Helen M. Humphries

April 27, 1916 Dec. 10, 2003

Helen M. Humphries of Sonora died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital. She was 87.

She was born in Edmond, Okla., and lived in Sonora for three years. She previously had lived in Gustine for 29 years.

Before she was married, she traveled with evangelist Charles Skovel and helped found several First Christian Churches across the United States. After she was married, Helen and her husband owned and operated a grocery store in Fairland, Ind., and a department store in Centerville, Ind. They lived all over the United States.

Her family said she enjoyed playing Scrabble, reading and traveling, and enjoyed her church family at the First Baptist Church of Sonora.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Wil and Carol Humphries Jr. of Soulsbyville; two grandsons, Wilson Humphries III of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Brandon Humphries of Virginia, both of whom are in the U.S. Army; and a sister, Jewelle Nicora of Fullerton.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Wilson Bain Humphries, on Sept. 6, and a sister, Lucille Humphries.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Helen Hervey Jasper

May 18, 1908 Dec. 4, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Helen Hervey Jasper died Dec. 4 at a Fresno hospital. She was 95.

She was born in Santa Ana to Dr. Albert R. and Addie E. Parsons. She graduated from Newport Beach Grammar School and Glendale High School and attended University of California, Berkeley, where for three years she was affiliated with the Kappa Delta sorority. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California in 1930 and her master's degree from Columbia University in New York in 1931. She worked in a brokerage firm while in New York.

Prior to her marriage, she taught typing at Glendale Junior High School. On July 1, 1933, she married Edward M. Jasper, the third generation of the Jasper ranching family to live in Tuolumne County. They made their home on the ranch in Keystone. In the 1950s, they lived in Jamestown, then later in Sonora. After her husband died in 1977, she moved to Columbia and lived there until 2000, when she moved to Coalinga.

She lived in Tuolumne County for 67 years. She was a homemaker, rancher and teacher. She taught adults sewing and meal-planning on a budget, and taught biology and Latin at Sonora High School and Tuolumne High School, now known as Summerville High School.

Mrs. Jasper was a charter member of the Tuolumne County Historical Society. In April 1971, she and her husband were named to the Tuolumne County Historical Society's Order of the Wheel Horse for their contributions to the county's historical preservation. She and her husband were credited with outstanding work in the field of American Indian history and culture. Both taught classes in American Indian lore. She was a speaker at the Green Springs plaque dedication in May 1980.

She was named "Senior of the Year" on her birthday in 1997 and was an active "Call-A-Day" volunteer for 15 years. She was a member of Eastern Star in Knights Ferry, Aronos Research Women's Club, American Association of University Women, the Mother Lode Art Association and many other local organizations. She was a current member of the Tuolumne County Farm Bureau.

She was an artist who exhibited paintings at the Coalinga Art Association.

Her family said she loved gardening, reading and crossword puzzles, and enjoyed a good game of bridge. She was a marvelous seamstress, her family added.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Joanna Vidito of San Jose, Mary and Richard Curtin of Coalinga and Karen and James Reese of Orange; six grandchildren and their spouses, Jesse and Luwanna Vidito III of Visalia, Matthew and Teresa Vidito of Gilroy, Christiaan and Stacey Curtin of Madera, Kenet Curtin of San Luis Obispo, Tracy and Jeffery Straley of Riverside and Rhonda and James Grasberger of Ashland, Mass.; 13 great-grandchildren, Jesse Vidito IV of Champaign, Ill., Arlo Vidito of Visalia, Matthew, Rebecca and Nathalia Vidito, all of Gilroy, Ashlin and Chrislyn Curtin, both of Madera, Jacob and Samantha Straley, both of Riverside, Lauren, Erica and Michelle Grasberger, all of Ashland, Mass., and Rick Williams and his wife, Laura, of Melbourne, Ark.; and one great-great grandchild, Abigail Williams.

A private family service is scheduled.

Yost & Webb Funeral Home in Fresno is handling arrangements.

Diane Lynn

June 21, 1940 Dec. 10, 2003

Diane Lynn of Pine Mountain Lake died Wednesday at her home. She was 63.

She was a native of Chicago and lived in San Jose from 1966-2000 before retiring to Pine Mountain Lake.

Her family said she worked for 21 years for the Moreland School District of San Jose and loved her retirement experiences at Pine Mountain Lake.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jerry; her children, Jeff, Sharon, Karen and Janet; and two grandchildren, Kala and Ryan.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Big Oak Flat.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Henry C. Thienes

Dec. 10, 1906 Dec. 13, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Henry C. Thienes died Saturday at a Sonora care home. He was 97.

He was born in Tuttletown and lived in Sonora until his early 20s. He moved to Roseville and lived there for many years and returned to Sonora in 1979. He worked as a service manager for Macario Motors in Roseville for 45 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the Seabees 11th Battalion.

His family said he loved to fish.

Mr. Thienes is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, David C. and Betty Thienes of Sonora and Henry J. and Ruth Thienes of Granite Bay; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren.

No services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Irene Fern Valentine

Feb. 3, 1932 Dec. 14, 2003

Irene Fern Valentine of San Andreas died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. She was 71.

She was born in Boone County, Ark. She lived in San Andreas for nearly 25 years and previously in the Jamestown and Sonora areas. She was a homemaker for 50 years.

Her family said she loved her family, outdoors, gardening, watching birds and writing.

She is survived by her mother, Louella Boucher of Pierce City, Mo.; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Donna Valentine of Jamestown; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Novy of San Andreas, Shirley and David Powell of Angels Camp, Louise and Sal Valentine of Stockton, Lana and Dennis Stitzer of Poulsbo, Wash., Sharon and Robert Vonich of Columbia, Sherry Spraggins of Jamestown and Sue Valentine of Tuolumne; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Jamestown City Cemetery.

Donations can be made to HRC Calaveras Women's Crisis Center, P.O. Box 623, San Andreas, CA 95249 or Tuolumne General Hospital, 101 Hospital Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


GEERER Mary Catherine Geerer, 92, of Sonora died yesterday at a Jamestown care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HAMMOND Norma Snow Hammond, 91, of Sonora died Sunday at her home. Franklin & Downs Funeral Home in Modesto is handling arrangements.

MATSLER Monte Matsler, 70, of Soulsbyville died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

PETTIGREW Elaine Margaret Pettigrew, 81, of Angels Camp died Friday at her home. A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at Alta Mesa Memorial Park Cemetery, 495 Arastradero Road, in Palo Alto. Lima Family Mortuary in Palo Alto is handling arrangements.

SEUBERTH Loma Seuberth, 86, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.