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Sandra Lynn Cedergren

April 16, 1955 - June 3, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandy Cedergren. Sandy passed away peacefully at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, Calif., after a brief illness with family and friends by her side.

Sandy was born to George and Lucille Markowitz in Stockton, Calif., and was raised in Manteca. She resided there for the next 42 years and raised her family there.

In 1994, she met Gary Scarborough, also from Manteca. They married and together formed a truly romantic and enduring love, devotion, caring and mission for life which centered upon family first, a love of the mountains and a love of animals.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lucille Markowitz; father-in-law, Robert Scarborough; sister-in-law, Diane Seward, and her beloved white Lab "Moose."

Sandra is survived by her loving husband, Gary Scarborough; sons, James Cedergren, Craig Cedergren and his wife Christina; daughter, Amber Inman and her husband Eldon; grandchildren, Jason and Alex Cedergren, Tommy Cedergren, Emma Cedergren, Cody and Colton Inman, Cody and Austin Searle; brother, George Markowitz Jr., his wife Connie and their children, Heather and Adam; sisters, Joan and her daughters, Kathy Mast and Debbie Hagberg and Susan Markowitz; mother-in-law, Velma Scarborough; daughter-in-laws, Sherri Searle and her husband David, Melanee Scarborough and son-in-law, Matthew Scarborough.

Sandra worked at Twain Harte Market for the past 17 years. She was the front end manager and in the process met thousands of customers during this time. Although she and Gary had eight grandchildren of their own, she was affectionately known as Grandma Sandy to hundreds of children who came to the store with their parents. In those 17 years, some of those same children came to work at the market and she taught them a work ethic that they took with them later in life. She made a difference in everyone's life she came in contact with. Some of her young people went on to become professional baseball players, engineers, nurses, retail managers and business owners.

Services are private. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the Willow Springs Clubhouse, 20522 Willow Springs Drive, Soulsbyville.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to request that donations be made to one of the following: Catholic Charities, Mother Lode Office, 88 Bradford St., Sonora, CA 95370, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (memorials), 5705 Grant Creek Road, Missoula, MT 59808, or Summerville Ag Supporters, P.O. Box 910, Tuolumne, CA 95379.

Sharon Harshbarger

Sept. 24, 1957 - June 7, 2014

Sharon Harshbarger, 56, of Mi-Wuk Village, Calif., died on Saturday June 7, 2014, at Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center.

She was born on Sept. 24, 1957 in Illinois, the daughter of Frank Victor Harshbarger III and Mary Lois Harshbarger.

Sharon graduated from Livermore High School in Livermore, Calif., and attended Chabot College in Hayward. She was a long-time resident of Livermore then Manteca and finally Mi-Wuk Village in the Sierra Nevada,- where her family maintained a home for over 30 years.

She was known locally in Livermore as Gaby and Gabby Granny for her vivacious personality. She worked for Terry's Tree Service as a bookkeeper.

She is survived by life companion Bill Anderson; her two sons, Joshua Bankhead and Daniel Anderson; her four grandchildren, Adara, Ezrah, Moses and Noah and siblings Diane, Frank, Linda, Mary and Raymond.

Sharon battled ovarian cancer since her diagnosis in 2007. She was eternally grateful to her "chemo angels" who helped her survive via their treatments at Kaiser Permanente cancer treatment center of Modesto, Calif.

Wilma Louise Barendregt

1920 - 2014

Wilma Louise Barendregt, of Jamestown, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in her home. She was 94 years old.

Mrs. Barendregt was born in Stockton, Calif., in 1920 to Raymond Eproson and Ella Giannini. She moved to Twain Harte with her parents in 1930. Wilma attended Sonora High School, graduating in 1937. She married Philip Fraser having a daughter, Carol. Subsequently marrying Jacob Barendregt in 1947.

Wilma was a homemaker until her children were grown. Later in life she became an LVN, working in San Andreas in Calaveras County. Her love of antiques led her with her son, Jacob, to restore the dilapidated Hoyt House in Jamestown. She ran it as the Palm Hotel for more than a decade. In later years, she enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and also working on a family tree.

She is survived by her daughters, Mallory Barendregt-Richey, of Jamestown, Mahan Kim Kaur (Shelley), of New Mexico, and Carol Matts, of Fresno; her son, Jacob Barendregt III, of Jamestown; grandchildren, John J. Gray, of Los Angeles, Courtney Gray, of Salem, Ore., Elizabeth Barendregt, of Jamestown, Mahan Kim Khalsa, of Los Angeles, Guru Amrit Khalsa, of New Mexico; great-grandchildren, Claven John Gray-Arthur, of Salem, Oregon, Wesley Ryan Dunn and Noah Jacob Dixon, of Jamestown, Shanti Khalsa and Ravi Khalsa, of New Mexico, Hari Kirtin Khalsa, of Los Angeles; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Gwen Barendregt, of Jamestown; her son-in-law, Paul Richey, of Jamestown; nieces, Marlene Englund, of Walnut Creek and Marsha Fernandes, of Las Vegas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Barendregt II; and her brother, Wesley Eproson.

Private services were held on June 9, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Daniel Earle Rushing

June 11, 1933 - May 22, 2014

Dan was born in Oakland, Calif., to Earle and Ruth Rushing. He has one younger sister, Geraldine.

After graduating from Fremont High School in 1951, he began working as an apprentice carpenter until the end of April 1955. On May 1, 1955, Dan began his lifelong dream as a California State Park Ranger at Palomar Mountain State Park. He began his second assignment at San Clemente State Park Beach on Nov. 28, 1959, and his third assignment on Oct. 15, 1965, at Plumas Eureka State Park.

Dan stepped down from being a State Park Ranger into the maintenance field when rangers were required to start wearing guns. He and his family left Plumas Eureka on July 17, 1972. He began his fourth assignment at Marshall Gold Historic State Park as a maintenance worker. Three years later, Dan was promoted and began his last assignment on Feb. 13, 1975 at Columbia State Historic Park as the maintenance supervisor.

After recovering from a heart attack in November 1984, he returned to work and retired on Dec. 31, 1993, after 39 years of service with the California State Parks system.

Dan leaves behind the love of his life, Marie, after 63½ years of marriage; a son, Daniel; daughters, Paula, Cheryl and Dana; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is deeply missed by his family.

At his request, Dan was laid to rest in Johnsville Cemetery, Johnsville, Calif.

A celebration of life was held June 11, 2014 at the old Columbia School in Columbia State Park.

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.

OEY - A memorial service for Jane Oey, 85, of Sonora, who died May 28 at her home, will be held at 3 p.m. June 22 at the Sonora Seventh-day Adventist Church, 40 N. Forest Road. The Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.