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Obituaries for January 27, 2003

Everett Milton Williams

July 31, 1914 — Jan. 12, 2003

Everett Milton Williams, 88, a former Tuolumne County resident, died Jan. 12 at his son's home in Longview, Wash., after a long illness.

Mr. Williams, a third-generation Tuolumne County native, was born in Columbia to Samuel and Bertha Elizabeth Williams of Jupiter. He lived in Stockton as a child and returned to live in Soulsbyville while working on a gold dredge in Columbia.

He also was employed as a heavy equipment operator.

He served in the Army infantry during World War II, serving in Europe, and was retired from Georgia Pacific in Oregon.

Mr. Williams is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David and Donna Williams of Longview; a daughter, Nancy Austin of Longview; two granddaughters, Jaime Scott and Jenny Williams of Longview; a grandson, Brian Austin of Longview; a great-grandson, Trevor Scott of Longview; and great-granddaughter, Roxanne Scott of Longview; two sisters, Doris Estelle Winn of Moscow, Idaho, and Ethel Marie Wyckoff of Vallecito; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in California, Idaho and Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Viola M. Williams; two brothers, Carl K. Williams and Lawrence E. Williams, and his parents.

No service was held. Arrangements were made by Steel Chapel at Longview Memorial Park. Inurnment was private at Longview Memorial Park, Longview, Wash.

Anthony ‘Wayne' Cantu

Jan. 14, 1912 — Jan. 22, 2003

Anthony "Wayne" Cantu, 91, of Sonora died Wednesday at his home.

Born Manuel Antonio Quintanilla Cantu, he changed his name to Anthony Wayne Cantu. He was one of nine children born on his family's ranch in Trinchera, Colo.

His father was the first of many of his relatives to migrate to the United States from Mexico.

Mr. Cantu's family said he was very proud of his ancestors, who were officers in the Spanish Navy, settling in Mexico in the late 1500s. They said he enjoyed talking about their colorful history.

Mr. Cantu graduated from St. Michael's High School in Santa Fe, N.M., in the late 1920s. He was a lifelong student of history and photography and had taken an interest in philosophy, medicine and foreign languages. In addition to Spanish, his native language, he spoke English and a bit of Greek and German.

In the mid-1930s, he married Dorothy McDermott. The couple had a daughter, Dina Loraine Cantu, in 1937. After eight years, the marriage ended.

He then became involved in union organizing. While at a union convention in New York in 1941, he met Alice Virginia Kelly. His family said their meeting was love at first sight, when Kelly offered him a piece of her steak. They married in 1943. Their son, Anthony Wayne Cantu Jr., was born in 1944.

Mr. Cantu served in the Merchant Marine during World War II, the majority of time spent at sea, and he was a Chief Steward on the Matson Liners S.S. Lurline and S.S. Mariposa.

In 1949, he moved to Monterey and later Seaside, where he operated Peninsula Cabinet and Furniture. His family said he was an expert at restoration techniques. They said many antique businesses, art galleries and insurance companies chose to use his services.

He and his wife were active in politics, serving on committees and participating in the improvement of the communities through work on the Seaside Parks and Recreation Board. After many years of service, the City of Seaside named a street, Cantu Court, in their honor.

He served as president of the Optimist Club from 1958 to 1962, and he and his wife became involved in photography, studying with Ed Whitworth and Al Weber and many others for several years. They remained lifelong friends with these people.

In 1971, Mr. Cantu retired, and he and his wife traveled across the United States with friends and relatives, pulling their travel trailer. They also made several extended trips to Mexico and were members of Vagabond RV Club, where they made many friends and acquaintances. They returned to Seaside, where they lived until 1989, when they moved to Sonora, to be near their son.

Mr. Cantu's family said he loved the sunshine and warmth of Sonora after foggy Seaside.

Mr. Cantu is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Lorraine (Schultz) Cantu Jr. of Tuolumne; a daughter, Dina Cantu of Berkeley; two grandchildren, Aaron Cantu and Sean Laughlin, both of Los Angeles; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Cantu, in 2000 and a granddaughter, Danielle Roland.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

John Lawrence Russel II

Feb. 17, 1913 — Jan. 23, 2003

John Lawrence Russel II, 89, of Sonora died Thursday at a Sonora hospital.

Mr. Russel was born in Montreal, Quebec, and moved to the United States in 1926. He had lived in Sonora for the past year.

He graduated from high school in Pasadena and later was president and owner of Metalite Manufacturing in Glendale, Los Angeles County. He later lived in San Marino, Santa Yenz, Solvang and Santa Rosa.

He enjoyed traveling, square dancing, bridge and running his business.

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

Florence Speirs

May 3, 1930 — Jan. 22, 2003

Florence Speirs, 72, of Columbia died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital.

Mrs. Speirs was born in Lead, S.D., and lived in Sonora for the past 25 years.

She was a homemaker and a member of Ladies of the Moose, Threadups and Sierra Rebekah Lodge 245.

Mrs. Speirs is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Joan Speirs of Stockton and Jean and Art Lee of Galt; three brothers, Jim Kovacevich of Whitehall, S.D., Tony Vukotich of Rapid City, S.D., and Anthony Kovacevich of Long Beach; two sisters, Ann Hanson of Chicago and Anna Reed of San Francisco; a granddaughter, LeeAnn Lee of Sunnyvale; and a grandson and his wife, Kenneth and Danielle Lee of Galt.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Heuton Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Mountain Shadow Cemetery. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Irene Alice (Priester) Watkins

March 31, 1923 — Jan. 21, 2003

Irene Alice (Priester) Watkins, 79, a former resident of Arnold, died Tuesday at a Modesto care home.

Ms. Watkins was born in Chicago and had lived in Arnold from 1989 to 1999.

She served in the Army from 1943 to 1946, during World War II. She later was a purchasing agent for Navy supply.

No service was held at her request. Inurnment will be at Buena Vista Cemetery, Murphys. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert Edward Green

Sept. 30, 1934 — Jan. 15, 2003

The Rev. Robert Edward Green, 68, of Sonora, son of the late Frances and Herman Green, died Jan. 15 at his home.

The Rev. Green was born in San Francisco.

He lived in Stockton from 1974 to 1996, serving as minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, and practicing probate and elder law. He received his bachelor of divinity degree from Tufts University and his law degree at Hastings College of the Law, University of California.

He was co-founder of the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless and founder of San Joaquin Memorial Society. He served as president or coordinator of Stockton Metro Ministry, Family Resource and Referral Center, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Affordable Housing Coalition and Funeral Consumers Alliance.

He served on the boards of St. Mary's Interfaith Dining Room, Area VI Developmental Disabilities, Family Advocates for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Stockton City Council Economic Development, Continental Association of Funeral and Memorial Societies, Stockton ACLU, Community Forward, Community Forum, Planned Parenthood of San Joaquin County and Valley Mountain Regional Center Human Rights Committee.

He also served on the task forces for Stockton Human Rights Council and the Stockton mayor's Task Force for Emergency Food and Shelter Program. He served on the 1974 Stockton Unified School District Citizens Desegregation Committee and the 1986 SUSD Committee to Keep Students in School.

He is survived by his wife, Carole, of Sonora; and by children, Christopher Green of San Antonio, Channing Green of Susanville and Kimberley Green Gibson of San Francisco.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2737 Pacific Ave., Stockton.

A celebration of his life will be held during the service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 14195 Tuolumne Road, Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Robert E. Green Scholarship, at The First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2737 Pacific Ave., Stockton 95402, or to the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, 411 S. Harrison St., Stockton 95203.

Notices

LEE — Rufus E. "Sonny" Lee, 64, of Copperopolis died Friday at his home. Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

JENSEN — Kathleen Jensen, 96, of Altaville died Friday at a San Andreas hospital. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

LAYTON — Eugene Layton, 78, of Coulterville died Friday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WENDT — Elinor "Willene" Wendt, 68, of Sonora died Saturday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

CUNDALL — Lisa M. Cundall, 31, of the Fresno area, died Thursday in a car crash near La Grange.

PEARSON — Larry Pearson, 62, of Sonora, died Friday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

BOURDEAU — Dianne Bourdeau, 41, of Sonora died Sunday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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