Victoria (Acosta) 'Vicky' Gold

Jan. 31, 1957 March 22, 2003

Victoria (Acosta) "Vicky" Gold, 46, of Tuolumne died Saturday at her home, after a long battle with cancer.

Mrs. Gold was born in Hanford and grew up in Sonora. She was a 1976 graduate of Sonora High School and had lived in Sonora and Tuolumne for a total of 43 years.

She was diagnosed with cancer in October 1997.

She co-owned and operated Super Plumbing from 1991 to 1997 with her husband, and had worked various jobs, including at Sprouse-Reitz, Tuolumne Clinic and the Winton Times, near Merced. She had started taking courses at cosmetology school, but her illness kept her from completing the course.

Her family said she was always helping others, putting them above her own needs, and would help and support other cancer patients. They said she would go out of her way to make sure others were helped.

She also loved children and enjoyed quilting, crocheting and gardening.

Mrs. Gold is survived by her husband of 25 years, Rocky Gold of Tuolumne; two daughters and their boyfriends, Amanda Gold and Casey Fender of Sonora and Krista Gold and Paul Hendricks of Santa Cruz; a son and daughter-in-law, Brandon and Kazuko Gold of Redding; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary "Lulu" Ogden of Modesto, Esther Puckett of Ripon and Anita and Rob Gibson of Sonora; a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Sherri Acosta of Modesto; numerous cousins, including Rachel Tyler of Folsom; an aunt, Lucy Turner of Kettleman City; two uncles, Rudy Chavarria of Bellingham, Wash., and Henry Chavarria of Anaheim; parents-in-law, Herman and Carmen Gold of Tuolumne; numerous nieces and nephews; and close friends, Becky Hampton of Jackson and Cindy Frazier of Sonora.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Connie Acosta.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. tomorrow, and a funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home Tuolumne Chapel. Burial will be at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 73, Sonora 95370.

June Iola Martin

June 16, 1932 March 24, 2003

June Iola Martin, 70, of Murphys died Monday at a San Andreas hospital.

Mrs. Martin was born in Stockton and had lived in Murphys for the past eight years.

She was a bookkeeper and a member of San Andreas Seventh-day Adventist Church and enjoyed working for the church's community service projects.

Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband, Cecil Martin, of Murphys; four children, Steve Martin of Stockton, David Martin of Keizer, Ore., Diane Cowles of Forks, Wash., and Pauline Miner of Keizer, Ore.; a brother, Robert Pohle of Hagerstown, Md.; a sister, Carol Sahley of British Columbia, Canada; her father, Joseph Pohle of Murphys; and three grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Seventh-day Adventist Community Service, P.O. Box 1047, San Andreas 95249.

Harold Emerson Pearson

June 21, 1924 March 23, 2003

Harold Emerson Pearson, 78, of Columbia died Sunday at a Modesto hospital.

Mr. Pearson was born in Detroit, Kan., and had lived in Columbia for the past six years. He had lived in Stockton from 1965 to 1996.

He was a teacher for 40 years, primarily in the Stockton and Antioch school districts. He taught English, journalism and yearbook classes in middle schools. He also took students on field trips to Washington, D.C., and had taught for one year in England as a Fullbright exchange teacher from 1959 to 1960.

In addition to teaching, he and his wife raised chickens and walnuts and also owned restaurants in Stockton.

He also wrote captions for Morrie Turner's "Wee Pals" cartoon and was a docent at Columbia State Park. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society and was a history buff.

During World War II and the Korean War, he served in the Army. In World War II, he was trained as a cryptographer and became a traffic analyst in the 6811th Signal Service Detachment of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in England. He was assigned to the radio intercept station where he transcribed German messages on the Enigma code machine and relayed this traffic to the English and American cryptanalysts at the British code-breaking center.

Code named "Ultra," the Anglo-American program intercepted and deciphered Axis messages, giving allied commanders detailed insights into the enemy's plans and intention.

Family members said "Ultra" members were sworn to secrecy for decades, and he did not tell anyone about his job until about 40 years after the war ended.

Mr. Pearson is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosemary Pearson of Columbia; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Christine Thiltgen of Sacramento, Jennifer and Michael Kostrna of Wisconsin and Margaret and Russell Pinkham of Occidental, Sonoma County; four grandchildren, Bart Thiltgen Jr. of Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles County, Anne Thiltgen of Palm Desert, Stephanie Kostrna of Wisconsin and Alexandra "Allie" Pinkham of Occidental; a great-grandson, Sean Thiltgen of Hermosa Beach; a brother and sister-in-law, Bart Thiltgen of Bakersfield; Christy Darrow of Kansas, who was like a fourth daughter to him; and two lifelong friends and Army buddies, Hervie Haufler of Vermont and Bob Fredrickson of North Carolina.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gene DeArmond Riker

Feb. 14, 1926 March 24, 2003

Gene DeArmond Riker, 77, a former resident of Greeley Hill, died Monday at a Palo Alto veterans hospital.

Mr. Riker was born in Oakland and had lived in Greeley Hill for 52 years. He lived with his daughter in Ceres for the past four years.

He worked for Mariposa County Road Department for 22 years and served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, having enlisted at 17.

He was a square dance caller in Greeley Hill and enjoyed taking rides in his recreational vehicle and doing mechanic work. His family said he was able to build anything. He once built a car from scrap metal, created things from metal and wood and welded. He often fixed his neighbors' cars for free when he lived in Greeley Hill.

He was the past fire chief of Greeley Hill Volunteer Fire Department and volunteered to help build Red Cloud Park in Greeley Hill.

Mr. Riker is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Tom Jackson of Ceres; two grandchildren, Robert Jackson of Oakdale and Tamron Honberger of Hughson; four great-grandchildren, Andrew and Eric Jackson of Oakdale and Ryleigh and Paityn Honberger of Hughson; a brother, Albert Glenn Riker of San Antonio; and three nephews, Kerry Riker of Sonora, Mike Riker of Santa Rosa and Daniel Riker of Stockton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet Riker, on July 15, 1991, and a son, William "Bill" Riker, on April 1, 1972.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dudley Cemetery, Greeley Hill. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Veterans Administration Hospice, Department of Veteran Affairs, 3801 Miranda Ave., Hospice Ward 1002C, Palo Alto 95304. Attention Vicki Ellis.

Samuel Grant Park

Sept. 29, 1916 March 22, 2003

Samuel Grant Park, 86, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora care home.

Mr. Park was born in Protection, Kan., and had lived in Sonora for the past 19 years.

He served in the Army during World War II and later worked as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service for 35 years.

He liked the outdoors and meditation. He was also interested in genealogy.

Mr. Park is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Margie Park of Tujunga, Los Angeles County; two daughters, Brenda Marple of Soulsbyville and Beverly Fromel of Tujunga; a sister and brother-in-law, Nona and Jack Vincent of San Diego; five grandchildren, Travis and Lucas Marple of Sonora, Whitney Fromel of Tujunga and Craig Fromel and Barry Park, both of Burbank; and a great-grandchild, Cambria Fromel of Burbank.

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

Donations may be made to Visiting Nurse AssociationHospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4085, Sonora 95370-1805.


ROPPOLO Walter Roppolo, 74, of Columbia died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.