Aug. 31, 1926-April 12, 2004
Robert "Gus" Henry Gustafson of Sonora died April 12 at a Flagstaff, Ariz., medical center. He was 77.
He was born in San Mateo. He served as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps for three years during World War II. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and worked for Mobil Oil Corp. in Seattle and Arizona. He re-turned to California in 1960 and brought his family to Sonora in 1962. He was a turkey rancher and worked for the Sonora Post Office for five years. In 1989, he retired from California State University, Fresno, after 22 years in the geology department.
He was a licensed pilot, a scuba diver, a fisherman, a backpacker, a camper, a mine and cave explorer, a lifelong mineral expert/collector and an authority on minerals, especially Bisbee, Ariz., minerals. He taught Elderhostel courses on the history and geology of the Mother Lode.
He was a longtime antique enthusiast specializing in items and homes of the arts and crafts/mission era. He owned a 1916 Craftsman Bungalow home in Sonora, where he had lived for 14 years, his family added. He was an avid gardener and traveler, an animal lover and a consummate storyteller with a great sense of humor, his family added.
His family said he was a devoted family man whose first priorities were always his wife, his children, their spouses and his grandchildren.
Mr. Gustafson is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jackie Gustafson of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law, Pete Gustafson and Heidi Riedle of Clovis and Michael and Patti Gustafson of Morgan Hill; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen Gustafson and Greg Kusnick of Seattle, Sharon Gustafson and James Schoettgen of Columbia and Linda and Cam Jacobi of Yosemite; grandchildren, Ben and Scott Schoettgen of Columbia, Nicholas and Patrick Gustafson of Morgan Hill and Johanna Jacobi of Yosemite; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann Gustafson and Noel Marshall of Australia; a brother-in-law, Tom Sayer of Jamestown; nieces, Gigi Gooding of Butte City, Glenn County, and Chris Gooding of Medford, Ore.; a nephew, Carl Gooding of Eagle River, Alaska; and many friends from around the United States.
At his request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.
Memorial donations can be made to the Tuolumne County General Hospital Foundation, in care of Cardiac Rehab, P.O. Box 3784, Sonora, CA 95370.
Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff is handling arrangements.
Aug. 7, 1918-April 16, 2004
Lifelong San Andreas resident Violet Rosetta Morales died Friday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 85.
She was born in San Andreas, a member of the fourth generation of her family in Calaveras County with three more generations following her. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and gardening.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Mohrmann of San Andreas; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation was to be from 1-5 p.m. today at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel. Burial is scheduled at People's Cemetery in San Andreas.
San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Oct. 20, 1945-April 15, 2004
Former Sonora resident Sandra Ann Riddle died Thursday at an Oklahoma City, Okla., hospital after a long illness. She was 58.
She was born in Sacramento to Lou and Colleen (Reynolds) Choate.
She grew up in Yreka, Siskiyou County, and lived most of her life in Sonora. She and Quenton Dale Riddle were married on Sept. 6, 1981, in Tuolumne County.
She moved to Chickasha, Okla., in December 2003.
She is survived by her husband, Quenton Dale Riddle of Chickasha; sons and daughter-in-law, Robbie D. and Heather Hand of Fresno and Jeffrey Michael Riddle of Sonora; a grandson, Travis James Hand of Fresno; a granddaughter, Kierra Janelle Riddle of Sonora; brothers, Gary Choate of Washington and Gregory Choate of Idaho; a sister, Lisa Choate of Sonora; her parents, Lou and Colleen Choate of Sonora; her best friend, Catherine Blume of Sonora; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Services were held Sunday in Chickasha.
Sevier Funeral Home in Chickasha is handling arrangements.
April 13, 1922-April 16, 2004
Longtime Sonora resident Mary Frances Roberson died Friday at a Soulsbyville care home. She was 82.
She was born in Oakland and lived in the Sonora area for 35 years.
She was the oldest of seven children. She married Kenneth Roberson, a cabinet maker who grew up across the street from her, in 1942. She graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School in Oakland.
All 10 of her children were born in Oakland. She, her husband and their four younger children moved to Twain Harte in 1969, and eventually moved to Columbia.
Her life was one of service, her family said, first as a homemaker and later as a Pink Lady at Sonora Community Hospital, now Sonora Regional Medical Center, and as an aid in special education classrooms throughout the county. Her capacity and commitment for nurturing children were seemingly endless, her family added, instilling in them the integrity to be themselves.
She was a master seamstress and handworker, creating clothes and costumes for her children and grandchildren.
She enjoyed gardening and reading Danielle Steele and Belva Plain novels.
For many years she cooked enormous meals daily for 12. She was a devoted Catholic and was godmother to many nieces, nephews and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Ken, of Columbia; her daughter, Jeanne MacDonald of Redding, Shasta County; sons, Jim of Missoula, Mont., Dave and Bill, both of Sonora, John of Jamestown, Peter of San Francisco, Tom and Dan both of Sacramento, Mark of Dryden, N.Y., and Tim of Twain Harte; grandchildren, Eric Roberson of Sonora, Michael Roberson of Maine, Ian Roberson of Mammoth Lakes, Melissa Rishel of Mi-Wuk Village, Leannan Roberson of Florida, Joe Roberson of Jamestown, Amanda Roberson of Montana, Jennifer MacDonald of Redding, Elle, Claire and Connor Roberson, all of New York, Piper Roberson, Kiya and Gabi McCool-Baldonado all of Sonora; a great-granddaughter, Madison Rishel of Mi-Wuk Village; brothers, Bernie McCormick of Oregon, Paul McCormick of Stockton, John McCormick of Oakland, Tom McCormick of Brentwood, Contra Costa County, and Jerry McCormick of Santa Rosa; a sister, Jean Valva of Alameda; and numerous in-laws.
A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.
Memorial donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Feb. 10, 1924-April 16, 2004
Theodore Wilson Stevens of Wallace died Friday at his home. He was 80.
He was born in Cedaredge, Colo., and lived in Wallace for 14 years. He was a retired machinist and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Stevens is survived by his wife, Dolores Stevens of Wallace; a son, Bradford Stevens of Wallace; a daughter, Sandra Harrison of Livermore; a sister, Cora Stevens of Martinez, Contra Costa County; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. tomorrow at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the chapel. Burial is scheduled at Clements Glen View Cemetery in Clements, San Joaquin County. Following the burial, a gathering for family and friends is to be held at his wife's home.
San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
DIDRICHSEN Former Sonora resident Marlyn Speers Didrichsen, 83, died Sunday, April 11, at a Monterey care home. The Paul Mortuary in Pacific Grove is handling arrangements.
OHLSEN Bardt Ohlsen, 82, of Sonora died Saturday at his home. Neptune Society of Central California in Fresno is handling arrangements.
SMITH Hugh Smith, 75, of Groveland died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.