Obituaries for April 1, 2004



LeRoy McCarty

Aug. 6, 1939 - March 30, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Melvyn LeRoy McCarty died Tuesday at a Modesto care home. He was 64.

He was born in Redding to Earl and Evelyn McCarty and lived in the Groveland and Sonora area since 1969.

His family said he was the beloved brother of Earlene Arthur and was the oldest of two children.

He grew up in Castro Valley and spent many summers in Wyoming with family. He was a very outgoing young man, his family said. He married Sharon Slack in 1958 and had three children.

Mr. McCarty went to Hayward High School. He then joined the armed services and spent six years in the U.S. Navy. Sometime after the U.S. Navy, he moved his family to Groveland where he spent many years working in the construction industry.

His family said he loved the open sea, the outdoors and golfing, and fishing was the sport that he loved most.

Mr. McCarty is survived by his wife, Mona McCarty of Columbia; his mother, Evelyn Niven of Oregon; a sister and brother-in-law, Earlene and Art Arthur of Crooked River Ranch, Ore.; his children and spouses, Kenneth L. and Laurie McCarty of Groveland, Troy Dean and Berta McCarty of Palmdale, Los Angeles County, and Kimberly Dawn McCarty of Modesto; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three nephews; numerous other relatives; and lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl McCarty.

A church service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Church of Christ in Groveland.

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.

Laurence Norman

'Norm' Hulett

April 16, 1929 - March 29, 2004

Laurence Norman "Norm" Hulett of San Andreas died Monday at a Sacramento medical center. He was 74.

He was born in Twin Falls, Idaho. He served a two-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army in Germany. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1958 with a degree in business administration. He was an auditor for the Army Audit in Seattle and the U.S. Maritime Administration in both Seattle and San Francisco prior to moving to Calaveras County. He was a former member of the Tri-Dam Lions Club and one of the original members of Burson Volunteer Fire Company. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2600 in San Andreas.

Mr. Hulett is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen; his children and their spouses, Laurie and Gary Duke, Norm and Jeanne Hulett, Annie and George Long, Nancy and Vince McCartney, Mark and Robin Hulett, Kathleen and Jan Storm; 11 grandchildren, Amy and Derick Konz, Sara and Chelsea Duke, Jessica and Christopher Long, Brooks and Annie Hulett, Mollie McCartney, Matthew, Mark and Ellen Storm; and a great-grandson, Jackson Konz.

A memorial service is scheduled 11 a.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2600 in San Andreas. Burial will be held at a later date at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, Merced County.

Donations can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2600, P.O. Box 987, San Andreas, CA 95249.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


June Graham

June 20, 1915 - March 25, 2004

Leona June Graham, mother of Glenn Graham of Angels Camp, died last Thursday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 88.

She was born in Oklahoma. She lived in San Jose for 50 years and was a food service worker at Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

She is survived by her son, Glenn Graham of Angels Camp; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Services were held.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Leona G. Miller

Sept. 21, 1922 - March 26, 2004

Former Twain Harte resident Leona "Lani" G. Miller died Friday at her son's home in Santa Cruz. She was 81.

She was born in Celina, Ohio, and had lived in Twain Harte from 1987-97. She lived in Santa Clara from 1956 until retiring to Twain Harte with her husband, Warren, in 1987. She spent most of her career as an executive assistant in the fields of medicine and education, the last 15 years at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose.

Her family said she was a devoted wife and mother.

She is survived by her children, Greg, Joel, Tim and Pat Miller, Mark Mesiti-Miller, Rebecca Cathey and Jean Ebmeyer; a sister, Phyllis Lauer; a brother, Hal Grothjan; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated noon Tuesday at Queen of Apostles Church, 4911 Moorpark Avenue in San Jose.

At the family's request, donations can be made to Hospice Caring Project, 6851 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.

Pacific Garden Chapel in Santa Cruz is handling arrangements.

Loyce Mills

Feb. 15, 1923 - March 26, 2004

Longtime Angels Camp resident Loyce Mills died Friday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 81.

She was born in Ontario, San Bernardino County, and had lived in Angels Camp for 35 years. She was a member of the Union Congregational Church in Angels Camp.

She is survived by her son, Daniel Bronson of Angels Camp; stepchildren including Dennis Mills of Vallecito; brothers, Jerry Martin of Altaville and Bruce Martin of Bay City, Texas; a sister, Virginia Frederickson of Tulare, Tulare County; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Mills in 2000.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Congregational Church in Angels Camp.

Donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Francis 'Frank'

E. Sheldon

June 5, 1918 - March 30, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Francis "Frank" E. Sheldon died Tuesday at a Modesto medical center. He was 85.

He was born in Columbia, S.C., and had lived in Sonora for 30 years. He was a retired fire dispatcher for the U.S. Forest Service for 23 years.

He served in the U.S. National Guard during World War II. He was a member of the East Belt-Tuolumne Lodge No. 8, F. & A.M. and a past master at a Masonic lodge. He was a member of Stockton Scottish Rite and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, NRA.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter, his family added, and he loved the outdoors and his family.

Mr. Sheldon is survived by his children, Jowayne Johnson of Colorado, Frank Sheldon of Tuolumne and Terie Rapp of Oakdale; brothers, Robert Sheldon of San Diego and William Joseph Sheldon; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, JoeL Sheldon in 1988.

Visitation is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. today at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel. Burial is scheduled at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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