Obituaries for January 30, 2002
Irene Christine Moldenhauer, 75, of Galt, passed away at home on Jan. 26. She was born Irene Gohner on June 9, 1926 in La Moure County, North Dakota. She married John Moldenhauer and lived and worked with him on their farm and ranch in Stutsman County, North Dakota.
John was a Minister with the Church of God Seventh-day and his ministry took Irene and he to Missouri, Kansas, Oregon, Washington and Arizona. They moved to Galt in 1976 after his retirement.
Irene was known as a gracious hostess and a wonderful cook. She enjoyed cooking, music and gardening, but she truly enjoyed being a grandmother for the last 25 years. She was a member of the Church of God Seventh-day in Lodi.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Ginny Moldenhauer of Los Molinos; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Clay Sigg of Granite Bay; daughter, Lillian Wagner of St. Joseph, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Moldenhauer; her parents, John and Amelia Gohner; and her brother, Henry Gohner.
A chapel service was held Jan. 29 in the Lodi Funeral Home Chapel. Committal followed at Cherokee Memorial Park. Pastor Loren Stacy of the Church of God Seventh-day, Lodi officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Spring Vale Academy, 4150 S. M - 52, Owosso, Michigan 48867.
Steven W. Benoit
Steven W. Benoit, 46, of Galt passed away due to cancer on Jan. 23, at home. Steven was born on Nov. 5, 1955 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
Steven was raised in Milton, Vermont. He also lived in Salinas, CA 14 years before he moved to Galt. He attended Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont. Mr. Benoit was a production manager for Mission Linen Supply for 18 years. He served proudly in the U.S. Army and the California National Guard.
Steven's greatest gift was his "way with people." He was always a loving husband and father, devoted son and brother, loyal friend and neighbor, and a dedicated employee.
Steven was an avid coin collector, and enjoyed Computer Science and golf.
He is survived by his wife, Lora Benoit; children, Dustin Perry Benoit and Amanda-Rose Benoit of Galt; brothers and sisters, David, Joyce, Marge, Bill, Audrey, and Sharron of Vermont; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William W., mother, Helen R. Benoit, and sisters, Sandra and Donna.
Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at Ben Salas Funeral Home. Rev. Thomas Sheperd officiated. Burial at the Galt Cemetery immediately followed.
Mission Linen Supply has established The Benoit Children's Trust Fund at F&M Bank, 1200 C St., Galt, CA 95632, attention: Bobbie Lewis.
Evelyn B. McEnerney
Evelyn B. McEnerney, 80, of Galt, passed away at a local hospital on Jan. 24, of natural causes.
She was born Evelyn B. Fowler in Childress, TX, on June 2, 1921. She has been a resident of the area since 1956.
She retired after 27 years with the Galt Joint Union School District and was the first woman bus driver in Galt. She enjoyed playing slots and bingo and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband "Mac" McEnerney in 1997. She is survived by her daughters; Ronna Thomas of Stockton, Donna Landers and Annette McEnerney of Galt; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A chapel service will be held today at 10:00 a.m. at the Ben Salas Funeral Home in Galt. Pastor H. Eugene Wilburn of the Big Valley Church with committal at the Galt Cemetery following the service.
Obituaries for January 23,2002
Dolores Jeanne LaVine died on Saturday, Jan. 19, after a brief bout with cancer. She was survived by Herman, her husband of 43 years; four sons, Richard of Nevada, James of Riverton, WY, Paul of Galt, and Ken of Red Bluff; and daughters, Pam Lamkin of Galt and "adopted" daughter Ellen Schlenker of Valley Springs.
Dolores was a grandmother of 12 and became a great-grandmother to Gavyn Dunaway in September 2001.
Dolores was born on June 23, 1935 in Little Rock, AK. She grew up in Norwalk, CA and moved to Herald in 1964. In 1966, she was the founding president of the Herald-Clay Community Club, which is still active today. She served as the volunteer Postmaster of Herald from 1967-69 to help avert the threatened closure of that post office, which remains open to this day due to her efforts.
In 1970, Dolores founded a community program, which helped parents and teens deal with drug abuse issues. She was the customer service representative of Herman LaVine Insurance for 15 years. Since 1972, Dolores has been very active in the Galt Seventh-day Adventist Church of Galt. She has also actively served with the Meals on Wheels program for the last 12 years and, at one time, served as a Pink Lady for Lodi Memorial Hospital.
Dolores enjoyed books, camping and crafting beautiful gifts. She loved unconditionally. Her physical presence will be missed, but her spiritual presence carries on in the many lives she has touched.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2:30 p.m., at the Galt Seventh-day Adventist Church at 619 Myrtle Ave., Galt.
Remembrances may be made to Hospice of San Joaquin, 2609 E. Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA 95210-4222.
Arrangements are under the direction of Galt Funeral Home.
Jose Angel Gonzalez
Jose Angel Gonzales died of natural causes on Jan. 6 in Stockton. He was born on Oct. 2, 1910. He was a loving father and grandfather. He leaves behind his wife Esther of 69 years, six children, 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
His children are Margaret Mendez of Los Angeles, Sally Robbins of Stockton, Joseph Gonzalez Jr. of Grover Beach, Ernesto Gonzalez of Anchorage, Alaska, Ruthann Zamora of Sacramento, and David Gonzalez of La Puente, CA.
He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Ismael Gonzalez, his granddaughter Pamela Gonzalez and his great-great-granddaughter Arissa Zamora.
Our father will be greatly missed. Spiritually, he was one to imitate. Spiritually he was one to put God first. Spiritually, he was one who always encouraged faith in God. Spiritually he was one you could count on. In our hearts we feel as II Samuel 3:38 states, "Do you not know that it is a prince and a great man that has fallen this day." His patience, kindness, and loving example will be missed greatly.
Joseph Dean Chandler
Joseph Dean Chandler died of natural causes on Jan. 15 following a prolonged illness. He was 77.
Born on July 24, 1924 in Belleville, IL, he was raised there until he moved to California, after the service in 1948. He served in the US Navy from October 1941 to October 1945.
He was an avid golfer, a game he started playing at the age of 10 when he worked as a caddie. He also loved harness racing and bred horses specifically for racing.
A resident of the area for the past 32 years, he was the manager for Mold Crafters (Plastic Molding Company).
He is survived by his wife, Erika Chandler of Galt; 11 children, Jerico Chandler, Kathleen Kinderman and Robert Chandler, all of Lodi; Connie Spirou of Tracy, Barbara Nestal of Orinda, Cynthia Chandler of Stockton, Clayton Chandler of Camino, Judith Perkins of Salida, Melissa Chandler of Lockeford, Richard Herchkorn of Wyoming and Greg Morrow of Oregon; 35 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jackie Chandler; sisters, Ophelia Duncan and Billy Jane Haas and a half-sister, Sarah Odessa Robinson.
He was receded in death by his brother Tyrus Roger Chandler and a half-brother, John Chandler.
At the request of Joseph, no service will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of San Joaquin, 2609 E. Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA 95210-4222.