Obituaries for February 19, 2013

Union Democrat staff

James Marty Butler

Dec. 4, 1954 - Feb. 5, 2013

Sonora resident James Butler died Feb. 5 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. He was 58.

Mr. Butler was born in Lynwood in Los Angeles County to James and Ann Butler. He attended William S. Hart High School in Newhall in Los Angeles County, where he excelled in football, wrestling and track, according to family. He continued his education at College of the Canyons in Valencia.

Mr. Butler married Kathie Barrick on May 7, 1977 in Newhall. They raised their children there until moving to Sonora in 1990. Mr. Butler was a power plant operator for El Paso Energy until 2004, when he suffered a massive stroke.

He was preceded in death by father, James Butler; and his father- and mother-in-law, Harold and Mary Barrick.

He is survived by wife of 36 years, Kathie Butler, of Sonora; his children and their spouses, Michael and Jenny Butler, Brooke and Kevin Bentzinger, and Paige and Nate Pletcher, all of Sonora; mother, Ann Butler, of Grover Beach; sister, Beth Asmus and her husband, Chuck, of Grover Beach; brothers-in-law, Craig Barrick, of Sonora, and Mike Barrick, of Florida; sister-in-law, Karen Alvarez and husband, Ruben, of Littlerock; and many nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.

Mr. Butler enjoyed listening to classic rock and roll music, playing the guitar and camping. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

A celebration of life and potluck will be held 11 a.m. March 9 at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse grounds, 19130 Rawhide Road, Jamestown. The family requests that attendees wear their favorite rock and roll T-shirts.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Rose Marie Kuhn

Oct. 22, 1928 - Feb. 7, 2013

Sonora resident Rose Marie Kuhn died Feb. 7 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 84.

Ms. Kuhn was born in Modesto to Elsie (Riggs) and Carlton Kuhn.

Ms. Kuhn worked as an inventory specialist in Long Beach for Starkist Tuna and John Ingels Frozen Foods in Modesto. She retired to Sonora in 2000.

She enjoyed crossword and other puzzles and watching birds in her yard.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Elsie Campidonica and Carlton Kuhn; and step-father, John Campidonica.

She is survived by brothers, Roland Kuhn, of Modesto, Jack Campidonica, of Modesto, David R. Campidonica, of Sonora, and James L. Campidonica, of Chinese Camp.

No services are planned at this time.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Leland Griffith Summers

Jan. 5, 1935 - Feb. 7, 2013

Columbia resident Leland Summers died Feb. 7 at his home. He was 78.

Mr. Summers was born in Santa Barbara to Jeannette and Earl Summers and moved with his family to Orange County in the 1940s. He graduated from Santa Ana Junior College and received a doctorate from University of California, Los Angeles in the 1950s.

He worked in the aerospace industry in Southern California and also spent five years at the National Highway Traffic Administration in Washington, D.C.

He retired with his wife to the mountains in 2000.

He was a member of the Pacific Unitarian Church in Southern California. He enjoyed hiking and backpacking with this family, home remodeling, cabinet-making, researching his family's genealogy, traveling and caring for his dogs.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Betty Summers, of Columbia; children, Kenneth Summers, of Jamestown, Brent Summers, of Wolfeboro, N.H., and Cindy Summers, of Tracy; stepchildren, Patricia Krivonak, of Cleveland, Ohio, Jeanne McEvoy, of Pendleton, S.C., Mark McAlister, of Novato, Bruce McAlister, of Austin, Texas, Joe McAlister, of Norman, Okla., and Thomas McAlister, of Fredericksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Holly Summers, of Sunnyvale, Gregory Summers, of Sunnyvale, London Summers, of Philadelphia, Pa., Dylan Summers, of Wolfeboro, Jackie Harbin, of Central, S.C., Jessica Summers, of Santa Rosa, Rebecca Snead, of Fredericksburg, and Samuel Summers, of Fredericksburg; siblings, Jeannine Toppings, of Apple Valley, and Oliver Summers, of Visalia; and three great-grandchildren.

No local memorial service is planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.


WOLFF - Henrietta Wolff, 90, of Sonora, died Sunday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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