Union Democrat staff

Charles Robert Cameron

March 1, 1938 - Sept. 21, 2011

Sonora resident Charles "Charlie" Robert Cameron died Sept. 21 at his home. He was 73.

Born in San Francisco to Charles S. and Jane Cameron, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska.

He worked for United Airlines in San Francisco for 32 years, starting as a mechanic and retiring in quality assurance.

He was a member of the Tuolumne County Master Gardeners, SIRS of Twain Harte and a docent at Columbia Historic State Park.

He enjoyed gardening, working in his yard, reading and traveling.

Mr. Cameron is survived by his wife, Geraldine Cameron, of Sonora; children, Connie and husband Ron Akin, of Sonora, Stacie Cameron, of Santa Cruz, and Cheryl Miller and husband Jeff Barbosa, of Davis; grandchildren, Todd Davigeadono, of Jamestown, Kevin and wife Lindsy Davigeadono, of San Jose, Lisa Davigeadono and Megan Sanchez, both of Sonora, and Ryan Sanchez, of Michigan; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Mike May, of Cotati; in-laws, Pat Lappert and Bob Whittaker, of Santa Clara, Lois and Jim Palma, of Peoria, Ariz., and George Robinson, of Morgan Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Fay Robinson; and brother-in-law, Tom Robinson.

A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the East Sonora Conference and Banquet Center, 14260 Mono Way.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 207 E. Alpine Ave., Stockton, CA 95204.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mary Jane


March 22, 1922 - Sept. 23, 2011

Sonora resident Mary Jane Crocker died Friday at her daughter's home in Sonora. She was 89.

Born in Fresno to Clarence and Gracie Howard, she graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles and went on to become a homemaker.

She was a member of the Sierra Bible Church, where she was a Bible study leader, and a book club member. She was also a Girl Scout leader.

She enjoyed gardening, religious studies, cross country skiing, hiking and fishing.

She is survived by her daughters, Joanne Cumings, of Kingswood, Texas, and Pat Dambacher and Judi Jones, both of Sonora; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

In additions to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Albert Crocker; and brother, Lloyd Howard.

A family celebration of her life is scheduled for a later date.

Donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Warren Emil Schmid

Feb. 1, 1930 - Sept. 19, 2011

Sonora resident Warren Emil Schmid died Sept. 19 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 81.

Born in Stockton to Harry Leland Schmid and Edith Josephine Wilson, he graduated from Fresno High School and went on to attend Bakersfield Junior College, which he graduated from in 1950.

He married Beverly "Joan" Lamb in 1951 and earned his bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Fresno State College in 1952.

From 1954 to 1962, he served as the first city manager of Milpitas. He led a successful campaign to incorporate Milpitas as its own city instead of being annexed into San Jose.

From 1962 to 1968, he was the executive director of the Association of Bay Area Governments, and from 1968 to 1969 he worked for the Five Mile Job Corps Center in Cedar Ridge.

In 1968, he moved to Mi-Wuk Village and, the following year, began working as a teacher and administrator at Twain Harte Elementary School, where his wife also worked as a kindergarten teacher. He and his wife retired in 1992.

He was a member of the Strum and Thump Minority Banjo Band in Sonora and the National Ski Patrol, and taught fly tying to students at Twain Harte Elementary.

He enjoyed skiing, camping, fly-fishing, music and playing his banjo. He and his wife also enjoyed traveling and camping throughout the mountain states in their RV after their retirement.

Mr. Schmid is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Mary Kay and Don Westcott, of Twain Harte.

In additions to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly.

No service is scheduled.

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

Christine Tolle

June 11, 1953 - Sept. 15, 2011

Sonora resident Christine Tolle died Sept. 15 at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas. She was 58.

Born in England to Alvin Otis Davis and Jean Elizabeth Goodright, she lived in Fremont for about 40 years where she worked as a banking loan officer.

She moved to Sonora in 2009.

She was a member of the Table Top Mountain Church in Sonora.

She is survived by her children, Rodger and Jefferey Tolle, both of Fremont; sister, Sharon Jones, of Sonora; and two nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin Otis Davis and Jean Elizabeth Good.

A memorial service is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at Columbia Historic State Park.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BRADSHAW - Georgene "Gigi" Bradshaw, 83, of James-town, died Monday at Casa Viejos Assisted Living in Jamestown. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

BRUTON - Roberta Bruton, 70, of Twain Harte, died Friday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.