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Charles Andrew Theiss
April 28, 1920 — March 7, 2014
Charles Andrew Theiss, 93, passed away on March 7, 2014. Charlie was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 28, 1920. He grew up in Forest Hills, New York and spent most of his life in New York, Washington, D.C., and California. He attended Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Charlie had an exciting career with a variety of jobs including serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, taught graphic design at MIT, created his own graphics art business (Theiss-Brand Inc.), regional sales manager, computer sales representative and retired as a real estate agent at Apple Valley Realty in Sonora. Highlights of his careers include making drawings for the first Navy missile and for the first Polaroid camera.
In 1976 he married the love of his life, Delores (Dee) Rozinek. They lived in Laguna Beach until moving to Sonora in 1989 after his first retirement. Charlie was happiest just being with Dee and enjoyed many years of traveling the world, their favorite destination being France. They loved animals, especially their dogs, Tedi and Miss Pris.
Charlie had a life-long love for sailing and owned his own sailboat for many years in New York and Newport Beach, Calif. He was extremely artistic and painted murals in country clubs, private homes, scenery for local plays and was the undefeated champ in Pictionary. He was even known to pull out his paint brushes and paints and “improve” paintings in the hotel rooms he stayed in. Charlie always had projects big and small in the works. He built two cars, created stained glass murals, landscaped his yard and built a backyard pond, just to name a few. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Huntington, Long Island for many years and the Sonora American Legion.
Charlie was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Robert Theiss.
He is survived by his wife Dee and his five children, Bret Rozinek (San Diego, CA), Julia Rozinek (Sonora),Tanya Anderson (San Clemente, CA), Connie Girson (Greeley, CO), and Scott Theiss (Walnut Grove, AL).
Charlie was an energetic, out-going, fun-loving, generous man. He has provided us with many happy memories and will be greatly missed.
Cremation has taken place and his ashes spread out to sea by the Navy. No services will be held.
Arden ‘Bud’ Francis
August 26, 1920 — March 2, 2014
Arden “Bud” Francis passed away March 2, 2014, in Worley, Idaho. Bud was born to Joseph and Augusta Francis in Jamestown, California, on August 26, 1920. He graduated from Sonora High School and went into the service.
After coming home from the war, he started working for the Sierra Railroad where he was an engineer for more than 30 years. He also was the train engineer at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park when it first opened.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Thelma Francis; son, Paul Francis; brothers, John and Wayne Francis; and sisters, Mary Elaine Cox and Nadaine Herbert.
He is survived by granddaughter Susan and family of Idaho; granddaughter, Sharon; brother Robert Francis, of Fairfield; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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