Union Democrat staff

Vala (Banks) Hall

Jan. 10, 1923 - June 30, 2012

Vala (Banks) Hall died June 30 at Meadow View Manor in Soulsbyville. She was 89.

Mrs. Hall, who recently moved to the area from Denair, was born in Avant, Okla. to Arthur and Laura Bernard.

Her family moved to Merced in the early 1940s. She later met and married Harvey W. Banks Jr.

She and her husband owned Banks and Bedesen Meat Co. and Harvey's Drive-In. She was employed by Save Mart for 20 years and retired from the Atwater store as head clerk.

She was an accomplished quilter and won numerous blue ribbons from county fairs. She enjoyed gardening and farming.

She and her husband served as worthy matron and patron of Mercedes Chapter of Eastern Star in 1959 and 1960.

Following her husband's death in 1993, she married Harry Hall. She and Mr. Hall bought a peach farm in Denair.

Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by her first husband, Harvey W. Banks Jr., in 1993; her second husband, Harry Hall, in 1999; and her siblings; Geri Bernard, June Derby and Arthur "Bud" Bernard.

She is survived by children, Terry Lynn Roop, of Jamestown, and Danny Banks, of Merced; her stepchildren, Brady Hall and Kim Hall; her grandchildren, Doni Rosasco, of Jamestown, Cort Roop, of New York, Derek Banks, of Merced, and Damon Banks, of Merced; her stepgrandchildren, Ashlynn Hall and Kayleigh Hall; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held this morning at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B St., Merced.

Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Wendy Gale (McInvale) Kizzar

July 23, 1963 - June 26, 2012

Huntington Beach resident Wendy Gale (McInvale) Kizzar died June 26 at her vacation home in Sonora. She was 48.

Mrs. Kizzar was born in Dallas, Texas, to Woodie Jr. and Sally McInvale.

She graduated from Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas, in 1981 and Ouachita Baptist University in 1985 with a bachelor of arts degree in communications. She married Mark Kizzar, of Texarkana, Ark., on May 12, 1984. She lived in Arkadelphia, Ark., Lansing, Mich., London, England, Irvine, Danville and Huntington Beach and frequently vacationed in Sonora.

She was a homemaker and member of Rolling Hills Community Church, Awana, Vacation Bible School, Student Art for Education and other church and school programs. She enjoyed playing banjo, wake-boarding, skiing and traveling.

Mrs. Kizzar was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Woodie McInvale Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Guy Glover; and her brother, Richard Duane McInvale.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Mark Kizzar, of Huntington Beach; her parents, Woodie Jr. and Sally McInvale, of Texarkana, Texas; her brother, Russell McInvale, of Texarkana, Texas; her children, Michael Kizzar, of Plantation, Fla., and Kathryn Kizzar, of Huntington Beach; and her daughter-in-law, Molly Kizzar.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rolling Hills Community Church youth programs or the Ouachita Baptist student foundation.

Services were held June 30 at Rolling Hills Community Church of Danville and July 3 at County Ave. Baptist Church of Texarkana, Ark.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Donald Mooney

Jan. 16, 1951 - June 26, 2012

Sonora resident Donald Mooney died June 26 at his home. He was 61.

Mr. Mooney was born in San Francisco and lived in Sonora for 25 years.

He worked as a glazier in commercial construction for 35 years. He was a member of the Northern California Glazier and Architectural Metal and Glass Worker's Union.

He enjoyed fishing, the forest, and woodcutting.

Mr. Mooney was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lora Mooney, in 1962.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Renate Mooney, of Tuolumne; his mother, Ruby Adams, of San Jose; his sons, Jeremy Mooney, of Beaverton, Ore., Christopher Mooney, of Aromas, and David Mooney, of Sonora; his step-children, Crystal Anne Llanos and Anthony Llanos; his siblings Gene Padgett and Dorothy Kempf; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held privately.

Heuton Memorial Service is handling arrangements.

Donna Irene (Sheeley) Shea

Jan. 30, 1931 - May 15, 2012

Twain Harte resident Donna Irene (Sheeley) Shea died May 15 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 81.

Mrs. Shea was born in Red Cloud, Neb.

She met her future husband, Daniel Robert "Bob" Shea, in high school in Richmond.

They married in 1948.

The couple moved to Concord where they owned and operated three liquor stores for over 20 years.

She moved to Twain Harte in 1971.

She worked in employment development for 15 years before her retirement.

She enjoyed socializing, traveling, gardening and animals. She was a longtime member of the Twain Harte Golf Course and the Sonora Elks Lodge.

Mrs. Shea was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Irene Sheeley; and her siblings, Wanda Harwell, Mildred Cohea, Marybelle Sheeley, Ronald Sheeley and Kenny Sheeley.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Daniel Robert "Bob" Shea, of Twain Harte; her children, Denise Shea, of North Carolina, Daniel Shea, of Sonora, Lisa Shea, of Oakdale, and John Shea, of Twain Harte; four grandchildren, Robert Bledsoe, Danielle Ryan, Darren Zaffrano and Jake Woodward; and one great-grandchild.

She donated her body to science.

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

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.