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Obituaries for September 20, 2012

June S. Brown

June 15, 1923 — Sept. 15, 2012

Sonora resident June S. Brown died Saturday at her daughter’s home in Soulsbyville. She was 89.

Mrs. Brown was born in Minot, S.D. 

She moved to California in the early 1950s with her first husband, Gene Kampa.

She taught home economics in Hollister for 25 years before retiring to Tuolumne County in 1975, where she settled in Long Barn. 

She moved to Sonora in the late 1980s. 

Mrs. Brown held a variety of jobs in the area, including a rural mail delivery route, as camp host at Pinecrest Lake Campground and a cashier at Chicken Ranch Bingo and Casino.

She was a member of the Aronos Research Women’s Club, the California Retired Teachers Association and enjoyed playing bridge.

Her family said that she was always coordinating birthdays celebrations and often made trips to see her 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

She was a mother of five with a schedule full of sporting events and school activities and worked two jobs to support her family. 

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by husband, Robert W. Brown and former husband, Gene Kampa. 

She is survived by her sons, Robert Kampa, of Aptos and Peter Kampa, of Sonora; her daughters, Frances Johnson, of Soulsbyville, Margaret Fortino, of Gilroy, and Carol Butros, of Mersin, Turkey; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  

Donations can be made to the Aronos Research Women’s Club scholarship fund.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 13 at the Willow Springs Ranch Clubhouse.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jonne Christian        (Withers) Zahm

Sept. 6, 1919 — Sept. 12, 2012

Sonora resident Jonne Christian Zahm died Sept. 12 at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. She was 93.

Mrs. Zahm was born and raised in Berkeley, but her family had vacationed in Tuolumne County all her life. As a young girl, they camped in Pinecrest.

Her family built a cabin in the area in 1926 but sold it in the 1960s. 

She settled in Tuolumne County 47 years ago.

Mrs. Zahm had several occupations throughout her life, she worked as a receptionist with the Holiday Inn, as a clerk at Brady’s Drug Store on South Washington Street in Sonora, as a clerk with the U.S. Forest Service and was a staff member of Sierra Foothills Residential Care.

She attended the University of California, Berkeley for a couple of years but did not graduate.

She joined the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve and served from Oct. 1943 to Dec. 1945. 

After the war she worked in Japan at a service club for the military. She would later return to Japan in the mid 1950s with her second husband, Ron Zahm as part of his military service.

She volunteered with the Senior/Youth Partnership program, enjoyed reading and animals.

Mrs. Zahm was preceded in death by her parents, John Walter Withers and Gertrude Alice (Morin) Withers; her sisters, Virginia Cramer Barnett, Sally Withers and Billie Leslie. 

She is survived by her daughter, Laura Zahm, of Sonora; her niece, Carol Stephens, of Sonora; grand niece, Tiffany Flavin and her husband, Tim, of Sonora; and one grandnephew, of Oakland; and former husband, Ron Zahm, of Ohio.

Donations can be made to the Tuolumne County Humane Society, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown, CA 95327. 

No services are planned.

The Neptune Society of California is handling arrangements. 


OXLEY — Gloria Oxley, 90, of Sonora, died Wednesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RUTHERFORD — William Rutherford, 71, of Tuolumne, died Wednesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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