2013-03-21 / Obituaries

Alfred Wenk

Long-time Mariposa resident Alfred Wenk passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and loved ones on Feb. 19, in Milton, Fla.

Alfred was born May 9, 1928, in Clifton N.J. to Frederick and Gladys Wenk. They relocated to California when he was 12, and after graduation from high school, Alfred served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

After completing his duty in the Navy, he met and married Arlene Geczi. Al and Arlene moved to Valencia in 1968 to raise their three children and lived there until 1990, when he retired from McLane Trucking after 40 years of service. Al and Arlene moved to Mariposa and built their retirement home on the land they owned by Guadalupe Creek. They enjoyed day trips to Yosemite with their friends Bob and Yvonne McKnight and both also served as docents at the Mariposa History Museum.

Al volunteered until 2011 and made many longtime friends there. Al was an avid photographer and he also enjoyed woodworking and loved making toys for his grandchildren. Many of these toys were displayed yearly at the Mariposa County Fair, where he received numerous first place ribbons for his craftsmanship.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Arlene, in 2002. He is survived by his son, Ernest Wenk (Barbara) of Oceanside; and two daughters, Judy Reeher (Don) of Santa Clarita and Teri George (James) of Milton, Fla; seven grandchildren: Allison Houghton, Jena Overstreet, Kristy Cheshire, Stacy Reeher, Ashley Black, DJ Reeher and Daniel White; and eight great-grandchildren: Alex, Braiden, Hayley, Benson, Nolan, Logan, Zachary and Kyleigh. He is also survived by his sister, Cathie Hamilton (George) from Henderson, Nev.

A private family memorial will be held and his final resting place will be at the San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella.

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I got to know Alfred after

I got to know Alfred after delivering propane to his house for many years, i missed talking to him after he moved.I never got to say good bye..He was a very positive man,who loved talking about his grandkids and family,and liked to hear about mine.Im sorry to hear he passed..

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