Union Democrat staff

Margaret Marie

(Enloe) Simpson

July 6, 1947 - Dec. 3, 2012

Jamestown resident Margaret Marie (Enloe) Simpson died Monday at Sonora Regional Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. She was 65.

Mrs. Simpson was born at Columbia Way Hospital in Sonora to Dorothy and Thomas "Slim" Enloe.

She was proud to grow up in the small mill town of Standard, her family said.

She worked as a housekeeper at Tuolumne General Hospital and Sonora Regional Medical Center for 25 years until her retirement three years ago.

Mrs. Simpson lived in Colorado for eight years before settling in Jamestown more than 40 years ago.

She married William Simpson 27 years ago.

Her hobbies included jewelrymaking, genealogy, breeding birds and camping.

Mrs. Simpson was preceded in death by her father in 1982, and by her mother in 2000.

She is survived by her children, Brian Winters, of Stent, and Connie Winters, of Modesto; her stepchildren, Mary Podesta, of Soulsbyville, and James Michael Simpson, of Southern California, her sisters, Patricia "Trish" Enloe, of Mountain Ranch, and Millie Turnes, of Windsor; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements.

Pietro Louis Foletti

May 1, 1919 - Nov. 30, 2012

Sonora native Pietro Louis Foletti died Friday at his home. He was 93.

Mr. Foletti was born in Sonora to Louigi Theodoro Foletti and Angelina Clara (Giussi) Foletti.

He grew up in a house on Washington Street and was a star-athlete at Sonora High School.

He attended St. Regis College in Colorado on a basketball scholarship and continued on to play semi-professional basketball during the early 1940s.

Mr. Foletti married Helen Louise Lloyd in 1941.

He served in the Army from 1945 to 1946 and did tours of duty during World War II in the Philippines and Japan.

He worked as a lineman and supervisor for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph for 42 years. He retired in 1983.

He was skilled a stonemason and worked alongside his father on many building projects in the county, including the locally famed Parris House in the Phoenix Lake area.

Mr. Foletti was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Eugene "Babe" Foletti.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Helen Foletti, of Sonora; his children and their spouses, Louis Eugene and Ann Foletti, of Petaluma, Dona Lynn and Jack Wittman, of Rancho Cordova, and Mark Peter and Beth Foletti, of Union City; his sisters, Alice Hardin, of Sonora, and Maedine Turner, of Oakland; his grandchildren, David Andrew Wittman, of Folsom, and Corinne Marie Wong, of Sacramento; and five great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose St., Sonora. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Sonora. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at the chapel at Union Hill Inn in Columbia, followed by a reception.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Greta Mateo

Jan. 3, 1931 - Nov. 30, 2012

Murphys resident Greta Mateo died Friday at her home after a lengthy illness. She was 81.

Mrs. Mateo was born in Oakland on Jan. 3, 1931, the eldest of six children born to Edna and Elwood Dillon.

She graduated from Fremont High School.

She held several jobs throughout her life, including working for Pacific Bell and McFarlane's Candy Store. She also worked as a secretary at Bowman Elementary School in the Hayward Unified School District for many years.

She married Clayton Lawrence in 1951. They had three children and raised them in Hayward until his death in 1964.

She married Ed Mateo in 1969 and helped to raise his four children.

The Mateos settled in Murphy in 2005.

In addition to her first husband, Mrs. Mateo was preceded in death by her second husband, Ed Mateo, in 2011; and her brothers, Robert E. Dillon and John Dillon.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ron and Linda Lawrence, of Murphys, Judy Lawrence and Chris Mansfield, of Murphys, and Joel Lawrence, of Crystal Falls; her stepchildren and their spouses, Dennis and Joanne Mateo, of Livermore; Marie Goodwin, of Concord, Edward Mateo, of Danville, and Gregory Mateo, of San Lorenzo; her siblings, Mary Hill, of Fremont, Nancy Cabral, of Manteca, and Jim Dillon, of Oakdale; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several generations of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.

A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at Faith Lutheran Church in Murphys. Burial will follow at Buena Vista Cemetery.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Helen Fern 'Tootie' (Hombs) Kohl

April 5, 1926 - Nov. 6, 2012

Former Twain Harte resident Helen Fern "Tootie" (Hombs) Kohl died Nov. 6 in a care home in Roseville. She was 86.

Mrs. Kohl was born in Troy, Mo., on April 5, 1926, one of four daughters born to Ira and Opal Hombs.

She married Frank Kohl in 1947. After having two children, the family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1950s.

There, Mrs. Kohl worked a bookkeeper for Pan-American airlines and the Adam Hill Company until her retirement in 1980.

She retired to a family cabin in Twain Harte, where she lived for more than 30 years.

The Kohls developed the Lakewood Highlands subdivision above Twain Harte in the mid-1980s.

She volunteered at Sonora Community Hospital and Sonora Regional Medical Center. She also volunteered with Hospice of the Sierra after her husband's death in 2004.

Mrs. Kohl was a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed meeting with her friends. She also frequented Donna's Salon in Twain Harte, enjoyed playing slot machines at Black Oak Casino, and dancing and singing.

The family helped develop a subdivision in the Confidence area in the early 1970s. In honor of her husband, a former Missouri farmer, the area was recognized by Tuolumne County as Redneck Ridge.

Mrs. Kohl was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Kohl, in 2004; her parents; and her three sisters

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ron and Karen Kohl, of Loomis, Sharon and Steve Honerlah, of Austin, Texas, Mike and Adrienne Kohl, of San Bruno, and Doug and Susan Kohl, of Twain Harte; 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. at the family cabin at Redneck Ridge.

Simple Traditions Cremation Services in Sacramento is handling arrangements.

Kathleen Josephine (Williams) Beck

Nov. 23, 1929 - Nov. 27, 2012

Murphys resident Kathleen Josephine (Williams) Beck died Nov. 27 at her home of complications due to illness. She was 83.

Mrs. Beck was born in Alameda on Nov. 23, 1929.

She married Robert Carl Beck, and the couple had two children - Roy and Judy - and adopted two more - Robert and Sissy.

Mrs. Beck was a foster parent for more than 50 years and fostered more than 100 children.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Roy and Anita Beck, of Murphys, Judy White, of Stephenville, Texas, Robert and Vicki Beck, of Oregon, Sissy Beck, of Michigan; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patricks Parish in Angels Camp. A potluck reception will follow.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


ANDERSON - Duane Anderson, 82, of Livermore, died Friday at Veteran's Hospital in Palo Alto. A graveside service was to be held at 11 a.m. today at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

DeROUEN - William H. DeRouen Jr., 84, of Columbia, died Tuesday at Skyline Place in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.