Francis Torres

Oct. 17, 1983 June 2, 2003

Tuolumne County resident Ryan Francis Torres died Monday, June 2, in a car accident in Jamestown. He was 19.

He had lived in Tuolumne County since 1991, in both Twain Harte and Mi-Wuk Village. He was a graduate of Summerville High School's class of 2001 and was a student at California State University, Long Beach.

He was passionate about acting, his family said, and was in several plays while at Summerville High. He also performed with Jazz @ 8.

He began acting at an early age with the Children's Conservatory Theater, a part of Columbia Actors' Repertory. He performed in numerous plays for Mountain Actors Conservatory and Sierra Repertory Theatre, and readings at Stage 3 Theatre Company. In the Long Beach Theatre Department, his last production was "The Laramie Project." His first performance in college was a lead role in "The Marriage of Bette & Boo" at El Camino College in Long Beach. He performed at an improvisational comedy club every weekend with his college buddies.

He truly had a love of the movies and theaters, his mom said.

He also enjoyed video games.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Rachel and Stephen Payne of Mi-Wuk Village; his father, Richard Torres, and his girlfriend, Bobbie Jutras, both of Santa Clara County; a sister, Alyson Payne of Mi-Wuk Village; his grandmothers, Grace Alvarez of Mi-Wuk Village and Maria Navarro of San Jose; a grandfather, Salvador Navarro of San Jose; two aunts, Maria Torres and Diana Silva, both of Santa Clara County; three uncles, Louis, Michael and Jose Torres, all of Santa Clara County; numerous other aunts and uncles; five cousins, Marianne, Robert, and Laura Strohm, all of Oakdale, David Angelo Alvarez, serving in the U.S. Army, and Angelica Alvarez of Arizona, and numerous other cousins from Santa Clara County and other states; and his girlfriend, Hallie King of Long Beach.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Angelo Alvarez.

Donations can be made to the Summerville High School's music and drama department, 17555 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne, 95379.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


V. Wells Radford

July 28, 1910 June 4, 2003

Geraldine V. Wells Radford of Rail Road Flat died Wednesday at her residence. She was 92.

She was born on a ranch in Rail Road Flat. She was the daughter of Les and Maud Howard, who were instrumental in the development of the town through education and carpentry.

She spent more than 50 years doing community service there as a store/cabin rental owner, and performed political and community services as the wife of the late William W. Wells, supervisor for District 2 of Calaveras County from 1952-64.

Through the years, she served as a board member for The Rail Road Flat Elementary School, as trustee for The Independence Cemetery Committee, was an active member of the 50-60 Club, The Rail Road Flat Community Club, The Calaveras Historical Society, The Rail Road Flat Community Bible Church and Eastern Star of Angels Camp, and was a supporter of The Republican Women's Committee. Her family said she enjoyed big band music, dancing, playing cards, and being a grandmother.

Mrs. Radford is survived by her daughter, Myrna Wells Hunt of Citrus Heights; granddaughter Christy Hunt of Santa Barbara; grandson Zach Hunt of Santa Barbara; and numerous nieces, nephews, and step-family members.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William W. Wells; by her second husband, Herman C. Radford; and by a sister, Beulah B. Yount.

Visitation is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Thursday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. Funeral services, to be officiated by the Rev. Henry Sweeney, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. Graveside services will follow at The Independence Cemetery in Rail Road Flat.

Memorial donations can be made to the Rail Road Flat Community Bible Church, P.O. Box 216, Rail Road Flat, CA 95248.


CHURCHILL A visitation is scheduled for Frances Viola Churchill from 6-9 p.m. tomorrow at Davis Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville. A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park. The Rev. Ron McLain of Fresno will officiate. Davis Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

STEFFEN Bert Steffen, 85, a longtime Sonora resident, died Friday at a Modesto hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.