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Obituaries for January 5, 2004

Adolph Antinetti

Feb. 10, 1906 — Jan. 1, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne resident Adolph Antinetti died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. He was 97.

He was born in Angels Camp and came to Tuolumne City when he was 2 years old. His parents were Charles and Jenni Antinetti.

He served as the timber foreman of the Lightener Gold Mine in downtown Angels Camp. After traveling to Tuolumne City by the Sierra Railroad's Angels branch, they purchased and operated the Alpino boarding house, which was home to many West Side Lumber Company mill workers. Later, his parents moved to Sonora and ran the well-known Europa restaurant on Washington Street.

He attended Summerville Elementary School and Summerville High School. As a youth, he ran three trap lines south and east of town in the North Fork of the Tuolumne River Canyon. He and a close friend, "Chivy" Van Opstal, skinned their catch before going to class at the grammar school. At age 14, he worked summers in the West Side box factory and, at age 16, went to work in the woods at Hull Creek running a steam saw. At age 17, he owned and operated the Pastime Pool Hall on the corner of Chestnut and Main streets in Tuolumne. He sold candy, tobacco and sporting goods and ran card games. It was a popular establishment in those days, his family said.

On Aug. 11, 1928, he married Erna Rosasco, the daughter of Henry and Aurelia (Sivori) Rosasco, in Reno, Nev. They had two sons, Norman and Allan, who became high school teachers and coaches.

His family said he was a hard worker and pursued many interests. He worked with Fred Leighton building check dams in the Emigrant Basin. He ran a herd of cattle with Henry Rosasco. He worked for the Tuolumne County Road Department. He was a blacksmith and shoveled mine rock in the Soulsby Belle Gold Mine. During the Great Depression in 1933, he left home for seven months to take a seven-day-a-week road construction job in Sequoia National Park.

He was a Tuolumne City volunteer firefighter and was serving on the Tuolumne Fire Department Board of Directors when the first fire engine was purchased. He and a good friend, Bill Archer, acquired the plans for the Tuolumne Fireman's Theater, where he often operated the projectors.

In later years, he ran the gas shovel for West Side Lumber Company, building railroad grades at camps 43 and 44, around Woods Mountain and across Cherry Valley to Wilson Meadow. Many of these railroad grades are the present-day Forest Service roads in the area of Cherry Lake. In the 1940s, he left the woods and became part owner of the Shell gas station on Carter Street in Tuolumne. His partner was Bruce Nelson, and they ran a successful business for 24 years, his family said.

He retired in 1969 and remained active. He was a founding member of the Tuolumne Rod and Gun Club, a 41-year member of the Sonora Elks Lodge, a parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and belonged to Figli d' Italia. He loved riding his trail bike around Tuolumne and in the mountains, where he continued to fish and hunt, his family said. He rode trail bikes until he was 87 and drove his cars until he was 96.

In the early 1990s, he was co-grand marshal of the Tuolumne Jubilee Parade with his good friend, Al Bonales, with whom he cut firewood until they were well into their 90s.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Allan and Mary Antinetti of Tuolumne and Norman and Pam Antinetti of Oakdale; grandchildren and spouses, Mark and Joanie Antinetti and Linda Antinetti Cazares, and her husband, Roberto, all of Tuolumne, Amy Antinetti of Turlock and David and Rachelle Antinetti of Oakdale; and five great-grandchildren.

A rosary is scheduled for 6 tonight at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Tuolumne.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lyda Hoblitt

Jan. 12, 1921 — Dec. 28, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne resident Lyda Hoblitt died Dec. 28 at the home of her son, Cy Hoblitt, in Tuolumne. She was 82.

She was born in Hughson and had lived in Tuolumne since 1924. She was a homemaker.

Her family said she was a good person who loved fishing and bowling, and was a good bowler. She loved camping at Dardanelle, her family added.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Cy and Barbara Hoblitt of Tuolumne, and Kenneth Hoblitt of Oregon; a daughter, Eva Mansell; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dighton Hoblitt; a daughter, Connie Woods; a son, Marvin Hoblitt; a brother, Everett Richards; and a son-in-law, James Mansell.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Robert ‘Jack' Plunkett

May 3, 1936 — Dec. 24, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Robert "Jack" Plunkett died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital. He was 67.

He was born in Fort Collins, Colo. He lived in Sonora for 21 years.

He was an owner and operator for Chevron Service Station in Millbrae and served in the U.S. Army from 1959-61.

His family said he enjoyed fishing and was a San Francisco 49ers fan.

Mr. Plunkett is survived by his son, Jeffrey Plunkett of the Bay Area; daughters, Karan Plunkett of San Bruno and Sandra Plunkett of Sonora; and a grandson, Jeffrey James Plunkett of the Bay Area.

No services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Coy Urquhart

Oct. 12, 1918 — Dec. 28, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Coy Urquhart died Dec. 28 at an Oakdale hospital. He was 85.

He was born in Hammon, Okla., and lived in Tuolumne County for 50 years. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 18 years and served with the U.S. Army for four years during World War II.

Mr. Urquhart is survived by his wife of 62 years, Doris Urquhart of Groveland; a son, Jack Urquhart of Groveland; three grandsons, Paul and Peter Urquhart, both of Santa Rosa, and Chad Urquhart of San Rafael; three great-grandchildren, Kayla Urquhart of San Rafael and Cameron and Daniel Urquhart, both of Santa Rosa; and a nephew and his wife, Lee and Sandy Wothe of Groveland.

He was preceded in death by a son, Steve Urquhart, and by a niece, Judy Wight.

Private family burial was held.

Donations can be made to the Neuropathy Association, General Post Office, P.O. Box 26226, New York, NY 10087-6226.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Leon Warren

Sept. 2, 1934 — Dec. 29, 2003

Former longtime Tuolumne County resident Leon Warren died Dec. 29 at his home of cancer. He was 69.

He was born in Oakland and moved to Tuolumne County at age 2. He lived in the county for 50 years. He later moved to Stockton, where he lived for 17 years.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He worked as a general contractor for 35 years and owned and operated 276 Club in Stockton for five years.

Mr. Warren is survived by his children and their spouses, Sandi and John Romena of Sonora, Cory and Yon Warren of South Korea and Lori Terzani of Sonora; seven grandchildren, Kendra Abernathy of Colorado, Matt Romena of Sonora, Kiersten and Kyle Warren of Stockton, and Dezi, Dennette and Danielle Terzani, all of Sonora; his ex-wife, Rose Warren-Peters of Sonora; and companion, Pat Stegall of Stockton.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Christian Heights Church in Sonora.

Donations can be made to Hospice of San Joaquin, 2609 E. Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA 95210.

Cherokee Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Lodi is handling arrangements.

Patsy Lavora Willmschen

June 26, 1949 — Dec. 29, 2003

Patsy Lavora Willmschen of Calaveras County died last Monday at a San Andreas hospital of natural causes. She was 54.

She was born in Logansport, Ind. She lived in San Andreas and Valley Springs for 10 years.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Lee Willmschen of San Andreas; a brother, Michael Shaw of Logansport, Ind.; sisters, Vernalee Williams and Carol Shaw, both of Valley Springs; and her mother, Pauline Shaw of San Andreas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Lee Willmschen, in 1993.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

BRINER — Claribel Briner, 97, of Jamestown died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

BROOKS — Rodney Brooks, age unavailable, of Sonora died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

COWLES — Marie E. Cowles, 97, of Valley Springs died Friday at a San Andreas hospital. Visitation is scheduled from 1-7 p.m. today at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel.

GRAHEX — Ronald Grahex, 39, of Soulsbyville died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HALEY — Annie Haley, 83, of Sonora died Friday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HELM — Harold Donald Helm, 35, of Big Oak Flat died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KRAFT — Luella Kraft, 89, of Arnold died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MOSHER — John W. Mosher, 89, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

PIERSON — Gary Pierson, 59, of Copperopolis died Friday at a Modesto hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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