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Death notices for Monday, Dec. 10, 2007

Joe C. Havel IIIApril 5, 1943 – December 5, 2007Joe Charles. Havel III, principal at Rivera Middle School in Merced California, passed away at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, CA on December 5, 2007 at the age of 64, surrounded by his loving family. Vistation at Ivers and Alcorn Funeral Home in Atwater from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Monday December 10th. Funeral services will be held December 11, 2007 at 10:00 AM at Ivers and Alcorn Funeral Home in Atwater. Burial to follow at Winton District Cemetery immediately following funeral services.

Donald Hughes StoutNovember 19, 1916 ~ December 4, 2007Donald Stout, cattle rancher and long-time resident of Merced County, died at his home in Snelling on December 4, 2007, in the company of his family. He was 91 years old. Services will be held Monday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. at Ivers and Alcorn Funeral Home located at 901 W. Main St, Merced. There will be a committal following at the Snelling Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Merced County VFW Honor Guard. Remembrances may be made to Willow Lodge #121, Snelling, CA.

Vern WilliamsSeptember 6, 1945 - November 26, 2007A memorial service for Vern Williams will be held Sunday, Dec.9th, 2 p.m. at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1455 E. Yosemite Ave. Merced. Remembrances can be made to: American Cancer Society, 301 W. 18th St. Merced, Ca. 95340, Hinds Hospice, P.O. Box 763, Merced, Ca. 95341, or to International Myeloma Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home.

Primitiva “Nina” FlorezNovember 26, 1925 ~ December 5, 2007Primitiva “Nina” Florez, 82, a resident of Atwater for 48 years, was born on November 26, 1925 in Coahoma, Texas to the late Modesto and Rita (Marez) Muñoz and passed away on December 5, 2007 in Merced, California at the Mercy Merced Medical Center-Community Campus. Public visitation will be held on Monday, December 10, 2007 from 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home in Atwater with a Rosary to follow at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at 6:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Atwater at 1:00 P.M. and burial will follow at Winton District Cemetery in Winton, Rev. Tom Timmings will officiate all services. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Nina’s name. All funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home-3050 Winton Way in Atwater, California.

Maria G. RuizJuly 12, 1929 - December 5, 2007Maria G. Ruiz born July 12, 1929 in Nueuevo Leon, Mexico. She passed away on December 5, 2007 in Merced, California at the age of 78. She enjoyed driving and traveling and spending time with her family, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Society. Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Friday, December 7, 2007 from 4-8 pm at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home in Atwater a rosary will be held at Ivers & Alcorn at 6:00 pm at Ivers & Alcorn. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 10:00 am at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Atwater. Arrangements under the direction of Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home of Atwater.

Antonio Guereque Chavez “Tony”December 14, 1939 – December 1, 2007Antonio Guereque Chavez was born December 14, 1939 in Juarez, Mexico and passed away December 1, 2007 in Merced, California at the age of 67 years.Condolences may be sent to Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home 1490 B Street, Merced, California 95340.Memorial Services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home.

Willis Hamilton Pitts “Bill”July 27, 1926 ~ December 2, 2007Bill Pitts was born on July 27, 1926 in Grand View, Idaho and passed away on December 2, 2007 in Merced at the age of 81. Bill served in the U.S. Navy and was a retired truck driver of 42 years. Visitation will be at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 8, 2007 with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 P.M. all at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home Chapel-3050 Winton Way, Atwater, California. Military Honors and burial will follow at the Winton District Cemetery- 7651 West Almond Avenue, Winton, California.

Sandra M. Monteith1938 ~ 2007Sandra M. Monteith passed away on December 4th, 2007 in Modesto, CA. at the age of 69. Memorial services will take place on Tuesday, December 11th at 10am at the Southern Baptist Church in Dos Palos, CA. The family respectfully requests that donations to the Southern Baptist Church of Dos Palos are made in lieu of flowers.

Dorothy Mae Schneider November 10, 1921 – November 30, 2007Dorothy Schneider was born November 10, 1921 in Long Island, New York. She passed away Friday, November 30, 2007 at the age of 86. A Graveside service will be held Monday, December 10, 2007 at 2:00 PM at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Whitton Family Funeral Service in Merced.

Alicia MarquezDecember 1, 1949 – December 5, 2007Alicia Marquez was born December 1, 1949 in Sahuayo, Michoacan, Mexico and passed away December 5, 2007 in Fresno, California after a long battle with cancer at the age of 58.A Visitation has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home

Jennifer Hernandez MorenoOctober 28, 1980 – December 3, 2007Jennifer Hernandez Moreno was born October 28, 1980 in Santa Cruz, California and passed away December 3, 2007 in Merced, California at the age of 27 years.Visitation will be held on Monday, December 10, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with a Recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merced. Burial will follow at Merced District Cemetery.Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home.

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