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Obituaries for December 23, 2003

Marla Rae Ward Killough

Dec. 23, 1957 — Dec. 18, 2003

Marla Rae Ward Killough of Cold Springs died Thursday at her home of breast cancer. She was 45.

She was born in Oakland and lived in Tuolumne County for 17 years, most recently in Cold Springs, where she lived for 2 years. She worked as a firefighter for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and for Dodge Ridge Ski Patrol for 10 years. She was a member of the National Ski Patrol and the Firefighters Association.

She graduated from Sonora High School in 1976.

Her family said she enjoyed skiing, kayaking, massages, cooking and traveling, especially to Mexico. She also enjoyed bicycling, beach fun and her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Ed Hildreth of Cold Springs; sons, Jedediah Andrew Ward of Fair Oaks, and Tyler Randall Ward of Pensacola, Fla.; stepsons, Ray Hildreth of Kingman, Ariz., and Chance Mathias Hildreth of Cold Springs; sisters, Kathleen Killough Rustrum of Soulsbyville and Lisa Lynn Killough of Los Gatos; and nephew and nieces, Austen Rustrum of Corvallis, Ore., Chelsea Rustrum of San Luis Obispo, and Jamie, Corey and Carley Ward, all of Newark.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lazy Z Resort near Twain Harte.

Donations can be made at El Dorado Savings Bank in Twain Harte to the Marla Ward Killough Trust Fund, Act. No. 28300694, or mailed to the bank at P.O. Box 877, Twain Harte, CA 95383 or Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

A benefit was held for her Oct. 19.

"One important thing that she did take away from the benefit was an understanding of how she made a positive difference in so many people's lives, and that was very comforting to her," her sister, Lisa Lynn Killough said. "She was a people person, was a mother and mentor to a lot of people," Lisa added.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Archie Richard Leonard

July 26, 1912 — Dec. 17, 2003

Longtime Angels Camp resident Archie Richard Leonard died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital. He was 91.

He was born in Usona, Mariposa County. He lived in Angels Camp for 42 years. He worked as a rural mail carrier for 52 years and worked in the Angels Camp area for 27 years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Mr. Leonard is survived by his wife, Joan Leonard of Angels Camp; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Melicent Leonard of San Jose; a daughter and son-in-law, Faye Leonard and Daniel Stringer of Mountain Ranch; and grandchildren, Jeremy Leonard of Vallecito and Tara Riede, and her husband, Bob, of Sonora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Leonard, on Nov. 7.

Services were to be held yesterday in Altaville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 207 E. Alpine Ave., Stockton, CA 95204-3405 for Calaveras and San Joaquin counties.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lewis M. Niemann

July 25, 1931 — Dec. 19, 2003

Longtime Twain Harte resident Lewis M. Niemann died Friday at a Modesto medical center. He was 72.

He was born in San Diego and lived in Twain Harte for 29 years. He worked as owner and operator of Sierra Firewood Co. for 20 years.

His family said he loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

Mr. Niemann is survived by his wife, Jane Niemann of Twain Harte; a daughter, Robin Niemann of Twain Harte; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dixie and Hap Kennedy of Soulsbyville, and Clara and Jack Cummings of Surprise, Ariz.; a granddaughter, Merolyn Niemann of Twain Harte; nieces and spouses, Carol "Suzy" and Greg Frechette of Bellingham, Wash., Leslie and Mike Shaughnessy of Soulsbyville, and Cindy and Mike Ripley of Twain Harte; and nephews, Bill Niemann of Santa Rosa and Ned Kennedy of Modesto.

Services were to be held today at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Alfred ‘Al' L. Renteria

Sept. 17, 1950 — Dec. 16, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Alfred "Al" L. Renteria died last Tuesday at his home after a long illness. He was 53.

He was born in Oakland and was a member of the Stanislaus National Forest Hot Shots crew during his younger years. He was a longtime employee of Tuolumne General Hospital and a member of the E. Clampus Vitus.

His family said his interests included music, camping and NASCAR racing. He was an avid member of his gym and enjoyed neighborhood gatherings with his friends, his family added.

Mr. Renteria is survived by his mother, Rose Smith of Sonora; a daughter, Sonja and son-in-law Rudy Leon of Visalia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Barry Emerald and Jo and Pat Narry, all of Sonora; nephews, Jason McIntire, Keith Emerald and Randy and Casey Martin, all of Sonora; grandchildren, Rudy, Jessica, Marissa and Ariel Leon, all of Visalia; grandnieces, Kellie and Ashley McIntire of Sonora; and a grandnephew, Jason McIntire of Sonora.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Rick Smith.

A memorial service was held Saturday.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

John William ‘Bill' Rundstrom

May 6, 1909 — Dec. 8, 2003

John William "Bill" Rundstrom of Groveland died Dec. 8 at a Concord hospital. He was 94.

He was born and grew up in Garvanza, a suburb of Los Angeles now known as Highland Park. At the age of 14, he first had a summer job in his uncle's stained-glass studio. After graduating from Franklin High School, he entered a six-year apprenticeship in stained glass at his uncle's studio, the Judson Studios. He was a stained-glass artist for more than 75 years. He studied at Chouinard Art School and the California Art Institute in Pasadena, among others, and took many classes to develop his artistry and craft.

He married Muriel Mosher of Altadena in 1936.

He and his cousin went into partnership to buy the Judson Studios after World War II, where he remained until 1960. He sold his interest in the studio to his cousin and set out on his own with his wife, Muriel, eventually opening the Rundstrom Studio in Orinda. They later relocated to Oceanside for 13 years and then moved to Pine Mountain Lake in Groveland in 1990. Together they designed and fabricated leaded and faceted glass windows for churches in California and Nevada, and did mosaic work. His windows are featured in several homes in Pine Mountain Lake, his family said.

He was a member of Sierra Professional Artists and the Mother Lode Art Association. He exhibited in art shows staged by those two organizations, as well as in local businesses in Groveland. He also played golf until recently with the Pine Mountain Lake senior men's golfers.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Mission.

Mr. Rundstrom is survived by his wife of 67 years, Muriel Rundstrom; daughters and son-in-law, Leora Isbell of Groveland and Elaine and Philip Fisher of Walnut Creek; grandchildren, Melissa Astiz of Tucson, Ariz., Ben Black of Arroyo Grande and Brett Valjalo of Concord; and great-grandchildren, Roman Black, Emily, Liliana and Rio Astiz, all of Tucson, Ariz., and Christopher and Ashley Black, both of Arroyo Grande.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, with the regular service of Grace Episcopal Mission, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Big Oak Flat. Friends are invited to join the family after the service at the Lake Lodge at Pine Mountain Lake for refreshments and to see examples of his artwork. A service and inurnment will be held at Memory Garden Chapel at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Orinda at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to the Yosemite Gateway Museum in care of Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1849, Big Oak Flat, CA 95305.

Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Ruth E. Weber

Nov. 8, 1914 — Dec. 19, 2003

Ruth E. Weber of Sonora died Friday at her home. She was 89.

She was born in Kearney, Neb., and lived in Sonora for 10 years with her daughter. She worked as an office clerk for Caterpillar Tractor Company in San Leandro.

Her family said she loved politics and was a strict Republican.

She enjoyed TV and going out to dinner, her family added.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Marv Galyardt of Sonora; grandchildren, Gloria Adrien of Sonora, Sharon Adrien Pillado of San Ramon, and Mike Keller of Enumclaw, Wash.; four great-grandchildren, Brian Lohmann of Sacramento, Jacquelyn Duffy of Sonora, who was born on her birthday, and Brandon and Rebecca Keller of Washington; and two sisters, Edith Phipps of Redding and June Thomas of Idaho.

A private family graveside service is scheduled at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

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.

Notices

BIALIK — Marjorie Bialik, 77, of Arnold died Saturday at a Stockton hospital. Visitation is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church in Arnold. A rosary is scheduled and a Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ECHOLS — Harvey Echols, 74, of Tuolumne died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

LEVIN — Richard Alan Levin, 56, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MAHONEY — George Mahoney, 85, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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