July 18, 1913 July 13, 2003
Longtime Tuolumne County resident Louella DePaoli died July 13 at her residence in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 89.
She was born to Guy and Vernie Coffey of Portland, Ore., and was one of 15 children. She and her husband, Charles DePaoli, owned numerous businesses in Tuolumne County from the 1950s to the '90s, including the Wagon Wheel restaurant and Louver saloon in Sonora, the Buggy Wheel tavern in Jamestown and the Bees Nest tavern in Groveland.
Mrs. DePaoli is survived by a brother, Clayton Coffey of Portland, Ore.; a son, John DePaoli of Santa Fe; a daughter, Lisa DePaoli of Santa Fe; two grandchildren, Scott and Sarah, both of Santa Fe; two sisters-in-law, Rose Ronten and Clara DePaoli, both of Modesto; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, in 1996.
Santa Fe Funeral Options and Memorial Gardens handled arrangements. Susie Marcella (Peale) Houser
Dilli Louis 'Jazz' Guissi
Jan. 4, 1913 July 25, 2003
Sonora native Dilli Louis "Jazz" Guissi died Friday at a Modesto hospital. He was 90.
He was born in Sonora and was the son of Italian immigrants. He was the last remaining of the 12 children of Pietro and Eugina Guizo (the original spelling of the family name) who came from Genoa, Italy. They settled in the Mother Lode in the 1800s and for many years operated the Columbo Hotel on Washington Street in Sonora.
Mr. Guissi graduated from Sonora Grammar School and from Sonora High School in 1931, where he was a basketball star. He later joined the Army in 1943 and was stationed in the Phillipines during World War II. He was discharged in 1946.
He worked in the logging industry before getting hurt, and later became a bartender. He married Dorothy Mae McEwen and had two sons, William and David. He loved sports and was an avid golfer for 50 years.
His family said he could frequently be seen walking downtown with a golf club in his hand or sitting in the Miner's Shack having his morning coffee.
Mr. Guissi is survived by a son, David Guissi of Sonora; a grandson, Peter Guissi of Sonora; and numerous stepdaughters, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, William Guissi.
A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Sonora.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Susie Marcella (Peale) Houser
Dec. 13, 1919 July 25, 2003
Susie Marcella (Peale) Houser of Sonora died Friday at her home. She was 83.
She was born in Welch, Okla. She was the youngest of 12 brothers and sisters and the last survivor of her generation. She spent most of her life as a wife, homemaker and mother in Southern California, until 1977, when she and her husband retired to Sonora.
She is survived by two daughters, Lorraine Hammond of Sonora and Madelyn Applegate of Silverton, Ore.; three grandchildren, Cynthia Hammond of Sonora, Scott Hammond of Kennewick, Wash., and Kristeen Applegate of Prince William Sound, Alaska; two nieces, Carol Ginn of Sonora and Sally Metzger of Greeley Hill; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Houser, and 11 brothers and sisters, including Annabelle Smith.
Visitation is scheduled for 6-8 tonight at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.
Mary Katherine Serra
May 9, 1910 July 24, 2003
Former San Andreas resident Mary Katherine Serra died Thursday at a Sacramento nursing home. She was 93.
She was born in Chisholm, Minn. She lived in San Andreas before moving to Sacramento seven years ago.
She worked as a secretary, office manager, dispatcher and payroll clerk for the California Department of Forestry, Calaveras Ranger Unit. She was past president of the St. Andrew's Altar Society in San Andreas and a member of the California State Retirement Society.
She is survived by three sons, John, Carlin and Mick Serra, all of San Andreas; a daughter, Rose Mary Horn of Sacramento; two brothers, Frank Pozar of Fresno and Stan Pozar of Seattle; a sister, Albina Crane of Fresno; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David William Serra.
A Mass was to be held today at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in San Andreas.
Donations can be made to St. Andrew's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 550, San Andreas, CA 95249, the San Andreas Fire Protection District, P.O. Box 88, San Andreas, CA 95249, or any favorite charity.
Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
BERGER The Thursday military service for U.S. Marine Capt. John Timothy Berger has been canceled.