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Remembering Don H. Smith

Don H. Smith, a 30-year resident of Oakhurst, passed away November 4, 2018, at age 88. He was born in Glendale, California, to Harvey and Geneva Smith. During the years 1951 and 1952 Don served in the U.S. Army in Berlin, repairing radios on Army jeeps. For the next 27 years he worked as a technician for Beckman Industries in ...

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Philip Steven Girmant – “An Amazing Life”

Philip Steven Girmant – February 14, 1935 – November 7, 2018 Philip Steven Girmant was born in Rochester, NY, on Valentine’s Day in 1935, to Anthony Josephus Girmantas and Marie Imogene Rossiter. His father, Tony, was born in Lithuania and came to New York as a small boy. In the 1930s, Tony served in the U.S. Army. Philip’s mother was ...

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Celebrating The Life Of Carl Chartier

OAKHURST — On October 12, 2018, Carl Eugene Chartier, 69, peacefully left Earth for his place within the stars. Carl was born September 25, 1949 in Kankakee, Illinois. After serving in the Air Force, he moved to Oakhurst, where he worked for Andrew’s Electric for 30 years as an electrician. In 2002, Carl met Cheryce when they became neighbors. They ...

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Daniel R. Francoeur

Daniel R. Francoeur passed away Sept. 26, 2018, in Ahwahnee, Calif. He was born Dec. 18, 1944, in Camrose, Alberta, Canada, to Louis and Edna Francoeur, and was the second of eight children. Dan was a wonderful husband and family man. He is survived by Eleanor, his wife of nearly 55 years; two sons, Dean (Sharon) and Chris (Jodie) of ...

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Jonah Seth Mackenzie Thomas

Jonah Seth Mackenzie Thomas, 22, of Mariposa passed away on Sept. 28, 2018. Jonah was born and raised in Turlock. He was a hardworking devoted family man, known for his big heart and a personality that would brighten any room. Jonah is survived by his fiancé Ailene Nicole Hogan of Mariposa, their two daughters, Aaliyah and Jaycee and baby number ...

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Maxine Louise Brogdon

Maxine Louise Brogdon – March 19, 1929 – October 3, 2018 Maxine Louise Brogdon, nee Kindall, was born in Ontario, Oregon on March 19, 1929 to parents John Thomas Kindall and Lucile May Kindall. She was the second child, born one year and one day after her brother Harold. She passed away peacefully at the home of her son and ...

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Dean Allen Cram

Dean Allen Cram was taken from us Sunday, Sept. 16, just over a week before his 38th birthday. Dean was born on Sept. 26, 1980 and died on Sept. 16, 2018. Despite this tragic loss, his memory and our love for him will never fade. We will always remember his beautiful beaming smile, kind heart and goofy personality. Growing up, ...

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Alan Edward Zendner

In honor of an amazing husband, father, and grandfather: It’s remarkable how the world around you can change in an instant. We go on with our daily lives and with a phone call – a breath – your world is turned upside down. Alan left us suddenly, but painlessly the morning of June 20. Alan was loved unconditionally by those ...

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John Douglas Owen

John Douglas Owen passed peacefully to the other side on July 8, 2018, at the home of his daughter Jo. Doug was born on Nov. 9, 1931, in Los Angeles to Erle and Florence Owen. He grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Navy in 1951 to serve his country in the Korean War. He met his beloved wife ...

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Local Legend Moves On – Benjamin “Buddy” Muller

The Sierra community celebrates the life of a true mountain man – Benjamin “Buddy” Muller – 1935 to 2018. This pioneering story begins on a wooded creek in Coarsegold, Calif., where Buddy and his three brothers grew up living above the Golden Nugget Bar that their parents owned. Childhood was full of fishing, hunting, and all the rugged adventures expected ...

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