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Obituaries for December 10, 2003

Dean Oneal

Sept. 2, 1921 — Dec. 8, 2003

Dean Oneal, 82, died Monday at his home in Sonora.

Mr. Oneal was born in Long Beach and attended Jordon High School there. He was a member of the varsity tennis team, and later attended Long Beach City College, where he majored in civil engineering, and continued at the University of California, Berkeley.

During World War II, Mr. Oneal worked for the government for 17 months as a surveyor in Alaska. He worked on the Alcan Highway.

He returned to California and joined the Home Dulin Engineering firm, where he supervised the tank strapping department for 20 years. He then established his own business, the West Coast Calibrating Company, and later the Electronic Meter Calibrating Co. Inc. He routinely visited oil fields around California and neighboring states.

He retired in 1986 and, his family said, pursued his love of sailing. Tennis was also a sport he enjoyed much of his life, his family said.

He and his wife, Marylou, traveled the world and sailed on chartered yachts in the San Juan Islands, Caribbean, French Polynesia and the New Zealand Bay of Islands. For many years, he and his wife sailed their own sailboat along the California coast and were members of the Seal Beach Keelswingers Yacht Club. He also was a member of the Lakewood Garden Club and of the Huntington Beach Church of Religious Science.

Mr. Oneal also enjoyed golf, bridge, gardening, woodworking and rock collecting.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, Mr. Oneal is survived by two sons, Richard Oneal of Cerritos and Jon Oneal of Lakewood; a daughter, Sharon Krauss of Crystal Falls; two daughters-in-law, Diane Oneal of Yorba Linda and Crystal Oneal of Lakewood; and seven grandchildren, Amber and Erin Oneal, Mike and Jeremiah Krauss, and Shanna, Sara and Sean Kelly.

A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Long Beach Municipal Cemetery.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Remembrances can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, or the Salvation Army, San Joaquin County Chapter, 747 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, CA 95203.

MaryJane Brizard

July 21, 1939 — Dec. 5, 2003

MaryJane Brizard, 64, died Friday in a single-car accident less than an eighth of a mile from her home in Groveland.

Mrs. Brizard and her husband of nearly 20 years, Alson Brizard, moved to Groveland three years ago after selling their farm in Patterson, where they raised walnuts and MaryJane had a book-distribution business.

Mrs. Brizard was involved with several local charities, including Helping Hands Thrift Shop and South Side Senior Center. She also belonged to the quilt club in Groveland and did business from her home as a seamstress.

In earlier years, Mrs. Brizard and her husband were active in the Sports Car Club of America, where she volunteered as race worker and official. She became the first race official to be in charge of sound and monitoring enforcement, a position that would grow in importance nationwide.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Brizard is survived by a son, John Perry of Concord, N.C., and a granddaughter, Brittany.

A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the First Baptist Church, 11347 Wards Ferry Road, Big Oak Flat.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the South Side Senior Services Fund, in care of Sonora Area Foundation, P.O. Box 577, Sonora, CA 95370, or any favorite charity.

Frank Clement Kalasek

Nov. 20, 1917 — Dec. 5, 2003

Frank Clement Kalasek, 86, of Strawberry died Friday at a Sonora care home.

Mr. Kalasek, a native of Plattsmouth, Neb., worked as a machinist and welder for 30 years. He had lived in Strawberry for three years.

His family said he enjoyed playing bingo and cards and loved fishing. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps and a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Kalasek is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert and Candace Kalasek of Copperopolis and Darryl Kalasek of Iowa; a daughter and son-in-law, Kassie and Dr. James Owen of Strawberry; a daughter-in-law, Eleanora, of Iowa; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home in Sonora.


KLAVERWEIDEN — John Klaverweiden, 52, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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