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Obituaries for September 8, 2004

Ismael Garcia Castellano

Dec. 25, 1935 – Aug. 29, 2004

Lorenza ‘Lorraine' (Pedregan) Castellano

Sept. 5, 1935 – Aug. 29, 2004

Longtime San Andreas residents, husband and wife, Ismael Garcia and Lorenza "Lorraine" (Pedregan) Castellano died Aug. 29 from injuries suffered in an auto accident between Valley Springs and Burson. They were both 68.

He was born in Artesia, N.M., and she in San Jose, Ariz. They had lived in San Andreas for 20 years.

They were raised as migrant farm workers, and met and fell in love in San Juan Bautista where Lorraine worked as a clerk at O'Neil's General Store, and Ismael was the town's lone constable on patrol, their family said.

The two soon married and started their family in San Juan Bautista and eventually moved to Milpitas, when Ismael took a position with the Mountain View Police Department. They were married for 47 years.

Ismael, or "Rocky" as he was known, worked 17 years career in law enforcement. Job-related injuries forced his early retirement in 1977.

Lorraine settled into her role as a mother and housewife in the suburbs of Milpitas.

She was like a second mother to many of the neighborhood children who came to play at the Castellano home, her family said. She led them all on hikes up to nearby Ed Levis Park. The couple lived in Stockton for a short time and finally in San Andreas, where Ismael cultivated a second career as a case manager for Valley Mountain Regional Center.

He was devoted to providing for his family and helping others through his work, and she was devoted to her children and, later, her grandchildren, their family said.

Mr. Castellano retired in 1997. The couple enjoyed vacationing for a time, but more recently had settled into a more subdued routine, spending most of their time at home, their family added.

Mrs. Castellano enjoyed tending to her garden and making VHS recordings of children's' shows for her grandchildren. She also enjoyed watching reruns of "Ally McBeal" and "Law and Order," her family added.

Ismael enjoyed his daily workout at the spa and taking lunch with fellow retirees at the Calaveras Senior Center, his family said.

More than anything else, their family said, the two simply enjoyed time spent with their two children and their grandchildren, who were the apples of their eyes. There was nothing that they wouldn't do for the sake of the grandchildren and they were all that they lived for, their family added.

The Castellanos are survived by their children, Leonard, Lauralee and Ismael Jr. Castellano all of Milpitas, and Michael Castellano of Modesto; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Castellano is also survived by his sisters, Domingae Valdez of Hollister and Mary Castellano of Santa Clara; and brothers, Alcario Castellano of Saratoga and David Castellano of Hollister.

Mrs. Castellano is also survived by her sisters, Lupe Leon of Hollister and Alice Martinez and Eulalia Morillo both of Los Banos, Merced County; and a brother, Ray Pedregan of San Diego.

Services were to be held on Saturday at Hollister Mortuary.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

John Feduloff

Oct. 15, 1921 – Sept. 3, 2004

Longtime Twain Harte resident John Feduloff died Friday at a Walnut Creek hospital. He was 82.

He was born in Berkeley. He served with his brother in the U.S. Army during World War II, after which he worked at the Oakland Tribune for 45 years.

He was a Master Mason of the 33rd Degree, a horseman, marksman and outdoorsman, his family said. He was a longtime resident of Berkeley, Pleasant Hill and, most recently, Twain Harte. His family said he built his cabin by hand and that was a labor of love. He was a loving uncle, his family added.

Mr. Feduloff is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Alexandra Saunders-Kubic and Bob Kubic, both of Berkeley; nieces, Claudia Evers and Alexandra Saunders, both of Danville; and nephews, Bruce and Greg Feduloff, both of Berkeley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mimi; his mother, Nadia; an aunt, Katia; and a brother, Nicholas.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Johns Russian Orthodox Church, 1900 Essex St., in Berkeley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations can be made to the U.C. Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center, 4860 Y St., Suite 3900, Sacramento, CA 95817.

Oakmont Mortuary in Lafayette is handling arrangements.

June

Willa Hardy

June 25, 1911 – Sept. 2, 2004

June Willa Hardy of San Andreas died Thursday at her home. She was 93.

She was born in Chicago and had lived in Valley Springs for 11 years, most recently in San Andreas for two.

Her family said she was a hard-working woman with a good business sense.

She is survived by her sons, Pete Hardy of Jackson and William Hardy of San Andreas; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant Hardy in 1978; and a daughter, Theresa Hardy in 2001.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. A reception will follow at her home.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jack Nelson

Jan. 16, 1923 – Aug. 30, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Jack Nelson died Aug. 30 at his grandson's Alameda home after a short illness. He was 81.

He was born in Gilroy, Santa Clara County, and had moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked in the hotel industry for many years.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He lived in Tuolumne County for more than 30 years, most recently in Columbia.

His family said he is known by family and friends especially for his love of animals.

Mr. Nelson is survived by his sister, Pearl Williams of Sonora; daughters, Cathrine Beaunae of Gainesville, Fla., and Cheryl Brower of Salt Lake City; a son, Vance Nelson of Castro Valley, Alameda County; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A remembrance gathering of family, friends and pets is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Pioneer Park, off North Airport Road in Columbia.

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

Alameda Cremations is handling arrangements.

Walter

Elias Wikander

April 8, 1915 – Sept. 3, 2004

Longtime Murphys resident Walter Elias Wikander died Friday at his daughter's Murphys home. He was 89.

He was born in Dryden, Ontario, Canada, and had lived in Murphys for 24 years. He worked as a service manager for McLean Cadillac Motors in Santa Ana. He attended General Motors Management School in Flint, Mich. He was an instrument-rated pilot and a part-time flight instructor.

He was a member of Ophir Bear Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 33 in Murphys. He was a recipient of the Hiram Award in 1999. He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters, California Grange No. 645 and the First Congregational Church in Murphys.

Mr. Wikander is survived by his daughters, Elaine Duerre of Murphys and Shirley Sparks of Norco, Riverside County; seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church in Murphys.

Donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817 or Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Marvin

Boyd Crawmer

Aug. 10, 1916 – Sept. 5, 2004

Former longtime Tuolumne County resident Marvin Boyd Crawmer died Sunday at a Modesto care home. He was 88.

He was born in Fairview, Mo. He had lived in Modesto from 1936-46. He then moved to Long Barn, where he lived for 39 years, and finally to Twain Harte, where he was for the next 18.

In 1938, he was baptized a member of the Old Brethren Christian Church, where he served the Lord for 66 years, his family said. In 1949, he was elected deacon, a position he held for 55 years.

In July 2003, he moved back to Modesto.

Mr. Crawmer is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth Crawmer of Modesto; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ruth and Melvin Wheeler of Modesto and Erma and Fred Miller of Jasper, Ark.; sons and daughters-in-law, William and Carol Crawmer of Sonora and Wayne and Linda Crawmer of Bend, Ore.; a brother and sister-in-law, Ezra and Lois Crawmer of Neosho, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Bertha (Provost) Crawmer; a brother, Norman; sisters, Esther Crawmer, who died as an infant, and Kathryn Mohler; an infant grandson; and infant twin great-grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled from 6:30-9 p.m. tonight at the Old Brethren Christian Church in Tuolumne. A funeral service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the church. A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Wood Colony Cemetery in Modesto.

Donations can be made to the Old Brethren Christian Church School, 19292 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379 or Community Hospice, Inc., 601 McHenry Ave., Modesto, CA 95350.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

BURR — Visitation for Ryan James Burr, 19, of Sonora is scheduled from 3-7 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sonora. He died Monday at a Sonora hospital from injuries suffered in an off-road motorcycle accident. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RYALS — A memorial service for Alma Aletha Ryals, 84, of Twain Harte is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Chapel In the Pines in Twain Harte. She died Sunday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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