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Alma Florence

(Hansen) Cox

July 18, 1920 - June 28, 2012

Longtime Sonora resident Alma Florence (Hansen) Cox died June 28 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 91.

Mrs. Cox was born in San Francisco. She attending Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, focusing on home economics.

She married Perry Cox on June 30, 1951. She lived in Sonora from 1977 until she moved to Angels Camp in 2004. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and needlework. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Cox, in 2002.

She is survived by her children, Robert Cox, of Murphys, and James Cox, of Baypoint; her brother, Richard Hansen, of Rancho Cordova; her sister-in-law, Betty Hansen; and her grandsons, Sean Cox, of Chico, and Elliot Cox, of Angels Camp.

A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Heuton Memorial Chapel.

A memorial will follow at 11 a.m. Friday at Heuton Memorial Chapel.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Peter Mario Barsotti

July 2, 1947 - June 23, 2012

Groveland resident Peter Mario Barsotti died June 23 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He was 64.

Mr. Barsotti was born in Berkeley.

He grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Bishop O'Dowd High School before attending Santa Clara University on an academic scholarship. He later transferred to University of California, Berkeley.

He joined a rock and roll band in the 1960s which influenced his career. He worked for Bill Graham as a music producer and creative director at Bill Graham Presents for many years. He worked on shows such as Day on the Green and Lollapalooza and helped with the filming of "The Last Waltz" at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

Mr. Barsotti retired in 2000 to his Spinning Wheel Ranch in Groveland, where he also owned the Iron Door Saloon.

He was a sport enthusiast and played in Berkeley's Little League. He especially enjoyed gardening and landscaping his ranch.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bettike (Holmes) Barsotti, of Groveland; and his mother, Florence Barsotti, of San Francisco.

He is survived by his second wife, Deborah (Bradway) Barsotti, of Groveland; his father, Mario Barsotti, of San Francisco; his children, Dharma Barsotti, Jessica Barsotti, Corinna Loh, Matthew Barsotti, and Jasper Barsotti; his brothers, Steven Barsotti, David Barsotti, Robert Barsotti, and Mark Barsotti; and six grandchildren.

Donations can be made to either the Arts and Music Education in the Groveland School District or the Bettike Foundation, P.O. Box 866, Groveland.

Visitation will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday at Vichara Monastery in Greeley Hill.

A public memorial will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. July 14 at Mary Laveroni Community Park in Groveland.

Vichara Monastery and Lakewood Memorial Park are handling arrangements.

Rosie 'Baby' Acosta Neaves Hirales

Nov. 29 1935 - June 28, 2012

Jamestown resident Rosie "Baby" Acosta Neaves Hirales died June 28 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 76.

Mrs. Hirales was born in Los Angeles.

She was a homemaker and lived in Jamestown for 20 years. She enjoyed casinos, camping, barbecues and vacationing in Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Trinidad and Virginia Acosta; her first husband, Dwain Neaves, in 2000; her son, James Neaves, in 2002, her sister, Ermy Meza; and her brother, Moises Acosta.

She is survived by her husband, Jesus B. "Jess" Hirales, of Jamestown, her daughters, Donna Ashorn, of Apple Valley, and Cathy Rochall, of Perris; her siblings, Raymond Acosta, Eva Barragan, Mary Luna, Connie Rodriguez, Leah Sedeno and Alice Acosta; grandchildren, Louie, Ricky, Brandi, Renee, Latina, Rebecca and Roberto; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Todd's Memorial Chapel in Claremont.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Martha's Catholic Church in Southern California. She will be buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Marshall Jay Rickard

Sept. 3. 1924 - May 31, 2012

Sonora resident Marshall Jay Rickard died at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. He was 87.

Mr. Rickard was born on Balboa Island. He was a Merchant Marine during World War II, a reserve policeman in Salinas, and spent most of his life working retail/management in Salinas, Visalia, and Merced.

He lived in Los Osos for 20 years before moving to Sonora six years ago.

He was a boat builder, carpenter and craftsman. He enjoyed ocean fishing, hunting, camping, bridge and dogs. He enjoyed boating and in 1978 sailed across the Pacific Ocean with his wife, June, and son, Tim, in a boat he built himself.

Mr. Rickard was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, June Regina Rickard, in 2011; his children, Marshall Rickard Jr., of San Jose, Maureen V. Coulson, of Winton; and his grandson, Nicolas M. Rickard, of Sonora.

He is survived by his children, Douglas Rickard, of Placerville, Kate Tenney, of Modesto, Stephen Rickard, of Hawaii, Rosemary May of Morro Bay, Bryan Rickard, of Sacramento, Tim Rickard, of Sonora, and Jon Rickard, of Modesto; four daughters-in-law, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A private burial service at sea will be held at a later date.

Neptune Society of Central California in Modesto is handling arrangements.


ANDERSON - Donald Anderson, 86, of Sonora, died Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

HAUSER - Eleanor Hauser, 89, of Sonora, died Sunday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

PETER - Jack Peter, 75, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.