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Donald Lloyd Brusseau

Nov. 10, 1925 - Dec. 19, 2012

Donald Brusseau died Dec. 19 at his home in Sonora. He was 87.

Mr. Brusseau was born in Beach, N.D., the son of Ray Elizabeth and Eugene Arthur Brusseau.

He lived in Sonora for the past 25 years after retiring from a 32-year career as a civil service packaging specialist at Naval Air Station Alameda.

He moved to Sonora because he enjoyed driving his roadsters in the area, family said.

He was founder and honorary member of Bay Area Roadsters. His interests included restoring old cars, aviation and military history.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Brusseau, of Sonora; son, Dan Brusseau, of San Lorenzo; daughter, Jeanne Chu, of Benicia; stepson, Bob Marshall, of Benicia; brother, David Brusseau, of Stonyford in Colusa County; and two grandchildren.

A private memorial will be held in San Lorenzo, and burial will be in Sonora.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Paul Francis Churchill

Oct. 14, 1930 - Dec. 17, 2012

Lifelong Sonora resident Paul Francis Churchill, 82, died Dec. 17 at his home.

He was born in Sonora, the son of John and Alma Churchill.

He began work for John Kelley at the former Central Garage on Washington Street when he was 16, and continued working for John and Joyce Kelley at Kelley Motors in Jamestown, then for Sierra Motors, until his retirement in 2000.

He was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army during the last years of the Korean War.

Mr. Churchill enjoyed gardening and animals. After his retirement, he cared for stray cats in his neighborhood.

Mr. Churchill was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Stanley Churchill; and his sister, Mabel Miller.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Churchill, of Sonora; his daughter, Lisa Waite, and her husband, Tim, of San Mateo; granddaughter Jennifer Nies, of Sonora; one great-grandson; and several generations of nieces.

No service is planned at this time. Donations in his memory may be made to Humane Society of Tuolumne County, 10040 Victoria Way, Jamestown, CA 95327.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Michael E. Council

Nov. 8, 1950 - Jan. 5, 2013

Michael E. Council died Jan. 5 at his home in Copperopolis. He was 62.

Mr. Council was born in Flushing, N.Y., the son of Arthur and Ruth Council.

He followed his parents to California, and began working at Sierra Conservation Center after serving with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam.

He lived in Copperopolis for the past 22 years and was a correctional officer for 13 years.

He enjoyed contributing to the community by operating a website, Copperonline. He also enjoyed music.

Mr. Council is survived by his wife, Pat Council, of Copperopolis; a son, Brian Goss, of Copperopolis; a daughter, Melanie Valentine, of Copperopolis; brothers, Bill Council and Tom Council, both of Texas; sisters, Barbara Phillips, of Arkansas, Joy Dariz, of Manteca, and Theresa Longley, of Oregon; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, 1500 S. Highway 49, Suite 205, P.O. Box 595 Jackson, CA, 95642.

No services will be held at his request.

Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Johanna Virgina Klobucher

June 3, 1917 – January 11, 2013

Sonora resident Johanna Virginia Klobucher died on Jan. 11. She was 95.

Mrs. Klobucher was born and raised in Calumet, Mich., to Italian immigrant parents.

After graduating from high school, she attended beauty school and earned a cosmetology license. She worked as a beautician for a number of years and maintained a shop in her home.

She moved with her husband, Joe Klobucher, and two young children to Arizona in the early 1940s. They lived there for three years. They returned to Calumet and purchased a home in the nearby town of Laurium to be with family during World War II.

The Klobuchers and their four children moved to Riverside in 1954 for employment opportunities. They lived there until they bought a home and retired to Sonora in 1966.

Mrs. Klobucher enjoyed cooking, painting, pottery, and knitting accessories for her family and friends until the past year when her eyesight began to fail her.

She also enjoyed reading and spent many hours at the public library.

Mrs. Klobucher was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Klobucher, in May 1996.

She is survived by her four children, Diane Guay, of Half Moon Bay, Marlene Calhoun, of Oceanside, Joseph D. Klobucher, of McCall, Idaho, and Anita Weeks, of Hawaii; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister.

Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of choice.

A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora at a later date.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Aelred 'Al' Sauer

April 4, 1923 - Jan. 2, 2013

Longtime Sacramento resident and frequent Tuolumne County visitor Aelred "Al" Sauer, 89, died Jan. 2 in a care facility in Manteca.

Mr. Sauer worked for the California Highway Patrol in accident investigations for more than 20 years and retired in 1984. His work included performing safety checks for school-buses at local high schools.

He traveled throughout the state because of his work, and it occasionally brought him to the area. He would also take day trips on the train with his family from Modesto to Tuolumne, which encouraged his daughter to settle in Tuolumne County with her family in the 1970s.

He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters; and his oldest daughter, Anna Myers.

Mr. Sauer is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Eunice Sauer, of Manteca; daughter, Louise Olcott, of Manteca; grandchildren, Perry Myers, of Fair Oaks, Peggy Myers, of Sonora, Christopher Beite, of Antioch, and Michelle Beite Matthews, of Patterson; and seven great-grandchildren.

A private family memorial service is planned.

The Neptune Society of Central California handled arrangements.


BURK - Charles Edward "Sandy" Burk, 95, of Sonora, died Jan. 15 at Avalon Care Center.A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Pine Tree Restaurant, 19601 Hess Ave., East Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.