Union Democrat staff

Janiet Rae McCown

July 2, 1962 - May 16, 2012

Tuolumne resident Janiet Rae McCown died May 16 in Tuolumne. She was 49.

Ms. McCown was born in Modesto and graduated from North Monterey County High School in 1980. She enjoyed reading, drawing and poetry. She lived in Tuolumne for seven years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard McCown in 2001 and Jean McCown in 1991.

She is survived by her son, Richard Michael McCown, of Bellevue, Wash.; and siblings Tammy Crow, of Tuolumne, and Robert McCown, of Modesto.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tuolumne Memorial Park.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Maxine "Mackie" Collins

Aug. 12, 1928 - May 12, 2012

Columbia resident Maxine "Mackie" Collins died May 12 at Avalon Care Center. She was 83.

She was born in Oakland and graduated from San Leandro High School. She earned an art degree from College of the Pacific in Stockton.

She was a 50-year resident of Tracy and was a substitute teacher for Tracy Elementary School District, secretary of the First Presbyterian Church, owner of Shaws Ice Cream and Candy, and manager of Tracy Chamber of Commerce, where she was named manager of the year.

Her interests included traveling, gardening and cooking. She and her husband, Dale, traveled around the world.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Deamant; and her daughter, Terri.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Collins, of Columbia; children, Randy Deamant and his wife, Judi, of Tracy, Doug Collins and his wife, Florence, of Phoenix, Steve Collins and his wife, Sue, of Lusk, Wyo., and Janie Bakalian, of Lusk; siblings, Robert "Pete" Peterson and his wife, Jenny, of Isleton, Audrey Addiego, of Palm Desert; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Pete Voinich

Jan. 3, 1910 - May 20, 2012

Lifelong Angels Camp resident Pete Voinich died May 20 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital in San Andreas. He was 102.

He was born in Angels Camp to Yugoslavian emigrants Paul and Anne Voinich.

He lived on the same block all of his life. He first lived with his parents, then with his wife Jessie two doors down from his parents, then built a home in between the two former homes in 1954, where he lived until last year when he went to Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital.

Mr. Voinich worked for a short time in a local gold mine, then worked as a logger for Doc Linebaugh in White Pines. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, on the USS Rudyerd Bay, a flat top carrier.

When he went home he continued to work for Linebaugh, logging until he retired in the 1970s because of hearing loss. He continued to cut and sell firewood until he was 90.

Mr. Voinich married in 1942 and had one daughter, Jeanie. He also helped raise his wife's six children from a previous marriage.

Mr. Voinich enjoyed hunting, mining and woodcutting and teaching his grandchildren outdoor pastimes.

He was cared for at home by his grandson Glen Johnson for the last 18 years.

Mr. Voinich was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Voinich; and stepchildren Bill Brower, Robert Brower, Olive Wells, Nancy Moss, Patty Hall; and several grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter, Jeanie Johnson; stepsons Tom Brower and Jess Brower; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. May 30 at Foothill Community Church in Angels Camp.

Interment will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Altaville.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


CRETAN - Nick Cretan, 76, of Sonora, died Feb. 25 at his son's home in Corte Madera. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sonora.