Shirley L. Comazzi

Dec. 7, 1924 Sept. 20, 2003

Former Sonora resident Shirley L. Comazzi died Saturday at her home in Cloverdale. She was 78.

She was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and lived in Sonora for a year and a half. She attended Mount Vernon Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school in Ohio, during her high school years.

She later moved to California, where she attended La Sierra College and the College of Medical Evangelists, now know as Loma Linda University. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical therapy in 1947. After graduating, she was invited to establish a clinic for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in Peoria, Ill., where she opened a physical therapy department for treatment of polio and post-polio patients. She later returned to California and moved to the Bay area, where she worked for the March of Dimes treating polio patients. She later spent many years working for Kaiser-Permanente in Richmond. She met Alex Comazzi, a polio victim, and they were married on Aug. 3, 1952.

She had a passion for car and motorcycle racing and sports of all kinds, especially baseball, her family said. They said she spent much of her time accompanying her husband on hunting and fishing trips. In her later years, she also enjoyed going on cruises, reading and visiting with friends and family. She loved dogs and had a favorite cocker spaniel, Buffy, for 17 years.

She was an active member of the Cloverdale Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her family said she strongly believed in a Christian education.

Mrs. Comazzi is survived by her husband of 51 years, Alex Comazzi; her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James and Bonnie Comazzi of Sonora; her daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Ward Thompson of Redlands; and four grandchildren, Laura and Michael Comazzi, both of Sonora, and Christina and Seana Thompson, both of Redlands.

A memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Cloverdale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1085 S. Cloverdale Blvd. A dinner reception will be held after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a scholarship fund at Cloverdale Seventh-day Adventist Church school in her memory. Donations can be sent to Cloverdale SDA Church, 1085 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA 95425.

Daniels Chapel of the Roses in Santa Rosa is handing arrangements.

Gertrude L. Selvidge

Aug. 2, 1913 Sept. 23, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Gertrude L. Selvidge died Tuesday at her home. She was 90.

She was born in Lincolnville, Kan., and moved to Tuolumne County in 1976 after having lived in Southern California most of her life. She was a graduate of Long Beach High School.

Mrs. Selvidge worked as an office manager for various insurance companies for more than 50 years, including many agencies in the foothills.

Her family said she enjoyed music. She played classical music and piano and sang and directed in Southern California. She also enjoyed photography, knitting and crocheting, her family said.

She is survived by her stepson, Larry Selvidge of Tacoma, Wash.; a sister, Adela M. Thompson of Sonora; three nieces, Nancy L. Baker of Palm Desert, Jan L. Dona of Sonora and Lana K. Sanger of Las Vegas; many grandnieces and grandnephews; and many great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and by a sister, Melba E. Barthel.

Services were Wednesday.

Donations can be made to any favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Catherine 'Molly' S. Mitchell

March 10, 1914 Sept. 23, 2003

Catherine "Molly" S. Mitchell of Sonora died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital. She was 89.

She was born in Santa Cruz and was a homemaker for 69 years.

Her family said she loved golfing, painting, sewing and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, F.K. "Bud" Mitchell of Sonora; a daughter, Joan McRee of Grass Valley; a stepson and his wife, Bob and Charlotte Mitchell of Foster City; seven grandchildren; a step-grandchild, Matthew Mitchell of Foster City; many nieces and nephews, including Saundra Harray of Sonora; a great-niece and her husband, Catherine and Charles Lozier of Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz County; and two great-great-nieces, Lauren and Katie Lozier, both of Ben Lomond.

No services are scheduled.

Memorial donations can be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912-3950.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Sylvia 'Bobbie' Kading Kinsinger

Sept. 6, 1925 Sept. 24, 2003

Longtime Twain Harte resident Sylvia "Bobbie" Kading Kinsinger died Wednesday at her home. She was 78.

She was born in Boise, Idaho. She married Robert Kinsinger on May 20, 1950.

She trained as a nurse at St. Margaret's Hall in Boise and St. Helen's College in Portland, Ore. After a short nursing career, she devoted herself to being a homemaker and to raising her three children. She also held many leadership roles in a variety of volunteer organizations, including Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Junior League, Children's Theater in New Jersey and Civic Theater in Michigan. She was dedicated to the operation of Alano Clubs in Battle Creek, Mich., and Sonora, her family said. She also was a member of the Episcopal Church.

She enjoyed cruising on her boat, water color, oil painting and gardening. She was a voracious reader, her family added.

Her family said she also enjoyed world travel with her husband, Bob, and crewing with him on his hot-air balloon. Her greatest joy was raising and nurturing her three children and eight grandchildren, her family added.

Her family said her entire life was the epitome of "doing unto others."

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Robert Kinsinger of Twain Harte; her three children, William Kinsinger of Twain Harte, Candace Katosic of Sonora and Lisa VanHoven of Grand Rapids, Mich.; eight grandchildren, Christopher and Justin Kinsinger, Jacob, David and Andrew Katosic and Lydia, Frances and Grace VanHoven; three siblings, Anne Peterson and R. B. Kading, both of Boise, Idaho, and Edith Lockman of Benicia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the Chapel in the Pines in Twain Harte. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alano Club of Sonora, P.O. Box 117, Standard, CA 95373.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Ethlynn 'Tee' Golightly

Jan. 28, 1918 Sept. 23, 2003

Longtime Calaveras County resident Ethlynn "Tee" Golightly died Tuesday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 85.

She was born in Stockton and lived in the Burson and Valley Springs areas for 76 years. She was a retired licensed vocational nurse and had worked at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas. She graduated from Calaveras High School in 1936.

She is survived by her brother, Edwin Hayes of Redding; three nieces, Betty Claussen of Altaville, Marilyn LaBelle of Sutter Creek and Sandy McGarrah of Sacramento; and three nephews, Leland Vaughan of Idaho, John Hayes of Washington and Tom Duval of Fresno.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, in 1990.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at People's Cemetery in San Andreas.

Donations can be made to the Humane Society of Calaveras County, P.O. Box 2065, San Andreas, CA 95249, the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown, CA 95327, or Amador County Cancer Transportation Department, 516 Sutter St., Jackson, CA 95642.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Leslie David Cubit

Nov. 3, 1917 Sept. 21, 2003

Leslie David Cubit of Columbia died Sunday at his home. He was 85.

He was born in Colfax, Iowa, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

He worked in the aerospace industry and was an engineer on the Apollo space program.

After retiring, he devoted his time to his hobbies, including photography, wildlife and minerals. His family said his hobbies had a great influence on his children.

Mr. Cubit is survived by three sons, Lawrence, Robert and John Cubit; and his daughter, Ellen Cubit.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at 49er RV Park, 23233 Italian Bar Road, Columbia, in the barn reception room.

Donations can be made to the National Audubon Society, 700 Broadway, New York, N.Y., 10003.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


PAHLOW A memorial service for Dorothy M. Pahlow, 81, of Sonora, is scheduled for noon Sunday at Heritage Christian Church in Sonora. She died Sept. 7 at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

STRICKER Lovina Mae Stricker, 86, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.