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Aadland, Karen Lee  
Karen Lee Aadland born November 13, 1961 in Geneva, Illinoispassed away on April 4, 2015 at her home in Ione, California.  Karen is survived by three daughters; Christine (Jacob) Taylor of Lodi; Robin Carter (Ronald) Fuller of Valley Springs and Lisa (William) Peat of Stockton.  She is also survived by six grandchildren; Zachary, Madison, Jennalyn and Dominic Taylor and Jayden and Kameron Fuller.  These grandchildren were the delight of her life.  She is also survived by her mother, Rita Deller of Pittsburg; a brother, Frank Deller of Las Vegas, NV, two sisters; Denise McCown of Oakley and Melissa DelDosso of Pacheco and many nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Deller, and her previous husband, Robert Holtz of Lodi.   She moved to California with her parents & siblings in 1968 and attended school in Pleasant Hill, graduating from College Park High School.  Karen worked for many years as a Registered Dental Assistant for several dentists in Lodi and later worked for Delta Dental Plan in Rancho Cordova. She had recently started a new job in Jackson which would allow her to once again work with dental patients rather than just processing dental insurance claims.   She was very excited to be starting this new phase in her career.  She will not only be missed by family, but her many friends and co-workers. A memorial will be held on Friday April 24, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Faith Community Church in Acampo California. Donations can be made to her children in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 17 to Apr. 24, 2015
Bleile, Robert  
Robert Bertrand Bleile passed away on April 5, Easter Sunday in Lodi, CA with family by his side. What could be a more perfect day than Easter, the day we celebrate our Lord's resurrection and promise of eternal life! Bob was 92 years young! Robert was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey in 1922 to Henry & Bertha Bleile. He was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania, one of 12 siblings. Early on, music was an important part of his life and he played many instruments, loved to sing, and of course, dance! He was married in 1946 to Bernetta Moyer and they had 5 children. In 1957 they relocated to California, settling in South San Francisco where they raised their family and he started his career in electronics. After retiring in 1980, he started his dream of traveling full time. Along with his 2nd wife Winona, they traveled the US for 20 years in their truck and RV trailer. The RV always had room for his organ so he could continue to enjoy his music along the way. One of his greatest satisfactions was visiting family and being the handyman, ready for any job that came along. His energy for projects was unmatchable … retirement did not mean slow down! He was also famous for always having the fixings for the best banana splits ever and he loved to share them with all of his large family. After so many years of traveling, they once again settled down, this time in Lodi to be close to family. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church and the San Joaquin County Historical Society where he loved to play Christmas music on his organ for the Festival of Trees. Robert also traveled with his organ to various nursing homes in Stockton and Lodi to share his joy of music with the residents. He was an entertainer at heart and loved to see the smiles it brought to so many people. He will be remembered for his exuberance for life which was summed up by his favorite t-shirt that read, "I am not growing old, I am just marinating". Even in the last few years of his life when physical issues made life more challenging, his upbeat attitude, ready smile, and love of music will be what we remember. I don't think he ever had a "bad" day. Robert is survived by his five children and their spouses, David & Zdenka Bleile of Woodside, Susan & Royce Tevis of Chico, Richard & Ana Bleile of Redwood City, Deborah & Gilbert Santiago of Vandalia, Ohio and Carol & Wyatt Gibbs of Lodi; 14 grandchildren, April Albers, Robin Sing, Daniel Santiago, Laura Santiago, Royce E Tevis, Alycia Coleman, Ian Tevis, Tracy Torres, Caryn Testa, Jason Bleile, Jeff Bleile, Tonya, Tristan Gibbs and Tyler Gibbs; and 18 great-grandchildren, 7 siblings, and many nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Bernetta and his second wife, Winona, and 4 siblings. There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1:30pm at First Baptist Church, 267 N Mills St Lodi in the Chapel, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Hospice of San Joaquin or to the San Joaquin County Historical Society.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 25 to May 5, 2015
Brager, Paula Albertson  
Paula Irene Kegresse (Albertson Brager) was born November 12, 1927 in an attic during a flood in North Adams, Massachusetts. The midwife who delivered her arrived by boat. Named for her parents, Irene Estes and Paul Joseph Kegresse - Paula was the fourth of eight daughters. After WWII, Paula, her parents and sisters drove to California from Utica, New York, singing all the way. They made their home in the rolling hills of Richmond. She married Robert Leroy Albertson in 1947 and together they had 12 children. After her family, books and reading were the strengths of her life. Paula worked 17 years for the Hayward Public Library and after retiring started an online book business called "Three Wishes" which sold first edition and out of print children's books. Paula said her favorite thing about working with books was finding the right book for the right person. She also served for 18 years on the Hayward Unified School District Personnel Commission, which she said gave her a chance to make something fair that was unfair and something thought to be fair but was not, corrected. She believed in the merit system and helping others succeed. Each year at holiday time she answered children's letters to Santa, making each response personalized for the child who had written and signing the letters from the Christmas Fairy. Her last years were spent in Galt, CA with her second husband, Louie Brager. Together they enjoyed estate sales and visiting with family and friends. Mom wanted everyone to know "How fortunate I was at the age of eighty to find the second love of my life, Louie." Mom and Louie were true sweethearts and best friends. She leaves behind her treasured children, Melinda (Larry) Wolf, Robin Albertson, Jennifer Albertson, Julie Ann (Chris) Rompel, Signe (Jim) Van Slyke, Derek (Sandy) Albertson, Marshall (Louisa) Albertson and Ryan (Angie) Albertson; her dearly loved sisters Mary Jane (Bill/Paul) Dye Johnson and Christina (Dave) Silva and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Remembered with love are her grandchildren, Jason W. Wolf (recently deceased) his wife Madalane, Sylvia Albertson, Megan (Jake) Albertson, Erin (Ruben) Morgado, Christopher Wolf, Eric (Crystal) Wolf, Spencer Wolf, Katherine (Raul) Rompel, Christian Rompel, Allison (Jarrod) Della Chiesa, Dion Phillips, Leilani and Derek Albertson, Lila and Memphis Albertson; great grandchildren, Cheyenne Wolf, Andrea and Alex Wolf, Eden, Faith and Brooke Morgado, Adam Fields and Hayden Wolf, Cheyenne Albertson, soon to be born baby Della Chiesa and her dear sweet dog Rosie. She also leaves dear friends, Marge Edmonds of Remsen, New York, Lemuel Rhodes of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; lovely neighbors Betty and Dennis Yoder and Bill and Sherry Jarrett of Galt, CA. Many friends through the years are thought of fondly, Betty Mattingly, Linda Moya, Emily Aston, Carolyn and Wes. Thank you to Dr. Andrew Lee for his special caring and compassion and to Ingrid and Teresa for their wonderful care and support. Mom said "All these people were important in my life." Paula was preceded in death in 1982 by her first husband, Robert LeRoy Albertson, a well known Northern California broadcaster in radio and TV and their much loved sons, Martin, Michael and Anthony Albertson and dearly loved daughter Elizabeth Phillips; in-laws, Sofus and Stella Albertson; parents, Paul and Irene Kegresse; sisters, Sheila Drozda (Alvin), Ruth King (Joe), Penelope Abraham Hunrick (Woody/Bill), Cynthia Schubert (Larry) and infant sister Suzanne Marie Kegresse and dearly loved second husband Louie Joseph Brager. Mom wanted to say to everyone "Never give up on life, take a risk, a chance, do what you think is right. Do the right thing at the right time, even if others think differently. Nothing is wrong, there's just a different idea. Speak up if you see someone being cruel to another and everyday find something to give." Paula's ashes will be scattered in the Japanese current beyond the Golden Gate to travel the world. Memorial services will be Sunday, May 3, 2015 @ 1 P.M. at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 619 Myrtle Avenue, Galt, CA 95632. ***Inquiries welcome (209) 251-7588 Mom, you were amazing. We will never forget you!
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 25 to May 2, 2015
Brandt, Harry Marion  
Harry Marion Brandt, 95, from Victor, CA passed away in a Modesto hospital on April 15, 2015. Harry was born September 23, 1919 in Tripp, South Dakota. Harry moved to California when his family migrated here at about 2 years of age. He attended Alpine Grammar School and Lodi High School. He also was in the US Army. Even though he had never swam much, his love became the ocean as he became a deep sea diver, helping to build bridges in the San Francisco Bay area, pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, Hoover Dam, Brownlee Dam, diving in Alaska, Canada, and Mexico. In 1960 he was a passenger in a private plane that crashed north of Galt. He was badly injured and in the hospital for many months. He was determined to continue his deep sea diving and working underwater again. It was difficult because he lost one eye. One man, Archie Dore, in Louisiana, took a chance with Harry. Archie was reported to have said that Harry was the best diver he knew even with one eye. In later years, he and his wife, Ella, managed their rental property in Victor. Harry was always the life of the party with his many jokes and funny sayings. He had a ranch that he always called "Rancho Costa Plenty." He was a proud member of Local #34 that represented deep sea divers in the Bay Area. He always enjoyed going to the annual Old Timers luncheons. Harry is proceeded in death by his wife, Ella Teolomani Brandt, his parents, Henry Reiner Brandt, mother Katerina Goehring Brandt, and sister, Alice Rossi. Harry is survived by many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22 from 1-5 pm at Donahue Funeral Home at 123 N. School St., Lodi. Services will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Donahue Funeral Home at 11 am to be followed by burial at Lodi Memorial Cemetery. Donations may be made to the charity of choice.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 21 to Apr. 28, 2015
Casado, Cedro T.  
Cedro T. Casado of Galt passed away peacefully with family present April 17 in Lodi, Ca. He was born March 12, 1920 in Hayward, Ca. He attended grammar school in Locke and later in Courtland. He graduated Courtland High School in 1937. As a kid he loved the river, swimming out to hitch rides on river barges with his cousin. They would catch another barge going south to get home in time for dinner. What a way to play hooky. The canning business was to be his lifelong career. He worked for over 50 years in the same location. Thornton Canning Company, California Canners and Growers and Tri-Valley . He worked for CTC as foreman and was promoted to plant manager by California Canners & Growers. After a few years with Tri-Valley he retired to become a gentleman farmer, raising sheep/cows and managing his orchard. He grew the best peaches in the area. Cedro met his wife, Hilda, when they were both working in the cannery. A match that lasted for 72 yrs. Out of that union came a daughter named Joy, a granddaughter named Jessica, (husband Michael) and a great granddaughter named McKenna. He served his country in World War 2 by enlisting in the Marines from 1942 – 1945 in the Pacific Theatre. He made Galt his home after the war and until present. His concern for the City of Galt led him to run for City Council. He was elected serving as councilman and Mayor for 21 yrs. Cedro also joined the Partners program with the Galt Police Dept. for some years. Cedro also served as a trustee for the Sacramento and Yolo County Mosquito Abatement. He was a member of the Masons for many years. His favorite pastime was golf. A member of Woodbridge Golf and Country Club for over 50 years. His best friends were his golfing buddies, Jimmy, Pinkey, Terry and his brother Ben who were instrumental in corrupting his golf game. High School and college sports were a passion for him. He attended many Galt High football and basketball games even into old age. The passion never left him. Cedro and Hilda were members of the Valley Grange for many years performing countless hours of work for the club and rode the bus to Reno as faithful members of the "Wanna get rich quick" club. Cedro will be greatly missed by his family and friends, his greatest wealth. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 24 to May 2, 2015
Cross Jr., LeRoy Benjamin  
LeRoy Benjamin Cross, Jr, born September 24, 1922, of Lodi, passed peacefully in his sleep April 7, 2015 at the age of 92. LeRoy also known as Red to friends and family, was the oldest of eight children born to LeRoy Benjamin Cross Sr. and Lotta Weihe also of Lodi. Mr. Cross was preceded in death by two siblings Albert Cross and Lotta Rea Cross. He is survived by four sisters, Frances Cross Lee, Margaret Cross Fitch, Wilma Cross Catanzarite, Josephine Cross Augster and brother, George Curtis Cross. LeRoy graduated class of 1940 from Lodi High School, upon graduating, Red went to Stockton J.C. until he joined the Untied States Navy during WWII. Following WWII LeRoy stayed active in the Naval Reserve while finishing college and obtaining one of several degrees. When the Korean War began LeRoy joined the United States Army and received his commission. LeRoy remained active in the U.S. Army until the Korean conflict was over and he transferred to the Army Reserve. LeRoy obtained the rank of Lt. Colonel before retiring from the Army and then joining the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where he served with honor until 2012, before moving home to Lodi in late 2012. LeRoy was no stranger to government service, during his time with the Coast Guard Auxiliary LeRoy was employed by the Internal Revenue Service for forty years before retiring from the San Francisco office. LeRoy was a life member of the American Legion, NRA and had a passion for firearms and helping military members. His hobbies included competition Ball Room dancing, and cooking. Never being afraid to try new things, at the age of 80 LeRoy returned to college and became a licensed insurance fraud investigator which he did in his leisure time when not cooking, dancing or enjoying a hearty laugh with friends and family. LeRoy will be greatly missed by family, friends and all those whose lives he touched. Services will be held April 18, 2015 at Donahue Funeral Home, followed by internment at Lodi Memorial Cemetery. Reception at American Legion Hall after internment.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 11 to Apr. 25, 2015
Fletcher, Orvell K.  
Community leader Orvell Kenneth "O.K." Fletcher passed away in Sacramento on April 11, 2015, at the age of 99. He was known for his kindness, generosity with time and advice, strong principles and sense of fairness, as well as his lively stories, harmonica playing and homemade olives. He was never afraid to stand up for what he believed was right and was always ready to help those in need. Born on Feb. 2, 1916, in Dallas, South Dakota, Orvell arrived in California's Central Valley in 1927 with his parents and four siblings seeking opportunity. He worked his way through the College of the Pacific and began his career teaching English, Speech and Social Studies at Lodi High School, his alma mater, in 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, and in 1943 Orvell married Helen Howard, his wife of 61 years. In the education field, Orvell rose to become the superintendent of the Galt High School District from 1954 to 1978, credited with modernizing the structure of the city's schools. He went on to serve on the Galt City Council in the 1980s and 90s, including a stint as vice mayor. Since his college days he was also a prolific and accomplished furniture maker. Orvell was a leader in community service, playing a founding role in the Galt Lions Club and the Galt Historical Society, was a longtime member of the Galt United Methodist Church, and most recently a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, where he was active until his death. Well into his 90s he remained a committed, effective adviser and advocate for education affairs in Galt. Orvell is survived by his children Virginia Klenk (Ted) of Ventura, William Fletcher (Joyce) of Lusby, Maryland, and Wendy Porter (Jim) of Petaluma, as well as his seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His wife Helen passed away in 2004, and he was predeceased by his siblings Harold, Orlo, Leona and Charles. He also leaves behind his "other daughter" Sylvia Warner and numerous nieces and nephews. The family gratefully acknowledges caregivers Mercy Hernandez, Benrus Pascual and others at Wavecrest Villa in Sacramento, his home for the past two years. There will be two memorial services held for Orvell, the first on Sunday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at the Faith Presbyterian Church, 625 Florin Rd. in Sacramento. The second service will be held Monday, April 27 at 12 noon at Horizon Community Church in Galt, Rev. Judy Robbins of Galt United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at Galt Cemetery in a private family service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Orvell Fletcher Memorial Fund, c/o Kathleen S. Amos, Attorney at Law, 206 5th St. Suite 2B, Galt, CA 95632. Donations in his name could also be made to the Galt Methodist Church, the Galt Historical Society or your favorite charity.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 23 to Apr. 30, 2015
Fujihara, Gary Kiyoshi  
Gary Kiyoshi Fujihara, 61, entered rest on April 10, 2015 in Stockton, CA. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Sandi Fujihara, mother, Barbara Fujihara, sisters Susan (Brian) Ishimaru, Patti (Steve) Sue, nieces, Lisa & Lynsie Ishimaru, Amanda (John) Saldana, aunts, uncles, & cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbie Fujihara, and father-in-law, Clyde D. Webb. Gary was born in Stockton, CA, attending local schools. He graduated from UC Davis and began teaching for Lodi Unified. He first taught art at Lodi Sr. Elementary, then to Lodi High School. His love of art, boundless energy and enthusiasm touched the lives of his many students during his 35-year teaching career. The family would like to extend appreciation for all the outpouring of love and support. The family will hold a private service.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 21 to Apr. 28, 2015
Geiszler, Esther Millie  
Esther Millie Geiszler, 92, passed away at home quietly, early Saturday morning, April 18, 2015. Esther was born in Missouri. Her family moved to Idaho during her younger years & she then settled in California to live the remainder of her life. She married Richard Geiszler on july 15, 1952, in Lodi. They raised the or family living in Courtland, CA and moved to Lodi when her husband retired. Esther is survived by her 3 sons, Paul Geiszler of Lockeford, Johnny & Rickey Geiszler of Elk Grove and daughter and son in law ethel and Kenneth Hall of Galt. She is also survived by 1 brother, Leon Hunsaker of Idaho, 8 grandchildren & 5 great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. Esther is preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard Geiszler, 6 brothers, 2 sisters & 1 grandchild. She loved spending time with her family and friends and was loved by all who knew her, she will be dearly missed. Esther was a member of the Lodi Church of God Seventh Day. Graveside Services will be held on Monday, April 27th at 1 p.m. at Cherokee Memorial Cemetery in the Primrose section.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 25 to May 2, 2015
Gray, Richard Allen  
Richard Allen Gray passed away in Stockton on April 14, 2015. Richard was born April 29, 1933 in Bellingham, WA. Richard graduated from Campus School and Bellingham High School and attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. He was in the US Coast Guard as a radio operator on the USCGC Winona. In 1958, he started working for United Airlines from which he retired after 34 years at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. He also worked for years at Stockton Metropolitan Airport for United. Retirement was not for Richard, as he and his wife Janis started Barsetti Vineyards Winery in Galt in 1996; and more recent, a tasting room in old town Galt. He was a large part of the winery up to the time of his passing. Richard loved getting up every day early and delivering wine to the grocery stores. He was a hard worker and devoted to his family and friends. He always had a joke to tell and made people laugh. He loved his hometown of Bellingham and still maintained a residence there for frequent visits. Richard was an avid sailor and took may trips on his sailboat, The Albatross III to San Francisco from Stockton. Richard loved to travel and visited many places in the world. Richard is survived by his wife Janis Barsetti Gray from Galt, daughter, Judy (David) Love from Modesto, aunt, Vera Young from Bellingham, Wa, brother in laws, Tim (Susan) Barsetti and Jeff (Inge) Barsetti from Galt, and niece, Allison Barsetti, Galt and nephew Matt Barsetti from Galt. Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Settles Gray and father, Jesse Gray. Visitation will be held Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th from 1-5 pm at Donahue Funeral Home, 123 N School St., Lodi. Services will be held on Monday, April 20th at Donahue Funeral Home at 11am to be followed by burial at the Galt Cemetery. Donations may be made to the charity of choice.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 16 to Apr. 25, 2015
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