Donald 'Don'

W. Bauer

Feb. 18, 1918 - Jan. 29, 2005

Former Sonora turkey rancher Donald "Don" W. Bauer died Saturday at an Oakdale care center. He was 86.

He was born in Stockton and most recently lived in Oakdale. From 1951 to 1963, he raised turkeys on what is now the Mother Lode Ranch on Wards Ferry Road for his stepfather, Norman Kerr. His family also owned and operated Kerrs Turkey Hatchery and his mother, Myrtle, operated a beauty shop, both in Jamestown. After he moved to Oakdale, he worked as a truck driver for A.L. Gilbert Company for 35 years.

He was a World War II veteran and served in England, France and Germany.

He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, his family said, and he always found time to help others.

He was a member of St. Lukes Lutheran Church in Oakdale.

Mr. Bauer is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gladys Bauer of Oakdale; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Jackie Bauer of Sonora and James and Debi Bauer of Milton; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Clinton Gilbreath of Lodi; a half-sister, Deane Burch of Sacramento; grandchildren, Terri Wilson of Clarksville, Tenn., Leanna Stapelton and Chad Bauer, both of Oakdale, Jennifer Alanis of Arizona, Brian Gilbreath of Lodi, Julie Gilbreath of Truckee and Stacy Swinford of Las Vegas; and great-grandchildren, Samantha Gilbreath, Claire Wilson, Kevin Stapelton, Gabrial Alanis, Sophia Alanis, Julianna Alanis, Stephen Swinford and Jacob Swinford.

Visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow at Oakdale Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will follow and is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel.

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

Oakdale Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jewell Curry

April 12, 1919 - Jan. 30, 2005

Groveland resident Jewell Curry died Sunday at her home. She was 85.

She was born in Hill County, Texas, and had lived in Groveland off and on since 1997.

She married A.J. Curry in 1942 and graduated from Lubbock High School in Texas in 1939. She and her husband attended Abilene Christian University in Texas. Her husband joined the ministry, and she raised six children. He ministered in Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and California. She earned her associate's degree from Bakersfield College in 1979.

She worked as a food service supervisor for Porterville State Hospital for 23 years and retired in 1981. After her husband died, she assisted other family members going through bereavement.

Her family said she lived with her sister, Ann, for three and a half years and was close to her twin brother and her other siblings.

She enjoyed sewing, traveling, camping and church activities. Her family described her as a very loving and giving person.

She is survived by her daughters, Casundra Peters of Groveland, Jewell Anndra Curry of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Patricia Correira of Jamestown; sons, Thomas Curry of Margate, Fla., David Curry of Toledo, Ore., and John Curry of Modesto; a twin brother, Ewell Booker of Lubbock, Texas; sisters Ann Orr of Wilmington, Del., Mary Montandon of Aiken, Texas, and Nelda Shuman of Rio Rancho, N.M.; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. Curry, in 1981; her parents, Early Marshal Booker and Jenettie Helena Kay; and brothers, Julian Booker and Marshal Booker.

A service was to be held today at Church of Christ in Sonora. A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Porterville, Tulare County.

Donations can be made to Northside Church of Christ, P.O. Box 466, Groveland, CA 95321.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Cheri Keeling

Oct. 19, 1970 - Jan. 27, 2005

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Cheri Keeling died unexpectedly Thursday at a Sonora hospital. She was 34.

She was born in Modesto and had lived in Tuolumne County for 30 years, most recently in Sonora. She was a homemaker.

Her family said she loved her children, family, friends and animals.

She is survived by her sons, Brandon Keeling and Danny Keeling, both of Washington; a daughter, Lisa Keeling of Washington; her parents, Rick Fisher and Delray Arlt, both of Spring Creek, Nev.; brothers, Rick Fisher of Spring Creek and Allen Wear of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Lisa Clifton of Vancouver; her grandmother, Goldie Brasmer of Vancouver; and her fiance, Chad, of Sonora.

At her request, no services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Marie Meyering

Dec. 12, 1909 - Jan. 28, 2005

Former longtime Sonora resident Marie Meyering died Friday at an Oakdale care center. She was 95.

She was born in Missouri and had lived in Oakdale for three years. She lived in Sonora from 1967 to 2001. She worked as a seamstress for Lucille of Hollywood's Clothing for 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin L. Meyering, in 1993.

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

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


June Harris

June 1, 1922 - Jan. 29, 2005

Former longtime Sonora resident Shirley June Harris died Saturday at her daughter's home in Ceres. She was 82.

She was born in Australia. She arrived in the United States in 1945 from Sydney, Australia, as a war bride. She lived in Sonora from 1945 until she moved to Oakdale where she had lived for the past seven years. She was in the Australian Womens' Army Service from 1942 to 45. She became a U.S. citizen in 1963.

She was a licensed vocational nurse at in Sonora for 16 years.

She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, sewing and fishing.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Maree Louise and Joseph Michael Martin of Ceres; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Nick Harris; sons, Nolan and Rhett Harris; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Private burial is scheduled.

Donations can be made to Community Hospice, Inc., 601 McHenry Ave., Modesto, CA 95350.

Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling arrangements.

Lloyd Robert Quammen

June 13, 1930 - Jan. 15, 2005

San Andreas resident Lloyd Robert Quammen died Jan. 15 at a Tucson, Ariz., hospital near his daughter's home. He was 74.

He was born in Rushford, Minn., and most recently lived in San Andreas for a year and a half. He previously lived in Sonora for 24 years after he moved from Southern California in 1979.

He worked in the construction industry and was a project manager for Griffith Company while he lived in Southern California. In 1975, he established El Q CO Contractors, which he owned and operated until 1992 when he retired.

He loved his family and enjoyed reading and traveling, and collected antique watches.

Mr. Quammen is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bernice Quammen of San Andreas; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra Solorzano of Lancaster, Los Angeles County, Mary and James Horvath of Tucson, Ramona and Michael Snyder of Sonora and Kristine Hope of Jamestown; a son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Melody Quammen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Kristie Frasure, Brianna Horvath, Tobias Horvath, Amber Horvath, Drew Snyder, Ashley Snyder, Brielle Snyder, Carlee Hope, Wyatt Hope, Makenzee Hope, Kayla Quammen, Austin Quammen and Joshua Quammen; a brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Jane Quamen of Rushford; and sisters, Bernice Romie of St. Paul, Minn., and Janet Woxland of Hemet, Riverside County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Martha Quammen; a brother, Clarence; sisters, Phillis Landsverk and Shirley Gillen; and a granddaughter, Katelynn Quammen.

A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora followed by a gathering in the parish hall.

At the family's request, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.

Adair Funeral Home's Avalon Chapel in Tucson is handling arrangements.


CAMPOS Daniel Campos, 57, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RYLAND Donald W. Ryland, 72, of Sonora died Monday at his home. At his request, no services are planned. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.