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Abe, James
Abe, James
Class of 1942
Passed Jul 02, 2013
ABE, JAMES, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family in Sacramento on July 2, 2013. An 86 yr. resident of the area when the Florin/Elk Grove area was primarily agricultural. James graduated from Elk Grove H.S. in 1942 at the beginning of WWII. But about 2 weeks before he could receive his diploma, he and his parents (Masatoshi & Shige Abe) were interned at relocation camps in Fresno, CA, Jerome, AR, and Gila, AZ. He was a successful farmer, small businessman, and Certified Nurseryman managing many Farmco & Gemco Garden Centers & Stores. James was an active member and leader of the Florin Buddhist Temple. He was a well known "Master of Ceremonies" for many weddings and singer for many other Florin Community functions for over 40 years. One little known aspect of James' accomplishments in his late teen years, is that he attained a 1st Degree Black Belt in the ancient Japanese sport of "Kendo," where he participated in tournaments through-out California & Japan. Retiring in 1986, he was an active ballroom dancer with his wife Betty in social dancing clubs, an avid golfer, and active sports fan of the SF Giants & 49'ers. James very much enjoyed the many championships these team brought to Northern California. One of his hobbies was as an amateur photographer and historian of the Florin area, for instance he preserved pictures of quickly disappearing old farm wood tower buildings used for water tanks. He is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Sadako Abe; his 4 sons & daugthers-in-laws, Ernest (Laura), Martin (Eva), Calvin (Cheryl), and Raymond (Laura); 5 grandchildren, Noelle, Joseph, Miyako, Cameron and Garrett Abe and great grandchild, Camille. He is and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at Florin Buddhist Road, 7235 Pritchard Rd., near the corner of Florin Rd. on Saturday, July 13, at 3:00pm. - Information from the Sacramento Bee
Ables, Dwight Elmer
Ables, Dwight Elmer
Class of 1979
Passed Jun 25, 2015
Published: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 12:11 PM PDT

Dwight Elmer Ables, a longtime resident of Elk Grove died June 25, 2015 at the age of 54.

He was born June 8, 1961 in Elk Grove to Elaine and Elmer Ables and grew up here, graduating from Elk Grove High School. While in high school he was an all-star athlete, including playing on the football team.

Dwight's career was in the HVAC industry where he spent 33 years, owning Superior Heating and Air during the 1990s. His family said he enjoyed life fully through hunting with his buddies, fishing, fixing a “mean barbecue” and spending time with the family.

They added, “He was a very giving, kind-hearted man who would give anything to help his friends and family. God was a big part of his daily routine, especially within the last few years of his life. May he finally live a peaceful life.” Mr. Ables was also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by his daughters, Lindy and Karly Ables; grandchildren Gunner Romney and Theo Bartholomew; sister Maxine Ables Munger; brother Richard Ables; and former wife Kim Ables Kostyrko.

A celebration of Dwight's life will take place at The Falls Event Center, 8280 Elk Grove Blvd., Friday, July 10 at 6 p.m. A fund has been set up to help with expenses in his memory. Donations may be sent to m.gofund.me/xyd3k3c. - Information from the Elk Grove Citizen
Acosta, Michael Anthony
Acosta, Michael Anthony
Class of 1982
Passed Nov 28, 2015
Michael was born Feb. 13, 1964. He passed away peacefully on Nov. 28, 2015, after a long illness. Michael graduated from Elk Grove High School, class of 1982, and was a resident of Wilton, California. He is survived by his parents Roy and Esther Acosta; children, Cheyanne Acosta and Ronald Acosta; two grandchildren, Serenity Acosta and Julius Pena, all who live in Wilton, California. A private ceremony will be held at a later date. - Information from the Sacramento Bee
Adam, Ernest Leonard
Adam, Ernest Leonard
Class of 1939
Passed Jan 15, 2015
June 15, 1920 – January 22, 2015

The fourth of seven children, Ernest Leonard Adam was born on June 15, 1920 to Jacob and Katharina (Geinger) Adam. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, January 22, 2015, one day after suffering a stroke in his home. Ernie is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years, Stella (Rauser) Adam; sons, Bill Adam (EGHS '64) and Jack Adam (EGHS '67); daughter, Barbara (EGHS '68) Luiz and husband, David; former daughter-in-law, Sally Adam; eight grandchildren: Scot Adam, Philip Adam, Jennifer (Luiz) Patton, Sara (Adam) McConnell, Tim Adam, Kevin Luiz, Kaitlin Adam, Abigail Adam; 13 great-grandchildren; and brothers Alvin Adam of Eugene, Oregon, and Roy Adam of Winters, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers, and daughter-in-law, Carol K. Adam.

The Adam family moved from South Dakota in 1920, making Ernie the first native Californian. Ernie graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1939, and joined the US Marine Corps in 1941 prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. While in the Marines, he saw action on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, and Tinian Islands. As part of the Greatest Generation he was known for his patriotism and love of country. You would recognize his home by the United States and Marine Corps flags flying daily.

After his discharge from the USMC in 1946, he began a career as a carpenter, working for many local contractors, including a remodel job at the California State Capitol. Ernie retired in 1982 but continued his love of craftsmanship, and through retirement Ernie was a creative and generous tradesman volunteering his skills where needed. A builder by trade, he knew, as Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain…”.

Serving God and being active in the Church Body was a very important part of his life. Ernie gave his heart to Jesus as a young boy, and expressed many, many times that while serving during the war he was never afraid because his faith and confidence in God would protect him and his trust in his Savior would bring him safely home. Ernie was a member of First Baptist Church in Elk Grove where he and Stella sang in the church choir and volunteered as high school youth advisors; he also served as a trustee for many years, and again, was always available to help with maintenance and repairs. Ernie and Stella have always been faithful givers to God’s work. They supported and participated in many mission projects: remodeling an inner city church in Philadelphia with the Schuh Crew, a classroom addition at a church in Newmarket, England, and construction of a missionary home in Aniak, Alaska.

Ernie had a great respect and appreciation for nature, and he enjoyed gardening. Ernie and Stella enjoyed traveling - visiting Europe, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Alaska. They crossed the states many times in their motorhome.

Ernie loved classical music. He was most likely the only Union carpenter who listened to Bach and Beethoven while swinging his hammer. He enjoyed word searches and crossword puzzles in the newspaper and deciphering personalized license plates. He enjoyed watching football and basketball, ever hopeful for the Kings. He loved his grandchildren and took great delight in his great-grandchildren.

He lived a great life and while he will be greatly missed, Ernie leaves a legacy of faith and family that will live on.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made in Ernie’s name to the Camp Scholarship Fund, c/o First Baptist Church of Elk Grove, the money will be used to send youth to Church summer camp.

Viewing will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 from 4 - 8 PM at Elk Grove Memorial Park and Mortuary (East Lawn) at 9189 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624 916-732-2031/www.eastlawn.com

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM in the chapel at First Baptist Church, 8939 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624 - Private burial to follow.

Information from the Elk Grove Citizen
Published: Thursday, February 5, 2015 9:32 AM PST
Adame, Jerry R.
Adame, Jerry R.
Class of 1965
(Passed date unknown)
Exact date of death unknown.

Jerry R. Adame was forty-seven years old when he passed in 73 or 74 from cancer. He was very very successful in the wholesale produce business. He had traveled the world as a banana whole seller and had just signed a contract with United Steamship pryor to his death to market bananas around the globe. He would travel to places like Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Hawaii and other tropical countries that grew fruits like pineapples, mangoes and bananas. He had put one of the local wholesale produce company, General Produce, on the map. Today they have been in Sacramento for over 75 years. He was married three times and had five children, four from the first wife, JoAnn Asay (EGHS '66) and one from the third wife. - Information from brother Lupe (EGHS class '69)
Adams, Rex
Adams, Rex
Class of 1966
Passed Nov 17, 2016
From cancer - No other information
Adams, Robert Alton
Adams, Robert Alton
Class of 1960
Passed Feb 28, 2019
- Information from classmates
Adamson, John Walter
Adamson, John Walter
Class of 2013
Passed Dec 03, 2020
June 6, 1995 - December 3, 2020
Elk Grove, California - Went to be with his Heavenly Father. Johnny was/is truly loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed and always remembered. Johnny is survived by his father John A & mother Karen L Adamson (Orth) brother Erik. Celebration of Life for Johnny will be held December 27, 2020 at 11:30 am. 9805 Alta Mesa Road, Wilton, CA 95693 or Zoom 824 9172 2657 password 916916 (Pot luck) - Information from the Sacramento Bee
Adkisson, Brad
Adkisson, Brad
Class of 1973
(Passed date unknown)
-Information from class list
Adreani, Arnold "arnie" John
Adreani, Arnold "Arnie" John
Faculty
Passed Jun 19, 2020
Arnold John Adreani, beloved husband of Marcia Cotter Adreani, passed away on June 19, 2020 at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. The son of the late Elena and Andrew Adreani, Mr. Adreani was born in East Boston, Massachusetts. He had been a resident of Elk Grove, CA for fifty years. He was 83. After graduating from Boston English High School and Boston University, Dr. Adreani began his teaching career in Wakefield, Massachusetts, and continued in Groveton and Amherst, New Hampshire. He joined the Elk Grove Unified School District in 1970 as a principal at Sierra Enterprise and Cosumnes River Elementary Schools. In 1974 he was appointed principal at Joseph Kerr Middle School, a position he held until he retired in 2000. Adreani Elementary School opened in 2005 in his honor. He has been an active member of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation since 1992, serving as President and Vice President. One of his passions was sports, particularly the Boston Celtics. He also enjoyed playing racquetball, basketball, swimming and working out at the gym. In addition to his wife Marcia, Dr. Adreani leaves three devoted children, Andrew J. (Linda) Adreani of Lynnfield, Massachusetts; Michael B. (Girlie) Adreani of Los Angeles; Mia S. Adreani of Santa Monica. He is also survived by his dear brother Earl E. (Annmarie) of Boston, Massachusetts, his sister-in-law Patricia and was predeceased by his brother Louis Adreani of Reading, Massachusetts. He was the cherished grandfather of six grand-children; Brandon, Lucas, Colin, Alexander, Amélie, Nora and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. A gathering to honor Arnie will be held when it is safe for all. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Adreani Family Scholarship at Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 2021, Elk Grove, CA 95624 or The Elk Grove Food Bank Services. Notes and memories for the family may be left through the East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary, https://www.eastlawn.com/obituaries/
Akturk, Afif
Akturk, Afif
Class of 1969
(Passed date unknown)
Information from the '69 Class list.
Albert Fizer
Albert Fizer
Class of 1958
Passed Mar 26, 2015
ert (Al) Allan Fizer

October 20, 1940 to March 26, 2015

Albert A Fizer Obit PicAfter less than one year battle with pancreatic/liver cancer, Albert (Al) Fizer passed away peacefully in his sleep with his wife of 29 years, Candy Fizer, at his side on March 26, 2015 at their home in Janesville. Al was preceded in death by both his parents, Delbert and Cecelia Fizer and sister Marilyn Fernandez. He is proudly survived by his wife Candy Fizer, daughters Lisa (Randy) Winton and their four children, Erika (Bill) Kubik and their three sons, step-daughter Kelly Kelly of Washington, step-son Chad Smith, three additional grandchildren, and 15 plus children that called him Bahboo. Al is also survived by his brother Delbert (Johnny) Fizer of Sacramento, California; Sister Carol (Delbert) Barnett of Nampa, Idaho; Sister Joann (Primo) Flores of Auburn, California; Sister Phyllis (Frank) Ketcherside of Elk Grove, California and numerous nieces and nephews.

Born in Torrance, California where he was raised and worked on his family’s dairy farm. In 1958 Al graduated from Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove, California. After graduation he served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 2 years, then joined the U.S. Air Force where he started his career as a Fire Fighter. After moving from Japan to Germany, and 15 years in the Air Force he left the military to raise his two girls in Roseville, California. Hired on at the Roseville Fire Department, Al spent 32 years as a Fire Fighter Engineer before he retired in 1988.

Al and his wife Candy moved to the Susanville area in 1992. Al temporarily dispatched for the Lassen County Sherriff’s Department for 4 months, and kept the scoreboard for Lassen Union High School for 20 years. One of his greatest loves was to watch the boys of the teams graduate, become men and return to shake his hand and introduce their families. Al’s hobbies and activities included debating on the LCC Debate Team, quilting, ceramics and self expression through his paintings. Al played in the local 269 Cribbage Club for 15 years and volunteered at the local chapter of Special Olympics for 20 years and active in the local politics of Lassen County. Another passion of Al’s was cooking and enjoyed meeting people wherever he went; and he never met a stranger.

To celebrate Al’s life, family and friends are meeting Saturday, June 13, 2015 at noon at the Susanville Assembly of God Church in Susanville, California. There will be full military graveside service, followed with a potluck at S.A.G church following.
Alcorn, Catherine "kay" (king)
Alcorn, Catherine "Kay" (King)
Class of 1949
Passed Apr 12, 2015
Catherine "Kay" (King) Alcorn, a former resident of Elk Grove died April 12, 2015 in Peoria, Ariz. She was 83 and had lived in Glendale, Ariz. for the past three years.

She was born Oct. 31, 1931 in Phoenix, Ariz. to William and Lucretia King and grew up in Elk Grove, graduating from Elk Grove High School in 1949 where she was drum majorette for the band.

In January 1950 she joined the Women's Air Force as a teletype technician and was stationed at Merced Air Force Base before spending 16 years at the Sacramento Army Signal Depot and eventually ending up at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. as a systems operator/analyst in 1967.

Kay was manager of VFW Post 9972 in Sierra Vista, Ariz. for 25 years through 1998. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary serving as president, past state president and holding many positions at the national level. She was also a member of American Legion Post 52 and a 20-year member of Elk Grove chapter 109, Order of the Eastern Star.

Kay served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the Women's Veteran Memorial in Washington, D.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Noel J. Alcorn.

Kay is survived by her daughters Linda Ozier (Ed), Lauri Schofield (Terry), Dianna Boyd and Deborah Kalbe (Randy); 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was the sister of Carol Lee King of Elk Grove.

Funeral services were held in Sierra Vista with burial with full military honors in the Southern Arizona Veterans Cemetery. - Information from the Elk Grove Citizen and Sacramento Bee
Aldrete, Pablo Paul
Aldrete, Pablo Paul
Class of 1967
Passed Nov 24, 2019
Paul Aldrete passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on November 24, 2019. Paul is forever missed by Lidia, his loving wife of 43 years; son Anthony (Christa); grandson Cruz; sisters Ofelia, Silvia and Martha; brothers Juan and Ignacio Aldrete Jr.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Ignacio and Ana Maria Aldrete, natives of San Julian, Jalisco. Retired from Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin. A graduate of Elk Grove High School (1967), proud Vietnam Veteran of the US Army and loyal Oakland Raiders fan. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, the way he guided Lidia across the dance floor, and his love for his family and friends. Funeral mass will be held on December 20, 2019 at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Sacramento, CA. at 11:00. Interment will be held on December 27, 2019 at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA. at 10:00. -= Information from the Sacramento Bee
Alexander, Jr., Charles
Alexander, Jr., Charles
Class of 1975
Passed Jul 02, 2012
Died July 2, 2012 at his Sacramento home. Charlie, son of Ina and 'Big Charlie' was born September 7, 1957 in Oakland, California. Charlie is survived by his much loved daughter, Megan Alexander of Rescue, California. While life took them in different directions, his love for Megan was constant.

The family moved to Elk Grove in 1963 where Charlie and his childhood buddies spent many summers exploring the once rural fields of Elk Grove on Jacinto Road. Charlie attended Elk Grove High School and could be seen cruisin' in his infamous GTX. He was a member of the Elk Grove Wrestling team for 3 years, earning himself both a league and sub-section championship in his 132 lb. weight division. In 1976, he participated in a Wrestling Exchange program touring Japan and facing off with some fierce Japanese competition. As an adult, Charlie was a member of Operating Engineers and worked for over 35 years as a heavy equipment operator. Charlie married Sandra Joan Messner in 1985, mother of his cherished daughter, Megan.

In addition to his mother, Ina, Charlie is survived by his brother Guy Alexander of Loomis, sisters Cindy Byrd and Bonnie Perry, both of Yuba City and Kay Larson of Roseville as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Thomas Alexander, Sr. and brother Johnny Alexander.

A private family memorial was held. In recognition of his love for the sport of wrestling, any remembrances may be sent to CosumnesOaks High School Wrestling Program, 8350 Lotz Parkway, Elk Grove, California 95757, Attn: Coach Dean Reichenberg. - Information from the Sacramento Bee
Alires, Craig Edwards
Alires, Craig Edwards
(Graduation year unknown)
Passed May 21, 2009
EGHS year of graduation unknown (90?)

Born on February 18, 1972. Loved by his mother Valerie and stepfather Roger Fox; father Isadore Alires; brother Richard and his wife Gina and family; sister Christine and family; sister Vickie and husband Sean and family; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and his extended family, Vivian and Mike and the Craig family. Friends were invited to attend funeral services on Friday, May 29, 2009 at noon at Herberger's Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, California. Contributions may be sent to the Craig Alires Memorial Fund at the c/o Golden One Credit Union, 9552 Dunkerrin Way, Elk Grove, CA. 95758 - Information from the Sacramento Bee
Allen, Robert "bob" Lowell
Allen, Robert "Bob" Lowell
Class of 1959
Passed Nov 22, 2016
Robert (Bob) Lowell Allen, a former resident of Elk Grove died Nov. 22, 2016 in Manteca at the age of 75.

He was born June 6, 1941 in Los Angeles to Elmer Frank Allen and Rose Ann (Simpson) Allen and graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1959. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and worked for the Sacramento Army Depot for 31 years as a master packer.

His family said his passion for life was for Christ, and his favorite saying was “Wonderful, Marvelous, Stupendous, Colossal.”

Bob is survived by his wife Carol; children David L., Steven, Joyanna and David A. and their spouses; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 at noon at First Baptist Church in Manteca. Call (209) 823-1781. - Information from the Elk Grove Citizen
Allen, Sharon Leeann (seiler)
Allen, Sharon LeeAnn (Seiler)
Class of 1965
Passed Feb 21, 2006
Born May 6, 1947 (58) - No other information available - Verification by G. Kepley
Allen, Steve
Allen, Steve
Class of 1971
Passed Jan 10, 2011
A highly respected owner-operator of an agricultural spraying and seeding business in Walnut Grove, California perished in an aerial collision with a temporary weather station tower. He was 58. Born in Lodi, California in 1952, he graduated from Elk Grove High School and worked the family dairy business before he began a flying career in 1971. His specialized training in agriculture application began three years later. After a long established reputation in the industry, he and his wife bought Alexanders Ag Flying Service in 2006, and continued to serve the client base that had followed Steve for more than two decades. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Karen of Rio Vista; daughter Gail Back of Sacramento; daughter Angela Lucero of Sacramento; grandson Brenden Back; and six brothers and sisters.
A memorial service was held Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 1:30pm in the Our Lady of Fatima Portuguese Hall in Thornton, California. Donations are welcome to the California Agricultural Aircraft Association fund seeking to require marking and notification of tower instillations. - Information from the Sacramento Bee
Allen, William "bill"
Allen, William "Bill"
Class of 1964
Passed Jan 21, 2021
William Allen
June 3, 1946 - January 21, 2021
Elk Grove, California - William (Bill) Allen passed away peacefully on January 21, 2021 after a long illness. Bill was born in Sacramento, California on June 3, 1946 to Roy F. Allen and Harriot A. (Savage) Allen. Bill lived in Elk Grove the majority of his life and was a fifth generation Californian. Bill graduated from Elk Grove High School, class of 1964. He attended Sacramento City College and graduated from Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa. Bill was a biologist for Sacramento County for over 30 years. He was a long time member of Point Pleasant United Methodist Church. Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years Carol (Walker), his son Brian, his daughter Cindy Burnett (Jeff), his granddaughter Mae Burnett, his brothers John David (Linda), Robert, Michael, and his sisters Joanne Rollins (David) and Patty Allen. He was predeceased by his brother Stephen and his parents. An outdoor memorial service will be held on February 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Point Pleasant United Methodist Church, 3329 Point Pleasant Road, Elk Grove, CA 95757. Donations may be made in Bill's name to Point Pleasant United Methodist Church designated for the Community Garden Fund. - Information from the Sacramento Bee

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