Union Democrat staff


'Gigi' Bradshaw

Aug. 27, 1928 - Sept. 26, 2011

Groveland resident Georgene "Gigi" Bradshaw died Sept. 26 at Casa Viejos Assisted Living in Jamestown. She was 83.

Born in San Francisco, she was the first of four children of Alaris and Lewis Bradshaw, and was raised during the Great Depression.

She and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was a teenager, where she attended high school, then Los Angeles City College. She was hired as a photographic model for commercials, and was soon working for Howard Hughes.

She appeared in plays, commercials including Coca-Cola, and the television series, "Life With Father," starring Stu Erwin.

Her family said she hated the stress of auditions, so she went back to college to become a teacher. She taught for 35 years in Twentynine Palms and the Yucca Valley before moving to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, teaching both regular and special education classes.

She received her master's degree from the University of San Francisco.

After she moved to Groveland, she was immediately hired by the Tuolumne County schools Office to teach children with learning disabilities. Within a few years, she came up with the idea and teaching strategies that would become Zoo-phonics.

After coming up with the foundation of the fledgling program, she worked with her sister, Char Wrighton, and best friend, Irene Clark, to turn "La-Gigi" (the beginning program in her classroom) into Zoo-phonics, now an international multi-sensory language arts program based in Groveland.

Her family said she believed that no child should be limited. She often took children from low-income families to Disneyland or some other place they were not likely to see otherwise.

A celebration of life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Calvary Chapel in Soulsbyville.

In lieu of flowers, her family established the Georgene "Gigi" Bradshaw Foundation to provide scholarships for the Safari Learning Academy, which uses the Zoo-phonics curriculum. To make a donation, go to www. zoo-phonics.com.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


'Jackie' Jackman

April 1, 1928 - Sept. 26, 2011

Vallecito resident Jacqueline "Jackie" Jackman died Sept. 26 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Stockton. She was 83.

Born in Oakland, she was a teacher and counselor at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp for 20 years.

She was a member of the Tuolumne County Garden Club, past president of the Calaveras County Garden Club, and a former district director of the Valley Lode District of California Garden Clubs.

As a member of the garden club, she held many chairmanships in the state organization and was welcomed into the Circle of Poppies in May 2011.

She is survived by her cousin, Rosalie Hooper, of Vallecito; nieces, Sandy Anderson and Mary Comarsh, both of San Jose, Sharon Honnen, of Saugus, and Debbie Covington, of Redding; and nephew, John Swensen, of San Jose.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Angels Memorial Chapel.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


ABBOTT - George W. Abbott, 58, of Sonora, died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

DeVRIES - Patricia DeVries, age unknown, of Sonora, died Saturday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ROSASCO - Nancy Rosasco, 75, of Columbia, died Friday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.