Union Democrat staff

Sydney (Owen) Homan

Jan. 13, 1950 - June 16, 2012

Soulsbyville resident Sydney (Owen) Homan died June 16 at her home. She was 62.

Mrs. Homan was born in Palo Alto and lived in Tuolumne County most of her life. She was a long-time Mi-Wuk Village resident.

Mrs. Homan was a dental assistant for 25 years and was a member of Word of Life Fellowship.

She enjoyed watching professional tennis and reading, especially the Bible and spiritual books.

She is survived by her husband, Rand Homan, of Soulsbyville; her father, Wallace Leigh Owen, of Mi-Wuk Village; and her niece, Sarah Obexer Fields, of Homewood.

She was buried at Word of Life Rest Cemetery in Sierra Village.

Services will be held at a later date.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Cheryl Blaine Hopson

Dec. 20, 1960 - June 18, 2012

Greeley Hill resident Cheryl Blaine Hopson died June 18 at her home after a long illness. She was 51.

Ms. Hopson was born in San Jose to Mervyn Hopson and Eliza Eileen Hopson. She lived in Greeley Hill for 14 years.

She enjoyed nature, ping pong, needlework, bird-watching, gold panning and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her mother in 1971.

She is survived by her father, Mervyn Hopson, of St. Louis, Mo.; her husband of seven years, Randy Allen, of Greeley Hill; her children, Wiley Hopson, of Sonora, Buddy Hopson, of Fort Knox, Ky., Eliza Hopson, of Greeley Hill, and Heather Hopson, of Redding; her siblings, Chris Hopson, Christine Hopson, Peter Marshall, and Shannon Hopson-McRae; and her grandchildren Trisha Hopson, Hailey Hopson, Hunter Hopson, Andrew Strange, Milie Sparks, Heaven Hopson, and K.J. Hopson.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Cedar Springs Pond at Diamond in the Pines Retreat in Greeley Hill.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jean A. Eastman

Dec. 31, 1915 - June 18, 2012

Roseville resident Jean A. Eastman died at her daughter's home in Roseville on June 18. She was 96.

Mrs. Eastman was born to John and Ava Archer. She grew up in San Jose and graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in English.

She was a member of Ero Sophian, the Alpha Phi sorority.

In 1941, she married F. Hart Eastman. They lived in Piedmont, Alamo and Rossmoor.

Beginning in 1950, they vacationed in Twain Harte and eventually maintained residences in both Twain Harte and Rossmoor.

She was preceded by her husband, F. Hart Eastman; her parents, John and Ava Archer, of San Jose; her brother, Gerald Archer, of San Jose; and sister, Gladys Mason, of Pacific Grove.

She is survived by her children, Carol Eastman Pollard, of Roseville, and John Eastman, of Billings, Mont.; son-in-law Eric Pollard; daughter-in-law Patricia Eastman; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Neptune Society of California of Northern California is handling arrangements.

Alfred George 'Al' Irwine

Jan. 03, 1914 - June 26, 2012

Sonora resident Alfred George "Al" Irwine died June 26 at Skyline Place in Sonora. He was 98.

Mr. Irwine was born in El Monte. After high school he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for eight years before joining the U.S. Navy in 1942.

He was a chief postal officer in Honolulu, Hawaii. He owned an insurance agency in Boise, Idaho. He later worked for the Small Business Administration as a loan officer for over 20 years.

He married Marjorie Marie Summers in 1935. He retired to Sonora from Mesa, Ariz., eight years ago.

He enjoyed golf, travel, and was a member of the Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Disabled American Veterans, and St. Michael's All Angels Anglican Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Marie Summers, of Okla., in 1984; and his sister, Tilly Sheatsley, of Sonora, in 1989.

He is survived by his daughters, Bobbie Brown, of Sonora, and Erin Hanssen Brown, of Cascade, Idaho; his sons-in-law, Edward Brown, and Albert Brown; six grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.

Donations can be made in his name to Hospice of the Sierras or St. Michael's All Angels Anglican Church.

No services will be held.

Neptune Society of Central California, Modesto, is handling arrangements.


COX - Alma Cox, 91, of Angels Camp, died Thursday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

LOPEZ - Glenn Lopez, 61, of Sonora, died Thursday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.