Union Democrat staff

Paul Francis Castle

Aug. 18, 1933 - Feb. 9, 2014

Sonora resident Paul Francis Castle died Feb. 9 at his home. He was 80.

He was born in Sonora, the son of Walt and Angie Castle.

Mr. Castle had his first job at 12. He packed supplies by mule to dams in the Emigrant Wilderness.

He graduated from Sonora High School in 1951.

After high school, he worked as a wrangler cowboy at Kennedy Meadows and the Sanguinetti Cattle Co. in Sonora.

Mr. Castle served in the U.S. Army in Fort Lewis, Wash., in 1953.

He married MaryAnn Hasmier in Sonora in 1967.

He worked as a foreman and lineman for Pacific Bell for 28 years. He retired in 1984.

He served as rodeo chairman for the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse for 22 years.

Mr. Castle was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Deloris Castle.

He is survived by his brothers, Bud Castle, Walter Castle Jr., and Sam Castle, all of Sonora; partner, of 30 years, Barbara Perley; son, John Castle, of Sonora; daughters, Danese and her husband, Joe, Pimental, of Columbia, and Annette Hagstrom, of Sonora; his ex-wife, MaryAnn Ashton, of Columbia; and grandchildren, Tanner and Tristian Hagstrom and Colton and Chance Pimentel.

"Paul's Last Rodeo" memorial will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday at the Sonora Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive, Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Noel Robert 'Curly' Kirk

Oct. 21, 1932 - Feb. 10, 2014

Jamestown resident Noel Robert "Curly" Kirk died Feb. 10 at Avalon Care Center. He was 81.

Mr. Kirk was born in Barre, Vt.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years during the Korean War.

He worked as a truck driver, and later worked at Hidden Treasure Gold Mine in Columbia as a gold miner, tour guide, and gold panning instructor. He also worked at Link Line and Walmart.

Mr. Kirk is survived by his sister, Joan Higgins, of Vermont; and nephew, Jim Higgins, of San Diego.

No services are planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Richard 'Rich'

Edgar Nolte

Dec. 24,1949 -Feb. 6, 2014

Tuolumne resident Richard "Rich" Edgar Nolte died Feb. 6 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. He was 65.

He was born in Oakland, the son of Edgar and Marguerite Nolte. He was raised in the Centerville and Fremont areas.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970 and served as a radio communications officer in Vietnam and Japan until 1976. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Rifle Marksman Badge.

He married Lynn Loreaux on Jan. 11, 1974, in Tuolumne County.

Mr. Nolte was part owner of Mother Lode Plastics, and later worked at Slakey Sheetmetal for 30 years. He then opened and owned Rich Nolte Sheet Metal Specialties for 10 years.

Mr. Nolte enjoyed hunting, fishing, hot rods, drag racing and golf.

Mr. Nolte was preceded in death by his father, Edgar Nolte; mother Marguerite Nolte-Vannoy; step-father, Clarence Vannoy; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Jerry Slakey; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Eileen Nolte.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lynn Nolte, of Tuolumne; two sons and their wives, Jake and Katie Nolte and Matt and April Nolte, all of Tuolumne; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Paula Loreaux, of Hayward; and grandchildren, Noah, Nathan, Morgan, Austin and Aaden.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. March 9 at the Tuolumne Baptist Church, 18426 Fir Ave.

Donations can be made to the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency, Center for a Non-Violent Community, or Humane Society of Tuolumne County.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gary Brintz Sword

Dec. 28, 1955 - Feb. 10, 2014

Dorrington resident Gary Brintz Sword died Feb. 10 at his home. He was 58.

Mr. Sword was born in Carmel, the son of Jack and Harriet (Watson) Sword.

He moved to Calaveras County after graduating from Rancho Alamitos High School.

He attended Columbia College and California State University, Stanislaus. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1975.

He worked at Bear Valley Ski Resort for 40 years in various positions, starting as a lift operator.

He married Georgia Strange in 1978 in Nevada.

Mr. Sword enjoyed sports, education, music and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Georgia Strange, of Dorrington; daughters, Linnea Sword, of Angels Camp, and Lauren Sword, of Dorrington.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Marjorie Gloria 'Marge' (Baillio) Wiley

Feb.19, 1926-Feb. 9, 2014

Sonora resident Marjorie Gloria "Marge" (Baillio) Wiley died Feb. 9 at her home. She was 87.

Mrs. Wiley was born in Manchester, N.H., the daughter of Carl and Mary Baillio.

She met James Ira "Jim" Wiley, of San Francisco, in Manchester. They married on Aug. 7, 1948.

Mrs. Wiley and her husband moved to San Francisco in 1949.

She was a homemaker and raised their five kids, while her husband worked for Pacific Bell Telephone Co.

The family moved to Reno in 1974 when Mr. Wiley was transferred to Nevada Bell phone company.

Mrs. Wiley and her husband bought a cabin and retired to Sonora in 1987.

She enjoyed taking care of her family, cooking, reading and traveling.

Mrs. Wiley was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Mary (Baillio) Fitzpatrick.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jim Wiley, of Sonora; her children, Sheila Wiley, of Seattle, Wash., James Wiley, of San Carlos, Carol Wiley, of Columbia, Wendy Wiley, of Sebastopol, and J. Scott Wiley, of Reno; seven grandchildren, Kalen, Sophia, Alex, Krista, Max, Natalie and Jesse; and three great-grandchildren.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Cedar Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, 24190 Kewin Mill Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at All Saints Catholic Church, 18674 Cherokee Drive, Twain Harte.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Cynthia Jeanne Pepper

Sept. 22, 1951- Feb. 18, 2014

Tuolumne resident Cynthia Jeanne Pepper died Tuesday in Sonora. She was 62.

Ms. Pepper was born in Hayward, the daughter of Edwin and Joannah Pepper.

She grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Tuolumne County in 1980.

She enjoyed camping, the outdoors and animals.

Ms. Pepper was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her sisters, Joellyn Trisler, of Fremont, Judy Cook, of Susanville, and Liz McLeod, of Susanville; and her partner, Rick Meriweather, of Tuolumne.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Terzich and Wilson Tuolumne Chapel, 18411 Bay Ave.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Steven Allen Svoboda

May 11, 1957- Feb. 2, 2014

Sonora resident Steven Allen Svoboda died Feb. 2 at his home. He was 57.

Mr. Svoboda was born in Litchfield, Ill., the son of Edward and Doris (Harding) Svoboda.

His family moved to Decatur, Ill., and lived there until 1973.

He then moved to Hartford, Wis., where he worked in a tool and die shop after school as a cleanup man. He then became a machinist and tool maker.

Mr. Svoboda moved to Sonora in 1980. He started his own business, Sonora Precision Molds, in 1983. One of his early accomplishments was an improved version of a medical device called a nebulizer. This device is presently being manufactured and sold.

Mr. Svoboda was a sportsman, target shooter, and enjoyed collecting antique weapons.

He developed and sold several products for the gun industry.

He is survived by his wife, Jann Norbeck; sister, Ann Skurkis, of Plainfield, Ill.; and his parents, Edward and Doris Svoboda, of Sonora.

Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or Sierra Bible Church in Sonora.

A celebration of life will be held for Mr. Svoboda in the spring.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.