Obituaries for February 7, 2012

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Debbie Coccaro

Aug. 29, 1968 - Jan. 26, 2012

Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Debbie Coccaro died Jan. 26 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 43.

Ms. Coccaro worked at the Senior/Youth Partnership's PM Club after school program for 14 years, starting in 1998.

Throughout her career she provided care for over 200 students and she

was the lead teacher in the Columbia PM Club. She studied child

development and enjoyed sharing her love of arts and gardening with


Mrs. Coccaro was diagnosed with stage four cancer on Dec. 27, 2011.

She is survived by her husband, John Coccaro, and daughter, Sarah Coccaro, both of Sonora.

Donations can be made in her name to the Senior/Youth Partnership.

No services will be held.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Janet Marie 'Jan' (Falla) Newby

Aug. 22, 1932 - Feb. 1, 2012

Sonora resident Janet Marie "Jan" (Falla) Newby died Feb. 1 at her home. She was 79.

Mrs. Newby was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and was a barber for 40

years. She lived in Sonora for 10 years and loved the outdoors,

horseback riding and painting watercolors.

Mrs. Newby moved to Sonora from Oakhurst in 2002 and worked as the barber in Columbia State Historic Park for five years.

Mrs. Newby was preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by her children, Robin Sumerlin, of Columbia, Autumn

Lindamood, of Columbia, and Nick Allan, of Copperopolis; grandchildren

Matt Lounsbury, Jeff Lounsbury, Brittney Allan, Brandon Allan and

Nicole Al-lan; and four great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


CRITCHFIELD - Orange "Cal" Critchfield, 91, of Sonora, died Feb. 3 at

Meadowview Manor. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

EYTCHISON - Thelma Eytchison, 96, of Tuolumne, died Sunday at Sonora

Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling


WALLACE - John Wallace, 90, of Columbia, died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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