Virginia G. Fuccillo

Sept. 15, 1915 Jan. 9, 2004

Virginia G. Fuccillo, mother of Gerard J. "Jerry" Fuccillo of Sonora, died Jan. 9 at a Huntington, Long Island, N.Y., hospital. She was 88.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., into a large family. She lived in New York City and Long Island. She was a homemaker raising four sons, and was the wife of a New York Police Department police detective. She was an occasional visitor to Sonora to see her son, Jerry, and made many friends in Tuolumne County.

Her family said she was known for her cooking, spirit and manner, and her love of gardening.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Richard C. and Nancy Fuccillo of Patchogue, Long Island, Gerard J. and Marci Fuccillo of Sonora, and Paul J. and Karen Fuccillo of Dix Hills, Long Island; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, G. Joseph "Gus" Fuccillo in 1999; her oldest son, John J. Fuccillo in 1992; five sisters; and three brothers.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at SS. Cyril Methodius Roman Catholic Church in Deer Park, N.Y., with burial at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Long Island.

Mangano Funeral Home in Deer Park, Long Island, is handling arrangements.

Torey M. Herndon

June 14, 1970 Jan. 16, 2004

Torey M. Herndon of Coulterville died Friday in a car accident on Highway 108. He was 33.

He was born in Modesto, and had lived in the Stanislaus County area for 30 years, most recently in Coulterville. He worked as a union carpenter for 10 years. He was a member of the Houndsman's Club and member and a bare-back rider for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

His family said he was an avid hunter and enjoyed visiting Pinecrest, Dardanelle and Kennedy Meadows.

Mr. Herndon is survived by his wife, Peggy Herndon of Coulterville; his children, Nicole and Jamie Herndon, both of Coulterville; a sister, Ronda Davis of Kansas; brothers Jarrod and Kyle Herndon, both of Oakdale, Ron Herndon of Kansas and Elliot Herndon of Modesto; his parents, Joe and Sonja Herndon of Oakdale; grandparents Russ Tollesen of Fresno and Shirley Shanahan of Modesto; and his mother and father-in-law, Valera and Bill Cashman of Strawberry.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oakdale.

Donations can be made to the Jamie Herndon Trust Fund, care of Washington Mutual Bank, 325 East F. St., Oakdale, CA 95361.

Oakdale Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Hugh L. Hodges

March 31, 1921 Jan. 14, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Hugh L. Hodges died Wednesday at a Sonora care home. He was 82.

He was born in Finger, Tenn., and raised in Selmer, Tenn. He had lived in Sonora for 30 years. In 1944, he served during World War II as a P-38 fighter pilot with the 429th Fighter Squadron. He was shot down and captured, and later escaped.

He returned to civilian life after the war and married his first wife, Floy, in 1945. They had one child, Meredith, and later divorced.

In 1952, he was called back to military life after he married his second wife, Joan Riedel. During the next 22 years, he and his family were stationed in various states and countries including Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Alabama, Germany and Japan. He also served in Na Trang during the Vietnam War.

After a 32-year military career, he retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. He moved to Sonora in 1974 with his family.

His family said he liked to play golf and work on his property. During his later years, he enjoyed watching sports on TV and attending his grandchildren's sporting events.

Mr. Hodges is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan R. Hodges of Sonora; daughters and sons-in-law Meredith and Marvin Huey of Clovis, Jania Hodges and Gary Schlussler of Grass Valley, Christa Bennett of Modesto, and Gera and Ray Klein of Moccasin; a sister and brother-in-law, Billie Sue and Jim Bryant of Lake Providence, La.; grandchildren Leigha Raquenio of Fresno, and Matt and Jacob Klein of Moccasin; a great-granddaughter, Lana Teixeira of Fresno; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Charles Ray Hodges of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Hodges; his father, Hugh L. Hodges Sr.; and a brother, Charles Hodges.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Donations can be made to a favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Shirley Ann (Miller) Norris Lint

July 10, 1935 Jan. 14, 2004

Shirley Ann Lint of Groveland died Wednesday at her home after fighting a three-year battle against cancer. She was 68.

She was born in Lower Lake, Lake County. She was a fifth-generation Californian born to Estelle and Fredrick Miller. She worked as a broker/Realtor for five years at Sugar Pine Reality/GMAC in Groveland and was on the board for the Hetch-Hetchy Association of Realtors. She had lived in Pine Mountain Lake for 18 years.

She lived in Menlo Park and Sunnyvale until 1985, and owned and operated the Pin Cushion, a retail fabric store, for 15 years in Santa Clara. She worked as a real estate agent for RealCOM in Santa Clara.

Her family said she loved everything about Pine Mountain Lake. She enjoyed boating on the lake, dancing, traveling and golfing with members of the Pine Mountain Lake Niners Golf Club. She was always donating her time to the community, her family said.

She is survived by her husband, David Lint of Groveland; her daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Ron Sabo of San Jose; sons and daughters-in-law Doug and Francis Norris of Santa Cruz, and Dan and Judy Norris of Ontario, Ore.; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Tyrone and Shirley Cory of San Jose; grandchildren Stephanie Sabo of Auburn, Jennifer and Daryl Norris of Ontario, Ore., and Trena and Jarett Cory of San Jose; a sister, Barbara Clark of Auburn; a brother, Fred Miller of Auburn; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mission Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Big Oak Flat.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edward Eugene Rudorff

June 10, 1913 Dec. 30, 2003

Former Twain Harte resident Edward Eugene Rudorff died Dec. 30 at his home in Belmont. He was 90.

He was born in Los Angeles to Elise (Lavergne) and Edward Rudorff. He attended Sonora High School and later moved to Dos Palos and graduated from Dos Palos High School. During the Depression, he worked on his parents' 20-acre ranch, and drilled local water wells with his dad and Uncle Ory. He attended Heald College in San Francisco.

He later worked at Standard Oil, the San Francisco shipyards and joined the merchant marines as a boiler man. While serving as a merchant marine, he visited St. Petersburg, the Middle East and China. During this time, he met and married a family acquaintance, Cecilia Yeoman in Piedmont in 1940. They raised three children. Between sea traveling, he worked part time as a carpenter and in real estate in the Monterey area. He worked as a startup engineer for Bechtel Power in San Francisco, where he worked on numerous electric generating plants in California and other states, and also worked in Pusan, Korea.

His parents maintained a home in Twain Harte since the 1940s, and he and his siblings were raised in Twain Harte.

His family said he enjoyed his life with his wife, Cecile, his children, numerous acquaintances from seafaring days and friends from Bechtel Power. He was particularly fond of his granddaughters, Deborah and Sandra, his family added. He was an avid researcher, spending numerous hours on his family's Tuolumne and German origins, past wars and German U-boats. He had been a member of CHISPA.

Mr. Rudorff is survived by his wife of 63 years, Cecile of Belmont; a daughter, Karla Dougherty of San Mateo; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Mercedes of Morgan Hill; a granddaughter and spouse, Deborah Ann and Matt Elmgren of Portland, Ore., and Sandra Rudorff of Recife, Brazil; a grandson and spouse, Robert and Laurie Dougherty of San Jose; and a great-granddaughter, Kathleen Dougherty of San Jose.

Internment is scheduled at the family plot at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Sonora.

Neptune Society of Northern California in Belmont is handling arrangements.


ALYANAK Edward John Alyanak, 80, of Columbia died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

BOURDEAU Janet Bourdeau, 47, of Twain Harte died Friday from injuries suffered in an auto accident on Highway 108 near Knights Ferry. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

CHEATHOM Roma Cheathom, 73, of Sonora died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MCADAMS Nolen Doyce McAdams, 69, of Sonora died Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SPAULDING James Spaulding, 81, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WALDMAN Sally Waldman, 94, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.