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  • BREAKING NEWS: Eldalene Maurine Peters

    Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Eldalene Maurine Peters was born in Bakersfield on Nov. 8, 1941, to Richard H. and Ethel E. Douglas of Wasco. She married Glenn G. Peters, the love of her life, on July 29, 1967; they shared 44 years together. Eldalene (Mom) attended Wasco elementary schools and graduated from Wasco Union High School in 1959. Mom also attended business classes at Bakersfield College and Delano Business School. After schooling, Mom went to work at Security Bank, Bank of America and various...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenneth "Eddie" Waldron

    Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Kenneth Edward "Eddie" Waldron was born in Wasco on Nov. 14, 1957. He passed peacefully on the early morning of Feb. 4, 2024, in Lenexa, Kan. Eddie grew up in the Central Valley of California and spent most of his life in Bakersfield before moving to Kansas in 2020. He worked for Kern Oil Refinery for most of his career before his health caused him to retire early. He loved his family and enjoyed picking up the food tab for whoever was with him. He worked hard all his life...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Longino Eligio Gonzales

    Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Longino (Kino) Gonzales, age 92, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by loved ones. He was married to the love of his life, Margie on Sept. 20, 1958. They had five children, Longino Gonzales Jr. married to Sandra, Christina Smart married to Wesley, Pedro Gonzales, Andrea Hernandez married to Chon and Marina Dunn. He was preceded in death by his son, Longino Gonzales Jr., and his great-granddaughter, Hope Gonzales. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren, 28...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Longino Eligio Gonzales

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Longino (Kino) Gonzales, age 92, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by loved ones. He was married to the love of his life, Margie, on Sept. 20, 1958. They had five children, Longino Gonzales Jr. married to Sandra, Christina Smart married to Wesley, Pedro Gonzales, Andrea Hernandez married to Chon, and Marina Dunn. He was preceded in death by his son, Longino Gonzales Jr., and his great granddaughter, Hope Gonzales. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren, 28 great gra...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenneth "Eddie" Waldron

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Kenneth Edward "Eddie" Waldron was born in Wasco on Nov. 14, 1957. He passed peacefully on the early morning of Feb. 4, 2024, in Lenexa, Kan. Eddie grew up in the Central Valley of California and spent most of his life in Bakersfield before moving to Kansas in 2020. He worked for Kern Oil Refinery for most of his career before his health caused him to retire early. He loved his family and enjoyed picking up the food tab for whoever was with him. He worked hard all his life...

  • Martha Peters

    Updated Feb 19, 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 them from farming to Porterville State Hospital to...

  • Zoe Ann Smith

    Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Zoe Ann Smith, age 85, of Shafter, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 3, 2024. She was born in Shafter on July 18, 1938 to Willard and Helen (Ratzlaff) Janzen. Her parents were farmers, and later owned and operated a car wash in Fresno. Zoe Ann graduated from Wasco High School in 1955 and studied music at the Pacific Bible Institute (now Fresno Pacific University). She was a talented pianist and singer, and also performed in community musical productions. She married Jack...

  • Magdalena "Maggie" Dabalos

    Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Magdalena "Maggie" Dabalos, age 74, of Shafter, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 7, 2024. She was born in Sundown, Texas, on March 28, 1949, to Hilario Dabalos and Luisa Garza. Maggie moved to California in 1987. She worked as a cafeteria aide for 31 years. She loved her job at Grow Academy. Maggie is survived by her partner, Johnnie Martinez: daughters JoAnn Munoz and Sofia Sanders: stepson Johnny Martinez; grandchildren Joe Munoz, Joel Munoz, Joseph Munoz, Maggie...

  • Death Notices - Feb. 15, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Eldalene M. Peters, 82, of Shafter, passed away Feb. 11, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Marcus “Gene” Absher, 66, of Shafter, passed away Feb. 5, in Shafter. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Bruce Ralph Batchelder, 80, of Bakersfield, passed away Feb. 8, in Shafter. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter....

  • Raul Lopez

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Raul Lopez, 67, passed away on Jan. 30, 2024, in Bakersfield. He was born on March 2, 1956, in Mercedes, Texas, to Juan and Flavia Lopez. Raul migrated to California at the age of 9 to Huron, Calif., later moving to Shafter, where he made Shafter his permanent residence. Raul attended all the local Shafter schools. At a young age of 18 he went searching for jobs in various locations. Without any luck, Raul went to Buttonwillow Warehouse in Buttonwillow and asked for a job....

  • Martha Peters

    Updated Feb 13, 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...

  • Zoe Ann Smith

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Zoe Ann Smith, age 85, of Shafter, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 3, 2024. She was born in Shafter on July 18, 1938 to Willard and Helen (Ratzlaff) Janzen. Her parents were farmers, and later owned and operated a car wash in Fresno. Zoe Ann graduated from Wasco High School in 1955 and studied music at the Pacific Bible Institute (now Fresno Pacific University). She was a talented pianist and singer, and also performed in community musical productions. She married Jack...

  • Magdalena "Maggie" Dabalos

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Magdalena "Maggie" Dabalos, age 74, of Shafter, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 7, 2024. She was born in Sundown, Texas, on March 28, 1949, to Hilario Dabalos and Luisa Garza. Maggie moved to California in 1987. She worked as a cafeteria aide for 31 years. She loved her job at Grow Academy. Maggie is survived by her partner, Johnnie Martinez: daughters JoAnn Munoz and Sofia Sanders: stepson Johnny Martinez; grandchildren Joe Munoz, Joel Munoz, Joseph Munoz, Maggie McCul...

  • Bernelle Wells Carlton

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Long time Shafter resident Bernelle Wells Carlton was called home by her Lord and Savior on Jan. 27, 2024. She was 97 years old. Bernelle was born on Dec. 16, 1926 in Alexander, Ark., to James and Ethel Thompson. She was the sixth of 11 children. Bernelle is survived by her four children, Betty (Gene) White, Larry Wells, Russell (Mary) Wells and Andrea (Martin) Affentranger, 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. Ted Thompson is her one surviving sibling. She was preceded in death by two...

  • Death Notices - Feb. 8, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Rusty Carrasco, 69, of Shafter, passed away Jan. 27, in Lancaster. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Ramona Monique Melendrez, 43, of Shafter passed away Jan. 29, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Sue Hernandez, 83, of Bakersfield passed away Jan. 31, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Raul P. Lopez, 67, of Shafter, passed way Jan. 30, in Bakersfield. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Italy Gonzalez, 10, of Shafter, passed away Jan. 26, in Los Angeles. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Longino E....

  • Janie Faye Ferrell-Colbert

    Updated Feb 5, 2024

    Our precious mother, Janie Faye Ferrell-Colbert, age 80, passed from this earth to paradise on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024 at Bakersfield Heart Hospital. Momma devoted her life to her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren, of which there are many, many, many! Always with unconditional love this truly amazing woman was involved with all of our lives. Those whose lives she touched already know she was a strong, independent, feisty and most beautiful woman. She...

  • Death Notices - Feb. 1, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    Prudencia DeLeon Cazares, 93, of Wasco, passed away Jan. 23, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Janie Ferrell-Colbert, 80, of Shafter, passed away Jan. 20, in Shafter. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Verenda Bernelle Wells Carlton, 97, of Shafter, passed away Jan. 27, in Shafter. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter....

  • Death Notices - Jan. 25, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Jan 28, 2024

    Ronnie Lee Huff, 74, of Bakersfield, passed away Jan. 20, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Elsie Ingram, 85, of Bakersfield, passed away Jan. 20, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Guadalupe Sanchez Castillo, 50, of Lost Hills, passed away Jan. 17, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Bart Franklin Wilburn, Jr., 54, of Wasco, passed away Jan. 18, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Michael Joseph Hampton, 39, of Wasco, passed away Jan. 18, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco....

  • Robert ``Bob'' Wayne Krause

    Updated Jan 23, 2024

    Robert "Bob" Wayne Krause went to live with his Heavenly Father on Jan. 12, 2024, while surrounded by family and friends. Born on June 11, 1940, in Reedley, Bob grew up and attended school in Shafter. As a young man, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad, racing cars and sports. Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard. He attended college at Bakersfield College, Pacific Western University, and National University, earning his B.A. in accounting and...

  • Albert F. Ranjel, Sr.

    Updated Jan 23, 2024

    Alberto F. Ranjel Sr. was born on Aug. 7, 1917, in Wasco, and passed away on Jan. 2, 2024, in Wasco. Our dad was a distinguished gentleman who, like our deceased mother, believed in hard work, education and helping others in need. At the end of the day, our dad was a good man, intelligent with a big heart, who will be missed. Services: Viewing will begin at Peters Funeral Home, 1401 7th St., in Wasco at 4 p.m., with the Rosary starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024....

  • Cherylee R. Wegman-Craig

    Updated Jan 23, 2024

    On Dec. 25, 2023, the Lord called Cherylee R. Wegman-Craig home. Cherylee was born May 11, 1953, in Wasco, to Billie Rae Thurman and Randal Lee Rankin. Cherylee married Charlie Wegman (deceased) and moved to Missouri in 1974. Cherylee returned to Wasco in 1983. Cherylee met and married the love of her life, Warren A. Craig, on March 5, 2011. Cherylee had a love for line dancing and participated in many events, including as a line dance instructor. Cherylee also enjoyed visitin...

  • Death Notices - Jan. 18, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Jan 23, 2024

    Aaron Keith Sink, 48, of Bakersfield, passed away Jan. 14, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Mervin Huston, 89, of Meridien, Idaho, passed away Jan. 8, in Idaho....

  • Fernando Javier Albiar

    Updated Jan 23, 2024

    Fernando Javier Albiar passed away on Dec. 16, 2023, at the age of 72 after a decade-long, hard fought battle with Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Olga Molina Albiar. Fernando's legacy is carried on by his son Fernando and daughter-in-law Rebecca; his son Javier and daughter-in-law Susan;, and his cherished daughter Micaela Albiar. His love extended deeply to his five granddaughters and two great-granddaughters. Fernando is further survived by his sisters, Minerva, Graciela, Ninfa and Emma...

  • Randal Lee Wilson

    Updated Jan 23, 2024

    Randal Lee Wilson, born Oct. 3, 1957, in Bakersfield, passed away Jan. 5, 2024, after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer. Randal was raised in Shafter and attended Shafter High School, graduating in 1975. He furthered his education at Bakersfield College in 1976, where he was an integral part of the championship Bakersfield Renegade football team that secured victory in the Junior College Rose Bowl. After graduating from BC in 1976 with his associate's degree he moved on...

  • Wyona Louise Snyder "Nonie"

    Updated Jan 16, 2024

    Nonie went to be with her Lord. She passed away in her sleep at home. Wyona Louise Snyder was a loving soul who graduated from Shafter High School in 1953. A Shafter native, she is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, brother James Everet and parents Minnie and Leon Templeton. She leaves behind her daughter and caregiver, Rhonda, and husband, Richard Strange; her three grandchildren, Johnny Wayne VanWinkle Jr., Heather Louise Allred with husband Jeremy, and Shanna...

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