Union Democrat staff


Edward Hunt

Nov. 8, 1972 - Dec. 28, 2011

Former Tuolumne County resident Forrest Edward Hunt died Dec. 28 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Stockton. He was 39.

Mr. Hunt was born in Redwood City and lived the last several years in San Joaquin County.

He lived in Tuolumne County for many years and attended Columbia Elementary School and Sonora High School.

Mr. Hunt attended the San Diego Job Corps program in 1994 and completed the landscaping course with honors and also earned his general equivalency diploma. Mr. Hunt enjoyed making art, boating, riding motorcycles, camping and hiking.

Mr. Hunt is survived by his mother and stepfather, Diane and James Brindos, of Jamestown; his father and stepmother, Terry and Susan Hunt, of Gardnerville, Nev.; his brother, Derek Hunt, of Soulsbyville; grandparents Theodore and Jean Hunt, of Walport, Ore.; aunts and uncles Lilian Raappana, of Modesto, Ellen and Roger Perry, of Sonora, Tim and Karleen Hunt, of Columbia, Todd Hunt of Eureka, and Lisa Hunt, of Columbia; many cousins; one nephew; and his friend, Joseph Morones, of Stockton.

Mr. Hunt was preceded in death by his grandmother, Hilja Raappana, in 1999; and his grandfather, Ike Raappana, in 2010.

A private family service will be held.

Parkview Cemetery and Funeral Home of Manteca handled arrangements.

Freddie Ann Maasberg

Jan. 5, 1920 - Feb. 2, 2012

Former Sonora resident Freddie Ann Maasberg died Feb. 2 in a Sandy, Utah, hospital. She was 92.

Mrs. Maasberg was born in Stockton to Fred Raymond and Alice Hazel Fiese Leavens.

She married Bill A. Maasberg on Oct. 15, 1938, in Stockton. Mrs. Maasberg was a longtime resident of Sonora. Mrs. Maasberg and her husband were supporters in the campaign for the designation of Highway 49 as a historic highway, now dubbed "The Golden Chain."

She introduced herself as "Grandma" to everyone she met and in Sandy, Utah, she was a one-woman book lending library, according to her family. She was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking and playing solitaire.

Mrs. Maasberg is survived by her son, William Maasberg; sisters, Betty Leavens and Margie Leavens; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three nieces; and numerous extended family members.

No services were held.

Goff Mortuary in Utah handled arrangements.

James Collier McCarthy

Jan. 18, 1941 - Feb. 7, 2012

Former Sonora resident James Collier McCarthy died Feb. 7 in a Las Vegas hospital, following a long illness. He was 71.

Mr. McCarthy moved to Tuolumne County in 1972 and lived in the area on and off until 2007, when he moved to Pahrump, Nev.

Mr. McCarthy was a retired electrician and had worked for a union in the Sonora and Modesto areas.

He also lived in Newport, Ore., where he volunteered with the Red Cross and helped seniors get to their doctors appointments.

While living in Sonora, Mr. McCarthy was an active member of the Sonora Moose Lodge and was known to play cribbage for hours.

Mr. McCarthy is survived by his wife, Tamera Hart-McCarthy, of Pahrump; his sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Peter Hergoth, of Redding; three sons; four daughters; three stepchildren; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and three stepgrandchildren.

Mr. McCarthy was preceded in death by his parents, John McCarthy and Virginia Brown McCarthy; and his daughter, Tamala McCarthy.

No services will be held.

Desert Memorial Cremation of Las Vegas handled arrangements.

Billy John

McKee II

March 18, 1989 - Feb. 11, 2012

Sheep Ranch resident Billy John McKee II died Feb. 11 at his home. He was 22.

Mr. McKee was born in Lodi and grew up in Lodi and San Andreas. He was on the Lodi High School wrestling team and enjoyed hiking, wood working, camping and hunting.

He worked as a general construction laborer and also worked part time for Sunset Automotive in San Andreas.

Mr. McKee is survived by his father, Bill McKee, of Sheep Ranch; his mother, Dee Dee McMillen, of Galt; his sister, Shiana Cook, of Galt; and his grandmother, Doris Folk, of Cameron Park.

Viewing will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the People's Cemetery in San Andreas.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Thomas W. Schneller

Jan. 12, 1927 - Feb. 3, 2012

Angels Camp resident Thomas W. Schneller died Feb. 3 at his home. He was 85.

Mr. Schneller was born in Minnesota where he lived until he joined the U.S. Navy toward the end of World War II.

He was present at the formal signing of the articles of surrender in Tokyo Bay by the Empire of Japan. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Schneller returned to Michigan where he joined Star Engineering Co. and met and married his wife, Jeanette Buchman.

The couple moved to Santa Barbara County in 1957, and he began a 30-year career building custom homes in Montecito and Santa Barbara.

Upon retirement, Mr. Schneller and his wife had a 44-acre apple ranch in Santa Ynez. Following his second retirement, they toured the western United States looking for a golfing community and in 1997 settled in Greenhorn Creek where he built their final custom home.

Mr. Schneller enjoyed playing golf, storytelling and deer hunting.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanette Schneller, of Angels Camp; one daughter; two sons; and three grandchildren.

A public service will not be held.

Donations in his name may be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


ARTZER - Andrew Artzer, 87, of Tuolumne, died Monday at his home.Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GUINN - Bettie Guinn, 90, of Tuolumne, died Wednesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KLUNIS - Yvette Klunis, 83, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.