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

Obituaries

  Gregg Allen Schultz died Sunday, April 3, 2016, at his Lemon Cove home. He was 54. Gregg was born February 10, 1962, in Hennepin County, Minn., to Gordon Schultz and Ellinor (Kieselbach) Schultz. He attended high school in River Falls, Wisc. On June 27, 1987, Gregg married his wife, Lisa. Gregg owned Smart Technical Systems, a commercial construction company, in Dallas, Texas. Gregg and Lisa...
  Loreta “Rita” Merle Tomlinson died Friday, April 1, 2016, at her Three Rivers home. She was 81. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m., at Community Presbyterian Church in Three Rivers. A reception will immediately follow the service. Loreta was born May 19, 1934, in Maud (Pottawatomie County), Okla., to Leslie and Martha Dunn. Loreta moved with her family to California...
  Judy Carol Will died Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Three Rivers due to renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer).  She was 64. Judy was born August 30, 1951, in Long Beach, Calif., to Albert and Flora Onstot. She was raised in Long Beach and attended David Starr Jordan High School. Judy was a 38-year resident of Three Rivers. She was a food server, working at some of Three Rivers’s favorite restaurants...
  Melissa S. Doyle of Three Rivers died Thursday, March 10, 2016, at her Three Rivers home. She was 35. Melissa was born January 15, 1981, in Tulare to Simeon and Linda (Tonn) Anderson. She graduated from Golden West High School in Visalia and San Joaquin Valley College. Melissa worked as a server at several restaurants in the area. She was a dancer and a musician, a member of the Calvary Worship...
  Edith Pearl Bence, a former resident of Lemon Cove, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016. She was 95. Edith was born March 4, 1921, in Buffalo, Mo. She grew up in Missouri during the Great Depression. When she was 14, she moved with her family to Lemon Cove, graduating from Exeter Union High School in 1939. That same year, she married Charles Bence, a native of Lemon Cove, in Reno. For their honeymoon,...
  Evelyn Louella Thompson died Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Three Rivers. She was 74. A celebration of life will be held Friday, March 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Anthony Retreat, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Evelyn was born July 11, 1941, to Edward and Carrie Tweedt in Sioux Falls, S.D. She worked as a cosmetologist for 40 years. Evelyn and her husband, Don, have lived in Three Rivers since 1990. She...
  Lillie Belle Burford, a resident of Three Rivers for over 40 years, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Porterville. She was 85. Belle’s family — Matt, Beth, and Seth Jones of Three Rivers — invite those who knew Belle to a celebration of her life on Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Lions Arena. Belle was born May 14, 1929, in McLoud, Okla., to R.C. and Julia Burford. She was raised in...
  Bernard Edward La Chance Jr. of Ridgecrest, Calif., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.   He was 83. A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 26,  1 p.m., at Holland & Lyons Mortuary, 216 S. Norma St., Ridgecrest.   Bernard was born November 19, 1932, in Portland, Ore., where he spent his childhood. His family moved to Oakland, Calif., where Bernard graduated high school.  He was an...
  Janet C. Fanning, a former resident of Three Rivers, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, of cardiopulmonary arrest in Las Vegas, Nev. She was 81. A memorial celebration will be held Thursday, March 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Cort Gallery in Three Rivers. Janet was born Wilma Jane Cobb on May 22, 1934, in Quincy, Mass., to Alfred B. and Miriam Dorr Cobb. She was raised in Squantum, Mass., and attended...
  Elaine D. (Woody) Wissink died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at her Three Rivers home. She was 66.   Elaine was born September 22, 1949, in Lindsay, Calif., to Gerald and Ruth (Adams) Woody. Elaine attended schools in Strathmore and Lindsay; she graduated from Lindsay High School.   On February 14, 1969, Elaine married Gary Wissink in Las Vegas. She worked as a cosmetologist for many years, then later...

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