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AKAHORI, BOB YONEO  
Bob was born in Madera, CA, on March 30, 1925 and passed away peacefully at home in Reedley, CA, on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the age of 89. He was a long time resident and farmer in Sanger, CA. He is survived by his daughter, Nanette Nakamichi and husband, Danny; granddaughter, Jenna Nakamichi; brother, Ted Akahori and wife, Tomi; sister, Betty Akahori; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at Wallin's Sanger Funeral Home on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Wallin's Sanger Funeral Home, 1524 9th Street, Sanger, California (559)875-6555
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 14, 2014
BAYHI, JACQUELINE JANE  
Jackie was born on February 26,1923, in Hood River, OR, and passed away on December 6, 2014, after battling Alzheimer's Disease for 13 years. Jackie loved socializing, dancing, music, chocolate, and coffee. She especially loved her family, and animals. Mom's generosity was unending to all she knew. Her smiles and kind words were a constant and will be missed. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Bayhi-Allen. Jackie is survived by her son, Mark Bayhi and wife Elaine; and daughter, Valari Garcia and husband Lenny; five grandchildren, Andrew, Michael, Richard, Thomas, and Jackie. Mom, your now in God's hands, but forever in our hearts. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Association for Research.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 14, 2014
CARPENTER, MARY LOUISE - Fresno  
Mary L. Carpenter joined her husband, Bill, in heaven on Saturday, December 13, 2014. She was born in Oswego, KS in 1923. Mary met Bill Carpenter, the love of her life, when she was 13 years old. They married while Bill was on leave from World War II, and shared 70 loving years together until his death in April of 2014. She moved to Fresno with Bill in 1951. They were blessed with six children. Mary was the consummate homemaker and volunteer. The Young Ladies Institute (YLI), and Saint Agnes Medical Center were her favorite amongst the many institutions for which she gave her time. A devoted Catholic, her greatest joy was her family and church. Her family fame was for always whispering in each child's ear, "You know what? I love you". Mary rivaled Marie Callender with her baking of pies. The family would like to thank the Nazareth House for the exceptional and loving care that she received. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill; parents, Ernest and Lilly Bringle; and sister, Violet Allm. Mary will be missed by her daughters, Janene Massucco and husband Harry, and Christy Dawsen and husband Phil; sons, Kent Carpenter and wife Terri, Kevin Carpenter and wife Vanessia, Cliff Carpenter and wife Michelle, and David Carpenter and wife Shari; brother, Ernest Bringle Jr.; sister, Alene Livingston; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and more on the way. Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be held at Saint Peters Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Nazareth House, 2121 N. First St., Fresno, CA 93703. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw Way, Fresno, California (559)227-4048
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 16, 2014
CEPPAGLIA, SHIRLEY  
The Ceppaglia family would like to thank all who attended Shirley's Celebration of Life on October 15, 2014. Your presence and kind words touched our hearts in our time of sorrow.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 14, 2014
DONDLINGER, CAROLE K.  
Carole Dondlinger went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, December 5, 2014, joining her husband Bill; and son Tony. Carole was born on May 29, 1930, to Robert and Victoria Kopotic in Manitowoc, WI. She worked for a time in Chicago, IL, at The Cradle, taking care of infants. She met her husband Bill, and they were married on May 17, 1952. They soon headed west and had a number of addresses and children, before settling in Fowler, CA. Carole owned and operated a successful Drive-In for many years, prior to establishing an Ace Hardware in Fowler. She was very active in the community. Carole and Bill loved to travel. They traveled to Tahiti for their 25 year Anniversary, visited friends in Canada, and went on fishing trips in Mexico. They even traveled to Luxembourg to visit family. They loved the coast and eventually moved to Grover Beach when they retired. They were very active in their church and volunteered at the Food Bank. Carole was also a Raggedy Ann Hospital volunteer where she visited and cheered up the patients. A Memorial Service will be held at the Fowler Presbyterian Church on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 14, 2014
DURHAM, HAROLD FRANCIS - Fresno  
Harold Francis Durham passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday December 10, 2014. He was 91 years old. He was faithful to God and his church evidenced by the way he lived his life with love and compassion. He was the most amazing father, grandfather, and great grandfather we could have ever hoped for. His presence in our lives was priceless. The lessons he taught us through his passion and commitment to his family will be everlasting. He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, three years earlier. They are together now for all of eternity. Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Friday, December 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw Way, Fresno, California (559)227-4048
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 16, 2014
EVENDEN, SHARON - Fresno  
Sharon passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014, after a long and brave battle with lymphoma. She was the loving wife to her husband of 36 years, Randy Evenden. She also is the sister to Glenn Shiozaki, of Bellflower. She was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 1, 1951, and grew up in Dairy Valley, CA, now known as Cerritos, CA. Her parents, who preceded her in death, Yahiko and Kiyoko Shiozaki worked tirelessly as chicken ranchers and sold eggs from their farm. Sharon had a huge heart and all that knew her always felt her love and compassion. She was always thinking about others and showed it in so many ways through word and deed. Sharon will be sorely missed by all who knew her, including many cousins; nieces and nephews; aunties; uncles; and friends. Randy is ever grateful to them all for their unwavering support during this difficult time, especially this last year. A Memorial Service will be held at Lisle Funeral Home on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Please note, attire is "casual dress". Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 'L' Street, Fresno, California (559)266-0666
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 14, 2014
FINNIGAN, RAYMOND DANIEL  
It is with deep sadness we mourn the loss of Raymond "Ray" Daniel Finnigan, who passed on to our heavenly Father on November 24, 2014. Ray was born in 1927, in San Francisco, CA to Irish immigrant parents, John Finnigan and Anne McCarthy Finnigan, originally from County Cork, Ireland. Ray was the eleventh child born into the family of 11 children. Ray spent his childhood with his five brothers, and five sisters, on Couvier Street in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. Ray graduated from Balboa High School in June of 1945, and one month later at the age of 17, he joined the United States Marines. Ray was stationed aboard the USS Antietam in the Asiatic Pacific region. Upon his honorable discharge from the Marines, Ray used his GI Bill and began attending Fresno State University. During his summer breaks, he worked in Yosemite for the Curry Company at the Ahwahnee Hotel as a waiter and wine steward. In between his duties, he met Nancy Lea "Woody" Woodmancy who was a lifeguard and waitress at the Ahwahnee. After a two year courtship, they were married in Madera, CA. They have been married for over 60 years. When Ray graduated from Fresno State, he began his teaching career at Central High School in Fresno County in 1956, and later transferred to McLane High School, just before the school opened in 1960. Ray taught history and economics. Ray was also a successful tennis coach for the McLane Highlanders. With Ray's leadership and his talented students, he led multiple teams to county and statewide championships. In addition to the academic and athletic side of high school education, Ray was also very involved in the establishment of the Fresno Federation of Teachers. At 6 foot, 2 inches tall, and 190 pounds, Ray was an imposing figure with fiery curly red hair and green eyes. Ray was no "push-over", and could cite a Union contract backwards. He was frequently called upon by his fellow educators throughout the years to work out Administrative issues related to teacher rights. He was a strong advocate for teacher rights, which he translated into a student's right to a quality education. Ray inspired his students on a regular basis and believed every student who came to his class had the ability to learn. Ray spoke of students as a proud parent would speak of their child and he felt as though "teaching" was the profession of "Kings." Ray enjoyed tennis, square dancing, bridge, reading, and traveling with his wife and three children in his Terry travel trailer. Ray never came across a topic he could not talk about and his "stories" are legendary. Ray is survived by his wife Woody; his son, Greg Finnigan; daughter, Kathleen Finnigan; grandsons, Sean and Connor Finnigan-Mercer; son, Brian Finnigan; daughter-in-law, Yolanda Finnigan; granddaughters, Marilyn and Tiffany Jorgenson; and his brother, Thomas Finnigan of San Francisco. A Public Celebration of Ray's Life will be held at the Peoples Church, in the G.L. Johnson Chapel, 7172 N. Cedar Avenue, FresnoCA on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Reception and meal to follow in the multi purpose room from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Fresno, P.O. Box 3438, Fresno, CA 93650; or the Fresno SPCA, 103 S. Hughes, Fresno, CA 93706.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 14, 2014
FOTH, RAYMOND - Kerman  
Raymond Foth, retired valley farmer, passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, in Kerman, CA. Ray was born in Hillsboro, KS on August 26, 1929, to John and Marie Foth. In August of 1930, Ray's family left Kansas and spent two weeks traveling in order to begin a life of farming in California. Ending up in Reedley, and then eventually settling in Kerman, Ray's family rooted themselves in the community where he would spend the rest of his life. Ray graduated from Kerman High School in 1947, and joined the United States Army, shortly after. He served one year active duty and three years in the reserves while stationed at Fort Hood, TX. Ray married June Hardcastle in 1951. They had four children, Scott, Glen, Christy, and Tara. Ray married Myrna Vettling in 1968. Much of Ray's time and energy went into farming. Ray farmed the family farm on Madera Avenue until it was sold. He never lost his love for farming and in 1977, he bought the farm that Ray and Myrna lived on until his passing. Ray farmed cotton, alfalfa, beans, peach trees, grapes, and finally mandarin oranges. He was also a mechanic for various local jobs, including Spreckels Sugar Plant, Valley Nitrogen, and Kerman Unified School District, where he would retire. After retirement, Ray became the JV Girls' Assistant Softball Coach at Kerman High School for six years, where he was able to coach three of his granddaughters. Ray was never called coach by any of the team, but instead was always lovingly referred to by all as "Grandpa". He was a member of the Kerman Lions Club, and Kiwanis Club of Kerman. Ray also served as a Kerman Floyd School Board Member and was a devout member of Kerman Covenant Church. Ray loved working with his hands and was always the "go to" family member for any fix it project. He loved camping in the mountains, as well as the coast and spent many family vacations enjoying the outdoors. His true passions in life were God, farming and his family. During retirement, Ray and Myrna enjoyed traveling. Some highlights of their travels were cruises to Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii, a train trip to Canada, and several trips to Minnesota. He is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Herb Foth and Hulda Foth. He is survived by Myrna, his wife of 46 years; his children, Scott and wife Debi, Glen and wife Karen, Christy and husband Chris, Tara and husband Dennis; his grandchildren, Sara, Toshia, Nadia, Jocelyn, Taylor, Dillon, Ali, Shaley, and Miranda; as well as six great-grandchildren. Ray is also survived by his siblings, Dave Foth, Aldene Cook, Lula Bonaker, and Elizabeth Terzian; brothers-in-law; sister-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at Kerman Convenant Church, on December 18, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a burial at Fresno Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hinds Hospice; or Kerman Covenant Church.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 14, 2014
FOUTY, ERMA - Fresno  
Erma L. Fouty was born to Raymond and Charlotte Daubenspeck in Butler, PA on March 18, 1931. She passed away in her home in Fresno, on Monday, December 8, 2014, at the age of 83. Erma was a retired bookkeeper at Levi's Iron and Metal. She was member of the American Business Women's Association since 1982. She loved to play cards and Bingo. She is preceded in death by Verne Fouty, her husband of 48 years; and her son, Terry Fouty. She is survived by her sisters, Wanda Luchkiw of Prospect, PA, and Linda Smialowski and her husband Edward of Fullerton, CA; sister-in-law, Dianne Daubenspeck of Prospect, PA; five nieces; and two nephews. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Neptune Society Of Central California, 1154 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno, California (559)222-7764
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