Obituaries: Nov. 16, 2023
By Mid Valley Times Staff
4:10 am,
November 16, 2023
Wilma Joanne Anderson (Fedrau)
Wilma Joanne Anderson
1937–2023

She is remembered for giving generously in every way, playing her accordion, meditation, playing tennis, antiquing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Laurie Anderson of Fresno and Dana LeRoy; grandchildren Dr. Ross Anderson, Alyson Barnett, Luke LeRoy, and Stephen LeRoy; great-grandchildren Axl Anderson, Zoey LeRoy, Zachary LeRoy, and Violet LeRoy.

Please send flowers to Chapel of the Light. Food and beverages to follow service.

Joanne Louise Andrews

Joanne Louise Andrews, a member of the Dinuba Pioneer Emil Seligman family, passed away in the early hours of Nov. 8, 2023.

The only child of Louis Kiraly and Josephine Seligman, Joanne was born in Richmond, California, on April 6, 1928.

Joanne Louise Andrews
1928–2023

Growing up in Richmond with both parents working, Joanne spent most of her free time during the school year with grandparents, John and Paulina (Dobrodenka) Kiraly, and her summers in Berkley at the “Red Cotton” house with grandparents, Emil and Anna (Frey) Seligman.

Moving to Dinuba after graduating from Richmond High School, she attended College of the Sequoias. She worked as a soda jerk at McCracken’s Pharmacy. During this time, she met a handsome Navy Sailor named Sonny Andrews, whom she would eventually marry in 1950.

She began her career in the Richmond shipyards with her efficient clerical and organizational skills. After she married Sonny and moved to Dinuba, she worked for the First United Methodist Church, Office Overload, Ron Clemons Ag, and Dinuba Main Street.

If working didn’t keep her busy enough, Joanne always found time to volunteer for PTA, 4-H, Alta District Historical Society Board, Pioneer Club, Hume Lake Christian Camps, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and Alta District Hospital Foundation Board. She was a member of Faith Community Church in Reedley, where she helped with AWANAS and played the piano.

In 2003, she was honored to receive the Dinuba Senior Citizen of the Year award.

Being raised as an only child, her father taught her to enjoy being outdoors, camping, fishing, and going to baseball games. Joanne enjoyed summer vacations camping at Swale Campground in the Kings Canyon National Park. Being from the Bay Area, she was an avid baseball and football fan. The only teams she cheered for were the San Francisco Giants (no wonder orange was her favorite color!) and the San Francisco 49ers! The house and car radios were always tuned to the Giants baseball game during the summer!

Coming from a musical family, Joanne enjoyed playing her baby grand piano. When the time came for her to move to the Terrace apartments at Sierra View Homes in Reedley, her only question was, “Will there be room for my piano?” She was surprised to find that long-time friends Carol Conway, Jackie Muzzy, Lenora Kalendar, Jennie Sandoval and Frankie Leedy lived there also. She discovered a love for jigsaw puzzles. She enjoyed organizing and placing puzzle pieces with her new friend Joanne. In her last few months, she became an advocate for skilled nursing residents while making deep friendships with Anita, Jean, Carol, and Twila.

Joanne was predeceased by her husband Sonny, son Clark, sons-in-law Ray Holt and Tim Hofer, and great-great-grandson Mason Bellino. She is survived by daughters Suzie Hofer and Cookie (Brent) Gover, daughter-in-law Debbie Andrews, ‘adopted’ son Mark Wortman; grandchildren Brian (Alex) Hofer, Ginger (Mat) Newcomb, Candice (Dan) Peters, Janna (Brian) Green, Justin (Simone) Holt, Michelle (Petter) Blanchard, Caryn Gover, Stephanie (Jade) Molina, Stephen (Cyndi) Gover and Bailey Andrews (Nick Verburg); 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

We appreciate the time, love, and care Pastor Ernie Williams and his wife, Linda, have given our mom over the years. Thank you!

Thank you to the compassionate staff at Sierra View Homes, Adventist Hospital, and Compassionate Care Hospice. Without all of them, we would have been lost!

According to her wishes there will be a private family graveside service. 

Remembrances may be made to the Alta District Historical Society, 289 South K Street, Dinuba, CA 93618.

Darrell Ray Bacon

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Darrell Ray Bacon shared this lesson with his family and friends to remind them of their potential for greatness. He saw the best in everyone and made everyone he came into contact with a better person.

Darrell Ray Bacon
1956–2023

Darrell, 67, was born Feb. 1, 1956 in Porterville, Calif., and died Nov. 2, 2023. He passed away in peace after a year-long battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 45 years Lillie Bacon from Del Rey. Son, Joshua Bacon, wife Fallon Bacon and their two sons, Nolan and Brock Bacon of Sanger. His parents Cecil and Alice Bacon of Reedley, sister Alicia and David Cowan of Fresno, and sister Barbara and Don Carter of Merced, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother Michael Bacon.

Darrell was an amazing athlete. He loved sports and excelled in football and baseball. He was part of the Jim Sweeney “Stadium Builders” Fresno State Bulldogs football team that won a League Championship in 1977, and he was named team MVP in his 1978 senior season. He was inducted into the Reedley College Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

Darrell was a man who lived to work and play. He was a beekeeper for more than 45 years; one of his great loves was watching God’s glory through his bees. He inspected fruit for the USDA for 20 years, and he also taught high school mathematics and shop classes.

Nothing was more important to Darrell than his two grandsons. He was there with them the first time they picked up a bat or dribbled a ball. He added one final job to his resume when he began recording their games and keeping their individual statistics. He thrived with his two boys.

James William Barritt

James William Barritt of Riverdale, died on Nov. 7, 2023. He was 81 years old. Private services. Wallin’s Riverdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Priscilla B. Chagoya
1939–2023
Priscilla B. Chagoya

Priscilla B. Chagoya, was born on March 8, 1939 in National City, California. She passed on Nov. 3, 2023 in Selma, California,

A Memorial service will take place on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Reedley, Calif. Officiating will be Pastor Ron Robertson.

Robert Diaz

Robert Diaz, died on Nov. 7, 2023. He was 72 years old. Funeral services will be on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Wallin’s Parlier Funeral Home. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kent Draper

Kent Draper of Reedley, died on Oct. 25, 2023. He was 91 years old. Mr. Draper was a commercial pilot. Visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel. He is survived by four sons, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two siblings. Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Florencia Lopez Gonzalez

Florencia was called home to Our Lord on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023. She went peacefully to her final rest while surrounded and comforted by her close family. She is now with her devoted husband, Amparo Gonzalez, whom she deeply loved and dearly missed.

Florencia Lopez Gonzalez
1935–2023

Florencia is survived by her six adoring children. Sons Azael Gonzalez, Amadeo Gonzalez, Armando Gonzalez & Adrian Gonzalez and Daughters Blanca Amparo Gonzalez & Anavela Lopez. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Florencia was born on Aug. 20, 1935, in Congregacion Hidalgo, Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to her loving parents Crispin Lopez and Florentina Alvarado de Lopez.

She and Amparo were married in Los Ramones on May 17, 1952, and spent the next 66 years of their lives together. 

Florencia emigrated to the United States in 1962 to join Amparo who had emigrated in 1955. She was accompanied by their young family and also her mother Florentina. All of whom later became naturalized United States citizens.

Among her countless endearing qualities, Florencia was known for her unwavering faith in God, her hard work, her love of life, home and family, her wonderful smile, and her joyful laugh. 

She was the kindest and gentlest of souls and she will be missed by all who knew her. 

Our sorrow at her passing is as great as she was, and her spirit will live on in the memory of the many who loved her. She was and always will be one of a kind.

Ezekiel Mendez

Ezekiel Mendez, of Dinuba died on Oct. 28, 2023. He was 18 years old. Mr. Mendez was a student. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sterling & Smith Funeral Home in Dinuba. A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Dinuba with interment at Smith Mountain Cemetery. He is survived by his parent and two sisters. Sterling & Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Petra Rodriguez

Petra Rodriguez of Dinuba, died on Nov. 3, 2023. She was 95 years old. Mrs. Rodriguez was a homemaker. Visitation will be on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church with a Rosary said at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Service will follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Smith Mountain Cemetery in Dinuba. She is survived by 11 sons, four daughters, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dopkins Dinuba Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Richard William Staggs

Richard William Staggs of Sanger, died on Nov. 4, 2023. He was 89 years old. Private services. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Umeyo Helen Tanaka

Umeyo Helen Tanaka, died on Nov. 12, 2023. She was 94 years old. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Manuel R. Valdivia

Manuel R. Valdivia of Sanger, died on Nov. 9, 2023. He was 66 years old. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rebecca Janette Ybarra

Rebecca Janette Ybarra, died on Nov. 10, 2023. She was 34 years old. Funeral services will be on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Life Tabernacle Church. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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