Union Democrat staff

Mary (Rodgers) McWethy Howey

Feb. 18, 1919 - Sept. 26, 2012

Former Sonora and Murphys resident Mary Rodgers McWethy Howey died Sept. 26 at Orangeburg Manor in Modesto. She was 93.

Mrs. Howey was born and raised on a farm in Olney, Okla.

She lived in Antioch for 33 years and worked and retired as a sales clerk from a Ben Franklin variety store.

She retired to Sonora in 1984 and lived there for 26 years before moving to Murphys in 2010. She settled into Orangeburg Manor in Modesto in March 2011.

Mrs. Howey was a member of the Church of Christ in Sonora.

She enjoyed painting, crafts, cooking and sewing. She also enjoyed books and collecting cookbooks. Her family said that she was a writer and wrote many family stories about growing up on the family farm in Onley.

Mrs. Howey was preceded in death by her first husband, Ferren McWethy, in 1986 and her second husband, Claude D. Howey, in 2000.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Loyce N. Foster, of Murphys, Joyce and Don Stephens, of Oakdale, Carol G. and Horace Cattolico, of Antioch, and Jenny M. Buccellato, of Oakley; her sister, Vera Magness, of Harrison, Ark.; her 10 grandchildren, Stephanie Nelson, Melanie Whited, Kellie Foster, Randy Stephens, Don Stephens, John Cattolico, Angelina Warburton, Chris Jorge, Mary Buccellato and Jaime Buccellato; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; six nieces; and seven nephews.

Donations in her name may be made to Agape Villages of San Ramon, 3160 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 120, San Ramon, CA 94583; Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370; or the American Cancer Society, 601 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94111.

A memorial service was held at Church of Christ in Sonora and officiated by John Pendley. A private family graveside service was held at Mountain Shadow Cemetery and officiated by Ron Jensen.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Kenneth Kram

Oct. 29, 1924 - Oct. 1, 2012

Jamestown resident Kenneth Kram died Monday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 87.

Mr. Kram was born in Stockton. He lived and worked in Manteca for 18 years and settled in Jamestown 46 years ago.

Mr. Kram worked for PG&E for 25 years and retired as a district representative.

He served in the U.S. Army in China, Burma and India as part of the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and helped construct the Burma Road.

He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club, and a board member and past president of the Tuolumne County of Chamber of Commerce in the early 1970s.

Mr. Kram was preceded in death by his wife, Flossie Kram, in 1999.

He is survived by his children, Larry Kram, of Sonora, and Dianne Linnik, of Reno, Nev.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Heuton Memorial Chapel.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Buried will be at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BARNETT - Susan Barnett, 59, of Sonora, died Tuesday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

BRANDON-RAINWATER - Lori Lynn Brandon-Rainwater, 56, of Jamestown, died Tuesday. The Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.

JENKINS - A celebration of life for Patricia Eileen "Pat" Jenkins, 97, of Sonora, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tuolumne County, 19518 Hess Ave., East Sonora.

MITCHELL - Robert Mitchell, 89, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

SEGERSTROM - Donations in the name of Mary Etta Segerstrom may be made to PEO International Peace Scholarship, c/o Joanne Nahmias, 20610 Diane Drive, Sonora, CA 95370. An incorrect address was published Sept. 28.