Billie Duinkerken, (Grandma Bill) "79" of Laton, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, December 29, 2019 surrounded by family.
She was born on September 1, 1940 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to Jessie and Katherine Begley.
Grandma Bill is preceded in death by her husband Herman Duinkerken of 50 years, also from Laton and her siblings; Dorothy Sisson and Paul Begley.
Herman and Billie had two children, a son Brad Duinkerken of Laton and Doreen Hurst of Grover Beach. She has 7 grandchildren, Shelbi Mckay, Lindsi Duinkerken, Heath Duinkerken, Brayden Duinkerken, Piers Duinkerken, Raustyn Hurst and Landon and Angela Hurst with baby Harrison Hurst to arrive any moment. Grandma Bill also has 8 other great-grandchildren. Her siblings include Bob Begley of Pismo Beach and Joe Begley of Armona. She also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.
She loved working alongside her husband on their family farm, Duinkerken Farms, continuing up until just a couple weeks before her passing.
A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, January 13th at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery; 19811 S. Cedar Ave, Laton, CA 93242 followed by a Celebration of Grandma Bill's Life at Laton Lions Hall; 6345 Nares Ave, Laton.
Services by People's Funeral Chapel; 559-584-5591.
Marlene Toste, 86, of Hanford passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 in Hanford.
Visitation for Marlene will be on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9:00am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 10355 Hanford-Armona Rd, Hanford. A rosary will take place at 10:00am and mass will follow at 10:30am all at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, 11680 S. 10th Ave, Hanford. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst McNamara Funeral Service, Hanford.
Jacobo (Jake) Esparza Marroquin was peacefully called home on the afternoon of January 6, 2020. He was born on March 15, 1939 in Nuevo León, Mexico to Juan de Dios and Josefa Marroquin. He and his family migrated to Texas in 1944 and lived in the city of Harlingen. There, he met his wife in 1957, they wed in 1958, and migrated together with their first child to California in 1959. Jacobo worked various jobs before he began working at Tri-Cal Fumigation in 1973 and retiring from there in 1998.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Seferina Marroquin, his 8 children and their (spouses): Maria & (Guadalupe) Rivera, John & (Glenda) Marroquin, Jane & (Brian) Wickert, Jacob Jr. & (Sally) Marroquin, James Marroquin, Teresa & (Robert) Lohse, Richard & (Monica) Marroquin, and Linda & (Albert) Sanchez. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and his siblings: Pedro Marroquin, Jose Marroquin, Beatriz Niño and Margarita Marroquin; as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Jacobo was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Phillipe and Juan Jr., and sisters Vicenta, Petra, Sophia, Maria Perez. He will be remembered as an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary church, the love for his family, western movies, fishing, and the Oakland Raiders.
Visitation for Jake will take place on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 4:00 – 8:00pm with a Rosary service at 6:00pm at Whitehurst McNamara Funeral Home, 100 W. Bush St., Hanford. Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 9:00am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 10355 Hanford-Armona Rd., Hanford. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, 11680 S. 10th Ave., Hanford.
Herman Sebastian Walby was the third child of Edward and Clara Walby, born on November 10, 1927, in Millersville, Ohio. He served as an alter boy at St. Mary's Church there. He was graduated from Jackson-Burgoon High school in 1945, and to the family's knowledge, was the last surviving member of that class. His passion at the time was flying and took lessons, soloing for the first time on his 18th birthday in 1945. During a flight on December 12, 1945, his plane's engine malfunctioned, went into a stall and crashed into a field near his uncle's farm. His injuries were severe. However, passing nearby was a military medic on leave, traveling with his parents, who asked to be taken to the wreckage where he extracted Herm from the plane, and administered CPR while being driven to the hospital in Toledo, Ohio, saving his life.
After an extended recuperation, Herm and friend Pete visited Pete's girlfriend at the nurse's training dorm at Mercy Hospital in Toledo. There Herm met nursing student Mary Dullinger and it was love at first site. Herm was unaware after their first date that Mary told her friends she had met the man she would marry. They were wed on June 18, 1949, in Erie, Michigan, and set up residence in Fremont, Ohio. Rather than flying, his new passion was amateur photography, taking and developing his own photographs.
A lifelong devout Catholic, he practiced his faith through deeds and actions as a member of the St. Mary's, Millersville, Ohio, St. Ann's, Fremont, Ohio, and St. Joseph's, Selma, California, parishes. He served as part time bookkeeper and construction supervisor for the bell tower at the then new St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
He and Mary and their three children enjoyed many activities including attending model airplane shows, watching educational movies borrowed from the library, and boating on the rivers and lakes in northern Ohio. They also talked frequently about moving the family to California. That dream came true in 1964 when the family uprooted and drove cross country to Reedley. Additional family activities then included Sunday drives to Kings Canyon National Park, frequenting ice cream shops, and parking at the end of the runway at Fresno Air Terminal to watch the planes land. Herm worked as construction manager for the new Country Club Estates and moved to Selma one year later. He joined the Selma Lion's Club, holding the office of treasurer, and serving community projects to benefit all.
The family moved to Glendora, California, in 1970, where he worked as production manager for an electronics testing company. He was known by senior supervisors as the “Fire Man,” extinguishing fires of chaos and disruption in logistics and manufacturing until retirement in 2002. He and Mary moved back to Selma and returned to St. Joseph's parish. Due to declining health, they joined other residents at Paintbrush Assisted Living in Fresno, where his favorite activity was Bingo, winning multiple games almost daily. This past June, family and friends gathered for a surprise 70th Wedding Anniversary Party on the grounds at Paintbrush which thrilled the happy couple and gave them bragging rights during meals in the dining hall.
He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a true renaissance man, a pilot, architect, builder, plumber, electrician, friend, patriot, and handyman – fixing anything broken while maintaining a common sense, practical view of the world.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Edna Walby and Estella VanCompernolle. Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Mary Margaret; sons Colonel Edward (Vic) Walby of Montana and David (Lisa) Walby of West Virginia, and daughter Regina Mulligan (Rick Harvey) of Selma; grandchildren Melissa Freedman, Christine Kelley, Jessica Gutierrez, Dale Walby, Jim Mulligan, Matthew Mulligan, and Leanne Hodson; 23 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; four nieces and four nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Paintbrush for their care and attention, the residents of Paintbrush for their friendship, and St. Agnes Hospice for guidance and loving care over the past few weeks.
Clifford Gene Wiens was born in Dodge City, Kansas May 13, 1933 and passed away in Fresno, California on December 31, 2019 at the age of 86. He was the loving husband to his wife Laura for 64 years.
Cliff is survived by his wife Laura of Kingsburg, California, son Ron and his wife Mary (Isaak) of San Jose, California, daughter Pam and her husband Chuck (Bartel) of Kingsburg, California, along with five grandchildren and four (nearly 5) great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Friday, January 10, 2020, 11am, at Hope Kingsburg Mennonite Brethren Church, 1301 Stroud Avenue, Kingsburg, California.
Remembrances may be made to Hope Kingsburg Church or to the donor's favorite charity.
Our mom passed away quietly on January 3rd, 2020, at 6:50 a.m. at the age of 91. Virginia was surrounded by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren, all who were the love, joy and pride of her life. Our mother was born on January 27, 1928, to Claudio and Rosa Aguilera in Selma, California, in "El Barrio," on Park Street, where the house still stands right below the freeway. Virginia was the last surviving child of 8. She was preceded in death by her husband Benjamin and Son David Morales. Virginia is survived by daughters Alice, Margaret, Delores, Rachel and Son Andrew.
Services for Virginia will be as follows: January 9, 2020 - Visitation 5pm, Rosary 6pm at St. Joseph Church, in Selma, California.
January 10, 2020 - Funeral Services 9am at St. Joseph Church. Burial will follow at the Floral Memorial Cemetery, in Selma, California.
Russell I. Goforth was born, February 25, 1926, to Marshall and Smila Goforth on the family farm near Glencoe Oklahoma and passed away on January 4, 2020. Russ was the sixth of eight children and grew up working with his brothers and sisters to help his parents with the rigors of farm life in the 1920's. He often spoke of handling the horses while his older brother Gerald manned the single hand-held plow. In the 1930's the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression finally took its toll and forced the family to abandon their farm and join in the great migration to the West Coast. After brief stops in Arizona and Southern California, the family settled in Hanford in 1936 and found work in the orchards, vineyards and cotton fields in the region. The need for the family to work together for their livelihood and the closeness that was born of that need stayed with Russ his whole life.
Russ served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and saw duty in the Eastern Pacific aboard APA-78, the USS Cullman, an attack transport ship. Russ remembered sailing into Tokyo Bay, as part of the fleet that gathered for the surrender ceremony that ended the war in the Pacific, and being awed by the spectacle. The Cullman then joined in “Operation Magic Carpet” and brought troops from Manila home to San Francisco. The Cullman made a second voyage to Okinawa for the same purpose. On May 30, 1946 Russ was separated from the Navy and returned to Hanford, California where he was reunited with the great love of his life Jean Ransdell. They married 12 days later.
Russ went to work for the Singer Sewing Machine Company on March 3, 1953 and stayed with them for 35 years during which time he was transferred twice, first to Dallas, Texas and finally Jonesboro, Arkansas. Each move brought new friendships that lasted for decades. Russ retired in 1988, saying that 35 years was long enough, and returned to California and he and Jean made their home in Fresno. Russ spent his retirement years doing what he loved: gardening, traveling, “going up the hill” to the casino and attending the annual reunions with old shipmates across the country.
Russ was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years Jean, his mother Smila, his father Marshall, his sisters Zola, Aletha and Vivian and his brothers Gerald, Wilbert and Bernie. Russ is survived by his sister Avis Todd of Hanford, his son Russell D Goforth and wife Teresa of Tulare, his daughter Brenda Worley and husband Ron of Fresno, his grandson Jeffrey Goforth and wife Mandy of Visalia, his great grandchildren Skylar and Zackary and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family deeply appreciates the dedicated and compassionate care provided by Lori Bridgham and Cris Regan over the past years, the staff at Magnolia Crossing Assisted Living in Clovis and finally St. Agnes Hospice.
Graveside services will be held Monday January 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Steve Emanuels of Lemoore passed away on December 17 at 83 years of age following a short illness. Born on April 27, 1936 to George and Helen Emanuels in San Francisco, Steve grew up and attended high school in the East Bay before earning a BA in Agricultural Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Following graduation, Steve worked as an Ag Reporter for McClatchy Newspapers and KFBK Radio in Sacramento. He later farmed almonds and retired from the California Department of Corrections.
Steve was a wonderful man; smart, gentle, kind, and loving. He loved playing his fiddle, and he and his wife, Lynda, could be seen playing all over the Valley, including making regular appearances in local schools and hosting dozens of young music students in their Lemoore home. They spent summers traveling the U.S. in their RV, stopping to play music and making friends all over. He doted on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom adored him.
He was a highly respected local historian, publisher, and antiquarian book dealer. His interests were primarily in California, Kings County, and Lemoore history, California authors, and the history of Native Californians.
Steve is survived by his wife, Lynda, his sons Eric and wife Ann, and Paul; step-children Rick Smith and wife Judy, Cheryl Schweizer and husband Steve, and Tim Smith and wife Dee; grandchildren Kody, Bailey, Mykal, Melody, Melissa, Jason, Eric, Karisha, and Devin; and great-grandchildren Courtney, Kristen, Julia, Ezekiel, Avah, Carson, and Kaedin. He was loved, and will be missed, by all of them.
A memorial for Steve will be planned for a later date. Remembrances may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 2222 W. Shaw Ave., #201, Fresno, CA 93711.
Shirley Ann Gasper Geoghegan passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in Fresno. Shirley was born July 3, 1963 to Walter and Shirley Gasper in Hanford. She grew up in Hanford and attended St. Rose McCarthy School and graduated from Hanford High School with the Class of 1981. She worked for Costco at their first store on Shaw Avenue in Fresno for over 34 years.
Shirley dedicated her life to her job, her family and friends, and taking care of her husband these past two years who is battling cancer. She was always the life of the party and could make you laugh seeing humor in everything.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 31 years, Thomas E. Geoghegan of Fresno. She is also survived by her mother, Shirley Gasper of Hanford, her brother Walter Gasper and her sister Tammi Goff & husband Carl all of Hanford. She leaves behind her niece Kelsie Davis & husband Landon of Hanford, nephews Walter Gasper of Bakersfield, Anthony Gasper of Washington and Kohlman Goff & wife Kayla of Hanford. Also surviving are her great nephews Liam Davis and Lincoln Paz of Hanford. She was preceded in death by her father Walter Gasper in 1997.
Visitation for Shirley will be on Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Whitehurst McNamara Funeral Home, 100 W. Bush St. Hanford, CA. A Rosary will be said on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. also at the funeral home. Funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Brigid Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Hanford.
Max “Leon” Collins was born September 3,1924 to Icie Watkins Collins and William Clarence Collins in Sturkie, Arkansas. The family moved to Hanford, California in 1937.
Veda “Lois” Barger was born September 7, 1928 to Ethel Harrel Barger and Wiley Joseph Barger in Savannah, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Hardwick,California in 1936. Lois and Leon were united in marriage September 8, 1943.
They were united eternally when Lois passed 16 days after Leon.
They were the proud parents of: Linda Dorn (Harry) of Blacksburg, Virginia; Brenda Collins of Fresno, California; Charles Collins (Sylvia) of Morro Bay, California; Susan Small (David) of Atascadero, California and Dr. Jeff Collins (Catherine) of Tempe, Arizona. They were grandparents of Darrell Dorn (Sheri), David Dorn, Douglas Dorn (Sheila), Daniel Dorn (Lauren), Steven Booker, Robb Booker (Rhonda), Errol Collins (Sonia), Joshua Collins, Rachel Collins (Wyatt), Mindy Chubon (Darrell) Clark Barnett (Tamilani), Carrie Schreiner (Andrew), Ali Gale (Tim), Jesse Allgrove and William Collins. They were great grandparents of 27 and great- great grandparents of two youngsters. Leon was also a brother to Wilma Cole (Gary) of Hanford, CA. He was predeceased by his parents and his three brothers: Gerald (Gene), Darrell, and Edward. Lois was a sister of: Jeff (Gail) Barger of Visalia, California; Jean Cooper of Sanger, California; Ronnie Barger of Laton, California; Pamela Cranshaw (Tom) of Laton, California; Judy Cardoza (Bob) of Laton, California.
She was predeceased by her parents and two sisters: Vera Cessna of Laton, California, and June Shelton of Hanford, California. Leon and Lois leave many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to cherish their memories. Leon started as a tractor driver in the 1940's. After serving in the United States Army, Leon returned to Hanford and eventually started his own land leveling business which he owned for over 25 years before moving to Morro Bay, California, to do commercial fishing for another 10 years. Mother was the finest of wives, supporting Dad's ventures fully. They were members of the Morro Bay Church of Christ where a Memorial Service will be held on January 18, 2020 at 1 o'clock PM, 1001 Las Tunas. Inurnment will be private.
On December 28, 2019 Gloria Gallegos was called home by the Lord. She died of dementia.
Gloria was born September 14, 1944 in Hanford, CA to Aristeo and Louise Mejia. In 1962 she married her high school sweetheart, Frank E. Gallegos of Hanford. Together they raised their family and in their later years traveled throughout California and the West Coast enjoying many adventures.
Gloria was a retired migrant tutor for Hanford Elementary Schools and a long-standing member of the Kings County Council for Mexican-American Women and a lifetime parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. She was quick to be a parent volunteer at church, school, girl scouts, 4-H and many other community organizations. She was a frequent cheerleader at many local sporting events, cheering on her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was well known for her cooking as she and Frank were always quick to have family and friends over to share a meal, stories and laughs.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, Frank Gallegos, their children, Patrice Gallegos, Frank Chris (Cathy) Gallegos, and Philip (Marie) Gallegos, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Louisa Mejia, Mary Gonzalez, and Marie Ortiz as well as many nieces and nephews. Gloria is preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Charlene Gallegos, three sisters and two brothers.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love, support, and prayers.
A viewing will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Whitehurst McNamara Funeral Home from 4-6:30 p.m. followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary.
The Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m., immediately followed by a graveside service at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 550 W. Alluvial Ave., #106, Fresno, CA 93711.
James (Jim) Rex Henderson was born on December 3, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA to Clarence and Eileen (Middaugh) Henderson. He returned to his Heavenly Father on December 29, 2019 in Fresno, CA at the age of 78 after a lengthy battle with heart failure.
With his passion for learning, he earned his Doctorate in Education from USC. He began his career in education at the age of 20 and shortly after was called into the U. S. Army before transferring to the Air National Guard. He held many educational positions as teacher, reading specialist, principal, superintendent and eventually retired from Central Unified School District as business director in 1992.
Jim is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Settle), of 54 years, daughter, Kathleen Henderson and son James Henderson and wife Shari all of Hanford. He also leaves his sister, Carolyn A. Henderson and 4 grandsons, Bradly Henderson and wife Ashley; Colten Henderson; Sosten Bursiaga; Blake Bursiaga and wife Magaly and 3 great grandchildren, Matieus, Tobias and Kaelynn. He was predeceased by his daughter, Christine Henderson Serrato, mother, Eileen Henderson and father, Clarence Henderson.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Smith Mountain Cemetery; 42088 Road 100, Dinuba, CA 93618.