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Obituaries for July 29, 2014

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Kennith ‘Casey’ Dale Carter Sr.

Jan. 1, 1931 — June 22, 2014

Kennith “Casey” Dale Carter Sr., 83, of Sonora, Calif., passed away on June 22 with his family at his side. 

He was born to Lloyd F. Carter and Minnie O. Carter of Delhi, Calif. Casey went through school in Tuolumne County. He then married Marjorie Brown of Fresno, Calif., in 1949. They had three children: Kennith Jr., Karen and Kevin. Casey served during the Korean War in Air Rescue in the U.S. Air Force.

He had many careers starting as an automotive painter. He also painted aircraft for Lockheed. He continued to paint automobiles throughout his entire life while having various businesses, guarding a business in Fresno, teaching auto body and paint at Fresno City College for a stint, owning a trucking company in the Bay Area from about 1970 until he retired in 1995; and, then back to painting cars until he passed. While in retirement he worked as a bartender during the season at Kennedy Meadows. He made many friends and acquaintances and was well liked by many people that either worked or visited him at Kennedy Meadows.

Casey was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Sr. and Minnie Carter; his brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd Jr. and Katey Carter; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Rufus Tweedy, of Sonora, and Rick Carter, of Sonora.

He is survived by his three children, Ken Jr. and his wife Claudia, of Clovis, Calif.; his daughter, Karen and her husband Larry, of Modesto, Calif.; his son, Kevin, of Ripon, Calif.; his brother George Carter, of Sonora, Calif.; and former wife, Marjorie Brown, of Fresno, Calif.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 at Sierra Bible Church (potluck, bring your favorite dish), located at 15171 Tuolumne Road, Sonora. 

Dolores Bergthold

Aug. 31, 1933 — July 22, 2014

Dolores Bergthold was born on Aug. 31, 1933, in Lincoln, Neb., to Elva and Clarence Dahlberg and passed away at home on July 22, 2014, in Sonora surrounded by her loving family.

Dolores moved with her family from Nebraska to Kingsburg in 1947. 

Dolores and Marvin were married on Aug. 10, 1953, and spent the early years of their marriage in Kingsburg and then Fresno. Dolores was a homemaker and wonderful mother to their six children: Janice, Joyce, JoAnn, Jim, Judy and John. They eventually moved to San Jose, when the children were grown to Lake Tahoe and then Sonora owning and operating a series of motels, working together on a daily basis, which they enjoyed very much. Their most recent motel was the Christmas Tree Inn in Mi-Wuk Village, where she and Marvin enjoyed living and working together.

One especially happy memory for Dolores, Marvin and the children, were all the many happy times through the years at the family cabin at Cedarbrook. Dolores excelled in her gardening skills and enjoyed working in her gardens. 

Their home and their motel properties were stunning with her beautiful displays of flowers. Dolores was an accomplished seamstress and spent many enjoyable hours in her sewing room making matching outfits for the entire family, especially for the children when they were young. 

An avid sports fan, Dolores never missed a San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Forty-Niners or San Jose Sharks game. She also loved the Fresno State Bulldogs! We could always hear her spirited cheers as she rooted for her favorite teams!

Dolores leaves behind her loving husband and best friend, Marvin. They would have been married 61 years on Aug. 10, 2014. One highlight of their marriage was the celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary and 80th birthdays just one year ago, hosted by their children.  

Dolores is survived by her loving children and their spouses, Janice and Tom Cook, Joyce Bergthold, JoAnn and Rick Russell, Jim Bergthold, Judy and Jeff Hacker, John and Donna Bergthold; 12 amazing grandchildren and four great-grandchildren whom she adored; sister, Carolyn Surber and husband, Joe; and brother Len Dahlberg and wife, Jackie.

Services were held at 10 a.m. today at the Reedley Cemetery Pavilion in Reedley, Calif. Visitation was Monday evening at the Farewell Funeral Service in Fresno, Calif.

Remembrances can be made to the Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

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ELLIS — Glenn Ellis, 56, of Jamestown, died Saturday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

TOICH — Former Tuolumne County resident Shirley Toich, 58, of Modesto, died Sunday at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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