Obituaries: Oct. 19, 2023
By Mid Valley Times Staff
5:40 am,
October 19, 2023
Betty Jo Moore

Betty Jo Moore of Yuma, died on Oct. 7, 2023. She was 92 years old. Visitation took place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Oct. 19, 2023 at 1 p.m. at the Sanger Cemetery District. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

Maria Estela Perez

Maria Estela Perez of Reedley, died on Oct. 2, 2023. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Perez was a homemaker. Funeral services were held on Oct. 18, 2023 at Dopkins Reedley Chapel with interment at Reedley Cemetery District. She is survived by her spouse, Orville Cruz Perez. Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel was charge of arrangements.

Valia Gonzales Pinedo

Valia Gonzales Pinedo of Sanger, died on Oct. 10, 2023. She was 96 years old. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. with a Rosary said at 9:20 a.m. and a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sanger. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

Ruthe B. Taylor

Ruthe B. Taylor of Reedley, died on Oct. 9, 2023. She was 96 years old. Mrs. Taylor was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kingsburg Cemetery. Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel is charge of arrangements.

Robert Joseph Torres

Robert Joseph Torres of Sanger, died on Oct. 11, 2023. He was 68 years old. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Rosary said at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s New Catholic Church in Sanger. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fumiko Jeanne Yamamoto
1923–2023
Fumiko Jeanne Yamamoto

Fumiko Jeanne Yamamoto was born Aug. 23, 1923, to Kanjiro and Kishi Mayeda. She attended Grand View School and graduated from Dinuba High School in 1941. She was able to attend Reedley College for a year before being taken, with her family, to the Poston Relocation Center in Arizona. While in Poston, she married Yutaka Yamamoto on Nov. 11, 1943. Upon release from the relocation center, they returned and made their home in Dinuba. 

Fumiko was a member of the Dinuba Buddhist Church and Women’s Association until the temple closed in 2019. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and sewing. Aside from hemming pants and dresses, the biggest request from her family was to make tamales and bake cream puffs. She also loved to drink mocha frappes from McDonald’s.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Yutaka; sons, Dennis and Steven; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Yotbounmy; brother, Hiroshi Mayeda; and sister, Hideko Sawai. She is survived by daughter, Joyce Sasai (Steven) and daughter-in-law, June Yamamoto (Kathy Clenney). She also leaves six granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Bethel Home in Selma and Bristol Hospice for their care of Fumiko and Dopkins Chapel in Dinuba for help in making the funeral arrangements.

Graveside services will be held at Smith Mountain Cemetery in Dinuba on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at 1:30 p.m.

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