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Charles Edward


The son of George and Lois Pinney, Charles Edward "Ed" was born in Antioch, Calif., and grew up on farms and ranches through California's Valley.

Moving from Stockton to Sonora in 1952, he graduated from Sonora High School in 1955. Ed grew to understand hard work and dedication. Ed served in the National Guard between 1956 and 1963. Ed met Judy while volunteering at a Girl Scout camp, and they married in 1964. Ed worked various jobs through his life including farm work, Ford assembly, box shook factory, log truck driving, food warehouse, and ended up in the wholesale/retail plumbing industry for 30 years until he retired in 2011 at C&C plumbing supply.

Ed had several hobbies and interests including roles as an umpire and little league president for his own children, as well as watching his grandchildren's sports. Ed enjoyed square dancing with the Orangevale Overalls, and also enjoyed woodworking and metalworking.

Ed is survived by wife, Judy; daughter, Jo Anne Pinney; sons, Chuck and George; and grandchildren, Jim, Vicki, Mike and Matt.

A funeral Mass officiated by Father Lawrence Percell will be held at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1950 Junction Blvd. (at Baseline), Roseville, CA 95747 at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7, followed by a reception and interment at Mt. Calvary.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.

Please share love and memories on Charles' guestbook at www.cochranewagemann.com

Carolyn Frances (Gibler) Villata

March 5, 1957 - March 31, 2014

After years of courageously battling the effects of M.S., Carolyn Villata returned home to the comfort of the Lord on March 31.

Carolyn was born in Los Angeles on March 5, 1957. She graduated from Sonora High School, the nursing program at Columbia College and worked as an emergency room nurse at Los Gatos Community Hospital for 18 years until forced to retire. She then moved back to Twain Harte and lived there for 14 years.

Carolyn enjoyed the beach, boating and helping family and strangers alike. She took pleasure in caring for her pets and all the wild animals that came to visit.

She was preceded in death by her father, William (Bill) Gibler.

She is survived by her mother, Jane Gibler; her husband, Randy Villata; her grown son, Joseph Villata; sisters, Susan Tafoya, Catherine Campbell, Karla Gibler; and brother, William Gibler; also her loving dogs, Frank and Sheldon.

A celebration of her life will be held on the beach as she requested and is pending improved weather and will be announced for all to attend.

May she rest in peace and suffer no more.

James S. Williford

June 16, 1958 - March 3, 2014

James "Jimmy" Scott Williford, 55, died Monday, March 3, in Billings, Mont., after a brief illness.

Mr. Williford, a former Tuolumne County resident for 39 years, was born in Ceres, Calif., to Twana Mae Williford and James Garland Williford.

A gifted musician, Jimmy was well known for playing bass guitar for a local Tuolumne County band, "The Homemade Jam Band."

Mr. Williford moved to Montana in 2012 with his brother, sister and nephews to fulfill his dream of hunting, fishing and starting a "new" band with his family.

Mr. Williford worked as a floor installer for Mike's Custom Floors and Quality Floors in Sonora for 37 years. Jimmy was described by his most recent boss, Joanne Salvatori, as an "artist" when installing floors.

Mr. Williford was preceded in death by his father, James Garland Williford in 1988; and his mother, Twana Mae Williford in 2012.

He is survived by a son, Garland Williford of St. Louis, Mo.; brother, Jerry Williford; sister, Rhonda Williford; nephews, Ryan, Matt and Casey Kitchens, all of Montana; and an uncle, Jerry G. Williford of Dallas, Texas.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings, Mont., handled arrangements. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Montana along the Stillwater River, Jimmy's favorite fishing hole.

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SAINZ - Jerry Dean Sainz, 83, of Hathaway Pines, died March 14 at his home. He will be buried at the Mono Lake Cemetery in Lee Vining. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.