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Obituaries for December 4, 2003

Cody Tyler Buroker

April 3, 2001 — Dec. 1, 2003

Cody "Little Stitch" Tyler Buroker of Sonora died unexpectedly Monday at a Sonora hospital. He was 2 years old.

He is survived by his mother, Cassiopeia Buroker of Sonora; grandparents, Di and Cal of Copperopolis, and Teri and Neil of Colorado; and uncles, Ryan of Turlock, and Derek of Colorado.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Eduardo ‘Wally' Flores

Sept. 1, 1947 — Nov. 28, 2003

Longtime Coulterville resident Eduardo "Wally" Flores died Friday at his home after a long illness. He was 56.

He was born in Eagle Pass, Texas, and lived in Coulterville for 27 years. He worked as a cook for 15 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-68 and spent some time in Germany.

His family said he enjoyed various activities with his family and friends, and was a familiar figure in the community of Coulterville for about 30 years. He and his wife were involved in family businesses for several years in the Coulterville and Greeley Hill area.

Many in the community enjoyed his expertise in culinary arts, his family added.

His family said that some of the regular customers of the The Houseboat Mini Market and Caf knew his omelets as the "Wally Omelet."

Mr. Flores is survived by his wife, Evelyn Flores of Coulterville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Roy Lee and Jane Flores of Kalida, Ohio, and Alan and Vania Flores of Coulterville; a daughter, Kellie Ann Harris of Taos, N.M.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Meredyth Flores and George and Joyce Flores, all of Coulterville, Rick and Marie Flores of Sunnyvale and Louie Flores of Stockton; sisters, Nora Shelby of Coulterville and Jeannie Donavent of Modesto; grandsons, Michael and Jason, both of Kalida, Sam of Taos and Alan Jr. of Coulterville; and granddaughters, Brandie of Kalida, Kayci of Taos and Katelynne and Gianna, both of Coulterville.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at 10064 Piney Creek Road in Coulterville.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

John G. Fowlie

Jan. 30, 1945 — Dec. 1, 2003

John G. Fowlie of Sonora died Monday at his home after a long illness. He was 58.

He was a native of San Francisco and became a police officer with the San Francisco Police Department in 1970. He served nearly 30 years with SFPD before retiring in 1999 as a sergeant.

He grew up in the Excelsior District as a member of the Corpus Christi Parish and graduated from Balboa High School in 1963. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, receiving the Bronze Star with V device for valor during the Tet Offensive.

His family said he was a history buff who was known to lament that he was born a hundred years too late. He had a great affection for his ancestral Ireland and was a charter member of the United Irish Cultural Center and a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Law Enforcement Emerald Society.

Mr. Fowlie is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jane Stayart Fowlie of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Katie Fowlie of Tracy, Paul and Amy Fowlie of San Jose, Timothy Fowlie, and his fiance, Noel Dowlen, of Antioch, and Thomas Fowlie of Union City; a sister, Christine Smith of Tustin, Orange County; a brother, Ed Fowlie of Oakland; and three grandchildren, Jessica, Trea and Sadie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Loretta Fowlie, and by his daughter, Kathleen Fowlie.

A vigil is scheduled for 7 tonight at Duggan's Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Ave., in Daly City. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Corpus Christi Church, Santa Rosa Avenue and Alemany Boulevard in San Francisco. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

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

Duggan's Serra Mortuary in Daly City is handling arrangements.

Lillian ‘Marie' Johnson

July 22, 1919 — Dec. 1, 2003

Lillian "Marie" Johnson of Jamestown died Monday at a Sonora hospital. She was 84.

She was born in Canada and lived in Jamestown for many years. She was a homemaker.

Her friends said she enjoyed ceramics and cooking, loved her dogs and was a talented cook.

She is survived by her friends, Victor and Adelaida Muniz and their children, Victor Manuel and Vanessa Marie, all of Jamestown; longtime friend Jane Eddins of Escondido; and longtime friend and neighbor, Bunny Pardina.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Johnson, in February 1999.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Birdella Laughlin

Sept. 14, 1911 — Nov. 24, 2003

Longtime Rail Road Flat resident Birdella Laughlin died Nov. 24 at her home. She was 92.

She was born in Tropico, in Kern County, and lived in Rail Road Flat for 26 years. She previously had lived in Murphys for two years. She was a homemaker.

She graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor's degree in arts and was a member of the Semper Virens of Santa Cruz and the Sierra Club. She also enjoyed Chinese arts and history.

She is survived by her cousins and their wives, Russell and Catherine Hill of Medford, N.J., and Ralph and Edy Hill of Berkeley; and longtime friends, Leo and Charlotte Smith, Denise and Roger Ebbett and Kathy Dietrich.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Horace Laughlin, in 2001.

A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Independence Cemetery in Rail Road Flat.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Joseph D. Palmer

July 31, 1979 — Nov. 30, 2003

Joseph D. Palmer of Twain Harte died Sunday from injuries suffered in a car accident in the Twain Harte area. He was 24.

He was born in Portland, Ore., and lived in Twain Harte for one year. He worked as a geological engineer for Condor Earth Technologies Inc. in Sonora for one year. He joined Condor in January after completing his bachelor's degree in geological engineering at the University of Arizona. At Condor, he worked on several projects, including geotechnical investigations for wine caves and slope stabilization projects. He was completing geologic maps and the engineering characterization of slopes and embankments of an existing water supply canal. He spent a summer working for Shannon and Wilson in Portland, Ore., while studying in Arizona.

His friends said he was eager to learn the intricacies of his profession and worked hard to accomplish his goals. He was involved in reactivating the student chapter of the Association of Engineering Geologists at the University of Arizona.

His family said he enjoyed white-water rafting and downhill skiing. He was an avid rock climber and enjoyed climbing in Yosemite Valley and on the slopes of Mt. Lemmon, north of Tucson, Ariz., his friends said, and was an easy-going person.

Mr. Palmer is survived by his parents, Mark and Gerry Palmer of Siletz, Ore.; a brother, Andy Palmer of Portland, Ore.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Dawn Kelly's home in Twain Harte. For more information, call 352-0770 or 586-5049. A memorial service also will be held in Newport, Ore., through the Bateman Funeral Parlor at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy can be forwarded to his parents through Condor. Contact Kim Tarantino at Condor at 532-0388, ext. 2042. Donations can be made in memory of Joseph D. Palmer to the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, University of Arizona.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Maydeen

Stockwell

Jan. 4, 1934 — Dec. 2, 2003

Maydeen Stockwell of Angels Camp died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital. She was 69.

She was born in La Follette, Tenn., and lived in Angels Camp for 11 years. She previously lived in Tuolumne County and Reno, Nev. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her companion, Vern Webber of Angels Camp; sons, Michael Stockwell of Kansas City, Kan., and Patrick Stockwell of Reno, Nev.; brothers, Mitch Chadwell of Hilmar and Paul Chadwell of Newport Beach; a sister, Clete Stafford of Sonora; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Angels Memorial Chapel.

Notices

LANE — Donald Bruce Lane, 68, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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