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

Obituaries

Jean Blair, during the April 2016 Woodlake High Foundation Dinner, which paid tribute to WHS’s oldest living graduates. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Clara Jean Blair of Bakersfield died Tuesday, May 16, 2017. She was 94.   Jean was born January 8, 1923, in Elderwood, Calif., to Abe and Bertha Dinkins. She was raised on the family farm in Elderwood and graduated from Woodlake High School in 1940.   Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Abe and Bertha; her husbands, Charles and Norman; and her older sister, Wilma Hengst of Elderwood.   ...
  Juanita Elaine Tolle of Pismo Beach died Monday, May 22, 2017. She was 86.   Juanita was born December 30, 1931, in California’s Central Valley during the Great Depression. She spent her childhood on her grandfather’s (James Pierce)  ranch in Three Rivers, the historic Pierce Ranch, and always had fond memories of that experience. She was especially close with her grandmother, Julia Pierce, who...
  Herman Lewis “Tex” Childers died Thursday, April 27, 2017, at his Simi Valley, Calif., home after a prolonged illness. He was 83.    Tex was born August 8, 1933, in Tamms, Ill., to Stephen and Effie Mae Childers. He was the youngest son of 15 children.    Tex was raised working with his father, a mechanic, on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. His mother was of Cherokee descent; she died when...
  Steven James Wait died peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 1:10 p.m. at Kaweah Delta Hospital-Oncology floor. He was 65.    A service will be held at Three Rivers Arts Center on Saturday, June 10, at 1:30 p.m.   Steve was born March 13, 1952, in Aida, Okla. He was raised in Avenal, Calif., and graduated from Avenal High School in 1970.    Steve attended college in Fresno and majored in...
  Michael Olecki, 58, a “lawyer’s lawyer” from Los Angeles and an even happier gentleman rancher from Three Rivers, passed away from unexpected medical complications on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. He was a brilliant, funny, kind, generous person with a great sense of adventure and enough enthusiasm to savor most anything, most any place, pretty much any time.    He became friends with legal...
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  Robert Demmitt Hall, a fourth-generation Californian, died Thursday, April 20, 2017. He was 67.    A memorial celebration of Robert’s life will be held Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m., at Hull’s Chapel, 1139 Saranap Ave., Walnut Creek.   Robert was born to Gladys and Darrell Hall in Lancaster, Calif. In 1952, the family acquired a 1,000-acre cattle ranch in Three Rivers; they relocated to Three...
  Margaret Grace Alltucker Wells Seaborn, a former resident of Three Rivers, recently of La Pine, Ore., died Friday, April 14, 2017. She was 98.     Peg was born May 25, 1918, in Berkeley, Calif. She lived in Exeter until age 9, when the Alltucker family moved to Vallejo.    Peg graduated from UC Berkeley in 1940. In 1941, she married Walter Wells Jr., and they settled in Three Rivers in 1947.  ...
  James Allen Farkas of Three Rivers died Friday, March 31, 2017. He was 64.   Jim was born December 10, 1952.    A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 42013 Eggers Dr., in Three Rivers.        
  Theodore Dave Ainley, 37, of Three Rivers died Tuesday, March 28, 2017. He was 37.    A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, April 9, at 1 p.m., at the White Horse Inn in Three Rivers.   Ted was born January 28, 1980, in Visalia to Frank Charles Ainley Jr. and Lori Helen DeBoer Ainley. He was raised on the family ranch in Elderwood.   Ted attended Woodlake Middle School and, in 1998...
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  Earleen McKee Monaghan, who was born and raised in Three Rivers, died Saturday, April 1, in her home at Park Merced Assisted Living. She was 89.   A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 11, at 11 a.m., at the First Church of God in Atwater. Interment will be Wednesday, April 12, 1 p.m., at Three Rivers Cemetery.   Earleen was born June 20, 1927, at home in Three Rivers to Earl A. McKee...

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