Obituaries

ALEX VASQUEZ JR.

1967-2017

Alex Vasquez Jr. was born on April 27th, 1967. He passed away on January 2nd, 2017. A traditional Cry Dance will be held on January 7th. The cry dance will take place at 8 p.m. at Alex’s home, 564 North Winuba Lane in Bishop. A non-burial service will be held on Sunday January 8th. The Service will take place at 11 a.m. at the Barlow Lane Gym at 390 North Barlow Lane in Bishop. A pot luck luncheon will follow shortly after the service. In lieu of flowers or donations to the family, the request you make a donation to either The Veterans Helping Veterans or The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance. For further information please call 760-920-1177 or 209-992-9485.

CHARLES “CHUCK” SAMUEL MATLICK

1926-2016

Chuck was born in Bishop on January 12th, 1926 to Charles and Lenna Matlick. He was raised on the Matlick ranch along with his sister, Grace. With the passing of his parents, Grace became his caretaker and guardian.

Chuck will always be remembered for his kind heart, helpful hands, and childlike soul. He was a friend to all he knew. He worked many years as a hired hand for friends and family in and around Bishop. He spent countless hours working with the crew at the fairground preparing for all events held there, including mule Days since it’s inception in 1969. One of his favorite things to do was ride shotgun in the big water tank truck, always with a big grin on his face. Chuck spent the last several years of his life as a resident of the Bishop Care Center, where he made many friends. He passed away peacefully there in his sleep on December 16th, 2016.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Grace and her husband, Speedy Wofford, he is survived by his nephew, Donald Wofford, niece Carol Ontai, four grand-nieces, Trina, Tessa, Michelle, and Lenna, their spouses and children.

Charlotte Walecke

Charlotte Walecke was born October
28th 1918 in northern Ontario Canada in the area of Monteith Iroquois Falls to Parents Dominic & Alice McAndrew who’s occupation was running the Family Farm which consisted of mostly sheep and other domestics wool was shipped out by train and spare time was knitting plus other the other working of farm life.
Her pre deceased immediate family were  her SisterEthal Renwick, brother Robert McAndrew, Sister Easter Johnson, Brother’s Patrick McAndrew, Rollande McAndrew, Charlie McAndrew. Charlotte Married her loving Husband Joesph Walecke Valentines Day 1941
In Monteith Ontario Canada eventually they set up home in Northbay Ontario started there family with Daughter’s Brenda Fischer(Jim) Diane Bailey(Mike) & Gary Walecke
They eventual moved to California around 1962 Having Joesphs oldest Brother Herman Walecki residing in California’s southern climate in the LosAngeles area, moving  to Orange California were Her Husband spent his working years with St Joesph Hospital previous working in Canada were mining and building sewer plants etc for the company Smith & Nelson. Charlotte’ workings consisted of Service work, seamstress, helping community, and later working in the Elderly care facilities. She has Grand Children Chris Bailey
& Michael Walecke. Retirement years were spent Snow birding from there home at the shore of Lake Nippissing. In NorthBay and other travels, eventually moving to the Bishop Area to be closer to Family in there older years, her husband past away in 2003 Charlotte spent her last two years with her Son at his home in Lee Vining CA pasted away peacefully in sleep on the evening of Dec 5, 2016 at home as she wished under her Sons care.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop, Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

Betty Irene Van Valkenburge

Betty Van Valkenburge, 1938-2016

“Pepper” AKA Betty Irene Van Valkenburgh, born in Dar Fork, Kentucky on July 28, 1938, passed away on May 8, 2016 in Canon City, Colorado.

Pepper worked for many years in food service and food retail sales, working at both Vons and Safeway in Bishop. She enjoyed traveling and cooking.

She is preceded in death by her son Brett Butler.
She is survived by husband Bill Van Valkenburgh, son Daryl Butler, daughter Roxanne Whitted, 6 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren.

“Pepper” Betty was laid peacefully to rest on June 3, 2016 at East Line Street Cemetery, Bishop.

Betty Van Vaulkenburg
Betty Van Valkenburg

 

Beatrice Gerhart

Beatrice Gerhart, 1935-2016

Beatrice Steiskal Gerhart – a former resident of Bishop, CA, died in Huntington Beach, CA at Beachside Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in 1935 in Bellevue, PA, she loved Pennsylvania and always retained a fondness for the community in which she was born and lived. She moved to Southern California in 1964 and remained there for the rest of her life. After spending many family trips and outings to the Eastern Sierra and in particular, Bishop, CA with her husband and WW2 veteran Dr. Joseph Steiskal they decided to make Bishop their home. After Dr. Joe passed in 1998 in Bishop she re-married long-time Bishop Resident Mr. Thomas Gerhart, a Korean War veteran. After his passing she decided to move back to Huntington Beach to be closer to her sons and family.

She was surrounded by her loving family when she was taken to be with the Lord. She was a beautiful and loving woman to all that knew her, she deeply touched all those that she met and brought unity and love to her family that she loved and who loved her so much. She will be sorely missed.

Brune Mortuary in Bishop, CA has been entrusted with the arrangements and she will be laid to rest in the East Line Street Cemetery. Services will be held at 11am on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Brune Mortuary.

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Gladys Emma Schmid

Gladys Schmid 1918-2016

Gladys Schmid, 97, passed away on June 02, 2016. She was born on July 22nd, 1918 in Monticello, Wisconsin to Wilbert and Ida Hoesly. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Walter Schmid.

She and Walter left Wisconsin and moved to California eventually making their way to the Eastern Sierra. Gladys worked many jobs but some of her more memorable ones were when she worked at the June Lake General Store from 1953-1965, then in 1966 she and Walter bought and owned and operated the Crowley Lake Store until 1973 when they decided to settle in Bishop.

She loved the outdoors, and traveling across country she and Walter were long time members of the Bishop Golf Club where she golfed until age 88 and she joined the Lady Bills of the Elks Lodge 1603 until 1974.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Marian and Delmar Kubly of Wisconsin, nephew Kris (Penny) Kubly and family of Wisconsin, longtime friend Cindy (Hugh) Henderson and family of Bishop, and a host of friends. We will miss her wonderful smile and sense of humor as well as her spunkiness.  Per her request there will be no services.

James Whitlock

James  Whitlock 1942 – 2016

Jim passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Renown Hospital in Reno, NV. Jim was 73 yrs. old. Jim resided in Owens valley for over 35 years. The past 32 years with his wife Marilee.

Jim is preceded in death by his brother Larry Whitlock.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marilee Whitlock; brother and sister in law, Terry and Candace Whitlock; son and daughter-in-law Jim and Kimberly Whitlock; daughter and son-in- law Erin and Frank Lullo; daughter and daughter-in-law, Amy and Kerri Whitlock; daughter April Whitlock; step daughter and son-in-law Kimberly and Billy Pejsa; step daughter Melisa Whiting; grandsons, Keaton Lullo, Timothy Pejsa, Ryan Whitlock, and Jake Whitlock; granddaughters, Chelsea Lullo, Courtney Pejsa, Camryn Whitlock and Samantha Whitlock.

Graveside service will be May 31, 2016, @ 11:00am. Luncheon gathering @ Legion Hall, Directly following.

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Janna Owens

Janna Harnett (Cezon) Owens 1960-2016

Janna Harnett (Cezon) Owens, age 55, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Reno, Nevada due to organ failure. Janna lived in the community of Paradise near Bishop, California.  Janna was born to Erin (Harnett) Cezon and Dan Mummert on September 28, 1960, in Hollywood, California. She moved to Mammoth Lakes at the age of eighteen, and later married the love of her life, Michael Owens, on April 29, 1983, in Sherman Oaks.

Janna was preceded in death by her mother, Erin Cezon; father, Dan Mummert; step-father, Rick Cezon; and brother, John Russel Swindells.  She is survived by her husband, Michael Owens of the community of Paradise; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Genifer Owens of Big Pine; brother, Mark Cezon of Val Verde, California; and an aunt.

The family will have a private interment. Janna loved animals.  The family requests donations be made to the Whitmore Animal Shelter in lieu of flowers.

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Ernie Blunt

Ernest Blunt, 1931-2016

Ernest “Ernie” Albert Blunt, a resident of Bishop for 60 years, passed away on May 22rd at the age of 84.

Ernie Blunt was born on November 2, 1931 in Lone Pine, California. Ernie split his high school years between Owens Valley High School where he lettered in baseball, Glenns Ferry High School in Idaho, and Bishop High School. Throughout his youth, Ernie worked as a packer for the Parker Blunt Pack Station taking visitors on mule packing adventures into the mountains.

Ernie joined the United States Air Force in 1951 where he served until 1955 in England at the RAF Fairfield air base as a mechanic. He met and developed a courtship with Margaret “Peggy”Rose Price. He proposed to Peggy prior to his return to the United States. Although they planned to get married in England, paperwork held things up. They were married a month later on July 18, 1955, at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Bishop.

Ernie initially joined the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) in 1955. He left CALTRANS and went to work for Inyo County in their Engineering Department in 1956, but returned to CALTRANS in 1957 and worked as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Bishop. Ernie spent 34 years with CALTRANS and officially retired on December 30, 1991.

Ernie spent his retirement years deer hunting, fishing, camping, attending Mule Days activities and his favorite activity—garage sales. Prior to his wife Peggy’s death one year ago on Mule Days, Peggy and Ernie were “regulars” at every local yard sale. It is weirdly coincidental that both would pass within 24 hours of exactly one year apart. Both Ernie and Peggy were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary last year.

Ernie is survived by: daughters Helen Waitkus of Bishop; and Mandy McCarthy of Rohnert Park, CA; grand-daughter Kelsey McCarthy of New York City; and grandsons Joseph Blunt of Wasco, Oregon and Jack McCarthy of Orange County, CA.

A funeral and a public celebration of life service are not planned at this time but may be held in the future. Instead of flowers, please consider a tax-deductible memorial donation to the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

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Nick Yeager

Nick Yeager 1948-2016

Nick Yeager passed away Saturday April 2, 2016 at the age of 68. Nick was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and collecting old things. Nick was born to Bob and Dorothy Yeager in Dillon Montana on September 1, 1948. He would be the oldest of the three Yeager boys. The family moved to Big Pine Ca when Nick was 6 years old. A few years later the family moved to Bishop Ca where Nick graduated from Bishop Union High school. He attended Bakersfield City College. While studying to become an  Entomologist, Nick was drafted to the Army. Nick would spend 14 months in Vietnam. Nick was a member of company B , 2nd Battalion (Airmobile) , 5th Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division. Nick received ten medals for his service including the Bronze Star with a V for valor for heroism in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Cambodia. Nick returned to Bishop Ca for he would spend the rest of his life.

Nick worked for Turner Gas company for almost 20 years as a gas delivery driver. Nick then became a painting Contractor and continued painting until he retired.  Nick leaves behind his Daughter Renee Yeager Rowley of Bishop, her Mother Kathy Yeager-Lowry of Clovis ca, Grandchildren Brandon Rowley, Cameron Rowley, and Maddie Hall of Bishop. Son Jim Dixon and his Mother MaryJane Dixon of Bishop. Brothers and Sister in laws Steve and Sharon Yeager, Bill and Lisa Yeager also of Bishop. Nieces Corey Buffington, Lianne Talbot, Gina Tetrick and Nephew Ryan Yeager and five great nieces and one great nephew all of Bishop and also many life long friends. We will all miss his sense of adventure, the great stories he shared, his great sense of humor and his kind loving heart.

There will be a celebration of life and potluck luncheon Saturday June 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM at The Elks Lodge #1603, 151 E. Line st Bishop. To bring a dish please contact Tammy Deyo at 760-938-2900 or 760-937-0187