Viola Churchill

April 26, 1913 June 4, 2003

Former Sonora resident Frances Viola Churchill died Wednesday at a care home in Sonora after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 90.

She was born in Lodgepole, Neb. She lived in Sonora, then moved to Watsonville in 1963, where she lived for 36 years before moving back to Sonora for four years. She worked as a cook at Monte Vista Christian School and as a cook and cook manager for Pajaro Valley Unified School District, both in Watsonville. She owned and operated Churchills Grill in Sonora with her husband, Roy, for many years.

She belonged to the Watsonville Community Hospital Pink Ladies and the Watsonville Senior Center. She was a member and officer of the California School Food Service Association, was a home arts judge for the Santa Cruz County Fair, and was a member of the Family Faith Center and Green Valley Christian Center.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, crocheting, fishing and traveling, her family said.

Mrs. Churchill is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Carol Churchill of Angels Camp; two daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Eugene Kirkpatrick of Jamestown and Jo and Harry Price of Watsonville; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Churchill, in 1985.

Visitation is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. today at Davis Memorial Chapel in Watsonville. A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park in Watsonville. The Rev. Ron McLain will officiate.

Donations can be made to Alzheimer's Aid Society of Northern California, P.O. Box 1824, Sacramento, CA 95812.


Howard McGillis

Aug. 22, 1929 June 2, 2003

Former Sonora resident Robert Howard McGillis died Monday, June 2, at a veteran's hospital in Tucson, Ariz. He was 73.

He was born in Los Angeles, attended Sonora Elementary School and graduated from Sonora High School in 1947. He graduated from Stanford University in 1951.

He served in the Marine Corps as a first lieutenant from 1951-53. He was self-employed in San Jose until 1982, when he returned to Jamestown and became owner of a wine and gift shop.

He was a member of the Sonora 49er Rotary Club. He retired to Alamos, Mexico, in 1989. He loved sports and was the author of two crossword puzzle books, "Country Crosswords" and "Rotary Crosswords," his family said.

Mr. McGillis is survived by his wife, Carole; a sister, Mimi McGillis; two children, Laurie McGillis of Roswell, Ga., and Terry Ong of Mountain Brook, Ala.; five grandchildren, Ryan, Sarah and Michael Ong and Kaiya and Abby McGillis; and a stepdaughter, Kathleen of Point Roberts, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Hill McGillis, and by his mother, Eleanor McGillis.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Alamos, Mexico.

Donations can be made in his memory to any favorite charity. a

Desert Rose Mortuary and Crematory is handling arrangements.

Carl Edward


July 4, 1941 June 7, 2003

Carl Edward Dragicevich of Sonora died Saturday at a local hospital. He was 61.

Mr. Dragicevich was born in Calumet, Mich., and had lived in Sonora since 1979. He worked as a machinist for 30 years and was last employed by Borge Warner Nuclear Valves. He was a Marine veteran.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, playing bingo and golfing.

He was a good father, husband, grandfather, brother and uncle, his family said.

Mr. Dragicevich is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sylvia Dragicevich of Sonora; a son, Carl Dragicevich of Sonora; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Don Kern of Oakland and Toni and Damon Franklin of Cleveland; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Dennis and Sharon Dragicevich of Palmdale, Jimmy Dragicevich of Arkansas, and Gary and Susan Dragicevich of Canyon Country; a mother-in-law, Marie Stahn of Sonora; a grandson, Matthew Franklin of Cleveland, and a grandchild on the way; numerous nieces and nephews; and his dog, Oscar.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home in Sonora.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 73, Jamestown, CA 95327.

Bert Steffen

June 21, 1917 June 6, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Bert Steffen died Friday at a Modesto hospital. He was 85.

He was born in Everett, Wash., and lived in Sonora for about 58 years. He worked as a welder for Pickering Lumber Company for more than 30 years.

He was a member of Christian Heights Assembly of God Church. He served aboard the U.S.S. Lexington during World War II. He was a patriot who was proud of his country, his family said. He enjoyed welding art and used his professional craft and turned it into a hobby, his family added. He was an avid sports enthusiast. He enjoyed taking care of his wife, Frances, and guiding his family and being the family patriarch, they said.

Mr. Steffen is survived by his wife, Frances Steffen of Sonora; four children, Harold F. Tilley of Orangevale, Jerry L. Armstrong of Brier, Wash., and twins, John S. Steffen of Hilmar and daughter Julie A. Reed of Sonora; a sister and brother-in-law, Annabelle and Ray Lincoln of Great Falls, Mont.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A visitation is scheduled for 8-10 a.m. tomorrow at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Judes Hospital, P.O. Box 4138, Fullerton, CA 92834-4138, or the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350 or by calling (800) 227-2345.



Aug. 1, 1908 June 5, 2003

Longtime Jamestown resident Eveline "Peggy" Meyer died Thursday at her home. She was 94.

She was born in Lake Charles, La. In 1921, she moved with her family to California and settled in the Santa Cruz area, where she lived for many years.

She later moved to San Gabriel in Southern California, where she and her husband joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Dorcas Society. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 1972, she moved to Jamestown, where she and her husband built their own home.

Mrs. Meyer was a talented seamstress, flower gardener and cat lover, her family said. During World War II, she worked at Hunter's Point Naval Ship Yard in San Francisco as a ship-fitter.

She is survived by her husband, James J. Meyer of Jamestown; a son and daughter-in-law, James R. and Emily Renee Foster of Jamestown; two daughters and a son-in-law, Pearl M. Longhofer of Jamestown and Kathleen M. and Thomas Williams of Fresno; a sister, Lillie Bourriague of Felton; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Abel and Eve Des Jardins.

Visitation is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.


'K' Schaar

April 26, 1913 June 2, 3003

Cathryn "K" Schaar of Angels Camp died Monday, June 2, at a care home in Angels Camp. She was 90.

She was born in Green River, Wyo., and had lived in Tuolumne County for 45 years.

She and her husband were concierges for Texaco Oil in the Mother Lode. She was a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Mrs. Schaar is survived by a brother, John Schiefer, of Palm Dessert.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Schaar, in 1971.

Private inurnment will be held at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


HEARN Lawrence Hearn, 83, of Sonora died yesterday at his residence. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.