Douglas Dow Miller Jr.

June 2, 1939 Oct. 9, 2003

Douglas Dow Miller Jr. of Twain Harte died Oct. 9 at his home. He was 64.

He was born in Palo Alto and joined the Marine Corps after graduation from high school. He served at Camp Pendleton in Southern California and returned to Northern California after completing his service.

He graduated from San Francisco State University in 1964 and became a life insurance salesman. He later was promoted to sales management.

In 1968, he was hired by a small orthodontic manufacturer, Unitek Corp., to help develop the company's orthodontic sales in a five-state area.

He moved to Laguna Niguel in 1968 and, in 1970, became Western regional manager for Unitek, then director of its dental group in 1978.

He was hired by Johnson and Johnson in 1982 to head up the sales of a recently purchased small orthodontic manufacturer named "A" Company. In January 1992 he was hired by Lancer Orthodontics as president and chief operating officer and charged with reversing the downward trends of the major orthodontic manufacturer. Within the year, he dealt with major issues plaguing the company and brought it into profitability. He retired from Lancer in 2002.

His passions for the outdoors led him to retire and move to Twain Harte, his family said. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for more than 30 years.

While living in Laguna Niguel, his family said he spent countless hours at the beach and sailing his boat, "The Impulse." His hobbies included reading, traveling and collecting World War II paraphernalia. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, sharing his appreciation of the outdoors and loved his country, his family added.

Mr. Miller is survived by his mother, Kay Ann Miller; his daughter and son-in-law, Laurie Miller Schneider and Todd Schneider; granddaughter, Madeline Schneider; and his companion, Patricia Tippett.

Services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joseph Manuel Katon

May 10, 1942 Oct. 27, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Joseph Manuel Katon died Monday at his home. He was 61.

He was born in Merced and lived in Sonora for 30 years. He was a ranch manager for Larson Farms for 28 years and was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His family said he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Mr. Katon is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mary Katon of Sonora; daughters, Anna Gates of San Andreas and Kaleena Katon of Sonora; a grandson, Joseph Dean Gates of San Andreas; sisters, Susan Seglem of Minden, Nev., and Janet Potter of Oakdale; her mother, Josephine Stephens of Minden, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370 or the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.

A gathering of friends and family is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the family's home in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Irene Susan Matoza

Feb. 1, 1941 Oct. 26, 2003

Former Sonora resident Irene Susan Matoza died Sunday at her home in Ocean Shores, Wash. She was 62.

She was born in Los Angeles to Al and Sally Cassell. She attended San Fernando High School and graduated from Bryman School of Court Reporting in Los Angeles in 1978.

She married Jim Matoza in Moorpark on May 5, 1979, and worked as a court reporter for the County of Los Angeles and as a department secretary for Rockwell International in Canoga Park before she moved to Sonora in 1984 and lived here until 2002. She worked as a county clerk for her last 13 years in Tuolumne County.

She was a Girl Scout leader for seven years and was a member of the Lion's Club in Twain Harte and Elks Club in Ocean Shores. She bowled in leagues in Aberdeen, Wash., and Ocean Shores. She also belonged to the Ladies' Pinochle Club in Ocean Shores.

Her family said she loved music, playing the piano, gardening and any outdoor activities including horseback riding, water-skiing, hiking and biking.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Matoza of Ocean Shores; daughters, Wendy Jones of Richmond, Va., Jill Gianettoni of Mountain View, Renee Yam Pat of Angels Camp, Kelli Gianettoni of Cameron Park, Erin Matoza of Portland, Ore., and Brynn Matoza of Bremerton, Wash.; a brother, Roger Cassell of California; a sister, Davina Zuckerman of West Hills; and three grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Evergreen Mortuary and Cremation in Aberdeen, Wash., is handling arrangements.


Elizabeth Cox

Aug. 15, 1960 Oct. 26, 2003

Marianne Elizabeth Cox of Twain Harte died Sunday at a Modesto hospital from injuries suffered in a car accident. She was 43.

She was born in Albany and lived in Twain Harte for the past six months.

She worked for Blue Cross as a claim service representative for nine years. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte and volunteered for AIDS charities. She visited shut-ins and took care of her grandmothers.

She liked quilting and hiking and was an expert in the growing and roasting of coffee. She loved family history, was a loyal Oakland Raiders fan and was a joy to know, her family added.

Her family added that she devoted her life to Psalm 95, "O Lord Open our lips and we shall proclaim your praise."

She is survived by her mother, Mary Louise Lorang of Twain Harte; her father, Robert Cox of Bend, Ore.; grandmothers, Elsie Lorang of Sonora and Eleanor Cox of Bend, Ore.; brothers, Jonathan and Christopher Cox, both of Morgan Hill, and Robert Cox of Tarzana; sisters, Robin Klein of Santa Barbara and Kathleen Lorang of Alameda; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

A memorial service was to be held today at All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte.

Donations can be made to AIDS Research in care of Sierra Health Resources/Sierra AIDS Council, P.O. Box 159, Angels Camp, CA 95222.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Virginia M. Seifert

July 10, 1923 Oct. 24, 2003

Former longtime Sonora resident Virginia M. Seifert died Friday at her home in Turlock. She was 80.

She was born in Aberdeen, S.D., and lived in Sonora for 23 years and Turlock for two years. She worked as a registered nurse before she retired. While in Sonora, she was an active member of Christian Heights Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by her son, Randy Petersen of San Jose; daughters, Leandra Johnson of Rescue, El Dorado County, and Lorie Kulin of Redmond, Ore.; stepsons, Ron Seifert of Sonora and Tim Seifert of San Jose; stepdaughter, Virginia Lee Seifert of San Jose; a sister, Barbara Murphy of Turlock; six grandsons; and a granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Seifert.

A private graveside service is scheduled at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


GEIGER George Willard Geiger, 96, of Jamestown died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MORRIS Blanche Morris, 83, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MORRIS Ron Morris, 49, of La Grange died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.