Ralph 'Bosco' Cosovich

Feb. 1, 1913 Jan. 14, 2004

Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Ralph "Bosco" Cosovich died Wednesday at his home. He was 90.

He was born in Stent and attended elementary schools in Stent and Rawhide. He bought a truck and hauled oil and gas all around Tuolumne County in the 1930s, his family said. He graduated from Sonora High School in 1931.

He married Linda Marie Keagy in 1933.

During World War II, he joined the civil service and traveled to the South Pacific. He ran the fuel depot in Hawaii because of his experience with the oil and gas stamps on the barrels and different grades of fuel oil, diesel, gasoline and lubricating oil. When he returned from the war, he hauled lumber.

He was a co-owner of the Sonora Inn and also ran a garage and Pontiac dealership and Atlantic Richfield Gas Station on Washington Street.

He retired in 1972, took up golfing and became a scratch golfer, his family said.

He had been a member of the Sonora Elks Lodge since 1942.

Mr. Cosovich is survived by his three grandchildren and their spouses, Steven Ralph Cosovich of Jamestown, John Michael and Janine Cosovich of Sonora and Lisa Marie and Jay Liggett of Las Vegas; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Linda Marie (Keagy) Cosovich, in 1988; and by a son, Ralph Cosovich, in 1971.

A private family service is scheduled.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Michael John DeFranco

Dec. 27, 1917 Jan. 16, 2004

Michael John DeFranco of Columbia died Friday at a Sonora hospital. He was 86.

He was born in Italy and lived in Columbia for five years. He worked as a TV repairman for 40 years. He was a 25-year member of the Avenal Rotary Club, and a member of Avenal Presbyterian Church in Avenal, Kings County. He also was a member of the Tuolumne County Senior Citizens.

His family said he enjoyed fishing.

Mr. DeFranco is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Shannon DeFranco of Columbia; a daughter and son-in-law, Marty and Jack Smith of Hanford; a brother, Alfred DeFranco of Georgia; six grandchildren, Shaine, Danielle and Darci DeFranco, Marie Stucker, and Michael and Brian Smith; and a great-granddaughter, Ashley Smith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, in 1953.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William F. Hilton Jr.

April 2, 1943 Jan. 15, 2004

William F. Hilton Jr. of Groveland died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. He was 60.

He was born in Oakland and lived in Groveland for 11 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-64. He was forced to retire as fire captain from the City of Emeryville after 20 years because of a service-connected disability.

His family said he was active in his children's lives. He coached soccer and served on the Tuolumne County Youth Soccer board for five years. He volunteered for the Pine Mountain Lake Association rules committee and was a member of Goldwing Road Riders Association.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed participating in fantasy football, trips to Reno, watching his children play sports and sharing his lifelong adventures with family and friends.

Mr. Hilton is survived by his wife of 13 years, Wynette Hilton of Groveland; two children, Billy and Jonathon Hilton, both of Groveland; parents-in-law, Catherine and Larry Santa Maria of Groveland and Al and Sugar Herrero of Sacramento; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Vicki Herrero of Brentwood, Contra Costa County, Tom and Dot Herrero of Fairfield and Michael Swarts of San Francisco; an aunt, Sally Jermanis of San Lorenzo; and a cousin, John Jermanis of San Leandro.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Pine Mountain Lake Association's Lake Lodge in Groveland.

Donations can be made to Hilton Children's Trust Fund in care of Pacific State Bank, P.O. Box 1289, Groveland, CA 95321.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Holmes B. Ives

March 8, 1915 Jan. 17, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Holmes B. Ives died Saturday at his home. He was 88.

He was born in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and he moved to Tuolumne County when he was 10 years old, and most recently lived in Sonora. He worked for CalTrans for 45 years and retired as an assistant superintendent.

He graduated from Tuolumne High School, now known as Summerville High School.

He was a member and past master of the Sonora Masonic Lodge. He organized a dance band called the Swingsters and also played trumpet in the Columbia College Symphony, Sierra Arts Council Symphony and the Columbia Brass Band.

His family said he enjoyed cutting wood, gardening, fishing and hunting.

He also raised horses and enjoyed taking backpack trips and anything to do with the outdoors, his family added.

Mr. Ives is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beverly Ives of Sonora; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Susie Ives of Winnemucca, Nev.; two daughters, Patricia Ives of Ojai, Ventura County, and Melanie Ives of Sonora; five grandchildren and their spouses, Dennis Miller of Santa Barbara, Marilyn Berman of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County, Dana and Doug Wayne of Freeport, N.Y., Leah and David Phillips of Sonora and Megan and Roger Andrews of Crystal Falls; and seven great-grandchildren, Kaz Berman, Avery and Riley Wayne, Torin and Kellin Phillips, and Luke and Ryan Andrews.

No services are scheduled at his request.

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

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


STOIA Eugene Stoia, 88, of Groveland died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.