Obituaries for Sept. 16, 2011

Union Democrat staff


Fay Lockhart

Oct. 24, 1920 - Sept. 13, 2011

Longtime Tuolumne resident Margaret Fay Lockhart died Tuesday at her home in Tuolumne. She was 90.

Born in Virginia to John Howard and Bessie Maude Wilson, she worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years.

She lived in Tuolumne County for 62 years.

She enjoyed traveling and working in her yard.

Mrs. Lockhart is survived by her children, Margaret "Mickie" Smith, of Tuolumne, and Sherrill Richards, of San Clemente.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Lockhart.

A celebration of life is scheduled for a later date.

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


'Bonnie' Stanshaw

Nov. 17, 1919 - Sept. 6, 2011

Longtime Jamestown resident Bernice "Bonnie" Stanshaw died Sept. 6 at the Alexander-Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. She was 91.

Born in Sweetwater, she helped raise her younger sisters after her mother died when she was a child.

During World War II, she worked as a welder fabricating and constructing aircraft used during the war, making her one of the many women referred to as a "Rosie the Riveter."

In 1942, she married Ulysses "Stan" Stanshaw, who she referred to as "her sailor" because he was in the U.S. Navy.

They were wed in Las Vegas and went on to live in Los Angeles.

During the early years of their marriage, her husband worked for the U.S. Forest Service and she assisted him as a fire lookout spotter, calling in fires on the radio and assisting with fire brigade duties. She later worked as a nurse's aide.

She lived in Jamestown for 51 years and was a member of the Jamestown United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed traveling and taking cruises with her husband, gardening and maintaining her home, and attending car shows with her son and grandson.

Mrs. Stanshaw is survived by her children, Rodney Stanshaw, of Modesto, and Andrea Stanshaw Matteson and husband Bill Matteson, of San Francisco; and grandson, Earand Stanshaw, of Modesto.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Ulysses "Stan" Stanshaw; siblings, Jay Worley, Dee Turner and Jean Goodman; and daughter-in-law, Julie Munoz Stanshaw.

A private service is scheduled.

Lakewood Funeral Home in Hughson is handling arrangements.

Marilyn Steel

Oct. 20, 1935 - Sept. 10, 2011

Twain Harte resident Marilyn Steel died Saturday at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. She was 76.

Mrs. Steel was born in San Francisco to Marven and Dorothy Stroh, and was raised in Burlingame. She graduated from Burlingame High School in 1953 and went on to attend San Mateo Junior College before transferring to San Francisco State University.

In 1955, she attended summer school at the University of Hawaii in Oahu. While there, she met Bill Steel, whom she married on July 21, 1956. The couple settled in San Pedro, where they had and raised their three children, Bill, Laurie and Diane.

Mrs. Steel devoted her life to being a mother, wife and business partner with her husband.

In 1991, the couple retired to Twain Harte where she served on the Twain Harte Home Owners Association, volunteered for Interfaith Community Social Services, and was a member of the Sierra Foothills Women's Club.

She enjoyed gardening, relaxing at Twain Harte Lake, playing Rummikub, and attending Concerts in the Pines and other community events in Twain Harte.

Mrs. Steel is survived by her husband, Bill Steel, of Twain Harte; children and their spouses, Bill and Debby Steel, of Laguna Beach, Laurie Steel Fitter and Chad Fitter, of Fairport, N.Y., and Diane Steel and Michael Sears, of Clovis; grandchildren, Cambria Steel, of Newport Beach, Clayton Steel, of San Francisco, Correy Miller, of Berkeley, Matt Miller, of Seattle, Wash., Greg and Brad Fitter, both of Delaware, and Tyler and Calen Sears, both of Hanapepe, Kauai, and Saraya Sears, of Clovis; sister, Jean Duffy, of Sunnyvale; sister-in-law, Barbara Wallace, of San Pedro; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is scheduled for a later date.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Yosemite Conservancy, 101 Montgomery St., Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA 94104.


BERG - Donald Berg, 92, of Sonora, died Wednesday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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