Sylvia Guidici

Dec. 20, 1914 - Oct. 5, 2004

Former longtime Angels Camp resident Sylvia Guidici died Oct. 5 at a Sonoma care home. She was 89.

She was born Florence Sylvia Brittain in Santa Ana. She grew up in Fontana, San Bernardino County, and was known to family and friends as "Dolly." She came to Northern California in 1937 after marrying Emile Guidici of Sheep Ranch. The couple and their family lived in Sheep Ranch until her husband's work with PG&E necessitated a move to Angels Camp in 1947. There, the couple shared 60 years of marriage, until her husband's death in 1997.

She raised her five children and found time to establish and nurture a large and varied flower garden, her family said, and she maintained her interest in gardening throughout her life.

When her youngest child entered high school, she continued her own education and enrolled in Delta Junior College in Stockton, where she took classes in printmaking and ceramics. In later years her artistic energies would find a new outlet in the numerous painting classes she found in her community, her family added.

Her family said great satisfaction and many dear friends were derived from her painting activities, participating in art shows and attending painting workshops.

After a severe stroke in December 2000, she moved to Sonoma, where she was a resident of London House Convalescent Hospital until her death. While at London House, she continued to enjoy her painting and making many friends among staff and residents.

She is survived by her children, Nick Guidici of Tucson, Ariz., Irene Ehret of Sonoma, Victoria Guidici of San Jose, Martha Stedman of Bellevue, Wash., and Larry Guidici of Bremerton, Wash.; grandchildren, Steve Ehret, Maria and Allen Stedman, and Luke and Teal Guidici; and her painting and gardening friend, Rheba Robinson of Sonora.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Allen Brittain and Florence Irene Brittain; siblings, Bill Brittain, Allen Brittain and Laura Schmidt; and a granddaughter, Holly Ehret.

A celebration of Sylvia's life is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at her home in Angels Camp with special remembrances taking place at 3 p.m. For information and directions, call (707) 996-3622 or 532-2477.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the causes Mrs. Guidici long supported: California Native Plant Society, 2707 K Street, Suite 1, Sacramento, CA 95816; The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203; or the Sierra Club National Headquarters, 85 Second Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Duggan's Mission Chapel in Sonoma is handling arrangements.


Jackson Wallen

March 27, 1919 - Oct. 12, 2004

James Jackson Wallen of Sonora died Tuesday at a Sonora care home. He was 85.

He was born in Cassville, Mo., and lived in Sonora for the past six months. He previously lived in Arnold for 25 years.

He worked as an appliance repairman for Montgomery Ward for 25 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Arnold.

Mr. Wallen is survived by his children, Janice Jarnagin of Murphys and Cathy McEwen of Patterson, Stanislaus County; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

At his request, no services are scheduled.

Donations can be made to Humane Society of Calaveras County, P.O. Box 2065, San Andreas, CA 95249.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Alvin L. Thomson

Aug. 14, 1967 - Oct. 8, 2004

Alvin L. Thomson of Sonora died Friday at a Sonora hospital from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Columbia. He was 37.

He was born in French Camp, San Joaquin County, and lived in Sonora for six years. He worked as a body and fender man for various employers for 17 years.

His family said he enjoyed motorcycles and working on cars.

Mr. Thomson is survived by his father, George Thomson of Redwood City; his grandmother, Helen Johnson of St. Louis, Mo.; his brother, Bobby Towe of Manteca; his sister, Holley Towe of Manteca; his best friends, Mary Heathman of Sacramento, Loren Pearce of Modesto and Chris Tauer of Sonora; a stepdaughter, Ariel Hawes of Sonora; a stepson, Ty Tauer of Hayward; aunts and uncles, Sharon and Lawrence Swain of Reno, Nev., Coy and Shelly Tillery of Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, Gayle and Bob Carey of San Antonio, Texas, Shannon Payne of Popular Bluff, Mo., Diane and Jim Warren of Manteca, Richard Allen Pettit of St. Louis and Donald Pettit of Redwood City; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rhonda Tillery.

A funeral service was to be held at 1 p.m. today at Heuton Memorial Chapel.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.