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Alva David 'Al' Disbrow Jr.

July 25, 1930 - March 23, 2013

Twain Harte resident Alva David "Al"Disbrow Jr. died March 23 at his daughter's home in Perris in Riverside County. He was 82.

Mr. Disbrow was born in Tule River to Alva David Disbrow Sr. and Bertha Mabray.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He worked as an assembly technician on fighter planes at Rohr Industries in Riverside for 40 years.

Mr. Disbrow retired to Twain Harte and operated campgrounds in the Sand Flat area, near Sonora Pass.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norine Disbrow, in 2011.

Mr. Disbrow is survived by his children, Steve Disbrow, of Clearfield, Utah, Debbie Sandvig, of Moreno Valley, David Disbrow, of Reno, Nev., Terry Hurley, of Cherry Valley, and Sheri Miles, of Shelton, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

He is interred at Riverside National Cemetery.

Bayview Crematory & Burial Services in Perris handled arrangements.

Sylvia Marie Harris-Gardner

April 26, 1987 - April 9, 2013

Former Sonora resident Sylvia Marie Harris-Gardner died April 9 in Sacramento. She was 25.

Ms. Harris-Gardner was born and raised in Sonora to Denise Longeway and John Harris.

She moved to Sacramento two years ago.

Mrs. Harris-Gardner was preceded in death by her grandmother, Karen Harris; and grandfather, Dan Longeway.

She is survived by her partner, Kimberly Gardner, of Sacramento; mother and stepfather, Denise Longeway and Bob Blackard, of Soulsbyville; father and stepmother, John and Linda Harris, of Phoenix, Ariz.; stepdaughter, Daneisha Gardner, of Sacramento; sisters, Stephanie Wise, of Soulsbyville, Sarah Longeway, of Soulsbyville, Kelsey Harris, of Pullman, Wash.; brothers, Brent Harris, of Phoenix, and Jack Harris and a step-brother, Quinn Rupe, both of Moscow, Idaho, and Michael Longeway, of Soulsbyville; and an aunt.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Church of Christ, 14054 Tuolumne Road, Sonora.

Nor-Cal Crematory in Sacramento is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made in her memory to Dario Cassina High School, 251 South Barretta Street, Sonora, CA 95370.

Patricia Elaine (Oxsen) Permann

Sept. 7, 1955 - April 7, 2013

Tuolumne resident Patricia Elaine (Oxsen) Permann died April 7 in Jamestown. She was 57.

Mrs. Permann was born in Livermore to Joyce and Ernest Oxsen.

She lived in Tuolumne the last 20 years, and worked at Walmart in Sonora.

She enjoyed her dog.

Mrs. Permann is survived by her partner of 18 years, Kenny Stevens, of Tuolumne; children, Dawnielle Bailey, of Oakland, Jennifer O'Toole, of Pleasanton, and Michael O'Toole, of Tuolumne; six grandchildren; sister, Cynthia Oxsen-Schane, of Bethel Island; and one niece.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Carter's Cemetery, 19042 Cemetery Lane, Tuolumne. A memorial will follow at Tuolumne Veteran's Memorial Hall, 18375 Fir Ave. Flowers may be sent to the memorial hall on the day of the service.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Barbara Jean (DeCoster) Rountree

May 12, 1920 - March 31, 2013

Jamestown resident Barbara Jean (DeCoster) Rountree died March 31 at her home. She was 92.

Mrs. Rountree was born in Monrovia to Dorothy (Hunzeker) and William DeCoster.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in studio art from the University of Southern California.

She worked as a prop master for theater in New York and movie productions in Hollywood. Her favorite project was Citizen Kane, according to family members.

Mrs. Rountree enjoyed art, politics, and travel. She travelled with her husband, Jesse Rountree, were world-travelers. She particularly enjoyed visiting Europe and South America, her family said.

She was a member of the Seal Beach Historical Society and was involved in a project that turned a train caboose into a museum in Seal Beach, before moving to Jamestown 21 years ago.

Mrs. Rountree was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jesse Rountree, in 2009.

She is survived by her siblings, John DeCoster, of Modesto, Geraldine Holstein, of Soulsbyville, Bonnie Ray, of Jamestown, and Franklin DeCoster, of Tuolumne.

Private family services will be held.

Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.


SKINNER - A celebration of life for Dan Skinner, 53, of Sugar Pine, who died Jan. 20. at his home, will be held at 11 a.m. April 27 at The Steam Donkey, 421 Pinecrest Lake Road, Pinecrest. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.