Helen Barbara Anberg

Feb. 11, 1914 - Aug. 22, 2004

Former longtime Soulsbyville resident Helen Barbara Anberg died Sunday at a Sublimity, Ore., care home. She was 90.

She was born in Arlington, Ore. She was the second of six children born to Lizzie and Edward Bottemiller.

At a young age, she moved with her family to the Bay Area. Following elementary and high school, she attended business school. The Bay Area is also where, through a friendship with her brother, Clarence, she met and married Knute Anberg, her husband of over 50 years.

She and her husband made their home in Oakland until 1947, when they moved to Soulsbyville. There they designed and built their own adobe home using local clay found on their 17-acre apple orchard and farm. She lived there for the next 45 years.

While living in Soulsbyville, she worked for many years at the Pickering Lumber Company and Summerville High School as a secretary. She was active in the Soulsbyville United Methodist Church, PTA and the Ladies Aid Society where she donated one of her hand-crafted quilts each year.

In 1998, she relocated to Corvallis, Ore., to be close to her daughter, Linda.

She is survived by her children, Linda Haygarth of Stayton, Ore., Nancy Bowman of Hoquiam, Wash., and Doug Anberg of San Jose; a brother, Clarence Bottemiller of Cottage Grove, Ore.; sisters, Lillian Davis of Sonora, Margaret Hedemark of Walnut Creek and Florence Melrose of Modesto; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Knute Bottemiller; and a brother, Eugene Bottemiller.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Soulsbyville United Methodist Church. A graveside service is scheduled to follow at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

The family requests that donations can be made to the Soulsbyville Church Ladies Aid Society, P.O. Box 928, Soulsbyville, CA 95372.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements. Weddle Funeral Home in Stayton, Ore., is also handling arrangements.


'Connie' Van


Nov. 22, 1919 - Aug. 22, 2004

Constance "Connie" Van Benschoten of Sonora died Sunday at a Sonora care home after a lengthy illness. She was 84.

She was born in Phoenix and grew up in Guadalupe, Santa Barbara County. She had lived in Salinas for 45 years, moved to Ma-dera in 1991 and then to Sonora in 1996.

She was a retired plant nursery supervisor.

She was happily married to Harry "Van" Van Benschoten for nearly 30 years, her family added.

Her family said she loved her cats and dogs, loved to garden and make floral arrangements, and she especially loved to take care of her grandchildren and spend time with them.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mara-Celeste and Terry Landess of Madera; son and daughter-in-law, Jon-Aumont and Sheryl Van Benschoten of Twain Harte; grandsons, Brandon and Darryl Landess, both of Madera, Mathew, Chase and Reese Van Benschoten, all of Twain Harte; granddaughters, Chelsea "Sammy" and Ashlyn Van Benschoten, both of Twain Harte; a sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and The Rev. Ronald Davies of Cabool, Mo.; and numerous family and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry "Van" Van Benschoten; and a brother, Ralph Somerset.

Services were held.

Healey Mortuary in Salinas handled arrangements.


Glen Betts

May 13, 1985 - Aug. 9, 2004

Charles Glen Betts of Arnold died Aug. 9 at his home from complications of cancer. He was 19.

He was born in Berkeley. He was a recipient of the Calaveras County Sheriff's Association "Badge of Courage Award" in 2003.

His family said he was meritorious in loving others, scholarship, baseball and football at Bret Harte High School.

He graduated from Bret Harte High School in 2003.

He was recently honored as a United Church of Christ (UCC) Christian Camp counselor at Camp Tamarack near Shaver Lake. Until February, he was a student at Kresge College at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Mr. Betts is survived by his parents, David C. and Evelyn (Robinson) Betts of Arnold; brothers, David Anthony of Hathaway Pines, Erikson of the U.S. Air Force currently stationed in Florida and Clinton of Arnold; his grandmother, Charlotte Robinson of Alameda; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in the amphitheater.

Donations can be made to The Charles Betts Memorial Roof Fund, Camp Tamarack, in care of First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 48, Murphys, CA 95247 or Charles Betts Scholarship Fund, in care of Bret Harte High School, attn.: Carla Rolleri, P.O. Box 208, Altaville, CA 95221.

Nautilus Society of Northern California in Sacramento is handling arrangements.


(Novick) Linnik

Dec. 29, 1928 - Aug. 22, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Sophia (Novick) Linnik died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. She was 75.

She was born in Lawrence, Mass., and had lived in Bristol, Conn., Redwood City and then in Menlo Park. She later lived in Sonora for 34 years.

She graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City and then from University of California, Berkeley. She married Alexander A. Linnik on May 9, 1954.

She worked as a secretary on the board at Flood Park Enterprises, Inc., in Menlo Park and as a bookkeeper for Pine Alley Saw Shop in Jamestown. She was the owner and operator of Mother Lode Mobile Estates in Sonora for five years.

She volunteered with Frank Salel to help cook for many fund-raisers and organizations. She served as a past worthy matron and past deputy of Order of Eastern Star (OES) No. 123 and became a California 1992 past grand representative to Massachusetts. She served as past nobel grand, past grand deputy representative of California District No. 72, past matriarch of LEA and past president of CFWC for the Sierra Rebekah Lodge No. 245. She was past worthy high priestess of White Shrine of Jerusalem and past president of Amaratha, Ladies of the Nile, Special Ladies of the Shrine, Aronos Club, Mt. Diablo District PTA, Twain Harte Women's Club and Companions of the Forest of America. When she was a member of the Sonora Pass Vacation Land, a precursor to Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, she assisted at booths at shows at the Cow Palace, the California State Fair and local fairs. She was a member of both the Pink Ladies and the Green Ladies at Tuolumne General Hospital. She was a member of Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers. She was a Sunday school teacher for, and member of, Presbyterian Church of Menlo Park. She was a member and past president of both Gold Rush Circle No. 164 and Sierra Needle Guild. She served on the Board of Directors for Tuolumne General Hospital and worked on the election board in Tuolumne County. She was also a Cub Scout leader. She was a lifetime member and leader of Girl Scouts and her camp name was Honeybear.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary E. and Jim Lillie of Sonora; a son and daughter-in-law, John A. Linnik II and his wife, Diane, of Reno, Nev.; a son-in-law, Alistair Hamilton of Petaluma; grandchildren and their spouses, Elizabeth Lillie, and Benjamin and Laura Lillie, all of Sonora, Matthew and Natalie Linnik of Fernley, Nev., Bryan and Tanya Henderson of Bend, Ore., John and Kelli Linnik III and Steven Kram all of Sparks, Nev., and Sasha Linnik of Jamestown; and great-grandchildren, Caleb Linnik of Sparks, Shania and Kiera Henderson, both of Bend, and Kenny Lillie of Sonora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander A. Linnik, on Dec. 30, 1980; and a daughter, Sonia (Linnik) Hamilton, on Jan. 11, 1992.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Heuton Memorial Chapel. The Order of Eastern Star No. 123 will open the service with The Rev. Bill David from Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers officiating. The Sierra Rebekah Lodge will close the service.

Donations can be made to California State University, Stanislaus Foundation, CSU, Stanislaus, 801 West Monte Vista Ave., Turlock, CA 95382 and include Memo: Sonia (Linnik) Hamilton Scholarship Endowment No. 6194.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Arlone McLain

Feb. 28, 1921 - Aug. 23, 2004

A longtime resident of both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, Beth Arlone McLain died Monday at her San Andreas home. She was 83.

She was born in Parkfield, San Luis Obispo County, and was a native Californian. She lived in Sonora for 26 years and in 1993, she moved to San Andreas. She was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in San Andreas.

Her family said she was active in every church where she was a member. She was a Sunday school superintendent, deaconess, sang in choir and performed solos.

She was an eligibility supervisor for the Tuolumne County Welfare Department until her retirement in 1981.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen D. Carreker of Duarte, Los Angeles County, Sandra L. Keenan of Pleasant Grove, Sutter County, and Connie B. McLain of San Andreas; sisters, Carol Cross and Lois Lowry, both of Sonora and Barbara Fitzsimmons of Versailles, Ind.; grandchildren, Daniel and Shawna Carreker, Carolyn Kramer and Rosalie Harreld; and great-grandchildren, Kacey, Ashly, Christopher, Selena, Megan and Macie.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John W. McLain, in 1997.

Services were held.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


BAIER Carol Baier, 62, of Sonora died yesterday at her home. A memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Twain Harte Evangelical Free Church. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

BOSSHARD Henry Boss-hard, 88, former Tuolumne resident died Tuesday at a Tracy care home. A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Parkview Cemetery, 3661 E. French Camp Road in Manteca. A memorial service is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Lakeside Chapel, 30000 Kasson Road at San Joaquin River Club in Tracy. P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

JUSTUS Hannah Ladora Justus, 88, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

NORRIS Bertha Geneva Norris, 86, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

THOMPSON Robert B. Thompson, 89, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.