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Joyce Irene Mensch (75)

Joyce Irene (Newby) Mensch (75) died peacefully after a lengthy illness at her home in Madera, Ca. on December 7, 2015 at the age of 75. Joyce was born on August 8, 1940 in Wisbech, Cambridge shire England.  She was born to George and Glades Newby. 

She married Sheldon when he was stationed in the Air Force in England on November 30, 1958.  After serving 20 years in the military the family settled in Madera, Ca in 1976. Joyce worked for the City of Madera Parks and Community Service as a site coordinator for the Frank Bergon Center.

Ruth Lyon (86)

Ruth Lyon (86) passed away on November 7, 2015 at Cedar Creek Retirement Community in Madera, Ca, at the age of 86 after a lengthy illness. Ruth was born on April 15, 1929 to Joe and Peggy Mayhew in Alberta, Canada.Ruth was raised in Madera and married Roy Ben Lyon in Glascow Kentucky. Roy was stationed at Fort Knox Kentucky and served with the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II.

Ruth's life was devoted to raising her children and grandchildren. Ruth also served on the grand jury and was a member of the Women's Improvement Club for many years where she served as President. She also was a member of the Madera Historical Society.

Robert Loquaci (92)

Robert “Bob” Loquaci (92) spent his life farming the fertile soil of the San Joaquin Valley. Bob was born in Madera, CA to Urbano Loquaci and Eda Pistoresi Loquaci, and began farming grapes with his father as soon as he was old enough to help. He met the love of his life, Dora Karahadian, when they were teenagers, and they were married after Bob returned from his service with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Bob and Dora were married for 70 years, and have two sons, David and Leslie, who have continued the family's farming legacy.

Bob's commitment to agriculture drove him to advocate on behalf of the farming community. He was a Founding Director and President of the Raisin Bargaining Association., and represented the domestic raisin industry by testifying in Washington D.C., where President Nixon later signed a law making imported raisins meet US Food Safety standards. Bob also traveled to Japan twice to open the market for U.S. raisins and promote raisin sales.

Marion Fry (79)

Marion Fry (79)  was born in Philadelphia, Pa. to the late Clayton Joseph Fry and Edith Brendlinger Fry on November 29, 1935. Her parents, brothers and sister moved from the east coast to Fresno after World War II. Her two older brothers would join the family in Fresno after being honorably discharged from the United States Navy.

Marion graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1954 and received her bachelors degree from the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. She later earned her masters degree in education while serving the Lord in the missionary work. Marion arrived in the Philippines in 1965, ready to use her gifts and passion to serve others. For 49 years, she was a huge blessing to all she came in contact with, primarily in counseling missionary kids.

West Coast Trucking Giant Passes Away: Joseph Pistacchio 95

MADERA - After a long and blessed life, Joseph "Joe" Pistacchio passed away on September 28, 2015, in Madera, CA. Joe died peacefully at home with his wife, Mary, and loved ones by his side. The youngest of eight children, Joe was born to Timoteo and Maria Pistacchio on September 1, 1920, in Sanger, CA. The Pistacchio family emigrated from Italy to America in 1903 and has deep roots in the San Joaquin Valley. Joe was proud of his family and his Italian heritage.

Joe graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1939 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He married Mary Montevecchi on January 28, 1945, a union that would last over 70 years. This past January in honor of their long marriage, there was a grand celebration in Madera attended by many family and friends.

Allan Hall: Local Pharmacist & Community Leader Dies at 75

William Allan Hall (75), better known to friends as "Allan", passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Allan was born in Merced, California but later moved to Fresno where he was a graduate of Fresno High School. He attended Fresno City College, Fresno State and graduated from the Oregon State School of Pharmacy.

Returning to the valley he settled in Madera where he has served the community professionally as a respected Pharmacist and community leader for 52 years. Beginning his career at the former Calaway's Drug Store on Yosemite Avenue, he later ventured out on his own with the establishment of Hall's Drugstore. After fifteen wonderful years he sold the business to Savemart in Madera where he continued to work in their pharmacy until recently.

Webster Benard (81)

Webster "Web" Benard (81), a native of Keota, OK and a resident of Madera, CA for 77 years passed away Thursday, August 20, 2015 at a Fresno hospital. He was a retired U.S. Postal Clerk where he worked for 34 years and a member of Westside Christian Fellowship Church.

Web served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and in his early years enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also an avid antique hunter who collected a wide variety of items – especially those related to the history of the Central Valley.

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