Obituaries for Dec. 20, 2011

Union Democrat staff


'Bill' Retzlaff

Sept. 3, 1927 - Dec. 17, 2011

Sonora resident William "Bill" Retzlaff died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 84.

Born in San Francisco to Bertha and William Retzlaff, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He worked as a plumber for the City of San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department for 18 years before being transferred to Moccasin in 1972, where he went on to retire as the superintendent of maintenance and repair for the Hetch Hetchy Project.

He lived in Sonora almost 40 years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and spending time in a cabin he had in Boonville for many years.

He especially enjoyed traveling across the country in his plane or trailer, to Europe and South America, and out-of-state for hunting and fishing trips.

He was a member of Sons in Retirement, Elks Lodge, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Helvetian Gun Club and Plumbers Union Local 38.

Mr. Retzlaff is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dolores Retzlaff, of Sonora; daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Michael Read, of Burlingame; grandsons, Aaron and wife Emily Read, of Pacifica, and Tyson Read, of Berkeley; and a niece.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 127 W. Jackson St., Sonora.

Donations can be made to the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 127 W. Jackson St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


ANDERTON - Leonard Anderton, 72, of La Grange, died Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

COX - Thomas Cox, 78, of Groveland, died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FREEMAN - Kathleen Freeman, 91, of Sonora, died Saturday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

LORD - John Lord, 80, of Copperopolis, died Friday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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