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Celebration of Life for Bettie Zane Paul

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Bettie Zane Paul, age 88, passed away on November 10, 2020, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed here on this earth. We look forward to a heavenly reunion. Bettie was born in Taft, California, on March 17, 1932, to Oscar and Nellie Collins. When she was young they moved ...

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Celebration of Life for Jon R. Heckman

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Jon passed away on September 24th with his son by his side. Jon was born on May 12, 1960, in Fresno County to Robert Heckman and Edith Heckman (Simmoms.) Jon was a happy person that always left a good impression when he met someone. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it be building a shelf, replacing ...

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Celebration of Life for Gordon Waller

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Gordon Waller, born in Santa Monica, CA, on June 25, 1940, passed away in his Oakhurst home surrounded by his family on September 6, 2020. Gordon was the co-owner of a print shop in Culver City, CA, for 20 years until moving to Oakhurst and purchasing the Kettle Restaurant. He held several other positions, from cook to tile cutter, before ...

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Celebration of Life for Patrick Mierkey

OAKHURST – Patrick “Pat” Mierkey Cherished husband, father, grandfather and friend died at home in Oakhurst on August 11, 2020, surrounded by his immediate family. Those who knew Pat well know that, besides his family, there were three things of great importance to him: his Christian faith, music, and the LA Dodgers. Born to Don and Anne Mierkey, Patrick Donald ...

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Celebration of Life for Steve Alan Prendergast

Steve Alan Prendergast passed away Friday, July 31, 2020 at the age of 69 after a short battle with lung cancer. Steve was born in Visalia on March 7, 1951 and grew up in the Fresno area. He graduated from McLane High School in 1969 and immediately started working in the automotive industry. He owned and/or managed automotive repair shops ...

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Celebration of Life for Joseph L. Frank

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Joseph L. Frank, age 80, passed away on June 15, 2020, at his home in Fresno. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Jeanne Frank, his son Jason Frank, his daughter Jennifer Kornegay, half-brother Joseph M. Frank, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Joseph was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1939 and graduated from Withrow High School at 17. ...

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Celebration of Life for Bill Snigar

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William “Bill” Daniel Snigar passed away at the age of 80 on April, 29, 2020. Bill was born April 9, 1940, in Nicholson, PA. Bill lived in Coarsegold for 25 years. He passed away at home from natural causes surrounded by his loving wife Becky Snigar and family. He loved motorcycles, cooking, camping, bowling, hiking and backpacking in the Sierra ...

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Celebration of Life for Karen Thomas

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Karen Thomas died April 12, 2020, at the age of 82. She grew up at Bass Lake and attended Sierra High School and Fresno State. She was a children’s librarian in Oakland, CA for many years. She is survived by her daughter Margaret and son-in-law Dave, grandchildren Karen and Thomas and sister Loretta.

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Celebration of Life for Brenda Cordes

Editor’s Note: Brenda Cordes passed away in March. Those of you who knew her, and many did, will not be surprised to learn that she wrote her own obituary. Here is what she wrote: “If I Should Die Before I Wake, I Pray the Lord my Soul to Take Brenda lived her life her way…giving of loving kindness, being with ...

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