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Obituaries for February 4, 2004

John Dunsworth Barrette

March 10, 1932 — Jan. 31, 2004

Tuolumne County coach John Dunsworth Barrette died Saturday at a Sacramento hospital after a short illness. He was 71.

He was born and raised in San Jose. He graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory High School in San Jose and San Jose State University. He worked as a teacher and coached sports for 50 years. He coached football, basketball and baseball at Bellarmine. He later coached basketball at St. Francis High School in Mountain View for one year. He worked as a physical education teacher and coached basketball and baseball for Menlo Atherton High School in Atherton for 15 years.

He retired in 1978 and moved to Mi-Wuk Village, where he lived until 1986.

He coached basketball and girls' softball at Summerville High School and freshman basketball and baseball at Sonora High School.

Mr. Barrette returned to coach junior varsity and varsity basketball at Palo Alto High School for eight years from 1986-94, winning a state varsity basketball championship in 1993.

He retired to Mi-Wuk Village again in 1994.

He helped Dale Clifton coach sophomore basketball at Sonora High School and was a freshman coach for Sonora High School for the past two years.

His family said he enjoyed gardening and loved his kids.

Mr. Barrette is survived by his wife of 36 years, Charlene Barrette of Mi-Wuk Village; daughters Kathleen Hulburt of Albany, Ore., Julie Jones of the Soloman Islands, South Pacific, and Elizabeth Barrette of Fort Collins, Colo.; grandchildren, Ryan and Cory Hulburt of Albany, Marika, Skylar and Linea Jones, all of the Soloman Islands, and Michael Foshe and Breana Lewis, both of Fort Collins; and a sister, Deirdre Olson of San Jose.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pierce C. and Helen Barrette.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sonora High School gymnasium.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the John Barrette Scholarship Fund, in care of Sonora High School, Attn.: Rick Francis, 430 N. Washington St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Grace Arlene (Whetten) Hassell

April 8, 1923 — Feb. 1, 2004

Grace Arlene (Whetten) Hassell died Sunday at a Modesto hospital. She was 80.

She was born in Colonia Chuichupa, Mexico, to Warren Ernest Whetten and Adelaide Martineau Whetten. Her family moved to Bluewater, N.M., when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Grants Union High School in 1942, and went on to nurse's training in Albuquerque, N.M. She married D. Ray Hassell in 1944, also from Bluewater, who was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

At the end of World War II, they moved to Ashland, Ore, where they lived for 46 years before moving to Sonora 12 years ago. They were married for 58 years until he died in 2002.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served many years in the youth and women's organizations of the church. She and her husband lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, from 1982-85 while serving a mission for the church. She treasured that experience, and the many friendships she made there, her family added.

Her family said she loved music and was happy to share her talent on the piano and organ, serving as an organist for many years, both in Ashland and in Sonora.

She was an avid quilter, loved to cook and enjoyed trying new recipes, and homemade bread was a family favorite, her family said. She also liked to garden, her family added, and she was good at getting things to grow.

The thing she loved most was being a mother, her family said, and that was the accomplishment that meant the most to her.

She is survived by her son, Alan Hassell of Ashland; three daughters, Joyce King of Walnut Creek, Arlene Craig of Sonora and Paula Henderson of Raleigh, N.C.; 24 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two daughters, Carolyn Ann Hassell and LaRee Hassell.

A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Hillsdale Avenue in Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Perpetual Education Fund, in care of Bishop Shawn Price, 23100 Knickerbocker Flat, Columbia, CA 95310.

Terzich and Wilson funeral home is handling arrangements.

Kathy Diane Jacobsen

Jan. 7, 1956 — Feb. 1, 2004

Kathy Diane Jacobsen of Sonora died Sunday at a Sonora hospital of natural causes. She was 48.

She was born in Chico and had lived in Sonora for 11 years. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Blue Mountain Minerals for many years. She sold Mary Kay products as a beauty consultant.

Her family said she enjoyed being a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband of six years, Donald of Sonora; her parents, Lawrence and Shirley Ewert of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; grandmother, Deloris Ewert of Coeur D'Alene; a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Roberta Ewert of Coeur D'Alene; a sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Steve Box of Vacaville; nephews, Travis Ewert of Coeur D'Alene, Deryck Box of Missouri and Dustin Box of Redding; aunts, Alda Hobson of Coeur D'Alene, and Wanda Witt and Carol Gardner, both of Chico, Beverly Johnson of Orland and Donna Thornton of Colorado; uncles, Jerry Cunningham of Ripon, Ray Ewert of Washington and Jack Ewert of Alabama; mother-in-law, Margaret Davis of Sonora; sisters-in-law Jill Lutrell of Manteca and Karen Pippen of Roseville; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Christian Heights Church in Sonora.

Donations can be made to Ewert Missionary Scholarship Fund, in care of 1021 Crestline Drive, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho 83814.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ernest ‘Art' Porter

Aug. 16, 1918 — Jan. 28, 2004

Ernest "Art" Porter of Twain Harte died last Wednesday at a Sonora hospital. He was 85.

He was born in Oakland. He had lived in Twain Harte for 11 years and previously lived in Escalon for 45 years. He worked as an assistant recorder for San Joaquin County in Stockton for 20 years.

His family said he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed photography and music, his family added.

Mr. Porter is survived by his daughters, Judy Gonzales of Twain Harte and Kathy Porter of Santa Cruz; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Porter, in 2000; and a son, Marty Porter, in 1977.

Services were to be held today.

Donations can be made to Escalon Ambulance, P.O. Box 212, Escalon, CA 95320 or the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350 for Tuolumne County.

Deegan Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

William R. Hall

April 23, 1925 — Feb. 1, 2004

William R. Hall of Sonora died Sunday at his home. He was 78.

He was born in Edna, Kan., in a covered wagon. He recently moved to Sonora.

He lived through The Depression, when he and his younger brother, Harold, used rifles to hunt game to feed the family.

He was a pure country boy, his family said, and was such an expert marksman that he could drive nails into fence posts with a .22 rifle. He also could shoot an Indian-head penny out of Harold's fingers, his family added.

He served in U.S. Army during World War II and spent 18 months as a machine gun operator on the front lines in Belgium, France and Germany. He became a highly decorated war hero, his family added, and received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and many other medals.

He worked as a switchman for the Terminal Railroad in East St. Louis, Ill., for 20 years.

He was a courageous man who always stood his ground and taught his children to stand tall for what they believed in, his family said. He was an animal lover, enjoyed playing cards, the California Angels, and he loved his children, grandchildren and his dogs, his family said.

Mr. Hall is survived by his sons, Gary D. and Carl T. Hall, both of Sonora, and William L. Hall of Joplin, Mo.; daughters Patsy Gonzales of Union City and Loretta Smith of Parsons, Kan.; sisters Violet Hall of Coffeyville, Kan., and Sylvia Drummond of Dennis, Kan.; a brother, Harold Hall of Fredonia, Kan.; and 15 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Hall, in 1997.

Services were to be held today.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

DINGMAN — Edith Dingman, 68, of Sonora died Monday at her home. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Heuton Memorial Chapel.

LINDSTROM — A memorial service for former Crystal Falls resident Cecelia A. Lindstrom, 88, who died Dec. 13, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Sugar Pine. A salad luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 280, Mi-Wuk Village, CA 95346.


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