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Obituaries for September 9, 2004

Ryan

James Burr

Feb. 26, 1985 – Sept. 6, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Ryan James Burr died Monday at a Sonora hospital from injuries suffered in an off-road motorcycle accident near Lyons Reservoir. He was 19.

He was born in Grass Valley and had lived in Sonora for 16 years. He played baseball in the High Sierra Little League and Tuolumne County Youth Soccer.

He graduated from Sonora High School in 2003. He played football during his freshman and sophomore years. His senior project was repainting a car, and he also rebuilt his Chevy Impala.

He had completed one year at Columbia Junior College. He worked as a mechanic for Miguel's Auto Service in Sonora.

His family said he enjoyed riding motorcycles, snow boarding, paintballing, video games, backpacking, fishing and hanging out with friends.

Mr. Burr is survived by his parents, Bill and Kim Burr of Sonora; a brother, Chris Burr of Sonora; grandparents, Frances Burr of Grass Valley, Don and Pat Erickson of Sacramento and Jim Coil of Madera; aunts and uncles, Karen Burr, Mike and Carol Burr, and Karen and Rick Wilson, all of Grass Valley, Jon and Tami Erickson of Salt Lake City, and Karyl and Daryl Fletcher of Madera; cousins, Melissa Burr of Las Vegas, Jennifer Adams, Brandon and Harlon Burr, all of Grass Valley, Richard, Jeremy and Jenifer Wilson, all of Grass Valley, Jerad, Kathryn and Kristyn Fletcher of Madera and Megan, Hanna and Emma Erickson of Salt Lake City; his girlfriend, Kristin Brown of Sonora; and numerous lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Burr; grandmother, Marlys Coil; and an aunt, Linda Adams.

Visitation is scheduled from 3-7 p.m. tonight 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.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ryan Burr Scholarship Fund, in care of Sonora High District Office, attention Julie Giove, 251 S. Barretta St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Doris E. Bates

Dec. 15, 1913 – Sept. 4, 2004

Doris E. Bates of Sonora died Saturday at a Soulsbyville care home. She was 90.

She was born in Egan, Texas, and had lived in Sonora for 10 years.

Her parents were Newton and Mary Chism and she was the 12th of 14 children. She worked for Singer Co. for more than 20 years.

She moved from Vista, San Diego County, to Sonora in 1994. She attended Sierra Bible Church before her health kept her at home.

Her family said she loved to sew and dance.

She is survived by her daughters, Jan Smith and Ava Berryhill, both of Sonora, Gaye Robinson of Layton, Utah, and Pamela Garman of Escondido, San Diego County; a brother, Lester Chism of Sentinel, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond F. Brown; her second husband, Robert Bates; and a daughter, Mary Ann Loew.

A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at San Marcos Cemetery in San Marcos, San Diego County.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jeanette

B. Bessac

Sept. 17, 1919 – Sept. 6, 2004

Jeanette Bemis Bessac of Sonora died Monday at a Sonora care home. She was 84.

She was born in Big Creek, Fresno County, and had lived in Riverbank for 75 years before moving to Sonora seven years ago.

She was a school nurse at Riverbank School District for 14 years.

She graduated from Mt. Zion School of Nursing in 1939 and was a member of the first graduating class at California State University, Stanislaus.

She belonged to Eastern Star, Riverbank Women's Club, DeMolay Mothers Club, Riverbank PTA, Epsilon Nu a chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Riverbank United Methodist Church. She was guardian of Bethel No. 156-Jobs Daughters in Riverbank and active in the Brownies and Cub Scouts.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mari Ann and Bart Bloom of Sonora; a sister, Betty De Witt of Riverbank; grandchildren, Matt and Josh Bloom, both of Sonora, Daniel Bessac of Stockton and Scott Bessac and Katie Pierson, both of Galt; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion R. Bessac; and a son, Arthur B. Bessac.

A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Stockton Rural Cemetery. A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow at Riverbank United Methodist Church.

Donations can be made to Community Hospice, Inc., 601 McHenry Ave., Modesto, CA 95350 or Riverbank United Methodist Church, Third and Atchison Streets, Riverbank, CA 95367.

Riverbank Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mabel

Rose Blaum

Aug. 17, 1928 – Sept. 5, 2004

Mabel Rose Blaum of Sonora died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. She was 76.

She was born in Philadelphia and had lived in Sonora for six months. She lived in Phoenix from 1961-2004. She worked as a secretary for 20 years. She was a member of Christ the King Church in Phoenix.

Her family said she enjoyed pinochle, was an avid reader and a consummate mother.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Janet Blaum of Twain Harte, Don Blaum of Phoenix and Randall Blaum of San Diego; a daughter, Zan Ellen Kleinman and her companion, Sharon Gail, of San Francisco; grandchildren, Chris Cabral, Katrina, Danny, Melanie R., and Katherine J. "Kat" Blaum, Heather Burgess, Robert Mark Lenartz Jr. and Heidi Anna Lenartz; and a sister, Evelyn Horn of Philadelphia.

A private family service is scheduled.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Eva Molin

June 1, 1918 – Sept. 2, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Eva Molin died Sept. 2 at a Sonora hospital. She was 86.

She was born in Menominee, Mich., and had lived in Sonora for 35 years. She was a homemaker for 66 years.

She was a member of the Crystal Falls Auxiliary and Sonora Moose Lodge.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Phillips of Sonora; sisters, Marcella Lord of Rockford, Ill., Marie and Marion Felch both of Porterfield, Wis., and Adel Kanyuh of Menominee; brothers, Alfred and Gerald Tanguay, both of Menominee; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

At her request, no services are scheduled.

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

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Leslie

Martha Molitor

April 12, 1942 – Sept. 2, 2004

Leslie Martha Molitor of Groveland died Sept. 2 at a Modesto medical center. She was 62.

She was born in Berkeley. She had lived in Groveland for two and a half years and previously had lived in Livermore where she retired from working at the Lawrence Livermore Lab.

Her family said she had a huge heart, and she loved more than anything to spend time with her grandchildren, was proud of all of them and no accomplishments were too small. She enjoyed gardening and animals, her family added.

She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Joe Montano; sons and daughter-in-law, Pat and Sissy Morgan of Oakley, Contra Costa County, and Mike Morgan of Manteca; a daughter, Jill Molitor of San Diego; stepsons, Bob Montano and his wife, Eileen, and Brick Montano and his wife, Sarah, all of Livermore; a stepdaughter, Ember Foley and her husband, Jim, of Livermore; a brother and sister-in-law, Graham and Marilyn Alexander of Groveland; a brother-in-law, Carl Shelen of Pleasanton; and grandchildren, Justin and Halee Morgan, Lindsay and Amanda Montano, Rachel and James Foley and Kirsten Filler.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Wilsons Chapel, 3070 East Ave., in Livermore.

Neptune Society of Northern California in Stockton is handling arrangements.

Victor ‘Sam' Ernest Roderick

Aug. 26, 1923 – Sept. 3, 2004

Lifelong Shaws Flat resident Victor "Sam" Ernest Roderick died Friday at a Modesto hospital. He was 81.

He was born in Sonora and worked for PG&E for 36 years. He was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora.

Though he was a bachelor, he had a large family of nieces and nephews, his family added.

Mr. Roderick is survived by his sister, Alice Castro of Hughson; 11 nieces and nephews and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews of Stanislaus County; and three nieces and nephews and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews of Tuolumne County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Roderick; a brother, Joe Roderick; and a sister, Mary Kress.

Visitation is scheduled from 2-6 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A rosary will follow at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home. A Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Alma Aletha (Powell) Ryals

Oct. 15, 1919 – Sept. 5, 2004

Longtime Twain Harte resident Alma Aletha (Powell) Ryals died on Sunday at her home. She was 84.

She was born in Eagle Township, Polk County, Ark. Her parents were William S. and Melvie Powell. She was the eldest of eight children, four boys and four girls. Early in her childhood she became a caregiver to each of her younger brothers and sisters. This caregiving gift followed her into adulthood, her family said, as she became the gentle matron of her extended family.

She married Edison Ryals on Nov. 20, 1937. The couple and their toddler son moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1940s. Both she and her husband worked in the Oakland and Richmond shipyards. She was a welder and he was a carpenter.

After the war, they moved to Tuolumne County. There they settled and raised their son and daughter. Primarily, she was a homemaker. As need arose, she worked as second cook in the Twain Harte Elementary School cafeteria.

She was an original member of the Chapel In the Pines and of the Twain Harte Community Church, where she cared for children in the nursery.

Her family said she was a master in identifying wildflowers and enjoyed time in the forest, always looking in case a flower new to her would show its radiance.

Among her extended family she was the peacemaker, her family added.

She is survived by her children, Orley G. Ryals, CDR USNR (Retired) of Twain Harte and Melba A. (Ryals) Russ of Pasadena, Md.; grandchildren, Aime Elisabeth Ryals of San Ramon, Jennifer Russ and Robert Russ III, both of Pasadena, Md., and Senior Airman David Edison Ryals of the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Lakenheath, United Kingdom; and three great-grandchildren, Alisha A., Clara L. and Robert Edison Russ, all of Pasadena, Md.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Melissa Aileen Ryals. A memorial service was to be held 2 p.m. today at Chapel In the Pines in Twain Harte. After the service, she is scheduled to be transported to the Arkansas county where she was born. Burial is scheduled at the Cherry Hill Cemetery where her husband, Edison Ryals, and family members of every generation since the Civil War have been buried.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Marvin

Clair Yarnell

Oct. 17, 1917 – Sept. 6, 2004

Longtime Murphys resident Marvin Clair Yarnell died Monday at a Modesto medical center. He was 86.

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and had lived in Murphys for 26 years. He was a plant manager for five years and worked for 20 years for Westinghouse in Philadelphia before moving to California. He worked for Ampex Corp., for eight years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Lu Lu Temple Masonic Lodge in Philadelphia.

Mr. Yarnell is survived by his wife, Kit Yarnell of Murphys; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Jeannine Yarnell of Arnold; a granddaughter, Jamie Porras Yarnell of Long Island, N.Y.; grandsons, JB Yarnell of Arnold, Dennis Shires of Fremont and Chuck Acosta of Pleasanton; sisters, Thelma Parsons of Belmont and Faye Davis of Michigan; and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Buena Vista Cemetery on Jones Street in Murphys. A celebration of life is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at Chapel In the Pines in Arnold.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

WENTLAND — A celebration of life for Matthew Cullen Wentland, 42, of Vallecito, who died Aug. 16, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Arbuckles Restaurant and Lounge at Forest Meadows Golf Course. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ZERANGUE — Claude Zerangue, 81, a former Sonora resident, died yesterday at his San Leandro home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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