E. Simmons

Jan. 22, 1923 April 12, 2003

Margaret E. Simmons, 80, of Sonora died Saturday at her home.

Mrs. Simmons was born in Mangum, Okla., and had lived in Sonora for the past 27 years.

She was a homemaker and a member of Sonora Church of Christ. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, walking and cooking. Her family said everyone who met her liked her and that she was a good hearted person.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Simmons, in 1994.

Mrs. Simmons is survived by a son, Johnny Lee Simmons of Sacramento; two daughters, Marilyn E. McCown of San Jose and Karen R. Endfinger of Sonora; three brothers, D.R. Waldroop and Raymond Waldroop, both of Oklahoma, and Jack Waldroop of Alabama; three sisters, Mabel Sadler, Christine Knight and Avabeth Thompson, all of Texas; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Sonora Church of Christ. Burial will be private. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Sonora Church of Christ, 14054 Tuolumne Road, Sonora 95370.


H. Vandermark

Nov. 26, 1918 April 14, 2003

Hendrik H. Vandermark, 84, of Tuolumne, died Monday at a Sonora hospital.

Mr. Vandermark was born in Holland and had lived in Tuolumne for the past 35 years. He lived in Seattle for many years.

He held a master's degree in physics from a university in Holland.

His 30-year career as a nuclear physicist included working in Los Alamos, N.M., and later for Stanford Research Institute, Palo Alto, and then Boeing.

In 1952, he was part of the Atomic Energy Commission. This group was not allowed to talk about its project, called Operation Castle. He worked on the first man-on-the-moon project at Boeing in Seattle.

He had worked in the Dutch underground during World War II, hiding people, and helping pilots when they had to parachute out, by hiding them. He also helped British and American planes, by picking up food they dropped.

He signed up on a ship but became ill because there had been not enough food during the war. He was admitted to a hospital when the ship ported in San Francisco. The ship left without him, and he stayed with his aunt and then became a U.S. citizen in 1947.

He was a member of Rivers of Life Christian Fellowship in East Sonora and the Physics Society.

Mr. Vandermark is survived by his wife, Lorna Vandermark of Tuolumne; a son, Les Vandermark of Aurora, Colo.; a daughter, Nancy Allen of Tuolumne; four grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Vandermark and Geri Vandermark, both of Holland; and numerous nieces and nephews in Holland.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Carters Cemetery, Tuolumne. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arvin Leif


Feb. 14, 1934 April 12, 2003

Arvin Leif Soyland, 69, of Valley Springs, died Saturday at a Manteca hospital.

Mr. Soyland was born in Los Angeles and had lived in Valley Springs for the past 15 years. He lived in Vista, San Diego County, for many years, and graduated from Vista High School in 1952.

He had served in the Air Force. He was a general building contractor and had donated his time to move the "My Own School," a preschool building in San Andreas.

He was a member of Valley Springs Boosters, and his family said he was instrumental in starting the Valley Springs Area Business Association's fireworks show at Lake Hogan. He was also chairman of the Valley Springs Friends of the Library Board of Directors.

Mr. Soyland is survived by his wife, Tillie Soyland of Valley Springs; four sons, Jerry M. Soyland of Arizona, Leslie A. Soyland and Brian Soyland, both of Hemet, Riverside County, and Neil Carnes of Waterford; a daughter, Denise Hampton of Farmington; three brothers, Donald Soyland and Marton Soyland, both of Vista, and Karl Soyland of Escondido, San Diego County; a sister, Thora Grifka of Vista; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 1-7 p.m. today at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Community United Methodist Church, Valley Springs. Burial will be Saturday at Eternal Hills Memorial Park, 1999 El Camino Real, Oceanside.

Donations may be made to Friends of the Library Valley Springs, P.O. Box 1449 Valley Springs 95252.

Gary Duane Stadtmiller

April 28, 1943 April 11, 2003

Gary Duane Stadtmiller, 59, of Arnold died unexpectedly Friday at a San Andreas hospital.

Mr. Stadtmiller was born in Los Angeles and had lived in Arnold for the past 23 years.

He had retired as a design engineer for Hughes Aircraft Corp. His family said he loved to tinker with all types of electronics.

He enjoyed flying model planes at Ward Hendricks Field in Modesto with the Modesto Radio Control Flyers. He had been a member of the Stockton Sailing Club earlier in his life.

He raised a young cougar, who later became the star of the Disney film "Charlie the Lonesome Cougar." He also caught poisonous snakes for research and the pet trade. His family said he loved the outdoors and chose to take the path less traveled.

Mr. Stadtmiller is survived by a sister, Gloria Balcom of Lomita, Los Angeles County; and parents, Orel and Eunice Stadtmiller of Redondo Beach.

No services will be held at his request. Burial will be private. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

David 'Dave' Gardella

May 18, 1943 April 13, 2003

Sonora native David "Dave" Gardella, Tuolumne County Realtor and businessman, died Sunday at his home in Sonora, after a long battle with cancer. He was 59.

Mr. Gardella had graduated from Sonora Elementary School and was a 1961 graduate of Sonora High School. He grew up on his parents' cattle ranch on Sanguinetti Road, where he had worked for many years.

The ranch, once dotted with cattle, a garden, barn, tack shed and oak trees, was sold a decade ago.

He lived in Sonora all but 17 years of his life, when he lived in Sacramento, Marysville, Yuba City and Grass Valley.

Mr. Gardella was a real estate broker for 30 years and a member of Tuolumne County Association of Realtors. He was the association president in 1996. He was also a member of Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce and owned and operated D.G. Properties.

He loved to travel, especially to Hawaii, where he kept his boat and belonged to Waikiki Yacht Club. He also enjoyed taking cruises and going to Tahiti, playing the piano and organ and riding his motorcycle.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Gardella Jr.

Mr. Gardella is survived by his wife, Denise Gardella of Sonora; a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Mary Ann Gardella of LaVerne, Los Angeles; a stepdaughter, Tracie Mueller of Sacramento; parents, Jack and Gloria Gardella of Sonora; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Tricia Gardella of Jamestown; a sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Ben Cassinetto of Sonora; one grandchild, Margaret Gardella of LaVerne; six nieces and nephews, Michelle Keefe and husband, Brad, Jodi Richey and husband, Craig, and John Gardella and wife, Sarah, all of Jamestown, Monica DeGrood and husband, John, of Arizona, Steve Dietrich of Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, and Beth Dietrich of Santa Rosa.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made in David Gardella's memory to Child Life Donor Fund, UC Davis Medical Center, Child Life Program, Fourth Floor Patient Care Services, 2315 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento 95817.


MUZZI Orlando Roland Muzzi, who died Saturday, April 12, is also survived by his sister, Katherine Frank, her husband, Gene Frank, and their son, Johnny Bennett, all of Sonora.