Duncan Balen

Feb. 3, 1913 July 18, 2003

Mabel Duncan Balen of Sonora died Friday at her residence. She was 90.

She was born in Alexis, Ill., and was raised on a farm in Illinois, and on a ranch in Montana. She came to California with her parents and sisters in 1924 and had lived in Sonora since 1988.

Mrs. Balen graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City and earned a lifetime teaching credential from San Jose State University. She later earned a master's degree in library science.

She married Air Force Lt. Herb Mayes. After his death in the Battle of Midway, she entered the Women's Army Corps, where she served until the end of World War II. She met and married fellow serviceman Pete Balen, and raised their family in Mountain View and Los Altos. They had been frequent visitors to the Sonora area since 1960.

Mrs. Balen was active in the American Association of University Women and was a founding member of the Unitarian Church in Tuolumne County. She was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed traveling to the migratory flyway in Texas.

Her family said she always had a positive outlook on life and loved learning, traveling and civic work. They said she was always interested in people and cultures, and traveled extensively in Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Mexico, Iran and Japan.

Mrs. Balen is survived by her daughters, Katherine Balen and Barbara Balen, both of Sonora; a grandson, Bret Balen Malley of Sonora; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucinda and Jim DeYoung of Magalia, Butte County, and Nancy and Floyd Hobbs of Los Gatos; and nine nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, Pete Balen, and a sister, Jane Connell.

A family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to the local chapter of the Sonora Branch American Association of University Women scholarship fund, P.O. Box 3903, Sonora, CA 95370.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert M.

'Mac' McKinsey

July 29, 1943 July 21, 2003

Robert M. "Mac" McKinsey of Copperopolis died Monday at a Sonora hospital. He was 59.

He was born in Ellensburg, Wash., and lived in Twain Harte for five years before moving to Copperopolis

Mr. McKinsey worked as a shipping clerk for John Deere in Stockton for 30 years. He served in the Navy during Vietnam and was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte and the Sonora Moose Lodge.

His family said he enjoyed gardening, exterior decorating and life.

Mr. McKinsey is survived by his wife, Yolanda "Loni" McKinsey of Copperopolis; a son, Brian McKinsey of New Mexico; stepsons, Bryant and Sean Braskat of Stockton; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Steve Hooper of Lodi; his father, Norman McKinsey of Washington; a brother and sister-in-law, Vern and Diane McKinsey of Washington; a sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Tony Klocke of Washington; and three grandchildren, Brittani McKinsey of Stockton and Katie and Matthew Hooper, both of Lodi.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Temple Baptist Church, 801 S. Lower Sacramento Road in Lodi. Burial will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Ellensburg, Wash.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Monica Iris Vallero

Nov. 27, 1926 July 21, 2003

Former Angels Camp resident Monica Iris Vallero of Lodi died Monday at a Lodi hospital. She was 76.

Mrs. Vallero was born in Angels Camp and lived there for 32 years before moving to Lodi. She worked as a bank teller and loan officer for 40 years with the Bank of America in Angels Camp, and then Farmers and Merchants in Lodi.

She was an accomplished seamstress and a longtime member of jazzercize.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Theodore "Ted" Vallero of Lodi; a son, Ted "T.J." Vallero of Lodi; two daughters, Monica Bowles and Marsha Harter, both of Lodi; a brother, John Miller of Angels Camp; three sisters, Adeline Fishback of Chula Vista, Sadie Farnsworth of Santa Rosa and Margaret Stone of Angels Camp; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Angels Memorial Chapel.

Memorial donations can be made to any favorite charity.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Felix Bolton Jr.

March 13, 1927 July 22, 2003

Felix Bolton Jr. of Copperopolis died Tuesday at a Modesto hospital. He was 76.

Mr. Bolton was born in Monterey, Tenn., and lived in Copperopolis for 13 years.

He worked as a service station dealer for Union Oil in Los Altos for 35 years and served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

He was a two-term past president of the Poker Flat Homeowners Association, and was a past member of the Palo Alto Elks Lodge.

His family said he enjoyed fishing, woodworking, cross-country RV travel and bingo.

Mr. Bolton is survived by his wife, Helen Bolton of Copperopolis; two sons, Larry Bolton of Pioneer and Tom Bolton of Hollister; a grandson, Matthew Bolton of Salinas; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Bolton of Pioneer.

Visitation is scheduled for 12-5 p.m. today at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel. Burial will be at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Association, P.O. Box 75004, Seattle, WA 98125-0004.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handing arrangements.


SWANSON Mary Annabel Blom Swanson, 92, a former Sonora resident, died Monday at a Paradise care home. A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Westwood Hills Memorial Park in Placerville. Brusie Funeral Home in Chico is handing arrangements.

WESTON Arthur Douglas Weston, 76, of Sonora died yesterday at his Sonora home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

VASSER Kurt Vasser, 48, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HOUSER Susie Houser, 83, of Sonora died this morning at her residence. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.