DeBernardi, former county supervisor, dies at 78

Sept. 19, 1925 - March 8, 2004

Micheal "Mickey" Robert John DeBernardi, former Tuolumne County District 4 supervisor and former executive manager of the Pine Mountain Lake Association, died March 8 at an Arizona hospital. He was 78.

He was born in San Francisco to Eileen Agnes and Michael John DeBernardi.

His family said hard-working, straight-forward, frugal, loyal and patriotic are but a few of the many values that defined the life of Mickey DeBernardi.

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and had a love for his country, his family said. His honesty and decency stood out among other attributes throughout his lifetime, his family added.

At age 29, he was elected to the city council of Daly City and was re-elected three times for a total of 16 years of service to that city. His experience as a small businessman gave him the knowledge and experience needed to chair the city's budget and finance committee. He also served as mayor twice.

His family said his love for the land and his desire to hold a fishing rod more frequently, called him to Tuolumne County in 1982. He was hired as the executive manager of Pine Mountain Lake Association in Groveland and served eight years until his retirement in 1990.

He served as District 4 supervisor in Tuolumne County from 1993-97. The love for this adopted county was uppermost in his mind, his family said. Calling upon his experience and expertise in this field, he devoted many hours in research, trusting to make a difference in the community, his family added. He believed in, and was grateful for, the many associations and friends he made, his family added.

His second retirement in 1997 gave him ample time for fishing, golfing and building a model railroad.

Due to ill health, he sold his home at Pine Mountain Lake and moved to Bullhead City, Ariz., in 2001 to be near family. He spent his last years in the care of his wife, Lory, at his home in the Arizona desert.

Mr. DeBernardi is survived by his second wife, Lory; sons and daughter-in-law, Micheal Roger DeBernardi and his wife, Linda, Matthew John DeBernardi and Mark Lee DeBernardi; two daughters and a son-in-law, Patricia Joan DeBernardi and Dawne Elizabeth and James Siekman; a sister and brother-in-law, Eileen Catherine and Edwin Gallagher; a sister-in-law, Linda Maria DeBernardi; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; extended family members; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Patricia Elizabeth; and a younger brother, Robert Hugh DeBernardi.

Private services and cremation are planned. A tree will be planted in his memory near the 14th green at Pine Mountain Lake golf course, where he made his one and only hole-in-one, his family said.

A celebration of his life will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Pine Mountain Lake Country Club in Groveland.

Dimond and Sons Silver Bell Chapel in Bullhead City, Ariz., is handling arrangements.

James Harold Cozort Sr.

Sept. 2, 1926 - April 1, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident James Harold Cozort Sr. died Thursday at his Columbia home. He was 77.

He was born in Chester, Plumas County, and grew up in Standard. He graduated from Sonora High School, then worked for many years for the Pickering Lumber Company in Standard.

He worked as a supervisory technician for large animal surgery at the University of California, Davis, for 20 years, and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge.

He lived in Tuolumne County for a total of 25 years, most recently in Columbia.

His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing and making Native American crafts. He served on the USS North Carolina during World War II.

Mr. Cozort is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Cindy Cozort of Oakdale and Todd and Barbara Cozort of Jamestown; a daughter and son-in-law, Jacquie and Dick Ashjian of Clovis; grandchildren, Holly Blagg and her husband, Todd, Aimee Yuki and her husband, Jason, Kristen, Colleen and Tara Cozort and Megan Ashjian; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta, in 1994.

No services are scheduled at his request.

Donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ethel Marie


Jan. 1, 1907 - April 4, 2004

Ethel Marie Robinson of Twain Harte died Sunday at a Jamestown care home. She was 97.

She was born in Alliance, Ohio, and moved to Mar Vista, Los Angeles County, with her husband and two children in 1954. She was a homemaker all her life. She moved to Twain Harte to live with her daughter in 1998.

Her family said she enjoyed gardening, walking, shopping and helping other people. Her smile could light up a room, her family added.

She is survived by her daughter, Casey Wood of Twain Harte; a son, Jerry Robinson of Apple Valley, San Bernardino County; granddaughters, Roberta Ponce-Barger of Washington, D.C., Denise Robinson of Phoenix and Brianna Robinson of Apple Valley; grandsons, Christopher J. Heigl of Hawaiian Gardens, Los Angeles County, Jason C. and Eric H. Seaberg both of Orange, Orange County and Michael and Matthew Robinson, both of Apple Valley; great-granddaughters, Kiara Robinson of Phoenix and Abigail, Isabella and Reese Seaberg, all of Orange; a great-grandson, Jackson Seaberg of Orange; and her extended family and friends at Hillcrest Manor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Emerson Robinson, in 1969.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, Los Angeles County.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Bernice Sanchez

Nov. 30, 1949- April 3, 2004

Carlene Bernice Sanchez of Valley Springs died Saturday at her home of natural causes. She was 54.

She was born in Richmond, Wash., and lived in Valley Springs for three years. She worked as a sales representative and earned an associate's degree in culinary arts from South Seattle Community College. She was a member of the Episcopal church.

Her family said she was a devoted wife, mother and sister and did a lot for her


She is survived by her husband, Leandro Sanchez of Valley Springs; a daughter, Amanda Goetz of Washington; brothers, Butch Foreman of Oregon and Thomas Hickey of Renton, Wash.; and her father, Les Hickey of Redlands, San Bernardino County.

A requiem Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in San Andreas.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.