Union Democrat staff

Mark Cornett

March 22, 1962 - Nov. 15, 2013

Jamestown resident Mark Cornett died Friday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 51.

Mr. Cornett was born in Daly City, the son of Gloria and Lind Cornett.

He worked as a cabinet maker in the Bay Area and Sonora for 20 years.

He moved to Tuolumne County from the Bay Area nine years ago.

Mr. Cornett was a member of the Kiwanis Club and volunteered with Interfaith Community Social Services and the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency. He enjoyed radio-controlled boats, model HO trains and cooking.

Mr. Cornett was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Cornett.

He is survived by his father, Lind Cornett, of Corte Madera; and brothers, David Cornett, of San Bruno, Jeffrey Cornett, of Kelseyville, and Michael Cornett, of Susanville.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Kathryn 'Kathy' (Kane) Fristensky

July 5, 1941 - Nov. 19, 2013

Hathaway Pines resident Kathryn "Kathy" (Kane) Fristensky died Tuesday at her home. She was 72.

Mrs. Fristensky was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of George and Catherine Kane.

She was a nationally-recognized puppeteer and performed shows across the United States and Canada from 1967 until the mid-1980s.

She led a Boy Scouts of America troop in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Fristensky was a master catechist and director of religious education for the St. Bonaventure Parish in the Oakland Diocese and St. Patrick's churches in Angels Camp, Arnold and Murphys from the late 1980s until 2009.

She served several terms as president of the Clayton Women's Club in Concord from the late 1980s until the mid-1990s.

She and her husband moved from Clayton to Hathaway Pines in 1997.

She enjoyed teaching puppetry through the National Theater of Puppet Arts.

Mrs. Fristensky was preceded in death by her son, Robert Fristensky; and brothers, George Kane and Billy Kane.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bob Fristensky, of Hathaway Pines, her children and their spouses, George and Tina Fristensky, of Fullerton, Kathryn Fristensky, of Hathaway Pines, Joseph Fristensky, of Santa Cruz, Andrew and Marea Fristensky, of Yosemite; her grandchildren Mary, David, Sarah, and Dylan; her sister, Judy Callan, of Maryland; her brother, Danny Kane, of Venice Beach.

Viewing is planned from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Angels Memorial Chapel, 1071 S. Main St. A Rosary will follow at 7 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 820 S. Main St., Angels Camp.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Karl Christian 'Casey' Salin

April 1, 1961 - November 11, 2013

Former Twain Harte resident Karl Christian "Casey" Salin died Nov. 11 at Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash. He was 52.

Mr. Salin was born in San Jose, the son of Shirley Lea Salin and Robert S. Salin.

His father was in the U.S. Navy so the family moved frequently during his childhood. His family settled in Twain Harte in 1971.

He attended Twain Harte Elementary and Summerville High schools.

He was an athlete and enjoyed playing baseball, track, wrestling, basketball and especially football. He played for the Tuolumne Jets beginning in 1975 and in 1976 the Jets won the All Mountain Conference championship.

After high school, he worked odd jobs until working for Richard Wilcox Plaster Co. in Tuolumne County in 1987. He began as a hod carrier and quickly moved up and learned lathing and plastering.

Mr. Salin was injured in 1999 and retired from his skilled job.

He moved to Vancouver in 2001 to be closer to family.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and living in the Cascade and Sierra mountains.

He also enjoyed collecting coins and gun and watching "Jeopardy."

Mr. Salin was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Lea Salin.

He is survived by his father, Robert S. Salin, of of Vancouver; brother, Robert M. Salin, of Hood River, Ore., sisters, Robin L. Salin, of Vancouver, Karen A. Miller, of Vancouver, and Tina M. Karbonski, of Portland, Ore.; four nieces, one nephew and one grandnephew.

A celebration of life will be held in early summer in Tuolumne County.

Oregon Crematory handled the arrangements.


FAY - Michele Fay, 53, of Mi-Wuk Village, died Wednesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.