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Obituaries for January 15, 2004

John Louis


Sept. 20, 1952 — Jan. 8, 2004

John Louis Fintikas of Coulterville died Thursday at his home of natural causes. He was 51.

He was born in Modesto and had lived in Coulterville since 1995. He previously had lived in Sonora for 10 years.

He graduated from Modesto High School and attended Modesto Junior College. He worked as a salesman and driver for the 7UP Bottle Co. in Modesto, and Sierra Beverage, Benites Beverage and Sylva's Dairy, all in Sonora. He was past owner of the Coulterville General Store and most recently owned Edergy Ventures in Coulterville.

His family said he was an avid sports fan.

Mr. Fintikas is survived by his wife, Kathleen (McCue) Fintikas of Coulterville; a brother, Louis John Fintikas of Modesto; and best friends, Ed and Vergy Fintikas of Coulterville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Vergie Fintikas.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Franklin & Downs McHenry Chapel in Modesto.

Donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 1231 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite A1, Stockton, CA 95207 or Northside Pet Connection, 10378 Mosca Court, Coulterville, CA 95311.

Franklin & Downs McHenry Chapel is handling arrangements.

Eva Marion Forde

June 24, 1931 — Dec. 25, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Eva Marion Forde died Dec. 25 at an Aberdeen, Wash., medical center. She was 72.

She was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Greeley Hill. She graduated from Mariposa High School in 1949.

She was a homemaker and lived in Sonora for more than 50 years.

Her family said she loved the mountains and camping.

She is survived by a daughter, Kerry Hetzler of Arizona; four sons, Chris O'Brien of Virginia, Brendan O'Brien of New Mexico and Mitchell and Shawn Przybylinski, both of Washington; a sister, Molly Pratt of Sonora; five brothers, Rick Carter of Twain Harte, Terry Pratt of Florida, George Carter of Sonora, Bruce Pratt of Isleton, Sacramento County, and Ken Carter of Jamestown; four grandchildren, Kerry, Sara, Cesar and Robert Hetzler, all of Arizona; many cousins in Greeley Hill; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Marion Pratt; a son, Larry Hetzler; and a brother, Don Pratt.

Services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Angella L. Panero

Dec. 27, 1911 — Jan. 9, 2004

Angella L. Panero of Sonora died Friday at a Sonora care center. She was 92.

She was born in Delano, Kern County, and lived in Sonora for nine years. She previously lived in Escalon for 58 years.

She worked as a supervisor for S.H. Kress Company in Stockton for 37 years before her retirement.

Her family said she enjoyed gardening, puzzles and her extended family.

She is survived by her sister, Mary A. Carrington of Sonora; four nephews, Gary and Larry Carrington and Rhys and Marc Panero; and a niece, Gaynl Alec.

Visitation is scheduled from 2-7 p.m. today at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370 or any favorite charity.

Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon is handling arrangements.

Ryan Joseph Rush

Feb. 12, 1985 — Jan. 11, 2004

Services will be Saturday for Ryan Joseph Rush, 18, of Valley Springs, who died after becoming lost on a snowboarding outing.

He was born in Lodi. He grew up in Valley Springs and most recently lived in Columbia. He was a high school graduate and attended Calaveras High School.

He was involved in the Firefighters Explorer program and was a member of the Good Samaritan Community Covenant Church.

His family said he was an expert snowboarder and was on the high school ski team, the soccer team and was voted most valuable offensive player in 2002. He had a passion for music and was an excellent drummer, his family added.

His family said he was sensitive and self-sufficient with a great sense of humor, a deep faith in God and lived life to its fullest. He was adored by his friends and family, his family added.

Mr. Rush is survived by his mother, Rita Rush of Valley Springs; his father, Larry Rush of Stockton; two sisters, Haley and Natalie Rush, both of Valley Springs; and his grandparents, Julie Rush and Don Gomez of Stockton and Maurice McQuinn of Salinas.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Good Samaritan Community Covenant Church in Valley Springs. Burial will be at Peoples Cemetery in San Andreas. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ryan Rush Memorial Fund, in care of Central Sierra Bank, 87 Highway 26, Valley Springs, CA 95252 or the Chrones and Colitis Foundation, 386 Park Ave., South New York, N.Y. 10016.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Janice ‘Jan' Taylor

Dec. 2, 1921 — Jan. 5, 2004

Janice "Jan" Taylor of Sonora died Jan. 5 at a Sonora hospital. She was 82.

She lived in Contra Costa and Alameda counties until she moved to Sonora 12 years ago.

Her family said she enjoyed working crossword puzzles in ink, was an avid reader and spent many hours visiting with friends at the Alano Club.

She was an active resident of Sonora Hills and enjoyed traveling the world with her neighbors, her family added.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Romano of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; two sons, Roy Bakeman of Concord and John Hawks of San Ramon; a sister, Beth Murphy of San Jose, and a sister by partnership, Mary Anne Smith of Twain Harte; four grandchildren, Ryan Romano of Clayton, Contra Costa County, Erik and Diana Bakeman, both of Concord, and Alexander Hawks of San Ramon; a good friend and neighbor, Owen Thompson; and her friends, Mike and Terry Osanna and Constance, Dawby and Percy.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Jacqueline "Jackie" Thomas, and by her parents.

A private memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, to scatter her ashes under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A service will be held at a later date at the Alano Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alano Club, P.O. Box 117, Standard, CA 95373.

Neptune Society is handling arrangements.

Paul R. Tuck

Aug. 6, 1945 — Jan. 9, 2004

Former Sonora resident Paul R. Tuck died Friday at a Sacramento hospital. He was 58.

He was born in Martinez. He was raised in Modesto and lived there through high school. He lived in Sacramento, Merced and in Hawaii, and later in Sonora and Twain Harte during the 1980s. He most recently lived in Sacramento.

He worked as a cabinet designer for 40 years. He was a member of the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, Sonora Builders Association, and was active in the Sonora community, including with the Kiwanis Club of Greater Sonora.

Mr. Tuck is survived by two daughters, Rose Ann Kee of Turlock and Vicki Soares of Modesto; a brother, Brian Tuck of Oregon; and six grandchildren.

A graveside service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave., in Hughson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Central Sierra Arts Council, 208 S. Green St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Lakewood Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


COSOVICH — Ralph Cosovich, 90, died yesterday at his home in Jamestown. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HODGES — Hugh Hodges Jr., 82, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

LINT — Shirley A. Lint, 68, of Groveland died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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