Union Democrat staff

MaryAnn Allaire

Oct. 4, 1940 - Dec. 27, 2012

MaryAnn Allaire died Dec. 27 at her home in Tuolumne. She was 72.

She was born in Wall Township, N.J., the daughter of Carlos and Elsie Mendenhall.

She graduated from Manasquan High School in 1958 and went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing at Case Western Reserve University, then a master of science degree in cardiovascular nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.

She dedicated her career to critical care nursing and teaching. Her other interests in life included knitting, sewing and reading.

Mrs. Allaire is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robert Mendenhall; and a sister, Linda Greeley.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Basil Allaire, of Tuolumne; a brother, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Carl Mendenhall (retired) and wife, Carol, of New Jersey; children, Therese Lassabatere and husband, Guy, of California, Cheryl Allaire, of Idaho, Leigh Latt and husband, Karl, of Washington, Dr. Robert Allaire and wife, Amy, of Wyoming, and Michael Allaire and wife, Mandy, of Wisconsin; eight grandchildren, Katie Mendenhall, of San Diego, Andrew Mendenhall, of Sacramento, Colton Allaire, of Casper, Wyo., Olivia Mendenhall, of Sacramento, Caden Allaire, of Casper, Kendal Allaire, of Casper, Kaylie Allaire, of Casper, and Augie Allaire, of Milwaukee, Wis.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Amyloidosis Research at the Mayo Clinic, Attn: Dr. Maury Gertz, 200 First St., S.W., Rochester, MN 55905, or to any favorite charity.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lewis Granville Burgess

March 14, 1922 - Nov. 7, 2012

Sonora native Lewis Granville Burgess died Nov. 7 at his Sonora home. He was 90.

Mr. Burgess was born at his parent's home in Sonora, the sixth of eight children born to Lewis Granville Burgess and Martha Hoffmaster Burgess.

A child of the Great Depression, he began working for Mountain View Dairy as a milkman's helper while still in elementary school. He rose early to help with deliveries before going to class, starting a lifelong commitment to hard work and productivity.

At Sonora High School, he played left end for Sonora's championship-winning football teams in 1939 and 1940. He also met his future wife, Mildred Armstrong, in high school. They were married two years after graduation and celebrated 50 years of marriage before she died in 1992.

Their activities together included card games such as bridge, pinochle and cribbage. They fished and took a yearly month-long salmon fishing trip to the Klamath River after retirement. They also traveled to foreign countries.

Returning to Sonora after serving in the Army during World War II, Mr. Burgess worked at various jobs throughout his life, often working two jobs at once, while still finding time to build his own home and landscape his property.

He was plant manager at Mountain View Dairy, a logger, a hard-rock miner, a trucker, a welding instructor and a builder. He enjoyed taking his two children water-skiing and camping at a camp he built at Old Melones Reservoir, going on gold panning hikes and entertaining them with tales of his own youth. He also maintained similar close relationships with all of his and his wife's extended families.

After his wife died, he participated in exercise classes, having breakfast and lunches with friends and Friday night gatherings for dinner and cards.

He also continued to work on his home and help anyone needing an extra hand until the day he died, his family said.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Burgess was preceded in death by brothers, Arthur Burgess, John Burgess and Elmer Burgess, and sister, Evelyn McDougal.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, John and Valarie Burgess, of Moraga, and Bonnie and Dale Malsberger, of Napa; five grandchildren, Kristina Malsberger and her husband, John Sanders, of Oakland, John Malsberger and his wife, Lisa Malsberger, of Lakewood, Jessica Burgess, of Moraga, Andrea Burgess, of Washington, D.C., and Ursula Burgess, of South Korea; four great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Camile "Mickey" Nichols and Martha Martin, both of Sonora.

A celebration of his life will held at a later date.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Marilyn Helen Kochmann

April 30, 1925 - Dec. 30, 2012

Marilyn Helen Kochmann, of Sonora, died Dec. 30 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. She was 87.

She was born in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Harold A. Lawrence and Edna A. Lawrence.

She spent her adult life as a homemaker. She sang in the St. Louis Choral group when she lived in that area, and was in a bowling league in San Jose.

Mrs. Kochmann was preceded in death by her sister, Edyth Fitkin, in 1979.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Carl W. Kochmann, of Jamestown; one daughter, Carla T. Kochmann, of Livermore; grandchildren, Vance Kochmann, of Tracy, Nicole Kochmann, of Tracy, and Lynette Lynn, of Livermore; two great-grandchildren; two siblings, Valdene Coar, of Turlock, and A. Franklyn Lawrence and his wife, Barbara, of Eugene, Ore.; seven nephews and two nieces.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the lower building at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 19985 Greenley Road, Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements..

Clinton Vert

April 15, 1920 - Dec. 23, 2012

Clinton Vert died Dec. 23 at his home in Jamestown, where he lived for 25 years. He was 83.

He was born in Agatha, Idaho, the son of Floyd Vert and Irma Stephens Vert, and served in in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he earned two Bronze Stars.

A native of Idaho, he lived in Tuolumne County most of his life. He graduated from Twain Harte Elementary School, then in 1950 from Sonora High. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and spent two years in Korea as a combat infantryman.

When he got out of the service, he followed his family to Idaho, where they had moved, but soon returned to Tuolumne County because he didn't like the cold weather in Idaho.

He worked for Pickering Lumber Co. in Standard until he was laid off when the company's box factory closed during the early 1970s. He later worked as a dishwasher at the National Hotel in Jamestown before retiring in the early 1990s.

After his retirement, he spent his time running errands for the town's merchants, who have described him as the unofficial mayor of Jamestown and the town greeter.

Mr. Vert is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Deanne and Ronald Ray, of Fruitland, Idaho; grandchildren, Jason D. Ray, of Fruitland, Idaho, and Lisa J. Ray, of Fruitland, Idaho; a brother, Gordon Vert, of Gooding, Idaho; a friend and caretaker, Mary Stevens, of Jamestown; a brother, Floyd Vert Jr., of Madera; and a sister, Louise Gibson, of Baker City, Ore.

Flowers for the service may be sent to Mary Stevens, 10541 Suzanne Court, Jamestown, CA 95327.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Jamestown's Rocca Park on Main Street. Burial will be at the Jamestown City Cemetery. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.