James 'Jim' Alfred Nolan

Oct. 1, 1927 - July 27, 2004

Former Sonora resident James "Jim" Alfred Nolan died July 27 from injuries suffered in an auto accident in Victorville, San Bernardino County. He was 76.

He was born in Dermott, Ark. He and his wife were residents of Sonora for about 15 years before moving to Mesa, Ariz., eight years ago.

He retired as a rigging supervisor after working 18 years for Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Menlo Park, San Mateo County.

He was also a member of the Sonora Moose Lodge and numerous gun clubs in Sonora and Arizona.

Mr. Nolan is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joan of Mesa; children, Brenda Turner of Arkansas, Judy Young, James and Raymond Hubbard and Tami Hayes all of California; sisters, Marteil Tipton of Arkansas and Nina Cullen and Patsy Farrar both of California; a brother, Bobby Jo Nolan of Sonora; and numerous grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many friends.

At his request, no services were scheduled.

Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary in Riverside handled arrangements.

Charles Prutch

March 29, 1916 - Aug. 13, 2004

Longtime Jamestown resident Charles Prutch died Friday at his home. He was 88.

He was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and had lived in Jamestown since 1979. He previously lived in Modesto for one year in 1978. He worked in the dairy industry for McKisson and then Foremost Dairy, both in San Francisco.

Mr. Prutch is survived by his caregiver, Eileen Prutch of Modesto; and a grandson, John Prutch of Modesto.

He was preceded in death by his son, Bob Prutch.

Services are private.

Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto is handling arrangements.

Syble V. White

July 29, 1905 - Aug. 16, 2004

Syble V. White of Sonora died Monday at a Sonora hospital. She was 99.

She was born in Terril, Texas, and had lived in Sonora for 16 years.

She was a member of the Sonora Baptist Church and women of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Her family said she loved her family and enjoyed cooking and taking care of them, and she was loved by all of them.

She loved growing flowers and doing crafts, her family added, and she never met a stranger, never talked bad about anyone and was kind to all.

She was a homemaker most of her life.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Edward Walker and Linda and Rich Lasater all of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Jackie White, Jim and Stormy White all of Las Vegas and Pete White of Quartzsite, Ariz.; 27 grandchildren; 97 great-grandchildren; 86 great-great grandchildren; and five great-great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell White; her parents; three brothers; three children; and six grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled from 4:30-6:30 p.m. tonight at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A chapel service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home. Burial is scheduled at Memory Garden in Las Vegas. A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday in Las Vegas.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


'Willie' Sanford Wilson Sr.

June 21, 1934 - Aug. 14, 2004

James "Willie" Sanford Wilson Sr. of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. He was 70.

He was born in Danville, Va., and had lived in Sonora for 19 years. He worked as a cook for five years for May-nord's Recovery Centers in Tuolumne and four years for Tuolumne County Jail. He was a former owner of Pine Cone Cafe in Mi-Wuk Village.

He was a member of the Sonora Moose Lodge for 42 years, the American Legion and the Baptist church. He was a bartender for the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Los Angeles.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

His family said he loved cooking, bowling and gardening.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Wilson of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law, James Jr. and Soni Wilson of Whittier, Los Angeles County, Dwayne Wilson of Norwalk, Los Angeles County, and Jason and Rita Wilson of Long Beach; his ex-wife, Patricia Wilson of Norwalk; brothers, Benny Poovey of Virginia and Bill Wilson of Nevada; sisters, Gloria Norris of Florida and Frances Small of Virginia; and a granddaughter, Christina Wilson of Whittier.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronny Wilson; and his parents, James and Mary Wilson.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Christian Church of Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heritage Christian Church, P.O. Box 3176, Sonora, CA 95370 or in memory of James Wilson Sr. to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, attention Kristina Davis, 4604 Roseville Road, Suite 100, North Highlands, CA 95660. Please include your own name and address and the name and address of the person to receive the acknowledgement for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


'Ray' L. Zanella

May 16, 1921 - Aug. 17, 2004

Former Sonora resident Raymond "Ray" L. Zanella died Tuesday at a Santa Clara hospital. He was 83.

He was born in Tipton, Tulare County, and had lived in Sonora for 10 years. He later moved from Sonora to Santa Clara where he lived for 48 years.

He was a member of Sons of Italy William Paca Lodge No. 1960 in Mountain View and the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) No. 5 in Santa Clara. He was a longtime member of the Italian American Heritage of San Jose.

His family said he was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the 7th division during World War II. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and Medal of Good Conduct.

His greatest legacy was his love for singing Italian songs, being with his friends, especially the members of the Sons of Italy and playing Santa Claus at Christmas for his family and lodges for 45 years, his family added.

Mr. Zanella is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen M. Zanella of Santa Clara; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary "Patty" and Roy Echeverria of Winnemucca, Nev.; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Bittner and her husband, Anton, of Escondido, San Diego County; grandchildren, Mateo and Tori Echeverria both of Winnemucca and Katie Bittner of Escondido; a sister-in-law, Yolanda Bettanini of Sonora; a niece, Nancy Bettanini of San Diego; and many cousins in Italy, Australia and Brazil including Theresa Ambinder of Hillsborough, San Mateo County.

He was preceded in death by a son, Raymond A. Zanella.

Visitation is scheduled from 12:30-3 p.m. Sunday at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 El Camino Real Way, in Mountain View. A funeral service will follow and is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Sonora.

Donations can be made to Hemophilia Foundation of Nevada, P.O. Box 90158, Henderson, NV 89009.

Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary in Mountain View is handling arrangements.


ANDERSON Helen Louise Anderson, 94, of Sonora died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MAYFIELD Willie Mayfield, 88, of Coulterville died yesterday at a Turlock care center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WIVELL Doug Wivell, 64, of Columbia died yesterday in Kennedy Meadows. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.