Obituaries for Nov. 5, 2013

Union Democrat staff

Edward Carl 'Sonny' Ellefsen

Aug. 26, 1944 - Oct. 25, 2013

Sonora resident Edward Carl "Sonny" Ellefsen died Oct. 25 at his home. He was 69.

Mr. Ellefsen was born in Alameda, the son of Lavina and Carl Ellefsen.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from 1963 to 1968.

He worked as a computer technician in the Bay Area for 30 years. He settled in Sonora 13 years ago.

Mr. Ellefsen enjoyed woodworking and dancing. He was a gun enthusiast and member of the National Rifle Association, Single Action Shooting Society and Mother Lode Gun Club.

He also enjoyed trains and dressing in 1850s and 1897 clothing and giving tours at the Jamestown Jail as "Constable E.C. Sonny Ellefsen."

He also worked to preserve the ditch water system in Tuolumne County.

Mr. Ellefsen was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Virginia Ellefsen, of Sonora; his son, Ken Ellefsen, of San Diego; stepchildren, Cheryl DeArmond and her husband, Rod, of Emmett, Idaho, and Michael Helton, of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Tyler Ellefsen, of San Diego, Cody Green, of Moscow, Idaho, Ryan DeArmond, of Emmett, and Emily Helton, of Seattle.

Donations in his memory can be made to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, 111 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814, or Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

A celebration of life has been held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Karyn Spreadborough

July 21, 1954 - Oct. 16, 2013

Former Angels Camp resident Karyn Spreadborough died Oct. 16 in Citrus Heights. She was 59.

Ms. Spreadborough graduated from Bret Harte High School and lived in Citrus Heights for 40 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Amber Thomas; her parents, Smokey and Bev Spreadborough; and grandchildren, Jordan Heon and Samantha Callahan.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Kerry Spreadborough.

A celebration of life was held Oct. 25.

Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


FUENTES - Michael Fuentes, 57, of Tuolumne, died Sunday in Tuolumne. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

GILLES - Dorothy Gilles, 91, of Sonora, died Saturday at Skyline Place. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HINES - Lillian Hines, 85, of Sonora, died Wednesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HOOTON - Edgar "E.D." "Don" Donnelly Hooton, 94, of Jamestown, died Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

JUAREZ - Richard "Dick" Juarez, 74, of Columbia, died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KERSEY - Mitchell Kersey, 55, of Sonora, died Sunday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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