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Obituaries for July 6, 2012

Margaret (Feldman) Cataldo

Oct. 4, 1943 — June 24, 2012

Sonora resident Margaret (Feldman) Cataldo died June 24 at home. She was 68.

Mrs. Cataldo was born in New York, N.Y. 

She was a registered nurse for 20 years and moved to Sonora five years ago. She enjoyed dogs and traveling. 

She is survived by by her children, Wayne Miller, of Fremont, Cassie Freeman, of Newman, Ga., Sharon Fenneran, of Loganville, Ga., Melissa Snapp, of Loganville, Ga., Michelle Eldridge, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; her brothers, Albert Feldman and Alexander Feldman; and 12 grandchildren.

Services to be held at a later date.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

Thomas H. Clack Sr.

Sept. 19, 1922 — June 30, 2012

Sonora resident Thomas H. Clack Sr. died Saturday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. He was 89.

Mr. Clack was born in Huttig, Ark., to Henry Thomas and Della (Johnson) Clack. 

He grew up in Arkansas and Louisiana. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 during World War II, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He was assigned to the armored guard and protected merchant marine fleets and liberty ships.

He married Rhoda Lyall in 1945 and settled in Petaluma. He worked in an ice plant before moving to Philo to work in a sawmill. 

He was a millwright for many years and ended his career in Keystone in western Tuolumne County as the mill superintendent, a position he held for 14 years. He was a member of the Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union. 

He enjoyed golf, camping, and house-boating on the Sacramento River.

Mr. Clack is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rhoda Clack, of Sonora; his sons, Robert Clack, of Sonora, Timothy Clack, of N.M., and Thomas H. Clack Jr., of Santa Maria; his grandchildren, Jennifer Clack and Sabrina Showers; and four great-grandchildren.

No services will be held.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.  

Glenn Joseph Lopez

May 15, 1951— June 28, 2012

Sonora resident Glenn Joseph Lopez died June 28 at his home. He was 61.

Mr. Lopez was born in Oakland to Clarence and Edna Lopez.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and later worked as a drywall finisher for 40 years. 

He moved to Sonora from the Bay Area 25 years ago. He enjoyed hot rods, vintage cars and summer vacations at Kennedy Meadows and Hawaii. 

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kimberly Lopez, of Sonora; his parents, Clarence and Edna Lopez, of Sonora; his children, Stacy Klein, of Sonora, and Joe Lopez, of Copperopolis; his son-in-law, Jack Klein; his daughter-in-law, Megan Lopez; his father and mother-in-law, Bud and Kay Breland; his siblings, Christina Whitney and Ken Lopez; and his grandchildren Tyler and Hannah Klein.

A donation can be made to Sonora Regional Medical Center cancer fund, 1000 Greenley Road, Sonora, or Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. 

A burial will be held at Dambacher Mountain Memorial in Sonora.

William James
Rivers Sr.

Nov. 27, 1944 — June 23, 2012

Arnold resident William James Rivers Sr. died June 23 at his home. He was 67.

Mr. Rivers was born in Washington, D.C., to William Jacocks Rivers Sr. and Jessie (Willis) Rivers. 

He was a long-time resident of the area and built many homes here. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Yosemite National Park.

Mr. Rivers was preceded in death by his mother, Jessie Rivers, in 2011; and his brother, William Jacocks Rivers Jr., in 1981.

He is survived by his father, William Jacocks Rivers Sr., of Leesburg, Ga.; his son, William James Rivers Jr., of Alexandria, Va.; his stepchildren, Jaime LeMessurier, of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Carey Bird, of Copperopolis; his daughter-in-law, Eileen Rivers; his son-in-law, Landon Bird; his siblings, Wilfred Wilson Rivers, of Texas, and Suzanne Purvis, of Leesburg, Ga.; and his four grandchildren, Travis Rivers, Jordan Bird, Mack Bird and Quincy Bird. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2720 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, or the National Recreation and Park Association, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, Va.

A private memorial service will be held.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

William Ray ‘Bill’ Smith

Nov. 12, 1925 — June 23, 2012

Sonora resident William Ray “Bill” Smith died at his home June 23. He was 86. 

Mr. Smith was born in in Kokomo, Ind., to Ben and Eva Smith.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific in World War II. He worked as an airplane mechanic and trained to be a pilot. After the war, he owned a machine business in Palo Alto for 49 years. 

He retired to Sonora, where he lived for 23 years. 

He was a pilot and liked flying to Mexico on fishing trips. He enjoyed sports, including golfing, bowling and baseball.

He enjoyed traveling the United States and Canada in his motor home.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 68 years, Nora I. Smith, of Sonora; his daughters, Darla Wathet, of Sonora and Linda Zirbes, of Prunedale; his son-in-law, George Zirbes; his siblings, Bob Smith and Barbara Smith; his grandchildren, Barry, Tiffany, Shelly, Joel, Samantha, and Nicolle; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

No services will he held.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra.

Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements. 

Constance ‘Dee’ (Laretta) Wakefield

Nov. 5, 1921 — June 28, 2012

Sonora resident Constance “Dee” (Laretta) Wakefield died June 28 at home. She was 90.

Mrs. Wakefield was born in West Virginia and moved to Sonora from Hayward 28 years ago. 

She worked as a seamstress at Mills College in Oakland. She was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoyed traveling and shopping.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Wilbur “Bill” Wakefield, of Sonora; her children, Patricia Pearce, of Sonora, and Dennis Potesta, of Minden, Nev.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

No services will be held.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

Trenton Edward Wann

Sept. 25, 1917 — July 1, 2012

Tuolumne resident Trenton Edward Wann died Sunday at his his home. He was 94.

Mr. Wann was born in Standard to Thomas and Dora Wann, who moved from Texas to Tuolumne to start the West Side Lumber Mill.

He attended Summerville elementary and high schools. He married Ruby Comer in 1937, they had two children and divorced in 1945. He worked as a welder’s foreman in Marin County during World War II. 

He met his second wife, Helen Larios, in 1955. He worked at West Side Lumber Co. until it closed in 1961. He then worked for Pickering Lumber Co. in Standard until his retirement in 1980. His granddaughter Dona Owings and her husband, Gary, cared for him in later life.

He enjoyed track, math, poetry, camping, stream fishing, and vacations to Lake Tahoe with his wife.

Mr. Wann was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Larios; his parents, Thomas and Dora Wann; his siblings, Emily Montgomery, Quintilla Davidson, Lola Ingram, Evans Wann, Phylena Muncy, Chyloe Hunter, Frances Domser Couture, Pearl Anderson, Keith Wann and Estes Wann.

He is survived by his children, Janet Moreno, of San Pablo, and Allan Wann, of Petaluma; his son-in-law, Rojelio Moreno; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Wann; 10 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren, and his friend of 74 years, Walter Strong. 

A graveside service will be held at noon Saturday at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne. 

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

Notices

MARTINEZ — A memorial service for Patricia Lorraine Martinez, 45, of Sonora, who died June 23, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall of St. James Anglican Church in Sonora.

SWANBERG — Joe Swanberg, 71, of Jamestown, died Tuesday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.  


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