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Obituaries for February 3, 2004

Wilma Jean Lindberg

Aug. 9, 1929 — Jan. 30, 2004

Wilma Jean Lindberg of Tuolumne died Friday at a Sonora hospital. She was 74.

She was born in Oklahoma City to John and Florence Wellner. She graduated from Central High School in 1948. She was given a scholarship by her church, Southwest Christian Church, to attend Phillips University in Enid, Okla. She was a religious education major.

In 1952, she met Charles L. Lindberg, and on Aug. 21, 1953, they were married in the Putnam City Christian Church in Oklahoma City.

While her husband was in graduate seminary, they had their twin children, Rhonda and Rene' in 1954, and their third child, Kristine, in 1957. After graduating from seminary, the Lindbergs served Oklahoma Christian Churches in Oklahoma City and Alva, Okla.

In 1966, the Lindbergs moved to Modesto to serve the First Christian Church. Mrs. Lindberg completed her college education at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock and began her teaching career of 27 years with the Modesto City Schools in 1969. She taught at Garrison, Burbank, Fairview and Franklin schools. She was the chorus director for many years at Franklin School.

In 1970, her husband created a private marriage-and-family-counseling center that he maintained in Modesto until they both retired in 1996 to their new mountain home near Tuolumne. She served as hostess and chef to the Shalom Retreat events held in their home.

Her family said she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and neighbor. Her love for cooking and her gift for hospitality were well known, her family added, and she was an avid reader and enjoyed the beauties of nature around her mountain home. Her family said her greatest joy was her grandchildren, and many children adopted her as a grandma. In August 2003, she and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Murphys. She was a member of Omega Nu in Sonora, Modesto Teachers Association, California Teachers Association and National Teachers Association.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Lindberg of Tuolumne; daughters Rene', Rhonda and Kris Lindberg, all of Modesto; grandchildren Natalie, Jennifer and Jonathan Lindberg, all of Modesto; brothers Jack Wellner of California, J.H. and Charlie Wellner, both of Oklahoma, and Jerry Wellner of Texas; sisters, Betty Handke of Oklahoma and Patty Koivisto of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Wellner; and a sister, Sharon Kaye Larkin.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Congregational Church of Murphys. A second memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the College Avenue Congregational Church in Modesto on the corner of College and Orangeburg avenues.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sonora Area Foundation, Attn.: Wilma Lindberg Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 577, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ellen Margaret McElmurry

Dec. 19, 1905 — Jan. 25, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Ellen Margaret McElmurry died Jan. 25 at a Sonora care home. She was 98.

She was born in San Francisco and had lived in Sonora since 1968. She was the daughter of Danish immigrants and survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, her family said. She worked as a registered nurse for her husband, Dr. Ken McElmurry, for 50 years. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sonora.

She is survived by her son, Karl McElmurry of San Jose; daughters Odita Davis of Bellevue, Wash., Virginia MacLean of Ojai, Ventura County, Patricia Vixie of Nevada City and Sherri Johnson of Hayden Lake, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth McElmurry, in 2003.

Services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Marcella Barbara Potter

Feb. 5, 1923 — Jan. 29, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Marcella Barbara Potter died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. She was 80.

She was born in St. Paul, Minn., and had lived in Sonora since 1971. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Her family said she loved cooking, flowers, doll collecting, gardening and having friends and family around her.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, John Potter of Sonora; sons and daughter-in-law, Edward and Janie Potter of Brentwood, Contra Costa County, and Robert Potter of Oakdale; a daughter, Mary Katon of Sonora; a sister, Rosemary Healy of San Mateo; grandchildren, Robert, Laura, Benjamin and Samuel Potter, Denise Newberry, Kaleena Katon and Debbie McCullum; and eight great-grandchildren.

A chapel service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Burial is scheduled at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. A gathering will follow at her daughter's home.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Charles Wayne Reynolds

Sept. 24, 1956 — Jan. 29, 2004

Longtime Altaville resident Charles Wayne Reynolds died unexpectedly Thursday at his home. He was 47.

He was born in Kansas City, Mo., and had lived in Altaville for 20 years. He worked as a landscaper and served in the U.S. Marines.

Mr. Reynolds is survived by his wife, Debbie Reynolds of Altaville; a daughter, Charrinne Reynolds of Sacramento; a stepson, Raymond Biven of Oklahoma; a stepdaughter, Sandi Wallace of Exeter, Tulare County; brothers Greg Donlen of Murphys, Rick Lytle of West Sacramento and Corky Glisan of Sacramento; sisters Candi Saul of Montague, Siskiyou County, and Lila Ayers of Rancho Cordova; her mother, Beverley Glisan of Altaville; and four grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Charles Reynolds Memorial Fund, in care of U.S. Bank, P.O. Box 607, Altaville, CA 95221.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Norine Wellington

Sept. 13, 1910 — Feb. 1, 2004

Norine Wellington of Sugar Pine died Sunday at her daughter's home. She was 93.

She was born in Oroville, Butte County, and had lived in Sugar Pine for seven years with her daughter. She was a homemaker for 73 years.

Her family said she loved sewing and fishing.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Carmack of Sugar Pine; and three granddaughters.

No services are scheduled.

Donations can be made to Humane Society of Tuolumne County, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown, CA 95327.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

BARRETTE — John Dunsworth Barrette, 71, of Mi-Wuk Village died Saturday at a Sacramento hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HALL — William Hall, 78, of Sonora died Sunday at his home. Visitation is scheduled for 6-7 tonight at the Heuton Memorial Chapel. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel with graveside immediately following at Mountain Shadow Cemetery. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

MAXEY — Ralph Maxey, 84, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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