Union Democrat staff

Ronald Philip 'Ronnie B.' Billings II

Jan. 27, 1987 - July 23, 2012

Sonora resident Ronald Philip "Ronnie B." Billings II died Monday at Sierra Pacific Industries lumber mill in Standard. He was 25.

Mr. Billings was born and raised in Sonora, the son of Ron and Michele Billings.

He graduated from Cornerstone Christian School in 2005.

He worked as a relief man in lumber manufacturing for five years.

Mr. Billings was a member of Steadfast Obedient Servants Ministry in Valley Springs, was a National Rifle Association Golden Eagle and a former Explorer for the Sonora Police Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and visiting the ocean.

Mr. Billings is survived by his parents, Ron and Michele Billings, of Sonora; his fiancee, Erin Kannel, of Valley Springs; his sister, Amanda Billings-White, of Sonora; his maternal grandparents, the Rev. L. David and Yvonne Russell, of Sonora; his paternal grandmother, Donna Billings, of Susanville; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Dambacher Memorial Cemetery, 22394 Lyons Bald Mountain Road, Sonora. A meal will follow at Old Brethren Church in Tuolumne.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Adam Pietras

Dec. 24, 1927 - June 7, 2012

Former Arnold resident Adam Pietras died June 7 at home in Danville. He was 84.

Mr. Pietras was born and raised in Poland until the Nazi occupation in the late 1930s. During World War II he was a member of Armia Krajowa, the Polish resistance movement against Nazi and Soviet occupiers.

He was captured and sent to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, where he was sentenced to death. He was rescued when American forces liberated the camp in 1945.

After the war, he joined the U.S. Army and worked in military intelligence. He later studied engineering at the University of San Francisco. It was in San Francisco that he met his future wife, Tina Jamkin.

He worked as a design engineer for NASA at the Ames Research Center for over 30 years. He and his wife built a home and retired to Arnold in the late 1990s.

Pietras relocated to Danville after the death of his wife in 2005.

He was involved in the Polish-American community in the Bay Area and was a member of the Polish-American Congress, was part of a Polish radio program, and helped develop curriculum for Polish studies.

He was a member of the Catholic Church and attended several parishes during his lifetime, including St. Joseph's in Fremont, St. Patrick's in Angels Camp, Our Lady of the Sacred Snows in Arnold and St. Isidore's in Danville. He was an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Stockton and a member of the Secular Franciscan Order.

Mr. Pietras was preceded in death by his wife, Tina Pietras, in 2005; and his son, Walter, in the Vietnam War in 1970.

He is survived by his children Tom Pietras, of Monterey, Mark Grzeszkowiak, of Alaska, Miranda Quaid, of Niles; and his brother, Stanislaus Pietras, of Germany.

Services were held at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville, with burial at Our Lady in Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette.

Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley handled arrangements.

Paul H. Price

Jan. 6, 1931 - July 20, 2012

Sonora resident Paul H. Price died Friday at his home. He was 81.

Mr. Price was born in Bristow, Okla.

He was a craftsman and worked as the director of maintenance for the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 30 years. He moved to Sonora 10 years ago to be near family.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War in 1951 to 1953. He was a member of Sons in Retirement, Sierra Bible Church and its small group Bible study. He enjoyed woodworking and making stained glass.

Mr. Price is survived by his wife of 59 years, Virginia Price, of Sonora; children, Linda Bellamy, of Pacific Grove, Walter Price, of Simi Valley, Cherlyn Haugh, of Sonora, and Jim Price, of Tucson, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Satellite Dialysis of Sonora.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 3 at Sierra Bible Church, 15171 Tuolumne Road, Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Richard J. Oneto

Oct. 15, 1917 - July 23, 2012

Jamestown resident Richard J. Oneto died Monday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. He was 94.

Mr. Oneto was born in Douglas Flat to Joseph B. and Edith (Murley) Oneto. He was raised in Sonora and attended Sonora elementary and high schools, he graduated valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

He worked at the Bank of America in Sonora before he joined a company of entertainers and formed a traveling school of the arts, where he met future wife, Josephine Lambert, of Stratford, England.

They married at the Santa Barbara Mission during World War II.

He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army artillery. He went overseas and was assigned to the Army Symphony where he toured throughout South America.

After his honorable discharge, he and his wife resumed their performance careers. They appeared in Broadway productions and later became cruise ship entertainers with the Moore-McCormack line.

They later traveled to Italy, where they worked in the motion picture industry for over 30 years. Mr. Oneto's last film was "La Traviata" directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

After the death of his wife, he returned to Angels Camp in 1987. He moved to Sonora in 1998 and later a retirement community in Jamestown.

Mr. Oneto was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews and their families, Clair (Soracco) McCarthy, of Copperopolis, Donna Soracco, of Alaska, John and Melissa Soracco, of Reno, Nev., Rick Oneto, of Woodland, and Duane Roxy Oneto, of Raymond, Wash.; numerous grandnieces and nephews; and numerous great-grand-nieces and nephews.

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

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


MUZZI - Rita Muzzi, 97, of Sonora, died Wednesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center long term care. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

VARLESE - Frederica Varlese, 70, of Tuolumne, died Thursday at Sonora Regional Medical Center long term care. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.