Union Democrat staff

Margaret 'Marty' Curtice Balciunas

Aug. 31, 1942 - May 27, 2012

Tuolumne County native Margaret "Marty" Curtice Balciunas died on May 27 at her home in El Dorado.

She was born in Jacksonville to Roscoe "Doc" Curtice and Laura Sheafe Curtice on Aug. 31, 1942. She graduated from Sonora High School in 1960 and went on to get her bachelor's degree from San Diego State University.

While teaching elementary school in San Diego, she met and married Al Balciunas, a Navy flight surgeon.

They moved to El Dorado County in 1972, where she raised two children while being active in the Placerville community and doing all the bookkeeping for a large medical group for more than 20 years.

Her interests included carousels, butterflies, rainbows, chocolate, traveling to visit her children and the view of the Sierra Nevada mountain range from the deck of her home.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Al Balciunas, of El Dorado; her daughter and son-in-law, Lina and Chris Cockrell, of Cameron Park; her son and daughter-in-law, Jonas and Jaclyn Balciunas, of Alexandria, Va.; and a granddaughter, Creigha Cockrell, of Cameron Park.

A memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 22, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Placerville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Mother Teresa Maternity Home, 3122 Sacramento St., Placerville, 95667. Online condolences may be posted at chapelofthepinesfunerals.com.

Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home and Crematory in Placerville handled arrangements.

Gary Martin Stoller

Dec. 18, 1946 - June 9, 2012

Former Tuolumne County resident Gary Stoller, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Palisade, Neb., died Saturday in a plane crash in rural Elmore County northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho.

He was piloting the small plane and encountered stormy weather as he traveled from Nebraska to Idaho to meet his wife to go on a cruise for their 40th wedding anniversary.

He was born Dec. 18, 1946, to Oscar and Tillie Stoller. He spent his youth in Chicago, Ill., Seattle, Wash., and Los Angeles while his father was enlisted in the military.

As a young man, he worked as an electrician in Southern California. When he and his wife were married, they bought and operated the Beverly Ponyland adjacent to Beverly Hills.

In 1975, they moved to Northern California and bought their first ranch in Jamestown. They later purchased the Columbia Stage Line in 1983 and started a horseback riding business in Columbia State Historic Park. They operated both businesses for 16 years.

In 1983, he established Bear Mountain Angus in Angels Camp with his wife and two sons. He was passionate about the Angus business. It remains a family-owned business, which has been passed on to his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Tiffany Stoller.

Mr. Stoller is survived by his wife of 40 years, Davy Stoller, of Caldwell; a son, Scott Stoller, of Chico; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Tiffany Stoller, of Palisade, Neb; granddaughters, Reagan Skow, and McKinley Stoller, both of Palisade, Neb.; siblings, Leigh Layne, Sandy Stoller and Aaron Stoller, all of Los Angeles; and two nieces and a nephew.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Columbia City Cemetery. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers,the family requests memorials be sent in his honor for a Junior Angus youth scholarship fund that will be established.

Memorials may be sent to the Junior Angus Scholarship Fund, 22318 Sirocco Court, Caldwell, Idaho, 83607.


BADER - Visitation for Shawn Gonzales-Bader, 19, who died Tuesday at his Sonora home, will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, and a funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, both at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A graveside service will follow at Mountain Shadow Cemetery. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

RYDER - James Ryder, 53, of Sonora, died Monday at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.