Flora Artzer

Oct. 27, 1924 - Feb. 9, 2006

Lifelong Tuolumne resident Flora Artzer died Thursday at a Modesto hospital. She was 81.

She was born in Tuolumne and had lived in Tuolumne all her life. She graduated from Summerville Elementary School and, in 1942, Summerville High School. She worked for the Department of Navy in San Francisco during World War II which was the only time she lived away from Tuolumne County.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, cooking and especially her family. She also took care of birds and chickens.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Andrew Artzer, of Tuolumne; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Denise Artzer, of Twain Harte, Dennis and Tina Artzer, of Sonora, and Stephen and Anna Artzer, of Tuolumne; grandchildren, Erin Hall, Milessa, Dennis, Stephanie, Sarai, Samantha, Adam and Allison Artzer, and Jody Kaiser; great-grandchildren, Massie, Andrew and McKenzie Talbot, Gracie Hall, Kennedy, Rhys and Amelia Artzer; a brother, Natale Ciarasso, of Rohnert Park; a sister, Nina Kimball, of Tuolumne; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Rose Walker and Mary Dunbar; and a brother, Nick Ciarasso.

A vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home's Tuolumne Chapel. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne Chapel.

Donations can be made to Tuolumne City Memorial Museum, P.O. Box 1174, Tuolumne, CA 95379 or a favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Julia 'Judy' (Huddleston) Hill

June 25, 1939 - Jan. 30, 2006

Valley Springs resident Julia "Judy" (Huddleston) Hill died Jan. 30 at a San Andreas hospital. She was 66.

She was born in Westwood, Los Angeles County. She graduated from Paradise High School in California and trained as a flight attendant in Kansas City. She spent her early career in San Francisco as an executive secretary for PG&E's corporate office. She married and moved to Hawaii, where she had her first child. She lived in Indiana before moving back to California.

She lived in Jamestown where she raised her four children. She was active in the PTA at Jamestown Elementary.

She was an accomplished pianist and played for her church. She worked for the Hanot Foundation for 17 years. She retired in 2005 and married her best friend, James Hill.

She is survived by her husband, James Hill, of Valley Springs; a sister and brother-in-law, Pat and Wes Young, of Jamestown; her daughter and fiance, Teresa Bishop and Paul Bush, of Texas; sons and daughter-in-law, Todd Bishop, of Jamestown, Brian Bishop, of Redding, and Dale and Bess Bishop, of Jamestown; granddaughters, Amanda Lewis and her husband, Jeremy, Caitlyn Bishop and Josie Bishop; a grandson, Kyle Bishop, of Redding; great-grandchildren, Logan Lewis and Jessica Lewis; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; stepchildren, Stephen Cook, Leila Griffis, and Joseph, Jamie, Daniel and Fallon Hill; mother-in-law, Mary Hill; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Bill Graham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, S.E. Huddleston and Dorothy M. Huddleston; and a brother, Gary A. Huddleston.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made to the Hanot Foundation, P.O. Box 950, Lockeford, CA 95237.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Charles Hunter

Jan. 29, 1916 - Feb. 3, 2006

Calaveras County resident Walter Charles Hunter died Feb. 3 at a Soulsbyville care home. He was 90.

He was born and raised in Cincinnati and attended the University of Cincinnati. He was active in scouting and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1933. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1946 as a captain in the Corps of Engineers with General Patton. He was a liaison officer and occasionally went behind enemy lines. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious action.

He worked in the Calaveras County Assessor's office in the 1960s when he lived in Murphys for about eight years. He retired as assistant assessor for Ventura County in 1977. He married Audrey Bauer, of Cincinnati, on June 23, 1942, in Fort Bragg, N.C.

He had most recently lived in Copperopolis for two years.

Mr. Hunter is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Paul Gavey, of Copperopolis; granddaughters and their husbands, Kathy and Vince Zamora, of Brentwood, and Paula and Anthony Lopez, of Kissimmee, Fla.; great- grandchildren, Kristen and Alicia Zamora, of Brentwood, Contra Costa County, and Alex Lopez, of Kissimmee; and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Mary Hunter, of Cincinnati.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Audrey Hunter, in 2004.

At his request, there will be no services.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling local arrangements.

Nellie Irene (Nicholls) Messing

Feb. 17, 1912 - Feb. 6, 2006

Lifelong Calaveras County resident Nellie Irene (Nicholls) Messing died Feb. 6 at a San Andreas hospital. She was 93.

She was born at the Nicholls Ranch near Jenny Lind. She was the youngest of seven children born to Thomas and Nancy Nicholls, and her family's roots in Calaveras County dated to 1899.

She attended Cloverdale and Jenny Lind grammar schools. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge No. 179 for 67 years, and a founding member of Calaveras Grange No. 715 and Jenny Lind Volunteer Fire Department. She worked at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital for 20 years.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Eileen Messing Hillious and Fred Hillious, of Valley Springs; grandchildren, Stacy and Scott Hillious, both of Valley Springs; a great-grandson, Bradley Hillious, of Valley Springs; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Charles L. Messing; brothers, Arnold and William Nicholls; sisters, Grace Nicholls Hamilton, Emily Nicholls Swinborne and Lillie Nicholls Gruber.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at Stone Corral Community Church, 9441 S. Highway 26, near Milton Road in Valley Springs. Burial is scheduled at Jenny Lind Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stone Corral Community Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 375, Valley Springs, CA 95252 or a favorite charity.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

William 'Bill' John Mestrovich

Feb. 4, 1932 - Feb. 8, 2006

Longtime Jamestown resident William "Bill" John Mestrovich died Wednesday at a Stockton hospital. He was 74.

He was born in New York and had lived in Jamestown for 29 years. He worked as a foreman for San Jose Mercury News in the mailroom for 35 years. He was also a professional body builder and U.S. Army veteran.

He enjoyed building model ships, working around his home and loved his family.

Mr. Mestrovich is survived by his wife of 29 years, Charlotte Mestrovich, of Jamestown; a son, Cory Mestrovich, of Modesto; daughters, Debbie Matthews, of Oregon, Jennifer Garrett, of Twain Harte, Susan Garrett, of Florida, and Stephanie Frankel, of Jamestown; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

At his request, no services are scheduled.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Kenneth Pratt

Nov. 27, 1951 - Feb. 5, 2006

Former Sonora resident Kenneth Pratt died Feb. 5 at his home in Nampa, Idaho, after a long illness. He was 54.

He was born in Sonora and had worked in law enforcement and security. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He enjoyed sports, fishing, hunting, camping and the outdoors.

He was a car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, a Scout leader and Little League coach.

Mr. Pratt is survived by his wife, Heidi Pratt, of Nampa; sons and daughter-in-law, Leland Pratt, and Michael and Shannon Pratt; stepchildren and their spouses, Angela and Derek Christensen, Angus and Jessica Anderson, and Chris and Stephanie Anderson; a sister, Barbara Jo Fielder, of Lynchburg, Va.; father and stepmother, Leland L. and Ada Ann Pratt; grandmother, Laura Pendleton, of St. George, Utah; stepbrothers and their wives, Doug and Tina Wulfenstein, Murrin and Marsha Wulfenstein, and David and Lorrie Wulfenstein; stepsisters and their husbands, Valorie and Howard Cottam, Becca and Tyler Bracken, and Victoria and Shi Stiles; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy Marie Pratt and his mother, Janice Marie Pratt.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Pine Mountain Lake Lodge. Following the service, a graveside service will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Groveland.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


DUNCAN Doris Duncan, 77, of Jamestown, died yesterday at her daughter's home in Jamestown. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WISE Patrick Wise, 34, of Sonora, died Saturday in the Columbia area. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.