2017-07-06 / Obituaries

RoseAnn Serrano

In the early evening of Sunday, June 25, 2017 at her Le Grand home, Rose- Ann (Burkart) Serrano passed away due to complications of pancreatic cancer surrounded by family and friends. The daughter of the late Dr. Carl and Frances Burkart of Fresno, RoseAnn was 72 years old.

RoseAnn received her education from Fresno schools, attending Saint Therese School, graduating from San Joaquin Memorial

High School with the Class of 1962 and earning her AA Degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno City College. She later went on to attend Fresno State College where she was a Music and History major.

RoseAnn and David’s marriage of 50 years was a journey that led a “city girl” to become a farmer’s wife and to embrace the many challenges of agriculture. A true partnership, RoseAnn was an integral part of Serrano Farms, working side by side with David and the family.

When RoseAnn came to Le Grand she immersed herself into her community as well as the surrounding communities of Chowchilla, Merced, Fresno, Mariposa, and Planada. Being involved with her children in their 4-H sheep projects eventually led to her own sheep raising enterprise.

RoseAnn has served as a volunteer, member, vendor, manager, board member and president of numerous organizations, such as Merced County Certified Farmer’s Market, Mariposa Certified Farmer’s Market, Madera Certified Farmer’s Market, California Women for Agriculture, USDA Farm Services Agency Committee, Farm Bureau and National Federation of Independent Business.

Left to cherish RoseAnn’s memory are her husband David Serrano of Le Grand, and her children, Christine Serrano of Le Grand, Danielle Serrano of Chowchilla, Matthew Serrano and his wife Kimberly of Woodside, Calif., and Michael Serrano and his wife Erika of Le Grand. RoseAnn also leaves sisters Kathy (Robyn) Gaffney of Big River, Calif., and Carla Clark of Fresno, as well as grandchildren Isabela, William and Catalina Serrano.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Le Grand with recitation of the rosary following at 6:30 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with interment following at Plainsburg Cemetery.

RoseAnn’s family would appreciate donations in her memory be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Building Fund, 14075 E. Le Grand Road, Le Grand, CA 95333 or The Carole Stinson Literacy Foundation, P.O. Box 65, Menlo Park, CA, 94026-0065.

Condolence messages may be left at www.jaychapel.com, where the entire obituary can be viewed.

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