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Obituaries for September 2, 2004

Earl W. Brewer

Aug. 10, 1934 – Aug. 25, 2004

Jamestown resident Earl W. Brewer died Aug. 25 at a Sonora hospital. He was 70.

He was born in Gideon, Mo., lived in Tuo-lumne for seven years before moving to Ja-mestown for 11 years ago. He worked as security officer for Social Security in Modesto for several years. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Sonora.

His family said he enjoyed reading and American military history. He volunteered at a food distribution center in Sonora. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-59.

Mr. Brewer is survived by his wife, Bonnie Brewer of Jamestown; a daughter and son-in-law, Tawn and Keith Gillihan of Waterford, Stanislaus County; a son, Randall Brewer of Modesto; daughters-in-law, Tina Coleman and Arthea Brewer and her daughter, all of Modesto; brothers, Allen Brewer of Tyler, Texas, and Gene Brewer of Colfax, Placer County; sisters, Faye Brewer of Riverbank and Joy Hudson of Modesto; grandsons, Brian and Avery Brewer, both of Modesto; granddaughters, Byrnn Gillihan of Waterford and Rachelle Edmondson and Deja Brewer, both of Modesto; a great-grandchild due in October; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Church of Christ in Sonora.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Judy C. Fordahl

Sept. 24, 1946 – Aug. 29, 2004

Judy C. Fordahl of Copperopolis died Sunday at her home after a long illness. She was 57.

She was born in Seattle and had lived in Copperopolis for three years. She was a retired waitress and had worked for various restaurants.

She is survived by her husband, Walter A. Fordahl of Copperopolis; sons, John Fordahl of Copperopolis and Paul Tharp of Turlock; daughters, Sherry Bellville of Murrieta, Riverside County, and Karen Douglas of Fresno; a brother, John Rock of Tigard, Ore.; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for a later date.

Donations can be made to ALS Association, Bay Area chapter, 140 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94108.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

William B. Gravett Jr.

April 16, 1924 – Aug. 30, 2004

William B. Gravett Jr. of Sonora died Monday at a Sonora care home. He was 80.

He was born in Shreveport, La., and had lived in Sonora for six years. He worked as a painting contractor for 40 years and also for Sonora Sports & Fitness Center, where he had many friends, his family said.

He was a sports enthusiast and early in his life he was an accomplished musician, his family added. While serving in a U.S. Army medic during World War II, he played in the Army Band as part of the 27th Infantry Division.

Mr. Gravett is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Gravett of Sonora; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary Gravett and his wife, Linda Edwards of Colorado; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Marilyn Gravett of Corpus Christi, Texas; a granddaughter, Tara Peters of San Jose; a great-granddaughter, Zoey Peters of San Jose; nephews, Lee and Jay Gravett and their families all of Corpus Christi; and very close family friends, Moria Bardsley and Levi Phillips, both of Sonora.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Gravett, on May 12 of this year.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Frederick William Ochsner

July 27, 1914 – Aug. 28, 2004

Longtime Strawberry resident Frederick William Ochsner died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. He was 90.

He was born and raised in Stockton. He graduated from Stockton High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He worked as a stereotyper/platemaker for several newspapers. He retired from the Wall Street Journal in July 1981. He then moved to the Strawberry vacation home that he had built with the help of his children and many friends and lived there for 23 years.

He enjoyed traveling in his fifth-wheel trailer for 17 years, his family said, and later he enjoyed practicing on the putting green at the Twain Harte Golf Club while his wife played golf.

Mr. Ochsner is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lorraine (Holster) Ochsner of Strawberry; sons, William D. and John T. Ochsner, both of San Jose; a daughter, Mary A. Ireland of Ohio; a sister, Viola Henderson of Stockton; eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and two sisters.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte. Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimers Day Care and Resource Center, Tuolumne General Hospital Foundation, 101 Hospital Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Neptune Society of Central California in Fresno is handling arrangements.

Matthew

Cullen Wentland

Sept. 9, 1961 – Aug. 16, 2004

Matthew Cullen Wentland of Vallecito died Aug. 16 at a Sonora hospital of natural causes. He was 42.

He was born in Seattle and had lived in Vallecito for one year. He worked as a heavy equipment operator with the Operating Engineers Union Local No. 3 in Alameda. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, The California Rifle and Pistol Association and the Gem and Mineral Society of Alameda.

His family said he was a fun-loving and free-spirited individual who enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, playing his guitar and socializing with relatives and friends. He was well-liked by many, with a quick wit and funny disposition, his family added. He would become the life of the party in any social setting and his ultimate source of enjoyment came from riding the open roads on his motorcycle and living in his adoptive home in the Murphys area.

Mr. Wentland is survived by his mother, Judie Cain-Papais of Murphys; his father, Ervin C. Wentland of Akron, Ohio; grandfather, Edwin L. Whitesell of Mokelumne Hill; stepfather, Lou A. Papais of Murphys; a brother, Stan Wentland of Sacramento; a sister, Stacie Dominick of Murphys; a nephew, Ryan D. Rosario of Angels Camp; and a niece, Jessica L. Dominick of Murphys.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Arbuckles Restaurant and Lounge at Forest Meadows Golf Course.

Donations can be made to the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 or Sonora Regional Medical Center, 1000 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donald

R. Batezell

Aug. 9, 1966 – Aug. 30, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Donald R. Batezell died unexpectedly Monday at his home. He was 38.

He was born in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, and grew up in San Ramon. He had lived in Twain Harte for 23 years and, most recently, in Tuolumne for one. He graduated from Summerville High School in 1984. He was a finish carpenter and worked for various contractors in Tuolumne County.

His family said his interests were hiking, fishing, reading, Bonsai gardening and model building. He was a caring and sensitive person with a big heart, his family added.

Mr. Batezell is survived by his parents, Richard and Kay Batezell of Twain Harte; a brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Kim Batezell of Oakdale; nieces, Nicole and Danielle Batezell of Oakdale; grandmother, June Batezell of Jamestown; aunts and uncles in Morgan Hill, Atascadero and Idaho; many cousins; and special friends, Stacy, Kevin, Megan and Garret Burns, all of Tuolumne.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on 11 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Centennial Fund, P.O. Box 642, Twain Harte, CA 95383.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

DWYER — A funeral service for William Rahmer Dwyer, 86, of Sonora is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio. He died Monday at a Modesto medical center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HULS — Roscoe F. Huls, 88, of Altaville died Tuesday at his home. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Angels Memorial Chapel. A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at West Point Cemetery in West Point. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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