Obituaries: Jan. 11, 2024
By Mid Valley Times Staff
5:59 am,
January 11, 2024
Esperanza L. Alvarado

Esperanza L. Alvarado of Sanger died on Jan. 1, 2024. She was 87 years old. Visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Rosary said at 6 p.m. at Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be held on Jan. 9, 2024 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sanger. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Myrna Ann Blanco

Myrna Ann Blanco of Sanger died on Dec. 22, 2023. She was 46 years old. Funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. At 10 a.m. at Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jose Gutierrez Bueno

Jose Gutierrez Bueno of Dinuba died on Jan. 4, 2024. He was 78 years old. Mr. Bueno was a truck driver. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Sterling and Smith’s Dinuba Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will follow at 12:30 at St. Catherines Catholic Church Dinuba. Interment will follow at Smith Mountain Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Cruzita Bueno, two sons, three daughters, four brothers, two sisters, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Sterling and Smith Dinuba Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

Vidal S. Cuevas

Vidal S. Cuevas of Parlier died on Jan. 3, 2024. He was 72 years old. Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024 at Our Lady Of Sorrows in Parlier. Wallin’s Parlier Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

Betty Lou Erickson

Betty Lou Erickson of Reedley died on Dec. 30, 2023. She was 91 years old. Mrs. Erickson was a Restaurant Hostess. Interment Kingsburg Cemetery. She is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Dopkin’s Reedley Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

Beverly Jean Friesen

Beverly Jean Friesen of Reedley died on Dec. 15, 2023. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Friesen was a teacher. She is survived by one son, one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Dopkin’s Reedley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

George Henry Isaak, Sr.

George Henry Isaak, Sr., of Reedley died on Jan. 3, 2024. He was 86 years old. Mr. Isaak was a Farmer. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Dopkins Reedley funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at Reedley Cemetery. Memorial service will be at Reedley MB Church at 2 p.m. He is survived by his wife Carol Isaak, one son, two daughters, two brothers, two sisters, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Dopkin’s Reedley Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

George Martzen

The Reverend Dr. George Martzen passed away on Dec. 19, 2023, at the age of 67, at his home in Alhambra, Calif. George is proceeded in death by his parents David and Vivian Martzen. He is survived by his wife Reverend Chin Cheak Yu, son Walter, siblings Phillip (Pat), Phillis, Kenneth and Paul (Holly.) 

George Martzen
1956–2023

George was raised in Dinuba, Calif. and attended schools in Dinuba, Reedley College and Fresno Pacific University. He worked for a newspaper in Pixley for a few years and then in the family photography business in Dinuba. He attended Claremont Theological Seminary and was ordained as a Methodist pastor. He served in churches in the Los Angeles area but also for many years in Singapore. 

He was known for his kindness, compassion and for his beautiful singing voice and passion for music. 

Memorial service was held Jan. 5, 2024 at the church where he most recently served, Saga Granada Park Methodist Church in Alhambra, Calif. Graveside service will be at Smith Mountain Cemetery in Dinuba at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 9, 2024.

Joyce Becky Nance

Joyce Becky Nance of Cutler died on Dec. 13, 2023. She was 72 years old. Mrs. Nance was a bookkeeper. She is survived by one son, two brothers, two sisters and two grandchildren. Dopkin’s Reedley Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

Pablo Ortega

Pablo Ortega of Dinuba died on Jan. 3, 2024. He was 38 years old. Mr. Ortega was a supervisor. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dopkins Dinuba funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will be at Smith Mountain Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Victoria Ortega, three daughters, one son, one brother. Dopkin’s Dinuba Funeral Home is charge of arrangements. 

Pa Sigilfredo Dorantes Ramirez

Pa Sigilfredo Dorantes Ramirez of Dinuba died on Dec. 25, 2023. He was 31 years old. Mr. Ramirez was a farm laborer. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dopkins Dinuba funeral Chapel. He is survived by his father, Jesus Dorantes, mother, Imelda Ramirez, two brothers and two sisters. Dopkin’s Dinuba Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

Robert Kelly Romero

Robert Kelly Romero of Sanger died on Dec. 30, 2023. He was 57 years old. A funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Sanger. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eric Lee Skinner

Eric Lee Skinner of Hanford died on Dec. 26, 2023. He was 71 years old. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carl Rodney Spolini

Carl Rodney Spolini of Los Osos died on Dec. 28, 2023. He was 76 years old. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Judy Ellen Toler

Judy Ellen Toler of Squaw Valley died on Dec. 10, 2023. She was 86 years old. Mrs. Toler was a gift shop owner. She is survived by two daughters, two sisters, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Dopkin’s Reedley Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

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