Roger Lee Alderman
Nov. 18, 1920 - Oct. 17, 2004
Longtime Tuolumne County resident Roger Lee Alderman died Sunday at a Sonora hospital after a short illness. He was 83.
He was born at the family home in Springdale, about 10 miles from Wheatland in Yuba County. His parents were Roger Lee Alderman Sr. and Ethel Oldham Alderman. The family moved to Tuolumne County on May 30, 1930. He attended grammar school at the old red brick Columbia School and the Dome in Sonora. He graduated from Sonora High School in 1942.
Along with his brother, Keith, he worked in the ship building yards in Emeryville, Alameda County, and Oakland as a welder, which was a trade he learned at Sonora High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in February 1943. He took basic military police training at Fort Custer, Mich. His first duty was on a troop ship, which debarked from Boston to Oran, delivering United States troops to North Africa and bringing a shipload of German POWs back to the United States. He also spent a year guarding the German POWs at a camp in McLean, Texas.
In the summer of 1944, he was transferred into the combat engineers, where he received special training in Camp Polk, La. Here again, his welding skill served him well, his family said. After engineer training, he was sent to England staging to enter Europe. He was in Magdeburg, Germany, on Victory in Europe (VE) Day. He remained in Germany for another year before he returned to the United States in April 1946.
After the war, he spent 25 years at Pickering Lumber Company in Standard. He then worked for Alderman Timber Company for more than 20 years.
He was an early member of the Mother Lode Gun Club and held the title of master shooter for many years.
Mr. Alderman is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Keith W. Alderman Sr. and Linda Alderman of the Sonora area; a sister, Victoria E. Harris of the Sonora area; nieces, Laura Lee Alderman of Dallas, Janet L. Alderman, Mona J. Alderman (Janicki), Shelly L. Alderman (Henley), Eileen M. Andrews, Melody J. Harris and Marie E. Weston, all of the Sonora area; nephews, Keith W. Alderman Jr. of Livingston, Mont., Roger Lee Alderman of Sonora and Henry C. Marak Jr. of Missouri; and 17 grandnieces and nephews.
Visitation is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A veterans burial is scheduled at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.
Oct. 11, 1959 - Sept. 18, 2004
Former Sonora resident Lauren 'Lori' Olander died Sept. 18 from injuries suffered in an auto accident near the Stevenot Bridge on Highway 49 at New Melones Reservoir. She was 44.
She was born in California and was a fourth-generation Cabezut. Her family was one of the first Mexican families to settle in Sonora. As a child, she lived with her parents in Orinda, Contra Costa County, and later moved to Sonora, where she lived with her grandmother.
She most recently lived in Orinda for more than 15 years.
Her family said she was a fun-loving person who loved to play tennis. She played tennis a couple of times per week and was in many tournaments.
She loved nature and taking her dogs for hikes at Moss's in Sonora and various places around Tuolumne and Contra Costa counties, her family said. She was a good person and loved her dogs like they were her children, her family added, and she loved to take her dogs swimming.
Her family said she was a warm, friendly and generous person with a beautiful smile. She always had a hug and a laugh for people and she loved to laugh, her family added.
She is survived by her aunt of the Bay Area; numerous friends in Tuolumne and Contra Costa counties; and her dogs, Slim and Primo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gloria Olander, in 1999 and Roy Olander, in 2002.
A memorial service will be held next month.
Donations can be made to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown, CA 95327 or Calaveras Humane Society, P.O. Box 2065, San Andreas, CA 95249.
Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Martin Elliott Thompson
Feb. 15, 1955 - Oct. 17, 2004
Martin Elliott Thompson of Arnold died unexpectedly Sunday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 49.
He was born in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, and lived in Arnold for five years. He worked as a tile setter for 10 years and was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Arnold.
Mr. Thompson is survived by his brother, Michael James Thompson of Guam; and sisters, Kelly Lynn Leonard of Jacksonville, Ore., and Patricia Josephine Sandul of Mexico.
No services are scheduled.
Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Oct. 31, 1915 - Oct. 16, 2004
Longtime Sonora Elementary School teacher Simona (Goicoechea) Urrutia died Saturday at her home. She was 88.
She was born in Hagerman, Idaho, and lived in Sonora for more than 60 years. She was married to Martin Urrutia.
She worked for more than 20 years at Sonora Elementary School and was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She belonged to the St. Patrick's Altar Society and the Young Ladies Institute.
Her family said she was one of the first volunteers for Interfaith and enjoyed working with charitable organizations.
She is survived by her niece, Louise Goicoechea of Sonora; and nieces and nephews in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Nevada.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin, in 1957.
Visitation is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A private vigil is planned. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
Donations can be made to Interfaith and scholarship in memory of The Rev. John Foley, OSFS, P.O. Box 8195, Toledo, Ohio 43601.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
GUILFORD Richard Allen Guilford, 75, of Sonora died this morning at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
SLATE Visitation for Edward Leon Slate, 80, of Jamestown is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard doing the flag folding ceremony with a 21-gun salute. Mr. Slate died Saturday at a Sonora hospital.