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Harold W. Irwin

Oct. 28, 1921 - April 10, 2014

Harold W. Irwin passed away on April 10, 2014 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. He was 92 years old.

Harold was born in Springfield, Ill., on Oct. 28, 1921 to Harold LaClede Irwin and Frances Ada (Harbour) Irwin. He spent a lot of time in the hospital due to asthma and was not expected to reach the age of 20. As a teenager, Harold lived with some relatives in California due to the severe condition of his asthma.

He moved to Chicago where he attended the Moody Bible Institute before he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the winter of 1942. After the war, Harold moved to Fresno where he worked as a stonemason. He was also a church Boy Scout leader for several years.

In 1962, Harold moved to Tuolumne County to manage Jenness Park and stayed with the park for 10 years. While living in the Cold Springs area, he volunteered to work with the Morrison Ambulance Service which took him all over the high country. Gradually, Harold moved down from Cold Springs to Sierra Village, and finally settling in Jamestown. Harold was an avid baseball fan who followed the Oakland A's. He was very happy to have met Tony LaRussa when he was in Twain Harte.

Harold was preceded in death by his mother and father, Frances Ada Irwin and Harold LaClede Irwin; his brother, Jim Irwin; and his sister, Lola Thomas.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Bettie P. Irwin; three children and their spouses, Joan and Andy Nelson, of Jamestown, Barbara and Frank Carrillo, of Fresno, and Sue and John Paul Williams, of Fresno; six grandchildren, Jennifer Smith, of Modesto, Stacy Transou, of Long Beach, Blair Nelson, of Madera, Damien Carrillo, Chris Carrillo, and Danielle Sandoval, of Fresno; his siblings and their spouses, Connie and Jim Widney, of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Chuck and Mary Jane Irwin, of Fresno; his sister-in-law, Phyllis Irwin, of Fresno; and brother-in-law, Lawrence Thomas, of Birmingham, Ala.

A special heartfelt thanks from Harold's family to everyone at Sonora Regional Medical Center, Transitional Care Unit and Avalon Care Center for making Harold's quality of life the last few months the best it could be.

A celebration of life will be held in Fresno.

Marlene Marie Morris

Oct. 17, 1937 - April 4, 2014

Longtime Columbia resident Marlene Marie Morris passed away on April 4, 2014 at her home. She was 76 years old. She was born to Lucy Furtado Lewis Caldeira and Manuel Silveira Lewis on Oct. 17, 1937 in Niles, Calif.

Marlene lived in the Bay Area her whole life between Newark, Hayward and Fremont. She attended Washington High School in Fremont, where she was a cheerleader and graduated in 1956.

She married Wilbert Morris in 1957 and they had four children. She was a wonderful Mom, she loved cooking, reading, camping, crocheting and hosted all the family gatherings. She often took in kids who needed help. She loved dancing, bowling, girl scouts, horseback riding and motorcycle races. The most important thing in her life was her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Marlene also attended many Portuguese Holy Ghosts and marched many parades for the S.E.S in Newark. Her grandfather, Antone Lewis, of Newark, had apricot orchards where she would cut apricots. She was involved in S.P.R.S.I., a women's Portuguese fraternal organization and also was a pitcher for the Rebels softball team in Hayward. She loved life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Lucy Lewis; and her brother,

Melvin Allen Lewis.

Marlene is survived by her husband of 57 years, Wilbert Victor "Sonny" Morris; her children, Vickie Morris Mendoza, of Twain Harte, Kathie Morris Turgeon and her son-in-law Ron Turgeon, of Sonora, Stanley Victor Morris and her daughter-in-law Tammy Morris, of Columbia and Dorene Morris Torres, of Sonora; Siblings, Diana Lewis Teale, of Oakhurst, Robert Missipo, of Paradise, Debbie Lewis Howard, of Turlock, Lori Lewis Vogel, of Milpitas, and Mandy Lewis Silva, of Turlock; grandchildren, Dusty Mendoza, of Columbia, Rachelle and Kara Turgeon, of Sonora, Jolene Morris, of Hayward, Ashley Wood Morris, of Lathrop, Tiffany Morris, of Sonora, Tanner Morris, of Columbia, Mario Torres and his wife Stevi, of Sonora, Veronica Torres Trevillyan and her husband Thomas, of Leota, Minn.; foster granddaughter, Fantasia Baker, of Sonora and Jeramie Misner, of Oakdale; great-grandchildren, Kiya and Kendall Trevillyan; and lots of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and dear friends.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements.

Jeramiah Joe

'Miah' Meek

March 16, 1985 - April 1, 2014

Sgt. Jeramiah Joe Meek passed away April 1, 2014. He was 29 years old. He was born on March 16, 1985, in St. Helena, Calif., to Elizabeth and Dale Meek Jr. He was a resident of the Sonora and Columbia area.

Sgt. Meek served our country in the U.S. Army Infantry. He was deployed to Iraq and served from Oct. 1, 2003 until Feb. 16, 2007.

We will all greatly miss his smile, positive attitude, guitar playing and singing. Jeramiah loved to help others and interact with family and friends. He enjoyed snowboarding and fishing. He often spoke of his Army bro's and comrades with brotherly love. He also was in the construction business.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Dameon Timothy Meek, in December 2013 and his brother, Michael John Mustain, in January 2013.

He is survived by his wife of six years, Nicole Eloise Meek; their children, Benjamin James and Hannah Marie Meek; parents, Elizabeth Ables and Dale Meek Jr.; grandparents, Gwen and Dale L. Meek Sr.; his maternal grandmother, Maud Jenkins; brothers, Dale Meek III, Christopher Meek, Justin Meek, Kevin Clark and Daniel Mustain; and sisters, Lisa Marie Meek and Rayanne Meek.

Family and friends held a memorial picnic at Austin Park in Clearlake, Calif., on April 12. A graveside service was held at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on April 15. A celebration of life will be scheduled in Sonora at a later time.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Charles William

'Mike' Sponsler

Aug. 13, 1938 - March 23, 2014

Longtime Sonora resident Charles William "Mike" Sponsler passed away on March 23, 2014 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 75 years old.

Mr. Sponsler was born in Decatur, Ill., on Aug. 13, 1938, and raised in Cerro Gordo, Ill.

He graduated from Cerro Gordo High School in 1956. On Nov. 2, 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Alma Atteberry. That same year he began working for the United States Post Office at Midway Airport in Chicago.

In 1962, Mike, Alma and their young son, Seth, moved to Southern California. After several summer vacations to Pinecrest the family, including a new addition, Shona, moved to Sonora in 1972. Mike spent 34 years with the Post Office and was Postmaster at Twain Harte from June 1973 until he retired in October 1992.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Sponsler in 2007; his mother, Velva Everman Sponsler, in 2002; and his father, Harold Sponsler, in 1982.

He is survived by his son, Seth, and daughter-in-law, Mary Beth, of Soulsbyville; his daughter, Shona Sponsler, of Portland, Ore.; three grandsons, Joshua, Josiah and Jonathan Sponsler; and one granddaughter, Hannah Sponsler, all of Soulsbyville.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Rivers of Life Christian Fellowship, 14535 Peaceful Valley Road, Sonora. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike's memory to a favorite charity.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Death notices

Death Notices in The Union Democrat are published free of charge. They include the name, age and town of residence of the deceased, the date of death; service information; and memorial contribution information. The deadline is noon the day before publication.

ANDERSON - Aldean Anderson, 100, of Twain Harte, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WISE - Robert Wise, 90, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Oak Terrace Memory Care in Soulsbyville. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.