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Obituaries for June 18, 2003

Margaret Mona Puckett

Feb. 12, 1933 — June 15, 2003

Margaret Mona Puckett, 70, of Twain Harte died Sunday at her home.

Mrs. Puckett was born in Jamestown, N.D. She lived most of her life in California.

Mrs. Puckett, a graduate of Venice High School, performed secretarial and office work during her career.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, camping and most sewing crafts, her family said.

She was particularly known for her sharp wit and humor, family members said. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, stepmother and aunt, her family added.

She did volunteer work after her retirement, her family said, and was committed to the Mother Lode A.A. Fellowship in Sonora for the past 12 years.

Mrs. Puckett is survived by her husband of 25 years, Tom; a daughter, Susan; a son, Artie; a sister-in-law, Virginia; two stepsons, Tom and Jim; daughter-in-law, Ki Soon; an aunt, Dorothy; an uncle, Donald; and three grandchildren, Dale, Dennis and Katie Marr.

A celebration of life is planned.

Memorial donations can be made to Alano Club of Sonora, P.O. Box 117, Standard, CA 95373, or the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

The Neptune Society is handling arrangements.

Louis C. ‘Lou' Kosina II

Jan. 11, 1928 — June 3, 2003

Louis C. ‘Lou' Kosina II of Sonora died Tuesday, June 3, in a drowning accident at New Melones Reservoir. He was 75.

He was born in Phillips, Wis., and lived in Sonora for 20 years.

He joined the Air Force at the age of 17 in 1945. After an honorable discharge, he moved to Los Angeles County, where he ran his own radio and television repair business for five years. He married in 1957 and, in 1958, joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He retired after 25 years in 1983. Shortly after, he and his wife relocated to Tuolumne County.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 2138, where he enjoyed cribbage and darts. He also played cribbage at Mill Villa, his family said. He especially enjoyed fishing at Melones Reservoir, gardening, reading, wood working, walking his dog around the neighborhood and helping his family, his family added. He never missed a chance to talk to anyone who would listen, family members said.

Mr. Kosina is survived by his wife, Marti Kosina of Sonora; four sons, Dave Cochems of Laguna Niguel, John Cochems of Newport Beach, Louis Charles Kosina III of Sonora and Kenneth Walker of Lincoln City, Ore.; two daughters, Julie Carter of Jamestown and Laura Smith of Sonora; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his dog, Sadie.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Moose Lodge, 20921 Longeway Road in Mono Vista.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Judith Lynne


April 20, 1948 — June 15, 2003

Judith Lynne Christian of Greeley Hill, and a former longtime resident of Modesto, died Sunday at her residence after a short illness. She was 55.

She was born in Richmond and lived in Modesto from 1970-94. She then moved to Greeley Hill.

She was a branch manager at Homedco Apria Healthcare in Modesto for 16 years.

She was a member of Wildwood Chapel in Greeley Hill. Her interests included crafts, interior design, home making, family and music, and she was a gifted writer, her family said.

Mrs. Christian is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Christian of Greeley Hill; a son, Steven Michael Christian of Modesto; a daughter, Cathy Renee Christian of Oakdale; her mother, Bobbie Dean Tennyson of Kent, Wash.; a brother, David Ray Tennyson of Kent; a sister, Warnella Tennyson of Kent; grandparents, the Rev. James and Maude Williams of Dinuba; and two grandchildren, Grace and Emma Christian.

She was preceded in death by her father, Warren G. Tennyson.

Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. tomorrow at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel, 419 Scenic Drive in Modesto. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Dudley Cemetery in Greeley Hill.

Remembrances can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.

Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Leslie Torok Sr.

March 27, 1920 — June 14, 2003

Leslie Torok Sr., a longtime resident of Sonora, died Saturday at his residence. He was 83.

He was born in Calamuse, Mich., and had lived in Sonora since 1949.

He worked as a contractor when he first moved to Sonora, then, after graduating from barber school, opened Style-Rite Barber Shop on Stewart Street in Sonora, behind the Europa Coffee Shop, which he operated for 40 years. He then worked in the maintenance department at Sonora High School and retired in 1983 at age 63.

He was a member of the Sonora Elks Lodge.

He enjoyed his rose garden, where he had more than 100 rose bushes, his family said.

Mr. Torok is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Les Torok Jr. of Sacramento and Chuck and RuthAnn Torok of Sonora; a daughter, Joyce Rawlinson of Sonora; a brother, Charlie Torok of Pleasanton; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Torok.

A private service is planned. Burial will be at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

Donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370, or any favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


COVEY — Esten Covey, 85, of Twain Harte died yesterday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ISAMAN — Val Isaman, 65, of Sonora died yesterday at a local hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HARRISON — Mary Harrison, 64, of Groveland died yesterday at her residence. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

BARNES — Martha Barnes, 84, of Jamestown died yesterday at a local hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SELLS — Samuel Sells, 76, of Columbia died earlier today at a local hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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