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Jeanne (Quinn) Franz
Oct. 13, 1931 — July 9, 2014
Jeanne (Quinn) Franz, a longtime resident of Sonora, passed away on July 9, 2014. She was 82 years old.
Jeanne was born on Oct. 13, 1931, in Minnesota. She was a nurse for 40 years and loved painting and gardening.
She is survived by her children, Laura Franz of Sonora, Douglas Franz of Patterson and James Franz of Hayward; her brother, Frank Church of Stockton; her sisters, Patti Church of Petaluma and Jenny Hatfield of Antioch; and five grandchildren.
No services are planned. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Dennis Paul Costa
June 2, 1942 — July 8, 2014
Dennis Costa passed away suddenly on July 8, 2014, at his home in Sonora, Calif. Dennis was born on June 2, 1942 in Richmond, Calif., to Manuel Costa and Mary DelNero Costa. He grew up in Patterson on the family ranch. After graduating from Patterson High School in 1961, Dennis served in the Air Force stationed in Germany and North Africa.
Dennis attended Modesto Junior College, where he obtained his degree in electronics. He spent his career working as a PBX technician for companies including Compath, NEC and Siemens.
Dennis loved life, family and friends. He never met a stranger or anyone he did not like. Known affectionately as “Bear” to all of his friends, he was fun-loving, generous and kind.
Dennis was an avid car, boat and motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed anything with wheels or an engine that went fast and spent much of his life collecting those things. Throughout his life, Dennis always enjoyed a good camping trip with family and friends. Dennis enjoyed working in his garden hoping to produce award-winning sunflowers and pumpkins. He took great pride in his home and enjoyed working to maintain it.
Dennis was a longtime member of the Central Valley Drag Boat Association. He was a board member of the Tuolumne Sportsman Association. He was a member of the Sons in Retirement and was an active member of the Elks Sonora Chapter No. 1587, where he was currently serving as the chairman of its board of trustees.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Kenneth Costa.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Nicki Njirich Costa, of Sonora; daughter Jennifer Gilbert (William) of Modesto; son James Costa (Caroline) of Oakland; brother Larry Costa (Carlyn) of Modesto; granddaughters Maddy Osborne, of Modesto, and Marley Costa, of Oakland; step-daughter Shanda Schertz (Keith) and step-son Scott Van Bebber (Jeannie), of Sonora, and step-son Steve Van Bebber (Erin), of San Jose; eight step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and his four-legged companion, Asia.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson, Calif. A celebration of life will be held Friday at noon at the Sonora Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive, Sonora, Calif.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home in Sonora has been entrusted with arrangements.
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