Our Obituaries

Edward Kozera

December 18, 1925 - January 25, 2018


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Phyllis Elizabeth Guynes

December 8, 1926 - January 24, 2018


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Rodney Joseph Osuna

January 30, 1958 - January 24, 2018


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Cathy Elaine Ponte

September 27, 1948 - January 23, 2018

Cathy Elaine Ponte was born on September 27, 1948, in Madera, CA. She passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.Cathy graduated from Kerman High School in 1965, and married her high school sweetheart, Manual Ponte, Jr. They were married for 52 years. Cathy worked at The Kerman News, and then spent 33 years in banking, most recently at Central Valley Community Bank....
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Donald Newton Jones

October 9, 1931 - January 23, 2018

Donald Newton Jones passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 23, 2018, after a long illness. Don was the second youngest child of ten born to Rev. Alex Newton Jones, and Mary (Cash) Jones. Born in Joplin, MO, Don's early years were spent in Waldron, AR, until the fourth grade when the family moved to Bakersfield, CA. In his second year of high school, the family...
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Katherine Marie Cesario

January 11, 1923 - January 22, 2018

Katherine CesarioOur loving, wonderful mother passed away at 95 on Monday, January 22, 2018.She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 68 years Albert Cesario.Katherine (Kay) was the District Bookkeeper at Dos Palos High School for 16 years, retiring in 1985.She believed in family first and is survived by her four grateful daughters and their familles:Alberta Ferrer (Don), Diane Sergi ...
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Rose Mary Montoya

May 7, 1927 - January 20, 2018


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Michael Lawrence Beil

April 29, 1967 - January 18, 2018

Michael Lawrence Beil, age 50, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018, due to long standing cardiac problems. He was born in Fresno, CA, on April 29, 1967, son of Marvin and Eleanor Beil. He attended Dry Creek Elementary School, Kastner Intermediate Junior High School, and Clovis West High School.Mike was a faithful 4-H member over the years, with both sheep and goat projects. In high school,...
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Helen Jean Contreras

November 10, 1936 - January 17, 2018

Helen Jean Contreras, age 81 passed away on Wednesday January 17, 2018. Helen was born November 10, 1936 in Fresno, California. A Graveside Service for Helen will be held Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at St. Peter's Cemetery, 264 N. Blythe Ave., Fresno, California 93706. A Burial will occur at Saint Peter's Cemetery, 264 N. Blythe Ave., Fresno, California 93706-1001. Fond...
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Leo Frank Alvarado

August 7, 1928 - January 13, 2018

Leo F. Alvarado passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the age of 89. He was born in Oakdale CA to Juanita and Gilbert Alvarado on August 7, 1928. He was the 9th of 10 children.After high school he served in the United States Army serving in Hawaii. He was later transferred to a classified unit to train bomber pilots the necessary mental tenacity and calm for potential bombing of Japan. On...
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Anita Diane Tammany

September 19, 1933 - January 12, 2018

Anita "Diane" Tammany, age 84, was born on September 19, 1933 in Visalia, CA. She passed away at St. Agnes Medical Center on January 12, 2018 due to complications from pneumonia. She was the first born child of Rudolph and Mildred Lucille Petersen.Diane dedicated her life to Clovis Unified School District and worked side-by-side as a personal secretary to Dr, Floyd "Doc" Buchanan, the legendary...
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Elizabeth Ann Smith

January 27, 1931 - January 12, 2018

Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Smith was born January 27, 1931, in Berkeley, California. She was the only daughter of John and Alice Escobar, She was proceeded in death by her threebrothers, John, Edwin and Edward. She met the love of her life, Charles Kennith Smith (Ken) at a dance in Rodeo, California and they were married in 1950. Charles was a soldier in the U.S.Army stationed in Texas, Germany and...
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Arthur Louis Parker

February 13, 1941 - January 11, 2018

Arthur Louis Parker wass born in Fresno California on February 13, 1941 and left to live with the Lord on January 11, 2018 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Regina. Three children, Kelly Vincent and her husband Jimmy, Luanne DeVice and her husband Dana and Bill Grigsby and his wife Amy. Five grandchildren, Morgan, Hannah, Joseph, Kaitlyn and Aly and two great grandchildren...
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Carolyn Francis Raddatz

December 21, 1919 - January 11, 2018

Carolyn Francis Raddatz, age 98, of Fresno, California passed away on Thursday January 11, 2018. Carolyn was born December 21, 1919. A Mass of Christian Burial for Carolyn will be held Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Philip the Apostle Church, Bakersfield, California. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.whitehurstsullivan.com for the Raddatz family.
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Bartolome Dayrit Mercado

August 24, 1948 - January 11, 2018

Bartolome Mercado, age 69, died on Thursday, January 11, 2018 of sudden cardiac arrest in his home of 38 years. He is survived by his wife Natividad Mercado, and only child, Lynette Mercado Bartucci, who were by his side when he passed away. If you knew "Bart", you definitely laughed and had a good time with his happy go lucky nature. Bart worked for Travelers Auto Body & Fender Works for over 36...
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Della Eulalia Cerkueira

March 28, 1928 - January 8, 2018

Della Eulalia Cerkueira, age 89 passed away on Monday January 8, 2018. Della was born March 28, 1928 in Madera, California. Della is survived by; sons Ron, Gary and Stephen Cerkueira and family.Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.whitehurstsullivan.com for the Cerkueira family.
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Mary Agnes Gregersen

May 1, 1928 - January 7, 2018

Mary Agnes Gregersen, age 89, of Fresno, CA passed away on Sunday January 7, 2018. Mary was born May 1, 1928. Mary is survived by; daughter Donna Scully and family.A Recitation of the Rosary for Mary will be held Friday, January 26, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Brigid Catholic Church, Hanford, California. A Memorial Service will occur Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM, Hanford, California. Fond...
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John Harry Manoogian

October 25, 1922 - January 7, 2018

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, John Manoogian passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018. John was born on October 25, 1922, in Fresno, CA, to Hampartzoom and Victoria Manoogian, of Moosh, Armenia. John graduated from Fresno Technical High School in 1940. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. His tour of duty included two campaigns in...
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Jack Harold Chaney

April 18, 1944 - January 4, 2018

Jack Chaney was born on April 18, 1944, and passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018.Jack was an alumnus of Roosevelt High School, Fresno City College, and California State University, Fresno. He served in Vietnam as a Sergeant in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970. He taught school at Washington Union High School from 1968 to 1969, and continued from 1971 to 1985, after finishing his tour....
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Clementine R. Garcia

May 3, 1928 - January 3, 2018

Clementine R. Garcia, age 89, of Fresno, CA passed away on Wednesday January 3, 2018. Clementine was born May 3, 1928. Clementine is survived by; daughter Renee Jackson and family.A Mass of Christian Burial for Clementine will be held Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church , Fresno, California. A Burial will occur at St. Peters Cemetery, 264 N Blythe Ave, Fresno,...
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Ronald Eugene Werstler

April 14, 1946 - January 3, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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Alice Brechmann

December 27, 1923 - January 3, 2018

Alice Brechmann, was the third of four children born to Armenian immigrant parents. She became ill the day after her 94th birthday, following a week of non-stop, fun filled Christmas and birthday celebrations. Seven days later, she passed away with gratitude and love in her heart. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doran, of 57 years; and two brothers, Henry and Albert Chakmak. Her passing...
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Earl William Burger

June 27, 1937 - January 2, 2018

Earl William Burger, age 80, of Fresno, CA, passed away on January 2, 2018. Earl was born June 27, 1937 in San Bernardino to George and Leila (Console) Burger. He married the love of his life, Betty Bell, on March 3, 1956. Earl worked hard his entire life beginning with working in his father's Auto Body and Paint shop at the age of 12. He then worked for the National Forestry Department as a...
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Avelina Murrillo Arce

February 15, 1927 - January 2, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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Marveda Marveda De Boer

August 24, 1921 - January 2, 2018

Marveda (Dedmon) De Boer better known to her loved ones as BeBe, age 96, passed away on January 2, 2018, in Clovis, CA.Marveda is survived by her son Ron, of Clovis; his daughter Dierdra Williams husband Jeff Williams and their daughters Madison and Mira, of Clovis; and his daughter Gabrielle Allen and her husband Brian Allen, of Poway , CA. and her sisters Etta Massaro, Eva Roach and brother,...
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George Davis Reichert

October 24, 1918 - December 28, 2017

George passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 28, 2017. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend and will be missed by all. He was born in St. Louis, MO. on Oct. 24, 1918 to George and Emma Reichert. He proudly served his country during WWII in the South Pacific as a pilot in the Army Air Corps. After the war he and his wife Betty moved to Fresno where they raised their family. George spent the...
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Willard Eugene Sprenkle

February 26, 1924 - December 28, 2017

Willard Eugene Sprenkle, age 93 passed away on Thursday December 28, 2017. Willard was born February 26, 1924 in Naper, Nebraska. Willard is survived by; brother Donald Sprenkle, brother Paul Sprenkle, brother Earl Sprenkle, sister Evelyn Tanner and sister Anna Richardson.A Visitation for Willard will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair...
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Julie Nguyen

July 28, 1968 - December 27, 2017

Julie Nguyen, age 49, of Fresno, CA passed away on Wednesday December 27, 2017. Julie was born July 28, 1968 in Vietnam. Julie is survived by son Jason Mai, daughter Jenny Mai, former husband Hung Mai, older sister and husband Dong Xuan Nguyen and Khanh Vo, cousin and husband Ngoc Le and Sang Le, and niece and husband Lyna Nguyen and Robert Dundas.A funeral service for Julie will be held Saturday...
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Raul Robert Hernandez

October 25, 1953 - December 25, 2017

Raul Hernandez passed peacefully in Fresno, CA, on Monday, December 25, 2017. He was 64 years old. Raul is survived by his daughters, Cynthia, Sabrina and Angela; his son-in-law, Philip; his grandchildren, Emily, Fernando, Danika, Ava and Dalina; and brother Rick.Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m....
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Marie Clark Tuggle

September 14, 1929 - December 24, 2017

Marie Clark Tuggle went to be home with the Lord on December 24th, 2017 at 11:05 p.m. Marie, as she was known to all, was born September 14th, 1929 to Myrtice and James Archie Pickering in Vernon Texas. She was the oldest of 6 children, in order Pat, Sue, Yvonne, Jimmie Lou, and the youngest Jerry. She is preceded in death by her parents Myrtice and James Archie, daughter Madeline Lee, her first...
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Kathleen Merritt

November 3, 1954 - December 24, 2017

Kathleen Bisgaard Gonzalez Merritt passed away on December 24th,2017. Kathleen was born November 3rd, 1954 in Fresno CA to Mevin and Elain Bisgaard. Kathleenhad one Sister Karen Bisgaard, they grew up here in Fresno. Kathleen attended McLane High School then later went on to study Private Security/Investigation at Barclay Collage, receiving her Diploma in 1990 in her field of study. Kathleen was...
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Albino Jose Gomes

May 14, 1933 - December 24, 2017

Albino Jose Gomes, age 84 passed away on Sunday December 24, 2017. Albino was born May 14, 1933 in Azores, Portugal. Albino is survived by his wife, Maira Gomes and family.A recitation of the rosary and mass of christian burial for Albino will be held Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared...
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Albert Verdugo

September 24, 1927 - December 23, 2017

Albert "Al" Verdugo was born September 24,1927 to Charles and Mary Verdugoin Douglas, Arizona. He passed away December 23, 2017 at the age of 90.Al was raised in Douglas, Arizona, graduated from Arizona State University,where he met the love of his life, Margaret, and worked for Equitable Life Assurance for the duration of his very successful career. He was a devoted husband, loving father and...
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Carl Eric Olivares

October 26, 1967 - December 23, 2017

Carl Eric Olivares, a operator's engineer and life-long resident of Fresno, CA died unexpectedly on December 23, 2017 at the age of 50 at his parents residence in Fresno CA. Carl was born in Fresno on October 26, 1967 to Abel Olivares and Isabel Olivares. He graduated from Bullard High School in 1986. Following high school he began work as a operator's engineer for American Paving and DeSilva...
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Louie Garcia

April 12, 1960 - December 23, 2017

Louie Garcia was born in Fresno, CA on April 12, 1960. After his battle with cancer, his fight was over December 23, 2017.Louie is survived by his 3 Children, Lisa, John, & Vanessa. By 4 grandchildren Anthony, Eric, Julianna, & Gavin, And many nieces and nephews.He loved cooking and teaching Lisa his techniques, fishing with his Best Buddy Johnny, smoking with his Pumpkin, spending time with "His...
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Edward Joseph Fasulo

June 10, 1921 - December 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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Apollo Stefanopoulos

December 20, 2017 - December 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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Joseph Michael Roca,

December 9, 1941 - December 20, 2017

Joseph Michael Roca, Jr., age 76 passed away on Wednesday December 20, 2017. Joseph was born December 9, 1941 in New York, New York. Joseph is survived by; sister Alma J. Faretta.A Visitation for Joseph will be held Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw, Fresno, CA. A Rosary service will occur Thursday, December 28...
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Robert Noel Hansen

December 25, 1929 - December 16, 2017

Robert Noel Hansen, age 87, passed away peacefully with family at his side, on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Cottonwood Court Assisted Living in Fresno, CA.Robert was born in Fresno, to Chester and Mabel (Baxter) Hansen on Christmas Day of 1929. Chester and Mabel with sons, Chet and younger brother Robert, ultimately made their home on E. Home Ave.A 1947 graduate of Roosevelt High School,...
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Janice Lynne Kalpakoff

September 11, 1940 - December 16, 2017

Janice Lynne Kalpakoff, age 77 passed away on Saturday December 16, 2017. Janice was born September 11, 1940 in Fresno, California. Janice is survived by her spouse, Edwin Paul Kalpakoff, sons Ron and Steve.A Recitaion of the Holy Rosary and mass of Christian Burial for Janice will be held Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM at St. Helen Catholic Church, 4870 E Belmont Ave., Fresno,...
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Gloria D. Pineda

April 12, 1941 - December 13, 2017

Gloria D. Pineda was born on April 12, 1941 in Zacatecas, Mexico and passed away on December 13, 2017 in Fresno, California.Gloria married Juan P. Pineda and had seven children. She attended West Hill Community College in Coalinga where she earned her CNA Certificate in 1990. Gloria worked at Golden Cross Living Center for 17 years where she cared for and loved her patients. She retired in 2007...
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Eleanor Mabel Bryant

September 1, 1931 - December 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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Ralph A. Vasquez

August 13, 1931 - December 11, 2017

The family of Master Gunnery Sargent retired, Rafael Aguirre Vasquez, age 86, known as Ralph, are sad to announce his passing on Monday, December 11, 2017.Ralph, born on August 13, 1931, grew up on the westside of Fresno where he made many lifelong friends. He later attended San Joaquin Memorial high school where he often recounted his days as a lineman for the football team.Ralph left Fresno to...
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Lyle Harlan Morris

November 24, 1942 - December 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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David Lopez Morales

October 12, 1941 - December 9, 2017

David Lopez Morales Sr., age 76 passed away on Saturday December 9, 2017. David was born October 12, 1941 in Ontario, California. David is survived by his wife, Virginia Morales and family.A Funeral service for David will be held Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM at VALLEY LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH HALL, Selma, California.Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www...
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Maria M. Felix

January 13, 1973 - December 7, 2017

Maria "Nellie" Felix, age 44, peacefully past away on December 7, 2017 at home with her family by her side, after a brief struggle with cancer. Maria was born January 13, 1973, in Mexicali, BC.Maria was the most beautiful, loving and devoted wife, mother and proud grandmother. She was an employee of Cargill and enjoyed dancing, travel, her dogs, and above all, being with her family.Maria is...
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Maria Trinidad Ramirez

October 12, 1943 - December 6, 2017

Maria Trinidad Ramirez (Trini)October 12, 1943-December 6, 2017Maria Trinidad Ramirez was born in La Piedad Michoacán, Mexico on October 12th, 1943, the second child of Baldomero Sr. and Guadalupe Hernandez.Trini grew up in La Piedad, until she was 17 years of age. In 1960, her father Baldomero Sr. brought his family to Five Points, CA, where Trini worked as a farm laborer to make ends meet. In...
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Lillian Estell Elder

August 9, 1925 - December 3, 2017

Lillian Estelle Elder was born August 9, 1925 to Charles and Virgie Chaffin in Orange Cove, California. She passed away December 3, 2017 in Fresno.She graduated from Reedley High School in 1943. In that same year she married Don Elder, who as serving in the United States Navy. She loved recounting the adventures they had as she followed him to his naval assignments during World War II. She was...
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Helen Grace Alfano

January 31, 1929 - December 3, 2017

Helen Grace Alfano, 88, loving wife and mother, passed away on December 3, 2017. She was born to Sam and Christina Kovakovich in Fresno, California, on January 31, 1929. Helen was the youngest of four siblings, Katherine, Hervey and Diana. Helen attended St. Alphonsus' Catholic School and Edison High School. Helen married her beloved husband of 69 years, Morris Alfano, in 1948.They resided in...
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Marie Perez Rangel

February 14, 1928 - December 2, 2017

Marie Perez Rangel passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the age of 89.A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John's Cathedral on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Peter's Cemetery.
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Brian Keith Poulter

June 16, 1963 - December 1, 2017

Brian Keith Poulter, age 54, of Fresno, CA passed away on Friday December 1, 2017. Brian was born June 16, 1963 in Fresno, California to Lucille Poulter and Richard Poulter. Brian is survived by; daughter Brieana Poulter; mother Lucille Poulter and father Richard Poulter; brother Richard Poulter, Jr., brother Donald Poulter and brother Gary Poulter. A Visitation will occur Friday, December 8,...
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Evelyn Madeline Neeley

May 3, 1924 - November 30, 2017

Evelyn Madeline Neeley, age 93, of Clovis, CA passed away on Thursday November 30, 2017.Evelyn was born May 3, 1924 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Evelyn is survived by; niece Charlene Kay DeTurk.A Recitaion of the Holy Rosary for Evelyn will be held Monday, December 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM at St. Helen's Catholic Church, 4870 E. Belmont, Fresno, California 93727.A Mass of Christian...
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Gaudencio Viloria

September 9, 1941 - November 28, 2017

Major Gaudencio Viloria Jr. September 9, 1941 - November 28, 2017 Gaudencio Viloria Jr. was born in Fresno, CA on September 9, 1941, to Gaudencio and Margarite Viloria. Raised on the Golden Westside of Fresno, Sonny attended Franklin and Kirk Elementary Schools; Edison High School; and graduated from San Joaquin Memorial, class of 1959. Playing football prepared his body and mind for a 34 year...
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Kathryn Elizabeth Schultz

July 3, 1949 - November 27, 2017

Kathryn Elizabeth Schultz passed away peacefully at home on Monday, November 27, 2017. She is the daughter of Victor and Elizabeth Rice. Born in Fresno, July 3, 1949, Kathy was raised on a farm in Clovis. She went to Fairmont Elementary School then Sanger High School where she graduated in 1967.Soon after graduation, she worked as a beautician, then at Clovis Unified School District as a bus...
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Alice L. Haddad

May 8, 1940 - November 24, 2017

Alice Haddad was born on May 8, 1940 and passed away on November 24, 2017 at the age of 77.She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Anita Pierce; and her son, Michael Britton.Alice is survived by her husband of 45 years, Fred; her daughter, Suzanne Lanfranco and her husband Reno; and her granddaughters, Alexandra and Sabrina.Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair...
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Margaret MaryJune Krikorian

June 2, 1922 - November 24, 2017

Margaret was born on June 2, 1922 to Dickran and Baidzar "Bertha" Aslanian in the Wahtoke/Reedley area of Fresno County. She joined sisters, Eunice "Nona" and Dorothy on the family farm. The family later moved to Fresno where they owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store. After completing high school at Fresno Technical High and briefly attending college, Margaret worked as a secretary at...
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Jake Tatoian

July 15, 1926 - November 23, 2017

Jake Tatoian was born to Armenian immigrants Nishan and Aznive Totoian, the youngest of seven children. His family was blessed with his presence in their lives for 91 years before his passing on November 23, 2017.Jake served proudly in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Germany. He was owner of Jake's Meat Company for many years.Jake met and married the love of...
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Rafael Angel Rojas

December 21, 1928 - November 23, 2017

Rafael Angel Rojas, age 88 Passed Away on Thursday November 23, 2017. Rafael was born December 21, 1928 in San José, Costa Rica. A Wake service for Rafael will be held Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Chapel, 1525 E. Saginaw Way, Fresno, California. A Funeral service will occur Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Valley Christian...
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Louise Thelma Fotes

September 1, 1917 - November 22, 2017

Louise Thelma Fotes was born on September 1, 1917 in Fresno, CA and passed away peacefully in Fresno, CA on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Louise was the youngest of eight children of John and Mary Gennuso. She attended Edison High School, graduating in 1934. Louise married the love of her life, John James Fotes, becoming proud parents of Patti Fotes and James Fotes. Louise was known for her...
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Michael Anthony Burchfield

November 17, 1959 - November 20, 2017

The Rev. Michael Burchfield passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017.Fr. Burchfield grew up in Fresno, CA, graduating from Hoover High School. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities at St. Joseph's College Seminary, and his Masters of Divinity from St. Patrick's Seminary in 1993. He obtained two more degrees from the St. Paul's University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, a license...
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Steven Mark Forestiere

October 2, 1959 - November 19, 2017

Steven M. Forestiere was born on October 2, 1959, and passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, November 19, 2017.Steve graduated from Hoover High School in 1977, where he played water polo. He followed in his Dad's footsteps learning the electrical trade and making that his profession for 40 years. He was employed with IBEW local 100.Steve was a member of The Dante Club where he was club...
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Rafael Torres

December 22, 1938 - November 19, 2017

Rafael Torres passed away peacefully Sunday night, November 19, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family.Rafael was born in Mercedes, TX, where he attended Mercedes High School. There he played linebacker and running back for the Mercedes Tigers. He loved the game until he hurt his knee during the state championship his senior year. He often spoke of those days in...
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Docia Gregory Robinson

March 20, 1924 - November 19, 2017

Docia Gregory Robinson 93, a long-time resident of Fresno, died peacefully in her sleep on November 19, 2017. Her daughter was with her at the time. Docia grew up in Los Banos and Dos Palos, and her books about the history of the area can be found in the Merced County Historical Society. History was her passion, and for the last 40 years she lived in and restored a beautiful historical home in...
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Paul R. Erskine

April 10, 1937 - November 18, 2017

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, at age 80, Mr. Paul Erskine peacefully passed with his loving wife, Chong, at his side.Mr. Erskine was born in Oak Grove, LA. His parents migrated to Fresno, CA, when he was eight years old. Fresno was his home. He graduated from Roosevelt High School. He earned a Pharmacy degree from University of Utah College of Pharmacy.As a Pharmacist, Mr. Erskine worked for...
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James Patrick Doyle

March 26, 1969 - November 16, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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Delbert Ray Felisiano

December 25, 1930 - November 14, 2017

Delbert Felisiano, age 86, of Fresno passed on November 14, 2017. He was born on Christmas Day in 1930.A graduate of Roosevelt High School, he joined the United States Navy in 1951 and completed three tours in Korea.He met the love of his life, Wilma, in 1950 and they married on June 20, 1953.He was a pharmaceutical sales representative for over 30 years. He enjoyed being a longtime member and...
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Otilia Garcia

February 11, 1935 - November 13, 2017

Otilia Garcia, age 82 Passed Away on Monday November 13, 2017. Otilia was born February 11, 1935 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Otilia is survived by; son Jimmie B. Rodriguez; and daughter-in-law Martha Rodriguez.A Visitation for Otilia will be held Friday, November 17, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home,1525 East Saginaw Way, Fresno, California. A Rosary...
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George Raymond Phillips

September 12, 1939 - November 9, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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Ricardo Nate Avila

November 2, 1992 - November 9, 2017

Ricardo "Ricky" Nate Avila was born on November 2, 1992 in Fresno, CA to Ricardo and Yvette Avila. He returned to our Lord November 9, 2017. A graduate of Bullard High School in 2010, he was a Central Grizzly at heart.Ricky was preceded in death by his grandmother, Isabel O. Salazar and is survived by his parents, sister, Alyssa, grandparents Robert and Mary Avila, grandfather Manuel Salazar, his...
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Douglas Lloyd Erickson

September 3, 1967 - November 3, 2017

Douglas Lloyd Erickson: A Life Lived with PassionFifty years and one month Doug gave us his passion. Whether it was working, playing, protecting, fighting, laughing, loving, giving, or hugging, he gave it with every fiber of his being. His loved ones describe him as enchanting, generous, sidesplittingly funny and extremely caring. He taught others to love like him: give your all to anyone,...
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Daryl Edward Gordon

June 9, 1961 - November 3, 2017

DARYL GORDONDaryl Edward Gordon passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017, at the age of 56. He was born in Akron, OH. Daryl was preceded in death by his father, William Irvin Gordon; brother, Doug; and sister Vickie.Daryl is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Rosemary; mother, Rhea Jane Gordon; brothers, Donnie, Denny, Dale and Al; stepdaughter, Lisa Baird; stepson John and wife Lisa...
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Fidencio Garcia Guzman

October 28, 1928 - November 2, 2017

Fidencio Guzman 89 passed away Nov. 2, 2017.Survived by wife Anna, children, Olga, Olivia, Hilda, Aurora, Oscar, Anna MariaPreceded by daughter, Virginia GuzmanHonest, hardworking man who defined integrity.A Visitation for Fidencio will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw, Fresno, CA 93704.Followed by a...
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Helenruth Joan Eyre

July 27, 1918 - October 29, 2017

Helenruth Joan Becker was born July 27, 1918 in Davenport, Iowa to Herman and Helen Becker. She attended Immaculate Conception High School and Coe College, both in Cedar Rapids. She was only 23 when the United States entered WWII. During this time, Helenruth met Harlan Eyre. Originally from Jacksonville, Illinois, Harlan would soon become a lieutenant stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Harlan and...
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Martin Daniel Brown

October 29, 1926 - October 28, 2017

Martin Daniel Brown was born in Los Angeles, California on October 29th, 1926. He passed away at his home in Clovis, California on October 28th, 2017 at the age of 90 years and 364 days. Martin was a retired educator from Fresno City College. Martin was an extraordinary thrill-seeker. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he continued his adventures traveling around the world, including hiking...
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Margaret Ann Sandbothe

September 2, 1946 - October 28, 2017

Margaret was born on September 2, 1946 to Louis and Catherine Furtado. She grew up on the family dairy farm in Kerman, CA. Her mother passed away at the young age of 43, and Margaret stepped in as the mother figure for her younger siblings, Shirley, Louis Jr., Frank, and Joseph. Margaret also became the guardian of another member of the family, Jesse "Moosie" Williams, who was a newborn baby. ...
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Leona Helen Cates

February 3, 1920 - October 26, 2017

Leona "Lee" Helen Cates was born on February 3, 1920 in Sycamore, IL and passed away peacefully on October 26, 2017. She was the oldest of three children born to William Hecht Jr. and Wilhelmine Becker Hecht. She was raised in Chicago where she met and married C. H. Cates in 1940, who was currently serving in the United States Army during WWII and spanning a career of 30 years. Lee loved to...
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Rachel Mesta Jenkins

July 13, 1929 - October 26, 2017

Rachel Mesta Jenkins, age 88, of Auberry, CA Passed Away on Thursday October 26, 2017. Rachel was born July 13, 1929 in Madera, California. Rachel is survived by; friend Diane Kasten.A Visitation for Rachel will be held Monday, November 6, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Nazareth House, 2121 N. First St., Fresno, California. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will occur Monday, November 6, 2017...
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Margaret Ann Smith

August 19, 1943 - October 25, 2017

Margaret Ann Smith was born on August 19, 1943 in Los Banos, California to parents, John Henry Smith and Wanda Marie Arnold. She passed away at 4:30pm on October 25, 2017 at the family home in Coarsegold, California after a long battle with Alzheimer's and Dementia. She was 74 years old. She was the second born of four siblings: Clifford Thomas Smith, Margaret Ann, Grace Laverne Harrell, and...
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Marie Oletha Brumm

July 4, 1919 - October 24, 2017

Marie Oletha Brumm passed away peacefully on October 24, 2017. She was born in Lexington, OK, on July 4, 1919, to James Madison, and Lula Gault. Oletha graduated from Norman High School in Norman, OK, in 1938. One of her fellow Norman High School alums was the actor, James Garner, whom she saw at all the multi-class reunions over the years. She attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman where...
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Ida Victoria Rivas

December 23, 1925 - October 20, 2017

Ida Victoria Rivas (Maciel) passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017, in the loving and caring company of her daughter, Christine Rodarte, after saying her farewells to her children, Vicky, Patty, and Steve.Ida was born in 1925, in Parlier, CA, the second of 10 children. She attended Caruthers High, lettering in track, before transferring to Madera High her senior year. In 1949, she began her own...
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Jeanne Dawn Lewis

October 3, 1954 - October 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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Mary Dollene Shumate

November 3, 1946 - October 19, 2017

Mary "Dollene" Shumate, age 70, of Pahrump, NV passed away peacefully at the Nathan Adelson Hospice on Thursday, October 12, 2017 near the arms of her loving husband after an eight-year battle with cancer. She was born on November 3, 1946 to Eva and James Lester Massengale in Richmond, CA. Mary grew up in Fresno, California and graduated in 1963 from West Coast Bible College in Fresno. She worked...
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Susan Lee Parr

October 10, 1959 - October 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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Robert Norman Wills

May 20, 1924 - October 16, 2017

Robert Wills passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017, peacefully in his sleep. He was an only child of Alex and Grace Wills, and was born on May 20, 1924.After graduating from Roosevelt High School, he joined the United States Army and became part of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troop during World War II. He returned home to become a partner in the family business, Murphy Paint, until it was...
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Mario Dizon Quirolgico

January 19, 1941 - October 15, 2017

Mario Dizon Quirolgico passed away on October 15, 2017 in Fresno, CA at the age of 76. Mario was born on January 19, 1941 in Manila, Philippines to Carlos and Rosario (Dizon) Quirolgico.Mario worked as a Poultry Production worker for Zacky Farms and Foster Farms for 15 years. Mario loved to travel and spend time with his friends, family, and grandchildren.Mario was preceded in death by his...
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Elizabeth Mable Marcelli

May 20, 1928 - October 13, 2017

Elizabeth "Betty" Mable Marcelli passed away into the arms of the Lord on Friday, October 13, 2017, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was the first born at home to Michael and Florence Chielpegian on Kearney Boulevard in Fresno, CA, on May 20, 1928.She attended Franklin Elementary School and graduated from Edison High School in 1946. Soon after, she graduated from cosmetology...
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Giles Dominic Ostdiek

April 8, 1937 - October 9, 2017

Giles (J.D.) Dominic Ostdiek, age 80, of Fresno, California passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, October 9, 2017.Born April 8, 1937 in Indianola, Nebraska to Ferdinand and Rose (Schutte) Ostdiek. J.D. was the youngest of 12 children and was raised on the family farm in Kansas. He graduated from Bird City High School and continued on to business school. His career in...
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Chester Louis Ambrosini

June 2, 1921 - October 9, 2017

Chester L. Ambrosini was born in Fresno, California on June 2, 1921, and passed from this life peacefully, with family at his side on Monday, October 9, 2017. Chester attended St. Alphonsus Grammar School and was a graduate of Edison High School.Chester was very active in Track and Field and in 1936 and 1937 participated in multiple CYO events. In 1938 Chester placed 2nd in the 1/2 mile at the...
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Dorothy Papangellin

December 9, 1929 - October 8, 2017

Dorothy Papangellin fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday October 8, 2017 in Fresno, CA. She was born in San Francisco, CA on December 9, 1929 to Constantine and Ourania Danalias, and was raised in Roseville, CA.Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Andrew and son James.She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law George and Mia of Fresno; her grandchildren Andreas and wife...
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Sandra Civiello Nabors

March 31, 1936 - October 8, 2017

Sandra Civiello Nabors, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, October 8th, 2017 at theage of 81. Sandy was born in 1936 in Fresno, California to Frank and Rose Civiello. She was the second of a family of two children with an older brother, Frank Civiello. She attended San Joaquin Memorial High School and graduated in 1954, she was a pep...
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Traci Lynn Wagenleitner

September 3, 1968 - October 7, 2017

Traci, born in Fresno, September 3, 1968 to Jack Wagenleitner and Arlene Jerkovich, passed to her final peace October 7, 2017. She attended Cal Poly SLO right out of Bullard High, and graduated from CSUF. Traci returned to Fresno State recently as Administrative Assistant of Athletics. She loved her work and felt at home with her Bulldog family.Those who knew Traci remember a beautiful,...
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Esiquio Tello

November 18, 1923 - October 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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Gary Allen Wynn

October 21, 1949 - October 3, 2017

Gary Allen Wynn was born on October 21, 1949 in Fresno, California to Clair and Lucille Wynn. He passed away on October 3, 2017.Gary attended Malaga Elementary School until the 5th grade when the family moved into Fresno.He attended Scandinavian Elementary,Sierra Junior High, C.L. McLane High School, Fresno City College and Fresno State University.He enjoyed a long teaching career in Fresno...
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Edward Guy Price

January 12, 1963 - September 30, 2017

Ed Price age 54 passed away peacefully on Saturday September 30, 2017 after a courageous battle against Cancer. His family, fiancee, and closest loved ones had been with him for prayers and comfort.He dearly loved His family, friends, his country, and his faithful little dog Max who was always by his side. We will all miss his humor, courageous sprirt, and his ability to make you feel as if...
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Manuela R. Lyles

December 24, 1929 - September 29, 2017

Manuela Lyles passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the age of 87.She is survived by her sons, Gabriel Lyles and Brandon Lyles of Fresno; daughters, Marlene Newberry and Sylvia Melendez of Santa Ana, CA; as well as 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m...
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Janet Marie Marando

December 14, 1939 - September 29, 2017

Janet M. Marando went to heaven on September 29, 2017. Janet was born on December 14, 1939, to Angelina Mele, and Al Marando. Janet attended St. Therese Catholic School and graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School. At the age of 19, Janet moved to Hawaii with her girlfriends and lived and worked there for two years.She held various jobs until she decided to attend Fresno State College,...
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Antonia Rodriguez Rosas

June 22, 1926 - September 28, 2017

Antonia Rodriquez Rosas - Born in Coahuilla, Mexico on June 22, 1926: Antonia and her husband Antonio came to the United States and began their life together; their young family lived in Texas for a short time before settling in California's Central Valley. Some of the many things that brought Antonia joy were sewing, needlepoint, crocheting ,tending to her rose garden, and caring for her...
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Douglas Lawrence Richert

September 30, 1963 - September 28, 2017

Douglas Richert, 53, lost his long battle with heart disease on Thursday, September, 28, 2017 at Stanford Medical Center. His humor, love for friends, family and his community were the driving forces of his existence.After several years in Walnut Creek, Douglas returned to Fresno, where the family had previously lived. Subsequently Mr. Richert graduated from California State University, Fresno...
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Kathleen Turnipseed

August 19, 1946 - September 26, 2017

Kathleen Turnipseed was born on August 19, 1946, in Fresno, CA. She passed away at her residence on September 26, 2017. She was 71 years old.Kathleen was a lifelong resident of Fresno where she attended Roosevelt High School graduating in 1964. Her life was devoted to helping the underserved, fighting for civil rights, and advocating for students in need. In 1996, Kathleen was named one of the...
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Willem Pieter Bezemer

October 23, 1940 - September 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.
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