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Goodman, Irma  
Irma Goodman died peacefully January 14, 2015, at the age of 98 in Lodi, CA. She leaves behind her husband of 64 yrs, Delmar Goodman; her son, Ron Goodman; daughter, Patti Williams and grand-daughter, Sunny Brockett-Williams (Heather). Irma met Del when they both worked for PG&E in Stockton. She was head cashier and he was an engineer who was starting his career after WWII. She was the first president of the Manteca Garden Club in 1953 when they lived in Manteca. The family moved to Lodi where they both had family, in 1954, and lived on Holly Dr. for many years. She enjoyed playing golf with the Fortyniners at Woodbridge Golf & Country Club. She was a long time member of the Lodi Garden Club. She was born in Kief, N.D. in 1916, to Margrett & Jacob Huber, the youngest of 11 children. Her brothers and sisters predeceased her: Albert (d. WWII), Andrew, Arthur (d. WWII), Eddie, Ernie, Fred, Rosella Huber, Ruth Reimche, and Martha Hieb; and niece, Velora Hieb Moore, and nephew, Delmer Reimche. She is survived by her nieces Lorraine Hieb Lozano and Janet Hieb Hayes and nephew, Mervin Reimche (Alice). Private internment will take place at Cherokee Memorial Cemetery, no services are planned.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 24 to Jan. 31, 2015
Hoeppner, David Lee  
David was born in Stockton, California to Shirley Janet Hoeppner Bither and Wilhelm Herbert Hoeppner on March 19, 1950 and passed away on December 3, 2014 in Madera, California. David grew up in Lodi, California graduating from Lodi High School. He attended Davis University majoring in mechanical engineering. David started that career at Del Monte Corporation, continued it at Fran Rica Corporation, and most recently worked for John Bean Technologies Corporation. Dave traveled all over the world designing and over seeing the construction of processing plants. Being an avid outdoorsman Dave loved to hike, fish, water ski, and hunt. Before moving to Madera, California Dave resided at Tower Park Marina and was an active member of the yacht club. He is preceded in death by his father, Wilhelm Hoeppner and step father, Buzz Bither. Dave is survived by his son, Bryon Hoeppner, future daughter in law, Bri Lawrence, grandson, Jacob Lawrence, future grandson, Hendrix David Hoeppner, mother, Shirley Bither, brother, Ray Hoeppner, sister, Denise Iske, and a wide circle of friends. A celebration of David's life will be held on January 18th at Tower Park Marina at Rosa's Restaurant (14900 Highway 12), in Lodi, California with a continental breakfast starting at 9:00 a.m. and the celebration beginning at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 20 to Jan. 31, 2015
Keser, Louise  
Our sweet mom went to be with her Lord Jesus on January 18, and is now dancing in heaven with the love of her life, our dad, Frank. They were married for 49 years before the Lord took him in 1999. She missed him dearly but busied herself taking care of others, traveling with friends and helping out at church. Louise was born on January 8, 1933, to Clifford and Lillian Reid in Merced, CA. Her family moved to Bell, CA in 1940. Louise lived with her grandmother for several years in Arizona due to her asthma. She returned to Bell and graduated from Bell High School in 1950. She married Frank Jr. Keser in 1950, shortly after he entered the Navy. They settled in Santa Fe Springs, CA, after Frank was honorably discharged, and raised their three daughters. Louise began working for Bank of America at the Santa Fe Springs branch and transferred when the family moved to Lodi in 1966. She retired from the bank after 28 years, and then worked nearly 10 years for the San Joaquin Co. Public Health WIC program. Throughout her entire life, and what gave her the most joy and fulfillment, was creating a warm, loving home for her family. Louise was the ultimate caregiver, taking care of Frank when he became ill; her Aunt Sara who suffered from Parkinson's; and her father-in-law, Frank Sr. ("Pop") the last 15 years of his life. She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, led a Bible study at Vintage Senior Living and also volunteered for the Lodi Public Library bookstore. She loved to travel with family and friends, taking several trips to Europe and around the US. She especially enjoyed family camping trips at the beach and in the Sierras. Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; her parents, Clifford and Lillian; and her second husband, Bob Biederman. She is survived by her three daughters, Cheri Peterson (Wayne), Susie Rickert (Randy) and Chris Phelps (Dan); 8 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Traver (Myrle); brother-in-law, Raymond Keser (Sandy) and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Lodi Funeral Home Friday, January 23, 11-5, and Saturday, January 24, 9-5. Memorial services will be held at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Monday, January 26 at 11am. Graveside services will be private. Donations can be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church at 1340 W. Lodi Ave Lodi, CA 95242, or the Hanot Foundation (a home for handicapped adults) P.O. Box 950, Lockeford, CA 95237. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 22 to Jan. 30, 2015
King M.D., Norman D.  
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, dear and trusted friend and physician to countless souls, Norman D. King passed away peacefully at his home on January 14, 2015, at the age of 92. A more authentic life is rarely observed. Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1922, Dr. King graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1943, and from Wayne State Medical School in Detroit in 1948. He did his internship at King County Hospital in Seattle, and his residency in general practice at Monterey County Hospital in Salinas, before taking his residency in anesthesiology at New York University, Bellevue Medical Center. He was certified as a Diplomate by the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1948 and by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1958. Dr. King served in the United States Navy Reserve, earning a WWII American Area Medal, WWII Victory Medal and an Honorable Service Button. He also served in the US Medical Corp from January, 1951 to November, 1952, during the Korean conflict. He was awarded an Army Commen-dation Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, United Nations Service Medal, Korean War Service Medal and Combat Surgeons' Medal. In 1955, Dr. King joined the Lodi Memorial Hospital staff as its first board-certified anesthesiologist. He served on the hospital Board of Directors from 1956-1969, as a Board Member of the Delta Blood Bank from 1956 until his death, and received much recognition for his tireless volunteer work ensuring quality health care for all Lodians and surrounding communities. His championing of outpatient procedures came to fruition when he became founding Medical Director of the Lodi Outpatient Surgical Center, as well as its anesthesiologist from 1984 until his retirement in 1998. LOSC was the first freestanding outpatient surgery center in northern California, the first designated non-smoking hospital in California, and the first California surgical center to allow parents to remain with their children during induction of anesthesia and to be present in the recovery room as they awakened, assuaging children's fears, as well as parents' anxiety, of surgical procedures. On his retirement, the three surgeries were renamed "The Norman D. King Operating Room Suites." Invited by Dr. Takahashi, one of his Fullbright Scholarship students from his time in New York, Dr. King traveled to Japan in 1988 to deliver a guest lecture at the University of Sapporo during the 40th anniversary of the opening of their Department of Anesthesia. His topic was "Same Day Surgery." He astonished three hundred surgeons and anesthesiologists, introducing them for the first time to the concept of sending patients home to recover the same day as their surgeries – an idea that by now had become a daily reality at LOSC. Dr. King was greatly honored by subsequent testimonials to his presentation. Despite his devotion to the medical profession and long hours at the hospital, Dr. King also relished his involvement in civic organizations in the Lodi community. An advocate for the arts, he was a founding Board Member of Hutchins Street Square in 1984 and established the Vacuum Buddies. As King of his loyal followers, The Knights of the Uprights, he diligently vacuumed the carpets on a daily basis. In addition to this "dirty work," he was instrumental in securing permanent financing to reimburse the City of Lodi for completion of Hutchins Street Square's Senior Center. He was also a Life Member of the Lodi Art Center and Gallery and amassed a stunning personal collection of artwork that has adorned his Lodi homes for decades. In addition to supporting the arts, Dr. King was a strong force for children in Lodi. He was a Charter Member and Past President of the Lodi Boys' and Girls' Club, and received the Man and Boy Award in 1973. He was inducted into the Lodi Hall of Fame in 2005 for his public service to the Lodi Boys' and Girls' Club. In 1988, he received the prestigious Paul Harris Award from the Lodi-Tokay Rotary Club for outstanding contributions and service by a non-Rotarian. His family established "The Kevin King Memorial Science Camp Fund" in 1985, in honor of his late son, to assist worthy 6th grade students in Lodi Unified School District to attend camp. He was recognized with the district's "Super Star" award in 2001 and a commendation from the San Joaquin Superintendent of Schools in 2003 for his ongoing fundraising efforts in support of the project. In honor of the contributions of the King Family to the youth of the community, the George Abrahamson Community School dedicated a named classroom in 2005. Dr. King also served as a Board Member and Past Vice President of the "Breakthrough Project," celebrating diversity in Lodi middle schools. He initiated an essay contest for 7th and 8th graders, the most recent topic of which was "Building Harmony in My School." Norm's greatest source of pride and delight was his family. He will be greatly missed by them. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joye; his daughter, Keri Vanderlans, and her children, Jessica Combs (and husband, Ryan), Joseph and Matthew; and his great-granddaughter, Addison Joye. His precious son, Kevin, predeceased him. There is no visitation. Committal will be private. The family invites Norm's friends to a lunch reception on Saturday, January 24, Woodbridge Golf and Country Club at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers and other gifts, memorial contributions may be directed to: Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins Street, Lodi, CA 95240; or Breakthrough Project, United Congregational Church, 701 S. Hutchins Street, Lodi, CA 95240.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 21 to Jan. 30, 2015
Kooyman, William Raymond  
Born September 4, 1928 in Modesto, California to John and Bertha Kooyman, Bill was the eighth of nine children. After a lengthy illness he died 1-14-15 in Lodi, CA. As a child his family moved to several dairy farms in northern California including Novato, Lucas Valley and Marysville. In the early 40's they settled in Lockeford for a short time until in 1949 he and his 5 brothers started the successful Kooyman Brothers Dairy business on Thornton Road. Bill was a graduate of Lodi High school in 1946 and married his high school sweetheart Darlene Vilhauer in 1948. He and his brothers raised their families at the dairy farm until 1962 when Bill moved his family to Lodi. He continued to work hard, emphasizing the importance of education by sending of all his children to St. Anne's Catholic school and providing all with a college education. Bill and Darlene were members of the Woodbridge Golf and Country Club, helped established the Hanot Foundation and attended St. Anne's Catholic Church. After retirement from the dairy business in the early 70's he became an insurance salesman and eventually he formed Kooyman Insurance Services. In 1987 his wife Darlene died. In 1991 Bill was remarried to Judy Bender Bersi. She joined him at Kooyman Insurance Services. He became an active member at St. Anne's where he sang in the choir, extending his love for music to many volunteer hours served through Community Concerts Association. He served Journey In Christianity retreat weekends and in prison ministry at Deul Vocational Institute. Woodworking and painting his works were favorite past times resulting in beautiful yard decorations and unique gifts to lucky family and friends. Bill enjoyed playing golf with his brothers and friends. He was an avid football fan, both college and pro. He loved the ocean and spent many family vacations in Aptos, Califonia. He will be remembered for his wit and great sense of humor, his stories and his poems. Making people happy was his joy. Bill is survived by his wife Judy, sons Jeffrey and Rodney Kooyman (Ying Ying), daughters Carol Lynn Kooyman, Ellen Kooyman and Kathy Hanna (Bryan), brothers Al Kooyman (Maryjean) and Barney Kooyman (Mary Ellen), Cy and Andria Bersi (Judy's children), 14 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Darlene, son William (Billy), parents John and Bertha Kooyman, brothers, John, Tom, Ronald (Gongi) Kooyman, sisters, Mary Ekas, Cornelia Foster and Frances Massip. Visitation will be at the Donahue Funeral Home beginning Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Anne's Catholic Church on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10 a.m. Reception to follow at the hall. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Mary's Dining Room, P.O. Box 133, Stockton, Ca 95201 or St. Joseph's Monastery of Poor Clares, P.O. Box 160, Aptos, Ca 95001-0160 or the charity of your choice.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 21 to Jan. 29, 2015
Luna, Henry G.  
Henry G. Luna passed away on January 10, 2015, in Lodi, California after a prolonged illness. He was born to Felix and Maria G. Luna in Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico. He grew up in the Lodi area. In 1968 he joined the United States Navy and served a tour in Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge from military service he returned to the local area. Mr. Luna was employed with Libby Owens Ford (LOF) in Lathrop and retired after 31 years. He was a member of the Central California Corvette Club and was a lifetime member of E. Clampus Vitus Chapter 69 in Stockton. He was a loyal fan of the Washington Redskins football team. He enjoyed barbequing and spending time with his dogs Pancho and Sadie. He loved playing guitar with his brothers and playing old records by Marshall Tucker Band and The Eagles. We loved hearing his stories about the good ol' days. He is preceded in death by his loving parents Felix and Maria G. Luna and his siblings, Armandina Luna, Albert G. Luna and Rogelio (Roy) Luna. He is survived by his son's Bryan Luna of Stockton, Eli Luna of Lodi, his brother Felix Luna of Modesto, Christina Barry of Lodi and Manuel Luna of Lodi. Mr. Luna also had four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. he will be missed by all his family and friends. A "Celebration of Life" will be held in Mr. Luna's honor at American Legion Post 22 located at 320 N. Washington Street in Lodi on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 17 to Jan. 24, 2015
Machado Sr., Manuel Dias  
Manuel Dias Machado, Sr., of Lodi, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, surrounded by his family at the age of 71 years. Manuel was born in Pico, Azores, on February 4, 1943, to Luis and Filomena Machado. Manuel owned and operated Machado Lawn Care for over 40 years side by side with his beloved wife Rose. He loved taking trips to Bodega Bay, Jackson Casino, fishing, and working in his garden, but most of all he loved spending time with his family. Manuel was very involved in the Portuguese Community, Our Lady Of Fatima Society and PFSA Council. Manuel is survived by his mother Filomena Machado; brother, John Machado of Acampo; daughter, Nancy (Richard) Richter of Galt; son, Manuel Jr, of Lodi, son-in-law, Orlando Toste of Acampo; grandchildren, Lisa, Judy, Sarah, and Steven; great granddaughter, Breanna and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Machado; daughter, Rose Marie Machado-Toste; father, Luis Machado; and two grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to visit Monday, from 8am-8pm at Lodi Funeral Home. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Monday, January 19th, at 6pm at Lodi Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 20th at 10 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Committal will follow at Lodi Memorial Cemetery. A virtual register book may be signed at http://www.lodifuneralhome.com where memories may be shared. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 16 to Jan. 23, 2015
Martin, Edward E.  
A celebration of the life of Edward E. Martin, 83, who died January 16, 2015, after a long illness. Services will be held at Lodi Funeral Home, 725 Fairmont Ave., Lodi. CA 95240 Saturday, January 24th at 10:00am. Burial will take place at Rolling Hills Memorial Park, El Sobrante, CA, where Edward's family is interned. Edward is survived by wife Genevieve of 64 years; daughters, Kay (Dan) and Darla (Bob); four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A virtual register book may be signed at www.lodifuneralhome.com where memories may be shared. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 22 to Jan. 29, 2015
Melhaff, Irving Daniel "Diz"  
Irving Daniel (Diz) Melhaff, 85, was born February 24, 1929, in Lodi, CA and died on January 21, 2015 in Galt, CA. He married Barbara Kimball in 1954 and was blessed with a daughter Lorna Ann. Married Betty Halpin in 1974. He worked for many years as a milk hauler for Sego Milk and Pet Milk and as a sales supervisor for Nor-Cal Beverage Co. Was preceded in death by his father John, mother Christine, wife Barbara and brothers Gus and Adolf. He is survived by his wife Betty, daughter Lorna Guerrero (Raul) brothers John and Ted, sister Margie Faul and 2 grandchildren, Keith and Steven Guerrero. Visitation will be at Ben Salas Funeral Home, Wednesday, January 28, 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at the Galt Cemetery. We would like to give a special thank you to Optimal Hospice Care in Stockton for all the help and support they have given us during his illness. Donations may be made in his name to Optimal Hospice Care or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 24 to Jan. 31, 2015
Pearson Ray, Barbara (Green)  
Barbara Green Pearson Ray passed away on January 16, 2015 and now is at home with the Lord. She was recently preceded in death by her loving daughter Gail Pearson. Barbara was born on July 6, 1921 and lived in Lodi for her entire life. She attended St. Anne's school, Lodi High and Armstrong College in Berkeley. She married Richard Pearson in 1941 and together they had three children. Following his death in 1955, she married Merle Ray in 1958. Barbara deeply loved her family and her friends. Barbara loved collecting Santa's and had a very large collection from all over. She loved the ocean and collecting sand dollars, she also loved playing 'doms' (dominoes). Barbara was a lifelong member of St. Anne's parish. She was a member of Woodbridge Golf Club for over 30 years. In 1976 she began her career in real estate eventually opening Sunset Realty, she enjoyed working with people. In 2003 she was inducted into Lodi Association of Realtor's hall of fame. Barbara will be dearly missed by her sons Dean Pearson, Lane (Mandy) Pearson, grandsons Dino Pearson, Jordan Pearson, Jacob Pearson, Taddy (Katharine) Moore, Talbot (Vitti) Moore, great granddaughter Olivia Moore. Also her niece Lisa (Howard) Rempfer, great niece Lindsay (Jon) Rader, Brayden and Ellie Rader, great nephew Matt (Tausha) Rempfer, Frank Rempfer, nephew Bill (Debby) Ferrero, great nephews Wil and Mike Ferrero. The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Vienna Convalescent Hospital for the kind and loving care and also to Hospice of San Joaquin. Services will be private Please sign the online guestbook at www.cherokeememorial.com.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 21 to Jan. 28, 2015
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