Karl E. Segerstrom

April 9, 1945 Dec. 24, 2002

Karl Segerstrom, 57, a Sonora native and retired judge of Gold Run Court, Humboldt County, Nevada, died Tuesday in Winnemucca, Nev.

Mr. Segerstrom was born to Richard and Jean (Rassenfoss) Segerstrom and moved with his parents to Palo Alto in 1958, where he finished his education. He was the grandson of the late Charles H. Segerstrom.

His mother, Jean, also a Sonora native, returned to Sonora in 1989, after her husband's death.

Mr. Segerstrom pursued a career in the Nevada mining industry and retired as chief engineer of Segerstrom Mill at Tungsten, Nev., in 1979. He then served as resident executive overseeing his family's interests in Northern Nevada.

He had lived in Colconda, east of Winnemucca, the county seat.

Mr. Segerstrom was active in civic matters, serving on the Humboldt County Planning Commission and as a member of the Golconda Fire Department. He had served the people of Humboldt County for more than 20 years.

He loved flying and had piloted modern and antique aircraft since his late teens.

He also liked motor sports and enjoyed auto restoration and competition. His family said announcing events sponsored by the Northern Nevada Racing Association, of which he was a longtime member and past president, was a high point in his life.

He also loved fishing and hosted annual family fishing camps at various places in Nevada.

Mr. Segerstrom is survived by his fiancee, Adrienne Couch of Winnemucca; a twin brother, Kris Segerstrom, and his wife, Joan, of Orangevale; another brother, John Segerstrom, and his family, of Portland, Ore.; a niece, Kasey Segerstrom of Orangevale; and numerous relatives in Sonora.

No service is planned at his request. Albertson Funeral Home in Winnemucca is handling arrangements.

Andrew J. 'Andy'


Sept. 28, 1922 Dec. 23, 2002

Andrew J. "Andy" Rolandelli, 80, of Twain Harte died Monday at his home.

Mr. Rolandelli was born in New York, N.Y., and grew up in Tuckahoe, N.Y. He had lived in Twain Harte since 1988.

He earned a master's degree in business administration from Pace University in New York and was a systems analyst for IBM in New York for 37 years.

He enjoyed gardening and his family, who said all of his grandchildren played soccer and he never missed any of their games, even those played out of town.

Mr. Rolandelli is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lillian Rolandelli of Twain Harte; a daughter and two sons-in-law, Connie and Ray Kelleher of Sierra Village and Mark Foley of Mi-Wuk Village; seven grandchildren, Allison P. Foley, Jonathan Andrew Foley, Jerusha Foley, David Foley, Mark Foley, Lorraine Kelleher and Johanan Kelleher; two sisters, Mary Rolandelli and Marcella Rolandelli, both of Tuckahoe; two brothers, George Rolandelli of Norfolk, Va., and William "Bill" Rolandelli of Bloomington, Minn.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie (Rolandelli) Foley, who died in vehicle crash in October 2000.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Word of Life Fellowship, 24630 Highway 108, Mi-Wuk Village. Burial will be private. Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling arrangements.

Linda Lunetta

Nov. 9, 1944 Dec. 20, 2002

Linda Lunetta, 58, of Groveland died Dec. 20 at a Sacramento hospital.

Mrs. Lunetta was born in Sacramento and had lived in Groveland since 1987.

Mrs. Lunetta is survived by her husband, Verne Lunetta; her mother, Margo Gassaway-Turner; her sisters, Jessica and Leola; her brother, Edwin; and her children, Ron, John, Michael and Michelle.

She was preceded in death by a son, Dennis, and her father, Percy Gassaway.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 4 at Groveland Community Hall. North Sacramento Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Richard Merlin


Oct. 5, 1940 Dec. 26, 2002

Richard Merlin Girardi, 62, of Sonora died Thursday at his home.

Mr. Girardi was born in Jamestown to Merlin and Pauline (Braida) Girardi, who lived in Shaws Flat area, where he lived from infancy. His great-grandparents had settled in Angels Camp in the late 1800s.

Mr. Girardi graduated from both Sonora Elementary School and Sonora High School, and went to work for Safeway in Sonora after high school graduation.

He worked his way up to manager and later managed the Safeway store in Angels Camp for many years, before moving to Sacramento to manage Safeway stores there. He retired after 35 years with Safeway stores.

He moved back to the home where he had grown up in Sonora seven years ago, after the death of his wife, Barbara (Strand) Girardi. He liked fishing and hiking and loved the outdoors.

Mr. Girardi is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Holly Girardi of El Dorado Hills, Ron and Cindy Girardi of Sacramento and Gary and Deirdre Girardi of Valley Springs; a father-in-law, Vince Azzolino of San Francisco; a mother-in-law, Betty Strand of Columbia; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Jackie Girardi of Modesto; a sister, Merlene Bottomley of Monte Sereno; six grandchildren, Ashley and Alanna Girardi of El Dorado Hills, Paige and Claire Girardi of Valley Springs and Gabrielle and Gina Girardi of Sacramento; numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family members in the Sonora area.

No service will be held at his request. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4085, Sonora 95370.

James Messenger

Dec. 2, 1929 Dec. 23, 2002

James Messenger, 73, of San Andreas died Monday at a San Andreas hospital.

Mr. Messenger was born in Valley Springs and was a lifelong resident of Calaveras County. He had lived in San Andreas for many years.

He had been a heavy equipment operator and worked for Calaveras Cement Co. for 28 years before he retired.

Mr. Messenger is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen Messenger of San Andreas; a son, Greg Messenger of San Andreas; a daughter, Janine Messenger of Encinitas; and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 5 p.m. at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. No service will be held at his request. Inurnment will be at Peoples Cemetery in San Andreas.

Michael Lee Horn

Nov. 30, 1960 Dec. 25, 2002

Michael Lee Horn, 42, of Sonora died Wednesday at his home.

Mr. Horn was born in Los Angeles and had lived in Sonora for more than 25 years.

He was a truck driver for 17 years and had been disabled for the past 10 years.

His family said he was passionate about his music, especially his guitars. They said he was a very giving and sensitive family man and family was his priority. He liked going dirt bike riding and the outdoors.

Mr. Horn is survived by his wife, Donna Horn of Sonora; a son, Brian Horn of Jamestown; three daughters, Cindy and Dee-Ann Horn, both of Sonora and Natasha Horn of Columbia; three grandchildren, Jason, Kellie and Ashley McIntire, all of Sonora; his parents, Bobby and Peggy Horn of Hemet; two brothers, Rick Horn of Sonora and Bob Horn of Fremont; two sisters, Donna Scholten of Sun City and Sandy Hall of Henderson, Nev.; several nieces and nephews; and two close friends and Bill Hockett of Twain Harte and Mikey Goodman of Sonora.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Robert Lee

'Bob' Silva

Sept. 25, 1935 Dec. 25, 2002

Robert Lee "Bob" Silva, 65, of Copperopolis died unexpectedly Wednesday at his home.

Mr. Silva was born and raised in Redwood City and had lived in Copperopolis for the past 19 years. He attended Sequoia High School, where he still held athletic records in push ups and sit ups and had excelled at wrestling, track, baseball and boxing. He later coached his children in baseball and track.

He owned and operated Da Silva's Lighting for a total of 30 years, many of those in downtown Sonora. Before moving the business to Sonora, he had owned Da Silva's Lighting in Santa Cruz. He drove for Meals on Wheels at Tuolumne County Senior Center in Sonora for the past four years.

He was a member of the Sonora Elks Lodge and was a member of the downtown Sonora Business Association and Sonora Improvement Association.

He enjoyed spending time with his dog, Buddy, who his family said was his best friend.

Mr. Silva is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lea Silva of Copperopolis; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Dave Whiting of Santa Cruz; a son and daughter-in-law, Brook and Jody Silva of Jamestown; four grandchildren, David and Megan Whiting of Santa Cruz and Tony and Steven Silva of Jamestown; his mother, Alice Silva of San Mateo; two brothers, Ernie Silva of Reno and Donny Silva of Half Moon Bay; an uncle, Albert "Bose" Bruno of San Mateo; a mother-in-law, Rosalie Dixon of Santa Cruz; and numerous cousins, including Barbara Wedel of Palm Springs.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, followed by a gathering at the Tuolumne County Senior Center in Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tuolumne County Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, 540 Greenley Road, Sonora 95370.


SOLARI Shirley Solari, 62, of Columbia died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

KIRKMAN Mary Jane Kirkman, 82, of Sonora died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.