Jane Bethune

Oct. 7, 1921 Dec. 28, 2002

Jane Bethune, 81, of Columbia died Saturday at a Fremont hospital.

Mrs. Bethune was born in New Orleans and lived in Columbia for the past two years.

A homemaker for 61 years, she attended Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers and enjoyed crafts.

Mrs. Bethune is survived by her husband, James Bethune of Columbia; a son, Robert James Bethune of Stockton; a daughter, Janice Lester of Fremont; a sister, Marvis Deris of Florence, Ore.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial will be held Jan. 18 at Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Elaine Hedden (MacLeod) Thomas

Dec. 28, 1921 Jan. 1, 2003

Elaine Hedden (MacLeod) Thomas, 81, of Sonora died Wednesday at her home.

Mrs. Thomas was a native of Quincy, Mass., and lived in Sonora since 1990.

A registered nurse for 43 years, her career included service in the Army from 1943-1946 during World War II. She later worked for Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys and then Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda, both in Southern California.

She was a member of Heritage Christian Church in Sonora and enjoyed square dancing and recreational vehicle traveling.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband of 40 years, Alvin Thomas of Sonora; a daughter, Kim Manton of Los Gatos; a stepdaughter, Tami Almason of Turlock; a stepson, Greg Thomas of Alameda; six grandchildren; and a brother, John MacLeod of Quincy.

A service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be private at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Mother Lode Parkinson Foundation, 16597 Oakhaven Lane, Sonora, CA 95370.

Otto Edward Zimmerman

Sept. 30, 1929 Dec. 28, 2002

Otto Edward Zimmerman, 73, of Valley Springs died Sunday at a San Andreas hospital.

Mr. Zimmerman was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Yakima, Wash. He lived in Lodi for 15 years before moving to Valley Springs, where he had lived for the past 15 years.

He served in the Army during the Korean War and later was a self-employed fruit contractor. His job included inspecting fruit and doing quality control, making sure fruit did not have blemishes or bruises before it went to markets. He loved to fish, cook and bake.

Mr. Zimmerman is survived by his wife of 37 years, Shirley Zimmerman of Valley Springs; a son, Allen Brewer of Turlock; a daughter, Rhonda Jensen of Ceres; a brother, Jerry Turnbull of Washington; a sister, Betty Shafer of Missouri; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was to be held today at 1 p.m. at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. Burial will be private at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

Arthilyn 'Artie' Smith

Aug. 2, 1940 Dec. 27, 2002

Arthilyn "Artie" Smith, 62, of Copperopolis died Saturday after a short illness.

Mrs. Smith lived in the Bay Area before moving to Copperopolis, where she had lived for the past six years.

She was a volunteer for the Copperopolis Fire Protection District, where she helped operate monthly bingo games. She also was active at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband of 30 years, William E. Smith of Copperopolis; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jacob Parsons of Isleton and Ray and Jamie Parsons of Jamestown; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Mike Andrada of Columbia and Margaret and Scott Kennard of Sacramento; a sister, Teddy Wilfert of Modesto; a brother, Pete Wilfert and his wife, Beth, of Modesto; eight grandchildren, Jason Parsons, Joshua Parsons, Erik Kennard, Matthew Kennard, Amy Andrada, Martin Andrada, Megan Parsons and Michelle Parsons; a brother-in-law, Ray Smith, and his wife, Brigitte, of Copperopolis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

No service is planned. Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland handled arrangements.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Smith's memory to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 116 W. Bradford Ave., Sonora, CA 95370.

Eula Vern


Nov. 26, 1913 Dec. 30, 2002

Eula Vern Wettengel, 89, of Sonora died Monday in Sonora.

Miss Wettengel was born in Topeka, Kan., and received nursing training in Oklahoma City.

She was dedicated to her career as a nurse and never married.

She was the eldest of six children. Her last sibling, Louis Wettengel, died Aug. 12, 2002, in Sonora.

A member of the Jamestown Christian Fellowship, she was happy to share her love of Jesus Christ and was loved by all for her big smile, her family said.

Miss Wettengel is survived by two sisters-in-law, Louise Wettengel of Sonora and Mary Wettengel of Walla Walla, Wash.; five nieces, Lou Ann Voorhies and her husband, Zen, of Jamestown, Terry Tatum and Kelly Pulley, both of Ventura, and Ruth Wright and Nancy Sheer, both of San Jose; two nephews, Lane Wettengel and his wife, Cindy, of Queretaro, Mexico, and Glen Hawkins of Pennsylvania; three grand-nieces, Kimberly Millikin of Sonora and Rosa and Anna Wettengel of Queretaro; and four grand-nephews, Lance Cpl. Michael Millikin, special forces Marine Corps, stationed overseas, and Jason and Chris Tatum and Kevin Roberts, all of Ventura.

A celebration of life will be held at noon Sunday at The Place, 18254 Fifth Ave., Jamestown. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Jamestown Christian Fellowship, 18254 Fifth Ave., Jamestown, CA 95327.

Ronald Lee


Sept. 25, 1938 Dec. 29, 2002

Ronald Lee VanDerWoude, 64, of San Andreas died Monday at a San Andreas hospital.

Mr. VanDerWoude was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and lived in San Andreas for the past 25 years.

He served in the Navy in the early 1960s and was a salesman for Calaveras Auto Supply in San Andreas for 24 years.

He loved to dig for old bottles and other artifacts.

Mr. VanDerWoude is survived by his wife of 25 years, Esther VanDerWoude of San Andreas; five sons, Dennis VanDerWoude and Travis VanDerWoude, both of Ceres, Troy VanDerWoude of Florida, Ronald Lee VanDerWoude of San Andreas and Todd O'Brien of Buckhorn; five daughters, Kim Shepherd and Barbara Cain, both of Mountain Ranch, Bernadette Vegas of Oregon, Tonja Kellogg of Arizona and Rinda Vegas of San Andreas; a brother, Jack VanDerWoude of Missouri; a sister, Connie Montaque of Newark; his mother, Jean VanDerWoude of Missouri; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Metropolitan, 59 N. Main St., San Andreas. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


HORN Information received regarding Mike Horn, who died Dec. 25, 2002, was incorrect. Mr. Horn's parents, Peggy and Bob Horn, and his sister, Donna Scholten, are all of Los Angeles, and his daughter, Natasha Horn, is of Sonora. Donna Titus of Sonora was his companion. Mr. Horn was fond of his dog, Scooter.

NICKLES Rose Carmen Nickles, 92, a former longtime Sonora resident, died Dec. 29 at her home in Belvedere, Marin County. Neptune Society of Marin County is handling arrangements.

FOSTER Veva Foster, 89, of Sonora died Thursday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

KELLEHER Philip Kelleher, 70, of Twain Harte died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.