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Obituaries, including photos, are published at a pre-paid fee based on size. The deadline is 5 p.m. two business days prior to publication. Call 532-7151, fax 532-5139 or send to obits@uniondemocrat.com.

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Robert "Bob" Ravetto

April 6, 1940 - May 9, 2014

Robert Ravetto fought a short but tenacious battle with cancer, but was called home to God far too early.

He was born in Mountain View, Calif., to Antonio and Marie Ravetto. He would call that small town home for several years, where he went through grade school and ultimately Mountain View High School. He lettered in football and wrestling, excelling in the latter, to which he was named MVP in 1958 and 1959. His affinity, though, was working on anything with a motor.

His high school years were filled with fixing and racing any vehicle that had four wheels and a steering wheel. He was extremely gifted and creative, which eventually led him to making a career out of his abilities. He worked at several auto repair shops/stores in Mountain View and eventually became partners in his own shop in the downtown area. After a number of years, he decided to open a shop of his own with his wife, Jan.

Bob and Jan met when they were both out of high school, eventually marrying in September of 1964. They had a son, Ronald Anthony, in May of 1967 and then son, Rick Joseph, in August of 1969. They settled in San Jose where they lived for a number of years before retiring in 2005, then moving to Arnold, Calif., in 2008 to "their little piece of paradise." They quickly made several friends and felt at home right away.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Jan; and son Rick.

He is preceded in death by son Ron in 2008.

Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as countless friends, will continue to tell stories about Bob for years to come. He was always willing to give anyone, including complete strangers, the shirt off his back and his wit and sarcasm will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Angels Memorial Chapel in Angels Camp.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras.

Lucille Rushing

Feb. 6, 1929 - May 13, 2014

Lucille Rushing, a longtime Tuolumne County resident, passed away in Soulsbyville on May 13, 2014. She was 85 years old.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1929 to Samuel and LuCinda Egger in Little Rock, Ark.

Lucille was a dedicated wife and mother. She was a member of Soulsbyville United Methodist Church since 1956. She worked as a drapery seamstress and extended her talents to making her children's clothing. After she and her husband retired, they centered their lives around traveling, their home, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Rushing, in 2012; her brothers, Aaron Egger, Naaman Egger and Merrill Egger; and her sister, Lavada Ellerd.

Lucille is survived by her two children and their spouses, Nelda and David Owens, of Sonora, Calif., and Cinda and Alfred Von Behren, of Sonora, Calif.; three grandchildren, Cherie Owens, of Sonora, Calif., Danielle Krauss, of Turlock, Calif., and O'Shaughnessey Von Behren, of Sonora, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Owen and Addison Krauss, of Turlock, Calif.

A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 17, at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at Chapel in the Pines in Twain Harte. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 19, at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

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 future husband James Ward. They married 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.


LeBOUTILLIER - Edward LeBoutillier, 68, of Sonora, died Wednesday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SILVEIRA - Mildred Marie (Liel) Silveira, 96, of Stockton, died May 7 in Stockton. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.