rotary and had served as president of Soroptimist International of the Sierras. 
Raised in Fresno, she moved to O'Neals as a child in 1972. 
She married Dave on May 15, 1993. 
She was an avid golfer, a very talented crafter and enjoyed travel with her husband. 
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Kraft is survived by sons Gregg Jordan, his wife, Jodi, and their son, Keller, Au-berry; and Brett Jordan and his daughter, Megan, Oak-hurst. 
She is also survived by her mother, Dortha Haskett and her husband, Delter; brothers Perry Johnson and Bill John-son and his wife, Renée. 
Also surviving are step-children Joe Kraft and his wife, Tammy; Pat Kraft, and wife Amy; and Colleen Kraft. Also, grandchildren Kaycee and James, and Mark and Bryant. 
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Sierra Funeral Chapel.   2-19-98

Bob Stevenson
Calvin Crest staff 
AHWAHNEE - Bob Stevenson, 69, a Mountain Area resident for 32 years, died on February 14. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday [February 21], 2 p.m., at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, Highway 41, Oakhurst. 
Mr. Stevenson gave 30 years of service at Calvin Crest Conference Center before retiring in 1995. 
Blessed with a wealth of talents, there is not a building, road, electrical wire or pipeline at Calvin Crest that does not reflect his handiwork. 
However, his life's work can be seen even more in the changed lives of the people he worked with and served than in the structures he built. Bob's love for Jesus touched many lives throughout the years. 
He will be fondly remembered by Barbara, his wife of 48 years; his daughters Susie Rosenthal, Sharon Watts, Mary Dodge and Janet Zellman. 
Also surviving are six grandchildren, Mr. Steven-son's brother, Wayne Stevenson; and sister, Peggy Ustick. 
Remembrances: Calvin Crest Conferences, 45800 Calvin Crest Road, Oakhurst 93644; or to the Community Hospice, 1925 East Dakota Avenue, Fresno 93726. 2-19-98

Elvyn Chaney 
• Roofing contractor, musician 
OAKHURST – Elvyn Cornwell Chaney – “The Music Man” – died on February 14 at age 88. 
A memorial service will be held Friday [February 27], 3 p.m. at Ahwahnee Chapel in Ahwahnee. 
Mr. Chaney was born December 30, 1909, in South Aus-tralia. His parents were missionaries in Africa, New Zealand and Australia. 
He began his musical career in 1920, playing piano for revival meetings when he was 11 years old. 
Later, he played all types of music, including bass fiddle in the movie “Star Spangled Rhythm,” as a church organist, and as a keyboard artist at weddings, with dance bands and at local restaurants. 
Mr. Chaney started a roof contracting business in 1942, operating it until 1970. 
A devoted Christian, he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sunland from 1953-86. He and his wife, Opal, then moved to Oakhurst in August 1986, where they have been members of the Ahwahnee Chapel. 
Although he suffered from a muscular disease since 1956, he never let his disability interfere with his love for music and entertaining, and he was an inspiration for his friends and family. 
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Chaney is survived by his wife of 58 years, Opal J. Chaney of Oakhurst; and by children Arleen P. McCombs, Raymond; Craig B. Chaney, Mari-posa; Arnold E. Chaney, Valley Center; and Cheryl J. Chaney, Kawaii, Hawaii. 
He was the grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 11. 
Also surviving is his sister, Edna Graham, Medford, Oregon. 
Remembrances: Ahwahnee Chapel, Post Office Box 115, Ahwahnee 93601.    2-26-98

John P. Hughes, D.V.M. 
• Retired veterinarian 
DAVIS, Yolo County – John P. Hughes died February 16 at his home here. 
Services were held at the Jay Chapel in Madera on Monday. Burial followed at North Fork Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in Davis on March 2. 
Born in Fresno in 1922 and raised in Madera County, Dr. Hughes was a practicing veterinarian in Madera County for seven years before becoming a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of California, Davis in 1956. 
He had a distinguished career at the university for 42 years, during which he become internationally recognized in the field of equine reproduction and taught numerous veterinary students, residents, and graduate students. 
Dr. Hughes is survived by his wife, LaVonne; daughter and son-in-law Cherie and Ned McDou-gald, Fresno; Linda Hughes-Malyj and Wasyl Malyj, Davis; and Bill and Claire Frost, Placerville. 
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Will Hughes Ellis, North Fork; Katie Anne McDou-gald, Fresno; and Robert William and James Patterson Frost, Plac-erville. 
Also surviving are his brothers William Hughes and wife Priscilla; and Joseph Hughes and his wife Marge, Madera; and brother-in-law James McDougald, O’Neals. 
He was preceded in death by his sister Pat Hughes McDou-gald, O’Neals; and daughter Janet Hughes Ellis, North Fork. 
Remembrances: John P. Hughes Endowed Chair in Equine Reproduction or to the John P. Hughes Research Fund at the Center for Equine Health at UC Davis. 
Donations should be made payable to the Regents of the University of California with a notation of the desired fund and mailed to: Office of the Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis 95616. 
Remembrances may also be made to the Madera County Historical Society.    2-26-98

Gwen McCorkle 
• Homemaker 
OAKHURST – Gwen McCorkle, a resident here since 1988, died on February 18. She was 69. 
A memorial service was held Saturday. 
Mrs. McCorkle was the wife of Bill McCorkle of Oakhurst. She was the mother of Bill McCorkle and Gary McCorkle, Long Beach. 
She was the daughter of Clara Fields, Chowchilla, and the sister of Dixie Grimm, Madera. 
Also surviving are six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Sierra Funeral Chapel of Oakhurst.    2-26-98

Lillian Pixley 
• Former resident 
CLAREMONT, Los Angeles County – Lillian Parent Pixley, a onetime Oakhurst resident, died January 31 at a care center here. She was 94. 
A funeral Mass was celebrated February 7. Burial followed at Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst. 
Mrs. Pixley was born Lillian Mae Parent in Ware, Massa-chusetts, on July 2, 1903, the youngest of nine children. She grew up in Springfield and graduated from high school in that city in 1921. 
On June 14, 1923, she married Nelson S. Pixley. The couple’s honeymoon brought them to Pasadena, in Southern Califor-nia, where Mr. Pixley became an accountant in the city controller’s department. 
Mr. and Mrs. Pixley moved to Oakhurst in 1964, where they remained until Mr. Pixley’s death in 1974. Subsequently, Mrs. Pixley moved to Claremont. 
During her time in Oakhurst, Mrs. Pixley was an active parishioner at St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church at Bass Lake. 
Mrs. Pixley was a tireless worker during all of her adult life. During her years in Pasadena she was active in singing groups, primarily in St. Phillip’s church where she was also several times P-TA president. She was also active in Paradena Girl Scouts. 
Growing restless during retirement, in 1968-69 Mr. and Mrs. Pixley joined VISTA – Volunteers in Service to America, the domestic Peace Corps. 
Mrs. Pixley is survived by her daughters, Virginia McAnulty, Pasadena, and Susan Pixley, San Rafael, and by her son, Alden Pixley, Claremont. Also survivine are 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Nelson S. Pixley Jr. in 1996. 
Nelson Sr. was the brother of the late Corrine Williams of Oakhurst and the uncle of Morrison Williams, Oakhurst.    2-26-98

Dan McSwain
• Mono tribal elder
NORTH FORK –  Dan McSwain, a resident here all of his life and, at 94 years old, a tribal elder of the Mono people, died on Febru-ary 16. 
A memorial celebration will be held Saturday [February 28], starting at 1 p.m. at North Fork Town Hall. Included will be a potluck. 
Mr. McSwain was born at acorn-picking time in 1903, when his mother and great- aunts were on a trip to pick acorn at Tsibiau, a small creek in Crane Valley now covered by Bass Lake. 
His father was Daniel Win-throp McSwain, whose monument located at the McSwain Mine still stands today. His mother Emma died while he was quite young. He recalled being about 4 when he came in from playing to see her before she died. 
He was raised by his “Old Grammas” – Mary Paiute and Maggie Jim, his maternal aunts. They lived at their ancestral homeplace on Malum Ridge at a spring called Pahsiaputka – “Bubbling Sands,” which has the sweetest water Dan ever tasted. 
His Grammas raised Dan in the traditional ways – speaking their native language, eating acorn and other wild foods they gathered. 
Dan’s Indian name was Ysabaghah. Dan said he was “Monachi,” rather than Mono, because it is the actual Indian name of his people, according to his Grammas. 
Mary Paiute lived to be more than 100 years old and remembered when she and her family first saw whites in the late 1830s, while on a trip to Friant to gather seeds. A contingency of cavalry soldiers gave the women some wheat flour. Not knowing what it was, most women dumped it on the ground. But one of Mary’s relatives mixed it with water and cooked it, and found that it was good to eat. 
Dan began his formal education when he was about 10, at the two-room schoolhouse in North Fork. He and his neighbor, Ella Tex, who was 3 years his junior and later became his wife, began school together. 
When Dan and Ella married they lived at Pahsiaputka. Mag-gie Jim had officially secured the homesite through the Federal Indian Allotment process. There they raised two sons, Scott and Murphy. 
In the early 1950s, Dan built a modern home for his family where the “old house” had stood. There was no electricity to the place at that time, so Dan sawed all the lumber by hand. He would spend one say sawing and the next day nailing. 
Dan did many jobs during his lifetime, and was proud he never took aid, even though there were “hard times.” He always worked to support his family and helped others all through his life. 
After Dan completed the sixth grade he began to work full time. At 14 he stowed hay in a born for 50 cents a day, at 16 he brushed for the construction of Kirchkoff Dam on the San Joaquin River, and at 17 he worked on the Crane Valley when when it was strengthened for the railroad in 1920. 
He learned to handle dynamite from Frank Tex, Ella’s father. He worked for many years in road construction as a blaster and was the first “powder monkey” hired for construction of the Mammoth Pool Road, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conser-vation Corps. At one time, the road from the valley to North Fork stopped where a large rock blocked the road. Dan was responsible for clearing the road when he blasted the rock with 90 sticks of dynamite, and moved the rock all at once. He was rightly proud of his expertise at this dangerous job. 
Dan started working in the woods in 1933, and cut timber by hand using a two-man crosscut saw. In 1945, he and his partner, Marcus, bought the very first chainsaw in Madera County; they had to travel to San Francisco to pick it up. It was heavy and took two men to handle it. 
As an experienced faller, Dan could put a tree down intact, exactly where he wanted it. He said that big trees were easier and more predictable to work with than small ones. He preferred to use the “Humboldt undercut” to fell trees because there was less waste, and it left a neat, level stump. 
Dan taught his son Scott his skills, and they worked as a team for many summers. 
Dan retired from the woods at 67, but continued to work with the U.S. Forest Service in its senior program into his mid-70s. 
Dan always pursued his interests in the traditional ways. He and Ella hunted, fished, gathered mushrooms, and made delicious acorn. He helped Ella gather and prepare the various basket materials, from which Ella made beautiful Mono baskets. They enjoyed many years of retirement together at Pahsiaputka. Ellia currently a patient at Wish-i-ah. 
After a serious car wreck in April 1997, Dan spent the last 10 months with “his daughter,” as he called her – Nita McSwain. She lovingly cared for him and fulfilled his last wish: to die at home with her. 
Dan passed to be with the Lord on February 16. 
He had served as a board member at the Assembly of God Church in North Fork for many years. His life was a living testimony of his deep love for God. 
Dan was admired by everyone he touched with his kindness. His son, Scott, calls him “a prince of a man,” and that is exactly what he was, and will continue to be in the hearts of us who loved him, and had the privilege of knowing him. 
In addition to his widow and daughter, Mr. McSwain is survived by grandchildren William Lee, Clovis; Robert Lee and Gayle McSwain, Redlands; Michael McSwain, Anaheim; and Thomas Lee, Chicago. He was the great-grandfather of David McSwain, Orange. 
Remembrances: Scotty McSwain Memorial Scholarship Fund or Hospice of Madera County.   2-26-98

Bernice Fuller
• Homemaker 
OAKHURST – Bernice Mildred Seiffert Fuller died at her home here on February 16. She was 80. 
She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Royal and Alice Seiffert. 
Mrs. Fuller was the wife of Clarence E. Fuller, Oakhurst. She was the mother of Barbara Jo Fuller, El Segundo; Vera Ann Irvine and a son-in-law in Tucson. 
Also surviving are her brother, Royal Seiffert, Seattle; and sister, Donna Matejka, Friend, Nebraska.  2-26-98

Dan J. Smoot
• Insurance agent 
OAKHURST – Dan J. Smoot, 79, died February 17. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday [February 28], starting at 2 p.m. at St. Raphael”s Episcopal Church, 43140 High-way 41. 
Inurnment will be at the Campo Santo Episcopal Conference Center, Oakhurst. 
Mr. Smoot was born in Philadelphia, Missouri, on March 29, 1918. 
He lettered in basketball while in high school and later attended Missouri University at Columbia. 
He came to San Francisco in 1937 to pursue a career in music, joining the San Francisco Opera Company for several seasons. He was also a member of the Orpheus Choir. 
Mr. Smoot was a soloist at the Episcopal Cathedrals in San Francisco, and later in Houston. 
Mr. Smoot was an agent with Franklin Life of Springfield, Illinois, for 35 years. He moved his family back to California in the 1960s, living in Orange County and then in Santa Barbara in 1975. 
He married Margaret Holmer on February 17, 1979. They moved to Oakhurst in 1983. 
Mr. Smoot was a golfer, a jogger, a believer in exercise and was physically active. 
Dan and Margaret have been members of St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church and involved in community activities. 
Mrs. Smoot survives as does son Mark B. Smoot (wife Becky) and daughter Marla J. Dickerson (husband Tom), both of Wash-ington state; stepdaughter Maren Petersen (husband Ron), Utah; two grandsons and four granddaughters. 
Remembrances: Memorial Fund, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church.  2-26-98

Adeline Day
• Homemaker 
MERCED – Adeline Belva Day, 90, mother of two Oakhurst residents, died here on February 20. 
Services were held Monday at Stratford Evans Merced Chapel. Inurnment followed at Merced District Cemetery. 
Mrs. Day was born April 17, 1907, in Larned, Kanas. She had resided in Merced for four years. 
Mrs. Day loved to crochet, do needlepoint and she enjoyed listening to Christian music. 
She was the mother of Belva Jane Finn and George Bushby Morrill Jr., Oakhurst; Joyce Elaine Flaming, Merced; and Loren Allan Morrill, Angels Camp. 
She was the sister of Florence Lilly, Visalia, and Alfred Chester-man, Livermore. 
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 
Mrs. Day was preceded in death by her first husband, George Bushby Morrill, and her second husband, Lloyd Day. She was also preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.  2-26-98

Josephine Lerstad 
• Homemaker 
COARSEGOLD – Josephine Irene Lerstad – lovingly known as "Auntie Jo" – died at a Madera hospital on February 25. 
Services were held Saturday at the Sierra Funeral Chapel in Oakhurst. 
Mrs. Lerstad, 87, was born January 11, 1911, at Anoka, Minnesota. 
She and Arne H. Lerstad were married in Minnesota in 1930 and were together 63 years until his death in 1993. 
The Lerstads came to Coarsegold from Arizona in 1989. 
Although she had no children of her own, "Auntie Jo" was like a mother to her many nieces and nephews and their children. 
She also enjoyed participating in the senior bingo program at Coarsegold Community Center.   3-5-98

Ross B. Salyer 
• Retired business owner 
CEDAR VALLEY – Ross B. Salyer, 83, died February 27 at a Fresno hospital. 
Services were held Tuesday at Hamilton Peers Lorentzen Funeral Chapel in Tulare. Burial followed at Tulare Dis-trict Cemetery. 
Mr. Salyer was born in Hilton, Virginia, in 1914. His family moved to Richmond, Indiana, in 1919 and it was there that he married the former Mary Simons in 1936. 
The Salyers came to Tulare in 1947, where he started Tulare Insulation Company. He managed Tulare County Acoustical from 1950-53 and then became a partner in Valley Aluminum Products Company. 
He retired in 1975 and the Salyers came to Cedar Valley. Mrs. Salyer died in 1996. 
He was a 50-year member of the Elks Lodge. 
He also loved to golf and was an original board member instrumental in the organization and building of the Tulare Country Club and Golf Course. He won the club championship in 1961. 
Mr. Salyer was the father of Sunny Kunce, Fresno; Larry Salyer, Hanford; and Ted Salyer and Jim Salyer, Tulare. 
Ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive. 
Mr. Salyer was the brother of Beatrice Alexander-Tyler, Cedar Valley; and Wilma Turk, Tulare. He was preceded in death by brothers R.J. and Claude Salyer. 
Remembrances: Sierra Sen-ior Society, Post Office Box 122, Oakhurst 93644; or Bethel Assembly of God Church Royal Rangers, 2516 North M Street, Tulare 93274.  3-5-98

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