Obituaries for June 10, 2009

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Gary Dennis Bailey

May 30, 1946 - June 7, 2009

Gary Dennis Bailey died Sunday at his Tuolumne Rancheria home. He was 63.

Born in French Camp, he lived in Tuolumne all of his life. He attended Arastraville Elementary School and Summerville High School, and went to another high school in Arizona.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he worked in the logging industry and for the West Side Railroad.

His family said he loved to party, have fun and tell jokes.

Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by his son, Gary "Chunker" Bailey Jr., and his parents, Jack and Tilley Bailey.

He is survived by his companion, Linda Martinez, of Tuolumne Rancheria; two daughters, Yvonne Jansen, of Tuolumne Rancheria, and Elle La-Mae Bailey, of Sonora; three sons, Eric Bailey, Robert Burciaga, and Carlos Burciaga, all of Tuolumne Rancheria; friend and caretaker, Jaime Marshall, of Tuolumne Rancheria; and numerous grandchildren, brothers, sisters and other extended family members in California and Arizona.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Cherokee Cemetery, intersection of Cherokee Road and North Tuolumne Road, followed by a potluck celebration of life at the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Hall.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Sherri Hoefle

Nov. 8, 1961 - June 3, 2009

Sherri Hoefle, of Mi-Wuk Village, died June 3 while on vacation in Anaheim. She was 47.

Born in Santa Clara, she moved to Mi-Wuk Village in 1994.

She was in charge of computer programming for United Rentals, working from her home, and in 2008, she opened a bed and breakfast at her home.

She was also a judge for local and regional acrobatic gymnastic meets for USA Gymnastics.

She was a Sunday school teacher at Twain Harte Evangelical Free Church until becoming ill with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Karen Noe, in 1985; her father, Ivan Henkle, in 2005; and her son, Jordan Hoefle, in 1992.

She is survived by her adopted father, Keith Noe, of Oakdale; her husband of 19 years, John Hoefle, of Mi-Wuk Village; children, Jared Hoefle and his wife, Gina, of Dalhart, Texas, Jonie Archie and her husband, Billy, of Santa Ana, Vanessa Hoefle, of Jamestown, and Jarrod Hoefle, Julie Hoefle, Stephanie Hoefle, and Janel Hoefle, all of Mi-Wuk Village; brothers, Dan Noe, of Granbury, Texas, Randy Noe, of Knights Ferry, and Jim Noe, of Mi-Wuk Village; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

A memorial fund has been established in her name at El Dorado Savings and Loan in Twain Harte.

A service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Twain Harte Evangelical Free Church, 23191 Mark Twain Drive, Twain Harte. Fairhaven

Memorial Mortuary in Santa Ana handled arrangements.

Diana Jean Jenkins

March 3, 1945 - May 30, 2009

Diana Jean Jenkins died May 30 at her Hathaway Pines home. She was 64.

Born in Cotton County, Okla., she lived in Hathaway Pines for 39 years. A homemaker for 46 years, she was a member of the Arnold congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Mrs. Jenkins is survived by her husband, Larry Jenkins, of Hathaway Pines; a son, Larry Jenkins Jr., of Hathaway Pines; two daughters, Michelle Homer, of Galt, and Ruth Cooper, of Paso Robles; a twin brother, Roy Dean Berry, of Fort Worth, Texas; and one grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 4339 Meadowview Road, Hanford Hill Acres, Arnold.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Richard George Vickers

Nov. 18, 1951 - April 26, 2009

Richard George "Rich" Vickers died April 26 at his home in Cedar Ridge after a long illness. He was 57.

Mr. Vickers was born in Southern California to George and Ann Blyth Vickers.

He met his wife, Lynn, in 1970, and they were married July 28, 1972.

A welder by trade, he specialized in motorcycle frames, modified oil pans for racing cars and intricate parts used in aeronautics.

He was offered employment with the city of Los Angeles as a welder, but after visiting friends Mike and Ann George in Sonora, he and his wife decided to make the move from the city life to rural life in Cedar Ridge in 1976.

He drove log trucks for Hatler Mills and then Fulton logging. He was soon able to put his artistic abilities into cabinetry, carpentry, home building and restoration of state-owned buildings and houses, including the Fallon House and railcars at Railtown 1897.

He later joined his brother-in-law in the family business, Kerr Roofing, and he retired in January of this year after 29 years.

He was an active member of the NRA and a staunch supporter of the Constitution. His hobbies included photography, cooking, crafts, woodworking, horticulture, gardening, bonsai, fishing, golf, horseshoes and potluck gatherings with family and friends.

His family described him as a kind, gentle, logically thinking, loving man with a fantastic sense of humor.

Mr. Vickers was preceded in death by his mother, Ann.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn, and children, Keenin Vickers and Sarah Vickers and her partner, Paul Gion; one granddaughter, all of Sonora; father, George Vickers; sisters, Susan Gregory and Linda Johansen and her husband, Robert, all of Southern California; mother-in-law, Yvonne Schmitz; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Nancy Kerr Schifrin, Benjamin Schifrin, Scott Kerr, Steve Kerr and Leigh Chase, all of Sonora; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A celebration of life potluck and horseshoes will be held in late summer.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Nancy Kay Kramer

Dec. 2, 1952 - May 26, 2009

Former Tuolumne County resident Nancy Kay Kramer died May 26 in Hawaii after a brief bout with cancer. She was 56.

Born in Pittsburg, Contra Costa County, she spent most of her adult life in the Sonora area working in real estate. She moved to Hawaii six years ago.

She is survived by her parents, Bill and Kay Kramer, of Rio Vista; brothers, Matt Kramer, of Folsom, Gus Kramer, of Martinez, and John Kramer, of Sonora; and several nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Pittsburg Funeral Chapel, 2295 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Antioch, also in Contra Costa County.

Pittsburg Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

BISHOP - A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Tuolumne Baptist Church for Billy Gene "Bill" Bishop, 77, of Tuolumne, who died Sunday at a Modesto hospital. Burial will follow at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne.

GRAUL - Elizabeth "Betty" Graul, 91, of Sonora, died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

MUELLER - Paul Mueller, 37, died Tuesday at his Strawberry home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

POWERS - Warren Powers, 50, of Sonora, died Monday at a Sonora Hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

REICH - Charles Joseph Reich, 81, died May 31 at his home in Hathaway Pines. Services will begin at noon Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Murphys. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Helping Hands Outreach in care of St. Patrick's Catholic Church or Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

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