Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Obituaries

  Barbara Ainley, a longtime resident of Elderwood, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, surrounded by her beloved family. She was 82.   A Celebration of Life service will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 4) at 3 p.m. at Woodlake Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Naranjo (at Cypress). A private family graveside service will be held at Three Rivers Cemetery earlier that day. Barbara was born May 16, 1932, in...
Robin Cree Kauling, a resident of Three Rivers for 27 years, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Visalia. He was 90. A celebration of Robin’s life will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m., at Lions Roping Arena. Robin was born March 21, 1924, in Louisville, Ky., to Joseph and Ruby (Hall) Goetz. By the time Robin was a year old, the family had relocated to California. Robin was raised in Escondido and...
One of the great lights of Three Rivers music in the 1970s and ‘80s has been dimmed. Steve Crawford, who headed bands Fair Game and Stoney Creek, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, after a two-year battle with cancer. Plans for a musical celebration in his honor, to be held in Three Rivers or Visalia, are pending.
  Frances Villard Bennett, formerly of Three Rivers, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. She was 95. Frances was born to Albert and Agnes Villard on October 13, 1918, in Delano, Calif. Frances married Leonard Bennett on October 1, 1944. They lived in Tulare were they owned the Buena Vista Market until their retirement in 1974.   In 1975, Frances was preceded in death by her husband of more than 30 years...
  Ruth van Gilluwe, a former 25-year resident of Three Rivers currently living in Pasadena, died Thursday, July 31, 2014. After graduating from UCLA, Ruth was a teacher in Bakersfield. In 1939, she married Frank van Gilluwe (1915-2004). During Frank’s 36-year career with United Airlines, the couple moved frequently, living in Pasadena, Berkeley, Orinda, Fresno, Boston, Philadelphia, and Sunnyvale...
  Roger Edgar Disinger, a longtime resident of Lemon Cove, died Thursday, July 31, 2014. He was 81.  Roger was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on April 29, 1933, to Floyd and Camilla Disinger. He received a bachelor of science degree from UCLA and an MBA from USC.  He met the love of his life, the former Margaret Donohue, in West Covina in 1956. The couple married October 20, 1957.  Roger and Margaret...
Ananda McCleary, a lifelong resident of Three Rivers who for many years gave hundreds of young locals their first equine experience at the Halloween Carnival pony ride at Three Rivers Union School, died peacefully in her North Fork pasture on Thursday, July 17. She was 35, which is about 110 in human years. Ananda spent her youth at a Hare Krishna ranch on Dinely Drive, was at one time owned and...
  Betty Sue McGee Coffelt of Woodlake died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was 66.   A celebration of Betty’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Three Rivers. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m., at the Woodlake District Cemetery. Betty was born in the Woodlake hospital on January 21, 1948, and passed away in the house where she was...
Rosemary Patricia Hoelck, a former resident of Three Rivers, died peacefully at her home in Newbury Park, Calif., on Saturday, June 21, 2014. She was 90. Rosemary was born October 12, 1923, in Omaha, Neb.  Rosemary loved living in Three Rivers and looked forward each year to the Redbud Festival. She moved to Newbury Park to be closer to family. Rosemary is survived by her daughters Patty Russell...
Dave Sandberg (1944-2014) and eggs from his generous flock of chickens.
David C. Sandberg of Three Rivers died Monday, June 23, 2014. He was 69. Dave was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., where he lived until he was 25. He graduated from the University of Minnesota. Dave and his wife, Barbara, moved to California in 1969. For 30 years, Dave was a teacher with the Santa Clara Unified School District.  In 2002, the couple moved to Three Rivers. While living here,...

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