Union Democrat staff

Lisa Katherine Miller

Aug. 29, 1973 - Aug. 30, 2012

Groveland resident Lisa Katherine Miller died Aug. 30 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 39.

Ms. Miller was born in La Mesa in San Diego County.

Her family moved to Tuolumne County 19 years ago.

She graduated from Poway High School and received the President's Award for Academic Achievement.

She joined the North San Diego County Special Olympics Team at age 8. She traveled throughout California competing in gymnastics, snow skiing, soccer, basketball and track and field. She lived by the motto "Let me win, but if I cannot let me be brave in the attempt."

At age 5 she learned to swim through the Easter Seals program, where she also took classes in jogging and karate.

She enjoyed visiting Disneyland, dancing, boating, cooking, bowling, music and traveling.

She volunteered at the food bank, Sierra Repertory Theatre and Book Nook and was a member of a garden club.

She worked through the WATCH program for more than 12 years.

Ms. Miller was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Charlotte Kuykendall and Deloras White; two uncles; and one aunt.

She is survived by her parents, Earl and Judy Miller, of Groveland; her sister, Kimberly Ann Miller, of Hollywood; and her nephew, Noah Miller Kanono Niupulusu, of Hollywood.

Donations can be made to WATCH Resources Inc., 12801 Cabezut Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Services will be held at a later date. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Raymond G. Stroh

Feb. 1, 1927 - Sept. 10, 2012

Former Sonora resident Raymond G. Stroh died Monday at New Hope Care Center in Tracy. He was 85.

Mr. Stroh was born and raised on the family farm Tower City, N.D.

He attended the North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton, where he met his future wife, Katherine Neubauer.

They married in 1948.

Mr. Stroh served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from January 1945 to July 1946.

He began working as an electrical engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Design office in Casper, Wyo., in 1948. He worked at bureau facilities throughout the country before retiring as chief of operations at the Grand Coulee Hydroelectric Power Project Complex in Washington in 1984.

He later provided consultation and instruction training for the Samoa Power Authority on the Samoan Islands.

Mr. Stroh moved to Sonora where he worked with Friant Power Authority in a consulting capacity until 1998.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Stroh was preceded in death by his son, Lee Stroh.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Katherine Neubauer Stroh, of Tracy; his children and their spouses, Mary and David Avila, of Berkeley, Darlene and Steve Avila, of Tracy, Christina and Terry Hein, of Tracy; Susan and Steve Collins, of Lusk, Wyo., Harold and Carla Stroh, of Lusk, and Richard and Allison Stroh, of Madera; his 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Harley and Heather Stroh, of Carbondale, Colo., Will Stroh, of Holly Springs, N.C., Sarah Avila-Ward and her husband, Jeremy Ward, of Tracy, Steven and Dawn Avila, of Tracy, Garrett Avila, of Sacramento, Kristin Butcher, of San Francisco, David Hein, of Tracy, Samantha and Justin Stolz, of Lodi, Keith Collins, of Lusk, Leesha Stroh Casagrande, of San Diego, and Morgan Stroh, of Madera; three great-grandchildren and three siblings.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ellen L. Creech

March 6, 1939 - Sept. 8, 2012

Sonora resident Ellen L. Creech died Sept. 8 at Valleycare Medical Center in Pleasanton. She was 73.

Mrs. Creech was born and raised Mahtomedi, Minn., to Donald J. and Ruth L. Bader.

She moved to Long Beach and several other cities throughout California before retiring to the Sonora and Columbia area 12 years ago.

She worked at as a guard with Pinkerton Security for 14 years before retirement. She was a member of the Gold Country Social Club.

Mrs. Creech was preceded in death by her husband, John Creech Jr., in 1989; her father, Donald J. Bader, in 1972; and her mother, Ruth L. Bader, in 1985.

She is survived by her children, Mark Hartley and his wife, Amy, of Cupertino; David Hartley, of Livermore; her son-in-law, Stephen Brainerd, of Livermore; and her grandchildren, Joshua and Cory Hartley, of Cupertino.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Memory Garden in Livermore. Callaghan Mortuary in Livermore is handling arrangements.