LUHS Obituaries

Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon.
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Richard Philip Anacleto

Richard Philip Anacleto, LHS Alumni 1953

Richard "Philip" Anacleto passed away on March 19, 2010 in Redwood City due to a heart attack.

Philip was born on October 12, 1933 in Hanford, CA to William and Mary Rocha Anacleto. He attended grade school at Central Union and graduated from Lemoore High School in June of 1953. In July of 1953 he went into the Army with many of his local friends. He served two years in Germany. Soon after his return he met his future wife, Mona. They were married in Visalia, CA on December 18, 1956.

Philip was a truck driver for 45 years. He posted flags at Grangeville Cemetery in Armona as part of the Memorial Day celebrations and was awarded the title of Honorary Marine for his volunteer work. Philip loved music and played guitar with friends at local convalescent homes. He was a founder of Lemoore Senior Citizens Music Group. He and his wife, Mona, enjoyed Blue Grass and Country music. They traveled far and wide to festivals and had spent the last several winters on the Arizona desert, camping with friends and enjoying music and seeing the sights.

Philip is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mona; two daughters, Frances Anacleto and her partner Lisa Stumpf, Sarah Nelson and her husband Clint; two sons, Tim Anacleto, and Albert Anacleto; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Anacleto Cortez; eleven grandchildren, Henry, Mike, Tom and his wife Naomi, Dustin, Dillon, Amanda, Brittney, Ritchie, Wesley, Tristen, and Elizabeth; two sisters,: Jackie Anacleto, and Marie Anacleto; two brothers, Lester Anacleto and his wife Nancy, Larry Anacleto and his wife Elaine. Philip was preceded in death by his father and mother, and two sons, Monty and Joseph.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, at the Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore. A Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 24, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lemoore with burial to follow at Grangeville Cemetery in Armona.

Donations in Philip's memory may be made to: American Heart Association , 7425 N. Palm Bluffs Ave., Suite 101, Fresno CA 93711 or Kids on Bluegrass through the California Bluegrass Association: "Kids on Bluegrass", CBA Treasurer Ed Alston, P.O. Box 6954, Santa Maria, CA 93456.

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on March 23, 2010


Katie Baker

Katie (Baker) Heck, Graduated LUHS 1961, Passed Away January 5, 2007

Katie Raydene Heck, 63, of Ogden, died January 5, 2007 at home due to cancer.

She was born in Madera, California on October 6, 1943. She graduated from Lemoore High School in 1961 and graduated from Frederico’s College of Beauty in 1962. She was the co-owner and Secretary/Treasurer of Heck’s Dozer Inc. in Ogden, IA.


Katie was an active member of the Baptist Church in Lemoore, CA where she met Don Heck and they married on December 8, 1962.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil M. Baker and Esker Mae Baker. She is survived by her husband, Donald R.Heck; sons, Brian R. (Teresa) Heck of Ogden, Iowa and Brad (Bonnie) Heck of N. St. Paul, MN; brother, Donald L. Baker of Columbus, GA; and grandchildren, Taylor Heck, Payton Heck, Chastin Lavinge and Krystal Kordell.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Church, 1726 L Avenue, Boone, IA with a luncheon to follow. The honorary pallbearers include, Richard Schmidt, Roger Tonsfeldt, Laverne Lingren, Norman Liekse, Brad Poock and Clifford Rose. Visitation will be Monday, January 8, 2007 from 6 to 8 p.m. also at the church. Cremation with internment will be held at a later date.

The family requests that memorials be sent in lieu of flowers with these memorials being given to the Hospice of Central Iowa in gratitude for the care given to Katie and the family.

Note from a classmate:

The last reunion Katie attended was 2001 when we all met at Leland's. In "61" Katie nicknamed me Flossie Mae and I, her, Katie Mae. Those names remained between us right up to January 5, 2007. Katie had a short but hard struggle and battle with cancer and she fought it with everything she had. We surely all remember her to be that kind of girl....She was my best friend my Senior year and while we were miles and miles apart since "61" KATIE "MAE" RAYDENE BAKER HECK will surely remain with me as one of the treasures I've had during my life. With deepest sorrow, Flossie "Mae" Hagler Lambert

Guy James Badasci Jr

Guy James Badasci Jr. was born in Riverdale on Nov. 22, 1921 and passed away peacefully on Sunday Nov. 8, 2009.

Guy was a graduate of Lemoore High School in 1940. Soon after, Guy met the love of his life, Julia Jean Stokes at a dance in Hanford where he fell in love and was married to Julia Jean for 55 years. After having their first child Helen, Guy and Julia moved to San Diego where Guy served his country by building ships during WWll.

Being from a business family, Guy and Juila opened Continenal Dairy Equipment Co. Inc. where Guy soon became the largest DeLaval milking machine dealer in California. Later Guy would add Western Wear to his business along with the opening of a branch in Tulare and Las Vegas, Nev. where Guy and his family worked for 50 years. All six of Guy's children along with many wonderful employees shared in Guy's success. At one time Guy owned more Western Boots then any retailer West of Dallas, Texas. Guy was a member of The Knights of Columbus, a Gold Card Member in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and a longtime member of the Clovis Rodeo Association. Guy was so very proud of his Swiss Heritage.

Guy was preceded in death by his loving wife Julia Jean Badasci, mother, Pearl and father, Guy Sr., sister, Evelyn Wood and husband Jim, brothers, Ted and Bill and wife Donna, and grandson, Danny Badasci.

Guy is survived by daughters, Helen Herzog and husband Keith of Fresno, Lillian "Tiny" Enos and husband Johnny of Hanford, and Cynthia Badasci of Hanford; sons, George and fiancee Cindy of Orosi/Hanford, Joseph and wife Cindy of Hanford, and Mike and wife Sandra of Clovis.; sister, Lillian Billingsly of Lemoore, and brother Bob and wife Ann of Lemoore., sister-in-laws, Pat Massey of Hanford and Virginia Badasci-Sartor of Mt. Shasta; daughter-in-law Penny Badasci of Hanford; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lemoore with Recitation of The Holy Rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mass. of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Saturday at St. Brigids Catholic Church in Hanford with burial following in the Calvary Cemetery.

In leiu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to the American Diabetes Association, 5160 N. Fresno St., #101, Fresno, CA 93710 or the donor's favorite charity in Guy's memory.

The Badasci Family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Chen of Hanford and Father Richard of Laton for their love and care for our father; Guy James Badasci Jr.
"God Bless You Mom and Dad" from your loving children.

Arrangements are under the direction of Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore.

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on 11/12/2009

Laura Lee Morgan

Laura Lee (Brown) Morgan, LHS Class of 1950

Laura went to be with the love of her life, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, November 21st 2009. She died suddenly at the age of 77, leaving behind her husband Bob of 58 years.

Laura was born on August 27, 1932 to Jim and Mabel Brown in Long Beach, CA and moved to Lemoore where she lived her entire life attending local schools and graduating from Lemoore High School with the Class of 1950. She attended San Jose State but couldn't stay away from Bobby Joe Morgan who she married in 1951 and made her career as the best wife and mother. She was also the right hand to the business she and Bob built in farming.

Laura enjoyed all sports, from professional games to her great-grandchildren's, she never missed an event. Traveling was another passion of hers, not missing any country and returning to her favorites, Hawaii and Mexico.

Laura was very devoted to the First United Methodist Church in Lemoore. She was involved with the UMW, singing in the choir was a favorite, and didn't miss any social event with the church either. She was also active in 3 to 4 bridge clubs, we lost count. Everyone that knew her loved her generosity and kindness. Her family will be lost without her.

Laura was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Christy and sister-in-laws, Doris Sparks-McDowell and Nadine Morgan-Becker, her brother-in-laws, Wilburn Sparks, Jim McDowell, Dick Becker and Clyde Soto. She is survived by her sister, Bonnie Brown-Soto of Visalia, brother-in-law Tom Christy and wife Teddy of Ventura, and sister-in-law, Coleen Morgan-Reece and her husband George of Chico.

Then there are those who will miss her most, her husband, Bobby Joe Morgan; her son, Bruce Morgan and wife Debbie; her three daughters, Sherry Dutra and fiancé Brian Gomes, Denise Ochoa and husband John, and Sandy Ladd; her grandchildren, Anna Morgan-Delligatti, Melanie Ochoa-Campos, Janelle Dutra-McClory, Bob Joseph Morgan, Ross Powers, Rochelle Ladd-Miller, Chase Morgan, Kayla Dutra and Emilee Dutra. But one of the most joyous parts of her life are those great-grandchildren, Anthony, Devin and Destiny Campos, Killian Miller, Griffin McClory, Matt and Justin Garcia, Gracee Souza and Kloee Powers.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25 to be held at the First United Methodist Church of Lemoore, 500 E. Bush Street in Lemoore, followed by burial in the Lemoore Cemetery.

A celebration of her life will follow the burial at her daughter's home, 395 Beech Place, Lemoore.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Lemoore First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 500 E. Bush St., Lemoore, CA 93245.

Arrangements are under the direction of Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore.

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on 11/24/2009


Joseph M. Cardoso

Benjamin Manuel "Ben" Carreiro –LHS Alumni 1955

Benjamin Manuel Carreiro, a devoted family man from Lemoore, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 19, 2010, at the age of 73.

Ben Carreiro, son of Saesar and Josephine Carreiro, was born on May 25, 1936 in Stratford, California. He was raised in the Lemoore area and made his living off of the land as a farmer. Ben lived for his family, especially treasured his role as "Voo," and was a driving force in family unity. He took pride in his farming and considered a "good day" to be any day which consisted of working 12 to 14 hours. Ben was also an avid car collector, a member of the Sequoia Classic Thunderbird Club, a notorious boat builder, and was known for his light-heartedness and witty nature. He had the ability to bring a smile to everyone he met and was a strong advocate for peace. One of life's true gentlemen, he will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Ben leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 56 years, Verlene "Tina" Carreiro; his sons, Sam Carreiro and wife Cynthia of Lemoore, and Doug Carreiro and wife Barbara of Lemoore; his grandchildren, Caren Carreau and husband Kiel of San Luis Obispo, Doug Carreiro of Lemoore and Courtney Carreiro of Playa Vista. He is also survived by his brother Tony Carreiro; his seven sisters, Mary Telles, Bernice Rodrigues, Florence Homan, Helen Pratt, Theresa Lawson, Evelyn Brown and Margie Silva; his honorary son, Doctor H. Rajender Reddy and wife Jhansi; the many members of his extended family, as well as the many lifelong friends he made within and beyond his community.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Saesar and Josephine Carreiro; his brothers, Caesar, Johnny and Ernie Carreiro, and his sister Geraldine Homan.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 at the Phipps Dale Funeral Chapel, 420 West D Street in Lemoore. A Rosary and Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 19 Follett Street in Lemoore. Graveside services will follow at the Lemoore Cemetery.

For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the St. Peter's Catholic Church Building Fund, 19 Follett Street, Lemoore, CA 93245, or to the LBDA, 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047.

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on April 21, 2010

Ernie Carreiro LHS Alumni 1949

Ernie Carreiro, age 80, of Lemoore entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 after a lengthy illness.

Ernie was a life long farmer in the Lemoore area. Ernie never met a stranger and was always there with a helping hand. He leaves behind a large and loving family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Georgia, parents, Seasar and Josephine Carreiro, brothers, Ceasar and Johnny, and a sister Geraldine Homan.

He is survived by his three daughters, Brenda and David Roberts, Cathy and Jerry Gregory and Darlene and Bob Oliveira. His grandchildren, Danny and Kami Rodrigues, Dawn and Eddie Silva, Staci and Bill Keller, Jason Oliveira, Jeffrey and Amber Gregory, Patrick Gregory and Christina and Ron Luis, as well as 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tony and Ben Carreiro and seven sisters, Mary Telles, Bernice Rodrigues, Florence Homan, Helen Pratt, Theresa Lawson, Evelyn Brown and Margie Silva. He is also survived by his extended family, Joe and Evelyn Crain, Douglas and Norma Crain, Albert and Crystel Crain, Tommy and Martha Crain, Betty and John Loboa and Barbara and Mike Avila.

The family would like to thank the Davita Dialysis Center in Visalia for their exceptional care of our father/grandfather.

Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday April 15 at the Phipps Dale Funeral Chapel on D Street in Lemoore. Funeral services will consist of a Rosary and Mass on Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Peters Catholic Church in Lemoore. Burial will follow at the Lemoore Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to St. Peters Catholic Church Building Fund, 19 Follett St., Lemoore, CA 93245.

Melody Cole Redwine

Melody (Cole) Redwine (October 8, 1971 - December 17, 2007)

Melody Cole Redwine, born October 8, 1971, went to be with the Lord on December 17, 2007, after a long battle with Crohn’s Disease. Although she was a 1989 graduate of Coalinga High School, she spent most of her childhood in Lemoore, CA. She loved to sing, swim and watch movies. She is survived by her daughter, Julie Gale Redwine of Davis, her mother Claudette Silva and husband Philip of Lemoore, father Spike Cole of Columbia, CA, her sisters CJ Cole of Davis, and Julie Koozer and husband Fred of Sonora, CA, nephews Gage Cole and Jakob Koozer and niece Lindsay Koozer, aunts Carol Freeman of Lakehead, CA and Sharon Sebastian of North Carolina and cousins Olivia Snell of Redding, CA, Mike and Eddie Sholund of Tacoma, Washington, Valerie, Debbie and John of North Carolina, Julia and Joseph Mallyon of Lancaster, CA. Melody was a stay-at-home mom.

Memorial Services will be held at the Lemoore Fleet Reserve 788 East D Street, Lemoore, CA 93245

Saturday, January 26, 2008 @ 1PM

Please make every effort to be there if possible.  She's watching you know.... Claudette Silva


Alyssa Danley

Alyssa Danley – LHS Class of 2008

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R.I.P Alyssa



Trever Thomas Everill (1968-2010)

Trever Thomas Everill was born on December 21, 1968 in Fresno, California. He passed away peacefully on May 21, 2010 in Hanford.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Darlene Richwine and biological, father Gary Wilskey, stepfather, Bill Richwine and grandmother, Frankie Vaclavick.

Trever was raised from his early childhood by Bill Richwine whom he considered his dad.

Trever attended Lemoore High School and graduated in1987. He attended Fresno City College briefly. He then attended College of Sequoias in Visalia where he earned his degree. Trever worked his whole life side by side with his dad Bill in the family business known as Mr. Bills. He also had a short lived career with the post office in Laton.

Trever will be remembered as a dedicated father and uncle. His sense of humor, witty personality, and caring nature will never be forgotten. Anyone who was lucky enough to know Trever will remember his kind heart and charismatic personality. He always put family first and was known not only as a great father but as a loved sibling and loyal friend.

He is survived by one daughter, Chandler Michele Everill of Lemoore. He also leaves behind ex-wife and friend Kim Everill of Lemoore; sister, Tracy Clark of Lemoore; brother Troy Everill of Lemoore; sister, Tomi Everill Peacock of Japan and stepbrother, Mark Richwine of Hanford. He will also greatly be missed by his seven nephews and one niece.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held for Trever at 11 a.m., Friday, May, 28 at the South Valley Community Church, 1050 W. Bush Street in Lemoore. Following the ceremony the celebration will continue at the Fleet Reserve Hall on D Street in Lemoore.

He was a very proud and loving father. In Trever's memory a trust fund has been set up for his daughter, Chandler Everill at Rabobank, 218 N Douty Street, Hanford, Ca. 93230, Account #955757870.

Arrangements are under the direction of Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore.
Published in The Hanford Sentinel from May 26 to June 27, 2010








Jerold Kennedy

Jerold Scott Kennedy was born August 15, 1957 in Jacksonville, Florida to Robert Alexander Kennedy and Harriett Freeman Kennedy. As a military family, they moved several times, living in Cuba, and from there finally settling in Lemoore, California where Jerold graduated from Lemoore High School in the class of 1975. He went on to college and graduated from San Diego State University in December 1981, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics and later became a Registered Geologist.

Reunited with his high school sweetheart, he and Sharon Scazighini were married October 11, 1980 and made their home in Bakersfield, California. Jerold's first job was with Gulf Oil Company, which later merged with Chevron, where he worked for 10 years as a Geologist/Geophysicist.

Moving to Tehachapi in January 1991, Jerold, Sharon, and their 3 young children made their home in Golden Hills for three years before moving to their current home in Oak Knolls. In June 1994, Jerold began his career with California Portland Cement Company, Mojave as a Lab Analyst, moving afterward to Central Control Operator, and on to Laboratory Supervisor, then finally to Quality Control Superintendent.

Jerold loved his job because he enjoyed working with people and having the challenge of making a top quality cement product. He was a devoted, loving husband and father. His passions were snow skiing, motocross riding in the desert, and more recently, target shooting. His life reflected his love and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, with whom he now resides.

Jerold passed away peacefully under the stars early in the morning of September 28, 2009 after a long difficult battle with stage four melanoma cancer of the brain, lungs, and colon.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, of 29 years, daughters Jennifer Ariel Kennedy and Ashley Meghan Kennedy, son Michael Scott Kennedy, brother Michael Phillip Kennedy, sister-in-law Cherie Kennedy, father Robert Kennedy, step-mother Elsie Kennedy, dearest friends Alan and Candace Dale and family, Mark and Janet Yarlot and family, and numerous friends and co-workers throughout the years of his life.

Visitation will be Monday from 9 to 11a.m. at Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road, Tehachapi. A funeral service will begin at the church at 11 a.m. on Monday. A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Grangeville Cemetery in Armona.

Arrangements are under the direction of Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore.

Jerry will be missed by many whose lives he touched and always affected for the better.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Father's Heart Africa, P.O. Box 846, Bishop, CA 93515. Father's Heart Africa is a ministry to African children and their families by drilling water wells and building schools, for which he cared very much.

But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a heavenly city for them. Hebrews 11:16

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on 10/2/2009


Karen Lee Kurtz, LHS class 1975, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 in Porterville, Calif., at the age of 52.

Karen was born in Hanford, California on November 26, 1957 to William (Bill) and Ramona Kurtz. She grew up in Lemoore and graduated from Lemoore High School and then attended College of Sequoias for two years. While going to school she worked as a teller for Bank of America. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, William (Bill) and Ramona Kurtz.

Karen is survived by her sister, Kathy Lockie and husband, Yancy and two nieces, Kaitlin and Karly Lockie, all of Atlanta, Ga.

Private internment services will be held at Lemoore District Cemetery in Lemoore.

Arrangements are under the direction of People's Funeral Chapel, 501 N. Douty St., Hanford, CA.

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on 12/22/2009






James "Jim" C. McCasland, 62, of Lemoore passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009.

LHS Class of 1965 - Jim worked in agriculture. He loved NASCAR, fishing, gardening and the desert.

Jim leave behind his mother, Mary Etcheverry; his wife, Judie; a daughter, Tamara; two sons, James "Bo," and wife Debbie McCasland and Shawn McCasland; sisters, Connie Wlaschin, Mary Ann and her husband David Wlaschin; grandchildren, Frits, Amanda, Kenny, Connor, Neelee, Sequoia, Tommy and Robert; and all the kids he took in and raised as his own and his extended family.

No Services. There will be an "Irish Wake" open to family and friends to be held at Mama's house, beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14.

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on 11/11/2009




Jack "Jesse" Poe

Jack "Jessie" Poe –LHS Alumni 1947

Jack Jessie Poe, 81, of Morro Bay, was born in Oklahoma, and passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at home surrounded by his loved ones.

The family moved to California in 1936, and he graduated from Lemoore High School in 1947. He went to work for Chevron Corp in 1948 and transferred to Morro Bay in 1954 - he spent more than 38 years with Chevron.

Jack was a volunteer fireman in Morro Bay when the city was unincorporated. He had also served his community as a member of the Morro Bay Lions Club since June of 1960.

The family wishes to sincerely thank Hospice Partners of the Central Coast for all their help, support, and caring ways.

Jack is survived by his wife, Phyllis; three children, Catherine, James and John (Mary); two stepchildren DaLee and Kevin and their families; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at the Benedict-Rettey Chapel, 1401 Quintana Road in Morro Bay, followed by a reception at the family home.

In lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Hospice Partners at 277 South St. Suite R, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on February 11, 2010



Jeanette Ross Gobby

Jeanette Ross Gobby passed away on Oct. 9, 2009 in Fresno.

Jeanette was born to Stephen and Edna Ross in Santa Ana, on March 24, 1928. The family lived in Southern California briefly, until permanently locating in Lemoore. She graduated from Lemoore High School in 1946. In high school Jeanette competed in tennis, swimming and diving, becoming the Valley champion diver in her senior year. Jeanette married Edwin Gobby of Riverdale in 1952. Ed and Jeanette made their home in Lemoore where they raised three children, Robert Gobby, Gail Gobby Gray and Steve Gobby.

Jeanette was a woman loved by many.

Jeanette will be remembered for her "open door" at her lifelong "B" Street home where many generations always felt welcomed. Her open door policy was also extended to the family cabin at Shaver Lake, built by her father. The cabin was the heart of endless card games, delicious meals, and scrabble marathons, all centered around Jeanette's warm hospitality and love of life.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin and son Robert.

She is survived by her brothers, James and Bob Ross, daughter and son-in-law Gail and John Gray, son and daughter-in-law Steve and Penny Gobby and five beautiful grandchildren, Leslie and Robbie Gray, and Valarie, Zack, and Drew Gobby.

Please join us to celebrate her life at 11 a.m.. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Lemoore Senior Citizen Center.

Remembrances can be made to the Kings River Conservancy, 1384 S. Frankwood Ave., Sanger, CA 93657, or the American Cancer Society.

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on 11/3/2009


Denise Bonner

Denise Jean "Nee" (Bonner) Sadowski – LHS Class of 1995

Denise (Nee) Jean Bonner was born in Orange, CA on October 9, 1977. She grew up between Orange and Kings Counties. She graduated from Lemoore High School in 1995. She served in the US army for 5 years and then returned to Lemoore, CA to finish raising her two beautiful daughters. While working and raising her daughters she also completed her AS degree. She was her daughters' biggest fans and immensely enjoyed watching them play softball, soccer, basketball and volleyball.

Nee was diagnosed with cancer January 2009. She fought with all her heart and we never gave up hope until she was eternally healed last Thursday, March 11 at her Lemoore home where she was surrounded by her loved ones.

Other than being a wonderful mother, she was also known for her generous spirit. She always knew when to be there for her loved ones at just the right time. Because of this, her friends and family reciprocated this, in her greatest time of need - battling cancer. Nee enjoyed life, whether it was singing karaoke, enjoying the outdoors, watching her girls plays ball, and most of all spending time with her family and friends. She was all about love and life.

She is survived by her daughters, Alanna Joy Ballor 15, Devani Jay Ballor 12, her parents Daniel and Carmelita Sadowski of Lemoore, her sister, Ana Bonner of Visalia, her niece, Micaela Bonner of Visalia, her father Dennis Bonner of Arkansas, her grandmother, Ligaya Vigan of Lemoore, numerous aunts (including Carie Stiles, San Diego), uncles, cousins (including Christine Thompson, Connie Dewey, Elmer Vigan) and grandparents.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at South Valley Community Church in Lemoore at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up for her daughters' education. For further details

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on March 16, 2010

Mandy R. Stewart

Mandy R. Stewart, 28, of Vacaville, CA, formerly from Lemoore, entered into eternal rest on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009.

Mandy was born Sept. 8, 1981 at NAS Lemoore. She attended schools at NASL, graduated LHS in 1999 and West Hills in May 2001. She also attended Fresno State.

Mandy enjoyed family and making people happy. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking and volunteer work for March of Dimes and Relay For Life. Mandy leaves to cherish her memory, her parents, Norman and Sue Stewart, a sister, Crystal Secrease, a brother, Nicholas Stewart, a brother-in-law, Marshall Secrease, and Mandy's fiancé Christopher Jones.

She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Willis and Mary Stewart and maternal grandparents, Melville and Margaret Beabout.

A Memorial Service will be held at Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005-4001.

Published in The Hanford Sentinel on 10/23/2009





Marie Bell Wedderburn-Lopez

Marie Bell (Wedderburn) Lopez, Class of 1963

Marie Bell Lopez, 63, of Daniel, Wyoming entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 1, 2010. Marie passed away in the comfort of her home after a long and courageous 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. She spent her final days surrounded by her loving family. Marie was a devoted wife, a loving mother, caring grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She will be dearly missed by those who shared her laughter, creativity, and passion for life.

Marie was born to Fred and Doris Wedderburn in Hanford, California on February 16, 1946. She was preceded in death by both her parents. Marie was raised in Lemoore, California where she attended Lemoore High School and graduated with the class of '63. She married Jerry C. Lopez on February 27, 1965 and moved from California to Daniel, Wyoming in 1974. Marie loved cooking, traveling, spending time with friends and visiting her family and relatives in California. There were also memorable moments spent square dancing, bowling, and playing softball. She worked at The Cowboy Shop in Pinedale, Wyoming for approximately 20 years and cherished the friendships she developed with her co-workers as well as many members of the Pinedale community. Marie is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Jerry C. Lopez, a daughter Shari A. Henderson and her husband Jim of Hanford, CA., a daughter Karla L. Lopez of Pinedale, WY., a son Chad C. Lopez of Chicago, IL, seven grandchildren, Shawn Lopez of Grand Junction, CO., Sosten Bursiaga of Patrick AFB, FL, Blake Bursiaga of Hanford, CA., Landon Cutlip of Pinedale, WY., Kayla Styles of Pinedale, WY., Colten Henderson of Hanford, CA., and Brad Henderson of Hanford, CA., a brother Al Wedderburn and his wife Michelle of Santa Maria, CA., a brother Ken Wedderburn and his wife Cathy of Hanford, CA as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. With loving respect for Marie, there will be no public visitation. Graveside Services will be directed by Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at the Lemoore Cemetery located at 1441 N. Lemoore Ave. in Lemoore. For those who wish, remembrances may be made in Marie's memory to "Kick'in Cancer" P. O. Box 687 Pinedale, WY. 82941 or MDA/Community Home Care Program C/0 Dr. Close, Founder P.O. Box 0368, Big Piney, Wyoming 83113.