Ronald Joseph Grahek

Nov. 4, 1954 Jan. 4, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Ronald Joseph Grahek died Sunday at his home of a cancerous brain tumor. He was 49.

He was born in Orange and lived in Tuolumne County for 23 years, most recently in Soulsbyville. He worked as a carpenter for 30 years and for Van's Cabinet Shop for 17 years.

His family said he was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, camping and gardening. He was family oriented and loved his family, they added.

Mr. Grahek is survived by his wife, Debi Grahek of Soulsbyville; a son, Joshua Grahek of Sacramento; a daughter, Leah Grahek of Santa Rosa; stepsons, Thomas and Tyler Alexander of Sonora; a stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Jessica and Rocky Hernandez of Sonora; granddaughter, Ukiah Hernandez of Sonora; his mother, Mildred P. Grahek of Cameron Park; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene A. and Pat Grahek and Randall A. and Valerie Grahek, all of Placerville, and Gregory A. Grahek of Huntington Beach; a niece, Erin A. Grahek of Folsom; a nephew, Justin R. Grahek of Davis; mother-in-law, Barbara Agles of Sonora; sisters-in-law, Diane Matzas of Gardnerville, Nev., and Nancy Agles of Millbrae; brother-in-law, David Agles of San Bruno; his boss, David Fickel of Sonora; friends and co-workers at Van's, Dave and Kari Guzman of Tuolumne and Vicki Hirsch of Jamestown; and his dogs, Roscoe and Cooper.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Sierra Bible Church in Sonora.

Donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370 or Sonora Community Hospital, 1 S. Forest Road, Sonora, CA 95370 with a memo requesting donations be directed to the cancer fund.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Annie Effie Haley

April 4, 1920 Jan. 2, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Annie Effie Haley died Friday at her daughter's Big Hill home. She was 83.

She was born on her family's ranch in Calaveras County to Edward and Effie Schaad. In 1949, along with her husband, Mack Haley, and her three children, she moved to her home in Shaws Flat. After the death of her husband in 1963, she began working at the Columbia Candy Kitchen. She also worked at Sierra Laundry in Sonora.

Her family said she loved to hunt and fish. She always grew a large garden and shared her vegetables with family and friends, her family added.

Mrs. Haley is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Shirley and Daryl Munoz of Henderson, Nev., and Maxine Young Paul of Big Hill; son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Ellen Haley of Tuolumne; 11 grandchildren, Janette Ghiorso of Oregon, Julie Hall of Oregon, Janelle Ghiorso, Mike and Patti Young, Douglas and Sherri Young, and Tammie and Allan Weathers, all of Sonora, Linnett and Ray Swanson of Montana, Donna Meyer of Tuolumne, Shawna and Scott Jones and Daniel and John Baldwin, all of Tuolumne, and Michelle Haley; 30 great-grandchildren; a brother, James Schaad of Manteca; a nephew and his wife, Leland and Ailene Haley of Wilseyville; caregiver, Melvin Davis of Big Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack B. Haley; two sons-in-laws, Dick Young and Scotty Paul; and a brother, John Schaad.

No services are scheduled. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at one of her favorite spots with a picnic and fishing for those who wish to.

Donations can be made in her memory to the Area 12 Agency on Aging, 13975 Mono Way, Suite E, 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.

Gary Jay Pierson

Jan. 26, 1944 Jan. 2, 2004

Gary Jay Pierson of Copperopolis died Friday at a Modesto hospital. He was 59.

He was born in Aberdeen, S.D., and lived in Copperopolis for four years.

He drove a school bus for Merced County Schools, worked as a manager for Thrifty's in Tracy and as a butcher for Souza's Meat Company. He also was a volunteer firefighter. He also was a graduate of Columbia College's culinary arts program and most recently worked in charge of the maintenance crew at Gottschalks.

He served in the U.S. Marines from 1962-66 in Vietnam and received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of the veterans' group Foothills Warriors.

His hobbies included art, playing cards and drawing. He enjoyed martial arts, which he taught and competed in. His family said the part of his life he enjoyed most was being a grandfather.

Mr. Pierson is survived by his companion, Sheila Kirschner of Copperopolis; a daughter, Stacy Len Pierson of Tracy; a son, Brian Pierson of California; grandchildren, Raymond Pierson Jay Garcia and Liberty Ray-Len Garcia, both of Tracy; a brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Carole Pierson of Los Gatos; a sister, Annette Pierson of Stockton; a nephew, Ronald Pierson of Los Gatos; a great niece, Alyssa Pierson of San Jose; great nephews, Brandon Pierson of San Jose and Michael Pierson of Tracy; stepsons and stepdaughter-in-law, Jesse and Nichole Kirschner of Elk Grove and Steven Growcock of Tracy; a stepdaughter, Jeannie and Stephen Rodenburg of Turlock; step grandchildren, Kendra and Brennan Rodenburg of Turlock; and Sheila Kirschner's family and friends, including her parents, MaryLou and Mike Cole of Groveland.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A potluck will be held after the service at the Veterans Memorial Hall in downtown Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Foothill Warriors, 588 Cielo Vista Way, Sonora, CA 95370 or Satellite Dialysis Center, in care of David Peters, 136 E. Columbia Way, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Claudia Carolyn Sonnenfelt

March 29, 1935 Jan. 2, 2004

Longtime Jamestown resident Claudia Carolyn Sonnenfelt died Friday at a Sonora hospital. She was 68.

She was born in Omaha, Neb., and had lived in Jamestown since 1978. She worked as a computer operator for California Air National Guard for 15 years in Hayward. She was married to Frank W. Sonnenfelt for 42 years.

Her family said she was an avid reader and lover of cats, and a meticulous housekeeper.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Sonnenfelt of Jamestown.

No services are scheduled.

Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling arrangements.

Marie E. Cowles

Aug. 12, 1906 Jan. 2, 2004

Marie E. Cowles of Valley Springs died Friday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 97.

She was born in Spokane, Wash., and lived in Sacramento for many years before moving to Valley Springs three years ago. She grew up in Eastern Oregon while her father worked with the railroad. She was a homemaker and a high school graduate.

Her family said she enjoyed playing basketball while growing up and was a member of the Celestial Singers, for which she was lead soprano.

She is survived by her children, Dottie Lenfestey, Donna Powers and Roland Stowell, all of Valley Springs; a brother, Ray Tomlinson of La Grande, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

John Warren Mosher

Nov. 21, 1914 Jan. 5, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident John Warren Mosher died Monday at a Sonora hospital. He was 89.

He was born in San Francisco and lived in Tuolumne County for 41 years, most recently in Sonora. He previously lived in Berkeley for eight years and San Mateo for 50 years. He worked as a general manager for Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Drug Company for 30 years until his retirement. He served as a pharmacist's mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was attached to the 4th Marine Division and was stationed in the Marshall Islands and Iwo Jima aboard the USS Storm King.

He loved all sports and was an avid golfer. He was a member of the Twain Harte Men's Golf Club and Northern California Golf Association. He also was a member of Sons in Retirement and St. James' Episcopal Church.

Mr. Mosher is survived by his daughter, Eleanor W. Fleming of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Nathan, Aaron and Laurel Hunter; great-grandchildren, Katy and Elliot Hunter; stepson, Sherwood Beckley of Houston; step grandchildren, Patricia and Paul Beckley; and step great-grandchildren, Dylan and Brett Ottea.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Carolyn G. Mosher in 1981, and Helene G. Mosher in 1995; and a brother, Richard Mosher.

Private inurnment is scheduled at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


ELLIS Jane Ellis, 80, of Jamestown died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.