Miscellaneous Madera County, California Obituaries

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Mrs. Beatrice Brown died on June 1, 2001 at the age of 88. 
Mrs. Brown was a resident of Madera for 45 years.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2001 at 11:00 AM at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 16857 Harper Blvd. in Madera, Graveside services will be held on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 11:00 AM at Arbor Vitae Cemetery.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her 7 sons, Robert, Jr. and Edward of Madera, Cleophus and Archie D. both of Detroit, MI, Andrew of Sacramento, John of Seaside, and Willie Ray of VA. She has 2 brothers, Pursey & Otis both of Detroit, MI, and 4 sisters, Sarah Hamilton of Benton, LA, Annie Cummings, of Shradort, LA, Eva Wormsley of Los Angeles, CA and Marie Simmons of Shreveport, LA. She has 47 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren, and 9 great great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Brown, Sr. 1 son, Hurie Brown, 1 daughter, Dorothy Nelson, 1 sister, Lillian Horn, 2 brothers, Cornelius Bell and Nathaniel Bell and her parents.

Mr. Glen B. Smith died on June 3, 2001 at the age of 83.  
Mr. Smith was a resident of Madera for 51 years. 
Graveside services will be held on June 7, 2001 at Arbor Vitae Cemetery. 
Mr. Smith was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U. S. Army. He was a planning technician for Merced County for 22 years and was active in the Senior Citizens Organizations here in Madera, CA. 
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Rosalie of Madera. They have one son, Richard Smith of Madera and 4 daughters, Shirley Ann Watson of Spokane, WA, Mary A. Carpenter of Modesto, Hazel J. Wicker and Patricia E. Marquardt both of Madera. They also have 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Johnny L. Ceja died on June 3, 2001 at the age of 26. 
Mr. Ceja was a resident of Madera for 26 years.
Vigil services will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2001 at 4:00 PM at Jay Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 8, 2001 at 11:00 AM at St. Joachim’s Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Mr. Ceja is survived by his parents, Felipe & Matilda Vasquez, his wife, Angela Ceja and their two sons, Michael & Ivan, his two sisters, Maria DeLourdes Ceja and Veronica Ceja, and his maternal grandmother, Ernestine Ceja, all of Madera.
 
Mr. Harold Dewayne Rhodes died on June 4, 2001 at the age of 64. 
Mr. Rhodes was a resident of Madera for 49 years.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 8, 2001 at 2:00 PM at Arbor Vitae Cemetery.
Mr. Rhodes is survived by his wife, Catherine Ann Rhodes of Madera. They have 2 sons, James Rhodes of Madera and Christopher Fees of Fresno and one daughter, Kelly Rhodes of Madera, and 2 grandsons, Steven and Michael Fees. Mr. Rhodes had a brother, Martin Rhodes of Madera, and 2 sisters, Evelyn Livingston of Wilsonville, OR and Betty Apted of Orange, CA.

Mr. Salvador Zamora Regalado died on June 5, 2001 at the age of 85.  
Mr. Regalado was a resident of Madera for 36 years. 
Graveside services will be held on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 11:00 AM at Calvary Cemetery. 
Mr. Regalado is survived by his 2 sons, Salvador Regalado, Jr. of Madera and Eugene Regalado of KS and 4 grandchildren, Sara, Hillary, Andrew, and Casey Regalado.

Mr. Bobby Lee Woods died on June 6, 2001 at the age of 71.  
Mr. Woods was a resident of Madera for 35 years. 
A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 9, 2001 at Jay Chapel. Private Entombment will be at Arbor Vitae Cemetery Mausoleum. 
Mr. Woods is survived by his wife of 50 years, Geraldine "Jerry" Woods of Madera. They have 2 sons, Joe Rose of Porterville and Ric Woods of Madera and 2 daughters, Candis Woods of Willows, CA and Barbara Whitted of Madera along with 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Mr. Woods has 2 sisters, Harriet Peterskoff of Sacramento and Margaret Rutter of VA. 
Please send all memorials to Hinds Hospice of Madera County, P.O. Box 1325, Madera, CA 93639.
 
Gabriel “Gabe” Lattanzio 
Gabe passed away Friday, August 9, 2002 at the age of 82.  He was a native of Popoli, Italy moving to Madera, CA in 1946.   
Gabe was an Army Veteran of World War II serving in the South Pacific and the Philippines.  He was a member of the V.F.W. Post  #1981 in Madera.  Gabe was a building contractor and land developer since 1962.  
He was a past president of the Madera Home Builders Association and was a member of the Madera Chamber of Commerce, the Madera Young Farmers, The Sons of Italy, Italo-American Club, Fresno & Madera Pigeon Club, the Fresno Apartment Association and served on the Private Industry Council.  
Gabe was a school board trustee for Alpha School and volunteered his time as a 4-H leader. He was preceded in death by his brother Bruno.
Gabe is survived by his wife Noreen Lattanzio of Madera; his daughter Lynn Toschi and her husband Stan of Madera; his brother Willie Lattanzio and his wife Barbara of Madera and his sister Anna Del Bianco of Madera.  He is the grandfather of Char, Dina and Anthony Toschi all of Madera.  Gabe was preceded in death by his daughter Renee Lattanzio.
A memorial service in celebration of Gabe's life will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. at Jay Chapel in Madera.
Remembrances may be made to St. Agnes Hospice, P.O. Box 27350, Fresno, CA 93729 or to Hinds Hospice of Madera, P.O. Box 1325, Madera, CA 93639. 
 
Arnulfo Rubalcaba
Mr. Arnulfo “Uncle Red” Rubalcaba, age 70, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2002, in his Fresno home after a brief illness.  A native of Lompoc, CA., he was a former resident of San Jose, CA. for many years, where he retired as a machinist, spanning a career of 47 years, with F.M.C. and later with Lockheed, where he worked on the Hubble Space Telescope Project.  Following his retirement, he moved to Le Grand CA. where he lived until 1999, when he moved to Fresno.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Fresno.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years. Cecilia of Fresno, his step-son Daniel Luevano of Fresno, and his sisters, Genevieve Marcoida and her husband Juan of San Jose, Ca., Margaret Moreno and her husband Val and Louise “Gordy” Sandoval and her husband Joseph all of Le Grand CA.  He is the grandfather of Savannah Luevano of Fresno.  Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grandnephews along with many cousins who Arnulfo was very close to.
Visitation is Friday, August 2, 2002 from 4 to 8 PM in Jay Chapel, Madera.
Funeral Service is Saturday, August 3, 2002 at 11 AM in Jay Chapel in Madera with Burial to Follow in Plainsburg Cemetery in Le Grand CA.
Remembrances may be made to the Hinds Hospice, 1616 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA.  93711.
  
Lacey Christine Logan
Lacey passed away on Monday, July 29, 2002 at the age of 2.
She is survived by her parents, Kevin and Melinda Logan of Madera, her brothers, Joshua and Michael Logan and her sister Skylar Logan all of Madera.  She also leaves behind her maternal grandparents, Monty and Mary Frederick of Coarsegold, her paternal grandfather, Bert Logan and his wife Debbie of Atwater and her paternal grandmother Nancy Awbry and her husband Joe of Madera, her maternal great grandparents, William and Sue McMurtrie of Ohio and her paternal great grandmother, Grace Gilmer of Merced.  She is the niece of Mark Frederick, Mike Frederick, Corry Logan, Alicia Logan and Marianne Burgess.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2002 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Jay Chapel.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 2, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Jay Chapel, with burial to follow at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera.
 
John Joseph Spillane, Jr.
Jack passed away at home in Coarsegold, July 29, 2002, after a long illness at the age of 84.  Born November 16, 1917 in Portland, Oregon, Jack lived in Madera County at Coarsegold and Raymond for 74 years.  A retired cattleman, he had worked as a High Sierra packer for the Bigelow family, and was a ranch foreman for the Christiana and Skaggs Ranch for 35 years.  Jack was a Madera County Cattlemen's Association Cowboy of the Year in 1978.  Jack graduated from Green School, which was a one-room school in O'Neal's, CA.  He was committed to education and served as Chairman of the Raymond School Board for 14 years.  He also served as chairman of the Madera County School Board Association.
Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; his son John and his wife Donna, and grandson Cody Garret Spillane.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 2, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Jay Chapel in Madera.
Remembrances may be made to the Hinds Hospice of Madera County, P.O. Box 1325 Madera, CA 93639.
 
Ruth Madewell 
Mrs. Madewell, 81, a resident of Madera for 72 years, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2002 at a Madera hospital.  She was a past member of the Central Valley CB Club.  Ruth also enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
She is survived by her sons, Roy Madewell of Burley, ID., Donald Ray Madewell of Rogerson, ID., David Joe Madewell of Longmont, CO., Dale Madewell and Ernie Madewell both of Madera, Calvin Madewell if Greeley Hill, CA. and Vernon E. Madewell of Moapa, NV., his brothers, Ralph Maxey of Modesto, CA. and J.D. Maxey of Madera, CA., his sisters, Lois Wright of Madera, Gertrude Madewell of Madera and Arthula Douglas of Gridley, CA.  She is the loving grandmother of 20 and great grandmother of 28.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 11:00 AM at the Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera. 

Evelyn Nelson 
Evelyn Nelson was born on August 6, 1917 in Chicago, IL and passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2002 in Madera, CA at the age of 84.  Evelyn was a homemaker and a resident of Madera for 17 years.  She was an avid animal lover and took in and cared for many animals.
Evelyn is survived by her son Jack V. Nelson of Madera; her grandchildren, Valorie Foster, Jack R. Nelson and Morgan Nelson; as well as seven great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 9:00 a.m. at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera.
Remembrances may be made to the Madera County Animal Shelter, 14269 Road 28, Madera, CA 93638. 

Delphia Jones
Mrs. Delphia Jones, a resident of Madera, CA for 52 years, passed away Monday, July 15, 2002 at the age of 91.  Delphia worked as a Dietician for Madera Community Hospital for 30 years.  She was a member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Madera.
Delphia is survived by her children, John W. Jones of Fresno, CA and Charlene Jones of Madera.  She is the loving grandmother of four and great grandmother of nine.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2002 from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, July 19, 2002 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at Jay Chapel in Madera.  Graveside service will be held on Friday, July 19, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera.  

John L. Adams
John, a native and life long resident of Madera, CA, passed away on July 17, 2002 at the age of 56.  He worked as a handyman and enjoyed bowling.
Mr. Adams is survived by his brothers, Ralph Adams of Sacramento, CA and Jack Adams of Pixley, CA, and by his sister Mary Williams of Belleview, WA.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 22, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at Jay Chapel in Madera.  

Joe Toschi 
Joe Toschi 82, died suddenly on July 9, 2002.  He was a native and lifelong resident of Madera.  Born at home on Avenue 10 ½ and Road 23, he was one of eight brothers and the last to survive.
His entire life was one of hard work as a farmer, mechanic, salesman, automobile dealer and, he remained independent until the end.  He was married for 26 years to Dorothy Benderach, whom he has survived for the past 30 years and next to whom he will be buried.  He was a member of St. Joachim Catholic Church and past president of YMI.
Joe is survived by his only son, Fr. Larry Toschi O.S.J., pastor of St. Joachim Catholic Church and by nieces, nephews, cousins and sisters-in-law.
Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 14, 2002 from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Jay Chapel, followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.  Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m., Monday, July 15, 2002 at St. Joachim Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial remembrances may be made to St. Joachim Catholic Church Building Fund, 401 W. 5th Street, Madera, CA 93637 or to Oblates of St. Joseph Youth Center, P.O. Box 547, Loomis, CA 95650. 

Norma Baxter 
Norma left us on July 10, 2002.  She died after a long illness at her daughter, Deborah Marvin-Deeter’s home at 7:00 a.m.  Norma is survived by five loving children:  Eddie Marvin of Clovis, CA who works for Cal/Trans; Kenneth Marvin of Lemoore, CA who is the Sheriff of Kings County; Penny Brown of Cressey, CA who teaches Kindergarten for Merced City Schools; Linda Horn of Atwater, CA who teaches 3rd grade for Atwater Elementary School; Deborah Marvin-Deeter of Madera, CA who is Valley ROP Director.  She also leaves her loving in-law children, Peggy Marvin, Don Horn and Gary Deeter as well as 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Norma was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma and came to California with her parents, Arthur and Myrtle O’Neal when she was 6 years old.  She was the youngest of eight children.  Norma has one surviving sister, Hazel Oliver, of Houston, Texas.  Norma lived in Madera for 25 years.  She touched lives wherever she went and she always provided food, love and good counsel for those who came into her life.  She was a mother first and housewife for most of her life.  She worked for Deniz Packing in Madera in the last several years of her life.  Her passing leaves a void in the hearts of many people who loved her.
The family would like to thank her Hospice nurse, Inga, and the caregivers who provided her comfort in her last days.
Graveside service will be held on Friday, July 12, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at The Tipton Cemetery where her family is buried.  A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at Jay Chapel in Madera, with a reception at Deborah’s home following the service.
The family request that all remembrances go to Hinds Hospice, to whom the family is enormously grateful.

Edna C. "Carol" Irwin
Carol was born in Los Angeles, CA on October 1, 1914 and passed away peacefully at Madera Community Hospital on October 16, 2002 with her family at her side.  Carol attended Dixieland Grammar School and graduated from Colton High School in 1934.  Her family returned to Madera and she worked in her family's business for a time.  She worked at the Snow White Drive-In for several years in the 1950's until her marriage to Donald Irwin.  She operated a licensed day care in her home for many years.
She was a long-time member of the Madera United Methodist Church.  She loved to play rummy and dominoes and in fact, won a game of rummy at the hospital just a few days before her death.  Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Amy and Edgar Bundy.
She leaves behind her husband of 46 years, Donald; her daughter Myrna Young and her husband James of Madera; her son Marshall Warren and his wife Joan of Apple Valley; six grandchildren, Dean Warren and Tammy Warren of Texas, Tony Warren of Southern California, Dianna Young and Michael Young of Madera and Amy Pennington of Bakersfield; and five great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Charles Bundy and her sister Elaine Secara and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Madera United Methodist Church or to the donor's favorite charity.  

Betty E. Gutnik
Betty E. Gutnik passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at her Madera, CA home at the age of 76.  Born in Fort Dodge Iowa, Betty graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest Illinois where she was also the Homecoming Queen.  In her professional career she had been in administration with The New York Life Company and also assisted her husband George in his business.  Betty and George were former residents of Fresno from 1967 thru 1985 when they moved their residence to Madera and enjoyed their leisure time at the Madera Golf & Country Club where they were members.  Betty also attended the Presbyterian Church .
Betty is survived by her husband of 54 years, George Gutnik; her children and their spouses:  George M. Gutnik and his wife Lynette of Woodland, CA, Eric Gutnik and his wife Robyn of Fresno, and Lorna Torres and her husband David of Madera.  Betty is the sister of John C. Hennessy and his wife Gisela Hennessy of Arcata, CA, and Catherine M. Shields and her husband Keith of Nuevo, CA.  She is the sister-in-law of Lydia Wilson of Burlington, WA, Alice Soukup of Edwards Illinois and Viola Lipovitch and her husband Ray of Arlington Heights, IL, and Marilyn Callahan of Loves Park, Illinois.  She leaves behind nine grandchildren. 
Private family services were held under the direction of Jay Chapel.  Inurnment will be at Arbor Vitae Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the donors' favorite charity.
 
Hope Sauceda
Hope Sauceda was born on December 9, 1964 in Santa Clara, CA and passed away on October 14, 2002 in Madera, CA at the age of 37.  Hope was a resident of Madera for 32 years and worked in food service for the Madera Unified School District for 11 years.
Hope is survived by her husband Sergio Sauceda of Madera; her children, David Sauceda, Pauline Sauceda and Jamie Sauceda all of Madera; her parents are Ben and Yolanda Galindo of Madera; her three brothers, Ben Galindo of Idaho, Carlos Galindo of Marina, CA and Nick Galindo of Madera and by her sister Connie Chambers of Madera.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2002 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.p. at Jay Chapel with a vigil service that same evening at 4:00 p.m. also at the chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 21, 2002 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
 
Johnie May, Sr.
Johnie May, Sr. was born on September 15, 1920 in Hattieville, Arkansas and passed away on Monday, October 14, 2002 in Madera, CA at the age of 82.  He was a resident of Madera for 49 years.  Johnie was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in WWII and the Korean Conflict.  He received a Purple Heart and other accommodations.  Johnie was recognized as a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.  He worked for 20 years as a service station attendant for the Bobby Douglas Shell.
Johnie is survived by his wife Edith May of Madera, his son Johnie May, Jr. of Madera, his sister Mattie Haralson of Little Rock, AR and by his 2 grandsons, Jeremy and Philip.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2002 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Jay Chapel.  A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 21, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, CA. and a memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Sunset Avenue Church of Christ in Madera. 
  
Mary A. Lopez
Mrs. Mary A. Lopez, a native and life long resident of Madera, CA passed away Sunday, October 13, 2002 at the age of 54.  Mary attended Madera High School, 4C’s Business College and received an AA Degree from Fresno City College.  She was in real estate for the past 11 years.
Mary is survived by her son John and his wife Missy Lopez of Los Angeles, her mother Josie Ayala of Madera, her brothers Frank and his wife Carol Ayala, Jr. and Nathan Ayala all of Madera, and her sisters, Connie and her husband John Baca of Gilroy and Stefanie and her husband Keith Schilling of Madera.  Mary also leaves behind 1 grandchild.
A vigil service will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 5:00 PM at Jay Chapel in Madera.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 18, 2002 at 1:00 PM at St. Joachim Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
  
Ernest E. Pisano
Mr. Ernest E. Pisano passed away on Monday, October 14, 2002 at the age of 91.  He was a native and life long resident of Madera.  Ernest worked for the American Forest Lumber Company as a crane operator for 29 years.  Ernest always enjoyed his life to the fullest through his church, spending time with family, camping and dancing.  He was a member of St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera.
Ernest is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen Pisano of Madera.  He is the father of Gene Pisano, Sr. of Madera and Ellie Kalski of Hampton, VA.  He is the brother of Richard Pisano and Lupie Lopez both of Madera.  Also surviving him are 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2002 from 2:00-8:00 PM, with a vigil service beginning at 7:30 PM that same evening at Jay Chapel in Madera.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 18, 2002 at 11:00 AM at St. Joachim Catholic Church with burial to follow at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera.  

Willie C. “Bill” Thornton
Mr. Willie C. “Bill” Thornton, a native of Texas and resident of Madera for 68 years, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at the age of 79.  He was retired from the Bechtel Power Company, where he worked as a dam builder for 30 years. 
He is survived by his brother Dan Thornton of Fresno, his sister Mary M. Atkinson of Bloomfield, NM and by his great niece Terry Hinton of Washington.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, December 9, 2002 at 1:00 PM at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera.
  
Charlene K. Smith
Mrs. Charlene K. Smith, a native of Los Angeles, CA. and resident of Madera for 4 years, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at the age of 51. She worked as a bookkeeper for 20 years with the Shell Oil Company. Charlene was a graduate of Maricopa High, Class of 1969 and attended Taft College. She was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post #11 in Madera, the Women of The Moose Lodge of Taft for 20 years and of the Madera Freewill Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Aaron G. Smith of Madera, her parents Charles and Dorothy Bailey of Taft, CA. and by her brother David V. Bailey of Tulsa, OK.
Private cremation services will be held under the direction of Jay Chapel.  

Jesse Brammer
Mr. Jesse Brammer, a native of Keota, OK and resident of Madera for 57 years passed away Friday, November 29, 2002 at the age of 75.  Jesse was retired from farming.  Jesse served in the US Army during World War II and during the Nuremberg Trials he was a prisoner of war guard.
He is survived by his brother Hurshell Brammer of Killeen, TX and by his niece Sharon Sue Elisarraras of Madera.
Visitation will be held on Monday, December 2, 2002 from 1:00-8:00 PM at Jay Chapel in Madera.  Graveside service will be on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera. 
 
Gloria Jauregui
Mrs. Gloria Jauregui, a native of Esmelda, TX and a resident of Madera for 70 years, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2002 at the age of 78.
Gloria is survived by her son, Sammy Jauregui of Madera, her daughters Lupe Lopez of Madera and Rosemary Gonzalez of Chowchilla, CA. her brothers, Jerry Torres of Hayward, CA., Mitchell Torres of Monterey, CA. and Jerry Torres of Chowchilla, CA., her sisters Mary Zaragosa of Madera, CA and Margaret Huerta of Le Grand, CA. and 12 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 from 1:00-6:00 PM and Friday, November 29, 2002 from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM at Jay Chapel.  A rosary service will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2002 at 6:00PM   Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 29, 2002 at 1:00 PM at Jay Chapel with burial to follow at Arbor Vitae Cemetery. 
  
Dean M. Rhein
Age 45, a native of Monroe, WI and a resident of Madera for 40 years passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at a Madera hospital.  He was a construction laborer for 15 years.  He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Los Banos.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Rhein of Madera; his six brothers, Stanley Rhein of Sacramento, CA, Raymond Rhein of Fresno, CA; Gary Rhein of Tollhouse, CA, Doug Rhein of Madera, CA and Jeffrey & Robert Rhein both of Los Banos, CA; his three sisters, Pattie Madewell & Amy Russell both of Madera, CA and Donna Agnew of Fresno, CA; his adopted sister Wendy Rhein who took care of him his last days.
Memorial service will be Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 1:00 P.M. at the Calvary Baptist Church, 302 West “K” Street, Los Banos, CA.  Private Inurnment will be at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera.
Remembrances may be made to Stanford University Medical Center, Dept. of Neurology & Neurological Services, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA  94305 or The ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA  91301-5104.  

Stanley Trigueiro
Passed away in a Fresno hospital on Friday, November 22, 2002 at the age of 90, following a brief illness.  Born in Fresno, California, Mr. Trigueiro was a life long resident of the Caruthers area of Fresno County.  His son Larry, a member of the team, preceded him in death in December of 2000.
Mr. Trigueiro is survived by his wife of 63 years Lena, his daughter Eileen Dias and her husband Alfred of Fresno, his sons, Robert “Bob” Trigueiro and his wife Loraine of Caruthers, Ron Trigueiro of Fresno, and daughter-in-law Marie Trigueiro of Fresno.  He is the beloved grandfather of 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Stanley was so very proud of his family and their individual accomplishments.  He would be happiest when they were all together at family gatherings with his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren surrounding him.    It was the legacy he leaves which honors him greatly.
Visitation will be Tuesday, from 3 to 7 PM in St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Easton, California.  Recitation of the Rosary and Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 10:00 A.M. also in St. Jude’s Catholic Church, with interment following at Washington Colony Cemetery on Elm Avenue also in Easton.  Remembrances may be made to St. Jude’s Church Building Fund, 208 West Jefferson Avenue, Fresno, California 93706. 

Raymond L. Brown
Raymond L. Brown, 91 years of age, died on Sunday, February 9, 2003, at Sunbridge Convalescent Hospital in Susanville, California.
Mr. Brown was born in Sanger, California on May 26, 1911. He moved to Madera County in 1922. He worked for Pete Bergon on his farms for a number of years. Raymond was self-employed from 1945 to 1966 as a farmer. He later worked for Sagouspe Brothers until he retired in 1982. Raymond lived in Parkwood for forty years before moving to Santa Rosa, in 1993, and then Lake Almanor in 1995. He was a member of Madera Baptist Church for over thirty-five years.
Raymond was predeceased by his wife Elsie Ruth Brown in 1987, his parents, Nelson N. Brown and Lizie E. Bollinger, two brothers, Bud and Floyd Brown of Madera, and three sisters, Nora Walters of Madera, Katherine Castenada of Fresno, and Elsie Martin of Madera.
Raymond is survived by his son Bobby D. Brown and his wife Maxcine of Lake Almanor, CA. He is also survived by his grandchildren Dr. Michael Nelson Brown, Christine Marie Helman, Lourie Sue Brown, Verlene Baldwin, Nita L. Walmer, his great-grandchildren, Megan and Brett Mcintyre, Caitlin Ponich, Tara and Travis Brown, Michael and Shannah Helman, David Patrick Baldwin, David Patrick Balwin, Cyra Beth Frandsen, Charles B. Torres, and his great-great grandchildren, Beaudean James, Caleb Thomas, and Elijahe Ray Frandsen. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
A funeral service will be held at Jay Chapel, 1121 Roberts Avenue in Madera on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 11:00 A.M with burial to follow at Arbor Vitae Cemetery also in Madera.
 
Frances Cavallero
Passed away on February 11, 2003, at the age of 74. A resident of Madera since 1929, Frances was a homemaker, a devoted member of St. Joachim Catholic Church, the Altar Society, a volunteer with the St. Vincent DePaul Society and a member of the Italian Catholic Federation (I.C.F.) of the parish. Over the years she was very supportive of St. Joachim’s School and the many activities of her children while students there.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband Leo Cavallero in 1987, her sister Anne Flores and brother John Galleano. She is the beloved mother of Michael J. Cavallero and wife Marsha of Fresno, Steven P. Cavallero of North Hollywood, CA., James A. Cavallero and wife Kerin of Madera, Timothy Cavallero of Madera, Elizabeth C. Ames and husband Jeffrey of Van Nuys, CA., and Joan T. Cavallero of Madera. She is the sister of Joe Galleano and his wife Pauline, the sister in law of Pat Galleano, Ray Flores, and Aldo and his wife Ada Cavallero all of Madera. She is the beloved grandmother of Robyn Ames Woodyard of Long Beach, Jenny Ames of Van Nuys, CA., Danny, Matthew and Mark Cavallero, and Jamie Payne all of Madera.
Visitation is Thursday, February 13, 2003 from 1 to 7 PM at Jay Chapel in Madera with a vigil service following at 7 PM in the Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 9:30 A.M. in St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera, with interment following in Calvary Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to St. Joachim’s School Trust Fund, 310 North I Street, Madera, CA. 93637.
 
Mildred Murl Gleichweit
Mrs. Mildred M. Gleichweit passed away on Monday, February 3, 2003 in a Madera hospital. She was 96. Mildred was born in Ozark, Missouri and first came to California to join her grandfather, Frank Drury of Clovis in 1920. She married George C. Gleichweit in 1928.  
George had opened the Snow White Bakery on Yosemite Avenue the preceding year. In 1946, Mildred and George opened the Fruit Basket Restaurant, which they operated until 1965, when their youngest son took over the ownership. 
Mildred was a charter and founding member of the Madera Soroptimist Club, she was active in the First Baptist Church, charter member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Neighbors of Woodcraft and member of the Madera Historical Society. She helped initiate the “Save The Water Tower Effort”.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband George in 1995. 
She is survived by her children, Greg Gleichweit of Madera, CA, Dale Gleichweit of Livingston, TX, and Celia Worthington of Auberry, CA., her brother Carma Drury of Merced and her sister Cuma Riggs Schofield of North Fork, CA. She is the grandmother of 7 and great grandmother of 5.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2003 at 9:30 AM at the Clovis District Cemetery in Clovis, CA. 

Edith Grace Dockery
Edith Grace “Bill” Dockery passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2003 at the age of 87. She was a native of Polk County, Arkansas, was raised in Texas, and had been a resident of Madera for 58 years. Edith worked as an LVN for Madera County and then Madera Community Hospital for 23 years. She loved gardening and growing beautiful roses. Edith’s family was her first love.
Edith was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Benjamin Dockery and by her oldest son Bill Dockery. She is survived by her 3 sons, Alton Dockery of Riverside, CA., Russ and his wife Rosemary Dockery of Madera and Jim and his wife Karen Dockery of Fresno, CA., her sister Carrie Bennett of Deport, TX and her sister in law Adele Ciervo of Lodi, CA.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 from 1:00-8:00 
PM at Jay Chapel in Madera. Funeral services will be on Thursday, February 13, 2003 at 11:00 AM at Jay Chapel, with burial to follow at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera.
Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, 1343 N. Wishon, Fresno, CA 93728. 
 
Sarah Guerra Contrerasrita
Sarah Guerra Contreras “Sarita” passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2003 in a Madera hospital. She was 83. Sarah was a native of Lordsburg, NM and had been a resident of Madera since 1937. She was a founding member of the Unity in Christ Church in Madera and had been a foster parent for 35 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Luis R. Contreras.
She is survived by her sons, Louie G. Contreras, Larry “Lalo” G. Contreras, Manuel G. Contreras, Henry Contreras, Little Louie and Little Ricky all of Madera and Richard Contreras of LeGrand, CA., her sisters Nellie Gonzalez of Pittsburgh, CA., Anita Ferriera of Atwater, CA., Jenny Vasquez of Atwater, Frances Rowbothan of Corona Del Mar, CA, Margaret Guerra of San Jose, CA., her brothers, Ramon Guerra of Madera and Joseph Guerra of Merced. She is the grandmother of 5 and the great grandmother of 10 and has numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 from 1:00-8:00 PM at Jay Chapel, with an evening prayer service beginning at 7:00 PM. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2003 at 10:00 AM at Calvary Cemetery in Madera.
Remembrances may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.  

Raven Arwen Cook
The infant Raven passed away on February 4, 2003. She is survived by her parents, Steven and Joanna Cook of Madera, CA; her maternal grandparents, Louie and Alice Munoz of Madera, and her paternal grandparents, Ron and Linda Cook of Bakersfield, CA. Raven is also survived by her maternal great grandmother Ysidra Gutierrez and her brother Duncan Cook, both of Madera.
Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at the Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera.


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