Union Democrat staff

Patricia Mary Veronica (Boslet) Griffin

March 6, 1941 - Sept. 3, 2012

Murphys resident Patricia Mary Veronica (Boslet) Griffin died Monday at her home. She was 71.

Mrs. Griffin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John and Veronica Boslet.

The family moved to California when she was 8.

She graduated from Bellarmine Jefferson High School in Burbank in 1958, earned a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in Spanish from California State University, Northridge in 1963 and received a master's degree in history and a teaching credential from San Fernando Valley State College in 1966. She taught at the college as adjunct professor for a few years.

She attended Sacramento State University for a reading specialist credential in 1986.

She also held an administrative services credential from 1981 to 1986.

Mrs. Griffin taught for Los Angeles County schools before moving to Murphys in 1997, where she taught second grade. She was a reading specialist at Mark Twain Elementary School for a number of years.

She was a member of Phi Beta Gamma and a life member of the Girl Scouts of America and served as a troop leader and council member.

She was also a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and served as a lector, choir member, and in the Altar Society.

She enjoyed reading and studying family history. She was able to trace her ancestry back hundreds of years, according to family members.

Her book, "St. Patrick's Church of Murphys," was published in 2008. She recently finished a book on the life of Archie Lee, an 1850s "fugitive" black slave in California, which has yet to be published.

Mrs. Griffin is survived by her husband of 43 years, Dennis Griffin, of Murphys; her daughter, Jennifer Wilson, and her husband, Chris, of Paso Robles; her son, Miles Griffin, of Arnold; her siblings, Margaret Kruse and her husband, Wayne, of La Canada, and John Boslet and his wife, Jacquie, of Irvine; and three granddaughters, Torilynn, Mackenzie, and Keira Wilson, all of Paso Robles.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Church in Murphys.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Walter W. Harris

April 14, 1921 - Aug. 16, 2012

Tuolumne resident Walter W. Harris died Aug. 16 at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. He was 91.

Mr. Harris was born in Arbuckle, Colusa County.

He settled in Tuolumne township 55 years ago.

Mr. Harris served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945.

Mr. Harris had a few occupations during his life. He worked as head of maintenance for Tuolumne General Hospital, as a driver and meter operator for Suburban Propane and as an elevator installation mechanic. He retired in 1986.

He enjoyed fishing and traveling and was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 144.

Mr. Harris is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bonnie Harris, of Tuolumne; his children, Barbara Harris, of Sonora, Walter Harris Jr., of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Kathy Chase, of Sonora; and three grandchildren.

Donations can be made to the Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, or a charity of choice.

No services are planned.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Richard Bernard Jayne

Oct. 24, 1948 - Sept. 1, 2012

Angels Camp resident Richard Bernard Jayne died Saturday at his home. He was 63.

Mr. Jayne was born in Quincy.

He worked as an Alameda County sheriff's deputy and Pleasanton police officer for 18 years.

He was also the founder and chief executive officer of Guard Express Inc., a private security company.

He enjoyed golf.

Mr. Jayne is survived by his wife, Kathy Jayne, of Angels Camp; his mother, Lois Jayne, of Rialto; his children, Michael Jayne, of Escalon, and Kristina Shoemaker, of Leavenworth, Kan.; stepdaughter, Stephanie Marcotullio, of Northville, Mich.; his siblings, David Jayne, of Fontana, Kenneth Jayne, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; Dolorse Murray, of Neosho, Mo., and Janice Easton, of Shelton, Wash.; and grandchildren, Jesse, Sarah and Dennis Shoemaker, Ashley and Hailey Jayne, Jasmine Black, Tatiana Ray and Sophia Marcotullio.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice of Amador and Calaveras counties, P.O. Box 595 Jackson, CA 95642.

A private family celebration is planned.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Eleanor Marie (Thon) Krutzler

Sept. 4, 1926 - Aug. 24, 2012

Sonora resident Eleanor Marie Krutzler died Aug. 24 at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. She was 85.

Mrs. Krutzler was born in Utica, N.Y., to Rudolph Thon and Lizzie Mae (Zeller) Thon.

She was raised in Chadwick and attended the Potsdam State Teacher's College in New York.

She moved from New York to Los Angeles, where she lived for more than 30 years before settling in Sonora more than 20 years ago.

She worked as a music teacher for many years.

She was an organist in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Los Angeles and later for St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Sonora.

She enjoyed playing instruments and doing crafts such as crochet and cross-stitch.

Mrs. Krutzler was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Krutzler, in 1983; her daughter, Rose Marie Krutzler, in 1985; her brother, Allen Thon, in 1996; and her sister, Gladys Connine, in 2010.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Christina Reber, of Twain Harte, and Ryan Hackman, of Sonora.

Donations can be made to the Curtis Creek Mustang Band, 18755 Standard Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way, Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


DAVEY - Melvin Davey, 90, of Sonora, died Saturday at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HASKIN - Victor Haskin, 94, of Sonora, died Sunday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HINES - Dennis Hines, 86, of Sonora, died Monday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

LIEB - Jolene M. Lieb, 80, formerly of Jamestown, died Thursday in Foster City. No services will be held. The Neptune Society of California is handling arrangements.

MACHADO - Frank Machado, of Sonora, died Sunday at his home in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.