Obituaries for Dec. 6, 2011

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Virginia D.


Aug. 14, 1924 - Nov. 19, 2011

Valley Springs resident Virginia D. Phinney died Nov. 19 at the Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital in San Andreas. She was 87.

Born in Alexandria, Va., to Alvin and Fern Beasley, she grew up there and traveled around the world while her husband served in the U.S. Air Force.

She later worked as a bookkeeper for many years.

She lived in Valley Springs for six years.

Mrs. Phinney is survived by her children, Pamela Smith, of Riverbank, Penny Markum, of Waterford, Peggy Gumm, of Valley Springs, and Debbie Parson, of Marshfield, Wis.; brother, Alvin Beasley, of Phoenix, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Phinney.

A service is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Cleo Doris


Jan. 18, 1931 - Dec. 2, 2011

Vallecito resident Cleo Doris Woodworth died Friday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 80.

Born in Toledo, Wash., to Hilda and Bill Carter, she did housekeeping and home health care for 30 years.

She was a member of the Vallecito Union Church, Order of the Eastern Star, Crescent Chapter in Murphys, and the Altaville-Melones Fire Department Ladies Auxillary.

She lived in Vallecito for 30 years.

Mrs. Woodworth is survived by her children and their spouses, James Andrew Jones, of Blue Lake, James H. Woodworth, of Pomona, Richard W. and Joan Woodworth, of Katy, Texas, Kathleen Veneroso, of Vancouver, Wash., Margaret H. and Jim Martin, of Arcata, and Paula and Ken Post, of Burns, Ore.; sisters, Vera Myers and Shirley Kelley, both of Mossy Rock, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woody Woodworth.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Vallecito Union Church, 3780 Church St.

She will be buried at the Vallecito Cemetery.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert 'Bob'

H. Quast

June 27, 1919 - Dec. 1, 2011

Sonora resident Robert "Bob" H. Quast died Thursday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 92.

Born in Los Angeles to R. Joe and Dora F. Quast, he grew up in Anaheim and graduated from Anaheim High School in 1937. He went on to attend Fullerton Junior College, where he played baseball.

He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and was awarded a war bond for being the most outstanding cadet in his class in 1943.

He married Doris Gromer in July 1943, just before being transferred to Texas for flight instructor's training.

He worked as a pilot instructor in Stockton, until a back injury forced him to take a medical discharge. Shortly after, he and his family returned to Anaheim where he joined his father's plumbing business.

He eventually opened his own plumbing contracting business in Stanton with more than 100 employees, and later received additional training at Purdue University and became an instructor of plumbing apprentices.

In his youth he was involved in the YMCA camps. He later made a commitment to lifelong Christian service by becoming a "White Ragger" as an adult.

He was on the YMCA Board of Directors, a president and district governor on the Y's Men's Club, participated in the Kiwanis Club, and served as a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Anaheim.

In 1991, he and his wife moved to Sonora, where he remodeled the home they bought.

Mr. Quast is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris E. Quast, of Sonora; children, Stan Quast, of Entiat, Wash., Doreen Bass, of Sonora, Jonathan Quast, of San Dimas, and Gerald Quast, of Anaheim; sister, Elma Boettcher, of Anaheim Hills; grandchildren, Cpl. Brett Bass, U.S. Marine Corps, deployed in Kuwait, Afton Quast, of Anaheim, Wendy Garcia, of Brea, Robyn Reid, of Texas, and Adam and Duncan Reid, both of Fresno, and Megan Caprio, of Monterey; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


FREEMAN - Susan Lynn Freeman, 61, of Sonora, died Sunday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HART - Margaret Hart, 90, of Jamestown, died Sunday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

MUNDY - Paul E. Mundy Sr., 89, of Twain Harte, died Sunday at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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