Anthony Richard Gangi Jr.

May 24, 1914 - Oct. 7, 2004

Anthony Richard Gangi Jr. of Sonora died Thursday at a Sonora care home. He was 90.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in San Jose for 86 years. He most recently lived in Sonora. He was a founding member of Gangi Brothers Packing, a tomato canning company, in Riverbank and Santa Clara. He served as president of the Santa Clara County Horseman's Association in 1960 and in 1968. He was a member of the Sons of Sicily and a member of St. John Vianna Parish in San Jose.

Mr. Gangi is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Anthony R. "Tony" III and Pam Gangi of Copperopolis and Valentino Gangi of Santa Clara; a daughter and son-in-law, Rosalie and Chuck Longo of Lewiston, N.Y.; grandchildren, Paul Gangi and Laura Gangi, both of San Jose and Mia Marie and Alicia Anne Longo, both of Lewiston.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, on Oct. 24, 1999; his brothers; and a nephew.

Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2065 W. El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040 or online at

Services will be held at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


'Dick' German

Dec. 16, 1945 - Oct. 3, 2004

Richard "Dick" German of Cedar Ridge died Oct. 3 at a Grand Junction, Colo., hospital after he suffered a heart attack while riding his mountain bike in Moab, Utah. He was 58.

He was born in Fort Smith, Ark., and most recently lived in Cedar Ridge for nearly four years. He worked at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field for his entire career. He provided mechanic and supervisory skills to the wind tunnels at Ames.

He served in the U.S. Army and completed two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Mr. German is survived by his mother, Margaret German of Hemet, Riverside County; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Will Hutcheson of Livermore; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Michelle German of Chandler, Ariz.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ed and Judy German of Santa Ana and Leon Jr. and Janet German of Fountain Valley, Orange County; and grandchildren, Michael, Ashlyn and Kiersten Hutcheson and Andrew German.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Barbara, in 1999; and his father, Leon, in March 2004.

No formal services will be held.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers people take their best friend to lunch and let them know how much they care. They said that is what Mr. German would have done.

Anyone wishing to write the family about Mr. German can do so by mailing a letter to Dick German Memories, in care of Will and Donna Hutcheson, 4046 Guilford Ave., Livermore, CA 94550.

Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction is handling arrangements.

Betty Mae Wester

May 4, 1925 - Oct. 4, 2004

Betty Mae Wester of Groveland died Oct. 4 at a Modesto hospital. She was 79.

She was born in California and had lived in Groveland since 1988. She worked for Hartford Insurance in the Bay Area for 15 years. She was a member of the Pine Mountain Lake Women's Golf Club.

Her family said she enjoyed flower arranging, playing golf and traveling. She had taken five trips around the country.

She also loved animals and was an avid reader and San Francisco 49er football fan, her family added.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Joseph Wester of Groveland; a son, Michael Wester of Mountain View, Santa Clara County; daughters, Sandra Nunn of Pleasanton, Alameda County, and Deborah Rachfal of Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County; and grandchildren, Casey, Eric, Colby, Brian and Tammy.

At her request, no services are scheduled. Cremation will be held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ethel Lillian


Nov. 23, 1914 - Oct. 3, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Ethel Lillian Fernandes died Oct. 3 at a Sonora hospital. She was 89.

She was born in Butte, Mont., and was the daughter of Seth Powning and Lillian Maude Harris.

She lived in the Bay Area most of her life. She worked in the catering business for many years, then in cafeteria management at Nulaid Eggs in San Leandro and at Sears Distribution Center. She moved to Sonora after retiring from Sears.

She married Anthony Fernandes in 1974, and they moved to Sierra Village. Retirement was a little too sedate for them, her family said, so they began to travel. While in Arizona visiting, they went to Turf Paradise and liked it so well they decided to stay there for the winter. They began new careers at the racetrack there.

Mrs. Fernandes is survived by her husband, Anthony J. Fernandes of Sierra Village; a daughter and son-in-law, Marvelle and Gerard Linschoten; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Pat Young; children-in-law, Jeannie and Gary; grandchildren, Fawn Marie, Stacy, Randy, Amanda, Shelby, Linda and Lee; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


MATTHEWS Betty Matthews, 80, of Mi-Wuk Village died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MILLER A funeral service for Patricia Anne Miller, 55, of Big Oak Flat is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. She died Thursday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

PENNIMAN Inga Penniman, 83, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

THOMSON Alvin Thomson, 37, of Sonora died Friday at a Sonora hospital from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.