John Leroy Marci

May 15, 1929 - June 29, 2004

John Leroy Marci of Valley Springs died Tuesday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 75.

He was born in Salinas and grew up in the Soledad Mission District. He moved his family to Oakdale in 1958, then to Patterson in 1969 and settled in Valley Springs in 1986. He was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Valley Springs and a Calaveras County Sheriff's Department volunteer. Before retiring, he owned Marci Diesel Service in Stockton. He was a 50-year Mason.

Mr. Marci is survived by his wife, Margaret Marci of Valley Springs; sons, John T. Marci of Patterson and James Marci of Cheshire, Ore.; a daughter, Gayle Marci-LaVelle of Oakdale; a half-brother, Harold Mastonetti of Portland, Ore.; and nine grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday.

Donations can be made to Community United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 246, Valley Springs, CA 95252.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Ethel Ida


Sept. 6, 1923 - June 22, 2004

Lifelong Tuolumne Rancheria resident Ethel Ida Geisdorff died June 22 at a Sonora hospital. She was 80.

She was born in Sonora. She was an elder, voting member of the Me-Wuk Tribal Council on the reservation. She served as a teletype operator in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944-47.

Her family said she took pleasure in helping heal people with native medicines. She also enjoyed helping others, and she would remember who they were and where they came from, her family added.

She is survived by her son, Delmar Geisdorff of Tuolumne; grandchildren, Angel, Fern and Carlos Geisdorff all of Tuolumne and Debbi Geisdorff of Modesto; a great-granddaughter, Judith Marie Geisdorff of Tuolumne; an aunt, Ruth Wilson of Tuolumne; and cousins, Lawrence Wilson, Lorraine Ford and Rhonda Standage all of Tuolumne and Dorthy Standage of Martinez.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Geisdorff, in 1979.

A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Columbia City Cemetery.

Donations can be made to Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Council, Social Service Dept., P.O. Box 699, Tuolumne, CA 95379.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


'Bill' Edward Mendenhall

May 16, 1934 - June 26, 2004

William "Bill" Edward Mendenhall of Sonora died June 26 at his home after a long illness. He was 70.

He was born in Los Angeles. He spent his youth in the Los Angeles area with his parents, Dottie and Benny, while enjoying time with his aunt, Polly Oesterle, his family said.

He graduated from Chapman University in Orange, Orange County, in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. After a few years of service in the U.S. Army, stationed in Hawaii, he returned to California and began his teaching career with the Ontario-Montclair School District. After teaching for more than 23 years and raising his five children, he retired and moved to Livermore. While living in Livermore, he opened his own business, Quick and Quality Process Serving. He stayed in this business after moving to Pleasanton and then to Sonora in 1994.

His family said he enjoyed serving and interacting with the courts, attorneys and customers for over 22 years. He retired only when his health prevented him from continuing.

Mr. Mendenhall is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marilyn Mendenhall, of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Sherrie Mendenhall of Yucaipa, San Bernardino County, Jeff and Stephanie Mendenhall of Upland, San Bernardino County, and Glenn and Kimberly Dawson of Sparks, Nev.; daughters and son-in-law, Larra and Mike Parr of Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, and Dalaine Heagle of Sonora; grandchildren, Shannon Korzonck and her husband, John, of San Bernardino, Phillip Mendenhall of Yucaipa, Travis Mendenhall of Highland, San Bernardino County, Emily Cornwell and her husband, Chad, of Oak Harbor, Wash., Jennie Parr and Andrew Parr both of Apple Valley, Lindsey Mendenhall, Trevor Mendenhall, Donny Rios, and Latisha Rios and her daughter, all of Upland, Michele Rios of Utah, Justyn Heagle, Vanessa Heagle and her boyfriend, Theodore Geissler, all of Sonora, Clint Durocher and his girlfriend, Crystel Carnahan, of Reno; Glenn Anthony Dawson, Brittany Dawson and Zachary Miller all of Sparks, Nev.; his cousin, Kay Loeffler and her husband, Helm, of Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County; and special friends, Peggy and Charlie Crisp of Sonora.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dottie and Benny; his in-laws, Margaret and Glenn; and his favorite Aunt Polly.

A remembrance of his life is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Christian Heights Assembly of God Church in Sonora.

Donations can be made to a favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Delbert Palmer

July 12, 1938 - June 30, 2004

James Delbert Palmer of Groveland died Wednesday at his home. He was 65.

He was born in Thoreau, N.M. He had lived in San Jose since 1969 and lived in a second home in Groveland for three years. He worked as a sales manager for Nabisco for 30 years.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957-61.

His family said he was an avid golfer and loved his grandchildren and family. He enjoyed tinkering in his workshop, his family added.

Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sonja Palmer, of Groveland and Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County; daughters, Vicki Palmer of San Jose and Joan Turnipseed of Morgan Hill; grandchildren, Eric, Kyle, Roselyn, Taylor, Mikaela, Mackenzie and Travis; a brother, Ben Palmer of Bakersfield; and a sister, Helen Austin of Tehachapi, Kern County.

Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Groveland Evangelical Free Church. A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at the church. Burial is scheduled in the Bay Area.

Donations can be made to American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Bur-lingame, CA 94010.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Leroy Stultz

March 22, 1924 - June 27, 2004

Longtime Murphys resident Frederick Leroy Stultz died June 27 at a San Andreas hospital. He was 80.

He was born in Bremerton, Wash., and had lived in Murphys for 20 years. He previously lived in Discovery Bay, Contra Costa County. He was a general manager for Acme Scale Co., for 37 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Ophir Bear Mountain Lodge No. 33 in Murphys, Order of Eastern Star Crescent Chapter in Murphys and Aahmes Shrine in Sacramento.

Mr. Stultz is survived by his sons, Timothy Stultz of Verona, Wis., Larry Stultz of Lakeport, Lake County, Gary Harris of Port Orchard, Wash., Dan Harris of Cary, N.C., and Bennie Wright of Richmond; a daughter, Rena Stultz of Fairview, Ore.; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 1988; a son, Mark Stultz, in 1983; and a daughter, Jolita Wright, in 1991.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Murphys Masonic Hall in Murphys.

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

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


GRIFFIN Lolita Griffin, 65, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HENDERSON Oretha Henderson, 81, of Sonora died Friday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RIEDINGER Barbara Riedinger, 86, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ROBERSON James Kenneth Roberson, 87, of Columbia died Saturday at a Soulsbyville care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

STONE Ralph Stone, 85, of Sonora died this morning at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.