Union Democrat staff

Nadine Lee Roberts

March 14, 1934 - Jan. 9, 2012

Longtime Calaveras County resident Nadine Lee Roberts died Jan. 9 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Stockton. She was 77.

She was born in Merced to Greg and Ada Sanchez.

She was a caregiver for more than 40 years and was known for her homemade bread, pesto pasta and pies.

She moved to Mountain Ranch in her teenage years and lived in Calaveras County for 63 years.

Mrs. Roberts is preceded in death by her daughter, Nola Jean Hudson, and sister, Jackie Regur.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Lester Donald Roberts, of San Andreas; sisters, Jeanetta Wells and husband, Merle, of Nevada, and Patricia Laam and husband, Albert, of Redding; and her children, Dorothy Smith and husband, Gary, of San Andreas, Roseanna Gilbeau and husband, Tom, of Vallecito, Rory Cuneo and wife, Mary Ellen, of San Andreas, Frank Cuneo, of San Andreas, Julianna Mattingly and husband, Jerry, of San Andreas, Donald Roberts and wife, Janet, of Hope Mills, N.C., and Greg Cuneo, of San Andreas; 20 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Angels Memorial Chapel.

Glen Howe

June 13, 1933 - Jan. 9, 2012

Tuolumne resident Glen Howe died at his home Monday morning. He was 78.

Born in Higginsville, Mo., to Otis and Goldie Howe, he was one of four children. He moved to California with his family at a young age. He graduated from Summerville High School in 1951 and went on to serve in the Army. He was stationed in Korea in 1953.

He returned to Tuolumne after serving in the Army, married Danie McKinney and had a daughter, Diana. The couple later divorced.

Mr. Howe was a member of the Laborer's Union and worked for many years in the Sacramento area, where he met Susan Koizumi and her son, Tommy. The couple married and had two sons, Michael and Johnny. They later divorced, and Mr. Howe returned to Tuolumne.

He was an avid fisherman and could be seen most mornings walking through downtown Tuolumne.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stillborn brother, Aron Howe; brother, Michael Howe; sister, Phyllis Burns; daughter, Diana Howe; and grandson, Damon Huhtala.

He is survived by sons, Michael Howe, of New York and John Howe of Astoria, Ore; stepson, Tommy Koizumi, of Oregon; grandchildren; Davin Huhtala, of Folsom, Jessica Howe, Meghan Howe and Michael Howe, all of New York, and Cassie Howe, of Astoria, Ore.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. Heuton memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Joseph Wein

Nov. 19, 1932 - Jan. 5, 2012

Sonora writer Sam Wein died Jan. 5 at home. He was 79.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having entered at the age of 15, and a member of Veterans of Underage Military Service.

After retiring from the Air Force, he had several careers in health care management and executive recruiting.

He wrote three books: "Wing Walking: A Totally Different Approach to the Job Market," published in 1994; "Managed Health Care: A System Gone Wrong," published in 2000; and "Gentle Vices," a semi-autobiographical novel.

His interests included cooking, San Francisco 49ers football, studying genetics and DNA, and collecting historical and other miscellaneous information that he captured in the weekly "Nuggets" column he wrote for The Union Democrat.

Mr. Wein was preceded in death by his son, Sam Wein Jr.

He is survived by his wife of almost 38 years, Gina Wein, of Sonora; children, Tatiana Wein, of Sonora, Christina Wein Piles, of Redding, Mark Wein, of Novato, and Stephanie Wein Oefinger, of Petaluma; grandchildren, Bodie Plato, of Sonora, Cynthia and Natalie Schlosser, of Redding, and Alexander and Andrew Wein, of Novato.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in the great room at Sonora Hills on Greenley Road.

Donations in Mr. Wein's memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301, Attention: Gift Processing.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


ALEKNA - Nellie Alekna, 94, of Sonora, died Thursday at Meadowview Manor in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

FLETCHER - Jane Fletcher, 51, of Redwood City, died Thursday, unknown location. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrange-ments.