Union Democrat staff

Paul Calvin Mierop

Feb. 26, 1924 - July 27, 2013

Columbia resident Paul Calvin Mierop died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 89.

Mr. Mierop was born in Rehoboth Mission, N.M., a Navajo reservation, to Catherina Rotteveal and William Jacob Mierop.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, he and his friends left high school to enlist in the military. He served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate second class in the Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Mierop earned a teaching certificate from Arizona State College under the GI Bill.

His first teaching job was at the Hopi reservation in Arizona. After earning a master's degree in education and working as an assistant principal at an elementary school in Pittsburg, Calif., he took a job as Sonora Elementary's principal in 1966.

He worked as superintendent for the school from 1969 to 1987, when he retired.

Mr. Mierop lived in Tuolumne County for 47 years, first in Sonora and then Columbia.

He enjoyed traveling the country with his wife, Jackie Mierop, in their motorhome, at one point visiting historical Civil War sites in the order the battles occurred. He picked up "computer skills" at the age of 80 and even started using Facebook as a way to connect with family.

Mr. Mierop was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Jackie Mierop in 2011.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Cathy and Emsy Morris, of Dover, Ark., Michael and Melody Mierop, of Clarksville, Ark., and Laura and Tom McHenry, of Sonora; eight grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Sonora Elementary School multipurpose room, 830 Greenley Road.

Terich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paul and Jackie Mierop Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks can be made out to the Sonora Area Foundation, with "Mierop Fund" written in the memo line, and sent to the Sonora Area Foundation at 362 S. Stewart St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Wesley Brandt Andahl

June 9, 1924 - July 28, 2013

San Andreas resident Wesley Brandt Andahl died July 28 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital in San Andreas. He was 89.

Mr. Andahl was born in Bismarck, N.D., to Julius Mathais Andahl and Esther Myrtle (Coddington) Andahl. He grew up on a ranch with 13 siblings.

Mr. Andahl joined the Navy in early 1942. He served on the USS Healy, a destroyer, during World War II in the Pacific until 1945.

Upon returning from the war, he earned his high school degree and finished his education at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Mr. Andahl worked as a federal agricultural quarantine officer in the Bay Area until 1954.

In 1955, he moved with his wife to Calaveras County where he became the youngest agricultural commissioner in the state, according to family members. He served as the county agriculture commissioner and director of weights and measures for 26 years.

He also worked as a minister and leader in multiple churches in Calaveras County, after being healed of a deadly fever. He built and started the Mountain Ranch Community Church, where he taught Sunday school and pastored for 17 years.

Upon retirement, he committed himself to full-time ministry with the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International and later the Businessmen's Fellowship.

He served as a missionary in over 15 different countries. Also, for the past 28 years, he held a Bible study every Wednesday at Vallecito Prison Camp.

Mr. Andahl enjoyed hunting, gardening and reading Louis L'Amour novels.

He was preceded in death by his son, Bryant Andahl.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances Rebecca Wiles, of San Andreas; children and their spouses, Brandt and Kathy Andahl, of Valley Springs, Linda and Mark Jacobson, of San Andreas, and Mark and Debbie Andahl, of Washington; grandchildren Jon and Autumn Andahl, of Rail Road Flat, Jason Andahl, of San Andreas, Matthew and Mitzi Andahl, of San Andreas, Philip Jacobson, of Turlock, Rebecca and Cory Turner, of Valley Springs, Sam Andahl, of Mountain Ranch, Kristy Jacobson, of Turlock, David Andahl, of Washington; and eight great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Community Covenant Church, 261 Treat Ave., San Andreas.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


POUSARD - Marion Pousard, 87, of Sonora, died Thursday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.