Union Democrat staff

Virginia 'Ruthie' Kavanaugh

April 25, 1929 - Sept. 12, 2011

Longtime Sonora resident Virginia "Ruthie" Kavanaugh died Monday at her home. She was 82.

Born in Vista, Mo., to Jeff and Rena Loftin, she grew up there and went on to marry Bill Kavanaugh.

The couple moved to Sonora in 1950.

During her early years in Sonora, she worked as a server at the Sullivan Creek Restaurant and Twain Harte Lodge.

She attended Standard Church and later taught Sunday school at the Calvary Temple. She also attended the Harvest Fellowship.

In the 1960s, she helped start the Mother Lode Christian School Thrift Store, where she volunteered until 2009.

In her 70s, she organized and ran a food donation program by coordinating with local grocery stores to donate food for the needy via her church and other charitable organizations.

She enjoyed gardening and giving her friends and family her homegrown vegetables and flowers.

Mrs. Kavanaugh is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bill Kavanaugh, of Sonora; children, Dan and Chad Kavanaugh, both of Sonora, Pat Kavanaugh, of Ashville, N.C., and Sarah Kavanaugh, of New York, N.Y.; siblings, Tom Loftin, of Raytown, Mo., Toby Loftin, of Norfolk, Va., Francis Porter, of Kansas City, Mo., and Judy Vickers, Clinton, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Mother Lode Christian School.

A reception will follow at the Sonora Hills Clubhouse.

Donations can be made to the Mother Lode Christian School, 18393 Gardner Ave., Tuolumne, CA 95379.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mary H. Miller

Feb. 11, 1926 - Sept. 8, 2011

Altaville resident Mary H. Miller died Sept. 8 at her home. She was 85.

Born in Columbia to Albert and Anna Henley, she grew up at Fourth Crossing, where her parents owned and operated a service station. She was the 10th of 13 children.

She attended Willow Creek Elementary School and graduated from Calaveras High School in 1943.

She graduated from Stockton Junior College in 1945 and went on to attend Sonoma State University. While attending Stockton Junior College, she was a member of Alpha Theta Tau sorority and worked at the Toyon Box Factory in San Andreas for three summers to help pay for school.

She married her childhood friend, Robert Stilphen, in 1945. They settled in Santa Barbara, where she was a housewife. The couple would later divorce, after which she moved back to Fourth Crossing.

In 1950, she married Lloyd Jordan and the couple moved to Altaville, where they lived for 32 years before they divorced. While there, she helped with her family's dairy.

In 1965, she became Mark Twain Elementary School's first teacher's aide, a position she retired from in 1988.

She later married Richard Miller in 1984 and the couple moved to Mountain Ranch, where they lived for about 16 years.

Shortly after her husband's death in 2000, she moved to Altaville.

She was a member of the Union Congregational Church of Angels Camp, which she began attending when she was 5.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, nature walks, bird watching and attending the theater. She also enjoyed traveling, having been to three continents and all 50 states.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her children and their spouses and partners, Lawrence Jordan and Carol Mobley, of Foresthill, Gregory and Cynthia Stilphen, of Pine Grove, Suzanne and John Fischer, of Glen Ellen, Ill., Arnold and Elizabeth, and Donald and Kristy Jordan, all of Altaville, Melissa Jordan and Dan Mossinger, of Esparto, Marianne and Clifford Buck, of Inyokern; stepchildren and their spouses, Greg and Charmaine Miller, of Roseburg, Ore., Jeff and Phyllis Miller, of Pleasant Hill, Chris and Gaby Miller, of Valley Springs, and Jonathan and Maria Miller, of Decatur, Ga.; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; siblings, Beverly Laidet, of Mokelumne Hill, and Nadine and husband John Ruoff, of Campo Seco; and her ex-husband, Robert Stilphen, of Santa Barbara.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her second husband, Lloyd Jordan; third husband, Richard Miller; stepson, Arthur Jordan; and siblings, Kenneth, Maxwell, Robert, James, Earl, Elton, Paul and Dan Henley, Margaret Kirby and Ruthie Whitney.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Foothill Community Church in Angels Camp.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Therese 'Terrie' A. Ungerecht

April 12, 1938 - Sept. 8, 2011

Sonora resident Therese "Terrie" A. Ungerecht died Thursday at her home. She was 73.

Born in Chicago to Otto and Anna Autenrieth, she moved to Los Angeles with her parents and five siblings in 1945. She grew up in Los Angeles.

After graduating from high school, she moved with her family to Fullerton, where she worked as a bookkeeper.

She married Carl Ungerecht in 1971 and the couple moved to Sonora in 1981, where she worked for the welfare department until her retirement.

She was a member of the Sweet Adelines and Red Hat Society, as well as a member of the Gold Country Social Club.

She enjoyed meeting with her Hand and Foot card player friends.

Mrs. Ungerecht is survived by her sisters, Mae Quirke, of Murrietta, Rita C. Henderson, of Sonora; sister-in-law, Carol Autenrieth, of Culver City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Carl Ungerecht.

No service is scheduled.

Donations can be made to the Sonora Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 4363, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.