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Obituaries for July 8, 2004

Bonnie

Belle White

Jan. 14, 1936 – July 5, 2004

Bonnie Belle White of Sonora died Monday at a Sonora care center. She was 68.

She had lived in Twain Harte and Sonora since 1964. She retired from the personnel department of Sierra Conservation Center after 23 years. She was a member of Sierra Bible Church, as well as a volunteer for many local charitable groups.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Bob Divine of Sonora; three sons, Ron Torgusen of Seattle, Mark Torgusen of Portland, Ore., Ian Randy Torgusen of San Francisco and Freddie White of Las Vegas; sister, Barbara Flieder of Columbia; and 14 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sierra Bible Church in Sonora. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 73, Jamestown, CA 95327.

Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

James Bernie Bierman

July 6, 1946 – July 5, 2004

James Bernie Bierman died at his home in Soulsbyville Monday. He was 58.

He worked as a heating, ventilation and air condition mechanic for 20 years, 10 of those for Tuolumne General Hospital and other Tuolumne County departments. He was a member of the Refrigeration Mechanics Union No. 393 and the National Rifle Association.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, his family said. They said he was a proud and loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter, Gina DiMaria of Gilroy; granddaughter, Marisa DiMaria of Gilroy; and longtime family friends, Val Wynn of Tuolumne and Dave Barkus of Twain Harte.

Mr. Bierman was preceded in death by his wife of 16 years, Jeannie Bierman, in 2001, and his two sons, Jason and James "Jimmy" Bierman.

A celebration of life will be held at noon Sunday at his home in Soulsbyville.

Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Willis Mary

Watson Hartman

Nov. 11, 1922 – July 6, 2004

Willis Mary Watson Hartman of Murphys died Tuesday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 81.

She was born in Albany, Minn. to Dr. Tolbert and Ella Watson. At the age of 2, Mrs. Hartman and her family moved to Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County. She lived there for 55 years before moving to Murphys, where she spent the remainder of her life.

She was a graduate of Stanford University where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She met her husband while in her early teens when he was a patient of her father's.

She was an avid sports fan who, according to family members, could be relied upon to give information on anything from the NFL draft to the NBA playoffs. Mrs. Hartman enjoyed camping and playing golf with her husband and friends, her family added.

Mrs. Hartman is survived by her husband of 60 years, Donald J. Hartman; daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Rich Anderson of Eagle, Idaho, Claudia and Brian Rose of Twain Harte, Margaret Glaser and Don Eason of Melba, Idaho; son and daughter-in-law, Donald Craig and Alison Hartman of Incline Village, Nev.; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Don Lawson of Mountain View, Santa Clara County; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

A gathering for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Diggins Club House, 216 Tom Bell Road in Murphys. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Mrs. Hartman's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 121 2nd St., Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 or The American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Barbara Riedinger

July 25, 1917 – July 3, 2004

Barbara Riedinger of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. She was 86.

She was born in Oakland. Before moving to Sonora in 1987, she worked as an instructional aid at Alameda County schools for 20 years. She was a member of the Sonora Hills Book Club, past member of the Emblem Club, volunteer for Sonora Community Hospital and member of Sierra Bible Church. Family members said she was a loving mother who spent a great deal of time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Bates of Jamestown and Kathryn Reed of San Francisco; four grandchildren, Elizabeth de Renzy of Germany, Adrian de Renzy of Novato, Marin County, and Colleen and Tara Cozort, both of Sonora; two great-grandchildren; her aunt, Evelyn Auerhammer of Oakland; and her good friends Bill and Jean Smith of Sonora.

Mrs. Riedinger was preceded in death by her husband, Harry A. Riedinger, in 1986, and by her companion, Roland "Duke" Studt, in 2000.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday at Mrs. Riedinger's home in Sonora Hills. A private burial will be at Lone Tree Cemetery, in Hayward. Donations can be made to a favorite charity.

Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


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