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Obituaries for February 20, 2003

Cecilia M. (Gaudio) ‘CeCe' DePetro

Aug. 29, 1914 — Feb. 18, 2003

Cecilia M. (Gaudio) "CeCe" DePetro, 88, of Sonora died Tuesday at a Sonora care home.

Mrs. DePetro was born in Los Angeles and had lived in Sonora for the past three years.

She lived in San Fernando Valley from 1951 to 1999 and was seamstress for Bullock's Department Store for 25 years.

She was a member of St. Joseph's The Worker Catholic Church in Canoga Park for many years.

Mrs. DePetro is survived by her husband of 54 years, Leonard DePetro of Sonora; a son, James DePetro of Avery; two grandchildren; and a brother, Leonard Gaudio of Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mountain Shadow Cemetery, Sonora.

Jeanne Patrice (Smith) Welsh

Jan. 6, 1965 — Feb. 17, 2003

Jeanne Patrice (Smith) Welsh, 38, of Sonora died Monday at a Sonora hospital, after a battle with cancer.

Ms. Welsh was born in Omaha, Neb., and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo. She had lived in Sonora for the past eight years.

She graduated from the Maureen Church Coburn School of Nursing at Monterey Peninsula College and had been a registered nurse at Sonora Community Hospital since 1995.

Her family said her dedication, cheerfulness and healing spirit touched the lives of many in the community. They said she will be remembered as a loving mother and a skilled and compassionate caregiver.

First diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, she was a warrior who battled every single day thereafter on behalf of her two young children, family members said. Though the cancer metastasized in 1998, she continued to work until this past December.

She began hospice care at her home in late January, and her family said she died peacefully surrounded by children and other family members.

Ms. Welsh is survived by two children, Charles, 12, and Chelsea, 14; her mother, Jessica Smith of Sonora; three sisters; and three brothers.

A memorial service in celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Sonora Seventh-day Adventist Church. A reception will follow at the church's fellowship hall. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

Branden Westly Green

Feb. 14, 1971 — Feb. 16, 2003

Branden Westly Green, 32, a longtime resident of Catheys Valley, died unexpectedly Sunday at a Modesto hospital.

Mr. Green was born in Gilroy and had lived in Catheys Valley, Mariposa County, since he was an infant. He graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1989.

He worked for BG Construction in Mariposa County for many years.

Mr. Green is survived by his son, Braden Robert Green; his former wife, Christine, of Arizona; his mother, Dixie Green of Wasco, Kern County; his father, Bill Green Sr., and his wife, Gilda, of Catheys Valley; a brother, Sgt. Bill Green and his family of Catheys Valley; a sister, Rena Ruddell and her family of Wasco; three uncles and their families, Bryce Green of Catheys Valley, Johnnie Upton of Texas and Earl Upton of Smith River; four aunts and their families, Jean Akers of Mariposa, Leona Torres of Riverbank, Shirley Wallace of Modesto and Sharon Powers of Catheys Valley; and many close friends.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Catheys Valley Baptist Church, 4565 Horitos Entrance Road, off School House Road, Catheys Valley. Pastor Ken Trujillo will officiate. Burial will be at Catheys Valley Cemetery. Evergreen Funeral Home of Merced is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to the Braden Robert Green account, Yosemite Bank, Mariposa.

June Consani

May 12, 1929 — Feb. 17, 2003

June Consani, 73, a native of Tuolumne, died Monday at her home in Soulsbyville.

Miss Consani graduated from Summerville Elementary and Summerville High schools.

She taught many children in Tuolumne County how to play the accordion in the 1950s and was a licensed vocational nurse at Tuolumne County Hospital, before going to work for San Francisco General Hospital, where she worked from the 1960s to the mid-1980s, when she retired. She then returned to Tuolumne, where she lived until seven years ago, when she moved to Soulsbyville.

She loved cats, fishing, painting, building small wind mills and birdhouses and playing the accordion. Her family said she was a talented musician. They said she was a caring person and helped many people.

Miss Consani is survived by two nephews and their wives, Richard and Marjorie Romitti of Tuolumne and Doug and Kathy Axtell of Pine Grove; three great-nephews and a great-niece, Gary Denton and Darren Romitti of Tuolumne and Mel and Shannon Axtell of Pine Grove; an uncle, Paul Grazioli of Tuolumne; and numerous cousins in the Sonora area including Carol Canepa.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Axtell, in 2002, and a great-niece, Cynthia Denton, in 2002.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Carters Cemetery, Tuolumne. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown 95327 or St. Anthony's Dining Room, 121 Goldengate Ave., San Francisco 94102.

Minnie Modell (Sharp) Woods

Jan. 22, 1930 — Feb. 17, 2003

Minnie Modell (Sharp) Woods, 73, of Sonora died Monday at a Modesto hospital.

Mrs. Woods was born in Newberry, Calif., and had lived in Sonora since 1997.

She enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, crafts and sewing and was devoted to her family.

Mrs. Woods is survived by her father, Garl Sharp of Madera; a son, Randy Porter of Sonora; a daughter, Barbara Meyer of San Jose; three grandchildren, Cerissa Porter, Enrique Demont and Nashell Castello; a great-grandchild, Nicole Castello; seven brothers and six sisters-in-law, Bud Sharp and Kirk and Viana Sharp, all of Washington, Frank and Betty Sharp of Sonora, Bill and Shirley Sharp of Colorado, George and Sharon Sharp of Madera and John and Jan Sharp and Thane and Grace Sharp, all of Fresno; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Emma Hansen of Colorado, Terry Weatherley of Madera and Jackie and J.R. Olson of Washington; many nieces and nephews; and friends, Diane Luczader and Ramona McCarty of Sonora.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Tiny and Minie Sharp and Ellewese Snow.

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

Donations may be made to Christian Heights Assembly of God, 13711 Joshua Way, Sonora 95370.


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