Union Democrat staff

Germaine H. Firth

June 10, 1924 - Jan. 6, 2012

Former Strawberry resident Germaine H. Firth died Jan. 6 at Tahoe Forest Long Term Care in Truckee. She was 87.

Mrs. Firth was born in Stockton to Peter and Blanch Sala.

She and her family owned the old Strawberry Hotel until it burned in the early 1970s. She also worked in real estate in Tuolumne County and ran unsuccessfully for the Tuolumne County's District 3 Board of Supervisors seat.

She enjoyed taking cross-country car trips though Canada and the United States with her four children, Laurel, David, Heather and Sala. She also traveled to Europe, Finland, Alaska and Mexico with her various children.

She enjoyed camping, hiking, skiing and horses.

Mrs. Firth is survived by her daughters, Laurel Spivock, of Santa Rosa, Heather Firth, of Coronado, and Sala Sherwood, of Carson City, Nev.; and a niece.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her ex-husband John Firth; son, David Firth; and sister, Marie Wentz.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring in Strawberry.

The Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary and Crematory in Truckee handled initial arrangements.

George Linden

Dec. 26, 1916 - Jan. 8, 2012

George Linden, of Pioneer, died Jan. 8 at Sutter-Amador Hospital in Jackson. He was 95.

Born in Seattle, Wash., to Albert and Tyyne "Sophia" Linden, who were originally from Finland, he moved to California early in life.

He lived in Southern California during his childhood and early adulthood, moving to the Mother Lode after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was captured during the invasion of Italy and spent 17 months in a prisoner of war camp during World War II.

After the war. he was a California State Park ranger for more than 31 years in Columbia, Turlock Lake, and, for most of his career, at Calaveras Big Trees and Indian Grinding Rocks state parks.

His interests included fishing, camping, gardening, basketball and the outdoors.

Mr. Linden was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Edna, in August 2011.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Ken and Alison Linden, of Irvine, and Diane and Brian Payne, of Pioneer; grandchildren, Jeremiah Payne, of Arnold, Albert Linden, of Texas, and Katrina, Jeffrey and Christopher Linden, all of Irvine; and six nieces and nephews..

At Mr. Linden's request, no services were held. Condolences can be sent to amadorhillscfs@volcano.net. Amador Hills Cremation and Funeral Service handled arrangements.

Guy Wilbur Wade

Feb. 27, 1924 - Jan. 20, 2012

Guy Wilbur Wade died at his Copperopolis home on Jan. 20. He was 87.

Born in Columbus, Kan., to Emmett Cleveland Wade and Magdalena Helen Naffaiger, he was a postman for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years in Concord.

He moved to Copperopolis in 1986.

Mr. Wade is survived by his wife, Marjorie Wade, of Copperopolis; a son, Guy Douglas Wade, of Redding; and a daughter, Audrey Babcock, of Lehigh, Fla.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Angels Memorial Chapel with burial at Copperopolis Cemetery. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


OSTROWSKI - Lois Ostrowski, 102, of Murphys, died Jan. 23 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ELDER - Debra Elder, 54, of Sonora, died Jan. 23 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.