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Frank Andrew Bleggi Obituary

Beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, Frank Andrew Bleggi, age 82 passed away on June 30, 2019 at Southern Inyo Care Center from Parkinson’s. The son of Charlie and Rose Bleggi, Frank was born on April 8, 1937 at Price City, Utah. As a child Frank lived in Mapleton, UT and graduated from Springville High School. He served 4 years in the Navy during the Korean Conflict as electronics’ technician, later choosing to become an electrician, a master electrician with licenses in five western states. He was a construction project estimator, electrician and supervisor living in Spokane, WA. He worked as an electrician and supervisor on construction projects in Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho and California. In 1987 he quit construction and was hired as the electrician for the National Park Service at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with his home in Three Rivers, CA. He retired in January 2004 and relocated to Bishop, CA in 2008. A very active fisherman, hunter, backpacker, trap shooter, golfer, bowler, horse shoes, bingo, pool shark, air darts; cribbage, bridge, canasta, pinochle player; dominions, dice and word games, any game that was challenging. When the children visited he looked forward to hiking, swimming and enjoying game time with them. Frank would share a story or tell a joke which left you laughing. He was a person that never sat still was always up and doing something.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Rose, sister Charlene and daughter Lisa. He is survived by his wife of 36 years Cathy A. Haralson Bleggi; daughters and spouses, Laurie and Jay Williamson, Misty and James Trout, Ginger and Jason Jones, Cheri and Eduardo Bracher; son and spouse Kelly Bart and Jennifer Bleggi; son-in-law Timothy Anderson; grandchildren, Steven Keith, Jessie, Aleesha, Alexandra, Jaylee, Erica, Nicholas, Andre’, Lucas, Andrew, Danielle, Jasper, Josh; great-grand children, Elliana, Logan, Kinsley, Bella, Griffen; brothers and spouses, Rudy and Linda Bleggi, David and Judy Bleggi; brother-in-law Curtis Newenswander; brother-in-law and spouse William L. and Peggy Haralson; with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

As requested by Frank he will be cremated with no service. His ashes will be placed at the foot of his parent’s grave in Utah.

To Those I Love, “When I am gone, just release me, let me go – so I can move into my afterglow. You mustn’t tie me down with your tears; let’s be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it’s time I travel on alone. So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted with trust. It’s only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. And then, when you must come this way, I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home”.

Donna Vazquez Obituary

Donna F. Vasquez, 74, passed away surrounded by family on June 17, 2019 at Northern Inyo Hospital.  She lived with her family in Bishop, California, for 43 years.

She was the matriarch of her family, an environmental and community activist, a tribal leader and the most kind, giving and compassionate human being. She will be missed, not only by her family and friends but by her tribal community.

Donna was the first daughter born to Jessie and Johnny Manuelito. She grew up in West Bishop with her six brothers and sisters, Joe, Libby, Nonie, Dolly, Joey and Mark.  A proud member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe on her mother’s side and her father was Navajo of the Kinyaa’aanii clan from Sheep Springs, Navajo Nation, New Mexico.

Donna graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1962 and she later moved to southern California to attend Riverside City College. While living in Riverside, she met her future husband, Alex Vasquez Sr., and married that spring. They started their family of 5 by having three beautiful children, Alex, Paul and Sky.  

The coupled moved back to Bishop where Donna began many years of service to her tribal community,

She worked for many local organizations such as the Toiyabe Indian Health Clinic, Owens Valley Career Development, and was elected to the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council as Vice Chairwoman.  She also had a 20-year-long career as a Phlebotomist at Northern Inyo Hospital. She earned a reputation as “the one to call” for when there was a baby or challenging draw. All of the elders specifically asked for her when they came in looking for help.

Donna continued to live in Bishop with Alex into their retirement and was very dedicated to her family and community.  You could find her working in her garden or traveling to visit her children and grandchildren. She also continued her support of her Paiute tribal community participating on committees such as the Bishop Paiute Cultural Advisory committee, Tribal Scholarship Committee and Chair of the Tribal Environmental Protection Act Board. She was a true advocate.  

Donna Vasquez leaves her beloved husband, Alex Vasquez Sr., her son Paul Vasquez and his wife Wendy of Tokyo, Japan; and daughter Sky Vasquez of Portland, Oregon.  She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, John Manuelito II of Bishop, California, Elizabeth Manuelito of Bishop, Leanna Mojado and her husband Denny Mojado of Riverside, Dolly Manuelito of Bishop, Joseph Manuelito of Bishop, and Mark Manuelito and his wife Lisa Manuelito, also from Bishop.  She also leaves several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her oldest son, Alex Vasquez Jr.

A Cry Dance will be held for Donna Vasquez on Friday, June 21, 2019, at 564 N. Winuba Lane, Bishop. It will begin at dusk (estimated time: 8:30 pm).  A Funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Barlow Lane Gym, 390 N. Barlow Lane, Bishop, that begins at 10:00 am. Lunch will be served following the service.  

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance. Donna was grateful to them for all of their support they provided her son’s battle with cancer.  

Best Regards,