Thomas Emmett Brennan Jr.

Feb. 22, 1966 May 16, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Thomas Emmett Brennan Jr. died Sunday night from injuries suffered in a car accident in Jamestown. He was 38.

He was born in Richmond, Contra Costa County, and lived in Tuolumne County for 35 years, most recently in Sonora. He also had lived in Arizona for a few years. He graduated from Summerville High School in 1984 and worked as an electrician for 10 years in Sonora and Arizona.

His family said he enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, sports, animals, four-wheeling and especially the ocean. He also enjoyed water sports, his family added.

Mr. Brennan is survived by his sons, Shane Brennan of Sacramento and Michael (Hall) Brennan of San Luis Obispo; brothers, John Brennan of Tuolumne and Michael Brennan of Twain Harte; sisters, Shelly Kellogg and Kathleen Brennan, both of Sonora, Maureen DeBisschop of Arizona and Colleen Brennan of Cedar Ridge; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Pat, in 1988 and his father Tom Brennan in 1985.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Donations can be made to the Thomas Brennan Memorial Fund, in care of Central California Bank, 229 S. Washington St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Martin C.

'Marty' Miller

April 24, 1939 May 18, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Martin C. "Marty" Miller died yesterday at his home. He was 65.

He was born and raised in Sonora. He attended Columbia Elementary School and graduated from Sonora High School. He married Karin Weir on Feb. 25, 1962, in Modesto and they had two children.

His career included 29 years with the California Highway Patrol at duty stations in Southern California and at Napa, where he retired in June of 1997. Prior to his highway patrol career, he served honorably in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a disc jockey in Turlock and Santa Rosa.

Mr. Miller is survived by his children, Denine Leeann of Modesto and Darren Neil of Truckee; a brother, Bill Miller of Meridian, Idaho; sisters, Ida Daniels and Laura Williford, both of Stockton, Alice Owens of Lakeport, Lake County, and Virginia Teausant of Hathaway Pines; grandchildren, Christopher and Danielle of Modesto; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Christine Miller; brothers, James L., Glenn F. and Duane A. Miller; and a sister, June E. Odle.

Cremation is planned.

Donations can be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 7, Sonora, CA 95370 for the purchase and distribution of bibles.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Howard 'Skip' Charles Grant

Feb. 26, 1932 May 15, 2004

Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Howard "Skip" Charles Grant died Saturday at his daughter's home in Columbia after a short illness. He was 72.

He was born in Oakdale and grew up in Columbia. He lived in Col-umbia and Sonora his entire life, most recently in Columbia.

He served as a staff ser-geant in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne during the Korean War. He worked for the California Department of Forestry in Sonora as a fire dozer operator from 1959-63. He then worked as a heavy equipment operator for Operating Engineers Local No. 3 for 25 years.

His family said he enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He was a member of E. Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter No. 1849.

Mr. Grant is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Ray Reiser of Columbia, Cathy and Al Owens, Janine and Randy Questo and Julie and Walt Perry, all of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law, Dave and Ritchie Grant and Jimbo and Mandy Grant, all of Sonora; grandchildren, Josh and Jordie Reiser, Rory Williams, Justin, Jennifer and Whitney Grant, John, Jared, Alyssa and Abbey Owens, Jake and Jena Questo, Jeffrey and Cody Grant, Jaime Perry Burns, Joleen and Brad Perry and Jarrett and Caleb Grant; and his great-grandchildren, Christopher and Caesar Owens, Aliana Works and Hannah Burns.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, in 1999; and by a son, William, in 1995.

No services are scheduled at his request.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370 or the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mabel Bernice (Lombardi)


April 26, 1913 May 13, 2004

Lifelong Mokelumne Hill resident Mabel Bernice (Lombardi) Fischer died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. She was 91.

She was born in Mokelumne Hill and lived there her entire life. She married John Fischer, a rancher, in 1931 and was a homemaker. She and her husband were in the cattle business together all their married lives.

She is survived by her sister, Helen Kreuger of Stockton; five grandchildren; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000.

Services were to be held today.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Shanna N. Moe

June 17, 1914 May 9, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Shanna N. Moe died Sunday, May 9, at a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, hospital. She was 89.

She was born to Dutch immigrant parents in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and the family moved to Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, when she was two years old. She graduated from Fremont High School and San Jose State University. Her teaching career began in Taft, Kern County, then took her to South San Francisco, where she met Harold G. Moe, a carpenter in the shipyards. They were married on June 22, 1940, and had three sons. They moved to Twain Harte in 1949.

She taught at Curtis Creek School for most of her 30-year teaching career. She was active in the Standard Community Church, where she played the piano and organ. She also was involved in Women's Aglow Fellowship and Gideons Women's Auxiliary. She and her husband traveled extensively, often working on construction and service projects for various Christian mission organizations in the countries they visited.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Norman and Marion Moe of Christchurch, New Zealand, Stan and Kathie Moe of Coeur d'Alene and Larry and Lexi Moe of Sonora; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Christian Heights Church, 13711 Joshua Way in Sonora.

Donations can be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 7, Sonora, CA 95370.

Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d'Alene handled arrangements.

Darrell 'Ray' Ladd

Jan. 18, 1924 May 13, 2004

Longtime Angels Camp resident Darrell "Ray" Ladd died Thursday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 80.

He was born in Stockton and lived in Angels Camp for 48 years.

He worked as an equipment operator for 30 years for Pacific Gas & Electric before his retirement. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.

Mr. Ladd is survived by his son, William Ladd of Angels Camp; a daughter, Anita Hatfield of West Point; a brother, Donald Ladd of Oklahoma; a sister, Ellen Pool of Reno, Nev.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Altaville Protestant Cemetery in Altaville.

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

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


MICHAUD Margaret Michaud, age unavailable, of Groveland died yesterday at a San Mateo hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ROBINSON Charles Robinson, 77, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WATERMAN Thelma Waterman, 73, of Twain Harte died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.