Madge Mae


Sept. 9, 1916 July 20, 2003

Madge Mae Smith-Bassett of Sonora died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. She was 86.

She was born in Grant County, Minn., and grew up in Marion, Iowa. She lived Arcadia, then in Lodi for 22 years before moving to Sonora in May.

Her family said she enjoyed sewing, gardening, quilting, needlecrafts and homemaking.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Bassett of Lodi; a son, LeRoy Smith of Sonora; a daughter, Helen Shopp of Sonora; three stepchildren, Vicki Fitzhugh and Buck Bassett, both of Lodi, and Juanda Schatz of Stockton; three grandchildren, Michael Smith of Jamestown, Kimberlee Fraschieri of Martinez and Paul Shopp of Dallas; three great-grandchildren, Robby and Mitchell Smith, both of Jamestown, and Rebekah Shopp of Dallas; a son-in-law, Ray Shopp of Sonora; and a daughter-in-law, Patty Smith of Sonora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy S. Smith.

A private graveside service is planned. A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gerald Patrick

'Jed' Medlicott

Aug. 21, 1944 July 20, 2003

Longtime Coulterville resident Gerald Patrick "Jed" Medlicott died Sunday at a Sonora hospital after a long battle with Cushing's disease. He was 58.

He was born in San Diego and was called "Jed" by family and friends.

He spent the majority of his time working in construction, from owning his own business to traveling overseas to help rebuild war-devastated towns in underdeveloped countries.

His family said he had a passion for music and loved playing the guitar and singing country songs.

He built his dream home in Greeley Hill and remained dedicated to living his life in the mountains until he died, his family said.

They described him as strong-willed, intelligent and emotional.

Mr. Medlicott is survived by his wife, Sharon; his two children, Shea Medlicott and Bree Allmon, both of Colorado; his parents, Roland Gale and Marian Medlicott, both of Coulterville; a brother, Michael B. Medlicott of Coulterville; and a sister, Kathy Karahadian of Jackson, Wyo.

No services are planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Loree Mae Goss

May 26, 1937 July 20, 2003

Loree Mae Goreham Goss of Greeley Hill died Sunday at a Sonora hospital after a long illness. She was 66.

She was born in Tulare and lived in Greeley Hill for four years.

She worked as a retail clerk for various shops for 11 years, including Spencer Gifts in Stockton for 10 years. She grew up in Stockton.

She is survived by her daughters, Letty Rush-Silva, and her husband, Loren, of Placerville, and Linda Griffiths of Wellington, Fla.; four grandchildren, John Rush III and Jarred Rush, both of Placerville, and Danielle and Tiffany Damon, both of Wellington; and a sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Robert Scriven of Greeley Hill.

A private memorial service is scheduled.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Gerald Juelch

Jan. 15, 1941 July 17, 2003

James Gerald Juelch, a longtime resident of Mountain Ranch, died Thursday at a Stockton hospital. He was 62.

He was born in Stockton and lived in Mountain Ranch for 22 years. He was a high school graduate and a firefighter who worked for CDF for four years. He later worked for East Side Rural Fire Protection District in Stockton for 17 years, and for the City of Stockton. He retired in 1988.

His family said he was an avid deer hunter and collected meat cleavers, of which he had more than 700. His family said he was a special uncle to Gary, Donald, Wayne and Larry Howe, and Louie Thomas.

Mr. Juelch is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gloria Juelch; two sons and a daughter-in-law, George William and Angela Juelch of Wallace and Rodney Juelch of Oklahoma; a daughter and son-in-law, Celynda and Don Henningsen of Volcano; two brothers, Vernon Juelch of West Point and Alton Juelch of Oklahoma; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was to be held today at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. Burial is scheduled at Mountain Ranch Cemetery.

Bobby Jo


Feb. 5, 1938 July 17, 2003

Bobby Jo McSkimming of Mountain Ranch died Thursday at her residence. She was 65.

A native of Fort Reno, Okla., she was a daughter of a career Army sergeant and lived in several states. She completed high school in Bothell, Wash., and went on to finish business college.

Between being an office worker and mother, she helped her boys through Little League and school.

She worked the last 18 years on the day shift at the Blunder Inn in Mountain Ranch.

Her family said she was a gifted artist who could turn an ordinary egg or canvas into an extraordinary piece of art.

She is survived by her mother; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the gardens at her house at 6320 Swiss Ranch Road in Mountain Ranch.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BOLTON Felix Bolton Jr., 76, of Copperopolis died yesterday at a Modesto hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.