Kevin G.


June 23, 1972 Feb. 21, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Kevin G. Thuloweit died Saturday in a car accident in Jamestown. He was 31.

He was born in San Jose. He had lived in the Sonora area for 13 years and had lived in Jamestown for 12 years. He worked as a maintenance technician for Sierra Rock Products in Jamestown for 12 years.

His family said he enjoyed woodworking.

Mr. Thuloweit is survived by his mother, Kay Hatler of Jamestown; his father and stepmother, Kerry and Marie Thuloweit of Sonora; brothers Jim Hatler of Sonora and Wade Hatler of Jamestown; and sisters Kathleen Thuloweit of Chinese Camp, Tami Borja of Spokane, Wash., Brandi Rudiger of Turlock, Tiffani Bayers of Jamestown and Rocky Hoheisel, Cindy Rivera and Arleen Fotiu, all of Sonora.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Bud Hatler.

A private family service is scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Richard P.


May 9, 1941 Feb. 17, 2004

Richard P. Devereaux of Groveland died Feb. 17 at his home. He was 62.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio. He had lived in Groveland for one year and also for more than seven years in the 1970s. He was owner and operator of Omni Graphics in Modesto for 21 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy in 1959.

Mr. Devereaux is survived by his close friends Margaret Harmon of Fremont and Kenneth Franklin of Groveland.

A private family service is scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


'Connie' M.

(McKibbin) Phillipson

Aug. 17, 1914 Feb. 17, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Constance "Connie" M. (McKibbin) Phillipson died Feb. 17 at her Jamestown home. She was 89.

She was born in Grand Island, Neb., and was the only child of Charles "Mac" McKibbin and Grace (North) McKibbin.

The McKibbin family moved to California when Connie was 2, and settled in Tuolumne County when she was 10. She spent the rest of her life in Tuolumne County except for brief periods during World War II.

She met Wayne Phillipson, who was in the U.S. Army stationed in San Francisco. They were married Aug. 12, 1942, and remained married for 57 years until his death in 1999. As a young woman, she met and became friends with many celebrities who were making films in Tuolumne County such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), Dale Robertson and Jim Thorpe.

She worked for many years at the U.S. Forest Service in Sonora and retired in the mid-'70s.

Her friends said she and her husband enjoyed traveling to such places including the Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Alaska and Hawaii, which was her favorite.

She is survived by her caregivers and friends, Laura and Jonne Zahm, Jackie Avilla and Cindy Glessman, all of Sonora, Janice and Jerry Keith, and Peggy Henington, all of Jamestown, and Marilyn Kinar of Soulsbyville; and cousins, Beverly Russell of Carmichael, Leona Johnston of Sunnyvale, Margaret Selvi of Loveland, Colo., and Joann Chamberlain of Santa Clara.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at her home.

Donations can be made to Humane Society of Tuolumne County, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown, CA 95327.

Neptune Society of Northern California in Stockton is handling arrangements.

Edward 'Ed' Daniel Raiter

Oct. 12, 1944 Feb. 21, 2004

Edward "Ed" Daniel Raiter of Columbia died Saturday at a Sonora hospital of natural causes. He was 59.

He was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Wisconsin. After high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Marines and served as part of the Marine amphibious landing in Da Nang, Vietnam, at the start of the United States' involvement. He later moved to California, where he worked as a deputy sheriff for Contra Costa County for 15 years and also worked as telephone installer earlier in his life, his family said. He had lived in Arnold for 11 years and later moved to Columbia, where he lived for six years.

He was a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Deputy Sheriff Association.

He loved the Green Bay Packers, his family said, and was a cheesehead an affectionate name for Wisconsinites.

Mr. Raiter is survived by his wife, Sheila Raiter of Columbia; a stepson, David Hotovec and his wife, Jannell, of Dublin; step-grandsons Bryan and Drew Hotovec, both of Dublin; and sisters and brothers-in-law Elaine Meyer and Edith and Fred Schneider, all of Milwaukee, and Ellen and Jack Meyer of Austin, Texas.

A funeral service is scheduled for Friday at Harder Funeral Home in Brookfield, Wis. Burial is scheduled at Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin, Wis.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joan Adele


June 17, 1928 Feb. 21, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Joan Adele Trimmer died Saturday at her home. She was 75.

She was born in Los Angeles. She moved to Sonora in 1966 with her husband, Conrad, and her three children. She was widowed in 1970 and never remarried. She worked as a waitress at the Wagon Wheel restaurant for 25 years before retiring in 1991.

But she soon found out that retirement was not for her, her family said, and went back to work as a sales clerk at Mervyn's California Department Stores. Her last career move was working at Chicken Ranch Bingo until August of 2003.

Her family said she enjoyed traveling, gardening, camping, fishing, hunting, woodcarving especially of the Red Church in Sonora and spending time with her family. She would drive to Bullhead, Ariz., several times a year to visit her brother Chris and his wife.

She and Chris were the last survivors of nine children, her family added.

She is survived by her daughter, Denise Raupach of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law Sonny and Moni Abalos and Mark and Teri Ferrell, all of Sonora; five grandchildren, Steve Abalos of Fort Rucker, Ala., Rich Abalos of Sonora, Janelle Franco of Discovery Bay, Byron County, and Shannon and Kyle Ferrell, both of Sonora; two great-grandchildren, Austin Abalos of Santa Fe, N.M., and Clayton Franco of Discovery Bay; a brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Dorothy Ellison of Bullhead; and several nieces and nephews including Vivian Stoiber of Sonora, Gerte Stoiber of Redlands, San Bernardino County, Richard Torres of Shady Cove, Ore., and Tony Portillo of Azusa, Los Angeles County.

No services are scheduled at her request.

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

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Wendell 'Wink' Stone

May 13, 1925 Feb. 19, 2004

Former Twain Harte resident Wendell "Wink" Stone died Thursday at his West Sacramento home. He was 78.

He was born in Pontiac, Mich., and had lived in Twain Harte from 1983 to 2001 until he moved to West Sacramento.

His family said he loved his family, his buddies, flying, playing the harmonica and his cabin in Twain Harte.

Mr. Stone is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and John Cleary of Virginia, Rosalie and John Kane, and Susan Stone and Ken Nelson, all of West Sacramento; a son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Gail Stone of West Sacramento; a brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Georgia Stone of Sacramento; sons-in-law, Paul Bianco of West Sacramento, and Larry Nash and his wife, Heidi, of Sutter Creek; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held yesterday.

Donations can be made to a favorite Alzheimer's Association.

River Cities Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.


CARPENTER Raymond Paul Carpenter, 80, of La Grange died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

TIMMERMAN Gene Timmerman, 71, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.