Lifelong Tuolumne resident dead at 66

Ralph Kellogg

Aug. 19, 1937 March 14, 2004

Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Ralph Kellogg died Sunday at his Tuolumne home. He was 66.

He was born in Sonora to Hugh and Dorothy Kellogg and was the eldest of two sons. He was the fifth generation of his family to be born in Tuolumne County, and he lived his entire life in Tuolumne.

Mr. Kellogg attended Summerville Elementary and Summerville High schools. He graduated from high school in June 1955 and went directly into the U.S. Navy, where he served for three years as a dental technician.

After leaving the service, he went to work for the West Side Lumber Company until a strike in 1962. Following closure of the mill, he went to work in the woods as a log scaler through the 1964 logging season.

He then went to work for Pickering Lumber Co. in Standard as a chain puller and car loader in the old planing mill. In June 1966, he was elected as a business representative for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Lumber Production and Industrial Workers Local Union No. 2652. He held this position until Jan. 1, 1974. At that time, he was appointed to a position with the Central California District Council of Lumber and Sawmill Workers. He continued to work for the district council until 1985, when he was appointed to a position with the western council. In 1988, he was named as area representative for the western council, a position he held until his retirement on April 1, 1997.

He was active in many community events, including the Tuolumne Hose Company No. 1, local athletics for both Summerville High and Summerville Elementary schools, Little League and the Tuolumne City Memorial Museum.

His family and grandchildren were his life, and he was an avid sports fan, his family said. His uniqueness, kindness and generosity will be remembered by many, his family added, and he never waited to be asked to help; he just seemed to be there for anyone who needed him.

Mr. Kellogg is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kae; sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph and Allyson Kellogg of Sparks, Nev., Stanley and Rachelle Kellogg and Jonnie and Lynn Kellogg, all of Tuolumne; grandsons, Sean, Ryan, Jonnie Jr., Curtis, A.J. and Anthony Kellogg; a granddaughter, Erin Kellogg; a brother and sister-in-law, Martin and Helen Kellogg of Sonora; a nephew, Martin Kellogg, and his wife, Mary, of Tuolumne; a niece, Denise Holt, and her husband, Steve, of Modesto; a brother-in-law, James Dyson, and his wife, Shirley, of Stockton; sisters-in-law, Rae Thomason of Turlock and Venice Francis, and her husband, Joe, of Jamestown; an aunt, Margaret Hoffman of Sebastopol; numerous nieces and nephews; and lifelong friends considered family including John and JoAnn Hodge, Kelly and Linda Kimes, Marilyn Marr, Mike and Suzanne Pieti, Paul and Peggy Marks, Leroy and Jeanne Smith and George and Dorris Tune.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home's Tuolumne Chapel. Burial will follow at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Athletic Foundation, in care of Summerville High School, 17555 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379 or the Tuolumne Memorial Museum, P.O. 1174, Tuolumne, CA 95379.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jessie V. Parsons

June 27, 1904 March 12, 2004

Former longtime Tuolumne County resident Jessie V. Parsons died Friday at a Turlock care home. She was 99.

She was born in Seattle. She lived in Groveland and Sonora for 24 years and later in Modesto for 29 years. She was a homemaker for 79 years. She was a member of Eastern Star Lodge No. 123.

Her family said she loved to sew.

She is survived by her sons, Jake Parsons of Altaville and John Parsons of Modesto; a daughter, Betty Lema of Modesto; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Parsons.

A private family service is scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Anna Victoria 'Vickie' Amos

Jan. 14, 1917 March 12, 2004

Longtime Groveland resident Anna Victoria "Vickie" Amos died Friday at her home. She was 87.

She was born in Indiana. She met and married Eldon E. Amos in Modesto, and they had three sons and one daughter. The family moved to Groveland in 1960. She worked at Buck Meadows Lodge and Boise Cascade Development before opening her own restaurant, El-Vic's Ranch House.

She was active in Girl Scouts, Theta Roe Girls Club and was a member of the Big Oak Rebekah Lodge No. 259.

She is survived by her sons, Ken and Kent Amos, both of Groveland, and Lee Amos of Georgia; a daughter, Vallory De Jong of Waterford; brothers-in-law, Waynne Amos of Modesto and Norman Amos of Greenville, Plumas County; a sister, Dorothy Cole of Waterford; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon, in 1993.

Visitation is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. tomorrow at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A graveside service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at Columbia City Cemetery.

Donations can be made to I.O.O.F. Children's Camp, P.O. Box 127, Big Oak Flat, CA 95305 or the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Tony J. Tanko

Dec. 13, 1906 March 12, 2004

Tony J. Tanko of Angels Camp died Friday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 97.

He was born in Chisholm, Minn., and had lived in Angels Camp for four years. He previously lived in Pioneer, Amador County, for 30 years. He owned Tanko Well Drilling for 70 years.

His family said he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Mr. Tanko is survived by his daughter, Lillian Callahan of Altaville; a brother, Vincent Tanko of Sonora; sisters, Margaret Preemo of Waukesha, Wis., and Emily Shock of Long Beach; grandchildren, Jenny Eltringham and Martin Callahan, both of Angels Camp; great-grandchildren, Aimee McDonald, Jeffrey Eltringham, and Ryan, Rosalee, Selena and Leah Callahan; and a great-great granddaughter, Hailey Callahan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 1998.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 207 E. Alpine Ave., Stockton, CA 95204-3405.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Adeline Mary Burke

July 27, 1937 March 11, 2004

Adeline Mary Burke of Sonora died Thursday at her home. She was 66.

She was born in Dartmouth, Mass. She lived in Sonora for three years. She worked as a production supervisor for Hewlett-Packard for 21 years.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Shawnda Burton of Colfax and Wayne and Stacie Burton of Auburn; a daughter and son-in-law, Leanne and Michael McCurdy of San Jose; grandchildren, Ryan, Jennifer, Brandon, Mickey, Hannah, Kieran, Devlin and Sarah; and a great-granddaughter, Madison.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Burke, in 1997.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Sonora Hills Clubhouse.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Kathleen Dorothy Knief

Nov. 6, 1919 March 11, 2004

Longtime Calaveras County resident Kathleen Dorothy Knief died Thursday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 84.

She was born in Sarona, Wis. She lived in San Andreas for eight years and previously in Lodi for six years and Murphys for 30 years. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her son, Steven Knief of Stockton; a daughter, Sherry Taylor of Angels Camp; a brother, Arnold Semm of Antioch; sisters, Norma Barkman of Antioch, Shirley Franz of Angels Camp and Verdene Pokorny of Sarona; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fritz Knief, in 2001.

Services were held.

Donations can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northern California Chapter, 150 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94612.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Margaret L. Pool

Oct. 19, 1913 March 14, 2004

Margaret L. Pool of Groveland died Sunday at a Sonora care home. She was 90.

She was born and raised in Groveland. She attended a local elementary and high school. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her nephews, nieces and their families, Gary Haigh and his wife, Terry, and their children, William and David, all of Sonora, Krysta Wolken of Pensacola, Fla., David Loux and Linda Davis, both of Sonora, Justin Davis of Clayton, Contra Costa County, Darryl Phillips of California, Frank Balma and his wife, Denise, and their children, Rachel and Talia, all of Monte Sereno, and Carl Balma and his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Natalie Steinhardt, all of Reno, Nev.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Pool.

Visitation is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A graveside service is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Groveland.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


LeCLEIR Ruth LeCleir, 81, of Moccasin died yesterday at a Modesto hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SOUTHWICK Marjorie Southwick, age unavailable, of Sonora died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.