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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

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