Paul Rodman Calderaro

April 20, 1921 - Oct. 18, 2004

Longtime Columbia resident Paul Rodman Calderaro died Monday at a Modesto hospital. He was 83.

He was born in Modesto and lived there until joining the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he moved to Santa Cruz, where he met and married Martha, his wife of 57 years.

They moved to Columbia 52 years ago, and he became a local businessman and jack-of-all-trades, his family said.

He began his career in Tuo-lumne County as the assistant manager of the Columbia Airport, where he earned his pilot's license. He mastered many trades by working for local contractors: Abe Still in construction, Franz Greer in masonry and Jim Algeo in plumbing.

During the 1960s, he was the owner of the Hidden Treasure Gold Mine Tours, along with Bud Donne. With Stanley and Bunny Wynne, he built, owned and operated the Columbia Coffee Saloon restaurant.

During that decade, he also helped build the landmark Parrotts Ferry Road home known to many as the Blue Barn. He remained there as caretaker for its mysterious East Coast owner, Dr. Ann Sutton Nichols. Upon her death he purchased the estate, which had been his residence since 1985. In the 1970s, he also owned and operated the Columbia Frosty.

Mr. Calderaro is survived by his wife, Martha Calderaro of Columbia; his brother, Ed Calder of Columbia; his children, Karleen Hunt, Jeanette Calderaro and Judy Gibson, all of Columbia, and David Calderaro of Yuba City; grandchildren, Sheri Beebe, Amy Black, Carrie Mahenski, Joseph Storey, Kimberly Calderaro, Alec Storey, Chelsea Gibson, Kristina Calderaro, Jessica Johnson and Kayleen Gibson; and great-grandchildren, Andrew Beebe and Desiree Black.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Trudy Storey, in 2003.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Volunteer Fire Station. Dress casual and bring your favorite memories. A private inurnment will be held at a later date.

Evins Funeral Home in Modesto is handling arrangements.


Anne Carne

Dec. 8, 1948 - Oct. 12, 2004

Former Tuolumne County resident Laurel Anne Carne died unexpectedly Oct. 12 at her home in Vader, Wash. She was 55.

She was born in Hollywood to Willow and Henry Feltes and grew up in the Bay Area. Her early summers were filled with trips to a cabin at Pinecrest Lake with her mother and sister.

Her family said she was a good swimmer, could stay on a rolling log and, as a teenager, even bought her own canoe. She was also helpful and accepted responsibility, her family added.

She was baptized at the International Convention at the Rose Bowl in 1963. She graduated from Sonora High School in 1967.

On May 30, 1970, she married Floyd Carne in the Sonora Kingdom Hall. She had lived in Soulsbyville and later in Chinese Camp. In 1984, after the birth of their children, the Carnes moved to Poulsbo, Wash., to be closer to Laurel's sister. Then in 1994, the family moved to Vader to find a slower pace and to be close to trains and a creek.

Her husband said she made their home into a "little Eden" and, with her green thumb, even grew heliotrope.

She was a gracious lady who enjoyed people, was always giving of herself and had a high level of empathy that enabled her to pay attention to others, her family added, and she was an excellent Bible teacher.

Her family said she also loved the ocean, lakes, rivers, mountains, train rides and the drives back to Sonora with her sister to see her mother. One of her favorite things to do was to garden with her granddaughter, they added.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd Carne of Vader; a son, Leif Carne of Kalama, Wash.; a daughter and son-in-law, Summer and Jamie Cook of Toledo, Wash.; a granddaughter, Monet Anne Cook; her mother, Willow Whalman of Ryderwood, Wash.; a sister and brother-in-law, Poppy and Eric Knopf of Poulsbo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services have been held.

Cattermole Funeral Home in Winlock, Wash., handled arr-angements.

Victoria 'Vicky' Frances Martin

Sept. 1, 1928 - Oct. 19, 2004

Victoria "Vicky" Frances Martin of Angels Camp died Tuesday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 76.

She was born in Long Island, N.Y., and had lived in Angels Camp for 16 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Murphys.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Byron Martin of Angels Camp; sons, Bruce Martin of Big Bear, San Bernardino County, John Van Court of Porter Ranch, Los Angeles County, and Byron Martin Jr. of Mountain Ranch; sisters, Lorraine Rudolph of Angels Camp and Gloria Mercanet of Woodinville, Wash.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled from 1-6 p.m. today at Angels Memorial Chapel. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


McDANIEL Elizabeth McDaniel, 69, mother of Jim McDaniel of Vallecito, died yesterday at her granddaughter's home in Copperopolis. A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Vallecito Cemetery in Vallecito. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.