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Obituaries for Oct. 27, 2011

Eva Bertha Spillane
Feb. 18, 1929 — Oct. 20, 2011

    Forest Meadows resident Eva Bertha Spillane died Oct. 20 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was 82.
    Born in Vienna, Austria, to Maximilian and Leopoldine Juster, she volunteered her time and gave money to numerous animal rescue agencies.
    She and her husband, John, vacationed and lived in various locations throughout Calaveras County since 1966, including Snowshoe Springs, Big Trees and Forest Meadows.
    Mrs. Spillane is survived by her children, Michael Butera, of Modesto, Karen Grant, of Simi Valley, and Christina Spillane, of Orlando, Fla.
    A Christian service will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Angels Camp.
    Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Murphys.
    Donations can be made to PETA, 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510.
    Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


John Spillane Jr.
May 7, 1923 — Oct. 23, 2011

    Forest Meadows resident John Spillane Jr. died Sunday at Sonora Regional Medical Center from cancer. He was 88.
    Born in Babylon, N.Y., to Anna and John Spillane, he worked as an airline mechanic for TWA for 39 years.
    He and his wife, Eva, vacationed and lived in various locations throughout Calaveras County since 1966, including Snowshoe Springs, Big Trees and Forest Meadows.
    Mr. Spillane is survived by his children, Karen Grant, of Simi Valley, and Christina Spillane, of Orlando, Fla.; and stepchild, Michael Butera, of Modesto.
    A Christian service will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Angels Camp.
    Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Murphys.
    Donations can be made to PETA, 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510.
    Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Roma Cox
Oct. 12, 1918 — Oct. 22, 2011

    Sonora resident Roma Cox died Saturday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. She was 93.
    Born in Monte Vista, Colo., to Lawrence and Stella Speiser, she had eight siblings.
    She married Robert L. Cox in 1938, and the couple had two daughters together. The family moved to California in 1948 and settled in Sonora in 1971.
    She was a charter member of the Moose Lodge, member of the Humane Society, and an active volunteer with the spay and neuter program.
    She enjoyed camping, gardening, crocheting, cooking, and taking care of animals.
    Mrs. Cox is survived by her children, Frances Morrison, of Columbus, Ind., and Pegg Saunders, of Jamestown; grandchildren, Gregg Saunders, of Bullhead City, Ariz., Rusty Morrison, of Columbus, Ind., Pam and husband Harj Dhesi, of Mount Airy, N.C., and Julie Hineman, of Jamestown; and six great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Cox.
    A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Mountain Shadow Cemetery.
    Donations can be made to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County’s Spay and Neuter Program, P.O. Box 830, 10040 Victoria Way, Jamestown, CA 95327.
    Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Kelsea Christine Webster
March 4, 1996 — Oct. 15, 2011

    Former Sonora resident Kelsea Christine Webster died Oct. 15 from injuries sustained in a train accident in Spanish Fork, Utah. She was 15.
    Born in Las Vegas to Jayna and David Webster, she moved to Sonora with her family in 2003, where she attended Soulsbyville Elementary and Sonora High School.
    She moved to Spanish Fork in July 2011.
    She enjoyed playing volleyball, singing, dancing, artwork and acting.
    She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, participated in Sonora High School drama productions, and in Meyer’s Hideout Children’s Theatre productions.
    She is survived by her parents, Jayna Webster, of Sonora, and David Webster, of Spanish Fork, Utah; sisters, Amanda and Brenna Webster, both of Sonora; and many friends and extended family members.
    A memorial service is scheduled for noon Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Hillside Drive in East Sonora.
    SereniCare Funeral Home in Draper, Utah, handled arrangements.

Savannah Nicole Webster
April 20, 1998 — Oct. 18, 2011

    Former Sonora resident Savannah Nicole Webster died Oct. 18 at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, from injuries sustained in a train accident in Spanish Fork, Utah. She was 13.
    Born in Las Vegas to Jayna and David Webster, she and her family moved to Sonora in 2003, where she attended Soulsbyville Elementary School.
    She moved to Spanish Fork in July 2011.
    She enjoyed playing basketball and night-time games of capture the flag, snowball fights, and acting.
    She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and participated in the Meyer’s Hideout Children’s Theatre for several years.
    She is survived by her parents, Jayna Webster, of Sonora, and David Webster, of Spanish Fork, Utah; sisters, Amanda and Brenna Webster, both of Sonora; and many friends and extended family members.
    She was preceded in death by her sister, Kelsea Webster.
    A memorial service is scheduled for noon Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, on Hillside Drive in East Sonora.
    SereniCare Funeral Home in Draper, Utah, handled arrangements.

 
 Tudie Casillas
March 7, 1924 — Oct. 22, 2011

    Lifelong Sonora resident Tudie Casillas died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 87.
    Born in Jamestown to Albino and Pomposa Casillas, she graduated from Sonora Elementary School and Sonora High School.
    She worked at Sierra Launderers for 25 years.
    She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She was the last living grandchild of Dorothea and Antone Morales, of Melones.
    She is survived by her nephews, Dave and Vincent Lora, both of Sonora, and Rudy Lora, of Milpitas; niece, Anna Kelly, of Riverbank; great-nieces, Linda Betti, of Pinole, Susanne White, of Labibie, Mo., Anita Delucchi, of El Dorado Hills; and great-nephew, Joseph Dauer, of Walnut Creek.
    A visitation is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, to be followed by a rosary at Heuton Memorial Chapel.
    Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

John Joseph
Pesce Jr.
June 17, 1929 — Oct. 22, 2011

    Lifelong Sonora resident John Joseph Pesce Jr. died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 82.
    Born in Sonora to John and Elvira Pesce, he was a lead worker for Caltrans for more than 37 years.
    He was a member of Figlia d’Italia, Angels Camp Gun Club, and the Sonora Elks Lodge.
    He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushrooming, winemaking, and cooking with friends.
    Mr. Pesce is survived by his longtime companion, Rachel Vuyovich, of Stent; children, Mark and wife Judy Pesce, of Sonora, and Jan Pesce, of New York; stepsons, Ward Weaver, of Elko, Nev., Zack Weaver, of Copperopolis; grandchildren, Markki and John L. Pesce, both of Sonora; a cousin; and several nieces and nephews.
    A celebration of life is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Elks Lodge.
    Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Kyle Michael Palmer
July 13, 1985 — Oct. 10, 2011

    Sonora resident Kyle Michael Palmer died Oct. 10 at Sonora Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 26.
    Born in Bridgeport, Conn., to Bonnie Fussell and Curt Palmer, he moved to Tuolumne County with his mother in 1991.
    He graduated from Summerville High School in 2003 and went on to attend Columbia College where he was studying culinary arts.
    He worked as a chef at Villa D’Oro Restaurant in Twain Harte.
    He enjoyed skateboarding and camping, and was a San Jose Sharks hockey fan.
    Mr. Palmer is survived by his mother and stepfather, Bonnie and Jack Fussell, of Sonora; father, Curt Palmer, of Stratford, Conn.; and grandparents, James and Irene Campbell, of Trumblue, Conn., Cliff and Kay Palmer, of Stratford, Conn., and James and Lorraine Harlam, of Soulsbyville.
    He was preceded in death by his cousin.
    A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Moose Lodge, 20921 Longeway Road, Sonora.
    Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Thomas Arnold Jensen
Oct. 12, 1921 — Oct. 24, 2011

    Former Murphys resident Thomas Arnold Jensen died Monday at his home in Belmont. He was 90.
    Born in Sleepy Eye, Minn., to Kathleen and Arnold Jensen, he and his younger brother Bobby were raised by their mother. The family moved to the Bay Area in 1937.
    He served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years, retiring as a lieutenant commander.
    He and his wife, Anne, lived in Sunnyvale, where they raised their family and he worked for Lockheed for 25 years.
    He and his wife moved to Sonora in 1981, where they lived for 25 years. After his wife’s death in 2007 he moved to the Bay Area.
    Mr. Jensen is survived by his eight children; 15 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and his brother.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Jensen.
    No service is scheduled.
    Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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