In Loving Memory – Maria Kathleen Schroeder-Verbeck

Maria Schroeder (Lump Lump)-Verbeck (Mimi), age 60 of Apache Junction, Arizona unexpectedly completed her journey in this world on January 26, 2021. She was born in Los Angeles, California on September 20th, 1960 to Larry and Margaret Schroeder. Maria married her best friend the late Mark Verbeck on December 28th 1991 and shared raising his son and daughter.

Maria was born in southern California, spent her childhood in Los Angeles, her youth in West Covina, she graduated from Edgewood High School in 1978 and went on to complete her education at California State University – Los Angeles. Attaining her bachelor of science in criminal justice, emphasis in health and safety in 1986. While attending high school and college Maria started her community services as Jr. Volunteer at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, an avid leader in girl scouts, volunteer and coordinator for Special Olympics, victims advocate at Queen of the Valley, went on to Jr. Woman’s Club of West Covina as President, eventually the Woman’s Club of West Covina.

Accomplishments: clubwoman of the year GFWC West Covina Juniors (1988), recipient of CSULA Senior Community Crime Prevention Award (1985), nominee for Citizen Of The Year For City Of West Covina 1981, this was just the beginning.

After Maria married her husband, they soon moved to Modesto of northern California. Maria started at doctor’s hospital, legal clerk at Stanislaus County Sheriff Department, eventually landing at city of Stockton Police Department. Maria started in police records, ended up as community service officer before retiring in 2016.

While working Stockton police department, Maria was deeply involved with ovarian cancer alliance, the Salvation Army Corp, while donating her time to many other organizations.

Soon after retiring, Maria moved to Apache Junction, Arizona to be closer to her kids and grandchildren.

Survived by sister Barbara, brother Loren; nephew Samuel, brother Michael; niece Stephanie and great- niece Cody. Mother-in-law Marcia, son James and Kelly; grandchildren: Kennedy, Khloe, Evan, Kaylee, Kyleigh, and Kyle. Daughter victoria and James; grandchildren: Madison and Christina. Brother-in-laws; mark, rod and Margaret, Bruce and Renee, David and Colleen, Gerald and Angela.

Maria was a kind and selfless woman who always went out of her way to help others. Maria was a warrior and suffered in silence. She will be dearly missed.

The family is planning a rosary and mass Friday, February 12th, 2021. Starting 10:00 am at St. George’s Catholic Church, Apache Junction, Arizona. 3

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California

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In Loving Memory – Joyce Shockley

Joyce (Boland) Shockley  Nov 3, 1928 – May 31, 2017
Our beloved mother, gram & great gram passed away at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House after a courageous ten year battle with ovarian cancer.

Joyce retired from Haig Berberian after working as a lineworker for 23 years. She was a member of Local 748.

She is survived by daughters Linda Nelson (James), Marsha Schlipman (Robert), stepson Garry Shockley (Norma), 7 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by husbands Bert Boland and James Shockley, her parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday June, 10th at 2 pm at Emanual Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave., Modesto.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California, 1169 S. Main #272, Manteca Ca. 95337 or Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 2201 Euclid Ave., Hughson, Ca. 95326


In Loving Memory – Sharon Ruth Peck

Sharon Ruth Peck Lewis, 55, entered into rest surrounded by her loving family on Friday, August 21, 2015, in Hughson, CA. She was born on July 12, 1960, in Oakland to the late Herman Harold Lewis and Ruth Lewis of Manteca.
Sharon leaves behind her husband, George Peck; her loving sons, Kevin and Nathan Peck both of Manteca; her grandbaby Maycee Peck; siblings, Yvonne Carrillo of Discovery Bay, Gary Lewis of Roseville, Steve Lewis of Manteca and Timothy Lewis of Manteca, and many nieces and nephews.
Sharon was a long time Manteca resident. She attended Sequoia and Nile Garden elementary schools and graduated in the Manteca High class of 1978. In her later years, Sharon worked as a medical biller and as a caregiver at assisted living facilities, but mostly took care of her boys. She was her sons’ support throughout their lives and was so proud of their every achievement. A natural caregiver, Sharon felt a certain attachment to senior citizens, always willing to help or just carry on a conversation. Along with her father, her favorite hangout was The Coffee Klatch, where she would catch up on the latest Manteca news. She would eventually be one of the only ladies to be a part of the prestigious “Romeo Club”, meaning Retired Old Men Eating Out. She loved the Giants, and as a loyal fan always cheered them on. Her strong presence never went unnoticed, a fighter until the end. She loved her family immensely and always held them close to her heart. She will be remembered for her old soul, and fighting spirit. She will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to  Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California, 1169 Main Street, PMB 272, Manteca, CA.

In Loving Memory – Denise Southwick

Denise Diane Southwick embraced  the end of her 4 year journey of fallopian tube cancer on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at age 42 with her family and friends at her side.   

Denise is survived by her parents, Joan and Danny Southwick; sister and brother-in-law, Dana and Robert Mankin III; nephew Robert Mankin IV and niece Rileigh Mankin, her beloved dog, Oliver, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends..  Denise is preceded in death by her grandparents Frank and Jacqueline Ford, Margaret and Harlo Southwick, and Uncle Charlie Southwick.

She graduated from French Camp School, East Union High, Cal State Fresno, and UC Irvine earning a Masters and Nurse Practitioner degrees.

Denise was employed as a women’s health Nurse Practitioner at Kaiser Permanente, Planned Parenthood, private practice in Yuma, AZ, Sonoma State Instructor, and Registered Nurse at San Joaquin General Hospital.

Once diagnosed, Denise embraced her disease and used it as an opportunity to learn and heal with laughter, living her life joyfully and to the fullest.  Denise was known internationally as an inspirational speaker.

She was cherished for her amazing smile, quick wit, infectious laugh, inspiring others, positive view of life, strength of spirit, and shining brilliance.

Denise loved gardening, being outdoors, exercising, running marathons, baking, camping, and traveling with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Denise Southwick Memorial Fund % Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California, 1169 South Main Street #272, Manteca, CA 95337.


In Loving Memory ~Alice Umbalin

Alice Umbalin, 70, entered peacefully into rest, surrounded by her loving family and friends at Doctor’s Hospital in Manteca on June 30, 2013. She was born in French Camp on May 7, 1943 to Frank and Nelly Calderon. Alice leaves behind her loving husband of 47 years Manuel Joseph Umbalin of Manteca, their daughters, Monica Umbalin-Somera of Manteca and Denisa Samson and husband Kevin of Manteca.       Alice was blessed with five grandchildren, Alyssa Somera, Joseph Samson, Antonio Samson, Diego Samson and Mina Samson and great grandbaby Marina Diaz.  In addition Alice has two surviving siblings, Frank Calderon of Modesto and Elvira Fierro of Atwater.

Alice was a Manteca resident her entire life. She married the love of her life Manuel in 1965 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where they still remained members and where she was a member of the Legion of Mary.  She was dedicated and hardworking and no matter how long the day, always looking impeccable, just another touch up of lipstick and she was ready to go. She enjoyed shopping… or should we say Alice Loved shopping, but not for herself usually for others, as she always put so much effort in buying the perfect gift.  To Alice everyone was family, whether you were a close friend, a patient or simply someone that needed that sweet smile, she would never let you down.  Alice loved her family dearly and it was for them whom she fought her battle so valiantly.  Strong, Loving, Nurturing, Courageous these are some words used to describe Alice, but the best one was Selfless. Heaven has now received the brightest star. So when you walk into Macy’s and you find that perfect blouse, just smile for she will always be there.

In honor of Alice please help fight Ovarian Cancer; donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California, , 1169 S. Main Street #272, Manteca, CA. 95337.


In Loving Memory ~ Julianna  Hambaugh

Julianna Marie Hambaugh , Sept. 6, 1995 – March 18, 2019

Now at home with the Lord, Julianna passed at Kaiser Antioch after a four-year struggle with cancer.

Julianna was born in San Jose, then moved to the Brentwood area where she attended Cornerstone Christian Elementary School, was in the Delta Youth Soccer League, graduated from Liberty High School in 2013, and attended Los Medanos Community College and Contra Costa Medical Career College.

Julianna will be remembered for her strong and optimistic spirit, her smiles, her loving and compassionate heart, and her cute and witty comments. She loved people, kids, pets (including her ‘doggo’) and Disneyland. The ‘Tender Heart Award’ from her Cornerstone teacher sums up her sweet spirit in the midst of life’s challenges.

Julianna is survived by mother, Jill Marsall, Richard Marsall and Katie of Antioch; father, Steve Hambaugh, and Stevie, Jennifer and Jonathan; grandparents Ed and Ann Simpson of Brentwood. She was predeceased by Charles Hambaugh. Julianna brightened the lives of, and is survived by, many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, including her longtime best friend, Makayla McCarty; and Julian Diaz and the entire Diaz family, who provided much love and support over the past three years.

A celebration service of Julianna’s life was held April 7, with Pastor Douglas Schoonover officiating.