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  • Paula (Sharina) Maria Lindsey

    Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Paula (Sharina) Maria Lindsey, 62, slipped peacefully into the arms of her loving Jesus the evening of March 29, 2024. Paula was born to Donald and Dorothy Sherman in Bakersfield on May 9, 1961, and was the second of five children. She graduated from Shafter High School in 1979 and married the love of her life, Jon Lindsey. They had just celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on Feb. 16. Paula was a member of the Wasco Church of God (Tabernacle of Praise) for more than 40 years. Paula was the church clerk and worship...

  • Marina Gonzalez Duck

    Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Marina Gonzales Duck, age 58, passed away peacefully in San Diego on March 30, 2024. She married the love of her life, Bobby Duck, on March 3, 2024. Marina was loved dearly by her parents, Longino Gonzales and Margie Gonzales. She had four siblings, Longino Gonzales, Jr. married to Sandra, Christina Smart married to Wesley, Peter Gonzales, and Andrea Hernandez married to Chon. Marina was preceded in death by her father, Longino Gonzales; her brother Longino Gonzales, Jr. and...

  • Jovita Valentina Sanchez

    Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Jovita Valentina Sanchez, born on Feb. 14, 1923, in Leon Guanajuato, Mexico, peacefully entered eternal rest on March 29, 2024, at the age of 101. She was preceded in death by her parents Emeterio and Aurelia Lopez, as well as her beloved husband Ray Sanchez, who passed in 2001. Together, Jovita and Ray shared 63 years of marriage and raised nine children in Wasco: Jessie Lopez, Raymond Sanchez, Jr., Rachel Martinez, Linda Sanchez Muniz, Pamela Venegas, Michael Sanchez,...

  • Death Notices - April 4, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Jeanne Shoffner, 71, of Bakersfield, passed away March 19, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Jovita V. Sanchez, 101, of Wasco, passed away March 29, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco....

  • Paula (Sharina) Maria Lindsey

    Updated Apr 6, 2024

    Paula (Sharina) Maria Lindsey, 62, slipped peacefully into the arms of her loving Jesus the evening of March 29, 2024. Paula was born to Donald and Dorothy Sherman in Bakersfield on May 9, 1961, and was the second of five children. She graduated from Shafter High School in 1979 and married the love of her life, Jon Lindsey. They had just celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on Feb. 16. Paula was a member of the Wasco Church of God (Tabernacle of Praise) for more than 40...

  • Death Notices - March 28, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    Richard Keith Reding Sr., 88, of Wasco passed away March 17, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. June Knight, 86, of Bakersfield passed away March 21, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Carmen Abundis De Contreras, 80, of Wasco passed away March 20, in Wasco. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Dolly K. Kirschenmann, 88, of Shafter passed away March 19, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter....

  • Richard Keith Reding, Sr.

    Updated Apr 6, 2024

    Richard Keith Reding, Sr. was born Sept. 10, 1935, in Montgomery County, Tennessee to Richard Carroll Reding and Leola Keith Reding. He was the first of their three children, followed by a brother, John, and their little sister, Sue Ann. Sometime later, the Reding children's dad became the Sheriff of Cheatam County, Tennessee. He enlisted in WW2 because he possessed the skills needed, so his wife, Leola, finished his term as sheriff! In Mayfield, Kentucky, his family lived...

  • Death Notices - March 21, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Eusebio Rodriguez, 55, of McFarland, passed away March 4, in Mexico. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Maria Nevarez, 70, of Shafter, passed away March 2, in Bakersfield. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. David Whitbey, 58, of Shafter, passed away March 2, in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Ofelia Lopez, [75, of Shafter, passed away March 7, in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Rafaela Lara de Arroyo, [75, of Shafter, passed away Feb. 13, in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Martha Trujillo...

  • Annette M. Castillo

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Annette M. Castillo was a kind and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and friend. She passed away on Feb. 27, 2024, at the age of 64 after a 13-year battle. Annette was born to Angel and Madeline Barbosa on May 4, 1959. She attended St. John's Catholic School and graduated from Wasco High School in 1977. She married her husband, Julian Castillo, in 1978. She worked at Wasco Valley Rose Golf Course for 15 years. Before retiring, she had worked at GEO Correc...

  • Richard Keith Reding, Sr.

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Richard Keith Reding, Sr. was born Sept. 10, 1935, in Montgomery County, Tennessee to Richard Carroll Reding and Leola Keith Reding. He was the first of their three children, followed by a brother, John, and their little sister, Sue Ann. Sometime later, the Reding children's dad became the Sheriff of Cheatam County, Tennessee. He enlisted in WW2 because he possessed the skills needed, so his wife, Leola, finished his term as sheriff! In Mayfield, Kentucky, his family lived...

  • Consuelo Salinas

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Consuelo "Chelo" Salinas, 79, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 11, 2024. Consuelo was born Nov. 22, 1944, in La Fiera, Texas. She married Porfirio "Pilo" Salinas Feb. 23, 1965, in Edinburg, Texas. They quickly moved to California the same year and settled in Wasco. Consuelo began to attend a small church that was using a rented building on G Street called Mision Pentecostes. She served the church as a Sunday school teacher and became the...

  • Sally Ann Holmes-Tatum (Firkins)

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Sally Ann Firkins was born on May 19, 1940, in Santa Monica. She spent her childhood years in Downey, before relocating to Shafter in 1946. In Shafter, her father, Charles "Chuck," owned Chuck's Flying A Service Station, while her mother, Celia, "Sally," worked at Stringham's Drug Store for 20 years, caring for Sally and her siblings Donald, Betty and Tommy Firkins. Sally, the eldest sibling, contributed to her family's endeavors from an early age, working in the cotton...

  • Consuelo Salinas

    Updated Mar 18, 2024

    Consuelo “Chelo” Salinas, 79, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 11, 2024. Consuelo was born Nov. 22, 1944, in La Fiera, Texas. She married Porfirio “Pilo” Salinas Feb. 23, 1965, in Edinburg, Texas. They quickly moved to California the same year and settled in Wasco. Consuelo began to attend a small church that was using a rented building on G Street called Mision Pentecostes. She served the church as a Sunday school teacher and became the pastor in 1970. As a female pastor the road was difficu...

  • Annette M. Castillo

    Updated Mar 18, 2024

    Annette M. Castillo was a kind and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and friend. She passed away on Feb. 27, 2024, at the age of 64 after a 13-year battle. Annette was born to Angel and Madeline Barbosa on May 4, 1959. She attended St. John's Catholic School and graduated from Wasco High School in 1977. She married her husband, Julian Castillo, in 1978. She worked at Wasco Valley Rose Golf Course for 15 years. Before retiring, she had worked at GEO Correc...

  • Sally Ann Holmes-Tatum (Firkins)

    Updated Mar 18, 2024

    Sally Ann Firkins was born on May 19, 1940, in Santa Monica. She spent her childhood years in Downey, before relocating to Shafter in 1946. In Shafter, her father, Charles "Chuck," owned Chuck's Flying A Service Station, while her mother, Celia "Sally," worked at Stringham's Drug Store for 20 years, caring for Sally and her siblings Donald, Betty and Tommy Firkins. Sally, the eldest sibling, contributed to her family's endeavors from an early age, working in the cotton...

  • Charlotte Belle German

    Updated Mar 18, 2024

    Charlotte Belle German, age 92, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in Camarillo. She was born in November 1931, in Lancaster, to Wm. Walter Homes, Jr. and A. Marie Kornelissen. She was a graduate of Antelope Valley Joint Union High School and also attended Antelope Valley Junior College. Many years later she earned an A.A. in early childhood development from Ventura Junior College, in Ventura. She married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth German, at St....

  • Darlene Ivie Heil

    Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Darlene Ivie Heil, born Dec. 10, 1944, in Denver, to Charles Gilbert Ivie and Thelma Turner Ivie, passed away on Aug. 2, 2023, at the home of her daughter in Long Beach, after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was a resident of Los Alamitos and Molokai, Hawaii, at the time of her passing. Darlene spent her formative years in Lakewood, Calif., graduating from Lakewood High School in 1964. She pursued higher education at California State University Long Beach, earning a...

  • Death Notices - March 7, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Sue Ann Dickerson, 62, of Wasco passed away Feb. 29, in Wasco. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco....

  • Pamela Kay Garcia

    Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Pamela Kay Garcia was born on Jan. 8, 1952, to John E. and Marjorie Dell Siemens. She grew up in the Shafter/Wasco area, attending Maple Elementary and then Wasco High School, where she graduated in 1969. Pam passed away in Bakersfield on Feb. 29, 2024. Pam was baptized in 1965 at the Mennonite Brethren Church. She was a member at Wasco Mennonite Brethren church until they closed, and then transferred membership to the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church. Pam met Americo "Med"...

  • Frank Rodriguez Jr.

    Updated Mar 4, 2024

    Francisco Rodriguez Jr was born into this world on April 16, 1956, to Francisco Rodriguez Sr. and Estefana Rodriguez. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, and lived there for some years. His father would take the family to California to work at a young age. This would be the foundation of the hard worker he would become in life. They would eventually move to Shafter, where he would continue to help and work with his family to build a better life together. The family would only get...

  • Rafaela Lara Arroyo

    Updated Mar 4, 2024

    Rafaela Lara Arroyo, 75, passed away at her home on Feb. 13, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in May of 1948 in Sinaloa, Mexico. Fondly known as "Fala" and "la Güera," her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Upon immigrating from Mexico, she settled in Shafter, where she began her career as a "mayordoma." She then transitioned to become a very skilled forklift driver for The Garlic Company, where she not only excelled in her role...

  • Pamela Kay Garcia

    Updated Mar 4, 2024

    Pamela Kay Garcia was born on Jan. 8, 1952, to John E. and Marjorie Dell Siemens. She grew up in the Shafter/Wasco area, attending Maple Elementary and then Wasco High School, where she graduated in 1969. Pam passed away in Bakersfield on Feb. 29, 2024. Pam was baptized in 1965 at the Mennonite Brethren Church. She was a member at Wasco Mennonite Brethren church until they closed, and then transferred membership to the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church. Pam met Americo "Med"...

  • Darlene Ivie Heil

    Updated Mar 4, 2024

    Darlene Ivie Heil, born Dec. 10, 1944, in Denver, Colo., to Charles Gilbert Ivie and Thelma Turner Ivie, passed away on Aug. 2, 2023, at the home of her daughter in Long Beach, after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was a resident of Los Alamitos, Calif., and Molokai, Hawaii, at the time of her passing. Darlene spent her formative years in Lakewood, Calif., graduating from Lakewood High School in 1964. She pursued higher education at California State University Long...

  • Martha Peters

    Updated Feb 27, 2024

    Martha Peters went to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 7, 2024, in Shafter. Martha was born June 22, 1933, in Hillsboro, Kan., to Frank and Sarah (Zielke) Penner, the 11th of 13 children. The family moved to Dinuba in 1943, and Martha attended Immanuel High School and met her future husband, Clarence W. Peters. They married Aug. 17, 1951, and in November moved to Ukiah to begin Clarence's alternative service, both working at Mendocino State Hospital. Career changes took...

  • Helen Marie Pankratz Gaede

    Updated Feb 27, 2024

    Helen Marie Pankratz was born March 29,1940, in Hutchinson, Kan., to Helen and Andrew Pankratz. There were two children in the family; her sister, Sara Ann, was a year and a half older. They were poor, but they didn't know it at the time. During her childhood on the farm, she had many cherished memories. At a young age, Helen asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior, and made that decision public when she was baptized on Sept. 20, 1953, at the age of 13. She attended South Inman...

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