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Obituaries for March 25, 2003

Business owner, native

Ethel (Cowan) Fahey

Aug. 11, 1909 — March 22, 2003

Ethel (Cowan) Fahey, a native and lifelong resident of Sonora, died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. She was 93.

Mrs. Fahey was the granddaughter of Oliver Cowan, who came to California from Indiana in a covered wagon in 1850. He settled in Sonora and acquired property, where Mrs. Fahey grew up and lived until her death. Her mother, who was born Nellie Jane Davies, came from a family that settled in the Columbia area in the 1860s.

Mrs. Fahey attended Sonora Elementary School at the Dome on Barretta Street and was a 1927 graduate of Sonora High School. She graduated from Armstrong's Business College in Berkeley.

In 1932, she married Frank Oliver and had been in charge of the business office of their store, Oliver Hardware, on Washington Street, until they sold it in 1961. She later worked for Tuolumne County Welfare Department for about 10 years, before she retired in 1975.

Frank Oliver died in 1967, and in 1970, she married Warren Fahey.

She was a member of Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers, Tuolumne County Historical Society and Tuolumne County Genealogical Society, and was a member and had been president, secretary and treasurer of American Legion Auxiliary Smyth Bolter Unit 58.

She enjoyed sewing, crafts, dolls, gardening, genealogy and traveling.

Mrs. Fahey is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Buel Hunt of Redding; a niece and her husband, Diane and Louie Leonardo of Fresno; three nephews, Dwaine Cowan of Fresno, Lee Hunt and his wife, Susan, of Chico and Russell Hunt of Redding; four great-nephews, Louis and Wesley Leonardo and Ryan and Daniel Hunt; a great-great-niece, Brianna Leonardo; cousins, including Lee Moyle and his wife, Merci, of Sonora; a stepdaughter-in-law, Margaret Fahey of Modesto; six stepgrandchildren, Kathy Ashdown, Karen Rettberg, Jennifer Whittemore and Jack, Dennis and Norman Fahey; numerous step great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

In addition to her first husband, Frank Oliver, she was preceded in death by her second husband, Warren Fahey; her parents, Clarence and Jane Cowan; and a brother, Oliver Cowan.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home in Sonora. A chapel service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Charles August Giannini

April 1, 1905 — March 21, 2003

Charles August Giannini, a native of San Andreas, died Friday at a San Andreas convalescent hospital. He was 97.

Mr. Giannini was born on the family ranch on Mountain Ranch Road and was one of six graduates of the class of 1925 at Calaveras High School. He lived in San Andreas most of his life, leaving for four years to serve in the Army and attend school.

He had been a funeral director at Gardella Mortuary, now San Andreas Memorial Chapel, from 1928 to 1942. He served in the Army during World War II, from 1942 to 1945, and was stationed on a hospital ship as a nurse.

He graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and in 1946 and returned to the San Andreas Mortuary, where he worked until he retired in 1996 after a long career there.

He was a member and former treasurer of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, San Andreas, a former member of Odd Fellows Lodge, San Andreas and Jumping Frog Senior Citizens.

Mr. Giannini is survived by a brother, Natale Giannini of San Andreas; a sister, Louise Spence of Altaville; three nephews, Daryl and Myron Giannini of San Andreas and Bill Spence of Altaville; a niece, Barbara Berger of Carmichael; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A funeral service was held yesterday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. Burial was at St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery, San Andreas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Douglas Stewart

June 6, 1943 — March 17, 2003

Douglas Stewart 59, of Glencoe died Monday at his home.

Mr. Stewart was born in Omaha, Neb., and was raised in Castro Valley. He graduated from Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, with a bachelor of science degree in natural sciences.

He served in the Army in Vietnam as a radio operator from 1966 to 1967.

Before he moved to Calaveras County in 1980, he lived in Eugene, Ore., and worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the Willamette National Forest. He was active in the Upper Willamette Youth Association, where he instructed and led youths on outdoor adventure tours.

Since 1980, he had lived in the Glencoe-Railroad Flat area in Calaveras County. He had worked as spelunking tour guide and naturalist for Sierra Nevada Recreation Corporation, tour leader to the Copper Canyon in Mexico for The California Native, a tour company based in Los Angeles, and as a ranger-naturalist with East Bay Municipal Utilities District at the Mokelumne Recreation Unit.

He and his partner, Lynn Reinecke, started Korima Projects, and through the organization's Korima Tool Project, he made and distributed woodcarving tools to Tarahumara craftspeople of Northern Mexico. He was also a master gardener, body worker and kayak guide.

At the time of his death, he was studying Geographic Information Systems at Columbia College and working with the Glencoe Railroad Flat Recreation Association, making maps for future parks and trails.

His family said people will remember his gentle spirit, generosity, curiosity and playfulness.

He is survived by his partner of 17 years, Lynn Reinecke of Glencoe; his mother, Lorene Delgado of Lodi; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Kandis Stewart and Alan and Megan Delgado, all of Concord; a son and daughter-in-law, Nathaniel Stewart and Buffy Kinman of Portland, Ore.; a grandson, Nikolas, of Portland; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Stewart, and stepfather, Arthur Delgado.

A memorial gathering will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Holistic Health Center, 68 Church Hill Road, San Andreas. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Korima Tool Project, P.O. Box 296, Glencoe 95232.

Rachel Hohstadt-Heinemann

Nov. 20, 1923 — March 21, 2003

Rachel Hohstadt-Heinemann, 79, of Jamestown died Friday at a Sonora hospital.

Ms. Hohstadt-Heinemann was born in Eau Claire, Wis., and had lived in Jamestown for the past 25 years.

She was a homemaker. She enjoyed playing cards and especially liked going to cribbage tournaments. She also liked playing board games and, until recently, bowled in a league. She was also a member of the Sonora Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Ms. Hohstadt-Heinemann is survived by her husband, Charles "Doc" Heinemann, of Jamestown; two sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Mary Baker of Kansas City, Mo., and Thomas and Martha Baker of Jamestown; a sister, Dorothy Barnes of Vacaville; six brothers, Elmer Zank of Lincoln, Neb., Gordon Zank of Reno, Nev., Lester Zank of Stoughton, Wis., Paul Zank of Milwaukee, Wallace Zank of Middleton, Wis., and Willis Zank of Sacramento; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Heuton Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Jamestown City Cemetery.

Notices

CHRISTIE — Claude T. Christie, 76, of Twain Harte died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RIKER — Gene Riker, age unavailable, of Greeley Hill died yesterday at a Palo Alto veterans' hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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