Edith 'June'


Feb. 9, 1926 Jan. 21, 2003

Edith "June" Tennison, 76, of Twain Harte died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital.

Mrs. Tennison was born in Franklin, Ind., and was a longtime resident of Sacramento before moving to Twain Harte in 1989.

She worked at Camp Eberry Military Installation in Indiana from 1945 to 1970 and had been a lounge singer and black jack dealer in Reno, Nev. She also worked for the State of California and County of Sacramento until she retired.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Roy, in conjunction with his employment as a boxing official, but spent most of her time with her children and grandchildren.

She was an avid bowler for more than 35 years in many Sacramento and Sonora bowling leagues, and her family said she was a loyal San Francisco 49ers fan.

Mrs. Tennison is survived by five children and their spouses, Larry and Janet Tennison of Twain Harte, Carol Cole of Elk Grove, Donna Hearn of San Diego, Pegi and Tom Owens of Indiana and Louise and Bob Knox of Florida; many nieces and nephews, including Linda Barnhizer of Copperopolis; 12 grandchildren, Danette Ramirez of Sonora, Lesley Tennison of Reno, Jason and Brandon Cole of Washington, Jeremy and Justin Hearn of San Jose, Jami Hearn of San Diego, Amy Warner, Jennifer Milan and Andy Chapple of Indiana and Tonya Tator and Katherine Winchell, both of Florida; seven great-grandchildren, Timothy MacCrone of Sonora, David Ramirez of Reno, Larissa and Kayleigh Warner and Hannah Milan, all of Indiana, and Morgan and Madison Winchell of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Tennison; her parents, Arnold and Ruby Barnhizer; and three brothers, Stanley, Harry and Gene Barnhizer.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

Carol Ann Peters

Dec. 26, 1956 Jan. 23, 2003

Carol Ann Peters, 46, of Sonora died unexpectedly at her home Thursday.

Mrs. Peters was born in Riverside at March Air Force Base. She was the youngest of four children born to John and Eva Bentz. She moved throughout the United States while growing up and graduated from Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, where she settled for many years. She had lived in Sonora since 1990.

She worked in holistic health, becoming a certified massage therapist as well as a licensed psychiatric technician.

Her family described her as an "ever-changing being," with eclectic interests that ranged from Ananda to Feng Shui to the Grateful Dead.

Her family said she engaged each day with a restless creativity that made her a magnet to her friends and loved ones and for change. Ever on a spiritual quest, she reflected the range of the human condition in her daily life as a friend, mother, daughter, sister and wife. She was a friend of Bill W.

Mrs. Peters is survived by her husband, Alan Peters, of Sonora; a daughter and son-in-law, Shanna and Mike Merritt of Columbia; a son, Ryan Braden of Columbia; a grandchild, Ethan Merritt of Columbia; her mother, Eva Bentz of Sacramento; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Karen Bentz of Santa Maria and Ed and Karen Bentz of Jefferson, S.D.; a sister, Sheila Bentz of Sacramento; two stepdaughters, Gina Peters of Sonora and Julia Peters of New Hampshire; and two nieces and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Bentz, in 1996.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sonora Alano Club, P.O. Box 117, Sonora 95370, or a favorite charity.

Clarence Johnson

June 6, 1912 Jan. 21, 2003

Clarence Johnson, 90, of Arnold, died Jan. 21 at a Manteca hospital.

Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Modesto and had lived in San Jose for many years, before moving to Arnold to retire.

He had lived in Arnold for the past 26 years.

He worked for Stanford University and later for IBM in San Jose in research and development.

When he was younger, he enjoyed mountain climbing, golfing and bowling.

He was a member of the Masonic Ophir Lodge 33 in Murphys.

He had been a member of Second Church of Christ Scientist, San Jose; First Church of Christ Scientist, Angels Camp; and most recently, First Church of Christ Scientist, Sonora.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Johnson; four daughters, Michele Johnson of Pine Grove, Amador County, Julie Eggert of Copperopolis, Jennifer Cass of Redding and Lisa Johnson of Arnold; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will held at a later date. Nautilus Crematorium in Sacramento handled arrangements.

Donations can be made to First Church of Christ Scientist, Sonora, 69 N. Washington St., 95370.

Agnes Crouch

Nov. 17, 1904 Jan. 23, 2003

Agnes Crouch, 98, of Sonora died Thursday at a Sonora care home.

Mrs. Crouch was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. She was a descendant of the founders of Smithfield Foods Company of Virginia.

After she finished school in Virginia, she worked for Maryland Casualty Company in Baltimore, where she met and married Arthur Crouch in 1928.

The couple had three children, William, Theodore(who died when he was 2) and Carolyn.

Mrs. Crouch and her family moved to Los Altos in 1949. There, they were involved in the Methodist Church of Los Altos, and she was president of the church's women's society.

After retirement, Mrs. Crouch and her husband moved to Sea Cliff. Following her husband's death in 1968, she moved to Soquel, Santa Cruz County, where she lived until 1984, when she moved to Sonora to be near her children.

She enjoyed many activities, primarily traveling, bridge, sewing and all types of handiwork. Her family said her greatest treasures were her family and friends, and she was loved for her wonderful outlook on life.

In addition to a daughter, Carolyn Stieler of Sonora, and a son, William Crouch of Groveland, Mrs. Crouch is survived by two grandchildren, Marjorie Stieler-Handy of Placerville and Rhonda Salangsang of Boulder Creek, and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be private. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Association, P.O. 4805 Sonora 95370-1805.

Kathleen Thelma Jensen

March 6, 1906 Jan. 24, 2003

Kathleen Thelma Jensen, 96, a native of Carson Hill, died Friday at a San Andreas hospital.

Mrs. Jensen moved to Oakland with her family when she was a youth and later returned to Calaveras County. She had lived in Altaville for the past 32 years.

She was a bookkeeper for A.L. Jensen Real Estate Company in Oakland for 10 years.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Altar Society and St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Angels Camp.

Mrs. Jensen was preceded in death by her sister, Alberta Mallett, in 2000.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Angels Camp. Burial was at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Altaville. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Rufus E. 'Sonny' Lee

Feb. 10, 1938 Jan. 24, 2003

Rufus E. "Sonny" Lee, 64, of Copperopolis died at his home Friday.

Mr. Lee was born in Oakdale and had lived in Copperopolis for the past 17 years.

He served in the Navy and later worked as a welder.

He was a member of Ceres Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons and Ben Ali Shrine in Stockton.

Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his wife, Fae Lee, in 2001.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gary Wayne and Leigh Rene Lee of Copperopolis; a brother, Stanley Lee of Copperopolis; and two granddaughters, Shelby and Haley Lee of Copperopolis.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Copperopolis Cemetery. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Eugene Layton

July 4, 1924 Jan. 24, 2003

Eugene Layton, 78, of Coulterville died Friday at a Sonora hospital.

Mr. Layton was born in San Antonio and lived in Coulterville for the past 12 years.

He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He later was an electrician for 35 years and belonged to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Coulterville.

He enjoyed cabinet making, scuba diving, black powder shooting activities, painting and carving.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Georgia Layton, in 1992.

Mr. Layton is survived by three sons, Ernest "Jon" Layton of Empire, Gerald "Clip" Layton of Angels Camp and Frank T. Layton of Coulterville; two daughters, Debra Lynn DeRosa of Coulterville and Martha L. Pierce of Hunter Valley; a sister, Monalee Ackerd of Braidington, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Heuton Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

Elinor 'Willene' Wendt

Feb. 27, 1934 Jan. 25, 2003

Elinor "Willene" Wendt, 68, of Sonora died Saturday in Sonora.

Mrs. Wendt was born in Butte, Mont., and moved to Vallejo when she was 8. She lived in Vallejo for many years before moving to Sonora, where she had lived for the past 22 years.

She was a member of Columbia Presbyterian Church of the '49ers, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Central Sierra Audubon Society, California Native Plant Society Sierra Foothills Chapter and Tuolumne General Hospital Auxiliary.

She loved birding, fishing, traveling, wildflowers, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale A. Wendt, in 2000 and a daughter, Doris A. Wendt, in 1997.

Mrs. Wendt is survived by a son, Jack Wendt of Anchorage, Alaska; three daughters, Nancy E. Cronholm of Portland, Ore., Janet W. Duncan of Grass Valley and Cindy R. Rose of Boulder Creek; a sister, Dorothy P. Gallagher of Vallejo; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, at Columbia Presbyterian Church of the '49ers. Burial will be private. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Columbia Presbyterian Church of the '49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia 95310 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 73, Sonora 95370.

Bruno Porter

June 29, 1924 Jan. 25, 2003

Bruno Porter, 78, of San Andreas died Saturday at his home.

Mr. Porter was born in Chicago and had lived in San Andreas for the past 12 years. He lived in Union City from 1959 to 1990.

He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. After serving in the military, he became a bricklayer and joined the Brick Layers and Stone Masons Union. Later, he was owner of American Sink Top Company in Union City. He owned the company until he retired.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling and golf over the years and loved animals. His immediate and extended family and friends knew him as "Uncle Bruno."

Mr. Bruno is survived by his wife of 49 years, Daisy Porter, of San Andreas; a son, Peter Porter of San Andreas; a daughter, Shirley Ann James of Hayward; a sister, Jen Detemers of Hemet; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, San Andreas. Inurnment will be at the Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. 4805, Sonora 95370-1805.


WAINWRIGHT Claude Eldon Wainwright, 89, of Groveland died Sunday at a Modesto care home. Eaton Family Funeral and Cremation Service in Modesto is handling arrangements.

CURLEY Jack Curley, of Twain Harte, 74, died early today at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.