Dorinda Givens

01/17/1944 - 06/11/2019

Dorinda Givens, 75, passed away on June 11, 2019 in Stockton, CA after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was in her home and surrounded by her family, along with her husband of 44 years, Emmitt Walter Givens.  Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, she was the daughter of Donald Woodrow and Dorothy Jo Jacobs.  She graduated from Lincoln High School and, while she held various jobs over the years, she completed her career with Central Sales and Leasing.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Dorothy, her sister, Donalee Derry, and her daughter, Patricia Givens. 

 Dorinda is survived by her husband, Walt Givens, her children, Kevin Vallem (Tracie), Michele Pettersen (Scott), Emily Alamillo and Paula Givens (Brook), her sister, Diana Starr (Jack) and countless other family members who loved her dearly, as she did them.  Dorinda’s greatest joy and accomplishment in life was her family. Over the years, her home was always filled with the laughter and love of her 5 children, 3 bonus children, 13 grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. 

In one of her last journal entries, she wrote, “My journey is almost complete. I am homeward bound.  The love of my family has helped me through.  I’ve smiled, I’ve laughed and I’ve cried.  My heart is full of love for all. I pray you’ll remember me.’  

Her family extends great love and gratitude to Nurse Annika, Nurse Wayne and Home Health Aid, Jazmin, for their incredibly loving and respectful care of her over the last year. A private celebration of life will take place with family and close friends.

In memory of Dorinda and in support of the organizations she held dear to her heart and who supported her thru her journey, donations may be made to: VITAS Healthcare, Hospice Services, or 925.930.9373

VITAS Community Connection helps families and friends honor a loved one’s life in a very local way, by donating to local VITAS hospice patients in need and supporting the mission of partners important to the community. Your donation may buy groceries, pay a utility bill or help a family member travel to see a dying loved one. They support the needs beyond patient care; no medical bills or funeral expenses are paid. VITAS Community Connection also extends support to community partners: local non-profit foundations and organizations that share their mission of assisting patients in need.

 WFJ - Warriors for Jesus, Kevin Vallem, Vice President, or The Cross, 641 N. Anteros Avenue, Stockton, CA 95215

The Warriors for Jesus Motorcycle Ministry believes that the best way to help end the cycle of poverty, crime and substance abuse is to take a proactive approach to outreach. They provide a number of free services within their local communities, including a Youth Night, where local children are provided with a hot meal, safe activities and are introduced to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They regularly go into the community and feed the homeless, providing them with clothing and packages containing basic hygienic necessities. In addition, they partner with Bread of Life and the Fellowship Church Community to provide free groceries to impoverished families. They also minister at several recovery programs throughout the county and operate two vans providing free transportation to and from church services.

Cherokee Memorial is honored to serve the Givens family.

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Annalies Foster

July 24, 1936 - June 9, 2019

Annalies A. Foster passed away in Stockton on June 9, 2019 at the age of 82. Annalies was born in the Netherlands on July 24, 1936 and lived through the Nazi Occupation during WWII. She came to the United States in 1960 and was extremely proud to be a Citizen of the United States. She worked for many years as a beautician and took great pride and satisfaction in helping her clients look and feel their best. She was also passionate about rescuing animals, and often paid out of her own pocket to ensure that animals were spayed and neutered. Annalies was preceded in death by her husband Roy B. Foster who passed away in 2004. She is survived by her son Arie Foster; daughter Bobbie Foster; grandchildren: Sara Watson and Annalies Foster; great grandchildren: Jacob and Mindy Watson, and Daniel and Reese Brosz; niece: Ria Witter; grandnephews: Rick and Mike Witter.


Masses will be said on her behalf at Annunciation Cathedral in Stockton at 6:30 AM on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 and at 5:30 PM on Saturday October 26, 2019 as well at the O’Connor Woods’ chapel at 4:00 PM on Saturday June 29, 2019. In lieu of donations or flowers remember to be kind to all God’s creatures great and small, help those in need, adopt not purchase your next companion pet and always spay and neuter. Do these things in memorial of Lisa Foster so she forever lives on making our community a better place.

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Janelle Suzanne Carroll

May 4, 1951 - June 7, 2019

Janelle Suzanne Carroll (Reames) passed away in her home with her family early Friday morning. She is survived by her husband of 48 years Jerry Carroll, daughters Heather Fosgate & husband Eric Fosgate, Muriah Carroll & husband Charlie Waite, son Chad Carroll & wife Jennifer Carroll, Granddaughters Skylar & Jayde Waite, surrogate daughter Melodie Thayer and children Gerry, Kasey & Rylie Cuevas, Sandra Pilcher, Bobby & Brett Byers, Lindsey, Chris, Gianna & Cienna Gotelli, the Shankel family, Walters family
& Suttles family, all of San Joaquin County. She was preceded in death by her parents Burney and Betty Reames and her sister Cindy Byers. Jan was a loving wife and mother, nurturing not only her own family, but her children's friends and their children. She dedicated her life to caring for her family and lived her life with an open heart, judging no one and loving all. Janie was a kind, funny, and faithful soul. She loved God,
the mountains, cooking, writing recipes, her dogs and horses. Jan always loved her family and friends unreservedly and with a rare purity, especially her Jerry. She was a true survivor of so much and will be greatly missed.


A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 1:00pm at Cherokee Memorial Park, located off of Harney Lane at Hwy 99, Lodi, CA 95240.

Reception to immediately follow (TBA).

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Jason Vitale

May 1, 1975 - June 5, 2019

Jason Scott Vitale, also affectionately known as Buck, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of June 5, 2019. His loss has had a profound impact on those who loved him. He was born on May 1, 1975 in Lodi to parents John and Vicki Vitale. The youngest of two boys, Jason spent his childhood playing football, baseball and basketball. He attended Lodi High School and Sonoma State before eventually beginning his 14-year career with Dutra Group. He traveled around the country, often spending prolonged periods in various places from Alaska to New Jersey, working on projects to improve the infrastructure of our nation's waterways. Jason loved the Los Angeles Rams, a good round of golf, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. He was a gentle giant and one of the kindest souls we've ever known. His time on earth was far too short and we will miss his smile and infectious laugh the most.

He is preceded in death by his mother Vicki Vitale, his grandparents John and Jacqueline Vitale, and Paul and Norma Dragoo. He is survived by his father John Vitale, stepmother Maureen (Mo), brother Jeff Vitale and a long-lost brother, Jan Darcy, whom he just had the opportunity to meet last month. He is also survived by his three stepsisters, Laura Voss, Leah Cleary, Marlena Cleary (husband, Hai Pan), numerous Aunts, Uncles and cousins who loved him dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Cherokee Memorial Park, located at Harney Lane at Hwy 99, Lodi, CA 95240. Reception to follow at the Elks Lodge, 19071 N. Lower Sacramento Rd.
Donations may be made in Jason's name to a local charity of your choice.

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Emil Koepplin

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05/08/1921 - 06/03/2019

Emil Koepplin, of Lodi passed away peacefully on June 3rd, 2019 at the age of 98. He was born in Elgin, North Dakota on May 8th, 1921 to Jacob and Mathilda Koepplin, one of nine children. After the Great Depression, his family eventually settled in Victor, CA.
Emil served in World War II in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945. His service took him to North Africa, Italy, Southern France, Austria, and Germany. Emil received a Citation of Merit for his service in the Battle of the Bulge. He was very proud to be a veteran.
After his discharge from the Army, Emil married Anna Just on October 31st, 1945 in Lodi, CA. They were blessed to spend 73 wonderful years together. Emil was employed as a line operator for General Mills for 33 years, retiring in 1983. In addition to raising three daughters, Emil and Anna enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and Europe, including The Holy Land and Egypt.
Emil had many skills and hobbies which included collecting and restoring pocket watches, woodworking, mechanics, and going to flea markets. He was a charter member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and volunteered his talents assisting with projects at church.
Emil is preceded in death by his parents; spouse Anna on March 5th, 2019; daughter Linda Norton; brothers Albert, Reinhold, Jake, and Rudy; sisters Lena, Frieda, and Martha. He is survived by his sister Hertha Katzakian, daughters Loretta Marshall of Auburn and Diane Green(Rob) of Madera, grandchildren Kristen Farrar(Jim) of Davis, Greg Marshall(TovenJ) of Newport OR, Sara Harper (Brad) and Matt Green(Jessica) of Fresno. He is also blessed with 5 great-grandchildren, Allison, Sam, Trevor, Kylie, and Addison.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Vienna nursing home, Vistas Hospice, and Dr. Edmund Freund for their outstanding care and compassion.

Emil will be greatly missed by his and family.

Per the request of the family, services for Emil Koepplin will be held privately through Cherokee Memorial.

Donations may be made in Emil’s honor to Loel Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, 105 S. Washington St., Lodi CA, 95240.

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Patrick Gallagher

07/21/1927 - 06/03/2019

Patrick Gallagher, 91, a life long resident of Lodi, passed away on June 3, 2019. Pat enlisted in the Marine Corps at 17 years old and served his country during World War II from March 15th, 1945 through March 14th, 1949. Pat was born to James and Ida Gallagher on July 21, 1927, in Lodi, California. He is survived by his children: Mike, Dave (Cheryl), Roy (Debbie) and Sheryl, grandchildren: Mersades, Luke, Cheyenne, Ross, Garrett, Jarod and great-grandson Carter. He is preceded in death by his wife Alberta "Dee Dee" Gallagher, his parents James and Ida, step dad Jacob Rueb, sisters Juanita, Margaret, Marie, Nora "Billie", Alice, Grace and Hazel, and brothers Johnny, Bobbie, and Timmie.

Per his request, there will be no services.

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Joel Jones


01/18/1943 - 06/03/2019

Joel T. Jones aged 76, life long Stockton resident entered into rest June 3, 2019 Stockton CA. Preceded in Death by his parents Jewell M. Jones Orpha P. Jones Survived by his wife Kim R. Jones Daughters Angela (sp. Don Brecher) grandchildren Sabrina, David and Alex Julie Jones- Hearon (sp. Malcolm Hearon) grandchildren Malcolm Jr, Devin and Hailey USMC Vietnam Veteran 30 years at Sharps Army Depot

There will be a service with Military Honors on Friday, June 14th, 2019 at 10:00a.m. at Vineyard Chapel in Cherokee Memorial Park, located at 14165 N. Beckman Road, Lodi CA, 95240. The service will conclude at graveside in Cherokee Memorial Park, located off of Highway 99 at Harney Lane, Lodi CA, 95240.

Repast to follow Service Far East Restaurant (2pm) 2127 N Wilson Way Stockton CA 95205.

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