Union Democrat staff

Warren Snider

Aug. 31, 1946 - March 16, 2012

Wallace resident Warren Snider died March 16 at his home. He was 65.

Mr. Snider was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Richard and Thelma Snider. He lived in Wallace for 23 years.

Mr. Snider held a degree in architectural engineering and was co-owner of his family's steel manufacturing company. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam era, and was the recipient of a Purple Heart.

He was also a long time member of Harley Owners Group. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and children.

Mr. Snider is survived by his wife of 27 years, Deborah Snider, of Wallace; children, Delise Wands, of Siloam Springs, Ark., Matthew Snider, of Wallace, Trevor Snider, of Wallace, and Christina Cechini, of Beaverton, Ore.; his brother, Wayne Snider, of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Sandra Steiger, of Valley Springs; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Thelma Snider.

Services have been held.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in his name may be made to the Calaveras County Sheriff Explorers Program, or the American Cancer Society.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lois Victory Blomsten Hand

Nov. 11, 1918 - March 29, 2012

Sonora resident Lois Victory Blomsten Hand died March 29 at Avalon Care Center. She was 93.

Mrs. Hand was born to Emery Blomsten and Meta Cutkosky Blomsten in New Ulm, Minn., on the day World War II ended.

She grew up on the family farm in New Sweden township until 1930 when she moved in with her father's Aunt Laura Andersen in Winthrop, Minn., to attend high school.

She graduated from Mankato State Teachers College in 1937 and began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. She graduated from Mankato State Teachers College in 1948 with a bachelor's of science and from Mar Phail College with a bachelor's degree in music in 1950.

On June 28, 1951, she married Alfonso Hand and they settled in Minneapolis, Minn. She taught elementary school in Minnesota for 33 years before she and her husband retired to Harlingen, Texas, in 1970.

She soon came out of retirement and attended Spanish classes and became a bilingual teacher. She taught for 10 years in the Harlingen School District.

After her husband's death in 1987, Mrs. Hand became a volunteer with the Harlingen Literacy Center. She attended and taught at many conferences throughout the United States. She also enjoyed traveling abroad to Europe and to Scandinavian countries. She frequently traveled with the Elder Hostel Programs.

She was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Harlingen, Texas, and was a lay eucharistic minister.

In 2012, she moved to Sonora to be near her niece, Ann Walton, and her family.

Mrs. Hand is survived by her sister, Jean Rodriguez, of Newbury Park; three nephews, three nieces and their families.

At her wishes, no public services will be held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Judith Ann Tudor

April 11, 1937 - March 18, 2012

Arnold resident Judith Ann "Judy" (Pappas) Tudor died March 18 at her home after a brief illness. She was 74.

Mrs. Tudor was born to Harry and Doris Pappas in Longview, Wash., but shortly thereafter her family moved to Sonoma where she grew up. She graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1956.

She married Lauren Tudor and raised their three children in Sonoma. In 1980, the couple moved to Arnold.

Mrs. Tudor enjoyed traveling and traveled most of the world with her husband.

Mrs. Tudor is survived by her husband of 56 years, Lauren Jay Tudor, of Arnold; her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Andrea Tudor, of Pleasant Grove; daughters LuAnn Brocco, of Citrus Heights, and Laurie Tudor, of Sonoma; grandchildren, Michael Brocco, Jr, Mallory Diffenderfer, Morgan Carroll, Kristi Brocco, Brittany Tudor, Jeff Tudor Jr., Katelyn Grundgeiger, Courtney Brocco and Natalie Tudor; one great-grandson; and her sister, Melody Williams, of Salinas.

Services have been held.

Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


LANNING - Victoria Lanning, 65, formerly of Sonora, died Friday at Memorial Hospital in Modesto. Eaton Family Funeral Home of Modesto is handling arrangements.

ROSASCO - Otis John Rosasco, 90, of Jamestown, died Friday at his home. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SMITH - Gilbert "Smitty" Smith, 82, formerly of Tuolumne County, died April 5 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in in Hughson. Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Heuton Memorial Chapel. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WEBBER - Brett Webber, 57, of Angels Camp, died March 4 at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Angels Gun Club in Angels Camp.