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Opal Kizarr
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Opal Kizarr, 73, of Escalon passed away on Sunday, April 6.

Born on March 5, 1935 in Merkel, Texas, to Dale Light and Ethel (Deen) Light, she moved to Escalon in 1943 with her parents and lived there for 10 years, moving to Modesto in 1953. She returned to Escalon n 1963 and lived there until 2008.

She attended Escalon schools, where she met her husband of 52 years, Wayne Kizarr, in the fifth grade.

She owned the Beer Hut in Oakdale and worked for Ardith at the Escalon Club and The Bakery in Escalon along with various catering establishments. She loved to work in her yard, created many quilts, enjoyed card-making and was a very good cook.

Survivors include her daughters, Reda Lansford and her husband Bill of Buena Park and Becky Smith of Escalon; grandchildren, Jason Smith and his wife Michelle Dilikan Smith of Modesto and Charlie Kizarr of Roseville; great-granddaughter Emma Smith of Modesto; sister, Glenda Machado of Escalon and sister-in-law Jeanette Silva of Merced.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Kizarr, her parents, and a great-grandson, Scott Smith.

Graveside services were Friday, April 11 at Burwood Cemetery, River Road, Escalon.

Remembrances may be made in her name to Community Hospice.

Deegan Funeral Chapel, Escalon, in charge of arrangements.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

April 16, 2008