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Barbara Jean

Zumwalt Grant

Nov. 19, 1922 - May 9, 2014

Barbara Jean Zumwalt Grant, a longtime Tuolumne County resident, passed away May 9, 2014, at her daughter's home in Sonora, Calif.

Barbara was born Nov. 19, 1922 in Delano, Calif., to Alfred and Myra (Parmeter) Zumwalt. She was raised in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Canoga Park High School in 1940. It was during her high school years that she met and later married her husband, Fred Leonard Grant Jr. They were married on Jan. 4, 1942. They were married 71 years at the time of his passing in 2012.

Barbara attended UCLA and graduated from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. She received a degree in education from Fresno State University. Prior to her graduation from college she worked as a teacher's aide for children with disabilities. Her passion for education and children led to her teaching career which included positions at Kit Carson Elementary School in Hanford, Calif., Newell Elementary School in Alturas, Calif., and 35 years at Sonora Elementary School prior to her retirement.

During her early college years, she worked as a nanny. She also worked at the TB Sanitarium in Los Angeles. She worked for Southern Pacific Railroad as a secretary during World War II.

After the war, she and her husband Fred moved to Hanford and established a ranch where they grew fruit trees and cotton.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She provided the weekly bouquets for the altar for church services. In her declining years she provided a card ministry through the church, offering to cheer many people. She also worked on Tuolumne County voter registration and polling. She was a member of California Retired Teachers and Tuolumne County Retired Teachers Associations.

Barbara had a love of flowers and gardening. She will be remembered for her beautiful bouquets, her deep faith and her strong love of family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Arnold Zumwalt and sister Carolyn Pitman.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ginia and Barney Klaniecki, of Minneapolis, Minn., Fred and Minnie Grant III of Paris, Texas, Charles and Jennifer Grant, of Chico, Calif., and Christina Pehrson of Sonora; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Natalie DeGiobbi Miller

Jan. 6, 1965 - May 8, 2014

Natalie DeGiobbi Miller, a lifelong resident of Tuolumne County, passed away at her home on May 8. She was 49 years old.

Natalie was born in Sonora on Jan. 6, 1965. She worked in home healthcare as a CNA for 15 years. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and her dog, Gigi.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Tami Anderson, in 2006.

Natalie is survived by her parents, Elmer and Janette DeGiobbi, of Sonora; her son, Derek Miller, of Merced; her brothers and their spouses, Pete and Denice DeGiobbi and Scott and Brenda DeGiobbi, of Sonora; her uncle, Don DeGiobbi, of Pleasant Hill; her aunt Janice and her uncle Jerry Keith, of Jamestown, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne City.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

(Ruth) Maxine


Dec. 10, 1930 - April 29, 2014

(Ruth) Maxine Curtis was born on Dec. 10, 1930 in Kingsburg, Calif., and passed away after a short illness on April 29, 2014 at the age of 83.

As a young child, Maxine's family relocated to Corralitos, Calif., where she attended grammar school. She went on to attend Watsonville High School and in 1948 married Joseph Musante. Maxine was a devoted sister, mother of three children and grandmother of four boys.

Maxine loved to cook and began her culinary career preparing student lunches at Moreland Notre Dame Academy and later at Mora Central High School. For a number of years she was a cook at Watsonville Community Hospital and later worked at Pajaro Dunes catering private parties, banquets, weddings, and various special events. In addition, Maxine opened a restaurant which she aptly named "Maxine's of Course!"

In 1989, the family moved to Sonora. Her love of cooking again led to another food adventure, this time with the City and County of San Francisco, where she worked in guest services at Hetch Hetchy Water and Power and retired from there in 2008. She traveled through her love of reading.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Hospice of the Sierra.

Walter E. Parsons

Oct. 27, 1930 - May 9, 2014

Walter E. Parsons passed away on May 9, 2014. He was 83 years old.

Walter was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., on Oct. 27, 1930. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and 29 days and was a Korean and Vietnam War veteran.

He retired from Santa Cruz City School District. He traveled in a motorhome for five years prior to settling in Jamestown in 2006. Walter was a member of St. Patrick's Church.

Walter is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Evelyn Parsons; his three children, Kevin (Barbara) Parsons, Mary Frances Parsons and Theresa (Dennis) Blackman. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Chris Badger and Nic Badger, Breanne Hamm, Heather Smith and Bridgette Parsons, Dawn McBride, Tammy Uren, Ryan McBride; two nephews, Walter and Eddie Donovan, along with 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on at 1 p.m. Monday May 19, 2014 at St. Patrick's Church. Honorary burial services will be held at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations please be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Hospice of the Sierra or favorite charity.

Mark Frederick Peacock

Jan. 18, 1966 - April 30, 2014

Mark Frederick Peacock, 48, was a 36-year resident of Sonora. He was born Jan. 18, 1966 in Walnut Creek, Calif. He died April 30, 2014 in Unit 7 of Sonora Regional Medical Center after fighting a long battle with complications of diabetes and liver failure. He worked for Sonora Community Hospital while in high school; IT Recycling, Sonora Florist and again at Sonora Regional Medical Center.

He is survived by his mother, Cathie Peacock and her partner, Bob Killgore; sister Lisa Utler, of Mojave; brother, Harry Peacock, of Long Barn, and half-brother, Sean Taylor, of Nevada; aunt, Judy Oliphant, of Lafayette, Calif.; cousin, Kevin Oliphant of, Brentwood, Calif.; nephews, Leif Ulter and Stefan Ulter and wives, Rachelle and Hannah respectively; and several nieces and nephews.

Mark was preceded in death by his father "Chip" Peacock, in 1982; maternal grandparents Harry and Agnes Oliphant, of Orinda; fraternal grandparents Dan and Lucile Peacock, of Orinda, and uncle Hugh Oliphant, in 1994 of Lafayette, Calif.

Mark volunteered at Interfaith Community Social Services, Community Christmas Eve Day Dinner, Tuolumne County Humane Society, Old Mill Run, Red Cross and numerous community events in the Sacramento area.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, geocaching, being with family and friends, taking in lost or abandoned cats, photography and astronomy, kite flying and attending Sci-Fi events.

When Mark was in Sonora High School (graduate of 1984), he saved his money to purchase a computer. He then taught many teachers how to use computers in the classroom.

Mark is best known for his politeness and kindness to others, his love of adventure, stretching his mind and the ability to laugh at his own flaws.

He has been an integral part of his family, supportive and reliable friend, a coach in geocaching and computers, and a haven for abandoned cats.

We will deeply miss Mark, but know he is on the biggest adventure and journey even he could imagine.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Sugar Pine. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Donations can be made in Mark's honor to Sonora Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 4363, Sonora, CA 95370 or to Interfaith.

M. Monica Ward

May 31, 1929 - May 9, 2014

M. Monica Ward passed away at home surrounded by her family members on the evening of May 9, 2014. A resident of Sonora for the past 22 years, Monica was born in Otisco, N.Y. on her father's farm. After graduating from Tully High School in 1946, she met and married James Ward on June 6, 1953. They had six children - Daniel, Christopher, Brian, Patrick, Bridget and Catherine.

In Sonora, she was an active member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, YLI, Divine Mercy Group, and Altar Society. She was preceded in death by her five brothers and sisters from the upstate New York area.

Monica is survived by her husband, Jim (at Avalon in Sonora) and six children mentioned above, plus her 18 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in Monica's name to the Alzheimers Foundation or the Lupus Foundation of America.

A vigil Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church followed by burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Sonora. A reception will follow the Mass and burial at St. Patrick's Parish Center.

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.


KEENOM - Steve Keenom, 71, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ODALE - Former Mokelumne Hill resident Arlene Wilma Odale, 79, of Windsor, died May 10 in Petaluma. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at San Andreas Memorial Chapel, 254 W. Saint Charles St. A private burial will be held at Mokelumne Hill Protestant Cemetery. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

RUSHING - Lucille "Lucy" Rushing, 85, of Soulsbyville, died Tuesday at her home. A visitation will be held held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose St., Sonora. A memorial services will follow at 1 p.m. Saturday at Chapel in the Pines, 18580 Cherokee Drive, Twain Harte. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WELLS - Kenneth Wells Sr., 78, of Sonora, died Wednesday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.