July 21, 1929 Aug. 3, 2004
Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Forrest William "Bill" Schoettgen Jr. died Aug. 3 at his Sonora home. He was 75.
He was born in Columbia and lived in Tuolumne County his entire life.
He was a member of the pioneer Schoettgen family who first came to Columbia in 1852. The Schoettgen Pass, near Tuolumne, is named after his family. He was lead man for the Caltrans crew in Long Barn and worked for Caltrans for 36 years. He graduated from Sonora High School in 1947 and was a member of one of the last classes to go to the old Columbia Grammar School.
He played semi-professional baseball, pitching for the Stockton Ports and Modesto Reds. He was a decorated Korean War U.S. Army veteran and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.
He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed deep-sea, stream and lake fishing and hunting, his family said.
He was a card player and enjoyed playing pinochle, cribbage and playing pool, his family said, and he was passionate about vegetable gardening.
Mr. Schoettgen is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce Schoettgen of Long Barn; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Eric Morton of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff Schoettgen and Brenda Bullington of Glencoe and Brad and Thea Schoettgen of Bear Valley; grandchildren, Jenn Morton of Santa Rosa, Josh Morton of Santa Barbara, Alia Schoettgen of San Diego, Johanna Schoettgen of Glencoe and Zane and Jackson Schoettgen, both of Bear Valley; a sister and brother-in-law, Edna and George Linden of Pioneer, Amador County; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Esther Schoettgen; and sisters, Dorothy Morales and Betty Hendricks.
At his request, private family services are scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, 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.
Wallace Bud' Edgar Hitchcock
March 11, 1922 Aug. 5, 2004
Wallace "Bud" Edgar Hitchcock of Valley Springs died Thursday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 82.
He was born in Tacoma, Wash., and lived in Valley Springs for 15 years. He was a retired heavy equipment operator. He served as an operating engineer in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor.
His family said he was an avid square dancer and caller for the Valley Springs Square Dance Club and others. He was a great family man who would always try to plan family outings and gatherings, his family added.
Mr. Hitchcock is survived by his wife, Orlevia Hitchcock of Valley Springs; daughters, Beverley Erkson of Copperopolis and Terri Stueart of Durango, Colo.; sons, Mike Titus of Copperopolis and Rich Titus of Cottonwood, Shasta County; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene Guidice, in 1998.
Services were to be held today.
A private family burial is scheduled for tomorrow at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.
San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Dec. 17, 1935 Aug. 5, 2004
Former Sonora resident Richard K. Mullen died Thursday at his home in Dandridge, Tenn., after a short illness. He was 68.
He was born in Chicago and was the son of Donald and Florence "Tootie" Lindskog Mullen. He was raised by his grandparents, Henry A. and Inez Winters Mullen, in Roseland, on Chicago's south side. He graduated from Fenger High School in 1953 and eventually settled in Lansing, Ill.
He was active in community affairs for more than 22 years as his daughters' traveling baseball team coach, president of organizations including Lansing Lions youth football team, Lansing Little League, girls' softball leagues and the Thornton Fractional South High School Athletic Booster Club. He also served as a member of the Thornton Fractional South High School Board and as a trustee of South Suburban College.
His family said he was recognized for his humanitarian gestures, such as providing school clothing and Christmas presents for underprivileged children in the area. He was well known for his love of his children and anything Irish, his family added.
For several years during this period, he entered the political arena and served as campaign manager for the CAP party, a local political party in Lansing, through one state representative and three mayoral campaigns.
A former employee of Allis Chalmers and Cleveland Gear, he ended his working career as human resources director for the Village of Lansing, entered retirement a year and a half ago and moved to Sonora to be with his wife. He relocated to Tennessee in December 2003.
Mr. Mullen is survived by his wife, Lynn Boyd Mullen, a high school friend with whom he reunited in 2001, after 50 years apart; his children, Daniel Mullen, Michelle Mullen, Vicki Renier, Michael Mullen, Scott Mullen and his wife, Jill, and Richard Mullen; a brother and sister-in-law, George and Dee Franczyk Mullen; grandchildren, Ryan Mullen and Grace Renier; a niece, Kathleen Candelaria; and nephews, Keith and Kevin Mullen.
At his request, no services are scheduled.
Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.
Farrar Funeral Home in Dandridge is handling arrangements.
July 14, 1934 Aug. 3, 2004
Former Calaveras County resident Lucille Maude Shaw died Aug. 3 at a Stockton hospital. She was 70.
She a native of the Mokelumne Hill and Chili Gulch areas. She moved to San Francisco and lived in the Bay Area most of her life, including Piedmont, Alameda County, for the past seven years. She was a financial accountant for many brokerage firms.
She is survived by a brother, Gene Cassella of San Andreas; sisters, Margaret Davis and Mary Zahniser, both of San Andreas; her best friend, Jean (Haverland) Paz of Lockeford, San Joaquin County; her longtime friend, Eileen Hillious of Valley Springs; nieces and nephews, Dennis Bayers, Gino Cassella, Kathleen (Zahniser) McClaflin, Chrissy (Cassella) Titus, David Zahniser, Randy and Rod Pitto and Lori (Pitto) Flaming; and many great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tricia Uselman; and a niece, Rhonda (Zahniser) Chase.
A Catholic burial was held.
San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.
Jan. 10, 1907 Aug. 7, 2004
Lifelong Calaveras County resident John "Jack" Voitich died Saturday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 97.
He was born in Angels Camp and lived in Calaveras County his entire life. He worked as a cook for Bret Harte Hospital in Murphys for 30 years.
He was a member of the Ophir Bear Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 33, Order of Eastern Star No. 165 and Native Sons of the Golden West, all in Murphys. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Stockton and Ben Ali Shrine in Sacramento.
Mr. Voitich is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Lombardi Voitich, in 2002.
A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Angels Memorial Chapel.
Donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817 or Mark Twain Hospital Foundation, 768 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249.
Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Oct. 26, 1920 Aug. 5, 2004
Longtime Tuolumne County resident Marjorie Lambie died Thursday at a Jamestown care home. She was 83.
She was born in Oklahoma and lived in Tuolumne County for 54 years, most recently in Jamestown. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her sons, Jon Hill of Jamestown and Ned Hill of Columbia; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private family service is scheduled.
Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
ANDERSON Elizabeth Anderson, 79, of Tuolumne died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.