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ED­WARD FIKSE, JR. Dec. 8, 1932 – Jan. 14, 2017

Ed­ward Fikse, Jr. passed away peace­fully in his sleep on Satur­day, Jan. 14, 2017 and has joined hands again with his wife, Gretta, in heaven. Born in Volga, Iowa to Rev. Ed­ward and El­bertina Fikse, Ed was raised in a Chris­tian home with his three broth­ers and four sis­ters. Ed de­vel­oped a love for the Lord that would carry him through his whole life, and even to church camp where he spot­ted his fu­ture wife, Gretta. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from high school in Oak­land, CA, Ed joined the US Army and served dur­ing the Korean War. Af­ter re­turn­ing home, he and Gretta were mar­ried and they en­joyed 58 won­der­ful years. Ed was the ul­ti­mate fam­ily man. His de­vo­tion to Gretta, his six chil­dren, 11 grand­kids and four great-grand­kids was ev­i­dent to all who knew him. “Opa” loved his fam­ily so very much and he even tol­er­ated two grand­dogs. He planned ev­ery sum­mer va­ca­tion … from Big Basin cam­pouts to trips around the US and Europe … and he brought his en­ter­tain­ing sto­ries and songs along for the ride. He was al­ways singing “Opa songs”.

His loyal ca­reer at Nes­tle spanned 42 years be­fore re­tir­ing as a Depart­ment Man­ager for Fill­ing/Ship­ping. He was an ac­tive mem­ber of Cal­vary Re­formed Church, singing har­mony and serv­ing the Lord where called … al­ways with pink pep­per­mints in his coat pocket. He also proudly served in his com­mu­nity as a long-time vol­un­teer for the Ripon Fire Dept. and later with CRWRC dis­as­ter re­lief ef­forts with Gretta by his side. Once a month for over 50 years, Ed and Gretta en­joyed get­ting to­gether with the “Pinochle” group (seven other cou­ples from church and his life-long friends). Dur­ing his “re­tire­ment” years, he en­joyed de­liv­er­ing flow­ers through­out the val­ley for Fredriks Nurs­ery. His sense of hu­mor brought a smile to ev­ery­one he met and he will be missed by many. Ed leaves be­hind, Cindy (Duane, Kevin and Flo and Brian) Hoep­ker, Gary (Colleen, Melissa, Tom and Sam) Fikse, Terri (Ed, Alexan­dra and Han­nah) Beeler, Karin (Nate) Tay­lor, Bev­erly Fikse, and Kris­ten (Keith, Kay­lah, Jor­dan and Kara) Jack­son and Katie (Jonathan) James plus four great grand­kids. Ed is also sur­vived by his broth­ers, Everett and Gene and his sis­ters, Grace Mulder, Eleanor Scherer and Jean­nette Cad­mus along with many nieces and neph­ews and long-time friends. Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Dee­gan Funeral Chapels. Please join fam­ily and friends as they gather to cel­e­brate Ed’s life on Fe­bru­ary 4th at 11 a.m. at Cal­vary Re­formed Church in Ripon, CA.

In lieu of flow­ers, please send do­na­tions in mem­ory of Ed Fikse, Jr. to Bethany Home Memo­ri­als in Ripon, CA or the Ripon Fire Dept.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Jan. 25, 2017

BETTY LIT­TLE March 18, 1930 – Jan. 18, 2017

Betty Lit­tle passed away peace­fully at her home in Escalon on Jan. 18, 2017 at the age of 86. Betty was born on March 18, 1930 in Dixon, Iowa to Louis and An­netta Pahl. She has been a res­i­dent of Escalon for the past 17 years.

Betty leaves be­hind her chil­dren, Chris Lit­tle (Jenny) of Wald­port, OR and Heather Wise (Kenny) of Ven­tura, CA. She also leaves be­hind her grand­chil­dren, Matt Lit­tle, Sa­man­tha Lit­tle, Kate and Troy Bents, Josh Wise and Benny Wise along with one great grand­child. She is pre­ceded in death by her hus­band of 57 years, Palmer Lit­tle. Betty’s fam­ily is grate­ful she has found her peace and is now re­united with her lov­ing hus­band, Palmer. Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Dee­gan Funeral Chapels.

Per Betty’s re­quest, funeral ser­vices will be pri­vate. Please con­sider do­na­tions in Betty’s name to Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 263; PO Box 596 Escalon, CA 95320.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Jan. 25, 2017

MIN­NIE LAUGERO April 4, 1916 – Jan. 21, 2017

Long­time Escalon res­i­dent, Min­nie Laugero, who was liv­ing at Dale Com­mons in Modesto, passed away peace­fully on Sun­day, Jan. 21, 2017. Min­nie was born in Santa Cruz on April 4, 1916, where she lived with her par­ents, An­gelo and Margherita Franceschetti. When Min­nie was just two years old, the fam­ily moved to Escalon. Min­nie at­tended Escalon El­e­men­tary School and Escalon High School where she grad­u­ated “with hon­ors” in 1934. Her “com­mence­ment mem­o­ries” book from her se­nior year in high school in­cluded her com­ments about her hopes and plans for the fu­ture to which she wrote, “al­ways do a lit­tle more than my duty and my hope is for a good job.” It was dur­ing Min­nie’s se­nior year that she met Fred Laugero and they were mar­ried on Nov. 24, 1934. They had three chil­dren, Shirley, Stan and Doug. In 1945, Min­nie found that “good job” when she was hired by Escalon Pack­ers. She worked for Escalon Pack­ers and Escalon Premier Brands (Heinz) for 65 years, re­tir­ing in 2010 at the age of 94. Among Min­nie’s com­mu­nity hon­ors was her se­lec­tion as Grand Mar­shal of the Escalon Park Fete Pa­rade in 2001. Also Min­nie was a long­time parish­ioner of St. Pa­trick’s Catholic Church. As a mem­ber of St. Pa­trick’s par­ish, Min­nie joined the YLI (Young Lady’s In­sti­tute). Min­nie was elected the first pres­i­dent of the St. Pa­trick’s YLI.

Min­nie’s fa­vorite thing to do was to visit with her fam­ily.

She es­pe­cially en­joyed talk­ing with her chil­dren and their spouses, her eight grand­chil­dren and her 14 great grand­chil­dren. Min­nie (called “Noni” by her grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren) en­joyed at­tend­ing as many of their ac­tiv­i­ties as she could. She was so proud of all of them.

Min­nie is pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Fred Laugero and her daugh­ter Shirley Knox. She is sur­vived by her sons, Stan and Doug (Judy), her son in law, Kirvin Knox (Jan), her eight grand­chil­dren: Kathy Wim­mer (Mark), Caro­line Knox, Les­lie Cousineau (Jim), Greg Laugero (Pam), Jeff Laugero (Irene), Steve Laugero (Celia), Kevin Laugero (Lara), Amie Kerr (Mike), and her 14 great grand­chil­dren.

Dee­gan Funeral Chapels is hon­ored to serve the Laugero fam­ily. A vigil ser­vice is sched­uled for Thurs­day, Jan 26 at 6 p.m. at Dee­gan Funeral Chapel in Escalon. A funeral mass is sched­uled for Fri­day, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Pa­trick’s Catholic Church fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion at the par­ish hall. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests do­na­tions to be made, in mem­ory of Min­nie, to Modesto Com­mu­nity Hospice Foun­da­tion: 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA, 95356 or to a fa­vorite char­ity.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Jan. 25, 2017

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