Union Democrat staff

Henry Behlman

April 8, 1919 - Dec. 9, 2012

Groveland resident Henry Behlman died Dec. 9 in hospice care with his wife, Rita, by his side. He was 93.

Mr. Behlman was born in Connecticut.

He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Intrepid during World War II from 1942 to 1945. During that time, worked as a machinist and did tool work on the P-47 Thunderbolt.

He moved to California in 1950 and worked as an electrical engineer.

During his career, he pioneered some uses for alternating current power, which is still used by NASA and aerospace companies. He also owned his own engineering firm, Behlman Engineering Co., in Los Angeles for 20 years.

He started Behltech Engineering Co. in Santa Barbara in the mid-1990s, which he operated until the early 2000s.

He retired to Groveland in 2005.

Mr. Behlman was a member of the Tuolumne Talkers and Toastmasters, the American Legion, Young President's Organization and Who's Who of the West.

He enjoyed mountain climbing, sailing, jogging, participating in marathons, playing piano, photography and the ocean. He also enjoyed working with machinery.

Mr. Behlman is survived by his wife of 15 years, Rita Behlman, of Groveland; his children, John and his wife, Nancy Behlman, of Santa Barbara, and Philip Behlman, of Ojai; his sister, Jean Lampron, of Connecticut; his grandchildren, Kili Behlam, of Ojai, and Robbie Behlman and Scott Behlman, both of Santa Barbara.

No services are planned.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert M. Bly

Oct. 26, 1935 - Dec. 9, 2012

Robert M. "Bob" Bly, of Sonora, died Dec. 9 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 77.

He was born Oct. 26, 1935, in Santa Barbara, the son of Victor Bly and Gretchen Stapel.

Mr. Bly was a retired analytical chemist. He was a member of Sonora United Methodist Church, where he was president of the United Methodist Men and sang in the church choir.

He was active in Sons in Retirement, the SIRs RV Club and the Tuolumne County Genealogy Society. He also collected wood for Interfaith Community Social Services at one time.

He and his wife of 53 years, Barbara, enjoyed traveling in their motorhome as part of his genealogy research and also did a lot of sightseeing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Sheri Bly, of Garden Grove, and David Bly, of Salem, Ore.; five grandchildren, Ashley and Meredith Bly, of Salem, James Lark, of Sacramento, and Amanda Lark and Samantha Lark, of Garden Grove; and one sister, Andie White and her husband, Bernard, Encino.

Memorial donations may be made to Sonora United Methodist Church, 90 Yaney Ave., Sonora, CA 95370, or the Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD, 21298-9581,

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 29 at Sonora United Methodist Church. or Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jody (Antone) Curto

Sept. 1, 1959 - Dec. 9, 2012

Sonora native and former Jamestown resident Jody (Antone) Curto, of Elk Grove, died Dec. 9 at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento. She was 53.

Mrs. Curto was born in Sonora to Gloria and Louis Antone.

She was raised in Jamestown and attended Jamestown Elementary School and graduated from Sonora High School in June 1977.

She worked for the state for more than 20 years. She held various positions throughout her career and retired as an associate information analyst with the state nursing board in September 2009.

She enjoyed animals and was a talented artist, her family said. She especially enjoyed charcoal drawing and watercoloring.

Mrs. Curto was preceded in death by mother, Gloria Antone, in 1979; and her father, Louis Antone, in 1997.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Ernie Curto, of Elk Grove; her aunts, Wanda Albertson and June Peterson, of Chinese Camp; her cousins, Misty Albertson, of Sacramento, Melody Scott, Mindy Clarkson, Molly Peterson and Stacey Carter, of all of Chinese Camp, Toni Quinn, of Thousand Oaks, Jeff Hoffman, of San Francisco, and Eric Hoffman, of Chugiak, Alaska.

Services have been held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Maria Alicia (Corral) Diaz

Feb. 4, 1948 - Dec. 12, 2012

Maria Alicia (Corral) Diaz died Wednesday at her Jamestown home. She was 64.

She was born Feb. 4, 1948, in Durango, Mexico, the daughter of Lauro and Enriqueta Corral.

She moved to the United States at the age of 25, taught herself English and immersed herself serving the Latino community as an informal social worker, her family said.

She worked as a beautician for more than 10 years before retiring in the late 1990s.

Her interests included spending time with family, knitting, sewing, dancing and social events.

Mrs. Diaz was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by are her mother, Enriqueta Corral, of Jamestown; her husband, Reginaldo Diaz, of Jamestown; three children, Maria Elena Diaz, of Los Angeles, Reginaldo Diaz Jr., of San Jose, and Juan Francisco Diaz, of Gilroy; six grandchildren, Natalia Diaz, of Los Angles, Nayeli Diaz, of Los Angeles, Ariana Diaz, of Gilroy, Lilly Diaz, of San Jose, Maya Diaz, of Gilroy, and Alexavier Diaz, of San Jose; and eight siblings, Socorro Navar, of Mexico, Francisco Corral, of Chicago, Ill., Luis Corral, of Chicago, Juanita Sanchez, of Chicago, Martha Aguirre, of Chicago, Alfredo Corral, Las Vegas, Nev., Isidro Corral, of Jamestown, and Laura Ceteda, of Las Vegas.

Services were held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Arvid James North

March 18, 1941 - Dec. 3, 2012

Arvid James "A.J." North died Dec. 3 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Stockton after a short illness. He was 71.

He was born March 18, 1941, in Palo Alto, the son of William Arvid North and Lois Marie Quinn North. He graduated from Palo Alto High School and Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., then went to San Francisco State University for graduate studies. He played football in high school and college and later played rugby.

His first teaching job was in San Francisco at Ben Franklin Junior High. He next taught math and coached football and wrestling at Terman Junior High in Palo Alto, then taught math and coached football and golf at Palo Alto High School. He retired in 1998.

He met his wife, Kendra, in San Francisco and they were married 46 years. They lived in San Jose 20 years, and have been in Angels Camp for 23 years.

Because he had summers off, he had many jobs his family said were for fun, including directing football game traffic at Stanford and running the time clock, selling motorcycles, waterfront director at Bear Paw Boys Camp in Newport, Wash., and bartending at the Luna Bar & Cafe in San Francisco. His family said he also stayed home with his children during the summer.

His interests included camping with his family, fishing, gardening and golfing with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kendra, of Angels Camp; two children and their spouses, Janean and Kevin Farwell, of Douglas Flat, and Erik and Nadia North, of Fresno; three grandchildren, and one brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Stephanie North, of Palo Alto.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mind Matter in Murphys or any favorite charity. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 13 at Angels Gun Club. Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Helen Pauline Suehowicz

Aug. 25, 1922 - Nov. 15, 2012

Helen Pauline Suehowicz, of Sonora, died Nov. 15 at Avalon Care Center. She was 90.

She was born to Martin Grash and Lucy Chmieleswski, the eldest of seven children, in Mather, Pa. Soon after, she and her parents moved to Dry Tavern, Pa., where she met her future husband, who was serving in the peacetime Army of the 1930s.

She was married at the age of 19 in 1941, and her husband, Bill Suehowicz, was recalled into the Army, serving in Iraq and Iran until the end of World War II in 1945. In 1949, he rejoined the Army, and they spent the next 15 years traveling throughout the United States and Europe with their family.

She was an accomplished seamstress, able to recreate articles of clothing by looking at them and then making her own patterns. She continued sewing until health problems forced her to quit about two years ago. She crocheted, knitted and sewed all kinds of items.

Other interests included gardening, cooking, baking, canning fresh produce, making jam and virtually any type of craft activity. She could reupholster furniture and refinish wooden furniture, as well.

After her husband, Bill, died in 1975, she continued living in Covina until 1990 when she moved to Sonora and became one of the first residents of Sonora Hills, where she remained for the next 22 years. She resumed her sewing at Sonora Hills, doing alterations and mending for other residents.

Mrs. Suehowicz is survived by her son, Bill Suehowicz and his wife, Carla, of Sonora; her son, Martin and his wife, Cynthia, of Dunnellon, Fla.; three grandchildren and their spouses, Matt and Caryn Suehowicz, of Cameron Park, Kelly and Eric Collins, of Woodbridge, and Martin and Danielle Suehowicz, of Daly City; and six great-grandchildren.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled local arrangements, and she was transported to Glendora, where graveside services were held Nov. 24 overseen by the Catholic Church of Sacred Heart.

She was interred at Oakdale Memorial Park next to her husband.


KLEIN - Robert Klein, 86, of Sonora, died Dec. 12 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

LaTORRE - John LaTorre, 77, of Twain Harte, died Friday at his office in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

MAXEY - Ericka Maxey, 54, of Sonora, died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

MONNETT - Francis Arthur Robert Monnett, 83, of Groveland, died Thursday at his home. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia, Ill. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be at River Hills Memorial Park

OBERHAUS - Rolf "Russ" Oberhaus, 87, of Columbia, died Nov. 25 at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Dec. 29 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Sonora.

ROBISON - April Robison, 37, of Mi-Wuk Village, died Saturday at her home. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.