Obituaries for December 9, 2002

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Charles E. Carlen

Jan. 13, 1910 Dec. 5, 2002

Charles E. Carlen, 92, of Twain Harte died Thursday at his home.

Mr. Carlen was born in Sunderland, England. His family sailed from England and settled in Oakland when he was 15. He lived in Twain Harte for the past 27 years.

A self-made builder, he was a superintendent of construction of liberty ships during World War II. After the war, he built one of San Francisco's stalwart companies, Carlen Construction Co.

He and his wife, Elinor, were married in 1938 in St. James Church in Oakland.

An avid sportsman, he played soccer and cricket and was an owner of the Oakland Clippers soccer team.

He was also a fisherman and enjoyed annual family camping trips to the Sierra Nevada and other places. He and his wife visited family in Great Britain and New Zealand, as well as traveling to Hawaii and Australia.

He was a master Mason and a Shriner, active in scouting and in his children's education.

In 1975 he moved from his 25-year home in Oakland's Haddon-Hill area to a new home in Twain Harte, where he continued his service in Masonry and the Shrine as well as utilizing his building experience to assist on area projects.

His family said his daily walks for the newspaper with the family dogs earned him the name "The Dog Man."

They said on these walks he had a smile and wave for everyone.

He was a member of Eastbelt-Tuolumne Lodge No. 8, Stockton Scottish Rite Bodies, Mother Lode Shrine Club, Mother Lode Masonic Luncheon Club and Aahmes Shrine Club.

Mr. Carlen is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elinor Carlen of Twain Harte; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cedric and Debbie Carlen of Dickerson, Texas, Douglas and Stacey Carlen of Twain Harte and Keith Carlen of Ione; a daughter, Eileen Carlen of Twain Harte; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Bostock of Santa Rosa; a brother, Richard Carlen of Alameda; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends throughout California, Nevada, Great Britain and New Zealand.

A Masonic service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Heuton Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner's Hospital Fund, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento 95817.

Elvas F.


Jan. 2, 1922 Dec. 4, 2002

Elvas F. Whittenberg, 80, of Sonora died Wednesday, when his homemade road leveler ran over him in his driveway.

Mr. Whittenberg was born in Foss, Okla., and had lived in Sonora for the past 15 years.

He was an owner and operator of a bar and restaurant in Bartle, Calif., for 20 years. He served in the Navy in 1947 and 1948.

He was a member of the Sonora Moose Lodge, American Legion Post 29 and Mount Shasta Elks Lodge. He loved to fish.

Mr. Whittenberg is survived by a son, Michael Vidal of Marysville; a daughter, Joan Nolte of Roseville; two sisters, Ona Bryan of Arkansas and Audrey Vest of Sonora; and three grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mountain Shadow Cemetery, Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BRISCO Ambrose Brisco, 76, of Sonora died Sunday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ELLEDGE Nellie Elledge, 85, of Columbia died Sunday at a Sonora hospital . Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

PARKER Doris Parker, 82, of Sonora died Sunday at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

GROWCOCK Donna Growcock, 47, of Sonora died Friday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SEEDLOCK Frances Seedlock, 83, of Twain Harte died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GOODMAN Jacqueline Goodman, 71, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SHEWMAKE Sedora Shewmake, 75, of Tuolumne died Saturday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FREDERICK Lillian Frederick, 79, of Altaville died Wednesday at a San Andreas hospital. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

EASTERDAY Lyle Easterday, 76, of Jamestown died Thursday in Sonora. Fry Memorial Chapel in Tracy is handling arrangements.

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