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Obituaries for January 2, 2004

Harry P. Aldrich

March 28, 1909 — Dec. 28, 2003

Harry P. Aldrich of Sonora died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. He was 94.

He was born in Springfield, Ohio, and was the third child in a dairy-farming family of six. At age 20, he left for Southern California because he was "tired of milking cows and being cold," his family said.

He was a welder and mechanic for much of his working life, eventually establishing A-1 Welding in Yorba Linda. In the late 1950s, he retired from the welding business. Growing restless in retirement, he became a partner with his son, Jon, in a Fiat dealership in Fullerton, adjacent to the Fullerton airport, where he developed an interest in flying. He earned his pilot's license in the mid-1960s, owned a variety of airplanes over the years and flew well into his 80s.

Another interest and hobby was amateur radio, and he became a ham radio operator with the call K6UOD in 1958, his family said, and he made daily contacts with his son, Jim, and grandson, Andy.

He and his late wife, Ione, moved to Pine Mountain Lake in 1985, and he most recently lived in Sonora.

Mr. Aldrich is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Janet Aldrich of Sonora; daughter-in-law, Patricia Aldrich of Pine Mountain Lake; grandchildren and spouses, Curtiss and Debbie Aldrich of Jamestown, Mark and Sue Aldrich of San Diego, Andy and Kathy Aldrich, and Lisa and Pete Fogarty, all of Sonora; and great-grandchildren, Adam Aldrich of Jamestown, Jeffrey, David and Amy Aldrich of San Diego, and John and Janet Maloney of Sonora.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ione; a son, Jon; and a sister, Nellie Roddy. 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.

Reba Lillian Barnett

Oct. 11, 1927 — Dec. 26, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Reba Lillian Barnett died last Friday at her home. She was 76.

She was born in Texas to Blanche and Preston Beck. She had lived in Tuolumne County since 1965, most recently in Columbia. She was married to Melvin Barnett in 1946 in the Central Valley. She worked as a bank teller for Bank of America and Wells Fargo, and a bookkeeper for Hales and Symon. They adopted their only child, Jodi, in 1975.

She is survived by a brother, Eldon Beck of Placerville; a sister, Louise Reeves of Oakley; and a daughter, Jodi Barnett of Columbia.

There will be a gathering to honor and remember her life tomorrow at her home in Columbia. Call 536-6337 to RSVP.

Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling arrangements.

Donald G. Dahlin

Nov. 5, 1931 — Dec. 29, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Donald G. Dahlin died Monday at a Sonora care home. He was 72.

He was born in Modesto. He had lived in Tuolumne County since 1939, most recently in Sonora. He worked as a logger for many years for LS Jones Lumber Mill and then for Tom Howard Logging as a timber faller, and he later became an independent lumber mill owner for Dahlin Lumber. He retired in the early 1990s. He graduated from Sonora High School, where he played basketball. He was a member of the Moose, Elks and Masonic lodges.

His family said he enjoyed spending time at his cabin and driving around the Western states, especially Nevada. He loved fly fishing, his garden and animals, his family added.

Mr. Dahlin is survived by his wife, Billie Ruth Dahlin of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law Don and Verna Dahlin of Shingletown, Shasta County, Dennis Dahlin of Sonora, and Gerald and Andrea Dahlin, and Larrie and Denise Dahlin, all of Soulsbyville; his mother, Beulah Keisling of Sonora; brothers Alan Dahlin of San Jose and Leland Dahlin of Soulsbyville; stepbrothers Ronald Keisling of Madera, Kelly Keisling of Hope, Alaska, and Kenneth Keisling of California; seven grandchildren, Johnathan Dahlin, Sally Rush, Christina and Kimberly Dahlin, Leanne Johnston, Carly Ruth Dahlin and Kyle Dahlin; three step-grandchildren, Glenn and Shauna Oxenford and John Canepa; two great-grandchildren, William and Samuel Rush; and a step-great-grandson, Bodhi Johnston.

A graveside service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at Carters Cemetery.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Paul Heslep

Aug. 5, 1917 — Dec. 27, 2003

Longtime Soulsbyville resident Paul Heslep died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. He was 86.

He was born in Ohio. He had lived in Soulsbyville since 1978. He worked as an engineer for Lockheed, making nose cones for spacecraft. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Machinists Union.

His family said he enjoyed woodworking and was a family man.

Mr. Heslep is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Jack Davis of Soulsbyville, Leah and Dean Perkins of Bethel Island, Contra Costa County, and Marilyn and Edward Davison of Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Heslep, in October 2003; a daughter, Judy Svilich in 1993; a son, Paul Heslep Jr. in 1997; a grandson, Scott Davison in 1993; and seven brothers and sisters.

Visitation is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sonora. A church service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at the church. Burial is scheduled at Carters Cemetery.

Donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Virginia Helene Palmer

June 29, 1911 — Dec. 29, 2003

Former longtime Tuolumne County resident Virginia Helene Palmer of Georgetown died Monday at a Placerville hospital. She was 92.

She was born in Tuolumne. She lived in Georgetown, El Dorado County, for 14 years and in Tuolumne County from 1911-90. She was a homemaker for 72 years. She was a former member of Standard Community Church and member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion and Kelsey Bible Church.

Her family said she loved to play the piano.

She is survived by her sister, Lillian Tomasevich of Confidence; a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Shirley Loving of Georgetown, El Dorado County; granddaughters Julianne Loving of Sacramento, Jennifer Billings of Bend, Ore., Kristen Loving-Meyer of Mt. Aukum and Tara Martinez of Lotus, El Dorado County; a grandson, Tom Angel of Georgetown, El Dorado County; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Palmer, in 1985.

Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will follow and is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the chapel.

Donations can be made to your favorite charity at the family's request.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

James Gilliam Vanover

Nov. 28, 1920 — Dec. 30, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident James Gilliam Vanover died Tuesday at a Sonora care home. He was 83.

He was born in Taplin, W.V. He lived in Tuolumne County since 1968 and most recently in Columbia. He retired from his job as a counselor at Sonora High School in 1982. He had been a teacher all his working life in Nebraska, Oregon and Southern California before coming to Sonora. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was active in Kiwanis International, reaching the office of lieutenant governor of the California, Nevada and Hawaii areas. He was active with church, and was most recently a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

His family said he loved to walk his two dogs, Brownie and Nicky, and spent a lot of time working with plants in his garden.

Mr. Vanover is survived by his wife, Irma K. Vanover of Columbia; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry H. and Rose Vanover of Jamestown; daughters and sons-in-law Kathy and Clive Mark of Vancouver, B.C., and LaDonna and Marty Stroup of Aldergrove, B.C.; a brother, Paul Vanover of Phoenix; a sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Dean Vanover of Wichita, Kan.; granddaughters and spouses Erin and Byron Hildebrand, and Jolie and Ged Wright, all of Langley, B.C.; a great-grandson, Evan Wright of Langley, B.C.; and numerous cousins and relatives all over the United States.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer's Association, 2065 W. El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040 or St. Matthews Lutheran Church Building Fund.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jason Scott Jaco

June 25, 1977 — Dec. 27, 2003

Summerville High School graduate Jason Scott Jaco, 26, of Simi Valley, died on Dec. 27 from injuries suffered in a Modesto car accident.

His uncle, Philip Loyd Mocalis, also died in the accident.

Mr. Jaco was born in Northridge and moved to Tuolumne County with his mother and sister in 1983 at the age of 6.

He attended Sonora, Twain Harte and Soulsbyville elementary schools and graduated from Summerville High School in 1995. He followed in his stepfather's footsteps and became a machinist.

Mr. Jaco moved to Simi Valley to live with his grandfather and continue his education.

His family said Jaco had a natural love for life and enjoyed making people smile.

He is survived by his sister, Cherice L. Jaco of Sonora; brother Douglas Eddy Jr.; and his mother and stepfather, Jeannie M. and Douglas Eddy Sr. of Sugar Pine.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in a dual ceremony with Jaco's uncle "Butch" Philip L. Mocalis of Copperopolis.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Philip "Butch" Loyd Mocalis

Aug. 18, 1946 — Dec. 27, 2003

Copperopolis resident Philip Loyd Mocalis, 57, died on Dec. 27 from injuries suffered in a Modesto car accident.

His nephew, Jason Scott Jaco, also died in the accident.

Born in Santa Monica in 1946, Mr. Mocalis spent eight years in the Army, 23 years in the Navy and eight years in the personnel department of the California Highway Patrol, San Andreas office.

He lived in Copperopolis for about seven years.

Mr. Mocalis is survived by his father, Philip W. Mocalis of Simi Valley; a brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Christine Mocalis of Simi Valley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeannie and Doug Eddy of Sugar Pine and Stacie and Wayne Ekvall of Washington; nephew Doug Eddy Jr. of Sugar Pine; uncle Lee Nelson of Sonora; and uncle and aunt Jim and Dee Mocalis of San Juan Capistrano.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in a dual ceremony with Mr. Mocalis' nephew, Jason Jaco.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

PADLO — Donald Padlo, 67, of Long Barn died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

O BRIEN — James O Brien, 78, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

PETRISEVAC — Mary Petrisevac, 91, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SHAMO — Rodger Thell Shamo, 75, former Sonora resident, died yesterday at a Livermore hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

TOMASEVICH — Lillian Tomasevich, 83, of Confidence died this morning at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WARREN — Leon Warren, 69, former Sonora resident, died Monday at his Stockton home. Cherokee Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Lodi is handling arrangements.


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