Union Democrat staff

Robert Joseph 'Bob' Groff

March 23, 1953 - Sept. 23, 2013

Sonora resident Robert Joseph "Bob" Groff died Sept. 23 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 60.

Mr. Groff was born in Santa Monica and moved to Twain Harte in 1972. Throughout his life Mr. Groff was a musician, painter and minister. He was a Jehovah's Witness and enjoyed studying the Bible.

He is survived by his mother, Parma Groff; his wife of 41 years, Georgia Groff, of Sonora; his son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Lynn Groff; grandchildren, Devon, Gideon, Hayden, Elyse and Kellen Groff; and his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Patrick Day.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 22050 Cedar Road, Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jane L. Jensen

April 12, 1917 - Oct. 4, 2013

Sonora resident Jane L. Jensen died Friday at Skyline Place. She was 96.

Ms. Jensen was born in Mills, now Rancho Cordova, and graduated from Sacramento High School.

She earned a bachelor's degree from California State University, San Jose, and a master's degree in education from California State University, Sacramento. She also did doctoral work at University of the Pacific, University of California, Berkeley, Pepperdine University and Mills College.

She joined the American River Grange in 1931 and served as master for 17 years. She also served as its secretary and treasurer.

She was also secretary of the Sacramento County Pomona Grange and was a member of the state and national Grange.

Ms. Jensen joined the Rebekah Assembly in 1952 and held many offices, including state president from 1987 to 1988.

She served on a number of committees for the Sacramento Teachers Association and California Teachers Association and was a lifetime member of the National Education Association.

She was president of Sacramento Teacher's Association for two years and served as chairwoman of the ethics and international relations committees. She judged textiles and art at the California State Fair in Sacramento for 15 years.

Ms. Jensen taught for three years in Kern County and spent the rest of her 37-year teaching career at Kit Carson Junior High School in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Ms. Jensen was preceded in death by her parents; Johannes and Karen Jensen; and by siblings, Dagny Haskell, Clara Bates, Margaret Skawron and Raymond Jensen.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews and their spouses, Peggy Lee-Canning and Bill Canning, of Sonora, Bud and Renee Jensen, of Tacoma, Wash., Karen Luppy, of Tacoma, and Kathy Miller, of Tacoma, one great-niece and great-nephew.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Capital City Rebekah Lodge No. 160, 1831 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Harry A. Nauman & Son Land Park Chapel Funeral Home, 4041 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. A graveside service will follow at Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery.

Harry A. Nauman and Son Land Park Chapel Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Robert Lee 'Bob' Sanders

April 2, 1930 - Oct. 3, 2013

Longtime Calaveras County resident Robert Lee "Bob" Sanders died Oct. 3 at Memorial Hospital in Modesto. He was 83.

Mr. Sanders was born in Santa Maria to Charlie "Lee" and Roma Sanders. He graduated from Camas Valley High School in Oregon and attended Palos Verdes Junior College in Blythe.

Mr. Sanders was a veteran of the Korean War where he earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal and one Overseas Bar.

Mr. Sanders worked for Aerojet Corp. and for Calaveras Cement for nearly 20 years. He retired as a laboratory analyst.

He was hired by Vallecito School District and retired as bus mechanic and bus driver. He went to work for Mark Twain School District as bus driver and then took over the position of transportation supervisor. He retired for the third time from the Mark Twain district but continued to drive as a substitute bus driver for Bret Harte High School. He drove until he was 75 years old and was known as Bus Driver Bob.

He was one of the founders of the AMA Boosters Club, serving as vice president and president for several years. He coached Little League and Senior Little League baseball.

He was a member of the American Legion, Native Sons of the Golden West Chispa Parlor and the Angels Gun Club.

He enjoyed fishing trips to Bridgeport, wine tasting and RV travel. He was a San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan and enjoyed going to games.

He was preceded in death by sons, Jeff, Steven and David Sanders; and his sister, Jean Mitchell.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife of 45 years, Darlene Quinones Sanders; his son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Nicole Sanders, of Desert Hot Springs; his daughter, Donna Hollars, of Angels Camp; grandchildren and their spouses, Stephanie and Chris Stoy, Brandon and Jordan Sanders, Aubrey, AJ, Margaret, Kent, Ryan, Dakota and Lincoln Sanders, Kristina and Jordan Fillmore, Chandra and Robby Eason, Brooke and Rob Linsley and Heather Hollars; his sister and brother-in-law, Joy and Tom Turner; 13 great-grandchildren; in-laws Gil and Evelyn Quinones and Roz and Bob Foppiano; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace Hills Church in Angels Camp, followed by a military service at the Angels Camp Catholic Cemetery. A gathering will follow at the Angels Gun Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sonora Area Foundation for the Jeff Sanders Memorial Scholarship Fund, 362 S. Stewart St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


KRAUS - Joe Kraus, 87, of Sonora, died Monday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.