: Fresno, California : January 30, 1932 : Fresno, California : February 10, 2014 : 82
Joseph William Levy, a central valley icon, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2014 at the age of 82. Mr. Levy was born to Irving and Ruth Levy on January 30, 1932 in Fresno, California.
Born and raised in Fresno, Mr. Levy graduated from Fresno High School and then left his hometown only to attend the University of Southern California and to work at Yonker's department store for two years in Des Moines, Iowa. He returned to Fresno in 1956 to work at Gottschalks. When Mr. Levy joined the firm in 1956, Gottschalks had one store in downtown Fresno and less than $4 million in annual sales. The company grew to about 80 stores under his leadership. He became CEO and Chairman of the company in the mid-1980's, staying on as CEO until 1999 and stepping down as chairman in 2007.
Joe's list of leadership positions and accolades is lengthy. He won the Leon S. Peters Award in 1989, the chamber's top honor for service to the community. A former President of the chamber, Mr. Levy was active in the Downtown Association, the Boys Club, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno Metropolitan Museum and the Craig School of Business at Fresno State.
For years, Mr. Levy served on the California State Transportation Commission, and he was instrumental in getting part of Highway 41 built. He championed Measure C in 1986, which helped pay for new segments on highways 41, 168 and 180.
Joe is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Sharon Levy; his children, Felicia Levy-Weston and her husband Shaun Weston of Idaho, Jody Levy-Schlesinger M.D. and her husband Mark Schlesinger M.D. of Encino, and Bret William Levy and his wife Audrey of Chicago, Illinois. He will also be missed by his nine loving grandchildren.
In accordance with Joe's wishes, a private funeral service will be held at Chapel of the Light Funeral Home.
Remembrances may be sent in Joe's honor to the donor's favorite charity.
Margaret Jean Murray
Court of Eternal Life Chapel of the Light Mausoleum
: Fresno, California : February 7, 2014 : Fresno, California : July 25, 1924 : 89
Jean, a native of Fresno was born on July 25, 1924, and passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014, in Fresno. Jean was a unique and special lady. She cared deeply for her family and friends. She was the most fulfilled while entertaining her friends. Her cookbook, "Jean's Legacy", was a favorite of many. Her book had five editions. Her happiest moment was her marriage to Stan at Saint John's Cathedral in 1999, fulfilling a deathbed promise to her son. Her original marriage to Stan was on February of 1978. She had bible studies and luncheons in her home weekly for 30 plus years. She also has Agape Outreach with her husband where they fed the lonely and those that needed Christian fellowship. She belonged to the International Society of Photographers because of her outstanding acheivements in photography. She was involved in Christian Women's Club and had concern for AIDS patients and those in Celebrate Recovery.
She was mostly a stay at home mother and wife (when she wasn't shopping), but did modeling part time for 40 years and loved it. She had a great sense of humor and quick wit. She was also outgoing, loyal, generous, decisive, romantic, fun and had a zest for life. She was talented in entertaining and dress and was devoted to her family and friends.
Jean converted to Catholicism in 1992, and is a member of Our Lady Victory Catholic Church in Fresno.
A special thanks to Jim Grant; and Jim and Linda Lu Zizzo; for watching over her per Stan's request prior to his passing.
She was preceded in death by Stan, her husband and love of her life, and at the time of his death felt his funeral on March 6, 2009, was hers too. She is also preceded in death by her beloved son, Wayne B. Stott; her sister Betty; her brother Byron; parents, Rudie and Jane Malm; and a step-son, Phillip Murray.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Kay Stott of Fresno; her step-children, Wanda Murray of Atwater, Morgan Murray and his wife Lydia of Fresno, Daniel Murray and his wife Marilyn of Fresno; and a brother, Richard Malm of Las Vegas, NV. She is lovingly remembered by her nieces; nephews; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren. She also leaves behind Sparky, her special, almost human dog that was like her guardian angel.
Per her request, a Private Service will be held. She also holds love and respect for Northwest Church, espcially those who attended Naomi's Bible Study.
In Jean's honor, remembrances may be made to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fresno, 149 N. Fulton Street, Fresno, CA 93701; or to the donor's favorite charity.