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Obituaries for July 11, 2014

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Robert M. Madvig

April 17, 1922 — July 2, 2014
San Jose, Calif.

Bob grew up in Minneapolis. His life was shaped by the Great Depression and World War II.

Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota in electrical engineering and was quickly deployed by the U.S. Army to Berlin where he became commander of the Signal Corps Depot. There he met a young German woman, Barbara Neumann, who served as a translator for the Signal Corps. They fell in love and married in May 1947.

Bob designed and built their first home near Minneapolis on two acres purchased from a local farmer. There, they raised their three children while Bob pursued a career in electronics working for pioneer computer companies. When the Minnesota winters motivated them to look West, Bob took a position at Stanford Research Institute in California. Later he joined IBM and finished his career in San Jose in 1984.

When Bob retired, he and Barb moved to a home Bob designed in Cedar Ridge, Calif. For the next 20 years they enjoyed an active life in the mountains. Bob earned a pilot’s license and he and Barbara were active in the Flying Samaritans, a charity that brought medical services to Baja California.

Barbara died in 2004 and a few years later Bob moved to a retirement community in San Jose to be closer to his children.

Bob is survived by his three children, Andrea Madvig, Philip Madvig and Christine Souza; by his brother, Donald Madvig; and by three grandchildren, Sarah Silva, David Souza and Ian Madvig. His grandson, Derek Souza and his sister, Evelyn Lee, predeceased him.

A private memorial service is planned.

Eric G. Holmes

June 23, 1965 — June 18, 2014

Eric G. Holmes, 48, of Auburn, Maine, slipped away on Wednesday, June 18 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. 

Eric was born in Merced, Calif. on June 23, 1965, the eldest son of David G. and Mary Jane (Wright) Holmes.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Carol Holmes, of Auburn; his mother and stepfather Janie and Bobby Williams, of Sonora, Calif.; his father David Holmes, of Auburn, Maine, and Rosamond, Calif.; a brother Brad Holmes, of Sacramento, Calif.; sisters Joyce Willie, of Marysville, Calif., and Brandy Holmes, of Sacramento, Calif.; his children Veronica Parent, of Lyman, Maine, Michael, of Minot, Maine, Kylie Mack, of Burnham, Maine, and Nicholas Dulac, of Auburn, Maine; his grandchildren and all the kids who called him Pepere; paternal grandparents Roy and Ruby Mann, of Rosamond, Calif., and many aunts and uncles.

Final resting place and celebration of life will be at noon, Sunday, July 13 at Basin Creek, Tuolumne, Calif.

Funeral Alternatives in Lewiston, Maine, is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at funeralalternatives.net

Bronda Thule Waterman

May 19, 1928 — June 29, 2014

Bronda Thule Waterman, a long time resident of Tuolumne County and retired teacher, passed away in the early morning of June 29, 2014, after a long struggle with progressive lung disease.

Bronda (Bachrach) was born May 19, 1928, in Chicago, Ill. She married Bernt Arneson Thule in 1945 and lived with him in his native Scandinavia, where she learned to speak Swedish. They returned to the U.S. to start a family, and lived for a short time in Colorado and then in Berkeley, before separating. Bronda eventually settled in Sonora where she became an English teacher at Sonora High School. She re-married Mr. Neil Waterman after retiring from teaching, and remained active with gardening and playing bridge.

During the last year of her life, Bronda moved from her rural home in Sonora to San Luis Obispo in order to be closer to family.

She is survived by her three children, Kerstin, Peter and Matthew, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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 Death Notices in The Union Democrat are published free of charge. They include the name, age and town of residence of the deceased, the date of death; service information; and memorial contribution information. The deadline is noon the day before publication.


FRITZ — David Fritz, 51, of Sonora, died Thursday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

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