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Patricia Katherine (Magni) Austin

March 11, 1929 - Feb. 4, 2013

Lifelong Sonora resident Patricia Austin died Feb. 4 at Avalon Care Center. She was 83.

Mrs. Austin was born to Albert and Dora Magni.

She was a homemaker, married to Dale Austin, who died in 1983.

She is survived by fiancé, Louis Capuccini, of Sonora; daughter, Diana, and her husband, Alan Black; grandson, Steve Black, of Tuolumne; and two great-grandchildren.

Private family services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Zelda May (Jacinto) Ingersoll

May 1, 1938 - Feb. 16, 2013

Copperopolis resident Zelda Ingersoll died Feb. 16 at her home. She was 74.

Mrs. Ingersoll was born in Gilroy to Jeanette Brown and William Jacinto. She lived most of her life in Watsonville, working as a receptionist for over 30 years.

After retirement, she and her husband, Craig Ingersoll, moved to Copperopolis in 2006 to be closer to family.

She enjoyed bingo and slot machines.

Mrs. Ingersoll was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Craig Ingersoll, in 2009; and son, Ronald Ingersoll, in 2011.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Jennifer Ingersoll, of Copperopolis; grandson, Jeffery Ingersoll, of Copperopolis; and sister, Shirley Hamblin, of Copperopolis.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at Copperopolis Cemetery, 444 Jackson St.

Donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

John C. Kimbell

Jan. 2, 1947 - Feb. 14, 2013

Tuolumne resident John C. Kimbell died Feb. 14 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 66.

Mr. Kimbell was born in Stafford Springs, Conn. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, then moved to Southern California.

He worked in ministry for about the last 15 years. He was a minister at the Tuolumne and Soulsbyville United Methodist Churches for the last 10 years. He lived in Tuolumne for the past 10 years.

Mr. Kimbell assisted in feeding the Tuolumne community.

He was preceded in death by a wife, Kitty Kimbell, in 2009; and a sister, Linda Biehl.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Kimbell, of Tuolumne; daughters, Shannon Kimbell-Auth, of Lakeport, and Kim Hill, of Riverside; brother, Brian Kimbell, of Oregon; sister, Don Green, of Oregon; grandchildren, McKenna Hill, David Hill, Cody Hill, all of Riverside, and Gabriel Kimbell-Auth, Zachary Kimbell-Auth, both of Lakeport; and stepsons, David Nickerson, of Tuolumne, Daniel Nickerson, of Billings, Mont., and Phillip Moreno, of Costa Mesa.

Services were held.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Robert Paul Reed

July 11, 1943 - Feb. 17, 2013

Soulsbyville resident Robert Reed died Feb. 17 at his home. He was 69.

Mr. Reed was born in Hinckley, Minn., to Don and Mary Reed. He attended college at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He taught for a short time in Minnesota, then moved to Oakdale to start his career.

He was an educator for 36 years, starting as a woodshop teacher for a continuation school in Oakdale, then moving to independent study.

He was among the founders of Valley Oak High School in Oakdale.

Mr. Reed built the ranch house in Oakdale he and his family lived in for about 25 years, known as Reed's Critter Ranch. He raised various farm animals and sold them locally.

He enjoyed animals, woodworking, fishing, traveling, nature and tinkering around his ranch.

Mr. Reed was a Christian and volunteered for his church, leading youth groups, Bible studies and Sunday school classes. He served on two mission trips, one to Africa and one to Spain.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Kristopher Dickey, in 2010; father-in-law, Bert Steffen, in 2003; and brother-in-law, Harold Tilley, in 2005.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Julie Reed, of Soulsbyville; daughters, Kimberly Marie Cross, of Salida, and Steffenie Lynn Dickey, of Santa Cruz County; grandchildren, Sonora, Hannah and Hudson Taylor Dickey, all of Santa Cruz County, and Logan and Jayden Cross, of Salida; brothers, Don Reed, of Charleston, S.C., and Al Reed, of Antioch; sisters, Molly Holetz, of Pine City, Minn., and Joan Kimball, of Billings, Mont.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christian Heights Assembly of God, 13711 Joshua Way, Sonora.

Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA, 95370.


KITCHEL - Harold Kitchel, 82, of Groveland, died Jan. 1 at his home. A celebration of life for Mr. Kitchel will be held March 31 at Granite Dell Gardens, 10265 Granite Dell Road, Coulterville. A reception will follow. To RSVP, call 852-9944.