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Obituaries for December 12, 2002

Bill Ruckman

Jan. 9, 1939 — Dec. 5, 2002

Bill Ruckman, 63, of Chinese Camp died Dec. 5 at his home.

Mr. Ruckman was born in Bunch, Okla., and grew up in Groveland, where he lived until he moved to Jamestown. He lived in Jamestown for 17 years, before moving to Chinese Camp three years ago.

He was a building contractor for 40 years and a member of Carpenter's Union Local 152.

He loved fishing.

Mr. Ruckman is survived by his wife of 44 years, Judith Ruckman of Chinese Camp; a son and daughter-in-law, George and Kathy Ruckman of Groveland; two daughters, Virginia Ruckman of Manteca and Sarah Ruckman of Carson City, Nev.; a sister, Donna Hollowell of Reno, Nev.; two grandsons, Paul Garcia of Modesto and Brian Ruckman of Groveland; and three granddaughters, Jennifer Ruckman of Los Angeles and Colleen Ruckman and Sarah Ruckman, both of Groveland.

No service will be held. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Groveland. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Winfield Bruce ‘Smitty' Smith

April 22, 1924 — Dec. 9, 2002

Winfield Bruce "Smitty" Smith, 78, of Altaville died Monday at a San Andreas hospital.

Mr. Smith was born in Pullman, Wash., and had lived in Altaville for the past 65 years.

He served in the Army during World War II. He had worked at Calaveras Cement for many years and then was a groundskeeper and bus driver for Bret Harte High School for 14 years before he retired.

He was a member of Ebbetts Pass Legionnaires and had been a 32-year member of the Altaville Melones Volunteer Fire Department.

He liked fishing, camping and hunting.

Mr. Smith is survived by two sons, Daniel Smith of New York and Devin Smith of Angels Camp; five daughters, Julia Smith of Modesto, Wendy Quinata of Guam, Stephanie Smith of Waterford and Christine Porovich and Cathleen Porovich, both of Angels Camp; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary "Patricia" Smith, in September 2002, and a daughter, Carlene Porovich.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Union Congregational Church, 1141 S. Main St., Angels Camp. Inurnment will be at Altaville Protestant Cemetery. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Union Congregational Church Parking Lot Fund, P.O. Box 186, Angels Camp 95222 or San Andreas Senior Center, attention, Meals on Wheels nutrition program, P.O. Box 425, San Andreas, CA 95249.

Sedora M. ‘Doe' Shewmake

Oct. 15, 1927 — Dec. 7, 2002

Sedora M. "Doe" Shewmake, 75, of Tuolumne died Saturday at her home.

Mrs. Shewmake was a native of Florida and moved to Tuolumne with her husband, Ted, after they married in 1945.

She and her husband owned and operated Tuolumne Frosty, a family business, from 1958 to 1968. She also owned Trends Fashion clothing store in Sonora in 1975.

She worked at the Donut Shop in Sonora Plaza and had worked as a dietitian in the kitchen at Sonora Community Hospital.

Her family said she was a quiet person, but loved to travel, especially to Hawaii. They said her family was everything to her, and she spent the past few years helping take care of her great-grandchildren.

She was also a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary from 1957 to 1958.

Mrs. Shewmake is survived by two daughters, Dianna Murray and her companion, Charles Dixon, of Sonora and Martha Cusack and her husband, Andy, of Tuolumne; grandchildren and their spouses, Annette and Kent Kuusinen of Concord, Mica Evans of Modesto, Toni Thomas of Tuolumne, Cpl. Ted Cusack, stationed in Yuma, Ariz., and Joshua Murray, Jeremy Murray and his wife, Yvonne, and Jacob Murray, all of Sonora; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jacob and Merle Houck and William and Hilda Houck, all of Perry, Fla.; and a sister and brother-in-law, Alpha "Joan" and Karl Kamm of Miami, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thedford "Ted" Shewmake, in 1994; a brother, Johnny Houck; and a sister, Alice Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Tuolumne Chapel. Inurnment will be private at Carters Cemetery.

Donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Eugene

Christopher ‘Chris' Graham

July 25, 1971 — Dec. 7, 2002

Eugene Christopher "Chris" Graham, 31, of Tuolumne died Saturday in a vehicle crash on Highway 120, east of Oakdale.

Mr. Graham was born in Los Angeles and raised in Watsonville. He was a graduate of Watsonville High School and attended Cabrillo Junior College in Aptos.

He had lived in Tuolumne the past seven years.

He was a former firefighter for California Department of Forestry. He worked for Clyde Wheeler Pipelines and was also in the process of starting his own heavy equipment business.

He was a member of Operating Engineers Local No. 3 and had been active in Boy Scouts for many years.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping and boating. He also enjoyed softball and restoring heavy equipment.

Mr. Graham is survived by his parents, Robert and Cindy Graham of Tuolumne; a sister and brother-in-law, Erin and Alton Ortiqeaux of Port Neches, Texas; a brother, Cole Graham of Tuolumne; a nephew, Joseph Ortiqeaux of Port Neches; three aunts and their husbands, Dorothy and Mick Bryant and Diane and Joel Wright, all of Salinas, and Ida and Marc Strauch of Washington; three uncles and their wives, Donald Graham of Reno, Nev., Jim and Mary Looper of Cincinnati and Tom and Rosanne Looper of Sedona, Ariz.; and numerous great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne.

Donations may be made to Tuolumne County Humane Society, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown, CA 95327.

Notices

WILSON — Waldo "Walt" Wilson, 81, of Sonora died Wednesday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MOONEY — Timothy Mooney, 63, of Sonora died Wednesday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SPINETTO — Adolph Spinetto, 82, of Tuolumne died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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