Magilda Queirolo Aroz

Sept. 16, 1915 April 5, 2003

Magilda Queirolo Aroz, a native of Columbia and lifelong resident of Tuolumne County, died Saturday at her daughter's home in San Jose. She was 87.

She and her husband, Martin, owned and operated a gas station and florist shop for 18 years and also a catering business and an appliance store, all in Sonora.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, a former member of Tuolumne County Senior Citizens and member of Native Daughters of Golden West, Columbia parlor.

Her family said she was devoted to her family and cared for them and she will be missed.

Mrs. Aroz is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jack and Barbara Cook of San Jose; a son and daughter-in-law, Pete and Joan Aroz of Sacramento; five grandchildren, Jack Cook Jr. of Saratoga, Cindy Johnson of San Jose, Tomi Kiddoo of Rocklin, Troy Aroz of Rocklin and Peter Aroz of Auburn; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild, Isaac; two nephews, Babe Bucci and Buddy Bucci; a niece, Vernie Alessi; and many cousins and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Aroz.

Visitation will be from 8-11 a.m., and a chapel service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Columbia City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Hospice of the Valley, 1150 Bascom Ave., Suite 7A, San Jose 95128-3509, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 73, Jamestown 95327.

Ysabel Mariana (Sanchez) Matney

March 3, 1925 April 5, 2003

Ysabel Mariana (Sanchez) Matney, 78, of Standard died Saturday at her home.

Mrs. Matney was born in Oakland and was a descendant of an old "Californio" family, emigrants and their families who came to California from Spain in the 1500s, and chose the name "Californio" after the queen of Spain stopped sending money to California. She was also a great-niece of Robert Louis Stephenson.

She graduated from University of California, Berkeley, when she was 19 and again during the Vietnam War. She had many college degrees and had completed a wide variety of courses. She continued to attend college courses throughout her life.

She wrote a new introduction to her grandmother's book "The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stephenson," by Nellie Van De Grift Sanchez, republished in June 2001.

After World War II, she was in nursing school in San Francisco when her sister, Mona Dolphin, wrote to tell her about Jerry Matney, who she said was a cute cowboy at the Old Lambert Ranch in Carmel Valley. Her family said the ranch was a place Hollywood stars went to get tips on looking like real westerners in the movies. Mrs. Matney went to the ranch for a two-week vacation and met Matney. The couple were married before the two-week vacation ended.

Her family said although she had many professions to choose from, she worked as a registered nurse for several years, and chose to be a cowboy's wife and care for her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald E. Matney, in 1994.

Mrs. Matney is survived by a son, David G. Matney of Sonora; a daughter, Marion Isabel Matney of Standard; a niece, Lynn Dolphin of Danville; two grandchildren, Taj Louis Matney of Sonora and Christopher Canciamille of Monterey County; three great-granddaughters, Hailey Ysabel Marie Matney of Sonora and Kiley Aurora and Taylor Marie Petty of California.

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

Donations may be made to Save the Redwood League founded by Nellie Van De Grift Sanchez, 114 Sansome St., Room 1200, San Francisco 94104, or Bat Conservation International, P.O. Box 162603, Austin, Texas 78716.

Lela M. (Bishop) Walker

April 15, 1913 April 7, 2003

Lela M. (Bishop) Walker, 89, a former Calaveras County resident and resort owner, died Monday at a Live Oak, Sutter County, care home.

Mrs. Walker was born in Alberta, Canada, and had lived in San Andreas for 10 years before moving to Live Oak, where she lived for the past six years. She had also lived in Altaville and Salt Spring Valley.

She was the former owner of the Salt Spring Valley Resort at Salt Spring Valley Reservoir, near Copperopolis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Walker in 1984, and a son, Jack Walker in 2000.

Mrs. Walker is survived by a daughter, Viola North of Carson City, Nev.; a son, Robert Walker of Biggs, Butte County; a brother, Milton Bishop of Stockton; a sister, Marie Elliot of Stockton; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. tomorrow at Angels Memorial Chapel in Angels Camp. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Altaville Protestant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Society, 105 S. Washington, Lodi 95240.

Nathan Klerk

May 3, 1906 April 5, 2003

Nathan Klerk, 96, of Murphys died Saturday at a San Andreas convalescent home.

Mr. Klerk was born in the Netherlands and had lived in Calaveras County for the past 17 years. He moved to Indiana after World War II and then to California in 1953. He lived in Mountain View for many years, before returning to Holland for a few years. He had moved from Holland to Murphys in 1986.

He served in the Dutch Army during World War II. He had been a quality controller for Lenkurt Electric in San Carlos for 15 years.

He was a member of Sons in Retirement and Survivors of Holocaust.

Mr. Klerk is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Sophie Klerk of Angels Camp; two daughters, Jeannie Klerk of Angels Camp and Evelyn Duke of Stockton; a granddaughter, Nichole Klerk of Angels Camp; three grandsons, Kris Klerk, Devon Wade and Jordan Wade, all of Angels Camp; and cousins Fred and Miel Andriesse of the Netherlands.

No service will be held. Burial will be private. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, in care of P.O. Box 1384, Angels Camp 95249.

Jesse McKeever

May 13, 1935 April 5, 2003

Jesse McKeever, 67, of Big Oak Flat died Saturday at his home.

Mr. McKeever was born in Madera and had lived in Big Oak Flat for the past 14 years.

He served in the Army from 1954-62. He was a truck driver, equipment operator and mechanic for Crook Logging Co. in Groveland for 11 years.

He loved growing roses, living in the high country and his logging job. His family said he was a jack of all trades and could fix anything.

Mr. McKeever is survived by his wife of 44 years, Peggy McKeever of Big Oak Flat; two sons, Tom McKeever of Big Oak Flat and Tim McKeever of Magalia, Butte County; and four grandchildren.

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


PALUCH Ina Leslie Paluch, 87, a former resident of Angels Camp and Murphys, died yesterday in Atlanta, where she had lived for the past year. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

KRUSE Donations in memory of Jackie Kruse of Sonora, who died April 3, may be made to Visiting Nurse Association-Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. 4805, Sonora, CA 95370. At her request, no services were held.