Union Democrat staff

Marvin E. Taylor Jr.

Jan. 28, 1936 - Jan 12, 2012

Former longtime Sonora resident Marvin E. Taylor Jr. died Jan. 12 at Memorial Hospital in Modesto. He was 75.

Born in Angels Camp, he lived there until he was 5, when his family moved to Oakland. He lived until 1954, attending Parker Elementary, Frick Junior High and Fremont High School.

He later moved to Sonora, where he worked for the Mother Lode Dairy. In 1955, Mr. Taylor enrolled at College of the Pacific, now the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, where he met Mary-Jeanne "Midge" Schlegel, whom he later married.

Shortly before graduating from college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Germany for two years. He then worked for Chevron in San Francisco for 15 years, before moving to Sonora in 1972, where he began working as an accountant for the Mother Lode Dairy.

He and his wife later opened Taylor Realty in downtown Sonora, which included bookkeeping, tax preparation and employment placement.

Mr. Taylor was an active member of MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network Association, in Tuolumne County, Modesto and the Bay Area.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his daughters, Melanie Taylor-Evans, of Soulsbyville, and Kathleen Taylor of Emeryville; brother, Lee Taylor, of Lodi, half-siblings, Bill Morris, of the Bay Area, and Doreen Morris, of Murphys; many cousins; and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Yolanda Morris and Marvin E. Taylor Sr.

A rosary will be recited from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Lakewood Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Hughson. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Lakewood Memorial Park and Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jonathan Elliot Giuffra

Oct. 14, 1984 - Jan. 11, 2012

Valley Springs resident Jonathan Elliot Giuffra died Jan. 11 at his home. He was 27.

Born in San Andreas to Linda McCasland and Gerald Giuffra II, he grew up there and attended Calaveras High School.

He enjoyed camping at the ocean and listening to music.

Mr. Giuffra is survived by his wife, Tina Giuffra, of Valley Springs; children, Jonathan, Christopher and Paityn Giuffra, all of Valley Springs; parents and stepparents, Gerald II and Kathy Giuffra, of San Andreas, and Linda and Christopher McCasland, of Isleton; siblings, Jerry and wife Heather Giuffra, of Ione, James Giuffra, of San Andreas, Jacob Giuffra, of San Francisco, Christopher and wife Elizabeth McCasland, of Angels Camp, Jennifer Anderson, of Lodi, and Dawn West, of Thornton; grandparents, Carmen Giuffra, of San Andreas, Donna Butler, of Cedar City, Utah; a great-grandmother; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gerald Giuffra.

Viewing is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Angels Memorial Chapel, to be followed by a funeral service.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Benjamin John Romano

Sept. 21, 1922 - Jan. 17, 2012

Former Sonora resident Benjamin John Romano died Tuesday at his home in San Jose. He was 89.

Born in San Jose to Mary Valalunga and Ignazio Ramano, he lived in Santa Clara for many years before moving to Sonora in 1990, where he and his wife, Marie, lived for 20 years. The couple moved to San Jose in 2010.

While living in Sonora the couple enjoyed being outdoors.

Mr. Romano is survived by his children, Joann Cervantez, and Benjamin Romano, both of San Jose, and David Romano, of Truckee; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Romano.

A celebration of life is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Atrium on Blossom River Way in San Jose.

The Lima Campagna Alameda Mission Chapel in San Jose is handling arrangements.

Vitaliano Joseph


March 21, 1930 - Jan. 15, 2012

Sonora resident Vitaliano Joseph Santarcangelo died Sunday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 81.

Born in Cohoes, N.Y., he was the director of materials for several Silicon Valley companies.

He lived in Sonora for 20 years.

Mr. Santarcangelo is survived by his wife of 49 years, Virginia Santarcangelo; children, Philip, Karen and Susan Santarcangelo, and JoDee Smith; sisters, Loretta Santoro, and Eunice Antonucci; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, William Santarcangelo; four brothers and three sisters.

No service is scheduled. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.