Obituaries for April 3, 2013

Union Democrat staff

Cheli 'Miryam' (Avina) Quillen

July 24, 1960 - March 26, 2013

Sonora resident Cheli Quillen died March 26 at her home. She was 52.

Mrs. Quillen was born to Connie Avina and Daniel Arroyo Avina.

She worked as a seamstress for several years in Sonora, altering wedding dresses, formal gowns and restoring antique clothing. She also became an instructional aide for various schools in Tuolumne County when her children were in school.

Mrs. Quillen enjoyed painting, drawing, sculpting miniatures and creating crafts.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Connie Avina; and sister, Stella Ramos.

She is survived by her husband, Yochanan "Rick" Quillen, of Sonora; children and children-in-law, Clyde "CJ" and Courtney Haight, of San Diego, Cassy and Matt Smylie, of Ione, Paul Quillen, of Sonora, Heather Quillen, of Sonora, Sarah and Brandon Cutajar, of the Bay Area, Hannah Quillen-Ogas, of San Jose; grandchildren, Barrett Haight, of San Diego, Alex, Luke and Jacob Smylie, all of Ione, Aaron and Elijah Quillen, of Sonora, Ricardo, Teanna, Johna and Aiden Quillen, all of San Jose; sisters, Rosa Avina, of Sonora, Gloria Boone, of Volcano, and Henrietta Park, of San Antonio, Texas; brother-in-law, David Park, of San Antonio; three nieces; and one nephew; and her father, Daniel Avina, of Mexico.

A celebration of life with potluck will be held 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kiriluk Ranch, 17900 Apple Colony Road, Tuolumne.

Home of Peace Cemetery in Sacramento is handling arrangements.

Justine Brockett

Jan. 29, 1940 - Feb. 28, 2013

Arnold resident Justine Brockett died Feb. 28 at her home. She was 73.

Mrs. Brockett was born in Fairmont, Minn. to Cassandra and Martin Hallett. She then moved to Ridgecrest, Calif., and attended Burroughs High School.

She attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she met Richard J. Brockett. They married in 1960.

Mrs. Brockett was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in San Jose.

She enjoyed art, opera, traveling and reading.

Mrs. Brockett was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Richard J. Brockett, of Arnold; daughter, Bonnie Brockett Kuhn, of Murphys; son-in-law, Simon Granville, of Murphys; son, Calvin Richard Brockett, of San Jose; grandchildren, Austin Peter Kuhn, of San Jose, and Alexander Peter Kuhn, of Murphys; and step-grandchildren, Krista Mae Becker, of Corvallis, Ore. and Max Becker, of Grandview, Wash.

A private celebration of life will be held in April. To attend, email The family requests no flowers be sent.

Neptune Society of Northern California in Sacramento is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made in her memory to National MS Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163; Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370; or a charity of choice.

Lenore Adelaide (Hennig) Hemminger

March 4, 1927 - March 23, 2013

San Andreas resident Lenore Hemminger died March 23 in Angels Camp. She was 86.

Mrs. Hemminger was born in Chicago, Ill., to Daniel C. Hennig and Selma (Kemnitz) Hennig.

She married Paul Hemminger in 1947 and became a homemaker in New York. They also owned and operated Gator's Wharf Restaurant in Oklahoma, moving there after his retirement in 1984.

She enjoyed travelling the country in their RV.

Mrs. Hemminger was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Paul Hemminger, on March 23, 2009.

She is survived by her children, Pamela Hemminger, of La Canada-Flintridge, James Hemminger, of Mountain Ranch, and Steven Hemminger, of Los Gatos; grandchildren, Carly and Mariah Hemminger, of Los Gatos, and Jeff, Eric, and Kimberly Miller, all of La Canada-Flintridge.

Private family services were held.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


GAVI - Alice Gavi, 81, of Jamestown, died Monday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KAMIEN - A graveside service for Florence Kamien, 93, of Sonora, who died Friday at her home, will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

PRATT - A graveside service for Anita Pratt, 69, of Sonora, who died Friday at Sonora Regional Medical Center, will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Turlock Memorial Park, 425 N. Soderquist Road. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ROBERTS - Sue Roberts, 79, of Sonora, died Sunday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ROSSMAN - Florence Rossman, 87, of Jamestown, died Monday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WIYNINGER - Shirley Wiyninger, 77, of Sonora, died Tuesday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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