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Obituaries for September 14, 2004


Frances Caruso

Feb. 25, 1909 – Sept. 10, 2004

Longtime Arnold resident Azalea Frances Caruso died Friday at her home. She was 95.

She was born in Pittsburg, Contra Costa County, and later moved to Arnold where she had lived since 1963. She was a homemaker and a past member of Saint Peter Martyr Parish in Pittsburg.

She is survived by her son, Edmund Caruso of Pittsburg; a daughter, Marcia Sapienza of Hampton, N.H.; a brother, Joseph Canevaro of Pollock Pines; a sister, Elvera Loy of Arnold; and a granddaughter and her husband, Christine and Lt. Col. Stan Fugate both of Kuwait.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Salvatore E. Caruso, in 1996.

Quiet hour is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Murphys. A Mass will be celebrated at noon tomorrow at the church.

Donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Roberta B. Luke

March 11, 1920 – Sept. 6, 2004

Former Sonora resident Roberta B. Luke died Sept. 6 at a Melbourne, Fla., hospital. She was 84.

She was born in Anacortes, Wash., and was the daughter of Russell P. and Grace Brown. She graduated from Anacortes High School in 1938.

She had lived in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, for 20 years before she moved to Sonora in 1978 and lived on Phoenix Lake Road. She moved to Modesto with her daughter, Pat, in 1999. In 2001, she moved to Melbourne where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Janice, until her death.

She was an avid tennis player and played regularly while she lived in Sonora. She also loved dancing and fishing, her family added, and she was a talented seamstress and the "life of the party."

She is survived by her sons, Steven of Melbourne and Robert of Bakersfield; a daughter, Pat Way of Florida; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Lyle, in 1988.

Cremation and private services were held in Melbourne.

Beach Funeral Home in Melbourne handled arrangements.


Stephen Smith

Jan. 1, 1917 – Sept. 5, 2004

George Stephen Smith of Sonora died Sept. 5 at a Soulsbyville care home. He was 87.

He was born in Fresno and had lived in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, for 45 years. While in Fresno, his family didn't have electricity until he was five years old, his family said.

After high school, he tried his hand at farming, raised chickens and once plowed 20 acres with horses. After farming, he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad where he was in charge of a signal raising crew in the Tehachapi Mountains. He served with the U.S. Navy Construction Battalions in the South Pacific from 1943-46.

He met his future wife in Rhode Island while in U.S. Navy training. After the war, he married and was trained as a dry cleaning plant operator before moving with his family to California. He worked as a dry cleaner until 1965 and was a security officer until his retirement in 1987.

He lived in Sonora since 2002.

Mr. Smith is survived by his sons and a daughter-in-law, Russell of Los Altos, Santa Clara County, Ronald of Sonora, Dennis of Chowchilla, Madera County, Michael of Santa Cruz and Norman and Kelly both of San Jose; grandchildren, Logan and Madison both of San Jose; a family friend, Yolanda Costarella of Columbia; a brother-in-law, Harold Guyette of Fresno; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Gertrude (Belisle) Smith; and a sister, Anne (Smith) Guyette.

Services are pending with final burial scheduled to be at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine.

Donations can be made to a favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


HORNE — Roderick Mackenzie Horne, 67, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KEPLINGER — Former Sonora resident Winifred Keplinger, 88, died Saturday at her Costa Mesa home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

TERRY — Vondral Terry, 81, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

LACKEY — Former Sonora resident Ruth Olive Lackey, 92, died yesterday at a Fresno care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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