Union Democrat staff

Obituary policy

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.

Memorial ads are published at a pre-paid fee based on size. The deadline is noon two business days prior to publication. Please call 588-4555 for complete information.

Norma Mae Herring

Norma Mae Herring passed away on May 19, 2014 at the age of 78, in Sonora, Calif.

Norma was born in Yakima, Wash., to R.V. and Daisy Cooley. She graduated from Whitman College in 1957. After teaching for three years, she worked for Foster Enterprises in Foster City, Calif., for 30 years, including several years as office manager.

Norma was known for her giving heart and sense of humor. She was active in the Hospital Auxiliary for six years in Bishop, Calif., and made countless afghans for patients and veterans.

Norma is survived by her husband, Jerry Herring and preceded in death by her daughter, Debra S. Herring.

Donations can be made to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, 4600 East West Highway, Suite 525, Bethesda, MD 20814

Jane Nola Winn

Aug. 31, 1952 - May 19, 2014

Jane Winn, a resident of Jamestown for 20 years, passed away on May 19, 2014 in Fraser Flat. She was 61 years old.

Jane was born on Aug. 31, 1952 in Weaverville, Calif., to Andy and Norine Winn. She loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and nature. She was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years, John Kennedy; her two children, Ryan Nelson, of Texas, and Shanna Kennedy, of California; two grandchildren, Reagan Nelson and Alexa Nelson, both of Texas; her three siblings, Susan Sisson, of Clayton, Calif., Sally Waters, of Klamath Falls, Ore. and Karen Whitrock, of Antioch, Calif.

A private family service will be held. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Richard Evans

Oct. 6, 1952 - April 25, 2014

Richard Danny Evans passed away peacefully in Merced on April 25, 2014, after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Born in Merced on October 6, 1952, to Mike and Jennie Evans, Richard developed a special affinity with animals through his first job at Dr. Barger's Veterinary Clinic. He kept a variety of animals throughout his life, from dogs and cats to birds, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Possessing a true green thumb, Richard had many award winning garden scenes at the Merced County Fair and had spectacular and intoxicating gardens everywhere he lived. His love of the great outdoors was evidenced by countless camping trips to Yosemite and Kennedy Meadows, two of his favorite places. In 1981, he made the decision to move to Twain Harte to live in the mountains he loved so much.

In May of 1982, Richard began his career journey, mastering the art of bartending where his quick wit, unique sense of humor and jovial personality were enjoyed by all.

A lifelong diehard San Francisco Giants fan, he was ecstatic to see them win not one, but two World Series championships. He made several trips to Spring Training in Arizona in recent years, the last being this past March. He considered this a highlight of his life.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Jennie Evans; and a brother, Michael Evans.

He is survived by his brother, Steven Evans; sister, Jeanne Evans; three nephews, Nels Nelsen, Aaron Evans and Eric Evans; niece, Erika Fowler and numerous cousins.

The family would like to thank our cousin Patti (McMaster) Elam and her husband David Elam for caring for Richard for the last six months of his life and ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Bristol Hospice.

A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Twain Harte Golf Course.

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.


BACIGALUPI - Barbara Bacigalupi, 86, of Columbia, died Thursday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

YOUNG - Elizabeth Ann Young, 90, of Sonora, died Friday at her home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. The funeral home is at 225 E. Rose St., Sonora.