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Jane Bickford
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Jane Lorraine (Jensen) Bickford, 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 3 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson overlooking the beautiful gardens.

Born in Eau Claire, WI on January 5, 1921, her pioneering spirit lead her west to California where she married her husband, Frank Bickford in December 1952. They purchased a home and settled in San Leandro in 1953. Her beloved husband Frank passed away in December of 1999. In April of 2000, Mrs. Bickford moved to Modesto to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.

She was a trusted bookkeeper throughout her career and enjoyed her family, traveling, knitting, gardening, baking and playing cards. Her parents were Jorgen Christian Jensen and Anna Marie Robertson of Eau Claire, WI. Of eight brothers and sisters, she is survived by her sister, Susan Sherman of Idaho. She is also survived by her children, daughter Karen Bickford of Modesto, CA, son James Bickford of Las Vegas, NV and grandchildren, Dominic Aloise of Barcelona, Spain and Rico Valledor of Modesto, CA.

Her dear friends, (the bridge ladies) will leave a chair open for her at their next gathering. A beloved mother and grandmother, Mrs. Bickford shared 88 wonderful years with her family and friends.

There will be no services, only a private family gathering at her request.

Donations may be made to the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, c/o Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto CA 95356.

Arrangements by Deegan Funeral Chapel, Escalon with an on line register book available at

The Riverbank (Calif.) News

May 13, 2009