Obituaries: Dec. 14, 2023
By Mid Valley Times Staff
4:15 am,
December 14, 2023
Raymond D. Hernandez

Raymond D. Hernandez of Fowler, died on Dec. 10, 2023. He was 81 years old. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023 from 9 to 10 a.m. with a Chapel service at 10 a.m. at Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Johnny E. Little

Johnny E. Little of Sanger, died on Dec. 5, 2023. She was 95 years old. Graveside Clovis Cemetery District Friday, Dec. 29, 2023 at 11 a.m. Wallen’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alicia T. Mata

Alicia T. Mata of Kingsburg, died on Dec. 1, 2023. She was 46 years old. Visitations will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m. Rosary at 6 p.m. at Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home. Funeral will be held at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in Fowler Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 at 10 a.m. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ismael Mendoza

Ismael Mendoza of Reedley, died on Nov. 24, 2023. He was 91 years old. He was a farm worker. Visitations will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sterling & Smith Funeral Home in Dinuba. Services will be held at Sterling & Smith in Dinuba Friday, Dec. 15, 2023 at 11 a.m. He is survived by five sons, three daughters Sterling and Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Isabel Montano

Isabel Montano of Fowler, died on Dec. 1, 2023. He was 63 years old. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023 from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by a Chapel Conclude at 10 a.m. at Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jesus Rodolfo Montoya

Jesus Rodolfo Montoya of Dinuba, died on Nov. 19, 2023. He was 33 years old. He was a Farm laborer. Visitation will Monday, Dec. 18, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m. Rosary at 5:30 at Dopkins Funeral Chapel. Funeral will be Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment Smith Mountain Cemetery. He is survived by Arturo Montoya, Sr. (Father) four brothers & two sisters. Dopkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Connie Malea Pennington

Connie Malea Pennington of Sanger, died on Dec. 5, 2023. She was 67 years old. Celebration of life Eagles Hall Sanger. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wallen’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pablo C. Reyes

Pablo C. Reyes of Reedley, died on Dec. 10, 2023. He was 98 years old. Visitation will be held on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church. Mass will follow at 1 p.m. Wallin’s Parlier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Saul G. Rodriguez

Saul G. Rodriguez of Parlier, died on Dec. 7, 2023. He was 69 years old. Visitation will be held on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023 from 5 to 7 p.m. Rosary at 6 p.m. at Wallin’s Parlier Funeral Home. Wallin’s Parlier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cesar Santoyo

Cesar Santoyo of Sanger, died on Dec. 4, 2023. He was 51 years old. Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mass will follow at 10 a.m. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Evangelina Martinez Torres

Evangelina Martinez Torres of Dinuba, died on Nov. 27, 2023. She was 76 years old. She was a packer. Visitations will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sterling & Smith Funeral Home Dinuba. Mass will be held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Dinuba Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023 at 10 a.m. She is survived by three daughters, one sister, two brothers, 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Sterling and Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rachel Anne (Mourad) Underwood

Rachel Anne (Mourad) Underwood went to be with the Lord on Nov. 24, 2023. Rachel was a 1985 graduate of Reedley High School in Reedley California. She attended Fresno State and graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree. Rachel was a proud member of Delta Gamma Sorority where she made lifelong relationships that she cherished.

Rachel Anne Underwood
1967–2023

Rachel’s greatest accomplishment was her relationship with her five children. They each brought so much joy to her life and she loved them with all of her heart. She is survived by her children: Claire, Nicholas, Thomas, Timothy, and Grace. Rachel is also survived by her loving brother and sister Rick Mourad (Lori) and Ruth Mourad Eubanks (Chris). Rachel is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Bee Mourad.

Rachel was a genuine and loving person. She would light up any room she walked into. People would gravitate toward her infectious funny personality. She was beautiful inside and out, a true original who will be missed.

Rachel will be put to rest next to her parents at the Reedley Cemetery in Reedley, CA. A private family service is planned. Condolences may be made to Dobkins Funeral Home at www.dopkinsreedley.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fresno Area Alumnae Delta Gamma and mailed to 7226 W. Rialto Ave. Fresno, California 93723. Please specify “for Rachel Mourad Underwood”.

Delta Gamma Sisters, please mark your calendar for March 9th, as we will have a celebration of life for Rachel in Fresno. Reedley Friends, we hope to have a gathering for you to join in 2024.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Jerry Lee Warkentin

Jerry Lee Warkentin, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, peacefully entered the presence of his Lord and Savior, surrounded by his family on Dec. 1, 2023. Jerry will be remembered for his determined and confident spirit, his loving devotion to his family, and incredibly strong work ethic.

Jerry Lee Warkentin
1936–2023

Born on Nov. 17, 1936, to Abe and Lena Warkentin in Shafter, Calif., Jerry learned the values of hard work and family devotion from an early age. When his father, Abe, bought a car for the family, everyone took turns making the monthly car payment. As a child, Jerry worked summers in a packing shed, loaded train cars, collected walnuts, and even mowed lawns in his neighborhood so that he could help support his parents and siblings. Jerry was a product of a time where families worked together to make ends meet. This fostered a fierce determination that he carried throughout his life. 

On June 14, 1958, Jerry married the love of his life, Deanna Jeanielle Jensen. Together, for over 65 years, they built a life filled with love and commitment. Despite not being overtly vocal about his faith, Jerry exemplified Jesus’ love through his devoted partnership with Deanna. During their yearlong engagement, every weekend Jerry made the journey from Los Angeles to Reedley, spending precious moments with Deanna before returning to work late Sunday night, a testament to his unwavering dedication as a provider for his family. It was Jerry’s strength that kept the family centered on worship. Jerry’s creative mind gifted him with an imaginative spark, evident in his many endeavors, from constructing the pole barn on his farm and keeping the many trucks and tractors running, to crafting a coffee tabletop adorned with thousands of veneer inlays resembling a chess board. He approached each project with skill and vision. Whatever Jerry set his mind to, he accomplished it with success.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Deanna, sister Lois Warkentin, son Jeffrey (Nancy), son Russell (Leanne), and daughter Rebecca (John). In addition to his own children, Jerry is survived by eight grandchildren, Melissa (Andrew), Eric (Michelle), Jenielle, Samantha, Adrienne (Marcus), Ethan, Rhonna (Jarred), and Austin. Jerry was blessed with fifteen great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Abe and Lena, his brother Merrill, his brother Robert, and many aunts and uncles.

Gregory Gary V. Zamora

Gregory Gary V. Zamora of Fresno, died on Dec. 3, 2023. He was 66 years old. Graveside: Fresno Memorial Gardens Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 at 1 p.m. Wallen’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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