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Obituaries for February 19, 2004

Elizabeth ‘Betti' Anne (Schmidt) Acquaviva

Aug. 15, 1955 — Feb. 16, 2004

Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Elizabeth "Betti" Anne (Schmidt) Acquaviva died Monday at a Sonora hospital of breast cancer. She was 48.

She was born in Sonora and had lived in Sonora all her life. She attended Jamestown Elementary School from kindergarten through eighth grade. When she was 8 years old, she joined the Girl Scouts and remained a member throughout high school.

She played piano since she was 11 years old and was in the concert band and marching band at Sonora High School.

She graduated from Sonora High School in 1973 and Columbia College in 1975, where she was a Soroptimist scholarship recipient for a musical performance. She attended Biola University in La Mirada, Los Angeles County, and later graduated from California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock with a bachelor's degree in psychology and music. She worked at Tuolumne County Silver Spur Conference Center from 1979-82.

The German language she had studied in high school and college helped her with a missionary ministry she served in eastern European countries from 1985-87.

She was a member of and a pianist for the First Baptist Church of Modesto, and also was a member of Calvary Chapel in Sonora.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2000 and was undergoing treatment from that time on, her family said.

To help cover medical expenses, a benefit barbecue dinner was held Feb. 8, 2003, at the Sonora Elks Lodge. More than $16,000 was raised.

She and her husband, Steve, managed Camp Chinquapin in Pinecrest, which was run by the First Baptist Church in Modesto. The couple managed the camp until May 2003, when they moved from Pinecrest to Tuolumne.

She is survived by her husband of 12 years, Steve Acquaviva of Tuolumne; a son, Eric Stephen Acquaviva of Tuolumne; a stepson, Nathan Acquaviva of Ceres; a daughter, Miriam Elizabeth Acquaviva of Tuolumne; brothers, Eric Schmidt of Cupertino, Santa Clara County, and Kevin Schmidt of Eugene, Ore.; sisters, Kathryn Herhusky of Alexandria, Va., and Gerri Lovato of Cloverdale, Sonoma County; and her father and stepmother, Morris and Marcalene Schmidt of Lake Topaz, Nev.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Van Devera (Johnson) Waldo in September 2002. Her mother also died of breast cancer.

A memorial service, through Calvary Chapel, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 40 N. Forest Road in Sonora.

Donations can be made to Mother Lode Christian School, 18393 Gardner Ave., Tuolumne, CA 95379.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jerry William Adams

March 24, 1937 — Feb. 16, 2004

Longtime Calaveras County resident Jerry William Adams died Monday at his Vallecito home. He was 66.

He was born in Live Oak, Sutter County, and had lived in Angels Camp for 20 years. He later lived in Vallecito for six years.

He worked as a construction superintendent for 40 years and was the former owner of the Sierra Club Restaurant in Angels Camp.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife, Connie Adams of Vallecito; sons, Daniel Adams of Grand Island, Neb., and Timothy Adams of Angels Camp; a daughter, Kelly Miller of Vallecito; a sister, Nancy Olsen of Angels Camp; his mother, Loutie Adams of Angels Camp; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys.

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

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Kathryn G. Cuff

Sept. 9, 1913 — Feb. 18, 2004

Lifelong Sonora resident Kathryn G. Cuff died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. She was 90.

She was born in Sonora and had lived in Sonora all her life. She was a homemaker and worked as a waitress at the Sonora Inn in the late 1930s and early '40s.

Her family said she enjoyed gardening and loved flowers.

She is survived by her nephews, David Maddox and Jon Joslin, both of Sonora, and Steven Hanville of Carson City, Nev.; three nieces, Nancy Maddox of Jamestown, Cassie Jo Loving of Placerville and Naomi Hanville of Carson City; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Cuff, in December 2001; a brother, Jake Reid; and three sisters, Blithe Maddox, Gladis Fogel and Forestine Hanville.

No services are planned at her request.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dr. Matthew ‘Rocky' Rolland Cummings

July 30, 1925 — Feb. 4, 2004

Former Sonora resident Matthew "Rocky" Rolland Cummings died Feb. 4 at a Hilo, Hawaii, medical center. He was 78.

He was born in Aberdeen, S.D. He worked as an oral surgeon for the U.S. Navy and in private practice. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1957. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-81 and retired as a captain. He served as dental officer on the USS Kearsarge from 1965-67. He was a professor of oral surgery at Washington University in St. Louis from 1981-83.

He started his own practice in Sonora in 1984 and had that practice for five years.

He was a member of the Unitarian Round Table of Hilo, Hawaiian Islands Senior Institute, San Joaquin Dental Association, Lyman Museum in Hilo, Reef Raiders of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was a former docent at Columbia State Historic Park.

His family said the most enjoyable time for him was in the operating room, and that he performed surgeries at Sonora Community Hospital.

Dr. Cummings is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, James and Sunita Cummings of Kalaheo, Kauai; a daughter, Karen Cummings of Pahoa, Hawaii; two grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Private family services are planned.

Homelani Memorial Park and Crematory in Hilo, Hawaii, is handling arrangements.

Paul Grazioli

Aug. 17, 1926 — Feb. 15, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne resident Paul Grazioli died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. He was 77.

The son of Italian immigrants, Giacomo "Jim" and Pauline Grazioli, who came to Tuolumne in 1913, he was the youngest of six children. He was born on the family ranch at Cherokee. He attended Arastraville Grammar School and graduated as class valedictorian from Summerville High School in 1944.

He then went to work for the Westside Lumber Co. as a payroll clerk. Except for a stint in the U.S. Army, he remained with the lumber industry for 48 years and became one of the longest-term employees the company had ever had, his family said.

Mr. Grazioli retired in 1992 as a timber accountant and was honored with his own horseshoe pit across from the Standard office.

On Oct. 14, 1950, he married his wife, the former Alice Panzi. They were married 52 years and had three children.

He helped found the Little Boys League in Twain Harte, Tuolumne and Standard. The Little Boys League, a baseball club for kids, was the predecessor to High Sierra Little League.

He was a member and officer of the Tuolumne Hose Company for 25 years and recently was appointed as one of the directors for the Tuolumne Fire Protection District. He was a charter member and officer of the Tuolumne County Horseshoe Club. He delivered Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Italian Catholic Federation. He also served as an appointed trustee for Summerville Elementary School.

He was an avid bowler and served as an officer for the Bowling Association.

Mr. Grazioli was the ultimate sports fan who hardly ever missed any of his sons' or grandchildren's sporting events, his family said. He was a fan of all Summerville High sports and also was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Giants.

He was a member of the Sonora Sons in Retirement.

His family said he also loved to fish, play cards, pitch horseshoes and bowl, and loved Tuolumne and contributed many hours to the community. He was a kind, gentle, generous and loyal friend, his family added, and the most important things in his life were his wife and family.

Mr. Grazioli is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and Jerry Owens of Tuolumne and Murphys; two sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew and Marley Grazioli and Gary and Elizabeth Grazioli, all of Tuolumne; seven grandchildren, John Paul Grazioli of Mariposa, Nicole Owens and Julia and Gary Grazioli, all of Tuolumne, Sgt. Jason Grazioli of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Scott Owens of Riverbank and Michelle Grazioli of Grand Forks, N.D.; four step-grandchildren, Dan Ricketts of Watsonville, Catherine Perez of Chula Vista, San Diego County, Trish Harris of Modesto and Crystal Towler of Sonora; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; sisters, Marie Consani, Elizabeth Norris, Lucy Hodge and Elaine Muzzi; a brother, John Grazioli; and a step-granddaughter, Ann Ricketts.

Visitation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home's Tuolumne Chapel. A vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Tuolumne chapel. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Tuolumne. Burial will be at Carters Cemetery.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

PHILLIPSON — Constance "Connie" M. Phillipson, 89, of Jamestown died Wednesday at her home. Neptune Society of Northern California in Stockton is handling arrangements.

QUENTON — Berneice Quenton, 79, of Angels Camp died Monday at a Manteca hospital. Visitation is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. today at Angels Memorial Chapel. A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel.

ROSEBROUGH — Harry Rosebrough, 75, of Tuolumne died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SMITH — A graveside service for Berta Mae Smith, 89, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sonora Masonic Cemetery. A memorial service will be at noon Saturday at the Tuolumne County Senior Center. She was a former longtime Sonora resident who died Feb. 7 at a Petaluma care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling local arrangements.


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