Virgil Arland Small Jr. of Manteca passed away on November 6, 2013 of natural causes. He was 83. A native of Oakland, Virgil grew up in Hayward and attended Hayward High School. He served his country as a U.S. Navy Seabee during the Korean Conflict. He participated at both the Inchon landing and the evacuation after the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Afterward, he made his living as a commercial roofer. He was an avid motorcyclist and part of several motorcycle organizations over the years including the Question Marks, Buda Brothers, Sierra Road Riders, and ABATE. Later in life, Virgil ...
Barbara I. Scott, 75, entered into rest on October 30, 2013 in Manteca, CA. She was born on August 10, 1938 in San Francisco, CA where she attended Presentation Elementary, Presentation High School and City College . She is preceded in death by her husband Stanley F. Scott. As matriarch of a large family, she is survived by her four children, Leighanne Moon, Lisa Redmond, Lori Scott-Nunes, Jim Cochran and their loving spouses and children. Barbara was blessed to enjoy time with her 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She has one surviving sister, Sharon O'Donnell.
Stephen Kenneth Thomas passed away on October 17, 2013, in Manteca, CA, from a heart attack at the age of 53. He was preceded in death by his mother, Roslyn Sage and father, Keith Kenneth Thomas.
Ella Belle (Belle) Lightburn, 95, passed away in Ripon, CA on October 28, 2013. She was the only child of Marion Keys Harvey Wiese and James Harvey. Belle was born in Brockway, PA and lived there until she was eight. She remembered flipping the switch to turn on the town's first electricity at a plant owned by her grandfather, William Keys. She then moved to Long Beach, CA. It was here that the great earthquake (6.5) of 1933 leveled her Poly High School, forcing students into improvised classrooms.
Leslie Reile, age 88, entered into rest on October 31, 2013, in Modesto. He was born on June 18, 1925, in Jamestown, ND, to the late Fred and Caroline Hauff Reile. Leslie is also preceded in death by his wife, Giesela. He was a resident of Ceres, and previously of Stockton. He is survived by his nieces, Sandra, Cheree, Misty and Gabriella all of Ceres.
Anthony Mark Macedo passed away October 31, 2013 in Clements at the age of 33. Born in Stockton, Anthony remained a life-long resident of San Joaquin County, where he worked for Macedo Construction for over 10 years. He battled cancer courageously for a year. Anthony enjoyed playing the guitar, H
Jack B. Erdman passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on a beautiful fall evening. He was born to Pearl and Vernard Erdman in Vallejo, CA and moved to Manteca shortly after.
Manteca resident of 45 years, Florence Vierra,108, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2013 at Bethany Home in Ripon. Mrs. Vierra was a native of San Jose, California. She moved to Tracy with her family when she was just 10 years old living there 49 years before moving to Manteca around 1965. She continued to live there until health reasons made her move to Bethany Home in Ripon. She spent most of her life taking great care of her family and was a parishioner of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Manteca.
Anthony Paul Miniaci "Tony", 21, spent his first day in heaven on Sunday, October 27, 2013. He was born on September 22, 1992 in Sacramento, Ca. He is preceded in death by his grandfather Michael Miniaci.
He was a good man and will be missed by many. Larry is survived by his wife Paula, his children Natalie (Ryan) Blackmarr, Michael Nobriga, Michelle Nobriga; step-children Bud (Heath) Long and Heather (Frank) Taylor; and his grandchildren Seth, Jamie, Cora and Abigail. He is also survived by his brother John (Linda) Nobriga, sister Laura (Don) Mendonca, and sister-in-law Donna Nobriga. His brother Charles Nobriga proceded him in death.
Steven Joaquin Neely grew his angel wings on Monday, October 28, 2013 in Manteca, after spending 130 days with his loving parents, Steven and Nicole Neely of Manteca. His grandparents are Chris and Jackie Bagatta, Linda Webster and Bill Davis Jr. Baby Steven's great grandparents are Richard and Genn Bagatta, Joaquin (deceased) and Carmelita Bothelio, Everett (deceased) and Ruth Neely, and Elaine Davis. He was blessed with many aunts and uncles: Nicholas Neely (deceased), Ronnie Neely, James Neely (deceased) Victoria Bagatta (Godmother), Harrison Wooley (Godfather), Justin Davis, Joseph and Kristy Bothelio, Michael and Shelley Bothelio, Michelle and Ben Rea ...
Joan Keck, born in 1946, met her Lord and Savior on her 67th birthday, Wednesday, October 30, 2013. She is survived by her beloved husband and best friend of 48 years Thomas Keck. She has two loving children Sharon Clayton and Stephen Keck and daughter-in- law Sharene. She was also blessed with four grandchildren, Matthew Clayton, Bethany Keck, Savannah Keck and Zachary Keck. She has two siblings, Kenneth Miller and Carol Wooten.
Carl was born on February 14, 1928 in Parlier, CA, raised by his Grandma and Grandpa Reece on a dairy farm in Escalon, CA. Carl was the loving husband to Patricia S. Reece, father to sons Ronald Reece and Albert Reece of Stockton, CA, and the late Deborah Sue Brooks, grandfather to Albert Reece Jr., Suzanna (Richard) Valles, Stephanie Reece, Ronnie Reece Jr., all of Stockton, CA, Zach (Mari) Brooks of Glendora, CA, and Scott (Eri) Brooks of Tottori, Japan, and great-grandfather to six wonderful great-grandchildren.
Dad has passed on to an everlasting peace. May God deliver him with the surroundings of our mother Jessie, and his angels, to the gates of Heaven.
Rosella Lucille Baker, 84, passed away peacefully at home in Manteca on October 11th, 2013, held in the loving arms of her youngest son, John. She was tenderly cared for by her husband and daughter, Vicki, on a daily basis.
Nita Sheldon, age 80, of Manteca, CA passed away Friday, January 10, 2014, at her residence. She was born in James Town, North Dakota on December 13, 1933. Nita worked as a mail carrier at Sharps Army Depot for over 30 years. In her younger years she camped and fished often. Nita was an avid shopper and loved to dine out for breakfast or lunch. She loved her four dogs whole heartedly, and donated often to the SPCA and Humane Society.
Hazel Hickman, age 88, passed away Sunday, January. 5, 2014.
Gerald S. Wilford, 76, of Patterson passed away Wednesday, January 8th at Emeritus at Heritage Place in Tracy.
Steve John Trantham of Riverbank went home to be with the Lord on December 30, 2013 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Steve was born to Roy and Patricia Trantham in Inglewood, CA.
Tommy Douglas Spor, 79, passed away on Dec 27, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, CA. Tom was born in Norwood, CO. He and his family later moved to Manteca, CA where he went to high school and met his beautiful wife, Jeannette Valdez, with whom he had three daughters. Tom enlisted in the Army in 1956 becoming a helicopter mechanic and was stationed in Italy for a three year tour. He was also recognized as a Marksman. Afterwards, Tom became assistant manager then manager of Newberry's and Gottschalks stores. Later, he became an entrepreneur with the opening ...
Evelyn Carter Klippel passed away at the age of 93, in a local hospital on December 19, 2013. She was born in Palisade, Neb. on December 16, 1920. She graduated from Palisade High School and entered nurses training at St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, Colo. Following graduation she worked in the hospital in Imperial, Neb. In October of 1943 she enlisted in the US Navy at lieutenant (JG) and served in the South Pacific as a Navy nurse. Following her discharge she married the late William A. Klippel. They made their home in Manteca. She served as a nurse ...
George William Dimotakis, 80, of Manteca, passed away peacefully in his home on December 31, 2013. He was born in Santa Cruz in 1933, and moved with his family to Manteca in 1938. He was a 1951 graduate of Manteca High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on March 25, 1952. George was actively involved in farming for 60 years. He was fondly called "Theo Georgie" by his relatives.
Denise Brosio, 51, entered into rest on December 27, 2013 in Manteca, CA. She was born in Burlingame, CA on January 24, 1962. She is preceded in death by her beloved mother, the late Deanna Bennett, and beloved mother-in-law, the late Dina Brosio.