Obituaries for May 24, 2013

Union Democrat staff

Milton Royal Stewart

Jan. 22, 1922 - April 21, 2013

West Point resident Milton Royal Stewart died April 21 at the Veterans Affairs rehabilitation center in Martinez. He was 91.

Mr. Stewart was born in Santa Ana to Zella and LeRoy Stewart.

He graduated from Santa Ana High School and married Margie Lee Buck on Sept. 1, 1941.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy the day after the Pearl Harbor attack and became an aviation flight engineer second class on a PBM-5 plane. He flew missions over the Pacific Ocean.

Mr. Stewart worked building ships in Southern California then later scrapped some of the very same ships when working for a scrap operation in Northern California.

He also worked in retail and wholesale and spent eight years in full-time ministry, working with his wife as grounds managers for a Christian conference grounds in Sonoma County. He also had his own maintenance business for many years and most recently delivered mail in Calaveras County for 20 years.

He enjoyed making toys for his daughters, including two custom bikes and a skateboard.

Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Milton; and first wife, Margie Lee Buck Stewart.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Ann Stewart, of West Point; daughters and their spouses, Carol and Gary McDonald and Rebecca and Virgil Wynia, all of Santa Rosa; grandchildren, Gary McDonald Jr., of Santa Rosa, Chelsea Wynia Sterling, of Bend, Ore., and Courtney Wynia Roser, of Portland, Ore.; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. June 1 in downtown West Point. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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

Oscar Frank Herrera

June 18, 1927 - May 16, 2013

Former Jamestown resident Oscar Frank Herrera died May 16 at Community Hospice in Hughson. He was 85.

Mr. Herrera was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, to Amanda Herrera. He moved to the United States in 1947 and began working to support his family.

In the mid-1980s he moved to Sonora, then years later to Jamestown where he was self-employed as an upholsterer.

He later retired to Hughson to be closer to his family. Mr. Herrera was a member of the San Joaquin Valley Toy Train Operators club for many years. He enjoyed toy trains and going to a local fitness center.

Mr. Herrera was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Armando Herrera; and a son, Edgar Herrera.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Dolores Herrera, of Hughson; daughters, June Clifton, of Tracy, Denise Gilmore, of Redding, Darlene Contreras, of Ceres, Debra Garcia, of Newman; sons Oscar Jr., of San Francisco, Daniel B. Herrera, of Hayward, Eric A. Herrera, of San Bruno, and Mike Coffen, of Homeland; siblings, Gloria Reyes, of Napa, Anna Leda Haley, of Petaluma, and Maurico Garcia, of Florida; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Church, 7820 Fox Road in Hughson.

Donations in his memory can be made in his memory to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

Lakewood Memorial in Hughson is handling arrangements.

Leta Craft Zach

Feb. 19, 1921 - May 13, 2013

Twain Harte resident Leta Craft Zach died May 13 at her home. She was 92.

Mrs. Zach was born in Oakland to Myrtle and Russell Craft.

She married high school classmate, Bill Zach, in 1942 and the couple lived in Oakland for 27 years, besides a two-year stint in Texas when Mr. Zach was a pilot instructor for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

The couple moved to Twain Harte in 1972.

Mrs. Zach was a member of the Twain Harte Women's Golf Club for more than 30 years. She was also a past captain. She served for a brief time as a director of the Brentwood Lake Club.

She also enjoyed playing bridge and poker every week and watching golf on TV. She was a fan of the Oakland A's and Oakland Raiders.

Mrs. Zach was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Bill Zach, in 2001; and sister, June Weber.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Thomas Zach, of Sonora, Susan and Clay Jones, of Pleasanton, and John and Linda Zach, of Twain Harte; grandchildren, Amy Zach and Amanda Morgan, both of Oregon, and Bill Jones and Jennifer Yochum, both of Livermore; four great-grandchildren; and two nephews.

No services will be held at her request. The Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.


MORITZ - Nancy Moritz, 80, of Burson, died May 11. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at her home. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

VILLASENOR - Mary Villasenor, 93, of Twain Harte, died May 23 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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