Fritzi M. Hender Darling

Jan. 1, 1908 March 15, 2003

Fritzi M. Hender Darling, a Tuolumne County native, died at her home in Sonora Saturday. She was 95.

Mrs. Darling was raised in Stent, born there to Frederic Bastian of Stent and Amy (Marcus) Bastian, originally of Sawmill Flat. Amy Bastian taught school at Poverty Hill and Stent, setting an example for her daughter, who later became a teacher.

Mrs. Darling, a 1926 graduate of Sonora High School, attended schools in the Central Valley before beginning her teaching career at Gustine Elementary School.

In 1934, she married Art Hender, and in 1939 returned to Sonora and began working for Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools G.P. Morgan. She later became an administrator at the county office of education. She retired from the County Schools Office in 1972.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Art Hender, and later married Robert J. Darling.

She was a charter member of Soroptimist International of Sonora, helping start the club, which was chartered in 1941. Soroptimists honored Mrs. Darling and the other charter members of the club in 2001 by restoring benches in Coffill Park and giving each a brass plaque, engraved with charter members' names.

Mrs. Darling was the last surviving charter member.

She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and was honored by the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma in 1998 for her 58-year tenure with the organization. In addition to Soroptimists and Delta Kappa Gamma, she was also a member of Omega Nu.

Mrs. Darling is survived by her husband, Robert J. Darling of Sonora.

At her request, no services will be held. Cremation has taken place. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

F. Ralph Short

Oct. 20, 1913 March 19, 2003

F. Ralph Short, 89, a Tuolumne County native, died Wednesday in Sacramento.

Mr. Short was born in Soulsbyville and lived in Tuolumne County most of his life.

He served four years in the Navy and then went to work at Mare Island in Vallejo before returning to Sonora, where he owned and operated Flying A, and later Phillips 66, gas stations.

He was a member of Sonora Elks Lodge, a musician and enjoyed exploring the high country.

Mr. Short is survived by his wife of 52 years, Della (Reitz) Short; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Kathleen Short of El Dorado Hills; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Gary Salazar of Sonora; eight grandchildren, Leanna Salazar and Mark Salazar, both of Sonora, Laura Griswold of New Orleans, Colleen, Katie and Megan Short of El Dorado Hills and Brent Allan and Michelle Wallace of Dover, Pa.; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Marie Shields of Stockton; and two nephews and a niece.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Ralph W. Short and Douglas Allan.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. Sierra View Mortuary in Carmichael handled arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sonora Elks Lodge Major Projects, 100 Elk Drive, Sonora 95370.

William C. Brown

Dec. 6, 1924 March 10, 2003

William C. "Bill" Brown, 78, Angels Camp, died March 10.

Mr. Brown was born in Sheldon, Sacramento County, and spent most of his life in Sacramento County. He had lived in Citrus Heights for many years, before moving to Angels Camp in September 2002.

He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II and took several trips to Vietnam and Thailand as a civil servant.

He retired from civil service in 1970, after working at McClelland Air Force Base. He was also a school bus driver in the Sacramento area for about 10 years.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and Winnie RV Club, all in the Sacramento area. He was a handyman and enjoyed traveling in his recreational vehicle.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 46 years, Roxie Brown, of Angels Camp; two daughters, Karen Wade of Washington and Linda Hansen of Oregon; a son, Greg Brown of Sonora; a stepson, Doug Booth of Stockton; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Christian Heights Assembly of God, Sonora. A Sacramento funeral home handled arrangements.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 73, Jamestown 95327.

Andrew Clark Head

June 22, 1973 March 18, 2003

Andrew Clark Head, 29, a former resident of Arnold, died Tuesday at his home in Sacramento.

Mr. Head was born in Fayetteville, Ark., and grew up in Arnold. He was a 1987 graduate of Hazel Fischer Elementary School and attended Bret Harte High School from 1987-1990, when he moved to Lodi. He graduated from Tokay High School in Lodi in 1991.

He was nearly finished studying to become a certified computer drafter and was attending NTI, a drafting college in Sacramento, at the time of his death.

He enjoyed fishing, golfing and playing soccer.

Mr. Head is survived by his son, Lance Ray Head of Sacramento; his father, Clark Head of Palm Springs; his mother and stepfather, Linda and Jim Seivert of Ripon; two sisters, Leisa Maestretti of Elk Grove and Jennifer Head of Ripon; and a grandmother, Florence Earnest of Ceres.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Foothill Community Church in Angels Camp. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Murphys. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Lance Head Trust Fund, in care of Golden One Credit Union, P.O. Box 15249 Sacramento 95851.


MELLBERG Helen Maxine Mellberg, 77, of Arnold, died Wednesday at her home. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

HALE A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Wildwood Chapel in Greeley Hill for Sam Hale, 87, of Coulterville, who died Wednesday. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

HEPPES Albert Heppes, 80, of Sonora died early today at a Manteca hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.