Obituaries for Nov. 7, 2011

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Janice Elaine Crapo

Dec. 18, 1936 - Oct. 14, 2011

Tuolumne resident Janice Elaine Crapo died Oct. 14 at a hospital in Fremont. She was 74.

Born in Vermont to Charles Lee Murray and Evelyn Temple, she married Daniel Beroth Crapo in February 1956. The couple had three children together.

She worked as a grocery clerk in the Bay Area for 25 years.

She lived in Tuolumne for 20 years.

She was a member of the Pondarosa Hills Pool Association and ran the concession stand for a number of years.

She enjoyed going to Chicken Ranch Bingo and Indian Casino, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Crapo is survived by her daughters, Cheri Ann and husband Rich McMahan, of Newark, and Danette Elaine Crapo, of Jamestown; half sister, Betty Smallacumbe, of Chesapeake, Va.; grandsons, Ricky McMahan, and Jason and wife Nicolle McMahan, all of Newark; and three great-greadchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Fremont Memorial Chapel, 3723 Peralta Blvd.

Donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 424 Pendleton Way, Oakland, CA 94621.

Fremont Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lorraine Alice Cassina

Sept. 27, 1923 - Oct. 31, 2011

Longtime Sonora resident Lorraine Alice Cassina died Oct. 31 at her home. She was 88.

Born in Lodi to Werner and Alice Lutz, she graduated with honors from Modesto Junior College in 1943, and went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor's degree in music and education and her teaching credential in 1946.

She moved to Sonora in 1946 and began teaching music and English at Sonora High School, where she taught for seven years. She also taught piano lessons for four or five years.

She married Dario Cassina in 1949, and the couple have a daughter together.

She was the director of the Sonora Methodist Church Choir, and the director of the St. James Episcopal Church Choir from 1973 to 1999. She was also the founder and director of the Sierra Songsters.

She was a member of Omega Nu Sorority and James' Daughters of the King, past president of the P.E.O Sisterhood, and member of the Bach Festival's Board of Directors where she served as the chairwoman of the festival for eight years.

She received the Honorable Life Membership Award from the Parent Teacher Association, was a State Assembly Resolution recipient, and was named the 1989 Citizen of the Year by the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Cassina is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dario Cassina, of Sonora; daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Allen Cogdell, of Modesto; and grandson, Bryan Cogdell, of Soquel.

A service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the St. James Anglican Church, 42 Snell St., Sonora.

Donations can be made to the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 7669, Atlanta, GA 30357, or at www.arthritis.org.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gilbert Perez

April 8, 1937 - Oct. 26, 2011

Sonora resident Gilbert Perez died Oct. 26 at his home. He was 74.

Born in San Diego, he was an auto parts store co-owner for 16 years. He opened his first United Auto Parts store in 1962 and went on to co-own four. He later co-owned Applied Solar in 1979, for which he patented a solar collector.

He enjoyed golfing and RVing in his Vixen.

He lived in Sonora for 18 years.

Mr. Perez is survived by his wife, Joan Perez, of Sonora; children, Jan Perez, of Santa Cruz, and Michael Perez, of Sacramento; siblings, Ernie Perez and Linda Cordova, both of San Jose, Charlie Perez and Carol Taylor, both of Santa Cruz, and Estelle Long, of Las Vegas; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Perez, of Sacramento.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Hills Clubhouse on Greenley Road, Sonora.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Andrew Aydelott

May 26, 1938 - Oct. 27, 2011

Sonora resident Andrew Aydelott died Oct. 27 at his home. He was 73.

Born in Decoto, to Mildred and Andrew Aydelott, he was a fire sprinkler fitter for 35 years. He lived in Sonora for 20 years.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and enjoyed cars and motorcycles.

Mr. Aydelott is survived by his daughters, Pamela Aydelott, of Maricopa, and Deneen Aydelott, of Sacramento; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

No service is scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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