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Wren, Gladys Ellen  
Gladys Ellen Wren September 16, 1949 ~ May 1, 2017 Pacific Grove, CA Gladys is survived by two sisters, Martha Wren and Tina Holston and one nephew, Abraham Holston. Soon after her birth Gladys was found to have Downs Syndrome and her family was advised to place her in Sonoma State Hospital as services for her level of disability were not well established in the community. She did well there through the years including participating in a polio study, learning to walk and communicate well, attending school for several years. She had a good social experience including dancing, boyfriends, participating in several college teacher projects, and enjoyed the company of many friends who also lived in the Sonoma State Hospital Community. When the laws in California changed she was evaluated as high functioning and could be placed in a group home. She also did well in this environment, living with one to four other clients in the Sonoma area and enjoyed many wonderful activities for the disabled including the big one, BI Sonoma, where she participated in art projects and produced some beautiful abstract water color paintings. In addition she participated in the Special Olympics and won 4 bronze medals for her efforts. Lastly she was an employee at Mary's Pizza Shack with other capable workmates and learned to fill salt and pepper shakers and arrange napkins on the tables. Gladys loved attention, especially during her birthdays and Christmas. She could be quite a "ham" when she knew she was the center of attention. She also enjoyed the company of men, and had at least two boyfriends she danced with regularly at the monthly dances. Her favorite songs were Happy Birthday (especially to her), Karma Camelion (Boy George), Elvis Presley songs, Sweet Emma Jazz songs and Jingle Bells. She loved to eat, especially chocolate ice cream and white cake, but also hamburgers, french fries, and cokes. She enjoyed monthly visits from her family from the time she could barely sit up with trips to the Russian River and picnics in Sonoma Park, feeding the ducks. She also loved to shop and usually insisted on getting "two" of whatever she picked out. She had a persistent way that was hard to deny. It was fun to sit and drink a beer with her during dinner when she was legally old enough to imbibe. She loved music and loved to dance and sing to her favorite tunes. When her mental and physical abilities declined she continued to enjoy her time at BI Sonoma with Julie Danner and other wonderful staff and also at her homes with her loving caretakers through the years: Wanda and Art, Marlene and Steve, and lastly Ryan. Her last 4 years were spent in Pacific Grove at Cypress Ridge Care Center where she received much loving care from many of the caretakers there. She attended the activities provided by Howard and June, but toward the end slept through many of them. She became like a little chubby buddha who never complained and smiled and sometimes spoke a few words, surprising everyone. When she did speak she spoke with a certain authority. She had two faithful weekly visitors: Chris and Mary Moore, when family could not be there. Gladys was mostly a sweet, happy, peaceful soul, a strong focus for our family, before our parents died and after. With our efforts to gather together for her we kept our sense of family and of what is really important in the long run, unconditional love and acceptance. We are planning a celebration of life on/near her September birthday in Sonoma. Her favorite cake and ice cream will be served. Thanks to all who helped Gladys have a happy, joyful life. View the online memorial for Gladys Ellen Wren
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Published in The Monterey Herald on May 28, 2017
young, keith (Featured)  
YOUNG, Keith Alby Keith Alby Young, born January 23, 1940, passed away May 12, 2017 in Glendora CA at the age of 77. He is survived by Janet Kay Young, his wife of 53 years, and his four daughters, Melissa Smith, Veronica Helmuth, Elizabeth Kearney, Deanna White, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister and two brothers. Keith was born in Charleston, WV to Clarence and Lucy Young. He had two sisters and four brothers. He and his brother-in-law, Tom, ran the family furniture manufacturing business, Williamson Couch Company, in South El Monte, where he worked for 45 years. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, working on his '51 Ford, playing poker, going to the casino on occasion, and watching the horses race at Santa Anita. His biggest enjoyment in life was spending time with his kids and grandkids, being their biggest fan and strongest mentor. Keith will be very fondly remembered for his kind heart, undying dedication to his family and friends, his firm handshake, his willingness to help anyone in their time of need. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at noon, at Forest Lawn-Covina Hills in the Church of Our Heritage.
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Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on May 28, 2017
Zimmerman, Merry  
MERRY (LILLIAN MAY) ZIMMERMAN Merry (Lillian May) Zimmerman, 74, formerly of Bend, Oregon passed away March 27, 2017 in Grants Pass, Oregon after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Merry, daughter of the late Charles Stephen Zimmerman and Millicent Marribella Culp, was born on May 20, 1942 in Olympia, Washington. She graduated from Ganesha Senior High in 1961 and later studied business management at the College of the Redwoods. Merry took to dancing and singing at a young age and performed with her twin sisters. Continuing her passion for song and dance she taught tap and ballet classes, sang in her church choir and later performed with The Sweet Adalines of Bend Oregon. Her cheery positive attitude and smile would brighten any day. She enjoyed traveling, painting, drawing and most of all spending time with family and friends. Her beautiful life will be forever cherished in the lives of her children; Becky, Tammy, Robert and Richard Mozzetti; Grandchildren; Amanda, Scott and Ryan Peterson, Brandon, Cameron and Mallory Mozzetti and Sienna Murray; Great-grandchildren; Renee and James DiOrio; Siblings; Robert and Sandi Smith, William and Sandra Smith, Judie Peile, Julie Zimmerman, Jim and Sally Zimmerman, Garry Zimmerman and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, June 10, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass, Oregon. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard on May 28, 2017

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Abballo, Carmen Maria Vasquez  
Carmen Maria Vasquez Abballo Of Fairfax, passed away on the morning of May 19 at the age of 61. Carmen was born on July 29, 1955 in Chicago, IL to Joseph and Desiderata Vasquez. In 1968, the family moved to Rome, Italy where Carmen completed her high school education. At the age of 20, the family returned to the United States making their home in Larkspur. Carmen graduated from Chico State with a degree in recreation. For several years she was the program director for the Corte Madera Park and Recreation Department. Carmen became an active member of St. Rita's parish where she started the Summer Bible Camp. She was also a life long Girl Scout. Carmen is survived by her husband Michael, Children Mariana and Andrew and brothers Richard, Paul (Linda) and Joe (Claudia). She was a loving wife, mother, aunt, and great aunt. A Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 2, and the Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 3, both services at St. Rita Catholic Church, Fairfax. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities of Marin or Cedars of Marin. Assisted by Monte's Chapel of the Hills, San Anselmo.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 27, 2017
Archuleta, Martin K.  
MARTIN K. ARCHULETA Martin K. Archuleta 92, of Oroville, CA passed away on May 21, 2017. "Louie" was born on September 18, 1924, one of 10 surviving children born to Martin and Katie Archuleta in Feather Falls, CA. Louie was raised in Feather Falls and graduated from Oroville High School. He lived in Oroville and worked in the local lumber industry through the 1950's. In 1960's he joined the Operating Engineers working for fifty years. He was an Elder Member of the Mooretown Rancheria. Louie loved history and reading historical books about trains, people and places. Louie is preceded in death by brothers Delmas and Elmer Archuleta, sisters Merle Jackson, Rose Gilbert, Violet Stevens, Mamie Brown, and Opal Archuleta. He is also preceded in death by his first wife Beth Walker. They had five children together. He is survived by his wife Gertrude of 17 years and his faithful dog Taco Bell, brother Donald Archuleta and sister Jean Short of Oroville, daughter Linda Edwards and Sons, Gary, Darrel, Michael and Dennis Archuleta, all of Oroville. 11 grandchildren, 22 great -grandchildren, many great -great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Feather Falls Cemetery. Following Graveside Service, there will be a reception at the log cabin at Mooretown Rancheria. Scheer Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements. 530-533-5255. Funeral procession will be leaving from Scheer Memorial at 9:15 a.m.
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 27, 2017
Bianchini, Michael Ralph  
Michael Ralph Bianchini January 7, 1950-May 18, 2017 Dobbins, CA Michael was born in San Francisco January 7, 1950 to Virginia and Lawrence Bianchini. He attended schools in San Francisco before joining the US Army serving as Staff Sergeant from 1967 - 1970. He married his high school sweetheart, Jan ( who preceded him in death). He worked over 40 years in Grocery; started with delivering groceries, moving up to Store Director than owner-operator of numerous markets. He loved all outdoors; fishing, hunting, camping and was an avid SF sports fan. He loved his family and friends and always enjoyed gatherings with them. He is preceded in death by his parents and beloved son Michael Ralph Jr. He is survived by son Mathieu (Cindee) Bianchini; grandsons Mathieu Joseph and Mason Robert-Henry wife Cora, son Cody; siblings Carol (Bill) Ardent, Rocky Bianchini, Cheryl (Robert) Rhoads Gina Bianchini, Lisa (Bryan) Brizendine, his red-headed stepson, Jeff McCoy (Liz), numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services to be held on Saturday May 27th @ 2 pm Scared Heart Parish 10316 Old Dobbins Road Dobbins, CA 95935. View the online memorial for Michael Ralph Bianchini
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Published in East Bay Times on May 27, 2017
Bishop, Robert  
Robert Bishop March 16, 1938 - May 9, 2017 San Jose He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bobbe Bishop, four children, 11 grandchildren, two brothers, and many nieces and nephews. The Memorial service is Saturday, June 3, at 2 PM at Hillside Church - 545 Hillsdale Ave., San Jose. View the online memorial for Robert Bishop
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 27, 2017
Boyer, Gayle  
GAYLE BOYER Gayle Boyer born December 15th, 1935 in Ogden, Utah (moved to Chico in 1940) passed away on May 20th 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry Boyer, Brother Gary Donaldson, Brother Richard Donaldson and sister Donna Best. She is survived by her Sister Bonnie Westlake (Redding), Brother Jim Smith (Texas). Sister Vikki Duggan (Chico), her son George Gehrke (Chico) Step- Children Sue, Scott and Laura, grandkids, nieces, and nephews and her 2 puppies. Gayle started working at Chico State as Cashier in the Business Office in 1955 at the age of 19. In 1966 she worked in Human Resources She wore many hats in her 44 years as a dedicated employee and took her job very seriously. She was a board member and Secretary for the University and Butte School Employees Credit Union and also served on the North Valley Rehab Board which is now Enloe Rehab on East Ave. Gayle was honored to be voted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 1998. Her greatest surprise and honor was being selected as the 1995 "Staff Employee of the year." Her achievements are almost too many to list. After retirement Gayle and Larry enjoyed RVING with friends and family. They spent winters in Parker, Arizona and summers at Lake Almanor. A special thanks to all nurses and Doctors that cared for her at Enloe Oncology and Chico Creek Rehab. A viewing will be held at Newton Bracewell, Wednesday the 31st of May from 6 to 8 pm No services (per request). In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Butte Humane Society. Please share your thoughts at NewtonBracewell.com
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 27, 2017
Brodack, Ronald J.  
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ronald J. Brodack. He journeyed to his eternal home with our Lord on Friday, May 19th at the age of 73. Ron was born in New Jersey and lived there until 1973 when he then moved to Chino, CA. He is survived by his wife Carol, his daughter Megan, son and wife Morgen and Susan Brodack, and two grandsons, Aiden and Gavin Brodack. All services will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church 12686 Central Ave. Chino, CA 91710. A Rosary will be held on Thursday, June 1st at 7:00pm and a Memorial Mass will take place on Friday, June 2nd at 12:00pm with a reception to follow immediately after in the church hall. Our family would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in the name of Ron Brodack to St. Margaret Mary Catholic School 12664 Central Ave. Chino.
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Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on May 27, 2017
Castaldi, Daniel  
Daniel Castaldi Daniel Castaldi, 74, died on May 20, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Justus), daughters Cathrine, Christine and Carolyn, and their husbands Nat Doersam, Craig Inman and Paul Weldon, as well as his sister, Annette Castaldi. He was a proud grandfather to Jake, Daniel, Rebel, Blythe and Kira. He was predeceased by his parents, Pat and Mary Castaldi. Rosary at Green Hills Memorial Chapel, on May 29, 2017 at 7 pm. Mass, Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, on May 30, 2017 at 10:30 am. Sign guestbook at dailybreeze.com
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Published in Daily Breeze from May 26 to May 27, 2017
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