Theo Gwyn

June 4, 1914 - Sept. 15, 2004

Former longtime Long Barn resident Lewis Theo Gwyn died Sept. 15 at his home in Reno, Nev. He was 90.

He was born in Reno, Ill., to Henry and Minnie Gwyn.

He traveled west during the Depression, accepting any work available, eventually landing in San Francisco.

His family said he was proud of the fact that throughout the Depression he lacked work for only two weeks time. Throughout his working life, he was able to perfect several avocations, one was bartending at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. He also worked in the woods as a tree topper, crane operator and carpenter.

In 1938, he married his childhood sweetheart, Ruth Lohman. Three years later, they and their infant son moved from San Francisco to Long Barn, where for the first year, they comprised one third of Long Barn's population, his family added.

He continued to live there until 2000, when, with his health failing, he moved to Reno, Nev., with his son and family.

He was a 45-year member of Carpenter's Local No. 25 and during the winter every year he was "Hill Boss" at Dodge Ridge Ski Area, his family said. Widely known for his quick wit, infectious smile and willingness to lend a helping hand, he was a friend to all, his family added.

Mr. Gwyn is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Rich and Marjorie Gwyn of Reno; brother and sister-in-law, Eldon and Angie Gwyn of Ohio; his sister, Genevieve Lauer of Connecticut; grandchildren, Rachel and Danny Gwyn and Dane Knudtson, all of Reno, and Eric Knudtson of Seattle; five great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; old fishing buddies; family; and friends.

A remembrance gathering of family and friends will be in Long Barn at a later date.

Donations may be made in his memory to Saint Mary's Hospice, in care of Saint Mary's Foundation, 520 W. 6th St., Reno, NV 89503 or to a charity of choice.

Mountain View Mortuary in Reno, Nev., handled arrangements.


M. Carnes

May 24, 1938 - Sept. 26, 2004

Former Sonora resident Carolyn M. Carnes died Sunday at a Grass Valley hospital. She was 66.

She was born in Sims, Ark. She was a longtime resident of Watsonville and then Sonora for several years before moving to Nevada County in 2001.

Her family said she was a lady of elegance. She loved raising her family, beautiful gardens and her precious Yorkies, her family added, and she also enjoyed designing buildings with her brother, Herb.

She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Molloy and Cynthia Carnes; a son, Kenneth Carnes; a brother, Herb Carter; a sister, Lois Black; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Steven.

A memorial celebration of her life is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Lassila Funeral Chapel, 551 Grass Valley Highway in Auburn.

Lassila Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Anita Mary (Sardella) Hodge

Dec. 9, 1920 - Sept. 26, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Anita Mary (Sardella) Hodge died Sunday at a Sacramento care home. She was 83.

She was born in Italy. She arrived in Sonora when she was less than a year old, and was raised in Sonora. She graduated from Sonora High School and lived here the rest of her life.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Norman and Linda, Juanita and Richard, and Yvonne and Ed; grandchildren, Jeffrey and his wife, Tabbra, Jason, Sandra and her husband, Ron, Eric, Michelle and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Jessica and Jessica K.; sisters, Ama McGowan and Lena Fraguero; and a brother, Raymond Sardella, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Louie Sardella; her husband, Ernest Hodge; and a granddaughter, Wendy Hodge.

At her request, no services are scheduled and the burial will be private.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350 for Tuolumne County or a charity of your choice. Gift announcements can be sent to 3554 Mignon St., Sacramento, CA 95826.

Evergreen Memorial in Sacramento is handling arrangements.


Walter Nichols

Jan. 25, 1932 - Sept. 27, 2004

Longtime Valley Springs resident Roger Walter Nichols died Monday at his home. He was 72.

He was born in Hickman, Ky., and had lived in Valley Springs for 20 years. He worked in real estate for 30 years and was a pioneer in developing Rancho Calaveras.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and did a lot of charitable work for various churches in Calaveras County.

Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife of 49 years, Melvia Nichols of Valley Springs; his children, Roger Nichols II and Anthony Nichols, both of San Jose, Lyn Smock of Felton, Santa Cruz County, Marion Nichols and Kimberly Piper, both of Valley Springs and Leigh Allee of Bend, Ore.; and 18 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Nichols, in 2001; and a sister, Sandra Nichols, in 1973.

Services were to be held today.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BEASLEY Virginia Beasley, 57, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RICHARDSON Former Sonora resident Marianne Richardson, 70, died yesterday at a San Francisco hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling local arrangements.