BETTY JEAN OSWALD Oct. 19, 1937 – July 30, 2017
Betty Jean Oswald, born in Colorado City, Texas on October 19, 1937, passed away on July 30, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Florence Oswald, her brother Charles Oswald and survived by her two loving sisters Patsy Oswald and Judith Bournival, brother-in-law John Bournival, nephew Douglas and nieces Lisa and Cinnamon. Betty graduated from Escalon High School in 1955 where her beautiful singing voice was noted in her music class, traveling to San Francisco to sing on several radio shows. She graduated from Modesto Jr. College where her first choice for a career was journalism, but changed to a teaching career and received her Master’s Degree from San Francisco State in speech and furthering her education in getting a certificate to teach hard of hearing children, teaching for over 39 years at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, CA.
Betty loved reading, and excelled in photography and watercolor painting. She traveled the world on tours and on her own. When she decided to take her sabbatical from teaching, she met her sister Patsy in Paris and began their many trips together exploring France, Italy, Egypt, and Russia. She was very special and inspirational to her students, friends and family. She will never be forgotten for all the wonderful qualities she possessed. Special thanks to the staff and residents at Aegis Living, Kaiser Permanente and Kaiser Hospice for all their loving care.
Graveside services will be held at Burwood Cemetery on September 30, at 10 a.m. with a gathering to share memories from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Escalon United Methodist Church Social Hall at 2000 Jackson Ave.
Donations in her memory and per her wishes may be made to the Escalon Library or a charity of your choice. The Escalon (Calif.) Times Sept. 13, 2017
ALBERT JOHNSON Oct. 12, 1932 – Sept. 8, 2017
Albert Johnson passed away peacefully on September 8, 2017 in Modesto surrounded by his family.
Albert was born on October 12, 1932 in Burns, Oregon to Luther and Hazel Johnson. He grew up on his family’s dairy and cattle ranch in Escalon and after graduating from Escalon High School enlisted into the Merchant Marines and served in Korea. After being discharged from the Army he went to work for Caltrans for nearly 30 years. Albert retired and returned to his family ranch in Escalon where he spent his time farming almonds.
Albert was a member and past commander of the American Legion Post 263 and was also a member of the Escalon Historical Society and Saron Lutheran Church. Above all else Albert loved his family. His greatest joy in life was hosting family events, especially Sunday afternoons at the family ranch, spending time with his siblings, children and grandchildren.
Albert leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Jacqueline Johnson, his children; Deborah Avila (John) and Daniel Johnson (Amy), his grandchildren; Thomas, Katherine and Julia Avila and Daniel Jr. and Samuel Johnson along with his siblings; Richard Johnson (Charlotte) and Ruth Cohagan (Ron). Albert is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Ethel Ritchey, Alice Johanson and David Johnson.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Deegan Funeral Chapels. A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 at 10 a.m. at Saron Lutheran Church in Escalon followed by graveside services and military honors at Burwood Cemetery. Please consider donations in Albert’s memory to Saron Lutheran Church. The Escalon (Calif.) Times Sept. 13, 2017