Obituaries

Tre Ford

Longtime Mariposa County resident and builder, Tre Ford, died peacefully at her home in Midpines on March 8, 2021. She was 92. Tre was born in Oklahoma on Aug. 16, 1928. She spent her early years in Denton, Texas, and eventually moved to California while in her 20s. She was a graduate of California State University Chico and a member […]

Craig Campbell

Craig Wesley Campbell lost his battle with cancer on March 9, 2021, in Jennings, La., at age 61. Craig was born in Santa Paula, Calif. on Sept. 5, 1959. He is survived by his parents, Grace and Klaus Heddergott of Mariposa; step-sister Kim Moore of Danbury, Conn.; and step-brother Brent Heddergott of Whittier, Calif. He was preceded in death by […]

Helen Kwalwasser

Helen Bernice “Nanny” Kwalwasser passed peacefully on Friday evening, March 5, 2021 at the age of 79 with her family at her side. Helen is survived by her four beloved children: Lorri Abston, Annette (Sonny) Palmer, Debbie (Darrel) Tomlin and David (Dyia) Kwalwasser; 10 grandchildren, Crystal, Kaitlyn, Nathan, James, Clara, Kayla, Madison, Peyton, Walt and Jordyn; two great-granddaughters, Alasca Rae […]

Leslie Jordan

Leslie Roy Jordan, aka Lester, and Big Daddy, from Ahwahnee Calif., passed away in Fresno from health complications related to cancer on Jan. 31, 2020. In a perfect world Words are never spoken in anger No ones heart is ever broken There wouldn’t be so much left to say Love is easy to find and lasts till the end of […]

Keith Pearson

It is with extreme sadness and heartbreak to notify you of the passing of our precious husband and father, Richard Keith Pearson. Keith was our rock. He passed away on Feb. 17, 2021, at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno at the age of 75. Keith and his wife, Ruby Varain, met in the early 60s. His family purchased lumber […]

Kinzetta Trimble

Kinzetta Jean (Riley) Trimble, 91 years young, joined the angels on Feb. 25, 2021. She was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Weatherford, Okla., and died in Clovis. As a young girl, Kinzetta relocated to California’s Central Valley with her family as the Dust Bowl made it near impossible to farm in Oklahoma. From a young age, she was responsible for […]

Sarah Jeske

Sarah Howard Jeske passed away peacefully in Mariposa surrounded by her family on Jan. 3, 2021. She was 85 years old. Sarah always went by the name Sally. Her heart was huge and she had a beautiful, sweet spirit and love for all those she knew. She was a strong believer in the salvation that comes through faith in Jesus […]

Donald Hixson

Donald S. Hixson passed away of natural causes in his sleep at his home in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 6, 2021. He was 99 years, eight months. He received his last rites by Zoom from Father Ian of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church with his loved ones gathered at his bedside. No other services are planned. Donald was a Navy […]

Elizabeth Vander Karr

Elizabeth “Betty” (Oechsner) Vander Karr passed peacefully Feb. 13, 2021. She was born Jan. 23, 1941, to Donna and Ed Oechsner in San Bernardino, Calif. During the 1940s, the Oechsner family moved to Mariposa to work a ranch near Indian Peak while her father worked for the U.S. Forestry. Betty attended grade school at the Indian Peak schoolhouse, and graduated […]

Bertram Wentzek

Bertram Wentzek, age 87, passed away in his home on Jan. 26, 2021 in Hemet, Calif. He was born July 13, 1933, in Bremerhaven, Germany. Bertram is survived by his wife and best friend, Hope; his son, William; two daughters by marriage, Allison and Kate; his sisters, Dagmar of North Carolina and Trauduer of Germany; as well as numerous friends […]


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