Union Democrat staff


'Mikey' Baker

Oct. 30, 1971 - Jan 4, 2012

Tuolumne County native Michael "Mikey" Baker, 40, 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 Baker.

He grew up in Tuolumne County and graduated from Sonora High School. He was a child actor and was in several movies filmed in Tuolumne County.

He was active in the Mother Lode Fair Junior Livestock Auction for many years as an auctioneer, having graduated from Western College of Auctioneering in 1994.

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.

He suffered from Muscular Dystrophy and volunteered for many MDA fundraisers over the years.

In addition to his father, Mr. Baker is survived by his stepmother, Marcia Baker, of Jamestown; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Sara Baker, of Clovis; sister, Stacey Baker, of Chico; Stepsister, Brandi Carpo, of Columbia; 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; four nieces and nephews, numerous cousins; and longtime friend, Ben "Pops" Fairless, of Fernley.

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 high Sierra, call his sister at 530-809-2293.

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

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

Glenn A. Varain

Nov. 23, 1920 - Jan. 9, 2012

Longtime La Grange resident Glenn A. Varain died Jan. 9 at his home. He was 91.

Born in La Grange to Vida and Alonzo Varain, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He worked as a rancher all his life.

He lived in La Grange for about 61 years and in Angels Camp for 30 years.

He was a member of the Calaveras Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a charter member of the La Grange Rodeo Association and La Grange Museum.

Mr. Varain is survived by his wife, Betty J. Varain, of La Grange; children, Bob and Norman Varain, both of La Grange; grandchildren, Rick Varain, of San Andreas, and Meggan Leitaker, of La Grange; sister, Eva Nichols, of Citrus Heights; and two great-grandchildren.

A viewing is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in La Grange.

Donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Aileen Beulah Holland

Oct. 8, 1922 - Jan. 12, 2012

Lifelong Sonora resident Aileen Beulah Holland died Thursday at Avalon Care Center. She was 89.

Born in Sonora to Ernest and Beulah Sadie Carne, she was the oldest of five children. She was raised in Soulsbyville and lived in Tuolumne County all her life. Her uncle was William "Lloyd" Davis, the first serviceman from Tuolumne County killed in World War I and for whom the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3154 was named.

She was a clerk at the Pickering Lumber Company's Standard office for many years, and later became the secretary to the Tuolumne County district attorney, a position she held for 34 years until her retirement in 1987.

She enjoyed traveling and going on cruises with her relative Clarence Davis, after her husband of 35 years, Charles "Buster" Holland, former golf pro at Twain Harte Golf Course, died in 1980.

She also enjoyed sewing clothes for her family, knitting and crocheting blankets for her grandchildren and many other children throughout Tuolumne County, painting ceramics and giving them to her friends and family, and watching the Rose Bowl parade, and made several trips to Pasadena to watch the event.

Mrs. Holland is survived by her children, Chuck Holland, of Sonora, Marilyn Smith, of Magalia, and Nancy Bullard, of Modesto; grandchildren, Crispin Holland, of Sonora, Orin and Charles Holland, both of Portland, Ore., Cami Foerster, of Wenham, Mass., Sarah Stabler, of San Luis Obispo, Caleb Smith, of Paradise, Aaron Codoni, of Twain Harte, Leah Codoni, of Modesto, and Josh Codoni, of Charlottesville, Va.; brother, Donald Carne, of Tuolumne; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Ernie and Bob Carne and Bernice Goularte.

A celebration of life is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at Angelo's Hall in Columbia State Historic Park.

Donations can be made to the William Lloyd Davis/Robert Rapp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3154, 9 N. Washington St., Sonora, CA 95370, or the Tuolumne County Historical Society, P.O. Box 695, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Louise E. Bolter

April 16, 1915 - Jan. 8, 2012

Longtime Soulsbyville resident Louise E. Bolter died Jan. 8 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. She was 96.

She was born at the Reid Sanitarium in Tuolumne to Dolly and Fred Honey, of Soulsbyville.

Mrs. Bolter was a homemaker. She was active in PTA, Soulsbyville Ladies Aid and 4-H. She also served on the Sonora Elementary and Sonora High School boards of trustees. She also spent a lot of time reading and following current events.

She was preceded in death by her son, Rodney Bolter, in 1981, and her husband of 49 years, Albert M. Bolter Sr., in 1989.

She is survived by two children, Albert Bolter, of Rawhide, and Betsy Eisenhauer, of Sonora; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

No services will be held. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Phyllis Mayfield

Nov. 5, 1933 - Jan. 5, 2012

Former Sonora resident Phyllis Irene Mayfield died Jan. 5 at her home in Fresno. She was 78.

She was born on Nov. 5, 1933, in Patterson, to Russell and Mary McBride.

She moved to Sonora as a young adult and lived there until 1969, when she moved to Fresno.

She married Quinton Mayfield on Nov. 21, 1953, in Reno and worked in retail at Mervyn's until her retirement in 1983. Her interests included knitting, sewing, reading and raising her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Quinton, of Fresno; son, Doug Mayfield and his wife, Carrie, of Fresno; daughter, Debi Meckley and husband, Jeff, of Fresno, brother, Robert McBride and wife, Barbara, of Sonora; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Carl McBride and Gerald McBride.

No services are scheduled at this time. Neptune Society handled arrangements.


SANTARCANGELO - Vitaliano Santarcangelo, 81, of Sonora, died Sunday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SCHONE - Audrey Schone, 88, of Big Oak Flat, died Saturday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.