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Obituaries for January 18, 2005

Marcella Louise (Weston) Bass

May 24, 1942 – Jan. 9, 2005

Former Tuolumne County resident Marcella Louise (Weston) Bass died Jan. 9 at a Las Vegas hospital. She was 62.

She was born in Jamestown and had lived in Sonora for 19 years. She later lived in Las Vegas for 32 years. She was retired from 18 years of service to the Clark County School District, in Las Vegas, as a high school secretary.

Her family said she loved her family and was devoted to saving and caring for stray cats and dogs.

She is survived by her husband, Norman Bass of Las Vegas; a daughter and son-in-law, Marcene and Alwin Weiler; a son, Craig Bravo; grandsons, Dane Weiler, Troy Weiler and Trevor Bravo; sisters and brother-in-law, Judith Johnson, Alice and Albert Kaminsky, and Diane Keven; and an aunt and uncle, Carolyn and George Wildberger.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Weston; and her mother, Eleanor Warburton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name can be made to the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society, PMB438, 2250 E. Tropicana Road Suite #19, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

Services will be held at a later date.

Davis Funeral Home in Las Vegas is handling arrangements.

Gladys (Swenson) Campbell

April 15, 1909 – Jan. 14, 2005

Longtime Sonora resident Gladys (Swenson) Campbell died Friday at her home. She was 95.

She was born to Erick and Elfrida Swenson in Zumbrota, Minn., on the family farm where her family members were the first settlers of the area. She graduated from high school at Lutheran Seminary in Red Wing, Minn. Then she graduated from nursing school at St. Paul Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., before moving to California and becoming a registered nurse.

In 1936, she came to Sonora to work at Columbia Way Hospital. She met and married William "Tex" Campbell in August 1936. She also worked at Mother Lode Hospital in the Jamestown building now housing the Jamestown Hotel & Restaurant, and for Sierra and Sonora Community hospitals and Tuolumne General Hospital.

She was active in a nursing association in Tuolumne County and a past member of the Pythian Sisters.

She enjoyed gardening, hiking, traveling and especially loved her family and friends.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and Ron Vantz of Piedmont, Alameda County, Marilyn Marr of Tuolumne, and Phyllis and Larry Malkin of Sacramento; grandchildren and their spouses, Mike Hassett of Bakersfield, Leslie and Jim Krafka of Houston, Kristin and John Hodge of Danbury, Conn., Christopher and Kathy Marr of Stockton, Jill and Dave Krieg of Tuolumne, Michelle and Terry Kronholm of Sonora, Jeremy Tunnell of Bellingham, Wash., and Michael Howey of Colorado; great-grandchildren, Valerie Paul of Wasco, Kern County, Michelle Conley of Bakersfield, Brody and Shelby Krafka, both of Houston, Alison and Danny Hodge, both of Danbury, Joshua, Emily and Nicole Marr, all of Stockton, Colten and Tanner Krieg, both of Tuolumne, Hunter and Mikaila Kronholm, both of Sonora, Stephen Howey of Michigan and Brandon Howey of Linden; a sister, Edith Williams of Folsom; a sister-in-law, Alice (Campbell) Richards of Santa Maria; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, William "Tex" Campbell; a son-in-law, Billy H. Marr; brothers, Ole, Edwin and Alvin Swenson; and a sister, Hilda Anderson.

A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Carters Cemetery.

Donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Patricia

E. Graham

Nov. 22, 1916 – Jan. 11, 2005

Longtime Greeley Hill resident Patricia E. Graham died Jan. 11 at a Sonora care home. She was 88.

She was born in San Francisco. She was a homemaker and a second generation University of California, Berkeley, graduate. She married Norris J. Graham and moved to Stockton. They established Graham Welding Supply in Long Beach where they lived until retirement in the 1970s.

They returned in 1975 to her family homestead in Greeley Hill, originally known as Fair Park Ranch and had lived there since.

Her family said she enjoyed gardening and flower arranging.

She is survived by her son, Michael Graham of Laguna Beach, Orange County; a daughter, Anne Adams of Albany, Ore.; grandchildren, Mark Adams of Vancouver, Wash., and Cynthia Adams-Kiner of Dallas, Ore.; and great-grandchildren, Jamie Adams, Jessie Adams, Callista Kiner and Caleb Kiner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norris J. Graham.

Visitation times have been changed. Visitation is scheduled from 1-4 today at Vichara Monastery in Coulterville. There will not be any visitation tomorrow.

Donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370 or Vichara Monastery, 10049 Ernst Road, Coulterville, CA 95311.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Deryl

‘Kent' Walden

Jan. 31, 1955 – Jan. 9, 2005

Valley Springs resident Deryl "Kent" Walden on Jan. 9 died unexpectedly at a San Andreas hospital. He was 49.

He was born in Hayward to Harry and Bonnie Walden and had lived in Valley Springs for one year. He taught both of his sons and grandsons how to fish.

His family said he was known for his humor and making his family and friends feel loved.

Mr. Walden is survived by his son, Derick Kent Walden and Tyler Vaughn Walden; his partner, Lori; grandsons, Devin Kent Walden and Michael David Walden; a sister, Lynda Walden; and numerous friends.

A graveside service was to be held at 1 p.m. today at Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Ave., in Hayward.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Thomas

Elwood Weaver

Nov. 28, 1926 – Dec. 28, 2004

Former longtime Tuolumne resident Thomas Elwood Weaver died Dec. 28 at a Honolulu hospital. He was 78.

He was born in Tuolumne. Upon graduating from Summerville High School in 1945, he joined the U.S. Army and was a purchasing agent during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and returned to Tuolumne, where he went to work for Tuolumne's West Side Lumber Company in the office. When the mill closed, he went to work at Pickering Lumber Company in Standard. He moved to Hawaii in the 1960s. In Hawaii, he worked for Reyn's Clothing store until his retirement last year.

Mr. Weaver is survived by his nieces, nephews and their spouses, Mary Ann and Wesley Whitt of Tuolumne, Kimberly and Kalen Questo of Soulsbyville, Knute and Linda Rodgers of Diamond Springs, El Dorado County;

great nieces, nephews and their spouses, Jan and Mark Bray of Clovis, Laura Whitt of Laguna Niguel, Orange County, Larry and Heather Whitt of Tuolumne, Trevor and Barbara Rodgers of Elk Grove, Toby Rodgers of Washington, Leslie Rodgers of Diamond Springs, Kayleen and Nick Keith of Sonora, Kalen Questo of Groveland, and Kasey, Kimmie and Kayla Questo, all of Soulsbyville; great-great nieces and nephews, Justin and Ryan Bray, both of Clovis, Hannah and Breanne Whitt and AJ Colagross, all of Tuolumne, Ann Marie, Bridgette and Keaton Rodgers, all of Elk Grove, and Tyler

Keith of Sonora; and numerous cousins in Tuolumne County including Jim Gurney of Tuolumne and Kathryn Rotelli and Audrey Kelley, both of Sonora.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Gertrude Weaver; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Douglas Rodgers.

A military service was to be held today at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu. Cremation has taken place.

Donations can be made to Tuolumne City Memorial Museum, P.O. Box 1174, Tuolumne, CA 95379.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handled arrangements.

Gregory

James Schmitz

March 25, 1925 – Nov. 2, 2004

Longtime Cedar Ridge resident Greg "Smitty" Schmitz died Nov. 2 at a Sonora hospital after a short illness. He was 79.

He was born the second youngest of 13 children in Dickey, N.D. He attended high school in Los Angeles, and served as a sergeant in the 464th U.S. Army Air Force base unit at McChord Field during World War II. He flew numerous daylight missions as ball-turret gunner and waist gunner in the B-24 Liberator bomber, Lady Josephine V, over northern France and Rhine-land, Germany, from an air base in Britain.

He owned and operated Advanced Testing of California, an industrial water pressure-testing firm, in Orange, Orange County.

Called an unsung American hero by his family, Schmitz was known for his humor and generous spirit.

Mr. Schmitz is survived by his wife, Yvonne Schmitz of Cedar Ridge; daughters, Candie Fitzwilliams of Las Vegas and Lynne Vickers and Nancy Kerr, both of Sonora; sons, Matt Schmitz of Orange, Steve Kerr of Merced and Scott Kerr of Twain Harte; a brother, John Schmitz of Orange; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A private ceremony was held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Shawn Finley Campbell

Nov. 30, 1947 – Jan. 8, 2005

Greeley Hill resident Shawn Finley Campbell died Jan. 8 at a Modesto medical center of natural causes. He was 57.

He was born in Tooele, Utah, and had lived in Greeley Hill for 10 years. He grew up in Newhall, Los Angeles County, and graduated from William S. Hart High School in Newhall. He was a truck driver with Pan Pacific for 10 years and with Mountain Propane in Frazier Park, Kern County, for five years. He also worked in maintenance with the U.S. Forest Service in Gorman for five years.

His hobbies included restoring old cars and trucks, gardening and landscaping.

Mr. Campbell is survived by his companion, Denise Hartfiel of Greeley Hill; sons, Joshua Campbell of Hollywood and Matthew Campbell of Lake Isabella, Kern County; a daughter, Jessi Campbell of Lake Isabella; a brother, Jim Campbell of Manteca; a brother-in-law, John Harris of Greeley Hill; ex-wife, friend and mother of his children, Debra (Campbell) Winkerden of Weldon, Kern County; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Lydia Harris.

Services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Notices

BURKETT — Gayle Burkett, 66, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GRAVES — Edward Graves, 88, of Jamestown died yesterday at a Modesto hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

HOLLENBECK — Vicki Hollenbeck, 52, of Jamestown died this morning at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

JOSEPH — Ruth Joseph, 91, of Groveland died Sunday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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