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Obituaries for May 13, 2014


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John Leo Edner

June 15, 1946 - January 14, 2014

John Leo Edner, a 23-year resident of Groveland, died Jan. 14, 2014, in Sonora. He was 67 years old.

Mr. Edner was born in Hayward on June 15, 1946, the son of Annette and Clarence Edner.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a sheriff’s deputy for Los Angeles County. He was also the head of security for Pine Mountain Lake.

Mr. Edner was preceded in death by his parents, Annette and Clarence Edner. 

He is survived by his two children, Eric Edner and Anne Middleton; two grandchildren, Patricia Middleton and Rebecca Middleton; brother, Bud Edner; and sister, Judy Long.

A private family memorial service has been held. The family requests no flowers or donations.

Manlio ‘Mel’ John Micheletti 

April 8, 1930 - May 7, 2014

Mel Micheletti died peacefully on May 7, 2014, in the presence of family in his home in Los Altos Hills, where he resided for 53 years. 

Mel Micheletti is survived by his brother, Art Micheletti; his wife of 62 years, Lorna Micheletti; and their six children, Dave Micheletti, Diane Stevenson, John Micheletti, Rob Micheletti, Joane job and Jim Micheletti. Mel and Lorna endured the loss of their son, Paul Micheletti, in 1991. He was 32 years old at the time. Additionally, Mel and Lorna have 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mel graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1949 and remained faithful to the “Bells” his entire life. He is in the Bellarmine Hall of Fame with many years of service in the Dad’s Club and on the board of trustees. He attended Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco. He owned and operated Micheletti Insurance in San Jose, Calif., which he bequeathed to his sons, Dave, Rob and John. 

Mel was known for his generosity and loyalty. He contributed lavishly to a number of charities and was a lifelong 49er fan going back to Kezar Stadium. More recently he was known for leading large groups of fans to “The Stick.’” For years he vacationed in Twain Harte, sharing the Micheletti cabin with countless friends and family. He and Lorna traveled much of the world together.

A funeral service for Mel Micheletti will be held at Bellarmine College Preparatory at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15. Mel had a special affinity for the people of Mexico. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Palma School Campus Ministry, where Jim Micheletti serves as the Co-Director of the Blessed Edmund Rice Society. This group of students and parents build homes in Tijuana, Mexico, every year. Donations can be sent to: Palma School, ATTN: Campus Ministry, 919 Iverson Street, Salinas, CA 93901-1816, or made online at www.palmaschool.org.


Death Notices in The Union Democrat are published free of charge. They include the name, age and hometown of the deceased, the date of death; service information; and memorial contribution information. The deadline is 2 p.m. the day before publication.


CALVERT — Former Tuolumne County resident Linda Calvert, 61, of Coalinga, died Saturday at Regional Medical Center in San Jose. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

COSOVICH — Steve Cosovich, 57, of Jamestown, died Friday at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GRANT — Barbara Grant, 91, of Sonora, died Friday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

LOWE — George “Clifford” Lowe, 95, of Sonora, died Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MANSON — Irene “Tommie” Manson, 101, of Sonora, died Sunday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

PARSONS — Walter Parsons, 83, of Jamestown, died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WARD — Monica Ward, 87, died Friday at her Sonora home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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