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Bruce R. Charlton

Bruce R. Charlton died on Memorial Day, the day for heroes, May 26, 2014.

He was born to Jack and Ellen Charlton in Loup City, Neb. His aunt, uncle and cousins grew up on side-by-side farms, which meant for big family gatherings every day.

Bruce acknowledged everyone he met with a genuine greeting. He cared for people without regard to class, religion or age. He allowed people to make mistakes with unyielding patience and grace.

He deeply loved and is loved by his wife, Colleen of 39 years. He is survived by his sons, Philip and Scott, whom he raised to be strong, devoted fathers and sons. He relished every moment with his three grandchildren, Clara, Ivy and Noah. He loved Leila, Philip's wife and Adelin, Scott's girlfriend, as the daughters he did not have. He is also survived by his mother, an aunt, sisters Paula, Diane and Wendy, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

One of his cousins, David, Bruce also counted as his best friend. They both had many plans for their retirement. Bruce had met most of his goals in life except one, retirement. Now he is where he will actually catch fish.

The family has decided to postpone interment until later this summer to be buried near his father, uncle and other relatives in Loup City, Neb.

Herman Louis Leichel

March 15, 1917 - May 21, 2014

Herman Louis Leichel died peacefully on May 21, 2014, at his home in Sonora, Calif. He was 97.

He was born in Rotterdam, Holland, where his father was a pipe organ builder. The family immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in 1923, eventually settling in Santa Barbara, Calif. There, Herman developed a passion for sailing and exploring the Channel Islands. A graduate of the California Maritime Academy, Herman served in World War II as the captain of a Merchant Marine ship, transporting supplies around the world for the war effort.

In 1947, he married Margaret Flynn with whom he settled in San Mateo, Calif., and raised three daughters. Herman worked as a technical manager for Fuller O'Brien Paint Company for more than 40 years.

Herman had an adventurous spirit, loved to travel and took his family on annual camping trips throughout the western United States and Canada. He was an expert craftsman and carpenter and enjoyed building furniture and do-it-yourself projects. A devoted family man, Herman was very proud of his six grandchildren and their accomplishments.

He and his wife Margaret moved to Sonora in 2009.

Herman was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Leichel, in 2009; his parents, Friedrich Leichel in 1967 and Johanna Leichel in 1978; and siblings, Fred, Anita, Merry, Pauline, Henry and Georgia.

Herman is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Ted Maurino, of Sonora, Robin and Jagdip Powar, of Menlo Park, and Debra and Edward Clinite, of Sonora; grandchildren, Kimberly Clinite Schlesinger (David), Rebecca and Amy Clinite, Alexander, Olivia and Juliet Powar; numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in Georgetown, Calif., at a later date. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Christopher Tomasovich

May 24, 1966 - May 29, 2014

Chris Tomasovich, a lifelong resident of Sonora, died on May 29, 2014. He was 48 years old.

As a young man, Chris started working at Sardella Pack Station for Reno Sardella and Lavern Litteral. He went to work in the Labors Union for George Reed, then for Kiewit Construction and then spent the rest of his life logging for 28 years falling trees. He always made extra money shoeing horses for friends, family or strangers.

Chris was very active in his kids sports and was looking forward to being a grandfather. He also enjoyed deer hunting. He loved gathering and branding with his wife for their friends. He loved traveling with his wife, Lorie, to all her horse events and camping. His favorite football team was the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Reds were his favorite baseball team. Chris loved camping, traveling on horseback through the Emigrant Wilderness and spending time with his family and friends in the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Margaret and Kenneth Hildreth; paternal grandparents, Pete and Daisy Tomasovich and Nadine Eppling; and mother-in-law, Robin Fields.

Chris is survived by his wife, Lorie; his children, Kyle Tomasovich and Dillon Tomasovich; his parents, Louise Spiller, of Missouri and Chris and Monique Tomasovich, of Sonora; his uncle and his wife, Kenneth and Nancy Hildreth, of Arizona; his stepbrother and stepsisters, Matt Spiller, of Sonora, Heather Beck, of Missouri, Teneya Owens, of Sonora, and Vicki O'Dell, of Sonora; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and a grandbaby on the way, Aubree Kate.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Sonora Elks Lodge.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Barbara 'Bobbie' Fumiko Hosaka Troche

July 24, 1941 - May 25, 2014

Barbara "Bobbie" Fumiko Hosaka Troche, 72, of Soulsbyville passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 24, 1941, to Margaret and Tamotsu Hosaka, now deceased.

Barbara is survived by husband, Kenneth Troche; three children, Darren, Lee, Cherie Alberto; five grandchildren, Kyralee, Kayla, Chloe, Madison and Emerson.

"Repose of the Soul" will be held at 10 a.m. June 7, 2014, at All Saints Catholic Church, 18674 Cherokee Drive, Twain Harte, Calif.

Barbara was a special person who touched the hearts of everyone she met. The one phrase that best represents Barbara is "In God's Image."

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.

ESPARZA - Joseph T. Esparza, 94, of Sonora, died Monday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

RUSHING - A memorial service for Daniel Earle Rushing, 80, of Sonora, who died May 22 at his home, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old brick Columbia Elementary School on School House Road. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

JUSTICE - Former Sonora resident Lois Marie Justice, 49, of Pittsburg, died at her Friday. Jesse E. Cooley Jr. Funeral Service Inc. in Stockton is handling arrangements.

PIERINI - Carmen Pierini, 76, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

RUTH - William L. Ruth, 87, of Sonora, died Monday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.