Dale Botti

Feb. 9, 1936 - April 24, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Dale Botti died Saturday at his Shaws Flat home. He was 68.

He was born in Santa Cruz to Ailene (Ralph) and Angelo Botti. His ancestors came to Tuolumne County in the 1850s. His grandparents, Leda and Walter Ralph, started the Ralph Apple Ranch on Cherokee Road in Tuolumne, now known as Cover's Apple Ranch.

He attended Summerville Elementary School and graduated from Summerville High School in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and was stationed in Germany and France.

During his lifetime, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, the lumber and mining industry and the lime plant on Lime Kiln Road until it closed. Though retired, his last employment was working for the Tuolumne County Senior Center and he delivered for the Meals On Wheels program.

His family said he loved the outdoors, especially the Dardanelle and Kennedy Meadows area. His hobbies included camping, gold panning, woodcutting, hunting, fishing, woodworking, classic cars and gardening.

He enjoyed sharing his homegrown vegetables with his family and friends, his family added, and he was a devoted family man. His first priorities were always his wife, his children and their spouses, and his grandchildren.

Mr. Botti is survived by his wife of 34 and a half years, Mary; children and their spouses, Terry and Steve McHann of Sacramento, Michael Botti of Kennewick, Wash., Charlene and Mark Horsley of Mokelumne Hill and Cherri and Larry Martinelli of Fallon, Nev.; grandchildren, Cassandra and Andrew LeDuc of Sacramento, Steven, Zachary and Alyssa Horsley of Mokelumne Hill and Joseph Botti of Sonora; a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law, Hal and Barbara Davis of Sonora; his mother-in-law, Sarah Reinhart of Sonora; cousins, Bruce Loving of Georgetown, El Dorado County, and Phil Tomasevich of Sugar Pine; nephews, Mike Hoeflicker of Twain Harte and Scott Hoeflicker of Oakdale; his faithful dog, Dharma, who was always at his side; and many good friends.

A chapel service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Donations can be made to Meals On Wheels, Attn.: Delbert Rotelli, 540 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370 or Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edward 'Bill' East

April 19, 1925 - April 25, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Edward "Bill" East died Sunday at a Modesto medical center. He was 79.

He was born in Trinidad, Colo., and lived in Sonora for 45 years. He was a plumbing contractor for 48 years, had a 58-year plumbing career and owned E.W. "Bill" East Plumbing in Sonora.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of Berkeley Masonic Lodge, Stockton Scottish Rite Bodies and past member of Sonora Rotary. He was past president of Tuolumne County Aeronautical Association and co-chairman of Tuolumne County Kidney Foundation.

His family said he loved to fish, hunt and travel in his RV. He played golf every Wednesday, his family added.

Mr. East is survived by his wife, Marjorie East of Sonora; sons, Bryce East of Lake Forest, Orange County, and Robert East of Pacifica, San Mateo County; a daughter, Cheryl Modrell of Angels Camp; a brother, Sterling East of Denver; granddaughters, Brooke Dome of Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange County, Kandis Bixler of Sonora, Pamela Walters of Henderson, Nev., and Kristy East of Hayward; a grandson, Trever East of San Mateo; and nine great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at his home. A private family service will be held at a later date at the Masonic Cemetery in Sonora.

Donations can be made to the Special Olympics by mail through the website or by telephone using your credit card. In the United States, call (800) 700-8585 and press 2. Please call weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Rev. John F. Foley

July 22, 1930 - April 25, 2004

The Rev. John "Jack" F. Foley, a former Sonora and Groveland resident, died Sunday at a San Luis Obispo medical center. He was 73.

He was born in Ontario, N.Y., and had lived in Tuolumne County from 1992-2000 and served the community of St. Patrick's Parish in Sonora and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Groveland. He entered the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1954 and studied theology at DeSales School of Theology in Washington, D.C. while he pursued a master's degree in physics from the Catholic University of America, which he received in 1960. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1959.

Following his ordination, he taught science in high schools in Pennsylvania and New York. In 1972, he was assigned as a faculty member of St. Mary's High School in Stockton where he served until 1987. During this period of time, he also traveled to Sonora on weekends to celebrate the liturgy with the people of St. Patrick's Parish.

In 1992, he moved from full-time education work to parish work with ministry assignments at St. Patrick's in Sonora. He accepted his last assignment as pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County.

His friends at the O.S.F.S. community said that he had a great love of the outdoors and especially enjoyed hiking in the Sierra Nevada and sailing with friends. He was a kind, caring and gentle man, his friends added, and he was well-liked and well-respected by those of all ages.

Rev. Foley is survived by his twin sister, Alice (Foley) O'Malley of Parrish, Fla.; a sister, Beth (Foley) Colburn of New York; a brother, Bill Foley, of Florida; and his friends.

Visitation is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. tonight at DeYoung Shoreline Chapel, 7676 Shoreline Drive in Stockton. A vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at the chapel. A Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 5882 N. Ashley Lane in Stockton.

Donations can be made to Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Development Fund, 2056 Parkwood Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43620 and the Maya Indian Missions in the Yucatan, P.O. Box 8195, Toledo, Ohio 43605.

DeYoung Funeral Home in Stockton is handling arrangements.


Nell Fontana

Aug. 25, 1912 - April 22, 2004

Marjorie Nell Fontana of Twain Harte died Thursday at her home. She was 91.

She was born in San Francisco to Mark and Sophie Fontana. Her family was prominent in the food business as her grandfather was a founder of Del Monte Foods and Italian Swiss Colony Wines. She often spoke of her enjoyment in attending the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet, her family said. As a teenage girl, she used to sail on the bay in her father's yacht with her family and then dine at one of the Italian restaurants along the waterfront.

She spent most of her adult life in Carmel and she loved traveling, which she did in grand style, her family added.

Her connection to Tuolumne County came early as she and her family regularly drove their Pierce Arrow car to the Sierra and Sonora Pass. She had pictures of them at the summit of the pass in the 1920s when it was a dirt road. Later in her life, she began to come to Tuolumne County to camp and hike around the pass by herself. As recently as four years ago, she spent several days camping out of her van near the summit. She was known to the people at the Pinecrest Ranger Station and the owners of Dardanelles where she would always stop when she began her expeditions, her family added.

Her family said she was one of the most recognized persons in Twain Harte over the 14 years she lived there. Twain Harte residents grew used to seeing her driving around town in her green Volkswagen van which was covered with stickers advocating peace, the earth and animals, collecting items for recycling, her family said, and the money she raised was donated to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County.

Animals were a lifelong passion for her, her family said. She loved wolves and other animals in the wild, and she was a regular donor to The Jane Goodall Institute and other organizations devoted to saving wildlife and the planet.

She is survived by her cousin, Jean Conly of Twain Harte; and numerous friends she made in Twain Harte.

No services are scheduled at her request. Her ashes will be scattered in the Sierra.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Berton Dee Isted

Feb. 25, 1920 - April 24, 2004

Longtime Murphys resident Berton Dee Isted died Saturday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 84.

He was born in Bellingham, Wash., and had lived in Murphys for 20 years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in Guam and China. Upon returning from the war, he earned his public accountant's license. He retired from Walnut Valley Water District as a contracts administrator.

He was a member of the Calaveras Seniors Club for 19 years.

Mr. Isted is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Lucille; a daughter, Sherron Jaama of Reno, Nev.; a grandson, Kenneth Price of New Delhi, India; a granddaughter, Medina Teel of Santa Barbara; a sister, Nona Hostetter of San Dimas, Los Angeles County; a brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Marion Wiemers of Murphys and Jane Wiemers of Placerville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial is scheduled at Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, Los Angeles County.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Aid Society, 105 S. Washington St., Lodi, CA 95240.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Ben Robinson

Aug. 24, 1920 - April 25, 2004

Lifelong Sonora resident Ben Robinson died Sunday at a Sonora care home. He was 83.

He was born in Sonora where he had lived all his life. He worked as a mill boss at local mills for 35 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

His family said he was an avid fly fisherman and loved the mountains.

Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty of Sonora; a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Terry Robinson of Sonora; a granddaughter, Gina Robinson of the Bay Area; sisters, June Silver of Oakdale and Harriet Chaney of Monterey; and sisters-in-laws Ruth Robinson of Tuolumne and Meredith Robinson of Jamestown.

No services to be held at his request.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


RODGERS Maria Rodgers, 81, of Sonora died yesterday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

STEFANI Albina Stefani, 95, of Twain Harte died this morning at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

STILL A graveside service for Marjorie Still, 87, of Sonora is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at Shaws Flat Cemetery. She died Monday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

John B. Siirila

June 21, 1917 April 24, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident John B. Siirila died Saturday at a Sonora care home. He was 86.

He was born in Ironwood, Mich., and had lived in Sonora for 25 years. He worked as an assembler for International Harvester Company in Michigan for 20 years.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a past member of the Sonora Moose Lodge No. 2183.

His family said he loved to fly, camp, play cards and he was an avid pilot.

Mr. Siirila is survived by his wife, Elva Siirila of Sonora; and a brother, Clifford Siirila of Las Vegas.

No services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.