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Becker, Janice - Merced  
JANICE BECKER JUNE 10, 1926-MARCH 18, 2015 Janice lived most of her 88 years in Los Banos.  She was a proud wife, mother and grandmother.  She attended local schools.  She worked for a short time prior to starting her family.  Her first job was at the local creamery where she worked with her father, Lester Gale. Janice was well known for her fabulous cooking and hostess skills.  No one ever went hungry or thirsty at her house!  She was an avid Giant's baseball fan.  Her biggest love was her family.  She always enjoyed going out to eat with her family and friends and playing a good game of cards.  Always enjoying her church family, she loved helping with hosting snacks and drinks after church services.  She was a loyal friend to many. A special thanks to care-giver, Joanie Davis, who was at her side for the last couple of years as well as day and night during her stay at Mercy Hospital.  Also, a special thanks to Pastor Jim Garrison and wife Kathy, who spent numerous unselfish hours at her side with the family night and day at the hospital.  We can never thank them enough for being with family, making plans and decisions easier. Janice was actively involved with the following organizations: Los Banos Golden Agers, Eastern Star, Lifetime member of Los Banos United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and several local card clubs. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bob" Becker; parents, Lester and Hazel Gale and brother Everett Gale. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Morris and husband Dennis; daughter, Beverly Bergstrom and husband Kent; granddaughters, Myshelle Narcisso and Jennifer Jackway and husband Brian; grandson Todd Morris; Great grandchildren Mychaela Narcisso, Maycee Narcisso, Shelby Kenville, Sydney and Kayla Jackway; Tyler Morris and Taryn Morris. A visitation will be held Thursday, March 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Los Banos and funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at the Los Banos District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers all contributions can be made to United Methodist Church of Los Banos.  Services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Chapels. www.cvobituaries.com
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Published in Merced Sun Star on Mar. 27, 2015
Francis III, Jimmy Dale - Hilmar  
Jimmy Dale Francis III, 27, Hilmar, died 03-24-2015. Arrangements: Allen Mortuary, Turlock.
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Published in Merced Sun Star on Mar. 27, 2015
Geary, Frances - Merced  
Frances Geary entered into God's loving arms on March 23rd, 2015.  Frances was born on September 15th 1926 in Los Angeles California to Don Antonio and Bonifacia Perez.   She was one of eleven children.  Frances arrived in Merced with her family in the late 1940's.  There she began her life with her first husband, Jean Pierre Etchegaray.  They resided on West 22nd street in Merced, CA where they raised four children;   John Peter, John Angel, Demitria, and Jacqueline.  They made their life there for 34 years.  Many knew mom as "Quica."  She was a seasonal employee of California Canners and Growers, but most importantly a full-time mom.  In her later years, she was a part-time noon supervisor at John Muir Elementary and a care-giver.  She was an avid volunteer with many organizations; The Altar Society, Ombudsman Group, Meals on Wheels and CCD, just to name a few.  She was an active member of both Sacred Heart and Saint Patrick's Parish in Merced, California. Frances loved life to the fullest and family gatherings were a priority. Many great family parties with music, dancing and menudo were a staple in the Etchegaray household.  Tamale making with her sisters and mother during the holiday season was one of mom's all time favorite traditions, where she later passed on this tradition to her daughters.  As she grew older, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and traveling on short trips.  She spent her last year's journaling all her daily occurrences.  Frances is preceded in death by her first husband Jean Pierre Etchegaray, second husband Richard N. Geary.  Her sisters Consuelo Perez, Carol Parga,  Esperanza Quintana, Celia Contreras,  Manuel Perez, Oscar Perez, Antonio Perez,  Amado Perez, and her son,  John Angel Etchegaray.  She is survived by two sisters, Anita Gloria and Mercedes Ornelas.  She is also survived by her eldest son, John Peter Etchegaray, her daughters, Demitria Etchegaray and Jacqueline, (Scott) Heupel.  She is survived by her grandchildren, James Nicholas Etchegaray, Joshua Ryan Heupel, Michelle, Lisa, and Vannessa Gonzalez, and Victoria Avelar, (Guillermo).  Great grandchildren include Xavier, Alexis and Abelia Avelar, Penelope and Genevieve Etchegaray. Frances was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She will truly be missed by all that loved and knew her.  Recitation of Rosary will be at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 459 West 21st street, Merced, California on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., with a funeral mass to follow at 10:00a.m. Interment will follow services at Calvary Cemetery in Merced, California.     www.cvobituaries.com
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Published in Merced Sun Star from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2015
Kennison, James Anderson - Atwater  
JAMES ANDERSON KENNISON "BUDDY to his Family and Friends" MAY 9, 1935 - MAR. 22, 2015 Born May 9, 1935 in Americus Kansas, to the parents of Fay and Lula Kennison. James spent his childhood in Emporia, Kansas then moved to Topeka, Kansas where he owned his own TV repair service moving to California in the year of 2003 to be closer to his family. Where he retired in Atwater Ca. Buddy had a great love for all of his dogs, they were a big part of his life. Survivors include his sisters Betty Collins, Carol Flynn, Judith Vargas, Catherine Kennison and his brother Gerald Kennison. James has many nephew, nieces, great nephew, nieces and even great-great nephews and nieces. James is preceded in death by his parents; Fay and Lula Kennison along with his sisters; Mary Rowen, Pauline Bradsby and his brothers Robert Kennison, Thomas Kennison. James went home to be with his parents on March 22, 2015. Graveside Services will be held at Winton Cemetery, 7651 Almond Ave, Winton CA, 95388 on March 30, 2015 at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the graveside service and the reception to follow at the Rancho Grande Mobile Home Park Clubhouse located at 851 E. Broadway Atwater, CA 95301. Arrangements Entrusted to Wilson Family Funeral Chapel of Atwater. Memorial contributions are welcome and should be made to your local S.P.C.A.   www.cvobituaries.com
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Published in Merced Sun Star on Mar. 27, 2015
Magniez, Angeline - Turlock  
Angeline Magniez, 93, Turlock, died 03-24-2015. Arrangements: Allen Mortuary, Turlock.
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Published in Merced Sun Star on Mar. 27, 2015
Martinez, Josephine - Modesto  
JOSEPHINE S. MARTINEZ Jan. 17, 1933 - Mar. 18, 2015 Josephine Sigarroa Martinez passed away March 18, 2015 surrounded by her family in Modesto, Ca after a long illness.  Josie was born in Farmersville, Ca on January 17, 1933.  She grew up in Los Banos and graduated from West Side Union High School. Josie enjoyed crocheting and sewing.  You could always find her in the garden and continued to work on it until her health would not permit it.  Her greatest passion was cooking and she did it well.  It was then that she was the happiest because she could see that her children, grandkids and great grandkids appreciated the love she put in every drop.  She was also a great singer and loved to dance.  But most of all she loved her family, they all shared a mutual love and respect; and she will be greatly missed by the many people whose hearts she touched and whose tummies she filled. Josie is preceded in death by her parents Jose and Carlotta Sigarroa and her brother Frank Sigarroa.  Survivors include her children:  Tom Martinez (Rose), Molly Barba, Roger Martinez (Georgina), and Diana Erreca (Dave);  Siblings:  Albert Sigarroa, Manuel Sigarroa, Sylvester Sigarroa, Jessie Romero, Mary Rodriguez, and Carmen Martinez; 14 granchildren, and many nieces and nephews. On Friday, March 27, 2015 there will be a visitation at Whitehurst Funeral Chapel at 9:00 a.m., at 10:30 the rosary will be recited at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Los Banos and the funeral mass will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at the Los Banos District Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Chapel~Los Banos. www.cvobituaries.com
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Published in Merced Sun Star from Mar. 25 to Mar. 27, 2015
Norton-Alderman, Anita - Los Banos  
Anita Norton-Alderman September 10, 1929 - March 18, 2015 Our mother Anita Armstrong was born in Vernon, Texas, and raised in Oklahoma City.  After living in the East Bay for a number of years, she settled in Los Banos, CA to be near her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed sewing, bowling, and particularly enjoyed going to garage sales. She had a joy for life and a smile for everyone. Anita was preceded in death by her daughter Norma Jean Ferguson-Bonfigli, her grandson Justin Ferguson.  She is survived by her children; Daughters: Nancy Lee Bonta-husband Jim of Gustine, Debra Norton of Mariposa, Virginia Vaughan-husband Rick of Manteca and Son; Robert Norton of San Jose. Also 10 grandchildren; Christopher Gibbons, Denise Gibbons, Ryan Bonta, Jeffrey Ferguson, Stephanie Pereira, Travis Ulrich, Alex Ulrich, Lacey Vaughan, Jacob Vaughan, Justin (Bradley) Norton. 5 great-grandchildren;  Jessica Damer, Cody Gibbons, Rachel Gibbons, Tanner Pereira, Michael (Mikey) Pereira. Anita's family would like to thank the Alexander Cohen Hospice House for their kind support.   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Community Hospice Foundation, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356 or online at www.hospiceheart.org . A celebration of Anita's life will be held March 28th at Mercy Springs Church of the Nazarene, 1238 Santa Barbara Dr., Los Banos, CA at 11:00 a.m., reception immediately following. www.cvobituaries.com
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Published in Merced Sun Star on Mar. 27, 2015
Piceno, Francisco - Livingston  
Francisco Piceno, 1 mo, Livingston, died 03-21-2015. Arrangements: Allen Mortuary.
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Published in Merced Sun Star on Mar. 27, 2015
Ricks, Patsy - Mariposa  
Patsy Ricks, 82, Mariposa, died 03-20-2015. Arrangements: services 4/11 @11am, Dos Palos.
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Published in Merced Sun Star on Mar. 27, 2015
Unruh, Gaylan - Merced  
Gaylan Ray Unruh was born on November 11, 1950 in Oklahoma, Oklahoma to parents Raymond and Jessie Unruh. He passed away peacefully on March 23, 2015 in Turlock, California at the age of 64. He retired from the City of Merced after 15 years of service. He is survived by his children, Michelle and Christopher Unruh his siblings, Shirley Gauger, Donise Viesca, Glen and his wife Brenda, Sue Unruh. Linda Calderon and husband John, Wayne Unruh and his partner Linda, Deborah Graves, Weslie Unruh and his wife Annie and many, many, many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held in Monday, March 30, 2015 form 10am - 2pm with Funeral services starting at 2pm at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home located at 3050 Winton Way in Atwater. Burial with military honors will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery located at 32053 W. McCabe Road in Santa Nella, CA.   www.cvobituaries.com
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Published in Merced Sun Star on Mar. 27, 2015
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