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ALLEN, MARGIE M.  
Margie was born in Kansas City MO. on July 5, 1926, and passed away peacefully at her son's home on June 6, 2015. Margie grew up in Fresno and was a graduate of Roosevelt High School. Margie married Robert Allen, her high school sweetheart, on October 6, 1946. They had three sons, Douglas, Gerald and Robert. Bob and Margie moved to Coquille, Oregon in 1992 and returned to Fresno in December of 2013, due to health issues and to be closer to their family. Margie was preceded in death by Bob, her husband of 67 years and her youngest son Robert "Little Bob". She is survived by her sons, Doug and Gerry and his wife Sandy; four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. The Family wishes to thank Saint Agnes Home Health and Hospice for the care and support they provided for both Margie and Bob. A Celebration of Life will be held at 5324 N. Ricewood, Fresno, 93711, on July 11, 2015, starting at 11:30 a.m.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on July 5, 2015
AVILA, RUSSELL LOUIS  
Russell Louis Avila, age 67, of Clovis, CA passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015, surrounded by his wife, Edna Avila, daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren. He met the love of his life at Sanger High School. They were married for 46 years and had two daughters. He lived his life with family and friends as the foundation for happiness. He provided so much love, support, and guidance to many people throughout his life. He never met a stranger, because his strength in character and calm demeanor were traits people gravitated toward, which allowed him to touch so many lives. He had a successful career in the air conditioning and refrigeration wholesale industry. For 45 years he was a sought after professional and introduced the Central Valley to a number of companies like Pameco, VAR, Air Cold, ACH, Baker, Campbell & Assoc., HTPG "Witt-Russell." He became the face known to many as a valued, trusted person they could turn to for all aspects of air conditioning and refrigeration. Russ never "worked" as the saying goes: Find something you enjoy doing and if you get paid for it, that's a bonus. The family would like to thank the doctors who assisted him throughout this moment in his life, Dr. Jeffery Aoki; Dr. Chitra Kandaswamy; Dr. Michael Synn; Dr. Kevin Boran; Hinds Hospice; Dr. Bradley Monash; and the team at University of California, San Francisco. He is preceded by his mother; father; and brothers, Manuel and Joey. He is survived by his wife Edna; daughters, Rozlynn Avila, and Marcia Lowell; son-in-law, Zack Lowell; grandchildren, Katelyn, Emily, and Jack-Russell Lowell; sisters, Gloria Alvarez, and Jackie Morales and husband David; sisters-in-law, Nora Cabrera, and Mary Gomez and husband Santos; aunts; uncles; cousins; and many nieces and nephews. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at St. Mary's New Catholic Church in Sanger, CA on Monday, July 6, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. A Requiem Mass will be at Our Lady Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Clovis, CA on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Flowers may be sent to St. Mary's New Catholic Church on Monday, July 6, 2015, by 3:30 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the United Cerebral Palsy of Central California, 4224 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93726, and please note on the check "In Honor of Russ Avila."
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Published in the Fresno Bee on July 3, 2015
BEENE, TRACEY  
Mr. Tracey Carter Beene passed away, surrounded by his loved ones, in Clovis, CA on June 22, 2015, at the age of 66. Tracey was born in Myrtle Point, OR on January 9, 1949. He enlisted in the United States Army on his 18 year birthday. Tracey served as a helicopter doorman during the Vietnam War where he notably earned 17 air medals. He worked primarily in the construction industry as a Hod Carrier. He lived and worked in the Central Valley and Bay area. His most recent years were spent traveling, fishing, and enjoying family and friends alongside his wife, Jean, who brought out the very best in him. He was a loving husband, father, brother, papa, and friend to many and will be dearly missed. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Beene, Sue Edwards, and Grant Edwards; sisters, Raylene Beene, and Karin Sant'Agata; and grandson, Garrett Botkin. Tracey is survived by his wife, Jean Beene of Clovis, CA; daughters, Gina Beene, and Lori Botkin, both of Fresno, CA; sons, Shane Johnson and his wife Lory of Oakhurst, CA, and Dustin Johnson and his wife Wendy of Galt, CA; brother, Rusty Beene and his wife Anna of Clovis, CA; his seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at Clovis Cemetery on Friday, July 10, 2015, at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Tracey's Life at The Veteran's Memorial Building in Clovis, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tracey's honor to The American Cancer Society; or VA Central California Health Care System. Boice Funeral Home, 308 Pollasky Avenue, Clovis, California (559)299-4372
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Published in the Fresno Bee on July 5, 2015
BEERY, JANNA JEAN  
Janna Jean Beery, a beloved follower of Christ, went to be with her precious Lord on Friday, June 26, 2015. She was born to Dave and Laurice Carlson on January 28, 1928, in Turlock, CA. She attended Modesto Junior College where she met Robert Beery. On October 16, 1948, they married and later had two children, David and Janelle. Bob and Janna enjoyed 67 years of marriage. Janna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a homemaker all of her life. She loved to do arts and crafts and in her later years she created original greeting cards. She and her husband hosted Bible studies in their home for many years and she had a great impact on many lives, some who went on to full-time service for the Lord. She was loved by many and was a beautiful and vibrant soul! A Celebration of Janna's Life will be held at The Bridge Church on Ashlan Ave. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be submitted to www. YostAndWebb.com
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Published in the Fresno Bee on July 5, 2015
BENNETT, CLARENCE JESSE - Fresno  
Cattle rancher, oilman and philanthropist C. J. "Peter" Bennett died Friday, June 26, 2015, at his home in Fresno. He was 92. Mr. Bennett was born Dec. 31, 1922, in Beverly Hills to Frank and Melba Bennett. He was named for his great-uncle, Clarence Jesse Berry, the son of a pioneering Selma family, who played a leading role in the Klondike gold rush of the late 1890s and then built an oil business in Taft. Mr. Bennett grew up at his parents' Deep Well Guest Ranch in Palm Springs. He attended Webb School in Claremont and then the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. After graduation, he studied photography for a summer at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where his teachers included Ansel Adams. He graduated from Stanford University, where he studied for a career in photojournalism ("to represent the underdog," he said). Then World War II came and his plans changed. Mr. Bennett signed up first for the Marines and then switched to the Navy when a recruiter told him he could get to the Pacific Theater faster. He served as an ensign and then a lieutenant junior grade on an LST (tank landing ship), and was present at the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war, seeking peace on the open range, Mr. Bennett decided to become a cattle rancher, studying at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and offering his services as a hand on ranches in Wyoming and California, learning to "think like a cow." He continued cattle ranching for most of his life, but in the 1960s he joined the family business, Berry Holding Co., eventually becoming president and chairman. He presided over tremendous expansion and diversification during the 1970s. Mr. Bennett returned full-time to his true love, cattle ranching, in the 1980s. He owned the 99 Bar Ranch in Arizona and the Stone Corral and Tombstone ranches in California. "The life that I like best is the life of the rough old cowboy," he said. "I never got on a horse when I wasn't smiling." Mr. Bennett remained devoted to photography. Whether he was working cattle or traveling the world with his wife and family, he took gallery-quality photographs. Each year he produced calendars called "The World According to C.J." He found a special calling in philanthropy, quietly donating to charities through the Bennett Family Foundation run by the Fresno Regional Foundation. He never sought attention for himself, but deeply enjoyed giving a chance to others, especially women and children. "That's why I'm still alive," he said at age 91. "For philanthropic endeavors. There's nothing like it." Those who knew Mr. Bennett treasured his charm, wit, and charismatic personality. He was full of mischief, but always a gentleman who made others feel at ease. Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his parents, and by his sister, Deborah "DeeDee" Busch. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Juanita Bennett; his children and their spouses, Alysa Bennett and Greg Djanikian, Hank and Patty Bennett, and Scott and Darcy Bennett; stepchildren and their spouses, Shara and Scott Di Valerio, Chad and Becky Stewart, Heather Stewart and Alex Albrecht, Suzanne Kruzic, and Vanessa and Wayne Furlano; 7 grandchildren; 17 step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one step-great-grandchild. At Mr. Bennett's request, there will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bennett Family Foundation in care of the Fresno Regional Foundation, 5250 N. Palm Ave., Suite 424, Fresno, CA 93704.
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Published in the Fresno Bee from July 1 to July 5, 2015
BERMAN, ALFRED  
Alfred Berman passed away on June 17, 2015, in Fresno at the age of 101. He was born and raised in Coalinga and graduated in 1932 from Coalinga High School. He graduated from Fresno State in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in merchandising. He was president of his fraternity and the Commerce Club. He joined his father's business after working for a chain organization in Fresno. Alfred Berman's parents, Frank and Tillie Berman, operated a tailor shop at the Kettleman Apartments in downtown Coalinga. They purchased the Webb Building at the corner of Fifth Street and Elm Avenue from A.E. Webb in 1920. The building was built in 1906 and was destroyed in the Coalinga earthquake of 1983. Alfred Berman purchased Berman's Department Store from his father in 1959 and continued to operate it until 1974. Berman was the last living charter member of the Coalinga Elks Lodge, was a long-time member of the Coalinga Chamber of Commerce and was past president of the Horned Toad Derby Association. He was also active in the Red Cross and Boy Scouts. He is survived by his beloved wife, Evelyn two sons, Mark and his wife Laurie; Jerold and his wife Linda; grandchildren, Joel, Bethany and Hannah and their spouses, Stacey, Anton, and Steve; and great grandchildren Sofia, Riley, Noah and Maddison. Remembrances may be made in Alfred's name to the donor's favorite charity. Private Services have been held. Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 'L' Street, Fresno, California (559)266-0666
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Published in the Fresno Bee on June 28, 2015
BLANCO, ESTELA  
Estela Dominguez Blanco, was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Estela was born on August 5, 1958, in Fresno, CA. She attended West Side Elementary School, and graduated from Riverdale High School, West Hills College, California State University Fresno, Fresno Pacific University, and National University, attaining two Master Degrees. She was a teacher with West Park Elementary School District for many years. She loved education. She encouraged others around her to further their education. Her warmth, patience, and generosity touched those around her. She treated everyone with respect and expected nothing less in return. She will be deeply missed by everyone she touched in her lifetime. She is survived by her loving husband, Jose Luis Blanco; four children; Adela, Laura, Jose Luis, and Graciela; three grandchildren, Jason, Abrina, and Jose Luis; five brothers, Joe, Raul, Ignacio, Gustavo, and Armando; and three sisters, Gloria, Linda, and Alicia. A Viewing will be held at Yost & Webb Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, July 6, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., followed by a Recitation of the Holy Rosary at St. John's Cathedral at 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John's Cathedral on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Belmont Memorial Park. Following the interment, a reception will be held at St. John's Cathedral Hall. Yost & Webb Funeral Home, 1002 T Street, Fresno, California (559)237-4147
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Published in the Fresno Bee on July 5, 2015
CARUANA, EMANUEL M. - Madera  
Emanuel was born in Malta, on February 27, 1931. Loving husband of Sharon Caruana. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Brenda and Cynthia. Father of Myk (Pam) Caruana, Shanelle (Darnell) Robinson, Matt (Jennifer) De Mello. Grandfather of Tiana, Sebastian, Cristian, TJ, Stephen, Justin, Alaya and Mallory. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at St. Joachim's Catholic Church, 401 W. 5th St., Madera, CA, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. A Catholic Mass will be held at St. Joachim's Catholic Church, on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting a donation to St. Joachim's Church. Please sign guest book at http://www. dignity memorial.com/ kerman-chapel/en-us/ index.page
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Published in the Fresno Bee on June 30, 2015
CHREST, BETTY - Fresno  
We are sad to announce the passing of our beloved mother, Betty Jean (Ladd) Chrest on June 23, 2015. She was born on January 1, 1930 in Cheyenne Oklahoma to Charles and Lorraine Ladd, and was married to Nicolas James Chrest for 50 years who preceded her in death in 1998. Mom had a beautiful and loving life with our father Nick for 50 years. They traveled, golfed and had many many good and loving friends. Together they ran dad's business, Valley Pest Control and belonged to many clubs and organizations. Our mom was an awesome cook! People raved about mom's food. There wasn't anything she couldn't cook from scratch. Mom is survived by her loving son, Robert Chrest and his wife Victoria; loving daughter, Diana Rodrigues and her husband, Bob; daughter Debby Covey; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Lisle Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A Graveside Service will be held in Fresno at Memorial Gardens, on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 10:00 am. A Celebration of Her Life reception will be held at New Harvest Church, 698 N. Minnewawa, Clovis, CA, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 'L' Street, Fresno, California (559)266-0666
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Published in the Fresno Bee on June 28, 2015
COLLINS, JUDITH - Clovis  
Beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother, Judith L. Collins, joined our Lord on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the age of 54, in Clovis, CA. She was born in Fresno, CA on August 23, 1960. Missed by Many, Loved by All. Judith is survived by her husband, Dennis Collins; two daughters, Marcie West and Chelsie Jacobsen; son, Nick Collins; mother, Marcella De- Anda; sisters, Marta, Susan, and Rebecca; and grandchildren, Faith, Trinity, Ryder, Bo, Raylee, and Jace. Visitation will be held at Boice Funeral Home on Sunday, July 5, 2015, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Boice Funeral Home on Monday, July 6, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., followed by a committal service at Redbank Cemetery. Boice Funeral Home, 308 Pollasky Avenue, Clovis, California (559)299-4372
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Published in the Fresno Bee on July 5, 2015
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