Union Democrat staff

Ronald David Ferreira

Jan. 19, 1944 - Oct. 7, 2013

Sonora resident Ronald David Ferreira died Oct. 7 at Kaiser Hospital in Modesto. He was 69.

Mr. Ferreira was raised in San Leandro, the son of Antoinette and Frank Ferreira.

He graduated from San Leandro High School in 1962.

Mr. Ferreira worked for the Sherwin-Williams Co. for 27 years. He later worked at New United Motor Manufacturing in Fremont for 15 years until retiring to Sonora in 2006.

He enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, shooting, gambling, boating, attending car shows and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Mr. Ferreira was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Linda Edelmann.

He is survived by wife, Jackie Ferreira, of Sonora; daughter, Debbie Ferreira, of Modesto; stepdaughter, Elizabeth Montoya, of Copperopolis, siblings and their spouses, Danny and Barbara Ferreira, of Manteca, Rich and Linda Ferreira, of Acampo, Gail and Mac Macleod, of Las Vegas, Nev., Janice Lopez, of Fremont, and Annette Ferreira, of Fremont; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring.

Cunningham's Funeral Home in Modesto is handling arrangements.

Mary Louise (Lopez) Guevara

Jan. 26, 1948 - Oct. 16, 2013

Former Jamestown resident Mary Louise Guevara died Oct. 16 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. She was 65.

Mrs. Guevara was born in Hanford, the daughter of Harry and Inez (Baez) Lopez.

She married Henry Roberts in the mid-1960s. They lived in Alabama for a number of years before moving back to California.

Mr. Roberts died in 1985. She married Frank Guevara a few years later.

Mrs. Guevara lived in Jamestown for 12 years before moving to Los Banos with her daughter last year.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Guevara was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Henry Roberts in 1985.

She is survived by her children, Henry T. Roberts, of Sonora; Mike Roberts, of Angels Camp, Mara Armstrong, of Columbia, Mary Calles, of Los Banos, and Harry Roberts, of New Mexico; 22 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three siblings; and husband, Frank Guevara.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

James Robert 'Jim' Moore

Aug. 25, 1946 - Sept. 27, 2013

Twain Harte resident James Robert "Jim" Moore died Sept. 27 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 67.

Mr. Moore was born in Long Beach and served in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a chief petty officer. After the Navy, Mr. Moore worked as a computer technician.

He enjoyed playing golf and gold panning and was an avid rockhound.

He lived in Twain Harte for seven years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lenora Frances Moore, in 2000; and his father, James William Moore, in 1986.

Mr. Moore is survived by his wife of 16 years, Carolyn Wanda Moore, of Twain Harte; children, Robert Alan Moore, Amy Frances Moore, Kristine Yoko Howard, Dale Clinton Pankey and Todd Martin Pankey; his son-in-law, Adam Mathew Howard; his daughter-in-law, Jeanette Marie Pankey; grandchildren, Alex James Moore, Sophie Alexis Moore, Makenna Grace Howard, and Kinsley James Howard, Gage Aaron Pankey and Ashton Garrett Pankey.

No services are planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joyce Faye (Bradley) Presley

Sept. 22, 1938 – Oct.15, 2013

Soulsbyville resident Joyce Faye (Bradley) Presley died Oct. 15 at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas.

Mrs. Presley was born in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of William Ernest and Daisy Belle Bradley.

She worked as an accountant in Southern California and San Jose for a number of years. She retired to Soulsbyville in 2001.

Mrs. Presley was a docent and volunteered at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown for 12 years. She was interested in railroad history because her maternal grandfather, Grimelda David "Dave" Whiteside, participated in the early days of the rail and retired from Missouri Pacific Railroad.

She enjoyed her work at Railtown, including school events, ice cream socials and preparing crafts for the Christmas bazaar. She also volunteered with Sierra Repertory Theatre and served on the Tuolumne County Grand Jury in past years.

She donated more than 40 pints of blood during her life.

Mrs. Presley was preceded in death by former husband, Troy Richard Presley.

She is survived by her children, Daniel Presley, of Idaho, Troy Presley II and his wife, Lisa, of Auburn, Kimberley Presley, of Salinas; sister, Judy Teson-Duncan and her husband, Foster, of Half Moon Bay; her grandchildren and their spouses, Shannon Beebe and Lee Caldwell, of Oregon, Troy Presley III and his partner, Chad Choate, of Auburn, Brendan and Angela Presley, of Nevada, and Cherish Presley, of Auburn; four great grandchildren; and several generations of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown.

Bent A. Winther

June 3, 1928 - Oct. 5, 2013

San Andreas resident Bent A. Winther died Oct. 5 at Mark Twain Medical Center. He was 85.

Mr. Winther was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Asta and Aage Winther.

He married his first wife, Henny, on Oct. 6, 1949. They lived in Copenhagen near his parents and had a son, John. During that time, Mr. Winther worked in a factory but was recruited to serve on the Danish Royal Yacht - Dannebrog - as a seaman in service to the King Frederik IX. He later became guard to the royal family, or livrist. He received three medals from the Danish royal family during his service.

Mr. Winther moved to the United States in the 1950s after divorcing his first wife.

He married Alice Miller in San Jose in 1955. They lived in San Jose for many years. During that time, Mr. Winther earned his citizenship and worked as a finish carpenter.

They retired to Mountain Ranch and lived in a home Mr. Winther built. They settled in San Andreas 10 years ago.

Mr. Winther enjoyed traveling and Danish food.

His granddaughter, Stacie Stevens, and great-granddaughter, Hailey Pueblo, helped care for Mr. Winther the past year.

Mr. Winther was preceded in death by his brothers, Leif and Jon Winther; his sister, Lis Winther, and stepdaughter, Victoria Lamb.

He is survived by his wife, Alice (Miller) Winther, of San Andreas, his first wife, Henny Winther, of Copenhagen; his son, John Winther and his wife, Mariann, of Copenhagen; stepson, Ronald Lamb and his wife, Aldrene, of Morgan Hill; grandchildren, Thomas and Gitte Winther, of Denmark, four stepgrandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the American Lung Association.

No services are planned.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


MARKUSEN - Erma Markusen, 92, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Avalon Care Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.