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

Obituaries

  Roger Dale Fronce of Three Rivers died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). He was 76. Roger was born August 26, 1938, in Omaha, Neb., to Donald and Betty Fronce. He was raised in Santa Rosa and San Francisco,  graduating from San Francisco Polytechnic High School.  In 1976, he married his wife, Carolyn.  Roger was in the newspaper business for 25 years,...
  Ed Lafferty of Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley died at his home of 54 years of congenital heart failure on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, with his children at his side. He had just turned 81. On Saturday, March 7, at noon, a memorial service will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, Calif.  A local celebration of life will be held in Three Rivers at a...
  Lenora M. Graves, a lifetime resident of Elderwood, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was 94.  A memorial service will be held today (Friday, March 6) at 2 p.m., at Woodlake Presbyterian Church. Lenora was born June 15, 1920,  to Emmett and Rhea McCarter in Elderwood. She attended grammar school in Elderwood and graduated from Woodlake High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1937. She...
  Howard P. Bleile of Three Rivers died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Visalia. He was 84. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m., at St. Anthony Retreat, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Howard was born January 28, 1931, in Los Angeles. He attended Vallejo Junior High and High Schools. He graduated from Los Angeles State College with a B.A. in accounting. He was a retired...
  Lori De Boer Ainley of Elderwood went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. She was 56. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m., at Woodlake Cemetery (Cypress Avenue at Naranjo). Lori was born January 9, 1959, in Visalia to Theodore and Claire De Boer. She attended elementary school in Visalia through fifth grade, then moved with her family to...
  Walter Aguilar of Kaweah died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Visalia.  He was 92. A service will be held at St. Clair’s Catholic Church in Three Rivers on Monday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. Walter was born July 10, 1922, in Espanola, N.M. He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps as a member of the Flying Tigers. After the war, Walter worked as a welding specialist in the aerospace...
  Matthew Van Miller of Three Rivers died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, of a sudden cardiac event. He was 57. Friends of Matt’s would like to invite all of his friends and family to join them Sunday, Feb. 8, in celebrating Matt’s life. Bring your stories and photos to share. A pool tournament will start at 2 p.m., followed a potluck. They have arranged for AC Myles, one of his favorite blues bands, to...
  Frances Elaine Hart, a 64-year resident of Three Rivers, died peacefully Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at her home.  She was 91. Elaine was born October 20, 1923, in Mesa, Ariz., to Talma Galen Clark and Freda Ines Clark. She was raised in Los Angeles and then Exeter, where she graduated from Exeter High School in 1941. She attended College of the Sequoias before moving to Los Angeles to attend...
  Helen Marjorie Kunkel, a longtime resident of Lemon Cove, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Linwood Meadows Care Center in Visalia. She was 86. Helen was born April 1, 1928, in Halfway, Mo., to William and Edith Fisher. She was raised on the family’s small farm. She moved to California where she met and married Howard Kunkel. Helen and Howard served as volunteer ski patrol at the Wolverton Ski Area...
  Donald Woodrow Clark of Three Rivers died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at his home. He was 95. Don was born September 18, 1919, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Paul and Victoria Clark. He resided in Idaho until he was eight years old when the family moved to Webb, Iowa. When Don was 16, he moved with his family to Hollywood, where he graduated from Hollywood High School in 1938. Don’s father was a...

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