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Obituaries for April 15, 2003

Orlando Roland Muzzi

Oct. 12, 1910 — April 12, 2003

Orlando Roland Muzzi, a native and lifelong resident of Sonora, died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. He was 92.

Mr. Muzzi graduated from Sonora Elementary School at the Dome on Barretta Street and from Sonora High School. He had planned to participate in the centennial celebration of Sonora High School later this year.

He bought land at the corner of Phoenix Lake Road and Highway 108 in 1944, where he grew oats and had a garden.

In 1961, he built homes there for his family, and a well-drilling business for his son-in-law, William Canepa. He eventually turned the property over to his children, after owning it for 50 years.

His first job was working for Sierra Railroad as a telegraph operator. He also worked for Hetch Hetchy Dam and was manager of Tuolumne Foundry for 40 years. After retiring from the foundry, he continued working with his family's business, Canepa and Sons, until he died.

His family said he was most proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also proud of the fact that his driver's license was recently renewed and good until 2004.

He was an avid hiker and had climbed Mount Whitney and Half Dome many years ago. His family said he first saw Yosemite at age 13. They said he saw his first airplane in Sonora and was the first person to bowl in the Sonora bowling alley when it opened.

As a young man, he enjoyed diving and swimming. Using a bamboo pole and a sawdust pit, he also held the pole vault record for Tuolumne County as a young athlete.

Mr. Muzzi is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Carole Canepa of Sonora and Arlene and Clint Paxton of Union City; five grandchildren and their spouses, Ricky Canepa and his wife, Julie, Shelly Kiriluk and her husband, Serge, and Roger Canepa, all of Sonora, and Christopher and Karissa Paxton of Union City; a sister, Katherine Frank, of Sonora; and seven great-grandchildren, Alex and Billy Kiriluk, John Canepa, Brooke, Bradly, Britney and Brenna Canepa, all of Sonora.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Muzzi, in 1976, a great-grandchild, William Alex Kiriluk in 1991, a son-in-law, William Canepa in 1994, and four brothers, Freddy, Mario, Steve and Pete Muzzi.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. tomorrow, and a funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Albert R.


Dec. 8, 1924 — March 30, 2003

Albert R. Pecchenino, 78, a native of Angels Camp, died March 30 at his home in Fresno.

Mr. Pecchenino was the youngest of nine children born to Charles and Faustina Pecchenino. He graduated from Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp and attended Modesto Junior College before entering the Army. While serving in Europe, he was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and was a prisoner of war for six months.

In 1946, he married Betty Murray in Sonora, and they moved to Stockton. In 1964, they moved to Fresno, where he founded and managed Colonial Leasing Co. for many years. After retirement, he began working for Lovegren Motor in Sanger, where he worked until recently, when he became ill.

Mr. Pecchenino is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Pecchenino of Fresno; a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Bruce Goodman of Fresno; a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Laurie Pecchenino of Santa Clara; four grandchildren, Stacy and Leslie Goodman of Fresno and Daniel and Christopher Pecchenino of Santa Clara; a brother, Vernon Pecchenino of Alameda; and many nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends took place at Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno on April 5. Yost and Webb Funeral Home in Fresno handled arrangements.

Thomas Blazdel Weddle Jr.

Dec. 22, 1951 — April 11, 2003

Thomas Blazdel Weddle Jr., 51, of Vallecito died Friday afternoon in a car crash off Parrotts Ferry Road, north of Camp Nine Bypass near Vallecito.

Mr. Weddle was born in Arizona and had lived in Vallecito for the past 25 years.

He was a finish carpenter in Calaveras County. Among his work was making the back bar at the Goonies, a former bar in San Andreas. He also did some finish work at Stevenot Winery and refurbished the windows at the old Serbian Church in Angels Camp. In addition to carpentry, he had worked for Calaveras Glass for more than six years. His family said he loved his work and he could build anything.

He loved the outdoors, nature, hiking, reading and listening to music. And he enjoyed his family and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Mr. Weddle is survived by his wife, Judith C. Weddle of Vallecito; four sons, Joshua David Weddle of Santa Rosa, Shane David Sayler of Lodi, Casey James Sayler of Vallecito and Russell Hart of Stockton; five brothers, James Bywater of Arizona, Charlie Seemann of Nevada, Ned Green of Bakersfield, Wesley Weddle of Arizona and Tommy Ray Weddle of Texas; four sisters, Martha Van De Mark, Pam Large, Bonnie Jean Weddle and Thelma Jackson, all of Arizona; parents, Thomas Weddle Sr. and Evelyn Hooten, both of Arizona; a sister-in-law, Candy Moody of Yosemite; mother-in-law, Joan Williams of Lodi; and two grandchildren, Kaylee and Alyssa of Lodi.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at his home, 3239 Main St., Vallecito. Burial will be private. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to a memorial fund in Judith Weddle's name, Central Sierra Bank, P.O. Box 1269, Angels Camp 95222.


WOLVERTON — Wallace Wolverton, 73, of Columbia died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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