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Jessica Anne Fredrick

Aug. 26, 1992 - May 31, 2014

Jessica Anne Fredrick, 21, of Los Angeles, left this earth to be with Jesus her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

She was born on Aug. 26, 1992, in Sonora to Bernie and Rhonda (Freiley) Fredrick.

Jessica is the younger of two daughters and grew up as best of friends with her older sister Emily (Fredrick) Lucas. They both attended grade school at Belleview Elementary and Curtis Creek Elementary in Sonora, Lodi middle and high schools in Lodi, Wis., and college at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jessica was a senior at UCLA pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in communications; was an officer and active member of the ADX Christian Sorority, worked with UCLA Athletic Marketing and interned at "Della LA." She was active in a variety of artistic pursuits that included music, photography, painting, singing and most of all dancing. Jessica started dance lessons at the tender age of three and continued to pursue her love of dance her entire life. She enjoyed all types of dance: jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, ballet and her favorite style, contemporary. Despite significantly reduced lung function caused by her cystic fibrosis, she continued to dance, performing most recently in the Synthesis Showcase on May 4.

Jessica was a true inspiration to her family and friends. She took on the challenges of living with the debilitating effects of CF throughout her life, while always maintaining a positive attitude. As a young woman she reaffirmed her personal relationship with Jesus through baptism. She shared the love she received by the way she lived her life, taking every opportunity to introduce others to the power and saving grace of Jesus.

She is survived by her paternal grandmother, Mildred Fredrick of Watertown, Wis.; maternal grandmother, Abbie Freiley of Fort Worth, Texas; parents, Bernie and Rhonda Fredrick of Tustin, Calif.; sister, Emily (Fredrick) Lucas and her brother-in-law Adam Lucas of Grand Junction, Colo.; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many close friends.

Jessica was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Clarence Fredrick and her maternal grandfather, Ronald Freiley.

A celebration of life service will be held in her honor at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, in the worship center at Sierra Bible Church, 15171 Tuolumne Road, Sonora, with a reception immediately following the service at the outdoor pavilion on the church property.

Susannah March

August 16, 1910 - June 3, 2014

Sonora resident Susannah March died on June 3, 2014, at Avalon Care Center. She was 103.

Mrs. March was born in South Dakota to Howard and Ethel Erbe. She graduated from Santa Anna High School in 1928 and received her diploma as a registered nurse at Highland Hospital School of Nursing in Oakland, Calif., in 1932.

In August 1934 she married Edward March. In 1946 they moved to Walnut Creek, Calif., where they raised three children. While raising her family, Susannah worked as a nurse, was an active member of the Walnut Creek Methodist Church and a member of the California Congress of Parents and Teachers.

She enjoyed gardening, camping and playing bridge. She also worked countless hours on her family geneology.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susanne Farnsworth, her husband, Edward March, brothers, Weston Erbe and William Erbe and sister, June Kirkpatrick.

She is survived by her sons, Robert March of Fort Jones, Calif., and William March of Sonora; her sister Leoral Murray of Portland, Ore.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 4 p.m. at the Jamestown United Methodist Church.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Jane Oey

Jane Oey passed away peacefully in her Sonora home on May 28, 2014, at age 85.

Jane was born Corstiana Goverdina Dubbelman in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, one of 10 children of Jan Dubbelman and Huiberdina Dubbelman Hasselman.

Jane grew up in Holland during World War II. Even though the disruptions of war prevented Jane from attending high school, she put herself through nursing school to become a registered midwife at age 22 and a registered nurse at age 25. She continued to work in nursing after she and her husband, Fred, emigrated to the United States with their two young children in 1961.

Jane and her family lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, where their two youngest sons were born, for six years before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. There she was an active member of the Christian Reformed Church of Palo Alto and later, of Valley Church in Cupertino. Jane provided skilled and compassionate nursing care to patients at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose for 21 years.

After Jane and Fred retired to Sonora in 1991, Jane developed a passion for quilting and joined the Sierra Quilt Guild of Tuolumne County. Jane's colorful and beautifully executed quilts, wall hangings, and table runners decorate her own home and were given freely to family and friends. Her home was always open to guests.

She followed politics avidly and instigated many a political discussion.

Above all, Jane was strong in her faith in her Lord Jesus Christ, and led several people to a personal relationship with Him. She was a member of the Sonora Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Jane is loved and will be greatly missed by her husband of 59 years, Fred Oey. She is also loved and missed by daughter Sylvia Oey of Sacramento; sons Fred Oey (Nancy) of Los Angeles, Bert Oey (Migi) of San Jose, and Chuck Oey (Mimi) of Redwood City; by grandchildren Spencer, Elena, Stephen, and Christiaan Oey; by brothers Jan and Kees Dubbelman, and sisters Corrie van der Wal and Toos Tazelaar of Holland; by sisters-in-law Loes and Sylvie Oey of Jakarta, Indonesia; and by many close friends.

Memorial service to be announced; please email bertoey@gmail.com or call 408-687-7221 for date and time. Recipients of Jane's quilted gifts are asked to contact the family in preparation for the memorial service. The family thanks Hospice of the Sierra for their compassionate assistance.


Death Notices in The Union Democrat are published free of charge. They include the name, age and hometown of the deceased, the date of death; service information; and memorial contribution information. The deadline is 2 p.m. the day before publication.


BREWSTER - Albert Brewster, 77, of Sonora, died Wednesday at a Modesto hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SCHANZ - Bill Schanz, 77, of Sonora, died Thursday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MOSELY - A memorial service for Steven Mosely, 58, a Tuolumne resident who died in April, will be held at 1 p.m. June 14 at the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall, 18375 Fir Ave., in Tuolumne.