Union Democrat staff

William Eugene 'Bill' Freeze

Jan. 4, 1960 - April 13, 2013

Jamestown resident William Eugene "Bill" Freeze died April 13 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 53.

Mr. Freeze was born in Stockton to William and Kathleen Freeze.

He lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and briefly in France before moving to Jamestown 10 years ago.

Mr. Freeze attended college and helped at his father's certified public accountant business.

He worked as a real estate agent and massage therapist.

He enjoyed cooking, music, working in the yard and volunteer work.

Mr. Freeze was preceded in death by his mother in 1986.

He is survived by his father, William Freeze, of Jamestown; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services have been held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Carroll August 'Augie' Grapentine Jr.

June 28, 1947 - April 6, 2013

Valley Springs resident Carroll August "Augie" Grapentine Jr. died April 6 at his home. He was 65.

Mr. Grapentine was born in Salinas to Carroll August Grapentine Sr. and Mary Alice (Frank) Grapentine.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1970, earning the rank of Specialist 4.

He received an associate of arts degree in police and social science.

Mr. Grapentine worked in the California Department of Corrections for 28 years, retiring as a carpenter foreman.

He was a Christian and enjoyed carpentry, nature and animals.

Mr. Grapentine was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his daughter, Heidi Miller, of Hollywood; son, Chris Grapentine, of Salem, Ore.; sisters, Laurie Grapentine, of Texas, and Carolyne Clark, of Camanche; and brother, David Grapentine, of San Luis Obispo County.

Services have been held.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

James Frank 'Jim' Lay

Feb. 7, 1934 - April 16, 2013

Valley Springs resident James Frank "Jim" Lay died April 16 at his son's home in Valley Springs. He was 79.

Mr. Lay was born near Lewistown, Mo., to James Frank "Buck" Lay and Mildred Elizabeth (Six) Lay. His father died before his birth and he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Fred Papenhausen.

Mr. Lay graduated from Tonganoxie High School in Kansas in 1953 and joined the U.S Navy, where he served on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt as an aviation electronics technician airman.

He worked primarily in the defense industry for Aerojet General, Boeing Military Aircraft, Kreonite, L&S Machine Co., and also Unified School District 259-Wichita.

He married Carolyn "Kay" Cox in 1954 and they were married 54 years until her death in 2008.

Mr. Lay is also preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Fred Papenhausen, Betty Freeman, and Rosalie Lorance.

He is survived by his sons and their wives, Daniel and Rae Lynne Lay, of Des Moines, Iowa, and James Jr. and Jeanette Lay, of Valley Springs; brother, Henry Papenhausen, of Yucaipa; sister, Pamela Cunningham, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel, 254 W. St. Charles St.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Charles Malcolm McCurdy

April 21, 1935 - April 17, 2013

Twain Harte resident Charles Malcolm McCurdy died April 17 at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. He was 77.

Mr. McCurdy was born in Marietta, Ga., to Laura Mae (Blankenship) McCurdy and William Malcolm McCurdy. He played football at Marietta High School and studied finance at the University of Georgia.

He worked most of his life for Lockheed Martin in Georgia and then in California. His final project was the Hubble Space Telescope.

He retired in 1990, when he moved to Twain Harte.

He enjoyed hiking, fishing and playing cribbage.

Mr. McCurdy was preceded in death by his parents; and ex-wife Lois Ann (Chambers) McCurdy.

He is survived by his children, Michael McCurdy, of Maryland, Megan Krcik, of San Jose, Alicia Hinton, of Fresno, T. Derek McCurdy, of Sonora; and stepdaughter, Dana McCurdy, of Texas; sons-in-law, Paul Krcik, San Jose and Bill Hinton, of Fresno; daughter-in-law, Debra McCurdy, of Maryland; grandchildren, Phillip McCurdy, of Georgia, Christopher McCurdy, of Maryland, Jessica Krcik, of San Jose, and Kathryn McCurdy, of Maryland; brother and sister-in-law, William Carlton McCurdy and Joyce McCurdy, of Georgia; numerous nieces and nephews; and ex-wife, Debra McCurdy, of Florida.

No services are planned.

Trident Society in San Jose handled arrangements.

Donations may be made in his memory to World Wildlife Fund, www.worldwildlife.org.

Gertrude Virginia (Lange) Van De Venter

Feb. 3, 1921 - April 21, 2013

San Andreas resident Gertrude Virginia (Lange) Van De Venter died Sunday at her home. She was 92.

Mrs. Van De Venter was born in Oakland to Walter F. Lange and Gertrude (Beck) Lange.

She lived in Richmond most of her life and moved to San Andreas four years ago to be with family.

She married Romayne Jay Van De Venter in 1954 and was a homemaker.

Mrs. Van De Venter was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 913, and Women of the Moose Chapter 566, all in Richmond.

She enjoyed bowling, doing crossword puzzles, politics and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Romayne Jay Van De Venter; and sister, Mary Schuman.

She is survived by her children, Nancy Baxley, of San Andreas, and Sharon Hugel, of Union City; grandsons, Robert Broglio, of Angels Camp, and Gregory Hugel, of Union City; brother, Walter Bud Lange, of San Pablo; and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Sunset View Cemetery and Funeral Home, 101 Colusa Ave., Kensington.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


McCUEN - A celebration of life for Margaret "Margie" Mary McCuen, 85, formerly of Sonora, who died April 16 in Manteca, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northgate Community Church, 650 Northgate Drive, Manteca. P.L. Fry and Son in Manteca is handling arrangements.

SWIGGART - Gerri Swiggart, 48, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.