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Obituaries for January 7, 2004

Ingeborg ‘Inky' (Tillisch) Kelley

Oct. 29, 1915 — Dec. 20, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Ingeborg "Inky" (Tillisch) Kelley died Dec. 20 at a Sonora hospital. She was 88.

She was born in Des Moines, Iowa, into a Danish and Norwegian family. Her mother was a renowned opera singer, and her father was an art and antiquities dealer. As a child, she lived in France, Switzerland, Norway and the United States.

She appeared on Broadway and on tour as Titania in Max Reinhardt's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" starring with the equally young Mickey Rooney. She continued on in her career as a commercial photographer for Walt Disney, where she became one of the first women to experience scuba diving while photographing animals.

Her friends in Hollywood were legendary, and her Rolodex read like a "Who's Who" of the entertainment industry, her family said.

Her next job experience was with Marston's Department stores in San Diego, where she met her future husband, Kim Kelley, and later became the head of public relations for Neiman-Marcus in Dallas. She went on to head her own public relations firm in Palo Alto, where she handled many accounts, including new shopping centers, new residential housing and the successful Pete McCloskey Congressional campaign. McCloskey's main opponent was Shirley Temple Black.

She began her real estate career in Burlingame, later moving to the Pine Mountain Lake area of Groveland in the early 1970s. She was a successful producer for Boise Cascade's Pine Mountain Lake development. She and her husband successfully ran Independent Brokers Real Estate in Pine Mountain Lake for many years. After her husband died, she moved to Columbia. She also was associated with Coldwell Banker Mother Lode Real Estate. Since 1993, she has been associated with Maiya Morrison at Realty World Alta Sierra, where she was a top producer and mother to all who entered the office, her family said. She also was a member of Soroptimists International of Sonora.

She was renowned as a real estate teacher at Columbia College, an authority on commercial real estate transactions, and she was willing to help any colleague requesting assistance, her family said.

Her family said she was a skilled and enthusiastic skier, a licensed pilot, a keen photographer, a lover of nature, an overall athlete, a student of books, religions and the arts and an innovative cook. Her love of Norway was deep, and she cherished her mother's family, who still live in Oslo. Fluent in many languages, her other lifetime interest was metaphysics, and she founded the school named Us Unlimited Inc., a school for the Science of the Being.

She is survived by her stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Kathleen Kelley-Markham and James Markham of San Diego; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Kevin Kelley and Teresa Simas Kelley of San Jose; daughter, Melissa Bryan of Belmont; grandchildren, Allegra, Kamala, Amaryllis and Dylan; three great-granddaughters, Rosemary, Kayla and Liana; her cousin, William Tillisch of Irvine; numerous relatives in Norway; and her dog, Smokey.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Mountain Springs Golf Club. She has been cremated, and her ashes will be scattered on the Sierra Nevada foothills.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tuolumne General Hospital, Attn.: Long-term Care Fund, 101 Hospital Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Louise Angelo

April 23, 1933 — Dec. 26, 2003

Former longtime Sonora resident Louise Angelo died Dec. 26 at a Rancho Mirage hospital. She was 70.

She was born in Webster Springs, W.Va., to Ben Adkison and Floda Cristes. She lived in Sonora for 25 years and moved to Indio, Riverside County, five years ago. She married James Angelo on Nov. 3, 1961, in Akron, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a past member of the Sonora Lioness Club and Figli d'Italia.

She is survived by her husband, James Angelo of Indio; a daughter, Dianne Bennett of Sacramento; a son, Douglas Angelo of Bishop; a brother, Bud Adkison of Akron, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

Services were held.

Donations can be made to the Sonora Area Foundation, P.O. Box 577, Sonora, CA 95370 or any favorite charity.

FitzHenry Funeral Home in Indio handled arrangements.

Harold Donald Helm

Dec. 19, 1968 — Jan. 2, 2004

Harold Donald Helm of Groveland died Friday at his home after a sudden illness. He was 35.

He was born in Bakersfield and later moved to Sacramento, where he spent most of his childhood years. He lived in Lemoore for several years where he met and married his wife, Cindy.

He worked as a meat cutter and received awards managing the fish department of a large grocery chain. He worked as a truck driver and drove big rigs cross-country until he became disabled.

His family said he had a special zest for life and love for people. He never met a stranger and never left without giving something of himself, his family added. He loved nature, enjoyed fishing and was an avid NASCAR fan.

Mr. Helm is survived by his wife, Cindy Helm; his parents, Don and Carol of Bakersfield, and Buzz and Barbara of Groveland; sisters, Molly, Bonnie, Vicki, Sue, Liz, Lurah and Sandy; brothers, Jeff and George; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Groveland Seventh-day Adventist Church. Private family visitation is scheduled. Private burial is scheduled at Lemoore Cemetery in Lemoore.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Pamela Kay Ide

June 20, 1943 — Jan. 1, 2004

Pamela Kay Ide of San Andreas died Thursday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 60.

She was born in Iowa and grew up in the East Bay Area, mostly in San Leandro. She lived in Castro Valley for 20 years and, in 2000, moved to San Andreas. She was a homemaker and a high school graduate. She was a past member of St. James Lutheran Church in San Leandro.

She is survived by her husband, William Ide of Modesto; a sister, Wrenae Rowe of Angels Camp; and her father, John Holler of Crystal Falls.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John Holler Jr., and her mother, Jean Holler.

No services are scheduled.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donald Bruce Padlo

Sept. 23, 1936 — Dec. 31, 2003

Donald Bruce Padlo of Long Barn died Wednesday at his home. He was 67.

He was born in Oakland to Louis and Jeanette Padlo. He moved from Turlock last year to Long Barn, where he lived for seven months. He was a counselor, social worker and teacher most of his life. He worked at the Juvenile Hall in Santa Rosa, then for the Napa Probation Department and Stanislaus County Welfare Department. Later, he taught at Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy and then became a teacher at Chatom School in Turlock. He took a short break from teaching to run his own real estate business until 1985, when he returned to work as a substitute teacher and independent studies instructor for Stanislaus County Schools and Stanislaus County Office of Education in Patterson.

His family said he loved the outdoors and enjoyed sharing hiking, bicycling and boating adventures with his family and friends. For many years, he and his wife opened their home in Turlock to travelers from around the world as part of the American Youth Hostel Association. In his retirement, he spent many hours woodworking and taking care of his mountain home. He also volunteered with the NAMI organization in Turlock and in Tuolumne County.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, his family added.

Mr. Padlo is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carolyn "Lynn" Padlo of Long Barn; children, Joanna of Long Barn, Edward of Turlock and Andrew of San Francisco; a brother, Keith Padlo of Stockton; a sister, Joan Montague-Anderson of Portland, Ore.; six grandchildren, Elicia, Matthew, Kaylyn, Justin, Anna and Zachary Padlo; and many friends.

A memorial service was to be held today at the First United Methodist Church in Turlock.

Donations can be made to NAMI-TC, P.O. Box 4720, Sonora, CA 95370.

Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling arrangements.

James Warren Souza

June 28, 1948 — Dec. 31, 2003

Sonora native and lifelong resident James Warren Souza died Wednesday in Columbia. He was 55.

He worked as a boileroom fireman for Louisiana Pacific, now Sierra Pacific Industries, for 26 years. He graduated from Sonora High School in 1966.

His family said he was very kind, especially to the homeless, and loved animals, especially his cat, Boots. He loved to read and play computer games, his family added.

Mr. Souza is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Ron Sharp of Sonora; his parents, Jim and Mary Souza of Salton City, Imperial County; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, including two nieces and their husbands, Shana and Eddie Garris of Sonora and Tonya and Alan Roberts of Tuolumne; cousins and best friends, Paul and Kirk Souza of Sonora; and his cat, Boots.

No services are planned.

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

Condolence cards may be sent to Sherry Sharp, 13775-A Mono Way, PMB 924, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lillian ‘Lil' (Ralph) Tomasevich

Oct. 12, 1920 — Jan. 2, 2004

Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Lillian "Lil" (Ralph) Tomasevich died Friday at her home. She was 83.

She was born in Tuolumne to Leda and Walter Ralph, who started the ranch now known as Cover's Apple Ranch. She lived in Confidence her entire life and owned the Confidence Inn for 35 years.

Her family said she and her husband enjoyed taking their motor home to Lake Havasu and Fountain of Youth, El Dorado, both in Arizona, during the winter months.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Debra Tomasevich of Sugar Pine; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Tomasevich of Hamilton, Mont.; four grandchildren, Lori Eversol of Montana, Tommy Tomasevich of Jamestown, Heather Knudsen of Pahrump, Nev., and Adam Tomasevich of Sugar Pine; four great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Bruce Loving of Georgetown, El Dorado County, and Dale Botti of Shaws Flat.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Tomasevich, in 2001; a son, William Tomasevich in 2000; and a sister, Virginia Palmer, in 2003.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Heuton Memorial Chapel.

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

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

ALLRED — Frances Allred, 83, of Groveland died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

STONECYPHER — Patricia Stonecypher, 60, of Jamestown died yesterday at a Modesto hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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