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Frank John Gagliardi

Oct. 2, 1942 - Oct. 13, 2012

Former Sonora resident Frank John "Francuzzo" Gagliardi died Oct. 13 at his home in Las Vegas. He was 70.

Mr. Gagliardi was born in Cosenza, Calabria, Italy, and moved to the United States in 1954.

He lived in San Bruno and attended Junipero Serra High School and graduated from Capuchino High School. He attended San Mateo Junior College.

He served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a gunnery sergeant. He retired from Pacific Gas and Electric as a safety operations supervisor and then opened Frankie G's Italian Family Restaurant in Danville.

Mr. Gagliardi moved to Sonora in the 1990s and opened Gagliardi's at La Torre. He then went into construction in 1998. He moved to Las Vegas and opened "Home Solutions."

He enjoyed sports and was a fan of University of Southern California football, San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. He also enjoyed cooking. He was active in the Danville Little League and served as president.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicola and Rose Gagliardi.

He is survived by his wife, Patti "Patrizzia" Gagliardi, of Las Vegas; sons David Gagliardi, of Colorado, Christopher Gagliardi, of North Carolina, and Justin Gagliardi, of Las Vegas; his brother, Carmen Gagliardi, of San Mateo; and granddaughters, Tessa, Samantha, Ava "Tootsie" and Sophia "Tootsie Two," Gagliardi.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in his name may be made to David Lambert Community Drop-In Center, ℅ the Lamberts, 12700 Red Maple Circle, Sonora, CA 95370.

A service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, with full military honors.

La Paloma Funeral Home of Henderson, Nev., is handling arrangements.

Theodore 'Ted' Effken

Nov. 9, 1930 - Oct. 9, 2012

Angels Camp resident Theodore "Ted" Effken died Oct. 9 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital. He was 81.

Mr. Effken was born near Cook, Neb., and attended Nebraska State College. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1955.

Upon leaving the Air Force, he became an air traffic controller and computer programmer for the Federal Aviation Administration. He earned a degree from University of New Mexico while working. He retired after 30 years in 1985. He then worked for 16 years for Hughes Raytheon as an air traffic automation designer-programmer. He completely retired in 2001.

Through the years, Mr. Effken lived in England, New Mexico, Hawaii, Annapolis, Md., Albuquerque, N.M., and Fremont. He lived in Angels Camp for 11 years.

He enjoyed international travel with his jobs. He loved taking road trips with his grandchildren. He liked to read and also enjoyed watching sports. He was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

He is survived by ex-wives, Madeleine Smith, of Belmont, and Geraldine Effken, of San Leandro; his brother, John and his wife, Evelyn Effken, of Cook, Neb.; children Christina Effken, of Murphys; his son Paul and his wife Karen Effken, of Fremont; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Effken.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at Angels Memorial Chapel in Angels Camp. A lunch reception will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Greenhorn Creek's Fireside Room, 676 McCauley Ranch Road, Angels Camp.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 207 E. Alpine St., Stockton, CA 95204-3405.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Alice Jacqueline (Pinnick) Kosty

Feb. 18, 1964 - Oct. 15, 2012

Mountain Ranch resident Alice Jacqueline Kosty died Monday at her home. She was 48.

Mrs. Kosty was born in Fontana to Walter Pinnick and Judith (Remsen) Pinnick.

She worked as the personnel manager for Bear Valley Mountain Resort.

She was a member of the Episcopal church and enjoyed creative design, gardening and animals.

Mrs. Kosty was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Kosty.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Judith and Douglas Worley, of Mountain Ranch; her brother, Michael Pinnick and his wife, and Patty, of Stockton; her sister, Heather Pinnick, of Santa Barbara; and her sister-in-law, Evie Surls, of San Andreas.

Private family services will be held.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Curtis Ray Lohr

June 28, 1933 - Oct. 12, 2012

Sonora resident Curtis Ray Lohr died Friday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 79.

Mr. Lohr was born in Minneapolis, Minn., the youngest of three boys. His family moved to Sun Valley, near Los Angeles, in 1949. He graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1952.

He spent several years drag racing and working in machine shops in Burbank before going to work for Onmark Engineering in Van Nuys.

He married Evelyn Engelhardt in 1967.

They began a 45-year career as antique dealers after moving to Cayucos in San Luis Obispo. They moved to Sonora in 1976 to provide a rural life for their daughters.

Mr. Lohr enjoyed furniture restoration, old cars, collecting antiques and vintage toys, yard sales, bowling, golfing, walking, volunteering with 4-H and his children's youth activities and arguing about politics.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Mr. Lohr is survived by his wife of 45 years, Evelyn Lohr, of Sonora; his daughters, Jonni Mayberry and her husband, Michael, of Fortuna, and Patti Lohr-Stevenson and her husband, Kenneth, of Eureka; three grandsons; two granddaughters; his mother-in-law, Doris Ryan; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a donation is his memory may be made to the Easter Seals Southern California, 1570 E. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA 92705 or by visiting www.southerncal.easter seals.com.

No services are planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


ESTEVES - Anthony "Tony" Esteves, 49, of Groveland, died Tuesday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

MILLER -Patricia "Pat" Miller, 69, of Jamestown, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center Unit 6. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.