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Janet Lea


Sept. 1, 1957 - Jan. 15, 2012

Former Sonora resident Janet Lea Hurtado died Jan. 15 at her home in Yuba City. She was 54.

Born at Fremont Medical Center in Yuba City to Joann and Harry King, she grew up down the street from there and graduated from Yuba City High School in 1976.

In August 1978, she married Jimmy Hurtado and had the couple's first son, Jeremy, in 1979.

In 1983, the couple's second son, Christopher, was born, and in 1985, the family moved to Sonora. In order to stay home with her children she ran a day care for several years.

In 2007, she moved back to Yuba City.

She celebrated her 50th birthday by going skydiving with her long-time friend, Tammie Richardson.

She enjoyed fishing, watching her sons drive in destruction derbies, and helping others in need.

She was a member of the Women of the Moose and volunteered at the Crossroads Church. Since she was a diabetic, she also volunteered for the Diabetes Association.

Mrs. Hurtado is survived by her sons and their wives, Christopher and Andrea Hurtado, and Jeremy and Shannon Hurtado, all of Sonora; granddaughter, Jasmyn Hurtado, of Sonora; brother, Larry King, of Loma Rica; mother Joann King, of Yuba City; ex-husband, Jimmy Hurtado, of Williams; mother-in-law, Isabel Hurtado, of Williams; brother-in-law, John Hurtado, of Colorado; and sisters-in-law and their families, Toni Stylos, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, and Theresa Coon, of Fresno.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harry King.

A celebration of life is scheduled for noon Friday at the Yuba City Moose Lodge, 205 S. Walton.

Donations can be made to the Yuba-Sutter Children's Diabetes Association, 990 Klamath, Suite 4, Yuba City, CA 95993.

Ullrey's Memorial Chapel in Yuba City is handling arrangements.

Roger Thompson

April 3, 1936 - Jan. 16, 2012

Sonora resident Roger Thompson died Jan. 16 at his home. He was 75.

Born in Albany to Grover and Martha Thompson, he served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960.

He worked as a building contractor for 20 years, and lived in Sonora for 15 years.

He was a member of Sons in Retirement and enjoyed hot rods, reading and crossword puzzles.

Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife, Susan Thompson, of Sonora; son and daughter-in-law, David and Jacqueline Thompson, of Sunland; and grandchildren, Jacob and Joseph Thompson, both of Sunland.

A memorial service is scheduled for noon Saturday at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.

Donations can be made to the Tuolumne County Historical Society, 158 W. Bradford Ave., Sonora, CA 95370.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Kathleen Cassidy

July 12, 1952 - Dec. 28, 2011

Kathleen Cassidy, of Groveland, died Dec. 28 at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto. She was 59.

Born in Akron, Ohio, to Joseph George, she lived in Groveland for 17 years and worked as a photo technician at Walmart in Sonora for 17 years.

Her interests included gardening, sewing and Lifetime movies.

Mrs. Cassidy was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Cassidy, in September 2011.

She is survived by her father and stepmother, Joe and Virginia George, of Groveland; sons, Michael Cassidy, of Groveland, and Sol Mendez, of Phoenix; a sister, Pam Carlino, of San Jose; a brother-in-law, James Joseph Cassidy, of Phoenix; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Coulterville Christian Fellowship. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


'Fran' Dahl

March 16, 1918 - Jan. 17, 2012

Tuolumne resident Frances "Fran" Pricilla Dahl died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 93.

Born in Montana to Florence and Mark Vert, she was a housewife and lived in Tuolumne for many years.

She enjoyed gardening, digging for old bottles, fishing, hiking and camping.

She was a member of the Tuolumne Baptist Church.

Mrs. Dahl is survived by her sisters, Pearl Hubley, of Tuolumne, Ester Shipley, of Sonora, and Bertha Lane, of Soulsbyville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Dahl.

A service has already been held at the Tuolumne Baptist Church.

Donations can be made to the Tuolumne Baptist Church, 18426 Fir Ave., Tuolumne, CA 95379.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


BERTNICK - Lillian Bertnick, 89, of Jamestown, died Thursday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ISLER - James Isler, 87, of Sonora, died Thursday at his winter home in Yuma, Ariz. A celebration of life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Sierra Bible Church in Sonora. The Yuma Mortuary and Crematorium in Yuma, Ariz. is handling arrangements.

KENYON - Cynthia Kenyon, 55, of Mi-Wuk Village, died Friday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.