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Obituaries for December 29, 2003

Mishel Lean ‘Missy' Baker

March 7, 1968 — Dec. 14, 2003

Tuolumne County resident Mishel Lean "Missy" Baker, 35, died at a Sonora hospital on Dec. 14.

Her family said she was a beloved mother and friend who enjoyed camping, writing and "taking a cruise through town."

She is survived by two daughters and a son: Fantasia, 15, Angel, 8, and Seamus, 5.

A service of remembrance was held for her Saturday at the Tuolumne River Ranger Station near Tuolumne.

Harry E. Weston

July 17, 1917 — Dec. 23, 2003

Sonora native Harry E. Weston died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital. He was 86.

Mr. Weston was an avid hunter and fisherman, his family said, and a member of the Angels Camp Gun Club, the Sonora Gun Club and the Sonora Sportsman's Club.

He retired after 44 years working for PG&E.

Mr. Weston was the son of the late Charles and Martha Ludean Weston of Sonora. His grandfather, George Weston, established the Hope Gold Mine in Sonora.

Survivors are his wife, Sharlee Weston of Sonora; daughters, Leanne Weston Carr of Atwater, Judith Johnson of Tucson, Ariz., Alice Kaminsky of Prescott, Ariz., Marcella Bass of Las Vegas, Diane Keven of Fremont and Brenda Surbella of Sonora; a sister, Jane Young of Stockton; grandchildren, Alex and Katie Carr, Craig Bravo, Marcene Weilder, Janet Noguez, Brian Morris, Felicia Kaminsky, Damian and Dwayne Lacy, Alice Billingslea and Mark Anthanacio; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are private. Remembrances can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 1701 19th Ave., San Francisco, CA 91300.

Neptune Society of Central California handled cremation arrangements.

George H. Mahoney

April 27, 1918 — Dec. 22, 2003

George Mahoney, a resident of Tuolumne County for more than 30 years, died Monday at a Sonora care home. He was 85.

Mr. Mahoney was a native of San Francisco, the middle son in a family of five children. In his youth, he helped support his family by selling subscriptions to National Geographic magazine along Market Street, his family said.

The family traveled the California coast together and drove a Model T Ford station wagon up the narrow, gravel Tioga Pass Road.

He took a photography class from Ansel Adams and walked across the new Golden Gate Bridge on its opening day in 1937.

He eventually moved to Southern California and began a 36-year career working in the defense industry. On Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he began working seven days a week, often 12 hours a day, as the United States geared up for World War II.

The Lockheed Company moved him back to the Bay Area in the late 1950s.

He was sent with his family to Germany for 1 1/2 years while working in management for the company.

He gained 20 pounds in Germany. To lose the weight after his return to California, he started playing golf, a passion that lasted the rest of his life, his family said.

Another hobby was working in his shop. Family members said his powers of restoring beauty to forgotten and abused antiques were well known.

When he and his wife, Dee, moved to Sugar Pine in 1973 after his retirement from Lockheed, they opened an antique shop in the Sugar Pine Country Store.

Over the years, they lived in Sugar Pine, Soulsbyville and Columbia, where they managed Columbia Sky Mobile Home Estates.

His family said he had a great sense of humor and a quiet pride in his family and friends.

Survivors are his wife, Dee, of Columbia; sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Elizabeth Mahoney of Bisbee, Ariz., Chuck Mahoney of Anderson, Doug and Sheila Mahoney of Pion Hills, and Mike and Dang Mahoney of West Hills; 11 grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; and many friends.

No services are planned. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Florence ‘Marilyn' Carne

Jan. 24, 1922 — Dec. 23, 2003

Florence "Marilyn" Carne, a 40-year resident of Sonora, died Tuesday at an Oakdale care center. She was 81.

A native of Casper, Wyo., she graduated from the University of Wyoming. She was a legal secretary in Los Angeles before moving to Tuolumne County, where she was a secretary for 26 years, working for the U.S. Forest Service and Tuolumne General Hospital.

She also made miniature doll houses and volunteered as a "pink lady" at Tuolumne General Hospital.

She is survived by her daughter, Adele Hammond of Manteca; her son, Scott Carne of Sonora; grandchildren, Patricia and Jacob Hammond of Manteca and Alex, Joey and Gabriella Carne of Sonora; and one brother, Howard Miller of San Bruno.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Carne, in 2001.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Audrey May Roots

May 6, 1935 — Dec. 22, 2003

Audrey May Roots, a native of England and 58-year resident of San Andreas, died Dec. 22 at her home. She was 68.

Born in Bristol, England, she moved to San Andreas at the age of 10 and never left. She was a retired dietary aide at a convalescent home.

She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Galli.

Survivors are two sons, Gerald Galli of San Andreas and James Galli of Fountain Inn, S.C.; one daughter, Ramona Walker of San Andreas; two brothers, Chris Henley of Oregon and John Bradbury of Kingswinford, England; her mother and stepfather, Evelyn and Jim Henley of San Andreas; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services are private. Inurnment will be at St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery in San Andreas.

Donations in her memory can be made to VNA-Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370-1805.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Blanche Crenshaw

Dec. 23, 1910 — Dec. 24, 2003

Blanche Crenshaw, a homemaker and 12-year resident of Columbia, died Christmas Eve at a Sonora hospital. She was 93.

Mrs. Crenshaw was born and raised in Jasonville, southern Indiana, the daughter of Frank and Nettie Rowe. She later accompanied her husband, Robert Crenshaw, to Purdue University in Indiana, which he attended during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

She raised her family in San Carlos and later lived in Mountain View.

Family members said she loved the San Francisco Bay Area and her evenings and dinners on the town in San Francisco. She also loved Elvis Presley, family members said.

She was a member of the Unity Church in Sonora.

Survivors are her two daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanne and Ron Logan of Soulsbyville and Geri and Frank de Moss of San Andreas; three grandchildren, Debi Heuring of Olympia, Wash., Michael Allen of South Lake Tahoe and Angie Logan of Nunnelly, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, Christopher Seward of Port Falls, Idaho, Lindsey Fletcher of Hayden, Idaho, and Natalie and Lyndsey Allen, both of South Lake Tahoe; three great-great-grandchildren, Kassie Marie and Corbin Seward, both of Post Falls, Idaho, and Noah Fletcher of Hayden, Idaho; one brother, Wilburn Horton Rowe of Jasonville, Ind.; one nephew, John S. Rowe of Jasonville, Ind., and father of her children, Robert Crenshaw of Desert Hot Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by one grandson, Terry Heuring.

A memorial service will be held in the spring. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

ALDRICH — Harry Aldrich, 94, of Groveland died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

BANCROFT — Shirley Bancroft, age unavailable, of Sonora died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HANF — Visitation for David Lee Hanf, 73, of Tuolumne is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. tomorrow and 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, both at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home in Sonora. A vigil is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. He died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital.

HANSEN — Harry Hansen, 66, of Sonora died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HESLEP — Paul Heslep, 86, of Soulsbyville died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HOBLITT — Lyda Hoblitt, 82, of Tuolumne died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HOSSACK — Douglas Hossack, 86, of Twain Harte died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

PLUNKETT — Robert Plunkett, 67, of Sonora died Wednesday at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ROSSI — Marela Rossi, 56, of Glencoe died Tuesday at her home. Visitation is scheduled for noon-9 p.m. today at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. A graveside service is scheduled for noon tomorrow at Independence Cemetery in Rail Road Flat. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

SCIALABBA — Jack Scialabba, 90, a former Jamestown resident, died Wednesday at a Mountain View care home. A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 El Camino Real West in Mountain View.

URQUHART — Coy Urquhart, 85, of Groveland died yesterday at an Oakdale hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

VETTER — Otto Vetter, 74, of Groveland died Wednesday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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