Barbara Jean Bardsley

April 11, 1934 Feb. 9, 2004

Longtime Arnold resident Barbara Jean Bardsley died Monday at a Stockton hospital. She was 69.

She was born in Stockton and lived in Arnold for 52 years. She worked as a licensed vocational nurse at Bret Harte Sanitarium in Murphys for 20 years and at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas for 20 years.

She is survived by her friend, Dale Brooks of White Pines; three sons, Mitchell Ross Bardsley of Arnold, Scott Allen Bardsley of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Robert Carl Sapien of White Pines; a daughter, Kathleen Marie Eigenberger of Stockton; a brother, Eugene Bonfoey of Lathrop, San Joaquin County; a sister, Deanna Windling of Anaheim; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was to be held today.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Sonya Evelyn Baxter

Aug. 6, 1938 Feb. 8, 2004

Sonya Evelyn Baxter of Copperopolis died Sunday at her home. She was 65.

She was born in Nebraska City, Neb., and lived in Copperopolis for 15 years. She worked as a visitor center coordinator for the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau in Sonora for 10 years.

Her family said she loved her children, other children and was a wonderful mother.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Suzanne Baxter of Sonora; and two daughters, Jaimie Baxter of Copperopolis and Rene Snow of Livermore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buz Baxter, in 2001.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Soulsbyville United Methodist Church in Soulsbyville.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Margery I. Castagnetto

April 6, 1912 Feb. 8, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Margery I. Castagnetto died Sunday at a Sonora care home. She was 91.

She was born in El Portal and lived in Sonora for 40 years. She was a homemaker for 71 years. She attended elementary school and high school in Coulterville.

Her public guardian said that her mother, Sally Ann Dicks, was a princess of Yosemite's Me-Wuk Indian tribe and the last member of that tribe to be buried in Yosemite National Park.

She is survived by her nephew, Freeman Crosley; and numerous cousins in the Coulterville area.

No services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Albert 'Al' P. La Carra

Nov. 30, 1930 Feb. 3, 2004

Albert "Al" P. La Carra of Rail Road Flat died Feb. 3 at a Stockton hospital. He was 73.

Al was born in Tucson, Ariz., to Albert E. La Carra and Mary Polanco La Carra of Tucson. The family later moved to Delano, Kern County, where he played football and track for Delano High School. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he met and married Barbara Ann Burke on Feb. 10, 1952.

He served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army while stationed at Fort Ord near Monterey during the Korean War. After completing his military service, he and his wife moved to La Mirada, Los Angeles County, where they raised their two daughters and plenty of their daughters' friends, his family said.

He retired from the liquor industry in 1989. He served more 30 years as a member of the Teamsters Union Local No. 952 for truck drivers and warehousemen and, after retirement, he was an active member of the Teamsters Retirees Association.

He and his wife moved to Rail Road Flat in 1991 to be near their daughters and son-in-law. He was a member of the American Legion Post in West Point.

His family said he and his wife would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Mr. La Carra is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara; three daughters and sons-in-law; Ernestina La Carra of Rail Road Flat, Ernie La Carra-Collins and Orville "Blue" Collins Jr. of Rail Road Flat, and Josephine and William "Bill" Ward of Mountain Ranch; grandchildren, Shad Ward of Mountain Ranch and Nicole (Ward) Alfiche, and her husband, Rob, of Stockton; great-grandchildren, Jaedan and Aldan Alfiche of Stockton; brothers, Ernest Villegas of Los Angeles, Michael La Carra of La Mirada and Maurice Schroeder of Rail Road Flat; nieces, Marcella Schroeder-Olander of Rail Road Flat and Mary Lou Villegas of Los Angeles; and nephews, Eric Schroeder of Hawaii, Fred and Wendi Cole of Riverside, Michael and Darla Magana of Garden Grove, Orange County, and Tommy Villegas of Los Angeles.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow at 1853 Liberty Valley Road in Rail Road Flat.

DeYoung Memorial Chapel in Stockton is handling arrangements.

Berta Mae Smith

May 17, 1914 Feb. 7, 2004

Former longtime Sonora resident Berta Mae Smith died Saturday at a Petaluma care home. She was 89.

She was born in Sparks, La. She later moved to Port Chicago, north of San Francisco, at the age of nine. She married Carl Smith on Jan. 7, 1930, in Pittsburg, Contra Costa County. She moved to Sonora in 1935. She worked as a waitress and as a photographer who contributed work to The Union Democrat. She moved to Petaluma in 2000.

Her family said she enjoyed traveling and taking cruises, but most of all she enjoyed her family.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Lena Smith of Petaluma; a brother, Roy Carter of Walnut Creek; grandchildren, Cristopher C. Smith and Sarah A. Prokop, both of Petaluma, Misty DeMag of Ceres and Kim Smith of Columbia; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl D. Smith; a brother, Claude Carter; and a sister, Bethel Carter.

Services are pending.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling local arrangements. Parent-Sorensen Mortuary & Crematory in Petaluma is handling other arrangements.


GOHL George William Gohl, 92, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HAHN Gene Hahn, 55, of Sonora died Wednesday at his home. A memorial service is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse grounds. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.