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Mazie "Alene" Bunch
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Ceres Memorial Park for Mazie "Alene" Arnold Bunch, 79, of Hercules. The former Ceres resident died Nov. 16, 2007 of lyphoma.

Born Dec 31, 1927, Mrs. Bunch was born in Fort Scott, Kan., to James Walker Arnold and Agnes Prudence Naugle. She lived in Ceres for 55 years and moved to Hercules/San Pablo Bay four years ago.

In her late teens, Alene worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" in Kent, Wash., but preferred welding to riveting. She went onto study Dietician Nursing at Fresno State University, but found her true talent as a professional seamstress, owning two businesses, Seat Cover Kings and Beauty Pleat Draperies in the 1950s and 1960s. Mrs. Bunch also worked for 30 years in the local canneries.

A devout member of the First Baptist Church in Ceres, she served as an AWANA leader and volunteered in the church nursery. She enjoyed hand sewing piece quilts, knitting, was an avid reader and loved caring for her birds and cats.

Alene was married to Troy Bunch (Modesto) from 1948 to 1971 and raised five children.

She leaves behind her children, Stephen T. Bunch and Thomas A. Bunch, both of Modesto, Kenton H. Bunch of Napa, Douglas R. Bunch of Delhi, and Althea A. Zane-Hathaway of Hercules; her brother, James David Arnold of Seattle; her sister, Sara Belle Arnold of San Francisco; her grandchildren TaraLea U. Middleton of Rancho Cordova, Maya A. Martinez of Oakland, and Jacob D. Bunch of Napa; and one great-grandson, Russell Bunch of Napa.

Remembrances may be sent in Alene Bunch's name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier / November 21, 2007