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Obituaries for January 7, 2003

Marc Olen Stemig

May 26, 1981 — Jan. 3, 2003

Katie Sue Tenney

Sept. 12, 1983 — Jan. 3, 2003

A young Sonora man and his cousin died Friday night in a single-car crash on Interstate 15 near Harrisburg, Utah, 14 miles from the Utah-Nevada state line.

They were on their way back to school at Brigham Young University when the crash occurred.

Utah State Troopers said Marc Olen Stemig, 22, son of Pat and Dana (Crawford) Stemig of Sonora, and his passenger, Katie Sue Tenney, 19, of Dixon, died when the 1999 sports utility vehicle they were in rolled almost 200 feet along the road.

The SUV slammed into a guard rail and went over it, coming to rest upside down in the median.

Troopers told Tenney's father, a Dixon traffic officer, that Stemig was driving within the speed limit. They do not know why he swerved, then over-corrected, which caused the SUV to roll.

Emergency personnel were sent to the scene about 7:15 p.m., and Stemig's family was notified by Sonora police officers at 10:30 that night.

"I was waiting up to hear from (her son and her niece)," said Marc's mother, Dana Stemig. "I thought it was about time for them to call, because it was the time they should have arrived, when there was a knock at the door. I thought it was my mom and they had called her."

Instead, police officers were at the door. Stemig said her sister and brother-in-law were also told about the crash about 10:30 p.m.

Utah troopers told the family a sharp piece of metal cut Tenney's seat belt during the crash and she was thrown from the vehicle. Troopers said her seat was reclined and they believe she was sleeping when the crash occurred. Stemig died in the car, still in his seat belt. Emergency workers had to cut the vehicle to remove him, troopers said.

Luggage, dishes, blankets, books and other personal items were strewn almost 200 feet. The rear passenger-side tire was found on the ground away from the vehicle. Family members said they were told the tire came off while the vehicle was rolling.

The pair left Sonora at 6 a.m. Friday morning to drive to BYU, in Provo, Utah, where they were both sophomores.

They headed south on Highway 99 to have brunch with their great-grandmother, Ruth Jarvis, 85, of Porterville, and then resumed their trip. The family agreed the southern route was preferred, because it might be safer in bad weather. Stemig's mother said they should have been able to drive to Provo in 10 hours.

Stemig's mother said when they left Sonora on Friday morning, "they were excited. They were both in a good mood and they were kidding each other."

Tenney began her studies while Stemig was on his mission. He returned to Sonora in November after spending two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Belo Hor Izonte, Brazil.

"Marc loved the Lord and loved serving the Lord," Dana Stemig said of her son.

Stemig, who was born and raised in Sonora, was a 1999 graduate of Sonora High School. He planned to study chemistry at BYU and eventually earn a bachelor's degree. He worked at Gottschalks in Sonora over the holiday season to earn some money for college.

The cousins both liked music and drama and loved to sing. Tenney sang at her grandmother's wedding last year.

Chantal Stemig had also planned to travel with her brother and cousin Friday, but decided to stay in Sonora to complete a final semester at Modesto Junior College and earn an associate's degree, but had made plans to be Tenney's roommate at BYU next fall.

A trust fund to help with burial expenses for Stemig has been opened at Westamerica Bank, 14729 Mono Way, Sonora.

In addition to his parents and sister Chantal, Stemig is also survived by another sister, Laura Stemig; a brother, James Stemig; a nephew, Spencer Stemig, his grandmother and step-grandfather, Lona and Skip Conley, all of Sonora; his great-grandmother, Ruth Jarvis of Porterville; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Stemig's mother has requested anyone with stories about her son write them down and leave them for the family at the funeral service.

A funeral service for Stemig will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 19481 Hillsdale Drive, East Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Tenney, daughter of former Sonora resident Cara (Crawford) Tenney and Scott Tenney of Dixon, was born in Vallejo and had lived in Vacaville as a small child, before her family moved to Dixon, where she graduated from elementary and high school. She was on the swim team in Solano County as a teen-ager.

In addition to her great-grandmother, Ruth Jarvis of Porterville, she is survived by grandmother and step-grandfather, Lona and Skip Conley of Sonora; a brother, David Tenney of Dixon; two sisters, Madison, 7, and Allison, 9, both of Dixon; and the Stemig family — her aunt, uncle and cousins, all of Sonora.

A funeral service for Tenney will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dixon.

Anthony F.

‘Tony' Silva

May 25, 1922 — Jan. 1, 2003

Anthony F. "Tony" Silva, 80, of Sonora died Wednesday at a Davis hospital.

Mr. Silva was born in Hughson and lived in Sonora for the past 45 years.

He served in the Army during World War II. He had been a fork lift driver for Pickering Lumber Company until he retired in 1961, after a 45-year-career in the lumber industry.

He was a member of the Sonora Moose Lodge and he liked to travel and go fishing.

Mr. Silva is survived by his wife of 49 years, Grace Silva of Sonora; a son and daughter-in-law, Clarence and Verna Silva of Stockton; two grandchildren, Lillian Sealy of Stockton and Nora Larson of Concord; a great-grandson, Joseph Sealy of Stockton; and a sister, Belle LaCross of Riverbank.

No service will be held. Inurnment will be private at Turlock Memorial Park. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Richard F. ‘Bud'

Cormier

June 29, 1934 — Jan. 3, 2003

Richard F. "Bud" Cormier, 68, of Twain Harte, died Friday at his home, after a battle with cancer.

Mr. Cormier was born in Oakland and had lived in Twain Harte for the past 27 years.

He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959.

He owned and operated Oakland Driving School from 1966 to 1991 and Sierra Driving School in Twain Harte from 1975 to 2000. Previously, he worked as an electrotyper, making printing plates, and as shop steward for Precision Electro Type Company in San Francisco.

He was an active member and past president of Dimond-Laurel Lions Club in Oakland and was a member of the Sonora Moose Lodge. He was an avid fisherman and golfer.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Twain Harte Golf Course club house. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora 95370-1805, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 73, Jamestown 95327.

Alvin F. Lang

Feb. 13, 1924 — Jan. 3, 2003

Alvin F. Lang 78, of Sonora died Friday at a Sonora hospital.

Mr. Lang was born in Golden Valley, N.D., and lived in Sonora for the past 55 years.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was stationed in the Phillipines. He had been a fork lift operator for Sierra Lumber Manufacturers and later Pickering Lumber Co., which became Louisiana Pacific and then Fiberboard Corp., before he retired after a 28-year career.

His family said he was very close to them and they said he was a "workaholic."

Mr. Lang is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ethel Lang of Sonora; two sons, Le Roy Lang of Sonora and Randolph Lang of Merced; five grandchildren, Christopher Lang of Salem, Ore., Alicia Lang of Phoenix, Ariz., Eric Lang of Tonganoxie, Kan., and Curtis Lang and Kerry Lang, both of Sonora; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Haupt of Lodi, Eldora Welsh of Arvada, Colo., and Greta Grimes of Antioch; two brothers, Leland Lang and Gary Lang, both of Lodi; and a stepsister, Darlene Blair of Lodi.

No service is planned. Cremation will be held. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Patricia Dolores

Cummings

Aug. 18, 1928 — Dec. 16, 2002

Patricia Dolores Cummings, 74, a former Sonora resident, died Dec. 16 at her home in Hawaiian Shores, Hawaii.

Mrs. Cummings was a retired respiratory therapist, former chief pastry chef at City Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park, past president of Columbia Docent Association, a member of the Unitarian Round Table, Lyman Museum and Reef Raiders of Guantanamo Bay and a former member of the Sierra Club.

She earned a Columbia College Hospitality Management Certificate in 1987.

Mrs. Cummings is survived by her husband, Matthew Cummings, of Hawaiian Shores; two daughters, Johanna Solms of Madison, Wis., and Karen Holguin of Hawaiian Shores; a son and a daughter-in-law, James and Sunita Cummings of Kalaheo, Kauai; a sister, Marjorie Seabrook of Oakland; a brother and a sister-in-law, Grant and Carolyn Solms of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private service was held. Homelani Memorial Park and Crematory handled arrangements.

Carol Leonie

Bartlett

Jan 7, 1941 — Dec. 25, 2002

Carol Leonie Bartlett, 61, of Angels Camp died Dec. 25 in a Lodi care home after a long illness.

Mrs. Bartlett was born in Monterey and had lived in Angels Camp for the past 13 years.

She was a janitor for Rogers Corporation in Chandler, Ariz., and later owned Angels Delight, a ceramics and gift shop in Angels Camp for many years. Her family said she enjoyed ceramics.

Mrs. Bartlett is survived by a son, Gene Rhoar Bartlett III of Phoenix; a daughter, Carolyn Bartlett of Angels Camp; and six grandchildren.

A service and burial will be private. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Agnes H. Wood

Oct. 18, 1912 — Jan. 3, 2003

Agnes H. Wood, 90, of Twain Harte died Friday at a Sonora hospital.

Mrs. Wood was born in Cascade Locks, Ore., and lived in Twain Harte for two years.

She owned and operated a gift shop in Vallejo for 20 years.

Her family said she was devoted to them.

She enjoyed knitting and tatting, a form of crochet using a fine thread to produce lace. She also liked reading and group trips to Lake Tahoe and Reno.

Mrs. Wood is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, Frank and Nancy Jackson of Twain Harte; a daughter, Joyce Clever of Tiburon; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Wood, in 1973.

No service is planned. Burial will be private. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Charlotte

Carter-Dias

May 10, 1955 — Jan. 5, 2003

Charlotte Carter-Dias, 47, of Groveland died Sunday at a Sonora hospital.

Mrs. Carter-Dias was born in Salinas and had lived in Groveland for the past two years.

She was a homemaker for 27 years and loved horses and her cat, Stuart.

Mrs. Carter-Dias is survived by her husband, Wilfred Dias of Groveland; a daughter, Lasandra Moore of Ione; a brother, Kevin Carter of Salinas; and two grandchildren, Bailey and Alyssa Moore of Ione.

No service will be held. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

BELSHE — Patricia Belshe, 92, of Sonora died Monday at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

CURRY — A memorial and celebration of Life for Robert Maurice "Cowboy Bob" Curry, who died Dec. 13, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Greeley Hill Community Hall. A potluck will follow .


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