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Stephen Lawrence Nichols

July 15, 1934 - Aug. 29, 2011

Twain Harte resident Stephen Lawrence Nichols died Aug. 29 at his home. He was 77.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Helen and Lawrence Nichols, he grew up in Troy, Ohio. He and his family later moved to Pasadena, then Winnetka, Ill., where he graduated from New Trier Township High School in 1952.

He graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., in 1956, where he was a member of the tennis team and Phi Gamma Delta. He then went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

After leaving the service, he began working for Montgomery Ward and then Mervyn's before starting a career in property management and commercial real estate in the Silicon Valley with Blackhawk Real Estate and Coldwell Banker.

While working full-time in real estate, he attended Santa Clara University and earned his master's degree in counseling and psychology in 1996.

In 2000, he and his wife moved to Twain Harte to retire and build a new home.

He served on the Twain Harte Homeowners Associations Board of Directors and was involved in the planning of the skateboard park, bocce ball court and the brick memorial at the tennis courts.

He helped organize the Twain Harte's Litter Patrol and was referred to as "Captain Litter" by many of his friends and family.

He enjoyed playing tennis and running, having completed the Boston Marathon in 1976 and the Avenue of the Giants Marathon with his son in 1977, water aerobics, working out at the gym and walking.

He also enjoyed attending Sierra Repertory Theatre and raising funds for the theater.

Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mikell Kelly, of Twain Harte; sister, Cynthia Nichols Russell, of Traverse City, Mich.; children and their spouses, Susan and John Stebal, of Willowick, Ohio, Stacey and Bill Larson, of Davis, Eanna Sarah, of Tuolumne, and Doug Johnson, of Pacifica; and grandchildren, J.P. and Anna-Lesia Stebal, both of Willowick, Ohio, Julia and Amanda Larson, both of Davis, and Mercedes Sarah, of Tuolumne.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Peter Nichols.

A celebration of life has already been held and a private family graveside service is scheduled for a later date in Troy, Ohio.

Donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370; Sierra Repertory Theatre, P.O. Box 3030, Sonora, CA 95370; or the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.

The Neptune Society of Central California in Modesto is handling arrangements.

Marion Pryfogle

Oct. 4, 1944 - Aug. 31, 2011

Strawberry resident Marion Pryfogle died Aug. 31 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. He was 66.

Born in South Gate to William and Mary Pryfogle, he graduated from Compton High School in 1962. The following year he enlisted in the U.S. Army and married Pam Parson. The couple spent their first two years of marriage stationed in Geln-hausen, Germany, where their first son was born.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1966 and began working as a U.S. Postal Service carrier before deciding to become a minister.

He earned his bachelor's degree in U.S. history and American studies, with a minor in art from California State Dominguez Hills in 1973, and a master of divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 1979.

He began his full-time ministry at the First Baptist Church of San Leandro in 1977, where he worked for 20 years. While there, he led the congregation in starting two mission churches for Vietnamese refugees, developed children and youth programs, and took a van or busload of children to camp at Jenness Park near Pinecrest every summer.

In 1996, he and his wife opened Pryfogle's Christian Books, Music and Expresso in Castro Valley, which they ran until 2001.

Also in 1996, the couple bought a home in Strawberry, where they lived off and on for many years.

He also led Lakeside Baptist Church in Oakland for a year, was senior pastor of Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church of Dos Palos for eight years, served as interim paster for two other Bay Area congregations, held several leadership positions in the East Bay Baptist Association, served as a field supervisor for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley and was an instructor in the school's ethnic leadership development program.

He recently launched Leaders for Uganda, a nonprofit organization to train village pastors and their spouses. He and his wife had traveled to Uganda three times.

He was about to begin a new ministry as pastor of Life-Change Community Church in Chowchilla.

He and his wife were trained by Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest and were ambassadors of the PEACE Plan.

He enjoyed reading and helping others.

Mr. Pryfogle is survived by his wife of 47 years, Pam Pryfogle, of Strawberry; grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Elizabeth Pryfogle, of San Francisco, Daniel and Chris Pryfogle, of Cary, N.C., Andrew and Susan Pryfogle, of San Ramon, and Mary and Kris Davidson, of Riverside; grandchildren, Sara Broussard, of Woodlands, Texas, Austin Pryfogle, of Los Angeles, Savannah Pryfogle, of Chapel Hill, N.C., Hannah Pryfogle, of San Ramon, Noah and Christian Pryfogle, both of San Francisco, and Sadie Rose and Dani Elizabeth Davidson, both of Riverside; and sister, Nancy Payne, of Medford, Ore.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Pryfogle.

A service has already been held.

Whitton Family Funeral Service in Merced is handling arrangements.


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