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In Memory Of Janice Elaine Starkey Collins

Janice Elaine Starkey Collins was born on June 14, 1941 in Fresno, California and went to be with our Lord Jesus on March 11, 2019. Janice was born to Orval and June Starkey. She had six siblings: Victor, Margaret, Arthur, Carol, Chet, and Gayle. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years Richard Collins, as well as sons ...

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Celebration Of Life For Michael “Mike” Mitchell, Sr.

Treasured son, father, grandfather and friend Michael Mitchell, Sr. passed away peacefully on Mar. 4 in Oakhurst. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. Born Mar. 15, 1950 in Mill Valley, Calif., Mike moved to the Sierra Nevada foothills in 1985. His passions always involved being outdoors in nature, and included hunting and shooting, skills he ...

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In Memory Of Sam “Slammin’ Sammy K” Hutchison

“Slammin’ Sammy K” “Crane Dude, Jr.” Beloved father, brother, uncle, cousin, and cherished friend Sam K. Hutchison passed away on Feb. 9, 2019 at home in Oakhurst, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 62. Sam was born to Virginia and William Hutchison at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California, on Oct. 25, 1956. Always fun-loving and curious, Sam ...

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Celebration Of Life For Dorothy “Dottie” Gandolfo

Beloved sister, aunt, friend and trailblazer Dorothy Julia “Dottie” Gandolfo passed away at home in her sleep on Sunday, Jan. 27 in Oakhurst. She was 80 years old. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 25, 1938, Dottie was the daughter of Emily Duffin Healey, a homemaker, and John Patrick Healey, who drove a truck for the local gas company. Dottie ...

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Celebration Of Life For Blake Ricker

Beloved son, brother, uncle and cherished friend Blake Ricker passed away at home on Dec. 31, 2018 at the age of 27. Born with a sunny disposition in Roseville on Feb. 27, 1991, Blake enjoyed the outdoor mountain life of camping, fishing, hiking, riding three-wheelers and spending time with close friends and family. Even as a child, he never knew ...

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Jetsetter Mary Lou “Lu Lu” Finley Gets Her Wings (1935 – 2018)

Personality plus! Prettiest girl alive! Human dynamo! That is how Mary Lou (Talbot) Finley – known to most of us as Lu Lu – is best remembered. A talkative and skinny-legged North Fork native, Lu Lu left her childhood home near Manzanita Lake when she earned silver wings from Western Airlines and began traveling the world as a charismatic flight ...

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Celebration Of Life For Jeffrey Lee Brannon

Beloved son, brother, father, and friend Jeffrey Lee Brannon left his earthly family on Dec. 2, 2018 at the age of 55. Born in Visalia on Oct. 23, 1963, Jeff is survived by his parents Connie Bomann Brannon of Yosemite Lakes Park and Dwaine Lee Brannon of Yuma, Arizona. Jeff will be forever missed by his sister Sharyl Brannon of Visalia, ...

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Services For B. Wilbur Rieke, Sr.

Beloved patriarch B. Wilbur Rieke, Sr. passed away on December 25, 2018, at the age of 90. He was an Oakhurst resident for the past 25 years. Wilbur will be deeply missed by his wife of 70 years, Leela Rieke, and their children Lelene Rieke, Bernie Rieke, Jr., Diana Gardner, Carissa Crain, Johnny Rieke, and Wayne Rieke. He also leaves ...

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Csilla Schulcz

Csilla Schulcz passed away on Nov. 26, 2018 at the age of 59. She was born on Aug 24, 1959, in Budapest, Hungary, to Eva and Gyorgy Enyedy. She grew up in communist Hungary and studied art and photography after high school. Csilla worked at Hungarian television as a movie editor until she moved to Germany and waited three years ...

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Edward Refugio Cruz

Beloved husband, father and grandfather Edward Refugio Cruz passed away on Dec. 9, 2018, at the age of 75. Born on Feb. 13, 1943, in Long Beach, California, Edward enjoyed baseball, fishing and traveling. He worked for the Los Angeles County Superior Court for 36 years. A resident of Coarsegold for nearly two decades, he was an active member of ...

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