Jeanne Elizabeth Wilson
May 8, 1925 — Sept. 24, 2012
Sonora resident Jeanne Elizabeth Wilson died on Sept. 24 at her home. She was 87.
Mrs. Wilson was born in Lamesa, Texas, to Gale and Gaytha Johnson. Her family moved to Santa Paula in Ventura County when she was a young girl and she lived there most of her life.
She married George E. Wilson in 1944, and they raised their three daughters on the family ranch in Santa Paula surrounded by family and friends.
They moved to Sonora in 1987 to be near their late daughter, Judith Weldon, and her family.
She enjoyed design and often offered her husband input on architectural design and colors.
She enjoyed decorating and working in her gardens. She also enjoyed entertaining, flower arranging and was a supporter of the artistic community.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, George Wilson; and her daughter, Judith Weldon.
She is survived by her children, Lindsey Ritscher, of Marietta, Ohio, Lisa Wilson, and her husband, Rob Meyer, of Farmington, N.M., and her son-in-law, Steve Weldon, of Sonora; her grandchildren, Allison Ritscher, Nathaniel Ritscher, Meredith Dixon, Alex and Zoe Wilson-Meyer, and Jonathan and Todd Weldon; her sisters, Ruth Young and Janice Ardizzone; and many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the family home to be followed by a reception dinner.
Donations in her name may be made to the Santa Paula Art Museum, 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, CA 93060.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Dennis Charles Hanson
May 10, 1949 — Sept. 8, 2012
West Point resident Dennis Charles Hanson died Sept. 8 at Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital in San Andreas after a long fight with colon cancer. He was 63.
Mr. Hanson was born in Santa Maria to Charles James Hanson and Lorice (Clark) Halseth.
He attended San Bernardino Valley College where he met Valerie Reichardt.
They later attended San Jose State University together and married on Dec. 31, 1972.
Mr. Hanson graduated in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree.
He worked as the store manager at Books Inc. in San Jose for 14 years before moving to West Point in 1986.
He began his career with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in August of 1987 as a seasonal firefighter and worked his way to Captain in 2001. He also instructed CPR, first aid, first responder and EMT classes.
He enjoyed woodworking, remodeling, cabinet making and fishing.
Mr. Hanson is survived by his wife of 40 years, Valerie Reichardt Hanson, of West Point; daughter, Mary Hanson, of West Point; his grandson, Gage Hanson, of West Point; his mother, Lorice Halseth, of Railroad Flat; his brother, Gary Hanson, of Pennsylvania; and brothers-in-law, Dennis and John Reichardt.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at the West Point Community Church, 22264 Highway 26. A reception will follow at the West Point Community Hall.
Flowers may be sent to the memorial service.
Donations in his memory may be made to the TCU-Ken Onstad Benevolent Foundation, 785 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the online guest book.
Daneri Mortuary in Jackson is handling arrangements.
GRAVES — A memorial service will be held for Elmer Leon Graves, 83, of Hathaway Pines, at 11 a.m. Saturday at Angels Memorial Chapel, 1071 S. Main St., Angels Camp. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Mary (Rodgers) McWethy Howey
Feb. 18, 1919 — Sept. 26, 2012
Former Sonora and Murphys resident Mary Rodgers McWethy Howey died Sept. 26 at Orangeburg Manor in Modesto. She was 93.
Mrs. Howey was born and raised on a farm in Olney, Okla.
She lived in Antioch for 33 years and worked and retired as a sales clerk from a Ben Franklin variety store.
She retired to Sonora in 1984 and lived there for 26 years before moving to Murphys in 2010. She settled into Orangeburg Manor in Modesto in March 2011.
Mrs. Howey was a member of the Church of Christ in Sonora.
She enjoyed painting, crafts, cooking and sewing. She also enjoyed books and collecting cookbooks. Her family said that she was a writer and wrote many family stories about growing up on the family farm in Onley.
Mrs. Howey was preceded in death by her first husband, Ferren McWethy, in 1986 and her second husband, Claude D. Howey, in 2000.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Loyce N. Foster, of Murphys, Joyce and Don Stephens, of Oakdale, Carol G. and Horace Cattolico, of Antioch, and Jenny M. Buccellato, of Oakley; her sister, Vera Magness, of Harrison, Ark.; her 10 grandchildren, Stephanie Nelson, Melanie Whited, Kellie Foster, Randy Stephens, Don Stephens, John Cattolico, Angelina Warburton, Chris Jorge, Mary Buccellato and Jaime Buccellato; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; six nieces; and seven nephews.
Donations in her name may be made to Agape Villages of San Ramon, 3160 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 120, San Ramon, CA 94583; Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370; or the American Cancer Society, 601 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94111.
A memorial service was held at Church of Christ in Sonora and officiated by John Pendley. A private family graveside service was held at Mountain Shadow Cemetery and officiated by Ron Jensen.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Oct. 29, 1924 — Oct. 1, 2012
Jamestown resident Kenneth Kram died Monday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 87.
Mr. Kram was born in Stockton. He lived and worked in Manteca for 18 years and settled in Jamestown 46 years ago.
Mr. Kram worked for PG&E for 25 years and retired as a district representative.
He served in the U.S. Army in China, Burma and India as part of the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and helped construct the Burma Road.
He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club, and a board member and past president of the Tuolumne County of Chamber of Commerce in the early 1970s.
Mr. Kram was preceded in death by his wife, Flossie Kram, in 1999.
He is survived by his children, Larry Kram, of Sonora, and Dianne Linnik, of Reno, Nev.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Heuton Memorial Chapel.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
Buried will be at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.
Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
BARNETT — Susan Barnett, 59, of Sonora, died Tuesday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
BRANDON-RAINWATER — Lori Lynn Brandon-Rainwater, 56, of Jamestown, died Tuesday. The Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.
JENKINS — A celebration of life for Patricia Eileen “Pat” Jenkins, 97, of Sonora, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tuolumne County, 19518 Hess Ave., East Sonora.
MITCHELL — Robert Mitchell, 89, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
SEGERSTROM — Donations in the name of Mary Etta Segerstrom may be made to PEO International Peace Scholarship, c/o Joanne Nahmias, 20610 Diane Drive, Sonora, CA 95370. An incorrect address was published Sept. 28.
John Paul Castro
March 29, 1954 — Sept. 18, 2012
Copperopolis resident John Paul Castro died Sept. 18 at Mark Twain’s St. Joseph’s Hospital in San Andreas after a brief illness. He was 58.
Mr. Castro was born and raised San Jose. He moved to Calaveras County four years ago.
He worked Pepsi Cola for nearly 20 years and worked in construction and home repair for 10 years.
Mr. Castro was an artist and mechanic and enjoyed painting and drawing.
He was a member of the Catholic church.
Mr. Castro was preceded in death by his sister, Rita Mora.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Castro, of Copperopolis; his step children, Hailey and Nicholas Johnson and Jessica Miller, of Sonora; his mother-in-law, Mary Leers, of Douglas Flat; his siblings and their spouses, Raul “Bud” and Cathie Castro, Barbara (Castro) and Len Stimac, Beverly Castro and Juan Mora, all of San Jose; and several generations of nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 15333 Woodard Road, San Jose.
Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
HOWEY — A memorial service will be held for former Sonora and Murphys resident Mary R. Howey at noon today at the Church of Christ in Tuolumne. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
DISBROW — Robin Disbrow, 88, of Groveland, died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
GAERLAN — Nicholas Gaerlan, 20, of Arcata, drowned at Pinecrest Lake on Saturday. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
KRAM — Kenneth Kram, 87, of Jamestown, died Monday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
LEWIS — Robert Lewis, 66, of Jamestown, died Sunday at Avalon Care Center of Modesto. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
McLAURIN — Ruth McLaurin, 71, of Sonora, died Sunday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
REEL — Claudine Reel, 79, of Twain Harte, died Saturday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
WRIGHT — Ted Wright, 76, of Sonora, died Sunday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
JENKINS — A celebration of life will be held for Patricia Eileen “Pat” Jenkins, 97, of Sonora, at 1 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tuolumne County, 19518 Hess Ave., East Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Donald Alfred Gomez
July 19, 1931 — Oct. 1, 2012
Jamestown resident Donald Gomez died Monday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. He was 81.
Mr. Gomez was born in Oakland to Joseph and Margaret Gomez.
He moved to Sonora with his wife, Beverly, about 20 years ago.
He enjoyed deer hunting and fishing.
For most of his life, he worked as a truck driver for Western Gillette and as an official for Teamster Union Local 70.
Mr. Gomez was preceded in death by his wife Beverly Gomez.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Nadine and Allan Benson of Roseville, Laurie Trejo of Jamestown, and Debbie and Clint Gomez of San Leandro; grandchildren, Lana Parr, Brooke Benson, Jon Nichols, Jeff Nichols, Jeremy Nichols, Joey Nichols, LaRae Trejo, Daphnie Forwood, Jodie Truitt and Daniel Gomez; and 10 great-grandchildren.
No services are planned.
Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements.
Darrell Loring Seavey
Oct. 8, 1933 — Sept. 25, 2012
Sonora resident Darrell Loring Seavey died Sept. 25 at his home. He was 78.
Mr. Seavey was born in Bovina, Colo., to Floyd and Waunita Seavey.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.
He started a saw-sharpening service while in high school and later opened a saw and lawnmower shop in Yucaipa. In the 1960s, he started a trenching and backhoe business. He later left the construction industry and became an assistant manager of a youth camp, Camp O-Ongo.
He settled in Sonora 39 years ago and worked as an apartment manager until his retirement in 1991.
Mr. Seavey was a man of many interests who never lost his technical ability, his family said. He enjoyed gardening, furniture making and reading technical books. He was a locksmith and repaired antique clocks, and practiced metal casting, ceramics and welding.
He also raised rabbits, cows, pigs, quail, pheasants and goats at various times throughout his life.
Mr. Seavey is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jessie Seavey, of Sonora; his children and their spouses, Sheryl and Bob Malo, of Redding, Ann McWhinney, of Sonora, and Brenda and Scott Franklin, of Graham, N.C.; his grandchildren, Shaun McWhinney, of Duvall, Wash., and Sarah and Jessica Franklin, of Graham, N.C.; his brother, Roland Seavey, of Calimesa; and numerous cousins.
Donations can be made to the Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora.
Private family services will be held Sunday.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Gerald Albert Hohe
Dec. 4, 1937 — Sept. 20, 2012
Sonora resident Gerald Albert Hohe died Sept. 20 at a Modesto hospital. He was 74.
Mr. Hohe was born in San Francisco and attended Holy Name grammar school and Riordan High School.
He married Benita Reed in 1958 and they moved to Pacifica in 1963, where they lived for 40 years and raised their family.
Mr. Hohe spent five years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He worked 40 years in the wine and spirits industry, 35 of which were spent with Young’s Market Co.
Mr. Hohe played drums in San Francisco bands and recently with the Jukes and Rich Rinaldi bands in Sonora.
He was a member of the Sonora Elks Lodge, Sonora Moose Lodge, Mother Lode Gun Club and Single Action Shooting Society. He was on the Figlia d’Italia council, played in the Black Oak bowling league and was a member of Sons in Retirement.
He also volunteered his time driving for the Senior Resource Service. He enjoyed learning about local history and gardening.
Mr. Hohe was preceded in death by his first wife of 39 years, Benita Hohe, in 1997; and his step-grandson, Brian Colotto, in 2006.
Mr. Hohe is survived by his wife of seven years, Catherine McDonald, of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law, Martin and Tracy Hohe, of Lakeport, and Dave and Margie Hohe, of San Carlos; stepchildren and their spouses, Linda and Ken Colotto, of Pacifica, Steve and Gretchen McDonald, of Lafayette, and Dave and Kelly McDonald, of Benicia; grandchildren Breena and Jackson Hohe, of San Carlos, Serrina Hohe, of Lakeport, Carson and Olivia Hohe, of San Francisco, Joe Colotto, of Pacifica, Olivia and Sean McDonald, of Benicia, and Madison and Holland McDonald, of Lafayette.
A donation in his name may be made to the Senior Resource Service, P.O. Box 1252, Soulsbyville, CA 95372.
A celebration of life will be held at noon Oct. 6 at the Sonora Elks Lodge.
Interment will be at the Italian Cemetery in Colma at a later date.
Eaton Family Funeral and Cremation Services in Modesto is handling arrangements.
NAPIER — Kenneth Napier, 80, of Groveland, died Friday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Juanita Kathleen (Durham) Boyson
June 25, 1922 — Sept. 17, 2012
Sonora resident Juanita Kathleen (Durham) Boyson died Sept. 17 at Meadow View Manor in Sonora. She was 90.
Mrs. Boyson was born in Fountain Head, Tenn., to Luther Anderson Durham and Ruby Jane (Brizendine) Durham.
She moved with her family to Modesto in 1943. There she met and married Elmer Jack Boyson — a survivor of the Pearl Harbor bombing — while he was stationed in the Army at Hammond General Hospital.
Mrs. Boyson lived in Modesto for 68 years, from 1943 until 2011. During that time she and her husband were owner-administrators of two Boyson Convalescent Hospitals and the Yosemite Convalescent Hospital.
She was a member of the YMCA and the Modesto Parkwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she served as the Sabbath school superintendent, pathfinder leader, community services leader, and on the finance committee.
She moved to Sonora a year and half ago to be cared for by her family.
Mrs. Boyson was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Elmer Boyson; her sister, Maxine Callahan; her brothers, James Durham and Robert Durham; and her granddaughter, Jessica Guinasso.
She is survived by her companion of 10 years, Amos Skadsheim, of Columbia; her children and their spouses, Jack and Kathy Boyson, of Baltimore, Md., Carolyn and Steve Singleton, of Modesto, Susan and Remo Guinasso, of Sonora, and Michael and Shelley Boyson, of Denver, Colo.; sister, Elgeva Burton, of Oakdale; brother, Gerald Durham, of Copperopolis; grandchildren, Tina Boyson, Marc Boyson, Nicole Gearing, Julianne Guinasso, Trevor Boyson, and Madeleine Boyson; six great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.
Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel, 419 Scenic Blvd., Modesto.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Modesto Parkwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, 301 Claratina Ave., Modesto.
Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto is handling arrangements.
William ‘Bill’ Padelford
Oct. 4, 1933 — Sept. 25, 2012
Douglas Flat resident William “Bill” Padelford died Tuesday at his home. He was 78.
Mr. Padelford was born in Oakland and raised in the Bay Area. He settled in Douglas Flat 20 years ago.
He worked as a self-employed carpenter all his life. He also worked in various places in Calaveras County such as the Angels Camp Museum and the food bank.
He enjoyed volunteering as a Christian youth mentor and escorted children on mission trips to Mexicali, Mexico.
He also enjoyed the people and history of the foothills.
Mr. Padelford is survived by his wife of 56 years Barbara Padelford, of Douglas Flat; his children, David Padelford, of Castro Valley, Michele Colton, of Livermore, Dawn Caillaux, of Benicia, Jon Padelford, of Pleasant Hill, and Phil Padelford, of Concord; his siblings, Peter Padelford, of Arnold, and Susan Clark, of Oregon; and the many children he mentored.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Angels Camp.
San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Mary Etta (Farrell) Segerstrom
May 17, 1920 — Sept. 13, 2012
Sonora resident Mary Etta (Farrell) Segerstrom died Sept. 13 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 92.
Mrs. Segerstrom was born in Memphis, Tenn., and lived in Sonora for 67 years.
She graduated from Stanford University and worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Call Bulletin. She married Donald I. Segerstrom in 1942.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald I. Segerstrom, in 1973; and her son, James F. Segerstrom, in 2007.
Mrs. Segerstrom is survived by her children Ann Segerstrom, of San Francisco, Donald Segerstrom Jr., of Sonora, David Segerstrom, of San Diego and Steven Segerstrom, of Santa Barbara; and grandchildren, Christian, Stephen, Hanna, William, Peter, Olivia and Maxwell Segerstrom.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora.
A donation in her name may be made to PEO International Peace Scholarship, c/o Joanne Nahmias, 20601 Diane Dr., Sonora, CA 95370.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
HOWEY — Mary Howey, 93, formerly of Sonora, died Wednesday at Orangeburg Manor in Modesto. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
March 9, 1936 — Sept. 21, 2012
Groveland resident Ronald Pennel died Sept. 21 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. He was 76.
Mr. Pennel was born in Long Beach and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea.
He was a member of Pacific Service Employees Association, the San Jose Don’s Motorcycle Club and Port Stockton Motorcycle Club.
He was a lifetime member of the American Motorcycle Association and was an AMA representative to Congress for seven years.
Mr. Pennel volunteered at the San Jose Family Camp near Groveland for about 30 years and worked as an electric foreman for PG&E for 38 years.
Mr. Pennel lived in Groveland for 12 years.
He was preceded in death by his son, James Pennel, in 2004.
Mr. Pennel is survived by his wife, Darlene Pennel, of Groveland; his daughter, Dawn Pennel, of San Jose; his son, Randy Pennel, of Groveland; his sister, Shirley Jacobson, of San Jose; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date.
Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
CLEM — Elizabeth Clem, 59, of Sonora, died Tuesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
COOPER — Fern Cooper, 87, of Sonora, died Wednesday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Nov. 22, 1912 — Sept. 22, 2012
Sonora resident Judy Greene died Sept. 22 at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. She was 99.
Mrs. Greene was born in Sonora in a house behind the Red Church. She worked as the director of the Tuolumne County Welfare Department until her retirement in 1971.
She enjoyed rock hunting and was a founding member of the Calaveras Gem and Mineral Society. She and co-founder Laura Elsey started the first and only licensed, county-operated adoption agency in California, which ran through the Tuolumne County Welfare Department for several years until closing.
Mrs. Greene was preceded in death by her husband, Al Greene, in 2002; and her son, Albert Lee Greene, in 2007.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Vincent Nate and Darlene Greene, of Yerington, Nev., and Sonora, and Edmund and Patricia Greene, of Andrews, Texas; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
No services will be held.
A donation in her name may be made to the Tuolumne County Humane Society. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Gloria Roberts Mager Oxley
Jan. 12, 1922 — Sept. 18, 2012
Columbia resident Gloria Roberts Mager Oxley died Sept. 18 at her home. She was 90.
Mrs. Oxley was born in Pittsburg, the youngest of four children to Grover and Katherine Roberts.
She grew up in San Bruno and graduated from Burlingame High School.
Her first job was in a creamery, making banana splits. She later became a switchboard operator.
In 1943, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and was stationed in Italy and North Africa during World War II, working as a switchboard operator. She was honorably discharged in 1945.
She married Jack Mager in 1946 and lived in South San Francisco. The family moved to Sonora in 1951, where her parents had opened Roberts Motel.
During the 1950s, Mrs. Oxley was a Red Cross swim and first aid instructor. She worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 10 years. At 45, she started attending Columbia College and earned an associate’s degree in 1970.
Mrs. Oxley continued her education at Stanislaus State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971. She continued on to complete a teaching credential and taught for six years.
Mrs. Oxley enjoyed camping and fishing along the California coast and in the mountains. She enjoyed traveling to Europe, Canada, Mexico and throughout the U.S. She also enjoyed day trips to Yosemite and Sonora Pass.
Mrs. Oxley’s interests also included gardening, swimming, quilting and genealogy. She was a volunteer at Columbia Elementary School with the PTA and was a scouting den mother.
She was a member of Tuolumne County Historical Society, Tuolumne County Genealogical Society and Save Our St. Anne’s Church. She also volunteered at the Tuolumne County Library.
She was a fan of the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers sports teams.
Mrs. Oxley is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Vivian Porta, Bob Roberts and Betty Strand; and three nieces.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Michael Mager, of Portland, Ore., Linda Mager, of Sonora, Patrice (Mager) and Mike Noble, of Turlock, and John and Debbie Mager, of Sonora; grandchildren and their spouses, Andrea Mager, of West Sacramento, Nate and Tiffany Henson, of Ceres, Rocky and Bridget (Henson) Pisciotta, of Sonora, Brian and Sarah Henson, of Sonora, Brittney, Sydney and Ashley Mager, all of Sonora, Josh and April Mager, of Portland, Donovan and Heidi Mager, of Portland, and Raul and Kristin (Mager) Villalobos, of San Fransisco; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds on Rawhide Road in Jamestown.
A donation in her name may be made to Save Our St. Anne’s Church, P.O. Box 1755, Columbia, CA 95310.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Esther ‘Dugie’ Philippy
Aug. 4, 1918 — Sept. 24, 2012
Sonora resident Esther “Dugie” Philippy died Monday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. She 94.
Ms. Philippy was born and raised in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Rosario and Lila Martinez.
She moved to California in her 30s with her family. She worked in high fashion in Hayward for more than 40 years before retiring to Tuolumne County 12 years ago to be closer to family.
Ms. Philippy was an artist, her family said. She enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, quilting, crafts, dancing and gardening.
She was a member and former president of the Sonora Senior Center and a member of Sierra Bible Church.
Ms. Philippy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Ramona Martinez, her brothers, Max Martinez and Ross Martinez, her daughter, Joann Gifford; her son-in-law, Richard Fazio; and her grandson, Dennis Dugan.
She is survived by children and their spouses, Sandra Fazio, of Sonora, Barry and Lynda Dugan, of Sonora, Debra Worcester, of San Francisco, and William and Nina Gifford, of Fremont; her grandchildren and their spouses, Rhonda and Robin Forsberg, of Oakdale, Brian and Sandra Gifford, of Fremont, Christine Fazio and her partner, Renee Farrell, of Oakland, Gina Nickels and her partner, Paul Jordan, of Winnipeg, Canada, Rick and Karen Fazio, of Rancho Mirage, Michelle Avery, of Sonora, Jody and Lisa Dugan, of Sonora, and Deanna Sutterfield, of Lake Tahoe; nine great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at Sierra Bible Church, 15171 Tuolumne Road, Sonora.
She will be interred at Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery in Hayward.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at Sierra Bible Church.
Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling arrangements.
KOHLER — George Henry Kohler, 88, of Twain Harte, died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
SEAVEY — Darrell Seavey, 78, of Sonora, died Tuesday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
WILSON — Jeanne Wilson, 87, of Sonora, died Monday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Chalmer Porter ‘C.P.’ Collinsworth
Oct. 19, 1918 — Sept. 20, 2012
Sonora resident Chalmer Porter “C.P.” Collinsworth died Sept. 20 at Meadow View Manor in Sonora. He was 93.
Mr. Collinsworth was born in Ukiah and grew up in Strathmore, Tulare County. He was a World War II veteran and a longtime resident of Oakdale. He moved to Porterville following the death of his wife, Emma Jean Collinsworth. He lived in Sonora, near family, for the last year of his life.
Mr. Collinsworth began his career at Montgomery Ward and left the company as western regional manager. He was also a former Oakdale City councilman. He was Oakdale’s first “Man of the Year,” because of his charitable work and community involvement.
He was a member of the founding consortium to build Oakdale Golf and Country Club. He was a member of St. Mary’s Parish, Catholic Charities, Lion’s Club, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and SCORE.
Mr. Collinsworth enjoyed spending time with family and close friends, especially during holidays.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jean (Heitsuman) Collinsworth; parents, Homer and Maude (Pugh) Collinsworth; and siblings, Leonard, Lester and Bertha.
He is survived by children and their spouses, Janice Lee Collinsworth, of Spokane, Wash., Gary and Pam (Macsenti) Collinsworth, of Sonora, and Gregg and Karinne (Giamona) Collinsworth, of Menlo Park; his brother and sister-in-law, Ernest and Jean Collinsworth, of Medford, Ore.; his former wife, Edythe Lewis, of Porterville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A donation in his name may be made to St. Anthony’s Foundation, 150 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or Catholic Charities, 14855 Mono Way, Suite 101, Sonora, CA 95370.
Services were held Monday.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Anthony D. ‘Tony’ Garcia Jr.
Aug. 23, 1939 — Sept. 14, 2012
Sonora resident Anthony D. “Tony” Garcia Jr. died Sept. 14 at Stanford University Medical Center. He was 73.
Mr. Garcia was born in San Jose and lived in Sonora for nine years. He worked as a dairyman in Los Banos and Atwater for 20 years. He also worked in the auto parts industry for most of his life. He was a partner in Merced Clutch and Brake and owned Merced Filter Battery and Electric. He also served as a counter person and sales representative for Merced TBA and Sonora Auto Parts.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserve during the Vietnam War. He was a past member of the Buhach Portuguese Men’s Pentecost Organization.
Mr. Garcia was preceded in death by his father, Anthony D. Garcia Sr.; and his mother, Florence Garcia.
He is survived by sons, Duane Garcia, of Atwater and Anthony Garcia, of Ceres; daughters, Lori Wagner, of San Jose, Sherie Taylor, of Atwater, ToniAnn Gatzke, of Pleasanton, Nichole Weiss, of Ione and Linda Toste, of Ceres; his fiancee, Judy Heil, of Sonora; and 13 grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4601 Hyland Ave., San Jose, CA 95127. Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in San Jose.
A donation in his name may be made to Heredity Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Foundation, www.hht.org.
Beddingfield Funeral Services in Moorpark is handling arrangements.
Ronnell Marie Mello
April 29, 1975 — Aug. 18, 2012
Former Tuolumne County resident Ronnell Marie Mello died Aug. 18 at a friend’s home in Newman. She was 37.
Ms. Mello was born in San Andreas and lived in Tuolumne County for 25 years. She graduated from Summerville High School in 1993 and earned an associate’s degree in child development from Columbia College.
She worked with disabled children at Tucci Learning Solutions in Marina, Monterey County.
She enjoyed music and photography.
Ms. Mello attended Peaceful Valley Church and its youth group while in Tuolumne County. She also enjoyed singing.
Ms. Mello was preceded in death by her grandmother, Mitzi Berry.
She is survived by her mother, Earleen Gaudette, of Sonora; her father, Marvin James Mello, of Manteca; grandparents, Ronald Earl Berry, of Sonora, and Tony and Virginia Mello, of Escalon; her sister, Kimbra Rae Gaudette, of Rocklin; a nephew, Braylon Davis, of Rocklin; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Lazy Z Ranch in Sonora.
Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Newman is handling arrangements.
Ruby Lucille (Wright) Ray
June 6, 1925 — July 9, 2012
Jamestown resident Ruby Lucille (Wright) Ray died July 9 at Sonora Regional Medical Center long term care unit. She was 87.
Mrs. Wright was born in Weatherford, Okla.
She worked as a riveter in Oklahoma City during World War II and moved to California in 1944 to be closer to family.
She worked as a cocktail waitress at the Elks Club in Paradise, in Butte County. She also lived in Manteca before settling in Jamestown 22 years ago.
Mrs. Ray enjoyed dancing and practiced tri-chem painting for more than 40 years.
She was a member of two chapters of the Red Hat Society and a woman’s club in Sonora.
Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Robert Ray, in 2007; her parents, Roy Wright, in 1971, and Irene Wright, in 1991; and all three of her children, James Lee Elliott, in 1968, Deborah Elliott, in 1992, and Larry Elliott, in 2003; and her brothers, Eldon Wright, in 1963, and Dale Wright in 2000.
She is survived by her siblings, Melba Price, of Sonora, Erma Wright, of Nevada, and Wilber Wright and Ray Wright, both of Idaho; one grandchild, Melodee Nelson, of Modesto; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sept. 1 at Parkview Cemetery in Manteca.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
GREENE — Judy Greene, 99, of Sonora, died Friday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
PENNEL — Ronald J. Pennel, 76, of Groveland, died Friday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
RIX — Raymond Rix, 63, of Tuolumne, died Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.