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Jean Martin Jaureguy
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) followed by the rosary at 7 p.m. at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock, for Jean Martin Jaureguy, 85, of Ceres. He died June 27, 2009 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, with his family by his side.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1200 Lyons Ave, Turlock. Burial will follow at Turlock Memorial Park.

Born Dec. 7, 1923 Jean was born in Whittier to Jean Martin and Catherine Jaureguy. Upon graduation from Puente High School, he entered the Army and served in Europe during World War II with the 127th anti-aircraft artillery battalion. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberate Buchenwald Concentration Camp with General Patton's Third Army. Upon his return to the states he met and married Frances Evelyn Dover and together the raised four sons.

Mr. Jaureguy was a career truck driver and accomplished mechanic. He moved to the Turlock area in 1963 where in ran the family farm. He spoke four languages, and was a member of the Ceres Historical Society, Ceres Senior Citizens Club, the Los Banos Basque Club, Stanislaus County Swiss Club, Teamsters Union Local 386, and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In 1999 after being widowed 10 years, he met and married Annabelle Newkirk. Together they explored life, travelling and spending time with their grandchildren.

He leaves behind his wife, Annabelle Jaureguy of Ceres; his sons, Martin Jaureguy, Michael Jaureguy, John Jaureguy and Steven Jaureguy; two brothers, Peter Jaureguy and Edward Jaureguy; three sisters, Virginia Lima, Rosemary Handorf and Adele Jaureguy; 11 grandchildren, stepson David Newkirk, and Elaine Newkirk, five step-grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Frances Jaureguy, stepson Gordon Newkirk and step-grandson Michael Newkirk.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /July 1, 2009