Former Sierra Hospital administrator Robert Orin "Bob" Lewis Sr., 78, of Jamestown died Thursday at a Sonora hospital.

Mr. Lewis was born in Yreka and had lived in Tuolumne County since 1948.

He was administrator at the old Sierra Hospital now a part of Sonora Community Hospital in Sonora for 35 years. The hospital was owned by Cleta and Bud Marsh, his wife's parents.

He and his wife, Helene, owned the Orchid Shoppe in Sonora from 1968 to 1996.

In his varied working life, Mr. Lewis also attended mortuary school in Los Angeles and was a licensed embalmer who worked as an an apprentice for Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home for a time.

He loved horses, and in the 1950s he and his wife spearheaded the move to start a registry for Appaloosas. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and his family said he was a great cook. He was a member of the Sonora Elks Lodge, Masons, Sonora Grange, National Rifle Association, Sons in Retirement, North American Hunting Club, Mother Lode Gun Club, Waterloo Gun Club and a member and twice captain of Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, Helene of Jamestown, Mr. Lewis is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert O. Lewis, Jr., of Sonora and William R. and Linda Lewis of Greenview, Siskiyou County; a daughter, Candace M. Robinson of Sonora; seven grandchildren, Becky Morrison of Sonora, Kristi Smith of Atascadero, Melanie Hankins of Ontario, Orin Lewis and Ben Lewis, both of Etna, Siskiyou County, Michael Robinson of Fremont and Corinne Robinson of San Diego; a sister, Phoebe Ann Schaap and her husband, Dr. George Schaap, of Greenview; and a cousin, Alvin Lewis of Greenview.

A chapel service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Fort Jones Cemetery in Siskiyou County.

Lyle Eugene


July 21, 1926 Dec. 5, 2002

Lyle Eugene Easterday, 76, of Jamestown died Thursday in Sonora.

Mr. Easterday was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., and moved to California in 1946. He lived in Tracy for 18 years before moving to Jamestown.

He served in the Army during World War II, stationed in Germany, and later worked at Owens Illinois for over 20 years before he retired.

He was a member of the Mount Oso Masonic Lodge.

His family said he will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Mr. Easterday is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nola Gibson Easterday of Jamestown; two sons, Randy Easterday of Rocklin and John Easterday of Ripon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis and Ronald Barenchi of French Camp and JoAnn and Steve Allen of Tracy; five grandchildren, Ryan Barenchi of Loma Linda, Jamie Barenchi of Santa Cruz and Clayton, Christopher and Courtney Allen, all of Tracy; a brother, LeRoy Easterday of Antioch; a sister, Georgia Hannaman of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was to be held today at Tracy Public Cemetery. Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Ave., Tracy, is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to a favorite charity.


'Alice' Elledge

Aug. 17, 1917 Dec. 7, 2002

Nellie "Alice" Elledge, 85, of Columbia died Saturday at her home.

Mrs. Elledge was born in Canada and lived in Columbia for the past 30 years.

She was a stock clerk for Gabardine Department Store in Rodeo for five years.

She was a member of Columbia Presbyterian Church of the '49ers, loved to knit and crochet, attend family gatherings and send cards to family and friends.

Mrs. Elledge is survived by two daughters, Marian Diaz of Walnut Creek and Karen Freese of Columbia; a stepson, William Elledge of Columbia; a stepdaughter, Donna Miller of Crescent City; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Elledge, in 1997, and two sons, Earl Angell, in 1999, and James Angell in 1996.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday and a funeral service will at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Heuton Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Columbia City Cemetery.


Alexander Bell

Aug. 2, 1918 Dec. 7, 2002

Charles Alexander Bell, 84, of San Andreas died Saturday at a San Andreas hospital.

Mr. Bell was born in Weaver, Ill., and had lived in San Andreas for the past 23 years.

He served in the Air Force as a pilot and engineer until he retired. His career included serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2600 and Sons in Retirement Branch 164, both in San Andreas.

Mr. Bell is survived by his wife, Lorraine Bell of San Andreas; two children, Jeffrey A. Bell of Colorado and Douglass A. Bell of Berkeley; and one grandchild.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. today at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi.


Loretta Frederick

March 12, 1923 Dec. 4, 2002

Lillian Loretta Frederick, 79, of Altaville died Wednesday at a San Andreas hospital.

Mrs. Frederick was born in Springfield, Ill., and lived in Altaville for the past 40 years.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Angels Camp Seventh-day Adventist Church in Altaville.

Mrs. Frederick is survived by three sons, Michael Whorton of Arnold, William Frederick of Altaville and Douglas Whorton of Fairbanks, Alaska; two daughters, Karen Armstrong of Elm, Wash., and Sandra Lee Copeland of Vallecito; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Altaville Protestant Cemetery. Angles Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Ambrose Brisco

July 7, 1926 Dec. 8, 2002

Ambrose Brisco, 76, of Sonora died Sunday at his home.

Mr. Brisco was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and had lived in Sonora for the past 14 years.

He served in the Navy during World War II, from 1944 to 1946, and was a supervisor in the streets department for the City of Cupertino for 25 years.

He was a member of Sons of Italy of Sonora, a bowling league and St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Sonora. He loved woodworking,

Mr. Brisco is survived by his wife of 56 years, Andreana Brisco of Sonora; two sons, Andrew Brisco of Sonora and James Brisco of Jamestown; a daughter, Roseann Reeves of Jamestown; three brothers, Anthony Brisco of Sonora, John Brisco of Long Island, N.Y., and James Brisco II of Bakersfield; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Heuton Memorial Chapel. Burial will be private.

Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 73, Sonora, CA 95370.

Doris V. Parker

March 12, 1920 Dec. 8, 2002

Doris V. Parker, 82, of Sonora died Sunday at a Sonora care home.

Mrs. Parker was born in Escalon and had lived in Sonora for 54 years.

She was a waitress at the Europa Cafe in downtown Sonora for 30 years and was a member of the Tuolumne Star Chapter of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Parker is survived by two sons, Fred Parker of Sonora and Ron Parker of Tuolumne; three granddaughters, Missy Svoboda of Twain Harte, Renee Jardine of Tuolumne and Joelle Parker of Sonora; a grandson, Ron P. Parker of Tuolumne; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Parker, in 1974.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donna May

(Stringfellow) Growcock

Feb. 19, 1955 Dec. 6, 2002

Donna May (Stringfellow) Growcock, 47, of Sonora died Friday at her home after a long illness.

Ms. Growcock was born in Bakersfield and grew up in Riverbank and Tracy. She was a graduate of Riverbank High School. She had lived in Sonora for the past 20 years.

She had been a certified nursing assistant for six years and had worked for both Tuolumne General Hospital and Sonora Community Hospital and gave private home care.

She enjoyed fishing.

Ms. Growcock is survived by her companion of 15 years, Ronnie Semas of Sonora; a son, Steven Growcock of Mountain View; three sisters, Ruby Ann Collier of Tuolumne, Estalina Fife of Waterford and Betsy Anthieny of Bend, Ore.; three brothers, Robert Stringfellow and Otis Stringfellow, both of California, and I.C. Stringfellow of Sonora; and good friends Amanda Cepeda of Sonora and Boogie Evans of Jamestown.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Sylvia Stringfellow, two brothers, Troy and Faith Stringfellow and a sister, Marie Holland.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.


COLEMAN William Coleman, 72, a former Sonora resident, died Wednesday in Redding. No services are planned. Donations may made to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church building fund, 29 Hope Lane, Sonora, CA 95370. Allen and Dahl Mortuary in Redding is handling arrangements.

BETTANINI Helen Bettanini, 91, of Jamestown died Monday at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.