Obituaries for March 10, 2003

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Patricia Marie 'Patty'

Leppert-Steele

April 1, 1950 March 3, 2003

Patricia Marie "Patty" Leppert-Steele, 52, a former resident of Angels Camp, died March 3 at her home in Bellevue, Iowa, after a long battle with cancer.

Ms. Leppert-Steele was born in Dubuque, Iowa, to Robert W. Leppert Sr. and Stella (Carter) Leppert. She lived in Bellevue and attended St. Joseph's parochial school until she moved to Sacramento in 1963 with her family. She graduated from high school in Placerville and later graduated from Delta College in Stockton and became a registered nurse.

She lived in Angels Camp from 1968 to 1998, when she returned to Bellevue to be closer to grandchildren.

She was retired from the California Department Youth Authority in Stockton, where she worked as a registered nurse and infectious control specialist. She also worked for Dr. Robert Marshal and the former Mark Twain Hospital, now Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital, in San Andreas early in her career.

Her family said she loved her family and friends deeply, enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was the life of the party.

Ms. Leppert-Steele is survived by her father, Robert Leppert Sr. of Dubuque; her mother, Stella Leppert of Porterville; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert Leppert Jr. and Shirley Leppert of Porterville; a son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Erika Eberhardt of Angels Camp; a daughter and son-in-law, Jacque and Charlie Daugherty of Bellevue; and four grandchildren, Tyler, Cade, Trey and Brin Daugherty all of Bellevue.

A wake and a service were held in Bellevue. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and two uncles. Kingery Funeral Home in Bellevue is handling arrangements.

Mildred C.

Donohue

Sept. 1, 1927 March 6, 2003

Mildred C. Donohue, 75, of Sonora died Thursday at her home.

Mrs. Donohue was born in Oakland and lived in Sonora for the past 17 years.

She was a homemaker and, her family said, loved her family and enjoyed sewing.

Mrs. Donohue is survived by her husband of 58 years, Fred Donohue of Sonora; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joan Marie and James Crowley and Betty D. and Doyle Anderson, all of Antioch; a grandson, James Crowley Jr. of Antioch; a granddaughter, Jenay Fanfa of Antioch; two great-grandchildren, Savannah Rose Fanfa and Noah John Fanfa of Antioch; and a cousin, Donna Sire of Castro Valley.

No service will be held at her request. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Maria Luisa (Lopez) Villalba

Jan. 25, 1928 March 6, 2003

Maria Luisa (Lopez) Villalba, 75, of Soulsbyville died Thursday at a Modesto hospital.

Mrs. Villalba was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and lived in Soulsbyville for the past eight years. She previously had lived in El Paso for many years, where she ran a bakery and sold clothing.

A businesswoman and homemaker, Mrs. Villalba was the center of her family, a good wife, mother and grandmother, family members said.

She attended All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte and enjoyed reading, music and walking.

Mrs. Villalba is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Joe Jr. and Barbara Villalba, Michael and Denise Villalba and Ronald Villalba, all of El Paso, Texas; three daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Joe Maldonado of El Paso, Gilda and Richard Perez of Orangevale and Liz and Jim Sandoval of Soulsbyville; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Villalba Sr., in 1972.

A service will be held in El Paso, Texas. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dorothy

Ingraham Bell

Feb. 17, 1914 March 5, 2003

Dorothy Ingraham Bell, 89, of Sonora died Wednesday at her daughter's home in Soulsbyville.

Mrs. Bell was born in Los Angeles and recently moved to Sonora from Marin County.

She and her husband, Jean Bell, had wanted to make their home in the Sonora countryside because they had spent many years driving bus loads of youth to the Groveland area when her husband worked with Boy Scouts of America.

Her family said she loved life and was a positive force in the lives of all she met. As a master bridge player she, with her husband, an instructor, traveled throughout the world teaching bridge to passengers while on cruise ships.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bell is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ross and Vicki Bell of France and Bruce and Nancy Bell of Sausalito; and one daughter, Alma Bell Jacobs of Sonora, wife of the late Harold "Jake" Jacobs.

No service will be held at her request. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora 95370, American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame 94010, or Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 92042, Portland, OR 97292-2042.

Notices

BLOUNT Nellie Etta (Way) Blount, a former Sonora resident who died March 6, is also survived by two stepsons, Jake Blount of Sonora and Larry Blount of Fairfield, and one stepdaughter, Patricia "Pat" Ah Toong of Westminster, Colo.

HIBBING Melvin Hibbing, 83, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

CUNNINGHAM Clyde Cunningham, 88, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HOLT Esther Lee Holt, 67, of Copperopolis died Friday, after a long battle with cancer. Neptune Society of Stockton is handling arrangements.7548528868

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