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Wendell Alfred Nicholls

April 30, 1921 - March 1, 2013

Rawhide resident Wendell Nicholls died March 1 at his home. He was 91.

Mr. Nicholls was born in Sonora to Eveline and Royal Nicholls and raised in Soulsbyville. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942, served in Patton's Third Army in World War II in England and Europe, and was discharged in 1945.

He married Beatrice Poor in 1945 and they lived on Lower Bear Creek Ranch in Rawhide ever since. Mr. Nicholls worked as a parts manager for a car dealership in Sonora, Opera Hall Garage, which later became Mother Lode Motors. He was also a cattle rancher. After retiring, he drove a bus part time for Jamestown Elementary School.

He enjoyed pack trips on horseback, travelling, music and roundups. He and his wife travelled with Sons in Retirement to Canada, England, Scotland, Florida and Nevada. They also travelled to Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and Michigan with friends.

He and his wife played trumpet in high school band and sang in church choir, as well as a barbershop quartet. He hosted numerous cattle roundups at his ranch and barn parties at the barn he built himself.

Mr. Nicholls was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Nicholls, in 2011; his parents; and his sisters, Frances Turnes and Aileen Larsen.

He is survived by children, Kurt, Michael and Dennis Nicholls, all of Rawhide, and Carolyn Gentry, of Fresno; grandchildren, Kayli Nicholls, of Tuolumne, Brenton Nicholls, of Arnold, Kendra Youngman, of Rawhide, Christy Nava, of Rawhide, Marshall Gentry, of Vacaville, and Elisa Quintero, of Clovis; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Ruth Rundle, of Soulsbyville, and Betty Meyer, of Auburn.

A celebration of life will be held 4 p.m. Saturday at the Soulsbyville United Methodist Church, 19882 Community Drive, Soulsbyville.

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

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Patrick David Shanklin Sr.

Aug. 2, 1936 - March 4, 2013

Sonora resident Patrick Shanklin Sr. died March 4 in Sacramento. He was 76.

Mr. Shanklin was born in Grand Island, Neb., to Thomas and Helen Shanklin.

He served in the U.S. Navy for four years beginning at age 18.

Mr. Shanklin was a heavy equipment operator for over 50 years with the Operating Engineers Local No. 3 throughout California. His work on the Don Pedro and New Melones dam projects brought him into Sonora 43 years ago.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and horse riding competitions, in which he won numerous local and state awards. He was a member of the Sonora Moose and Elks lodges and was a Master Mason.

Mr. Shanklin is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Shanklin, of Sonora; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick Jr. and Karla Shanklin, of Sacramento; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse Grounds, 19130 Rawhide Road, Jamestown.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Lodi Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jakob 'Jack' Wilhelm Woldt

June 17, 1930 - March 3, 2013

Murphys resident Jakob "Jack" Woldt died March 3 at his home. He was 82 years old.

Mr. Woldt was born in Fulda, Germany, to Wilhelm and Josepha Woldt. He was educated in Germany.

At the age of 16, he was employed by the U.S. Army in labor services. He was stationed at various Army bases throughout Germany from 1946 through 1957. Mr. Woldt participated in the "Berlin Airlift" from June 26, 1948 through Sept. 30, 1949. He was discharged from the Army as a private first class in 1957.

Mr. Woldt took his apprenticeship in Germany to be a travel agent from 1957 to 1960. He then immigrated to the U.S. in 1960. He was employed by Kaplan's Travel in New London, Conn.

Mr. Woldt and his wife, Helga Dorthea Woldt, moved to San Francisco in 1961 to work for German Travel. He opened his own travel service, Euram Travel Services, in Palo Alto from 1981 through 1988.

Mr. Woldt and his wife retired to Groveland in 1988 and he moved to Murphys in 2003.

He was a member of the Edelweiss Club of Sonora. He enjoyed traveling.

Mr. Woldt was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 48 years, Helga Dorthea Woldt, in 2001.

He is survived by his partner, Elsie Friedrich, of Murphys; a niece, Kristina Katlun, of Niederhausen, Germany; and a sister-in-law, Ursula Shoats, of Muskogee, Okla.

A requiem mass will be held noon Saturday at Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church, 1301 Linebaugh Road, Arnold.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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


MAO - Dorothy Mao, 86, of Valley Springs, died Feb. 17. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley Christian Center, 2475 Silver Rapids Road, Valley Springs.

MARR - James "Jim" Marr, 69, of Tuolumne, died Saturday at Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home's Tuolumne Chapel, 18411 Bay Ave. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

PRATHER - Tom Prather, 73, of Sonora, died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WARNER - Annie Warner, 96, of San Andreas, died Saturday in San Andreas. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.