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Obituaries for May 13, 2013

Leona Kathleen ‘Lee’ (Patterson) Aguilera

March 3, 1927 — April 4, 2013

San Andreas resident Leona Kathleen “Lee” Aguilera died April 4 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital. She was 86.

Mrs. Aguilera was born in Edmonton, Canada, to Thomas Charles Patterson and Mary Kathleen (Hutchinson) Patterson.

She spent most of her life in San Andreas, and previously lived in Vancouver, Canada, Oxnard, and Los Gatos.  

She worked as a travel agent, owning her own business, as well as a secretary and a writer.

Mrs. Aguilera enjoyed horses, dogs, photography and carpentry.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, John Aguilera; and her parents.

She is survived by her son, Clifford Thomas Hawthorne, of Vancouver, Canada; and a grandson, Clifford Kenneth Hawthorne, of Monterey.

Services were held.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

James Peter Campana

Sept. 3, 1926 — April 26, 2013

Sonora resident James Peter Campana died April 26 at Valley Care Hospital in Pleasanton. He was 86.

Mr. Campana was born in San Francisco to Arthur and Katherine Campana. He attended Balboa High School, and was referred to in the San Francisco Chronicle as the “Tommy Dorsey of Balboa High.”  

He received a bachelor’s degree in teaching in 1950 and master’s degree in music in 1956 from San Francisco State University.

Mr. Campana worked as the band director at Amador High School from 1959 to 1979, when he retired. He moved to Sonora in 1996.

Mr. Campana founded the Amador Valley Jazz Festival in 1975, and it was renamed the Campana Jazz Festival after his retirement. He continued to go every year.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church and Sons in Retirements in Sonora.

Mr. Campana enjoyed travelling and playing golf.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Rosemary Campana; his parents; and sister, Gwen Biagia, in 2012. 

He is survived by his children, Lisa Garon, of Pleasanton, Terri Campana, of Palenville, N.Y., Tina Wilbur, of Sonora, and Paul Campana, of Fremont; and five grandchildren.

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine’s Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. A memorial reception will follow at Pleasanton Hotel, 855 Main St.

Graham-Hitch Mortuary hndled arrangements.

Rose Minnie (Waldron) Martin

Feb. 26, 1924 — April 28, 2013

Jamestown resident Rose Minnie (Waldron) Martin died April 28 at home. She was 89.

Mrs. Martin was born in Glendale to Leslie and Myrel Waldron, and grew up and graduated from high school there.

She worked for 35 years as a bakery helper for Hostess in San Francisco.

Mrs. Martin moved to Jamestown over 27 years ago.

She was a member of two local gardening clubs. She enjoyed gardening and attending local churches.

Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Glenn Martin; and her parents.

She is survived by her sons, Mike Martin, of British Columbia, Canada, and Terry Martin, of Huntington Beach.

No services will be held at her request.

Neptune Society of Central California in Modesto handled arrangements.

Evelyn (Watzling) Mills

June 17, 1918 — May 2, 2013

Sonora resident Evelyn June (Watzling) Mills died May 2 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. She was 94.

Mrs. Mills was born in Almont, Colo. to Anthony and Rosa (Salisbury) Watzling.

She lived in Sonora for the past 61 years.

Mrs. Mills worked at OK Candy Shop, Fye’s Stationery, and AAA Insurance.

She was a member of the Sonora Hills Book Club and a fan of the San Francisco Giants.

She enjoyed baking, reading, dancing, collecting salt and pepper shakers, and crocheting. She made an afghan blanket for every member of her family, according to family members.

Mrs. Mills was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Stanley Mills, in 2001; her parents; and siblings, Virginia Peterson and Joe Watzling.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Lauretta and Roland Orth, of Sonora, Guy and Kathy Mills, of Sonora, and Ken and Judy Mills, of Oakhurst; grandchildren, Steve Orth, of Livermore, Cheryl Barton, of Sonora, Laurie Van Groningen, of Auburn, Kellene Gracia, of Sonora, Dennis Mills, of Alturas, Mark Mills, of Sonora, Scott Mills, of Sonora, Deron Mills, of Coarsegold, and Stacie Sutton, of Elk Grove; 19 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one niece and one nephew.

Private services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made in her memory to a charity of choice.  

Robert Anthony Roman

April 10, 1936 — May 1, 2013

Groveland resident Robert Anthony Roman died May 1 at his home. He was 77.

Mr. Roman was born in San Mateo to Anthony and Mabel (Ruano) Roman

He served in the U.S. Navy for two years, stationed in Pensacola, Fla.

Mr. Roman worked as an engineer in the defense industry for 40 years in the Silicon Valley.  

He and his wife, Lonnie Roman,moved to Groveland  nine years ago to enjoy a slower pace of life.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Big Oak Flat and Sons in Retirement Branch 136.  

He enjoyed traveling, golf and gardening.

Mr. Roman was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Roman; and one niece.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lonnie Roman, of Groveland; daughters, Susan Roman, of Newark, and Pam Chesbro, of Fremont; brother-in-law, Larry Galperin, of San Antonio, Tex.; sisters-in-law, Jackie Schulze, of Beaverton, Ore., and Donna Dewey, of Visalia; and grandchildren, Josh Roman, of Newark, Stacey Chesbro, of Aurora, Colo., Dwight Chesbro, of San Francisco, Kristina Chesbro, of Oakland, and Aiden Myatt, of Fremont; and three nieces; and two nephews.

A memorial service will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Grill at Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course, 12765 Mueller Drive, Groveland.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

MILES — Shirley M. Miles, 91, of Sonora, died Friday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

ROTT — Doris Rott, 81, of Sonora, died Thursday at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

WOODWORTH — Vivian Woodworth, 89, of Soulsbyville, died Thursday at Oak Terrace Memory Care in Soulsbyville. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 


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