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Mary Louise 'Marylou' (Koehler) Oneal

Nov. 29, 1922 - Nov. 4, 2012

Sonora resident Mary Louise "Marylou" (Koehler) Oneal died Nov. 4 at UC Irvine Medical Center after suffering injuries in a multi-car accident. She was 89.

Mrs. Oneal was born in Long Beach to Ferdinand Merle Koehler and Sally Vandelia (Wilson) Koehler.

She began taking piano lessons at age 8. She used her musical skills to help with the family finances when she began playing piano at a local dance studio at 14.

She enrolled at Long Beach City College at 16, where she earned an associate's degree in music.

While in college, she met Stanley Dean Oneal. They married after an 18-month courtship.

Mrs. Oneal was accepted into UCLA but couldn't afford the tuition.

When World War II broke out, she began working for the Douglas Oil Co. She was hired as a typist and then promoted to the stenographer pool.

The Oneals joined the United Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles in 1976.

After Mr. Oneal's retirement in 1986, the couple traveled to New Zealand, French Polynesia, the Caribbean, the San Juan Islands, Alaska, Mexico, the Panama Canal, Europe, the United Kingdom, the Greek Islands and Canadian waterways.

The Oneals moved to Sonora in 1991 to be closer to family.

There Mrs. Oneal began a second musical career. She joined the Sonora Hills Chorus in 1992 as their sole accompanist.

She was a member of several musical groups including the Flashbacks, The M&M's (Marylou's Combo) and a Dixieland group, the Swingin' Dixies.

She also enjoyed gardening and was a member the Lakewood Garden Club for 31 years. She volunteered at the Tuolumne County Library and was a member of the Sierra Foothills Women's Club and the American Guild of Organists.

Mrs. Oneal was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Stanley Dean Oneal; her parents; and her sisters, Colista Ambrose and Margaret Koehler.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Richard and Patti Oneal, of Fullerton, Sharon (Oneal) Krauss, of Sonora, and Jon and Crystal Oneal, of Lakewood; former daughter-in-law, Diane Oneal, of Yorba Linda; her grandchildren and their spouses, Danny and Amber (Oneal) Heredia, of Ladera Ranch, Michael and Dalisa Krauss, of Anaheim, Jeremiah Krauss, of Costa Mesa, Erin Oneal, of Yorba Linda, Sean Kelley of Lakewood, Sara Kelley of Lakewood, and Shanna and David McCoy, of Richmond Heights, Ohio; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of lifewill be held 11 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Sonora Hills Clubhouse, 19601 Greenley Road, Sonora.

Forest Lawn-Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Cypress handled the arrangements.

William 'Bill' Mowry

Aug. 18, 1948 - Nov. 18, 2012

Longtime Sonora resident William "Bill" Mowry died Nov. 18 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 64.

Mr. Mowry was born in San Jose and worked as a millwright and commercial welder for 40 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boxing, football, boating and working on cars.

Mr. Mowry is survived by his wife, Jill Mowry, of Sonora; children, Annette Carlton, of Redding, Willie Mowry Jr., of Redding, Antoinette Urrea, of Sonora, Jade Bernatz, of Sonora, and Celeste Madden, of Tuolumne; his brother, Bud McClintock, of Placerville; sisters, Tonya Nicosia, of San Jose, Sonya Butler, of San Jose, Shirley Esperanca, of San Jose and Trish Howard, of San Jose; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday at 15190 Blue Bell West east of Sonora.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Aneta Jane (Williams) Zwinge

April 19, 1935 - Nov. 18, 2012

Sonora resident Aneta Jane Zwinge died Sunday at home. She was 77.

Mrs. was born in Weir, Kan,. to Harry and Bessie Williams.

When she was 8 years old, her family moved to Sonora. She attended Sonora Elementary and Sonora High School, although she graduated from Oakdale High School.

She married Richard A. Zwinge in 1953 and they traveled internationally for several years, including Okinawa and the Philippines, due to his career in the U.S. Air Force.

She was a homemaker and raised three children with her husband.

Mrs. Zwinge enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cooking, reading and board games. They settled in Sonora 19 years ago after Mr. Zwinge's retirement.

Mrs. Zwinge was preceded in death by her mother, in 1974; her father, in 1980; her sister, Eleanor Thomas, in 1963; and her grandson, Khanoo J. Yonan, in 1996.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Richard A. Zwinge, of Sonora; her children and their spouses, Cynthia M. and Erik Friedrich, of Salida, Susan K. Golden, of Modesto, and Tamela Z. Adams, of Tempe, Ariz.; her grandchildren, Nicole Brewer, of Oregon, Christopher Hurst, of Tracy, Tena Akers, of Modesto, Thomas Golden, of Los Angeles; Jane Adams, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Mary Adams, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and two siblings, Bette Bristow, of Turlock, and Sharon Williams, of Empire.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose St., Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


AHRENHOLTZ - James Ahrenholtz, 53, of Jamestown died Tuesday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

CHRISE - Thomas Chrise, 63, of Twain Harte, died Wednesday at his home in Twain Harte. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FLEENOR - George Allan Fleenor, 64, of Columbia, died Monday at his home in Columbia. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.