Obituaries

John Traufler, Jr.

It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of John Traufler, Jr. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, John and Maryann Traufler. He is survived by sister Gwendolyn Ash and her husband Charlie; brother and sister in-law Mike and Michele Traufler; and niece and nephew John and Brittany Traufler. John had special people in […]

Joe “Bubba” Lang

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Graveside Services for Joe “Bubba” Lang will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the Mariposa County Cemetary, where he will be laid to rest with his late son Byron A. Walker. All are welcome to come and share memories of our dear Bubba, as we finally lay him to rest.

William ‘Doc’ Harris

William Wayne “Doc” Harris was born on Aug. 22, 1981 and passed away on June 11, 2018 at the age of 36. An Afghanistan combat veteran, he was an avid catch and release fly fisherman, a loving brother, friend, dad and a true American hero. “Billy” grew up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Mariposa County with his parents, Ed […]

John Hardaway

John Hardaway passed from this world into the Presence of Jesus on May 23, 2018. He was born Oct. 21, 1938, to John M. Hardaway and Olga Davis Hardaway in Sacramento, Calif. The family moved to Santa Barbara when John was a very young child. It was there his life-long love of the sea began. John’s family later moved to […]

Merle Wood

Merle Louette Wood passed away peacefully at home on July 1, 2018. She was 93 years old. She was born to Ray and Effie Hillier on Dec. 3, 1924 in Alhambra, Calif. She married Clyde Wood on April 4, 1948. They had three children: Bonnie, John and Connie. She was always involved with her children’s schools and other volunteer activities. […]

Don Van Meter

Don Eugene Van Meter was born on March 19, 1930 in San Diego, and passed away from natural causes at home on May 23, 2018. Don grew up in Temple City and met his wife of 69-plus years, Doris, at a dance class at the age of 13. They fell in love and married on June 20, 1948 and started […]

Allen Shelley Hawkins

We will be celebrating the life of Allen Shelley Hawkins, 42, who passed away on June 22, 2018, at Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage, Alaska, from esophageal cancer. Allen was born in Santa Clara, Calif. on July 3, 1975. He lived in several California cities during his early years, including Riverside. In 1985, he moved with his family to El Portal, […]

Ruth Margaret Wittkopf

Ruth Margaret Wittkopf died of a stroke on June 13, 2018 in Portland, Ore. She was surrounded by her husband and four children. Ruth was born in Hood River, Ore. on November 24, 1918 to Edward and Marie Dresser. It was in Hood River that she developed a love of the outdoors, including camping, hiking and fishing. Ruth attended Oregon […]

Delphine Rose Gorder

Delphine Rose Gorder led an expansive life in a narrow locus, dwelling always in the mountains and valleys of Central California. She was born on July 19, 1922 near Yosemite Valley at Big Oak Flat to Carrie McFarland and Harry Terwilliger. She attended schools in Madera, El Portal and Sonora, where she graduated from high school. Returning to Madera, Delphine […]

Katherine Foster

Katherine (Kay) Foster of Mariposa passed quietly June 25 following a brief illness at John C. Fremont hospital. Born Katherine Ruth McDougal on June 1, 1923, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Forrest McDougle and Viola Gravitt McDougle, Kay had five siblings, three sisters and two brothers, each preceding her in death. Surviving the Great Depression, Kay and family managed to continue […]


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