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Obituaries for April 26, 2004

Teresa Jean

Anderson

Oct. 21, 1920 — April 21, 2004

Longtime Twain Harte resident Teresa Jean Anderson died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital. She was 83.

She was born in San Jose and had lived in Twain Harte since 1973. She previously lived in San Jose and was a homemaker. She served as a sergeant in Women's Army Corps during World War II.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ervin Anderson of Twain Harte; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Nancy Anderson of Twain Harte and Glen and Marie Elena Anderson of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren, Chris and Amanda Anderson both of Twain Harte; and a sister, Nancy Andrade of San Jose.

She was preceded in death by a sister and seven brothers.

Services were held Saturday.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ruth C. Chapman

Aug. 13, 1921 — April 9, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Ruth C. Chapman died April 9 at her home. She was 82.

She was born in San Francisco and had lived in Sonora for 35 years. She was a self-employed beauty shop owner for 30 years.

Her caretaker said she enjoyed watching Oprah and Dr. Phil.

She is survived by her brother, Earl Bryant of Chicago Park, Nevada County; and her caretaker, Lynn Lo Reaux of Jamestown.

No services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

James Heron

Nov. 9, 1913 — April 21, 2004

Longtime Sonora rancher James Lascelles Heron died Wednesday morning at his home. He was 90.

He was born in Chico, lived in Westwood, Lassen County, a short time and came by train to Sonora at the age of five, when his father took a job as a lumber salesman at Pickering Lumber Company.

His family soon bought a home — which it still owns — on Sonora's unpaved Washington Street, which was then plied by horses, wagons and buggies.

He graduated from Sonora Elementary, when it was at the Dome campus, where his mother taught. He was a member of the grammar school's drum corps, which took first place in the state at a competition. In 1931, he graduated from Sonora High School.

From a young age, Mr. Heron loved horses, livestock and anything to do with ranching, his family added. He and his friend, "Pup" Kole would go down to blacksmith's shop to watch the horses and he used to hop the ice wagon or the wood wagon from town to go to the Sanguinetti ranch to ride or drive horses, help with the garden and learn all he could about agriculture.

As a young boy, he raised chickens which he sold to Hop Kee, proprietor of a local Chinese restaurant. He also often went on horseback to the high country to help his next-door neighbor, Mr. Longeway, a game warden, plant fish. The ditch-

tender from Sonora, Mr. Kole, kept and fed a pony for him so he could ride the ditches with him on weekends.

As a young man, Mr. Heron worked on various local ranches including the Johnson, Curtin, Woods and Burgson ranches. He especially liked the summer months, when ranchers drove the cattle to the mountain grazing ranges and stay until fall when they drove the cattle back down to the home pastures, his family said.

In the early ‘30s, he and his lifelong friend, Orlando Muzzi, worked a year for PG&E, helping to maintain the flume above Camp Nine in Calaveras County. They would work for 28 straight days, then have seven days off. Mr. Heron also was a woodsmen felling, limbing, bucking and scaling trees at Skull Creek and other lumber camps. He worked clearing trees from the slopes before Dodge Ridge Ski Area was built. And he split thousands of cedar posts in the Thompson Meadows area to sell and to use for his own fences.

In 1944, he married Tuolumne County native, Dorothy Gray. Realizing a life-long dream, the couple bought a ranch on Algerine Road in 1950.

He continued working as a lumber piler for Pickering for many years, but his love was his ranch, where he raised sheep, cattle, poultry, bees and a few orphaned fawns brought by the game warden. The ranch work was all done with horses.

When everyone else began plowing with tractors, he continued using his draft horse team to plow and mow his hay fields and to put in his vegetable garden. Friends would often time their visits for when the garden produce was ripe.

As he got older, arthritis limited his mobility so he would drive his old pickup around the ranch checking on his cattle. He put in a full day's work well into his 80s, still gardening and raising cattle. A favorite saying was, "Hard work never hurt anybody," his family added.

His family said he was an industrious, strong, kind, gentle man, well-read, artistic and devoted to his family.

Mr. Heron is survived by his wife of 59 and a half years, Dorothy; a sister, Emily Nisbet; daughters and sons-in-law, Lorna and Marion Sanguinetti, Carol and Chuck Leslie, Frances and Dan Bryant, Marilyn and William "Butch" Rice, and Evie and Gary Olds; grandchildren, Lynn Sanguinetti, Preston and Laura Leslie, Kerry Rice, Gretchen Bassi and Rebecca and James Olds; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Mabel Heron; a brother, Francis Heron; and a grandson, Joe Sanguinetti.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. After the service a gathering will be held at the Willow Springs Clubhouse.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Elaine V. Baratono

Nov. 3, 1914 — April 22, 2004

Former longtime Angels Camp resident Elaine V. Baratono died Thursday at an International Falls, Minn., care center. She was 89.

She was born in Salt Lake City to Melvin and Lena (Rocheleau) Grow. She attended schools in Salt Lake City and Oakland. In 1947, she married George E. Baratono. Until they moved to International Falls in 2001, they lived in Angels Camp where she worked for many years for the Carpenters Union and as a court clerk.

She was a member of Soroptimists International and Eastern Star.

Her family said she enjoyed traveling, fishing, spending time on the houseboat and hosting big holiday get-togethers for family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, George of International Falls; two daughters, Noreen Huberty of Mokelumne Hill and Sharon Fleming of Murphys; a son, Nolan Baratono of International Falls; a sister, Vera Maxie of Seattle; grandchildren, Rene Nevarez of Lincoln, Placer County, Christopher Airola of Loomis, Placer County, Diane Andrews of Penryn, Placer County, Matthew Fleming of Murphys, Jared Baratono of Bemidji, Minn., and Seth Baratono of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin "Bud" Grow.

No services are planned.

Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc., in International Falls is handling arrangements.

Dennis

Dean Russell

Feb. 19, 1957 — April 8, 2004

Dennis Dean Russell of Wilseyville died April 8 at his home after a long illness. He was 47.

He was born in French Camp, San Joaquin County, and grew up in Stockton. He lived in Wilseyville for the past four years. He worked as a commercial contractor and served in the U.S. Navy from 1976-77.

Mr. Russell is survived by his wife, Grace Russell of Wilseyville; sons, D.J., Andy and Adam Russell all of Tahoe, Nev.; a daughter, Tia Russell of Oak Harbor, Wash.; brothers, Larry Russell of Wilseyville and Everett Russell of Stockton; sisters, Linda Enos of Reno, Nev., and Sharon Trott and Wanda Lesan both of Stockton; his mother, Beverly Whitesel of Wilseyville; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service is to be held 1 p.m. today at Community Covenant Church in West Point.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

BOTTI — Dale Botti, 68, of Sonora died Saturday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

DeBERNARDI — A celebration of life for Micheal "Mickey" Robert John DeBernardi, 78, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at the Pine Mountain Lake Country Club in Groveland. He died March 8 at an Arizona hospital. Dimond and Sons Silver Bell Chapel in Bullhead City, Ariz., handled arrangements.

EAST — Edward "Bill" East, 79, of Sonora died yesterday at a Modesto hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

FIRPO — John Firpo, 78, of Jamestown died Saturday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GROVE — Steve Grove, 45, of Tuolumne died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MUNRO — Elizabeth Munro, 84, of Soulsbyville died yesterday at a Soulsbyville care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ROBINSON — Benjamin Robinson, 83, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SIIRILA — John Siirila, 86, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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