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Alfred 'Fred' De Anda

June 11, 1930 - March 29, 2013

Altaville resident Alfred De Anda died March 29 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. He was 82.

Mr. De Anda was born in Tuolumne County to Blas and Aurelia De Anda, fourth oldest of 14 children. He grew up in Tuolumne and attended Summerville High School.

He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on U.S.S. Enrico APA-45 and U.S. Noble APA-218 and was awarded a China service medal and Korean service medal.

Mr. De Anda worked for the West Side and Pickering lumber mills, and was a shoe repairman for Joe's Shoe Repair and Burk's Shoe Store. He then moved to Angels Camp in 1958 to open Fred's Shoe Service and retired from Calaveras Cement Co.

Mr. De Anda enjoyed animals and sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Floyd and Ruben De Anda; sisters, Ann Alvarez, Marie Gomez and Juanita De Anda; and daughter, Mary Ann De Anda.

Mr. De Anda is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary De Anda, of Altaville; sons, Martin and Gregory De Anda, both of Altaville; grandson, Martin De Anda, of Altaville; granddaughter, Diana (De Anda) Berkey, of Fields Landing; one great-granddaughter; brothers and sisters-in-law, Vincent and Naomi De Anda, of Tuolumne, Ronnie and Blasa De Anda, of Merced, Cruz and Tina De Anda, of Merced; and sisters, Ofelia Lopez and Carolyn Shoopman, both of Merced; and numerous nieces and nephews.

No services will be held. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Loredana Maria Pessler

Dec. 1, 1926 - April 1, 2013

Sonora resident Loredana Pessler died Monday at her home. She was 86.

She was born in Trieste, Italy, to Marcello Pessi and Iolanda (Russich) Pessi.

She experienced the occupation of her city in World War II by Germans, British, New Zealanders and Americans until 1954. That year, she married Gene Hovatter, an American soldier, and moved to the United States.

They lived in Seattle, Wash., San Francisco, Costa Mesa and, finally, Sonora. She was a homemaker, and also worked briefly as a real estate agent, saleswoman and Italian teacher.

When she and her husband split, she changed her name to Pessler. It was her family's original surname but it was changed when Italian dictator Benito Mussolini decreed that German-sounding last names be changed to sound Italian.

Mrs. Pessler enjoyed crossword puzzles, discussing world events, and teaching Italian.

She is survived by sons, Kurt von Pessler, of Warm Beach, Wash., and Eric Hovatter, of Sonora; and grandchildren, Kate and Joshua Hovatter, of Sonora; and ex-husband, Gene Hovatter, of Irvine.

No services will be held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


DAVEY - Patricia "Pat" Davey, 82, of Jamestown, died Thursday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.