Union Democrat staff

Edna Cruz DiBartolomeo

Aug. 11, 1930 - April 14, 2013

Sonora resident Edna Cruz DiBartolomeo died April 14 at Meadow View Manor in Soulsbyville. She was 82.

Mrs. DiBartolomeo was born Ada Edna Marina Isabel Cruz Mena near Puerto Barrios in Guatemala to Dr. Maximilian Cruz Franco and Carlota Mena de Cruz.

She immigrated to the United States at 17 and graduated from Emporia State Teacher's College in Kansas.

She met Alexander Dominic DiBartolomeo in 1954, while he served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer. They were married in New York City a year later.

They settled in Burbank to start a family.

Mrs. DiBartolomeo worked in the Burbank Unified School District after her four sons were grown.

She appeared as a guest on Bob Barker's 1960's game show "Let's Make a Deal" and also as an extra the 1969 film "Hello Dolly."

Mrs. DiBartolomeo donated to missionaries and underprivileged children around the world.

She enjoyed raising orchids and traveling - visiting Europe, Japan, Africa and her family in Guatemala.

Mrs. DiBartolomeo was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Alexander DiBartolomeo, in 1985; and her parents.

She is survived by her sons and their wives, Steve and Kerry DiBartolomeo, of Santa Cruz, Alan and Theresa DiBartolomeo, of Yorba Linda, Gino and Karen DiBartolomeo, of Sonora, and Dino and Tracie DiBartolomeo, of Pleasant Hill; sister, Mildred Rivera Cruz, of Guatemala City, Guatemala; grandchildren, James Chalmers, of Santa Cruz, Jared and Renee DiBartolomeo, of Pleasant Hill, Michelle DiBartolomeo, of Santa Cruz, Daniel and Paul DiBartolomeo, of Sonora, and Alexander, Olivia and Katherine DiBartolomeo, of Yorba Linda; and two nephews.

A private celebration of life and memorial will be held at a later date.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert James Frank McQueary

June 18, 1936 - May 11, 2013

Former Sonora resident Robert James Frank McQueary died May 11 at his daughter's home in Corona in Riverside County. He was 76.

Mr. McQueary was born in Madill, Okla., to Roy and Estus McQueary. He graduated from Delano High School in 1953.

He served shortly in the U.S. Air Force, after which he married Barbara Jean Parker in 1956.

The couple moved to Sonora in 1960.

He worked for the Pickering Lumber Co. for 36 years, from the day it opened to the day it closed, retiring as knife grinderman in 1996.

Mr. McQueary was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

He enjoyed reading the Bible, the outdoors, deer hunting and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada on horse and pack mule.

Mr. McQueary was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara McQueary, of Corona; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlene and Roy Parker, of Oceanside, and Brenda and Tracy Bryant, of Corona; grandchildren, Jennifer Nicholas, of Oceanside, Brian Nicholas, of San Diego, Kasey Howell, of Oceanside, Becky Tarkey, of Lakeside, Aimee Hawk, of Lake Elsinore, Cameron and Connor Bryant, both of Corona; brothers, Leon McQueary, of Myrtle Point, Ore., and Terry McQueary, of Idaho; five great-grandchildren; and many extended family members.

A private memorial service will be held at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside.

Thomas Miller Mortuary in Corona is handling arrangements.

Brian Keith Small

Aug. 28, 1969 - April 4, 2013

Former Jamestown resident Brian Keith Small died April 4 in Elko, Nev. He was 42.

Mr. Small was born in Redding to Nolan and Karen Marie Small. He graduated from Summerville High School in 1988.

He worked at Pacific Ultrapower in Chinese Camp while living in Jamestown for more than 10 years.

He moved to Colorado in the late 1990s and worked at Cripple Creek Victor Gold Mines as a heavy equipment operator for 10 years. He then moved to Elko and worked at Barrick Gold Mines for the last three years.

Mr. Small enjoyed amatuer boxing, and placed runner-up in the Junior Olympics in 1982 in Concord and won numerous "Fight of the Night" awards throughout California in Amateur Athletic Union events. He was also "all league" in golfing and football.

Mr. Small was preceded in death by his mother in 2001.

He is survived by his children, Kayla, Brian, and Brandon Small, all of Lovelock, Nev.; father and stepmother, Nolan and Karen Small, of Jamestown; brother, Brent Small, of Redding; sister, Kathleen Parrott, of the Bay Area; grandchildren, Haley, Braden and Adam Small, all of Lovelock; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

Burns Funeral Home in Elko handled arrangements.

Donations may be made in his memory to a charity of choice.


HERRERA - A celebration of life Mass for Oscar Herrera, 85, formerly of Sonora, who died May 16 in Hughson, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Church, 7820 Fox Road, Hughson.

PAPPAS - Dixie Pappas, 87, of Sonora, died Saturday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SCHLINK - Ann Schlink, 77, of Soulsbyville, died Friday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVA - James "Jim" Conrad Serva, 68, of Angels Camp, died Saturday at his home. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.