Union Democrat staff

Joseph Frederick 'Joe' Cornell

Feb. 17, 1932 - Aug. 9, 2012

Groveland resident Joseph Frederick "Joe" Cornell died Aug. 9 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 80.

Mr. Cornell was born in Denver and his family moved to California when he was 3 years old.

He joined the U.S. Air Force at age 14 and was stationed in Okinawa the day before his 15th birthday.

After serving in the military for four years, he worked as a fireman in Contra Costa County until 1979.

Mr. Cornell then worked as a truck driver in San Jose and Groveland for several years.

He enjoyed water skiing, gambling, motorcycles and restoring old cars.

He and his wife moved to Pine Mountain Lake 23 years ago.

Mr. Cornell was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Bessie Cornell; his siblings Clela, Arabelle, Nori, Clara, Bob, Rex and Jerry; and his father-in-law, Murray Van Patten.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Priscilla Cornell, of Groveland; his children and their spouses, Jeanie Cornell, of San Jose, Nancy and Phil Vaca, of San Jose, Julie Cornell and Doug Tausheck, of Walnut Creek, and Joe and Diane Cornell, of Lafayette; his brother, Bill Cornell, of Cameron Park; his mother-in-law, Betty Van Patten, of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; his-sister-in-law, Pam Van Patten, of Liverpool, N.Y.; and former wife, Marge Cornell, of San Pablo; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made to the Groveland Firemen's Association, P.O. Box 781, Groveland, CA 95321.

A memorial service with a fireman's final tribute and military honor guard will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito.

A celebration of life will be held on 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Groveland Evangelical Free Church.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mark Cameron Johnson

July 31, 1946- Aug. 8, 2012

Arnold resident Mark Cameron Johnson died Aug. 8 at home from complications of cancer. He was 66.

Mr. Johnson was born in Phoenix and grew up in Coronado.

He joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school. He served for 20 years before retiring to work in defense contracting with TRW in Sunnyvale, where he met his future wife, Laura Beach.

While working for TRW, he earned a bachelor's degree in business management through extension classes at St. Mary's College in Moraga.

Mr. Johnson enjoyed model railroading and had been working on his dream model railroad layout until his death. His family and friends plan to complete it in his memory.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Johnson; and his father, Raymond Carl Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Laura Beach, of Arnold; his daughter Angela Bateman and her husband, Jim, of Arnold, Md.; his mother, Marguerite Cook, of Coronado; his siblings and their spouses, Scott and Sue Johnson, of Phoenix, and Erika and Dennis Corradi, of San Francisco; three grandsons, Dylan Bateman and his wife, Millie, Evan Roe and Jesse Bateman; one great-granddaughter; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ebbetts Pass Fire District, 1037 Blagen Road, Arnold, CA 95223; Sonora Regional Medical Center, 1000 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370; or the Stanford Medical Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305.

A celebration of life will be held in October.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Betty Louise (Volf) Tarbat

Oct. 6, 1925 - Aug. 12, 2012

Lifelong Calaveras County resident Betty Louise (Volf) Tarbat died Aug. 12 at Avalon Care Center of Sonora.

Mrs. Tarbat was born in Altaville in a ranch house built by her parents and she was the youngest of 11 children.

Mrs. Tarbat lived through the Depression but her parents were able to sustain the family by working their ranch.

She attended the Altaville Grammar School and Bret Harte High School.

She married her high school sweetheart, James E. Tarbat, after he returned from service in World War II.

Mrs. Tarbat worked for Bank of America before starting her family.

She enjoyed gardening, trips to Tahoe with her sister, and the scenic areas of Calaveras County, especially the view of Bear Mountain from her backyard.

Mrs. Tarbat was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents, Frank and Mary Volf; and all 10 of her siblings.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Janet and Anthony Jordan, of Avery, Barry Tarbat, of San Andreas, and Chris and Angie Tarbat, of Mokelumne Hill; her grandchildren, James Tarbat, of Salt Lake City; Jannette Tarbat, of Little Rock, Ark., Jeff Jordan, of Avery, Janelle Williams and her husband, Lance, of Killeen, Texas, and Courtney and Vince Tarbat, of Mokelumne Hill; and many nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Joan Marie Woodside

Jan. 4, 1949 - Aug. 12, 2012

Sugar Pine resident Joan Marie Woodside died Aug. 12 at home. She was 63.

Mrs. Woodside was born in Altadena. She and her husband moved to Sugar Pine 22 years because they enjoyed the area.

She was a homemaker throughout her life.

Mrs. Woodside is survived by her husband of 36 years, Barry E. Woodside, of Sugar Pine; her children, Katie L. Woodside, of Ponderosa, and Sarah M. Woodside; of Twain Harte; and her grandson, Stephen M. Woodside, of Twain Harte.

No services are planned at this time.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


HARRIS - Walter Harris, 91, of Tuolumne, died Thursday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

JENKINS - Pat Jenkins, 97, of Sonora, died Friday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

LEPAPE - Former Sonora resident Harry Lepape Jr., 81, died Wednesday at his home near Seattle. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 25 at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, which is also handling arrangements.