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Cornelis Van Diemen

Cornelis Nicholaas Van Diemen (age 90), entered into eternal rest peacefully in his Galt home surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  He was the loving husband of Cornelia, together they shared 64 years of marriage and raised five children.

Cor was born on December 3, 1927 to Maria and Cornelis Van Diemen in Zouterwoude, the Netherlands.  He was the fifth child born of six children.  Cor and Cornelia were married April 6, 1953, and immigrated to California the same year.

Cor held a variety of occupations throughout his working life.  Most notably he co-owned and operated Holland Dairy Drive-In in Fairfield, California with his brother, Nick.

Cor and Cornelia returned to the Lodi area in 1979.

Cor was a very devout man and loved the simple pleasures of life; spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed playing poker, cribbage and reading.  He also loved spending time outdoors, hiking, camping and traveling.

Cor is survived by his wife, Cornelia, and their children: Joyce Dolloff (Joel), Rose LaVine (Paul), Edward Van Diemen (Karen), Patrice Fiser (Randy) and Liz Waage (Ryder).  Beloved son, Robert, preceded him in death in 1979 at the age of 19 years.  Cor is survived by 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, remaining sibling, Nel Van Der Burg, of Mosgiel, New Zealand and brother in law, James Van Diemen of San Luis Obispo, California.

Dad, Opa, Papa, you will be dearly missed but your legacy lives on.

Family and friends are invited to visitation, Thursday; January 25th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Donahue’s Funeral Home in Lodi, California.  A Catholic Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. at Donahue’s Funeral Home that evening.  A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday; January 26, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church at 215 W. Walnut St. Lodi, California.  A reception will follow the service at the Woman’s Club of Lodi at 325 W. Pine St. in Lodi.

A memorial donation in Cor’s name may be made to Hospice of San Joaquin County, 3888 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA. 95204 or St. Anne’s Church Community, 215 W. Walnut St. Lodi, Ca. 95240.

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Bonnie Piazza

Our loving mother, devoted wife of 53 years and friend to everyone she met, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Bonnie Correen was born in San Francisco February 24, 1943 to Billy Wallace Cole and Shirley Fischer Cole.  At the age of 7 she moved to Lodi where she was raised by her mom and adoptive father Leroy Hoffman. Bonnie was raised in a loving home and maintained a fantastic relationship with her mother throughout her life. She graduated from Lodi High School 1961 and attended Wartburg College, Iowa.  She married her high school sweetheart, Terry Piazza August 24, 1964, together they raised their children Shaun, Michael and Shannon.  She devoted her life to her children, attending all their sporting events, spending summers at Chapel’s pool, and annual trips to Santa Cruz.  Her home was always full of children, a gathering place for her children friends, who always knew the door was open.   She was an excellent party planner, known for her annual holiday party, where she welcomed everyone with the same open door policy.

Bonnie embraced her job as a parent, grandparent and great grandparent.  Bonnie was a friend to everyone she met, she was always smiling, fun and encouraging.  Bonnie loved to travel.  She loved going to the coast and traveling abroad.  She looked forward to her annual trips with her girlfriends.  She was an early riser and an avid exerciser.  For over forty years, she could be seen walking at the crack of dawn with her girlfriends.  She was the family caregiver, a confidante to her friends, and was always lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband Terry (May 21, 2017).  She is survived by her mother Shirley, children Shaun (Kathy), Michael (Christie), and Shannon Piazza-Meehan (Dr. John).  Grandchildren Daniel (Valerie), Hannah, Zachary and Kade Piazza, JP and Liam Meehan.  Step grandchildren Arianna Morelli and Aiden O’Neill.  Great grandchildren Tristan, Giovanni and Sophia Piazza.

Service will be held Friday, January 19 at 11am at Emanuel Lutheran Church

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Bruce Mettler

Bruce Allen Mettler, 71, of Lodi passed away peacefully at home on January 7, 2018. He was born to Ole and Dorothy Mettler in Lodi, California, on January 25, 1945.

Bruce graduated from Lodi High School where he was active in the FFA and served as the FFA President. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1963-1970 and married Barbara Del Haskell on July 25, 1970, soon after his return from the service. Bruce graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture Economics.

Bruce had a lifelong passion for serving the community and was actively involved in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations including: Lodi Memorial Hospital; the Lodi Grape Festival; California Future Farmers of America Foundation; the American, California and San Joaquin County Farm Bureaus; National Delegate to the American Farm Bureau Convention; the Lodi Grape Growers; the Northern California Fruit Company; Tokay Marketing Agreement; the American Legion; the San Joaquin Historical Society; the San Joaquin Partnership and Business Council; San Joaquin Council of Government Habitat Conservation Plan and Policy Committee; Tokay High School Ag Advisory Committee; and Lodi Young Farmers. Bruce worked in farming and agriculture from the age of 14 and was active in the local 4-H group throughout high school. He was a successful farmer in the Lodi area with an extensive background in local business, agriculture and community service. In addition to farming, Bruce’s experience included past Director and President of East Side Winery and past President of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau. In March of 2010 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California and was an active advocate for the bank. His expertise in the wine grape market, one of the bank’s largest commodity segments, combined with his academic training as an agricultural economist added great value to the board. Bruce was a significant contributor to the banks ongoing success.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; Ole and Dorothy Mettler, and his wife; Barbara Del Mettler. He is survived by his children Blair Mettler and Eric Mettler, and three grandchildren: Chance, Jennifer, and Quentin. He is also survived by his sister Joan Rider and brother-in-law Richard, a niece and nephew, and a great nephew.

Friends may visit on Tuesday, January 16th from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 at Donahue Funeral Home, 123 N. School Street, Lodi and are invited to attend A Celebration of Life at Zion Lutheran Church, 105 S. Ham Lane, Lodi on Wednesday, January 17th at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Matt Duerr will officiate. A reception will immediately follow the Celebration of Life at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, Jackson Hall, 413 E. Lockeford Street, Lodi.

Interment at Lodi Memorial Cemetery will be private at Bruce’s request.

Donahue Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church, 105 S. Ham Lane, Lodi, CA 95242; Lodi House, 801 S. Washington, Lodi CA 95240; and Pregnancy Resource Center of Lodi, 942 E. Pine Street, Lodi, 95240.




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Dale Alan Gray

Dale Alan Gray, born August 10, 1953, reunited with his great grandmother, who raised him, on Christmas Eve 2017. Dale was involved in real estate all his professional life. He was elected president of the Stockton Board of Realtors in 1987, was the CEO of the Stockton Association of Realtors, and was Awarded Realtor Emeritus from the National Association of Realtors, which is one of the highest awards given to a member with 40 years of continuous membership.  A leader in the Association Executive committee at the California Association of Realtors, he held many other positions there as well.  He served as CEO in the Central Valley Association of Realtors for nearly 10 years.  He also owned his own brokerage and consulting firm. Dale was proud of his association with other organizations like Junior Achievement and Stocktonian of the Year, where he was currently on the Board of Directors.  He was also very active in state and local politics and always supported realtor-friendly legislation; he was currently the key contact for Assemblywoman Susan Eggman.

He loved Christmas and was the proud owner of over 5000 Christmas tree ornaments, which allowed him to decorate different themed trees every year. Dale leaves behind so many dear friends who miss him deeply.  He had two very special children in his life who called him Dad. Both Kellen and McKenna filled his life as a Father and he adored them both.  He also loved decorating and gardening. His dog Kali was his constant companion in recent years. Dale loved to travel abroad but nothing brought him more peace than a trip to Yosemite.

He supported the SF Aids Walk since its inception more than 30 years ago.  Donations can be made to the San Joaquin county Aids Foundation in Dale’s memory. Services will be held on Jan 26th 4-6 PM, at Club Brookside: 3536 Brookview Dr Stockton.