Union Democrat staff

Jennie Armario Rodgers

May 5, 1924 - Jan. 9, 2012

Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Jennie Armario Rodgers died Monday at her Sonora-area home. She was 87.

She was born at her parents' home in Soulsbyville on May 5, 1924. Lorenzo and Catterina Franco Armario had come to the United States from Murialdo, Italy, and Jennie was the second of their five children.

She milked cows and helped with the annual apple harvest at her father's ranch. Her family said she taught her brother, Charlie Armario, who grew up to be a local trucker, how to drive one weekend when her parents had gone to San Francisco.

She worked for Sierra Hospital Administrator Cleta Marsh as executive housekeeper for more than 25 years. Her family said she made ravioli and gnocchi for all the holiday gatherings. She also loved to garden.

She and her husband traveled to many areas of the United States and to Italy.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Chester H. Rodgers; children David Rodgers and his wife, Lolly, of Sonora, Diane Ridolfi Wright, of Sonora, and Doug Ridolfi, of Fremont; sister, Enis Marion, and her husband, Bob, of Soulsbyville, and sisters-in-law, Emma Armario, of Soulsbyville, and Bernice Dolling, of Sacramento; grandchildren, Barbara Schoettgen, of Sonora, and Michael Rodgers and wife, Nikki, of Stockton; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Josephine Whitt; brothers, Joe and Charlie Armario, and her son-in-law, Jerry T. Wright.

Donations can be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society. A celebration of life will be held at the family home at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.


'Mikey' Baker

Oct. 30, 1971 - Jan 4, 2012

Tuolumne County native Michael "Mikey" Baker died Jan. 4 at his home in Fernley, Nev. He was 40.

He was born at Tuolumne General Hospital in Sonora to John Baker of Jamestown and the late Kerry Banker.

He grew up in Tuolumne County, graduated from Sonora High School and was very active in the Mother Lode Fair Junior Livestock Auction for many years as an auctioneer.

He also worked at Sardella's Pack Station and Kennedy Meadows Pack Station and traveled and lived throughout the west following his career as an auctioneer.

In addition to his father, Mr. Baker is survived by his sister, Stacey Baker, of Chico; brother and sister-in-law, John and Sara Baker, of Clovis; his fiancee, Debbie Estep, of Fernley, and her two children; grandmother, Betty West, of Big Fork, Mont.; aunt, Maureen Averill and her husband, Doug, of Big Fork, Mont.; uncle, Jack West and his wife Suzie, of Phoenix, Ariz.; four nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.

A team will represent him at a walk in Reno to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association on March 10. To make a donation for the walk or to get details about a summertime gathering to scatter his ashes over the Sierra Nevada, call his sister at 530-809-2293.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Calvary Chapel, 220 Edison Way, Reno.

Walton's Funeral Home in Reno, Nev., handled initial arrangements.


Hammond Dias

Aug. 3, 1926 - Jan. 6, 2012

Former Jamestown resident Marilyn Hammond Dias died Jan. 6 at the Jacksonville, Ore., home of her son, Paul Anderson and his wife, Duretta, where she lived for the past five years. She was 85.

She was born in Rockham, S.D., the daughter of Millard and Mary Hammond, on Aug. 3, 1926. They moved to Stanislaus County when she was a toddler. She graduated from Turlock High School, then San Jose State College with an English major.

Her family said she loved to read books and was well known for her cooking and baking, especially her apple pies. She also appreciated music.

She is survived by her older sister, Betty Jean Aaland, of Santa Rosa; her children, Gail Anderson, of Lake Elizabeth in Los Angeles, Paul Norman Anderson, of Oregon, and Eileen Anderson, of Little Rock; grandchildren, Amy Bennett, of Medford, Ore., Ryan Anderson, of Southern California, and Laurel Price, of Arizona; and a great-grandson.

A family celebration of life will be held in Medford. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Arc, Jackson County, Lifespan Respite, 121 N. Central Avenue, Medford, Ore., 97501.

Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives handled arrangements.


Edgerley Sr.

Dec. 25, 1924 - Jan. 1, 2012

Walter Martin Edgerley Sr., of Manteca, died Jan. 1 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Stockton. He was 87.

He was born on Christmas 1924 in Indiana to the late Ray and Lilly Edgerley.

He was a barber for more than 40 years, owning several shops in the San Leandro area. He was a member of the Shriners, the San Leandro Rotary Club, San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, and the Moose Lodge, both in Manteca and San Leandro, where he was past governor and earned his fellowship degree.

He was also a 32-degree, 50-year member of the Masons. He was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Oakland A's and San Francisco 49ers.

He was a frequent visitor to Sonora, where he was active in the Moose Lodge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Edgerley and siblings, Idabelle Clark and Leon Smith.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Walter "Butch" and Fran Edgerley, of Pleasanton; two grandsons, Michael Joseph Edgerley, of Pleasanton, and David Martin Edgerley, of Bethlehem, Pa.; three great-granddaughters; two siblings, Robert Smith, of Florida, and Lorretta Hildebrandt, of Wisconsin; and his partner of eight years, Sandra Graf, of Manteca.

A memorial celebration will be held Saturday at the Manteca Moose Lodge, 1185 N. Main St., Manteca, CA 95336. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Breast Cancer Awareness, 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco, Texas, 75034 or the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75231.

P.L. Fry and Son in Manteca handled arrangements.

Marjorie Silver Gabrielson

Oct. 2, 1921 - Jan. 6, 2012

Sonora resident Marjorie Silver Gabrielson died Jan. 6 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 90.

Born in San Lorenzo to Bento Silver and Violet Martin, she lived in her grandparents' home in Hayward until age 14, when she moved with her father to San Jose. She was the oldest of his six children.

At age 19, she began performing as a singer with country and western bands from Oakland to Salinas. She married Marine Cpl. Adrian Simpkins, of Texas, in 1941 and had one son, Adrian before her husband's death during World War II.

In 1946, she married Lloyd Gabrielson, of Palo Alto, and they had one son together, Brian. In 1968, they moved to Sonora, where they lived in a house Lloyd built. He also worked as a carpenter and handyman in the area.

Her interests included antiques, movies, country and classical music, chocolate and hosting holiday gatherings. She was active at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Mrs. Gabrielson is survived by her siblings and their families, William Silver, of Oakland, Patricia Daniel, of Los Altos Hills and Richard Silver, of Sacramento; two sons and their spouses, Adrian and Cynthia Simpkins, of San Jose, and Brian and Lisa Gabrielson, of Sonora; grandchildren, Tina Fordham, of England, Robert Simpkins, of San Jose, and Kindall Forrest, of Porterville; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband in 1944 and second husband in 2009.

A rosary viewing will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

George C.

'Trey' Jones III

Feb. 3, 1964 - Jan. 4, 2012

George C. "Trey" Jones III died at his La Grange home on Jan. 4. He was 47.

He was born in Oakland to George Jones and Louise Cunningham. He lived in Mexico, Peru and the Philippines while growing up.

He attended San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, where he was part of a winning football team. He then attended Cal Poly and eventually returned to the family tradition of cattle ranching.

He was a fifth-generation cattle rancher and owned of JCR Ranch in La Grange for more than 25 years.

He is survived by his father, George Jones, of Snelling; mother and stepfather, Ken and Louise Cunningham, of Martinez; son, Tyson Jones, of Angels Camp; brother, Steven, of Utah; and numerous other relatives.

A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. Donations in his name may be sent to a charity of choice. Stanford Evans Crematory handled arrangements.


FEIFAREK - Charles Feifarek, 84, of Sonora, died Monday at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

NIES - Stephen Nies, 58, died Wednesday at his Sonora residence. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RAWLS - Odessa Rawls, 87, died Wednesday at her Sonora residence. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.