Edwin Lee Dunckel

Jan. 28, 1927 Feb. 26, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Edwin Lee Dunckel died Thursday at a Jamestown care home. He was 77.

He was born in Redwood City and had lived in the Long Barn-Sierra Village area for 15 years. He most recently lived in Cedar Ridge for 10 years.

He had a lifelong love of hunting, fishing and all the outdoors, his family said. His fishing expeditions led him to the Klamath River in Northern California, where he stayed at Peggy's Palace of Pleasure, a bed and "mini" breakfast establishment for fishermen, his family added. He fished countless western rivers, the ocean and took annual treks to Nimpo Lake, British Columbia, Canada, his family added. He was known as "the Dunk" in the San Francisco Chronicle's outdoor column, as written by Tom Stienstra, his family said.

His family said he was a proud World War II veteran.

His family said he was considered to be the best pitcher of his Sequoia High school team in Redwood City. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in Palo Alto for more than 10 years. Before his move to the Sierra Nevada, his vocation was a master craftsman in the sheet metal trade for 37 years, 27 years with the local union and 10 years self-employed.

Mr. Dunckel is survived by his wife, Ruth "Ruthie" Dunckel; nine children, Terry, Stephen, Daniel, Alan and Earl Dunckel, Carolyn Bechtel, Marian Donley, Marcia Thompson and Leland Montell; five stepchildren, Kathleen Stewart, Alice Andrus, Meg Bozarth, Elizabeth Nicolas and Raymond Eshom; 28 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his dog, Biff, "The Biffer."

A memorial gathering is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Veterans Memorial Hall, 9 N. Washington St., in downtown Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.

The Neptune Society in Fresno is handling arrangements.

Lillian Haigh

Nov. 25, 1907 Feb. 26, 2004

Lillian Haigh of Sonora died Thursday at a Soulsbyville care home. She was 96.

She was born in Downers Grove, Ill., and lived in Sonora for seven years. She grew up in San Francisco and lived near the beach on the Great Highway.

She raised her family while living in Belmont and was a homemaker and a telephone operator.

She is survived by her daughter, Lillian Pantaleoni of Twain Harte; a son, Richard Haigh of Castle Rock, Colo.; grandchildren and a spouse, Gary Pantaleoni of Auburn, Jan and Don Odell of Castro Valley, Brian Haigh of Castle Rock and Kristi Resseguie of Fox River Grove, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Megan, Adam and Mauri Resseguie, all of Fox River Grove; Julie Pantaleoni of Davis, Lauri Pantaleoni of Auburn, Sabrina Ford of Elk Grove and Connor and Alex Haigh, both of Castle Rock; a sister, Dorothy Avery of Grass Valley; and a brother, Fred Jackson of Cupertino.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 78 years, James "Jim" Richard Haigh, in November 2003.

A private family gathering will be held.

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.

Nancy Louise Roy

March 9, 1940 Feb. 25, 2004

Former Sonora resident Nancy Louise Roy died Thursday at her Lake Havasu City, Ariz., home. She was 63.

She was born in Logan, Ohio. She moved to California in 1967 and married Dan Roy in 1968. They lived in Stockton for 10 years and moved to Sonora, where she worked for the City of Sonora for 15 years as a secretary for the building department.

Her family said she was the first meter maid in Sonora.

They moved to Lake Havasu City five years ago, and she worked for Payless ShoeSource there.

She loved people and was called "Mom" by many, her family added.

She is survived by her husband, Dan Roy of Lake Havasu City; a son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Nadine Roy of Lake Havasu City; sisters, Bonnie Morris of Circleville, Ohio, and Lucille Blair of Logan; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Edna L. Kerns; her father, Louis E. Hutchinson; four brothers; and three sons, Rickey and Greg Straits and Charles Roy.

No services are scheduled at her request. Burial will be in Stockton at a later date.

Remembrances may be made to Hospice of Havasu, P.O. Box 597, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405.

Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements.

Gene Ernest Timmerman

Aug. 5, 1932 Feb. 24, 2004

Gene Ernest Timmerman of Sonora died Tuesday, Feb. 24, at a Sonora hospital. He was 71.

He was born in Danville, Ill., and had lived in Sonora since 1990.

He worked as a management consultant for 34 years in data processing and worked with Vinnell Corporation in Saudi Arabia for the last 10 years of his career. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Bronze Star. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Sonora Lions Club and Sonora Elks Lodge No. 1587.

Mr. Timmerman is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty Timmerman of Sonora; sons and a daughter-in-law, Gene Jr. and Kay Timmerman of Grass Valley and Steve Timmerman of Sunnyvale; daughters and son-in-law, Gail and Mike Petrakos of Marietta, Ga., and Lynn Bryant of Sunnyvale; his mother, Sally Timmerman of Saratoga; and nine grandchildren, Kristen Bryant of Sonora, Christopher and Jenna Petrakos of Marietta, Matthias and Amanda Timmerman of Grass Valley, and Shawn, Melissa, Danny and Jeff Timmerman, all of Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest A. Timmerman; and a brother, John Timmerman.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Donations can be made to Satellite Healthcare in care of David Peter, MSW, 136 E. Columbia Way, Sonora, CA 95370, Visiting Nurse Association, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370, or Sonora Lions Club, P.O. Box 716, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Raymond Paul Carpenter

Jan. 4, 1924 Feb. 24, 2004

Longtime La Grange resident Raymond Paul Carpenter died Tuesday, Feb. 24, at his home. He was 80.

He was born in Modesto and lived in La Grange for more than 25 years. He graduated from Oakdale High School in 1942 and worked as a cattle rancher all his life.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the European Theater and flew 27 missions as an aerial gunner in a B-17 over Germany. He received the Purple Heart in 1944.

He was a member of the Coulterville Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was involved in the La Grange Rodeo Association and, his family said, was a big fan of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He followed his grandson, Dan Erickson's, rodeo career.

He also was interested in the history of the La Grange area.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John and Daisy Carpenter of Kailua, Hawaii; daughters and sons-in-law, Cheri and Glenn McCormick of Pleasanton, Bette Ann and Tim Erickson of La Junta, Colo., and Mary Beth and Keith Hollinger of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a stepson, Lane Triplett, and his wife, Paula, of Boise, Idaho; a stepdaughter, Ann Alexander of Oakland; and nine grandchildren, Mark McCormick of Sacramento, Jeff McCormick of Boston, Dan Erickson of La Junta, Elisabeth Erickson-Noe of Boerne, Texas, Dallyce Erickson of Lexington, Ky., Matt Carpenter of Kailua, Anna Hollinger of Fort Collins, Colo., Ben Hollinger of Colorado Springs and Ben Nydegger of Boise.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Carpenter, in 2002.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at La Grange Cemetery.

Donations can be made to American Lung Association, 1231 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite A1, Stockton, CA 95207.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


CONGELOSI Enis Congelosi, 90, of Tuolumne died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

O'BRIEN Linnea O'Brien, 69, of Groveland died yesterday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ROBINSON Frances Robinson, 83, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

STONE In addition to survivors listed in Wendell "Wink" Stone's obituary that ran in the Feb. 25 edition of The Union Democrat, he is also survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Velma Stone of West Sacramento. He was a former Twain Harte resident who died Feb. 19 at his West Sacramento home. River Cities Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.

TOWNSEND Charles Melvin Townsend, 81, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.