Obituaries for December 31, 2002


Antonio 'Tony' Treto

Oct. 10, 1926 Dec. 26, 2002

Antonio "Tony" Treto, 76, a native of Standard, died Thursday at his home in Sonora.

Mr. Treto, a lifelong Tuolumne County resident, worked in the lumber business for more than 45 years and retired in 1989. During his career he had many jobs at Pickering Lumber Company, which became Louisanna Pacific and later Fiberboard, before he retired. Jobs included being a sawyer and working in the plywood plant, sawmill and in the maintenance department.

When he worked in the lumber industry, he was active in Carpenter's Union 2652. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and walking.

He had served in the Navy as an air crewman during World War II. He was stationed on the East Coast, where he served as an aerial gunner, flying over the Atlantic Ocean, doing shuttle service and searching for ships.

He walked four miles a day, six days a week. His family said he especially enjoyed family gatherings and liked spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Mr. Treto is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maxine Treto of Sonora; three daughters, Diana Pedro and her companion, Robert Hoffmann, of Sheep Ranch, Denise Dolinsek, and her husband, Louie, of Sonora and Gloria Winship and her fiance, Rob Vasconcelles of Sonora; a brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Barbara Treto of Pleasanton; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Carmen and Arlie Henderson of Artesia, Southern California, Elvita and Gary Harkins of Anaheim, Maria and Dennis Camp of Cerritos and Irene Stone of Manteca; a sister-in-law, Joan Treto of Ukiah; five grandchildren, Jeremiah Strain, Jamaica Winship, Roxanna Pedro, Rachael Grant and Lisa Moore and her husband, Sean; and a great-grandson, Caid Moore.

He was preceded in death by a son, Eduardo Treto in 1947, a brother, Joe Treto, in 1997, a sister, Helen Azevedo in 1998 and parents, Josemaria "Jose" Treto and Grace Hurtado.

A chapel service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A private inurnment will be held at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Donations may be made to American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame 94010.

Jennie E. 'Jean' Arnold

July 12, 1924 Dec. 26, 2002

Jennie E. "Jean" Arnold, 78, of Jamestown died Thursday at a Sonora hospital.

Mrs. Arnold was born in Kevin, Mont., and grew up in Montana. After she married John Arnold, they moved to Santa Rosa, where she lived until 1983. She had lived in Jamestown for the past 19 years.

She was a bookkeeper for Almetco of Santa Rosa for 27 years and for A&L Ready Mix and Doherty Tire in Tuolumne County from 1983 to 1989. She liked reading and crocheting, visits from her family and friends, work and camping and fishing.

Mrs. Arnold is survived by a daughter, Andrea Dolan of Sonora; two sons, Vance Arnold of Kentucky and Michael Arnold of Tracy; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at a later date, and cremation is planned. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

Fannie Evelyn Atkin

March 4, 1917 Dec. 28, 2002

Fannie Evelyn Atkin, 85, of Groveland died Saturday at a Sonora hospital.

Mrs. Atkin was born in Grove, Okla., and lived in Groveland for the past three years. Before that, she lived in San Jose for more than 50 years.

She was a homemaker, and her family said family was her whole life.

Mrs. Atkin is survived by a son, Tom Atkin and his fiancee, Lorna Larson, both of Groveland; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and David McMenimen of Groveland and Launa and Don Karanovich of San Jose; a sister, Fern Wergin of San Jose; six grandchildren, JoAnn Nelson of Angels Camp, Jeff Julyan Groveland, Erica Machado of Merced, Josh Atkin of Groveland, and Monica and Ryan Castillo, both of San Jose; three great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Melanie Nelson, both of Angels Camp and Bailey Atkin of Groveland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard M. Atkin, a brother, David Boyd, and three sisters, Issie Murphy, Mae Davis and Inice Brown.

A service will be held at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in San Jose. Cremation is to take place. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

Anthoni 'Tony' Morehouse

Jan. 31, 1960 Dec. 23, 2002

Anthoni "Toni" Morehouse, 42, of Sugar Pine died Dec. 23 at his home.

Mr. Morehouse was born in Ukiah and lived in Sugar Pine for the past seven years. He lived in various places in Tuolumne County for a total of 22 years.

He was a building contractor for 21 years and was a member of the Gold Prospecting Association. He loved fishing and dirt biking, and his family said he loved his truck.

Mr. Morehouse is survived by a son, Joseph Morehouse of Columbia; and a daughter, Tanya Morehouse of Clovis.

No service is planned. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Elaine Gail (Davis) Morehouse

Sept. 17, 1960 Dec. 24, 2002

Elaine Gail (Davis) Morehouse, 42, of Sugar Pine died Dec. 24 at a Sonora hospital.

Mrs. Morehouse was born in Sacramento and lived in Sugar Pine for the past seven years. She had lived in various places in Tuolumne County for a total of 22 years.

She was a homemaker and loved to garden and cross stitch. She also enjoyed being a foster parent.

Mrs. Morehouse is survived by a son, Joseph Morehouse of Columbia; a daughter, Tanya Morehouse of Clovis; and parents, Donald and Norma Hanson of Red Bluff.

No service is planned. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Shirley (Goodner) Solari

March 31, 1940 Dec. 26, 2002

Shirley (Goodner) Solari, 62, of Columbia died Thursday at a Sonora hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Solari was born in Waldron, Ark., and lived in Columbia for 40 years.

She was a homemaker for 42 years, a foster parent for many years and worked for Tuolumne County doing in-home supportive service for five years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, traveling, playing bingo, and her family said she loved to help others who were less fortunate.

Mrs. Solari is survived by her husband of 41 years, Roger P. Solari of Columbia; five daughters and two sons-in-law, Brenda and Eric Mettner of Escalon, Tammy Solari and Deanna and Stuart McBride, all of Antioch, Becky Solari of Columbia and Cathy Hembree of Columbia; a son, Scooter Smith of Sonora; two former foster children, Kim Brown and Tina Ratliff, both of Jamestown, and Ratliff's children, Melissa, Tiffany and Erica; five brothers, Ed Goodner of McDonough, Ga., Donald Goodner of Woodland, Bill Goodner of Concord, Ron Goodner of Tennessee and Elmer Goodner of Antioch; three sisters, Betty Roundville and Mary Atkission, both of Antioch, and Patty Cheeseman of Booneville, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, Jimmy Haughy of Willow Springs, Amanda Haughy of Los Gatos, Shannon Solari and Morgan Solari, Stuart McBride, Janelle McBride and Corinna McBride, all of Antioch, Tammy Hembree of Sonora, Elijah Smith, Jaden Smith and Jordan Smith, all of Riverbank and Stephanie Wiley of Winters; 1 great-grandson; and numerous other former foster children. Another great-grandchild is to be born in March.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John Goodner, in 1992, and a sister, Melva Gaston, in 1976.

A graveside service will be held Friday at Burwood Cemetery on East River Road, Escalon. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Clair Henry


June 12, 1912 Dec. 27, 2002

Clair Henry Sowers, 90, a former resident of Columbia, died Friday in Lodi.

Mr. Sowers was a native of Agenda, Kan., and lived in Columbia from 1974 to 1993, before moving to Lodi in 1993.

He was a veteran of the Army, serving from April 1944 through November 1945. He served in the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion with General George Patton, participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and American Campaign Medal.

He was a lineman with PG&E for 30 years and retired in 1967. After he moved to Columbia, he owned and operated Sugar Plum Ranch, where he rented horses and offered trail rides. His family said he loved horses and owning the ranch fulfilled a longtime dream.

He had been a member of Central United Methodist Church, Stockton, the Columbia Presbyterian Church of the '49ers, and most recently, Grace Presbyterian Church in Lodi. He was a lifetime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFL-CIO local 1245.

Mr. Sowers is survived by two sons, Jack Sowers of Olympia, Wash., and Jim Sowers of Acampo; a daughter, Kathlene Perry of Lodi; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation is to be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at Rocha's Mortuary, 215 S. School St., Lodi. A funeral service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 10 S. Mills, Lodi. Burial will be at Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi.

Donations may be made to Hospice of San Joaquin, 2609 E. Hammer Lane, Stockton 95210 or Match-Two Prison Outreach, P.O. Box 30097, Stockton 95213.

Vonalee (Moore) Cannon

June 8, 1930 Dec. 28, 2002

Vonalee (Moore) Cannon, 72, of Tuolumne died Sunday at a Sonora hospital.

Mrs. Cannon was born in the Bay Area and had lived in the foothills the past 26 years. She had lived in Mountain Ranch and Tuolumne and moved between the two towns a few times during her 26 years in the Mother Lode.

She served in the Army from 1948 to 1950 and was a registered nurse from 1962 to 1976 for the State of California, working at Napa State Hospital and then Yountville Veteran's Administration Hospital.

She loved to read and bred Bichon Frise dogs at Cannon Fields Kennels, located first in Mountain Ranch, later in Sonora, and more recently Tuolumne.

Mrs. Cannon is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, Charles and Dorsey Thomas of Tuolumne; a brother, Bill Moore of Pinehurst, Texas; a sister, Donalee Phillips of Medford, Ore.; a grandson, Jason Thomas of Jamestown; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a grandson in 1992.

No service is planned. Burial will be at Carters Cemetery. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


CARR Donald Carr, 69, of Sonora died Monday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WETTENGEL Eula Wettengel, 89, of Sonora died Monday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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