Obituaries for October 1, 2003


Lionel 'Chow' Day

June 7, 1928 Sept. 28, 2003

Lifelong Tuolumne resident Lionel "Chow" Day died Sunday at his home. He was 75.

He was born in Sonora and lived in Tuolumne all his life. He worked in maintenance for the asbestos plant in Copperopolis. He took care of 30 buffalo for many years in Wallace. He was an extra in movies filmed in Tuolumne County. When he was young, he worked for Westside Lumber Co.

His family said he enjoyed playing bingo and slot machines, fishing, golfing and Western movies.

Mr. Day is survived by his companion, Frances Longeway of Tuolumne; a son, Lionel Day Jr. of Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers, Calvin Day of Tuolumne and Vic Day of Twain Harte; sisters, Louise Griffin of Diamond Springs and Leona Applequist of Tuolumne; a grandson, Lionel Day III of Mesa, Ariz.; four other grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

No services are scheduled at his request.

Donations can be made to American Diabetes Association, Memorial and Honor Program, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio, 44720.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Barbara Verne Farray

March 27, 1918 Sept. 27, 2003

Longtime Valley Springs resident Barbara Verne Farray died Saturday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 85.

She was born in Los Angeles and lived in Valley Springs for 26 years. She was a retired teacher. She earned her bachelor's degree in public speaking and a teaching credential from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mrs. Farray is survived by her husband, Antoine Farray of Valley Springs; sons, Tom Cline of Berkeley and William Cline of Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Catherine McDonald of Orinda; and two grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at her request.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Rose Mary


Dec. 20, 1924 Sept. 29, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Rose Mary Martin died Monday at her home. She was 78.

She was born in Bay St. Louis, Miss. She lived in Sonora for 27 years.

She was a homemaker for more than 57 years. Her family said she was a devoted wife and mother. She was an active member of the Crystal Falls-Sonora Meadows Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and Women's Club, Mother Lode Rollers Club, TOPS and a past member of Beta Sigma Phi of San Jose.

Her family said she donated hundreds of hours knitting hats and booties for the Sonora Community Hospital Birth Center and slippers for residents of hospital long-term care units. She loved making all types of crafts, and loved to cook and camp.

She is survived by her husband, Richard "Marty" Martin of Sonora; her sons and daughters-in-law, David "Marty" and Cheri Martin and Larry and Terri Martin, all of Sonora; her daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Tom Bates and Karen and Mike McGregor, all of Chicago; and a brother, Forrest Traverca of Westwego, La.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Richard Martin's home at 22420 Rhine River Drive, East Sonora.

Donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Albert 'Al'

Herman Schlenke

Feb. 14, 1915 Sept. 26, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Albert "Al" Herman Schlenke died Friday at his home. He was 88.

He was born in Pittsburgh. He had lived in California since 1948 and in Tuolumne County since 1979. Since their marriage in 1970, he and his wife, Jeanne, spent weekends and vacations at their Sonora home until 1979, when they built their retirement home in Sonora. In 2000, they moved to a smaller home in Jamestown.

He retired as regional parts manager of Montgomery Ward after 32 years. He worked in warehousing, quality and inventory control and as a buyer in Chicago.

He graduated from Wilkinsburg High School in 1933 in Wilkinsburg, Penn. He attended Westinghouse Technical Night School of Engineering from 1938-40, the University of Pittsburgh Production Planning and Control in 1941, and engineer school at Fort Belvoir, Va., in 1943.

Mr. Schlenke served in the U.S. Army from 1942-46 as private, then as 1st lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1946-53 as captain in the Corps of Engineers. He was stationed in the Chicago District Office Corps of Engineers Procurement Division from 1943-46.

He had been a member of American Legion Post No. 675 since 1946 and was commander in San Lorenzo in 1950 and district adjutant in Alameda County in 1951.

He served on the board of trustees for the San Lorenzo School District from 1955-63 and was president twice during those years. He received an honorary life membership at the California Congress of Parents and Teachers in 1958. He had been a member of the Sonora Elks Lodge No. 1587 since 1980, Sons in Retirement since 1989 and Tuolumne County Blue Ribbon Committee during 1990-91.

He had been a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church since 1980, and served for three years each as treasurer, trustee and president, and one year as vice president. He was a member of the Aid Association for Lutherans Branch No. 4251, and served five years as president. In 2002, he transferred to American Legion Post No. 58 in Sonora.

Mr. Schlenke is survived by his wife, Jeanne Schlenke of Jamestown; a daughter, Joyce Johnson of Stockton; a stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Marcia and Stephen Doty of Auburn; a stepson, Robert Novak; three grandchildren, Kari Johnson, Linda Campbell and Todd Ortega; five great-grandchildren, Cody, Brittany, Branden, and Jeremy Campbell and Chellsie Ortega; three nieces; and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Johnson.

Services were held.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Al Schlenke to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way, Sonora, CA 95370 or the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Robert E. Ward

Oct. 2, 1918 Sept. 29, 2003

Robert E. Ward of Groveland died Monday at his home. He was 84.

He was born in Cedar County, Mo. He lived in Groveland for 17 years and worked as a carpenter for 40 years. He was an avid fisherman.

His family said he loved the outdoors and walking, and he was young at heart. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Ward is survived by his wife of 63 years, Maxine Ward of Groveland; a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Cindy Ward of Fremont; daughters, Vicki Smith of Fremont and Shirley Gardner of San Jose; a brother, Joseph Ward of Denver; a sister, Ethel Walker of Denver; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for friends and family is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at his home.

Donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

David Leston Williams

Dec. 9, 1919 Sept. 26, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident David Leston Williams died Friday at his home. He was 83.

He was born in Georgetown, Texas, and moved to Sonora in 1963. He owned a Greyhound bus station and taxi cab service in Georgetown, Texas, and a pest control service in Harlingen, Texas, before he relocated to Tuolumne County. He worked in maintenance at Tuolumne General Hospital and at the Tuolumne County Courthouse for 20 years. He was a retired employee of Tuolumne County.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of American Association of Retired Persons, the American Society of Dowsers, Twain Harte American Legion and Tuolumne County Retirees Association.

He married Mary Louise Williams on March 6, 1942.

Mr. Williams is survived by his daughter, Cindy Tune of Sonora; his son, David Leston Williams Jr. of Fairfield; six grandchildren, Norman Lloyd Tune of Sonora, Stephene Caldera of Vacaville, Genna Kronschnable of Vacaville, and Sean, Jason and Heidi Williams, all of Fairfield; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Williams.

No services are scheduled.

Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling arrangements.

Gerald H. Wright

March 3, 1908 Sept. 28, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Gerald H. Wright died Sunday at a Riverbank care home. He was 95.

He was born in San Diego and had lived in Sonora since 1972. He previously lived in Northridge. He worked as a butcher for 44 years for various employers and was last employed with Acme Meats.

His family said he was proud to have cut steaks for Clark Gable and other movie stars. He enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening, his family added. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

His family said he was proud of his Irish heritage.

Mr. Wright is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dolores Wright of Sonora; a daughter, Barbara Harris of Sonora; grandchildren and their spouses, Chuck and Judy Harris of Jamestown, Bob and Donna Harris of Copperopolis, Mike and Dawn Harris of Sonora, John and Marlene Wright of Long Beach, David Wright of Arizona, Justin Morrison of Pasadena; great-grandchildren, Shawn, Ronnie, Brandon, Maria, Clayton and Cristine; a daughter-in-law, Kert Wright of Pasadena; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas J. Wright, in 1999, and son-in-law, George R. Harris, in 1983.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


WEBBON Warren William Webbon, 83, of Sonora died this morning at a Modesto medical center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WYLLIE James Weston Wyllie, 85, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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