Obituaries for December 20 2013

Union Democrat staff

Teddy 'Pop' Behr

March 4, 1946 - Dec. 9, 2013

Teddy "Pop" Behr died Dec. 9 at his home in Sonora. He was 67.

Mr. Behr was born in Oakland and lived in Sonora for 18 years. He owned Behr's Window Cleaning. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and also enjoyed playing the drums.

He is survived by his children, Sara Simpson, Seth Behr, Leah Ochs and Anna Firpo; brothers, Johnny Behr and Mark Behr; grandchildren, Anthony Tuchsen, Isabella Ochs, Halie Ochs, Amanda Ochs, Sierra Simpson, Brayden Simpson, Lilly Simpson, Liam Huddleston, Haley Behr, Riley Behr and Olivia Firpo; and one great-grandchild.

Private services are planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mackenzie 'Mack' Ray Conway

March 6, 1980 - Dec. 10, 2013

Former Sonora resident Mackenzie "Mack" Ray Conway died in an accident Dec. 10 in Midland, Ore. He was 33.

Mr. Conway was born in Modesto, the son of Debra Howard.

His family moved to Sonora when he was 12. He attended Soulsbyville Elementary School and Sonora High School before graduating from Oakdale High School in 1997.

He worked as a painter in Sonora for several years. He later worked a professional truck driver.

He moved to Oregon four years ago.

Mr. Conway was an avid fisherman.

Mr. Conway was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and his father.

He is survived by his his wife, Shonda Conway, of Midland; his children, Zachary, Tyler and Alexis Conway, all of Midland, and Nicholas Hansen, of Coulterville; mother and stepfather, Debra and David Howard, of Sonora; grandparents, Gene and Vera Franck, of Sonora; his brother, Nicholas Conway, of Coulterville; sister, Kristina Munoz and her family, of Modesto; stepsister, Jody Howard and her family, of Sonora; best friend, Ricky Dorrity, of Atwater; one niece; and several aunts and uncles.

A graveside service is planned for 1 p.m. today at Shaws Flat Cemetery in Sonora.

A reception will follow at a family home in Shaws Flat. Another reception will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in Atwater.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


BISSELL - Lifelong Calaveras County resident Sheldon Bissell, 77, of Mountain Ranch, died Monday in a car accident. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Ranch Cemetery on Garibaldi Street. A celebration of life will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Driving Under Influence Reporters Reward (DUIRR) Program, c/o Calaveras County Administration, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

GILCHRIST - A memorial service for Debra Gilchrist, 53, of Campo Seco, who died Dec. 15 a Mark Twain Medical Center, was planned for 1 p.m. today in Rancho Cordova. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ORZA - Dolores Orza, 89, of Soulsbyville, died Wednesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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