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Robert Bernard McGraw

Aug. 2, 1933 - Dec. 15, 2012

Robert Bernard McGraw died Dec. 15 at his home in San Andreas. He was 79.

He was born in Crystal Springs, Miss., the son of Frances Helinski McGraw and Robert Franklin Joseph McGraw. He was the fourth of six siblings.

He is predeceased by sisters, Frances McGraw-Kemp, Dixie Lee McGraw-Brownridge and Arvila Kelly.

Surviving relatives include his sister, Anna M. McGraw Powers Wells, of Alabama; a brother, Carl McGraw, of Texas; daughters, Dianne McGraw-Crawford and Lynn Leino, of Sacramento; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

For the past 33 years, he lived in San Andreas, where his second family became DeWayne and Denise Konz; their children, Dena Konz and Derick Konz and his wife, Amy, all of Lodi; and his caregiver, BarbrAlice Kenworthy, and her children Kylie and Kourtney Kenworthy, all of San Andreas.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the San Andreas Memorial Chapel followed by a potluck reception at the San Andreas Apartments community room.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Francis Arthur Robert Monnett

Feb. 15, 1929 - Dec. 13, 2012

Francis Arthur Robert Monnett died Dec. 13 at his home in Groveland. He was 83.

He was born in Oak Park, Ill., the son of Joseph "Curly" and Lydia (nee Hahn) Monnett.

He married Jerry Donarski on July 3, 1948, at Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park, Ill. Mr. Monnett owned and operated a tool and die company, Monnett Precision Grinding, in Addison, Ill., for 35 years.

He had been in the tool and die business since 1947. In 1977 he started his own company, Monnett Precision Grinding, which he operated until retirement. He spent most of his retirement in Honolulu, Hawaii, until recently moving to Groveland to be near family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jerry Monnett, his grandson, Bradley Monnett, his sister, Dorothy (nee Monnett) Scheck.

He is survived by his three children and spouses, Linde Breault, of Groveland, Mitchell and Elsbeth Monnett, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Terrance and Elizabeth Monnett, of St. Charles, Ill.; five grandchildren, Michelle Becker, of Seattle, Wash., Breda Elmore, of Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Kristine Farkas, of Chicago, Ill., Marshall Monnett and Ryan Monnett, both of Montgomery, Ill.; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia, Ill. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.

Moss Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ruth Smith

Feb. 26, 1926 - Dec. 14, 2012

Ruth Smith, a 20-year resident of Sonora, died Dec. 14 at Avalon Care Center. She was 86.

She was born in Kimbal, Neb., and was a machinist for 20 years at Larry Copello Inc. in Sonora.

She is survived by three daughters, Sandra Copello and husband, Harry Copello, of Sonora, Kathy Pierce, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Iris Smith, of Brisbane; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

No services are planned. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Evelyn Muriel Tennis-Parisotto

Aug. 19, 1917 - Nov. 15, 2012

Evelyn Muriel Tennis-Parisotto, a 40-year resident of Sky Valley Ranch in Copperopolis, died Nov. 15 at Foothill Village Senior Living in Angels Camp. She was 95.

She spent the past four years at Foothill Village, where she had an active social life.

Her Calaveras ties date back to the Civil War and World War I when her uncles served in the U.S. Army protecting the copper ore at Copperopolis Armory.

She was born Aug. 19, 1917, to Henry C. Tennis Sr., and Alice Josephine Whearty Tennis, of Oakland, in San Francisco, just minutes, yet a calendar day after her twin sister, Dorthea was born.

She was married to Louis Paul Parisotto, of Sunnyvale, and later commuted to work from Copperopolis via his single engined Beechcraft Bonanza airplane. He was killed in a plane crash near their Copperopolis ranch in 1983.

She started school in 1930 as a seventh grader in Oakland. By June 1940, she had received associate's and bachelor's degrees in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, a junior college teaching credential and a state medical laboratory technician's license.

At school, she participated in choir, violin and piano; spoke German, was on the rowing team and was an American Red Cross junior lifesaver.

She completed her master's degree in bacteriology and experimental pathology from Stanford University in 1952. Between 1941 and 1982, she was a lecturer, laboratory technologist and professor in hematology, bacteriology, pathology, experimental pathology and microbiology at San Francisco State College, University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University.

In addition, she spent 42 years as a full-time laboratory technologist and was in charge of the San Mateo Blood Bank during World War II, transferring to Mills Hospital in Oakland and Stanford Medical center, then spending the majority of her career at the University of San Francisco Medical Center.

She worked in Djakarta, Java, Indonesia, from 1956 to 1958 under the University's international program, a U.S. Government project helping raise living standards through medicine. In 1965, she toured South America, working, training and teaching at medical facilities through the University of California system.

She traveled to six continents, excluding Antarctica, and was elected commander and awarded life and permanent membership in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla, 12th District, in 1977.

She was an avid cribbage and bridge player, sailor and seamstress. In 1994, she was named Calaveras-Tuolumne chapter Cowbelle of the Year. She was also an active member of Calaveras American Association of University Women, Ruby Parlor 46 of Native Daughters of the Golden West, Calaveras Historical Society and museum docent, served on the board of the Mark Twain Hospital Foundation, was grand marshal of Copperopolis Homecoming in 2005 and was honored for many contributions to the community, including preserving the history of the area.

She was also a 30-plus-year survivor of breast cancer.

She is survived by cousins, Florence White Hocking, of Murphys, Clifford and Ruby Botto, of Oakdale; Eleanor Darby Brisco, of Sacramento, and John and Winnie Botto, of Carson City; nieces and nephews, Charla and Carlos Gonzales, of Rohnert Park in Sonoma County, Carolyn and Hank Pollex, of Mountain View; 10 grand and great-grand newphews and nieces, three godchildren; cousins and caregivers, Charles and Tammy (White) Gebrard, and their sons.

No services will be held at her request. San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


COCHRAN - Robert Lee Cochran, 87, of Sonora, died Dec. 15. The Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.

FRANKLIN - Bobby Franklin, 82, of Sonora, died Wednesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Heuton Memorial Chapel, which is also handling arrangements. Burial will be held at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

OEVERNDIEK - Agnes Oeverndiek, 97, of Columbia, died Wednesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

STROZIER - Steven Strozier, 61, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WESLEY - Ethelyn Wesley, 79, died at her home in Groveland on Thursday. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.