Ella Carlene Collum Siegenthaler

September 13, 1940February 7, 2013
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Ella “Carlene” Siegenthaler, 72, of Visalia, California passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Visalia, California at Kaweah Delta District Hospital. Carlene was born in Phoenix, Arizona on September 13, 1940 to Jesse and Alma Collum. The family moved to different cities with her father’s work, settling in Visalia when she was 8 years old. Carlene graduated from Mt. Whitney High School. Carlene continued her education, obtaining certifications in Cosmetology from Federico’s in Fresno. Later she was an instructor for Delana’s in Fresno. She worked as a Regional Manager for Lyons restaurants as well as a Resident Counselor at The Girls’ Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Carlene met and married Gary Siegenthaler in Cambria, California on October 3, 1989. They worked side by side as Resort Managers at San Simeon Pines Seaside Resort. Carlene received her certificate as an Ordained Minister in 2011. Carlene was honored to marry her daughter Melissa and husband, Pedro. She was a professional and compassionate manager of her staff in any position that she held. In addition to her work, Carlene enjoyed cooking, oil painting, dancing the jitterbug, traveling and most of all spending time with her family. She attended Visalia First Assembly where she was very active in the Women’s ministry, including prison ministry, child and youth ministry. She also worked with CASA and Teen Challenge. Family and friends will remember Carlene as a devoted and loving wife and mother. Carlene was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Alma and two sons, Lee and Rod Murphy. Carlene leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Gary Siegenthaler; her sons, Steve Murphy of Visalia and Michael Bolden Vallejo; her daughters, Kim Murphy of Clarksville, TN and Melissa (Pedro) Bedolla of Woodlake; her brother, Benny Collum of Arkansas and sister, Linda Battenfield of Lemoore, CA. she had 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013 from 12 Noon to 8 pm at Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue in Visalia. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Visalia District Cemetery. Tributes and condolences may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291 (559)732-8371.


  • Visitation Monday, February 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Gary Siegenthaler

July 26, 2013

God, All my love and praise to you for the gift of Carlene in my life for 23 yrs. Carlene had an ANGELIC way about her; a compassionate, loving, faithful and devoted Christian who helped bring countless souls to a relationship with Jesus. Carlene, You were truly "MY ANGEL" sent from Heaven now your Home! Till death do us part does not apply to us. Like you, I put all my trust and faith in God. My faith and prayer assures me we'll see each other again, this time for eternity! Thank you for your amazing beauty both outward and inward, all the fun times, trips, close talks, helping make our beautiful home in Arkansas, your great laugh, singing, incredible cooking, oil painting, walks on the beach and coastal sunrises. You are one of those people that is larger than life Carlene. Words cannot express how much we all miss you. I promise I will do my best to honor your memory during my time in this life until I see you again! Your Eternally Loving Husband and Beach Pal Gary XO

February 28, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss.Carlene and you were always kind and loyal
to me God Bless
Rick McNeer

Melanie Geske

February 24, 2013

Carlene was a very sweet and loving woman, she was always cheerfull and fun to work with. I will miss her a great deal and wish Gary and her family all the best and hope they take comfort in knowing that although we dont get to see her anymore, I know she can see us, and shes smiling down on us all. Rest easy Carlene.

Nancy Carr - San Simeon PInes

February 21, 2013

We know she was a wonderful resort manager and employee, and an even better wife and mom - we will miss her very much and wish Gary our very best.

Gary & Jeanne Orr

February 19, 2013

To Linda, D and D, so sorry to hear about Carlene, keep her with you in memory.

Denzel Jolliff

February 16, 2013

What a special woman you are!! You touched our lives in such a positive way, Thank you for always believing in me as a person, and being such a great Grandmother to my son Jeason, we love you so very much. Until we meet again Rest In Peace and we know you will always be watching over all of us embracing us with your love. I am a better person for knowing you and having you be a part of my life, Thank You Beautiful Carlene, Thank You.

Wendy Smith

February 15, 2013

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

melissa siegenthaler

February 15, 2013

Mom you will always be in my heart. I love and miss you and will see you again. For now please keep an eye on us from time to time cause we all know its going to be a windy road ahead. I will forever cherish and hold on to everything you have taught me. The world was a better place because you exsisted. Stacey is telling everyone her Grandma Carlene is walking with the Angels in Heaven now. I asked her what she ment by now and she said cause grandma was our personal guardian angel while she was her and that she did such a good job that God called her home to be with the rest of the angels. We love you

Brenda Burnett

February 15, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss, it was bittersweet meeting you and Stephen at Kaweah Delta where both of our loved ones passed away. I will continue to pray for you and your family.