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Celebration of Life for Bette Jean Mertens

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Bette Jean Mertens passed on February 2, 2021, at the age of 88. The youngest of Arthur and Edith Thorson’s ten children, Bette grew up in the small Iowa farm town of Radcliffe. Her passion in high school was basketball, where she excelled as a guard. Bette was so proud of her teammates and their winning record in a season ...

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Celebration of Life for Kathleen Ruth David

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Kathleen Ruth David, also known as Kathy, Momma, Grandma, Kate, JD’s wife, and Sister #3 was a feisty, hard working, fun-loving, selfless person who always put others needs ahead of her own. Her love for life and her resiliency to keep going no matter what life threw at her was extraordinary. Momma was born Christmas Day in Upland, California. In ...

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In Memory of Bertram Wentzek July 1933-January 2021

Bertram Wentzek was born July 13, 1933 in Bremerhaven Germany. Bertram is survived by his wife and best friend, Hope; his son William; two daughters by marriage, Allison and Kate; his sisters Dagmar of North Carolina and Trauduer of Germany; as well as numerous friends whom he considered family. In 1958 Bertram traveled to New York city from Germany on ...

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Celebration of Life for Ruth Genevieve Cassaro

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On December 28, 2020, Ruth Genevieve Cassaro, age 84, went home to glory. Ruth was born in Springfield, Missouri, on July 26, 1936, to Reggie and Freda Smith. Growing up in the hills of Missouri, “Ginger” loved to play music with her cousins, aunts and uncles. Her uncle would often say “Ginger gal, get over here and play some music ...

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Celebration of Life for Allan Donald King

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Allan Donald King, 93, passed away peacefully at his home in Ahwahnee, CA, on January 6, 2021. Always a gentleman, he had a warm smile, a strong work ethic, and a lifelong devotion to serving others inspired by his Christian faith. Allan was born January 20, 1927, to Forrest and Bertha King, farmers in Vinton, Iowa. In 1951, he married ...

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Celebration of Life for Donald Wayne Harlan

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Donald Wayne Harlan was born February 15, 1929, to James and Vivian Harlan in Brawley, CA. He passed away on December 31, 2020. Don was a past Worshipful Master and member of Sierra Lodge #788 in Oakhurst, CA. Don is preceeded in death by his parents, wife Janet, son Jeff Harlan, and brother Leland. He is survived by his daughters, ...

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Celebration of Life for Marilyn Ekstrum-Fate

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Marilyn Ekstrum-Fate went home to Heaven on December 2, 2020. She was born in Minneapolis, MN, in 1936 and began her walk of faith in her youth. She attended high school and business college in Minnesota and lived there until 1956. She moved to Inglewood, California, in the summer of 1956 and worked for North American Aviation where she met ...

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Celebration of Life for Nora Janet Griffiths

Nora Janet Griffiths, age 76, was born in Los Angeles and was a current resident of Oakhurst as well as a member of Sierra Pines Church. Nora passed away November 20, 2020, at Clovis Memorial Hospital due to the effects of the COVID-19 virus. She is preceded in death by her mother, Juanita Pusateri and her father, Samuel Pusateri, PhD. ...

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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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