Obituaries for October 17, 2003


Rosemarie Burkhart

Sept. 20, 1936 Oct. 15, 2003

Rosemarie Burkhart of Murphys died Wednesday at her home. She was 67.

She was born in Huron, S.D., and lived in Murphys for 12 years. She worked as a personnel manager with Adams Russell Inc. and was a member of the Murphys St. Patrick's Altar Society and choir. She was a volunteer worker with the St. Vincent Du Paul Society and a member of the Forest Meadows Ladies Golf Club.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred J. Burkhart of Murphys; daughters, Laurie Helm of Long Beach, Shari Burkhart of Boulder, Colo., and Jan Edwards of Sonora; siblings, Jerry, Delores, Jerome, Dick, Erwin, Millie, Ron, Flory, Ray, Lorri, Mary, Donna and Maggie; and granddaughters, Tara Rose Edwards and Amber Edwards.

A rosary is scheduled for 7 tonight at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Murphys. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the church.

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

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

John Michael Ghiorso

Feb. 9, 1966 Oct. 14, 2003

Former Sonora resident John Michael Ghiorso died suddenly Tuesday at his home in Sacramento. He was 37.

He was born in Sacramento but raised in Sonora. He graduated from Sonora High School. He was a member of Boy Scouts, earned his Eagle Scout honor and a life-saving medal. He lived in Chico before moving to Sacramento.

His family said he enjoyed mountain climbing, mountain biking and loved the outdoors. He was an avid skier and a licensed deep-sea diver. He was a member of the Search and Rescue program at Columbia College.

He was a licensed radio operator with a specialty in television and worked in television and for KKBN radio. He also worked as a registered nurse with a specialty in high-tech equipment, dialysis and cardiac intensive care.

Mr. Ghiorso is survived by his parents, Mike and Ciria Ghiorso of Denver; a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Craig Calhoun of Denver; grandmothers, Georgia Casillas of Merced and Marion Policht of Pinecrest; aunts, Carol Cole of Pinecrest and Lutie Harris of Merced; a niece, Katherine Calhoun of Denver; nephews, John and Andrew Calhoun of Denver; cousins in the Merced, Fairfield and Sonora areas; many longtime family acquaintances; and many aunts and uncles in the Phoenix area.

A vigil is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Donations can be made to the John Ghiorso Memorial Nursing Scholarship, in care of the Sonora High School District Office, attention Julie Giove, 251 S. Barretta St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Frederic A. Hoover

June 23, 1932 Oct. 11, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Frederic A. Hoover died Saturday at his home. He was 71.

He was born in Omaha, Neb., and lived in Sonora for 20 years. He owned and operated Serenity Bed & Breakfast in Sonora for 19 years.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-81.

Mr. Hoover is survived by his daughter, Tracy Grauberger of Reno, Nev.; a sister, Judy Hoover of Florida; and a great-granddaughter, Kara Grauberger of Reno, Nev.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Hoover, in 2001.

No services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Glenda Earline 'Mam' Nash

Nov. 11, 1934 Oct. 15, 2003

Longtime Angels Camp resident Glenda Earline "Mam" Nash died Wednesday at her home. She was 68.

She was born in Hugo, Okla. She and her husband, Clyde O. Nash, moved to Calaveras County in 1959. They had owned and operated the Chevron station in Angels Camp since 1966. She was a homemaker and the bookkeeper for the station until 1992, at which time she retired to spend more time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sister, Carol Spring of Oklahoma; a brother, Richard Spring of Texas; sons and daughters-in-law, Clyde and Nancy Nash Jr. and Michael and Shana Nash, all of Angels Camp; and grandchildren, Adam, Travis, Casey and Raychel, all of Angels Camp.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde O. Nash in 1999.

A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Angels Memorial Chapel.

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

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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