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Yvonne Lou "Jody" Kaiser
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today (June 23 at the McHenry Chapel of Franklin & Downs, 1050 McHenry Ave., Modesto, for Yvonne Lou "Jody" Kaiser, 79, of Modesto. The former Ceres High School teacher died peacefully at her jome on June 16, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church, 617 W. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto.

Born Jan. 3, 1931 in Hot Springs, S.D., to Grace Sawyer and Paul Hamilton Riddle, Jody moved to Brewster, Neb., in 1934 where the family lived on a cattle ranch. Jody returned to Hot Springs for her junior year of high school where she met her future husband, Leonard Kaiser. After graduating high school, she attended Chadron State Teacher's College in Chadron, Neb. She graduated in 1953 with a teaching credential and a degree in Physical Education. On June 14, 1953, Jody and Leonard married in Hot Springs, S.D., where they started a family. They moved to Le Grand where she taught. In 1961, she moved to Modesto. Jody was a dedicated and respected teacher at Ceres High School, Grace Davis High School, and Stanislaus Union, before joining the staff at Prescott Senior Elementary School in its inaugural year. Jody taught physical education at Prescott until her retirement in 1991, though she continued to substitute teach for another 10 years. Jody enjoyed helping her husband keep score at Modesto High School basketball games, and traveling to five separate continents. Mrs. Kaiser was a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church in Modesto.

She leaves behind her children, Brad Kaiser, Susan Kaiser-Mitchell, and Matthew Kaiser, all of Modesto; numerous brothers; and four grandchildren Brandy Mitchell, Destiny Kaiser, Nichele, and Logan Kaiser. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Leonard Kaiser, sons Lenny Kaiser and Toby Kaiser, sister Pat Sigman and brother Kurt Larive.

Remembrances may be sent to the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 2201 Euclid Avenue, Hughson, CA 95326; or to a favorite charity.

-Ceres Courier/ June 23, 2010