Union Democrat staff


Edward Galvan

May 6, 1957 - Jan. 23, 2012

Former Sonora resident Michael Edward Galvan died Jan. 23 at his home in Unity, Wis. He was 54.

Born in Modesto to Raymond and Suzanne Galvan, he grew up in Merced and graduated from Merced High School in 1976. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served at Fort Ord in Monterey.

He married Debbie Kay Paszek in October 1983. They had no children of their own, but enjoyed looking after their nieces and nephews.

He was the supervisor of the culinary department at Sierra Conservation Center, the state prison in Jamestown, and the Women's State Prison in Chowchilla.

He enjoyed cooking for his friends and family, working on cars, music and football, his favorite team being the St. Louis Rams.

Mr. Galvan is survived by his wife, Debbie Kay Galvan, of Unity; siblings and their spouses, Stephan and Kimberly Galvan, and Elizabeth and Frank Towler, all of Merced, Melissa Galvan, of Dover, Pa., and Bill and Jenny Galvan, of Lehi, Utah; father and stepmother, Raymond and Virginia Galvan, of Sun City; and stepfather, Leighton and his wife Lorna Evans, of Tuolumne.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Suzanne Lepape Evans.

A memorial service was scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Mary Bertnick

July 12, 1922 - Jan. 19, 2012

Sonora resident Lillian Mary Bertnick died Jan. 19 at Avalon Care Center after a short illness. She was 89.

Born in Virginia City, Nev., to Myrtle and William Liles, she attended Carson City High School, where she was a drill team member. During her high school years, she worked in a small restaurant.

After high school, she worked as a telephone operator, a file clerk at the Nevada State Capitol, and a grocery clerk in a Palo Alto market.

She retired after 35 years as a grocery clerk at Brentwood Market in Menlo Park. After her retirement, she lived in Menlo Park, Twain Harte and Jamestown.

Her interests included cooking, catering, gardening and crafts. She enjoyed helping at her son's schools, St. Raymond's Grammar School in Menlo Park and St. Francis High School in Mountain View.

In addition to working as a grocery clerk, she enjoyed selling at Trims and Treasures in Jamestown, and demonstrating products in stores and at the Mother Lode Fair.

For a few years, she volunteered with the Sonora Community Hospital Auxiliary.

In 2004, her hand-stitched, two-story plastic canvas dollhouse took first place and best of show at the Mother Lode Fair.

Mrs. Bertnick is survived by her four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Larry Costa; son, John Costa; second husband, George Bertnick; three sisters; and one brother.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Robert 'Bob' Anderson

April 15, 1924 - Jan. 26, 2012

Former Sonora resident Robert "Bob" Edmund Anderson died Thursday at the Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital in San Andreas. He was 87.

Born in Gilroy to Albert and Thelma Anderson, he grew up in east San Jose on the Guthrie Ranch with his mother, stepfather Doc and sister. In 1940, he quit high school to join the U.S. Navy and fight in World War II.

While in the service, he became a radioman and was stationed on the U.S.S. South Dakota.

After his military service, he repaired televisions, then went to work as a telephone pole lineman for the telephone company. He later went on to finish high school.

He started his own telephone equipment repair and manufacturing business in Mountain View, later moving it to Sonora. During this time, he invented a device called the Open Locator, which would send an electrical signal down a telephone line to locate where the line had an open circuit, allowing the section to be located and repaired.

His patented invention was later taken by Hewlett Packard, who began manufacturing and selling the device.

He enjoyed flying, scuba diving, camping, being outdoors, electronics, mechanics, astronomy, computers and technology, making others laugh, and helping others.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his sons, Randy and Bill Anderson, of Valley Springs, and Ken Anderson, of El Dorado Hills; six grandchildren, Shelly Hyslop, of Cincinnati, Bob Anderson, of Folsom, Joy Anderson, of San Francisco, Chris Anderson, of Washington, and Casey and Kimberly Anderson, of Valley Springs; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at his son's home in Valley Springs.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BOLTON - Helen Bolton, 84, of Sonora, died Sunday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

COLE - James Cole Jr., 69, of Sonora, died Sunday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

SCHAIRER - Franz Schairer, 88, of Sonora, died Friday at Avalon Care Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WYNNE - Shelly Wynne, 51, of Sonora, died Sunday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.